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Post  naughty zoot on Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:29 pm

Orson Scott Card - so much more than just a homophobe.
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Post  PrincessCleo on Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:37 pm

Well, basically, there's a point in--I guess it's Midnight Sun?--where Edward narrates that he had never had Certain Feelings before. Like, never. Teenage boy for like a century; never. Dudely things that happen whether dudes want them to happen or not, because biology: nope.

Also, in the course of recapping, I realized that after Bella's officially married/vampired and Edward kisses her "like he'd never kissed her before," she means "with tongue." So it was three and a half books of lip-mashing before that. Maybe Stephenie Meyer just wants to move on to a new stage of her life where people actually get to second base once in a while.

Fun fact: Summit Entertainment is ALSO distributing Ender's Game. Basically, they're not having such a great week.
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Post  swsa on Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:43 pm

See, I always assumed that Tanya probably tried to jump on that. I mean, I doubt she got anywhere, but she seemed industrious enough to give it a shot during one of his trips to Alaska.
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Post  bookworm on Fri Aug 16, 2013 6:22 pm

I recommended Ender's Game to a friend today, and had to stress over and over again that the author was a misogynistic homophobe, and you had to ignore that because the book was actually really good.
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Post  QueenSix on Fri Aug 16, 2013 6:33 pm

I'm just grinning merrily at the remembrance of when The Host came out and a friend of hers said about how she wasn't a one hit wonder like that hack JK Rowling, ha ha ha, they were just joking of course, ha ha.

She may well look back now on Twilight and think WTF was that all about and wish she had the chance to go over the books and change stuff that grates on her, but it's not fair to the people who bought her books and really liked them and helped her have the lifestyle she has now to trash the books. Nor is it smart business wise.

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Post  particle_person on Sun Sep 15, 2013 1:11 am

Warrior Princess by Mindy Budgor: outdoing The Onion

The scandal is that this happened at all and it got published:
Warrior Princess! Inspiring new book reveals how a fashionista from Santa Barbara swapped Gucci for goat’s blood to become the first female Maasai fighter
— Mindy Budgor, 32, from California, left her comfortable life behind to live with a Kenyan tribe for three months
— Her book tells how she had to ‘learn the ways of the lion’ including drinking goat blood and throwing a spear

— Mindy’s determination paid off and she was the first woman accepted to be a ‘moran’ — a Maasai warrior — opening the door for other females

— But she never went without her Chanel Red Dragon lipstick to carry her through the hard times

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Post  epudom on Sun Sep 15, 2013 9:45 am

I saw an interview with the author a few weeks ago on a book review segment on BBC News, and she came across as a hybrid of Goldie Hawn in Private Benjamin and a Valley Girl. Whilst her uptalking annoyed me, I don't recall her coming across that badly, just vaguely privileged but trying to expand her worldview.

The publicity for the book might not be going for that angle though.
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Post  Unlucky Bear on Sun Sep 15, 2013 11:30 am

I have so much second-hand embarrassment for that whole affair. GIRL. NO.
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Post  year of the cat on Sun Sep 15, 2013 11:35 am

Because who needs Out of Africa or Shadows on the Grass when you can have She-Ra, Princess of Power over here? I need to barf, too, and not because I'm a blood-drinker.
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Post  particle_person on Tue Dec 03, 2013 4:32 pm

YOU GUYS, we got a juicy one! "Author" Elizabeth Nelson had a author bio pic that she lifted from a Revlon hair extensions ad. THEN it turned out that she'd plagiarized book descriptions from a bunch of other authors. She started deleting facebook comments. Then she deleted her Facebook altogether.

@einfach_mich @EvilWylie I think it's time we make a Catfish category for authors.
@EvilWylie Copying and pasting takes time, yo. RT @nelsonromance: My latest story coming soon! Stay tuned as it will be here any day.

