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Ellora’s Cave Author Links

This is a list of links to Ellora’s Cave authors that I like. (Well, except for Jan Springer.  The one book of hers that I read was awful – full of typos and a plot like Swiss cheese.)

AUTHORS

Gail Faulkner

Lora Leigh

Jaid Black

Lisa Marie Rice

Jan Springer

Rhyannon Byrd

 

http://www.ellorascave.com/

Back to Nature–Books Whirlybinge

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My last post was in September.  I had just started graduate school, and since then, it’s been a “mad coupla months”!  Reading and writing for every book, for quizzes and tests. Abstracts, research papers, annotations. I love it!  Writing for school is kinda chill.  It satisfies a hunger that can’t be fed by anything material.  All the reading and writing works like Slick50 in my brain.  New words and ideas are firing sparks, making new connections – synapses snapping all day long in a jazzy funk rhythm that knows no time and no boundaries.  My mind is so active and firing on all pistons…

But it’s Christmas holidays now – what some people call “winter” break.  Qoi?  Brutha, pleez!  Down in South Texas, the kindest thing I can say is that it’s NOT 100 degrees F. 

So what’s my point? Where, even?  Well, I was writing an informal essay for every novel, interpreting Middle English, analyzing, synthesizing, assessing – the whole Bloom’s.  Writing for the blog seemed redundant.  Also, I wondered whether writing about the same book here and for class might create a conflict.  I knew in my heart, there would be a significant slip differential between how the work was represented for academic purposes and how I felt about it personally.  Case in point: PATTERN RECOGNITION by William Gibson.  The protagonist Cayce is ridiculously hip and cool in her anti-logo fetish, but the novel itself is well-boring. Snail’s pace. Grim, gray other-world that’s a cross between Graham Greene and Ray Bradbury, except not interesting.  But through academic eyes, it’s a disturbingly visionary story.  Cayce talks about people she doesn’t ever see, chats online with people she never sees but once or twice. Her life has almost nothing to do with human interaction and a lot to do with cyber-communication.  Are we headed there or are we already there?  Geddit?

So I let the blog go for the time-being.  But now that it’s the hols, let the variety begin!

BOOKS BOUGHT

Saturnalia, Volume I: Books 1-2 (Loeb Classical Library)[1] Lucian, Vol. 7: Dialogues of the Dead / Dialogues of the Sea-Gods / Dialogues of the Gods / Dialogues of the Courtesans (Loeb Classical Library, No. 4[2] Genealogy of the Pagan Gods, Volume 1: Books I-V (I Tatti Renaissance Library)[3]
Juvenal and Persius (Loeb Classical Library)[4] Boccaccio, Beauvau and Chaucer: Troilus and Criseyde : Four Perspectives on Influence[5] Days of Reading (Penguin Great Ideas)[6]
One Continuous Mistake : Four Noble Truths for Writers[7] How to Give Effective Feedback to Your Students[8] The Consolation of Philosophy (Norton Critical Editions)[9]

 

[1]  I really enjoyed Somnium Scipionis which led me to pick up this SATURNALIA of Macrobius.   LINK to good online overview of this work.  I also have this Loeb by Cicero – De Officiis (Walter Miller, trans.).  LINK to online overview.

[2]  Effing Cool, Irresistible titles!

Product Details[3]  Again – Effing Cool Title. It’s early days but it’s sounding like a crosMs between Bullfinch’sMythology and Ovid’s Metamorpheses.  Loving it! (LINK to online version)  (Who the hell needs Effing SparkNotes for Bullfinch’s Mythology???)

 

[4]  My Medieval Lit prof talked about these satires and I had a Pavlovian reaction to the word “satire”.  That being, ears perk up, blood flows a little faster, I start thinking of clever wordplay, double-entendres, taking the piss, etc.  I shan’t rule out a touch of salivating. (UofMichigan Collection)  I finished reading the six Juvenal satires and, while there was a strong odor of whingeing, the translation was accomplished with a good ear for standup comedy.  Very Lewis Black in nature.

image[5]  4 Perspectives on Troilus and Criseyde.  Pure intellectual spelunking. Highbrow fun.  It reads like the author’s doctoral dissertation, though. What a wonderful advantage to be able to do research in more than one language.  For all that English is wonderfully comprehensive, I now feel incomplete that I can’t read German or Italian well enough (yet) to do more thorough research in Medieval literature. (LINK to online version) My favorite version of T&C is George Phillip Krapp’s rendition in verse.  It’s out of print, but I managed to find a copy through www.ebay.com

[6]   Ahhh, Proust. You most nerdy of nerds. Is there a French word for “nerd”?  Do the French even need one?  You might think not, but then again, Franck Ribery.  C’est une tare’.  Une grosse dinde. 

