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Jan. 22nd, 2013

An update on that Kickstarter that I was burned on.

Remember this?

Yup. Never received the book. It's been 10 months since the project was funded. It's been nearly 6 months since the estimated delivery date. It's been nearly 2 months since I sent Kickstarter an email about it.

The author actually tried to get me to accept an ebook copy. Um, no. That is NOT what I was supposed to receive.

So. since I am now thoroughly done with this.

THIS is the book.

Here it is on Amazon.

Here it is on Barnes and Noble. Print copy. Nook book copy.

And this is the 'review' I left on all three. -

"I'd dearly love to be able to fully review this book. However, despite being a Kickstarter supporter, where this anthology originated, I never received any of the rewards promised to me at the level I backed the project.

That means, I never got my promised copy of the book. That means, as far as I know, NO ONE who pledged at the physical book level ever got their copies. We were to have received our copies BEFORE the general release to the public. We did not. The person running the Kickstarter project kept saying it was the publisher who was delaying the sending of the books. However, it's now a good 6 months past the estimated delivery date and a good 10 months since the project was funded and I have absolutely nothing to show for it.

To say I am disappointed is an understatement. To say that this has ruined Kickstarter for me and makes it so I will ONLY support authors I know from here on out, is also an understatement.

I will never buy a book by this author or support him in any way ever again."


Off to find out if I can dispute the charge on my credit card now.

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Dec. 3rd, 2012

Burned by a Kickstarter project

Back in March of this year, I backed a book project over on Kickstarter.

It was a local author, so I thought, what the hey. Project was fully funded and ready to go well before the cutoff date of April. Estimated shipping date was July.

Well, July came and surveys for our addresses came out. I filled mine out and sent it in. July went by, photos of the bookmarks we were to get were posted in an update, end of July, there was mention of a review posted online.

August goes by- no updates, no response to a comment asking what was up with the books.

Now I get that in the publishing world, these things can take time. So beginning Sept rolls around and we finally get an update saying the book is at the publisher's for review, tweaking, etc. No mention as to when we can expect any of our rewards for helping fund this project.

Rest of Sept passes, mid Oct before we get another update- seems the book is to go 'live' on Oct 30th. Great! Means I should get my copy soon, right? Wrong. That's the EBOOK version. Which means ANYONE who wants to can purchase it.

Early Nov- it's officially available to the world and we who backed this project STILL have not gotten our rewards. I don't care if Amazon and B&N were quicker at listing the ebook, it should NOT have gone live until those who funded at that level got theirs first. That was utter ridiculousness. People commented on it, clearly unhappy. This is the ONLY time the person running the project leaves a comment or replies to any comments left on any updates.

LAST update is also early Nov. Talks about how the PUBLISHER is going to be sending out the trade paperbacks and bookmarks to those of us who funded at that level. That would be me.

It's now DECEMBER and I have nothing, absolutely nothing to show for my support of this project. It's a bit frustrating to say the least. I had contacted Kickstarter once about this issue of nothing being sent that was promised and feeling mislead and they basically washed their hands of it, telling me to take it up with the person who ran the project. So if I really want my money back, I have to do a chargeback through my bank.

I feel like I threw away 25.00. Yes, it's only 25.00, but still, that's money that could have been better used elsewhere. I feel like I might as well wash my hands of it, because quite obviously, I'm never going to get the book unless I buy it at Barnes and Noble, essentially paying for it twice over. And quite honestly, this experience has turned me off of wanting to help fund future Kickstarter projects.


So. Lesson learned- thinking twice about whether to help fund Kickstarter projects in the future and the answers will likely be no.



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May. 8th, 2012

Insert coherent title here.

So.

I just finished book 1 of a new trilogy I've started reading. Now, I don't read a whole lot of sci-fi type books, but when I do, I rarely manage to lose myself in the story. I tend to get bored and have to read something non sci-fi (usually fantasy based) in order to reset my mind to wanting to read that sci-fi book or series again. (See the Starfist Series by David Sherman and Dan Cragg, for example. There's 13? books, I've made it through the first 8 so far, with breaks every 2-3 books. Mark, on the other hand, has read them all, one right after the other. Yeah.)

I should have known better with this trilogy.

See, I love the October Daye books. I loved Discount Armageddon. Seanan McGuire has a way of writing that allows me to lose myself in the story.

So I gave her Mira Grant books a try.

I should have known better, honestly, from reading her other books. She has a way of drawing you in subtlely, of making you emphasize with the characters, of feeling real emotions when something happens to one of them. A way of making you care about the story. This carries over into her Newsflesh Trilogy as well.

