Friday, January 12, 2007

Another great review!

Okay, y'all...this is a big deal. A huge deal.

Dear Author gave The Black Dragon a B-.

Any of you who read the Janes on even a semi-regular basis (which, you should read regularly, because they rock) knows that that's pretty good. I'm...honored.

*sob* They like me! They really like me!

Other bits:

I discovered a few days ago that I'm allergic to the new pillows we bought just before Christmas. I couldn't figure out why I was waking up in the middle of the night unable to breathe, like literally having to stick my head out the window and cough and wheeze for twenty minutes before my lungs stopped making horrible noises it was actually quite scary). Pillow allergy. Who knew? No sneezing or runny nose, just an almost total inability to inhale.

I so wish I wasn't as far behind on The Shield, because I'd love to discuss it but it's all old news now to anybody watching in the States.

I am waiting with bated breath for the announcement of the Harry Potter release date. I keep getting pre-order solicitations in my email, but I'm not pre-ordering until I know when it's coming out. I'm also trying to convince my husband to drive us up to Scotland so we can haunt some Edinburgh bookstores on Release Eve, but I doubt he'll do it.

Apparently it's National De-Lurking week. So do that. De-lurk here.

Savior and healer of the sick Madonna is "urging" more people to adopt babies from Africa. "...those children need to be rescued," she says.

Hey, Madonna? Maybe, instead of taking one kid away from his home and family, and thus taking one potential doctor or honest government worker or future leader away from those children who need rescuing, next time you'll think about donating maybe a tenth of your sizeable fortune to the orphanages and schools in that place. So *all* the children there--and gee! Maybe some adults too!--can benefit from your Lady Bountiful act. Grrrrrr.

In short: another great review for The Black Dragon, which pleases me immensely. Non-hypoallergenic pillows suck. Love The Shield. Want Harry Potter. Comment and say hi.

And Madonna is a stupid bitch.


Bernita said...

Particularly about how she doesn't need sob-story motivation for the bad guys.
So tired of the pseudo-psychoanalysis crap and relating-to-the-evil-within-sympathetic-villian.

And get rid of those damn pillows PDQ...That is NOT something to fool around with.

December Quinn said...

Oh trust me, the pillow is GONE. I'm sleeping on my flat old one for the time being until we get new ones, and I'm going to make the hubby get a new one as well.

Just my luck. That was a damned comfortable pillow.

I agree, I'm tired of motivated bad guys. Why can't they just be bad, and comfortable being bad? My bad guy in that book is a thief and a killer, because that's what he gets off on. The end!

Makes me think there might be people who actually buy the book after all...

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the reviews.

Concerning Madonna, agreed. -JTC

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the reviews - Dear Author gave it a good grade! I Love stories set in the middle ages, but I'm very picky about historical fiction. This one sounds so goof I'm off to grab a copy. (Don't you just love e-books? Instant gratification!)

Anonymous said...

Good, not goof. Good!!!!

I'm typing and keeping an eye out the window where the workers are scrambling over the roof trying to get the plastic on before it rains. *sigh* It will Never get done.
Well, off to read!

December Quinn said...

Oh! Thank you Sam! My books are nowhere near as good as yours though.

The roof will get done...someday. :-) Maybe by spring 2008?

If you have low expectations you're rarely disappointed, lol. But I'm sure it will be finished sooner than you think, and it will be gorgeous too.

Robyn said...

My favorite quote from that review:

Rhys, Gruffydd’s steward, is far too in touch with his feelings for a 12 C man. He and hero discuss hero’s feelings for heroine way too much. Would two real men do this? Hmmmm, I don’t think so. Maybe something like, “Hey man, you’re treating her like shit.” “Fuck off, it’s none of your business.” “I’m just saying, is all.” “Well, you said. Now let’s get back to sword practice.”

I nearly had a Depends moment. Great review, congrats!

And do you think Michael Chiklis is as yummy as I do?

Ann(ie) said...

Oooh, good review. The Ja(y)nes are a tough sell.

December Quinn said...

Thanks, Robyn!

Re: Chiklis yumminess. Uh...HELL yeah!!

December Quinn said...

Thanks, Annie! It's not as quotable as yours, though--I've got bits of yours already plastered all over the internet!

kis said...

Yeah, it's a pisser about celebrity rescue/adoption/photo-ops. Those regions in Africa and Asia would do much better with a concerted effort by the world community to eradicate AIDS (and other diseases) and educate the local people. That's one thing I like about Bill Gates--the guy actually coughs up the dough, and encourages other filthy-richies to do the same.

Unfortunately, the only people who actually spend money on orphanages in the middle east is the freaking Taliban. How screwed up is that?

And what the hell was in those pillows? Me, I'm allergic to virtually everything, suffer from athsma and have a deadly allergy to nuts, to boot. I'm always careful, although you can innure yourself over time. Of course, my ever loving husband often announces that when he gets sick of me, all he has to do is rub walnut shells all over my pillowcase, and let the insurance money roll in. Ha ha. He's quite the charmer.

And kudos on winning over the Ja(y)nes.

