Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Rocky Balboa (not the one you're thinking of) and other entertainment


You'll have to excuse my post today. I've included a picture of my cat Rocky (as in Rocky Balboa) for no other reason than I thought it was cute. If life were only that simple for all of us. When having a bad day (usually the result of our other cat Jack beating the crap out of him), Rocky just curls up in an old kitchen bowl he's recently claimed ownership of (he's made it clear that there is no chance in hell I am getting this bowl back) and burrows. Or he pees on the wall. I think the burrowing is cuter for obvious reasons. So there you have it. I apologize in advance for future pictures of Rocky and Jack you may see on this blog. This is what we childless people do - obsess over our pets. I usually try and keep this blog to book talk, but today I just couldn't help myself.

Now that I've gotten that out of the way, back to books. I've finished my first official review (although not posted yet) of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight and gave it a 5 out of 5. I loved it. Loved it. So for all of those bloggers that recommended it on your sites - thank you! I don't know that I would have come across it otherwise. I just got her newest one New Moon out of the library and am very much looking forward to it.

What I really wanted to post more than anything today was a negative review and the reception it received by the publisher who requested the review. The reviewer gave an honest critique after which she was bombarded with scathing emails from the publisher. You really have to read this - it is so appalling it is entertaining. Enjoy :)

10 comments:

Janelle Martin said...

Hi Kirsten,

You won the draw on my blog! Stop by my profile and send me an email with your address and I'll get This is Not Chick Lit in the mail to you.

Congratulations!

Les said...

Kirsten,

I'm sitting here with my mouth hanging down to the floor! I can't believe how unprofessional and ugly that publisher got in her emails to the reviewer! Truly appalling!

adrienne said...

Since when did small presses hire blog trolls? That was absolutely amazing. I wonder if she got fired. That was so unprofessional. Maybe Sue Eccleston was actually the author. There you have it.

nutmeg said...

Hi Kirsten. Thanks for visiting my blog. I'd order one of my "secret bookcases" for you, only the freight from Australia may be a little large.

You have a great blog. I read with increasing disbelief the replies of that publisher. I am dumbfounded by the unprofessionalism of her personal attack. I hope you don't come up against such people when you do your reviews.

Carl V. said...

Wow, that is really, really sad. I wonder if she has any superiors who have seen her responses. If so I would hope that they are as mortified as I am.

Kirsten said...

les, adrienne, nutmeg, and carl v. - I pretty much had the same reaction when I first read it. Stephanie got her revenge just by posting the email trail for all to see. Bet the publisher is seething now. Makes for great blog material :)

Kate S. said...

What extraordinary behaviour on the part of that publisher. That correspondence posted on line certainly counteracts the idea that there's no such thing as bad publicity!

LK said...

I adore your kitty! (I have two of my own, being sans children myself.)

That review stunk like...like...a really bad metaphor.

I Buy Books said...

LOVED the picture of your cat -- he is adorable!

Can you imagine? Every time someone Googles Leah's Way or Windstream Publishing, that series of emails will show up. Now that's karma!

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