Review of D.J. Donaldson’s Sleeping with the Crawfish


sleeping I love the title of the D.J. Donaldson book, Sleeping with the Crawfish. It was the first thing that drew me to the crime fiction novel. This third installment of the series about Kit Franklyn and Andy Broussard is just as exciting and entertaining as its two predecessors.

In this book, Kit is “taking a break” from her stressful job as a psychologist but Andy at the medical examiner’s office needs her help. Little did she know that her life would be put in danger by becoming involved.

The numerous plot twists and turns draw in the reader and keep him hooked to the end. This detailed forensic piece with the New Orleans almost mystical setting cannot help but keep the guesses flowing as to who dunnit.

Sleeping with the Crawfish is a great book. I recommend it to mystery-lovers and Louisiana-lovers alike. I give it 4 stars.

If you are interested in purchasing the book, you can buy it here.

 

We Spell the Way We Speak – Faulty Friday #4


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In the Faulty Friday #4 post this week, a church sign depicts a common error. Often, we spell things the way they sound. As a result here, what should be “Congratulations” shows up as “Congradulations.”

It pays to ask a friend or consult a dictionary if you are unsure about spelling!

Have a blessed Easter weekend!

 

Faulty Friday #3


errorIt’s not the best photo, I know, but you try taking a picture of the TV!

The person in charge of our local channel line-up from Comcast must have been a little sleepy when typing in the 9:30 pm television shows. I had never heard of “The Beautiful People Show” before but I really have never heard of “The Beauitiful People Show.”

Have a great, typo-free day!

Faulty Friday #2


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What’s wrong with this picture?

PLEASE tell me you know.

I snapped this photo while sitting at a loooong red light here in town. Errors in advertising are particularly depressing to me. If you want more business, get your ads proofread to ensure that they’re correct. Not everyone notices these types of mistakes but many people do. I, for one, do not patronize businesses with errors in their advertising.

NOTE – The mistake in the photo above is that there should be no comma after the word “reliable.” When in doubt about adding a comma, DON’T!

Faulty Friday #1


kindle oopsBeginning this exciting posting venture has not gone as smoothly as I had hoped. I’ve been swamped with a large editing and rewriting project that has taken every bit of my spare time this month. Then, when I finally had the actual time to work on the post, I experienced a number of unexpected, unwelcome and frustrating image difficulties. I hope that is now all in the past.

My first Faulty Friday photo was snapped on my Kindle last night. I’m reading an interesting YA novel, the first in a series, obviously written in UK style. In spite of the differences with American English and style, things were going along swimmingly until I noted the error. Do you see it?

Hopefully you noticed that the word “taught” is incorrect. Taught refers to prior teaching. The word that should have been used is “taut,” which means tight.

Yes, these are the types of things that keep me up at night. Feel free to send me your “oops” in books, advertising or wherever. I may just share them on this page. Stay tuned. There will surely be more errors to follow!

 

 

Introducing Faulty Fridays


Photo courtesy - http://freedigitalphotos.net

Photo courtesy – http://freedigitalphotos.net

I love to read. It really doesn’t matter what. I’m partial to suspenseful fiction but I also read the daily newspaper, signs as I drive down the road, web articles and I’m a real sucker for print magazines. I love ’em.

One thing that really aggravates me to no end is to see a mistake in print. A self-described grammar nerd, I really am bothered by this stuff. I see errors in the books I read – whether in DTB (dead tree books) or on my Kindle. I see TONS of oopsies in our local paper who shall remain nameless and in signs advertising businesses.

There may be a variety of reasons for these mistakes. It could be that someone didn’t catch the error when copy editing or proofreading. This does happen. No one is perfect. It could be that someone is a terrible speller and doesn’t realize it or even worse, a bad speller who knows he is a bad speller but doesn’t bother to look up something anyway. It could also be that a person truly believes something is written/spelled correctly when it’s not.

Anyway, after seeing thousands (or more) of these mistakes over many years, I thought it might be fun to share some of these on a weekly basis. I now photograph the errors I see (if it’s safe to do so) and will publish them here on ReaderJots in a post every Friday that I plan to call “Faulty Friday.”

Feel free to contribute  in the comments section or, if you have a blog, you can participate there, too, by joining the Faulty Friday movement.

Look for the first post on Friday, March 7. I’ve got a couple doosies up my sleeve. Just wait.

The More You Read . . .


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“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

~ Dr. Seuss –  “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut”

ReaderJots Now Offers Editing Services


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Photo courtesy of: http://www.tiresias.org

If you have a letter, email, manuscript or paper that needs some fixing up, I can do it!

– misspellings

– typographical errors

– punctuation

– syntax

– grammar

All quotes are given on an individual basis.

As a prolific reader and writer for more than 20 years, I also hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master of Arts degree in Elementary Education. I write for and edit many blogs on a variety of topics and would be pleased to work with you.

