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  • From the Fire on April 12, 2011

    Fast read. A bit depressing, because we think in terms of humankind. Gives back the actual perspective that we aren't "all that." It left me wanting more. Good stories leave you that way. Even still I want to know more about the new life; I want hope that WE will be there again. Egotistical human, I am.
  • In memory of Linda on April 12, 2011

    The only reason I am giving this three stars instead of five is I want more. I would love to see more memories the one brief one at the end. More Please! :)
  • The Woman in the Wing on April 19, 2011

    Not my usual genre; I enjoyed it just the same. Jean Sheldon sends the reader back to a time when women were becoming more than housewives. The unfortunate truth shows that for all the ground we thought we had gained, much has fallen away. The story has a build up of excitement and intrigue. Trying to figure out who the bad guys/women are, the reader is caught up in mystery. My reason for giving it less than four stars is the dialogue. It seemed awkward at times. And maybe it was just me, but I found keeping track of who's who confusing all the way to the end. Maybe that is due to the lack of military training on my part. I need to understand ranking. So someone who has studied that may have better luck in reading this. Even still the story kept me interested.
  • The Amadeus Net on July 22, 2011
    (no rating)
    This is the review I wrote for GoodReads: What if Mozart wasn't in that mass paupers' grave? What if he had managed to live not only to the current age but centuries beyond, even after the world had been hit by a huge meteor. That is the main plot. But there are many subplots. A sentient city, Amadeus and the sex-change, Amadeus and the lesbian nurse, wars and rumors of all kinds. The story was very good. But I think the copy I got for my Kindle wasn't cleaned up enough. For one the author repeats himself, then the Title or Author's name was there to interrupt the flow. (I read and listened to text to speech). Hopefully future editions will be much better. *** I wrote that a little over a month ago. I still remember Amadeus Net with fondness. I may have to read it again someday. I don't often feel like re-reading a book but there were so many subplots to keep the story moving that I still find myself intrigued.
  • The Old Woman and Other Lesbian Stories on Jan. 03, 2012

    I am not one to like anthologies. I like to get to know the depth of the characters. That is my reason for the four stars. The stories were fun, easy for most folks to read and enjoy. My favorites were The Old Woman which I felt showed how we all have biases that keeps us from enjoying people that don't fit within our own filters. We may be shorting ourselves from the gifts of a fuller life. And The other favorite was about the parrot. Too funny.
  • An angels touch- A short story on March 15, 2012

    I would love to see the Angel's version of this story. I hope Scott got someone to edit this. Tiffany, what is your story?
  • Charlotte's Army on March 23, 2012

    I downloaded this from Smashwords for free. I have read books by Patty Jansen that I really liked so I took a chance. This is probably a book guys who like sci-fi would like. I suppose the word Army in the title should have been a give-away. I don't like my sci-fi to involve politics or war. I did like that the main character didn't want to erase the memories of war from her patients. The mind control was an interesting if not controversial plot element. Sorry I couldn't be more into it. Maybe it was just the frame of mind I was in. Maybe I need to be wired in to join in Charlotte's Army? :)
  • Glitter on June 14, 2012

    Still have a lump in my throat for this one. The story feels to be truth, like it happens everyday. In someways I am sure it does. Hard lessons to be true to yourself and your friends. Hold your head up and enjoy life even if you aren't like everyone else. I don't know how I came upon this little story. Kind of glad I got behind on my reading goals so that I was searching for short books on my Kindle. This was a gem! Kind of wish I knew what happened next.
  • When Minds Collide (Phoenician Short #0.1) on March 12, 2013

    I was fortunate to be offered this ebook by the author for review. Thank you, Friday! The excerpt at the end of When Minds Collide really piqued my interest. I plan to read it soon! This review is for: When Minds Collide. My critiques are that the short story doesn't answer the questions presented in the blurb. It got close but left me hanging and wanting to know more. I wanted to know what happened next. To me the story had just finished setting up for the real deal. Even so, I did love the story and the writing was excellent. I have been on a quest for the last few years to find more books, mostly sci-fi or fantasy, that aren't male dominant. So I eased into this story, knowing it would be. The refreshing part was that women weren't sex objects. In fact, the few women in the story were more or less witnesses of what was happening and maybe not needed as the story is about three main characters who happen to be male. That is all the spoiler I am giving. Needless to say, I loved the characters, the world, the author's mission. I think a lot of people would like this story. The read was quite pleasant and left me questioning. Those are the kinds of stories I like the best: those that make me think!
  • Conditioned Response (Phoenician #2) on April 18, 2013