Product Details[7]  I actually ordered this book in 2009 on the recommendation of my student teacher that semester.  I lent it to a friend because I started reading the other book that ordered with it.  Haven’t seen it since but it’s cool.  That’s a good sign, I think. Beautiful cover design. Very easy to read. It’s kind of like A Writing Life by Annie Dillard.  It just has that kind of “become one with the pencil” kind of vibe.  It’s actually a great apologia for writing, as is Dillard’s book.

[8]  Not here yet

[9] Not here yet.

BOOKS READ

A Writing Life (Annie Dillard)

One Continuous Mistake

Satires of Juvenal and Persius

Navarro’s Promise  (Lora Leigh)

Geneology of The Pagan Gods

Pattern Recognition (William Gibson)

“Simulacra and Simulations” by Jean Baudrillard (Chapter 7 of Baudrillard’s Selected Writings, Mark Poster, ed.)

Roundup 11: Wondering Whether to Continue

I’m wondering whether to continue with this blog.  After the first couple of years, I started slowing down because of life things.  I still enjoy it when I do it, but the posts are getting farther and farther apart.  The only time I post often is during the summer.  And the blog has never really taken off.  I don’t spend much time shopping it around.  There are days, though, when it gets triple the amount of hits, but that is still under a hundred.  Imagine – less than a hundred hits a day every day.  Sometimes less than fifty.  Again – people tend to find it by accident instead of design.  I don’t know. 

It’s possible that one of the reasons there’s hardly any comments is because one must have an account with WordPress.  That’s not fair.  Most people don’t and should not be obligated to.  So that just kills the comments perk.

Perhaps I shall continue as I have done these last two years – just write when the energy’s right.  Time will tell.

 

Romance Reading Timeline Part 1 – Harlequin and Hysterical Historicals

Romance Reading Timeline Part 2 – Barbara Cartland

Be An ID10T – Learn by Not Reading

MATRIX OF DESTINY:

#1 Knight of A Trillion Stars

#3 Mine to Take

A post by my mum: How to Mark A Book

Reading READICIDE/ Living Readicide

Soccer and Books = Bliss

No snap, crackle or pop in this Rice

Follow-up to a wish list I posted in 2008.

Fun with tongues

Creepy search terms lead to this post

My Book House – fast becoming one of TFB’s most popular posts.  (#5)

Bettelheim the Buzzkiller of Fairy Tales

My Book House 4 – Some of the more familiar fairy tales and wardrobe fantasy

Lyrics to The Music of The Spheres – it’s a concept. There’s not really any lyrics.

Thinking out loud on adolescent whingers, Proust, lack of literary foundations, and mammoth Norton anthologies

Everybody should own a couple of joke books!

Burn Notice – the novel!

Dara Joy/MoD: Rejar

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RejarTHIS IS THE COVER FOR THE AUDIO VERSION.

Rejar is actually the second book of the Matrix of Destiny series.  It’s arguably the most fully realized, best developed story of the three.  Knight of A Trillion Stars was a bit too “Basil Exposition”, and Mine to Take was extremely good, but did not invest in a lot of back story.  Rejar has just enough back story to lift and separate but not smother.

Here’s the original cover. Nice!  If you click on this cover, it will take you to www.paperbackswap.com.  It’s worth hunting down the original Rejar (Timeswept, Bk 2)edition because of this droolicious cover that is NOT Fabio.  He makes “Lorgin” seem almost pretty in comparison. 

The story picks up where KoATS left off – with Rejar jumping into a black hole of sorts to get rid of a gemstone that bends time. Releasing the stone into space creates kind of a chemical reaction and new space is created.  Like when you read something you’ve never read before and the experience creates new neural paths in your brain.  That’s what the “matrix” is – outer space neural pathways.  Cool!

When I read M2T, I wondered about the phrase Ree Gen Cee Ing Land.  I kept coming back to it, running it over in my head.  When it hit me, I was all, like, DUH!!! YOU ONLY READ A THOUSAND BARBARA CARTLANDS!”  Regency England! The Prince Regent.  The pronunciation threw me off.  The native “Aviaran” language is spoken with occlusives and nasal stops in multi-syllabic words: “Lee Oh Nah” (Leona).  Hence the segmentation of the phrase “Regency England”.  Also, I don’t know if it’s a hearing thing or what, but there’s a case of syllable reversal when Lorgin calls Deana “Adeean”.  I’m not sure what the linguistic precedence is for that is, but it’s interesting.

