Monthly Archives: August 2012

Anne Rice Demoted?

Anne Rice Cover

Regular readers know how I feel about E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey (ick).  I have now, however, begun to wonder about how other authors feel about Fifty Shades.  Like, say, Anne Rice.

Anne Rice has an erotic Sleeping Beauty trilogy, originally written under the pen name A. N. Roquelaure.  Penguin has recently republished the books to take advantage of the hoopla surrounding Fifty Shades.  Now, that sounds like a good thing for Anne Rice, right?  In terms of money-making, sure.  But there has been one major change to the books: The new covers say that if you liked Fifty Shades, you’ll love the Sleeping Beauty books.

Um, what?  Did you just put advertising for someone else’s books on the front cover?  Maybe Anne Rice is more pragmatic than I am, but this seems more than a little insulting.  Sending signage to stores, sure.  Having it on displays, whatever.  But actually printing it on the book seems like telling readers and Anne Rice that she’s second banana in the bunch.

Not that she’s the only author whose books are being re-positioned – Sylvia Day’s marketing had her Crossfire series ready to go once rabid readers finished the Fifty Shades trilogy, and were looking for more.

I will say this: the erotica section has never sold so well as it is now, and many of the women buying are women who normally are not readers.  So, if it’s getting people reading, I guess that’s a plus.  I’m trying to shift some of them on to  Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Legacy series, which although definitely erotic and featuring S&M, also has… a plot!  And decent writing.  I feel like a missionary out to convert the heathens.  Wish me luck!



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Book Lover’s Paradise?

This is a library in Kansas City!  I think this is amazing, but this one completely blew me out of the water:

The main stage for Tomorrowland, a European music festival.   I want to live here!

Thanks to Marc, Dave, and and for the images.

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One Great Loss for Mankind

What a life!

His family issued the following press release:

“We are heartbroken to share the news that Neil Armstrong has passed away following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures.

Neil was our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.

Neil Armstrong was also a reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job. He served his Nation proudly, as a navy fighter pilot, test pilot, and astronaut. He also found success back home in his native Ohio in business and academia, and became a community leader in Cincinnati.

He remained an advocate of aviation and exploration throughout his life and never lost his boyhood wonder of these pursuits.

As much as Neil cherished his privacy, he always appreciated the expressions of good will from people around the world and from all walks of life.

While we mourn the loss of a very good man, we also celebrate his remarkable life and hope that it serves as an example to young people around the world to work hard to make their dreams come true, to be willing to explore and push the limits, and to selflessly serve a cause greater than themselves.

For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”


For his story, and he certainly had one, he wrote an autobiography, First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong.


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Manually Resetting the Vox

Sometimes, there’s nothing you can do except a factory reset.  Especially when you’re having problems with Android.  Sometimes removing an offending app will do the trick, if possible, but if the whole thing is freezing, you have two options: a forced reboot (using the reset button), or doing a manual wipe and factory reset.

If the old “turn it off and then on again” fix isn’t working (which works in a surprising number of cases), here’s what to do.

If it’s frozen, and won’t restart, try manually rebooting it.  Pop the back off the Vox (insert something thin under the quilted plastic, pry around the edges, and remove), and locate the reset button.  Use a paper clip or something similar to press the tiny button in the top right corner, next to the battery.

If that doesn’t solve your issue, here’s how to do a full re-set:

On the left side of the Vox is a button marked +/- , for the volume control.  With the Vox powered off, hold the “+” sign down.  Keep holding it while pressing the “Power” button to turn the device on.  DO NOT LET GO OF THE “+” SIGN UNTIL YOU SEE THE MESSAGE SAYING THAT IT IS RESTORING THE DEVICE TO THE FACTORY SETTINGS.

This will take a few minutes, and then it will restart itself.  At this point, you’ll have to set up your Vox again from scratch, but it should be working.  It needs to do an update in order to set itself up properly, so MAKE SURE YOU DO THIS SOMEWHERE WITH WI-FI.  Public wi-fi will not always work properly for the setup, so if you have issues, that may be the reason.  The setup can take a while, so don’t start this if you don’t have the time to finish it.  Give yourself at least an hour for downloading new updates, just in case.



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Children’s Books I Never Thought I’d See…

A few books for children.  My favorite is the Mommy Why is There a Server in the House? one.


Thanks to Goodreads, HuffPost,, and All Things Mundane for images.


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Reader’s Bill of Rights

A Reader’s Bill of Rights

1. The right to not read
2. The right to skip pages
3. The right to not finish

4. The right to reread
5. The right to read anything
6. The right to escapism
7. The right to read anywhere
8. The right to browse
9. The right to read out loud
10. The right to not defend your tastes
—by Daniel Pennac
Shamelessly stolen from HarperCollins Canada.
What do you think?  Should we have all these?  Any missing?  I’m not 100% on the reading out loud one…


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Fight Evil. Read Books.

True or false?



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New Terry Pratchett! Eeee!

I don’t think there are any musicians I would squeal at like an Elvis fan.  Terry Pratchett, however, might get at least a squeak.

I am genuinely excited that he has not one but two new books coming, one in September, and one in November.

The one in September is Dodger, which seems to be a character similar to Dickens’ Artful Dodger in Oliver Twist.  With Terry Pratchett writing it, murky morals are nothing but fun.  In November comes A Blink of the Screen, which is a collection of Pratchett’s short fiction.  Honestly, the only problem with Pratchett’s stories is that they end.

Personally, if science ever discovers the elixir of life, my vote is that the authors get it first.  I can’t imagine having to do without Pratchett, or Kay, or Lackey.

Which authors would get your vote for immortality, if only so they’d finish the series you’re addicted to?


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Wanted: Scary, Scary Books

I’ve been having fun reading Kelley Armstrong’s latest, 13 (the conclusion to the series I’ve been reading for oh, ten years), and some Sherrilyn Kenyon League novels (cross sexy romance with full-on guns blazing sci-fi action, and you get the league books).  They’re great, but for some reason I’ve been in the mood for horror.

I don’t mean gory, or thriller stuff.  Zombie body parts can be icky, granted.  I, however, am looking for the kind of book that makes you want to hide under the bed.  The book version of The Grudge (original Japanese or the remake, your pick).  I just don’t get as creeped out by books as by movies, so far.

C’mon people, I need help here.  No Stephen King, read them all as a teenager.  Suggestions needed!




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A Song for Arbonne

A Song for Arbonne, by Guy Gavriel Kay is in competition for my favorite book of all time.  Kay is definitely my favorite author.

I don’t think I can adequately describe how much I loved this book.  How gorgeous the writing was.  How perfect the story is.

I will tell you this, which for me, sums it up:  The moment I finished it, I returned to the first page, and began it again.



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