Sunday, April 29, 2012

Weighing in on Plagiarism

I am sorry to those who are exhausted by the topic, but I felt that I had to weigh in on the issue.  I have read several blogs lately about The Story Siren drama.  I have decided not to ignore it, even though it doesn't affect me at all.  I never followed her blog or participated in the meme's, even though a few of my close friends did.  Because of my full time job I didn't even get a full realization what was going on until I seen several tweets that clued me in that something was up.  So I asked Ems from In Which Ems Reviews Books what was going on and she filled me in.  However I had already read the post from Beautifully Invisible which had been retweeted by someone(I am sorry but I can't remember who it was).  I didn't put the tweets together since Beautifully Invisible had kept the blogger's idenitity underwraps, which honestly I admire as it gives the person a chance to redeem themselves.  Ems had told me that it was The Story Siren, so I immediately began looking at other posts to figure out all that had happened.

I am sadden by the fact that Kristi decided to plagiarized.  I do not know her, but she was a big player in the book blogging world.  It seemed to me she was someone to aspire to be like and because of her actions(a big mistake on her part) she is the one to avoid.  It is always hard to see someone take that kind of fall, even for someone not close in to the situation.

However I believe PLAGIARISM IS WRONG!  IT IS STEALING!  I know in school many teachers would tell their students to credit their sources and not plagiarize.  These teachers also google certain phrases to check out their students papers.  We are taught this as soon as we write our first research paper, so there is no mistaking it.

As a blogging community, and I am talking about everyone who blogs regardless of content, we need to stop plagiarizing.  This is a problem as I have seen several people discussing, and of course being upset by it.  We all work hard to make our blogs original, put hard work into our post, and are proud of our work.  Stealing someone else's hard work is not right, you will get caught no matter how big or small you are. 

I wanted to make my stance known as I do not want anyone to think that by not responding to the train wreck this has become, I am ok with what happened...I am not nor will I ever be.

Specials for Sundays: 5th Sunday of April

Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related

Special for Sundays is an original feature, created by Heather of ‘Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related’ and Ems of ‘In which Ems Reviews Books’.  We’ll rotate each week through various subjects, as follows:

1st Sunday: One of your Favorite Books and why is it so special to you

2nd Sunday: Two books that everyone must read and why

3rd Sunday: One of your Favorite Authors and why you pick their books up again and again

4th Sunday: A book on your TBR list, why you picked it, and when do you hope to read it

5th Sunday (on the rare occassions): Random book we have read and a quickie review. 

We hope you’ll join us for this fun feature!


Thanks for stopping in!!!   Wow another month with a 5th Sunday.  So this week I am choosing:



This is one of the few books that I have read by Stephen King.  I am not a big horror fan, and that is how I had perceived King's books.  My mom had recommended this one, and while it isn't horror it is intense at points.  I did make it through and really enjoyed the book.  I must say that the way King weaved this story is amazing!  The characters are great, I either loved them or hated them depending on their actions.  I also have to say that the story itself is so very different from some of the story lines I have read thus far, which also makes it a great read!  Since it has to do with death row it is emotional.  When I went to see it in the theater I was crying well ahead of what was going on, just because I knew what was coming!

This is one book that I have and will read again and again, because it is just that good!


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Cambridge List by Robert Clear



Robert Clear had contacted me to read and review The Cambridge List.  I had read an excerpt and it caught my attention.  I enjoyed studying the Greek gods in school, and thought it would be interesting to see a different spin on it.   The book is fast paced which makes sense due to the events taking place.

I liked the interaction between the Greek gods, it was definitely eventful.  After all powerful beings don't always get along, and to have Aphrodite and Hera battling for control over the council was quite captivating.   I was disappointed that Athena was shown as a doormat, she is the goddess of war after all.  Other gods make appearances, but nothing that makes a lasting impression besides Dionysos which is more of a pawn.


I must say that I went from one book that was self censoring to another that just lets the words fly.  It was a bit off putting, and was distracting from the story in my opinion.  Don't get me wrong, or judge me as a prude...I just felt that the language was a bit over the top.  


This book also has varying perspectives throughout.  Which I tend to enjoy, but at times I found it difficult to figure out who was talking.  At one point there was a change of perspectives in the middle of the paragraph.  It didn't happen a lot, but enough to again take away from the story line.


