The real world is a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there.
Primarily reads Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Mysteries. From Children's to Adult.
I noticed one reader call these books "Sci Fi Crack" and I can't really disagree. They're a lot of fun, strong on character and action, and the plot is pretty good. Sure they get into tons of messes, and some due to decisions we might roll our eyes at a bit, but it's fun so who cares?
One thing I like is that the "bad guys" are usually not just purely bad, but have understandable motivations, are often not really bad people, there's just a lot of conflict arsing out of conflicting loyalties and an unstable political situation.
I also like the fact that although there is a bit of romance simmering, it's slow burn and not the main plot, or even a major part of the plot. Just one of the many personal dynamics among a varied cast of characters.
Overall, these books aren't deep literature, nor hard core sciencey sci-fi, but great entertainment, with characters to root for. My cup of tea.
“It’s possible he has an inordinately high opinion of himself,” Alejandro said.
“I just assumed he had an inordinately low opinion of Beck.”
“That is also possible.”
“Usually,” Leonidas said, “people talk about me behind my back, and I’m forced to use my enhanced auditory faculty to hear what disreputable things they’re saying about me.”
“We didn’t want you to strain yourself,” Alisa said.
They crack me up.
Thankfully the angsty romantic uncertainty with the MC, Stassi, that was annoying me cleared up around the 20% mark, and I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Not quite as much as the first one, but still liked it and went on to read book three.
One thing I really like about Stassi is that she has a lot of empathy. Even when she was doubtful of wanting a relationship with the LI (though clearly attracted to him, and vice versa), she was able to put herself in his shoes, and snapped herself out of being unfairly cold to him, treated him as a friend, and had understanding for his situation.
And again, this story contains a romantic angle, but it's not a huge focus, which I also appreciated.
This book covers an interesting heist that takes place in their current day, the future. No time travel then, but a lot of fun and imaginative high tech to play with. Overall a satisfying read. Although, dang it, it ends in a bit of a cliff hanger. Main present plot is resolved, but then there's a bit more that occurs that is of the "To Be Continued" type.
I need the next one right now.
Couple quibbles: They go back to the time of Lady Jane Grey, London 1500-whatever. Language used by the contemporaries isn't really true to the time, but not too jarring to someone not expecting historical accuracy, except a few times. Once, when Lady Jane says, "okay". Um, yeah, that's so anachronistic it's jarring. Another time another contemporary says it, and our MC says it to a contemporary - when she's a time traveler trying to, you know, fit in with the time.
In one scene Lady Jane is wearing silk pajamas. I'm not an expert but I'm pretty darn sure women didn't wear pajamas in the 1500's. Pants of any sort were a big NO, even for sleeping attire.
But with the story it's really pretty minor. I don't expect anyone reading this, particularly after reading the first two and knowing what to expect, is going to be displeased. A thoroughly enjoyable time travel adventure. Sadly ending, again, in a cliff-hanger.
I NEED the next one!
Because I enjoyed Hounds of Autumn - Heather Blackwood, I snagged The Clockwork Cathedral when I noticed it offered for free.
There are five books in this series and over the last couple weeks each of books in the series has been offered for free for a short time. Normally I don't get additional books in a series until after I've read the first one and I enjoyed it. But in this case I grabbed them while free, in case I do enjoy this series.
Hopefully I will enjoy these books and it'll be a win-win! If not, well, at least they were free.
Currently book #4 is free. If this series looks interesting I suggest snagging that one now, and see if the others roll around to free again at some point.
Aren't you glad? I am. I won't be happy though till the blog posts and FB posts targeting specific reviews and reviewers are gone.
On the good news front, she's garnering very little support/attention for her posts in either place. Hardly any likes or comments.
Ms. Vidal has chosen to repeat her "update" from yesterday she posted on her "Troll" post on another page of her blog. Making it it's own blog post/page.
The pertinent thing for me here is that this means there is a second place on her blog in which she is targeting a specific review for ridicule, and of course the reviewer.
She can blather on all she wants about her self-proclaimed historical accuracy and claim "academic scrutiny" all she wants, I don't care.
But I absolutely do care that she is specifying specific reviews of her books, and their reviewers, and targeting them for harassment.
EDIT: She's edited her "update" to add the following at the end, "But honestly, I know of few other historical fiction novels that have undergone such scrutiny as if they were post-graduate theses."
I've updated the screen shot.
The "discussion" she refers to here is Ms. M.'s review of one of her books, and comments on that review. The first link is to a screen shot of this. I prefer to provide a link to the review, and the comments, on Amazon. If you'd like to see her screen shot you can do so from the link she gives on her blog (I suggest using a proxy server if you visit her blog. I've posted a link to it previously, but you can PM me if you want it and don't want to hunt for it.
I do see why she preferred to provide a screen shot rather than a link to this review on Amazon, as her screen shot shows the latest comment to be that of Robyn posted 56 seconds ago on the screen shot (I think we can guess who brought this to her attention). Looking now Amazon shows that comment posted 5 days ago, to which Ms. M. has responded. Looks like Vidal wanted to give her pal the last word.
Now, I don't know anything about this "Bodleian Library" at Oxford, although Ms. M. states in the comments of that review they are plural, not singular, and also states,
I'm gonna believe Ms. M. However, as Ms. Vidal conveniently provided a link to the library/libraries website I thought I'd just take a look:
I noticed this update on Vidal's blog, and she mirrored it on her FB page. I wasn't going to say anything about this one, because a fan praising her books and giving her encouragement about her writing isn't really pertinent to the issue.
And then I saw this (underline added by me): "So it is not surprising to me to see a teacher in even a Catholic college that harasses someone for her devotion."
No one is "harassing" Ms. Vidal "for her devotion". Unless we're talking about her devotion to targeting and harassing reviewers for posting reviews of her books she doesn't like.
I have something interesting to show you, well, I think it's interesting. I think this profile on GoodReads may be an old sock account for Ms. Vidal. Could be wrong, of course. It's simply my suspicion.
The name is Mary E., which matches, up to that point, Ms. Vidal's real name. The profile was created in 2010 and last active in 2012. One book has been shelved, rated and reviewed. One. And it's one of Ms. Vidal's books. Rated 5 stars with a glowing, promotional type review. Skim through this to see what I mean, then I'll provide more evidence.
As you can tell above, apparently the author posted a response to this review to which Mary responded, but that post is now gone. Presumably due to Ms. Vidal's account being removed.
Next I want to show you another review of this book. This person I believe is genuine, what's interesting is the comments Mary E. posts regarding this review, considering this review is 4 stars and overall very positive.
Other than the review of this book, and the comments of Mary E. shown below, there is no other activity showing on this profile.
Seems to me the negative and critical response to this review is very out of whack, considering it's pretty positive, the reviewer clearly states she recommends the book, and she rated it 4 stars. Mary seems unrealistically, and strangely, displeased with this review for not considering the book flawless.
This Mary E. also posted these comments to this reviewer's blog, in response to the review she posted there. The comments are mostly the same, but there's a bit more:
Here's someone else, posting an Anonymous comment in response. Don't know who this person is, I'm just including it because it made me laugh.
I'm wondering if Mary E. is a sock that has been forgotten, or perhaps simply left till wanted again, and if we'll see this profile resurrected in order to post attacks on Goodreads as we've been seeing.
On her Facebook Page:
Repeated on her blog:
Poor thing is stubbornly refusing to even consider the fact that her own actions and words are the cause of her troubles.
Also, in case you missed my updates on yesterday's post, all the comments posted by Stephen yesterday on GoodReads and Amazon are now deleted.