Lurv Looks Back: August 2011

Sylvan Says…

Author Diane Sylvan wasn’t too happy with the negative feedback she’s getting for her second urban fantasy/romance novel, Shadowflame. When she chose to have the “hero” of her series cheat on his new wife, Miranda, little did Sylvan know she’d be seeing plenty of unhappy fans that just don’t want to read about infidelity. Dear Author has more.

But IS it Dystopia?

Ready to ride the YA Dystopia fiction wave? Not sure if the one you’ve picked up is really dystopia? Now you can reference this handy poster! Thanks, Abundance of Books!

Hate/Love Reading

Someone started a I Hate Books page on Facebook, so someone else started a I Love Reading page to neener neener them back. Neener neener indeed, Book Haters.

Save the Yancey Worked!

Author Rick Yancey’s Monstrumology series was in danger of cancellation by his publisher, but they’ve since changed their minds. Good show, fans and bloggers who wrote in to protest!

DOOOOOMED! Or Are They?

An interesting perspective on the “death of books”.

U.S. Tropes Previal

Author Kate Elliott linked a LiveJournal piece by Aliette de Bodard “On the prevalence of US tropes in storytelling”, a subject I confess I probably didn’t notice was so prevalent because I myself am an average American who is used to seeing things revolve around, well…America. Truthfully I’d have to look around my home a lot harder to see if I’ve been deliberately blind to this when it comes to what I read or watch on TV and in the movies. On the other hand, I think it’s a shame that media and such now seems to have contributed to painting most of America as if it’s not interested in other locals or histories or cultures. Because this simply isn’t true. Plenty of us love to read about/watch material that isn’t strictly U.S.-centric. What, I’m going to automatically turn away material that isn’t 100% red-blooded American? Hardly.

Is YA Too Girly? The NY Times Thinks So.

Aja Romano wrote a piece for the Mary Sue rebutting the NY Times’ stance that YA books are too girly. I have to say I agree with her and find it hypocritical that no one has a problem or sees potential problems with girls reading fiction that is perceived to be more boyish or manly, but books supposedly seen as girly can’t be enjoyed by boys and in fact hurts the chances of young boys reading. Why the double standard?

 Sooooooo Funneh

I am THE last person to have this blog make itself known to me, but in case anyone’s trying to usurp my position as The Last Saddest Person Ever, check out The Bloggess. I am now addicted. Thanks, Dreaming in Books, for the heads up! I broke my record for rendering myself utterly useless because I couldn’t stop laughing.

A helpful list of Posts I Think Are AwesomeSauceSupreme:

And that’s why you should learn to pick your battles.

I am the worst mother in the world (A link via her blog where she blogs more and plays with bears.)

Can you carry an alligator on a plane? Answer: I still don’t entirely know.

If you start with those, or likely any of her posts, you too will be amazed into a state of wide-eyed thrall before you begin to laugh uncontrollably and feel compelled to spread the linkage as well. It’s a spell. A wicked spell. Which is how we like it.

Jedi Kittehs Are Awesomesauce

IT’s kittehs. And light sabers. And kittehs! And LIGHT SABERS!

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8 comments

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  2. Hmmm… I actually enjoyed “Shadowflame”. I read it despite the ARC review on Dear Author which gave the spoiler away more than a month before the book came out. I felt like the cheating subplot was interesting because we as readers have certain assumptions about “mate-bonds” and this book is a nice counterpoint. Was it perfectly executed? No. Was it the worst thing an author could ever choose to do to her characters? Not in my mind, but everyone has their non-negotiables for what they will and won’t tolerate when they read.
    (BTW: I am beginning to despise ARC reviews — I think it kills any chance for discussion of a book’s merits as by the time most readers have a chance to read the book the review is way far away in time and no one bothers to go back. If it’s a book I know I’m going to read no matter what the review might say I sometimes skip the review altogether as I prefer to be surprised.)
    The kerfuffle on Amazon is rather a pity. There ARE a few negative reviews which cite that the homosexuality aspect is exactly what turned people off (i.e.: they can’t stand having a hero be into guys because it’s a turnoff for them.) I REALLY think Sylvan should have laid low and let the readers and reviewers duke it out though. Authors need to be aware that it’s almost impossible to defend their books from negative reviews without sounding too defensive.

    • Wow… that came off a little more harshly than I meant (in my defense I had a 3 year-old about to give the dog about 20 biscuits so I didn’t read before posting!) :)

    • I’ve been getting more and more requests to hold off ARC reviews until closer to the book’s release, but that will vary at times, too. Recently I’ve been trying to hold off till about two weeks prior to release. I think you make a good point, actually. It seems odd to publish an ARC review too far out from publication dates.

      • My point exactly. For example, your review of Archangel’s Blade was well-timed. Plus, you wrote a blessedly spoiler free review for it, which I thank you for!

  3. I’m so glad to be an enabler. It’s the best feeling EVER. Especially when it’s to something insanely funny like The Bloggess. <3 I think she could write about anything and make it funny.

    Well, that's what she does, so I guess that statement's pretty pointless. But still!

    • Totally true, John, not pointless at all. :D I’ve been checking her site regularly since you brought it up. The funny makes me happy!

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