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Heir Apparent by Sheri Vangen-Ratcliffe

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Post by Rowan » Mon November 17th, 2008, 7:37 pm

[quote=""Misfit""]Where to begin on what is wrong with this book when there are so many places to start? First off, this is apparently self-published POD which means no editor. And boy did this book need editing. Typos on almost every page -- you instead of your, now instead of know, you're instead of your, there instead of their, ware instead of wear, 5:00 shadow and then two pages later it's five o'clock shadow -- get the picture?[/quote]

And that would be why I think self-publishing should be banned.

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Post by Misfit » Tue November 18th, 2008, 1:35 am

[quote=""Rowan""]And that would be why I think self-publishing should be banned.[/quote]

I agree. The way these books are listed on Amazon it's very difficult to ascertain which are self pubbed and which are not. If I'd noticed IUniverse on this one I'd have thought twice, but it's only because I'd kind of got involved in another infamous self pub by IU that I knew that name. I only picked up on Heir Apparent when I keyed it into my to read shelf at Goodreads and there it stated it was print on demand.

Another favorite quote that I didn't dare put on Amazon (I doubt it would have made it past the sensors). This is a scene with Anne Boleyn and one of our intrepid time travelers,
"She had changed out of the festive gown from the night before, into a simple dress of lavender velvet, trimmed in mint green and gold with a square neckline cut so low the terracotta of her nipples nearly broke free. Bonus, Brighton thought."
BONUS?????!!!!

Really, I can take some bad if the romance and chemistry is good and so is the sex but no......

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Post by Ellie » Wed November 19th, 2008, 9:37 pm

And that would be why I think self-publishing should be banned.

I don't entirely agree with that. Theres an author I like Matthew Reilly. He writes fast paced action books, not classic literature for sure but they keep me hooked and on the edge of my seat and even encouraged my brother to read!
He started out as self published, he's published now and is a best selling author. So self publishing can be good. I certainly won't be reading the book reviewed here. It sounds like it is fanfiction written by a teenage girl!

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Post by boswellbaxter » Wed November 19th, 2008, 9:58 pm

[quote=""Ellie""]I don't entirely agree with that. Theres an author I like Matthew Reilly. He writes fast paced action books, not classic literature for sure but they keep me hooked and on the edge of my seat and even encouraged my brother to read!
He started out as self published, he's published now and is a best selling author. So self publishing can be good. I certainly won't be reading the book reviewed here. It sounds like it is fanfiction written by a teenage girl![/quote]


Thank you, Ellie, from your self-published (soon to be traditionally published) admin.
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Post by boswellbaxter » Wed November 19th, 2008, 10:00 pm

[quote=""Rowan""]And that would be why I think self-publishing should be banned.[/quote]


Are you aware that the book you mentioned (Paths of Exile) in your "currently reading" tag line is self-published?
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Post by Misfit » Wed November 19th, 2008, 10:09 pm

We might need a thread on this. Guess I'll go start one.....

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Post by EC2 » Wed November 19th, 2008, 10:10 pm

I think it's the same in all things. There are good and bad. Definitely a case of 'Buyer Beware' I've read some excellent self published novels - Paths of Exile for example, and also some ummm.... less accomplished attempts. Generally I won't read self published unless I know the author. Sure, there are some rotten published novels too, but generally they have been through a selection process and someone obviously thought they would sell!
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Post by Misfit » Tue October 20th, 2009, 11:45 am

:D :o :) :p :eek:

Heee, I had snookered Michele into taking this off my hands. Here review and give-away here.
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Post by SonjaMarie » Tue October 20th, 2009, 5:45 pm

HAHAHAH "B. Never, ever borrow a book from Misfit".

I've read this book, so I know how bad it was. You poor poor people!

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Post by Misfit » Tue October 20th, 2009, 5:48 pm

Heh, I was just over at PBS. There are 36 people wishing it. I could have saved Michele the pain of it all :o :p
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