Maxine

Biography

I'm a reader not a writer :)

I'm searching for the ultimate horror novel and hoping I may find it here on Smashwords.

If you think your novel will scare me then direct message me on Twitter with the smashwords link to your novel. If I like the first chapter I will read the whole novel and leave a review on your preferred site.

Where to find Maxine online


Books

This member has not published any books.

Maxine's favorite authors on Smashwords


Smashwords book reviews by Maxine

  • The New Death and others on Dec. 08, 2011

    If you like your short stories cynical and twisted, or your fairy tales fractured, then this is a perfect coffee table book full of cynical and twisted tales, interspersed with some very good dark poetry. Mr Hutchings left a message on my blog asking if I would read and review his book. I had put the call out to ‘independent authors’ in an earlier post for my 2012 Reading List, but I think this was a random request and I’m so pleased to have been asked as this little book really tickled my sense of humour and touched those dark chords that draw me to unsettling and unusual fiction. I have never read a book quite like this, it has no particular order, being a total mix of work which makes it perfect for picking up and selecting a page at random. I didn’t like some of the stories, but I did appreciate most of them, and the poetry I thought was wonderful. An obvious cat lover, there are several references to cats throughout, such as the disturbing How the Isle of Cats Got Its Name and the gorgeous little poem My Cat is Not Like Other Cats, which all of us cat lovers can definitely identify with! In The Death of the Artist it is revealed that all writers and artists have cats, a fact which takes on a sinister significance; and now I fully understand that when my Tenshi is staring intently at nothing she is actually enhancing her mental powers!! Of all the short stories I really liked the atmospheric The Scholar and the Moon which has less of the cynicism that prevails in most of the other work, and the nightmarish The Dragon Festival. The poetry, as I have said, is very good with some of it being based on actually stories by Lovecraft, Dunsany and an author I have only just recently ‘discovered’ - Clark Ashton Smith. Yes, some of the stories are corny or just plain silly, but others have a touch of sheer brilliance to them. If you tend to get bogged down with some heavy reading, which I do on occasion, this is a breath of fresh air. I didn’t want to put it down, and looked forward to the twisted endings and the clever play on words and ideas. Even the corny stories got a giggle as well as a groan out of me. If you want to inject a bit of random fun into your reading, I recommend you check it out.
  • The Brilliant Women Collection on Jan. 15, 2013
    (no rating)
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this quirky little book by Eve Merrier. This is a personal collection of those women who have inspired the author along with some simple facts and figures relating to the disparity between men and women in the working arena, along with a nice injection of humour in the commentary. Eve's role models "don’t stand behind anyone: they are next to their partners as equals or they are way out ahead, showing them how it’s done.” Those inspiring women through the ages include activists, inventors and philosophers along with well known figures such as Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and our very own Julia Gillard (whose popularity certainly increased after 'that speech' fired at the opposition leader Tony Abbott). I must admit that I had not heard of many of the women within this collection, but it was certainly interesting to see how hard it has been, how far we have come and how far we have yet to go. This book could have had a heavy feminist tone, but it does not. It is simply a celebration of those unselfish women who have forged ahead in their chosen field and raised awareness of women's issues in the process. The consistent message in this book is: 'be yourself' and 'never give up'. A nice inspiring read.
  • The Brilliant Women Collection on Jan. 15, 2013

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this quirky little book by Eve Merrier. This is a personal collection of those women who have inspired the author along with some simple facts and figures relating to the disparity between men and women in the working arena, along with a nice injection of humour in the commentary. Eve's role models "don’t stand behind anyone: they are next to their partners as equals or they are way out ahead, showing them how it’s done.” Those inspiring women through the ages include activists, inventors and philosophers along with well known figures such as Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and our very own Julia Gillard (whose popularity certainly increased after 'that speech' fired at the opposition leader Tony Abbott). I must admit that I had not heard of many of the women within this collection, but it was certainly interesting to see how hard it has been, how far we have come and how far we have yet to go. This book could have had a heavy feminist tone, but it does not. It is simply a celebration of those unselfish women who have forged ahead in their chosen field and raised awareness of women's issues in the process. The consistent message in this book is: 'be yourself' and 'never give up'. A nice inspiring read.