The Ninja Blog

Dear Amazon, why?

Ever purchased something on Amazon, looked at their recommendations for further purchases and thought “Jeebus, I’ve been stereotyped by Amazon. Those fluckers!”

You are not alone!

Damn you, Amazon, and your shitty reading recommendations.

Damn you, Amazon, and your shitty reading recommendations.

The Naughty Ninjas are going to share with you the best/worst of our Awful Amazon Recommendations (and why Amazon can stick their recs up their clacker).

Ninja 1

I purchased a bunch of books: Caitlin Moran's entire works in paperback because she's awesome, Lena Dunham's stuff because I want to understand the hype and work out if I'm cool with it all and finally a book called Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed which I am super excited about because it's all essays from women who have chosen not to have kids. I added the latter and then Amazon came up with the following recommendation: Customers who brought this book also brought...

Spinster by Kate Bolick

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

And... Feliway. Cat spray to stop cats pissing in your house.

Now either someone at Amazon has a fucking evil sense of humor, an abundance of vindictiveness about broads interested in books on not having kids, or there is some faint truth to the stereotype of the crazy cat lady.

Ninja 2

I like me a book on feminism, something fierce and incisive. Imagine my surprise, however, when I bought Men Explain Things to Me: And Other Essays by Rebecca Solnit (historian, writer and activist) and Amazon suggested that I also grab a copy of Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women written by a pair of evangelical christians.

Um, no thanks, as an atheist I’d sooner read a book on vajazzling. Perhaps the book I bought called God is Not Great might have tipped you off to that, Amazon?

Then there was the recommendation to buy Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling. Mindy Kaling (in case, like me, you had no idea who she was) is the creator and star of the ‘critically acclaimed series’ The Mindy Project. That’s right, I should receive Mindy’s words of wisdom about how to live life because she’s a CELEBRITY. Ooooh-aah. And no thanks. I fail to see how a female celebrity equals 'feminist'.

For some reason I should also buy Gratitude by Oliver Sacks (whut?) and So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Ron Johnson. I’m sure the latter is a good book but I’m a bit mystified about what it has in common with a collection of feminist essays (unless it addresses slut shaming at some length).

Ninja 3

I got this one emailed to me today for 'Thriller' but I thought it was a bit funny given it was all about sexual deviance... (should that be sexual deviants??)

Former anti-gang police unit star Loïc Le Goënec has had a chip on his shoulder ever since he was mysteriously kicked off the force. But when detectives uncover a vile ring of sexual deviance with ties to a city official, the commissioner calls his brilliant but rough-edged protégé back into action. With help from an assortment of petty criminals, romantic interests, and colorful misfits, the Anti-Crime Brigade must work outside the department to bring down the corrupt official and the despicable company he keeps. Can Le Goënec play both sides of the law to deliver vigilante justice to an exploited city?

Hmmm, one wonders whether this author is being paid by the Umlaut.

What awful reading recommendations has Amazon made to you?