Happy Savage New Year

While it would be awesome to leave Candy’s hi-larious review up, I didn’t want to miss an opportunity to wish our visitors and Bitchery members a happy, healthy, wonderous New Year. Enjoy!

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  1. 1
    Miri says:

    A very Happy New Year to all Smart Bitches Everywhere!

  2. 2
    Alexandra says:

    Happy New Year to my favorite Smart Bitches! Hope 2007 is filled with fabulously trashy novels for your reading and reviewing pleasure! Take care and try not to pop any Champagne corks in anyones eye.

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    L. Francesca says:

    Happy New Year, everyone!

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    Anonymosity says:

    Happy New Year! I’m amazed I can still type so well while being so drunk. I wonder if this could be an Olympic sport…

    I hope your new year is as Savage as Yellow Thunder. :P

    <3 Anonymosity

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    Stef says:

    The downside to giving up alcohol is a yawner of a New Year’s Eve.  We went to a party at 9 – were back home by 10:30.

    I told my husband, we are now Official Losers.  Then I cleaned out my 2006 files and penciled in birthdays and anniversaries in the new calendar.

    My youngest came home at 1-ish, stone cold sober.  I didn’t even get to give out any lectures.  She sat down and went off about AIDS in Africa and the evil pharmaceutical companies who won’t send medicine.  This was followed by a diatribe about Hiroshima and nuclear bombs and the end of the world…etc. etc.

    Jesus.  About the time I was ready to fall of the wagon and go look for a bottle of rubbing alcohol, my husband knocked on the wall and said we were too loud.  Baby Girl went off to bed, and here I sit, in a World Gone Mad, thinking 2007 sucks out loud already.

    Just kidding.

    Hoping everyone has a fabulous year.
    My best to the Bitchery!

    Stef

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    Happy New Year to all the Smart Bitches out there and to their faithful companions, the ones who just roll their eyes when they see yet another bag of books coming into the house.

    Here’s hoping 2007 brings writers lots of sales, and readers lots of enjoyment between the pages (or pixels) of a good book.

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    kardis says:

    Happy New Year to all you bitches! (Funny how that would get a very different reaction at a party. Accusations of being “drunk” would no doubt follow!)

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    kate r says:

    happy new year and may you break your most interesting resolutions soon.

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    Arethusa says:

    Happy Happy New Year! And for our amusement

    http://blog.laurellkhamilton.org/2006/12/dear-negative-reader.html

    I’m a horrible person.

    This is the best blog on the next btw. (Smart Bitches, not the link.)

  10. 10
    Arethusa says:

    The “net”! Internet! I got that lin via Mr. Scalzi btw.

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    desertwillow says:

    Happy New Year to all you Smart Bitches! May we all have even better snark in 2007; good books with beautiful covers would be great too.

    I read the LKH blog. While I don’t like being called a ‘negative person’ cuz I don’t like her writing I gotta say – she’s right to ask me to go away and not read her books anymore. Don’t agree with the rest of the stuff but I’ll go.

    Hey! I’ll make a resolution for 2007! Bag LKH and her books and think about something else. There – it’s done.

    Happy New Year and Happy Reading.

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    dl says:

    Fabulous 2007 to SB’s everywhere! 

    Stef…my New Years was similar to yours…except reading erotica waiting for kids to arrive home and/or check in.  Then woke up the hubby and celibrated in a proper manner…!

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    dl says:

    Arethusa…thanks for the link.  I’ll agree with LKH on most of her post…If you don’t like her books, don’t read them…and, her comments about why unhappy readers seem to hang around her message boards and vent nasty coments & bad vibes? (symphathies here, when leaving an author I just leave & don’t feel the need to leave mean nastiness in my wake, then repeatedly return to leave more nasty meaness…some of her fans apparently don’t feel this way.  Does that make them fans, former fans, or addicts if they just can’t stay away?  LKH has some strange fans)

    On the other hand, I laughed at her comment “there are (other) books that don’t make you think that hard.”  Does she really think her writing is intellectually stimulating?  Causes readers deep and introspective contemplation?  Call me blonde (I’m not) but if I read AB & MG it’s for mindless arm candy. 

    Actually, too much thinking on her books causes me to feel deeply sorry for whatever circumstances molded Ms. Hamilton’s character.  But since she makes piles of money and appears happy and content with her life, I feel no need to go there.

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    Arethusa says:

    Thats what bugged and amused me about the whole thing. Frankly I’m not even sure why she gave such a huge acknowledgement to her “negative fans” but she took it to a whole other level with all the bald insinuations that she’s writing some bitchin’ complex texts that are pushin’ boundaries man! If you can’t handle it go back to the clinical prose. (You mean the ones that have actual paragraphs and complete sentences? Why thank you!)

