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Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
"When one learns to translate the meaning of an art work into objective terms, one discovers that nothing is as potent as art in exposing the essence of a man's character. An artist reveals his naked soul in his work - and so, gentle reader, do you when you respond to it."

- The Romantic Manifesto by Ayn Rand

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Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
Reason Reigns reviews:


Thank you.

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Nina | 58 comments I agree that an artist be it poet, novelist, painter or whatever medium does indeed bare his soul. That is why rejection is hard but often necessary; but only if it is indeed helpful. There is just as much talent that goes into teaching art or writing etc as the one who catches it and makes it into his own creation. I say Cheers to all who try. nina

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Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
From Kate:

I was thinking of posting a question, see if anyone's ever benefited from a critique group. I would like to find one. My sister is not as sold on the idea as I am.

My reply:

Posting a question should have potentials - you could get pearls of wisdom.

Regarding requesting a critique:

If you and your sister would not be emotionally affected by negative reviews such that your drive and enthusiasm might be shaken, then you could request reviews to learn from them.

But one should publicly share something one has thoroughly polished, based on one's best efforts and present knowledge, because the readers of such literary work would be one's potential readers when the work is finished. It's possible that the work needs much improvement, but if the reviewer discerns a gem in there - the request for a critique could double as "advance marketing".

Kate, could I post this reply? It could benefit others, and you could also get more points of view.

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Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
From Kate:

Go ahead and post. That's what we're worried about...negative comments that aren't helpful.

My reply:


Don't worry about negative comments.

I got an exceedingly negative one while finalizing the editing of Reason Reigns. I could not learn from it because it was a general statement.

But I told myself it was meant well; that it was constructive criticism even if no specifics were given. I replied, explaining in detail.

I believe that episode made me think and work much much harder.

Family members and I would passionately argue about our viewpoints, but the passionate arguments were very beneficial. We learned from each other; it made me depict rationale, motivations, characterizations, and integrations much more clearly.

I thought about criticisms seriously. Since I am an independent thinker, I wasn't hurt nor blindly swayed. I gained enormously.

Best wishes.

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Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
From: Ayn Rand Answers [The best of her Q & A] (page 207)

Q : What do you think of Mark Twain as a writer?

AR: He is a very good writer, though he is not a favorite of mine. In my childhood, I loved Huckleberry Finn (in a Russian translation), but not Tom Sawyer. Today, I enjoy reading him sometimes; he's very witty. But I don't agree with his sense of life, and he was a well-meaning socialist.

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Alma | 5 comments I also like Mark Twain. I enjoyed reading his Huckleberry Finn as well as Tom Sawyer. In fact, I named my son Mark Twain. When I was in college, I thought that our Philippine national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal was inspired by the writings of Mark Twain.

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Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
Hello Alma!

Cheers to you and Mark.

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Why is it that when someone mentions Mark Twain, everyone thinks Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn? While they may have been his longest novels, they are hardly the sum total of his writings. I'd be more impressed if someone mentioned being inspired by, say, Excerpt From Cap'n Stormfield's Visit to Heaven. Clemens was the master of the short story, and his novels are not typical of his writings, however influential they may be.

Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) was a genius at writing dialect. His characters all spoke the way they learned to speak growing up, not some perfect (for the period) or textbook English. Giving each character his or her own voice, for Clemens, included letting them talk. As a writer, this is perhaps the most important lesson Clemens can give us.

I remember being recently asked to proof-read a story involving and older woman from Canada with a small child (she had kidnapped) and they met a Swedish man, I think it was in Minnesota. What bothered me about this book is that they all talked exactly alike. Time to read some Clemens.


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Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
Thank you, Moss.

I will check out Mark Twain's short stories.

Best regards & hugs.