I felt the same as some other people who wrote reviews at Amazon – “Lilac” was too wimpy, too immature, to handle a mansteak like Rejar.  She was book smart, but life stupid.  It’s not her fault, but as I went through the story, Rejar liked her simple, good heart. She taught him to read. How could I not love that?  They did something very special with The Tempest! Genius! LOL.  While he was trying to shag her, she was trying to make a friend of him.  Respect. 

Lorgin and Deana made a cameo and “Traed” (“Mister Tray Ed”) almost ran away with the story.  His part was written in perfectly. The construction of the character arcs are logically fused and interesting.  This is why it hurts so much that Joy has lost her mojo.  It’s also this kind of great writing that turns readers into fans and fans into obsessives.  Fourteen years later and we are still panting for Traed’s novel.  Don’t freak out if it doesn’t happen.  See Gail Faulkner and Elizabeth Lowell below.

Be careful what you wish for…

Acheron (Dark-Hunter, Book 12)The way Joy is writing now, I don’t want her to even touch Traed. Remember when Kenyon fans were nigh unto screaming for Acheron?  When it finally came out, it was so full of all sorts of awfulness that you were totally depressed by the time you go to the part where he met Tori.  Then…it wasn’t particularly romantic.  Relentless sturm und drang.  Little chemistry between them.  But you know what, we hammered poor Kenyon for an Acheron book and she delivered a big-ass book. For that, I am grateful. 

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  •  Acheron: The Man, The God, The Fiance, The Book
  • Acheron: Half-man, Half-god, Twice-born, All-cursed Bengal's Heart (Breeds, No 7)Lora Leigh fans are possibly even more obsessed.  They want a novel for any man who pokes his head into the storyline.  She gives her fans pretty much whatever they want! God bless her.  So many of us are complaining that we don’t like the current stories from the last year or so.  Again – be careful what you bitch for. (I myself am guilty of said complaining, but I have faith that things will get better.)

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    Say No to Joe? (Visitation, Book 1)Lori Foster fans wanted a story for Joe Winston.  She gave us one.  And it was awesome! The chemistry between Joe and “Luna” was believable and fun.  Just a Hint, Clint – not so much.  We made noise that we wanted a book for “Julie Rose”.  We got it; it’s wasn’t good. To me, it was a book just to tide us over until we got a book for “Jamie”.  Oh, the wails and squeals!  The breathless panting!  I think, after ACHERON, JAMIE seemed to be one of the most demanded books from a series, with the added bonus that it was fun and interesting.

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    (This cover is from a reprint.) 

    Here’s another series that started out firing on all pistons then slowly ran down.  Every story weaker than the last, but with glimpses of fascinating threads of possibilities.  Most of those, like the Khan-Gor arc, will most probably never be realized because writers, like musicians, move on.  They get interested in other things and let older things go. Jude Deveraux started weaning us off the Montgomerys and Taggerts by writing books about other people that included maybe one or two of them, but they were secondary or tertiary characters.  It’s natural. 

    By the time Never a Slave was published, it had been over.  That short story should have been added in to another story because, even as a short, it was insultingly bad.  However, it was probably done because fans were nagging for a story for Julian.

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    Oh my God! It actually hurts that this series has gone dormant.  Faulkner teased us with a short excerpt from a “new” story for the last member of the “Ghost Unit”, but never got it to the point of publication.  She has moved on and has not been publishing for about three years now.  This was a kick-ass series!  The guys are a blast! But alas, no “Tammy” and “Miguel”.  No “Jackson”.  Waaaaaaaahhhh!!!

    The only thing to do is to start writing fanfiction to fill in the gaps we may not ever get from Faulkner herself.  I don’t hold it against her that she’s stepped away from this.  Maybe it’s just what she needed to do. Again, it’s a writer thing.

    Previous Post:  Gail Faulkner’s “Ghost Unit”

    (Funny how this post morphed into an essay about series that fizzled from talking about  Rejar. LOL)

    Outlaw (MacKenzie-Blackthorn, Book 3)This is one series that is making romance readers – specifically, lovers of EL’s western romances —  nuts!  Elizabeth Lowell wrote this series in the early 90s – then stopped just short of giving us “Utah”.  Series were not the norm during the early part of this decade.  They were special, not like now with our gossip-addicted, privacy-invading habits.  Readers almost expect a sequel or two these days.  I don’t think it has made anything better; it’s just a phase that maybe will (I hope) peter out.  I’ve had enough.  As much as I would ADORE a book about Utah, I’ve let it go.  But judging by my daily stats, where it shows search engine terms, every day someone is looking for Utah’s book.  Is he the most famous “non-character” in romance? I believe so.  All “Tennessee” and “Nevada” ever did was mention him in passing.  The reason we are so fascinated with him is because he’s fair-haired with a dark tan where his brothers are dark-haired and swarthy.  Respect to EL for creating such a crying demand for a character with so few words.  Utah is like the writer’s equivalent to the first two notes of the JAWS theme or the first four notes of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. They make you hungry for more.  (By the way, she’s so totally moved on and will not be writing a book for Utah.)

