Monday, April 29, 2013
And mostly they seem to skew pretty positive. 8/10 is the single most common rating, although I would note that is only one 9.5/10 and no 10/10s so far.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Author: Lisa McCourt Hollar
Price: $2.99 (eBook)
Reviewed by: Emily Veinglory
The poetry in the collection is dark and emotive, but it depends heavily on over-used images such as vampires, darkness, chains and broken wings. The majority of the poems also have the same subject: a female in love with the wrong guy.
Some of the formatting does not seem mindful to me. Like every line starting with a capital letter, most likely because MSWord does this automatically? Use of the possessive apostrophe and other capitalization seems erratic.
I might have been able to recommend this, at least during period where it is free, except that this collection alternates dizzyingly between reveling in subjects like self-mutilatory cutting and necrophilia, and shrill preaching against drug use and abortion. This strange brand of 'gothic moralising' made reading this short book actually fairly unpleasant for me.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
I mean, I have read some doozy introductions by authors, from explanations that the author is a prophet of God to assertions that they (as a fan fic writer) know the characters far better than the person who created them.
And then there is this:
"...there are still a review 'hate' reviews. But guess what? That's okay, because those people weren't right for the book."
He goes on to quote and rebut and criticize some specific Amazon reviews, in the book. So the first thing this book says to me is "if this book doesn't work for you, it is because you suck".
I was checking the book out because the author is actively soliciting reviews, but somehow I think I will be passing on this one.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Title: Pinned: A Kentucky True Crime
Author: Charles W. Massie
Genre: Non-Fiction/ True Crime
Price: $8.99 (eBook) / $ 19.95 Paperback
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Reviewed by: Erica Moulton
I knew it had to happen eventually. My first negative review. I was really excited about this book, partly because of it being true crime and partly because of the subject being from upstate New York like myself. It made it that much more disappointing that I really disliked this novel.
The author tells a very jaded tale of being scorned by a woman who he met on the internet. Who he moved in with pretty much as soon as they met in person. Neither party had a steady source of income or employment, both sound a bit selfish and they spent more time having sex than getting to know one another. Odd that this relationship failed.
The true crime aspect of the book stems from a possession of marijuana charge. Of course, he is completely innocent and must have been set up by the woman who rejected him and ended up with his friend. He wrote an entire book trying to shine a negative light on her, an innocent light on himself and point fingers at her for murder, for theft, for setting him up. He claims the local police are in bed with her and helped set him up.
The book is long (386 pages) but not filled with quality content. A lot of the material should have been removed as it does not add to the storyline. In one chapter, he prepares a spaghetti dinner and goes into detail about how he prepared it. Right down to opening up a jar of Ragu sauce and what flavor it was. It feels jumbled and unorganized. He rehashes the same points several times throughout the book.
There are several sex scenes in the book, which I’m not opposed to. What I am opposed to is several sex scenes which are pretty much the same scene/actions over and over. Of course, the scenes are wrote to suggest the two are rock stars in the bedroom with unending stamina. Yawn.
If you are very bitter about the loss of a love and feel that you have been set up by this person, then you may find some comfort in knowing you are not alone by reading this. I, however, did not enjoy this book at all. If I did not select this book to review and would have been reading as a personal selection, I doubt I would have finished it. I do know for sure that in the event I ever find myself divorced, after reading this book I doubt I will ever place an online dating ad. In the future, I will be sure that True Crime means more than just a possession charge as well.
I am giving a rating of 2/10 only because the author did take the time to write out such a lengthy book.
Saturday, April 06, 2013
The Death and Life of Sherlock Holmes is a Sherlock Holmes pastiche, time-travel story, and slow burn romance. It has elements of all three of these genres but basically has its own identity as a story. I know that I read it, and I enjoyed it, and that is the most important thing as far as I am concerned.