Junkers & Junkers Season 2 by Benjamin Wallace

His blurb: They stand between us and total destruction. And that’s a stupid place to stand. Jake Ashley and his team are used to taking on murderous machines with expired warranties. Stopping a robotic rampage is all in a day’s work when you’re a junker.

But now there’s a bigger threat growing. It’s something the robotics manufacturers swore could never happen. Something the Society for the Preservation of Humans said was inevitable. Something that has put every citizen in harm’s way and could change the way we live forever.

Jake and his team—Kat, Mason, Savant and Glitch—are the only ones standing between the good people of the city and a potential robot apocalypse.
From the author of the best-selling Duck & Cover Adventures comes an action-packed, laugh-out-loud look at the inevitable robot apocalypse that readers are calling “a tale of danger, excitement, and glow in the dark junk.” Read Junkers today.

My review: Kindle Unlimited for 1 and ARC for 2, which is why I pulled 1 to check it out from the beginning.

Then the machines possibly rise, it’s not going to be Terminator type, just billionaires on 2 sides, a not really an ex, a workshop full of employees and a shop badly in need of funds, glow in the dark ‘junk’, and okay it might still mean cyber-pocalypse that could become all too real. Can Jake and his team {Kat, Mason, Savant and Glitch} from a broken down bunch of bits at Ashley’s Robot Reclamation Of Green Hill {ARRGH} keep ignoring 3% owner Uncle Aaron and his crazy girlfriend while possibly having to save the world, and their lives?

Junkers 2 writer blurb: It was supposed to be the happiest place on the whole wide planet. It was supposed to be a place where every child’s favorite characters came to life. And, it was, until those characters went nuts and started killing everyone. Then it wasn’t so happy.

Ten years later Jake and his team of robot reclamation specialists are heading to the island theme park to confront the evil machines, discover Kat’s connection to the disaster and boost the flagging ratings on their reality show, Scrappers. Fearless Monkeynauts, overly friendly Bearberry Bears, feuding Presidents, Dinosty Warriors, fairy tale legends and more populate the abandoned park and only the Junkers are brave enough, or dumb enough, to go for a visit.

Join Jake, Hailey, Kat, Savant, Mason and, of course, Glitch as they try to uncover the mystery of what they call The Tragic Kingdom.

My review of 2: Kindle Unlimited for 1 and ARC for 2, which is why I pulled 1 to check it out from the beginning.

Then the machines possibly rise, it’s not going to be Terminator type, just billionaires on 2 sides, a not really an ex, a workshop full of employees and a shop badly in need of funds, glow in the dark ‘junk’, and okay it might still mean cyber-pocalypse that could become all too real. Can Jake and his team {Kat, Mason, Savant and Glitch} from a broken down bunch of bits at Ashley’s Robot Reclamation Of Green Hill {ARRGH} keep ignoring 3% owner Uncle Aaron and his crazy girlfriend while possibly having to save the world, and their lives? That’s just no spoiler hints from 1.

In 2 it’s 10 years later and the team is headed to what they call The Tragic Kingdom, probably because a place supposedly having kids’ favorite characters come to life, but going nuts and trying to kill everyone most likely wasn’t the original intent. What is Kat’s connection to the disaster, why is their reality show Scrappers ratings not doing so well, and just how deadly could Fearless Monkeynauts, Bearberry Bears. Presidents, Dinosty Warriors, and fairy tale legends actually be in the abandoned park? Jake, Hailey, Kat, Savant, Mason, and Glitch are going to find a lot of things out, whether they’re ready or not. But first, Monday Night Mayhem, Total Carnage Tuesdays, and Effed Up Friday Night, and you don’t want to miss Burrito Hour. You really shouldn’t want to go where there had been hundreds dead, thousands injured, and millions pissed that was quarantined like Jurassic Park, right.

Yes, they both got 5 stars from me; no, I don’t think the writer is ‘right’ as in ‘just not right’ but he’s entertaining to me, so let it slide. Oh, and spoiler free reviews if you wonder about that type of thing or the sort of odd way I write my reviews.

Get pissy and try to piss in my cornflakes, sparky? Learn to fact check and write.

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Most are actually sane; not all but most. Some actually have brains, again not all but most. What do you do when you are forced to deal with a crazy one, and/or one that takes offense because you actually had the brains and knowledge to NOT like their book, and gave examples, many, in reviews of the book? Well, there is not much you can do, other than blog, some more, about it, because obviously the crazy part is blind to reason to begin with. Well, you can feel bad if you were actually suckered in to buying the book, because no, you really can’t tell most books by the cover, either. If you use kindle unlimited, and really want to be mean {I don’t do this myself, but just saying if you don’t feel the same way about ethical and all that, or are pissed off to the max} I have heard that if someone reads a ku book and sends it back to the beginning that it is supposed to mess with the payment, because of the page count, although have no idea myself, just know that ku pays for pages read and all that.

