[reblogged from 38 Caliber Reviews]
It's no secret that I'm not a fan of Anne Rice. I think she could use several editors for any piece over three sentences she writes. Yesterday a friend sent me this link to an excerpt from Rice's, writing as A.N. Roquelaure, soon to be released book, Beauty's Kingdom.
Wow, just wow. That is all sorts of- not good. An excerpt should be something exciting, some part of the story to grip the reader by the throat and not let go until they have bought the book. If this is the best Rice can do, I'll go buy a Harlequin. After 38 previous books you would think the writing would be a little more polished, a little more sophisticated. It's like expecting an engraved invitation and receiving something written in crayon on construction paper.
Then I noticed this:
Notice anything not quite right? Rice is too busy calling people names on Amazon and extolling the non-existent virtues of her pet hate site to notice that her name is spelled wrong on the left copy. Sort of makes you wonder what other little details she isn't attending to, doesn't it? Doesn't she have an assistant who can check for this kind of stuff?
I have a rule that I never read the book(s) of someone who doesn't notice or care that their name is spelled incorrectly. Doesn't look like I'll be missing much.