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

Yet More Proof that #HaleNo is a liar

I got this from a comment to Jim Hines blog - by someone named Sharon. It needs more visibility so I am posting it here, and editing my blog post about her manipulation to add the information.

 

"However, I just checked the timeline, and I believe Hale is lying, as usual. The tweet exchange re “I want some ideas!” all took place in early November. Harris had NOT finished her updates at that point. She had started out by loving the book, and said so.

 

She had only written one vaguely negative sentence about the book: “I could REALLY do without the multiple animal deaths in this one…” and that was on 10th November. So, at that point Harris had not yet formed a negative opinion on the book, so we can assume the interaction was completely innocent.


Then, for her article, Hale reframed the interaction to make it seem that Harris had contacted her AFTER she had written the rest of her updates, which just isn’t true! In fact, a damned lie!

 

Here again is the Tweet screenshot of the initial exchange: link

Note the dates.

 

And here again the actual review: link

 

Again, note the dates.

 

Hale is lying through her teeth. She did not, at the time of Harris’s initial contact, go and check and found a bad review. She found a predominantly GOOD review at that time. Much later, she changed the timeline so as to make Harris look like the evil stalker."

 

Thank you, Sharon, wherever you are, for noticing something that no one else, even those of us who have pulled about the piece from start to finish, noticed. Someone should hire you as a detective.

Reblogged from Moonlight Murder



When Manipulation Masquerades as Memoir: the #HaleNo Edition

This is such a long post, I just can't cross-post it here. My defense of Blythe Harris and the manipulative mendaciousness that was Kathleen Hale's Guardian article.

Reblogged from Moonlight Murder



#HaleNo

We are making this official and we hope you'll take this stand with us.

We as book bloggers will not give Kathleen Hale any publicity. No book tours, no interviews, no cover reveals, no reviews, not a shred of work from us. What she did is heinous and we can fight back in our own way. She has a new book coming out next year. Let's ignore it completely. 

Please join us. Come to Twitter & declare #HaleNo. Say No to Kathleen Hale.

 

(Credit to Cuddlebuggery for the epic tag)

Reblogged from The Book Lantern



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




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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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