Cory Banyan


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Smashwords book reviews by Cory Banyan

  • A Luminous Future on June 22, 2012

    Now that I have finished reading “A Luminous Future” by Teodor Flonta, I’m wondering what took me so long to read it in the first place! It came highly recommended to me by a trusted friend of mine, but even so I kept reading other books in its place. Finally, one night I clicked on the opening chapters intending to only read a few pages that evening. Imagine my surprise when the next thing I knew I was almost 60% of the way done, and no intention of stopping until I had reached the end! I felt almost physically pulled into this strange, yet familiar world, and refused to leave until I saw and heard all there was to experience. Sometimes this story was scary, sometimes sad. Sometimes profound, sometimes lighthearted and funny. I loved every page and cannot recommend it higher. I can’t believe I waited so long to read it, but am glad I finally did. It was a brilliantly written and moving tale, one I won’t likely soon forget.
  • Return of the Crown on Feb. 03, 2013

    Overall I thought that “The Return of the Crown” was an impressive novel that I would have no problem recommending to my friends and family. I was immediately pulled into the story, and thought the author did an excellent job of world-building and keeping the action moving forward. It is very well written, although at times I thought it could use some trimming as the pace seemed to slow with some unnecessary descriptions or superfluous events that seemed to take us in circles at times. But this ranks up there with some of the better YA fantasies I’ve read, and would encourage fans of the genre to give it a shot. You won’t be disappointed.
  • Oil and Corruption on March 09, 2013

    I liked this book. The unique storylines wove together nicely, and the tension stayed solid with no boring middle, and for the most part I was really impressed. Fans of the genre will enjoy it.
  • Silicon Succession on June 30, 2013

    Silicon Succession is an interesting novel with a slightly familiar premise. The writing was strong and I was pulled into the action right away. The tone is one you would expect from a sci-fi or dystopian—slightly detached and impersonal feeling. The main character, Iain, (don’t remember if we ever got a last name) is easy to get behind and allows the reader see the events unfold through his eyes. Not without its flaws, but overall an enjoyable experience. Would read more from this author in the future, and fans of Sci-fi/dystopian will enjoy the descriptive action and clever scenes.
  • Many Many Many Gods of Hinduism on Dec. 23, 2013

    I think that MANY MANY MANY GODS OF HINDUISM by author Swami Achuthananda is exactly the type of book that students should read when learning about other cultures. When its presented in this way, it comes off less as a teaching text book, but more like an interesting novel, with the stories and background information. It is almost like plots weaving themselves together. I had no preconceived notions regarding Hinduism good or bad…frankly I never gave it much thought. (I’d never heard of it as being “wicked” or “evil” or “pagan” like the author notes)But now that I’ve read this book I feel like my eyes have been opened in an unexpected way and I’m happy that I’m so much more aware of one of the worlds’ largest religions. I’m giving this to my fifteen-year-old son to read next. Excellent job, a terrific book.