Em Brister

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Smashwords book reviews by Em Brister

  • Blood Money on April 04, 2012

    An interesting idea although it does remind me a little of "The Hunger Games." Competently written it flows well although the tension fails to build owing to the shortness of the story. The end doesn't work. Surely this would have to be set in dystopian times when the notion of 'murder' wasn't present?
  • Her Husband's Friend on April 04, 2012

    An enjoyable and competently written story, only marred by some clunky dialogue and iffy punctuation. Nothing that a good proof-read couldn't fix.
  • Between the Sheets - Eighteen Short Stories from the Stringybark Erotic Fiction Awards on April 04, 2012

    A sexy collection of intriguing and arousing stories. A fascinating selection of stories with something for everyone... or nearly everyone. Good layout and excellent production quality.
  • Dying Wishes on April 23, 2012

    This story possibly had potential but I barely got past 'page one'. The grammar was poor and there were too many typos. I can't tell you the ending as I didn't get that far - so no spoilers from me!
  • Lady In Red on April 23, 2012

    For such a short story the excessive use of adjectives made it all too flowery. What has ever happened to proof-reading? Does Smashwords ban it now. This story needs a good proofread.
  • Socks on April 23, 2012

    An intriguing and nicely written story with natural dialogue. Ray Daley is correct in suggesting that this would make a very good novel — although it does at times sound a bit like "The Uglies." Well proof read too which make a change for around here. Great work.
  • The Umbrella's Shade and Other Award-winning Stories from the Stringybark Short Story Award on April 23, 2012

    Great value anthology. Clever stories dominate this collection of stories relating to Australia. I don't think any of these stories was a 'fizzer.' I just love Kerry Cameron's story, "Black and White." Fantastic ending. Encore!
  • Sniper on July 03, 2012

    Great ending! The story was marred by some typos and stylistic errors. Dutch farmers don't use the term 'asshole' (how American) and in 1944 or whenever this is set the German's didn't use the term 'hostiles'. (How George Bush!). Writers of historical fiction need to know their period and write in an appropriate style and use appropriate words.
  • Between Heaven & Hell and other award-winning stories from the Stringybark Flash Fiction Award on July 03, 2012

    I read lots of short stories. I want ones that are clever, have a good ending and are well written — grammatically correct, no typos and their style fits the genre. This book is spot on. Some very funny stories, some poignant, some sad — just how an anthology should be.
  • Squirt 2: More Tales of Deep Penetration and Female Ejaculation on Aug. 20, 2012

    Well written, great story construction and erotic to boot. I've not done too much exploring of erotic fiction (a few anthologies so far) mainly because the quality (except for a couple of books) is rubbish. But this is pretty impressive writing. A great read.
  • Murder Bags on Aug. 20, 2012

    Silly premise underlies this story. It is poorly executed satire which is riddled with grammatical and punctuation errors. Not worth finishing. Who knows what Peggy Hannah was laughing at...
  • Marngrook and other award-winning stories from the Stringybark Australian History Award on Aug. 20, 2012

    I'm delighted to find another great book from Stringybark. This collection of eclectic historically inspired stories makes me want to read more history. What more can a book do than to inspire!
  • Panther on March 06, 2013

    I'm sorry but I didn't get beyond paragraph 1. This is poorly laid out with stilted dialogue. Grammar is poor. Somehow I expect books on Smashwords to be a certain quality and this didn't make it.
  • I Went To Heaven on March 06, 2013

    Good Lord, what are these reviewers on? This book is rubbish. Interesting how many of these so called reviewers have reviewed the book multiple times. Talk about gaming the system! Are these people family and friends?
  • Mischief at the Museum Series- Princess and the Guard on March 06, 2013

    Has some potential but is a little stilted. The children are a little extreme in their behaviour for ten year olds. 'Hapless' is an unusual word but it has been used multiple times in this short tale. Some more work will make this story interesting.
  • Tainted Innocence and other award-winning stories from the Twisted Stringybark Award on March 06, 2013

    Five stars for a five star book. These stories all have wicked little twists at the end that keep you guessing. Excellent production quality makes it a good buy.
  • Let's Make This Believable on Oct. 27, 2014

    Reviewing a flash fiction story is very difficult as there really is no scope for character development. Setting is unimportant and there is little room for plot development. However, plot is all important (other than grammar and other things) and this story doesn't have much. There's no twist at the end and indeed it all seems quite derivative of "Capricorn One". So how does one rate this? Plot 2 star, humour, nothing much, grammar and spelling, four star. So how about two star all around.
  • The Bridge — 21 short stories from the Stringybark Fiction Awards on Oct. 27, 2014

    I do love a story with a twist and most of these do. And the ones that don't are just delightfully written. Some of these stories are really very touching — the Boxer being one of them. Well worth reading.