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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Blog-blah-blah, Re-review...

So this is on authors blogging about other people's books (you may leave now, it's not funny). I've come across a few blogs where the writers, themselves aspiring novelists, review books they've read, and at times scathingly so. When I started Burlesque and decided to do reviews, I made a mistake, I panned Laurel K. Hamilton's GUILTY PLEASURES. I can't say that I like it any more now, but there were certainly elements of it that I enjoyed and didn't incorporate into my review. Just being pissy, not sure of my voice, shit. It certainly wasn't balanced or accurate.

I felt guilty. Jinxed. What if I wanted a blurb from Ms. Hamilton, after all, she's the top rated Urban Fantasy author, right now. I wouldn't be able to ask. I just couldn't.

Shortly thereafter, I decided on simply not reviewing those books that I didn't care for, I just abandoned them, for one reason or another and then reported such on the blog, lest people (and by people I mean, well, I don't know who I mean) continue to look for the review to pop up. I'm still going to do that. I think it's fair. The books I'm choosing have a pretty wide readership, and they each have merit.

So, as a correction, a list of things I liked about GUILTY PLEASURES, which was not abandoned, btw.

1. Wererats.
2. Vampire orgy.
3. A creepy Vampire religion.
4. Ghouls!

Now, I'll let it die. But, in other abandonment news. Despite great reviews, blurbs from authors I respect, and a nice writing style, I'm giving up on A GOOD AND HAPPY CHILD by Justin Evans. After nearly half a book in, I'm just not hooked. So...

Next Book: Snake Agent: A Detective Inspector Chen Novel by Liz Williams

5 comments:

December/Stacia said...

That's what I do, in my New Year's Resolution books. If I don't like a book, I just don't mention it at all.

Mark said...

I've found it's the only way to handle it.

Again, congratulations on your recent release. How is Personal Demons coming along? Edits? Sequels?

You should go do the big update over on FFF, it's all the rage, everyone's doing it. C'mon.

Erin said...

I've come across a few blogs where the writers, themselves aspiring novelists, review books they've read, and at times scathingly so.

You've been reading my LJ, haven't you? ;-)

Have a lovely day! :-)

Anonymous said...

LOL, I'm on a panel with Laurell at Conestoga on Saturday. I'll tell her you were drunk and didn't mean it ;)

-Jeaniene

Mark said...

Dear God NO! Don't bring it to her attention at all. She'll alert her waning fan army and have me clubbed like a baby seal. You'll find me charred on a barbecue like the poor little novelist I am.

**flees to a corner and goes fetal**