The list author says: ""The Vanity Press", some call it; a term that seems a bit off, considering that traditionally published writers start off with the same ÂvainÂ desire to have their work published. The only difference is that one well-placed person decided they liked what they were reading.
If a publisher likes schlock, they'll pick it up and put their company behind it. Heck, most small-press publishers come into being just as an avenue for the founding author to self publish and appear ÂlegitimateÂ. There are lots of ways for bad books to hit the market; and the self-published category may be a large offender on that end, but itÂs definitely not the only one committing the crappy-book-crime and the authors in that category are not universally bad either.
We at Odyssey Reviews believe that whether one is published by a publishing house, or one has used more grassroots methods to reach readers; there is really no reason to think that the writing is any better or worse until we crack open the cover and read what's inside. We won't dismiss an entire category because of the overall bad reputation of independent books.
Granted; Odyssey has to sift through a lot of chaff to find something fairly decent. Some are better than others. We do give more credit to those who make an effort to produce something professional. We figure if you're going to self publish, the last thing you should do is just throw something up there that hasn't been edited. It's a disrespect to the reader.
Here is a list of notable books we've reviewed. These are the books that have received our 5-Medallion rating. They might vary a bit in quality, but I figure if I enjoyed it enough to feel that the elevated 'indie' book price was worth it, then we will give the thumbs-up to buy.
Our list will grow (decidedly slowly) as we continue to review works from self-published authors and pick out the occasional jewel.
For the less-than-stellar reviews see our site: http://herodyssey.blogspot.com."
"Reviewer KD Payne says: This book, though huge and daunting to look at - is FANTASTIC. If you have ever wanted to read Beowulf, but hated the idea of ancient English verse - THIS is the book you need to read. Honest to the source material, and simple to read and comprehend without a translation key."
"Lawson ups the ante with his sequel to "Witch Ember". This is a fantastic book, and a worthy investment for your libary. A bleak and suspenseful journey through an incredible imagination. Highly recommended."