Anne Rice Strikes Back

If you go to any review on Amazon.com, you almost always find a good mix of people from those who hated a particular novel to those who love it. Do authors take any of these negative reviews from readers to heart? If you are Anne Rice you do. She had a few things (more like an essay) to say about the negative reviews that customers were giving her novel Blood Canticle.(The Vampire Chronicles) Her statement is at the bottom of this page (but I don’t know how long the link will last) labeled Anne Obrien Rice. If you can’t find it there try here.

Is it common for an author, especially one as prolific as Anne Rice, to answer bad reviews on Amazon?

First off, let me say that this is addressed only to some of you, who have posted outrageously negative comments here, and not to all. You are interrogating this text from the wrong perspective. Indeed, you aren’t even reading it. You are projecting your own limitations on it. And you are giving a whole new meaning to the words “wide readership.” And you have strained my Dickensean principles to the max. I’m justifiably proud of being read by intellectual giants and waitresses in trailer parks,in fact, I love it, but who in the world are you?

One thing I have to say is this is the most riveting thing I have read from her since Interview With A Vampire. Oh, and she gave her book 5 stars. HA!

Today In Alternate History

This is one of the most original ideas for a blog I have come across. The tagline is Important Events in History That Never Occurred Today. He takes a something historical and adds a small twist.

Here are some of the entries for September 26, 2004:

in 1965, famed musician Pete Best was decorated by the Queen with the Order of the British Empire. Her son, Prince Charles, was a huge fan of Best’s music, and Best recalled later that Charles had behaved as if Best were the royalty.

in 1960, Comrade President Joel Rosenberg and Socialist candidate Lyndon Johnson of Texas engage in the first televised presidential debate. Johnson appeared distinctly uncomfortable with the cameras, where the Comrade President, who had been in front of cameras for years, appeared very relaxed. On substance, they were evenly matched, but on appearance, Comrade Rosenberg scored an easy win, just as when he carried the polls in November.

in 1774, Jonathan Chapman, known by the popular name Johnny Appleseed, was born in Leominster, Massachusetts. Even as a young man, Chapman had a love for growing things, and this served him in good stead when he was made the longest-serving Minister of Agriculture for the North American Confederation. He served from 1811-1836.

Wingless 727 Limo

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This is impressive. Stupid, but impressive.

Keeping with things that fly, Vaca Meter Limousines has converted an old Boeing 727-100 and converted it into a 50-seat luxury limousine. For about $300 an hour, Limousines de Guadalajar Vaca Meters will fly, uh transport you and your closest 49 friends around Mexico. It’s powered by a six-cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine in the back and has air brakes and suspension. The bird is about 54’ long and 12’ wide. Truck-style wheels and suspension replace the landing gear and on the inside, passengers are treated to neon strobes, a dance floor, a bar and a romantic space in the back to _________. (fill in the blank).

Thanks

I just realized that I started this blog one year ago today. When I started the blog, I had no idea that it would end up being such a rewarding hobby. I simply thought it would be a good idea to place all the interesting links I found on a blog instead of sending them in emails to my friends. I never really expected such a positive response from people who have surfed here from other blogs or from a search engine. I want to say Thank You to those who stop by for a few minutes throughout the week or drop an email or a comment and to the other bloggers who have been so kind as to put me on their blogroll. I probably would have stopped blogging a long time ago if it weren’t for all of you so thank you.

Ok, back to the links!