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I will expect no less when I'm published...
Just started a new novel (that makes my fourth of the moment... I really need to stop doing that), called Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris.

I even broke the Christmas rule and bought it yesterday. But it just jumped into my curious, hot little hands before I could stop myself. And then I read the first page...

"You can tell I don't get out much. And it's not because I'm not pretty. I am. I'm blond and blue-eyed and twenty-five, and my legs are strong and my bosom is substantial, and I have a waspy waistline."

... Dear gods, what have I gotten myself into? Or, I should say, what have I spent my money on?

I don't know what it is about me lately. I seem to be becoming extremely snobby about books. (However, I still am the first one to cheer an author on when they're kicking ass. *Licks Stephen R. Donaldson*) I've started Kim Harrison's Dead Witch Walking three times and can't seem to get past five pages without having to stop. I've been reading Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Dart for six months and am only on page 52. (Oh man, I've never read a book that made me want to shoot myself so badly before.)

Maybe I've just been unlucky of late. Maybe the genres I like to read the most are just having sucky authors... okay, or maybe it's just me. And I'm willing to accept that... as long as it were true. But after reading excerpts to friends... I'm not so sure that's the case.

... ... Who the hell says the word 'bosom' and expects to be taken seriously outside of a trashy romance novel, anyway?

Current Mood: cynical cynical

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reirrac From: reirrac Date: December 17th, 2005 12:35 am (UTC) (Link)
I've tried to find a good vampire/werewolf book without it being trashy and its been kinda hard...

Ive read Kim Harrison's series
Another was L.A. Banks
Those were decent, better than what the Anita series devolved into...

If anyone has ideas on a good vampire/werewolf book/series, I would love to hear about it.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: December 17th, 2005 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Does Kim Harrison get any better? I'll wind up reading the damn thing no matter what, since I paid for it, but it's always good to know these things up front!

Have you ever tried Jim Butcher's Dresden Files? They're AWESOME. He's a warlock, but he runs into vamps and werewolves... and all sorts of other things along the way.

I also picked up Carrie Vaughn's Kitty and the Midnight Hour, but I haven't read it yet. She's a werewolf radio DJ... and that's all I really recall from the back cover. She's a new author though, and so I had to give my support! I'll let you know if it's any good... when I finally get to it.
betacandy From: betacandy Date: December 17th, 2005 07:14 am (UTC) (Link)
That quote sounds like fan fiction. Mary Sue-based fan fiction, no less. *shudders*

I'm amazed at some of the things publishers will print.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: December 17th, 2005 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

And so am I. It gives wannabe published authors some hope though! I mean, if these guys caught a break, why can't I?
betacandy From: betacandy Date: December 18th, 2005 04:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Exactly! Someone suggested I write a non-fiction book the other day, and I'm torn. I don't think I can do my subject justice just yet... OTOH, I look at some of the crap that's already out there, and think I couldn't do any worse.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: December 18th, 2005 06:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
True enough! Do a little more research (if you don't think you have enough as of yet) and then write that sucker! I don't know if it's the same for non-fiction (though I'd assume so), but one of the key things to getting published is showing how your book is different/better/etc. than those other books out there.
bobthebarbarian From: bobthebarbarian Date: December 17th, 2005 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I still remember the first book i couldn't finish, i actually checked it out from the library 3 times, it was called Archangel. It was an alternate history with WWII ending b/c of an outbreak of hermoragic fever. To combat it, 20 years later, a scientist basically turned himself into a mechanical vampire-like person. It was really messed-up and hard to follow. since then, ive come to realize that some books are just really bad.....
ifritah From: ifritah Date: December 17th, 2005 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
That... sounds unbelievably boring. Yeesh.

And you're right. Some books are just bad. Makes you wonder who they slept with to get their book on the shelves...
kamalloy From: kamalloy Date: December 17th, 2005 03:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm reading that, and I can't even take it remotely seriously. Maybe she's deliberately trying to be mocking or silly? That's about the only way it would make sense.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: December 17th, 2005 08:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wish that were true. Sadly, that's how she describes everyone... well, not exactly like that, but just as bad.

I've read a bit further, and it does get slightly better, so I'm hoping that maybe she just has beginning book jitters... and really bad skills of description. How the book won an award is beyond me, though.
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