Monthly Archives: July 2013

Scandal in the book community: plagiarism and fake accounts?

Cuddlebuggery posted about a scandal in the book community. An author apparently plagiarized Harry Potter, and then made some fake accounts to recommend her book to other reviewers.

All sounds very shady to me. Apparently the book in question is Adela Arthur and The Creator’s Clock, about a young girl named Adela Arthur who gets transported to a magical dimension where she learns to use magic, fights a wizard whose name cannot be spoken, is some sort of “chosen one”, etc. There are more similarities.

This isn’t exactly “plagiarism” (which would be a word for word copy of parts of the text) but it gets close. At least it goes beyond simply stealing an idea.

For the full story, check out Cuddlebuggery’s blog post.

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Why authors shouldn’t respond to reviews

It’s been said time and time again, not just by reviewers, but also by authors themselves: authors should not respond to reviews.

A simple “thank you” is all right, but once an author starts responding to bad reviews, then it’s no longer fun and games.

A recent example of “bad author behavior” can be found here, on a review of “Burnt Norton”, the latest novel of author Caroline Sandon.

Book Review: Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1)

13496Title: Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1)

Author: George R.R. Martin

Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy

The first volume of A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. GAME OF THRONES is now a major TV series from HBO, starring Sean Bean.

Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.

The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.

I was given this book many years ago, and instantly Martin became one of my favorite authors. I tend to like more complex books and the longer the book the better. Storytelling, just blew me a way and I read all of his books availabe non stop. I have not read his last book mostly due to the fact that it took so long for him to put out his last book and the last book was only half of the story. I will wait for him to finish the series, and then read the last one. I highly recommend for anyone that it is okay with a very long book.

Book Review: The Dark Divine (The Dark Divine #1)

6380822Title: The Dark Divine

Author: Bree Despain

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared–the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in his own blood–but she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night held.

The memories her family has tried to bury resurface when Daniel returns, three years later, and enrolls in Grace and Jude’s high school. Despite promising Jude she’ll stay away, Grace cannot deny her attraction to Daniel’s shocking artistic abilities, his way of getting her to look at the world from new angles, and the strange, hungry glint in his eyes.

The closer Grace gets to Daniel, the more she jeopardizes her life, as her actions stir resentment in Jude and drive him to embrace the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind the boy’s dark secret…and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it–her soul.

Awkward teenage girl, handsome but troubled teenage boy, lengthy descriptions of aforementioned boy’s features, arguments leading to growing attraction between boy and girl, high school drama, family drama, revelation that boy is not human, even more drama, true love. Readers familiar with “Twilight” will quickly recognize this formula repeated in “The Dark Divine.” The author does put a fresh spin on the familiar concept of werewolves, though, as well as offer readers a more developed heroine than “Twilight”‘s Bella and a slight twist ending. The writing, moreover, is simplistic but still superior to that of “Twilight.” “The Dark Divine,” in other words, is neither a literary wonder nor a complete waste of time. If you enjoy teen paranormal romances, this one is certainly worth a try. If that particular formula doesn’t tickle your fancy or “Twilight” provided more than enough magical teen angst for you, however, I’d advise you look elsewhere for your pleasure reading.