June, 18, 2010

18 Jun

Currently Reading: A Fortune Wedding by Kristin Hardy


…until Roberto Mendoza left Frannie Fortune and their hometown far behind. But she was no longer the seventeen-year-old in love with the smoldering ranch hand. She was a woman accused of murdering her husband.

When he left Red Rock nineteen years ago, Roberto swore he would never return. But when an unseen enemy threatened the Mendoza clan, he found himself charging to Frannie’s rescue, determined to help her clear her name. And when passion reignited–hotter and more powerful than before–Roberto knew he’d do anything to heal the past and build a future with the woman who’d always belong to him.

The woman he’d never stopped loving.

I like the writing and the voice in this novel (like I usually do with Kristin Hardy’s novels). I think Hardy’s a good writer and she knows how to tell a story. But this time, I have a hard time getting into the story.

The first thing that threw me off was that apparently the police didn’t search the surrounding area where someone was killed. Otherwise I can’t explain why Roberto had to show them where to find the murder weapon nearly two weeks after the murder… And his brother implied that Roberto did something wrong by coming forth with this knowledge. Umm, right.

The other thing I have a problem with is Frannie. After she realizes how dependent she’d been on other people – first her mother, then her husband – and how deep in trouble she’s now because of that, she never wants to be dependent on anyone. I say, good for her and totally understandable.

But she also has a debt of two millions and when Roberto offers to look into the matter of the properties she now owns (she never even had any idea her husband bought them) she refuses, never mind she doesn’t know the first thing about managing properties. In fact, she probably should sell them as fast as possible but she won’t accept Roberto’s help (who knows a thing or two about that because that’s his job) because she has to do it on her own. Umm, right. Well, at least she comes around after Roberto points out that she could pay him – like all his other customers do…

I guess what bothered me was Frannie’s insistence on her independence (I take care of it on my own no matter what) in that situation seemed more stupid than strong to me. Why couldn’t she have taken Robert’s offer of help and said she would pay him? Without him having to point out that possibility? Instead, the way she handles the situation reminds me of the heroines of old who stomp their dainty foot and toss their luscious curls over their shoulder.

Currently Playing: Runes of Magic?

I seriously think about quitting. I think I’ve said that several times already but it gets truer and truer every time.

The rip-off tendencies I saw in the game from the beginning get clearer and clearer with each new offer in the item shop. There are more and more gold sellers on the servers and a lot of bugs that simply don’t get fixed. In addition, the support is…I don’t know what to call it.

Then last week I learned that by signing up for the game, I actually opened three! accounts. One for the game, one for the real money transactions for the game’s item shop and one for the forum to the game. I now play for nearly ten months and didn’t know that. I simply was never told when I signed up. What’s more, all three! accounts use the same login name and the same password… When you change the password, you just type it in one time. You don’t need to type in your current password before you change it; you don’t need to repeat the new password to make sure you didn’t make a typo; you don’t get a email notification;… I changed all my passwords (except the one for the forum; you can’t change that on your own…)

On Monday this week I learned that my login name and my password was transmitted in plain text every time I logged in to play…

I changed my password for the game again.

The last time I played was last weekend. Right now, with that kind of “security” measures and irresponsibility on the comany’s side, I’m not sure I want to play again.


4 Responses to “June, 18, 2010”

  1. nath Monday, June 21, 2010 at 12:47 am #

    A heroine like that can be annoying. It’s understandable, but you have to be careful not to err on the TSTL side. What I don’t like is the “accused for murder” trope… although it’s usually the hero, not heroine.

    Ohh, that is not good for Runes of Magic. It does sound like one account though 😦

  2. Taja Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at 4:53 pm #

    nath – yes, her wish to be independent is totally understandable but this drifted a bit too close to the TSTL side for me. To be fair, I was in a rather nit-picky frame of mind at the time and she comes around rather fast but still. As for “accused of murder,” both end up with that “privilege.” The brother was right with his advice to not come forth with something that could help the police.

    Runes of Magic – yeah, you’re right, it’s basically like one account and you have no real control over the separate accounts. If you want to delete your account for the forum, your account for the game also gets deleted, for example.

    (The reason I bought this up, every day there are new posts on the forums about players who got their game account hacked and lost everything. It used to be that you read that now and then but for some weeks now, everyday there are new posts from players who got hacked on the forum.)

  3. nath Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 6:16 pm #

    Oh, well in that case, perhaps closing the account is best 😦

    Ha, lucky both of them ^_^; tell me, was the police incompetent? LOL.

  4. Taja Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 10:12 am #

    nath – sorry I got a bit carried away there! 😀 I keep it for now, see if they change things, I just don’t play. If I get hacked anyway, then that’s it. Good thing I never paid with credit card for the item shop and only spend 20€ so far.

    LOL. When I wrote the post, I was around page 100. I haven’t continued. But so far, I thought the police looked far from being the brightest guys around. But then again, that’s the job of the hero, isn’t it? 😉

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