August 7, 2011

Lazy Sunday Thoughts: Books and Rants

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Morning, folks! How is the world treating you? Good, I hope.

Things are good here but I have noticed a crazy increase spam everywhere I go. This week I cleaned out my spam filter for the blog and there were 279 spam comments since the beginning of June. It's gross. And really, why? Does anyone buy their pharmaceuticals or fashion knock-offs from some blog commenter? Is anyone that stupid? Then there is the anonymous spam that makes no sense. It has no links attached just some dumb request to "delete" or some such nonsense. I can't believe people go through so much effort to be annoying. Get a life, spammer!

It's not much better on Twitter either. This morning I woke up to four new followers; two were spammers. One was an author (possibly) who tweeted me "Read this" and a link. No, I will not and I've reported you for spam. That is not the way to market your book on Twitter and if someone told you it was that person is a moron. Also, different author don't whine on Twitter about how bloggers won't review your book. They have their reasons.

Wow, that was ranty. I did not expect that. Must be because I haven't had my coffee yet. 

Anyway, onto better things. Last week, I browsed the flea market (right here my Dad would ask me if I bought any fleas. har-de-har-har. Lame.) and found a couple of books to buy: True Grit, Garden Spells, and Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw. All 3 for $6! Not bad. 

In the mail, I received The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson for a blog tour in September. It's inspired by Rebecca which was inspired by Jane Eyre. Authors sure like borrowing from each other. I hope my expectations aren't too high.

I've been listening to the audiobook The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan. I'm not sure what to make of it yet. I know some readers have raved about it but so far I think it's okay. We'll see.

So, how was your reading week?

Close-up view of dog: Riviera Beach, Florida
For no particular reason, here's a dog from 1939.


  1. I'll be interested to see what you think of The Last Werewolf. I love the sound of the books you picked up- how fun! I haven't been to a flea market in ages! Flea markets used to be one of my favorite summer pasttimes, like a big yard sale :-)

  2. I got that same tweet this morning. I'm with you on Spam - it seems like a lot of work for everyone and it can't possibly result in any sales.

  3. I've been noticing more spam too which just means more deleting on my part...

    Enjoy Garden Spells. We watched True Grit last night and now I need to pick up the book.

  4. With Jane Eyre and Rebecca as inspiration, I would definitely have high expectations for the book!

    And I agree completely on spammers. I've been getting a lot lately too, and they are all just so ridiculous! And annoying. Very annoying.

  5. I'll be curious to hear your thoughts on The Lantern.

    I have The Last Werewolf on my list, but I haven't requested it or anything from the library yet.

  6. I've read Beauty Tips from Moosejaw! This is the only other place I've even seen the book mentioned. It was pretty entertaining...I think I said the author was a Canadian version of Bill Bryson.

  7. I enjoyed your rant! All very true. And that dog is extremely cute too! :)

  8. I've not had a spam problem, myself. I don't use twitter, which may mean that spammers have left me alone thinking I'm too out of touch to purchase any of their beauty products.

    I loved True Grit by the way. Not so much the rest of Mr. Portis's books.

  9. The spam thing is definitely getting out of control! Some of it does seem completely pointless too when there are no links.

    I recently got The Lantern too. I am looking forward to it.

  10. The spam thing is definitely getting out of control! Some of it does seem completely pointless too when there are no links.

    I recently got The Lantern too. I am looking forward to it.

  11. I want to read The Lantern, so I'm a teeny bit jealous. :)

    I tried to listen to The Last Werewolf on audio - loved the reader, but the sex was just a bit too much for me. In print, I can skim - but it doesn't work on audio very well.

  12. I have noticed a bit more spam, but not out of control. I love that dog photo from the 1930s - awesome.

  13. Love your rant. As an author, I completely agree with your assessment of SPAMMY writers. Sadly, I think the competitive marketplace is urging a lot of writers adopt car saleamen techniques.

    THE Lantern sounds intriguing. (And I didn't know those facts about Rebecca and Jane Eyre.)

  14. I've gotten more spam this week as well and it's all tied to one post for a vegan cookbook! I never review cookbooks so it's weird that that one post is a magnet for spam. What they are selling isn't even related to the post. Are they ever?

    Last Werewolf on audio, huh? I was intrigued by the book trailer but it seemed a little campy to me. Not sure if the audio book is the same way.

  15. Spammers are so annoying, I agree. What a waste of time. Blah.

    I enjoyed Garden Spells - such a great summer read.

    I've heard a lot about Last Werewolf too but so far I haven't had the urge to read it. Curious to read your thoughts.

  16. I hope you enjoy Garden Spells as much as I did! Ranty is good. I'm the same way before coffee.

  17. Yes to the yuck for the crazy increase in spam (I'm had close to 1000 this past week and it's stuff not beauty products.) and the authors!? very sad. I can't bring myself to report them tho. One keeps trying to friend me on goodreads, too. not a big hint-taker, I guess.
    LOVE the puppy pic for no reason.


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