I did like the story line and did get some entertainment from it(I finished the book after all!).  However there is just enough that I can't decide where to put this one.







Sunday, April 22, 2012

Special for Sundays 4th Sunday in April

Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related

Special for Sundays is an original feature, created by Heather of ‘Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related’ and Ems of ‘In which Ems Reviews Books’.  We’ll rotate each week through various subjects, as follows:

1st Sunday: One of your Favorite Books and why is it so special to you

2nd Sunday: Two books that everyone must read and why

3rd Sunday: One of your Favorite Authors and why you pick their books up again and again

4th Sunday: A book on your TBR list, why you picked it, and when do you hope to read it

5th Sunday (on the rare occassions): Random book we have read and a quickie review. 

We hope you’ll join us for this fun feature!


Thanks for stopping in!!! This week we tackle the TBR mountain again!  Since I have posted a list(the A-Z challenge) I will take one of the books off of it.  So this week I chose:



I have torn through the Mercy Thompson series when I first discovered the series.  So I just had to get this one when it came out.   I haven't had time to read this one yet, so with the A-Z challenge it is going to be done sometime this year!



Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Betrothal: Or How I Saved Alan Edwards From 40 Years of Hell by Richard Raley

 Blurb from the author:  
One night, Our Hero is huddled over his keyboard when he receives a phone call from his best friend Alan Edwards. Alan has spent the last two years doing missionary work in Chile and only just got back to the States. He’s got some great news. Alan’s getting married…in a week…to a girl he’s never met. You’ll be the Best Man, won’t you, buddy?

Our Hero agrees, but is unsure how this whole betrothal happened. Something smells fishy and he plans to get to the bottom of it, even if it means breaking up the wedding, breaking the heart of the only girl he's liked in years, or the bride breaking one of his bones.

Novel might include, but in no way legally binded to include: Dolphins, Grins, Exploding Cushions, Airplanes, Hot Pink, Polar Bears, Mormon Root Drink, Baby Blue, THE PLAN, Almost Redheads, Peter and Paul, Footnotes, Killer Fish, Half-British Scum, Crazy Arch-Burgers, Brutus, Lucky Bleeps, Hippos, and the Tank


So the Richard Raley had contacted me to do a review for his book, and based on the synopsis above I was intrigued.  I love comedy and his blurb definitely caught my attention.

OMG!!!  Seriously this was a much needed read!  I have never cracked up from a book so much!  I was hooked from the first chapter and the rest of the book just continued to reel me in!  I mean how can you not love footnotes, and FYI these footnotes are not your average foot notes which adds to the book!  

Also the bleeps, gotta love the bleeps! I was pleasantly surprised by the self censoring the book had!  It was a nice change of pace from reading the curses, which can get pretty out of hand in some books.  Raley definitely scores points for thinking outside of the box on this one!

Then you have the characters that just adds to all the fun!  Their personalities are quite entertaining when mixed with each other!  Some instantly hate each other, some get along, and some are just plain sweet.  There is a bit of betrayal and some romance too!  So as you can see there is a lot that can and does happen in the story.  

The hero is a sarcastic geek, that makes fun of everything(including himself!).  So not your typical knight in shinning armor, but this book is definitely not typical(note the bleeps and footnotes).  He is loyal to his friend Alan, even if it doesn't seem very supporting(after all he is trying to break the wedding up.).  The story is from his point of view, but he is telling it to you after it happened which allows room for more snarky comments(which is just up my alley in humor!).

There were just a few points that certain sentences didn't make sense or a misspelling that was distracting...but I took as part of the charm of the book.  It wasn't something I got hung up on and caused me to not love the book.

I guess I should stop here before I give anything important away,  just go read the book because honestly you really don't want to miss out!  It is worth it!!




Sunday, April 15, 2012

Specials for Sundays: 3rd Sunday of April

Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related

Special for Sundays is an original feature, created by Heather of ‘Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related’ and Ems of ‘In which Ems Reviews Books’.  We’ll rotate each week through various subjects, as follows:

1st Sunday: One of your Favorite Books and why is it so special to you

2nd Sunday: Two books that everyone must read and why

3rd Sunday: One of your Favorite Authors and why you pick their books up again and again

4th Sunday: A book on your TBR list, why you picked it, and when do you hope to read it

5th Sunday (on the rare occassions): Random book we have read and a quickie review. 

We hope you’ll join us for this fun feature!


