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Smashwords book reviews by Anthony Saville
- The 1950's - A Time To Grow
on Oct. 03, 2012
I too was a schoolboy in the 1950s (on the other side of the globe) so I enjoyed his enjoyment of boyish escapades. A sympathetic style from a sympathetic author. I did find his writing at times a little staccato. He has plenty of dialogue which is great, but a bit one-paced.
And, perhaps most oddly, he does not sense when there is an incident of greater tension or excitement, that needed slightly different treatment. He is so relaxed about the murder of a taxi driver, it is almost disconcerting. And then there is a wonderful description of scout camp, and the cooking of a complete stew inside a hollowed out pumpkin laid on the embers of the camp fire: that deserved so much more than its single paragraph. I wanted the recipe!
- Ultramarine and Yellow Dreams
on Oct. 03, 2012
How bizarre! To go to all the effort of publishing, complete with cover, for something so short, it never gets started... Maybe one day...
- My First Ninety Years
on Nov. 02, 2012
It was the title that first grabbed me, and I certainly warmed to a fine elderly lady, with a warm sense of how she has been blessed; a worthy matriarch. But I agree with Sharon: it is the detail that can give colour and interest, and should not be despised.
Most disconcerting is the fact that she is writing for her grand-children and their children (nothing wrong with that), but with such sentences as 'You know the rest of the story' and the inclusion of photographs of family members, I felt as though I was intruding on a private, family text. Oops, my apologies for inadvertently eves-dropping.