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[This is embarrassing. The post is supposed to be amusing. Some readers have sent my notes about how sorry they are that someone gave me a bad review. Not so! I was attempting to write humor. Please laugh.]
“This book does not disappoint.” I read lots of reviews at on-line books stores. Every time I see “Does not disappoint,” I wonder if there is less enthusiastic praise than that. Yes, there are many worse reviews. “This book made me throw up” is one I hope never to see. Another is, “I hated this book so much I ground it up, made it into hamburgers, and poisoned my neighbors’ barking dog with it.”
But if you want to recommend a book, please find a way to express your view in words that sound like a compliment. When I read the “does-not-disappoint” comment on a review site, it brings to mind images and scenarios like these:
“When my table wobbled, I shoved this book under a leg. It did not disappoint.”
“I used this book to kill an ant and it did not disappoint.”
“A friend recommended this book to cure my insomnia. It did not disappoint.”
I mean, really, is this what you, as a reader, mean to suggest? “It does not disappoint” is like using the old Texas saying “Reading this book was better than a poke in the eye.” Not high praise.