What would you do if you read a book and thought it had flaws, major ones? Well, I listed examples, in detail, of what I personally felt were the issues with the ‘book’, and again it’s MY review, so it’s MY opinions, although my opinions are obviously much more grounded in FACTS than the ‘writer’ worries about.  Yes, I am talking about the previous {well 2 actually now because of wordpress not updating previous posts so had to do an addendum to the post then a short post so it would once again post to twitter. {Why or when it started doing this, I have no idea, but it does.} Government Ruins Nearly Everything: Reclaiming Social Issues from Uncivil Servants by Laura Carno SUX even worse, that was the second {most recent} post. Now, again, I never review a book I have not read, and that means read it all the way through, plus of course thinking about it in various ways, including why or why not I end up not liking it, and then there’s the whole thing of amazon’s star ratings are not the same as goodreads and they actually can mean quite different things as a 1 star rating on one means hate it while on the other think it’s more didn’t like it, so not the same thing, and there are other variations of this.

Usually, but not always, the longer the review the more I didn’t like it or the more issues I had with it, for various reasons. Political and financial and legal books get a great deal of my attention because I am quite well versed in those areas as well as a few others but those predominantly {with some computer/programs, health, and a few other areas}. Am I expecting someone to not read a book just because I rated it low? I don’t care whether they do or they don’t; reviews are individual, so what one thinks of a book another won’t necessarily or because of the same reasons. I don’t care about typos and such, unless it is so bad that the book is not understandable. Political books, even differing views, do not matter IF they are based on FACTS, preferable current up to date facts. Someone’s opinion of a political even or person does not make it so, unless there are facts to back it up. However, as with the review I am talking about, which actually go under my full real name {these, I think, go under my name but more than likely go under a form of my email, as is my twitter, an even more condensed form of my email} I am fully aware there could {possibly} be stalker type activity, if they were able to track me down on social media, which is not the reason for the twitter and wordpress being different, I just made it that way and didn’t think about it one way or another. I also didn’t realize that at least recently that wordpress posts to my twitter, but don’t really care either way. If you write and especially if you ‘write’ a book on something that I do know a lot about, and have an issue with my always truthful reviews, then suck it up cupcake, it still is going to stand. If you have a problem with my review and then stalk or even semi-stalk me on twitter or any other place or way, yes, I will print your your twit rage and change the ratings of the review sites, because you obviously not only lost the plot, you never really had one. Don’t try to get pissy and piss in my corn flakes; I’ve been in blog wars that had more facts and better writing than you do.

 

Government Ruins Nearly Everything: Reclaiming Social Issues from Uncivil Servants by Laura Carno SUX even worse

I posted this originally in full {see directly previous post} a couple of days ago, and whatever I clicked a while back somehow posts all my wordpress to my twitter. Okay, odd but whatever, and could very well be something new since I last used wordpress, which was a year or even longer ago with any regular usage. However, today I checked my twitter and saw this message”Wow…Someone really doesn’t like freedom, choice, markets….or my book. Also why you should buy your own copy” from the ‘writer’ of that ‘book’. I wrote back, on twitter, don’t do badly written/researched books w/ ‘alternative’ facts; major in accounting minors law economics politics KU so no spend $ on trash — then went back to my goodreads and my amazon and changed some things, adding in quotes from what she had written me on twitter.

I also stated that had rated 3 on amazon so rating 3 on goodreads, due to the difference in meaning on gr THEN wrote *EDIT changed to one due to being crapped on via twitter with that message from the ‘writer’  — so evidently because I used kindle unlimited, which she signed on for, to read the book, and didn’t like it and have different opinions than her, I don’t have the ‘right’ seemingly according to her to have a differing opinion, or her stupidity in not having the intelligence to write a real book as well as to not be able to tell that the bottom portion is the very condensed entire posting was the same person that had posted the review{s} on amazon and goodreads under my full actual name, but still doesn’t make her any less of a narcissistic ignorant moron. Yes, I have added all this to the original post, but twitter doesn’t do updated version of posts just the first posting, so have made this a somewhat separate posting, even though it is just the updated part, to also get it to post.

Would like to state what I did at the top and bottom of the goodreads and amazon {the line usually shows at top but you write it at the bottom}

The needs {and rights} of the many outweigh the needs of the few or the one.

