I have been reading reviews for books for a few days now, trying to decide what I'm going to order next. I have to say that I'm appalled and ashamed of the way some Pagans speak about others. All the bullshit about "fluffy bunny" this and that and how "so-and-so" isn't reputable and you should stay away from them is ridiculous. It is possible to review something that you didn't like without going on a rant about how that author is a "fluffy bunny" for 4 paragraphs. Yes, even I agree that some authors are better than others, but that doesn't mean that I go around blasting their work and slandering their name. I know, I've ranted about this before, but it seriously pisses me off. Seeing adults act worse than children with all the name calling and crap is seriously disappointing. Really, if you don't like something, say so and move on!
I personally don't love and adore Scott Cunningham, Raymond Buckland and the Farrars. There! I said it! I own a few Buckland and Cunningham books, as well as A Witches' Bible by the Farrars and I think that reading those was important for me, but I don't have a shrine for their work or something, nor do I go around complaining about how they don't practice the same way I do, therefore they must not be true Pagans & Witches (or must have been, since not all are still with us).
Being a Witch and/or a Pagan is a lifelong journey, if you remain on that path. You should be constantly learning and growing. If you are reading books for information, advice, etc., I think it's a good thing to read whatever you can get your hands on and decide for yourself what you do and do not like and agree with. I don't think that name calling, gossip, slander, and other unpleasant things like that are good examples of your spiritual and mundane maturation. If anything, it just shows ignorance, close mindedness and immaturity. Maybe that's just my opinion, though.