Wednesday, May 30, 2012

This book was great. It didn’t send me into nightmarish fits of terror, for example.

When I read this article by the same author, however, fits of terror ensued.  Dude.

[Rainbows End][The lack of apostrophe is intentional]

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

This book

Does seem like it was written in the 80's. 

[The Handmaiden’s Tale][Apparently all puns intended? Naughty author.]

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Since I spent several years in grad school researching ancient manuscripts, I understand why I liked this book.

What I don't understand is why anyone else would. But whatever. It's a NY Times bestseller, so maybe a lot more people did the ancient-manuscripts-in-grad-school thing than I realized.

[People of the Book, Geraldine Brooks]

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Before I started giving book reports here

I gave a few dozen elsewhere.

Since my brain has been kinda empty and my book reading seriously slowed, I thought I'd take a link.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

This book suffers from the "latest book in a successful trilogy" syndrome.

You know. The one I talked about here.

It was good. But it would have been better if the publishers remembered that the only thing separating them from the self-publishing houses is the FILTERING and EDITING they provide. Meaning: don't rush and under-edit a good author just because you want to make $$ faster. You're just undermining your own business value that way, people.

(and yes, I realize the irony of me saying this after my very last post was all about not being able to wait. but I would have waited for something better. I'm not *completely* a child.)

[mockingjay, suzanne collins]

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

I really liked the first three books in this series

Which is why St. Martin's made the Casts write a gajillion new books for the series and only gave them twelve minutes time to do it.

When I grow up, one of my nightmareish writing scenarios will mirror the situation of this book. i.e. I'll write a kick-a trilogy. It'll sell like crazy. The publisher will push me to write moreandmoreandmoreandmore in lessandlessandless time. So my books will be under-edited, rushed, and, ultimately, just like this book. And my readers will be sad. And when sales fall the publishers will blame me.

But at least when my sales crash down into the crapper and I'm cut off by the publisher, I'll have time to write properly again, right? Under a new pseudonym, though. Pesky BookScan.


Sunday, July 11, 2010

This book

gave me delightful flashbacks to all my white trash high school friends from the Bay Area.

[story of a girl]

Thursday, July 8, 2010