Thanks for coming by again!!!  It is Favorite Authors week, which is always so  fun to pay tribute to those of written world!  This week I am choosing Gregory McGuire.


So why do I read his books over again...well I enjoy seeing stories like Wizard of Oz and Cinderella turned upside down and told from different perspectives from the original stories.  The writing is quite interesting, after all could you feel sympathy for the Wicked Witch or an ugly step sister.  He is brilliant with the stories that he has written!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Vibrational Passage by Jennifer Dustow and Kimberly Miyasaki Lee



Jen and Kim had contacted me to do a review on their book.  I had agreed because the subject was interesting to me as it appealed to my sci-fi side. 

It isn't a long book and didn't take me long to read it.  For me it does move at a quick pace, especially once the story got to Emma Lange's involvement.  That is when the mystery started to unravel but also build at the same time.  As Emma finds one tiny piece of the puzzle out there is a bunch more questions and issues that needs to be addressed. 
 It is also the first book in a series, which I found out after I had read the book and seen a preview of the next one.  

 Emma Lange gets thrown into the mix, courtesy of Dr. Walden Sinclair.  While she does have help, she is the main person to figure it all out and decides what to do.  At first I felt that she wasn't a very strong character, but by the end of it I was actually cheering her on!  She does develop her backbone,  and  since I enjoy my female characters to be strong and able to stand up for themselves as well as others,  it had redeemed her in my mind.

There were a few things that I found to be a bit distracting from the story.  First off was all the acronyms, I get that it is science based and  acronyms are apart of science.  It just seemed like every time they talked about something, the acronym was there and then used very little.  If it hadn't been used in a while it was spelled out all over again.  It was just a little overkill in my opinion.  

The other thing I noticed was there were a few word placements that just didn't jive right with me, and also had me question what was being said.  There were only a few areas like that though, but enough for me to notice.

Overall the book is very interesting and entertaining.  It was worth reading, and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.




Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A-Z Challenge

One of my best friends and an excellent blogger Ems from In which Ems reviews books had created an A-Z challenge.  She is basically reading books that begin with each letter of the alphabet, and had decided to do books off her TBR pile with the deadline being the end of the year.  So I am joining her, especially since it will get the mountain down.  I am adding that books that I have selected are not ones I have been asked to review, just books that I want to read.  I am also trying to use books that I have not read before as well.  So when trying to get my list together I found out that I need to look at my books in storage, and I might need to go through some of the mountain and possibly thin it out some.  My list isn't complete right now, but here is what I have so far:


A-The Apothecary’s daughter
B
C
D- A Dance with Dragons
E
F-A Feast for Crows
G
H
I- Inheritance
J
K
L- The Land of Painted Caves
M-
N
O
P-Passion
Q
R-River Marked
S- A Storm of Swords
T-Touch of Power
U
V
W-Wicked Game
X
Y-Year of Wonders: A novel of the Plauge
Z



UPDATE:  I was told about  Babies, Books, and Signs  doing an A-Z challenge so I am linking it up to this one.   There are 2 ways she has to list the books, I did a little bit of both.  I have a few planned out, but the rest I will have to wait and see about reading when I get a chance to do them.  If you are interested here is a button to take you there.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Special for Sundays: 2nd Sunday in April

Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related

Special for Sundays is an original feature, created by Heather of ‘Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related’ and Ems of ‘In which Ems Reviews Books’.  We’ll rotate each week through various subjects, as follows:

1st Sunday: One of your Favorite Books and why is it so special to you

2nd Sunday: Two books that everyone must read and why

3rd Sunday: One of your Favorite Authors and why you pick their books up again and again

4th Sunday: A book on your TBR list, why you picked it, and when do you hope to read it

5th Sunday (on the rare occassions): Random book we have read and a quickie review. 

We hope you’ll join us for this fun feature!


Thanks for coming by again!!!  So we are checking out 2 books everyone must read, and well after reading Ems post last week(you can see it HERE) where she chose a classic...and honestly classics aren't classics for a reason!  They MUST be READ!!  So here is 2 of my favorites:


Yes the ultimate love story!  After all by the end of the book how can you not love Mr. Darcy?!?!?!?  How can you not wish you were or see yourself as Lizzy?  I must say that I didn't really get into the book until after seeing the movie with Matthew MacFadyen(YUM!!!) and Keira Knightly.  I just had to read the book, and so began my love of the book!  






