Monthly Archive: August 2015

Bad News

It is fitting and intentional that my first review post should be for the first novel by an author I have known online since she was twelve. She has always written well. The writing in the book is no exception, and to me sounded exactly like her, if you know what I mean.

The book is Bad News, by Maddy Pumilia. I paid $5.99 for the Kindle edition. This is more than my typical price range, but was reasonable for something I was eager to check out, and for something with a traditional publisher. It is also outside my usual genres.

Bad News is a suspenseful murder mystery with a playful side and, to my delight, a romantic angle. I am a sucker for the romance. The story was inspired by Maddy’s own journalism career background; the kind of “what if this happened…” that I have many times thought of in my own life, but zero times novelized.

Without giving away details beyond those blurbed on the book page, I found it all but impossible to put down. This is saying a lot, considering some of the amazing books I’ve read lately. Maddy cost me a bit of sleep. Whodunnit kept me guessing and speculating until the end. Recommended. Especially if romance and/or mystery are your thing.

Before We Begin

I wanted to say more about myself, and about what you can expect here. In doing this post, though, I can see I also need to do some things like add categories.

The plan is mainly to review books, at this point mostly Kindle books, and in keeping with the name, mostly ones bargain-priced, which also means mostly self-published ones.

I could read before I started school, from early enough that I don’t really remember not being able to read. My primary genres are science fiction and fantasy, AKA speculative fiction, though I have been known to read most anything. Which is how I happened to have read The Fallon Blood many years before Robert Jordan came out with The Wheel of Time series. He had written the former under a different pen name, and I could see that it was obviously the same guy, once I learned that. But I digress. Which happens a lot. Besides those genres, I am most likely to read history, biography, and sometimes economics or business. Add alt-history and survivalist/post-apocalyptic fiction if you consider those separate genres from SF. You may perceive, even without reading it in this post, that I lean libertarian. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

My review writing experience is all but nil. I have written a couple of reviews on Amazon. I have blogged elsewhere over the course of time on what I have thought of this book or that. That’s about it. Here’s hoping I don’t sound lame. Please bear with me as I get into a groove.

My reading has been so extensive over the past year or so, I fear I will have to reread most of it to do it justice. Horrors! Having to reread some of the best writing I’ve ever enjoyed ? Oh no, save me! I am almost never sarcastic. Just ask my kids.

Finally, I am not an Amazon or other seller affiliate. Not that I object, I just happen not to be, and would let you know if I were, or if that changes. I checked on what was involved years ago and it struck me as too tedious for the benefit involved. Perhaps that has changed. Presumably I will try to link to books or items I discuss, so they are easy to find if you so desire. Additionally, I will make clear if something I review was given to me free as a review copy. I can’t imagine much of that happening, but full disclosure if it does. That’s inherent in the format here, anyway. Sometimes I download a Kindle book being offered free for a brief promotional period. For me, that makes it frugal. If you have to pay for it, perhaps it’s not going to be frugal at all. Details like that will be included.

What Is This Place?

Welcome to Frugal Reviews.

In the past couple years, I have found myself buying and reading almost exclusively Kindle format books that range from free to $4.99, typically about $2.99, because that is what I can afford. It’s also nice to encourage independent authors. I’ve read some amazing stuff I would never have found in a bookstore. This led to the idea of posting on a blog, talking about what I’d read.

The wife suggested I could include reviews of products that aren’t books, but that were obtained at low cost. That makes sense, so you may see some of that as well. For that matter, with fair warning, I am likely to post about books that were not in that pricing sweet spot. Or that are not normally, but were bought during a sale. We’ll see how it goes, and how it might morph.