No kidding: he really did.
Thanks for the kind words, John! For that matter, this seems as good a place as any to express my deep thanks to everyone who linked the post, and commented in it, as well as my thanks for the good sportsmanship of all Ringo fans, not-fans, and the sometime fans who are avoiding the PALADIN OF SHADOWS SERIES like the plague. (And an extra-special thanks to brown_betty, who preread the review for me.) I, um. Yeah.
(Meanwhile, the phrase "OH JOHN RINGO NO" seems to have taken on a wider meaning, at least for the moment. Hey, John, it's *free publicity!*
...I really need an icon with the words "OH JOHN RINGO NO.")
(ETA: vito_excalibur hooked me up. (See comments.))