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Jonathan Lopez Just to follow up on Moss's comment about Mark Twain (or Samuel Clemens) being so closely associated with Tom Sawyer / Huck Finn: a friend of mine had been tossing around an idea for a guide book based on some of Mark Twain's travels. I thought it sounded like a great idea. But his agent told him that Mark Twain is a death knell for books -- everyone likes him, she said, but no one actually wants to read about him. In fact, she said, no one wants to read anything by him other than Sawyer / Finn. I was skeptical, but evidently the agent promptly produced the sales numbers to prove it. I've been pondering this ever since..... Any theories?

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Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
Hello Jonathan.

Welcome to Happy & Brainy.

Good fortune on "The Man Who Made Vermeers: Unvarnishing the Legend of Master Forger Han van Meegeren".

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Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
Ayn Rand Answers - the best of her Q & A

Q: What's the difference between Gail Wynand's tragedy in The Fountainhead and that of Othello in Shakespeare's play?

A: The crucial question is: Is the character's weakness the result of a chosen premise, or is it innate and not subject to any choice? Othello is presented as jealous, but we're never told why he's jealous. What's very eloquent about Othello is that he could have checked on the facts so easily and discovered that Desdemona was innocent. But he never even tried. That's a dramatization of the difference between a tragic flaw and a tragic error.

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Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
Ayn Rand Answers - the best of her Q & A

Q: Is Cervantes's Don Quixote a romantic novel?

A: Don Quixote is a malevolent universe attack on all values as such. It belongs in the same class with two other books, which together make up the three books I hate most: Don Quixote, Anna Karenina, and Madame Bovary. They all have the same theme: Man should not aspire to values. Don Quixote is usually presented as a satire on phony romanticism, but it isn't. It's a satire on all romanticism. As for its literary category, it's a precursor of naturalism (though it isn't written naturalistically). But philosophically - if you could call it philosophy - it is plain evil.

You might even be against reason, if you are a mystic, and make some kind of semi-plausible or barely explicable philosophy out of that, because you stand for mystical values. You are mistaken, but you are a valuer. For example, I wouldn't call Plato a nonvaluer, even though he placed his values in another dimension and preached Hell on Earth. He was dedicated to what he regarded as values. But plain cynicism is not philosophical - it is a denial of philosophy. A cynic holds that man is helpless, nothing is of any value to him, and the one mistake is to hold strong values. He is dedicated to an anti-value viewpoint. "Skeptic" and "cynic" are the only philosophical designations for this outlook; but those are not actually schools of philosophy. They are schools dedicated to the destruction of philosophy. Don Quixote is in just that school, philosophically.

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Nina | 58 comments I disagree with your comment that no one wants to read ABOUT Mark Twain. My book club which is made up of writers voted to read Ron Power's biography of Mark Twain this coming Oct. I was very much interested in visiting his house in Hartford. I have read and enjoyed his book, "Life on the MIssissippi." I loved his short story, "The Jumping Frogs of Calaveras County." I also thoroughly enjoyed the novel, "Mark and Libby." His characterizations are beyond reproach. nina

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Nina | 58 comments Sorry, I posted my comment below under the wrong message.I put it with Plato and Don Q. I have no problem with either of them.

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Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
Hello Nina.

It's okay - it's clear you are referring to Mark Twain.

Have a wonderful weekend.

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Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
Ayn Rand Answers - the best of her Q & A

Q: Is Hemingway a romantic writer?

A: That’s apparently what he believed, but I don’t consider him one. He’s a naturalist posturing as a romantic. I originally planned on including him in “What is Romanticism?”, but he’s not significant enough. By modern standards, he’s a good writer technically. From the perspective of history, he’s third rate. He’s way below Sinclair Lewis and John O’Hara.

I say he’s a naturalist posturing as a romanticist, because there’s no value projection in his books, and no value abstraction in his characters. In general, he’s not too good on characterization. He’s better on atmosphere – the Hemingway viewpoint: A vulgar Byronism disguised in American terms. This is his only value: the terseness of expression. Its emptiness is more apparent in his imitators. But he at least could carry it off with a degree of eloquence.

