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Smashwords book reviews by readingfanatic1
- The First Dragoneer
on Aug. 23, 2010
Brendley Tuck and March Weston are best friends. More importantly, like all young men on the verge of becoming an adult, they are deciding what they want to do with the rest of their lives. Brendley does not think he has the options that March does and is envious that his friend can leave Prominence Valley, where they currently live. As best friends, they do not want to leave each other, they have been friends all their lives.
The young men decide to do one last hunting trip together. This hunting trip will change their lives forever.
While this Prequel-Novella is a very short read, it is also very good. In a short amount of pages, you learn plenty about the boys and the courage, and loyalty they have for each other.
Like any good fantasy, it has action, fantastic creatures, and it made me want to read what happens next.
The end of this short story is clearly the beginning of what I predict will be a very good book. All wrapped up in 48 pages!
One note- I received this book as part of the author's promotion by going to smashwords. I used the code ZQ99Y.
- The Butcher's Boy
on Dec. 09, 2010
4.5 out of 5 stars.
You know a book is good when a particular scene will play in your mind repeatedly. I remember watching the Shining and seeing Jack Nicholson dragging his leg through the maze with that ax. It was not the gore, the surprises, or the story that was memorable; it was that particular scene and the methodical slowness in which Jack dragged himself through the maze. It scares me to this day.
The Butcher’s Boy has that same quality to it. Certain scenes keep playing in my head making this book very memorable and very scary.
The Butcher’s Boy is not a book of immediate horror and gore, but a slow building up of the terror. I was concerned at the beginning, fearful for Michael and fearful for the dog. Yes, the dog. I have a thing against dead dogs. I expect humans to die in horror books, but do not kill the dog.
The basic story is a divorced mom, her son and their dog move into a house that was the sight of some very horrific murders (ok, I know, what murders aren’t horrific?). You think you know what is going to happen and that this book will be like so many other horror and supernatural books about scary homes. However, it isn’t your classic scary home ghost story. The author puts some twists in the story that made it refreshing and pleasantly surprised me.
My only complaint was Michael sometimes didn’t act like an 11 year old. At times, he came across adult like and it seemed the author forgot he was only 11.
Overall, an excellent story. Be prepared for some gore especially near the end.