SandChigger wrote:Are you on Facebook, too? Ah, that's right, you are, aren't you.
I feel exposed.
Hunchback Jack wrote:Yeah, I actually thought a softer touch might get somewhere, but he just came back with the "if people buy it it must be good, so I'm not going to rock the boat" thing. Disappointing.
PARAWORLD ZERO, by Matthew Peterson
From School Library Journal
Grade 5–7—The best thing that can be said about this book is that the painfully bad cover art should dissuade anyone from attempting to read it. The prose is ungainly and includes grammatical errors at regular intervals. The plot begins with a dark and stormy night straight out of the Bulwer-Lytton contest: "Rumbling sounds resonated from the darkness above, accompanied by a faint groan of atmospheric indigestion echoing in the distance." It doesn't improve. The story follows young Simon Kent, an orphan and a victim of bullies, as he is suddenly catapulted into a series of adventures by an encounter with a young student of magic. Tonya transports Simon to another "paraworld," one of many parallel universes. They have various adventures with Puds, ancient secrets, magic, space travel, etc., but the narrative is nearly impossible to read, let alone enjoy. If readers are looking for something involving parallel worlds, hand them Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves's wonderful Interworld (Eos, 2007).—Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI
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SandChigger wrote:HBJ & I have been having a little "discussion" with Peterson in a thread over on the Facebook Dune group (not Official Dune) here.
Another one who thinks interviewing = cyberfluffing. I honestly feel that if given the time, he would eventually hit all the Classic Preeq excuses & rationalizations.
It's just not worth it.
SandChigger wrote:Did you listen to any of the interviews, or just read the transcripts?
Omphalos wrote:You guys...Picking on the Mormon kid.
SandChigger wrote:Not to worry. I've already sold them (at a tidy profit!) to a crack team of Chinese spammers and identity thieves in Shanghai who ... even ... as ... we ... speak ... are ... in your base ... looking under your hood!
(Seriously, isn't the whole moody goth dude thing already passé? )