Category Archives: rant or rave

Would we be better off without local book sellers?

One of my resolutions for this year was to buy less books but to ensure that the ones I do buy are bought locally. I’m honestly not sure that anyone wins out of this (certainly not the authors whose books … Continue reading

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I hate women’s fiction

If I had noticed one of Caroline Overington’s books on a shelf somewhere before signing up for the Australian Women Writers challenge this year I probably would have passed it by. I’ve no clue if they are written specifically for … Continue reading

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Hit ’em where it hurts

The internet and mainstream media are both ablaze at present with discussion about authors – some unknown, some best selling – who have been discovered engaging in the morally bankrupt practice of using fake identities to both positively review their … Continue reading

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Can three baby rants make one adult rant?

Either the world is good or I’ve been too busy to rant here lately but during this past week a couple of things have gotten under my skin. None of them are really annoying enough for a fully-powered rant all … Continue reading

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The one where I give unsolicited advice

Dear independent* author   I understand that in today’s topsy-turvy publishing world you have to take on many roles in addition to your writing. I am sympathetic to you because in my job I too have had to become an … Continue reading

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She gave up on me first

I wrote a couple of weeks ago that I was struggling with Sara Paretsky’s BREAKDOWN due to the overtly political nature of the book’s content. After putting the book aside for a week or so I picked it up again last … Continue reading

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This book is Political with a capital P

I am currently reading Sara Paretsky’s latest V.I. Warshawski novel, BREAKDOWN. It’s set in the present day and sees the series’ long-suffering heroine chance upon some teenage girls who are in a cemetery performing a ceremony they’ve learned from a series … Continue reading

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More book spin nonsense

I wrote last year of my annoyance at book blurb writers but have largely managed to keep my blurb rage under control since then. However I feel the urge to ask “what the…?” with respect to the marketing of the latest … Continue reading

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You’ve missed the point. Again.

First, some facts… Sue Grafton’s V is for Vengeance was released in the US last Monday. I want to read it. I can buy the hard cover from Amazon US. I can buy the audio CD from Amazon US (though … Continue reading

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Putting the spin on books

I have thought for some time that it must be fairly easy to get a job as a book blurb writer* because you don’t have to be very good at it. Most of the blurbs I read either give away … Continue reading

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