I previously read this after picking it up at Amazon. While there are a couple of cute ones, most of this is bad. In my review at Amazon I said: if I had a "be sure to never buy anything from this author" list I would take the time to add everything he ever wrote to the list. Given that I wanted be sure and mention it here as well, as I almost just got one his other works, just the thought make me shudder.
As a science fiction work I think it has room to improve. Many science facts are thrown about in the book, some are very real, others not so much.
The basic premise of the book, with leapfrog evolution is not new, but I have not seen it dealt with in this much detail before (good), but the science (fact and/or fiction) just did come together for me (bad).
I read about half the book before giving it up. It felt like the book was developing so that some deity or alien race was going to be behind the changes, I kept hoping for some non-magicaly theory be presented and supported. Add all the government conspiracy and just no point in going farther.
A group of well written short stories that make you think. I like the way the last story connects with an earlier story. If you like short stories of the potential near future that make you consider options, this book is for you.
Nothing happens in this book, it is all character development and setting the scene. It is well written, but noting happens for sooo loonngg, I wanted to stop reading, I had actually given up when I noticed that I had also downloaded the next two books, so I made my way to the end. Will at least give the second book a shot, if I can gather the strength to load it to my kindle. Reminds me of "Mission Earth" where a trilogy worth of plot is stretched into 10 novels.
I will be looking for further adventures on this work. The story is the first 3 chapters of what promises to be a longer work, it ends of a bit of cliff hanger, but not in an unpleasant way. The focus is on christian afterlife, with small bits of other religions tastefully included.
There a few laugh out loud (while the wife was having a medical test, oops) surprises. It is good clean fun reading regardless of your beliefs.
I had just read the short description, so was a little surprised as the story developed. The longer description gives you a better feel for the story.
The plot was good but I thought the overly dysfunctional family detracted from the story.
The story flows and unfolds very nicely. I found the hints and the plot development perfectly timed.
Everyone thinks they are they only normal person and Jake is no different, it is easy to immerse yourself in his being for this story.
The work feels like it wants to the two main characters to be Arthur Dent & Ford Prefect. Other then a couple backdrop changes this first chapter is pretty much identical to the first chapter of the Douglas Adams most famous work, but not quite as interesting.
I gave two stars, because I like the title.
At first I thought this was a good, but not exceptional work, a little below what I have come to expect from the author.
But the next day I found I was still reviewing the story in my mind, and considering the message and the plot. (skip witty word play relating to the plot). When a short story is still making you think about it the next day, it is a 5 star story.
This story is a great read, and fine story, except that at every new paragraph I was waiting for some science. There should have been news about, tides, weather and earthquakes and probably volcanic eruptions.
The Invisible War
on July 19, 2013
I kind of feel obligated to write something, as there are no existing reviews.
I read it but, the story never really grabbed my attention.
Outlawed Songs and Poems
on July 19, 2013
"they have No Copyrights, for they were not written onto paper!"
Copyright rules very by country, but as a generally rule if you put the words together and published them they are copyrighted. You might want to read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creative_Commons_licenses to learn how to release the work if that is your desire.
I knew in the first couple of page, it was a well written story that I was going enjoy reading. I skipped past the big sex scene, just because the rest of the story was so good, I did not want to be distracted.
Other then that I have not seen anything on the news, there is no reason for this not to be true story. Extremely well written with both narrative and multiple fist person perspectives. I don't recall reading anything quite like it before, very refreshing.
Epilog wraps up the end and does not leave you hanging. Will be looking for more work by George Hoepfner
A well written story. I liked the way plot pieces held and fell together.
I subtracted one star in my rating for the ending. The logical necessity for story stumbles a bit in the end, you may not notice it, and I won't point it out. But I think there is room for a little polishing in the last page or two.
A cute story line, but there are a couple of issue.
The bunny in the pictures appears to a be a Netherland Dwarf https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netherland_Dwarf not a wild bunny. if you see a bunny with short ears or that otherwise resembles a domesticated bunny, please don't set it "Free". Find a suitable rescue in your area instead.
