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In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2012 8:56:06 AM PDT
I enjoyed your review, Jonathan and up voted you.
I do think though, that loaner should be loner?

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2012 9:11:10 AM PDT
Jonathon K says:

I meant he loan-sharked money to other students! Well, maybe not ... :(

Well, that was embarrassing! I have always contended that it is difficult to edit your own work, and I guess that proves my point. Thanks for catching that for me. :)

Posted on May 3, 2012 9:29:14 AM PDT
I'm sorry, Jonathan. I didn't know if I should say something or not. : )
I'm in the auto service industry so a loaner is something else altogether for me!

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2012 9:46:29 AM PDT
Jonathon K says:
The auto "loaner" would have been better!

No reason to be sorry. I am glad you mentioned it. Now only a few people know I goofed instead of all the people who would have read it in the future. :)

Posted on May 3, 2012 11:43:25 AM PDT
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Coach D says:
I just left reviews for Throttle (Kindle Single) by Joe Hill & Stephen King.

And one for Yesterday's Gone: Episode 3 by David Wright & Sean Platt.

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2012 1:11:53 PM PDT
David Dalton, what I just love about your reviews is that your excitement shines through.

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2012 8:59:31 PM PDT
Coach D says:
Thanks Charlene. I understand we all have different tastes, so I can only report on books that I enjoy reading. If I really like a book (like the Double Barrel: Season One series) I like to pass it on. My Kindle has introduced me to several new authors that I would not have come across in the old DTB days.

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2012 4:48:05 AM PDT
Alina says:
Charlene, I haven't read a Boy's Life but I read the reviews and the reaction reminded me of Alchemy which I have read and reviewed. Not a horror but an excellent coming-of-age that's very nostalgic for those of a certain age. I'll add Boy's Life to my incredibly long TBR list.

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2012 6:00:41 AM PDT
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Alina, Boy's Life was unbelievably GREAT. Really, I think you will love it.
I will check out Alchemy.
Last night I ripped through a novella that I absolutely LOVED. The Rain Dancers (Delirium Book Club 2012). I posted a review. It was dark and poignant and when I finished it, I felt completely wrung out. Did I mention that I loved it? LOL

ETA-I checked out Alchemy and it does look good. I liked your review. Hugh Manatee. That intrigues me. : )

Posted on May 4, 2012 6:17:21 AM PDT
GJB says:
Here is an action packed book that shows the real life struggles of Soldiers and Marines mentoring an Iraqi battallion. It takes the politics out of the war and shows how selflessness, honor, and integrity can unite a team both US and Foreign to fight the insurgency but also rebuild and establish relationships in the Anbar Providence. This book sent chills up my arms with pride and honor! Owen West is donating his net proceeds from The Snake Eaters to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and to the families of fallen advisors and fallen Iraqi "Snake Eaters."
The Snake Eaters: An Unlikely Band of Brothers and the Battle for the Soul of Iraq

Posted on May 5, 2012 4:27:39 AM PDT
For you Kevin Hearne fans, Tricked: Iron Druid 4 keeps things rolling along.

Posted on May 8, 2012 12:45:07 AM PDT
Jonathon K says:
I just reviewed FERAL SINS (The Phoenix Pack), and to be honest, it was difficult for me. I was very put off by the sexual aspect of it--not in the sex, per se, but in the domination and idea of submission through which lens all the sex (and there was a lot of it) was viewed.

I realize that while this may not be my thing, it would be enjoyable by some people, so I tried mightily to review the book not on my own personal viewpoints but rather on how well or not the book was written. I gave the book three stars, and I hope that was a fair ratings based on the writing and not on whether I enjoyed it or not.

My review:

In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2012 5:38:55 AM PDT
I liked this review, Jonathan. You were in a difficult position but explained what you didn't like about it perfectly. I upvoted you. : )

Posted on May 9, 2012 7:17:38 AM PDT
Andie says:
I just left a review for We Need to Talk About Kevin, which was a gruesome book, to say the least.

I was engaged in the story from the first page and in the end it absolutely broke my heart. It surprised me because the subject matter was horrific, and the characters no less so. But I will think about this book for years to come. It was beautifully written.

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2012 8:27:11 AM PDT
Andie! YAY! I didn't know if you would end up liking it.
What did you think of the ending? Were you surprised?
I was.

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2012 8:31:53 AM PDT
Andie says:
I discussed it a little in the book talk thread that I resurrected the other day, and of course in my review.

But to answer your question, Good Lord was I surprised! The ending took me 100% by surprise. I was lying in bed and had a physical reaction - my heart started racing and my eyes welled up. It was just too much. What a raw book. I said in my review that it was like a wound.

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2012 8:33:29 AM PDT
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I know! I felt like falling to the floor in a crumpled heap.
I haven't made it to the book talk thread yet, nor have I checked out the review, but I'm on my way now.

ETA-I enjoyed your review.

Posted on May 11, 2012 8:31:27 AM PDT
AmeliaAT says:
Josephine: Red Dirt and Whiskey (The Hefner Falls Series)

Perhaps if I'd read this book at a different time, I would have enjoyed it more. I gave it two & a half stars, rounding up to three on Amazon, but down to two on Goodreads, where I see my reviews more as "notes to myself" about the book.

Posted on May 13, 2012 1:30:42 PM PDT
Jared Foster says:
I recently gave 3 stars to John Betcher's The 19th Element.
My review:

And 4 stars to Daniel Silva's Prince of Fire:

In other news, the sock puppet account Carolyn McCray was using has been deleted by Amazon. . .but now there's a new one. Book Goddess: Why do I think it's a sock puppet? Well, when fourteen of your twenty reviews are 5-stars for one author. . .and ten of them were left on the same day. Does anyone else smell a rat?

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 1:36:35 PM PDT
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AmeliaAT says:
I like Carolyn McCray's books. And for some authors whose work I like, I could easily review all of their work and give it all 5 stars.

ETA to the downvoters: I'm not supposed to give a book I like a five-star review? *rolls eyes*

Posted on May 13, 2012 2:14:13 PM PDT
Jared Foster says:
That might be so. . .but I doubt you'd do it all on one day. ;) And you were aware that McCray uses sock puppets, right?

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 4:41:33 PM PDT
AmeliaAT says:
I hadn't a clue about that. I don't follow her or anything. Just read a book by her and thought it was pretty good. Why would you assume that I would be "aware that McCray uses sock puppets"? How would I know this?

Posted on May 13, 2012 4:56:20 PM PDT
Jared Foster says:
No problem, most people wouldn't. Unfortunately, McCray is becoming somewhat of a legend for this, which is why some people like myself have tried to call her out on it. First there's her blog articles urging authors to get friends and family to post reviews, which, while not strictly "sock puppetry", is certainly not in accordance with Amazon policies of unbiased reviewing.
Then there's this. You're aware that McCray writes under the pen name Cristyn West? Maybe not, but she publicizes that connection quite heavily. Here's a 5-star review of the first novel she wrote under that pen name. The review. . .is written under her real name. Check it out for yourself, I don't expect you to take my word on it.
This woman needs to be forced to stop gaming the system.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 6:54:13 PM PDT
AmeliaAT says:
I didn't know that she writes under other pen names. It's pretty bad when people start reviewing their own books under their other pen names. It's a bit kooky, too, if you ask me. (And I took your word for it. :-) ) It would be like Stephen King reviewing Richard Bachman's books. Thinking about it, its absurdity really strikes me funny, though the implications aren't.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 9:28:16 AM PDT
Jim says:
USA Today says: "Einstein's Daughter" ("A blizzard of fast-paced mystery and romance.").
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