The Moonlight Library (Nemo)

My name is Nemo. This is me on Goodreads

By day I work in IT, by night I turn into a vigilante kitten snuggler.

Is there anything better than a lap filled with kittens and shelves filled with books? I think not.

 

"A good book resting unopened in its slot on a shelf, full of majestic potentiality, is the most comforting sort of intellectual wallpaper." - David Quammen

Olga Filina of The Rights Factory Threatens Legal Action to Silence Me

Yesterday, I made a post about my rather unfortunate experiences as the client of one Olga Filina of the Rights Factory. Today, I received a rather unsettling email. Behold:

 

 

That's right, "legal options." I'm not entirely sure what she could justifiably sue me for, but that's not the point.

 

The point is that my immediate reaction was fear, and that's what this email is about. Look how she brings up my career and how I could "sabotage" it. (Note: Shotgun submissions can sabotage a person's career. Having your damn manuscript in the hands of fifty people at once can sabotage a person's career. You'll excuse me if I don't really think her concern is for me here.) 

 

What she wants is for me to be silent. To retract my post. To hide the truth. I'm not going to lie; this scares the bejeezus out of me. We don't have the money to deal with a lawsuit. I suppose I could just fold, just let her censor me. But no one ever speaks out against TRF's behavior. We're all afraid of exactly this, and not only do I not want people to have that kind of power over me, but I don't think I could live with myself if I went silent and allowed other people to put themselves in the line of fire. Because my silence means other people will be treated this way by TRF. 

 

I won't let other writers be hurt, no matter what the consequences for me. Hell, I'm not sure I want much to do with the industry after this, anyway. 

 

I have to wonder, what is she so afraid of? What did I say that could possibly bring TRF's law department down on me? After all, I'm just some nobody on the internet. 

 

This is a warning for all writers. Avoid The Rights Factory. One thing is for damn sure: They don't give a flying fuck about your rights.

 

(If you have the time and inclination, please signal boost. Writers deserve to know what sort of shenanigans are going on here.)

Reblogged from Kaia



A way to feel better

Besides making pictures telling John Grisham to fuck off (as satisfying as that is).

 

 

For everyone who is struggling with the fact that they put money in John Grisham's pocket - a donation to The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (fondly known as NecMec by those of us in the business) of the amount that you would have spent on his new book might make you feel better.

 

The book is on sale for 17.37.

 

Link here: https://secure.missingkids.com/Home

 

Or, in the alternative, pick your favorite child protection charity and send them a donation.

Reblogged from Moonlight Murder



Fuck you, John Grisham

“His drinking was out of control, and he went to a website. It was labelled ‘sixteen year old wannabee hookers or something like that’. And it said ’16-year-old girls’. So he went there. Downloaded some stuff – it was 16 year old girls who looked 30.

“He shouldn’t ’a done it. It was stupid, but it wasn’t 10-year-old boys. He didn’t touch anything. And God, a week later there was a knock on the door: ‘FBI!’ and it was sting set up by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to catch people – sex offenders – and he went to prison for three years.”

Source

 

How fucking dare you insinuate that ten year old boys are more valuable, vulnerable or victimized than sixteen year old girls.

 

Sixteen years old is still underage, no matter which gender.

 

Yes, it's tragic when underage boys are raped, abused and exploited, but you know what? It's STILL tragic when underage girls are raped, abused and exploited.

 

It's fucking tragic when ANYONE is raped and abused and exploited.

 

You just can't say raping a sixteen year old girl isn't as bad as raping a ten year old boy.

 

Seriously, fuck you.

 

Age and gender doesn't make a difference.

 

Rape, abuse and exploitation are rape, abuse and exploitation no matter what the age or gender.

 

Fuck you and your middle-aged white guy privilege.




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Snow Like Ashes - Sara Raasch

This is really excellent. Very original - I suspect I know what the twist is, if there is one, which I hope there is because it would be awesome.




OK ladies (and some gents probably) I know you all like a tattooed nerdy bad boy with the heart of gold/voice of an angel, so here's what we grow where I come from: 




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Snow Like Ashes - Sara Raasch

It's called a bolt when it's with a crossbow, not an arrow.




