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Smashwords book reviews by pdarnold

  • Gamearth on April 19, 2011

    At the start, I had a hard time getting involved enough to care about one set of characters, the "Outsiders". Most of the details were invested with the "Game" characters. However, as I pushed through the story became a thrill ride. A boat load of adventure is offered here. Occasionally, the story lacks details on some points, but not enough to thumb my nose at. It's a fun twist viewing the influence two worlds have on each other. Especially when one of those worlds supposedly isn't real. I found a little of everything I enjoy reading within this tale.
  • The Unsuspecting Mage: The Morcyth Saga Book One on Aug. 11, 2011

    This book (along with all the others in this series which I purchased elsewhere) has been one thrill of a journey! Even my mother, who is in her sixties, devoured this and all the other books. She keeps asking if there has been any new books added to the series. If you're a teen or have that youngster yet living inside the old bones and love adventure, magic, and the faith of friendships this book and all the others in this series are a must read!
  • Bingoed on Oct. 30, 2011

    What a delightful story! Although the story is based around characters of the age of 80+ some odd years in a assisted living home it was never a slow read! These ladies were as lively and endearing as I would hope to be at their ages. There is mystery, sleuthing, drama, action (even if most of this was in concern of the nearest restroom stop and speedy walkers) and down right laugh out loud humor. I could picture in my mind how this played out as if it were a movie. The end wrap up was a wee bit of a let down (mind you, just a little). I look forward to more of Essie Cobb and her motley crew of senior sleuths!
  • Nano on Jan. 13, 2012

    I've just finished reading Nano. I will never, not ever, be able to look at a Barbie doll again in the same way! Mr. Smalley, you have forever ruined the name, the image, the icon that is or should I say was... Barbie. What a ride! My only objection with the sexually rabid (at least not explicit) middle aged protagonists Timothy and Alix was their given ages. It felt like their ethos were more akin to those who're mid-twenty something, maybe just going into 30 rather than the given mid thirties and 40 years old. Beyond that, this was a fun rollicking good story. I enjoyed the many "unique" characters that play throughout. You will meet along the way with the usual uptight academic, a peculiar loveable professor, the mobster and thugs, errant parent, a covert group of government agency, as well as (one of my favorites) Weisenheimer and of course the grotesque mondo Barbie among others. Throw together a little bit of old fashioned horror story (think King Kong meets Swamp Thing mixed with a bit darker Edward Scissorhands and add a good helping of Tremors). Give a good splash of espionage and mystery, then a large dallop of geek. Throw in parent/child angst along with good old fashioned adventure and you have NANO.
  • Flash Gold on June 22, 2012

    I've had this book on my to read list for awhile. The other day I needed a quick story to read to shake off the very long book I had just finished. What a delight!!!!! I love this story! As I progressed I found myself regretting the book was so short. Upon completion, I quickly came here to check if there's more from this author, in particular more of Kali and Cedar. What excitement when I saw on the page for Hunted (The Flash Gold Chronicles, #2) "You own it"! Yea!!!! I think I probably picked it up during the Read an E-Book Week. In Flash Gold there are mechanical wonders, a steampunk air ship, modified guns, dog sled racing, bad guys and gals, pirates, and one hunk of a man... what's not to like?
  • Flash Gold on June 22, 2012

    I've had this book on my to read list for awhile. The other day I needed a quick story to read to shake off the very long book I had just finished. What a delight!!!!! I love this story! As I progressed I found myself regretting the book was so short. Upon completion, I quickly came here to check if there's more from this author, in particular more of Kali and Cedar. What excitement when I saw on the page for Hunted (The Flash Gold Chronicles, #2) "You own it"! Yea!!!! I think I probably picked it up during the Read an E-Book Week. In Flash Gold there are mechanical wonders, a steampunk air ship, modified guns, dog sled racing, bad guys and gals, pirates, and one hunk of a man... what's not to like?