I have suffered from bibliophilia since I first learned to read. Writing has always fascinated me. Other people began noticing my prose in the first year of junior high, grade eight for people in school jurisdictions using different terminology. For some reason, however, other people seem to like my writing more than I do myself. Despite that handicap, I have worked, off and on, as a journalist, but never tried to publish any of the literary attempts I was sometimes driven to scribble down in notebooks or on scrap paper, or type into an old computer that would inevitably break down and lose my work. Another expression of my bibliophilia was a short-lived attempt to own and run a used bookstore. That was before the internet and the worldwide web changed publishing and book distribution forever. Whether this or any other story I may publish in the future are any good is up to each reader to decide for his or her self. That is why my first published smashwords stories are free.
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Trick or Trap
It is Halloween and demons are invading West Hollywood's Carnival. Also known as the Parade, it is the largest Halloween event in the world. The Bikini Girls, a team of bikini models and part-time crime fighters, are summoned to investigate and fight the demons. More spoof than spooky, the story is a treat with a few tricks and a fireworks show thrown in for an amusing Halloween read.
Healthy or Else
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
A speculative satire about the health care industries assuming dictatorial powers in a recognizable near future society. Healthy or Else tells the story of one family's brush with the health care regime and what happens to these good people. The trends are in play; the future may not be as far away as you think.
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- Astra: Synchronicity
on Jan. 21, 2011
Astra: Synchronicity is a readable and entertaining novel, personable characters and multiple levels of tension and conflict combine to create a unique commonwealth of worlds and plot. For me the he most engaging character was not the scrupulously moral, and sometimes infuriating, male psion, Magnius Zoleki, but a normal female amnesia victim who discovers hidden depths in herself. To learn more about her and her past is one of the reasons I look forward to reading the second novel of this three novel series.
As another reviewer noted, an unexplained entry of the assassin into a hanger protected by five high security doors had me questioning how he got there, and there were a couple of other glitches as well. These jar points occurred in the later chapters of the novel, which were not as taut and well written as the early and middle chapters. These weaknesses did not ruin the novel for me, but did present problems in trying to assign a ranking. It went from being a solid four star to a weak four star or possibly three star ranking. Since Astra is the first novel by this author and this is my first review, I gave it the benefit of the doubt and assigned it four stars.
Contradictions and mistakes appear less frequently in books published by major publishers, largely because readers groups and professional editors and proofreaders catch them prior to publication. Indie writers rarely have access to comparable resources, or the benefit of their suggestions and comments for improving manuscript drafts.
- Reprieve - a short story
on June 27, 2011
This is as good an explanation for life as any, and a good story to boot. Well worth reading.
- The Man Who Crossed Worlds (Miles Franco #1)
on Dec. 31, 2011
This ebook is a fun read. It combines urban fantasy with the hardboiled private detective genre. Miles Franco is a somewhat immature, self-effacing tunneler, who manages to alienate almost everybody with a lip that is a target sign. He tells his own story in amusing manner, and the sinuous plot provides more than enough suspense to keep you clicking the page turn arrow.
- The Meandering Mayhem of Thogron Throatbiter (a short story)
on Feb. 20, 2012
Genocide usually doesn't provoke mirth, but author Tim C. Taylor has accomplished it with a story so over the top it can't help but be humorous. Nor does it detract from the appalling waste of the “meandering mayhem” created by genocidal aliens. A good short story.
- Hooligan Navy: A Short Story
on June 29, 2012
When I downloaded this story I was afraid it would be feminist historical revisionism, featuring a kick-ass hero defeating the Nazi U-boat fleet single handed. I am happy to say my worries were entirely unjustified. TK Kenyon drew me into the story with her first person characterization of the self-depreciating Eve and deft portrayal of her family. Eve's response to the threat of Nazi U-boats is natural, and so was her response to being summarily dismissed when she attempted to volunteer for the Hooligan Navy. In the end Eve gets her way and contributes to resisting the threat posed to maritime shipping (including an amusing twist I don't want to reveal here). This story is told in rich detail and is both realistic and entertaining. I read it through in one sitting, in part while cooking and eating dinner.