Robert Zimmermann

Biography

Robert has been writing poetry since the eleventh grade. His writing started as impulsive rambling, but soon became a passion. A few years later he attended SUNY Potsdam where he received a B.A. in Creative Writing.
His main focus is poetry, but at times you can find him dabbling in short fiction. Robert has also created the blog A Life Among The Pages, where he posts his writing as well as book reviews.
When he’s not reading or writing, Robert enjoys spending time with his dog, Deuc. Deuc ran out of the woods in August 2011 and they have been inseparable ever since.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing back in the eleventh grade. I really haven't stopped since, but it wasn't until I was almost done earning my Creative Writing degree that I found what I really wanted to write about. That's where the idea and some material for "From Where I Stand" came from. College was a big step toward knowing I really wanted to be a writer.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
There are many different views on going Indie, just like there are many views on being a traditionally published author. For me, I don't think I ever wanted to go the traditional route. It's not out of the question for the future, but I like the experience of going through the process of self-publishing. I like having as much control over my work as possible. While I lack the marketing team, graphic design crew, and editors that a publisher might be able to help me with, there are alternatives. I've made many friends who can take place of these roles when needed for advice or actual work (like proofreading/editing and help with the horrors of formatting).

No one road is better than the other. It's all in the individual and how it meshes with him or her. For now, Indie is the way for me.
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Where to find Robert Zimmermann online


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Books

Words
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Price: Free! Words: 410. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
(4.80)
Words is a short poem that's a taste of an upcoming collection of poetry that I'm working on. The poem started out as a simple observation of the snow in moonlight, and turned into a poem with more to offer. I'm offering it free to my readers. I've had it on my blog, where it's gotten much response, and wanted to give everyone another way to access it.
Breakfast In Bed
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Price: Free! Words: 800. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Romance
(4.57)
Erotic Romance flash fiction story - about 600 words in length. Julie isn't a morning person, but her husband Nick knows just the right way to wake her up.
I Would
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Price: Free! Words: 520. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
(5.00)
I Would, is a short poem that touches on the difficulties of being in a long distance relationship. Yet, with the difficulties there are always hopes of a reunion on the horizon.
Winter's Homecoming and Other Poems
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 920. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
(5.00)
Winter's Homecoming and Other Poems is an eight poem chapbook by Robert Zimmermann. In this insightful new collection, Zimmermann shares his love and appreciation for the beauty of nature and the changing of seasons, as well as the endless search for happiness.
From Where I Stand
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,630. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2012. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
(4.94)
From Robert Zimmermann comes From Where I Stand, an emotional debut poetry collection. Zimmermann explores strained parental relationships, loss of life, and the despair associated with grief. Alongside these darker themes, he delves into the small areas of life that often go unnoticed but become the hope we are searching for.

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Smashwords book reviews by Robert Zimmermann

  • The Jinson Twins, Science Detectives, and The Mystery of Echo Lake on Feb. 14, 2012

    I was very surprised by the way I was hooked into this book. This is a children's book, but could easily (as it did with me) grab the attention and enjoyment of an adult. From the beginning the reader is left wondering what the opening scene has to do with most of the rest of the book, being that the opening scene is the outcome of what comes after it in the book with the exception of the final chapters or two. After a few chapters though, I forgot my question about what the opening scene was there for and read it like it didn't exist. With this said, I feel there isn't a need for it to have been there, but it does add a little to this being a story told by a child character. The recollection factor was well used. I also enjoyed the addition of science into the book. When writing a children's book the amount of "learning" thrown in can either get more kids interesting in reading it or push others away depending on how it was written into the story. I think these elements were written perfectly into the story. Even at my age, while reading this I didn't realize that I was reading about science or learning till I got halfway through those parts. It wasn't terribly hard to follow either, which is always good for children. I did feel though, that the "Yellow Jackets" were either unnecessary characters or just needed more involvement. This can be said about the strange man with the blue truck. At the end, his place in the story is explained. But in both cases I can't say for sure whether or not the story benefited from their involvement. Also if there was more development and concern shown from the other characters toward the "villains," I think this book could easily have been geared more towards an adult audience looking for a crime/suspense novel. One last minor point to make. There were, if I remember my count correctly, about four sentences/paragraphs in the book that need some attention. The entire book was written in the first person from Debbie's point of view. In these few areas though, the author has slipped and written in the third person (i.e. "they" instead of "we.") This doesn't take away from my enjoyment of the book though, but I feel it should be mentioned to help out the author for the future. Plus no body, especially me, is perfect grammatically. I do hope that Zeichner decides to write another Jinson Twins book. I would enjoy to read more of their adventures.
  • Going Down on May 14, 2012

