The Host (Stephenie Meyer)


Re: The very dear friend who lent this to me.

I’m sorry. I can’t. I know you’re a passionate fan of Meyer and her Twilight series, but I’m… not. You handed me your copy of this so carefully, gently, thoughtfully explaining how you really believed I might like this one, how you know how much I enjoy scifi and how this novel has this great scifi premise you really enjoyed. And no vampires! You told me that twice.

I’ve had your copy for nearly four years. It’s not going to happen. I haven’t so much as glanced at the first paragraph. It’s not you. It’s me. I’m so sorry. I glad you found an author you love. I’m just not going to be able to share that particular joy with you.

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Listed July 2009, posted circa 2012, moved October 2013
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slammed door
nailed shutters—
October never left

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Year of the Cat (Carroll Bryant)


This book came into my awareness when I was directed to this review:

The review is not particularly notable. It’s a short I-did-not-enjoy-this-book-and-here-is-why, and if I had encountered this review and nothing more, I would have thought, ‘Huh, that book doesn’t sound like my taste. I don’t think I’ll read it.’

What is notable is that the author of the book left a comment on the review accusing the reviewer of various flavors of dishonesty. I don’t consider such comments a bad thing, in and of themselves — there is certainly plenty of historical precedent with authors or actors or what-have-you writing pointed and scathing responses to critics (example) — but there’s a world of difference between sending off a letter to the editor or a professional reviewer and posting a comment in a minor social blog. I feel at best Bryant’s comments were in poor taste and at worse they were unprofessional.

Regardless of Bryant’s intentions, his exchange has formed my private opinion that I do not wish to ever give this author any of my money, or anything further of my time.

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Posted March 2013, flagged as against TOS October 2013, moved October 2013
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sleeping tangled kittens
the still, warm house—
how I mourn to leave

Influencing reviews: [deleted circa September 2013]

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