|The emails that began it all.|
When I woke up, I noticed I had a couple of notifications on Facebook. I can't think why, but one of them stood out to me a bit more than the other.
|No, not the scammers list!|
|Patt Lep and Carla Bowyer, two people who definitely exist.|
You may feel it unfair of me to state so confidently that these accounts are sockpuppets; They may be friends of his, or even fans. I admit, that is a possibility. But as you read on I think you'll agree that it's unlikely.
I then went to check my email and discovered that I'd also been contacted on Google Plus. Now, my Chestnuts review never actually made it to Google Plus, so the comment is on a totally unrelated post, and it doesn't actually mention Chestnuts or Gilbert Ohanian, but I think you'll agree that there are some fairly suggestive similarities.
|I still don't know where the racist/misogynist stuff came from.|
I didn't hear anything more for a couple of days, but then I decided to show the harassing posts to my sister, because I thought she'd get a laugh out of it, so I got her to load it up on her computer. That's when I discovered that I hadn't even seen the half of it. So I got her to screenshot it so I could see what was going on, and I responded to the invisible people. Again, that seemed to be the end of it. Until today. Today is when shit got real.
|I love how he posted the same link four times.|
That was just the tip of the iceberg though, as I discovered when I checked my email.
|47, I think. You count them.|
|Wait, people would pay me to write reviews?|
You can see why he's so worked up about one bad review though. I mean, I am an Amazon Top Reviewer.
As for the ones that weren't copy and pasted, "Book Ninja" wrote this one first, presumably before thinking of the rest.
|I think he realised after this one that being a paid reviewer isn't actually bad.|
|Information about me on my own website. Clear sign of narcissism.|
|What sort of email address is that?|
And as well as posting that same comment on Amazon, he also had a little conversation with his sockpuppet,
|"I sure do agree with that thing I just said!"|
|Why would you replace that with the copy/paste one?|
Small update (2015-01-15): Gilbert posted on Goodreads again to claim that none of this had anything to do with him and to reiterate that he couldn't care less what I think about his book.
|If the excerpt was totally unrelated to the subject, why was it in the book?|
Is this the end? Or will Gilbert continue his insane crusade against one bad review of his terrible book? Find out (if I update this post again)!
Update the second (2015-01-15): You know how Facebook has that "other" category for messages sent to you by people who aren't on your friends list? Turns out you don't get notifications for those, so I only just realised I got these.
|Getting good mileage out of that one photo they found of Daniel.|
|I guess they did find more photos.|
Update 3 (2015-01-15): I didn't mean to post so many updates all at once, but I just checked my email and found this.
|Anonymous, aka. Gilbert Ohanian pretending to be his own son.|
I'm really hurt that GloZell