Andy Smith


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Squinty: A Teddy Bear's Tale
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,100. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
A short story about a teddy bear sent to a jumble sale to find a new home. Download and read to your child at bedtime. (4000 words, 25 minutes)
Cap'n K and the Dragon
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,640. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Pirates
Cap'n K and First Mate Enzo sail off on an adventure. When a storm blows them to a desert island and they find a treasure map leading to a dragon's cave, a real adventure begins... A short bedtime story to read in the dark by the light of your phone. 3yrs+
Arimathea's Box
Price: Free! Words: 1,990. Language: British English. Published: January 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Occult
(5.00 from 1 review)
Two thousand years ago on Calvary, a different story begins...
The Devil's Bloodline
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 154,810. Language: British English. Published: November 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
The revenant spirit of a Fatmid warrior. His soul sworn to a demon, his purpose vengeance. A widowered father and his son. Wrong time, wrong place. Maria Carmen dos Santos. Minor, addict and whore, hunted by a ruthless Vatican priest and pregnant with the Antichrist. All pawns in an infernal game.

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  • Boucher's World: Emergent on April 18, 2013

    I used to be a stubborn reader. Once I started, I'd finish a book no matter what. That changed with the advent of e-Readers and cheap and free eBooks. Now I'll stop as soon as I've had enough, which, with most self-published novels, is usually somewhere around the middle of the first page. Boucher's World: Emergent was a pleasant surprise. Firstly, it's a good story well-written and told, and clearly the first chapter in a much larger tale. Secondly, though it's sci-fi, it's not. Also, elements of the author's unhurried, agreeable style reminded me of works by Octavia Butler, Doris Lessing and, in some aspects, Orson Scott Card. At 122,000 words, Boucher's world is quite long for a book (IMO) most suited to the female young (and not so) adult market. That said, it "feels" and reads much shorter, and while it's not a page-turner in an action-packed, adrenalin-fueled sense, the flowing, easy prose and gradual build up and development of the characters, the relationships between them and of Boucher's World itself drew me in and kept me turning the pages and wanting to learn more. Without giving too much away, Emergent begins when the heroine Jade, a teenage pest-controller, and her "evolved" feline companion, Tally, find a doorway out of the mysterious dome that appeared some 2000 years previously, sealing both the recently-arrived human, and already-established alien, colonists on one continent of the planet. A small, mixed group of humans (all with certain psychic/telekinetic abilities), evolved pets (sentient cats and dogs) and eleven-foot Elvwist (alien colonists) are chosen to leave the dome, each group hoping to contact their homeworld; the humans using the communicators located in the abandoned colonist's ships, and the more advanced (but slowly becoming extinct) Elvwist, by telepathy. As I said above, it's sci-fi, but it's not, and instead of focussing on the "sci" part, the author concentrates on the "fi", creating vivid, vibrant characters and romantic relationships that grow with a story that just happens to be set in the 24th century on a terra-formed planet eleven light years from Earth. I do have one niggle: Emergent ends without answering any of the burning questions it puts to the reader. Who put the dome in place, and why? What's going on back on earth and on the Elvwist homeworlds? Why are the characters' extra sensory abilities evolving so quickly outside the dome? Why is Jade so important to the continuity of the Elvwist race? Again, as I said above, Boucher's World: Emergent appears to be the first chapter in a MUCH longer story that is well worth reading.
  • Boucher's World: Encounters on April 08, 2014

    I enjoyed it. Nice to finally find out what happened to them all. Not at all a typical rollercoaster sci-fi, more like meandering along a green river bank in summer... courageous writing and very different from what Id usually read. The characters pulled me in to the story, and it was interesting how the focus was on the "little things" going on between them rather than the action. Instead of becoming boring, it became addictive reading: action becoming tangential to relationships, instead of the other way round. Its different and enjoyable, maybe a little out of the mainstream, but I read it in two long sessions so it held my attention. There was a point when I was wondering what could possibly happen once the Earthers had been assimilated, so the trans dimensional earth invasion came as a surprise. Im very impressed with the writer's imagination. I did note this third book seems to be written more omniscient 3rd person, without a definite focus on any one character. Perhaps because there was so much going on and so many characters it would have been impossible to watch each on in detail. This distanced me a little from Jade, originally the lead character, but it did allow a much wider view of their society and culture. I'd have preferred a longer book with more focus on fewer people, but given the amplitude of the story, and the number of characters included, and all their differing motives and backgrounds, I can see why the writer did it that way, and they did a good job. Given the slow build up over 3 books, the climax seemed a little too quick and easily solved. I have a feeling the trilogy really requires a fourth member to do it the justice. My one gripe is that, given my darker view of humanity, I rebelled against the goodness-conquers-all message: the Boucher's Worlder's very "Christian" (my word, there's no religion involved) behaviour towards their would-be enemies, and the Emperor's family's eventual desertion to Boucher's World, were two examples I questioned. That everyone gets turned "nice" by good deeds is a beautiful idea, but so unlike reality. But that's just a question of taste, and I have to admit the story does carry a very optimistic message which, left me with a good feeling at the end. making me want to behave better towards people rather than dwell on petty grievances. And I can't deny that if we were all more like Boucher's Worlders, this one would be a much better place to live in... All in all I enjoyed the trilogy and I'm glad I read it. Beautifully written in a very feminine style, as opposed to the usual macho, girl-kicks-ass YA stuff. Very pleasing to read. I hope it builds the fan base it deserves.