The Week: 7th – 13th May

Autumn Sunshine Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 9th May 2018 Blue Sky Autumn Colours Autumn Leaves Garden Nature.

Autumn in Canberra (this was taken mid-week).

Happy Mother’s Day to people in Australia and other countries where it is celebrated this weekend.

What a weird week. Since I posted last Sunday, a hundred crazy things have happened.

It started with the crazy car accident that nearly took us out at the end of last weekend (that’s not my picture – I wouldn’t have done that when we were busy pulling people from cars).

Then there was the #cockygate trademark drama.

Which was followed by the #rebelliongate trademark drama.

There was a truly horrific crime in Western Australia, where a grandfather murdered three generations of his family on a rural property. Some men’s groups responded by expressing sympathy FOR HIM.

Then there was another terror attack in Paris. For me, the scary thing about this one is I’ve stayed right in that spot four times, sometimes for months at a time.

Today there is a major military memorial event here in Canberra, but the weather has finally turned to autumn. We went from wearing summer dresses outside in the sun on Wednesday, to snow in the national park near us on Friday. I hope it doesn’t rain for this event! (Update: it was all blue skies and sunshine!)

I also blogged about a reread of Tammara Webber’s Breakable.

And posted some Star Wars book craft for the upcoming anniversary of the premiere that took place in the 1970s.

 

 

Spoilers in Reviews – or not having them without a warning…

One With You by Sylvia Day

It’s common sense, right? It’s rude and inconsiderate to publish a book review on or around the release date with major spoilers without any warning, giving away major character deaths and essentially ruining the book for most readers.

You’d think so, but by God, have I seen some major spoilers splashed across people’s reviews recently, and the book that prompted this post was Sylvia Day’s final Crossfire book, One with You.

Now, this was far from Day’s best book, so I wasn’t completely devastated, but as a mildly obsessive fan of the series, to have the ending completely ruined before I was halfway through was… not good.

I didn’t set out to read spoilers; it’s just that so many people thought nothing of spoiling the book for everybody else that I read it by accident.

After that, I thought: hey, it’s already ruined, so I’ll read some more reviews. Turned out about a third of the reviews I read – only ONE DAY after the book was released – spoiled every single plot twist.

It’s a bit like that Simpsons episode where Homer emerges from a screening of The Empire Strikes Back and announces to the people in the queue for the next session who Luke’s father is. Now, Homer is *supposed* to be ignorant and more than a bit stupid, but I don’t know what all these readers are thinking when they do the same thing.

Goodreads has a very easy to use function where you can hide the spoilers in your review so people have to click on them to read them.

It’s perfectly easy to add something along the lines of: **SPOILER WARNING!!** before you drop a bombshell in the middle of your Amazon or blog review.

Wouldn’t it be nice if more reviewers were considerate enough to do those things? 🙂