The infamous “alien megastructure” star is back, and astronomers are grabbing their telescopes

  • Scientists around the world were shocked when a mysterious “alien megastructure” star suddenly went dim on May 18.
  • Astronomers have had their eye on the star — also known as Tabby’s star — since 2009, when it was first discovered by Tabetha Boyajian at Louisiana State University. It’s special because its bright lights dim and flicker in a random, unidentifiable pattern, which is really strange, as far as star behavior goes.
  • “The weird thing about this star is the constant brightness for so long, then the unpredictable, relatively short periods of dimming,” Matt Muterspaugh, astronomer and professor at Tennessee State University, said.
  • “It’s been four years since scientists last noticed the star dim,” Muterspaugh said, and information about it only became available three months after the star had dimmed.
  • “This is exciting because it’s the first time we’re seeing it happen in real-time,” he said. Read more (5/22/17)
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If it weren’t for Louis we’d have gotten three shitty albums of crap pop and then One Direction would have completely burnt out and split up with no chance of getting back together and the world would be like “…. finally.” And then maybe one would have put out a mediocrely received album, and the other three would be guest stars on random game shows and charity events.
That’s what happens to boybands that don’t have a Louis Tomlinson.

  • me: Maul's story is the ultimate tragedy because he gets so close to redemption but still misses it. His arc is so poignant, and I wish that there was a timeline in which he was able to repent and live in peace with people he loved and people who loved him.
  • also me: eff off cockroach-boi and let ezra live

A Suitable Affair is the debut novel by Erica Taylor, and it features a likeable heroine, a charming hero and a really rather clever plot with a twist it took me a while to figure out.

Sounds great, huh? Yeah… it’s also really, really confusing. The heroine is the younger sister of a Duke who has recently got married after a courtship alluded to multiple times in the book as being dramatic and unconventional. I was absolutely, utterly convinced that Andrew and Clara were the subjects of an earlier book in ‘The Macalisters’. Indeed, I enjoyed A Suitable Affair enough that I was considering purchasing that other book for myself.

See the first paragraph above and the phrase debut novel. There IS no earlier book in the series, and this means that, in fact, we have basically been dropped into the middle of something with already established characters, but with no way to know about them. I was reading this under the assumption that existing fans of the series would know exactly what was going on and be thoroughly enjoying seeing the stars of an earlier book feature again. But no. That’s not what is going on here.

And that means that the editing of this book is a LOT worse than I thought. There were quite a number of mistakes, which since I received an ARC from NetGalley, I was going to assume would be corrected in the final edition. Mistakes like 'honesty’ instead of 'honestly’, 'softy’ instead of 'softly’, 'swamed’ instead of 'swarmed’ and 'persuing’ instead of 'pursuing’ - seriously a spellchecker should have caught THOSE. That’s basic proofreading.

The muddle of existing characters with alluded-to interesting backstory is the job of a content editor, and it seems apparent that neither a competent content editor NOR a competent proofreader have been employed to finalise this book.

Which makes the Kindle price of $9.87 all the more shocking. That’s just a fraction less than the PAPERBACK, and that’s an appalling price strategy for an unknown author. It’s a ripoff any way you look at it considering the relative production costs of paperbacks and ebooks; the Big 5 publishers have been employing this sort of strategy of late (and then complaining about falling ebook sales) but it’s madness for a small press and a debut novel.

Erica Taylor, you are a really talented author with a knack for creating intriguing characters and fascinating plots, but you need to get the heck away from Amberjack Press. They aren’t doing your book justice with their editing and they’re ripping off your potential readers with their pricing. Get out and find a reputable publisher or hire an editor and self-publish. You’ll win a lot more fans taking either route.

Five stars for the story; one for the editing and the pricing strategy, which I’m afraid rounds out to three. It is what it is.

A Suitable Affair is available now, but dear Lord don’t pay nearly $10 for it.

Disclaimer: I received this book for review through NetGalley.

There will be an iDOLM@STER THREE STARS event on April 29th and April 30th. Cast members include;

  • Nakamura Eriko (Haruka Amami)
  • Shimoda Asami (Ami and Mami Futami)
  • Yoshimura Haruka (Mika Jougasaki)
  • Aihara Kotomi (Shiki Ichinose)
  • Machico (Tsubasa Ibuki)
  • Kahara Yuu (Emily Stewart)
  • Special Guest: Juri Takita (Kotori Otonashi)

i finally got Chrom, Robin, and Lucina in FE:H and i couldn’t help but put them in the same team. unbalanced? yes. Robin is a bronze three star Robin? i’m too lazy to grind for another Robin. So he stays! because i’m bad at this game anyway! Although I did manage to get a golden five star Lucina.

Clair is my trusty Pegasus Knight who has to deal with this family.