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.
2. Vampire orgy.
3. A creepy Vampire religion.
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