Monthly Archives: November 2013

Reviewer Baiting

Dear Wannabe Badly Behaving Author,

You may think baiting reviewers into arguing with you so you can take screenshots and your story to The Site That Shall Not Be Named to enable you to make some new BBA friends – beyond sucking up to the BBA and STGRB supporter you converse with on Twitter – and boost sales of your books, but please do not do this.

It WILL backfire on you.

If you don’t care about your reputation or your future career prospects, then you should think about the other people involved in your plan.

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Review: The Official DSA Theory Test for Car Drivers

The Official DSA Theory Test for Car DriversRating:

I passed my theory test on November 14th 2013! And that was after only 8 hours of sleep in 48 hours, and the day before I was sitting in a hospital room waiting for my mother to come out of high risk hip replacement surgery. I was so pleased she pulled through okay that I didn’t care if I passed or not. But when I saw I did, I had to turn the letter over in my hand to check my name, and not someone else’s, was on it!

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What Reading Means to Me, Part III: Adulthood

Continuing on from What Reading Means to Me, Part II: The Teenage Years.

Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

During Christmas break from university at age 18, I browsed the shelves of Ottaker’s book shop (they later merged with Waterstones). There I found Bitten, reminding me of The Bloody Chamber with its female werewolf protagonist, I bought and read it in a number of hours, soon returning for the sequel.

This was the beginning of me taking full control over what and how much I read, the quantity of which increased so much I had to set a financial limit.

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What Reading Means to Me, Part II: The Teenage Years

Continuing on from What Reading Means to Me, Part I: The Early Years.

Secondary school (age 11-16) introduced me to the classics. Well, tragic classics:

The last was a stark lesson in the importance of treating people well, how you’d want to be treated, to avoid being responsible for harmful repercussions of my actions experienced by others.

But it wasn’t until I studied for my A-levels (age 16-18), after choosing English Literature and Psychology, that reading really changed me.

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What Reading Means to Me, Part I: The Early Years

Reading has been ever-present in my life. It’s had a destructive, educational, and inspirational effect.

As a child my favourite time of day was bedtime. Supper was two biscuits and milk followed by fast teeth-brushing and then hopping into my Forever Friends covered single bed while anxiously waiting for my mother to squeeze in and join me. Every time she visited friends and family far away from home, leaving me in the incompetent hands of my father, she would apologise by bringing home Ladybird fairy tale books. Every night she’d read to me in various animated voices, firing up my imagination by breathing life into each character.

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Review: Omens (Cainsville, #1) by Kelley Armstrong

Omens (Cainsville, #1)Rating: 1 star

After reading 11 chapters I decided to put this down and return it to the library. Not because it was terrible – the writing hooked me from the start, and the characterization was detailed, delivered via “show” rather than “tell”, but it was obvious to me that I was going to be strung along.

Clearly this is a mystery and not paranormal, as advertised. From Armstrong’s last few novels, I knew reading the whole would provide few answers to the questions and mysteries posed in the opening chapters. Frustration would only sour my view, so I chose not to continue.

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TV: Orphan Black – Season 1

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As Sarah would say: Fan-bloody-tastic!

Except I’m not being sarcastic.

A truly thrilling wild ride of conspiracies and spies. The intense suspense of the finale had me on the edge of my seat screaming “Nooooo!” when the credits ran.

Orphan Black is a Canadian science fiction television series starring Tatiana Maslany as several identical women who are revealed to be clones. The series focuses on Sarah Manning, a woman who assumes the identity of her clone, Elizabeth Childs, after witnessing the latter’s suicide. The series raises issues about the moral and ethical implications of human cloning and its impact on issues of personal identity. [Source: Wikipedia]

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