Reading, Reviews, Reviewers
I want to stick to the reading theme for a couple more blog posts. I am still reading, just not as much as I was, or at least I thought I haven’t been reading as much. 🙂
Currently I am reading two books. The first is; “You, Inc.” by Burke Hedges, which is a self-help book about being successful. I haven’t a clue as to why I am reading it, considering that I am already successful. Ha! It’s an interesting read. I think my ex boss must have read it because I see a lot of her ways in it.
The second book is titled, “Suppose” by Kathy Steinemann. Kathy was having a giveaway and I won a signed copy! Thank you, Kathy. It is a compilation of drabbles, flash fiction, and short stories. It also has stories in it by Amber Hayward, A.L. Kaplan, and Donna Milward. So far I am enjoying it and am on page 81. I’ll review it when I finish.
I’ve also read, in the past couple of weeks, “Silken Prey” by John Sandford. “Imperfect Strangers” by Stuart Woods. And “Deeply Odd” by Dean Koontz. Now I am not going to do detailed reviews of these novels (They were all entertaining) but I want to talk about Dean Koontz for a minute. I like his writing and I like his stories, but his endings always seem to fall flat to me. They just seem to fizzle out. Has anyone else noticed that? He starts out great in the beginning and stays strong through the middle, but it’s like he’s tired of the story and worn out, so he just throws together the ending to be done with it. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me. I mean he ties everything up, gives you a happily ever after or not, but forgets the Bang!
One of the more interesting things that I have found while doing all of this reading is the reviews, but not really the reviews but the reviewers. If you pick up a Dean Koontz novel you will find 5 or 6 pages of reviews and who did the review! So I started researching the reviewers. In one book alone, I found 32 different reviewers. Now in researching them, I found some that haven’t posted a review (Or anything else) on their site since 2009, 2011, 2013, so I crossed them out. As also the ones who state that they no longer review self-published authors. Why, what’s wrong with us? And of course I crossed out the ones who charge for reviews. I don’t know about you, but I can’t afford to pay $300 for a review. But I did find some real gems so I thought I’d share a few of the more promising ones.
Okay, so get busy writing, do some reading, and check out these sites! 🙂
I am heading to Barnes and Nobles. It’s James Patterson day and it’s a buy one, get one, free day for his novels!
I’ll let you know what I get but I’m thinking one of them will be “ZOO”
So till then; HUGS!