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text 2017-08-01 17:43
Thank You

I wanted to say thank you to Moonlight Reader and Osidian Blue for a fantastic few months playing booklikes-opoly. Thanks, you guys! You're both amazing. Bring on the next game.


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text 2016-08-08 15:10
The Secret Life of a Book Blogger Challenge

(courtesy of Ana's Lair)



Found this in my Wordpress feed and think it's both a good idea and a good way to get to know all your fellow bloggers.  Like Ice Buckets and Pokemon GO!- start with yourself, tag anyone else you'd like to join in and stand back.

How long have you been a blogger?

Off and on about ten years.  Started with MySpace (remember them?), but never really got into it.  After I started reviewing I picked up on Wordpress- which I like a lot.

At what point do you think you'll stop?

I guess when I lose interest, but I don't see that happening anytime soon.  I enjoy doing it and have met a lot of interesting people... I haven't liked some of them, but they've been interesting.  ;p

What's the best thing?

Aside from what I've just mentioned, blogging in it's way is a reflection of the human condition.  Back when we only had penpals and party lines, contact and outreach was still severely limited.  Now everyone and everything is at our fingertips anytime we like (and we're still mostly look at cat pictures and porn).  The unlimited possibilites of connecting with each other and sharing information and ideas has never been so easy or unsettling.

What's the worst thing?  What do you do to make it ok?

I feel like I'm answering these questions before I even get to them.  The worst thing is the raw, unfiltered look at the underbelly of humanity.  Every ugly thought and deed is displayed, and deliberately so.  The desire to be noticed and in many cases, feted uponoverrides everything else- whatever's getting you attention (likes, upvoted), feted, or in some cases worshipped, is becoming more and more accepted as ok.

How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?

Not long.  I'm pretty good at pinpointing my searches to find exactly what I need.

Who is your book crush?

When I was in high school it was the late, great Tanith Lee- if you've read any of her books, imagine reading them during puberty.  Don't have one nowadays- guess it's a sign of encroaching maturity.  lol

What author would you like to have on your blog?

So many- almost too many to mention- and for a variety of reasons.  We'll go with Anne Bishop, Sue Knott, Naomi Clark, Andrew Chapman, Matt Schiariti, Linda Hilton, Kevin Hearne, Christopher Stasheff, Michael Stackpole, Timothy Zahn, Sophia Stewart, Laurell Hamilton, Anne Rice, C.Dean Andersson for starters.

What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

Nothing. ;)

How long does it take you to prepare?

Depends upon the subject.  I'm sure most everyone would tell you some posts pretty much write themselves.  Others take some research and planning.

How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?

Lovin' it.  Like I said- so many interesting and engaging people out there, so much to talk about and explore...  Just because a select few choose to piss in the pool doesn't change anything- you get that everywhere.

What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

Be social, of course.  Post regularly, if not often; engage other bloggers on their blogs and comment on what you find interesting.  You'll find your equilibrium soon enough.

That's it from me; now it's time for a few of you to take a turn:


Debbie's Spurts


Moonlight Reader



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review 2015-08-05 19:23
Lucas Davenport, his penis, and the serial killer
Rules Of Prey - John Sandford

I've said it before - mostly when people are complaining that romance is unrealistic fantasy for the ladies - and I'll say it again: the thriller is the male version of a romance novel.


Think about it: in romance novels, the heroine is often a bit of a plain jane, the average woman with imperfections, who manages to land the most handsome billionaire in all the land to be her husband and provider of endlessly orgasmic sexy-times. This is because most writers believe that this, or a variety thereof, is the ultimate female fantasy.


The ultimate male fantasy? A slightly cooler than average guy with lots of weaponry, speedily solving crimes or international espionage whilst surround by a multiplicity intelligent, beautiful women who want to bang him relentlessly. Dirk Pitt. Robert Langdon. And, yes, Lucas Davenport. 


In anticipation that this trend will continue, I am going to keep a running list of the woman with whom Lucas Davenport exchanges bodily fluids. For my own entertainment only.


The Women of Lucas Davenport:


Jennifer Carey: the hot, smart television reporter. Relationship status: consummated. Also, pregnant with LD's love child.


Carla Ruiz: the hot, smart, artist. Relationship status: consummated, friends with benefits. 


But, leaving aside the testosterone fest aspects of this novel, it is pretty enjoyable. (In spite of the fact that Lucas has an affair with Carla, who is the only surviving victim of the maddog serial killer. This is annoying, inappropriate and completely inconsistent with reality). Engaging and fast moving. Will there be any character development at all? I suspect that the author believes that Lucas is perfect as is, but we'll see.


What do you do with a maddog? Put him down, of course.

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text 2015-08-05 14:57
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Rules Of Prey - John Sandford

Done. Review forthcoming.

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text 2015-08-04 23:04
Rules of Prey: I've read 50%.
Rules Of Prey - John Sandford

Entertaining. Cliched, but entertaining.

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