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Uninteresting and mean spirited. BAD.,
I bought this book because I thought it would be fun and have a unique twist. It wasn't and didn't. The plot was very predictable and the characters routine and the contest a Mr. Universe type with talent added. The only unique thing about the guy was he was 7 foot tall and light green who turned dark green when he got upset - which supposedly he never did because he was so controlled. Ha! He kept turning green every 50 pages it seemed. That was it. That was the big alien difference. And the book was mean spirited. During the pageant one contestant was very thin, but although for his planet he was "considered at the height of fashion." His posing thong fell down in the pose-off (and why didn't Sams explain how this stuff works for her readers who don't know the world of this type of contest?) and then he tripped trying to get off stage and had to half crawl off. "What was visible before he disappeared wasn't worth mentioning; the Pleidian's package wasn't nothing to write home about." Everyone laughed. The next contestant was heavy and again, the end result was the being's humiliation and laughter. So in this book we laugh at fat guys and thin guys. Sheesh. And, if the contest was really about "Mr. Interstellar," then why wasn't there anything out of the ordinary for the contestants to do? But the worst of this book was the villain. He cuts out one of his testicles with a dirty knife and it becomes septic. Does this make you gag? It did me and then he goes around ill and psychotic for most of the book. This is a galaxy civilization and they don't know about antibiotics and sterile procedures? Right. Nothing in this book was fun, light hearted or a scientific fantasy. Bad, bad, bad. I will not be reading any more of Sams.
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Initial post: Nov 29, 2009 4:43:46 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2009 8:05:04 PM PST
Candace Sams Can't Handle Criticism. Take 2.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2009 8:38:23 PM PST
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Posted on Dec 15, 2009 12:49:50 PM PST
Jami J. Russell says:
Grow up, Sams. You stink as a writer. Accept it. Embrace it. Dan Brown and Winston Groom are both terrible writers as well and still make money off their crap, so there's always hope for you. I mean, they're so bad you wonder who they slept with to get it published!
And no, I'm not an unpublished wannabe writer. I hate writing. I just enjoy reading - when the books are good. Your books are not. Stop belittling those who have the common sense to give you honest reviews. If you want "Oh this is better then Shakespeare" go to your mom. She's the only one who'll ever give your trash that kind of praise.
PBB - I think your review is wonderful. Thank you for helping me to not waste my money on a terrible book.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2009 3:20:41 PM PST
J. Myrna RottenRomance says:
Ridley and Jami,
Do you think we can hype this one up, too? Or will she never come back?? *sigh*
Posted on Dec 17, 2009 9:26:55 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2009 4:04:43 AM PST
Ben S. says:
"Grow up, Sams. You stink as a writer. Accept it. Embrace it."
Jami J. Russell, I want to have your e-babies.
Posted on Dec 18, 2009 6:57:22 AM PST
Michael B. Mullig says:
Rule Number One of the Egoless Writer: "It's not about you."
Rule Number Two of the Egoless Writer: "Shut up and listen."
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2009 3:56:42 PM PST
I think you would do well to come to terms with the fact that a person who reads your work has every right to not like it. They also have the right to not like it for any reason (or no real reason) they deem, and they owe you no explanation therein -- keeping in mind that this reviewer DID, in fact, already give their reasons for such dislike.
That is not to say that you don't have the right to disagree with their opinion, but it IS to say that you should certainly reevaluate the manner in which you express your disagreement. Calling people "power hungry", "cowards", "hit and run reviewers" and other such names and nonsense will do nothing to win ANYONE over -- meaning both the reviewer AND potential future readers of your work -- and only serves to do harm to YOU and your reputation as a professional writer.
Just a little something I hope you will think about before you continue on your path of self-implosive behavior.