Thursday, September 2, 2010

Is there an age exemption...

for believing (or not) in intellectual freedom?

So, remember yesterday's tweet about our most recent "Request for Reconsideration"? Turns out, it was from a 65 year old woman. Suddenly, I feel bad. Do I still believe it is ridiculous to think you can make decisions for an entire city based on what you, personally, find objectionable? Yes, of course. But, should the age of the person complaining make the complaint more palatable? Am I giving a pass because this is (likely) someone's grandma? Probably. Of course everyone has a right to send letters to the library about the trash in our collections. If you hate something, write away. Right away! It's only when it turns from "that book (dvd, cd) was a bunch of crap" to "NOBODY should be reading this, discard it immediately" that I have to stop and mock you. But, apparently, only if you're under 65......


Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Review: Delicious

Delicious (Wicked Lovers, #3)Delicious by Shayla Black

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I had been waiting for Luc's book for a long time. Since Decadent, right, which was.....2007. So, maybe expectations were a little too high. It seemed to me, though, that Luc's character lost a little something in the three years between books. I still enjoyed this one, but not as much as I'd hoped. And, since it's been a little while since I've read it, I can't even remember enough to give details in this review. I remember that I DIDN'T like the secrecy. It didn't make much sense. Luc has secrets. Alyssa has secrets (hers were the only ones that made sense) WHY didn't he just point blank ask her about her relationship with Tyler? And if he didn't believe the answer, WHY is she wasting her time with him? I also didn't like the consistent red herring about who was the "villain". If you're trying to make this romantic suspense, then make it romantic suspense. Don't play at it. It didn't work. But, the things Black is good at: romantic, edgy, angsty romance worked in this book. It seemed, though, like she was trying to do too much and ended up only landing half her punches.

A disappointing effort from an author I normally like very much. But, that happens.

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Review: Need Me

Need MeNeed Me by Shelli Stevens

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really wanted to give this 3.5 stars. Why can't I give .5 stars, GoodReads?!

Anyway, I really liked many things about this book. Hot sex? You betcha! Interesting Characters? Yep! Engaging dialogue and humor? Uh huh. But.....if you were to ask me what this book was about....I couldn't tell you. The plot missed me by a mile. There was this girl, and she was stealing stuff because she had to, and she used to be a whore, and now she isn't, but she still has to steal stuff, and this military guy is guarding it, and I think they're in space, or on another planet, or.....yeah, you get the picture. I would fail the book report. The strange thing is, it really didn't curtail my enjoyment of the book. I loved Brendan and Nika. I also loved Molly and Emmett. I thought Stevens developed their characters great, the tension, the angst, all good. I just didn't care about anything else. The plot wasn't equally developed with the characters. It seemed almost as an afterthought. Almost like: I have these great characters and I really need to tell their story, but....I guess I have to have something else for them to do in between their interactions with each other.

Now, all of that said, it is also quite possible that I missed the boat here. Every experience with a book is different, so it is more than possible that I was only concerned with certain portions of it, to the exclusion of all others. I'm not discounting that as a possibility because it wasn't like the book was 50 pages of sex scenes and then it was over. Obviously, there was more there that I read (or skimmed) but didn't take in. (pun intended). So, it could be my fault. But, whatever the reason, I wasn't engaged in the plot and I don't feel like I missed out on anything important. I still got an enjoyable read.

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