Just popping a book into my cart at Audible. I usually skim through the reviews – some are useful, some aren’t then there are reviews from individuals who just like to see themselves on a website.
What kind of tit writes a “review” like this???
“Amazon Customer 10-14-16
“Thick Cauwkneaee Accent”
Save it for the Brits. Not fit for the general public. Tedious and tiresome trying to understand what the narrator was saying.“
Umm… the story is set in Sussex. WTF kind of accent do you think it should be read in?
You Sir are as stupid as the tit who gave “Still Midnight” a bad review because “The audiobook is read by a narrator with an extremely heavy Scottish accent which was very difficult to understand.“
It’s set in Glasgow!! What friggin’ accent do you think it should be read in??
Stupid people annoy the crap out of me…
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Excellent psychological suspense. Started off slowly – in a good way – culminated in a wild ride for the last third of the story. I could not put it down. I don’t know if this has been advertised as a book about Narcissist Predatory Disorder of the malignant variety but it is. I started picking up on some early clues and arrived at the end shaken but entertained and thinking this should be required reading for anyone who doesn’t know about or can’t believe just how insidious this behaviour can be. Can’t say more without spoilers. If you’ve been in the protagonist’s shoes – read it. If you don’t think NPD is a serious form of abuse – read it. If you like great a great scary book – read it. This book deserves all the kudos that it’s been receiving.
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I’m doing far more reading than writing now, making up for time stolen during “the lost years”. When I remember to, I’ll share from Goodreads. My taste for reading material is as eclectic as my choice of subject matter for writing; fair warning.
Anger Is An Energy: My Life Uncensored – by John Lydon
I’ll start by saying, I want to marry John Lydon– sorry Norah!. He’s smart, funny, brutally honest, a godfather of Punk and just as wordy, creative, off-the-wall and ADD as I am.
I bought this book because Punk (Goth, Romantic) is my tribe and I cut my music teeth on Sex Pistols, Clash, Ramones, Teenage Head. My parents are Led Zeppelin, Queen and earlier but the music that felt like my own was Punk and Alternative.
This book is the audio version, narrated by Derek Perkins and the overall feel is that you’re sitting with him down pub and just chatting over a Guiness and a Strongbow (really Spellcheck? You don’t recognize ‘Guiness’?? SMH).
This is a fantastic backstory to all the was the Sex Pistols and PIL, in John’s own words and it is insightful, informative, fun and ultimately relatable. John’s narrative style is so easy on the ears and yes, I’m biased to the lilt. It puts paid to a lot of the rumours and stories that have circulated about him as a human and the rise and fall of SP and the various supporting characters in that world.
I recommend this for anyone who is interested in Music, Biography, Sex Pistols, Post-Punk Music and the music industry on both continents. Not to mention those of you who still wear ‘stovepipes’, love ‘DIY’ and remember ‘if it ain’t Stiff it ain’t worth a fuck’. Oh! Also for those of you who see pictures of Mum with a blue Mohawk, a safety pin in her nose and are proud to declare “My Mum’s a Punk Rocker”.
~ Bloody learn to love each other properly
9 December 2015
Reviews. Want ’em, love ’em, get ’em.
This author writes a brilliantly funny piece about how NOT to respond to negative reviews based on a recent debacle on Goodreads. You may pick up some tips about how to deal if a “big stupid butt-face with a butt for a face” poops on your pages.
Dear Authors: Don’t Respond to Goodreads Reviews.
I have to say I agree with many of Brenna Clarke Gray’s coping strategies. Well, except for kicking trees. Maybe kick your neighbours retina-rodgering collection of lawn ornaments… 😉
I welcome reviews if you happen to grab one of my book offerings – just don’t make me cry or get arrested for kicking over lawn ornaments.
15 June 2015
I’m surprised (and secretly amused) to have just read that David Morrell – a Canadian – is the creator of the “Rambo” character. Who’d have thought a guy from ” just down the way” as it were, could have invented a character that is referred to as a cultural icon by Wikipedia:
Note: “John Rambo is considered a cultural icon. The character influenced many action heroes and films in the 1980s and ’90s. The John Rambo character became a prominent part of pop culture, and “Rambo”, a word that can function as a noun, adjective, or a verb, became part of the English language. Perhaps more crucial from a cultural perspective, Rambo is a word that can be found in the prestigious Oxford English Dictionary. According to this source, Rambo is “a Vietnam War veteran represented as macho, self-sufficient and bent on violent retribution.” As well, it is widely popular to use adjectives such as Ramboesque, Ramboid, or Ramboism, to denote an ideological position that resembles Rambo’s attitude and behavior.”
So now that my twisted sense of humour is revealed, I guess I’d better review the book, if only in the interests of tying the title to the post!
Inspector of the Dead (Thomas De Quincey #2) by David Morrell is awesome!
I need a Sugar Daddy for my reading habit. That said, Audible has a 50% sale on at the moment. You should go. Audible is the best thing since books!
Oh! And… I had no idea whatsoever until I finished the book and went looking for #1 to add to my wish list, that David and Rambo were acquainted.
I like it here. Off “The Grid”