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Thursday News: Feedly & Evernote attacked, abuse allegations against Marion Zimmer Bradley , Amazon sells a lot of Hachette e-books, and Lego to sell female scientist figures

Thursday News: Feedly & Evernote attacked, abuse allegations against Marion Zimmer...

Note: Some comments contain discussion and descriptions of abuse and sexual assault.

Feedly, Evernote And Others Become Latest Victims Of DDoS Attacks – So in case you haven’t been online in the past two days, Feedly and Evernote were hit with giant DDOS (denial of service) attacks that included a ransom from the attackers. Evernote seems to have recovered relatively quickly, but as of yesterday, Feedly was still trying to work around the attack to get back online. User information was supposedly still secure on both sites. On a side note, Tweetdeck was hacked yesterday, as well, wreaking havoc with people’s RT streams.

These attacks seem to be increasing in frequency, and now leave a long line of victimized sites in their wake, including Meetup, Basecamp, Vimeo, Bit.ly, SAY Media/TypePad, Namecheap, Plenty of Fish and Moz, to name a few of the more recent victims. –Tech Crunch

Marion Zimmer Bradley was a child abuser – says her own daughter – Yesterday it was revealed that Marion Zimmer Bradley allegedly abused, among many others, her own daughter, making her far more than collaterally culpable in her husband’s long history of abusive behavior. In fact, Bradley’s daughter, Moira Greyland, says that her mother was actually worse, because she was an angry and violent abuser. Beyond the horrific nature of these violations, Greyland’s revelations also double down on the question of whether Bradley’s work can be separated from the facts of her life. I often think it’s easier to keep a good opinion of someone’s work is you read it before these types of situations are revealed. But once you know, it becomes very difficult to read the work without having it tainted by the personal details.

Well, for those who argue that the biography or rap sheet doesn’t matter, and that literature is indifferent to the actions and morality of the creator, here’s a test for you. Marion Zimmer Bradley, celebrated science fiction and fantasy author, recipient of the, cofounder of the Society for Creative Anachronism, posthumous recipient of the World Fantasy Award for lifetime achievement, has just been revealed by her own daughter Moira Greyland as a repeat child molester, who not only countenanced her sometime husband Walter Breen‘s relationship with an underage boy, but also violated her own daughter, and other children, of both sexes, repeatedly, over many years. –Tele Read

Amazon Accounts for 60% of Hachette’s eBook Sales in the US, 78% in the UK – So this is pretty interesting. According to an investor’s brief for Hachette’s parent company, “Amazon accounts for around 60% of Hachette’s digital revenues in the US and 78% of digital revenues in the UK,” Nate Hoffelder reports. Which means, among other things, that both Amazon and Hachette have a very substantial investment in making a deal that benefits their own interests. Which probably also means that it’s going to be a long game of chicken between the two corporations.

On a related note, that slide focuses on just the 2 markets because the rest of the markets where Hachette Livre operates have negligible ebook sales. It’s only in the US and UK that ebooks make up 30% and 27%, respectively. –The Digital Reader

LEGO To Release Female Scientist Figurines – Swedish geochemist Dr. Ellen Kooijman came up with a winning idea for Lego Ideas, namely a “Research Institute” populated by female scientists. This is super-cool and much happier news than the rest of the stories today. So go check it out, and decide which of the figurines — astronomer, paleontologist, or chemist — you’re going to buy first when they release in a couple of months.

The motivating behind her submission, she explained on her blog, was that “as a female scientist I had noticed two things about the available LEGO sets: a skewed male/female minifigure ratio and a rather stereotypical representation of the available female figures. It seemed logical that I would suggest a small set of female minifigures in interesting professions to make our LEGO city communities more diverse.” –Mental Floss

REVIEW:  Beyond Pain by Kit Rocha

REVIEW: Beyond Pain by Kit Rocha

Dear Kit Rocha:

This is the third book in the Beyond books which are a series of erotic romances set in a post apoclyptic world. Outside of a gated and tightly regulated moralistic community are sectors were gangs run the show. If your gang has a good king, you can live a decent life of bootlegging, fighting and fucking. If your gang has a bad king, women often are treated like commodities to be traded and sold in exchange for power and goods.

Beyond Pain Kit RochaSix lived most of her adult life in Sector Three where she was essentially a toy. She’s learned to cope by shutting down. In Sector Four, anything goes so long as you are willing is the motto and this confuses her and entices her.

Six saw it over and over, every time an O’Kane woman took that stage. Power in the place of helplessness, pride where she would have felt sick and exposed. There was a secret in these women that went deeper than the ink around their wrists, and sometimes she thought if she watched for long enough, she could unlock it for herself.

Bren was former military police inside Eden but overtime the things he was asked to do eroded his sense of purpose but he still remained true to Eden. Eden took his loyalty and service and spit on it, allowing Bren to take the fall for a corrupt official resulting in Bren being cast out.

He’s found a new life and a new home in Sector Four as an enforcer of the O’Kane gang. Dallas O’Kane, the head honcho of Sector Four, sends Bren into their newly acquired territory of Sector Three to assess what the temperature of the residents of Sector Three. Who will be a problem? Who will need to be terminated? Who is an asset? For aid, Dallas recommends Bren take Six who knows Sector Three better than all of them.

Bren embodies the big, silent type. He doesn’t talk much and he likes to be in charge in the bedroom but he’s so very patient when it comes to Six.  Because of his strong sense of loyalty, his heart and spirit is still bruised from the betrayal from the leadership in Eden and unfortunately, this leads to conflict with Six.

The romance between Bren and Six seemed more intimate than the previous two and I’m not sure if it was because the type of sex that they enjoyed was limited to the two of them or whether it was because the writing made it so.  This book’s kink was voyeurism but the relationship was focused solely on Bren and Six (although there are strong hints at the future books such as Ace, Rachel and Cruz).  I do admit to being less than interested in the group sex and often find myself chafing to move on to find out more about the world in which they live; their fight with Eden; and the political struggles between the Sectors.  To me that is more interesting at times than how many people Dallas and Lex can fit in their bed at one time.

I know it is ridiculous to complain about the dirty sex when this is a series that is about the celebration of openness of physical relationships.  The sex scenes in these books are some of the best out there in the erotic romance world and I do appreciate the type of message the books send – that no sex, so long as it is consensual, is wrong or deviant or shameful.  Finally, I’m uncertain whether you can read Bren and Six’s story without having read Book 2, Beyond Control.  It sets up Sector Three’s acquisition and lays the groundwork for Bren and Six’s attraction. But saying that you have to read Beyond Control before Beyond Pain is a bit like saying you need to eat the pie with the ice cream. It’s no burden. 

This is an exciting erotic romance series that manages to deliver both  interesting and intriguing world building but also a diverse cast of characters whose favorite thing to do is make others happy – with their fingers, tongues, lips, and so on.  B-

Best regards,

Jane

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