Book Review

Dear Author/Smart Bitches Live Blog Read and Review

Book CoverTune in to Dear Author at 9 EST/8 CST for a live blogging read and review of Victoria Janssen’s The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover.

I think you can ask us questions while we read & review & type at the same time. So head on over and enjoy!

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    rebyj says:

    I assume that’s pm. I won’t be near the internet for a WEEK starting about noon today. I’m off to the boonies if the car cooperates . But I’d be there for the live blogging read if I could!

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    Rene S. says:

    That was hilarious.  Thanks to DA for pinning the transcript so those of us who missed it live could catch it.

  3. 3
    Elizabeth Wadsworth says:

    I couldn’t find the transcript, only the commentary.  Has it been taken down?

  4. 4
    Elizabeth Wadsworth says:

    Never mind, I figured it out.  (Assumed it was a video blog, not a live chat, and was looking everywhere but the play button.  Duh!)  Anyway, that was one of the funniest things I’ve read in a long time—from the excerpts, it sounds kind of like a pervy Eye of Argon.  I do like the cover art, though.

  5. 5

    That was hilarious!  I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who couldn’t understand the book.  Eunuchs?  The maids shaving the duchess?  And this duchess who has been married to a passive perv for 20 years wants to save the duchy by turning it into a protectorate, or… whuh?  My head hurts!  The cover design is beautiful, but the book sounds… absolutely dire.

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    Carol says:

    (Also posted on DA)

    Personally, I didn’t like the book.  The sex was too clinical for me and I’m not a pure erotica fan.  There are legitimate criticisms that could be leveled at this book.  But there was nothing legitimate about the “event” last night.  It was like a nauseating example of juvenile bullying. 

    You (the hosts) started out by admitting you didn’t notify the author because you thought it would be bad.  So, you’re kicking off a new “review” style with something you bought with a negative prejudice?  That right there should have told me this wasn’t a “review” but an attempt at entertainment and if you actually liked the book, it would have failed.  There was nothing related to a critical or literary review.  This was to entertain people and the easiest way the hosts had of entertaining and getting that ego boost of a few vultures vocally cheering was by apealing to the lowest common denominator.  People like me just stayed silent or logged off in disgust. Now I am ashamed. 

    Frankly, this format is clearly not suitable for you.  You were too caught up in trying to entertain the masses to actually read the book and thus missed or misrepresented some pretty obvious stuff.  Like, duh, of course all the names were puns (which should be all right with a crowd that thought punning Duchy with dookie and douche was funny, oh wait, it’s only funny when you’re making fun of someone…), and Maxim (who does have a big cock) led a protectorate that used to be a Duchy equal to the one that now rules it…Whatever.

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