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    Now getting back to Rejar…

    Some of the bits I liked best – in no particular order — were (1) any scene with Traed; (2) the sewing circle where Lilac spills about how good Rejar is; (3) the bit with “The Tempest”; (4) the bit where Lorgin and Deana come to visit – very short, but cute; (5) when Lilac is teaching Rejar his letters.  Again, she starts out dull and wimpy, but she improves over the course of the book somewhat.  Not everyone is a fan of Lilac, but she needed to be the opposite of Rejar in order for him to experience his psychological overhaul. If they were both exactly the same temperament, you would have DANGEROUS GAMES or LIVE WIRE.

    Don’t bother conjecturing about the threads suggesting a future in the Old West for Traed, and his attraction to Leona.  They will most probably come to nowt.  Do read the series in order if at all possible.  This series of three is one of the best in a medium that’s grown stale.

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Dara Joy/MoD: Knight of A Trillion Stars

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Knight of a Trillion Stars (Matrix of Destiny)Readers tend to mark time by the books they read.  They divide their lives into “the year I explored science fiction” or “The year I discovered Cormac McCarthy”, or even “the month I spent vainly trying to get through one Proust”.  And like that.  For me, the 1990s were when I discovered sci-fi romance, and these publishers – LoveSpell/Leisure, Pinnacle, and St. Martin’s – put out some of the definitive books of their subgenre.  Put out!  Oooh, naughty!  Nyah-Nyah 

Now that I have time to re-re-re-read Dara Joy’s trilogy, I’m wondering if this trend was the harbinger of many of the books put…er…published by Ellora’s Cave and St. Martin’s.  Joy’s weren’t the only sci-fi romance books.  Johanna Lindsey wrote one or two sci-fi softcore stories, and Kathleen A. Morgan (not to be confused with the writer of Christian romances – please!) wrote really sexxie stories.  Linsey’s were straight futuristic whereas Morgan’s included shape-shifters and half-and-halfs.  This one, Heart’s Lair, was one of the Product Detailsbest of its kind along with the MoD series.  That’s Fabioon the cover, by the way.  This book was way HAWT!  It’s out of print, but you can probably pick one up for a song from a used book seller on www.amazon.com or www.ebay.com.  You probably won’t find KoATS or Heart’s in a used bookstore, but you will find a ton of Joy’s non-MoD books like Ritual of Proof, High Energy, and High Intensity.  I’m not going to hyperlink them because they massively suck!  And blow!  It’s a shame because HI and HI have likable characters.  Seriously, don’t both with RoP.  It’s a RoP-OFF.  On second thought…

I started thinking about Mills and Gregor and I could not deny any reader access to that fabulous “almost couple”.

So to sum up, it’s an avenue worth exploring because I believe they lead us to where are are – today with Lora Leigh’s Breed stories, Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Weres and the hardcore love scenes that have become de rigeur for at least one brand by every romance publisher – for example, Harlequin  Blaze.

Getting back to KoATS, the cover models are gorgeous.  If you have ever seen the 2003 WB “Tarzan” with Travis Fimmel and Sarah Wayne Callies, the cover models remind me so much of them!  It’s weird.

Here’s a video from “Tarzan” since Lorgin and Deana spent a lot of time in baths.

Divine, innit!  It was surreal to see them and then pick up the book and see models who could pass for them.

My fav part of the novel was when they were at Traed’s house.  Traed is a cousin to Lorgin and strongly resembles Gregor  from HE and HI.  I’ve been using Paul Telfer to picture Traed.  Another thing that’s so cool is that Lorgin lives in a tree house – well, a tree MANSION!  I totally want one! 

The novel is a bit long-winded, but since everything is new, I can forgive and be patient. One thing that should have been planned out better was Joy’s rationalization of everything the characters do.  After every quirk, she inserts a few lines of exposition explaining why they do that voodoo that they do so wellThe pattern gets annoying after a while.  Lorgin does something interesting.  “Oh, well, Lorgin does this and that because his Charl whatever never…always…prefers to…It is their way to…”   See? Annoying. I think the reason it annoys me NOW is because I’ve read the book so many times.  I already “know” him. 

