I’ve finished reading The Blackburn & Scarletti Mysteries, Volumes I and II.
Ms. Koehler has done a very good job with the Blackburn & Scarletti Mysteries. Her character development was such that I alternately wanted to cheer on, or smack her protagonists in frustration. I often got the feeling that her protagonists felt the same way about each other.
The series starts off with a dhampir from the Vatican’s secret coven, Dorian Scarletti, and a human FBI agent, January Blackburn. They’re not unlike Mulder and Scully; indeed, reference to The X-Files is made a few times in the series. Along the way, Blackburn becomes a ghoul.
Ms. Koehler is back in Mr. Pacione’s crosshairs. He can’t tell the difference between fiction and non-fiction. Can we trust him to tell the difference between real life and his invisible pink bunny friends? Obviously not.
The bitch been adding my real life friends and tryin to chase me around from forum to forum.
Has Mr. Pacione ever met any of his “real life friends” face to face?
What if someone was to create a site about her like that — yeah I know what I am thinking, it is time to have Encyclopedia Dramatica rip on her for a little while too.
I would hope Pacione knows what he’s thinking, because nobody else can fathom it.
She went out and called me a snail oil salesman . . .
False. Ms. Koehler wouldn’t have butchered the expression in that manner, if, in fact, it had been directed at anyone in particular. However, I do recall Pacione butchering it in just that way when referring to her. He’s been making heavy use of malapropisms lately. I predict this one will go down in history along with descent (for decent).
Between the time I left the office and arrived home, Mr. Pacione posted a new rant on his Blogspot. Wondering what the furor was about (topic du jour = Karen Koehler), I took a look at Covenhouse. Karen didn’t even mention Pacione by name; she was speaking in general about shysters in the publishing industry. He left her this comment:
I felt compelled to leave a comment taking Nicky to task for jumping to conclusions. Here’s my feeling on that: generally speaking, comments that have nothing to do with the entry have no place on someone’s personal blog. Comments that are antagonistic toward the owner of a blog have no place being left there unless the blog owner specifically criticized the commenter. Mine was the former of the two. On one hand I feel guilty for not commenting about the issue of agents, but I’m not a writer, and wouldn’t be able to intelligently comment about them. On the other hand, Pacione deserved a slap-down for his unwarranted attack on Ms. Koehler. (Sorry, Karen)
This is my assessment of Pacione’s Blogspot entry:
I guess it is clear now you really hate my guts, the fact you don’t mention me by name but I know you’re mentioning me by the fact my myspace profile is private.
Having a private profile has nothing to do with whether Pacione is mentioned by name. Having a shitty-looking profile page, which Pacione does, is common among emo-type teens, or even gamers, but is not the norm for someone in his or her 30s who purports to run a legitimate business.
You’re coming on here to start a war, yeah that will happen and your career will be the casuality of it.
Nobody can go on Mr. Pacione’s Blogspot to start anything, given that comments are disabled. The feedback form at the bottom of the main page is a friggin’ joke the way it’s worded. Continue reading
Mr. Pacione reposted this Associated Content article of his in its entirety on his Blogspot.
Guess what? His Associated Content article is “temporarily unavailable.” Gee, I wonder why.
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I think that means his article was yanked. It’d be alright with me if someone there sent him a warning; in the meantime, making the article unavailable is a step in the right direction.
Has Pacione violated AC’s forever-copyright to his article by reposting it on his own blog?
I’m far from ready to give even a lame review of “The Blackburn & Scarletti Mysteries,” but I have finished “Sins of the Father” and am about halfway through “The Hyde Effect.”
My first thought is that I am amazed at how likeable Ms. Koehler makes Scarletti, even though Blackburn gets the creeps and dislikes him initially. I found Scarletti to be strange, but not creepy. His personality, while icy, calm, and cool, was what made me like him — not his ethereal glamour.
The story flows quite well. Ms. Koehler packs in an awful lot of description, physical and otherwise, but none of the words seem wasted.
This is my absolute favorite quote:
The relationship between a vampire and a ghoul is too complex to unravel. You cannot simply kill a vampire and release a ghoul — such easy outs only happen in the movies and books, Blackburn.
I very much enjoyed this story. The next one is off to a good start as well. More on that later.
This actually has nothing to do with Mr. Pacione, but will annoy him, given his rant about never buying a book of Ms. Koehler’s. My Blackburn & Scarletti Mysteries arrived today — both volumes. I have plenty of reading material for the next week (or two).
I find it a little a annoying that WordPress doesn’t allow java script in the widgets unless the blog is hosted somewhere other than at WordPress. This means I can’t embed a dynamic list, and have to either add them one by one, or import links from an OPML list for The Rusty Nail. It’s not an issue with Wannabe Gothic Writer, because it’s hosted elsewhere.
Anyway, I’ve added Quid Est Veritas (Bob Freeman) and The Covenhouse (Karen Koehler). Both seem to be updated fairly regularly. I’m currently reading Shadows Over Somerset. So far, so good. The first few pages hopped around between London, New Orleans, and Indiana, introducing new characters, so it took me awhile to get my bearings. Now that I have all that straight in my mind, I’m quite enjoying the book. More on that when I finish it.
And now, I pose a question to my readers. Which Koehler book would you suggest I read first? There are more than I anticipated: the Slayer series, the Mysteries series, and a few others.