Saturday, November 26, 2011

Review of In Plain Sight

I had to read this book by Marlayne Giron. First of all, I love the title and the premise: Two outer space aliens hide among the Amish while their invisible space ship gets repaired. And when I read the book, I found only two typos in the whole thing (has/had substitutions) so this has been incredibly well edited. The description of daily Amish life was thorough and quite exhausting. As I read about their daily work, I felt the same as I did when I read a book about how to survive when The World As We Know It ends under a massive EMP pulse: I do NOT want to become a subsistance farmer. A lot of it is laziness on my part, but I also have incredibly low stamina (only work a few hours before collapse) due to allergies and diabetes and who knows what else. Maybe fibromyalgia, certainly arthritis. Growing food is fun until I will starve if I don't.
So I liked the aliens, and I liked the Amish. What I did not like was the Romance. Well, duh, on me. It is marketed as romance. It is not the author's fault that romance makes me want to gag. I wanted to shake the girl and yell, "You don't even know this boy!!! What you do know is he keeps crossing boundaries! You can have sex only so many times a day, and then what? You don't know his family and culture and customs and language and world and climate and work. You don't know if you can live with him outside of smoochies!" But that's just me.
The ending was satisfying. If you can stand romance, if you find the Amish interesting, if you like speculation about aliens and theology, you are going to love this book.
Now I wonder what Marlayne Giron will think of my book about Amish imitators on another planet.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Andrew Peterson

I have finished reading On The Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, North! Or Be Eaten, and The Monster In The Hollows written by Andrew Peterson. I ordered them from his Rabbit Room. What a fun read those books are. I can recommend them for anybody.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Today is the day that YU55 flies by earth closer than the moon. How I wish we could have thought to land a satellite or shuttle on it.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

editing editing

After going through the edits for Shatterworld, I went to Circumnavigation and self-edited using the current rules for writing. I hope the editor for Circumnavigation won't have to work so hard on my second book.