Lorgin is also completely UN-PC!  I’m not even exaggerating.  He’s all “why doesn’t she understand? Why doesn’t she just do what  I say?”  EX-Squeeze ME?  Dude, you NEVER explained anything to her.  You never ask questions. You demand she do something, then when she argues with you, you demand to know why she argues with you? Try asking some questions sometimes.  Jeezie Kreezie!  Confused smile

Deana is cool.  She’s from Boston.  She’s a sci-fi fan.  She’s a working girl – not a career woman, though.  She has a great sense of humor – wisecracky, schticky.  However…having one and showing one are two different things. Several of her remarks which are meant to be schticky or even snide, fall short of real humor.  They – as I have stated about other characters in the same situation – approximate urban humor.  So you get the sense that she’s a wiseacre, but her comebacks don’t kill.  Oddly, you see it done more successfully in the second book, Rejar.  The hammock scene – LOL!

The love scenes? Lovely. They range from warm to HAWT!!  And really human – that is, just ‘cuz you’re having “hot pig sex” doesn’t mean you have to describe it that way. 

To sum up, you TOTALLY should read this book.  It’s available on Kindle© even.  Read the books in order: KoATS, Rejar, MTT. 

Champion’s League Saturday & I’m A Believer

As I watch the Champion’s League final on Fox Deportes, I’m alternately crying and cheering. Crying because of the emotional overload of this tremendous event taking place in a tremendous venue – New Wembley – between two tremendous teams – ManYoo and Barcelona (not “Barca-lona, as their nickname suggests) – playing a tremendous game.  I’m cheering because, in spite of my love for Chicharito, I want Barcelona to win.  And at 64 minutes in, Barca is ahead 2-1.  VIVA BARCELONA!

But the game ain’t over yet.  The two teams are countering each other’s moves.  The Red Devils haven’t been able to score in about 15 minutes so they are getting desperate.  Angry Reds are a bad sign.  After a pristine first half, they already have two yellow cards for dirty tackles.  Poor Iniesta.  He’s been tumbled like  jumper in a dryer twice already.  All because he had possession of the ball.  Go fig…

MINUTE 69-ISH! DAVID VILLA SCORES! BARCELONA 3. UTD 1! HOLY F*&^!

If Manchester doesn’t score soon, someone may do something stupid and get sent off.

But I digress…

Went to Barnes & Noble in Edinburg, Texas. It’s like the Wal-Mart of bookstores.  They had a large children’s section, a whole big section for YA books which resembled the library of a psychiatric  hospital (most of the inventory was books about traumas and vampires. )

Antonio Valencia and Ryan Giggs reverting to form, i.e., when they are not winning, they turn into whinging brats who have to break what they cannot have.

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They also had a nice DVD/CD shop. I wonder what’s better – lots of little mom and pop shops where you can find obscure books as well as popular titles or one big paperback-only mega-mart that specializes in the friggin’ obvious.  Take that home, chew it. Talk amongst yourself. [sic].

INJURY TIME! STILL 3-1!!!

BARCELONA BARCELONA BARCELONA BARCELONA

BARCELONA BARCELONA

THEY DID IT AGAIN! THEY BEAT MAN UTD AGAIN! IN THE CHAMPIONS’ LEAGUE FINAL – AGAIN!

Scholes traded shirts with Iniesta. Cool.  Chicha looks on the verge of tears.  Everybody wants a piece of Messi.  Man of the Match is MESSI.  They won without their man mountain Carlos Puyol.  Pep is HOT HOT HOT! And a little bow-legged. Cute!

Barca honor guard for ManLoser.  I love all the ceremonies before and after a game. You never get those with American coverage.  You only get them on Latin American coverage. So here’s a plug for Fox Deportes. Ustedes chavos son lo maximo! As per usual, American Fox is on commercial.  All those multi-millionaires in suits pawing the players as they walk past would give up every Euro to be a Messi or Abidal or Villa right now!

30 SECONDS INSIDE PEP’S HEAD: “note to self: do NOT let Piquet carry the trophy on the parade bus.

Wales just beat Northern Ireland in a Euro-prep friendly.  Too bad it all means nothing.

RainbowOkay, half an hour of on-pitch celebrations is winding down. I can’t get enough of that stuff. But back to the issues at hand.  Those issues being:

  1. 442 #203 with the droolicious Andy Carroll on the cover and the cute but slightly dim Uruguayan weasel Luis Suarez. um…oh, and a couple of freeloaders in the back. (What! I can’t have an opinion!)
  2. CHAMPIONS #46 with (My Name Is) Luka Modric on the cover, looking very Kate Moss-y.
  3. POETS  & WRITERS May/June.  Theme: Writing Contests.  JACKPOT!
  4. PARABOLA “Giving and Receiving”
  5. THE BELIEVER #80 Celebratory issue. My idol Nick Hornby’s column.  He changed my reading life for the better!
  6. A FROZEN FIRE by Charlotte Lamb
  7. PORTRAIT OF BETHANY by Anne Weale
  8. And a book from my wish list – AN ILLUSTRATED LIFE.