His overall style is that he’s tough, he’s brief, he’s a man of action who represses everything and faces the malevolence of life. But what is he repressing? Nothing. Take his two most romanticized novels: A Farewell to Arms and For Whom the Bell Tolls (the two I’ve read). The heroes and heroines in both are cardboard figures. They’re as bad in their terms as the worst courtiers and swashbucklers of third-rank romanticists. There is no characterization. I challenge anyone to show me what passages – what actions and dialogue – give some idea of the character of the hero and heroine in each novel.

In For Whom the Bell Tolls, the hero wants to fight for the Spanish Left. Why? Unless you know that’s a cultural bromide of the 1930s, you won’t find any reason in the book. It’s simply self-evident that one fights for the Left. Is that characterization? Even a communist deserves better characterization than that. To present a man’s political outlook, you must indicate why he holds those ideas (rightly or wrongly). But Hemingway indicates nothing. The hero simply fights, and dies at the end. As for his heroine, he apparently wanted to project her innocence. She was raped by Nazis during the Civil War, but she is spiritually innocent; she’s never been in love. So when she and the hero have their first love scene, he kisses her and she remarks, “I always wondered where the noses would go.”

Is that characterization, or is it a preposterous statement a child wouldn’t make? In both A Farewell to Arms and For Whom the Bell Tolls – and particularly the latter – it’s clear that Hemingway did not know women. What he projects is his own idealized version of a woman – only it’s the ideal of a high school boy. There is no characterization, and the way he expresses his love scenes is embarrassing.

Hemingway is a good example of an author with a malevolent universe outlook. In deciding whether an author has such an outlook, unhappy endings are not conclusive. I have an unhappy ending in We the Living. Hugo has an unhappy ending in almost every novel. But we don’t have the same sense of life – the same metaphysics – as Hemingway.

Sometimes, it’s hard to judge whether a writer has malevolent universe. If the hero or heroine is defeated while fighting for his values, that is not necessarily malevolent universe; it maybe simply the recognition of the fact that happiness is not guaranteed to man. It is possible to man, and of intellectual and moral significance, that he maybe defeated.

But observe: In Hemingway, the disaster happens by pure chance. That is the infallible test. In For Whom the Bell Tolls, they accomplish their purpose and are about to retreat, and a chance bullet kills the hero. There was no metaphysical necessity – and no element of his job – that caused his death. If he died heroically blowing up the bridge, that’s not necessarily an indication of a malevolent universe outlook. But if he is killed gratuitously, after his purpose is accomplished, that’s Hemingway’s way of saying: “Man is doomed.”

This is even more obvious in a Farewell to Arms, a book I loathe. It’s an ugly book. The hero and heroine fight whichever problems they have; there’s no plot; and near the end, the girl dies in childbirth. Now death in childbirth, though possible, is certainly an exception. Why did Hemingway include this? It’s connected to nothing in the story; it’s totally gratuitous. That is an indication of a pure malevolent universe. What in life may be an accident, in a novel becomes metaphysical. This alleged great love is defeated by an accident.

Whenever a novel resolves its story by having someone die of an illness – unless the illness is connected to his values or to the fight for his values – that’s an indication of the author’s malevolent universe outlook.

Incidentally, A Farewell to Arms is supposed to be a presentation of a great love, though I don’t know of one sentence in it that represents love. What remains in my mind as typical, the supposedly strongest expression of love between them, was the following: The girl (a World War One nurse) tells the hero (a soldier) that she’d like to have known all the girls he ever slept with; and if he had gonorrhea – she uses the vulgar term, “clap” – she’d like to get it from him.

To make that an expression of great love is so sickening that it cannot be an accident. That’s all that I remember of the book’s presentation of characterization. My remembering only that is not proof of anything; but you can see why such a touch would wipe out everything else. It’s not romantic. One could write about any horror, even leprosy, and keep it romantic. But one wouldn’t write about love that way.

