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I added a bunch of samples to my Kindle and an slowly going through them, deciding whether or not to buy the books for the trip. I mmmight have to get this one:
It is a mistake to think that the overwhelming reason for women to wear perfume is to attract the opposite sex. But as Luca once explained to me regarding the peculiar, temperature-independent scanty dress of many young women at night, what a woman on the prowl requires is something that men will register after six beers. Thus the use of simplified sexual cues, such as short skirts and big hair, and perhaps also a loud, sweet, pervasive perfume that will cut through a fog of spilled liquor, end-of-day body odor, the occasional vomit on the bar floor, and the perfumes of the nearest five girls, dressed identically. Of course, if your mating strategy casts this wide a net, you may drag in more old boots than big tunas. But that is probably fodder for another book.

Perhaps this attention-getting olfactive strategy can also, in a way, explain the second mistake, milder than the first but still quite wrong, that women tend to make when choosing a fragrance, which is to assume that the reason to wear perfume is to impersonate a flower bed. This is a very fine strategy if your aim is to attract bees.
Also: I found a YA series with two books up on NetGalley. One in which an anorexic girl becomes Famine, and one in which a girl who cuts becomes Rage. Yes, two of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
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I have no idea if any of you signed up for Net Galley, and if there are any who intersect with people who'd be interested in Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin, a forthcoming historical romance about a swordswoman in Tang China, but ... if you're interested in providing more buzz for the book, go ahead and request it. :)

Author's site:

(I am SO THIRSTY for Tang-era fiction that's not all about wicked empresses...)

If you missed my previous posts about NetGalley, it's a site where professional readers - librarians, bloggers, book reviewers, etc. - can request electronic ARCs of forthcoming books. You are not obligated to provide a review if you read a book.


May. 20th, 2010 02:08 pm
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Recent books posted on NetGalley that I'm considering reading & reviewing. Thoughts?

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Just got approved for an ARC of Taking Charge of Adult ADHD by Russell A. Barkley, due out in August. Let's see how good it is. :)
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Read as an ARC from NetGalley. Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Dr. Randy Frost and Dr. Gail Steketee is a popular science book about the phenomenon of hoarding, the people who hoard, why they do so, and how they can be helped.
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