Books Read in 2012


12-29-12

The Murder of King Tut: The Plot to Kill the Child King – A Nonfiction Thriller (A) ~ James Patterson and Martin Dugard

12-25-12

The Art of Non-Conformity (A++) ~ Chris Guillebeau

12-17-12

Gone Girl: A Novel (A++) ~ Gillian Flynn

12-6-12

If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home (A) ~ Lucy Worsley

12-3-12

Water’s Edge (A) ~ Robert Whitlow

11-29-12

The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future (A+++) ~ Chris Guillebeau

11-26-12

Blood of the Prodigal: An Amish-Country Mystery (B) ~ P. L. Gaus

11-22-12

The Breach (A) ~ Patrick Lee

11-21-12

E-learning 101 (A) ~ Dr. Liz Hardy

11-16-12

Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake (A) ~ Anna Quindlen

11-12-12

13 Steps Down (C) ~ Ruth Rendell

11-5-12

Paris in Love: A Memoir (A) ~ Eloisa James

10-30-12

Black Friday (B) ~ James Patterson (Note: The Kindle version has an extreme number of typos and a severe lack of punctuation)

10-29-12

Calico Joe (A) ~ John Grisham

10-25-12

Private (A) ~ James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

10-22-12

Haunting Rachel (A) ~ Kay Hooper

10-18-12

I Still Dream About You: A Novel (A) ~ Fannie Flagg

10-15-12

Miracle on the 17th Green (B) ~ James Patterson & Peter de Jonge

10-13-12

The Fire – Witch and Wizard Book 3 (A) ~ James Patterson

10-11-12

The Gift – Witch and Wizard Book 2 (A) ~ James Patterson

10-9-12

Witch and Wizard Book 1 (A) ~ James Patterson

10-5-12

Sarah Smiles (B) ~ Seanpaul Thomas

9-25-12

The Broke Ass Brigade (B+) ~ Don Romonov

9-21-12

Powder Burn ~ Carl Hiassen and Bill Montalbano

9-18-12

Dead Ringer ~ Allen Wyler

9-12-12

Cloak ~ James Gough

9-8-12

77 Shadow Street ~ Dean Koontz

9-6-12

The Accident: A Thriller ~ Linwood Barclay

9-2-12

The Coppersmith ~ Michael J. Scott

8-28-12

Dark of the Eye ~ Douglas Clegg

8-23-12

Chomp ~ Carl Hiassen

8-20-12

Contrails ~ Robert Anderson

8-13-12

The True Detective ~ Theodore Weesner

8-9-12

The Power of Happiness ~ Timothy McKinney

8-7-12

My Name is Joe ~ Stefan Bourque

8-4-12

The Hour of Predators ~ Lane Stark

8-1-12

The Blooding ~ Joseph Wambaugh

7-18-12

Handling Sin ~ Michael Malone

7-16-12

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid ~ Bill Bryson

7-10-12

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close ~ Jonathan Safran Foer

7-4-12

The Litigators ~ John Grisham

7-2-12

Bittersweet ~ Nevada Barr

6-27-12

If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name ~ Heather Lende

6-20-12

The Shop ~J. Carson Black

6-18-12

Sandman ~ Morgan Hannah MacDonald

6-14-12

The Sex Lives of Cannibals ~ J. Maarten Troost

6-12-12

Scat ~ Carl Hiassen

6-10-12

Love Works ~ Joel Manby

6-2-12

Under the Tuscan Sun ~ Frances Mayes

5-30-12

13 1/2 ~ Nevada Barr

5-25-12

Basket Case ~ Carl Hiassen

5-18-12

The Puppet Master ~ Jan Coffey

5-15-12

In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving ~ Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy with Sally Jenkins

5-8-12

Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back ~ Todd, Sonja and Colton Burpo

5-7-12

Riversong ~ Tess Hardwick

4-30-12

Betrayals ~ Carla Neggers

4-21-12

The Constant Gardener ~ John Le Carre

4-12-12

Skin Tight ~ Carl Hiassen

4-8-12

Cold Fire ~ Dean Koontz

4-2-12

While I’m Still Myself ~ Jeremy Mark Lane

3-28-12

Roadwork ~ Stephen King

3-23-12

The Wicked Wives ~ Gus Pelagatti

3-18-12

The Night Circus ~ Erin Morgenstern

3-14-12

The Earthquake Machine ~ Mary Pauline Lowry

2-29-12

At Home – A Short History of Private Life ~ Bill Bryson

2-25-12

Drift ~ Andrew Hudson

2-21-12

Reel Life Crime ~ Cary Pepper

2-20-12

re-reading Thinner ~ Stephen King

2-7-12

In a Sunburned Country ~ Bill Bryson

2-2-12

Five Weeks in a Balloon ~ Jules Verne

1-30-12

StreetCreds ~ Zach Fortier

1-27-12

The Lovely Bones ~ Alice Sebold

1-27-12

Roderick Blackwood and the Demon Stone ~ Ralph Rathbone

1-23-12

Hostile Witness ~ Rebecca Forster

1-17-12

Frankenstein ~ Mary Shelley

1-16-12

Explosive Eighteen ~ Janet Evanovich

1-11-12

The One You Love ~ Paul Pilkington

1-9-12

CurbChek ~ Zach Fortier

1-8-12

Smokin’ Seventeen ~ Janet Evanovich

1-4-12

Dracula ~ Bram Stoker

1-3-12

The Truth About Us ~ Dalene Flannigan