Also Carrots are very high in sugar, and would be a bunny treat not a dinner item. Leafy green vegetables and hay would be better food choices http://rabbit.org/category/care/diet/
I grabbed a few books and tossed on to the kindle, this was one of them. I had forgotten the description by the time I started reading, I was just enjoying a light story waiting for the plot to develop: WAIT, screeching halt! There is a lot more going on here then it seems at first glance.
Go back to the first page, this time "read it". I will be reading it again, and probably again, this an extremely well thought out work, there are a lot of messages, and I may have missed a couple.
Adding to favorite Authors, and going to get more works.
Everything the description promises is here. If you enjoyed the move Kill Bill, you will probably enjoy this book. There are similarities but did not strike me as a clone. Story flows nicely, and is worth 4 stars, but the descriptiveness of the scenes was great, just enough that my minds eye could see most of the scenes in vivid color.
Several VERY well written and well thought out works. Added to my Favorite Authors. Currently this work is free, and I highly recommend, you give it a shot.
I see he has several other works, going to grab a couple more of the short story collections, then seriously considering purchasing a couple of his longer works.
Good work, thanks for sharing :)
Well written and a unique story idea in an overdone genre. It provides an answer to a question that is often on my mind, if you lived (or were undead) for hundreds of years, how would you make ends meet?
Very well written. I spaced the stories out over several days reading other works by other authors in between so I would have something good to go back to if the others flopped.
The characters and their interaction are very real, in many cases I felt the stories where first person accounts, and the persons are often very different in different stories.
Add to your library and take your time savoring these.
Seems to depend mostly on rephrasing the same graphic scenes and providing unlikely plot directives to keep the story almost moving. There might be a good short story in it, but as is there are too many words for story.
I read 47% before giving up.
A good start, but I felt let down by the ending. There should have been something more. More than paying the price to learn to read, there is a price learning as you read.
This kid in this world; what happens to him as learns different ideas from the books?
4.5 stars. Interesting story line and plot twists. Not sure what it is missing for that last half a star, but it was fun, my brain juices were flowing trying to work out the details of what was coming next.
My wife and I both read this, neither of us have any idea why anyone would take the time to write this down.
This is like I had stupid dream, woke up and wrote it down, there is no beginning and no ending, just a chunk in the middle.
I actually came back here, expecting to find this was a teaser, it is not a story.
I read 29%, to many characters with to many names for a short story. Everyone had a first name and a last name and maybe a nick name too. In one sentence the author used one in the next he used a different name.
I don't think I have ever said this before, but I don't think there are enough words for the story. Seems like there is a lot going on, but it never really came through to me as a flowing story.
5 Stars for young readers. 4 Stars for adults.
This was a fun book, characters are at the age when the first girl boy kiss occurs, and seems to be written for that age group or a bit older. The plot surprises where a bit obvious to me, but they should be about write for the younger audience. The story is worth reading, even if you are old like me.
Full of great science, and as best I can tell there are no flaws in the current science or the future science. Readers are at some risk of getting educated while reading this engaging story.
The title of the book, could stand to be changed to something relate to the story.
This is a well written, very busy and well thought out story that has that ring of possibility that makes it seems like; if it's not true today, it could be tomorrow.
Looks like there are some other works by the Author, going to get them now.
Interesting story line and good delivery. The story takes a couple steps back in forth in the time line of the story, and does a great job of building anticipation.
I was a little confused about exactly when the journey on the "Green Path" began, but the more I think about it, the more I think it is as it should be.
I identified with the characters, and was with them every step of the way.
A series of short stories, all stand on their own, but many connect in subtle ways.
Some of the stories failed to draw me in and I skipped them, but I read most of them.
"Other Worlds Than These" by the same author looks interesting so going to download it now.
Well written, and not as political as you might be tempted to think. This story is about a seed of an idea, planted at time of difficulty and the look at what the outcome of the seed might ultimately be.
The start is very dry, essentially a one man monolog (though there are other characters) describing a future 2500 years from now, I got about 15% into it and lost my place, did not feel it worth the effort to find where I left off and let it go.
There may or may not be a worthwhile storyline in it. All the descriptive scenes describing the future world, without a strong plot to drive the story just make me bored. If those parts are important to the story, share them when I need to know them, if they are not important leave them out.
