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John Havel, plagiarist for The Hustle, a (long) postscript

28 Jul

First, the niceties: I am not a lawyer, nor do I play one anywhere. You can read what I know (or think I know) about copyright and fair use, as it applies to the United States, here and here, respectively. Based on my understanding of both, I believe that my use of screenshots and quotes in this post, for the purpose of commentary and discussion, as well as to express my opinions, fall squarely under fair use.

Also, I’m using either do-not-link links, or cached pages from the Wayback Machine, because I’m not giving the assholes at The Hustle hits.

Finally, this is very long. No, seriously; it’s insanely long. You’ve been warned.

And now, on to the post. (Please note the update in the body of the post)

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Blogger Blackout

23 Oct

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Because this happened, Her Hands, My Hands will be quiet until Monday October 27th. There will be no reviews until Saturday November 1st.

Full list of participating blogs at Book Thingo. Image courtesy of Kaetrin.

The Masterful Mr Montague, by Stephanie Laurens

8 Jul

The Masterful Mr MontagueA few years ago–don’t ask me how long, but it’s probably around a decade or so–I discovered Stephanie Laurens’ Cynster novels, thanks to the good offices of my friendly neighborhood used book seller. Being the obsessive little reader that I am, I read all of the Cynster books (including that horrible bit of revisionist history that is The Promise in a Kiss¹) up to The Taste of Innocence (number 14 in the series). At that point, for reasons explained below, I broke up with Ms Laurens.

Years went by, and then, a few weeks ago I happened to see this title at the grocery store, and even though I certainly do not need any more books in the house,² I gave in to my known weakness and read the back cover blurb.

Oh hey, it’s not yet another Cynster book!³ And lo and behold, the protagonists are not from the aristocracy! Snap, will you look at that, our male protagonist has been mentioned in a minor capacity throughout several of the first dozen books, starting with the very first, Devil’s Bride.

Of course I’m intrigued, and in the basket it goes. And, as luck would have it, not too much later, it was read. Here’s the reult.

(Reader beware: this is more rant than review, and as such, it’s spoilery.)

Without further ado, the afore mentioned blurb (from the author’s site):
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Bride by Mistake, by Anne Gracie

2 Oct

(Previously published at Book Thingo on September 18th, 2013. This all started when Kat put out a call for readers to review this years R*BY finalists for the blog. I eagerly accepted and she provided a copy for review. Below is a slightly different version of the review, edited to fit my own style.)

Bride by Mistake, by Anne Gracie.Bride by Mistake

This was a difficult review to write for a number of reasons, so please bear with me.

Ms Gracie’s writing is always beautiful and engaging, and I had liked both The Perfect Rake and The Perfect Waltz so very much, that I was eager to read and review this book. Sadly, this novel is both a road romance and a trip down memory lane—and not always in a good way—and it didn’t work for me very much.

Our protagonists are the feisty Isabella and the gallant Luke (and I’m using these two words advisedly), who meet in Spain during the Peninsular Wars. He was not yet twenty at the time, she barely thirteen, and he rescues her from “a fate worse than death,” delivering her safely to the convent where her aunt lives, and where Isabella will presumably be safe, both from the war and from her evil cousin, Ramón.

Here be ye olde back cover blurb:
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