SIRI Take This Down And Nag Me About It Will You?
I don’t generally make New Year’s resolutions because I’m too absentminded to keep them even with my professional nag, SIRI, beeping my iPhone about something non-stop. However, one thing I’ve decided to do is keep track of all the books I read this year–print, ebooks, and audiobooks.
While the grandsons, Kevman and Einstein, visited us over the Christmas break, we read the audiobook called The Case of the Hooking Bull a Hank The Cowdog book by a real Texas rancher and very funny writer, John Erickson. We all enjoyed that story very much. And last month, Gramps and I read an audiobook by Cormac McCarthy called The Road. That was an amazing book. Not a happy book, but the writing and the story (to me) were incredible.
Yer Book Wuz Real Dum and Yer Dum To
Which brings me to book reviews on Amazon. Some people gave The Road a 1 star review. I would’ve given The Road a 10 star review if possible. Why did some think that book was just about a boring, aimless wandering in a grey land while I took it as a riveting story of a father’s selfless love for his son when life as he knew it was over…when it didn’t even matter anymore if he had a name?
I would’ve given the narrator of the audio version 10 stars, too. He was awesome. But even with audio books we get into reviews sort of like those below that I made up off the top of my head. (But if you look there will be some similar types, for real.)
smrtee57 says: I gave this book 1 star, but I would have given it less if possible. They gave that chump Cormac McCarthy a Pulitzer for twaddle like that? Seriously? He doesn’t even use punctuation. It was a setup. And the narrator stunk big time. If I ever have to listen to him again, somebody just shoot me now. For a real thrill, read my post-apocalyptic novel, Dead Zombies, narrated by a real funeral director…
Followed directly by:
okbambi123 says: 10 stars! Because…omg!!! does it even matter what this book was about with a narrator like that I could listen to him every day and half the night for the rest of my life is he married? omg!! tell me hes not married i’ll shoot myself if hes married…
So, I guess the thing about reviews is they are subjective and beauty is definitely in the eyes of the beholder.
Which brings me to my book The Cedar Tree, which rated its first 1 star review over the holiday break. I would rather it hadn’t, of course, but it reminded me of a quote I read the other day by famous children’s author Roald Dahl who wrote books like Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and The Twits.
I don’t care if a reader hates one of my stories, just as long as he finishes the book ~ Roald Dahl
Here’s Hoping The Old Brain Box Holds Together Through the Entire Series
For those whose inquiring minds want to know, I’ve finished writing the second book in the Love Is Not Enough Series. My writing friend, mentor, and professional editor, Terri Valentine, waved her magic wand over it and now the manuscript is with some of my readers who check for fatal flaws and additional typos and so-forth. After I get everybody’s feedback, I’ll go through it again and clean up the last mistakes we found. After that comes a book cover, which is a big deal, but hopefully I’ll turn the book loose sometime in the spring-ish…summer-ish part of the year. I’m also researching and working on the third in the series, but it is still a long ways out. More on that as we go, I trust.
So, what are y’all reading?
I’d really be interested to know what books all of you are reading and what you think of them, so tell me in the comments. I’ll start with a sample comment:
At present I am reading a book called Tall Woman, and I give it 5 stars because it’s a fascinating glimpse of Navajo culture in the past and doesn’t put me to sleep in my recliner. The book itself has a picture of an elderly Navajo lady (Tall Woman) at her loom and is quite a heavy work, useful for squashing the stray spider or beetle.
God bless all y’all until next time and enjoy The Afters tearing up their acoustic guitars on Every Good Thing.[youtube.com/watch?v=skdO_sUlf0A]
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