Why would you apologize for what you read for pleasure? Every book read for pleasure should be celebrated. And novels that celebrate love, commitment, relationships, making relationships work -- why isn't that something to be respected? - Nora Roberts
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Here we may criticize the book, but never the one who reads it.
Proud supporter of the Oxford comma, and any other comma I can wedge into a sentence.
Authors: You are welcome to comment here, on the review of your book or any other post.
Friday, October 31, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
The Glassblower (first book of a trilogy), by Petra Durst-Benning, translated by Samuel Willcocks (historical fiction, mostly)
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Saturday, October 25, 2014
I found the novel mildly disappointing, and I don't think I even reviewed it. It suffered greatly - for me - from over-promotion. I think if I were to read it again, and I suppose I will now, I would approach it as high-grade fanfic rather than the latest mystery novel by an author I admire very much. I think the change in approach would allow me to enjoy the book more.
In any event, heads up. I looked at some of the sneak peeks on YouTube, and while I see that I will have to watch with the remote in my hand in order to mute Lydia's shrieking and Mother Bennet's presence in general, it looked like a decent way to spend a couple of hours.
YMMV, of course.
link to PBS webpage: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/programs/series/death-comes-pemberley-s1/
Friday, October 24, 2014
As Sunita has said so eloquently (as always), some of us are re-evaluating our role as cogs in the publishing machine.
Because you can't serve two masters.
[At any rate, not in any of the erotica I've read to date, which is admittedly not a lot.]
My own experience with ARCs was largely not positive. Yes, I read some good books, and read them before they were published, and read them without paying for them. After awhile, I figured out (slow study, me, and reviewing even then not the focus of my life) that I got more books to read if I gave favorable reviews. (This is speaking generally, and not reflective of the behavior of all publishing companies.) Well, that's uncomfortable, isn't it? If I call La Nora, for example, on serious continuity problems in an In Death book, does that mean that I won't get an ARC for the next In Death book? And what's with the pressure to post reviews on Amazon?
Some people post only 4 and 5 star or A and B reviews. There's nothing wrong with that, but if I read a book that made my toes curl with poor formatting, impossible grammar, or absurd plotting, I feel duty bound to tell the world about my opinion. Books are expensive, and the time it takes to read one can never be recaptured. So you'll find plenty of F, fail, stupid, WTF, and DNF reviews here. Not because I'm mean, which I can be, but because I'm honest. To a fault, sometimes.
Oddly enough, I hear from people more often than I would have thought that they bought a book based on a negative review here, because things I found troublesome (forced consent, for example) are catnip to them. So there you are.
I enjoy author contact here. So far nobody has crossed a line. I've had authors comment to correct an error in my review - always appreciated, since I crank these things out early in the morning before coffee or shower. Sometimes they've suggested other books they think I might like, their books or others. They've offered recipes. They've prayed for my husband's health. Some have contacted me privately by email. Not one of them (so far) has been abusive, although a couple have been annoyed. Well, hell, I get annoyed, too. We'll be annoyed together. The next time you're in my city, email me and I'll meet you at Starbucks and we'll pound it out over coffee. If you can learn to live with the fact that I wouldn't know literary analysis if it rose up and bit me in the butt, maybe I can learn to live with the fact that you don't know the difference between "their" and "they're".
So there we are. I'll be posting my very own true Halloween story this weekend. But no book reviews until next week. Mine is a small voice, but I will not be silenced.
For more, take a look at the Dear Author blog, or read Sunita's very eloquent soul searching and boundary setting at her blog, which for now is still available to all to read, at http://vacuousminx.wordpress.com/2014/10/22/blog-blackouts-and-minor-adjustments-to-vm/#more-5689
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Christmas in The Duke's Arms, novellas by Grace Burrowes, Carolyn Jewel, Miranda Neville, Shana Galen (Regency novellas)
Edited for correction 1109 10/22/14.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Lady of Ashes, by Christine Trent (Victorian, historical fiction, mystery-thriller) (long, get a cup of coffee)
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Monday, October 13, 2014
ETA: If you haven't read any of Ms. Clarke's work, you really should. They are reasonably priced and they are gems. My heart broke and then was repaired in All I Want For Christmas. I cringed (in a good way) and chuckled my way through Twelve Days, and you simply must read the Oil Tycoon - turns several well-known tropes on their heads. Others of her works are also highly satisfying but I just can't come up with the titles off the top of my slightly-depressed and tired head. Oh: Table For One - really well-done short story.