In my roles as author, columnist, instructor, track chair, I have gotten a lot of practice interpreting reviews. Here's a few rules of thumb:
I was reminded of all this by Giles's observation that
SICP has 82 5-star reviews on Amazon, 53 1-star reviews, and virtually nothing in between.
Of course I had to go read a few of the one-stars. The very first one begins:
I don't understand what others see in this book. I realize that it is *supposed* to be about foundations of good programming style, and not about any language in particular, but being language specific is exactly what it does. Many things it teaches can only be done in Scheme.
Apply the rules of thumb above...