Wednesday, February 08, 2006

The answer: 47 days.

Faithful SHAMbloggers will recall me asking, in my post of December 22, "what's the over-under on how long it takes before a review by Dr. Marilyn R. Barry shows up on Barnes & Noble?"

It was there, verbatim, as of yesterday, February 7, under that now-familiar Amazon title, "Excellent, sound and valuable." Incidentally, since Amazon claims that all reviews become its sole property, I have to wonder: Does "Dr. Barry" violate copyright law by posting the identical text on B&N? I think I'll ask Amazon about that. (Not that they'll answer.)

Other interesting doings on the Love Smart front: A review allegedly written by "Gail 'Sincrony' (Usa)", which made its Amazon debut on January 9 (and for a short time was actually a Spotlight Review, despite its interesting approach to syntax), has also magically switched to B&N, except its author is now "G. DAN, Teacher." This was one of those whimsical, philosophical reviews that were going up on the Love Smart page for a while there: "I know that I have chosen the right path. I have everything MY partner who is romantic... About communication there should be a rule about not talking about your weather..." All I can say is, if the author is indeed a teacher, he or she should spend less time reading Dr. Phil and more time reading up on grammar, punctuation, and usage; I'm sure such books should be available somewhere close by in the school.

Lastly--I find this priceless--Love Smart's B&N listing now includes this musing by "a reviewer, in love with Oprah," which I reproduce here in its entirety for your reading pleasure. Bear in mind that this reviewer titles her review "Faboulous [sic] book," and awards it five stars: "This book has done wonders in my life. When I first met my husband I could see that he was rough and drank a lot but I knew he had a good heart, So I married him and thought I could change him but after we fell out of love and he continued to drink I read this book and it showed me how I could fix my husband. It was great! Now I am divorced and the book makes a great door stop." Ohhh-kay...

UPDATE, afternoon, February 8. On the plus side, comes, now, a great slam on Dr. Phil, courtesy of supposed "real name" reviewer M. Roer of Mojave Desert. (Look, in fairness, if I'm going to question the authenticity of all those gushing reviews, I have to do likewise on the negative side, too.) His title says it all: "Beware, women, this is a snake-oil salesman." As you know, I normally don't link to SHAM products...but I'll make an exception in this case...wink. Read it while you can, folks, because I have a feeling it won't be there long...

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, as sarcasm, that final review is hard to beat...

Steve Salerno said...

I thought the same thing initially--that it was meant as wryness--but then why would this individual give the book five stars? Or do you think that "staying in character" throughout, right down to the star rating, is part of the joke...?

renee said...

Umm, Steve? I was just horrified the first time I heard about Dr. Phil and his love smart or love right or love whatever it is for sale these days. Are you friggin kiddin me?
I guess he didn't rescue enough relationships or stop enough people from getting fat so now he's going to help you make a better love connection right form the start. Hopefully, the newly matched couple will be so blissfully happy together overeating would never occur to them. Dear god - does this man have no boundaries??

Anonymous said...

Er, update, 5:30 February 8: No sign of the negative review to which you allude, Steve. Didn't take 'em long to yank that one!

Steve Salerno said...

That's hilarious, "anonymous." What was that, on and gone in two hours?

thera said...

Wow, what a success story! She could just as well have made a great door stop of the husband. 5 stars!

Concerning B&N: I recollect having seen in the past the logo's of Amazon respectively B&N on each others websites. Also a small collection of Amazon reviews on the B&N site. Same layout too. So there could be some official cooperation.