So, twitter twit, whatever your life boggle is, suck it up cupcake; many many people are NOT going to like your ‘book’ and many are going to outright hate it, and not because of political or other stances but because it is not only wrong and outdated, but it doesn’t make sense, regardless of political party, unless you lie to yourself and/or use ‘alternative’ facts.

Government Ruins Nearly Everything: Reclaiming Social Issues from Uncivil Servants by Laura Carno

I posted this originally a couple of days ago, and whatever I clicked a while back somehow posts all my wordpress to my twitter. Okay, odd but whatever, and could very well be something new since I last used wordpress, which was a year or even longer ago. However, today I checked my twitter and saw this message”Wow…Someone really doesn’t like freedom, choice, markets….or my book. Also why you should buy your own copy” from the ‘writer’ of that ‘book’. I wrote back, on twitter, don’t do badly written/researched books w/ ‘alternative’ facts; major in accounting minors law economics politics KU so no spend $ on trash — then went back to my goodreads and my amazon and changed some things, adding in quotes from what she had written me on twitter. I also stated that had rated 3 on amazon so rating 3 on goodreads, due to the difference in meaning on gr THEN wrote *EDIT changed to one due to being crapped on via twitter with that message from the ‘writer’  — so evidently because I used kindle unlimited, which she signed on for, to read the book, and didn’t like it and have different opinions than her, I don’t have the ‘right’ seemingly according to her to have a differing opinion, or her stupidity in not having the intelligence to write a real book as well as to not be able to tell that the bottom portion is the very condensed entire posting was the same person that had posted the review{s} on amazon and goodreads under my full actual name, but still doesn’t make her any less of a narcissistic ignorant moron.

Note: at the bottom, below the ******* is a very condensed version used for the book review, if you want to just hit the very condensed version, although of course am very fond of the full version myself.

Had entered a goodreads contest to win this book {hard copy} then realized it was on ku, and while can’t keep it that way vs the ebook can actually read it {vision issues} much easier.

The needs {and rights} of the many outweigh the needs of the few or the one.

I do think that certain regulations and definitely certain amendments to the Constitution are needed. There are certain people, on various political sides and whatever else, that do believe they know what is best for us all, meaning all as in lumping us all together. Religion, as written by Jefferson, should not enter in to government; his quill holding hand nor his lips stuttered on this point. Regulations for labellings, environmental, and other issues obviously have to be done, for the protection of all, as is attested by Flint Michigan and other issues. Whether and how a female has rights to her own reproductive issues, the sexual preferences of 2 consenting adults and the right to marry, etcetera, are also rights for all that have to be protected by law, regardless of some individuals’ religious or other beliefs. No, it doesn’t matter if it ‘morally offends’ them; I find their taking offense at others’ rights to be offensive. What it all comes down to is that certain things do not affect their life in any meaningful way, so no, those few of the many should not get more {unequal} say especially not in something that does not even affect them, although for some reason it seems to morally offend them. They have a right to be morally offended, but they do not have the right to push their own beliefs and ways on others that do not believe that way. One point that was said, though, I definitely do not agree with; republicans are constantly saying {although not particularly acting} that they want smaller government control, until as was said, they want to infringe on others by passing certain laws or having those revoked.

And, yes, government can ruin things when the legislate, but that is often because they are either not truly looking out for the vested interests of the citizens or else are caught up in political ploys that change wording or add addendums or clauses to bills that basically change the intent and meaning of the original. The problems with government is not so much too little or too much, but instead the problem of those who wish to see laws that we should all act and think the same on the same issues. This, of course, was why Jefferson said separation of Church and state and wanted individual rights and protection of those rights. That includes making sure those rights, religious or otherwise when those intertwine with the political side, are protected, which should include teaching creationism as an unproven THEORY, evolutionism or that type taught as proven, and also the mix where certain biblical facts are put in to show why those are or could be believed, all without bringing religion in to it in any major way. The general social issues, even ‘hot’ topics, should by popular vote, as was intended {as representatives are supposed to be just that}, made in to law {such as Roe VS Wade} and then left alone; there are other issues to fix, move along and do your actual job. This goes for a minimum wage law with real actual cost of living increases with the minimum for the country although states should have the right to be higher but never lower. There are protection and hunting guns versus what is considered military hardware which is obviously not needed for self defense. It is not an attempt to set someone’s personal values, it is supposed to be an attempt for everyone to have their rights, as long as they don’t impinge or violate others’ rights, it is pretty much that simple. That goes for not, as the writer claims, less government re abortion and lgbt issues, but for each state to recognize and follow the laws and amendments which give the right to CHOOSE under the laws, not to be hampered or discriminated against in doing so, so doesn’t see how that example applies, as it goes not under keeping the government out but more to already being law so others should not be allowed to break it without penalty. Every citizen is entitled to the ‘safety net’ of social programs, that is what they are for, and protecting the aged, infirm, disabled, etcetera, is what the laws were made to do.

