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url 2016-07-30 22:10
Post on "Bad Advice for Writers"

Funny article that includes such gems of bad advice as:

"There are only two types of reviews: the positive kind, and the kind where the reviewer didn’t understand the book. A bad review of your book is actually a cry for help!


Whenever you see a negative review that makes you say to yourself, “I should reach out to this person, perhaps in a borderline illegal fashion,” by all means do so. Find out where they live if you want! Show up on their doorstep and offer to politely explain how they simply failed to understand your novel. Make it clear that this is something they need to resolve within themselves and not a reflection on your work, and also that there’s no need whatsoever to call the police, so please put down the phone and stop crying."

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com/g-doucette/bad-advice-for-writers-na_b_6056388.html?fb_action_ids=901533933198035&fb_action_types=og.comments
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review 2015-06-14 00:00
Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater

Okay, from my rating you would probably think I hated this book to some degree. Before reading this book, I thought I would in fact hate it. I was surprised to find that it wasn't completely and totally awful! Yay!

But...I still didn't enjoy it. I can sum it up for you in a couple words, cheesy and boring.
The writing was pretty good and as I listened to this on audio book, I thought it was read quite well.
But I was zoning out often because it was just so darn boring. Shiver suffers from a serious case of insta-love. It's really weird, because it doesn't develop anywhere from that. It's just "Oh I saw you and I loved you" and then it goes nowhere. *eternal sigh*

There isn't much of a plot. Just the two main characters (whose names I've already forgotten) staring at each other and the occasional irrelevant dialogue from random side characters who...were they important? I can't remember. Okay, to be fair, there were moments where I went "Oh! Interesting!" but my interest never lasted long, and the particular sub plot would die out before I could get invested.

Overall, this was not awful. It had moments of charm within it's stale and lifeless plot. Unless you really, really, reaaaally like boring paranormal ya romance, I wouldn't recommend this one. I won't be continuing the series because I couldn't care less. Goodbye!

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review 2015-01-21 00:00
City of Glass
City of Glass - Cassandra Clare

I just. Ugh, I don't know what it is about this series exactly, but I do not like it.
This book wasn't actually to bad. The plot was mildly interesting, if predictable.
Jace was, once again, horrible and completely unlikeable. Clary was a bit less dumb, however everyone else was dumb too so I guess she just blended in more. Except for Magnus Bane. He's fabulous.

Sorry for this horrible review, but my favourite thing do while reading this was to make fun of it. :) It's probably not as bad as I make it sound. Or maybe it is? I can't tell anymore.

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review 2014-08-19 00:00
Anna and the French Kiss
Anna and the French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins


I always forget why I don’t like contemporary romance novels. Then I read one. And oh do I remember. Anna is forced to attend a boarding school in Paris (OH THE HORROR) by her famous novelist father who JUST DOESN’T UNDERSTAND.

You would think, upon getting ready to live alone in a whole different part of the world, you would find out a bit about the country. But Anna, dear, dear Anna, does not have common sense. She finds herself sobbing into her pillow, confused and alone. However, despite her slightly awkward social skills, and her inability to read the lunch menu, she joins a group of friends who help her with the language and show her around the beautiful city. In this group we have Meredith, who has a pretty room and an irritating crush. Next there’s Josh, funny, laid back, and one of the novels few redeeming qualities, along with his girlfriend Rashmi. While they don’t have huge roles, their quirky personalities are a breath of fresh air from the ridiculous story.

Of course, last but never ever least, we have the cliché of clichés, Etienne St Clair. He’s an American, with a British accent, living in France. His golden brown hair is perfectly soft, and styled in such a way that you can’t tell if he spent an hour on it or if he simply woke up with it. He’s funny without sounding lame, sarcastic without being rude, and he can talk his way out of any situation. Anna falls head over heels for St. Clair, bonding with him over daddy issues and how tasty grapes are. But, plot twist! St Clair already has a girlfriend, and even as he grows closer to Anna, he’s scared of change. This doesn’t fit in with his confident (but NEVER obnoxious) manner and his willingness for new things.

Just when Anna thinks she may have a chance with him, her new friend Meredith freaks out, because HOW DARE Anna have feelings for the most cliché perfect boy that ever existed! Drama! Meredith really needs to chill.

Amidst all the cheesy romance and cat fights, we have the beautiful setting. When Anna finally ventures out of her school, we get a good feel for the French culture. There are no fantastic descriptions but Stephanie Perkins does have a nice flow to her writing that makes it come alive. I have always wanted to visit Paris and the small glimpse was what kept me reading.

Unfortunately Anna is just a shallow character. Her dream is to become a film critic, inspired by her father’s horrible book to movie adaptations. However she seems o nothing about film. While exploring Paris, she is shocked to discover movie theaters everywhere. She is literally in the home of film itself. And she claims to be an expert. In her excitement, she begins to book tickets for all the American movies she can find. That’s right. American. She is in France. And not once, not even when she becomes fluent in the language, does she venture to see a French film IN FRANCE!

Despite all the dumb things she does, there were some cute moments with St Clair. Like when everyone else goes home for thanksgiving except for them, and they dance on the front desk. This was quickly taken over by moments of extreme cheese as they gazed into each other’s eyes. Ugh.

Stephanie Perkins has a nice quirky writing style but it’s brought down but shallow characters and an over dramatic plot that I hope no one has to go through in real life.

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url 2014-05-27 18:42
Cached view of a now deleted author blog post ... also insisting reviews provide constructive feedback

Just sharing something that punches my buttons:   the negative consumer product opinions (reviews) only permissible as "constructive feedback" for authors culture that is growing like a bad fungus.  


Seriously, not trying to draw attention to or garner publicity for this author. I'd just as soon everyone ignore the books and not comment, rate, review, buy, sample or whatever.  So much if this drama crap is intentionally done (no way if knowing this author's intentions) thinking bad publicity better than no publicity to draw attention to not-being-discovered (or not selling enough) books, not trying to add to it.  

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