JR Tomlin

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  • Bear it All on Aug. 02, 2011

    Cute, sweet, story with likable characters and nice, clean writing free of glaring errors. Oh, yes, and sex.
  • Perfect Love on Aug. 05, 2011

    This is a pretty good story even if the denouement is a bit obvious. Still it is enjoyable, and the writing is good. However, oh, my god, it is need of a proofread! Was it proofed at all? The start isn't too bad, but it gets worse and worse as it goes along. Even if the author doesn't want to pay or can't pay for an edit, someone with a decent grasp of English could make a huge improvement. Anyone who is bothered by English usage, spelling and grammar would be driven nuts, I'm sorry to say
  • From the Shores of Morar to the Estrella on Aug. 08, 2011
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    Sir, First as to your description: Scotch is a drink. A person is a Scot or Scotsman. I nonetheless starting reading your piece until I came to your description of the immortal 'Sound the Pibroch" which you gave as "Pit Rock". Pibroch is a form of music characterised by extended compositions usually played on Great Bagpipes. I could read no further. Here are the correct lyrics to the dirge about the bloody death of the clans upon Culloden Field: Sound the pibroch loud and high Frae John o' Groats tae Isle o' Skye Let every clan their slogan cry: Rise and follow Charlie. Tha tighin fodham, fodham, fodham Tha tighin fodham, fodham, fodham Tha tighin fodham, fodham, fodham Rise and follow Charlie See that small devoted band By dark Loch Shiel they've made their stand And bravely vowed wi heart and hand To rise and Royal Charlie From every hill and every glen Are gatherin' fast the loyal men. They grasp their dirks and shout again Hurrah for Royal Charlie. On dark Culloden's field of gore Hark they shout Claymore, Claymore! They bravely fight what can they more Than die for Royal Charlie? Now on the barren heath they lie Their Funeral Dirge the eagle's cry. Mountain breezes o'er them sigh Wha fought and died for Charlie. No more we'll see such deeds again Deserted is each Highland glen. And lonely cairns are o'er the men Wha fought and died for Charlie Sound the pibroch loud and high Frae John o' Groats tae Isle o' Skye Let every clan their slogan cry Rise and follow Charlie Tha tighin fodham, fodham, fodham Tha tighin fodham, fodham, fodham Tha tighin fodham, fodham, fodham Rise and follow Charlie Tha tighin fodham" is Scots Gaelic pronounced HATCHEEN FOAM and means "I have the wish" or "it's my heart's desire". As for the revisionist Unionist nonsense that the population of the Highlands left voluntarily, I suggest reading extant accounts of the horrors of the clearances as homes were literally burned over people's heads. Yes, they were eager to leave once they had been forced off their ancestral lands and left impoverished, starving and often forced into workhouses. Shameful to claim that your ancestors had no loyalty or love for Scotland or their own people.
  • The Crazy Old Lady in the Attic on Aug. 13, 2011

    I must admit this is genre I don't often read, and I'm not sure what appealed to me about this. However, once I started reading, I didn't stop until I finished this novelette. I'm not a huge fan of short fiction, but this is just the right length for the story and the story is a compelling one. The end was quite a nice twist too. Usually, you see twist endings coming from a mile away, but this one really sneaked up on me. Very good job, Kathleen Valentine.
  • Hidden Faults on Sep. 02, 2011

    It says a lot about this novel that I consider this one Anne Sumerville's best at least until the end. I'm not saying that the end is bad at all, but it is too fast. I won't go into details to avoid spoilers but I felt that the large space of that she skipped was a mistake. We needed to see the character development that happened during that time and see the societal changes take place, not just be told that they did. But the novel up until that point is so good that I still have to give it four stars and I was really tempted to give it 5. I would say 90% of this is one of the best novels she's written.
  • Compensations - Life Lessons 3.5 on April 14, 2013
    (no rating)
    Really good story. I'm seriously addicted to this series.