    For such a short story, I was surprised that I thoroughly enjoyed it. I enjoy short, short stories because of their length. They don't normally demand a lot of your time or make you think too hard. They just give you something fast to read and normally push aside afterward. Going Down was a fast read. There wasn't much to think deeply about. This isn't putting it down in anyway because the punch that many short stories lack for me was found in this one. The story set up for being almost anything, then things started falling into place and I was thinking ok what'll happen next. Then I finished the story and was thought BRILLIANT. I don't think I would have changed anything with the abrupt way this story ended. I realized what was going to happen not long before the ending, but there was still room for the imagination to paint its own picture of the aftermath. There's not much else I can say in reviewing this story. That's mainly because of how short it is. It's hard to not reveal too much if I were to get into detail. But since it won't take long to read...and it's free, I don't think any reader will be wasting his or her time by reading this story.
  • High Bridge on May 14, 2012

    This story wasn't the best thing I've ever read, but it was far from being the worst...so don't run away from it, please. I thought there were some good parts to it, such as, the relationship between the characters. The relationship between the main character and the bridge was even worth mentioning. Though especially with the later of these two, I think they could have been altered slightly to feel stronger for me. The main character, for me, wasn't that easy to follow. There was a switch between his five year old point of view and the point of view of however old he is at the time he "writes down the story." This wouldn't be much of a problem though I think it was too jumbled and hard to decipher the differences between the two. I mention this because the mentality and memory capability of a five year old is drastically different than that of an adult. I would have liked to see clearer what was a recalling of the 5-year-old's self and what was a reflection from the present on the past events. I think overall I was left feeling like I needed something more. Maybe a little more depth to the whole thing. It may have been the right amount of depth for other readers, but I felt it lacked a little bit. There was more to be said; more to be scene. I wouldn't mind reading an expanded version. As I said, this wasn't a bad story; just not fully to my liking. I still don't see a reason not to check this one out.
  • James on Aug. 27, 2012

    I feel for a short story this one had a lot in it. Normally with this length of writing there’s not much that happens, at least in the erotic genre which this is in. I’ve read some erotic stories that are of similar length and normally it’s (boiled down to) “hi, let’s have sex, ok,” then the story ends. Norrgard was able to establish a very real world character in her main character. The set up for bringing James into her life was worked out well, also. I feel this story doesn’t need the erotic label thrown on it (aside from a few descriptive words at certain points). It could easily pass as a great story without that. The way the MC dealt with an issue she couldn’t bring herself to handle (won’t be more descriptive to avoid a spoiler) wasn’t to my liking. But because of this it showed how flawed an individual can be. It took a while for her to learn her mistake and that’s life for you. Not everything works out perfectly, especially with romance and strong emotions getting in the way. Take it as a lesson and don’t make the mistake in real life. That’s the moral of that part of the story. Overall I was very pleased with this story and savored every line. More from this author will be going onto my wishlist now :)
  • Most Guys on Aug. 27, 2012

    It was a fun, very short story to read. Seems like the MC is the "ideal" man a woman may look for. I'd like to see a woman's view on this story. The idea of an honesty date sounds like fun as well. I may have to try that some time soon.
  • In The Company of Angels on Aug. 27, 2012

    This was a short touching story. I little predictable for me as a reader, but not bad in the least. Yet another quick pleasure read from Adam Drake.
  • Unlikely Allies on Aug. 31, 2012

