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Perhaps this will put a dent in the shitload of unedited and poorly written crap that a reader has to wade through to get to the good stuff!

Review - The Borrowed World

The Borrowed World: A Novel of Post-Apocalyptic Collapse (Volume 1) - Franklin Horton

One of the better TEOTWAWKI books.  Great plot line, believable characters who are knowledgeable but there is a story here- not just a prepper's guideline list (although there is a list written by the protagonist for his wife and children to follow).


The were a couple typos but nothing glaring- better than some traditionally published novels.  The one thing that got me, that cost this book a fifth star was at the beginning of a the novel one of the characters was nearly killed by someone wielding a lug wrench, and towards the end of the novel, the situation is recounted by the protagonist as someone wielding a crowbar.  It bothered me because the rest of the book was so good. 


I will be looking for the next book (I wouldn't call this a serial, but it did end on a cliffhanger).

Review - Those We Left Behind by Stuart Neville

Those We Left Behind - Stuart Neville

Thrilling read. Stuart Neville never fails to satisfy!

21 Literary Sexts For Book Lovers

“Let’s play rough tonight and dogear some pages.”




Anne Rice Is Against Pseudonyms and Alias' on the Internet, Except When She Isn't

Reblogged from Alexandra's Adventures in Books:

As many of you are aware, Anne Rice supports a petition to have Amazon disallow pseudonymous reviews and postings and require real names.


It's important to note that on Amazon while users may elect to have a display name for reviews and forum posts, Amazon knows the customers' real name, and typically also address.  Therefore they are not "anonymous" in the true sense.


From Anne's Facebook page, Todd Barselow posted this comment promoting his petition for Amazon to disallow pseudonymous reviews and postings on February 7,


"I will look forward to this. I just glanced at that petition to Amazon that I penned last year and people are still signing it and commenting on it. It has better than 9k signatures now."


Anne Rice's response to Todd,


"I'm glad you posted this, Todd, but we need to warn those signing it that they will be held up to ridicule in the Amazon Forums. They are defamed there and people are invited to spite them and punish the signers by removing reviews from their work. And Amazon does not take down this sort of post even though it violates their guidelines."

Anne Rice signed the petition to require reviews and forum posts be posted under verified real names,


    about 1 year ago Liked 25

My experience with the gangster bullies in the Forum has been very bleak and ugly. I post there under my own name. They blatantly violate your guidelines with personal insults and harassing posts. If you would only apply your own guidelines this would greatly help. I feel a lot of these people are obsessive abusers who have found some sort of dark home on Amazon tormenting writers. I urge you to take action."


Interestingly enough Facebook does have a policy that requires user accounts be under real names.  Although certainly some get away with using fictitious names, Facebook has been notoriously stringent in it's enforcement of the rule.


Recently a regular poster to Anne's Facebook page, Granny Goodwitch, has run afoul of this TOS rule of Facebook's, having her user account closed.  Anne has posted numerous posts on her Facebook page bemoaning the enforcement by Facebook that user accounts be real names, and calls it "harassment",

"Our beloved Granny Goodwitch is once again banned from FB. She is clearly being harassed and we do not know why. Much confusion and mystery surrounds what is happening. I have received word that some others who post on this page are being harassed. If anyone has any information as to this, who is doing it, why, whether it's an individual or a group, etc. please let me know by email. (See "About" for email.) I promise you complete confidentiality as to your identity, and your email information will only be seen by me and my lawyer, and those authorities at FB who might do something to correct this injustice. Remember even the best internet sites can be abused, manipulated, and misused."

And as further evidence of AR's blatant hypocrisy, she's posted an article about reasons people use alias' on the internet,

Something people tried to explain to her when she started supporting and promoting the removal of pseudonyms on Amazon, and she called "bullies" and "trolls" and "thugs" for doing so.

Books are Food For the Brain

I admit...I'm envious.
I admit...I'm envious.

Love that quote and I love that tattoo. 