    This felt Heinleinish! I love this kind of speculative science. Other worldly, alien beings=Earthlings, not the indigenous. The problems of two brains in one head. And Ms. Baldwin is brave enough to show love comes in many ways. There is intrigue which made this a bad book for bedtime as I couldn't put it down. I must admit it was slow starting but the set-up was needed. As opposed to other second books, this one could be a read alone, or out of order, as everything is explained without being bogged down in details. I took my time with this book mostly due to my health. But had I been feeling great I think it would have been a book that would take a couple days. The characters were well developed, except when they weren't. ;) When adult people can be reproduced they take a while to come into their own skin. The plot kept me wondering, how will they do this? Why is he/she acting like this? Can we really trust this guy? Or why doesn't she trust him? It just keeps you guessing. I loved it! This was a free for review from the author. But had I bought it I would have said all I said above. It is my kind of book! Oh, and I love the afterwords, all of them. Thanks for sharing that much about the making of/writing of Friday and her works and playlist!
  • Black Heart on May 06, 2013

    The was a free for review by the author. My friends won't believe I actually read and liked a book with vampires and werewolves. But I did enjoy it. I loved the characters, even to some extent the bad guy. The scary that was in the book wasn't from the paranormals but humans. There were places that I found myself giggling at wit the author sprinkles into the story lightly. I felt the fear and anger that the characters felt while under such extreme circumstances. Let me be honest, I didn't give less than five stars for the vampires or violence. It was just too short! I wanted so much more! This is a case where I wish I could give 4.5 stars. Thank you for sharing this with me.
  • Lunatic Fringe (Tales of the Pack, Book 1) on July 28, 2013

    What an exciting ride! I really wanted to get something done today besides reading. The story wouldn't let up, it was so exciting! Except for the occasional oops that you might find in the best published works, I was in love with the writing of this book. The vocabulary was mature and didn't assume that the audience would be third-graders. And descriptions that the author used were unique and beautiful. Don't let this book scare you away, should you not like the idea that it has lesbians or werewolves. Neither are overbearing or gruesome. And it is full of enlightenment for anyone who would pick it up. My goal this year was to read as many books as I could that had female author and a strong female main character. Okay, maybe the main character isn't strong when we meet her, but the other females around her are, and she grows. I already have book two, and can hardly wait to read it. I want to know what happens. Thank you, Allison Moon, for allowing me to read this at the discounted price. I look forward to reading your other books.
  • In the Beginning on Oct. 04, 2013

    I have been finished with this book for two days and still can't figure out how to review it. It did hook me and I wanted to find out what would happen to the characters. But this angst of the main character, Justin, who I thought was a male in a committed relationship with husband, Mase, until I think the third chapter, was too much. Look, I suppose there are scientists out there that can't wrap their minds around a couple theories of the origins of mankind at once but I doubt if they were 'believers' or that they would have this kind of mental breakdown. Not a true scientist. But maybe that is my problem and not that of the book. Most of the book is a bit like Indiana Jill but beliefs of God are dealt with lightly, after all they are looking for the lost scrolls or artifacts yet to be found. The end of the book, though, gets a bit God heavy. And the angst grew when I didn't think it needed to be there. Still it was a very good read. Thank you, Abby L. Vandiver, for giving me the free book for review.
  • Dog Days of Dying on Nov. 21, 2013