    *This review is for an ARC copy obtained from the author The first thing I’d like to mention is that I waited until the morning to write this review. I wanted so badly to write it immediately after finishing the book…but I think the review would have looked like this: “HOLY F*** WHAT THE WHO AWGJADF AKDFGARGKL SHE DID WHA FDKJ KFMG OMG AMAZING…” And so on. Instead, as I do for many reviews that leave me with that reaction, I wait a few hours or overnight to absorb all of it. I have yet to be disappointed by a book of Tiffany King’s so far. I’ve read both Wishing For Someday Soon and Forever Changed earlier this year. They both blew me away. This book lived up to this author’s previous standards. What I was initially drawn in by was the characters. In the first few chapters that’s what kept me reading the most. Kimberly, the main character, is very likable. I especially like the artistic side she has. Through this, King was able to capture the beautiful settings in the novel. There were many characters that I fell in love with. One of them was Amy (of course). When the reader meets her, it’s hard to not like her. She reminds me of a character out of Gilmore Girls. Since I love the fast-talking, eccentric, always a great friend personality of characters like Rory, Lorelai, Lane, and Sooki…Amy was a perfect match for a reader like me. I also really liked Rick. The story could have gone a different way, if King had given him a different personality or reaction to the situation at hand. I was surprised and pleased to get to know the loving man and new father that is Rick. Since this book is set mainly in a summer camp for kids, it is only natural that there are great younger characters as well. Tiffany King seems to have a natural talent for touching the reader’s heart through these young characters. In her past books this is true, and she’s done it again in Unlikely Allies. These kids have gone through a lot in their lives. They are all children who are in the foster care system and haven’t known stability much. Camp Unlikely Allies was established to try to give children like them an opportunity at enjoying life and growing up. Alyssa is one of the young characters that really touched me. She’s very closed off from others. She always has a wall up to everyone. The reader gets a little background on her and that’s when I wanted to just give her a huge hug. There’s a certain part of the story in which I was close to tears because of this little girl. That’s something King is also good at. Grabbing the reader in an emotional tractor-beam and playing with their hearts. Now about the setting. It was a welcome change from earlier King books I’ve read. Most of it takes place in the mountains of Colorado. I’ve always wanted to go there myself, and the picture painted in my mind was beautiful. I think everything that’s great about being in the great outdoors enjoying nature was touched on here. While I don’t live in the Colorado wilderness, I do live in the wilderness for the most part, and I could picture myself easily going through some of the struggles that take place in Unlikely Allies. What’s the main reason we’re here though? It’s not the characters or the setting is it? Maybe. I know a few readers will have picked this book up for the romance as well. AND the adventure. Both those elements are in this book. They actually go hand in hand. I was left baffled at times with the interaction between Kimberly and Mason. I questioned the relationship between them the entire time. It’s one of the reasons I had to keep reading. I needed to know who was going to strangle the other first, haha. The struggled that they both go through later on in the book was great as well. I don’t know if King has been stranded and injured in the woods before, but I think she has written a very believable account of what it’d be like. I was left on edge the whole way through wondering what obstacle was going to arise next. Whether it was physical or emotional, everything kept me sympathizing for the characters. I can’t say any more. There’s just so much greatness in this book. If Tiffany King wasn’t one of my favorite authors out there already, she’d have made it on the list with this one. I’m eager to see how other readers enjoy the book once it’s released.
  • Vaempires: Revolution on Sep. 09, 2012

