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Smashwords book reviews by Gornun Hasselhoff
- Loosen Up Before The Lens
on April 12, 2011
I guess I don't fit into the 'audience' for this book since I'm not a photographer or model, but it was cheap and my facebook pics of myself and others were just the same ol' same ol', so I gave it a try.
Quite simple and effective stuff! There's 21 'pose ideas' as I call them, and they're quite easy to remember, with the direction and 'working the pose' really easy to direct. I've pulled this on friends, family, and coworkers, and they thought I was weird at first, but the end result that they see on Facebook is well worth it, and they no longer mind being tagged in my photos. lol
Because it is an easy read, is easy for me, a non-photo/model type to use and remember, and because it's greatly improved the photos on my facebook, I'm definitely giving it 5 stars. Well worth the price.
- Aster - A Life in After World
on Sep. 28, 2013
This book is a wonderful addition to the After World series - but no need to read the series before reading this book.
This book is full of twists and turns you just don't expect. I'm almost unwilling to talk about the book because I'd hate to give the things away. So I'll try to keep it generic.
The world this takes place in is a post-apocalyptic world. Not the result of a nuclear bomb or something similar, but from an astrological event. Thousands of years later, man (and its genetically mutated brothers) has emerged from the ashes and is rebuilding.
Aster is a 'lost daughter'...but she doesn't know she's lost, nor does she know she's a 'daughter'. In fact, she has no memories at all, yet has a lot of knowledge. She settles in to an orphanage and hospital run by a religious order. There she falls in love with a young man, much to the dismay of the religious order.
The book then goes on a roller coaster ride of explosions, gunfire, hiding and seeking, and events that change the face of this small piece of After World.
If you're familiar with the other books and short stories of the "After World" series, here you'll run in to some old friends, and may even recognize Aster from the short story "A Day in a Life in After World: Maggie" (which is also included as bonus material at the end of this novel).
I highly recommend this book. In fact I highly recommend the entire "After World" series.