via Daily Prompt: Anticipate


Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw

After Goodreads featured Strange Practice so prominently a month or so ago, I got on the waiting list for the ebook at my awesome Nashville Public Library, anticipating an enjoyable read whenever it became available.

Boy, was I let down!

Life is too short, and my time is too precious, for bad books, and after slogging through 10% of this ebook, I had to return it to the library.  The writing is dull and uninspired, and the characters are only mildly interesting. In the 2 & 1/2 chapters I read, Shaw used the word ‘prepossessing’ 3 times!  If an author holds her readers in such contempt that she can’t be bothered to come up with three different synonyms for “attractive or appealing in appearance” in the space of so few pages, if she’s too lazy to reach for a thesaurus to spare her readers the torture of monotonous repetition, she isn’t worth my time.   If you’re interested in reading the synopsis on Goodreads, you can click the book’s title above.

I’m really surprised this was a recommended book on Goodreads, and I’m glad I didn’t spend any money on it!


9 thoughts on “Anticipate

  1. Thank you! I’ve posted reviews of several books by self-published authors who gave me free e-copies in exchange for my honest review on Amazon, Goodreads, and my blog . Even when I don’t much like the book, I try hard to find at least a few good things to say about it, and I try not to come off as snarky, mean, or offensive, especially for struggling self-publishers who gave me a free product. But when it comes to established authors who are clearly earning a living at it, especially when their book is well-reviewed, I don’t hold back.

    I used to do much more in-depth reviews, but they were taking too much time. I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t had time to do even short reviews. But if I can’t finish a book for some reason, I just gotta vent!

    I would love to read & review, either publicly or privately, anything you may eventually publish!

    Take care, be well, and happy blogging,


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      1. Thank you, Billy Ray,

        Unfortunately, I’ve been too busy for the past 6 weeks or so to blog or even to keep up with my reading on Goodreads. When I do get caught up at work, though, I’ll check your stuff out.

        Take care, be well, and happy writing!


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  2. I admire your willingness to give up on a book that just does not cut it. I started doing this quite awhile back, but it was not always the case. If I started to read a book I was determined to finish it. I guess this is why I actually read Sartre’s “Being and Nothingness” all the way through.

    It is my policy to not review books I have stopped reading because I feel it is somewhat unfair to the author. If I want to skewer a book, I want to do it for the whole book.

    PS – Why does wordpress not allow you to italicize in replies.

    PSS – Did you post this review on goodreads? If you did I must have missed it.

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    1. Hi Steven!

      I share your reluctance to post reviews of unfinished books. However, considering how many mediocre to just plain bad books I’ve seen proliferate in the age of self- and vanity publishing and especially in light of the rising tide of “Goodreads Authors”, many of whom seem to me not to give a damn about good writing but only about spreading the word and trying to sell bad books, I’ve come to believe that those of us who love good writing and love sharing our thoughts about books owe it to our fellow lovers of good literature to warn them away from crap. We all have so many demands on our free time now, it seems to me a valuable service to provide our fellow humans.

      I don’t know why WordPress doesn’t allow italics and find it an incredible annoying failure on their part.

      I didn’t post this review on Goodreads. I am, woefully, SEVERAL months behind on updating my reading & posting reviews there. And given my growing frustration with its peddling of crap through its “Goodreads Author” status and its relentless advertising of books by the same, I don’t know if I will resume posting reviews there. I hope to at least get my reading list updated eventually, but I need some encouragement to do more than that!

      I hope this comment finds you well.



      1. Your explanation on why you are reviewing bad books that you do not finish reading is understandable. And, maybe in literature it is important. But, I read mostly nonfiction, and feel that I may not have fully understood the author’s full reasoning, and what ever evidence they have to support it. Probably more important is I do not want to give a partial appraisal.

        I think you may want to reconsider your decision to not post these reviews on goodreads. They may help potential readers to not bother picking up the book in the first place. Although, I can understand the time component. I am now currently working on one review and four more to catch up on.

        I aspire to be a goodreads author. I hope any readers might like or enjoy a book of my blogs.

        I am doing very well and continue to write on my blog.

        I have just posted one called “When Is an Answer Good?” I just finished the first draft of another metaphor post entitled “Is Thinking Exercise?” And finally, I just started a post on spirituality. What, an atheist trying to determine what spiritually is? How outrageous.

        Take care for now my goodreads and wordpress friend.

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