Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Second Time's the Charm?

IN THE NEWS: According to HappyNews.com, "The YouTube Web site announced Monday that it will hold the first YouTube Video Awards to recognize the best-user created videos of 2006. The nominees, picked by YouTube, are compiled in a gallery at www.youtube.com/YTAwards. YouTube community members can vote on their favorites beginning Monday and concluding on Friday. The winners, as chosen by the community, will be announced March 25.
According to comScore Media Metrix, YouTube attracted 133.5 million visitors worldwide in January."
(Wow, and I'm one of them)


Well, the problem tooth was pulled yesterday and it seems the pain on the other side of my mouth might just be a minor gum infection. Yay!!

But I have to lay off the Cheetos for a day. Boo!!

The tooth my dentist extracted was cracked. He suspected it, but wasn't completely sure. When he finally got it out, he was very excited and couldn't wait to stick it under my nose and show me. I have to admit it WAS pretty cool. (If you like seeing a tooth covered in blood, infected by bacteria with a fracture running through half of it.) To each his own, I guess.

Anyhew, I'm so excited about all the great book recommendations I received yesterday. I literally cannot wait to dive into them. I really needed something new and different to read. So, THANK YOU!

After such a horrible experience with this new book I tried, I vowed to all my friends on my critique forum that I would not read another book by this author. But--maybe through guilt-- I started to think (always dangerous). Had I gone too far?

I don't know. Should I give this author another chance? If I were published, I would want somebody else to give me another chance and read another one of my stories.

I have to admit, I tend to give the bigger named authors more than one chance. I did not care for my very first stand alone Jenny Crusie book.

Huh? Yep. I thought the middle sagged. And her tone was a bit...shall we say bitter?

What? Yep, you heard me. I didn't care for it at all. But I decided to read another one of hers because I figured she had to be popular for SOME reason. And you know what? I really enjoyed the second one. The light suddenly dawned and I understood why she was so good at what she did. So the second book payed off, which made me think I should try another book by this author before I completely write her off. Hmm....

What about you?
Does an author get blacklisted with you, or do you give them another shot?

7 comments:

Chicki said...

This topic is exactly what I wrote about on my blog yesterday. I tried an author I'd never read before (Amazon.com excerpts) and was sorely disappointed. I WILL NOT be buying any of her books in the future. Personally I feel like there are so many great books out there why waste time and money on one that's borderline or worse.

Don't forget to pick up Ann Christopher's "Risk!"

Chicki said...

This topic is exactly what I wrote about on my blog yesterday. I tried an author I'd never read before (Amazon.com excerpts) and was sorely disappointed. I WILL NOT be buying any of her books in the future. Personally I feel like there are so many great books out there why waste time and money on one that's borderline or worse.

Don't forget to pick up Ann Christopher's "Risk!"

Elle Fredrix said...

It kinda, sorta depends. If it's an author that I've been reading for a while, it takes a bit before I cut them off. I buy the hardcovers of my fave authors. If they start letting me down, uh-huh, no way, I'm not spending that kind of money on you. I wait for the paperback. If the decline doesn't stop, I'll stop buying them all together.

If I try a new author and hate it, chances are I won't give them another try. But concidering your JC experience, maybe that's a bit too harsh.

The thing is, I spend a FORTUNE on books. I have to draw the line somewhere.

Dayna_Hart said...

I read Crusie's Manhunting, and about peed myself laughing. :) Her dialogue is realy really good, even when her storylines divebomb the believability factor.

There are a lot of authors I find myself wrinkling my nose and thinking "huh? WHY?"

And now I think of it...I blogged about reading a book I didn't like yesterday too. Weird!

Erin said...

If I don't like a book, I don't like a book. I try to finish reading every book I start, but sometimes I just can't.
My TBR list is so long now, and I plan on adding more when I start working again.
Not enough hours in the day to read a bad book.

Ansley Vaughan said...

Thanks Jen. That's the first time a Blog has made me feel physically ill! I mean the tale of the tooth, of course...

Recently, and in the interests of research, I bought a couple of books by the best selling writer, Martina Cole. I've tried and tried and I can't get through them. I'll have one more concerted effort and then they're going to the charity shop.

Toni Sue said...

I can't quite get past the mouth pain I have imagined to get to the rest of your post! OUCH! :)