    Wow, just wow! This book started out with a bang and that bang never seemed to stop. What I especially liked is that Winship cut most of the set up for the story into a few paragraphs. The description you see for this book is a brief intro before Chapter One. This gave me, as a reader, enough to set up what was going on when the first chapter jumped into Daniel's story. I think without cutting the back story down like that, the book would have dragged on a bit, been longer, and may have had a different overall effect on me. This book is about forward momentum, and when that's stopped the enjoyment does too. But it didn't occur. By the middle of this book I knew what I wanted for Christmas this year. I wanted the powers of these Vampires. Essentially, when I read the battle scenes I pictured Daniel, the main character, as is her were Wolverine from X-men. Most of the abilities are the same, and when you add the ability Vampires have of being in the sun (due to consuming synth-blood instead of real blood) they are even more similar. This is in no way saying Daniel, and these vampires in general, are rip-offs of this ultimate fighting machine Wolverine. But it helps put into perspective just how much action and devastation occurs during the many fights Daniel gets in to. He has to race through the city of Orion a few times in order to achieve his goal of saving the Princess Cassandra. Aside from all the action that is included within these pages there are some underlying issues that are brought up. This story takes place in a future, much altered world. It's still the Earth, but a human-vampire war has taken place, nuclear winter, continental shifting, and the dominate race has become Vampires. On top of that a new race is present. Vaempires. Having three races walking the Earth, or Tarados as it's now referred to, will bring conflict. Race conflict is a huge theme in the book. At times when different characters' viewpoints were being brought into play, I began to sympathize with all sides. Even the Vaempires who started the current war. It brings to mind that if we don't all treat the races of our current world equally and humanly...something like this (without the super-human powers) could happen in our life time. Just because a group of people are different doesn't mean they are less of a person. In the defense of the Vampires, the Vaempires are said to be inherently less stable minded and were impatient in the government's actions to adapt to the new race's presence. Off of that topic and on to a very bad a** character. Daniel was my favorite butt-kicker for most of the book until later one. Cassie can really hold her own in a fight. Some of the stuff she does would make more action heroes hang their heads in shame. And it's not only her fighting. Her will-power and ability to keep a clear mind in a difficult situation is enviable. What else is there to say about this book other than I loved? I think the mix of genres are worth mentioning. This is part sci-fi, post(-post)-apocalyptic, vampire, action-adventure, (minor) romance, urban fantasy. It's a bit mixture of different elements that fit very well together. I think it'd appeal to lowers of many genres as well as many different reading levels. While most of the gory battles and other violence will probably consider this a more adult book, I also think it could be read by a younger reader (with a parent's permission of course). I think the younger readers will really enjoy the action and almost comic book feel to it. Along with that....can we make this thing into a video game? I don't normally feel that way about a book, but I think it'd be great. One thing I "disliked" about the book, to finish off the review. The cliff-hanger ending. It's a cliff-hanger!!!! I'm a so happy I read this book when I did because it's only about a month until Vaempires: Zombie Rising is released. At least the wait isn't very long and I still have the novella Vaempires: A White Christmas to read until then.
  • Jeffrey on Sep. 13, 2012

    This is yet another great story by Norrgard. I haven’t had good experience with reading erotic stories before. They just don’t do anything for me normally. And more often than not, I don’t find that the authors write very well either. It’s basically describe the encounters as blandly as possible and finish the story. Norrgard drags the reader into the story itself. The reader isn’t just reading what’s going in the bedroom, he or she is visualizing, feeling, being part of the story itself. This was a new experience in my erotic readings and I quite enjoyed it. Aside from the sexual elements in this story, there was also more. There was the part that I find is lacking elsewhere in this genre. The main characters have an arrangement where they are friends with benefits. But when feelings may start developing, an end must occur to the relationship. There are few words on the subject, yet there is much being said and more to be speculated that made me give this story such a great rating. It’s what’s NOT said that makes this story so powerful. I never thought I’d have this to say about something with so much sex in it, but this was a beautifully written story about sexual encounters and what happens when a character has real human emotions.
  • Treason (Grimoire Saga #2) on Oct. 14, 2012

