Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Random Thoughts (With Links)

  • I get a little freaked out when other bloggers link to me. I used to get excited when other people would mention a post or review because it usually meant something resonated with them. But in the new, brave world of the internet the inmates have taken over the asylum and a blogger is just as likely to be on the receiving end of a rage-a-thon by someone who has decided to take your online opinion and use it as fodder for an epic rant. Fortunately my thoughts are not usually deep enough to stir up the emotion needed to make it worth the time for anyone to get worked up over them- but I'm still irrationally twitchy when I see someone else wear the bullseye for a day or two. Fortunately I was linked to, in a good way, in a post by Alex Bledsoe in which he talks about the covers of his books (which have been noted to have a different vibe than the books themselves) and he quotes a small bit of a review I had written for his latest book, "Wake of the Bloody Angel." Whew! No need to duck and hide today.

  • I've been questioning the veracity of online reviews for awhile. Not the blogger-reviewer type  (though I'm sure we've all seen some we thought were iffy) but Amazon reviews. I get a lot of solicitations for self-published books and they almost invariably point me to their Amazon page and a slew of 5 star reviews that proclaim their book is the best thing they've ever read! I don't know about you but when I see a page full of 5 star reviews, and nothing else, I move on. No book, not even some of my favorites, are exempt from 1 and 2 star reviews. I've become so jaded that I won't buy a book from any publisher, unless it's by an author I know I like, if I can't read reviews that run the gamut from at least the 3-5 star range. And it appears that my suspicions are well founded. Apparently the new big thing in self-publishing is buying positive reviews. Sheesh.

  • Neil Armstrong died this week. I was so sad to read of his passing. I was born in 1969, just a couple of months after Neil made history as the first man to walk on the moon, and always thought it was cool that I shared a birth year with such a momentous event. I think, perhaps, that my love of sci-fi movies owed a little to the fact that I was able to connect the dots with the moon landing and the year I was born. R.I.P Neil. You were my hero.

  • I read a cute article today about how the Kindle is killing the "commuter book recommendations;" you know, that thing you do when you glance at the dust jacket of other commuters to see what they're reading? I love looking at what other people read, but the author of the article also touches on the best aspect of the Kindle- hiding what you're reading from everyone else! I haven't had any desire to read "Fifty Shades of Whatever" but if I do decide to read some mommy porn I can at least rest assured that no one else is going to know.

  • Speaking of Kindles. I love my eReader and I'm always surprised when someone tells me they don't have one. My husband isn't so infatuated and I find that baffling. Anyway, Book Chick City is hosting a giveaway for a Kindle Fire/Kindle Touch and you should stop by if you don't already have a handy-dandy reader of your own. 

9 comments:

Blodeuedd said...

I do get those review requests too and it does not impress me if an author have only 5's. Please. No book have only 5's. I would not buy a book with only 5's. it just tells me that she or he had all her friends write reviews. I wish authors would understand that a bad grade is not bad

SQT said...

Exactly. I've read posts where authors bemoan the 3 star review and I think they're not thinking it through. Everyone knows that the more shallow 5 star reviews on Amazon are most likely fake. We need to see the thoughtful 3 star reviews to be convinced a book is legitimately worth reading.

Budd said...

People ask me about my Kindle quite a bit. One lady asked how I could read such small writing and I showed her that the text got much bigger. One lady wanted to know if it hurt my eyes. Most people just ask if I like it.

Alex Bledsoe said...

Glad my link didn't traumatize you too much. :-) And thanks again for such a nice review.

SQT said...

Same here. I'm so enthusiastic about my eReader that I've persuaded a few people to get them. My in laws also own ipads thanks to me. I'm a tech junkie.

Bob Milne said...

I find my eReader generates more conversation than book covers ever did, and people are pleasantly surprised by how well they work. I bought a Sony, because Kindle was available in Canada at the time, but I will likely go the Kindle route if it ever dies.

As nice as the Kindle Fire is, though, I'm not sure I'm ready to move away from the e-ink display. Might hold out for the new back-lit e-ink Kindle Touch they've been talking about.

SQT said...

Your link was a happy surprise. And the review was genuinely deserved. (Love your books!)

SQT said...

I have two eReaders. I originally only had the backlit type and loved it, but when we were going on a beach vacation for a week I decided to ask for the e-ink type for my birthday and it's great too. They both have their uses. My vision isn't what it used to be and I actually struggle to read off of the traditional Kindle when I'm sitting in my recliner. Believe it or not it gets a fair amount of glare and I find it easier to read the backlit display most of the time. But in full sunlight (like the beach) you can't beat the e-ink.

I've had my Nook for a couple of years and, unfortunately it's become really glitchy after the latest update, so I'm not sold on buying another Nook. I'm actually hoping they do come out with an ipad mini because I can't read on a full sized ipad, but love the Apple technology.

SQT said...

I also have to add, regarding the ipad mini, that with the Kindle and Nook apps you can use one device to read everything. I can load a mobi file on my ipad and it'll open with the Kindle app. The epubs open in ibooks. I love the ipad but I like a smaller device to read on. So it'll definitely be the mini for me if/when it comes out. (Hopefully in time for Christmas!)