Friday, 28 October 2011

Clarissa Reads Books

I've been doing a lot of reading lately. I have five or more books to review, but I will only review three.

(1) Write Good or Die by Scott Nicholson, Gayle Lynds, Kevin J. Anderson and M.J. Rose
What is it about? Survival tips for 21st century writers, from best-selling authors Kevin J. Anderson, M.J. Rose, Heather Graham, J.A. Konrath, Gayle Lynds, Alexandra Sokoloff, Jonathan Maberry, and more. How to develop your craft, improve your writing, get an agent, promote your work, embrace the digital age, and prepare yourself for the coming changes in the publishing industry. Edited by Scott Nicholson. All proceeds benefit the non-profit organization Literacy Inc., which promotes reading among teens.

What did I think? First of all, it says on amazon that all proceeds go to charity...but, it's free! So... That being said, it's a great resource for writers who want the little push in the right direction. The advice is good. Pick it up, you can't beat the price.

Get it here for FREE!


(2) Watching Willow Watts by Talli Roland
What is it about? For Willow Watts, life has settled into a predictably dull routine: days behind the counter at her father's antique shop and nights watching TV, as the pension-aged residents of Britain's Ugliest Village bed down for yet another early night. But everything changes when a YouTube video of Willow's epically embarrassing Marilyn Monroe impersonation gets millions of hits after a viewer spots Marilyn's ghostly image in a frame.
Instantly, Willow's town is overrun with fans flocking to see the 'new Marilyn'. Egged on by the villagers -- whose shops and businesses are cashing in -- Willow embraces her new identity, dying her hair platinum and ramming herself full of cakes to achieve Marilyn's legendary curves.
But when a former flame returns seeking the old Willow, Willow must decide: can she risk her stardom and her village's newfound fortune on love, or is being Marilyn her ticket to happiness?

What did I think? When I first started reading the novel, I thought that the plot was completely improbable. No one would become famous from YouTube and have people streaming to them from around the world. Then I thought of two words: Justin Beeber. Yes, there are people like that. (I probably will be slammed by mean emails now.)
What I liked about this story compared with Talli's first, The Hating Game, is the main character. She's a down to earth, caring person. You couldn't help but like her and understand her feelings as the masses swarmed towards her. The small town setting with quirky characters were fun too.

Buy it here for $0.99

(3) Semper Audacia by M. Pax and Unbridled Editor
What is it about? Space opera. Novelette. 13,200 words. Alone. Leda is the last living member of the brigade, the sole defender of her world. War took everyone she knew, leaving her in the company of memories. Or is it madness?
The siren blares. The enemy is coming. Or is it? The approaching vessel isn't a friendly design, but it answers with the correct code. Leda must figure out whether the arrival is reinforcements or the final assault. In an aging flyer, she ventures out to meet her world's fate, the last stand.

What did I think? I would say that this short story is exactly what I imagine a space opera to be except for the fact I don't know exactly what a space opera is... I looked it up though (aren't I a great book reviewer?) and it is: any melodramatic literature, motion picture, or television program set in outer space Etymology: based on soap opera. I thoroughly enjoyed the read. The writer's concept of the world, the characters that make up the story and the awesomely-described gadgets will leave readers satisfied. Leda, the main character, wears a special suit that gives her a fighting chance but also brings her into danger. 

Buy it here for $0.99


27 comments:

  1. Your reviews are interesting and I enjoyed reading them. I wish I had more time to read. I've been reading A. Christie's Murder at the Vicarage that you alerted us to as being free on Amazon.com. I've been reading it for well over a week now. I'm lucky to read one or two chapters a day. (I am somewhat of a slow reader, anyway.) But the reviews are very helpful. Thank you for doing them.

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  2. I'm thinking about stepping in front of a bus so I can end up in the hospital for several weeks. That's probably the only way I'm going to catch up on my reading!

    Your review of WWW was spot on! Love that Tallie! :)

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  3. write good or die? Sounds like a charming advice :)))

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  4. I need to be reminded of the good reads that I should be finding. Thanks for doing that Clarissa.

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  5. Hey, three books for two bucks is a great deal! Thanks for the heads up on these!

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  6. I've been doing a lot of reading lately, too! I still haven't read Talli's books but I'm dying to. That one sounds pretty interesting - thanks for the review. I'll have to check it out as soon as possible!

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  7. Rock On! I've got W3 AND Semper A. on my Kindle waiting for me to read them... must start now. :D Thanks, C~

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  8. Great reviews. I've been wanting to get WWW but I have no idea what I've been waiting for. I just went and got it along with The Hating Game. I keep hearing such great things about both books.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  9. I'll be most interested in Write Good or Die. I look forward to your review. Have a great weekend!

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  10. You're making me want to get a kindle of my own! Truly!!!!

    Yay for these fab reviews too! Take care
    x

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  11. I've think I've seen the first book

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  12. The first one sounds scary.
    I like how you had to look up space opera! Now you are prepared for my next book. (Remember, Star Wars not Dune.)
    Great reviews for Mary and Talli!

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  13. No time for books here. Well, other than a thick and dense textbook. :(

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  14. I've noticed that since I started reviewing books that authors are now sending some to me to read. It's kind of annoying lol.

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  15. thanks Clarissa! I'll be reading at least two of the three because I know them, like them, and want to suppor them!

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  16. Yeah, I may give these ones a shot also.

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  17. These are quite interesting!

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  18. Oh yay! Thank you so much, Clarissa. I know how busy you are, and I really appreciate you taking the time!

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  19. good for you. I'm having a hard enough time finding time to read books, let alone review them!

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  20. You've been busy, but productive, so that's good. I had to laugh when I read that you didn't know what a space opera was because the same thing happened to me. Star Wars is a space opera and it took me a while to figure that out after I'd read it. Good to see a fellow writer actually reading, so keep it up!

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  21. Yay! I finally got the comments to come up on your blog. Took about three tries. No idea why blogger does this, but at least I got in here. I was actully trying to comment on your great "look" post. But you've got great reviews too! DL Hammons--I hear you! The more I get involved with publishing, the less time I have to read!

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  22. i'm just blog walking, and stop your beautifull blog. Also give you some comment here.

    Nb: Oh ya, dont forget to visit my blog too. And give us your opinion about my blog.

    Thanks for share.

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  23. Great reviews. Thanks. I'm soon going to have a Kindle Fire and will finally get to read some of the books by my blogging friends. I'm so excited!

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  24. Hi Clarissa .. I must obviously get a kindle sometime! Til then I'll have to keep reading reviews and proper books - though I'm poor at that.

    Question! Are you going to put these reviews into a separate tab?!

    Cheers - Hilary

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