Poor Vishous

I used to wonder if my Kindle  — Vishous — got indigestion because of the junk reading I do. Like junk food, junk reading has just a bunch of sweet, salty, fluffy filler that will rot the teeth (or should that be “brain”). Also called (by me) place markers, these are the snacks poor Vishous has filling his memory chip in between the more substantive meals.

I no longer have to wonder. The answer is “yes.” V was restarting at inconvenient moments or flipping to the book’s cover instead of the next page. I placed a call to the Dr. Amazon Help Desk group. They best Kindle doctors around. Ok, so they are the only Kindle doctors around but let us not get too picky on that point.

With the good doctor’s help, I found out that there was apparently a book that I loaned out about a year ago. Even though it was returned, the book somehow got stuck in the lending loop. When I tried to read that book, it was as though two people were trying to read it at the same time. The result was V’s digestive distress.

After deleting the book from my Kindle back to the Cloud and re-downloading, then updating and rebooting, Vishous is back to his happy, peppy self, ready to rock, roll and be read.

I love the Dr. Amazon Help Desk group.

Death, Doom and Detention

I just finished this one. Damn! I am loving this series — to the extent that I was upset at the ending.

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I wasn’t upset with the way the ending was written. I wasn’t upset with the writer for writing the ending the book in this way. I was upset with Lorelei for making the decision that she made. I’m not going to state what the decision was, just say I didn’t agree.

Actually, I wanted to shake her and ask her what the hell she was thinking. And in fact, I did. However, all I did was shake my Kindle, thus making it difficult to read the next book’s teaser.

Darynda Jones, the author, lives in a house full of males, yet she manages to reach into her not-so-distant past to channel her inner female teen. All aspects of high school girls rear their ugly heads: the tormentor, the odd-man-out, the sweet-but-shy, the oblivious, the bestie, the fringe (the one you know but don’t really interact with except to pass in the hall).

Of course the biggest player in any teen’s life shows up as well: the Hormones.There are the boy/girl interactions where both sides are oblivious of the other person’s attraction, the rush of the adrenaline at the casual touch and the heady feeling of the long-awaited kiss. Thrown in on Lorelei’s side are the casual touches that set off unwanted visions of classmates’ deaths. So, yeah, not all touches are good touches.

Through her interactions with her grandparents, Lorelei acts like a teen going through “that difficult stage.” So not attractive, but thoroughly understandable if you’ve read the first book.

What? You didn’t read Death and the Girl Next Door??!! Seriously, dude, you need to go do that now! The next in the series, Death and the Girl He Loves is out October 8, 2013. Please click the link to ask the publisher for a Kindle version.

Yes, this is a YA series, but there are enough twists, turns, comedy, and meat to keep an adult reader of the paranormal genre interested.

Place holders

That’s what I feel like I’m reading now: place holders. Books that I might not normally read, I am reading now. There are so many books coming out soon by authors I love. I don’t want to start a book that I won’t want to put down when Death, Doom and Detention or Lover at Last. Until then I read “cozy mysteries,” paranormal romance/comedies/mysteries, trash and smut.

For anyone who has never heard the term, a “cozy mystery” is a light, themed mystery. They’re generally not too deep and have cute names. “Raiders of the Lost Corset,” “Kitty Kitty Bang Bang” and “Armed and Fabulous” are examples of the genre.

Trash is not pejorative. Neither is smut actually. Both are simply fluffy genres I like to read while waiting for other books to be delivered to my Kindle.

At the end of February, Black City comes out, followed in March by Always on my Mind, Death, Doom and Detention and Lover at Last.

I was disappointed in the newest in the Fallen Angels series by J. R. Ward. I got about half way through and put it aside. I didn’t care about the guy whose soul they were fighting over or the woman who was falling in love with him. I do care about the “dead” angel whose body they are guarding, but apparently nothing new happens on that front in this book.

The most recent two books in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series were engaging enough to keep me reading through them even if I didn’t particularly care for the main characters in either one. Payne seemed to change her personality by the time we see her in Lover Unleashed. I don’t particularly give a rat’s about Manny. The entire “sexual healing” thing was a bit of a bore. What saved that book was my man Vishous. Jane was a bit of a snooze, but she has been since she died and became a ghost. And don’t you just hate when that happens?

Lover Reborn was ok — again because I didn’t really care about Tohr or his love, but Lassiter is fun and the rest of the plot is interesting. I have high hopes for Lover at Last and can’t wait for it to be released.

Darynda Jones is releasing Death, Doom and Detention early in March. It’s a YA book — a genre I don’t normally read, but in this case, I’ll make an exception. Credit to the writer for her storyline and style.

Bella André has a book out the same day. My Kindle is going to be catching two books at once. Maybe I’ll read whichever book downloads first.

From February 26 through August 1, there will be at least one book per month, sometimes two or three new book from some of my favorite authors for me to look forward to. So far. Oh, the excitement is building! Until then, my placeholders are nice little reads.

Credits on the horizon

Hachette, Harper Collins, and Simon & Schuster have settled a lawsuit about price fixing of e-books. Penguin and Macmillan have yet to settle. Random House was apparently not part of the suit. I don’t expect to receive much back because most of the books I buy are Penguin, Macmillan or Random House. However, I feel that, if nothing else, it is a moral victory for the e-book buyer.

Publishers claim that it is as expensive to publish e-books as dead-tree books. Seriously? Paying the author costs the same. It’s already an electronic file. Programs have been created to change from one e-reader format to another, so there’s no additional charge there for the e-books. DTBs require paper, printing, binding, shipping — things e-books do not require. So if the authors are not getting more money from sales of e-book but the price for the consumer is higher, where does the money go?

So what this means to me personally, in the short term, is very little.But whatever credit I get to my account will be greatly appreciated.

My poor Vishous is struggling, the digital equivalent of coughing up a lung. I wonder if the new CPR method out of University of Arizona  will help him at all. I’m hoping I can help my baby limp along a little while longer.

Agency Five suit

A friend of mine found this and posted it on Facebook. Thanks Dana! Agency Five price fixing suit. I bought my first Kindle about 6 mos. before the dust-up began. It seemed like nothing more than price gouging by the publishing houses since there isn’t nearly the overhead of publishing a dead tree. A manuscript is put in electronic form as part of the printing process. It’s not like they have to put this extra step in.

To suddenly say that the book should cost a buyer $14.99 instead of $9.99 because the format is growing in popularity is simple greed. An argument could be made that since people are buying more $9.99 e-books than $14.99 hard covers, the writer loses money. That is a load of horse hockey! Before e-books, more paperbacks are sold than hard cover and at a lower prices.

I confess that if I want to read a book badly enough, I won’t boycott because of the price. I rarely bought hard covers and would wait for paperbacks. This was not only a financial consideration, but space and comfort considerations as well. Now I can buy the book on the day of release, not have to worry about where to put it when I’m done, and not have aching arms from reading a heavy hard cover.

So, thank you, DoJ, for looking into price fixing. I’m glad the three have decided to settle. I hope the other two come to their senses soon.