Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Comment is Free - Amazon Reviews

Hello!

Sorry I haven't blogged for ages, I've been really busy.

(That's not me trying to subtly hint that I have some sort of exciting, high falutin lifestyle by the way. By 'busy' I mean dealing with a broken washing machine, stuff like that)

Anyway to make up for my long silence, here's a picture of a monkey on the phone.



And here's my only bit of news.

I've had another article published by Comment is Free, this time about Amazon reviews.

If you follow this blog you might be aware that I waste a lot of my spare time writing spoof product reviews, both under my own name and in other guises, including a born-again Christian character called Noel.

In the past my reviews have been picked up on by Radio 2's Weblebrity of the Week and by Olly and Helen who once nominated me for Web Jape of the Year. This is how one of the CiF editors became aware of me.

So when a string of suspect praise was posted for a self-help book on Amazon last week, they asked me as a professional* faker, to cover it.

Here's the article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/mar/07/online-books-reviews-amazon

And here's a final thought on International Women's Day (slash Pancake Day - as a feminist and a lover of batter based desserts I simply don't know what to do with myself!)

Leona Lewis has been named by Metro readers as the most influential woman to live or work in London in the past century.

Yes.

No, I don't know either.



*not in the literal or actual sense of the word. Or even the loosest for that matter.

3 comments:

trashsparkle said...

Yep, International Women's Day and pancake day on the same day is a bit odd. The irony of it struck me earlier - being involved in heavy-duty kitchen stuff today of all days... but making food that can be eaten with sugar, strawberries and chocolate... its quite appropriate for today!
And Leona Lewis. Mrs Thatcher was 2nd... never trust a metro reader.

wandrwoman said...

Hi Christina, I am a sister Amazon parody writer from across the pond. Like you, I take parody writing very seriously. I also write "straight" reviews.Peter Harris emailed me about you and said that you both would be speaking at a Howsmyfeedback.org meeting next week. I just want to introduce myself to you and say "You Go Girl"!
Wandrwoman (Amazon.com)

http://wandrwoman.wordpress.com

Christina Martin said...

Hey wandrwoman

Nice to make your acquaintance!

Unfortunately I'm not going to be able to make it to the meeting, but they are going to contact me after for my comments.

Apparently they're going to list me on their site as an expert - ha! I never thought I'd be an expert in anything.

Right. To amazon to check out your reviews!

C