Dean Thompson

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Smashwords book reviews by Dean Thompson

  • 80AD - The Jewel of Asgard (Book 1) on May 24, 2012

    [comment relates to the whole series] Wow, what a story. I thought this might be good for my son (13) and read it myself (51). Certainly not just for young adults/teens. A very well written series, the writing style is excellent, editing is good (I spotted perhaps 5 places in the whole series where the odd word was missing), and the series shows evidence of a reasonable amount of background research (enough that it could be used as a primer for several mythologies - Norse in particular). Anybody who liked Dave Duncans Seventh Sword series is sure to enjoy this. My only adverse comment is that perhaps it would have been better if the starting age of the main players was more like 16 give the adult-like thoughts and actions they were given within the series, but hey, its fantasy! Gripping right through to the very last page. I couldn't put the last book down. Well done Aiki - surely you should be charging for these!
  • From the Eyes of a Juror on Dec. 05, 2012

    Overall a great story, but suffers from some aspects of the writing style. Were it not for these I would have rated it 4 stars at least. At the very beginning of the book I felt that the author was artificially making extra long sentences, connecting clauses together with commas, seemingly suggesting that short sentences aren't what a good writer produces, making the prose uncomfortable to read, this sencence being an example of the style. Luckily either I got used to it, or more likely that was actually forced and the author eventually settled back to his normal style. However this wasn't my major gripe. No, there is probablt a name for the mechanis, but the author loved repetitive sentences. Often, to make a point, he would write multiple sencences starting with the same phrase, as in the following example from p442 Of course whether everything was truly going th be alright... Whether everything was truly going to be alright perhaps in the end depends... Whether everything was truly going to be alright perhaps in the end... Whether everything was truly going to be alright perhaps in the end... Or in the following example (from p833) Newlan realized it... {new chapter] Newlan also recognized the fact ... [cliche]. He appreciated the old adage... [another cliche]. He was quite cognizant of the fact... [another cliche]. He understood better than anyone... [another cliche]. He was well aware... [another cliche]. [end of chapter] Now in some circumstances this is probably a perfectly valid way of emplasising a point, but I would estimate that the mechanism is [over]used 50+ times in the book, so much so that about the middle it almost made me give up, but by that time I was hooked on the "whodunnit" nature of the story and had to continue - but with more skipping of sections when I saw yet another example of this annoying repetition. Apart from this cmplaint the editing seemed quite good. There were a couple of sentences that didn't make sense and seemed to be missing a keyword, but probably less than 5 instances, and similarly some but very few instances of incorrect words (to instead of too for instance). Other aspects of the writing I did enjoy, such as the occasional chatty note directed at "the dear reader".
  • Sentence of Marriage (Promises to Keep: Book 1) on July 21, 2013

    A brilliantly written series. Perhaps not my normal fare, but very glad I read it and happy to pay for the subsequent books. I look forward to what might follow Daisy's War. Enjoyable writing style, quite subtle in places. There are a few characters you will love in the series, and a few you will want to throttle! But all are portrayed well. Well edited, I don't think I spotted even one mistake. Would make a great TV series!
  • Eli Arnold and the Keys to Forever Book One: It's About Time on March 08, 2014

    Great tongue-in-cheek fantasy adventure novel. Well written and edited. Fast moving. Some allegory may be a bit confusing to younger readers, but I'm sure they'll enjoy the many puns, and may even aappreciate the likes of 'King Aloysius Oxnard Kong'. Looking forward to reading the next in the series.
  • Half Brains, Sacred Water book 1 on April 08, 2014

    I have struggled with how to rate this series. On the whole I enjoyed it, and so have given it a positive score, but like Heidi I did struggle with the writing style. The storyline, characters and some of the issues and prejudices covered are very good, and by the end of the series the major characters have been developed pretty well. There is plenty of action, which is for the most part beleivable, and the scientific tidbits (hyperthyroidism, gunpowder, steam cannons, various medical operations - including their effect on bystanders! ) are also sufficiently accurate. The writing style clearly shows that the author is a science rather than english major. Sometimes it reads more like a documentary rather than a novel. Also there are some editing issues (for example 'princes' rather than 'princess' and 'of' instead of 'off') but generally ones own brain corrects these on the fly. Also, this is a fantasy book, not science fiction. And for the interested readers, Iodine deficiency can cause goitre, hypothoiroidism, and cretinisim, involving both physical and mental retardation. So symptoms shown in the book are accurate in that respect. I was a bit disappointed though in the importance placed on simple iodine in the book. I know it was critical to the plot (and close to the authors experience), but it is only one of many such critical elements/compounds, and it was a bit unreal that all societies understood and placed great importance on the need for iodine but for example would happily go on long sea voyages without fresh fruit and suffer no consequences. While I appreciate the attempt to show different language behaviour I found that the constant generation of negative constructs by simply placing the word "not" after the verb (and in many cases after a phrase) made these sections difficult to read (I suspect especially so for younger readers). At times it was difficult to determine what the 'not' was referring. Here is an example from book 3. "He should take not such a great risk". He means "should not take" but it could easily be read as "not such a great risk". With multiple languages used by the characters within the book there was scope for some variation in speech to show which language was being used, rather than simply one size (which is different than our english) fits all. On the whole though, I found it to be an enjoyable series.
  • 14 Stones on May 07, 2014

    Yet another excellent book by Mr Telegdi. Well told and well edited. My only small gripe is I think the main characters are a bit young given the amount of wisdom and maturity they show throughout the book, and I would have found this aspect more plausible if it were 18 stones rather than 14. Still, a most enjoyable and gripping story, one of the best relating to this era that I have read. Highly recommended.
  • I'm (Sort of) an Expert on Ghosts on Nov. 11, 2014

    Excellent book. Most enjoyable. Strangely different. English structure very good. Very few grammatical errors noticed so also well edited. However the epub version and pictures did not work well together on my Sony reader. Several paragraphs were missing after each picture. Not so with the calibre reader, so could be a Sony issue.
  • By Fickle Winds Blown on Nov. 18, 2014

    An enjoyable read. While complete in its own right, clearly there is a possibility for the story to continue. I hope so.
  • 16 Stones on Dec. 17, 2014

    Yet another brilliantly written book by Paul Telegdi. Without a doubt, my favourite author on Smashwords. I was initially a bit concerned that the 14-15-16 stones theme might be getting a bit tired, but in this instalment Paul has managed to keep it new an interesting. Prose is marvellous, and not a spelling or grammatical error to be found. Well planned and researched and some quite deep philosophical and ideological concepts are encapsulated within the story.