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Nina | 58 comments Speaking of GREAT LOVES; my favorite romance was observing the character who truly loved the two women in the book, DR.Zivago; Laura and also the woman he was married to at that time. I think the author showed rather than told the suffering caused by this dilemma. To me, this was great passion. I did the opposite of the usual; I saw the movie first and then read the book. Both were wonderful.nina

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Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
Thank you, Nina. I will rent the movie.

I love Ayn Rand's short love story, Red Pawn. The heroine's anti-communist husband is imprisoned. To save her husband, she enters the Soviet prison to become the mistress of its communist commander who does not know she's married to a prisoner. But the husband would have none of it.

Red Pawn was bought by Universal, then acquired by Paramount, but it was never filmed.

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From The Romantic Manifesto by Ayn Rand:

Althought Naturalism is a product of the nineteenth century, its spiritual father, in modern history, was Shakespeare.

The premise that man does not possess volition, that his destiny is determined by an innate "tragic flaw", is fundamental in Shakespeare's work. But, granted this false premise, his approach is metaphysical, not journalistic. His chracters are not drawn from "real life", they are not copies of observed concretes nor statistical averages: they are grand-scale abstractions of the character traits which a determinist would regard as inherent in human nature: ambition, power-lust, jealousy, greed, etc.

Some of the famous Naturalists attempted to maintain Shakepeare's abstract level, i.e. to present their views on human nature in metaphysical terms (for example, Balzac, Tolstoy). But the majority, following the lead of Emile Zola, rejected metaphysics, as they rejected values, and attempted the method of journalism: the recording of observed concretes.

Determinism is the theory that everything that happens in the universe—including every thought, feeling, and action of man—is necessitated by previous factors, so that nothing could ever have happened differently from the way it did, and everything in the future is already pre-set and inevitable.

Every aspect of man’s life and character, on this view, is merely a product of factors that are ultimately outside his control.

Objectivism rejects this theory.

- by Leonard Peikoff, ” The Philosophy of Objectivism” lecture series (1976), Lecture 1

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Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
From The Romantic Manifesto by Ayn Rand:

Choosing "society" as the factor that determines man's fate, most of the Naturalists were social reformers, advocating social changes, claiming that man has no volition, but society, somehow, has.

Tolstoy preached resignation and passive obedience to society's power. In Anna Karenina, the most evil book in serious literature, he attacked man's desire for happiness and advocated its sacrifice to CONFORMITY.

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Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
Debra reviewed Reason Reigns.


Rating: 4 stars

Ilyn Ross
Booklocker.com, 2008
ISBN: 9781601454140
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for ReviewYourBook.com, 08/08

Reason Reigns is not a quick or easy read, but it is fascinating.

If I correctly surmise Ilyn Ross’s purpose in writing this book, she wanted us to think or perhaps the correct wording would be to rethink. “This is why my plot is about tyrants who crave to rule and thinkers who cannot be ruled.”

We are each created with free will and the ability to think. If we ignore either attribute, we lose who we are; we lose our freedom.

Ross has a deep message behind her work. I am not sure all will understand the message.

“Religions usually claim that if you sacrifice, suffer, or do what religious leaders say is good, here on Earth, then, when you die – you go to heaven.” I do not totally agree or disagree with this statement.

Reason Reigns is well written. The plot is imaginative. The characters clearly demonstrate the purpose of this inspired work.

I reiterate my thanks to Debra:

Thank you very much, Debra. I greatly appreciate this. A trillion thanks for taking the time to read and review Reason Reigns.

I wish you everything great. Good fortune on all your endeavors.

Have a wonderful weekend. My very best regards.



This is the full book description of Reason Reigns:

A novel of ideas with nonstop suspenseful action. Its theme is: "Heaven on Earth can be achieved when reason reigns."