    This is a review of an ARC copy of Treason I don’t think I’ve had as great of a reaction to any book as I have this one; well not since I read The Grimoire: Lichgates back in February. S.M. Boyce comes back with book two of the Grimoire trilogy, and comes back STRONG! I honestly didn’t think Lichgates could be topped on my all-time favorites list. Treason surpassed it with flying colors. For those readers who have read Lichgates already, they know how talented Boyce is in creating the world of Ourea. For those who don’t know, let me tell you. Boyce’s world-building skills haven’t diminished since book one. They may even have gotten better. Ourea, all of its kingdoms, hidden nooks and crannies, the glimpses of the real world that the reader gets, they all show such beauty while having constant danger everywhere. Ourea is a dangerous place. It goes with the territory. Despite the danger it’s a place I’d love to visit if it were to be real. What I also enjoyed were the new characters in Treason. All the old favorites from Lichgates are back as well, don’t worry about missing them. They come back even better this time! The complexities of all S.M.’s characters allow for plot twists, extensive and unfolding histories, hope and fear for the future. Each character has an agenda and each character influences others whether they know it or not. It’s this complex world and character system that makes Treason, and The Grimoire Trilogy in general, what it really is. It’s an epic movie unfolding before the reader’s eyes. I don’t know if I was really reading the words on a page, as much as I was watching vivid images play in my head. I couldn’t not turn the page even when a chapter was over. I wanted to keep reading in order to find out what was in store for Kara, Braeden, and the rest of my favorite characters (especially the adorable fur-ball Flick). I could go on for hours pointing out what I loved about this book. I also am confident in saying I have nothing negative to say…nothing at all…about this book. There are plot twists galore. There’s also one MAJOR twist that even after reading it a few times to make sure I read it correctly I still didn’t see coming. I can’t believe it really. It was so seamlessly and stealthily thrown in there, it was like “*POW* I’m a ninja.” If I had the space to do so, I would have been flipping and bouncing off the walls of my room. No lie. I only have one last thing to say. Boyce, please for the love of all things bookily holy…please go write Heritage. I NEED to complete my journey through Ourea with Kara!!!!!
  • Sundered Lineage on Oct. 20, 2012

    This was a quick read from Chris Turner. He has many free short stories that I plan on getting to in due time, and this is my first. I think for my first dive into Turner's work it was a pleasant read. It was full of action, a little twist in the beginning that I didn't expect. It turned the tides of what I thought the story was going to end up being, but not in a bad way. I'll have to check out more from the Fantastic Realms collection from this author, which this is a story from.
  • Witherspork on Oct. 21, 2012

    This was a highly imaginative story that takes the reader to many different places and times. The main character Jeff Witherspork, and well...the other characters as well make for a very interesting journey. While it took me a bit to catch on to what was going on, once I did, I hung on tight as the story went full-speed into epic battles and the attempts to save the day. The only real problem area I felt was its length. I think with how short this story is, it didn't have room to make the transitions I stumbled through flow better. Still a great story and definitely an interesting read for those who want something different.
  • Turkey Slap 2012 on Nov. 04, 2012

    This collection of short erotic stories is hilarious, sexy, and worth the pain of each turkey slap that takes place. I was laughing along with many of the stories, yet admire the creativity that they presented as well. For a turkey slapping good time, I suggest reading this collection!
  • Dark That Day, After All on Nov. 09, 2012

    This is a story taken from McIntrye’s anthology Black Light of Day. I haven’t read the anthology, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be buying it after reading “Dark That Day, After All.” I enjoyed the set up of this story. Jarvis the main character tells of a defining moment in his life, a hard life. I gained sympathy for him early on. What I wasn’t expecting was a nice and dark twist in the story. By the time I caught the cue for the twist, it was too late; the story turned on its heels, amazing me. This is a tale of redemption, confession, revenge, and the strange events that a solar eclipse can bring with it.
  • Kro on Nov. 09, 2012

    This is my first time reading McIntyre's work and I was very pleased with it. I haven't read "The Night Walk Men" which this story is closely related to, but I didn't feel that I needed to do so either. In this story I was hooked early on by the characters and was kept glued to my e-reader as the story unfolded. Since it was a fairly short read, it was more like a teaser. That normally doesn't sit well with me, but I think it was also a great story by itself and that the tease was just an added bonus. I'm looking forward to reading this author's upcoming novel "The Devil's Right Hand" that follows in the same world as "Kro" does. I enjoyed his writing a good amount.
  • David on Nov. 10, 2012