BOOKS READ ~~~

  1. NAUTI DECEPTIONS
  2. NAUTI AND WILD (“Nauti Kisses”)
  3. A FROZEN FIRE
  4. A WRINKLE IN TIME
  5. AN ILLUSTRATED LIFE

AIL is wonderful!  It’s a bit cofffee table-ish, but truly amazing in its scope. The variety of art that you see, the innumerable design and comp0sition concepts are inspiring.  Some are even a little scary – like the artist that covers his pages in writing. OCD much? It breaks my heart that I am not an artist when I see how much more interesting their journals look than mine. Disappointed smileComputer

ND and NK are Lora Leigh’s stories about “Rogue Walker” and her brother “John, Jr.” from Boston. Hmmm…

This is my fourth reading of ND and my second or third of NK.  What has brought me back to ND is that it’s the most romantic book since HARMONY’S WAY.  It still has a lot of sturm und drang, but it has those quiet moments where it’s just the two of them finding ways to connect without a lot of shouting. Rogue makes Zeke laugh. I think that’s what draws me to this story.  And that thing where she would call him for rides was too adorable!

It has way way WAY too much swearing.  That does get in the way sometimes.  The brother’s book, too. John, for all his polished ways, swears like a stevedore. It sounds gratuitous more often than not. His story I do not like as much. He’s an asshole.  “Sierra”, who is often described as “tiny” to the point that I think  she’s actually a toddler, is bruised and sore and traumatized. What’s John’s answer? Arouse her and have sex with her. Oh yeah, that’s JUST what she needs when she’s sleep-deprived and in pain after a near-fatal assault.  That is some messed-up logic right there.  Why not make her do dishes and vacuum while you’re at it.

A FROZEN FIRE is a Harlequin Presents from 1980.  I remember it being a particular favorite.  It made me want to go to York in England.  Gist: a nice woman and her husband’s boss fall in love.  The husband, who’s a scum-on-scum, figures it out and makes trouble.  You really believe the love in this story.  The anger doesn’t smother everything.

A WRINKLE IN TIME should be read by everybody.  It’s a masterpiece of communication and imagination.  Plus, it’s a super sci-fi book, if you need a more earth-bound reason to justify it.

So far I have only read Nick Hornby’s column.  It’s funny and self-deprecating in that charming way that Hornby is. I hope his missus thinks so, too. Winking smile

 

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Done to Death: Rice’s Wildfire All Fizzle-No Sizzle

Hotter Than Wildfire: A Protectors Novel: Delta Force (Protectors: Delta Force)zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…  

So sad.  So much potential.  I was looking forward to this story so much.  And it was a yawnfest!   Harry Bolt is way hot. Eve is gorgeous, but looks too much like “Tehya Talamosi” of Lora Leigh’s LIVE WIRE. But this book is so dull, so unoriginal, so uninspired that I sent it back to Amazon when I finished it. And Eve was way WAY too impressed with Nicole’s looks.

All Rice’s novels are sounding the same. She’s running her formula into the ground. Reminds me of Dara Joy and the other very good writer who’s books are sounding tired and stale. ”

The nicest thing I can say about this book is that Harry is amazing-looking and there were not the grammatical and spelling errors you find by the dozen in Leigh’s current crop.

Speaking of…I’ve just seen on Amazon that they re-released the original Matrix of Destiny novels on May 25 of last year – with bargain-basement non-art, model-less covers.  Sheesh!  This is one of the best romance series ever!  However, the words “pan” and “flash” leap rather prominently to mind.

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2008 WISH LIST TRACKBACK

 What I eventually acquired: 

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Product DetailsThe Learned Banqueters
Product DetailsRescue Me
Product DetailsTrick of The Tale
Product DetailsNot Quite What I Was Planning
Product DetailsGone To New York
Product DetailsHardcover version of THE ILIAD
Product DetailsMulticultural Manners

Sam and Diane Go Commando: Live Wire by Lora Leigh

BOOKS BOUGHT

  1. Russian Made Simple (eBay search) (amazon search)
  2. German Made Simple  (eBay search) (amazon search)
  3. Primal
  4. Live Wire
  5. 442 200th issue
  6. CHAMPION #45
  7. You’re A Horrible Person, But I Like You: The BELIEVER Book of Advice

BOOKS READ

  1. Russian Made Simple
  2. German Made Simple
  3. Live Wire
  4. 442
  5. CHAMPION

THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS ABOUT LIVE WIRE.