If you don't pay attention when reading this story you might miss some key points (like how the earth was destroyed).
I found the concept of distribution of intelligence, interesting and fresh. Well written other then being a little bumpy at the start flows well. The bumpy start, might have been written differently, but it does come together after you have read the whole story.
Worth reading twice.
There is much to read between the lines here. I tried not to go to deep, just stay mostly at the surface and enjoy the flow.
If you are looking for though provoking or just a good read, you will find what you are looking for here.
Very logical progression from beginning to end. When you think about, no other conclusion is possible.
This is the second work I have read by this author. Now I have to go download all the rest their works.
Not ready for yet. The book reads like it was written by an young audult, and not edited. The is a hint of an good idea there, but it is poorly executed. I kept reading thinking it really can't be this bad, there must be something, but no it is just bad.
This is written to meet some specific criteria, which are described at the start. I kept feeling like the story could be better. It's not bad, but not really good either. I think I will go sample a couple other of the author's works, there is promise here.
The wife and I read this with text to speech while on a short trip. It was fun and funny.
on Jan. 12, 2014
"captured by a secret organ from NASA" by the same logic that tells me NASA does not have a spleen, I am pretty sure there may be a typo or two in this work. Declining to download at this time.
The beginning reminded me of another short story I read not to long ago (can't recall the name). This had a better ending then the other.
Last page of the book offers links to some of her other works (none on Smashwords currently)
I was actually kind of disappointed at the beginning as the description had me anticipating a different story. Once I realized the story I was really reading I was impressed.
It reads as if written in 1950, with only a singly technological advance; the flying car. The story centers around a young man who lets perception and advertising guide his desires for a new car. Will the "small print", his coworkers and his girl friend Bliss, be able to show him the light?
on Jan. 26, 2014
Darker and more vivid than I expected.
I enjoyed it, but felt like the story could be expanded to explore more of the universe. It claims to be related to the 'Wolfcaller Chronicles' (same author) I have not read any of those works, but reading the descriptions, I am not seeing the connection.
The story flows well, but the name almasti is not one I have ever heard used to describe sasquatch, And I spent many years living 100 miles southwest of Seattle.
All of the events and the flow for the ranger and the campers do not have the ring of experience. I would not be at all surprised to learn that the author has never camped in forest.
Interesting concept, but the plot is poorly executed. I found everything to feel like someone telling a story, I never got that ring of realism. As an example, the universe has instant communication between star system, ok no problem, but you have a huge problem developing and you wait a month for a pilot (minor character) to arrive at another star base before sending help. This is but one example, every plot development was similarly lame.
I tagged this one as 'read again' in my library. A short work, that mixes so many concepts in so many ways so nicely. The scenes are described wonderfully, and the story has unexpected twist near the end,
A slow start, I was wondering why I had added this one to my reading pile as it seemed kind of out my regular style. I didn't find I why I liked it until the end. This is a good story to find on your ereader, one day when you don't recall why you put it there. A slow start, and Hmm didn't see that coming at the end. Flows nicely, if you like a little more human interest than I do, you will probably find the beginning more enjoyable than I did.
4.5 stars, The story is well written and flows nicely, but it was not over the top you got my attention, edge of my seat kind of story. It starts in the middle of a significant scene, and follows the escape of two characters. Suspense was nicely done, I had a couple of ideas what the ending was, but did not KNOW until the end.
I did not finish this book, giving two stars. This is part medical thriller, part science fiction (very near future) and part fantasy. I read 61% and while the writing and flow were ok, the book has way to many words in the middle. The lead characters are all financially well off, the believability factor of mundane plot points is low. The medical/science is glossed over lightly. When I stopped, there was insufficient motivation to read another 50,000 words.
This was the second book I have read by this author the first being 'The Pen'. Given that this is the first in the authors 'Space and Speculation' series, it seemed a good candidate to see if I wanted to read more by the author.
I don't want to read more.
Big business and the little guy, the basic plot has been done before, but this was well executed and enough original content and plot to keep me interested.
Reminiscent of 'The Man Who Sold the Moon, by Robert A. Heinlein (1949/1951)' in a good, not copycat kind of way.