    That and her odd divergences on buying Christmas presents for her imaginary friends, written with such earnest sincerity, was a little…huh. How to put it. I hope her tongue was firmly set in cheek during that bit.

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    Alex says:

    Happy New Year to all you brilliantly hilarious Smart Bitches!

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    BevQB says:

    As a regular poster on the LKH board and a staunch supporter of LKH both as a person and as a writer, I just had to weigh in on this blog discussion. There is a private board where, as I understand it, a group of former LKH board members (most have been repeatedly banned) plan and launch attacks on the LKH board. Seriously. This is how they get their jollies. They also vehemently demand that LKH write what THEY tell her to.

    To mangle a cliche- Those that can, DO; those that can’t, BITCH. As I posted yesterday on LKH’s board:

    Even if the ardeur had never come into being, some of them probably would have found something else to focus their vitriol on. For some people, attacking the successful people in this world makes them feel a little less small in their own lives. So, if you must think of them, think of them with pity.

    Now I am aware that not everyone feels the same as I do about LKH. I think it’s safe to say that, among paranormal readers, she’s become a lightning rod. (And, n-o-o-o, that was NOT a Micah pun!) I can understand the criticism leveled against her books even though I don’t feel the same way. I enjoy a good snark the same as the next person as long as it’s funny and not mean-spirited or a personal attack. But the people that LKH was addressing in her blog are the trolls who make incendiary posts that attack not only LKH and her books, but also anyone who considers themselves a fan of her and/or her work. It really has escalated to some fugly nastiness over there from time to time.

    If you think Laurell’s blog was blunt, check out what Darla, her personal assistant/right hand had to say on the same subject:
    http://forum.laurellkhamilton.org/showthread.php?p=543853#post543853

    Alright. Enough. On to what I came here to say-

    Happy New Year Candy, Sarah and all you other SBs out there! Here’s to a year of all grade A reviews, and covers that are works of fine art.

    What?

    Well, it COULD happen!

    *snort*

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    Doug says:

    Candy, Sarah, I wish you and your readers the best for the New Year. May it be truly smart & bitchen, too.

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    Nathalie says:

    Kardis, you made me snort green tea all over, wo/man!

    It’s so true. Anywhere else, you shout “Happy new year, bitches!” and you’d get instantaneous scowls and muttered comments behind the cocktail napkin. But here, you can scream it out loud.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR, ALL YOU SMART BEETCHEZZ!

    (okay, my French accent came through really weird in this one…sorry)

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    Nathalie says:

    Oh, I thought “Savage new year” was for, well, savage love, animalistic, out-of-control luv. Please someone tell me that author (Cassie Something) didn’t mean “savage” as in, First Nations folks. Please, someone.

    Please?

    I cringed when I made the realization and I’m still cringing.

    *savage* man, I mean…ugh.

    I’m having a whip-me-back-in-time episode here. I can hear my grandmother calling First Nations people “savages” and even at six or seven or whatever age I was, I’d cringe and pretend my grandma was a bit “gone” in the head and didn’t mean it this way. Although, to be fair, she wasn’t trying to be mean about it, just using the word she’d always used. But to publish books with those titles and get away with it…*le big whoa*

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    kardis says:

    Yay! I finally made someone snort something, I have truly become a teeny member of the bitchery! I hope green tea isn’t too painful though…

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    Nathalie—Yes, I’m afraid it is First Nations/Native Americans being referenced in the titles by the word “Savage”.  But hey, don’t take our word for it.  Go here:

    http://www.likesbooks.com/cgi-bin/searchReviews.pl

    and you’ll see the author in question at All About Romance.  Seven different reviewers gave her the same grade, “F”, across the board on seven different novels. 

    My mind is boggled.

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    Sorry, that link didn’t quite work.  Enter “Cassie Edwards” on the Power Search at AAR and you’ll see what I mean.

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    desertwillow says:

    Wait a minute…

    Cassie calls native americans ‘savages’?

    That just hit me…

    Oh my god.

    I’m surrounded by savages….

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    Candy says:

    I had the best New Year’s Eve EVER. Why? Because my friends had rented a MOONBOUNCE and set it up in their huge living room, and then threw a pajama party.

    A MOONBOUNCE. So much wrestling and pillow-fighting and bouncing, oh lordy lord the bouncing. Nobody even had to get drunk. The moonbounce was giddy-making enough.

    Happy New Year’s to all the bitchery, with attendant hugs and keeeses and dirty gropes.

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