    Disclaimer: I was given this Smashwords copy of Dog Days of Dying by the author Jacqueline Patricks for an honest review. Thank you! Okay, I have been a med-fan since Dr. Kildare and Dr. Ben Casey oh, and Dr. Welby. Later ER became my favorite. Emergency had too short a run for me. Now I am dying between Thursdays when Grey's Anatomy is on. So it is a given that I would be a sucker for this story. Let me take a moment to bow to people that have these life-saving jobs. As addicted as I am to their drama personified, I knew at 16 that I wouldn't be able to handle this type of life. I was a Candy Striper. My legs and back hurt all the time. I loved my patients and the staff. One day I went in to see my favorite paraplegic and found them cleaning the room. He had passed during the night. This man had been amazing for me. He could paint marvelous painting holding the brush between his teeth. I learned that some people like all their food mixed up. I am a purest that barely likes different food to touch. He had so many stories that he would tell me as I wheeled him outside in the sun. I don't remember going back as Candy Striper after that. I knew I wasn't made for it, physically or mentally. *** This story takes the reader into a day in the life of an EMT. It was hold-your-breath exciting. I cared deeply for the main character and her job-partner. I felt the fear and angst of the crew and parents of the patient. I was literally holding my breath near the end of the story. I don't want to throw in spoilers so I will go right to the very end... Did the main character's migraine go away? Did she find some Rolaids? You see, that is my problem with short stories. I want them to go on. Excellent story, Ms. Patricks. I can't wait to read more!
  • Proximity on Nov. 25, 2013

    I picked up this book on an author-giveaway-day on Smashwords. Somehow I forgot that I already had it. Then Kindle had a freebie day and I pick it up there, too. Does that ever happen to you? I look at the cover, it does play into how I feel about a book. Then I read the blurb and about the author. This book must have passed those criteria with flying colors! After a slow start, getting to know the characters, Proximity took off. I was hooked. From about 60% of the book, I couldn't stop reading. In fact, I was still reading at 5 this morning. Thank goodness for an ending that didn't leave me hanging. Sure there was a few threads that need to be taken care of, but I was left elated which, of course, made me wakeful, wondering how the next bits will be taken care of. (Non-spoiler enough?) I can't wait for payday so I can get the next book. Thank you M.A. George for writing such a different, kind of story. Oh, and I need to mention how I loved that the characters were very well educated with goals and talents, along with a little romance. Very good!
  • The Witch Sea on April 01, 2014

    Talk about overdoing it. I picked up the free version on Smashwords.com. Then forgot I had it and picked up the free one on Amazon! By the way, it is still free on both sites. This was a short but sweet book. I loved the characters Nor, the sea person, and Meriel, the witch. Though there is a brief romantic tryst between the characters, it didn't overpower the story. I liked that for the quick read. I loved how both characters came together to understand they could help each other as they were both prisoners of their respective dwellings. I loved the descriptions of sea and surf. Short stories are not my thing. They always make me want to know more about the characters, and learn what happens next. I love knowing people in my real life in a deeper way. I want to know what they think, what makes them tick. I am very bad at social small talk. So I think that is why short stories don't appeal to me. Sorry. Anyway, if you are so inclined, check out this sweet story.
  • ARENA ONE: Slaverunners (Book #1 of the Survival Trilogy) (Part One) on April 01, 2014

    Oh, I am so mad!!!!! I hate when this happens. I'm trying to clean up on books that have been sitting around for a long time. In this case, it was a Smashwords freebie. I know, what did I want for free? Nowhere did the ebook announce that it was a sample. I was reading along with the text-to-speech going. The indicator said I would finish this book in an hour. I thought it was a short story and I could free up a tiny amount of space if I read it. An hour later was an actual cliffhanger with the advertisement to get the real book on Amazon, Kobo, etc. So grumbling I clicked on the URL and saw that the real thing was actually FREE. Had it cost anything I would have backed away. But then the Amazon ad came up that I could get the Audible version for only $1.99. So I got it. So far I kind of like the main character. I find it impossible that she and her sister had lived alone for so long and her not know how to hunt and fish. What have they been living off of? Then there is a tree that falls over from pushing it with her knife edge. TOO many impossible things. If she hadn't ridden on the motor bike for a long time, what makes her think she can drive it at such horrendous speeds? Okay, I know, I should have suspended disbelieve and just enjoyed it as a tale. I think I will let this one go at one star for now, let some time go by and come back in with the narrator helping me.
  • Plantgirl on Aug. 31, 2014

