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Smashwords book reviews by JoseEM

  • Post-Apocalypse Dead Letter Office on June 19, 2011

    Love the way this book is written. Does a good job of conveying the concerns of the citizens after the event and giving you a glimpse of the daily lives of the citizens in their different trades. I was surprised at the stuff I was realizing along the way about the new world (given that you know they're all dead letters.) Outstanding job! The only reason this book doesn't get 5-stars is because it's a bit short at 114 pages and, given that most letters are fairly long, (very nice detail, BTW,) there aren't as many letters as you might expect. Would've loved to stay in this story for longer. Hope there'll be more from this author, I'll be watching for it.
  • Zombie Battle - Part One: Outbreak on July 06, 2011

    The story itself is well-paced and well-intertwined but, man, the spelling and punctuation errors are way noticeable. Not everywhere, but very noticeable and it makes reading this book kind of a drag as it REALLY got to me by the end. Was gonna give this 2-stars (not exactly an enjoyable reading experience because of the spelling and punctuation,) but it would be 4-stars otherwise.
  • Killers and Demons on July 07, 2011

    Extremely enjoyable short stories. Two of the five stories deal with demons and it is my opinion that those are the best. The "Killers," stories were by no means bad, it just seems that the author is probably more at home with the supernatural stories. Wish the author would publish her other books on Smashwords (there's a list in the last pages,) and, at that, I'm gonna have to pick up her only other Smashwords book pretty soon. (Please? Put up your other books on Smashwords?...)
  • Hexes and Tooth Decay: A Short Story on July 08, 2011

    Totally memorable from beginning to end! I really got a kick out of this short. Outstanding job of conveying the main character's indignance, it was beautiful. When, a few sentences in, you read, "I’d just hunkered down to breakfast beside my favorite rock," you know it's gonna be good. Totally charming, thanks for the read, author.
  • Uneasy Reading: 4 Horror Shorts on July 08, 2011

    It is my opinion that the longest story, (Dead Favors,) is the best and it's pretty damn good. This story on its own is a solid 4-star. The rest are 1-4 pages long. This isn't reflected in my rating but it's kind of anti-climactic to go from a short story to flash-length. "God's Food," paints a couple of nice visuals, too. Overall rating, 3-star. Thanks for the read, author.
  • Twisted and Warm - A Short Story Collection on July 13, 2011

    Some very cool short stories. A few are pretty damned great, a few are pretty good but it's a worth-while book. A fitting title, too. This book diverts pretty heavily from where it starts. There's the occasional misspelling but not a whole lot.
  • Far House, Deep House: a novella of hell on July 13, 2011

    An entertaining read. Some pretty twisted stuff in this story and it's very entertaining. It actually took me a few pages to get into (it starts out a little confusingly.) The end comes somewhat abruptly and some parts are not unpredictable. Struggled between giving it 2 or 3 stars. Despite the above criticisms (and they're not minor,) it was a really cool world the author painted.
  • A Very Bad Day, a bloody sexy short story on July 13, 2011

    Author does a good job of building the suspense. Definitely kept me wondering.
  • Fields of Rot on July 13, 2011

    I was kind of conflicted about this read. It moved along pretty quickly. A bit too quickly, just all the need-to-know stuff. It didn't bother with the details of living in such a world like you've probably read in other epistolary format books so it sort of felt like a quick run from A to B. Without spoiling the story, I did like the origins of the undead.
  • The Dark Secret on July 13, 2011

    I give this story such a low rating because it's not so much a story told as it is a presenting of information. There was no mystery or anything, everything was more or less laid out for you with very little build-up and no payoff.
  • Ghost Plane and Other Disturbing Tales on July 17, 2011

    This book was definitely a pleasure to read. The blurb is definitely spot-on, no bullshit. Of course, you'll naturally like some stories better than others. I'll not comment on any story in particular so as to not spoil any story, I'll just refer anyone reading this to the first paragraph of the extended description. Thanks for the read, author.
  • Head Shots : Scenes from the Zombie Apocalypse on July 17, 2011

    This was actually a pretty fun read... BUT there was not much suspense. The heroine of the story is an ass-kicking zombie slayer. There's never the sense that she (or the people with her,) are ever in any real danger. She's just too good, even when things get tougher. Still, like I said, it was a fun read. Since it leaves off with a cliffhanger, hopefully there'll be a follow-up. And hopefully it'll be better. I'll keep watching. Also, and it's nitpicky, Glocks don't have safeties you can flick on and off.
  • The Venus Club (Winner of the Indie Horror Spring Writing contest 2011) on July 22, 2011

    This short story was such a delight to read, it's definitely one of my favorites now. I loved the way the narrator gracefully dances you through her early life, it was beautiful. Outstanding imagery is crafted by the author. Thanks for the read, author.
  • The Facility on July 23, 2011

    Very cool read. Very interesting the way this is written. One sequential story told by different people, in the present tense gives you a unique perspective (it's sort of necessary in this story.) Totally recommended. My one reservation is that I wish more time was spent in the early part of the story, it's really cool.
  • A Little Girl in My Room & Other Stories on July 27, 2011

    Outstanding short stories full of detail. I honestly couldn't believe how much was crammed into like 2 and 3 pages. Probably the best example of flash fiction I've read. And the stories themselves, also outstanding. There were at least a couple of times when I thought I knew where the story was going... but I was wrong, and I'm glad the stories aren't so predictable. Very well done. Thanks for the read, author.
  • Midnight Cruise on July 27, 2011

    Some of these individual stories deserve a higher score, but I have to average it out since a couple of these are either predictable or lack the payoff that the others do. Still, the majority of the stories are clear winners. Very enjoyable and thought-provoking. I'll be watching for more short stories from this author.
  • Blue Ink: A Short Story on Aug. 01, 2011

    The first reviewer said it best, this is a thought-provoking story. It has at least a few moments that make you pause and ponder. It works on so many levels and provides perspective. Thanks for the read, author.
  • One Night With The Fae on Aug. 02, 2011

    Very well written and an entertaining story. I love all the different perspectives it provides (and have my favorites and am sure you will, too.) I had my doubts in the first few pages, but it gets to the good stuff real quick. I'm definitely becoming a big fan of this author. I picked this up because I'm a huge fan of the author's "A Little Girl in My Room." Both are highly recommended.