57%

Snow Like Ashes - Sara Raasch

In a reading slump. I'm sure this is a good book and I LOVE the worldbuilding and culture, but I just have no desire to read it. Not the book's fault.




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Snow Like Ashes - Sara Raasch

And again with the whole 'everyone knows but Meira'. You can't spring this shit on someone. Is this written deliberately so we get Meira's outrage? LITERALLY HOW CAN THIS HAPPEN? How can one girl be kept so ignorant? Is it a conspiracy? It's a conspiracy, isn't it?




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Snow Like Ashes - Sara Raasch

This is the most interesting love triangle I've read. Both boys are desperately hot. The one she is in love with is pushing her towards the one she's desperately attracted to. What conflict. What angst. Looking forward to seeing who she chooses - the one where she gets what she wants, to be a soldier, or the one where she is forced to be a pawn, the princess.




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Snow Like Ashes - Sara Raasch

So if Sir and Mather didn't tell her, an the servants didn't tell her, and if she had been slightly less observant and Theron didn't tell her...

 

HOW THE HELL WAS SHE SUPPOSED TO FIND OUT?

 

Is that really the kind of entrance you want to make?!




On Writing

 

 

Reblogged from Derrolyn Anderson



Project Everworld: Book #9 Inside the Illusion

Inside the Illusion - Katherine Applegate

Book 9: Inside the Illusion
Narrator: Senna

My rating:

4 of 5 heartsThis is Senna’s story. From the unloved love-child to the powerful witch-key of Everworld, Senna’s hunger for power and control is evident in everything she does. An outsider, she’s wary of betrayal at every moment – because she is the ultimate betrayer.

 

Senna’s story is one I’ve always loved. I love seeing the world from her twisted point of view. I’d like to note that Senna’s voice in this book is very similar to Mean Rachel from Animorphs #32: The Separation, which is one of the only Animorphs books Applegate wrote during the ghost-writer phase after #26 – except that of course, Senna’s not dangerously out of control and wildly reckless, but the voice is still similar. It’s still got that massive sense of entitlement, with completely no shame at anything she does and an incessant hatred towards those she might not be able to control.

 

Senna and the others are on their way to find Senna’s mother, the only person Senna says can open the door for the Coo-Hatch into a different universe. I’m still not sure if this is true, or if Senna was just saying so to a) meet her mother again or b) make sure she wasn’t the one to be used as the key. Basically Senna will say or do anything to keep people off-balance, and I can never tell if she’s lying or not. Betrayal runs in her veins, but at least we get to see more of her backstory – how she ended up as April’s illegitimate sister, how her entitlement twisted her soul into something terrifying, how her aloofness was more than a defence mechanism, and born out of sheer jealousy. Her home life was no piece of cake, to be sure, but it’s the age-old nature vs nurture debate – was it the way April’s mother treated Senna, or was it Senna herself that was the problem?

 

I believe it was Senna herself, because after all, when she does find her mother in EverWorld she can’t help but fuck everything up by betraying her.

 

This is why I love reading the point of view of the so-called villain… she’s not simply a lost little girl, she’s a very powerful witch, and she has plans that extend beyond what we’ve seen of the series so far. She’s strong and capable and she will fuck you up if you mess with her.




"Hogwarts School of Prayer and Miracles by proudhousewife." You're welcome.

"I don't have a mommy or daddy," Harry replied sadly; and looked at his raggedy, old shoes that were blue.


"You can speak with my auntie and uncle," Harry retorted politely; and blinked his big, blue, childlike eyes.


"Would you like us to educate you on the Dawkins?"

 

OK, I made it five chapters before I had to give up, because she started quoting Bible verses at the end.

Still, it's pretty damn funny.




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Snow Like Ashes - Sara Raasch

The worldbuilding is INTENSE with lots of info-dumping, but at least they provided a map, and Meira is spunky, brave, and capable and NOT a damsel in distress. So this is all going well.




Should I...?

Should I ban someone from my Facebook page who has only liked my page to send me a message to ask me to review a book in the wrong genre?

 

Even though I politely responded to inform them I do not read that particular genre?

 

Twice?

 

(by which I mean the author 'unliked' my page and then 'reliked' it instantly before messaging me.