I just finished Feed. I was originally planning to read a few pages- I had only 3-4 chapters left- while waiting for Sims3 to load. I ended up moving to the couch just so I could know how this book ended. I had to finish it after reaching THAT POINT. Sorry, no spoilers for you.

I had to know how it ended. I had to know that the one guy got what he deserved. And gods damn you, Seanan McGuire, I had to know if this story making me freakin' cry was worth it.

And it was.

Right from the start this story grabbed me and made me want to know more, made me want to read it without taking a break from it. The momentum built over the course of the book and when it finally broke, it was done in a believable, heart wrenching way that makes me want to read the next two books.

In fact, Deadline is sitting right next to me, waiting for its cover to be cracked and for me to immerse myself in it too. And Blackout is waiting after that.

Now if you'll excuse me, I've got a world so very like our own to revisit.


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Apr. 5th, 2011

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Apr. 12th, 2009

Amazon Major fail.

Amazon removes rankings of nearly ALL LGBT books.And then some.

Meta Writer Comm has list of books affected, is being updated regularly.

I don't care what the fuck you call it, censorship is censorship is censorship and should NEVER be tolerated in any shape or form.

SmartBitchesTrashyBooks has created a Googlebomb called "Amazon Rank"

Twitter #hashtag - #amazonfail

LATimes blog has picked up the story.

Apparently this deranking by Amazon has been happening since FEBRUARY.

[info]elfwreck says it all perfectly-
Amazon has gone off the deep end.
On Amazon.com two days ago, mysteriously, the sales rankings disappeared from two newly-released high profile gay romance books: “Transgressions” by Erastes and “False Colors” by Alex Beecroft. Everybody was perplexed. Was it a glitch of some sort? The very next day HUNDREDS of gay and lesbian books simultaneously lost their sales rankings...
When asked for an explanation, Amazon came back with,
In consideration of our entire customer base, we exclude "adult" material from appearing in some searches and best seller lists. Since these lists are generated using sales ranks, adult materials must also be excluded from that feature."
That's right. Amazon has decided all "gay" content is "adult." Including textbooks, and books like "Heather Has Two Mommies."

Book list here, with more being added as people find them.

Anyone know how to file a suit for discrimination in business practices? I'm pretty sure that's not allowed in California.
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Jan. 27th, 2009

Famed author John Updike dies at 76

Author John Updike, regarded as one of the greatest and most prolific writers in modern American letters, died Tuesday, his publicist said. He was 76.


John Updike won many literary awards. His books, such as "The Witches of Eastwick," were best-sellers.

Updike passed away Tuesday morning after battling lung cancer.

"He was one of our greatest writers, and he will be sorely missed," said Nicholas Latimer, vice president of publicity at Updike's publisher, Alfred A. Knopf.

Updike was a rarity among American writers: a much-esteemed, prize-winning author whose books -- including "Rabbit, Run" (1959), "Couples" (1968), "The Witches of Eastwick" (1984) and "Terrorist" (2006) -- were also best-sellers. Updike won the Pulitzer Prize twice: for "Rabbit Is Rich" (1981) and its successor, "Rabbit at Rest" (1991).

The "Rabbit" series, about an angst-ridden car dealer in a town much like Updike's hometown of Shillington, Pennsylvania, spanned four novels, a novella and 42 years. In the books -- which also included 1971's "Rabbit Redux" and a 2001 novella, "Rabbit Remembered" -- onetime basketball star Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom negotiates marriage, divorce, wealth and health problems, never quite understanding the larger forces shaping his life.

Updike was incredibly prolific, penning essays, reviews, short stories, poetry and a memoir. His works frequently appeared in The New Yorker, including a famed 1960 essay about Ted Williams' final game, "Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu."

He was hailed by his fellow author Nicholson Baker in "U and I" and even appeared as an animated version of himself on a "Simpsons" episode as the ghostwriter of a Krusty the Klown book.

Updike's most recent novel, "The Widows of Eastwick," came out in 2008. A collection of stories, "My Father's Tears and Other Stories," is due out later this year.
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Jul. 26th, 2008

Too Many Books

New, Used and Rare bookstore down in Grandin Village is going to get me into serious trouble.

Not only was I able to replace the 2 books in the Flux and Anchor series by Jack Chalker, I got the original covers, and an original Ace books printing of The Hero and the Crown to replace the one I lost.

I also found at least TWO Black Stallion series books I'm missing, in hardcover, looked original.

Mark found an entire series that he didn't know there was more of.

Found a couple John Norman books, one I KNOW I'm missing, but not sure. Need to check for the other.

Yeah, that place is dangerous.

So is Plan 9 music store. Yup.

We'll be going back down there next weekend.


Coolness- Had my first ever Hummingbird Moth on the Buddelia bush, with the season's first TigerSwallowtail and numerous Bumblebees.

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