    Here is yet another of Norrgard’s stories that I’ve enjoyed. Unlike the other two that I’ve read/reviewed so far (James and Jeffrey) this story get down to the core of the erotic experience right away. There’s no build up, no back story, nothing. I would normally shy away from that. I know it’s erotica and sex is the main plot device of the genre, but it doesn’t really make me want to read the stories. There needs to be something else. With David even though it wasn’t stated clearly what the relationship between the two characters is, as a reader looking for more, I actually found it. I found it in my questions, not in the text. I was left to think about a possible situation in my own head without it being thrown in my face, forcing me to accept it. This was great because even tough the story is from a female’s first person POV, I was able to throw myself into the story. I was able to become the characters and experience it “first-hand.” Another thing I’ve enjoyed about Norrgard’s work is her intimacy. There isn’t vulgar language for the sake of being able to say (sorry if you can’t handle these words) cock, pussy, cunt, etc just because erotica allows for it easily. Norrgard presents a sexual situation by using language that’s both creative and non-offensive. There’s no feeling that it’s written like it’s been cut from a mold. “Insert word for penis here. Add another out-of-place reference here.” The story’s short, but it’s to the point. I wasn’t bored at all and I kept flipping the pages for more. I’m definitely a fan of Amber Jerome-Norrgard. David solidified it for me.
  • Night Poems on Nov. 14, 2012

    The poems that make up the collection Night Poems from Ben Ditmars were enjoyable to read. I’m a fan of short poems, and they delivered well in that respect. Many were brief glimpses into the inner workings of the brain late at night. I’ve often found that my thoughts get deeper when I’m trying to sleep but can’t seem to. The subjects of the included poems are filled with questioning, longing, self inspection, and more. I feel that every poem is open to interpretation from a diverse readership, and poetry benefits from that. There is no one way to bring about a conclusion to any of them. Ben Ditmars has created honest, insightful, and moving poems in enough of an abstract way to allow for many types of readers, while keeping them grounded enough to keep moving along on Night Poems‘ poetic journey.
  • Miss Me Not on Nov. 23, 2012

    *Read as an ARC copy received from the author Tiffany King has yet again wowed me with her writing. I've read all of her books since Wishing For Someday Soon was published earlier this year, and I've never been disappointed. In her newest novel, Miss Me Not, King has stepped outside of her comfort zone to write a story that packs a punch for anyone who reads it. It's edgy. It's hard-hitting. It's going to make any reader stop in their tracks and rethink various aspects of life. It might even make some readers feel more grateful for the life they lead. What I enjoyed most was seeing the inner workings of Madison's mind. This novel is told in the first person point of view, though Madison's eyes. I don't think it could have worked better if done much differently. Without that window into how Madison saw things, I don't think the reader would be able to sympathize with her character as much. The experience of various events would have been to limited from an outsider's perspective. On the topic of POV, I did think that at certain times, it would have been nice to get to see Dean's view on things. I think knowing his motivations in a less limited way would have furthered my understanding of the story, as a whole. What was his plan from the beginning? How did everything factor in together? I think knowing from his POV earlier one would have worked well. Don't get me wrong though, aside from my wish for some of Dean's point of view, the first person from Madison worked very well. Another thing worth mentioning is that the pacing of the story is definitely different from King's books like Forever Changed and Unlikely Allies. It wasn't as fast paced when I read it. In a way this worked very well to allow me to soak in what I read. And on the other hand, I enjoy a book that goes, goes, and keeps going. King has a gift when it comes to a smooth and fast paced story-line, all while not hindering the reader from grabbing every detail of a story. Again, another personal opinion here. The darker subject matter and emotional ride Miss Me Not holds within its pages made me at times put down the book and take a step back. It's not the easier stuff to deal with. There's bullying, broken families/friendships, thoughts of suicide, and other topics I won't bring up in the review. Let this be known: Miss Me Not might not be for every reader. There were times when even I didn't know if I wanted to pick the book back up. This isn't saying that it's a terrible book. It's the opposite of that. It hits close to home in many areas and in relating to some parts of the story it makes too a little uncomfortable. I feel this is the work of genius storytelling. In closing, I feel that this story, for me, deserves another read through sooner rather than later. Now that I've finished it, I think I'll appreciate it even more than I already do by experiencing it all over again.
  • 11:59 p.m., A Collection on Nov. 28, 2012

