Dead and Loving It

by MaryJanice Davidson | Romance |
ISBN: 0425207951 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Amberkatze of Wien Bezirk 10 - Favoriten, Wien Austria on 7/17/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by Amberkatze from Wien Bezirk 10 - Favoriten, Wien Austria on Monday, July 17, 2006
This book is a Birthday present from my Birthday Rabck partner Lottiotta. Sheis so lovely and sent me 3 brand new books from my wish list!!!! I was so surprised!!!

I look forward to reading this asap! Not sure how long it will take me to get to it though!

Journal Entry 2 by Amberkatze from Wien Bezirk 10 - Favoriten, Wien Austria on Saturday, August 05, 2006
This was a nice book with 4 stories all involving werewloves or vampires.

The first story was about a werewolf who finds his perfect mate...this then gets mentioned in the second story where a werewolf is taken prisioner by a vampire...which leads us then on to the 3rd story which is about 2 new characters but the characters from story 2 make a guest appearance.

Story 4 was a story for the 'Undead' series fans! The story fits in after 'Undead and Unreturnable' and we finally find out who George the fiend is!!

All nice stories...all very sexy!!! and well worth reading if you are a fan.

I am thinking about sending this off on a ring...will start advertising and see what happens.

Journal Entry 3 by Amberkatze from Wien Bezirk 10 - Favoriten, Wien Austria on Saturday, August 05, 2006
Please make a journal entry as soon as you recieve the book and also when you send it to the next person. Then we know where the book is!

When you are finished with the book please PM the next person on the list and ask for their address so you can send it on to them!

I would appreciate a PM from any participant who wants to leave the ring or be skipped for any reason. Please do not leave it to the last minute.

Also let us know what you thought of the book but don't give too much away!

The order may change to accommodate for the postal preferences of the ring members.
Lastly if you have nicer bookcrossing labels or stickers then decorate the book a little! Also stick a postcard from your country in with a message! Could be fun :)

Please try to read this book within 4 weeks. If it isn't possible please make a new journal (no edits!) giving an update! Thank you!

This Bookring is still open! Pm if you would like to join!

Here are the participants so far -

Mystiknat in the UK <-- Completed!
sunlightbub in the UK <-- Completed!
WelshHelen in the UK (UK) <-- Completed!
LittleMoo in the UK (Any) <-- Completed!
celticstar in the UK <-- Completed!
CandyDarling in Finland (Any) <-- Completed!
Kislany in Cyprus (Any) <-- Completed!
macdonv in Canada (Any) <-- Completed!
mamawolfie in the USA (USA) <-- No contact
Aramena in the USA <-- Completed!
bookaholic2 in the USA <-- Completed!
ToXiCKiTTiKiSS in the USA (USA) <-- Completed!
SheWhoReads in the USA (Any) <-- Completed!
Yinny in the Netherlands <-- Completed!
Geegal in Germany <-- Skipped
Rianonne in Austria <-- Next!
Back home to me!

Journal Entry 4 by MystikNat from Stockton-On-Tees, County Durham United Kingdom on Saturday, October 14, 2006
Thanks Amber, will make a start as soon as I finish my current Bookring read. :o)

Journal Entry 5 by MystikNat from Stockton-On-Tees, County Durham United Kingdom on Sunday, October 29, 2006
Fab, fast and fun! :D

Will get this off to sunlightbub pronto.

Journal Entry 6 by MystikNat at By Mail in With Another BCer, Trade -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, October 29, 2006

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Off to sunlightbub - just in time for Halloween!

Journal Entry 7 by Sunnybubble from Wallasey, Merseyside United Kingdom on Saturday, November 04, 2006
It's here - one of 3 bookrings that arrived today, but I suspect this will be a quick light read..Thanks Amber and Nat xxxxx

Journal Entry 8 by WelshHelen from Ponthenri, Wales United Kingdom on Saturday, November 25, 2006
Ooh! Thge Wyndham werewolves are in here! Excellent :-) Arrived safely today. Thanks, sunlightbub.

