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Debbie's Spurts

Just an avid reader. Mostly SF/Fantasy, some hobbies, paranormal, urban fantasy and lighter, fluffier things.


Currently reading

Wild Things
Chloe Neill
Progress: 51 %
Dark Queen
Faith Hunter
Progress: 1 %
Magic Rises
Ilona Andrews
Progress: 100 %
The Black Company: The First Novel of 'The Chronicles of The Black Company'
Glen Cook
Progress: 100 %
Shannon Mayer
Progress: 100 %
Amazing Stories: Fall 2018
Steve Fahnestalk, Gary Dalkin, Robert Silverberg, Kameron Hurley, Julie Czerneda, Jack Clemons, Dave Creek, Drew Hayden Taylor, Paul Levinson, Shirley Meier, Allen Steele, Rudy Rucker, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Steve Davidson
Progress: 1 %
A Match Made in Spell: Lexi Balefire, Matchmaking Witch
Regina Welling, Erin Lynn
A Thousand Words for Stranger
Julie E. Czerneda
Spinning Silver
Naomi Novik
Witches With the Enemy
Barb Hendee

Favorite Book Quotes

"Never interrupt your enemy while he is making a mistake"— Lois McMaster Bujold







What's in a book description...

How did I miss something so iconic of the fantasy genre it has tens of thousands of readers? *snark*


No kidding, this was in a book description of a single book (with under 100 reviews).  I'm deliberately not naming the book because neither stealth advertising for it nor recommending for/against buying it.  Just a reflection of how frustrated I get with lack of book synopses lately:

"Join tens of thousands of readers already loving this epic fantasy adventure. Click or tap 'BUY NOW' to start today...


[redacted book title] is the first novel in an epic fantasy adventure series readers are comparing to Raymond E. Feist’s Riftwar Saga, Terry Goodkind’s The Sword of Truth, Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles, and David Edding’s The Malloreon.


[redacted series name] sword and sorcery epic is being hailed as one of the best high fantasy series in years, drawing on all the appeal of Tolkien’s deep and soulful characters, Robert Jordan’s sweeping worlds, and Marion Bradley's unyielding heroines. This is a saga full of spirit, determination and resilience."

With quotes from various other writers and editors saying things like "“The world of [redacted], is richly textured and imagined, in the vein of Robert Jordan's very successful Wheel of Time series..."


Kinda suspect sockpuppets or some illegally-not-disclosing-service-of-a-return-review swap going on because writers reviewing this book use same keywords and similar comparisons.  Which is such a shame because more of those actual tens of thousands of readers need to be writing reviews of such a clearly iconic book.


Sales rank not really indicating tens of thousands of readers were buying it on Amazon -- but, I don't believe Amazon counts if was a free download, borrowed via Kindle Unlimited, Prime Reading or KOLL in those rankings.


ETA:  I've had a longstanding rule of not bothering to screen through endless quoted praises.  I think I now have to add not screening through screen after screen of bestelling in whatevers, award nominations, seals of whatevers, and I really don't want to read about a book being "hailed as" whatever.