Voolavex Books A Revue: Many Tales

Finally back after a too long hiatus.  This is really a revue – like a Vaudeville show.  Lots of variety and a place for readers who aren’t really fond of traditional book reviews.  For example: “Do I really care about this one person’s opinion?”  This is the question you will not have to ask.

Sharing the books I like has no requirements.  You can like it or not.  But I have found so many authors, new to me, who have been a revelation and in turn have led me to look for others in locales I never considered before.  I have been reading like mad!!!  A weak explanation of why I have neglected this blog.

There is no format.  So far.  I have thought about formats and realized I was not a format writer, so I will just jump in.  Others, however, are welcome to suggest formats and I will happily consider them.  And contests (????).  Are they a good thing?  But this is not Goodreads.  I don’t care when you started or finished or which page you’re on.  I like Goodreads, but this is part of it I don’t love.  I would love for any Voolavex Books readers to share their finds. A little or a lot.

Dandy tips I have discovered.

Get a map.  If the locale is a real place – get a map.  It will put in the book and make it more vivid and many-layered.  You can google one, use a guidebook, or city guide.  Maps don’t change much in terms of streets so it doesn’t have to be new.  But I have many and I use them for fiction all the time. If it’s a made-up location, hope the author has provided one.  (I think they all should.)

Read with an accent if you can and phrasebook. This is true if the story is in a foreign location without a glossary.  Helps to know foreign expressions that actually matter to the story.  I tend to read with an accent if I can – seriously – if the book is set in another country – I try to imagine the voices of the characters.  Cats and dogs not included.

Guidebooks in general cover both these matters – usually cheap at thrift stores and yard sales.  Free at your local library.

Your local library.  I could buy books every day.  And to my dismay, this has created stacks all over my house.  Amazon has not been the only willing co-conspirator in this, but I love to use the library to reserve books via internet and it is even better.  Free.  How could free not be wonderful?  FYI – my local libraries are the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) and the Country Library of Los Angeles (COLA).  I do not read e-Books nor do I listen to audio books.  Just a personal choice. It’s the reading or listening that is the point no matter how.

Little Free Library.  Take one, leave one.  Usually little cupboards on posts that are little and free.  Supplied by donations and readers who like the idea of a quiet, community source.  We have two in my city that I know of.  I donate lots of books.

No Spoilers.  Not gonna’s do it.

What I read.  Everything and when I say this, I mean this.  Fiction, non-fiction, bio’s, series; I love thrillers (mysteries, suspense, crime, murder and mayhem). natural history. India.  All of it and especially Bombay.  Fiction and non. And France  – all of it, but Paris and Brittany are the top two. London.  Especially fond of Krazy Kat and Ignatz” and “Mutts”

I love science, geography, anthro, sociology, medicine, religion (all of them, but Jews in particular and Parsis).  Except for algorithmic math. (which includes DNA)  Tried to read “The Gene“; (full of math, it is) and slogged until I quit.  Apologies to Dr. Mukherjee.  Fermat’s Enigma is still just that.  I love The Fibonacci Sequence, though, and with that prime numbers.  I will never be a rocket scientist.  I LOVE Marilyn Stasio.  Crime columnist of the New York Times. She is the BEST!! (And This list goes on BTW).

What I don’t. Graphic novels (except Maus), Chick lit. Westerns, Military as a rule.  Politics (if I can help it especially now).  Self-help.  NO.

It evolves.

Ask questions, post comments and keep stopping by.  No schedule yet, but maybe one soon.

 

 

 

 

Do You Love To Read? Books, Magazines, Labels?

Welcome to Books –  A Revue*.  Not an ordinary book review site – but books I have loved or plan to read because I love the subject, the author, the contents.

Look for many titles and many subjects.  I read damn near everything.  Find enthusiastic recommendations and what I love about the book itself.   I have discovered that all writers have information to share that is good to learn.

I am a member of GOODREADS and enjoy it.  Check it out.

I do not negative sell.   Panning a book is a personal judgement and hardly means a book isn’t good or readable.  If I don’t like a book.  I stop reading it.  I might say it was not for me or use the term “pass”; but careers are lost on a bad review.  That’s not a risk I will take because I am not qualified to be a one person judge and jury.  That kind of judge and jury is easily bought.

I do not do plot summaries.  You can find a plot summary on Amazon, the book cover flap, the publisher’s website, Publisher’s Weekly or the on line public library (mine is the Los Angeles Public Library).  Check those if you are not familiar with the title or author.  I am not going to retell the story.  I will tell you the title and the author.

I welcome comments and suggestions; readers, writers, authors, publishers are all welcome to this blog.  I am a fan of many authors and many countries.  I read in English.  I have been doing this since I was about 4 and read Dick and Jane in one sitting.  And I write.  I still have my first (and only) completed novel manuscript from middle school.  It was filthy – and verbose and I am afraid to reread it now.  But I have it.

In the main, I write non-fiction and I am published.  I am willing to read any question, but may not answer it and if I do, you may not love the answer.  For exceedingly stupid questions I suggest QUORA.com – where I  am often asked and do answer queries. (hint: rarely am I asked about books on Quora).

I hope you will enjoy this blog and make suggestions – no chick lit though and no cookie, muffin, pot roast or other food mysteries.  I do worry about the new trend of author series – but I read them if I like the writer.  I have come to realize that the media creates literary fame – not readers of books.  I wish I didn’t realize that.  And I have liked books from the James Patterson Guild of Scribes – but I think they should have their own bestseller list.

*This a Revue – and because I could not locate my regular dictionary, I looked in my Le Robert Micro (French it is and blatant brag – I am not a Francophone however))  Essentially a revue can be complicated and on stage and usually musical, but it is also an inventory.  So this is my inventory in progress.