Thursday, November 24, 2011

Book Review: Bloodthirsty by Flynn Meaney

Review: Bloodthirsty
Author: Flynn Meaney
No of Pages: 234
Release Date: 5 October 2010

Attention, all girls reading this:

We get it. The message is coming through loud and clear: You think vampires are hot. Your little sister thinks vampires are hot. Your mom thinks vampires are hot. Every single female on the face of the earth thinks vampires are hot. Girls love vampires, and I love girls. Unfortunately, girls don’t seem to love me.

So I’m making a change. For all the guys reading this, say a little prayer to the high school dating gods for me. Here’s hoping that girls think fake vampires are hot, too.

My Thoughts:

Bloodthirsty was a non-stop laugh for me, purely because it was so true.

Finbar is for want of a better word, a loser. He is painfully awkward in social situations, doesn’t have the looks or charm of his twin fraternal brother, Luke, and just to make his life that much worse, he’s allergic to the sun.

Finn was an amazing character for me; he wasn’t a whinger which took some expert writing on Meaney’s part. His plan to turn himself into a vampire to break away from his life time of social ineptness made for one of the funniest books I have read in a long, long time. His ability to laugh at himself through some of the more cringe-worthy experiences with girls was refreshing for me, as usually main characters want us to feel sorry for them and their horrible life.

Finn’s family was also completely hilarious. His dad didn’t play a huge role in the story, but made for some of the funnier moments – especially getting excited that Finn had been in his first fight and wasn’t in the hospital. His germ phobic mother constantly cleaning and leaving him notes to boost his confidence and being sneaky in her ways of finding out what the boys were up to.

Most of all I loved Finn’s brother Luke, he had Finn’s back no matter what, whether it be helping him to enhance his vampire abilities or letting Finn think he was getting away with going to the library instead of exercising, Luke had what Finn thought was everything and still cared. Yet, Finn also understood Luke in the way he was completely hyper and unable to sit still for more than five minutes.

The humour in Bloodthirsty wasn’t nasty in any way; it was just plain funny which was what I loved so much about this book. Meaney was able to poke fun at the characters and make it funny without being malicious. Making fun of the boy’s mother about cleaning without being mean or putting anyone down for being different.

This story walked a fine ledge of hilarity, cringe worthiness and horrific failure; I bow down to Meaney for pulling this off so perfectly. The perfect balance of laugh out loud funny and feeling bad for Finn whilst at the same time occasionally slapping one’s head for his awkwardness was ingenious.

Bloodthirsty worked for me because it is so close to the truth. People are so caught up in the vampire craze (even me) that they will believe close to anything that gets them closer to their fantasy coming true, even if that means a guy whose allergic to the sun and walks around trying to be aloof becomes so popular it nearly gets him staked by fake Buffy’s.

Bloodthirsty was a fun read, I enjoyed every second of the book. Sure it’s silly to think about a guy getting girls because he’s a fake vampire, but Meaney wrote it so incredibly well that everything about it worked and left me with laughing pains.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Guys and Molls: Assassinated Gangsters

For my Guys and Molls event piece, I am doing assassinated gangsters. But all of my assassinated gangsters have something special in common, they were really hard to kill.

What I like about especially Legs Diamond and Vito Di Giorgio is that they were deemed so hard to kill, it was only underhanded methods that eventually offed them. People seemed to realise that they wouldn't go down without a fight...or seemingly in it, so it took being shot while being passed out drunk or getting a shave at the barbers to do the job.

Jack ‘Legs’ Diamond
10 July 1897 - 18 December 1931
  • Jack Diamond was an Irish American gangster of the Prohibition era in Philadelphia and New York
  • He served in the first world war but deserted and was later jailed for it
  • The nickname "Legs" is derived either from his love for dancing or his ability to get away from enemies quickly
  • During one of the earlier attempts on his life Legs was shot five times.
  • A couple of years later he was attacked by people with machine guns, yet still survived. The people around him, unfortunately didn't.
  • It was in 1931, the attempt on his life finally killed him. It took three gunshot wounds to the chest while he was sleeping.
  • Diamond's nemesis Dutch Schultz remarked to his own gang, "Ain't there nobody that can shoot this guy so he don't bounce back?"
  • He became known as the clay pigeon of the underworld, because no matter how many times he was shot...he just never seemed to go away.
  • There is speculation that it was a corrupt cop that finally got him, acting under orders of a crooked politician.
Now that is what I call hard to kill.