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Post  mialoubug on Tue Dec 03, 2013 5:40 pm

From her Amazon profile:
Elizabeth Nelson is a romance writer who loves to interlace reality and love with suspense and thrill. Her stories will tickle your fancy and leave you wanting more.
Interlace? "Tickle your fancy?" She sounds about 107.
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Post  punzy on Tue Dec 03, 2013 6:01 pm

Why would you plagiarize an author bio? Can you not be bothered to make up 2 sentences about yourself? That doesn't really inspire confidence that her actual book is not plagiarized.

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Post  ActonBell on Tue Apr 01, 2014 2:02 am

Can we talk about how bizarre this story is? I've hated Perez Hilton for a looooong time, but I really thought he had better things to do than create sock accounts to get back at Lady Gaga. Yet all signs point to him being involved in this in some way.
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Post  particle_person on Tue Apr 01, 2014 2:21 am

Wait, how are you getting "all signs point to Perez"? Nothing on the Buzzfeed link pointed to him at all. It spent a long time making the case that there are a bunch of sockpuppet accounts at the Examiner, so I'll grant there's something weird going on here, but the only thing on Perez is at the very end and boils down to "there are some rumors it's him." The link was down so I can't see what those rumors are.

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Post  ActonBell on Tue Apr 01, 2014 10:53 am

I probably overstated the case because it was 2 am and couldn't sleep, but Bill Werde's post implies that it is, and Perez's continual back and forth conversation with Angela Cheng on twitter is like a page from sockpuppetry 101. The sad thing is how many legitimate media outlets are taking stories written in the Examiner as fact, when they don't even seem to employ real people.
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Re: Publishing Scandals

Post  Red Wolf on Fri Apr 25, 2014 11:30 pm

Not quite a scandal as such, but a fun bit of lateral thinking. LJ Smith got booted from her Vampire Diaries stories at some point, so now someone pointed her towards doing published Vampire Diaries fanfic from that Amazon program. I've never watched or read Vampire Diaries, but I appreciate cleverness. However, she needs to read her contracts more closely.

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Post  puddingcup on Wed May 28, 2014 3:57 pm

Has anyone else been following the Amazon-Hachette fight?

It's true I have a bias towards Hachette because I worked there for a few months (haven't spoken to anyone I might still know there about this fight, though), but this just seems like 2 large corporations fighting for a bigger piece of the rapidly changing, but struggling publishing industry. I don't know which solution is ultimately better for the consumer. If Amazon wins (and they probably will, because they are Amazon), it may mean temporarily lower prices on e-books for consumers, but I don't fool myself in thinking that Amazon has any great love for the consumer, it's just assembling its power to steamroll all other competitors.


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Post  Red Wolf on Wed May 28, 2014 7:42 pm

I stopped using Amazon several years ago, and I also hate monopolies. So I'm hoping, but not expecting, Hachette to win.

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Post  laddical on Thu Jun 05, 2014 8:24 pm

You want a scandal? YOU WANT A SCANDAL?

Someone actually agreed to publish this thing!

Man, that RiverThames guy has to have something on someone.

But seriously, congrats, RT. Can't wait to pick up a copy!
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Post  Cutebutpsycho on Thu Jun 05, 2014 10:40 pm

HOLY SHIT CONGRATS!
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Post  Raksha on Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:13 pm

Sweet!
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Post  inversed on Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:42 pm

That is so freaking amazing!

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Post  Kiran on Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:59 pm

So amazing!
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Re: Publishing Scandals

Post  Gallifrey Girl on Fri Jun 06, 2014 12:51 am

You know that 'don't judge a book by its cover' etc etc? I totally initially judge books by their covers - it's what you have to go with (along with the title) when you're browsing at the book store for something new and unknown. That is a most excellent cover, and would make me pick it up to read the dust jacket. Congrats!

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Post  eventide82 on Fri Jun 06, 2014 12:52 am

Yay, congratulations!! So awesome!
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