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text 2014-10-24 15:43
Hale Doesn't Need "Help"

 I am so tired of everyone saying Hale needs "help". Hale needs to be arrested, tried, convicted and thrown in jail, no community service.

All of her life Hale has skated and people have let her. Her equally obsessive mommy and her (by my understanding) somewhat absent daddy never thought she needed "help". Evidently her well cushioned boyfriend and his over achieving parents don't either.

I'll let them be my guide- she doesn't need help. She needs to be recognized for what she is- a charismatic (for a great many), cold, manipulative con artist with a bent towards blood and violence.

May her family and soon-to-be family reap what they have sown and let grow and let the rest of us only read about it in some other paper than the Guardian.    




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text 2014-10-20 00:48
Dear Goodreads, who has to start bleeding?

[reblogged from 38 Caliber Reviews]


Dear Goodreads,


So this week another author/stalker has come to light, this one publishing her misdeeds proudly for all the world to see. And predictably there were those that found her actions heroic and brave and that the blogger in question "had it coming to her" for blogging under an alias.


But I can't talk about that when I review her book and I'm surprised you are leaving up all those comments on various reviews and ratings because you deleted mine and gave me a warning that I couldn't discuss the actions of the author who called me at home. It will be interesting to see how long all those comments remain up after the weekend, unless because it was just mainly me commenting on getting a phone call from someone bent on intimidation it was easier to shut down and (try to) shut up because there wasn't so many and the author wasn't so stupid as to admit the real content and intent of her call?


I guess this one you might not be able to sweep under the rug, though I am sure you would like to.


Here's my question, when are you going to wake up and realize this behavior isn't going away? When are you going to realize that trying to silence those who are stalked isn't going to work? And when will you realize that by your actions you are complicit with the authors/readers/bloggers/reviewers (it isn't just one group that has the crazies) that stalk, harass, intimidate?


Being quiet isn't working, telling us to only focus on the book isn't working.  This only gives encouragement to those authors who are so entitled, so delusional, so far removed from the realm of reasonable behavior to actively go after reviewers.


Kathleen Hale has any number of supporters, including Anne Rice and now Margo Howard, she has the Guardian for a platform. She has a lot of people who believe that her actions were brave or heroic or justified. This just encourages her or the next out of control author to keep going, to do whatever they want to.


Somebody's going to get physically hurt, then can we post a warning? Who has to start bleeding before we can talk about the actions of an author when reviewing a book?


Could you get back to me when you stop washing your hands?




Mahala- who is not quite as silent as you want her to be



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text 2014-08-02 02:49
When You're Wrong- Threaten


Notice in the first ss she claims I'm "cheating" the system by upvoting her book on Listopia, that might be difficult because I don't think I did. Then she comes out and tries to "subtly" threaten my Vine status.


In the second ss she points out my review, which was a rating first before GR pulled it because saying I didn't think the author would agree with me is about the author not my actions, was posted very soon after she tried her "brilliant marketing strategy". Yes, and I have said that I don't reward bad behavior, one star for the cheater. This is the "coaching" from Linda:



If you have read my review of her book you will notice that none of the suggestions from Linda are there but I do point to several specific middle and near the end examples to prove that, yes, I have read the mess.


So she put together a "package" of my reviews and comments? Wut? Amazon does not care what you do elsewhere just what you do on their site but obviously Maggie thinks that this will, what? I don't know. Notice that when I point out specific points in her book she sidesteps?


In the third she talks about my blog, probably the one I wrote after she called me. Wonder what they would think if they read her blog where she claims to have made this whole mess up to generate interest in her book? Or the one where she lists reviews from GR and tries to mock them?


Yeah, yeah, I'll back mine over hers any day of the week.


THen in the last the ominous "proper channels". Are you kidding me? This is the woman who came back to GR under the stealthy name of spencemaggie to argue with posters on my status after she was banned?


Poor Maggie, still stripping on the corner, begging for quarters.

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text 2014-07-30 12:05
Maggie Spence Tries To Rally Other Authors

Most of you probably are aware that Maggie Spence joined in a discussion yesterday in the comments of a Booklikes review, in which she was...unpleasant.



When she was blocked from commenting further she started a thread on the KDP board attempting to rally other authors to her defense, talking about how she's been harassed and bullied and how mean people are to her.




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review 2014-07-29 22:29
Vardin Village by Maggie Spence
Vardin Village - Maggie Spence

(You all know Spence called me and demanded I remove or change my review and to tell my 19 other friends to stop talking about her or she would make sure my phone number was available to any friend, family member, or stranger on the street that wanted to call me and tell me I was crazy, right?)


Based on the kindle sample, it's ok. Writing is too simplistic for YA.  Lots of telling, not showing, even when unnecessary.  Some middle grade readers may find it acceptable.  So far most of the characters seem stupid or like jerks.  

Do not like the marketing practices for this one and for which I demoted this from two stars to one.

Here are some of my thoughts. I can't reference page numbers, since I was reading the Kindle Sample, but I've referenced the chapters for the information I'm quoting.  The quotes should not imply there was not further text between or around them.  I'm only quoting the portions pertinent to the comments I wish to make.