Going to look for other works by the author now.
A good reworking of the classic misfits succeed plot line. No big surprises, but was enjoyable to read.
The Alien Adventure!
on March 02, 2014
1. Proofread and edit your introduction. If it is not attractive, there is no point in looking at the book.
2. Your story concept is interesting, but the work needs more polishing.
The One Discovered (Chronicles of the Diasodz, Book 1)
on March 02, 2014
Of seven reviews, 6 reviewers with no other reviews use similar words to describe their enjoyment of this work.
In spite of that I have downloaded the work, and when I get around to reading it (maybe a while) I will post an honest review.
Nothing new, or spectacular. It is a story that has been done before.
21 Games for the Mind That Won’t Shut the $%&* Up!
on March 05, 2014
There is a disclaimer in the beginning of the book on who "this book isn't for" it is a fairly extensive disclaimer. I am not the target audience.
If you can't tell if you are part of the target audience you should probably skip this one.
I got this book for free during the "Read an Ebook Week'' sale. I would rate it about 3.5 stars not bad, but room to improve. I am not really drawn to look for more books by the author.
The story idea was interesting, but it felt chopped up, and I never got a flow like I was living/believing it.
To the best of my knowledge I am not related to the author.
There is a grain of an interesting story in here, but I the writing needs a bit more polishing and editing. WAY TO MANY WORDS IN ALL CAPS. I had a hard time following at the beginning, just trying to figure out what was going on. About halfway through I got a good idea of the story line finally, but the execution and the CAPS prevented me from finishing.
An interesting mystery that was much more than I thought it would be. A couple of plot crutches help bring closure at the end, but I liked the way it matured from a small beginnings into a fuller adventure.
I previously got this work on Amazon (with DRM) and now it is here DRM free. Grabbing the DRM free version now. The following is the review I wrote on Amazon April 26, 2012
Think twice before starting this book on work night, I was up very late reading "one more part". The main character is a natural female "James Bond". She has a natural talent for doing the skills that make being a spy, special forces agent or criminal someone special. The writing is very smooth, and I felt that every action was reasonable and believable in the characters universe.
To much of the writers effort is focused on trying to create a hidden threat. The story suffers from a lack of realism secondary to trying to force the fear from brief incomplete images of the threat.
Example, three cops on a scene with two cars, leave one car at the scene and the three take one car to a restaurant. There are just so many things wrong there...
This is transcript of an interview with an ET. Other than the fact that the men in black have not removed it from the internet, it is completely believable.
Williams is an annoying interviewer, who fits perfectly into the mold of the story, the ET has exactly the right answers so by the end I was convinced this was a true transcription.
I picked this up during the recent free book offer, and now I am going to have to seriously consider laying out real money to read some of the authors other works.
This is a fantasy adventure of life and the mind. The lines between reality and fantasy are blurred. I enjoyed the story, but it felt a bit bumpy in place, which was by intent, but if felt like their where some bumps that should have been there. Over all a good work.
I am not up to the task of writing a review for a work of this quality. It was real, it was believable, and I was emotionally involved with the character very early. Goes in the read again pile and will be looking for other works by the author.
The words and story flow nicely, but the ending felt very out of character for the person of Jonagold.
But the writing was nice enough that I will be giving another work by the author a look.
Read 37% before giving up.
Granting all the science is real, and the infrastructure exists as described; Nothing about the character situations or plot development felt real, believable, or even remotely plausible.
I read 70% before giving up. I wanted to like the story for the premise, and it's potential. It never felt real or plausible.
After reading as much as I did, I wish I had stopped sooner, it never got better, worse maybe...
I really enjoyed this work. I had previously read 'DEAD(ish)' and on finding the Omnibus: Books 1-5 By Naomi Kramer, I had to read it ALL.
All the connected stories are told, in a series of first person perspectives by the different characters which moves the story along very nicely.
I remembered how much I enjoyed the first story, but had forgotten the alternating first person perspective thing... I tried to read it with text to speech (Kindle Keyboard), while driving on trip with my wife. Unfortunately text to speech is not so good at highlighting the perspective change, so it really does not fit that mode of delivery.