This post is specifically about Live Wire.  It has a lot of features that you expect from Leigh’s books of late: characters you feel like you know personally and care about; lots of loose ends from former missions, testosterone overload, shouting, souls being destroyed by realizing that love is a good thing therefore you must never admit to someone that you love them because it’s more important to save your soul by upholding old hurts and denying love…and, in this particular book, …well…let’s just say, if I had a red pen, I would have worn it out marking the mistakes.  Seriously. It’s effing BAD.

I love Jordan enough to put up with grammatical mistakes my eighth graders could have caught.  I blame St. Martins.  They have a lot to answer for.  Just shoddy, shoddy shoddy editing. Live Wire (Elite Ops)

The cover, on the other hand, is sizzling.  Jordan’s temper is sizzling.  The love scenes with him and Tehya – kinda depressing at the outset. She’s miserable.  He’s in a strop until about page 165.  For all that he’s been in all the books from the get-go, he’s very one-dimensional in his own book.  Because he’s in a strop FOR 165 PAGES!  Oh My God, dude, take a Midol or something!  And strop sex.  Lots of strop sex.    They are like  Sam and Diane from CHEERS.  They can’t be together; they can’t be apart. 

At the beginning of Chapter 7, there’s a sweet scene of them spooning and you realize you can breathe normally again after the adrenaline rush of the first six chapters where Jordan is yelling and using the f-bomb about 4000 times.  But I’m almost to the end of the book and we haven’t learned all that much about Jordan or Tehya – mostly the same stuff from the other books and a couple of scraps of information here and there like Jordan’s family (who apparently is wealthy from the mother’s side)  and Tehya’s being an old-money heiress.  A lot of exposition with very little logic behind it.

And another thing – every sentence with f*&^ or *&^ing or f&^%ed is grammatically correct.  Jordan uses the word so much it actually makes him sound kind of dumb.

The romance never really gets romantic, but there is a lot of fun stuff in the story – not only do Wild Card, Heatseeker, Maverick, Renegade, and Black Jack come in to help Tehya, but Elite Ops 1 gets called in, too! Clint and Morganna, Kell and Emily. EPIC!! That half of the story is the best! At that point, Jordan is more cool and collected because he and Tehya are a couple,  and they’re hot-bunking.  Blimey, that man is a satyr.  The second half of the book is better than the first half.  But there’s so many characters that have to be seen to that J&T don’t get a lot of time alone and when they do, their conversation is like listening to a broken record.  They keep having the same argument with neither making any headway even though it’s so obvious Jordan is wrong. 

Poor Tehya. When it comes to running and hiding, she’s a pro.  But when it comes to being in love with Jordan – she fell in love with him the first time they met (Killer Secrets).  He wanted to get with her when they met the first time.  The problem is, the first time they met, she was on the run, exhausted, malnourished.  See – I can’t just go with the flow here. I remember clearly the circumstances of their first meeting and I just don’t see where they had room to think of sex at that time.  I could understand where she was impressed by his manliness and commanding presence and his gorgeousness.  And he could have been impressed that a civilian managed to evade capture for so many years and her gorgeousness.  However, the story becomes gratuitously crude in describing their first meeting – which wasn’t really a description at all, just snippets of memories to keep the series connected.

So after all the kvetching, what do I like about this novel? I like Jordan and Tehya. They have great back stories.  I love all the other SEALs and operatives coming in to help her.  I love reading about their mission preps.  I love the series. It’s a top series.  I love how there’s always a fancy-dress party involved.  Jane Austen meets Delta Force.  Jordan’s a lot hotter when he calms the hell down.  The women are kind of like the women you would find working with Simon Quatres in Leigh’s Breeds stories.  Except that they are heiresses to centuries-old fortunes. That’s something you don’t expect to see.  Wonderful characters in a flawed package.

All in all, get the book, enjoy the adventure, be happy that Jordan and Tehya make their  peace with each other (eventually). And!  Demand that editing become a priority.  Because $7.99 for a book full of elementary school grammar mistakes? That’s bullshit.  St. Martin’s, Berkeley, Ellora’s Cave.  Get your acts together and fix this. You should feel embarrassed at what you’ve wrought.

Wild Card (Elite Ops, Book 1)

Read about Nathan Malone, Jordan’s nephew, and the beginning of Elite Ops.  I think it’s the best-written story of the series.

OTHER LORA LINKS:

Wound-Up Roundup #10

It’s been a long time since the last roundup post (No. 9).  Plus, I’ve posted a fair amount of wank along the way.  And – get this!  Windows Live stats were, like, a thousand times off as far as accuracy.  How else could I explain WL stats showing 500 hits in a day, then WordPress showing anywhere from 1 to 30 per day.  Someone was Enron-ing my stats.  But I’m prone to believe the WordPress stats – depressing though they are – simply because they are so thorough about where the hits come from. 