Vito Di Giorgio
19 March 1880 - 13 May 1922
  • Di Girogio was Sicilian born, he moved to New York in 1904 with his parents.
  • Di Giorgio survived two shootings before finally succumbing to the third attempt on his life in 1922
  • He was an early leader of the Los Angeles crime family and possibly the first Mafia boss in LA.
  • The second attempt on his life resulted in a leg wound that he and his wife lied to the police about, saying that they were wealthy food merchants (which they were) and had no enemies (but they did...heaps)
  • Di Giorgio was one of the most feared men in California, it was his reputation that preceded him and helped to keep him on top.
  • Vito was finally murdered in a barber shot whilst he was waiting for a haircut and a shave. His assassination was so brutal and he was so well known that it reached papers across New York and New Orleans
  • Surprisingly though, Los Angeles, where he was most notable, never reported on his death.


Giuseppe ‘Joe’ Aiello
c. 1891 - 23 October 1930

  • Joe was assassinated after a long power struggle with Al Capone
  • Joe didn't have multiple attempts on his life like the others, but when he died, the coroner pulled 59 bullets out of his body.
  • Joe immigrated to New York from his native Bagheria to assist family. His family were in the food business, importing olive oil, cheeses and sugar.
  • It was through sugar that the Aiello family came into contact with mobsters and other organised crime, during the Prohibition era alcohol was banned, which naturally put it in high demand, Joe and his family supplied the sugar that went into the illegal distilling process.
  • It was Joes co-ownership of a cheese importer that brought him into contact with Anthony Lombardo, and subsequently Al Capone.
  • Capone and Lombardo were friends, and it was through Lombardo that Capone gained access to the Sicillian mafia even though he was Nepolitana.
  • This cheesed Joe off (pardon the pun) which put him into a long and bloody battle with Capone.
  • I think the 59 bullets was a little overkill (again, pardon the pun) but it did prove that even Al Capone thought Joe Aiello was hard to kill.
  • Before being moved later, Joe was originally buried in the same cemetery and quite near to Lombardo.
  • He was not afforded the respect of crime head at the time of his funeral though, most of the procession that left his home...never made it to his grave. Guess they had some stuff to do for Capone...

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Friday, November 11, 2011

My Two Cents: Plagiarism in a big way...and the way Little Brown handled it.

So people who are regularly on twitter, may have heard about the Little Brown plagiarism scandal.

They had to pull a book they had published and sold to booksellers after finding out that large portions of the spy novel had been lifted from other material including the James Bond books. I mean, it's freaking Bond! Did he really think that no one would notice?!

As the guy at Reluctant Habits is reading the book and comparing the lifted material, it is quite interesting to note that Q.R Markham - the guy who wrote the book - stole his material quite often from the first page of a novel! and that nearly every page between pages 13 and 35 has copied material on it! That's not just some plagiarism...there's nothing in there of his! I'm wondering what happened to page nineteen and thirty and thirty-one. I am guessing that they were chapter breaks...or had a picture on them maybe?

Now, as many people who have read my My Two Cents posts will know, I absolutely abhor plagiarism. If you can't write an original story, then you really shouldn't be writing at all.

What I would like to say though is THANK YOU to Little Brown. They didn't try to hide it, or cover it up, they merely came out and said yep, dude's a copy of the good stuff, let's get it down.

Unfortunately I cannot find an article from Little Brown themselves, so I'm not going to quote exactly what they said...because frankly if I got it wrong...that would be embarrassing...though not quite as embarrassing as having my publisher tell the world I was a fake.

Dude, you messed up.

And here I was worrying about writing a vampire novel...

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Guys and Molls Event Tour

Lucky Lee of the StoryWings outfit.

Guys and Molls
Event production by
Random Magic Tour
Sasha Soren Random Magic 
Schedule of events: Nov. 10-17, 2011

Nov. 10
vvb32reads (@vvb32reads)
Lit noir - Fictional henchmen

Nov. 11
This Miss Loves to Read (@MissIrenne)
Concrete shoes and tommy guns - How to talk like a gangster

Nov. 12 - Double feature
vvb32reads (@vvb32reads)
Secret doors and liquid fire - Speakeasies
Theater of the air - Radio show: Angels with Dirty Faces
Sing, you sinners! - Vintage mobster music

Nov. 14
I Love Books (vlog)  (@Booklover_622)
The Book Addict (blog) (@Christina_622)
Mob rules - A mafia code of honor
Splash of our Worlds (@SplashOOWorlds)
Rogue's gallery - Top 15 vintage mob flicks

Nov. 15
The True Book Addict (@truebookaddict)
Kings of the boardwalk empire - Atlantic City's real-life wise guys
Reviews from my First Reads Shelf (Twitter N/A)
Jimmy Blue Eyes and the Wizard of Odds - Mobster nicknames

Nov. 16
Story Wings (@StoryWings)

The bitter end - Assassinated gangsters
Inky Pages - Coffee and a Good Book (vlog) (@inkypages)
Inky Pages (blog
From ink to screen - Mob movies based on books, short stories or plays

Nov. 17
Spellbound by Books (@Meeka_21)
Pinstripes and fedoras - Gangster fashion

(And event goodies! Details available on event posts.)

