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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Miscellaneous Stuff

Beth commented that a Book Reviewer was sued by an author. I can see how that could happen. Some reviewers are critical and snide in their comments. I see no reason to tear down an author. If a book is bad, I'll give it a bad rating and comment as to why I think it is bad, but also add a few good words too.

On the subject of reviews, Boston Scream Pie will be posted soon on Bookloons. It is an ok book but wordy with lots of adjectives and too many characters. The authors teach writing at a community college. You would think they would know better. It will be a 2 rating.

I worked with a professor once who was in charge of student journalism students. We read a lot of bad articles and news releases. But he never tore down the student's self esteem. Just told them where they could do better. He helped me a lot in my writing also.

Beth also commented that I must be a fast reader. I am. I read a lot more books than I comment on here. I can't afford my habit so I must borrow from the library. If I don't like a book, I lay it aside. I'm too old to have to read something I don't like. ;)

Mosquitoes - ugh!. They are all over. I received an email stating that Listerine would get rid of mosquitoes. So down to Dollar General I went and bought a big bottle of Listerine. Put it in a spray bottle and sprayed away. Will let you know if it works.


Shirley McCann said...

I'm with you, Pat. Life is too short to read books that don't catch my attention right away. But I do hate spending good money on a book I don't finish.

Also anxious to know about the mosquito killer! They are bad this year.

Palooski65 said...

I like your attitude about reviewing, Pat. Too many "literary minds" think it's their job to shred a WIP. I love how you try to balance your insights with thoughtfulness.

I appreciated the thoughts you shared with me about Big Muddy's Ghosts. You are very tactful and kind in your comments.

I'm curious about the mosquito killer, too. I killed one that was flying around my kitchen window the other day. They're kind of like roaches in that, if you see one, there are a million lurking nearby. LOL

My TBR pile is so high, I don't feel justified in forcing myself to read a book that is not enjoyable. I even TRY to avoid dry, boring research articles/books.

Beth said...

Last night I had a dream that I was going to some school to become a book reviewer! There were two schools--one shorter course that Pat attended and another that lasted for several weeks. I was trying to decide which to take. Isn't that weird? Pat, how did you become a book reviewer? And, I'm with all of you. If the book isn't grabbing me halfway through, I'm done with it.

Beth said...

P.S. I don't plan on becoming a book reviewer, although it would be a great way to continue procrastinating and never finishing my novel.

I'm much too slow a reader. I seem to savor the words and descriptions, read them over and over, so it takes me awhile to finish. I always hate for a good book to end.

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