Why family shouldn’t review your book…

especially your mum!

I’d only checked my book’s ranking yesterday, but you
never know. I click onto Amazon and type my name into the product line. Up come
my books, and I bring up 
Eden, my sci-fi/romance. It has been doing well lately so I’m keen to
see if there are any reviews as well as to see if its rank has improve.

Not only has it climbed I have a review! My heart does a little
jump of pleasure. And, better, it’s a five-star review! Oh, joy.
I’m imagining the chocolates I can crack open in celebration.

The title of the review reads: Fan!
Tas! Tic!

I begin to read feeling like a
starving woman on the point of finding a feast of chocolate-covered goodies.

I loved, loved, LOVED Eden. I read
it in one sitting and I hope there is Eden 2, and maybe 3 and 4 as well. Steven
Spielberg should produce Eden into a film with Sean Connery playing the lead.

My heart did another funny little
jump, but not in pleasure this time. I think, at the mention of Connery, it curled into a
foetal position with its heart hands covering its heart head.  

You see Sean Connery is my mum’s favourite
actor. In fact, in her eyes, he should play EVERY male lead in EVERY film ever

I continue reading, 

It’s a made for TV book! It deserves to be on the screen! In 3D!
Oh my God! It had to be my mum. I didn’t think she’d read Eden. She’s more a Catherine Cookson/Jane Austen reader, and openly detests contemporary romance.  I look to the name of the


Cracking open the chocolates in my
head changes into pulling the lid off a bottle of vodka, pirate style, and
drinking the lot. Unable to help myself I continue to read:

Once Louise Wise forgets she’s
writing silly science mumbo-jumbo, and concentrates on the romance, the story
becomes a JANE AUSTEN classic.

She’s comparing me to her favourite author, and Jane Austen at that? I’ll
never live this down! My name on the Amazon forums will be mud. It’ll be
sticky, gooey mud with bits of bugs in. Maybe poo, as well.

Eden is a romantic retelling of
Beauty and the Beast, although there are a few saucy scenes
in it which has nothing to do with the fairytale! 

Who says “saucy” any more?

It’s very romantic, and I enjoyed
it very much. If you don’t buy this book (and buy one for your friends too) you’ll
be missing out. Buy, buy, BUY! Bye hehehehexxxx

My head flops onto the keyboard; my heart
finally committing suicide.

Why Book Blogs Matter, And Why They Should Matter to More People by Ellen Rhudy

Why Book Blogs Matter, And Why They Should Matter to More People 

by Ellen Rhudy

Every few months an article comes along about book blogs: about the influence blogs and bloggers can exert over internet-addicted book lovers, about the ways in which book blogs can’t meet up to the standards of ever-dwindling newspaper books pages, about the relationships between bloggers and authors and publishers. Attempts to fit book blogs into some standard narrative of bookish publicity never works, though, because book blogs are so different from (so much better than, I’d say) “traditional” venues for book publicity.
More often than there are articles and attempts to somehow chart book blogs, what they mean and what they’ll be for readers in the future, there are articles about the decline of reading: men don’t read, children don’t read, no one reads “good” books, ebooks are destroying books as we know and love them.
What book blogs show, in this age of cancelled book review sections in newspaper after newspaper, is that people do read, and that readers are increasingly passionate about sharing their reading with others. Sure, there are book clubs and there are literature courses, but only the luckiest reader has a group of friends he or she can discuss literature with on a regular basis. Book blogs, though, give a voice to the reader who before responded to books more privately, giving your average reader of literary fiction or science fiction the chance to expound on the qualities of a novel, how it fits into genre conventions or the conventions of their own reading habits (if not both).
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Why Book Blogs Matter, And Why They Should Matter to More People by Ellen Rhudy