Jenn on the Island said...


Congrats on all the great reviews!

Oh, and stop reading stuff that just pisses you off. It's not good for allergies....


December Quinn said...

Lol, kis! It's the perfect murder...until I step forward with evidence that your husband threatened Death by Allergy...

That's one thing I like about Bill Gates--the guy actually coughs up the dough, and encourages other filthy-richies to do the same.

Yep. Wish more of them did.

Thanks Jenn! I've been wondering where you were!

Is that what my problem is? The allergies would go away if I stayed away from the news and gossip? Maybe you're right. Too bad almost everything pisses me off. But I will try harder. :-)

writtenwyrdd said...

Unrepentantly evil bad guys who look hot in black leather are my personal favorites. Maybe that's the draw for some of the vampires. Just so long as they don't have sissy affectations like twirling those Snidely Whiplash moustaches!

And according to HP 7 is due out in the US March 31, 2007. We shall see.

writtenwyrdd said...

Oh, I meant to join in on the Madonna bashing. She has done yet another self invention and really has decided to be the Lady of the Manor. Gak.

Bill Gates, Bono and a lot of other celebs actually try to massage their fame into something useful.

December Quinn said...

Hey there, writtenwyrdd!

I totally agree on the black leather clad bad boys. I like it when they enjoy being bad! (Well, I dig tortured too, although not generally tortured vampires. Vapires I like arrogant and comfortable with themselves, none of this "I've been alone for centuries, woe is me" crap.)

I like it when they're ruthless and cold, too. Mmmm.

Yep, I generally think stars should stay out of politics altogether, but if you're rich, I appreciate the charity work and calling attention to worthy causes. Spending all that money simply to self-aggrandize...bah.

kis said...

I'm all for celebs using their fame (or infamy) to promote a worthy cause. But if they're not prepared to shell out a little dough, too, then they can stick their fame up their you-know-whats and rotate.

One of the reasons Bill Gates got so heavily into charity work was the fact that for years he believed in the concept of "trickle down." When he discovered that "trickle down" doesn't actually exist in corporate America (due to the increasing value placed on investment, and the persistent devaluation of honest work by my parents' generation, but let's not get me started) he decided to do something about it. And he figured the only way he could shame the super-rich into parting with some of their hardly-earned billions was to make a big deal of doing it himself. This is not a guy who decided to sponsor a couple third-world kids and become a big brother. He's given millions. In fact, I read he's planning on quitting the CEO racket altogether, to focus on his charitable foundation. Do I sound like his cheerleader?

As for Bono, I'm not waving my pom poms. As far as I know, all he is is a mouthpiece for hyper-political causes. If he's given money to anything, he really ought to be more obvious about it. Then maybe I'd be able to look at him without thinking he's just using political causes for shameless self-promotion. Same with Madonna. It pisses me off that they figure their fame exempts them from actually putting some real cash on the table. "Oh, my noteriety is worth much more than my dollars!" Fuck that. Give me one good reason why they can't give both. And if you do put your money where your mouthpiece is, Madonna, Bono, whoever, let me know, so I can stop hating you. It's no good for my Karma.

kis said...

Okay, maybe that was a bit harsh. Maybe if you pictured me ranting like that in a t-shirt with kittens on it?

Isabella Snow said...


I just blogged about reviews today, lol. Dear Author's a tough crowd, so to speak! Good for you, December!

December Quinn said...

But if they're not prepared to shell out a little dough, too, then they can stick their fame up their you-know-whats and rotate.

Totally agree! I used to get so irritated when people talked about everything Michael Jackson did for children (before we knew what he was really doing to the children--although we suspected). Oh, so he set up a charity in his name? Big deal! So other people get to donate their money and he takes the credit. Yeah. Why doesn't he produce a single and donate the entire proceeds? (Again, this was some time ago, when a single by him would have been purchased by more than delusional idiots and NAMBLA members.)

And picture my in a kitten shirt, too. A grumpy kitten shirt.

Thanks, Isabella! I was very scraed what their response would be!

Jenn on the Island said...

Setting up a charity in your own name only gets you tax credits.

Jenn on the Island said...

oops hit post too soon....

I meant to further that with:

My cyincal view of the world and money makes me see these people as rich bastards trying to avoid paying taxes. And stars doing public sevice announcements aren't doing it for the charity of it, they got busted doing whatever they're telling you not to do.

December Quinn said...

Lol, Jenn.

It's funny. I worked for a very large credit card bank who made this big deal out of charity work. And one of the things you did in your first year was take a day to do something for charity on the company's dime (like, I had to help paint a children's therapy center and got paid for the day.)

They asked us at the end what we thought about what we'd done, and we all gave the bullshit expected responses about how our company was so committed and wonderful they were actually paying us to do volunteer work and weren't they just the mostest caring company evah...and what we were all thinking, at least I know I was, was that they were getting to write off all of our salaries for the day as a nice deduction when tax time came.

S. W. Vaughn said...

WOOT on the awesome review!! (See? It's a great book!)

And Madonna is definitely a bitch. :-)