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Smashwords book reviews by SgtSadler
- Zombie Nights
on July 02, 2010
I do not normally write reviews, but this one prompted me. It climbed to the top so fast that I felt compelled to check it out, and I assumed anything with enough downloads to out-rank the Style Guide must have some broader appeal.
If, like me, you are looking at this one simply because it is the most-downloaded book on Smashwords, don't bother. As near as I can tell, it is the most downloaded simply because it has the word "Zombie" in the title. The story doesn't stink quite as badly as a reanimated corpse, but it isn't very compelling.
The formatting is poor, there are plenty of typographic errors, and it is far from the degree of imaginative writing I expected from such an apparently popular work.
This story has earned a single star, because judging from the previous reviews a zero-star rating won't have any effect on the overall count.
- A Letter To Justin Bieber's Hair
on July 08, 2010
The author claims to be 13 years old. Given the celebrities he (?) is writing about, I'd believe that.
What makes me suspicious is that this one has shot to stratospheric heights so quickly. It passed both of Eva Gale's top offerings in what, an hour or two? Remember, one of her stories is what the Style Guide uses as an example of a well-formatted book.
So, either this kid is exceptionally gifted, or everyone who has Googled any of those celebrities any time over the past week downloaded the book, or someone is trying to game the system.
No stars, because I wouldn't want to read about these celebrities anyway.
- We Don’t Plummet Out of the Sky Anymore
on July 12, 2010
When this book passed Eva Gale's The Seduction of Gabriel Stewart, I decided it was time to leave a nasty review. Gale's book is used as the example of a well-formatted book in the Smashwords Style Guide, so it gets a lot of views. But who was this guy? I'd never heard of him, and this appears to be his only story on Smashwords. It couldn't be any good.
I just read it.
Damn. Now I want one of those cars.