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This is the story of my life lately and it is quite frustrating.
Anyone got any recs for some exciting romance with PNR overtones or a good historical a la Lisa Kleypas?
Amongst all the crazy drama from Anne Rice here is a wonderful reminder that some of my idols are truly amazing, like Nigella Lawson my absolute girl crush. I want to cook like her when I grow up.
This is such a great article by author Jason Sanford. He is concerned how 'Stop The GR Bullies' and Anne Rice are hurting the relationships between authors and readers.
Also, a great related blog on Goodreads: When good authors go to the dark side
ETA: Thanks 'Anon' for posting the link on the STGRB web site. Appreciate the help. :-)
Sorry JBG, it's not all about fear. That is your game, and what you try to spread to your cult following. Your site feeds on hate, fear, and attacking others. Simply put, a good person wouldn't want to associate with that.
(Edited to fix link to Jason's article. He re-launched his new website and the link path changed)
If you have been following the latest drama of Anne Rice, STGRB and their menacing pet troll Kevin Weinberg, you know that Jenny Trout was recently targeted by Kevin for a) expressing her opinion of a book's content, and b) expressing her wish that it be pulled from circulation.
The story posted on STGRB (where opposing comments are most often not allowed) used selective screen shots provided by Kevin, and which painted Jenny Trout as an 'author attacker'. (Irony, right?) The article was immediately then heralded on Anne Rice's Facebook page for her 1 million+ followers to peruse and persecute, and where many opposing comments were also not welcomed and therefor deleted. (more deleted & deleted)
If you followed along like I did, you too felt a game was at play. A sick game where players behind the curtain were manipulating facts for the purpose of targeting a person Anne Rice has had issues with in the past. Yes, it felt VERY personal and completely dubious. And given Kevin Weinberg's proven history of manipulating tween-age kids into creating fake accounts to troll along side with him, including his recent attack of people on an Amazon thread who were simply opposed to Anne Rice's support of STGRB, one will see he very likely has ulterior motives.
Sadly, as a result of this calculated attack, several people complained to Jenny's publisher. The publisher heard one side of the story and felt they needed to pull Jenny's story from an upcoming anthology of 12 authors. In support of solidarity, the other 11 others also pulled their stories. So not only was Jenny hurt in the mix, but so were 11 other authors.
The digest version, I think:
Jenny Trout speaks her mind about a racist/rapist book. Jenny Trout encourages readers to let booksellers know how vile the book is and encourage them not to sell it.
Anne Rice puts pressure on Excessica, who is apparently (I didn't do any real research; it's late and I'm tired) a publisher, not to publish Jenny Trout's book in a boxed set, Bad Boy Next Door.
Excessica caves to Anne Rice's bullying and pulls Jenny Trout's book from the boxed set.
Jenny Trout's fellow authors stand up to Anne Rice's bullying and pull their own books from the boxed set.
I don't know who or what Excessica is, but I don't like them and I won't support them.
They're spineless worms.
I recently watched the BBC documentary, The Secret World of Lewis Carroll, made as part of the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Yes, this is me the downer again.
I liked this book and the parts I enjoyed the most involved Megan and David together talking, working as a team, learning about each other. Those where the moments where the story really picked up big time and I felt the author was really engaged in those moments but I felt that rest of the plot really stall and we sort of got this in between book which kind of sucks.
I still like this series, I still think is really good and kind of original but we are kind of losing momentum. I will keep reading because Megan is freaking awesome and David is really funny but I am not as invested in the storyline as I once was.
2014 has been a sad year for books. I struggle to write up this post because it just feels like I have read every good book out there and I am now struggling through the disappointments.
This list is in no particular order but each book has managed to wow me in some ways. Of course, my favourite author Ilona Andrews features heavily in this list as I just love the formula this team writes. Linda Howard was a new addition to my roster of authors to read, I might try a few of her other books this new year.
My wish for this new year is to read lots and lots of good books but given my demanding nature I think it will take a miracle.
Okay, drop everything you are doing or reading because Ilona and Gordon have done it AGAIN, ladies and gentlemen!
This book was an awesome, wild ride the likes of which I haven't read in a looooonnnnggg time when it comes to PNR. Every other major author out there has so far managed to screw up their start to their PNR series this year but not Ilona and Gordon, they delivered like nobody's business in this book.
While I have been anxiously awaiting this book this year, I do confess to having doubts that I wouldn't like it quite as much, all of us seasoned readers know of the disappointment that can come from too high and expectation. I gotta say however, I was truly, sincerely, insanely impressed.
This is one awesome start to this series and while I do have a few bones to pick they are minor compare to the grand scheme of things. People worry that it was going to be 'romance-y' need not have doubts, while we do have a few paragraphs waxing over Rogan's hotness and perfect bodies and lyrically written sentences steeped in cheese, they are actually less than what is found in most PNR. While the sexual tension between the main couple, Rogan and Nevada, is thick we do not get insta-love and over the top declarations of devotion. We do get a flowering bond between our romantic twosome and it is enough to leave you wanting more but at the same time not enough to make gag.
Regarding the characters, when it comes to Mad Rogan, Ilona and Gordon made about as crazy as I have read a character in a while. He is honestly a psychopath, he has no regard for rules and peoples lives until they serve some sort of purpose. How do you like or fall in love with a man like that? Well, you don't at first, you dislike him and wondered what the hell is wrong with Nevada that she likes him so much. I actually didn't even start to like him until 75% of the way through when I finally started to warm up to him.
There is a slight problem with the pacing in the first half but if you persist you will find the issue fixed and quite an amazing second half of the book that really makes this first instalment. The ending was quite amazing, really over the top, it felt like Ilona and Gordon went down the road of go big or go home.
I CAN'T WAIT FOR BOOK 2!