    Norrgard writes in many different disciplines. Whether it’s erotica, short stories that pack a emotional punch, her non-fiction, or her poetry, readers are bound to leave satisfied. With her newest collection, 11:59 p.m., Norrgard delivers. This collection is filled with very personal, touching verse. The voice that I’ve enjoyed in the poet’s past works shines through yet again as we get a glimpse into what makes Norrgard tick. The opening poem, which is titled the same as the collection, is one of my favorites. I’ve often thought about the moment one day turns into another and this poem does just that. Some other poems that stuck out are Naivety, Come Back, and The search for the eyes of home. I think it’d be a good, short collection to start with for those wanting to get into Norrgard’s poetic works.
  • Slipping on Nov. 29, 2012

    I really enjoyed what the author did with this story. It was short, simple, yet kept me questioning the main character's sanity the entire time. Kurth's main character, Miles, is being followed around by the ghost of his dead younger sister. But he goes through the story debating whether or not she is real or a symptom of the combination of dealing with the stress of a recent breakup and the dead of his mother and sister a year earlier. I spent most of the time reading trying to figure out the reality of the story along with Miles, but that's not all. There is someone's life at stake. Should Miles listen to the pleading of his sister's joke, get himself some professional help, or blow it all off in hopes that it'll go away? Well I can't tell you what he should do. You need to read the story. But I also can't tell you because, I'm still going over it all in my mind. I really enjoyed the twist in this story as well. I definitely wasn't expecting the story to go in the direction it did. I'm always a fan of surprises though.
  • The-Adonis on Dec. 13, 2012

    Parkerson weaves an interesting love triangle into this sexy story. The book starts out at a party where “no one knows each other” and they can be free to act out their wildest fantasies. But it doesn’t take long for it to turn into something much more. The main character Rob is working security for the event. But it’s not until after the party is over that things start to get interesting. What takes place next can’t be talked about too much because it’ll lead to some spoiling of the story. (Shorter works tend to force me to cut back on what I’d like to say.) But I think it was well put together and well written. I wasn’t expecting as much of a depth to the relationship that developed between the two main characters. I wish there was maybe even a little more to the story so I could enjoy that aspect just a bit longer. Extending it may have brought in even more sexy scenes too Overall this was a great story to read. I was only left wondering about the ex-husband’s whereabouts. He’s not a major player in the story, but for the me the detail caught my eye. I can’t talk too much about that either, regretfully, but it didn’t take away from the story.
  • The Night Walk Men on Dec. 17, 2012

    The Night Walk Men was able to hook me in, in one of the strangest ways a book can. It's a novella written for the most part in the 2nd person point of view. This is a MAJOR turn off for me. I don't like being talked at from what I'm reading. But this style works very well for how McIntyre is setting up the story. When some authors will just have a narrator that said you a lot and doesn't actually include the reader in the story, the narrator of The Night Walk Men interacts with the reader. It may not be a reaction to exactly what the reader is thinking, but when that happens it made me think about things again. It brought attention to make things. Getting me hooked on a novella in this POV is a feat in itself. The subject matter was another great element. The world build in this novella was interesting to say the least. The mythology of these Night Walk Men puts the world and how it works into a new perspective. It's not just an entertaining read. The literary element of this novella pushes it passed the realm f pure entertainment. I've read Kro, a short story that is set in the same world as The Night Walk Men, and I've enjoyed that one as well. Where that story grabbed me in more of a "what's this all about" way, this novella answered my questions from Kro while weaving its own intriguing story and then making me want to continue finding out more about the story line to come. There is a new novel out, that The Night Walk Men and Kro are both connected to, called The Devil's Right Hand. There's no doubt in my mind that I will be reading that one. McIntyre has grabbed me as a fan.
  • Being his Favorite on Dec. 26, 2012