Journal Entry 9 by WelshHelen from Ponthenri, Wales United Kingdom on Saturday, December 16, 2006
I *loved* this book!! It's hard to believe but I'm a bigger fan of the Wyndham werewolves than I am of Betsy and her crew and I love that lot :-) I think my favourite story was Santa Claws, closely followed by There's No Such Thing as a Werewolf. It was so great to read George's story, too, and I loved the "There's a monster under my bed," line!

What a fun, fast and hot read. Thanks again, Amerkatze, for sharing so many of your books :-) I have LittleMoo's address and this will be on the way to her next week.

Journal Entry 10 by WelshHelen from Ponthenri, Wales United Kingdom on Friday, December 29, 2006
Oops! Forgot to make a journal entry! This was mailed out to LittleMoo 18/12/06 - I hope she's received it!

Journal Entry 11 by LittleMoo from Loughborough, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Saturday, December 30, 2006
Book arrived this week. I'm in the middle of Undead and Unreturnable at the mo so will try to send these on in the right order.

Thanks again Amberkatze for sharing!

Journal Entry 12 by LittleMoo from Loughborough, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Saturday, January 20, 2007
Loved this book, very racy in places!!!

Posted on today...

Journal Entry 13 by celticstar from Denbighshire, Wales United Kingdom on Saturday, January 27, 2007
Received in the post a couple of days ago and I've just finished reading another book so I can get started on this one straight away :-)

Thanks

Journal Entry 14 by OddStar-UBCZ from Telford , Shropshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Excellent, I enjoyed the werewolf stories as much as the vampire books too and Santa Claws was also my favourite.

Will let hubby (oddballdave) have a read before I send it on to CandyDarling.

Thanks again Amberkatze for sharing these great books.

Journal Entry 15 by OddballDave from Telford , Shropshire United Kingdom on Sunday, March 11, 2007
An excellent quick read, I shall have to go and hunt for the wyndham werewolves now.

Journal Entry 16 by CandyDarling from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Sunday, March 18, 2007
The book arrived while I was in London. It'll be nice to read some more from MaryJanice Davidson!

Journal Entry 17 by CandyDarling from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Thursday, May 03, 2007
I read MaryJanice Davidson's Betsy-series in a bookring, and I loved them so much that I bought the first 4 books for my personal collection. The Undead books are in my opinion MaryJanice Davidson's best work. I'm disappointed in her Wyndham Werewolves tales, and after reading Monster Love, I don't think I'll list her among my favorite authors anymore...

29.3.2007 Santa Claws
I read this 60-page novella in one day, and I have to say it was a mixed bag. I was glad that MaryJanice Davidson's heroine in the story was a regular woman (not like some of the impossible beautiful heroines in some other paranormal romances *cough*Christine Feehan*cough*). But I was very disappointed at her low self-esteem, and that nearly ruined the story for me. Why can't we ever have a "short, plump brunette" who is happy with the way she looks? I understand that it's great that a very plain looking woman can snag a total hunk for a guy. What bothers me is that the woman thinks she is ugly, and her looks are only validated when the gorgeous guy says she's beautiful. Why can't she be beautiful even when there's no guy to tell her that she is? What I'm trying to say is that it bothers me that it's the guy who gets to decide who's beautiful.

After being annoyed by the heroine constantly putting herself down, and by the hero's stupid show off with money, I almost threw the book out the window when we got to the sex part. I was so furious, when the heroine started thinking that she is a slut for wanting to sleep with the hero! Slut is such a misogynistic word, and I was very disappointed in MaryJanice Davidson for reinforcing the old stereotypes. I guess the distorted body image and the belief that enjoying sex makes you a slut go hand in hand, but I certainly don't want to read about it.

And then, just when I was seething with fury, it was time for sex. At first I didn't like it, because the heroine seemed to submit to it because of her promise, not because she wanted to. But then she started enjoying herself, and I really started enjoying the sex scene. I loved it that the author didn't fear using all sorts of words to describe genitals, and that the sex felt amazingly real, even though it was with a werewolf. At the end I was smiling.