The Complete Irish End Game Series - Susan Kiernan-Lewis

Good gods... there was more than one book of this shit?  Hell no.

Review - Last Stand: Surviving America's Collapse by William H. Weber

Last Stand: Surviving America's Collapse - William H. Weber

A decent TEOTWAWKI novel. Had some issues with GSP (grammar, spelling, punctuation). The fact that this is a serial but it gives you plenty with an actual conclusion to the main arc, (and several others) is the main reason I give it three stars. Glad it was a KU selection, but I will not be continuing with the series.

Review - Anthology - Tale of Tinfoil

Tales of Tinfoil: Stories of Paranoia and Conspiracy - Wendy Paine Miller, Lucas Bale, Michael Bunker, Eric Tozzi, Chris Pourteau, David Gatewood, Forbes West, Joseph E Uscinski, Peter Cawdron, Edward W. Robertson, Ernie Lindsey, Richard Gleaves, Jennifer Ellis, Nick Cole

Great collection of conspiracy themed shorts.  Grabbed through KU and I recommend!

Review - Brother Frankenstein by Michael Bunker

Brother, Frankenstein - Michael Bunker

I enjoy Michael Bunker's writings, so I jumped at the chance to read this novel (an e-ARC of this was sent from the author for an honest review). I was not disappointed! I will be purchasing a copy when it is officially released as this novel is a keeper.


This novel encompasses all I believe science fiction to be- a prophetic look at what our future holds, what makes humanity tick, and our responses to new ideas and ideals. That, plus a rollicking good tale.


Go pre-order!


Review - Apocalypse Diary of a Survivor

Apocalypse: Diary of a Survivor - Matt Pike, Matt Pike, Lisa Chant, Steve Grice

Enjoyed this TEOTWAWKI young adult novel. I found the ending to be very rushed and about a quarter of the way in, I realized that every time the character was happy about something- person, impending project, etc. it never ended well. This easily recognizable pattern took some of the wind out of the sails for this book, for me. Rating two stars, which sums it up perfectly, 'it was ok' (Goodreads standard of ratings).

Anne Rice Goes From "Responsibly Shaming" to Doxxing

Reblogged from Alexandra's Adventures in Books:

Anne Rice is now promoting doxxing as a way to deal with online "bullies".  To see that she agrees with this check her comments on her Facebook posting of an article about doxxing.


I'll probably have more to say about this issue, but right now I thought it was important to bring it to the attention of consumers, readers and reviewers.


Check it out here:


Anne Rice on the "ethics" of doxxing


Article she's referring to here:


"Why I'm Okay With Doxxing" by Rebecca Watson


One more thing...

Unlike the lock-step march you will find from those opposing Sad Puppies, you will find that many Sad Puppy supporters do not feel as I do regarding those authors who have taken their works out of the running... I will no longer support them, but there are plenty of Sad Puppies who will, even talk about book bombing (a good thing for promotion and sales) parties for Kloos and Bellett.

So sick of this but I've

een reading a lot of posts and blog entries from authors on both sides of the Hugo issue. Imagine what kind of stories/novels/novellas could have been written instead of all the kerfuffle with the shots across the bows and return volleys from the Sads, Rabids, SJWs, Those who Proclaim Intolerance in the Name of Tolerance, etc. That has produced a Disappointed Puppy.

Hugo Disgrace List

This list will contain the names of writers who have disgraced themselves in the kerfuffle regarding this year's Hugos.  Those on this list I will personally make sure I never support financially by purchasing, promoting, or glorifying their work in any other fashion.


Vox Day aka Theodore Beale (he may not fit with the social/political views of most of this list, but I hate this asshat with the passion of a burning thousand suns)

Connie Willis

Marko Kloos

Annie Bellett


This list may be added to as more insanity comes to light via refusal to accept the nominations or via social media spewings.


VIVA TOLERANCE VIA INTOLERANCE... the battle cry for the ignorant SJWs and their moronic lot.

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