I'm still trying to catch the feral kitten. Whee. I really need to get in gear and raise more money (sigh) and call The Volunteer and make appointments to get a bunch of the colony trapped and TNRed. There's a few that I didn't catch before, and therefore a few new ones. And of course there's Tigger-- the friendly cat who might be a stray or might be theoretically owned but is definitely
not neutered and is therefore going with the next batch. He'd make a great pet-- he's very friendly and comes right up to me to get love. He had a flea collar on him for a short time last year, but no identification collar. And he's always around my building. And he has ginormous [censored] and so he needs to see a vet to get that taken care of.BOOKSLibraryThing
I discovered that you can move your database o' books from LibraryThing to Good Reads. Mind you, I like Library Thing just fine-- but mainly I chose it because at the time it was the only place that let you scan in your books instead of typing them all. I've only moved books over to Good Reads because so many of my LJ and FB friends are there, and because FB has connections. So, 800+ books later, I've got databases at both. Of course, there are at least 50 some books that need to be added since I last updated the list. Not to mention that I didn't include my graphic novels (or romances, for that matter... a dirty little secret, those) the first time around. But I've gotten a lot of research books (for the comps) and a significant number of regular fiction since then, so I ought to, someday, add those.
Also, the best part about taking the bus is that it gives me more time to read. Leaving the house is easier when I know that it means I'll get to read for a bit. :) In the Brief Eternal SUCKINESS
Amazon suggested a book called In the Brief Eternal Silence
for me because I adore the Sebastian St. Cyr books. This book looked vaguely interesting (Victorian England, romance, intrigue, anti-hero, etc.) but what sealed the deal for me to buy it was that it had five five-star reviews.
But this book is AWFUL. It's boring, it's contrived, it's repetitive, and it's predictable. I read the first 300 pages, and then the last 40 ONLY because I wanted to have read enough to write my own review in the desperate hopes that no one else would be taken in by the LIES of the other five reviews. I was willing to overlook the fact that it was from a Christian publisher (even though there was NOTHING to suggest that on the webpage or synopsis)-- in fact, in the 2/3rds of the book I read there really wasn't much to suggest it had a Christian agenda (although I suspect I may have missed the hero's conversion in the pages I didn't read). There's probably a decent-ish book in there, but it DESPERATELY needed a ruthless editor and several more rewrites.
I now strongly believe that the five reviews it has are from friends/family of the writer (although I have no proof of this other than the fact that none of the reviewers have ever reviewed another book on Amazon. Well, that and their excessive praise for a fourth-rate piece of amateur writing. Oh, and the fact that one of the author's is published by this author's company. Nepotism ftw!)
My vitriolic review of the book appeared on Amazon only today and it already has received a "0 out of 1 people find the following review helpful." I kind of think that the author herself might be monitoring the Amazon page. Granted, I could be paranoid here-- but this isn't exactly a book that is flying off the shelves and therefore has a page likely to receive a lot of hits. The biggest clue that gives me this suspicion is the author's acknowledgments in the book itself, some of which I will now share: I wish I had a long list of people that helped me in my endeavor, but I really don't. ... My greatest acknowledgment goes to Christ. He was there when that long list of people wasn't.
Frankly, this reads as a bitter woman (despite the prayer she then follows that statement with.)
If you'd like to see the book's page (and my review) it's here
. Feel free to say that my review was helpful. :D (Mine would be the one that gave it 1 star as opposed to the ones who all gave it 5 stars.)
(I've just discovered-- and man I wish I'd known this before, as I would not have bought the book-- that she was unable to find a publisher for this (or her other manuscripts, gee, I wonder why) so she started her own publishing company. GAH. I have found her blog just now. She seems like a nice enough person. She's just a TERRIBLE writer. It horrifies
me that she apparently gives writer's workshops
. [Those who can't do, teach?] Oh good grief, her publisher includes a "sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
which is apparently a "religious romance." Really?!
Apparently I now have a vendetta, and am looking up reviews of her book. One which adores said book declares, "these characters illicit an emotional response from the reader in diverse ways as they play their parts in this grand drama of vengeance" (Long and Short Reviews
). "Illicit a... response," huh? Well, good to know that the reviewer is as good a writer as the, well, writer. Also, " He walks with the dead as he mingles with meanest of society while seeking VENGEANCE" (Long and Short Reviews.) Really? First, of all, VENGEANCE? Is that necessary? Secondly, if he really "walked with the dead" that'd be a better book.
Why am I spending so much time sharing all of this? Because I'm irritated at how this book is presented when in actuality it's awful. Grr! I so wish I had not spent money on it! And from now on, when I consider a new author (one not recommended by a friend) I'm going to look into them first.
Why didn't I do a book review of it if it was so bad? Because it wasn't entertainingly bad (unlike The Bounty Hunter's Bride
and the romance that was sublimated into attention for the freakin' cow.) Trust me, I spared you by not talking about this terrible book 'til now.Soulless
On the bright side, I followed eiluned
's recommendation for Soulless
from over on her website The Discriminating Fangir
, and so far it is excellent
. I shan't try to describe it, since you can read her review of it here
. And also, I haven't finished it yet. :) But it's proving a very nice antidote to the above mentioned SUCKITUDE.Writing
I'm actually making progress on my Not-a-NaNo. :) That's all I shall say. Well, that and reading the The Brief Tedious Dreck
actually pointed out some mistakes for me to avoid. So. Yay. Other News
I fixed my vacuum cleaner. Woot. :) It wasn't complicated, but neither was it easy to get the stoopid belt in the proper place.
I told my mom I might need an eye appointment because I might
be having some trouble reading, and she laughed at me. (She's had bifocals since she was about my age.) Grr.
My parents are coming to visit at Thanksgiving-- yay!
I can't get the Mystery Smell out of my flat-- boo.
I have (relatively minor) crushes on several people, none of whom have shown any interest in me. Boo. But also yay, since I haven't time for that anyway!
I'm going to stop this entry now. But remember to go vote for my review as helpful! >:-D Hehheh.