Even though the story finished at a high note because of the great sex at the end, I wouldn't want to read it again for the awful self-loathing the heroine put the readers through.

12.4.2007 Monster Love
The good part of this novella? I loved Janet's constant cursing. Everything else... *shudder*

I disliked the hero ever since he commented on page 2: "All so 60 years later we can ignore the Holocaust and pretend the Germans are good guys?" I hope I don't have to explain to anyone how wrong this is?! Just in case, I'll say it anyway. Germans are really nice people, and I'm not ignoring the Holocaust when I say this. How would MaryJanice feel if I'd hate all the Americans living today because some of their ancestors had slaves in the 19th century? Okay, maybe this was a joke, but it was a really crappy joke.

But wait, it gets better. This idiot vampire then kidnaps and rapes his love interest. Excuse me, but what is this misogyny and violence doing in a romance novel?! I could not read any of the sex scenes after that, I was feeling so sick. Even today, women are forced to marry their rapists in some countries. I do not find this romantic at all. The only good ending to this book would have been Janet killing and eating Richard aka Dick. Of course that didn't happen, and they lived happily ever after.

I need to go read some more Anita Blake. At least there the rapists get what they deserve.

(The picture attached to this entry is a post card from PostSecret. The post card, and a discussion about it made me realize for the first time how much more common it is to be raped by a person you know and care about than by a random stranger. I was also shocked to learn how many women enter into a relationship with their rapist so that they don't have to admit to themselves that they were raped. So a story like Monster Love could very well be true, only in real life it doesn't have a happy ending.)

12.4.2007 There's No Such Thing as a Werewolf
This story was actually tolerable after the two previous disasters, but nothing spectacular. I was relieved to see there was no forced sex here, and the main couple were cute. But unfortunately there was nothing memorable in this story.

2.5.2007 A Fiend In Need
I love the Undead series, and this novella was no exception. Antonia is a great character, and I'm glad George (or Garrett) is finally getting better. I wish this story had been published together with Undead and Unpopular, instead of putting it in this collection with three unrelated stories. The problem with MaryJanice Davidson is she writes too many novellas and not enough novels. I don't think I would have liked A Fiend In Need half as much, if I weren't a fan of Betsy already.

Thank you Amberkatze for making a bookring of this book! I'm glad I got a chance to read it! Will post the book to Kislany asap.

Journal Entry 18 by CandyDarling from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Friday, May 04, 2007
Sent the book to Kislany in Cyprus this morning.

Journal Entry 19 by Kislany on Friday, May 18, 2007
This book arrived today. I have a few books to read before this, but I'll definitely get it done within a month.

*waves to Amber* thx for organizing this!

Journal Entry 20 by Kislany on Saturday, May 19, 2007
That went fast...

I read Santa Claws, and I honestly couldn't care for it at all. It's not in her usual style and the whole plump woman with really low self-esteem idea almost left me gagging *rolleyes*. And although I usually enjoy sex scenes in a book, for once here I felt disgusted. Have no idea why, maybe was just my mood at that time.

Once I figured out that stories #2 and #3 were all related to the first, I flipped right to the last one, which brought me to known and loved territory and allowed me to once again enjoy Betsy and the gang. The only problem with that story: it was too short!

So having read only one novela out of 4, I'm ready to pass it on to the next in the ring. I'll pm macdonv this weekend for an address.

Journal Entry 21 by Kislany on Thursday, May 24, 2007
Book is packed, got addy, tomorrow is on the way to macdonv via surface mail.

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Enjoy :)

Journal Entry 23 by macdonv from Windsor, Ontario Canada on Friday, June 08, 2007
This arrived today - I'll tuck into it very soon. Thanks!

Journal Entry 24 by macdonv from Windsor, Ontario Canada on Friday, June 15, 2007
Having read the other reviews before opening the book, I didn't even bother reading the first 3 stories because I knew I wouldn't like them. I went straight to A Fiend in Need. The only thing wrong with it? It was too short! I would have liked this novella if it were a full-sized Undead story.

PMing mamawolfie for an address.

