Hello! I'm a reader & review, not an author myself. However, I love to read and I will always give an honest review on any book I read. Other than that, I work at a day job where I answer phones, I'm married to an awesome and geeky man, and I own more books than some small libraries.
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Smashwords book reviews by E. VanZwoll
- The Karaoke Duo Vs The Karaoke Zombies
on May 04, 2014
Everything a superhero book needs!
Ever want to become the minion of a supervillain? Answer a newspaper ad, play football and have a job interview, and may get the opportunity to work your way up through the ranks to become an Official Minion! Unfortunately, those pesky superheroes get in the way and Villains are regulated by rules. What is an evil person to do?
This is a great spoof of superhero and supervillain stereotypes, complete with evilness such as tax deductions, flipping burgers, and a script to follow. It's also the story about how to karaoke lovers become superheroes, friends, and potentially more. While this is mostly told by the side of the good guys, I was secretly rooting for the villains for about half of the book... this is pure tongue-in-cheek humor by someone who has obviously overindulged in comic books.
Hopefully there will be a sequel to this story, as I would love to follow the adventures of Fermata Girl and The Man With The Mike
- S I, the Trilogy
on June 03, 2014
SI, The Trilogy is a unique set of novels written to be read quickly... when I first heard that phrase, I didn't understand that until I sat down with my kindle. Before I knew it, I was chapters into the book and my husband was reminding me that I should sleep. One chapter later became three before I could put the book down.
Set in the future, you find yourself thrown into a world of attempted-slavery, space travel, families connected in the perfect way to change civilization as it is known, false identities, love and unconventional relationships... And that's just the beginning.
The trilogy continues by introducing you to new planets, new maneuvers by the SI as they battle the effects of the "zombie" virus, and quickly produce new technology to bring worlds closer together. The only thing that moves faster than the plot are the family sizes! It can be sometimes confusing to remember who is married to who, but that is actually intentional - the people individually and the smaller families are still important, but it's the overall clan as a whole that provides the love, support, and assistance that these worlds need to come together.
While the books may seem confusing in spots while trying to remember all of the different people and nicknames the main characters have, their personalities shine through, allowing you to follow the story of a family that became a clan... and a clan that changed the universe. this series is fun, witty, intelligent, and captivating. Every time you re-read it, you'll catch something new that you didn't notice, or you'll put together facts that are more evident once you're read later chapters. This series is made for people who enjoy going back and reading their book and putting the pieces of a puzzle together.
- Aftermath and Other Zombie Shorts
on June 21, 2014
Not your normal zombie stories...
Edwin Stark has done it again, managing to write a collection of short stories that take the normal zombie story and give it a twist.
The first story, "Aftermath", is the closest to a traditional zombie story. Set approximately 10 years after the zombie outbreak, it shows how the survivors live on a day to day basis, trying to put their civilization back together while fighting the few zombies that remain. However, this story has a twist, so make sure that you don't assume that all zombie stories, or all zombies, are alike.
The second story, "Zombie Cab", is a short story about a cab driver in the middle of the night in New York City, and how supermarket tabloids may actually have a bit of truth to their stories. Don't worry, Elvis is still dead.
The third and last story, "When Zombies Roamed Venezuela", is a complete tongue-in-cheek look at what would happen in Edwin found himself in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. I absolutely love his descriptions of zombies versus political followers, and the rest of his descriptions of Venezuela. Though the underwater hotel can certainly advertise an indoor pool!
I would highly recommend this collection of shorts, if only for Aftermath itself and for the completely hilarious third story. And if you like Aftermath, Edwin has already written a sequel of sorts, "Aftermatch - Episode 2."