Frequently Asked Questions
Did Stanek actually receive all of the military honors he claims he did? He isn’t listed online among the Distinguished Flying Cross Society!
As far as I know, Stanek did receive his military honors. He posted a picture of his DD Form 214 online on his blog, which appears completely legitimate. The DFC Society is a paid society, so you can be a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and not be listed online.
On the other side, it doesn’t bother me that many people have accused Stanek of falsifying these records. This is the perfect example of the boy who cried ‘wolf’. When you’re well-known for lying about things, no one will believe you when you’re actually telling the truth.
Are Robert Stanek and William Stanek the same person?
Yes. Stanek’s real name is William Robert Stanek. He writes on his website:
The main reason for using Robert Stanek for fiction and William Stanek for nonfiction was the astounding pace at which William Stanek produces books.
I have absolutely no idea what this is supposed to mean. But yes, they are. Stanek’s day job, if you will, is writing computer manuals for Microsoft, and he is quite successful at it. I spent a little time going over his nonfiction books on Amazon. I did find some evidence that Stanek has written some of his own 5-star reviews, but most of his computer books don’t have many reviews – many of them have less than 20. I presume that this is because the manuals are mostly promoted and sold by Microsoft and through computer magazines – Stanek doesn’t need to rely on Amazon reviews to sell those books.
Was Robert Stanek trashing Patrick Rothfuss on Amazon?
In short, I’m not sure. By the time I learned what was happening some of the information I wanted to record had disappeared. I am planning on taking an in-depth look at the situation, but I’ll reserve judgment on what happened until I have done so.
I’d like to thank Jeff Darcy, Rose Fox, David Langford, R.A. Salvatore, and Tim Spalding. They were all kind enough to answer my questions and I am indebted to them for their graciousness and courtesy.
I also decided to go through Stanek’s books and do a page-by-page recap of the entire series. If you really want to be convinced that Stanek is a terrible writer, you can read them here:
- Stanek’s Blog
- Robert Stanek’s Twitter
- William Stanek’s Twitter
- Robert Stanek Message Board
- Reagent Press
- The Magic Lands
Sites that discuss Stanek (many of these I have already linked to in the previous pages). Keep in mind: there’s a lot of misinformation out there about Stanek.
- Roberts Newcomb and Stanek
- Robert Stanek shat directly into my soul
- So I read a Stanek book
- Canned Platypus
- The Worst Book in the World (review)
- Stanek on TVTropes
- A Guide to Ethical Self-Promotion
Note: If you are aware of any inaccuracies on the preceding pages, or think there are more links that belong on this page, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.