So to go with the ultimate love story, I chose my ultimate revenge story! I had tried many times to read this book but never got very far, that is until I seen the 2002 movie with Jim Caviezel(another YUM!!).  I guess I needed to be in the right frame of mind to read this book, as I wanted some revenge.  So I again had to read the book, I will say the book is different than the movie.    However it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book, honestly as usual I prefer the book.  It does have some slow points but it does pick up quickly.  

Thursday, April 5, 2012

A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin






WOW!!!! I thought The Game of Thrones was good! This one is even better!  I mean seriously the feelings towards certain characters grew or changed...of course there is always the "What the...." moments, however I am totally glad to have read this before the series started again!  At this point there are a few I want to see triumph and live happy and wonderful lives and the others well I just hope someone gives them what they deserve before the end of the series.  Which to me shows how well the story is written, if I truly hate or love a character I feel the writer has done his or her job!  Of Course Martin does that so well here, by adding fuel to the fire with the characters over our love/hate of them!


I will say one thing that did sort of throw me off was the prologue of the book, you didn't know who it was or what was going on at first.  Once I realized where it was I was fine, but it did take a bit to figure it out.  But over all it was a fantastic read! 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin


In honor of the 2nd season being started on April 1st on HBO, I find it appropriate to review the first two books in the series(the only ones that I have read so far...more to follow when I do get them read!)  I did enjoy this book, but it did take time to get into.  Part of my issue also was that I had seen the first season, so most of the book was review, even if I did pick it up a few months after the season had ended.  I did find the book much more detailed than the tv series, which is obvious as most books are better than the tv series/movies.

I think the characters are great and the book has you wondering what happens to them next!  Martin did a wonderful job creating a world of fantasy with so much detail.  I just love it, and the family ties and some history in the back of the book has me totally impressed!

I will say I don't like how the characters I like died, but that doesn't stop me from enjoying the book!  It is  definitely one that I will enjoy again!


Sunday, April 1, 2012

April Fools!!!

Yep I am doing 2 posts today!  I wanted to wish everyone a Happy April Fool's day but I am not handing out any jokes today.  I do have a book that I had enjoyed that I wanted to share with you, which sort of deal's with today, after all what better way to celebrate than to use a Fool?  So I thought The Queen's Fool by Philippa Gregory would be a good share.  I had enjoyed this previously and honestly it is in need of a re-read.

The Queen's FoolFrom Goodreads.com(image and blurb) It is winter, 1553. Pursued by the Inquisition, Hannah Green, a fourteen-year-old Jewish girl, is forced to flee Spain with her father. But Hannah is no ordinary refugee. Her gift of "Sight," the ability to foresee the future, is priceless in the troubled times of the Tudor court. Hannah is adopted by the glamorous Robert Dudley, the charismatic son of King Edward's protector, who brings her to court as a "holy fool" for Queen Mary and, ultimately, Queen Elizabeth. Hired as a fool but working as a spy; promised in wedlock but in love with her master; endangered by the laws against heresy, treason, and witchcraft, Hannah must choose between the safe life of a commoner and the dangerous intrigues of the royal family that are inextricably bound up in her own yearnings and desires. 


Teeming with vibrant period detail and peopled by characters seamlessly woven into the sweeping tapestry of history, The Queen's Fool is another rich and emotionally resonant gem from this wonderful storyteller.
 

Special for Sundays Week 1st Sunday of April

Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related

Special for Sundays is an original feature, created by Heather of ‘Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related’ and Ems of ‘In which Ems Reviews Books’.  We’ll rotate each week through various subjects, as follows:

1st Sunday: One of your Favorite Books and why is it so special to you

2nd Sunday: Two books that everyone must read and why

3rd Sunday: One of your Favorite Authors and why you pick their books up again and again

4th Sunday: A book on your TBR list, why you picked it, and when do you hope to read it

5th Sunday (on the rare occassions): Random book we have read and a quickie review. 

We hope you’ll join us for this fun feature!


Welcome Back!! So you came back to see one of my favorite books this week, this one is quite a book in my opinion!



This book is a little different than my typical YA reads, but this was one powerful of a book!  It is very emotional, but also healing in a way even though I don't have an experience that Mack had.  The story is just amazing in the way it is told, and the images given.   This book just speaks to me and is just WOW!  



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