Friday, August 8, 2008

Review: Raine

Raine: The Lords of Satyr (Book #2) Raine: The Lords of Satyr by Elizabeth Amber

My review

rating: 2 of 5 stars
Truly. I should know better. But, dammit, I have to finish the series! Yes, that means I have the third, and last, book on hold from the library. But, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, and expecting a different result, right?

These books make me insane.

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Bad Cover

I know she's supposed to be feeling tranquil, or whatever. Cloud 9? But, to me, she looks creepy. I was going to say slightly creepy, but the more I look at it, the creepier she gets!
Maybe THAT is my moment of clarity.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

I have a soft spot for Mickey Haller

I would say that I'm kind of hit or miss with Michael Connelly. What I've read, I've really liked. But, I haven't been compelled to read each and every book. The Poet was one of my favorites until I came across The Lincoln Lawyer. That was the first book I listened to on audio from beginning to end. I'm not sure if it was the story, or the narrator, but I hadn't been able to get through a book on cd before LL.

Connelly's upcoming book brings together his "series" character, Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller, from Lincoln Lawyer. The two also happen to be half brothers, so that should be interesting. I think this is the first time I've actually anticipated a Connelly book.
Nicholas: The Lords of Satyr (Book #1) Nicholas: The Lords of Satyr by Elizabeth Amber

My review

rating: 3 of 5 stars
You know.....maybe I should stop reading everything people tell me to read. Just a thought.

Anyway, this wasn't as bad as I was expecting it to be. There was plot. There was conflict. There were interesting characters, both good and bad. There was intrigue.

There were also a few incredibly STUPID things in this book. I didn't think I could get past the first chapter without giving up. But, once you get past that, the rest of it was okay. I'm going to read the next two in the series. I hope for better, but expect the same.

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Good Cover/Bad Cover

Are there ever going to be any good covers?

A pair from the porn plot vault.

Magically Delicious?! Come on. You're not even TRYING anymore!

Milking the Cash Cow. Again.

I think I call bullshit on this story. What better way to get press for your "probably going to be a literary darling that sits on the shelves" book than to SAY you're cancelling it "for safety reasons" and then let the world work itself into a First Amendment uproar. Then, when you DO finally release it, the world can applaud your obvious bravery and swoon at your courage for standing up for "American ideals."

When really, all you did was write a book that no one would have wanted to read without your manufactured hysteria.


Monday, August 4, 2008

Reading the OED?

There seems to be this trend now where people do something usless and then write a book about it. Nice work if you can get it, I suppose.

The bigger question is WHY anyone would think this was interesting. I mean, he read the dictionary! Big deal. Okay, it wasn't just any dictionary. I get that. The OED is huge. Gigantic. Ginormous, even. Volume upon volume, word after word, of knowledge. Straight up. No chaser.

I get it. But, seriously, if you're not doing this while simultaneously performing heart surgery and making meth in the bathtub, I just ain't that interested. Maybe that is cynical (maybe?!) but it's also the truth. We've had A.J. Jacobs both read the Britannica from top to bottom and live a year as if he were in biblical times.

This dude read the OED. Nope. Not that interesting.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Review: The Defiant Hero

The Defiant Hero by Suzanne Brockmann (Troubleshooters #2)

People have been telling me to read Brockmann's Troubleshooters series for YEARS. Obviously, there was some other reading that too priority, but I promised to move the series to the top of the post bar reading list.

Yeah. Loved it. There was romance. There were guns. There was espionage. There were hostages and daring escapes.

There. Was. Hot. Sex. With. Chocolate. Syrup. (I'm just saying.)

And, most importantly, there was humor. God bless a book with humor. And, of course, a man in dress whites doesn't hurt either.

Something tells me.....

that the real subtitle of this book should have been "Somebody's about to get an a** whoopin.

But, of course, they don't let me name the books.

Not quite Moses, but.....

I'm voting for the one that comes out in tights!

And the winner is.....

Congrats, Warden! J.R. Ward, and the Cop, won best paranormal romance at this year's Rita Awards.

If you're a romance/urban fantasy fan and you haven't read this series, you're missing out. Although, I have to say, I think the Ward backlash is starting. I heard someone say, the other day, that people in the romance book world "treat her like a God."

I haven't seen that to be the case, but what do I know, right? I have met Ward, and she is probably one of the nicest "Gods" I've met. But, honestly, I haven't had the misfortune of meeting any really horrible authors. All of them have been exceptionally nice, and humbled by the interest in their work. Isn't that nice?

The rest of the RITA winners can be found here. I'm interested in reading Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr.

Review: Happy Hour is for Amateurs

Happy Hour is for Amateurs: a lost decade in the world's worst profession by "The Philadelphia Lawyer"

If you are thinking about law school, or are about to start your first year, skip this review. This is DEFINITELY not for you. If you're a 2 or 3L, you're too far gone now to quit, so I think it's safe.

You can tell by the title what this book is about, can't you? The hell on earth that is being a lawyer. I know, for a fact, that there are some happy lawyers in the world. The problem is they never write books about it. Too bad. Wanna know what else is too bad? That the whiner who wrote this book found a publisher. It isn't that I don't feel sorry for him about the law thing. Sure, it can suck being in a profession you hate..... but that is the least of his problems. Reading the book, I am just struck (over and over again) at what an asshole he is. I know, I know. The lawyers reading this are shaking their heads like....duh. What else would he be? Maybe so, but it is just really apparent and tragic that someone with the benefit of a good education is such an idiot. The things he does with his friends, the things they think are just HILARIOUS? Maybe I'm too old to be reading this book. I'll have to give him credit for going the full nine and making himself look as pathetic as he does. He certainly doesn't pull any punches. And, if he does, then I don't wanna know about it. It couldn't possibly be worse.

Give this a read if you're interested. I certainly can't recommend it to anyone, though. I can't think of a single redeeming quality about it, and I feel dumber today after reading it.

Can you like a crazy author?

Seriously, if an author is completely mental, as far as his personal opinions go, can you forget all that and still enjoy their books?

If writing weren't such an extension of an individual, I might say yes. It isn't like acting, after all. Acting is reciting someone else's lines, someone else's vision. Writing is the person creating that vision.

It is an interesting question. Anyway, an author I used to like is completely mental. To be honest, I haven't really followed him after the first two or three books of his. It wasn't that I knew he was crazy then, but I just didn't care enough about his books to keep reading. But, the ones I did read, I really liked.

Too bad.