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text 2017-04-05 20:51
March Wrap-Up

I read 7 books during the month of March (when I finished The Silkworm it was April already, but as my review is already posted at the time of doing this wrap-up, i'll just include it here).

 

5 stars:

 

Riquet à la houppe - Amélie Nothomb  Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher  

 

4 stars:

 

Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone) (Paperback) - Common - Laini Taylor  Tales of the Peculiar - Ransom Riggs,Andrew Davidson  

 

3 stars:

 

Mindspeak - Heather Sunseri  King's Cage (Red Queen) - Victoria Aveyard  The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith  

 

Not too bad. But not so good either. I do have 3x 3 stars... which is not a good rating to me. So that is kind of sad. But the other books I read were really great.

In terms of quantity, I did not read that much. I had a lot of things to do, March is always the busiest month of the year and I also just bought a car, which means less reading time in public transport (I also have to say I watched a lot of Netflix this month... oops).

 

You can find all my reviews here on my blog and on Goodreads as well.

 

Thanks for reading,

 

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review 2016-05-17 00:55
What can I say? -_-
Their Fractured Light: A Starbound Novel - Amie Kaufman,Meagan Spooner

 

It took me almost a full month to read this, so you probably know what is coming...
I didn't hate it: had I hated it, I would have just DNF the whole thing. (Hate would have been welcome!)
 Instead I was left with the last book in a series that up until this instalment I had completely ADORED!
Instead I was left with a story that bored me to new intergalactic levels. -__-

First of all, I couldn't care about this story main characters:
_ Sophia, who is supposed to be some sort of Frank Abagnale, some master manipulator teen able to get her own way, every single time, was never strong enough, or interesting enough for me to care more than five seconds about her.
 I am sorry, I feel bad for the girl, her father was one of the many victims of the so called "Fury", but I could never care enough about her.
As for Gideon, our technological know it all, who lets a girl he never met before infiltrate his top secret lair, *sigh*, what can I say? -_-

So, there you have it: I found the two main characters dull and idiots. Not a good way to finish a series. Unfortunately the authors decided this would be a good time to also include the two previous couples in the story, so I was forced to keep on reading just to find out what would happen with one of them! C'mon!
Do you know how that made me feel?
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Yeah, I was not a happy reader...
 
So there, congratulations,  the authors were able to made me keep reading a story, I was completely bored with, because I wanted to know what would happen WITH ONE OF THE MAIN CHARACTERS. And no, in case you still didn't understand I am not talking about neither Gideon or Sophia. (they're bores).
The sci-fi part was more boring that usual, so my advice for anyone who still hasn't picked up this story, is just for you guys to read the first two volumes and never mind this one.
 
 
 
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text 2016-03-11 09:53
Author rankings, sales ratings and other publishing enigmas

Have you ever tried to make sense out of the author rankings and sales ratings on Amazon?

 

For example, on March 4, 2016 my Author Ranking on Amazon was 1,189,814.

On March 5 Abandoned Dreams was released as an e-book after being available for about three months as a pre-order.

 

There was one sale and my Author Ranking rose to 791,455, a jump of 398,359 points.

 

My ranking as of this writing is 833,996 and dropping, but still significantly higher than in previous months and all on the strength of one sale.

 

On February 14th Abandoned Dreams entered Amazon's system with a sales ranking of 167,189, that's without a sale. On March 5 with one sale under my belt my ranking had dropped to 1,431,617.

 

Does any of this make any sense to you?

 

Of course it makes less sense that I care what my ranking is considering there are hundreds of thousands of authors listed on Amazon apparently doing better than me.

 

While we're on the subject of making sense, which I seldom do, here's another enigma.

 

After giving two books away on Goodreads I noticed 193 people had added Loving the Terrorist (one of the books I gave away) as "want to read", and 259 people had added Saving Spirit Bear as "want to read".

 

That was two months ago and those numbers haven't changed. Apparently, not one person has read either of my books despite "want(ing) to read" them.

 

I'm thinking clicking the "want to read" button is equivalent to "friending" and "following", it signifies nothing.

 

And despite 1,195 people entering the contest and four actually winning books the number of reviews I've received on Goodreads hasn't increased either.

 

To add insult to injury this month their Author Newsletter is pitching "one very simple thing you can do on Goodreads that will boost your visibility, engage your followers, and raise awareness of your book."

 

The simple thing is to share your favourite books by adding them to your shelf. This will evidently "Give new readers a better understanding of where you came from by sharing what you enjoy." It will also generate a "news feed update to your followers".

 

It seems like a tremendous stretch to think a follower would read one of my novels because they were interested in the books, other than my own, I recommend - and that's not just because I have no followers.

 

And yet the folks at Goodreads are adamant that this works just as well as "claiming your author profile, running a giveaway, and enabling Ask the Author."

 

Since I've tried (am currently trying) the other three suggestions and haven't had any significant results whatsoever forgive me if I take a pass on this latest one.

 

I'll be releasing Abandoned Dreams in paperback likely by the end of the month.

 

I'll do it without fanfare.

 

I mean really, what's the point.