Started off good but ultimately disappointing

Stray - Elissa Sussman

In a misogynistic world where women’s natural magic has branded them dangerous, stupid, and in need of controlling constant guidance, Aislynn is living the dream: she’s a princess in a fairytale world complete with fairy godmothers, handsome princes, and happily ever afters. Except that when Aislynn accidentally uses her natural magic to defend herself, she’s Redirected onto the fairy godmother Path, sent to a new Academy, and must serve another princess.

 

Stray is an interesting book. It’s been branded as ‘a new fairytale’, except that is brings in lots of elements of other faiytales such the aforementioned fairy godmothers, magic, the Glass Slipper, spinning needles, and wolves, without really building much of its own tale. In Stray, the horrible misogynistic world built leaves all young girls in the most horrifying and vulnerable of positions: they are not allowed to use their natural magic. Advisors and fairy godmothers keep girls under constant scrutiny until they are handed over to their husbands, who keep a record of their magic use. And when they cross a line (which is undefined, as some girls are Redirected for much lesser crimes than other) and are Redirected, they are expected to be experts at all sort of domestic magic. Aislynn is yelled at constantly because she can’t heat tea or alter dresses using her magic. It’s an awful position to be put in, and I couldn’t help but think of the pressure put on virgin girls in the real world to suddenly become porn stars the instant they lose their virginity.

 

Contrary to just about every book ever written, Stray suffers from one mighty setback: it shows us too much without telling us anything at all. There are so many mysteries left unsolved at the end of the book I have to wonder if it was done on purpose or if the author is simply incompetent. A wolf that Aislynn has been dreaming about suddenly appears literally out of nowhere and no one asks any questions, Aislynn included. Aislynn’s own fairy godmother leaves cryptic clues that only serve to deliver more questions, and doesn’t answer anything. Aislynn spends a lot of her time being a failure of a fairy godmother and baking, except that at one point she’s Redirected (again) to become a princess (again), which begs the question that why on earth did we have the fairy godmother sections except to show that Aislynn isn’t very good at magic, except those random moments when she’s exceptionally good at it? It may have been to show the developing relationship between the gardener and the other servant, except that those relationships (however realistically portrayed) go nowhere as well.

 

Two-thirds into the book the plot takes a drastic change. This is with the introduction of the wolf. Aislynn’s back to being a princess. No one has any real idea of what’s going on, and as the reader I was just as lost. There was no clear goal in the novel and no real hurdles to overcome. It felt more like a ‘slice of life’, a series of montages showing how Aislynn couldn’t do anything right, how she was punished, and how she wasn’t quite bright enough to figure out someone was keeping tabs on her. She didn’t even have a goal of escaping the horrible society she was trapped in. The whole thing felt kind of aimless, even though the first two thirds seemed like a dystopian novel, which made it more difficult to read because as I said, no one had any goals and the villain that was being built up to be the villain turned out not to be a threat after all. Despite the dystopian feel to the fairytale world, there seemed to be no central conflict. Just ‘Aislynn can’t do anything right, except when she does.’

 

On top of that the characters in one location are replicated almost exactly in another location (the creepy pedo old man, the dour old woman who needs her heart back), and they hate Aislynn for no reason. AND THEN the contradictions started kicking in. The party Aislynn finds herself in think she’s being targeted for attack (no reason for them to believe this) when someone else was shot first, and then one characters says another character, who’s been as dour as the old woman mentioned previously, actually likes Aislynn.

 

Overall it kind of felt like the author wrote two-thirds of the book and realised the story couldn’t continue with Aislynn as a fairy godmother, so the story went off in another direction in an attempt to inject some danger and/or goals, much the same way Twilight was simply a romance until James was introduced to include a Big Bad and a direct threat to Bella.

 

Will I read the next book in the series? Honestly, probably not. I’m too disappointed by this jumble of half-plots and messing around doing nothing constructive. I feel that the novel could have been so much more, but then I re-read the blurb and saw how little it actually promised. I was just way too excited about the idea of a princess with magical powers. That’ll teach me.

 

Bonus points for hinting at possible lesbianism between two supporting characters.

 

Thanks to Greenwillow and Edelweiss for providing a free review copy for an honest review.




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