So the links listed here are only to book-related posts.  Jus’ keepin’ it real…er…yo.

  Webnovelas feat. William Levy–Part 3

— judging by my stats, the webnovela posts are the most popular so, I posted a third collection of stories from the www.univision.com forums.  The stories can be found in the William Levy Forum, the Maite Perroni Forum and the Jacqueline Bracamontes Forum.

  The Daughter of Time–A Different Species of Murder Mystery

— This novel has a great plot. I don’t like mysteries, but this one is a big hit at www.amazon.co.uk. It took me a long time to get past the first couple of chapters because reading them was like watching dust collect on the coffee table. Words go by. They are sort of just there, yet nothing is happening.  It took a while for it to really take off.  It’s so terribly English. Still, it’s a super novel when all is said and done.

  Lora Leigh’s Elite Ops–The Final Mission

— sniff…sniff…waaaaaaahhhh…Don’t want to say goodbye!!!  Noah/Nathan, Micah/Maverick, John/Heat Seeker, Travis/Black Jack, Nik/Renegade, and now Jordan/Live Wire.  Jordan kind of reminds me of Acheron, the topic of the other most popular posts here at TFB. (Sorry about the pics not working.)  He’s mad, bad, and in charge. Everyone feels sorry for him one minute and wants to punch him the next.  He’s a thousand years older than the woman he’s in love with, but, well, I’m pretty much done complaining.  It’s been a grand series.  (Please check out the very nice reference chart. Print it, cut it out, laminate it.)

  INTO THE CROSSFIRE — Lisa Marie Rice

— Sweet story, and yet, not impressed with the quality of writing.  Still going to buy the next one in the series, though. [Hotter Than Wildfire: A Protectors Novel/Delta Force]

  ANTAEUS – A BURIED GEM THAT SHOULD BE UNEARTHED

Wow, how did I live so long without reading this journal?  It’s awesome! My first one was “The Pleasure of Reading” – one of the most emotionally and philosophically satisfying books I’ve ever read (the exact opposite of FREEDOM AND DEATH by Nikos Kazantzakis).  Granted, you can’t compare a journal with a novel exactly, but satisfying is satisfying.  I found some more through www.ebay.com.  If you can get your hands on some, they are a good reading investment.

 “FOCAL POINTS FOR THE PHILISTINE MANIAS OF THE EVILLY DERANGED”

There’s a lot of interesting things about this book – mainly it’s social message.  And I’m not all that squeamish, but this book is a but much to stomach.  It has a strong sleaze factor.  Which puts it on par with most written and visual drek you see these days.  I would say, read it once. If you can screw up the patience, read it again. I’ve read it twice and, again, I appreciate the message, agree with it even. But I know I’ll never go back to this book again.  This novel would appeal to alpha types who have a compulsion to exploit, practice body modification, or want to sleep with twins.

 WORLD CUP 2010 – SOUTH AFRICA WARMS UP TO BRING THE HEAT!

Aaaahh, I watch footage from the world cup and I still get goose bumps!  Up at 6 am to catch the first of four games for about 10 days! Then slowly winding down the rounds. America ejaculated prematurely – again.  England – yawnfest. France!  Holy Shit!!! A meltdown of operatic proportions. My heart goes out to Yoann Gourcuff.  Cuz he’s HAWT!  South Africa put on a decent show.  If they can do it, anyone can.  Putting a world cup together reminds me of the scenes in THE TEN COMMANDMENTS where the Hebrew slaves are working themselves to death building pyramids.

 A SERIES THAT DESERVES REVIVING – PLOTS & CHARACTERS IN THE FICTION OF AUSTEN, BRONTES, & ELIOT

Quoting myself from the original post: 

If you are a fan of Austen, the Bronte sisters, and/or George Eliot, beg, borrow, or steal a copy of this book. 

 SUMMER READING STARTS WITH SHOPPING

I like to do that thing that Nick Hornby does in his BELIEVER book review columns: include a list of books bought and books read. It’s amusing to see where the lists converge and diverge.

  Russell Brand – THE WRITER, THE PUNDIT, THE COMEDIAN. WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE? (HIS LACK OF FASHION SENSE?)

It’s so easy to write a review when your material is as good as this is.  I’m very fond of Russell in an annoying-but-adorable-hyper-puppy sort of way.  His writing style is casual, yet learned.  He’s no slouch in the grammar department. I would use his writing as an example of “voice” if I thought I could get away with it.

To conclude, I want to give a big shout-out to www.amazon.com who came up with a genius idea that’s perfect for me – buy-backs.  You can sell your books back if they are in good condition.  I’m up to $30 in gift cards. I love you gods of book retail!!!

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