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Jared
London
Book loon.
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Maybe not equally bad. But they're all at-or-under the BVS threshold. Some are truly at the bottom of the pile. X-3, for example, is demonstrably worse than the Punisher films. Or even sitting in a dark room, having hornets sting your eyelids.
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So bring it on, SPFBO, let's find some books worth talking about. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Pornokitsch
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It is almost like Zack Snyder isn't actually very good for the comic book industry. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Pornokitsch
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This October, we're publishing The Extinction Event - our fifth anniversary, and final, anthology. Jurassic London has been a lot of fun, and we've all really, really enjoyed bringing you some of the best and weirdest of fiction and non-fiction, as well as the occasional chili recipe. There's nothing sinister... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at Jurassic London
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at Pornokitsch
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A very new anthology. Hurtling towards Earth and its unsuspecting dinosaur residents... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at Jurassic London
Wow, how did I miss Sin City? Good spot!
Howard the Duck isn't from the last 20 years, but I think we can all probably agree it is the ACTUAL worst superhero movie, ever. Right?
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This will bring all the Ang Lee Hulk truthers to the yard. Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at Pornokitsch
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From Lin Carter to Brooke Magnanti, including side trips to both Benioff's City of Thieves and Asprin's Thieves' World! Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2016 at Pornokitsch
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Raiders of the Lost Ark, for me, at least, brings back a Lost Art. The art of fun, escapism and pure hokum. Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2016 at Pornokitsch
Fantastic response (genuinely), and really fun - thanks! And good points, of course. This is (ironically?) a very old review, and I'm not sure I stand by everything I said in it. That said, I was reviewing it from the perspective of the books' relevance to a modern reader, not a contemporary one, so I'll stand by the general... silliness of it. It certainly isn't a bad book (and it was a LOT better than its sequels), but now that we've had sixty years of increasingly-shocking high school expose literature, Harrison High lacks the oompf it may have had initially. What's interesting (at least to me) with this vintage best-sellers is how they hold up over time, and whether or not they have the narrative strength to live outside of their contemporary context. In its defense, Harrison High does. Mostly.
Another random famous person listicle, sorry! But this is an interesting list - Quentin Tarantino's twenty favourite Spaghetti Westerns. And... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at Pornokitsch
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According to Dorothy Parker, who knew her stuff. Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2016 at Pornokitsch
Posted Mar 16, 2016 at Pornokitsch
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Books in strange places, books as strange places, the Millennium Falcon, Doves, "girl detectives" and crappy math. Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2016 at Pornokitsch
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A stagehand was the first to scream. Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2016 at Pornokitsch
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Marketing is awesome! Here are five (or ten) resources on how marketing strategy works. Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2016 at Pornokitsch
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Congratulations to Margaret Atwood, Jet Purdie, Tade Thompson, Becky Chambers and Patrick Ness! Tentacles and praise for all! Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2016 at Pornokitsch
>I know personally I picked the "when I finish a book I rate/review it" and I also know I've never written a single review. Rating books, it should be noted, is very different from writing a review. That's a really, really good spot. I also use GR to rate (kinda), but not review. (In that I have my own special system of rating or not rating, and that very much counts, in the overall sense, as using their rating tool.) And, ditto - GR, for me, is a tool for tracking my personal reading history, not sharing reviews. But even with that, I rate. That's an excellent point... it really would've been a far better question if they'd split those two actions up!
Excellent points! "Suggests to me that more publishers - and self-publishers - should be hiring copywriters. (Ahem.)" I totally agree. And it is a matter of (slowly) proving that there's a real return on investment on this. To do a good job, a copywriter would need time to read (or at least skim!) the book, and I can see a publisher balking at spending the money on this (utterly reasonable) time. Until, that it, it is proven. Right now blurbs are a combination of overstretched editors (who have read the book, but aren't professional marketers) and overstretched marketers (who are professional marketers, but probably don't have time to read all the books)! But, just like - argh - optimising any other type of copy, you've got to figure that spending the time getting it right would definitely pay off. Hell, using something like Goodreads, I wonder if you could A/B test multiple descriptions...
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Goodreads does polls! That's almost, like, real data! In publishing! Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2016 at Pornokitsch
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The critters are coming! The critters are coming! Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2016 at Pornokitsch
Posted Feb 22, 2016 at Jurassic London
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Congratulations to the most 'progressive, intelligent and entertaining' books of the year! Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2016 at Pornokitsch