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Matryeshka
09-16-2011, 04:24 AM
With deepest apologies to Cicero, whose beautiful, heartfelt quote about books I totally mangled.

I've decided to start the second book in the Tanya Huff series and am so glad I did. She has quite an interesting take on werewolves, and since this case even had it been written now would not be dependent on modern crime-solving techniques, I can just focus on hot cops, a hot vamp, and hot nekkid werewolves running around.

ETA Original quote: "A room without books is like a body without a soul."

John 3 17
09-16-2011, 05:36 AM
*sniffs* I love the smell of a new book thread! It reminds me of the smell of a new book (yum!)

I still have to write up allllll the books I bought at Borders... speaking of Borders, I *so* wanted to get some of their floor to ceiling shelves -- they were marked down to 3/$100. I was thinking of renting a moving van, but "U buy it U-Haul" was posted throughout the store and the thought of lugging those heavy shelves to the van was a little more than I wanted to think about. *sigh* :(

-Bridget

zaphyre14
09-16-2011, 02:06 PM
I dug deep into the dreck pile last night and came up with Laurel K. Hamilton's "Blood Noir." I don't remember buying it since I gave up on the Anita Blake saga ages ago but the sticker on the cover says it was marked down at B&N to $3.99. So I either decided that was cheap enough to take a chance on or it came from one of the library book sales where I paid $10 to fill a shopping bag.

Even if I'd gotten it free, I think I was ripped off. The first 30 pages is nothing but badly-written sex and it was another 10 pages or so before the actual plot began: Werewolf Jason needs to take a "girlfriend" home to prove to his dying father that he isn't gay and Anita volunteers to play the part. A part of me is sad because I used to like these characters way back when Anita was raising zombies and solving mysteries. Now they're just pathetic shadows hanging onto a filament of a plot wrapped in smothering blankets of soft-core porn. (And if you think that description it bad, then know that Hamilton's writing is worse.)

I'll finish it, because I am pathologically incapable of not finishing a book, no matter how bad it is, but this one's destined for the swap site, assuming there's anyone other there wants it.

rfisher
09-16-2011, 02:12 PM
I don't have that pathology in the slightest. Bore me, it's toast. I give mine to the local library and take the tax deduction. They love me.

Holley Calmes
09-16-2011, 02:17 PM
Just bought "Dead Like You" in paperback. If Karin Slaughter says he's good, he's good.

zaphyre14
09-16-2011, 02:19 PM
If I bought this one from the library, I can't really give it back and I'm certainly not donating porn to the church Harvest Fair sale. And I can't quite bring myself to throw it out either. As for finishing it, well, there's something weirdly fascinating about seeing just how bad a book can be. Plus I figure I paid money for it so I need to read it. It's the frugal Yankee in me.

skatemommy
09-16-2011, 02:23 PM
Just finished "Heaven Is For Real" and "The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven". Amazing reads - brought me to tears. Highly recommend.

rfisher
09-16-2011, 02:41 PM
If I bought this one from the library, I can't really give it back and I'm certainly not donating porn to the church Harvest Fair sale. And I can't quite bring myself to throw it out either. As for finishing it, well, there's something weirdly fascinating about seeing just how bad a book can be. Plus I figure I paid money for it so I need to read it. It's the frugal Yankee in me.

:rofl: You might be surprised at what would sell at the church event.

Matryeshka
09-16-2011, 04:01 PM
If you want to read REALLY awful Laurell K. Hamilton, read her Merry Gentry series. It's :rofl: It makes no apologies for what it is. I got throught two and a half books in the series before stopping. I draw the line when you start having sex with hairy, three foot tall creatures with tentacles while a blue fairy watches. The problem I have with LKH is not the amount of sex but how badly it's written, and just how damn unsexy it is. Writing a sex scene takes actual writing talent--you can't just throw in a bunch of various preternatural creatures onto a big bed and say, look, it's EROTIC! It's PROVOCATIVE! When really, it's just silly.

I'd give the book to the church. I'll bet dollars to donuts the person who acts the most outraged by it will be the one who comes back later to buy it. :rofl: Although I'm not involved in any church-y anything, I've been to church fairs/swaps before and am always amazed at how well romance novels, and not the little Amish ones or the Georgette Heyer types either, do. I'll bet there's a dissertation in there somewhere for some enterprising would-be English major.

rfisher
09-16-2011, 04:48 PM
If you want to read REALLY awful Laurell K. Hamilton, read her Merry Gentry series. It's :rofl: It makes no apologies for what it is. I got throught two and a half books in the series before stopping. I draw the line when you start having sex with hairy, three foot tall creatures with tentacles while a blue fairy watches. The problem I have with LKH is not the amount of sex but how badly it's written, and just how damn unsexy it is. Writing a sex scene takes actual writing talent--you can't just throw in a bunch of various preternatural creatures onto a big bed and say, look, it's EROTIC! It's PROVOCATIVE! When really, it's just silly.

I'd give the book to the church. I'll bet dollars to donuts the person who acts the most outraged by it will be the one who comes back later to buy it. :rofl: Although I'm not involved in any church-y anything, I've been to church fairs/swaps before and am always amazed at how well romance novels, and not the little Amish ones or the Georgette Heyer types either, do. I'll bet there's a dissertation in there somewhere for some enterprising would-be English major.

Or anthropology. Actually, a zoology major should do one on the cross species sex in her books. :COP:

Artemis@BC
09-16-2011, 04:55 PM
*sniffs* I love the smell of a new book thread! It reminds me of the smell of a new book (yum!)

Much better than the smell of old books! As I moved my 12-foot bookshelf and all its resident books on Sunday, there were many that did not exactly smell like roses.

Spinner
09-16-2011, 06:15 PM
I'm severely book-gasming over this bookshelf. WANT.

http://splurge24.tumblr.com/post/10280115262/omg-i-want-this

Nan
09-16-2011, 06:23 PM
I'm severely book-gasming over this bookshelf. WANT.

http://splurge24.tumblr.com/post/10280115262/omg-i-want-this

That is awesome!

Marge_Simpson
09-16-2011, 06:25 PM
I MUST have those bookshelves. Does anyone know where I can buy them?

my little pony
09-16-2011, 06:29 PM
I still have to write up allllll the books I bought at Borders... speaking of Borders, I *so* wanted to get some of their floor to ceiling shelves -- they were marked down to 3/$100. I was thinking of renting a moving van, but "U buy it U-Haul" was posted throughout the store and the thought of lugging those heavy shelves to the van was a little more than I wanted to think about. *sigh* :(

-Bridget

i wanted those too and the $600 rolling ladder but i'm not fit at all the the thought of moving them was more than i could handle