Tag Archives: rant

One month. Four and a half weeks. Thirty one days.

19 Aug

Today it’s been thirty one days since my mother had the seizures that put her in a hospital bed.

As I write this, I’m waiting to hear, from my beleaguered siblings, whether the medical team overseeing her care, has recommended to try the surgery a second time, or not; as well as what her prognosis is, under whatever treatment we, the family and the doctors, decide on.

In the meantime, my siblings tell me, she is stable, vital signs-wise, and aware and coherent a good two thirds of the time she’s awake. On the down side, she’s in pain, and uncomfortable with all the many indignities that come with being helpless in a hospital setting.

As Ms Jones said, being the one at the other end of the phone–or text or email–is hell.

Below the cut, a bit more detail, and a couple of rants, so feel free to skip this–I really don’t want to depress anyone with my shit.

Continue reading

Silver Thaw, by Catherine Anderson

9 Jan

Silver ThawSilver Thaw, by Catherine Anderson

Why do I do these things to myself?

I stopped reading Ms Anderson’s books years ago because, quite frankly, it got to the point where the preaching got on my nerves. Still, I have wonderful memories of some of her earlier works, particularly Annie’s Song, so when I saw this book in the new release list over at the Fiction Vixen, I was curious enough to read the sample at amazon and–curses!–got suckered in by a pretty decent first chapter.

Unfortunately, now that I’m actually in the meat of the story, all sorts of writing ticks and offensive character shorthand are jumping at me.

Gentle readers, you may want to avert your eyes entirely–there be ranting and cursing ahead.

First, here’s the blurb (from amazon):

Continue reading

Tucker, by Juliana Stone

17 Sep

TuckerTucker, by Juliana Stone

Amazing, I’m going to make this month’s SLWendy’s TRB Challenge–even if by the skin of my teeth.

w00t! w00t!

Two things to know before you read this review: first, I met Ms Stone briefly at RWA 2009 in Washington DC. If memory serves, it was also her first RWA, and she had just signed with HarperCollins (which published His Darkest Hunger, first in her Jaguar Warriors series). I have not kept in contact with Ms Stone, and I still have my copy of His Darkest Hunger somewhere in the TBR mountain range of doom.

Second, I won a copy of this book in a giveaway for Jen’s July Monthly Glom over at the Fiction Vixen blog, which is where she recommended it.

Without further ado, the blurb (from the author’s website): Continue reading

Shooter, by Dahlia West

11 Sep

ShooterShooter, by Dahlia West

Jane highlighted this one in one of Dear Author’s daily deals posts, saying that it was fun. Add fun to free, and if course I got it. For the first 300 pages or so, I found a lot to like in it, and then…oh, the rage. The. Rage! Therefore, reader beware: this here review? It’s full of spoilers.

You’ve been warned, proceed at your own risk.

The blurb (from amazon, as I could not find it in the author’s website):
Continue reading

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):
Continue reading

GRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!! (ranty random bits)

15 Aug

So you stab someone on the chest but don’t mean to kill him–cue piteous sobbing. Really? What the hell did you mean to do then? (Or, as long as it didn’t kill him off, it was fine to wound him grievously?)

~~ * ~~

So you lift passages from articles by other, fairly well known reporters and published in other, also fairly well known media outlets. You are caught and you apologize for your ‘mistake’–nevermind that plagiarism is NOT a fucking mistake but a willful decision to act in an unethical (if not outright illegal¹) way.
Continue reading

Frustration: same stale shit, different damn date

14 Sep

Frustration Ahead!I admit it, patience is not my long suit.

I get frustrated when I see the same old bullshit brought up and touted as truth, the whole truth and the absolute truth. Honestly, how many time must these things be debunked for it sink in?

“A review that points out anything negative about a book is a bad review.”

No. A bad review is a review that doesn’t say anything about the book. Examples of bad reviews:

“This is the best book EVER!” Continue reading