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jeff's picture

We don't have a lot of reviews on this site anymore, for a simple reason: my lack of time.

But I get offered stuff all the time to review, though. I just refuse it.

In the past, I would get physical books, movies, and CDs, send them out to site users to review, and then... that was the last I would ever hear from them. The thing was... everyone seemed to read, watch, and listen to the stuff without incident. It was the writing the review part that never happened. Once, someone said they watched the movie two months earlier, but didn't get around to writing the review yet. Not sure about you, but I don't know if I want to read a review of something written two months later.

The other oddness is that people often didn't review the piece, but went off on some tangent of what the book could have been, based on their expectations. Like, instead of reading what was on the page, they would think that this character was going to do something else, so they wrote that was what they expected, and then didn't like where it did go as much. Which, again, wasn't really a review of the work. I hated Iron Man 3, but were I to review it, I would say why I didn't like the actual film they made, not come up with a version I would have enjoyed more.

But now, I am getting requests for Oasis to review e-books, so I'm debating revisiting this policy of people volunteering to review things, since they are just sending a cheap file and not a finished book, I feel less on the hook if we don't follow through. ;-)

So, is anyone interested? It is going to be very limited at first, since I've been turning publishers down for a while.

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jeff's picture

First title available

The Red Shoes

"In The Red Shoes, narrator John Laith is mourning the untimely death of his partner, Frank, and is trying to recover from that loss. An active participant in a Twelve Step grief recovery group, he has a loving, supportive network of friends. Yet he feels something is missing -- the ability to put his sorrow aside and once again feel the full force of life and its promise of excitement and abandon.

An opportunity presents itself when Laith befriends a handsome 18-year-old modern dancer and then helps him following an assault. The dancer expresses his gratitude by giving him a pair of red shoes. Laith now possesses the sparkling red shoes; or perhaps they possess him. They propel him on a perilous journey through both the affluent and seedy sides of a vividly brought to life Manhattan at the turn of the millennium.

An innocent in a sinister underworld, Laith tries to survive his newfound ties to unpredictable and chillingly unforgettable characters. He inexplicably cannot escape his fascination with exploring the dark side. Is it because of the terrible magical powers of those red shoes; or is it because of some hidden desire within himself? A riveting battle between the sacred and the profane is at war inside him—and in the end there comes a shocking moment of realization where he must finally choose between them."

Anyone up for reviewing this?

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elph's picture

Uh...

Isn't that what you just did? Sounds good enough for me... but, sadly, not enough to make me want to read it. :(

jeff's picture

No...

That is the book description from the publisher.

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jeff's picture

Second title available

Mordred and the King

Curlovich takes readers back to the sixth century as the classical world is dying and being rapidly replaced by the Christian world. Prince Mordred is the son of Morgan le Fay, the witch-queen who rules Wales. Morgan and her entourage have long plotted to regain control of England, the Christian country ruled by her brother, King Arthur. They want to destroy everything Arthur has built. Arthur and his party lose their way on a hunting trip and end up in Morgan’s realm. While visiting his sister’s castle, Arthur is glimpsed by young Mordred, who falls instantly, hopelessly in love with him. In no time Mordred begins to plan to escape from his mother and to join Arthur in England.

“Mordred and the King is a smart, sexy, fast-paced read that’s also beautifully written and well-researched. John’s gift in this novel is taking the legend and all the rich historical detail that we’re familiar with and turning it all onto its head. Readers will never look at King Arthur the same way,” says Don Weise, editorial director of Magnus Books.

Writer John Michael Curlovich is based in Pittsburgh. He has had more than twenty novels published, as well as numerous short stories. For ten years he served as the Arts & Entertainment Editor for the award–winning regional monthly, Planet Q.

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MaddieJoy's picture

I love stories about

I love stories about Mordred! I'd read this one :)

jeff's picture

Well...

Read has never been our problem. Will you review it AFTER you read it? ;-)

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MaddieJoy's picture

Sure!

I used to work for my school newspaper so I've done this sort of thing before.

thoughtgoddess's picture

I'd be happy to do reviews--

I'd be happy to do reviews-- though if you're looking for a specifically teen perspective 23 may put me a bit out of the age range. Considering I've just got my fancy piece of paper saying I'm good at writing about literature and stupid enough to spend five years of my life proving it, I may as well put it to use somewhere.