 

Stay calm, be brave, watch for the signs.

 

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My novels, FOREST – Love, Loss, Legend and The BIG PICTURE – A Camera, A Young Woman, An Uncompromising Ethic, and Abandoned Dreams are available on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B003DS6LEU and as e-books at https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/raglin

 

The ECO-WARRIORS series:

Book 1, Saving Spirit Bear – What Price Success?

Book 2, Loving the Terrorist - Beyond Eagleridge Bluffs

Book 3, Not Wonder More – Mad Maggie and the Mystery of the Ancients

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review 2016-01-25 18:48
Out of the Sun by Robert Goddard
Out of the Sun - Robert Goddard

 

“The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.”― Niels Bohr

11 hours 55 mins read by Paul Shelley.

Blurb: The presumably childless Harry Barnett, living a quiet, aimless life in Britain, receives an anonymous call informing him that his son, a brilliant mathematician, is comatose. Worse, the son's condition is probably not accidental. His notebooks are missing; people around him are dying under mysterious circumstances. Harry, introduced in Goddard's Into the Blue, finds a new sense of purpose with the discovery that he is a father, and he begins to investigate what happened and why. The answer lies under layers of deceit, greed, fear, madness, and genius and leads Harry into unexpected byways...



HAH - many have read this since I last did - it goes in the 'under 1000' shelf now. If I remember rightly, this does suffer middle of trilogy syndrome...

LATER - ooo, how wrong I was in thinking this subsidiary, the passing of time can distort memory - I love the science conspirarcy here.

"The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”― Isaac Asimov

4* Into The Blue (Harry Barnett #1) (1990) - re-visit 2016
3.5* Out of the Sun (Harry Barnett #2) (1996) - re-visit 2016
CR Never Go Back

5* Past Caring (1986)
5* In Pale Battalions (1988)
3* Play To the End (1988)
4* Painting the Darkness (1989)
4* Take No Farewell (1991)
3* Hand in Glove (1992)
2* Closed Circle (1993)
3* Borrowed Time (1995)
TR Beyond Recall (1997)
4* Caught in the Light (1998)
4* Set in Stone (1999)
3* Sea Change (2000)
1* Dying to Tell (2001)
3* Days Without Number (2003)
3* Sight Unseen (2005)
2* Name to a Face (2007)
1* Found Wanting (2008)
TR Long Time Coming (2009)
TR Blood Count (2010)
WL Fault Line (2012)

3* The Ways of the World (The Wide World Trilogy #1) (2013)
WL Intersection: Paris, 1919 (2013)
TR The Corners of the Globe (The Wide World Trilogy #2) (2014)
WL The Ends of the Earth (The Wide World Trilogy, #3) (2015)
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review 2015-11-06 22:14
A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts
A History of England from the Tudors to ... A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts - Robert Bucholz

 

48 x 30 min lectures

14: Edward VI: 1547-1553
15: Mary I 1553-1558
16: Young Elizabeth 1558
17: The Elizabethan Settlement 1558-1568
18: Set in a dangerous World 1568-1588
19: Heart and Stomach of the Queen 1588-1603
20: The Land and It's People in 1603
21: Private Lives - the elite
22: Private Lives - the commoners
23: The Ties that Bound
24: Order and Disorder
25: Towns, Trade and Colonisation
26: London
27: The Elizabethan and Jacobean Era
28: Establishing the Stuart Dynasty
29: The Ascendancy of Buckingham 1614-28
30: Religion and Local Control
31: Crisis of the three nations 1637-42
32: The Civil Wars 1642-49
33: The search for a settlement 1649-53
34: Cromwellian England 1653-60
35: The Restoration 1660-70
36: The Failure 1670-78
37: The Popish Plot 1678-85
38: Catholic Restoration 1685-88
39: The Glorious Revolution
40: King William's war 1689-92
41: King William's war 1692-1702
42: Queen Anne
43: Queen Anne's War
44: Queen Anne's Peace
45: Hanoverian Epilogue
46: The Land and It's People
47: The Land and It's People
48: The Meaning of English History




NONFIC NOVEMBER 2015:

CR White Mughals
5* A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts
3* Rome and the Barbarians
4* Field Notes From A Hidden City
3* The King's Jews: Money, Massacre and Exodus in Medieval England
CR A History of Palestine 634-1099
CR Charlotte Brontë: A Life
3* The Alhambra
CR A Long Walk in the Himalaya: A Trek from the Ganges to Kashmir
CR Buddhist Warfare



4* History of Science 1700 - 1900
5* A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts
TR Secrets of Sleep
TR Turning Points in Modern History
TR Apocalypse
4* Myth in Human History
3* A History of Russia
TR Classic Novels
5* London
4* Re-thinking Our Past
4* The Vikings
OH Lost Worlds of South America
3* Rome and the Barbarians
TR Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon
OH History of Science: Antiquity to 1700
TR Albert Einstein: Physicist, Philosopher, Humanitarian
TR Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche
5* From Monet To Van Gogh: A History Of Impressionism
5* History of the English language
TR The Late Middle Ages
3* Great American Music: Boadway Musicals
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