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Smashwords book reviews by Paraplegic Racehorse

  • Easy Smashwords Formatting In OpenOffice on Oct. 12, 2012

    This is an extremely brief overview of how to use OpenOffice.org Writer (also Libre- and StarOffice) to perform the Nuclear Method of book formatting exhaustively covered in the Smashwords Styleguide. The text is brief and the author desperately needs to send it to a proofreader. That said, the information is solid and deadly accurate. 1. If you are an Open/Libre/StarOffice Writer ninja, you don't need this guide. It won't hurt you to spend the $0.99 and three minutes reading this, but you will likely be disappointed. 2. If you frequently use paragraph formatting features of Writer, you probably don't need this guide. The $0.99 is not a large investment and you may pick up something you don't already know or use all the time. However, it's a pretty good walkthrough. 3. If you mostly use Writer as a basic text editor with some bold and italics, this is a great introductory guide, but I cannot strongly enough recommend a thorough exploration of a more exhaustive OO.o manual. You should spend the $0.99 to help you get published quickly. Then buy and read a more thorough manual.
  • Basic Fiction Formatting for Smashwords in OpenOffice on Oct. 13, 2012

    If you are familiar with OO.o, you probably have already figured out how to implement the Smashwords Style Guide in OO.o Writer. If you have not, this will walk you through, step by step in a clear and concise manner. Nothing is left to chance and, if you think the text is a little unclear, the screen captures will give you clarity. There is even a nice little template in the back. Probably the only thing I would add to this is a how-to setup a document template (OO.o supports templates) with all the appropriate options already turned off and your favorite paragraph styles ready to be applied.
  • Ship's Boy on Oct. 18, 2012

    This would be five-star except for the very abrupt ending. Cliffhangers are great but this is a bit much. An epilogue or chapter from the next book in the end-matter would help. If I did not already know this was the first of a series, the ending would have completely turned me off. That said, I very much enjoyed this little story. The main character is remarkable and the story flows well, scene to scene. Descriptions of the effects of assorted events were very believable to a hard science person and lend some credence to the fantastical elements, preserving suspension of disbelief.
  • Midshipman on Oct. 22, 2012

    An incredible character and a fabulous story. -1 star for lack of editing. In spite of the editing, read it. Highly enjoyable.
  • Lieutenant on Oct. 22, 2012

    Hardships of space and unexpected command and incredible odds. What more can be asked for? Our favorite slavebunny again proves to be a fabulous character in a compellingly told story. -1 star for editing, but do read it anyway.
  • Commander on Oct. 22, 2012

    I agree with Paul Millsted that the DNA soul bond thing (initially presented in Midshipman, if I remember right) feels a little weak, but it does provide some great character development for our favorite slavebunny. This episode has the feel of larger naval stories from the likes of Patrick O'Brian (Master & Commander, et al) and CS Forester (Hornblower). Again, the quality of editing is poor at best, but the story and characters are compelling and worthy of being read.
  • Captain on Aug. 01, 2013

    I should have reviewed this while the story was still fresh in my mind and I'm doing other potential purchasers a disservice in that. My memory (several months after reading with many books read since) is not enough for an adequate review. Four stars is how I marked it in my e-library database. Presumably, one star knocked from five for needed proofreading.
  • Commodore on Aug. 01, 2013

    I should have reviewed this while the story was still fresh in my mind and I'm doing other potential a purchasers a disservice in that. My memory (several months after reading with many books read since) is not enough for an adequate review. Four stars is what I marked it with in my e-reader database. Presumably, one star knocked from five for needed proofreading.
  • Admiral on Aug. 01, 2013

    I should have reviewed this while the story was still fresh in my mind and I'm doing other potential a purchasers a disservice in that. My memory (several months after reading with many books read since) is not enough for an adequate review. I vaguely remember being disappointed primarily by the resolution, an emotional let-down. Two stars is what I marked it with in my e-reader database.
  • The Peripheral Cocksucker on Aug. 12, 2014

    I downloaded this on a lark. Several months later, I picked it up and read through it all in an evening, sides in stitches the whole time.