Chapter 1

George is a high school student who has worries.  He does not have things easy, that is for sure.

At the start of the story we see George with his friends Dillon Haver, Jackson Quinn, and Matt.  

Jackson says, “Someone broke into the press box over at Shari Field.  Coach is ‘investigating’”.  George asks “Your dad’s over there, Jackson?”.   To this Jackson (here the text includes the important tidbit of his last name as well, “Quinn”) replies, “Uh..., it’s his job.”

 If you are like me you might assume since the only male adult mentioned up to this point, and for a bit afterward, is Coach this means Coach is Jackson’s dad.  If so, you’d be wrong.

Shortly following this Dillon is driving a tractor with Jackson in the passenger seat.  We’re told, “With their attention completely focused on hitting Matt with the tractor, none of the boys noticed George’s panic.”  And no, George’s panic is not due to his friends idiocy, but for other reasons.  Then, “The guys laughed when Matt tripped and the tractor came within inches of running over his head.  George pretended to find it hilarious...”

This is the point where I don’t think I like these guys much. Even George, who we’re supposed to sympathize with, is not smelling like roses here.  He does seem to sincerely care about his little seven year old sister, Eleanor, so that gains him some points.  But the fact that he wasn’t startled out of his preoccupation enough to speak up when his moronic friends nearly run Matt over did not impress me.

A couple of Kindle “pages” later we’re told, “Coach and Chief Quinn came out the back door.”  If you’d been paying attention and remember Jackson’s last name is Quinn this is your clue that the police chief is his dad and not the football coach.

We’re introduced to Archie, who works security for the high school. What we’re told about him initially is that he yells at kids who jaywalk, and who are in his way when he walks the grounds.  “George had been afraid of him since T-ball.”  So far, doesn’t sound like a real likeable guy.

Archie opines that the perpetrators of the break in were “goths” who’ve “been creeping around here looking to smoke their grass and sacrifice goats and cut themselves.”  Ok, then.  Since there’s no mention of any evidence of this, “just some stuff moved around” it’s sounding like this guy may have a screw loose.  But then the police chief seems to agree!  “Yes. I figured as much”.  Now the police chief isn’t sounding too bright to me either.

After that conversation is wrapped up the Coach draws George away from the group, “out of earshot”.  Then he YELLS what he has to say. We’ve been told previously he “...yelled almost everything he had to say during normal conversation...”. Seems a bit pointless to me to bother to move out of earshot of the others and then yell what you have to say.  He also seems clueless that George’s family has money issues, which I would think under the circumstances wouldn’t be much of a secret in a small town, so that didn’t seem very believable to me.  But ok, maybe Coach is just an idiot, too.

When George gets back to his friends they want to know what Coach said.  I wonder why, couldn’t they hear him YELLING?

Chapter 2

George’s friends go to “Chipotle”.  I don’t know what that is, and we’re not told.  Perhaps a typical young person reading this would.  My guess is a restaurant, but should I need to guess?

George’s sister Eleanor has been at a friend's house and we are introduced to the friend's mother, Mrs. Tillman.  The Tillmans are well-off, and Mrs. Tillman is condescending and seems self-absorbed.   During this part though I got the impression of a bit of reverse snobbery on the part of the narrator, for example, "Tear-downs were all too common in the village as moneyed urbanites raced to the burbs for the good schools and a simpler life.”

Mrs. Tillman invites Eleanor to go with them on their weekend trip.  I’m not sure why George didn’t let her go, since they don’t have enough to eat (George hadn't eaten in a few days at this point).  At least that way Eleanor would have a few good meals.  George and Eleanor’s parents aren’t in the picture, but with George hiding the fact that his mom wasn’t around it seems to me it wouldn’t be that hard to fake parental approval for someone inclined to believe him.  He could have just told Mrs. Tillman he’d ask his mom, then pretend he was relaying a message when he told Mrs. Tillman Eleanor could go.  It’s possible there was a reason for it I didn’t learn, since I only had a bit more story to the Sample.  But it struck me as strange.

Mrs. Tillman asked George if he knows they are friends with the Jansens.  George tells her he assumed they were.  Mrs. Tillman, “found that hilarious”.  I don’t know why.

George’s deceased grandfather is described as, “an angry, conservative, workaholic”.  I’m sure there are many real people who fit that description, but (in the Sample at least), I don’t see any evidence of any of that, other than we’re just told.  And, along with other mentions and portrayals regarding wealthier people in this story it made me wonder if the author feels conservatives are typically “angry”.  And to be honest, in a middle grade or young adult fiction story that doesn’t have anything to do with politics (that I can see so far), I just don’t want questions like that to occur to me when I’m reading.  There’s just a vague wiff of some sort of underlying bias or message that I’m not sure needs to be here.

Overall, it's tolerable enough, but not without flaws.

For particular parents:  I counted one "Damn" and one "oh, God" in the sample, as well as really stupid and life-threatening antics mentioned above.

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