Lynda Fries


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Smashwords book reviews by Lynda Fries

  • Cora and the Clockwork Men: a chronicle of the Walker on Aug. 10, 2011

    This was a really entertaining sci fi/steampunk short story. It opens with, "I was 23 when I learned the universe wanted me dead." It doesn’t let up from there. The action is fast-paced and sprinkled with just the right amount of humor. Cora is in an unsatisfying relationship and thinks she’s having a bad day…until the clockwork men show up and it gets much, much worse. In the midst of fighting for her life, she meets the mysterious Walker, who just may be able to get her out of this mess and provide her with some very important answers. This story was fun and well-written. I hope to read more about Cora and the Walker in the future.
  • The Other Side of Life (Book #1, Cyberpunk Elven Trilogy) on Aug. 10, 2011

    I read the description of this book and thought, “Cyberpunk elves? That sounds pretty cool.” I was not disappointed. The Other Side of Life is a fun, action-packed, sweet story. Anya and Leticia are two human good-hearted thieves that run into Nin and his elven crew. The whole gang teams up for a big heist. One thing leads to another and they just may save the world while they’re at it. This book has it all - good writing, lots of action, romance, elves, and even a mad scientist! I highly recommend it to anybody who likes a good fantasy story, or just a good story period. I can’t wait for the next installment!
  • The Old Sergeant on Aug. 12, 2011

    The Old Sergeant is a wonderful fantasy short story. It takes place in a foxhole where a crusty old sergeant and his younger, better-looking superior officer are on a watch. The two of them couldn’t be more different in every way, which creates some terrific tension. Broderick Longbarrel is a battle-hardened war veteran, while Jakobus Gwilt is young, soft, and wealthy. Add some racial tension and you’ve got quite a story. Mr. Nastos’s descriptive prose is lovely and he does some nice world-building, especially considering that this is a short story. The characters are well-developed and the old sergeant himself is quite endearing. I highly recommend this story, along with Mr. Nastos’s other story “Cora and the Clockwork Men.”
  • Frank Versus The Vampire on Aug. 31, 2011

    If you're looking for romantic, sparkly vampires, then this probably isn't the story for you. If you're looking for a great vampire parody with lots of laughs and great characters, then look no further. This is the story of Frank, a tough cop who gets the "unusual" cases. In this story, he's tracked down a murderous vampire that truly is too obnoxious to live. The story was fun and full of action and the dialogue was clever and witty. I hope to be reading more about Frank in the future. While you're at it, you should check out the other stories by Mr. Nastos.