The arguments against obama care also are one sided and incomplete. School Charter system has also likewise been a proven failure as well as discriminatory. This is a broad comment, lumping all the school ties together, and assuming knowledge the writer probably did not have about a full government push for only or mainly charter schools recently. There have been some good parent run and/or specialty schools of this type, but overall they do not work, and with the recent push they only work to the detriment of the public school system instead of trying to fix what was broken with the Core crap, The main republicans do not want to follow law in regards to the abortion and lgbt simply because they do want to impose their religious rights on others which again is only a right when it does not impose. That is part of a party throwing a temper tantrum because they can’t have their way, just the same as wanting unlimited weapons for ‘protection’ including semi and fully automatic military grade guns and other weapons which is ridiculous. As far as ‘independents’ percentage, I would not hesitate to say that in certain states this is totally skewed, as to vote in the general election in most cases one must be registered as either a republican or a democrat, and in other states {caucus ones in particular} I am more than merely unclear whether the writer thinks ‘obama care’ was good or bad, in part or whole. Charter schools have little to no oversight, and their claims and grading systems are highly suspect; the way to get better schools is to pay staff better and to quit messing with a teaching system that has rapidly gone downhill with ‘Common Core’ where the students understand even less than they used to, and the parents have no clue in the newest messed up ‘teaching’ ways. Also, again, it’s not gun control in total that is or should be the issue, but instead reasonable licensing and other checks, plus a limit to the type of weapon someone claims they need for protection or hunting; no one actually needs a semi or fully automatic weapon for personal protection, much less even more military grade ones. On the subject of the VA, the medical care issues overlooks the real world government run institution and lack of several major needed points, so since the VA is an organization within an organization, really does not apply to any arguments for or against ‘obama care’. Of course there needs to be less government intrusion, but without a framework of laws the individuals’ rights would suffer, very tragically in many cases. The fact the writer mentions that no one wants to overturn Roe vs Wade is also not quite true; some do, and others to corrupt the intent of the law and the ability to actually get one {locations available, wait times, permissions, clinic equipment laws, restrictions on availability of birth control, including mostly republican attempts in various states and areas at defunding Planned Parenthood, etcetera ad nauseum}. This is not a mistaken belief, it is fact, and more of a side not mostly because the book was written before these came to the forefront more and more, as the book was published in April 2016 and not sure when was actually being written up. The real reason that they don’t have counselling centers that can provide room and board and shelter, etcetera for the pregnant woman is because once the fetus is born, republicans mostly but others as well, do not want to have any social programs to help the child or the mother. The amount of foster children and children at risk even to the matter of school lunch programs bears this out as fact.

Enforcement and the making of checks and balances of gun laws do help, as it cuts down on mentally unstable and others who are not fit to have guns, and makes it harder for those people to get guns, although not totally impossible but that is as with anything. Making very large basically military grade gun magazines illegal and not available at all in some cases would help solve that problem, although not eliminate it totally as there would still be previous ones out there, but along with restrictions on who could buy and sell those it would help to a great extent. As for visible law enforcement deterrents, that goes back to government funding on a country, state, and city level. And then we are back at the laws, reasonable laws that are made with thoughts to the legal and the illegal and how to protect the citizens, and that means concealed and unconcealed weapons but wielded by those who have taken decent gun training. I0wa allows even the legally blind to carry a weapon with the right permits; think about that one.

Shopping for a school in a voucher so called free market place is also not the answer, because it is not ever truly a free market for that. A richer family will still have more discretionary income for transportation and other costs, so also location and more choice in schools. Charter schools may or may not get the same funding, I do not know and have not researched that part, but I do know that they are given more laxness on standards in too many of them and it was recently stated by the new head over that department that they should not be held to the same standards, no matter what. As the writer said, “The public coffers should be blind to its delivery, as long as the chosen school meets state-mandated sanctioning requirements.” That is not what the new Secretary of Education says; Charter schools should not be held to the same standards and requirements of other funded schools, regardless. Having said that, if a parent wishes to send their child to a Charter school and that school is religious in nature, as long as the school is teaching a reasonable amount of actual non religious studies, there should be no problem.

