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review 2016-03-09 20:31
Needs more work
John & Other Stories (Bite-sized Stories Book 1) - Elysae Shar

This really needs another go through, but I'd still read more by this author.   The ideas are superior to the execution, which isn't so horrible as to keep me away.   I wanted to be able to rate this higher, but I was disappointed in some aspects of this collection. 

 

John is about a monster who lives in the attic, if he exists at all.   The blind woman whose home he lives in has come to accept that he won't eat her if she doesn't go into the attic, and she isn't going to do that anyway.   She can't really get up the ladder safely, so she's not going to go up and not because John's up there. 

 

Her blindness isn't the focus of this story, and so it's dealt with when necessary.   Things like her not going up the ladder, needing a housekeeper, that type of thing.   It felt pretty spot-on, and I appreciated that this other aspect of the story - John, the titular character - was mentioned more since it was all about him. 

 

I loved the story about the dragons, which delved into racism and what you would put up with if someone who belonged to a class you looked down on was necessary for your survival.   It was taunt and the open-ended ending gave me chills. 

 

The other story that stood out in my mind was about a sorcerer who wanted to be freed from his prison and had to push the planet to the breaking point to get what he wanted.   Which had changed by the time they let him out, and it was also rather chilling.   The author has a good grasp of human nature.   

 

But then there was the following: 

 

"When he reached the frayed mat in the hall, he slept on because Alicia had claimed the only bedroom on the day of their arrival."

 

"...town;'s..."

 

"As he made his way past a myriad of stalls selling everything but he wanted."

 

"Besides, Rull's arborian wasn't that goof."

 

No, but there was a goof here. 

 

"She;d..."

 

Just basic errors.   I could understand what he was trying to convey, but I wished it had been a smoother reading experience. 

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text 2016-03-09 03:29
Finished two more books for the blindness project
Love Isn't Blind: A Sweet and Special Romances Collection - Sandra Ross
John & Other Stories (Bite-sized Stories Book 1) - Elysae Shar

I was away from my physical books, but I had my Kindle with me and whipped through a couple more freebies.   Too tired to post reviews now, but will try to get to them tomorrow. (Thursday at the latest, and then I need to read more DD for my DD list.  I'm quite sadly lacking in the classic mini-series, such as Man Without Fear, which I can't believe I haven't read yet!)

 

Love Isn't Blind impressed me as far as how blindness is portrayed; at the very least it's far superior to anything I've read of late.   It got two stars, however, because I felt some of the dialogue was stilted, and I didn't connect to the characters or care about the story at all, and I hate these 30 page serials on top of that. 

 

John and Other stories impressed me far more: there was something about the title story which was the only one with a blind character.   Still, the focus was on another aspect - John, the monster who lived in her attic/she imagined - and I kind of liked how the author managed to focus on John, and yet not ignore the blindness, nor portray it badly despite the main point being elsewhere.  I was impressed by the other stories as well, but the grammar was weird in some places, and this really needed some more editing.   More than one misuse of punctuation made me stop because it was so bad, and so obviously wrong.   The author is German, I believe, at least from the end where it mentions a place in Germany after his little afterward. 

 

I considered upping to four stars because I really enjoyed some of the ideas in the stories.   Unfortunately, the grammatical errors really bugged me, and took me out of the story.   I've always said if it's a matter of needing a translator, get one, so I'm going to stick to that policy.   Why three and a half stars, then?   It wasn't nearly as bad as some books I've seen in number of errors.  I believe a quick proofread and cleaning up of the errors would make this a far more enjoyable read. 

 

I have more to say about both of these books, but will do so later. 

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review 2016-02-03 05:07
REVIEW: P.S. You're Mine by Alexa Riley

24yo plus-sized teacher writes a pen-pal letter to stranger, 37yo Marine soldier Hero.

He uncharacteristically responds back as he's struck by her honesty & sweetnes & hoping she was single too. Thus begins their 1-year-long letter relationship. Each find themselves more intrigued & more in love with each other. However, he stops contacting her & her letters to him are returned. What happened to Hero?**

Lovely romance & steamy. Likable characters, with heroine showing some growth in her confidence & outlook in life. Hero is alpha-demanding & love his obsession with her, loving her curves & cookies and all. I'm not sure though if he was completely celibate during their whole correspondence. I assume so but I'd have liked it clearly expressed. I also didn't like the reveal of Hero's unfinished “P.S.” at the end of every letter.** Wish it wasn't spoiled from the get-go. Aside from that, it's a sigh-worthy romance. With some steamy sex scenes at the end.

**Click here for SPOILERS re: what Hero's unfinished “P.S.” meant & the book's ending.

 

PS... You're Mine - Alexa Riley 

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review 2015-10-16 00:00
Bite Sized Marketing: Realistic Solutions For The Over Worked Librarian
Bite Sized Marketing: Realistic Solutions For The Over Worked Librarian - Nancy Dowd,Jonathan Silberman,Mary Evangeliste Meh, it was ok. I jotted a few things down but this was nothing revelatory. It mostly touts word of mouth marketing, which is fine, but "make friends with the cool kids" is kind of weak advice. The things I made a note on were the sections where they actually provide tips or suggestions for action - survey questions, story box ideas, podcast equipment recommendations, etc. Otherwise I flipped through it pretty quickly without too much commitment.
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quote 2015-04-14 00:03
“Before this trip he was my best friend... And now, well, do you realize how hot he is? I mean like wow. When did that happen?"
"Seventh grade after he got the braces off.”
King Sized Beds and Happy Trails - Cassie Mae,Becca Ann,Theresa Paolo,Tessa Marie

― King Sized Beds and Happy Trails, by Cassie Mae

(Beds series, book # 1)

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