Friday, January 22, 2016

"Patricia Esposito’s haunting and thoroughly cutting edge vampire novel Beside the Darker Shore effectively combines gay romance, political intrigue and paranormal horror in ways few writers would dare attempt.... The story asks the age-old question of whether Man’s highest ideals are shining beacons leading us into the future, or just fragile dreams that crumble before the hot blooded drives of nature. At times a drunken dance of shadows and a rapid descent into madness, the story spares us nothing, not that first taste of innocent blood, nor the burning rays of the sun, nor a fledgling vampire clawing his way out of his own grave."

Five-star review of Beside the Darker Shore by Thomas Olbert

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Five-Star Vampire Novel

Five-star review of vampire novel Beside the Darker Shore from GLBT Bookshelf

By Aricia Gavriel GLBT Bookshelf

Review excerpts:

"Here is the most unusual and original vampire novel I’ve ever read – I know of nothing else like it, and I’ve read numerous novels in this genre...The story is so complex, you’ll have to roll with it and take up the details by osmosis. I can image the author trying to fathom how to set up this scenario via a conventional backstory. It would have been virtually impossible, and the alternative would have been to dramatize the whole shebang, ending up with a novel bigger than The Lord of the Rings. So roll with it, let osmosis happen…"

"The writing style is also unorthodox, with a narrative so rich in detail, words often seem to dance off the page. When it works, it’s deeply evocative – I’m reminded of Poppy Z. Brite on steroids! Occasionally, the unorthodox nature of this 'freeform' narrative can be a mite hard to follow – sometimes it’s not clear who’s doing and saying what – but overall, the novel’s voice is so fresh, I was beguiled to the end...It’s complex, as I said … you’ll need to concentrate, because you won’t be spoon-fed. You know how there are books that lull you to sleep? This one flips your brain’s 'on' switch!"

Five stars out of five, highly recommended.


Another five-star review
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Saturday, January 9, 2016

If you don't want to be called greedy, don't be greedy

Investors Business Doesn't Like the Term Greedy

So people just redefine terms when they don't want to be called by them? The article linked above does.

Words have real definitions. Merriam Webster's says greed is "a selfish desire to have more of something (especially money)" and often power as well. So regardless of whether or not the writer agrees with Sanders's policies, the hook for this article doesn't work. "Selfish" is an important part of the definition and "more." It has nothing to do with how hard people work to get what they are greedy for. Many people work very hard for power over others.

So when the author says, "That's not Webster's," instead of trying to change the definition of "greed," why doesn't he address the real reason he objects to the use of the unflattering term "greed"?

Because it's an unflattering term? Because it's not a Christian (or any religion's) value? Because he believes that anything he has worked for is his to the degree he wants, regardless of whether others are working toward his profit, regardless of whether he's harming others in the process? Because he places the individual over society and greed enables the individual to no longer need society? Because if a person amasses enough, he is above the needs of the majority and so is not dependent on others for help or labor or kindness, virtuous traits that he would have to ignore at the risk of being called proud, callous, greedy?