As for the same sex wedding cake refusal of the bakery that was cited, while the couple may have picked the shop for that reason {I don’t remember now} the point is the intent to discriminate, not why they were picked, which if for that reason would have been to show that a public business does not have a right to discriminate based on whatever they don’t like. Again, it is not as much about government interference as it is about necessity to have laws that must be followed so there is no discriminatory behaviors toward the public, as a business is for all the public not just which ones you agree with or whose skin or gender or whatever, and that is why we have had to have laws for such things as disability, because otherwise businesses have shown they would not comply. Chick fil a have discriminatory practices and religious observance does not mean that they don’t have that personal right, but they do not have that business right to be discriminatory, period, and yes while it has affected their business and sales it has not shut down the business totally.

With great freedoms comes great responsibility. Sometimes that has to be governed or legislated to protect those who would otherwise be discriminated against. You run a business that way, but you still have the personal freedom to think and act pretty much how you want, just not to the point of infringing on others’ freedoms of the same kind. That is a question and difference between company/public actions and rights versus private ones. Just as governmental ‘interference’ in marriage was mostly with a view toward protecting any offspring as well as trying to ensure their support from both parents. Does not a government agency, in this case Department of Education, trying to mandate only or primarily charter schools not an issue? Of course it is, but not covered, although again that could be due to the writing period and publishing time of the book, before the more recent developments. That also goes for independent and not government regulated i.e. laws on such things as water and drugs.

Is it supposed to be worse to be offended versus being offensive and even discriminatory? That is why the government has to, in some cases, step in and make laws. There are too many that see even laws as something to sidestep, so think what no laws on the matter{s} would mean to all the rest.

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Had entered a goodreads contest to win this book {hard copy} then realized it was on ku, and while can’t keep it that way vs the ebook can actually read it {vision issues} much easier.

The needs {and rights} of the many outweigh the needs of the few or the one.

I do think that certain regulations and definitely amendments to the Constitution are needed. There are certain people, on various political sides and whatever else, that do believe they know what is best for us all, meaning all as in lumping us all together. Religion, as written by Jefferson, should not enter in to government; his quill holding hand nor his lips stuttered on this point. Regulations for health, environmental, and various social Constitutional issues obviously have to be done, for the protection of all, as is attested by Flint Michigan for example and various amendments. No, it doesn’t matter if it ‘morally offends’ them; I find their taking offense at others’ rights to be offensive. You can’t run a business that way, but you still have the personal freedom to think and act pretty much how you want, just not to the point of infringing on others’ freedoms of the same kind and not in a place of business. Is it supposed to be worse to be offended versus being offensive and even discriminatory? That is why the government has to, in some cases, step in and make laws, because there are too many that see even laws as something to sidestep, so think what no laws on the matter{s} would mean.

The arguments against ‘Obama Care’ and the school charters are outdated and one sided and do not account for many factors including financial nor updated information. Independents’ percentage does not take in to consideration the states that one must register as either one of the main parties to even vote in the preliminary election nor any of the ‘caucus’ states’ rules and ways. It glosses over the issue and problems with the foster care and adoption systems. There is too much to go in to here for those bits. As far as republicans, they don’t want smaller government, only less laws for things they don’t like and more for the ones they do, regardless of anyone else’s actual rights or wishes on the matters. Yes, government can ruin things when they legislate, but that is often because the politicians are either not truly looking out for the vested interests of the citizens or else are caught up in political ploys that change wording or add addendums or clauses to bills that basically change the intent and meaning of the original. The problems with government is not so much too little or too much, but instead INTENT and actions thereof. Even when laws have been passed, there are some that try to twist or argue the meaning{s} and pervert the original intent including having those laws hobbled or made basically useless, although their intended job which they are far overpaid and otherwise compensated for is supposed to be representing the ENTIRE public and ALL the states so yes laws for minimum wage and so on are needed as are guns/weapons {enforced and with proper training and screening mandated and no military grade hardware is obviously not needed for self defense, and an aside that Iowa allows even legally blind people to get a gun license so think about that one}, and the other non-discriminatory laws already in place but not necessarily followed. States should NOT be allowed to go against or otherwise attempt to circumvent the federal laws, and it should not take a state nor federal supreme court to have to remind them of this, and is why we have so many laws on so many things in most cases due to the blatant attempt to disregard the will of the nation as a whole. The laws are to protect everyone, and especially those who cannot protect themselves, and the right of choice within the law, and why we have to have so many laws.

 

 

 

 

 

How to really mess up a morning.

