Book Review: Shift by Rachel Vincent

Shift (Shifters, #5) Shift by Rachel Vin­cent

My rat­ing: 3 of 5 stars
I’m left with lit­tle to say that won’t be a spoil­er oth­er than, “Dan­git, why can’t more authors work in some polyamory instead of using the same old jeal­ousy-based plots?” Because I do NOT find that enter­tain­ing or inter­est­ing at ALL! Con­tin­ue read­ing “Book Review: Shift by Rachel Vin­cent”

Review: Rogue by Rachel Vincent

Rogue Rogue by Rachel Vin­cent

My review

rat­ing: 2 of 5 stars
I am offi­cial­ly annoyed. I want some kind of law, or at least an indus­try stan­dard, that requires pub­lish­ers to label any nov­el that does­n’t tie up all its lit­tle plot threads in ONE vol­ume. This is one that would def­i­nite­ly have that label, as we’re left wait­ing Impor­tant Things on the very last page. Blech.

It takes a lot of tal­ent to write good poet­ry, to com­press mean­ing into those few, per­fect words. Writ­ing short sto­ries is, again, some­thing that requires skill, tal­ent, and dis­ci­pline. Nov­els give the author more lee­way, and the best, in my opin­ion, are those that are pared down to the essen­tials. More and more, I see the ser­i­al nov­el as the mark of a very undis­ci­plined writer. I like series, certainly—as long as each vol­ume can stand on its own mer­its, enjoy­able with­out hav­ing to read sev­er­al oth­er books. Ms. Vin­cent is nowhere near that lev­el of pro­fes­sion­al­ism.

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Time Sinks

Thanks to an LJ friend, I spent a whole lot of the last few days read­ing The Law Dog Files. The man real­ly does need to put togeth­er a book of his sto­ries, or maybe a few books, because he is hilar­i­ous. I don’t entire­ly agree with his pol­i­tics, but I don’t entire­ly dis­agree, either. His sto­ries are more than worth bypass­ing a few things that might oth­er­wise annoy me. I high­ly rec­om­mend perus­ing the archives any time you’re in need of a laugh.

Thanks to Law Dog, I’ve also been read­ing a bit at The Cor­nered Cat, which is an emi­nent­ly prac­ti­cal site about guns, writ­ten by a woman and includ­ing far more infor­ma­tion about deal­ing with fem­i­nine cloth­ing and con­cealed car­ry than I’ve ever found before. I’ll be spend­ing more time over there.

I read Night Life by Caitlin Kit­tredge, and am hop­ing that the library will come through with a copy of Pure Blood soon.

Since I don’t have Pure Blood here right now, I went on to Rachel Vin­cen­t’s Stray, and went on to Rogue. It’s nice to read about were­cats instead of were­wolves for a change. I am occa­sion­al­ly annoyed by the main char­ac­ter mak­ing the same mis­takes over and over again, but I haven’t felt it nec­es­sary to toss the books across the house, so it’s bear­able. So far.