I like to keep track of my Amazon reviews. It's helpful to know what people think. I'd been very proud of the unbroken streak of five-star reviews for both volumes of The AllSpark Almanac. I ticked up to a combined 49 five star reviews, with no dissent, then stalled out. I figured I'd wait till 50 to start tooting my own horn. So, the other day, I check, and sure enough, I'd gotten review #50. Eagerly I clicked through only to find that it's... FOUR STARS!!! Noooooooooo! As far as I can tell, the reviewer wasn't pleased that their copy arrived damaged, though Amazon did replace it.
Only a few days later I got one more review, five stars this time, but the damage is done. I couldn't quite get up to 50 perfect reviews. I'll have to settle for 50 five-star reviews, and one four-star review. That's 33 fivers on The AllSpark Almanac, 17 fivers and a four on Volume 2. Sigh.
(The book remains engaging, though the Locke / Demosthenes material strained my credulity and the denouement goes on and on and on. It's pretty apparent that Ender's Game is in many ways more a prequel to the later works in the series than a book in its own right.)