Let’s talk Adobe. Currently or thereabouts there is the Adobe Creative Suite {i.e. CS} and it has 16 programs, plus several other suites and enterprise products which stating that for the record type thing. on of the Adobe Creative Suite (that’s where the “CS” comes from), there are 16 programs. Going

  • Adobe Premiere® Pro CS6
  • After Effects® CS6
  • Adobe Audition® CS6
  • SpeedGrade™ CS6
  • Prelude™ CS6
  • Encore® CS6
  • Bridge CS6
  • Media Encoder CS6

    What they each do, not sure about some of them, and it’s not the point. The point is that in addition there are the regular ones beyond Flash that include the reader and the dc {no don’t remember why it’s labeled different}, and one of the newer-ish ones Adobe Digital Editions. This one is needed for reading such files as .acsm protected files that some writers etcetera use when sending out review/freebie books, which is where I got to know about them. There are quite a few {not counting amazons, goodreads, bookbub, Escape with Dollycas in to a good book, etc}, review/free book sites, such as Authors XP, LibraryThing {where you can leave copy of the review on site as well as other places you review}, Ravenwood, plus a few that the exact names escape me at the moment, but doesn’t matter, because this post is about NetGalley site, which uses .acsm protection, and you have to apply for the book{s} which again is not the point. The point is you can’t change the name of the book so that you can figure out which of the books it is, when downloading more than one, and when you do get them downloaded, they won’t actually open.

    May 4th email — Had quite a few of those downloaded and was trying to pull one or rather any of them up, but it won’t. I used to be a computer tech, and whatever bloody block you have on there will not allow any of about a dozen programs to pull them up, each time saying I don’t have the authorization, that it is expired and considering just downloaded a couple of days ago that can’t be right. The last time I got one with the ACSM had to give up and sent it to my tablet, which has multiple issues with doing that, let me list them.

    1 legally blind
    2 can not sight read for more than a few minutes
    3 not ex computer tech w/ multiple programs get the bloody things to pull up as get not authorized/expired errors every time
    4 the kindle for pc with audio plug in is not available on androids etcetera plus have totally crappy sound even if do and even If voice aloud works it doesn’t for a tablet as I HAVE this program on my table and it wouldn’t read LAST book from you
    5 kindle only has ‘send to’ email addresses for non PC
    6 I tried on several different types of adobes and other programs
    7 7 of them, and there is no way for me to sight read even one much less seven

    I had requested steps in my shoes, everything I needed to know I learned in hell, the new enlightenment, rejected writers take the stage, the democracy amendments, american rococo, the naked communist, and see one more not below so assuming it’s the last bloody time I asked for one and it took freaking weeks to read it on the tablet. I understand the writers wanting to protect their work, but considering the things won’t open so can’t be read and therefore can’t be reviewed doesn’t really seem to be the way to go. If something can’t be done to rectify this issue then I will just forget all about netgalley and work on almost 3000 and counting on goodreads reviews with other writers, no matter how interesting the books sound.

    What do I get in reply, finally, this morning? — Thanks for reaching out and for your patience. Most NetGalley files are protected (which is entirely up to the publisher/author).

    Kindle for PC does not allow you to read personal documents (Amazon considers all NetGalley files as personal documents) and only allows you to read books purchased from Amazon on your computer. An alternative to this is to download

    Adobe Digital Editions and instead of using the Send to Kindle button for a title you will use the Download button.

    ​ ​

    The ADE website it does mention: “Adobe Digital Editions can be used with various screen readers, including JAWS, Window-eyes, and NVDA in Windows, and Voiceover on Mac OS.”

    The only other option we’re aware of is the @Voice Aloud Reader app (for android only) for Kindle. All the other apps and screen readers we found don’t support DRM-protected files, unfortunately.

    As an ex computer tech, must say excellent advice. As someone who has Adobe Digital Editions and have downloaded all those files, TWICE, and only to get each time that do not have access, expired, etcetera message, must say it’s obviously not on my end. I have left them in a folder, untouched since then, because the only other way to access them somewhat easily and actually the only way don’t get an error notice of expired, authorization, etc, is through my tablet which means sight reading, but will once again try to get it audio program to work on the tablet {as while tablet is android it is a tablet and very few programs install correctly vs android phone} but it did NOT work LAST TIME. NOTE: before could do that, went back and once again ran trouble shooting with the adobe digital editions, double and triple checked i.d. for adobe, etc, and then went back to the netgalley website where once again tried to download the books, but oh look, the same error messages plus a new one, that says now I am not even authorized to try to get the books. That is in addition to the list of 7 issues listed in the previous email quoted below. I will therefore be more than happy to blog and state everywhere else that the 2 places I no longer bother with at all is itunes and netgalley. Evidently I stutter when I type somehow, as again, I had already stated that was computer tech, and the many, many, many things had done to try to correct YOUR file problems.

    Good way to make mornings even worse than they usually are for me. Whiskey Hotel Alpha Tango – Alpha – Whiskey Alpha Sierra Tango Echo – Oscar Foxtrot – Tango India Mike Echo {What a Waste of Time, re military code}. The usual way is textspeak, i.e. FU and so forth.