Plot Summary:

Independent thinkers cannot be ruled, so die they must.

Inventor Tony Connor is tied to the stake. Hugo, a healer, faces death. By decree, Governor Rod Gullio Sr. and Rudi Yani imprison innovator Leo Thomas. Builder and publisher Ron Balian is hunted.

The most unexpected of saviors, young beau ideals, rise up.

The thinkers escape to a godforsaken island. Full of conviction that to rule a human being is abhorrent, they enshrine individual rights. They live by the code that a moral man does not rule, nor can he be ruled by men.

But the power-hungry pursue them fiercely. Chief Hunsec unleashes the full might of his empire upon the island. Head-Warlord Imman Kann and the Hunsec armada advance.

The small country, impregnable due to its technology, suffers an unthinkable betrayal. The Hunsec moles exult as the adult islanders lie fallen!

The green of young growth fend off the invaders.

Ruled by reason, the proud, happy, productive heroes achieve Heaven on Earth.

But the island is now a dark, backward hole. Mystery surrounds the fate of the heroes and their wondrous creations. The hunt is on. For the truth. For the heroes’ treasures.

Alisa Connor, Ari Hugo, Frank Thomas, and young Ron Balian endeavor to rise. But great is the wrath of the destroyers. Between tyrants who crave to rule and thinkers who cannot be ruled, once again, the battle is joined.

(end of synopsis)

Explanation of the theme and plot:

Religions usually claim that if you sacrifice, suffer, or do what religious leaders say is good, here on Earth, then, when you die - you go to heaven.

Reason Reigns depicts the values and virtues that enable people to achieve heaven here and now.

Two virtues are rationality and productivity. Rational people are reality-oriented; they revere reason.

But virtuous people can thrive only if there is freedom.

This is why my plot is about battles between "tyrants who crave to rule and thinkers who cannot be ruled." The latter cannot be ruled by men because they are ruled by reason.

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Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
Reason Reigns is listed here: Great Books From New Authors


Great Books From New Authors - A Listmania! list by D. Fowler (Spring Hill, Florida United States)

The list author says: "Many a great book is never read by more than a few because the author is a new, unknown writer that doesn't have the resources to become a nationally recognized name.

Here is a list of books by some of these underdogs."

11. Reason Reigns by Ilyn Ross

I also found my novel included in another site:

08-28-2008, 01:59 AM posted by jezzie Old Wise One

Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Hudson River Valley
Posts: 36,642
Blog Entries: 75

My updated "to read" ('08 -'09) list:

Water for Elephants
by Sara Gruen

In Search of the Miraculous
by PD Ouspensky

A Thousand Splendid Suns
by Khaled Hosseini

The Mermaid Chair
Sue Monk Kidd

In the Woods
by Tana French

Reason Reigns
by Ilyn Ross

Three Cups of Tea
by Greg Mortensen

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
by David Wroblewski

Sweeping Up Glass
by Carolyn D. Wall

Outer Dark
Cormac McCarthy

Manon Lescaut
by Abbe Prevost

Mind's Eye
by Hakan Nesser

The Secret Scripture
by Sebastian Barry

The Condition
by Jennifer Haigh

The Legend of Colton H. Bryant
By Alexandra Fuller

The China Garden
by Liz Berry

SnowFlower and the Secret Fan
by Lisa See

I Know This Much Is True
by Wally Lamb

Epic of Gilgamesh

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Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
Debra posted her Reason Reigns review at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com. Thank you so much, Debra.

Her review "title" is "Forces the reader to think..."

One other amazon.com review titled "mind" has "... The story is good and the underlying messages challenge the mind. ..."

Another review at my website is: "Ilyn Ross provokes her reader to think along with her heroes until the end. ..."

I wrote Reason Reigns using the reality-oriented literary style - the reader has to "think along with the characters".

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Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
Tim rated Reason Reigns two stars.