    This was an intriguing story. It's pretty good as short stories go. But as all short stories, it leaves me wanting much more. I would love to see it developed into a novel.
  • Small Graces on Aug. 31, 2014

    Another short story. I love M. Pax's writing. I even like her story lines. This one had me involved until the end. And that's just the problem. It ends far too soon. I can't wait to read some of her longer works. The nicest part of these short stories is they allow that 'treading water' time between books I need to review. There was a need to cleanse the reading palate. I have been reading Ms. Pax's stories from Smashwords (mostly for free or $.99) which means I read them on my Moon Reader Pro app. I love this app because I can use the text-to-speech feature that keeps me focused and I can vary the speed and pitch to push my reading speed while staying engaged. Check out M. Pax when you get the chance.
  • Translations on Sep. 03, 2014

    Another short story. Too much romance not enough action. Didn't care for the main character. So, um, meh. But don't take it from me. Many reviewers have given it high praise.
  • Semper Audacia on Sep. 03, 2014

    A space opera novelette. This was more like it! Though this wasn't a full size novel or series, I felt satisfied. The depth of character, world-building, plot, action, adventure, all left me feeling like I'd been to outer-space, meet new beings, experienced friendships, saved and lost lives. In fact, this little book crammed more in than many long series I've read. All that said, I found myself lost trying to figure out if this were memory or the present. In the end, it all sorts itself out. Maybe the author wanted that bit of confusion. I recommend this little prize to my fellow sci-fi friends.
  • Alien Within on Nov. 05, 2014

    Okay. This was more like it. A sci-fi with strong female leads. Other planets and peoples. Bad people that want to take over the Earth. All happening while we get to know a nice main character, Sandi. I am having trouble avoiding spoilers. I guess all I can say is read it for yourself. Especially if you love sci-fi with strong females. Warning: there are LGBTQ themes, but not in ways that are overwhelming. Just the right amount for folks that are more advanced than our current population in ways of love. This edition was given to me during an author giveaway for free-4-reviews. I feel so lucky that I was able to read it. It was fun. I miss it already! I look forward to a possible book two, please, please, please. I will read Karen Forrester's book Inner Mind/Outer Space, just to keep the good feelings alive that I got from Alien Within. By the way, these two books I placed in my Moon Reader Pro so that my tablet could use its text-to-speech. I do love that program. It makes reading faster and easier for me. So, sci-fi friends, please seek these books out and enjoy!
  • Inner Mind/Outer Space: Four Short Stories and a Novelette by the Author of Alien Within on Nov. 10, 2014

    After finishing Karen Forrester's book Alien Within, I wanted more. Though I don't like short stories because they leave me wanting more, I have to admit that I liked these stories. I think I should have read these first for my own chronology of events. So that is my recommendation. By the way, this one was free on Smashwords but either of these books can be obtained on Amazon for $.99 each. That is quite the bargain for a bit of imaginative adventure. Inner Mind/Outer Space has the beginning of the world of Alien Within and a bonus chapter of that book. Though I loved the sci-fi parts, I have to admit that my favorite story was one of grief and gratitude. Again, I would have liked more about the characters in that story, still I got enough to make me love them and the situations presented. I look forward to reading more by Karen Forrester. I love her writing style and imagination.
  • Nica of Los Angeles on Dec. 24, 2014

    Ever give points just for its uniqueness? I knew I would from almost the first page of Nica of Los Angeles. In fact, that uniqueness nearly had me closing the book and moving on. What a loss that would have been! Instead, I substituted Frames with the thought of other dimensions. I could hear one of the scientists on the Science Channel talking about how another dimension would be as close as a breath away from us. Plopping that bit of science into my understanding of the story helped me believe. Once one can embrace the unbelievability of this story, it becomes quite exciting. The characters are well developed and likable. Even Watts Towers. It is fun to visit familiar parts of LA the one in this reality and what it might be like in other dimensions. It has been a couple days since I finished the story. I haven't known exactly what to say about it and I have been trying to figure that out since I started reading it. By the way, I received the free version of the book from the author for an honest review. But I bought the $.99 at Amazon so I could read it from any of my readers. As I have stated above, I loved the story and the characters.