*****GUYS AND MOLLS*****
Nov. 10-17, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

TBR Drawer: November 2011

  • Just After Sunset by Stephen King
  • Night Rising by Chris Marie Green
  • Lament by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
  • Need by Carrie Jones
  • Born of Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Claimed by Shadow by Karen Chance
  • Jessicas Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
  • Original Sin by Allison Brennan
  • No Rest for the Wicca by Toni Lotempio
  • Blood Magic by Eileen Wilks
  • Tempting Danger by Eileen Wilks
  • What's a ghoul to do? by Victoria Laurie
  • Soulless by Gail Carriger
  • The Boys Next Door by Jennifer Echols
  • Shades of Midnight by Lara Adrian
  • The Awakening by Kelly Armstrong
  • Dark Beginnings by Gena Showalter
  • The Birthing House by Christopher Ransom
  • The Taken by Sarah Pinborough
  • Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
  • Bloodlines by Lindsay Anne Kendal
  • Dead Men's Dust by Matt Hilton
  • Fatal Voyage by Kathy Reichs
  • Bare Bones by Kathy Reichs
  • Mortal Remains by Kathy Reichs
  • Break No Bones by Kathy Reichs
  • Bones to Ashes by Kathy Reichs
  • Grave Secrets by Kathy Reichs
  • Cross Bones by Kathy Reichs
  • Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs
  • Monday Mourning by Kathy Reichs
  • Another One Bites The Dust by Jennifer Rardin
  • Biting The Bullet by Jennifer Rardin
  • Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
  • Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb
  • Revving Her Wild Engines by Bethany Hale   RC 
  • Playthings of the Gods Anthology   RC
  • Initiate by Tara Maya    RC
  • Antara by Marilena Mexi    RC
  • Cinco de Mayo by Michael J. Martineck   RC 
  • Crash Into Me by Albert Borris
  • Succubus on Top by Richelle Mead
  • The Mark of the Vampire Queen by Joey W. Hill
  • Shadowglass by Erica Hayes
  • Turned by Morgan Rice   RC
  • Betrayed by Morgan Rice   RC  
  • Loved by Morgan Rice   RC 
  • Destined by Morgan Rice   RC 
  • Masqurade by Melissa De La Cruz
  • I Am God by Giorgio Faletti
  • Taboo by Casey Hill
  • The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross
  • Faefever by Karen Marie Moning
  • Rain by Virginia Andrews
  • Lightning Strike by Virginia Andrews 
  • Eye of the Storm by Virginia Andrews 
  • The End of the Rainbow by Virginia Andrews 
  • Melody by Virginia Andrews 
  • Heart Song by Virginia Andrews 
  • Unfinished Symphony by Virginia Andrews 
  • Music in the Night by Virginia Andrews 
  • Olivia by Virginia Andrews 
  • Celeste by Virginia Andrews 
  • The Starkin Crown by Kate Forsyth 
  • Warrior by Marie Brennan
  • Lover Enshrined by JR Ward
  • Curse of the Blue Tattoo by L. A. Meyer
  • Love Story by Jennifer Echols
  • Sympathy for the Devil by Justin Gustanis   RC
  • Dark Moon of Avalon by Anna Elliot
  • Emblaze by Jessica Shirvington   RC
  • One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost
  • Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
  • Eye of the Tempest by Nicole Peeler
  • Burnt Offerings by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Blue Moon by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Obsidian Butterfly by Laurell K. Hamilton
November Arrivals: 
  • Hunted Green by Brianna Stoddard   RC

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Monthly Wrap-Up: October 2011

So October brought the return to work after my holiday and routine once again.

For November though I have decided to try out NaNoWriMo so I won't be around much, as you may already have noticed.

My Favourite book for the month was: Bloodthristy by Flynn Meaney

In September I read 5 books:
  • Fire in the Shell by Josephine Pennicott
  • Forget You by Jennifer Echols
  • The Lunatic Cafe by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Bloody Bones by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • The Killing Dance by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Bloodthirsty by Flynn Meaney
  • Afterlife by Claudia Gray
  • Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

I reviewed 7 books:

My Shelfari TBR Pile stayed the same at 949.

My physical TBR pile went down from 79 to 78. Woo!


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