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Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
Ladyjexie's review of Reason Reigns: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

rating............... four stars
bookshelves..... fiction, philosophy

"Very good read. It will stay in my bookcase to be read again."

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Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
Tracy's review of Reason Reigns: Five Stars


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Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
Donna's review of Reason Reigns:

Rating ........................ Five Stars
Recommended for ..... Teen on up

"I found this book to be a page turner with great characters, mesmerizing, enthralling. The way it was written made it very easy on the eyes. The plot was different for me because you just never knew which character wouldn't make it.

Toward the end the suspense was riveting. A good read for anyone. I now know why Reason Reigns."

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Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
Trisha's review:


status: Read in October, 2008

"Won copy through Author's Giveaway program. Very interesting approach and unique style. Humanistic self-expression in its purest form. Applause to Ilyn for her accomplishment."

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Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
Other Reason Reigns Reviews:

From Deb (Yarmouth Port, MA): bookshelves: did-not-finish, won-goodreads

Angela from Japan: "Have taken a break from it... a long break."

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Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
In this group for authors: Tips for Self Promotion, Sales, and Advertising (http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/6...), Todd posted that he rated a book two stars. I read the textual review - it is devastating to the author.

Todd posted this message: "... I gave out my first low (2 star) review. I'm feeling a little bad about it because as an author I know how much work it is to write a novel. On the other hand, I also know that if my work is not making the grade I would want to know and understand what could be done to improve. For those that read my work, I really want an honest assessment. I assume others want the same when they ask for a review. I think this gives credibility to the work reviewed, the review itself, and the reviewer. But I'm looking for a little feedback.... Other thoughts? ..."

My comment:

What I would do with an unfavorable review depends on its purpose. If the author requested my review, I would privately give him my thoughts but I wouldn't make the unfavorable review public. If my paying job is to review for the reading public, my reviews would include the criteria I follow for objectivity.

If I don't personally know the author and reviewing is not my livelihood: In Goodreads, I do not have a rating below three stars because I do not include books I did not like in my list.

I have gotten mixed Goodreads reviews for my self-published novel, Reason Reigns. Some like it very much, but one who won it in the author-giveaway said, "Did not finish." But I had expected this - people have different values and opinions. I greatly appreciate good reviews - they make me happy; they are good for the book; it means, in my mind, that the reader is good. For an unfavorable review - I wish it were otherwise, but it doesn't hurt me. It just means that the reader and I are different.

Good fortune on all your books and endeavors.

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Nina | 58 comments Dear Ilyn,

how could anyone start your book and not finish it??I would have died with curiosity.. nina

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Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
Dear Nina,

Thank you so much. I'm so blessed to have met you. I sent a friend-request to Tim. When you have the time, please check this out: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/1...

Thanks. Warmest regards.

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Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
I received this message today:

subject: Book Recommendation
message: Dear Ms. Ross,

I saw you on Goodreads and saw that you were an admirer of Ayn Rand. I would like to recommend the book The Capitalist Manifesto by Andrew Bernstein. I finished it in December. I highly recommend it.

I assume you have read Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand by Leonard Peikoff. I recommend this if you have read most of what Ayn Rand has written.


Dean _______

I've read Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand and rated it five stars. Kudos and Thank You to Ayn Rand and Dr. Peikoff.

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Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
I just finished reading the Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson. I dearly worship Mr. Jefferson. It is exceptionally wonderful to read his own words about his life. As I expected, he treasured his privacy - he said very little about his private life. He lovingly spoke of his wife in one sentence - he said he lived with her in "unchequered happiness".

Mr. Jefferson clearly admired Mr. George Washington and Dr. Benjamin Franklin. I love these:

"I served with General Washington in the legislature of Virginia, before the revolution, and, during it, with Dr. Franklin in Congress. I never heard either of them speak ten minutes at a time, nor to any but the main point, which was to decide the question. They laid their shoulders to the great points, knowing that the little ones would follow of themselves."

"Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread."

In 1769, chosen for the first time to be a member of a legislature, he "made one effort in that body for the permission of the emancipation of slaves, which was rejected..."

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Nina | 58 comments Hi,

I must not be typical as I just finished reading,"Mark Twain," by Ron Powers, as did our book club. Interestingly, many came away from reading that bio not liking him. NOT ME, his was a life of sadness, in spite of fame. So I excused him his faults. I especially loved the book(fiction) but based on their time in Italy together, "Mark and Libby," and it might have been by Irving Stone. NOt certain, however. nina

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Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
This message made my day and I am so thankful:

"I read your book suggested by a buddy, and boy do I owe him BIG time. I really just wanted you to know that I adored it..."

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Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
Reason Reigns is the April 2009 Book Club Selection of the US Navy at Sigonella.

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Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
I got an email as well as a letter from a US soldier who "loved and enjoyed reading" Royal Serf, and that fellow soldiers liked it, too. I offered to also send them Reason Reigns.

The email/letter sender also said that they are interested in politics and that they appreciate my blog. The regard is mutual. US soldiers have my love and respect. They are glorious.

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Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
Krissie said about Royal Serf: "I like to think I'm pretty smart, but the blurb makes NO SENSE to me. Hopefully, the book itself will be more coherent."

My reply:

Hello Krissie,

Thank you for marking Royal Serf to-read. Please check out its three trailers when you have a chance.

Royal Serf is set in the US and UK. The main events depict the 2012 US presidential elections. The political and economic background is based on history and current events. Royal Serf depicts real-life historical and business heroes, like George Washington, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and other Declaration of Independence signers, as well as Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, James Hill, Mike Milken, and other business heroes. It also depicts real-life tyrants like Rudy Giuliani and Eliot Spitzer, and how they destroyed job creators. It explains the laws that caused the housing and financial meltdown, the views that cause massive job losses, and the philosophy that would defeat tyrants and would achieve freedom and prosperity.

Royal Serf contains mysteries. It is suspenseful. It has unexpected twists, not only at the end but throughout the story. It includes love stories.

Royal Serf primarily refers to Corporate America and taxpayers around the world. It also refers to the British Crown Prince.

Have a wonderful week. Best regards.

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Nina | 58 comments Ilyn wrote: "Thank you, Moss.

I will check out Mark Twain's short stories.

Best regards & hugs. "
Life on the MIssissippi was not a short story but also not a long book and it is wonderful; one of his best works..speaking of short stories one of my favorites of his is, The Junping Frog of Calaveras County. Nina

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Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
Hi Nina and everyone.

My review of Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52...

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Donna (skeets) | 30 comments Ilyn wrote: "Krissie said about Royal Serf: "I like to think I'm pretty smart, but the blurb makes NO SENSE to me. Hopefully, the book itself will be more coherent."

My reply:

Hello Krissie,

Thank you ..."

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Donna (skeets) | 30 comments Hi Ilyn and Others,
Ilyn I got the new book 2 days ago. I love the covers, very Patriotic looking. I can't wait to read it. I have to finish "Rules Of Deception" by Christopher Reich, which is a paperback that is 545 pages long. You all should put this on your To-Read list if you are into thrillers. It is super fantastic!
I just wanted to say Hi tell you about the books, also I love Mark Twain.
Hugs and Good Reading, Donna

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Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
Hello Donna and All. Take care. Enjoy. Have a marvelous Friday and weekend.

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Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
O. Henry is a great delight. He transported me to his world of joy and wonderful surprises.

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Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
One-Star Ratings for Royal Serf (because zero is not available) http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/...

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Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
My reviews:

The Art of Nonfiction: A Guide for Writers and Readers by Ayn Rand http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

The Art of Fiction: A Guide for Writers and Readers
by Ayn Rand http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

Selected Stories of O. Henry http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

Candide by Voltaire http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

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