    A = Alpha B = Bravo C = Charlie D = Delta E = Echo F = Foxtrot G = Golf H = Hotel I = India J = Juliet K = Kilo L = Lima M = Mike N = November O = Oscar P = Papa Q = Quebec R = Romeo S = Sierra T = Tango U = Uniform V = Victor W = Whiskey X = X-Ray Y = Yankee Z = Zulu

As the Vine Grows…amazon, goodreads, reviews, uh say what?

Amazon invites customers to become Vine Voices based on their reviewer rank, which is a reflection of the quality and helpfulness of their reviews as judged by other Amazon customers. Amazon provides Vine members with free products thathave been submitted to the program by participating vendors.

That is word for word what Amazon posted about their Vine, and yes that was how whoever typed it, and yes I realize that there are words run together, but I didn’t post it like that so letting it stand, as it’s exactly what amazon posts out on the internet on various sites/places.

What’s my point with all this? Amazon has ‘verified’ reviews, and ‘non verified’ reviews. Is one type better in some way than the other, barring amazon’s grouping? Well they post verified reviews, and they post the non verified ones too, but they only let you see the non verified ones if you click ‘see all reviews’. What’s the difference? Well, I assume that reviewers, all of them, have actually read the book, and have taken the time to leave a review. The ‘stars’ matter, IF the reviewer actually has an idea of what each star means, and uses it that way. To some reviewers, no matter how good a particular book is, if is is not as good {in their opinion} as book X then they will never rate it as a 5, no matter what the ratings actually mean. In other words, in my never humble opinion, these reviews are rubbish.  The amazon rating stars mean {hover over a star and it will confirm this} 5 Stars I love it 4 Stars I like it 3 Stars It’s OK 2 Stars I don’t like it 1 Star I hate it. Now what each reviewer means by that personally is also a factor and way too complicated to go in to, and I swear sometimes they actually admit that it just wasn’t their type of book or even that they were not really in to the book to read the book. Huh?

Now, to back track a bit; verified reviews mean that they bought the book, in some form, although if you bought it from somewhere other than amazon it will not show up as verified. If you are on freebie book sites, as I am, and the book is having a free day or whatever, and you get it that day {from amazon}, it will also show as bought, and will show verified. If you get it through instafreebie or a mobi or even hard copy some way, again, it will NOT show verified. If you ‘rent’ the book via kindle unlimited, which obviously amazon would know, it still does NOT count as verified, even though they verify the credit or debit card that is used, monthly, that proves it is one person and not a group or a ploy or set up. Now, what’s the big difference? Well, a while back amazon had issues with people for various reasons trashing other writer’s books, not their own, trying to skew the ratings with 1 star ratings and so on, so they started a purge of non verified reviews, and no they don’t tell you they just delete what and when they want. If you notice {usually writers seeing the total number of their reviews lessen of even plummet} and write them to find out why, etcetera, you will get the standard canned response and then if you ever get a personal one it will will tell you nothing.  You could actually post a review of a book you haven’t even read, but that’s cheating, and supposedly what amazon was trying to cut down on, although doing it badly. It also has to say such things as I received this book for free for review from {insert details}. Obviously anyone who knows me knows I put this, although in my own words/way, and also know it doesn’t matter to me how I got the book, but whether the book was good, within the 5 star frame. I get gifted books {shows up as bought though amazon} as well as winning hard copies {paperbacks} from from amazon and goodreads, which do NOT show up as verified.

Oh, the Vine reviews. Please do notice that those reviewers are considered verified, and get free products, some not books, and yet are not required to state all that that regular real reviewers have to state, because it’s amazon doing it, and it’s an amazon site. Also, if you actually do have verified review, for whatever reason, and decide to post it over to a non US amazon, it may or may not post as it’s SUPPOSED to and it may or may not show verified. Yes, amazon claims it cross posts to the other amazons, but this is very rarely the actual case. {In the past, I have posted on amazon, uk, ca, au fr, and possibly more, in addition to goodreads and bookbub, and now refuse to post on itunes as no copy/paste then takes 15 minutes to even come up to do so. I have also posted on google play which has gotten better, plus barnes and noble which half the time does not post correctly if at all, and kobo which is usually okay now on posting.} They do consider it spamming in some cases, to post over with copy/paste from goodreads to amazon, even though amazon owns goodreads now. Goodreads also has and will retain their own meanings for what the 5 stars mean, and I actually asked them this to verify it in an email. Their stars mean 1 Star did not like it 2 Stars it was ok 3 Stars liked it 4 Stars really liked it 5 Stars it was amazing. Quite a bit different than amazon’s meanings, and just going by the stars if you thought an amazon book as a 3 star for It’s Okay, well a 3 star on goodreads is really liked it. Starting to see the problems? Amazon TOS will not allow usage of certain words that will get ‘flagged’ for different reasons, but yet will allow fill in the blank ‘books’ that would make 50 shades of grey at least take a quick look. My main issue with these ‘books’ is just that; they’re not books, they have no plot, they acts as if the series {yes there are series of this slop} is just an excuse not to have to make up new character names {or actual plots, just switching out a location or slight happening for something else, book after book}.