So I had to put it aside for another day, and read it with my eyes (old school style), very worth it.
P.S. I think this was the first book I paid real money for on Smashwords, and it was worth paying for.
3 stars as a written work, 4 stars for a 'text to speech' work to read during a commute.
There are way to many words for the plot, many points are repeated, which if you are listening to while driving in traffic makes for a good commute work, no worries about missing a subtle plot point.
The characters have depth, and are believable. The plot line is plausible, and the universe only slightly off reality from the one I live in.
I have read a number of works that tried to use public domain characters is a new, wonderful way. Most fail badly.
This is well written and feels very real. It is a collection of short works, that occur in the same universe. As with group of short stories, there are some I like better than others. When I finished reading the first "Fairy Tale News" I was trying to figure out what I would need need to do, to convince Smashwords to let me post 6 stars on 5 star rating system.
This is a realistic and believable, strong possibility it is not fiction.
Part two is better than part one, Going to download parts 3, 4 & 5 now.
Halaka, The Laws Of The Universe
on May 02, 2014
I only read about 4%, the mobi version (at least this far) is mostly in bold font, which was somewhat distracting. There was nothing capturing my attention, and my passing familiarity with the Jewish religion was not enough to keep me going.
I have no idea how Nicolas does it, there must be so many people running around in his brain, not sure how he gets anything done. Each story is great, so many perfect first person accounts, each unique and person different enough that you can not believe they all where imagined by the same person. It feels like they must be true works be several different people, the diversity of story and personality and realism seems to great for any one person to create as fiction.
The first part of the book is character development, In my personal taste (others may differ) it was to much to soon.
The rest of the book was an interesting perspective on religion in story format. Neither really good or really bad. This is more of an exploratory trip on religious theology that I have not come across before. I did read the whole thing (text to speech while commuting).
A moderately interesting mix of history and lore. It does not cause me to go seeking other works by the author, nor does it make me want to avoid other works should I come across any that look interesting.
I had this sitting on my kindle for a while, did not have the cover image in mind when reading it. I found to be quaint retelling of an old time travel scenario. I did not guess the subject during the reading of the work.
It is not Science Fiction, It might be Fantasy, more accurately it is a modern interpretation of mythology. Really its a less then optimal executed drama.
I guessed the author of the 'Letter" early, and found the entire scenario from start to end to be unrealistic.
As glimpse inside the mind of young princess it was very good. But it felt unfinished, the super soldiers where only lightly touched upon, if this is part of series the place in the series should be called out in the description.
What happens when the young lady, finally realizes the difference between what she has been taught and reality?
A extremely well written engaging story. There is a bit of science and history in the back ground of the story, all of which is accurate (at least to my knowledge).
I can't add anything not present in the description. I am looking forward to more works by this author.
This is not a list of keyboard short cuts it is a list of auto correct, used in the authors operating system.
See Wikipedia to learn what keyboard short cuts really are
Well thought out characters in a well thought out universe.
While not stayed, it feels like the target audience is young adults and/or children old enough to play video games with weapons in them.
I have not read the related story, and this stood by itself nicely.
In the title story; several plot points seemed fairly unrealistic. There is an attempt later in the story to try an explain them, but still seemed rather weak. After finishing the first story I was not motivated to read the rest of the book.
A nice little story about a big mean dragon, and those who would steal from him. The story felt a little wobbly where a third member joins the plot, but otherwise, a nice progression with realistic characters and events (in universe). Hope to come across more works by the author.
Some of these works are really short, I think one has a title almost as long as the body. Many of the are strange and lack that high point climax that many works of fiction have, many felt like first person tales, of actual events.
There is a certain lack of polish that makes them... I don't know what it makes them... But I kept reading them one after another like a bag of chips, you can't have just one.
And the fun continues, not a stand alone. If you have not read the first one, go get it. I liked the second a bit more than the first, but you definitely need to the first to full appreciate the second one.
I am waiting for the third, so guess I will need to add Lindsay Tomlinson to my favorite author list so I will be sure to check in once in while to see if part 3 is out yet.
As the two existing reviews are from people who know the author, I will tell you I don't know the author, I stumbled across the work and picked it up for free (you set the price = 0.00).
