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  • By Robert Curtis
    Oct 15, 2009
    "The Golden Rose" Horror from a teenage girl's perspective. There is a sense of wonder and a sense of urgency as two sisters, one year apart, trade places as the result of the discovery of a golden rose pin in the lake near their summer home. Evil is manifest and the tension builds page by page until one of the sisters decides to take matters into her own hands. Then the ghosts fly!
  • By jessicaneutron
    Nov 13, 2006
    "Re: wretched book" If Mr. Wheaton had remembered to take his meds, he would've realized that the Jessica Thompson who reviewed his book is not the same 15 year old who wrote this book, which was published for her by her daddy as a birthday gift. I find it incredibly amusing that someone who has probably been mistaken for that kid actor from Star Trek is unable to put aside his Neanderthink and come to the logical conclusion that two people can have the same name and yet, actually be, two different people. Good luck Mr. Wheaton. I hope you can find a doctor to help you with your issues.
  • By william_wheaton
    Jun 7, 2006
    "wretched book" Cuckoo on Lulu: The Golden Rose by Jessica Thompson Reviewed by William Wheaton It is generally a given when I have bothered to write about a book, a film, a band, or a work of art, that it is something that has some following, some kind of respect of some kind from someone. Whether it’s Klawdya Rothschild’s erotic tarot deck, or the Klezmer rock band Golem or a recent review I did of a German documentary about the Unabomber, I usually wouldn’t work on something like that if it wasn’t something someone somewhere had heard of, or cared about, in some way. You’ll find a lot of material on all of those subjects mentioned above, I’m sure. Not so with Jessica Thompson - she’s a failed self-published writer that no one reads or cares about and no one will ever read or care about unless my writing this starts a trend of people making fun of her, which could very well be, considering how much there is to laugh at. Usually with people who put out their own books who... More > don’t have much talent, I kind of just say “Well, best of luck!” and I mean it. Not everybody has to be William Faulkner to have a positive experience with writing. So I already know what my fans are saying…”William, babe, what are you doing? You get e-mails from beautiful women inquiring about your magazine and your book everyday! You’ve been in newspapers and on TV. You’re well-respected in the arts at the age of 28. Rick Moody discovered you when you where 16. Why are you picking on some no name hack?” This woman did something really stupid. She had the audacity of writing a pan review of my book at the “storefront” for my first collection of short stories on, the print-on-demand company that I use to save money. But that isn’t why I’m going after this woman necessarily. Not everyone has to like my work. What she did, which was really stupid, was fail to present any evidence that she had actually read my work. She talks about how badly written my work is without using any examples. Go do a search on for my book and you’ll find it. Her review doesn’t mention a single event, story title, character or anything else about my book - just that “the chapters drag” and that the book is “insipid and narcotic." Electric Beauty and the Beast is a book of vignettes - some of the pieces are only a few pages long - which suggests that the reviewer faces some difficulty with reading above a high school level, which is strongly echoed in her young adult ghost story abortion The Golden Rose, in which the “fear” of “characters” is best shown by having them scream “NOOOO!” with all capitals and multiple o's. The Harry Potter franchise isn’t shaking in its boots. I’m not as up on Harry Potter as I could or should be, but from what I have read, there’s a fair degree of originality and sophistication to the characters and the magic. The Golden Rose is, effectively, a rehash of summer camp ghost story clichés like ghostly voices. And that’s why J.K. Rowling is widely read and Jessica Thompson isn’t and never will be. When I first saw Jessica Thompson’s review, I wondered if it was a rival, a woman I had a personal and business parting of ways with around the same time the review was posted. Any real rival within the literary world would have used specific quotations from the book to demonstrate the book's failings. But when I was confronted of the truth of who Jessica Thompson is - a middle-aged, self-published unknown writer of genre fiction for young adults, I had to laugh at the e-mail from my friend notifying me of the posting's existence which said “sorry about the bad review."< Less
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Lulu Enterprises, Inc.
March 2, 2004
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.52 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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