Bronnie Wu

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Smashwords book reviews by Bronnie Wu

  • Between Heaven & Hell and other award-winning stories from the Stringybark Flash Fiction Award on July 13, 2011

    What in the world does a delicious cupcake (or is it a sinful cupcake) have to do with an anthology of flash fiction stories? An intriguing cover for an intriguing book. These stories are short (1000 words) and delightful. They are perfect for the train commute home. I wanted a book that I could dip in and out of on the way to and from work. This is a perfect anthology for such a job. The stories have are winners or highly commended stories from a short story competition and thus they are of high quality. A few aren't my cup of tea, but how can an anthology provide a perfect set of stories for everyone? I couldn't find any typos or grammatical errors which seem to be so prevalent in many e-books today. So I am very happy. A good read. I'll sample the other books from the same publisher soon.
  • The True Beauty Behind the Words on Aug. 23, 2011

    A neat little essay which basically states that we all read material in different ways and obtain different messages from the same writing. Well put together and well stated. A few typos that are worth fixing.
  • The Umbrella's Shade and Other Award-winning Stories from the Stringybark Short Story Award on Aug. 23, 2011

    This is my second book of Stringybark Stories I have read. I think this is the first in the collection. I am once again delighted by the breadth and depth of these stories. Make sure you read "Black and White" It's very clever. I think this one should have won! More please!
  • Craig's List and Inner Tubes: A Bank Robbery on Sep. 15, 2011

    A cute idea. Execution could have been better as it was apparent about half way through what was about to happen. The change in perspective didn't work. Needs more work but a great plot idea.
  • The Bridge — 21 short stories from the Stringybark Fiction Awards on Sep. 15, 2011

    What does an aboriginal boxer, a unionised dog and Balkan's butcher have in common? Read this book to find out. A fantastic little book that provides delight at every (electronic) page turning. So good to read a quality e-book when it is quality that seems to be lacking in this new e-world of indie publishers.
  • Our Name Wasn't Written - A Malta Memoir (1936-1943) on Oct. 27, 2011

    This is a well written and interesting book that covers a period of history and from a perspective (a woman's perspective - and working class at that) that is rarely discussed. Great work from all the editors (obviously a family affair) has produced a fascinating book. Thank you.
  • Hekití and the Moon: A Taíno Legend on Nov. 22, 2011

    Very nicely written and delicately told. The glossary at the back is very helpful (maybe it could be at the front?). Well laid out and professionally prepared - a bug bear of mine.
  • The Shortcut on Nov. 22, 2011

    An entertaining, if predictable story. The motivations for Laura to do what she does seems unsound. Competently written and well laid out.
  • The Heat Wave of '76 and other award-winning stories from the Stringybark Erotic Fiction Award on Nov. 22, 2011

    This is the first erotica I have ever purchased but as I have bought your other anthologies I thought I would give it a go — I thought might even read some of them to my husband! Well, I did! What a great eye-opening collection and bed-warming! An excellent selection of very sexy and intriguing stories. Thank you. Like Jane, one of my favourites was 'Sergei' but "Tarts Galore" must be up there as a very entertaining story.
  • A Private Conversation with God on March 27, 2012

    Living as though Pascal's Wager rules one's life is to live a life in fear. This is self-indulgent (and poorly written) clap-trap. The aggressive introduction does nothing for the piece nor does the lack of content. This should be categorised fantasy and not non-fiction.
  • A Visit from the Duchess and other award-winning stories from the Stringybark Speculative Fiction Award on March 27, 2012

    A delicious collection of clever, unsettling and provocative stories. Well written, well laid out - a quality production which seems to be something rather rare on Smashwords.
  • The Small Things on April 16, 2012

    Well written with a universal theme. Good ending but flagged a little early - and perhaps a little OTT? Worth a read.
  • The KEY on April 16, 2012

    God moves in mysterious ways and this is never truer in this parable of the twenty-first century. Whilst children die in Africa, while terrorists slaughter innocents in Manhattan and while the earth groans under the impact of global warming, God cares about one man's little dilemma and whether or not his key is locked in the car. If this is an advertisement for God then sack the advertising agency. Oh, it is also suffers from typographical errors.
  • Hell on April 16, 2012

    I got to page three and gave up. Swearing, abuse and constant hypothetical questions do not a good story make. Oh, and as the review below noted - needs editing.
  • Marngrook and other award-winning stories from the Stringybark Australian History Award on April 16, 2012

    This is an eclectic collection of Australian tales. All based in fact, they intrigue and fascinate. I was unable to put this anthology down. I hope Stringybark does another history anthology this year. I can't wait!
  • Fucking Dead Pregnant Sea Creatures on April 16, 2012

    Writing should have a purpose. This is purposeless. It neither enriches the reader nor provides any value whatsoever. It is vacuous in the extreme.
  • A Four-Letter Word Men Hate to Hear on April 16, 2012

    Great ending but the process of getting there was rather painful. Exaggeration takes you a certain way with writing humour but it can't be the only technique employed. The other grating point was the American clichéd approach to dating... its so common!
  • The Mirror on April 16, 2012

    A strong theme that is common for all of us - especially as we get older. Good use of description and imagery. More could have been made of the dichotomy between the life led and the life desired.
  • Amputeddy Helps a Friend on July 03, 2012

    A very nice little book with important messages for young children worried about a friend's/parent's loss of a limb. Well written. I would have liked to have seen slightly slicker and more competent illustrations as some of these drawings seem a bit spooky and they detract from the story line.
  • Earthworm Adventures! on July 03, 2012

    Random blather that wasted 2 minutes of my life. At least the spelling was accurate and so you can have a star for that.
  • Into the Darkness on July 03, 2012

    I'm well versed with the trials and tribulations of Bomber Command (having airforce personnel in my family who liked telling me my history) and so I wasn't sure what I would get out of this autobiography. My worries were ill-founded. This is a fascinating personal account of a man at war (not only with the enemy, but at times with himself and his feelings of what he is going through). Arthur Hoyle is one of those unsung heroes who quietly did his job and saw and experienced some amazing and terrifying things. Well written, literary, historically-accurate this is a five star read.
  • The Day The Alien Arrived On Earth on Sep. 20, 2012

    While this is a book for children it doesn't say what age kids it is written for. Sadly, the grammar and punctuation need work and the dialogue (which is so central to the story) is stilted and quite unrealistic. The plot is rather unimaginative and little of interest occurs. My kids would not be impressed if I suggested they read this book.
  • The End Of Time on Sep. 20, 2012

    An entertaining and competently written story. The ending was apparent about half way through as the author spent far too much time focussing on the hands and face. The townspeoples reactions at the beginning were very much over the top and if their reaction had been a little more muted this story would have more power and entertainment value. Good grammar for once on Smashwords!
  • The Road Home and other award-winning stories from the Stringybark Short Story Awards on Sep. 20, 2012

    I have to agree with Daniel Vane's assessment. This book is a pleasure to read and the production quality is high. A great read full of contrasting and disparate stories.