The first book review for my new Poetry book happened today.
“This is a book of free-form poetry, containing the poet’s musings about nature, youth, seasons; reminiscing about family, lost loves, faith and religion, and life in general. Some are profound, others less so, but I think poetry, like music, speaks to each of us in a different way.
Personally, I prefer poetry that rhymes, but my standards are pretty high. In my opinion, the best poem in the English language is “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe, and nothing will ever top that. The rhyming and alliteration is that poem is beyond brilliant, but Poe was a genius beyond compare. Free-form poetry, on the other hand, is more like short artistic essays about feelings and moods. Having said that, some of the poems in this book of poetry will provoke a very emotional response. For me, there were several that I enjoyed; the ones about trees and nature, and those about lost loves, but the ones that moved me the most are ‘The Rain Remains the Same’ and ‘The Man by the River’. If you enjoy poetry in general, you will enjoy this book.”
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A great review for When Heaven Strikes
…..review books because they have a passion for the written word.
(Photo by Andrew Neel)
Blogs about this have to go out every so often and I have no idea why. Maybe as a reminder?
Maybe people forget?
I – as well as many people I know – operate book review sites. As a matter of fact, the one I am a part of, spent over 1500 dollars to revamp and rebuild after almost a decade of service to authors. And that was the biggest project the website had undertaken since its inception.
All to support authors and those who love to read them.
And so many more sites out there exist just like that – where average people take their hard earned money and create a space to support authors and readers alike.
Now everyone has run into the snarky reviewer (whom I affectionately refer to as the East German Judge) who’s scorecard never exceeds 2.999. It happens. But even they bring a balance to your work because some people will not buy someone rated 5 stars across the board. It looks suspicious. Trust me. As an author, I know this.
But there are authors out there who just can’t help themselves.
There are those out there who will either, because they’re a newbie say – “Hey, wassamatta for you? This was the best thing since _____(insert great human triumph),” and they’ve gotten their feelings hurt a bit. It’s par for the course. I’ve been there.
But then you’ll get people who are really, really, malignant. Who send angry messages, who send emails demanding a certain thing, and that just isn’t good.
I’ve been on both sides of this issue as an author AND a reviewer (Yes, Doug Does Read.Dooglas Dorsey. Five points to anyone who gets that reference. ) but I really didn’t start appreciating it until recently.
Because – good golly Ms. Molly.
Reviewers exist for the sake of buyers. For readers. And in the process – author’s works and sales benefit or they don’t. (Mostly they do because even a horrible review can spark a sale).
However – an author DOES NOT want to get a reputation of an ‘author behaving badly’. Because that goes around faster than head lice and can negatively impact your sales.
I know it’s hard – especially these days with such close proximity to readers – to be able to hold the ire in. I get it. We’re authors. We stay AWAY from people on purpose. We sit up, cloistered in our writing space, and judge the world as a whole. That’s our jobs.
The other’s job is to judge us judging the world as a whole and yeah….
Just be nice.
They don’t have to do this at all.
What a ride that was.
This was a horror romance novel, written by Tal Bauer, that’ll send you reeling into a nightmare world of nighttime creatures.
And it’s bloody.
Just all over the place.
But it’s also intriguing as a concept.
Vatican Vampire Slayers.
And an Ass- kicking Pope.
Yes, you read that right.
And in the midst of it a sweet love story. That was sweet. And lovely. And tender.
This was incredibly well researched and a surprisingly face paced book. The only drawback, from my point of view, was the grunting and the snarling and the growling – from non-undead people. Overly Alpha written personalities make me roll my eyes a bit -it’s sort of like – when you shop for boneless chicken breast – they have rib meat and water added in? We know they’re men. They don’t need extra water added in to make them menlier men. The menliest men who ever manned. That feels a little forced.
I felt like the story could have been broken up and extended to delve deeper into the mythos. Like maybe this book should have been two and then slowed down. Like a sip of wine should be rolled over the tongue to experience the bouquet?
But overall, it kicked ass. It was a good gory bloody disgusting and intelligent book. I think fans of The Witcher and Dragon Age Series’ would love this.
|I’ve never read a book like this before.
This is a very magical yet realistic enough story about a man who is reincarnated to live his life again. And in doing so sets out to avoid the mistakes – or what he sees as mistakes – of the first life. Slowly and deliberately the writer crafts for us this man’s world as it is now, and compares and contrasts it to the life he once lived. And in some instances he does it side by side.
Which is – genius.
This isn’t a fast paced book of worn out themes and two dimensional characters. This is a character study of a man who got to do it all over again. And then – again.
This is a glass of Johnny Walker Black, on ice, while you sit in front of a fire as you read on a day when its too wet outside to do anything else – book. This is a , ‘you let the whisky soak your soul and fall asleep because the fire made you warm and you dream about the book, book.
There are a lot of large themes, beautiful landscapes, incredible writing, and love. That is what shines out of this in it’s entirety.
I’ll be thinking about this book for a long while. And I’ll be thinking about what I could change on my next go ’round.
Big. Brilliant. Beautiful. Gentle. Different. And all lovely.