There is a lot of indeterminate identity stuff going on in this work, I was maybe half way through the work before I realized just how much, there are crazy mixed up, people and 'Gods', in the same way that some people you probably know are mixed up.
What makes this work good, is that both the people and the not people are real, every personality is struggling through an event, and neither they nor you know how it is going to turn out.
This is a fun work, I generally don't read plays, but this was a pleasant experience.
I had no problem watching the entire play, play out on the stage in my brain. Working in corporate office environment it is easy to identify with the reality of Two's plight.
There is a good idea for story here, but there is much room for an editor before this book is ready to be read. To many widely diverse changes, plot hiccups and such. The sub plots are bumpy and while I like the idea, the execution needs a lot of work.
A realistic and believable look at tomorrow (or maybe today?) I can't really add anything not already in the description. The universe is functional and could be ours, the story progressed nicely and was realistic.
This is a funny wacky adventure, I enjoyed reading it will be looking for more by the author. The main character occasionally speaks directly to the reader, a writing style that is difficult to accomplish well, done very nicely.
Another strange journey, it was an enjoyable read, but it felt out of sorts near the end, the additional 3 characters at the end, did feel justified by earlier plot development. A good story line, but room to rework and expand.
I am not familiar with the comic, so I probably missed some of the relationships here. I would not recommend as the first book to read by the author, but once you have read some of his better works, you may enjoy the insights here.
I generally avoid books that include review quotes in the description, very glad I made an exception in this case.
I read this once, and enjoyed it. The next night I had to read it again and I enjoyed it even more. It is going in my 'read again' pile.
Fantastic plot line and very well executed delivery.
The description does a good job of describing the plot line, I read through a few 'stories' and was not feeling strongly about continuing. I did skip to the back and scan the last few pages, but I am unmotivated to read the whole thing.
The description reads much better than the book. I read about 40% before giving up on the work.
Much of it is written in a narrative format that is more like an outline of what should happen in this place in the book. I never felt like a I was there, more like I was reading a proposal for a story that someone want to tell but has not fully fleshed out.
Echoing Mary Blackwell's review, Would enjoy watching the play, but reading this work is only Ok.
on July 24, 2014
It looks like this is the second of four works in a series. https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/5405 It looks like the author is trying to sell the first work for $3, and giving away the following related works. As it is unclear if the following works require reading the first work, the author may want to review their marketing strategy
Only 20% of this book is the title work, the rest is a teaser about a following work. This is described in extended description "(This short story is 3200 words) "
The work is neither overly good or bad, I did not find the plot development plausible.
Plot and story flow nicely, the main character has depth, and the story seems mostly plausible. I would classify it more as a Mystery, Adventure, than a Fantasy work.
I will be looking for other works by the author.
A whole pile of really great stories, the depth of character and the wide variety of them in Nicolas Wilson's works is mind boggling. I don't know how many people live inside of his brain, but you will meet several of them here.
The movie was cute, this book is much better. AND significantly better than some of the authors other works like "The Road To Toontown" & "Space Vulture", which I read prior this work, glad I gave it a try, moving on to the next book in the series, "Who P-p-p-plugged Roger Rabbit?"
This is a fun book, it seems to be influenced by the style of Douglas Adams, without being a redo of any of his works. The universe, the 'off-world visitors' and the plot are well thought out; all interact well together.
There are a few errors that could be corrected by an editor, but unless you are an English snob, they are easy enough to read through.
The work is written in British English, and I had to look up 'allotment' ("a plot of land made available for individual, non-commercial gardening or growing food plants" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allotment_%28gardening%29 ) and several other terms, A glossary might be helpful.
I will be looking out for the promised continuing adventures in this universe.
Not ready for prime time, I read 5% before giving up. The writing is choppy and needs a major edit by an editor who is not connected to the author.
There is a glimmer of a story idea in there, but the all plot points I saw in the first 5% have been done multiple times before.
Part 1 while another book in the series is published on Smashwords a few days earlier?
This work says email the author for details on the series? I don't think so, there is a reason Smashwords has a 'byseries' grouping see https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/14703