Amazon VS Goodreads
5 Love it 4 Like it 3 It’s Okay 2 Don’t Like 1 Hate It
5 Amazing 4 Really Like 3 Liked 2 OK 1 Didn’t Like

See the inherent problems/issues/differences? No, I don’t expect them to have a selection that states something to the effect that for certain books you would be for book burning or something such as wished it was a physical book versus ecopy so you could have thrown it across the room, went over and picked it up to throw it again to then go over and stomp on it. I have to have something to type in to the written review box, after all, and yes, thankfully my vocabulary is full of nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. Snarky is an art, and allows full disclosure when doing reviews, without breaking TOS.

I am legally blind; this does not mean I can’t see at all, it means I see as in rubbish vision. I used to be a computer tech, and can touch type, but even something as this site with modifications the background plays silly buggers with my eyes. Are my goodreads reviews totally copy paste from amazon? No, first because I have gotten in to the habit of posting first on goodreads as to have an actual review to be able to look at, then over to amazon from that/those. Second, the review on goodreads states if there is a difference in the rating due to star rating issues. Third, even with a set, where it is posted once as the set, again as any other subsets and then with each individual book, because why assume anyone will see all or any of the other reviews unless it’s on the individual book, and yes that is fine by the TOS they claim for now. Amazon and goodreads don’t necessarily list the same sets for various reasons, and even between one amazon and one of the non US ones can and have had different listings. Am I a professional book reviewer? Nope, just feel that I have so many opinions about so many things, and that everyone should hear them, whether they care to or not.

PSA brought to you by bookbub sux too

I have written previously about bookbub’s site, and the book category divisions they have, for that just go to the previous post, but the are quite ridiculous, some which never have or hardly ever have anything listed. My main issue today, as always, is that they also don’t indicate {as freebooksy does} just when the book was put on the ‘free’ day list, so many are expired, and even if you do as I do {pulling up several pages/categories at a time} it takes a long time, and with bookbub much much longer and overall to not much use, as many are no longer available.

Since I find it hard to remember names, titles, and the like, there is no way for me to remember the vast majority, so spend way too much time messing with them, even though there are several categories listed that I NEVER go to, as still belive there is no such thing as ‘romantic suspense’, for example, and even if there were I still don’t want to bother with downloading it much less reading it. Even with many on my ‘I don’t care and never will’ list to not bother checking, that’s a long list of some that do check. {freebooksy has like 9 I think, 1 at least of which never check, the romance/chick lit one, the others being mystery/thriller, fantasy/paranormal, non fiction, young adult, science fiction, literary fiction, religion/spirituality, children’s, and horror sections. Bookbub has about 20-30 sections, including new releases or big name books, which are hardly ever if ever on kindle unlimited or freebie day.

Bookbub could, and should, consolidate some of its categories, but won’t, because not only have they added some, when I emailed to complain about the chick lit ick ones being in with the paranormal, was told to simply quit going to that category, even though once in a blue moon they have one that is actually truly paranormal without all the other crap. Oh, well, whatever; it’s why no one thinks of them as a book review site, either, as they have a spot for SOME writers but no where near all, with some books missing even from writers they do list, and there is only stars for rating no blurb or anything although that is no big thing with me because again don’t consider them a major player in the book review site business, and do my reviews on goodreads, amazon and sometimes non US amazon sites {no, it doesn’t cross over, well once in a blue moon or less, but I just cut the crap and go ahead and do it. One book is reviewed and the same review is copy/paste from site to site, because no reason to write a book about a book or to get all uber creative with reviews from site to site, I have more books waiting to be read and reviewed.

Now book to book the reviews are slightly different of course, even with serials which are a bloody pain to review because don’t want to give spoilers and they aren’t that long to begin with plus the writer has already blurbed it and everything, plus god knows how many reviews with spoilers etc already. Serialized books as well as collections, sets, whatever you want to call them, can be almost as hard to do, giving just a hint of what is different about that one versus the others, and personally use the main points of the blurb just a tiny bit fleshed out, though again with all that, what is supposed to be the use of the stars, if they aren’t even being payed attention to that much, as they should be?