Friday, February 24, 2012

Baking cookies.

This is probably the second or third "review" I've done that is almost more of a rambling than an actual review. I'm not sure if I should count them. But at the same time... this blog was made to keep me writing. And I'm way behind. So I guess I'll keep writing these kinds of "reviews" for now.

Anyway... I love baking cookies. Actually, I love baking in general, but cookies more than anything else. There are several reasons for this. First and foremost should be pretty obvious: Cookies are delicious. I mean, they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and almost all of them are gooey and delicious, if done right. Plus they have just about infinite variability. You want nuts? Put in whatever kind you want. Chocolate chips? Throw 'em in. Want to see if they're any good with some extra cinnamon added in? Extra vanilla? Less sugar? Sure, why not? Part of the fun of baking is altering the recipe to suit your own personal taste. Sometimes it's fun just to experiment to see if you like it or not.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Dead Tropics

 NOTE: This is the rough draft of a review published at The polished review can be viewed at that website. Please check it out.

Dead Tropics is what I imagine many self published books are like. It’s surprisingly good, but despite it’s quality, is still in need of a good professional editor. (Not that, as a professional editor myself, I have any bias in the matter.) But you’re probably not as interested in the various grammatical foibles of the story as I am, so let’s move on to the meat of the book.