Monthly Archives: April 2014

Forum fun

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The moment when you start arguing with yourself whether or not you should start a linguistic debate on the forums of an MMO…

I mean, I’m not expecting anyone to listen anyway, it’d just be awesome to see the reactions. I think that would be academic trolling? Is that even still trolling? It’s technically just facts, and somehow, I don’t think “being correct” is even close to the widely recognised definition of trolling.

And then they go on their merry way and keep caps-yelling at people who DARE speaking anything but English in the map chats. On international servers. Sigh. I want my Virtual Slap Machine™. So badly.

 

…it’s kind of sad that I have come to expect denial and insults as a reaction to facts. The world is a bad place to be when you know stuff and actually want to share it -.-

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Creepy notebook is creepy

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That moment when you look for ideas in an old notebook and find a plot/blurb about someone spying on people for the NSA, then going rogue and exposing them… Jesus, that’s a whole new level of unsettling, even for me o_O

Okay, my plot has genetically altered spec ops people, a huge government conspiracy and lots of shooting and random assassinations, but still. Creepy.

 

Hm. I think that’s what later turned into a Camp NaNo novel… *checks* Yup, it’s the first incarnation, all right. Can I somehow use this for marketing purposes? “Psychic reveals shocking secrets years before the world learns of them! Read now the thrilling sequel to a ‘novel’ that might turn out to be much more than just a story!”

Seems like a sound strategy to me…

 

 

-Ricarda

Why I don’t trust reviews.

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Not the very good ones and the very bad ones, anyway.

 

I read two books in the past month that were somewhat of a surprise to me. One was Hard Contact, a Star Wars EU novel by Karen Traviss. People kept complaining about a) the language being too military and impossible to understand, and b) not “getting” the plot, as in, they literally didn’t understand the plot. In a pretty straight-forward action novel. It’s depressing to read a review that says “Those guys are clones of the guy who captured Han Solo for Jabba!”. Just… no. You can critique away and rip the book apart for good reasons, I don’t care, but please get your facts right. And maybe pay attention to the story you’re reading. As you’re supposed to do when reading a book. That’ll help.

For an EU novel, Hard Contact is actually really good. Not the best stuff out there, but a decent read (if you don’t mind 35% ads in the Kindle edition. For the love of god, why?!). Anyways, that was the nice surprise.

 

The not-so-nice one was Evensong by Krista Walsh. I heard nothing but praise about it, but boy, was that book a letdown. Maybe precisely because of all the praise and my subsequently high expectations, I don’t know. But even so,  the book just didn’t live up to any kind of expectations. Unlikeable characters, a plot full of holes and a world that didn’t make sense. Yet it didn’t have even one review below four stars on any Amazon incarnation. I don’t understand. Nothing that irked me so, SO much while I read it was even mentioned in the reviews. Sure, it’s always a matter of personal preference, but I thought at least someone would notice blatant mistakes in the in-universe logic? Like the whole point of getting The Author into his book (to change the story) literally falling apart when people start realising he might not be that omnipotent after all? But then stick to the plan anyway, and then he suddenly is The Creator and God of All? When everything pointed to “nope, he’s not, he’s just a mediocre scribbler who doesn’t even know how big the country is he himself supposedly created“. I fail to see how this makes sense, in-universe or outside.

This is why I usually don’t trust praise. But I guess the whole “author gets sucked into his world” thing sort of lured me in. I wish it hadn’t. Meh.

 

That’s also why I rarely do very good or very bad reviews of my own. It doesn’t help anyone, and it gives a skewed picture of the product in question. Five stars are for the stuff that makes the “all-time favourite” list; and that’s not much. One star is for the things that not only are bad (or mediocre at best), but also have a generally unappealing package (like the fucked-up chronology of the Clone Wars episodes on the blurays, or the 35% ads and excerpts in Hard Contact’s Kindle version). Those two sets of criteria seldom apply (usually there’s at least something saving the thing in question), so I usually don’t consult the praise and the hate, either. If that’s possible. It’s when it’s not that I get most often disappointed.

 

 

-Ricarda

Weee, technology!

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Or… not?

Looked up the Republic Commando series by Karen Traviss on Amazon. There’s 1, 3 and 4 for the Kindle, and 2… isn’t? What? Whose bright idea was that?

Seriously, I’m having a hard time giving anyone money when I feel like I’m being ripped off while fat businessmen bathe in champagne and light their cigars with hundred-dollar-bills, laughing at those stupid customers who paid for this decadence… -.-

And here I was thinking that my hoarding books wasn’t necessary anymore… I’m a collector, I hatehateHATE switching editions mid-series. It’s gone as far as me buying books twice because I didn’t pay attention when I bought them the first time around and got different layouts or somesuch nonsense. So now I’m supposed to buy three books for my Kindle and put the fourth one on my shelf anyway? Can someone explain this “business strategy” to me? Because making me buy the books used so I have them all in the same form while not paying myself stupid for the paperbacks doesn’t seem very clever to me…

 

– Ricarda