A Grab Bag of Stuff – The Memorial Day Edition

Happy Memorial Day!

BOOK REVIEWS

Jes Battis reviews Tithe by Holly Black.

Scooper reviews The Devil You Know by Jenna Black.

Sidhevicious reviews Feast of Fools and spotlights The Morganville Vampire series by Rachel Caine.

Gladiloii and Wendy review From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris.

Lurv la Mode reviews Magic Bites and Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews.

CONTESTS/GIVEAWAYS

Jackie Kessler is giving away an ARC of Hotter than Hell here.

MOVIE NEWS

Suburban Vampire has a list of Upcoming Vampire Movies for 2008, 2009 and 2010.

ARTICLES OF INTEREST

Sarah at Smart Bitches first posted an interesting article on disappearing negative reviews over at BN.com.

A friendly person from an online book group emailed me with some ire, though not directed at us (always nice!). Seems she’s teed off because earlier last week, the fourteenth installment of the Stephanie Plum series, which hits stores 17 June, had a three-star ranking on BN.com, with a large portion of the 29 individuals who read an advance copy discussing how disappointed they are in the latest Plum installment.

But as of Friday, there are 11 ratings, all of them four to five stars, with more than a few from people who slapped that puppy with a fiver merely to indicate how excited they are that the book is coming out, omg, wow!!!11! According to the person who contacted me, there were 30 reviews up on Tuesday 20 May. Wednesday 21 May there were 9. 2 more glowing reviews have been added since. 1 negative review was posted on Thursday 22 May and removed on Friday 23 May. Scroll through the reviews posted and look at the dates. They’re a jumbled mess, in no order whatsoever. Never seen that before.

And has since posted a follow up article.

What I find fascinating about the entire concept of disappearing negative reviews is that some, if not most, of the negative reviews, as I understand it, were written by members of a book club, an online group that exists and was founded based on a complete and utter adoration of all things Evanovich and Plum. According to one of the group’s founders, they are by invitation only, and they read all kinds of books, but a special amount of anticipation and attention is paid to the Plum series. They discuss the books before they come out, and if they get an ARC they pass it around to each member so they can all read and enjoy it. They love the series, they love the characters, and they love reading.

I can relate to that. I also got into a nice healthy “Nuh UH” debate with one of them about Morelli vs. Ranger. I can attest from my own interaction – these fans are some hard core lovers of this series.

Definitely interesting reading.

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