Journal Entry 25 by wingAramenawing from Noble, Oklahoma USA on Monday, July 16, 2007
Sitting in the mailbox when I came to work today! I should finish my current book pretty soon and then will start this one!

Journal Entry 26 by wingAramenawing from Noble, Oklahoma USA on Monday, July 30, 2007
I actually finished this last weekend while on vacation and am now catching up with mailing stuff out. I enjoyed Santa Claws and Monster Love, my introduction to the Wyndham Werewolves. But There's No Such Thing as a Werewolf just did not appeal to me and I didn't care for it at all. I also enjoyed George's story, being a big fan of the Betsy series.

I'm mailing this to bookaholic2 on my way home from work today!

Journal Entry 27 by bookaholic2 from Wildwood, New Jersey USA on Saturday, August 04, 2007
Just Received,thanks

Journal Entry 28 by bookaholic2 from Wildwood, New Jersey USA on Wednesday, August 15, 2007
I enjoyed all the story''s,sending it on to next on list.

Journal Entry 29 by bookaholic2 at U.S. Post Office Atlantic+ Oak Ave in Wildwood, New Jersey USA on Tuesday, August 21, 2007

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Mailed to ToXiCKiTTiKiSS,
next on list,enjoy.

Journal Entry 30 by TemekuGirl from Temecula, California USA on Sunday, September 02, 2007
Finished pretty quickly. The mini stories were just okay in my opinion. It was just a little weird how someone can meet and decide to marry someone else in what seems like 20 seconds. I liked how there was a story that related to the undead series. Unlike everyone else though, I didn't care for Antonia. She seemed to curse for everything, and took everything waaay to seriously. She needed to RELAX. Other than that they were nice and quick reads.

Sending to SheWhoReads when I receive her address.

Journal Entry 31 by SheWhoReads from Athens, Georgia USA on Monday, March 17, 2008
This came in the mail today. Looking forward to reading it!

Journal Entry 32 by SheWhoReads from Athens, Georgia USA on Sunday, March 23, 2008
I agree with the other commenters -- "A Fiend in Need" was far and away the best of the four stories in this book. I love Betsy, and I enjoyed seeing her from an "outsider's" point of view. And I also loved finally hearing George's story! I'm glad he's finally recovering and happy. And Antonia's a great character; I look forward to her reappearance in future Undead novels.

The other stories were mediocre at best. I hated "Monster Love." What, because they actually use the word rape to describe what the hero does to the heroine, we're supposed to think that makes it okay? And she really enjoyed it anyway, so yay, now they're in love? Um, no. Just no. Ick.

PM'ing Yinny and then sending the book on!

Journal Entry 33 by SheWhoReads from Athens, Georgia USA on Wednesday, March 26, 2008
I'm going to put this in the mail to Yinny tomorrow!

Journal Entry 34 by Yinny from Capelle aan den IJssel, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Friday, April 04, 2008
And the book is now in Holland! Thank you for sharing your books, Amberkatze and thank you, SheWhoReads, for sending it to me, all the way from the USA!

Journal Entry 35 by Yinny from Capelle aan den IJssel, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Well, it was okay. Very, very explicit. Enjoyoble read, but the best story must be the last one.

Geegal wanted to be skipped, so I'm sending this one to Rianonne today!

Journal Entry 36 by Yinny at controlled release in Postal Mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, April 16, 2008

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Back to Austria!

Journal Entry 37 by Rianonne from Wien Bezirk 22 - Donaustadt, Wien Austria on Thursday, April 24, 2008
Arrived safe and sound in Vienna.
It is next on my TBR-pile when I have worked myself through my actual book - busy week, really busy *sigh*

Journal Entry 38 by Rianonne from Wien Bezirk 22 - Donaustadt, Wien Austria on Monday, April 28, 2008
I enjoyed all the fluffy stories. Maybe I needed this fun read to lift my spirits after an awful busy week and wasn't so critical therefore ;)

Journal Entry 39 by Amberkatze from Wien Bezirk 10 - Favoriten, Wien Austria on Friday, July 04, 2008
Another bookring has made it home! Thank you so much for taking part in this ring and making it a success!

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