Three Reviews for SILVER ON THE ROAD, because People Are Different

Got my first 2-star review on Amazon for SILVER ON THE ROAD! Mostly, it seems, for using “they” as a gender-neutral pronoun.

“The author created engaging characters and a story that kept my interest. But… the worst, and most frequent, glitch was the use of “they” as a gender-neutral singular pronoun. “They” is always plural and can’t properly refer to one person; “he” or “she” is required. Even though I’m curious to know what happens next to the continuing characters, I will not read any more of this awkwardness.”

I may not find this so amusing after coffee. But I bet I probably will.


Meanwhile, and not to bury the lede, Library Journal awarded SILVER ON THE ROAD a starred review, saying “the characters and setting keep the interest of fans of atmospheric, strange Wild West stories.”

*admires the shiny star*

And then Green Man Review made me purr like a sun-splashed tiger –

“I think Silver On The Road, the first of Gilman’s Devil’s West series, has surpassed her own previous efforts for world building, and that is no small task… As much as I love Celtic and Northern European inspired fantasy, it’s increasingly being done badly. It’s a refreshing change to see American folk motifs and tropes, and especially to see them executed well.

Silver On the Road is Book 1 in Gilman’s Devil’s West Series. I can’t wait for Book 2.”

So yeah.  You can’t please all the people all the time.  But you can please the majority, and there are other books by other writers available for everyone else.

Meanwhile, I’m calling today a win all around, and it’s only just past 9am.

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