    This is by far my favorite of Parkerson’s stories that I’ve read so far. I already knew that this author could write some steamy sex scenes, as well as some good plots. There was no question that this would be at least on par with her other work. What I didn’t expect was for it to surpass in sexiness and originality. This is the story of Jane and Robert, who lovers separated by distance but still have a way to get around that. I really don’t want to ruin anything at all with this story. I think going into it blindly is the best way. I’ll just say that the thing that made this such a sexy read is that the two main characters weren’t even together physically. Once the action started I couldn’t put this one down. There’s a certain voyeuristic feeling that occurs when reading erotica, and when the story itself adds that into itself that just makes it that much more effective. I’d enjoy it if there were more written to continue this story. It was in no way too short. It ended very well and a bit unexpectedly, but a sequel would be a very nice addition to my collection.
  • Sarah's Dirty Secret: Incurably Wicked Prequel on Dec. 30, 2012

    Here's another enjoyable erotic read from Charity Parkerson. What really interested me in this one was that the main character, Sarah, is a married woman. Despite this she's infatuated with her boss and even daydreams about sexual encounters with him. I'm not against a character cheating on a husband or anything of the sort, in a book. I'm only pointing this out because it put a different variable into the mix than I'm used to reading about. Adding this into the relationship between the two main characters definitely turned up the heat a bit more. Though because of Sarah's boredom toward her married life, I longed for more detail into that aspect. But that's just me always wanting and more. This story in no way needed more written into it. It's a short to the point erotic story that I enjoyed from start to finish. It's great if you have a few minutes to read and find out just what Sarah's Dirty Secret is...
  • The Card on Jan. 14, 2013

    Here’s another great short from Brandon R. Luffman. I first read some of his work early last year, and couldn’t wait for more. The Card delivered with a well-written story, like I had expected. There’s a great, slow reveal as the story moves along as to what exactly is going on. We get to see, along with Jason the main character, the fate that a mysterious tarot card brings with it. Even though there was some obvious foreshadowing that allowed me to take a guess as part of the outcome, it was still enjoyable to read up to and passed to see how it played out. Luffman has a gift for creating a great, dark story. A story that’s short, sweet, and will stick with you. I’m looking forward to see what he does with his novel, Frostwalker, when it comes out. The short fiction is promising enough.
  • Online Fun on Jan. 23, 2013

    his was a short erotic story that I found and thought it'd be a quick fun read. It didn't really work for me. Too much lead up to an unbelievably fast climax (pun intended for that one). I won't go into detail about some of the issues I found, to avoid spoilers.
  • The Billionaire Who...Vol 1-3 BDSM erotica Diary of a Fuckdoll on Jan. 27, 2013

    I just got done reading these three parts of the Diary of a F***doll series. It's safe to say that I really enjoying the series so far, and only hope that it continues on for even longer. At this time there are 5 total parts, and 4 & 5 are next on my list to read because I don't think I can stop right here. There is a depth that is getting increasingly more enjoyable to the characters and the story itself. I find that a good amount of the erotica short stories lack good character development. It's true that this is a series and can work off the parts before it, but even in part one I was able to detect that there was something different to A. Violet End's work. If you're a reader who wants something sexy to read, something a bit dark, and something with sex, this might be a series to check out. I think I hear parts 4 and 5 calling my name.
  • The Billionaire Who Phoned Me, Diary of a Fuckdoll Pt 4 on Feb. 02, 2013

    At this point in Diary of a F***doll things are really heating up. Lisa has a plan to get rid of Tristan once and for all. The question is whether or not she can pull it off, and even if she can...will it really keep Tristan out of her life for good? For those who've read my reviews for parts 1-3, you'll know that I've been gradually getting more and more into this story line. Part 4 continues to pull me in, as well. There's something about watching Lisa's mind work through one issue after another and try to survive that makes me want more. Not only does she have to deal with the controlling Tristan, but now she's home and has a troubled past that's resurfacing. Just when you think she might be heading toward the light, darkness is reaching out to pull her back. So far, The Billionaire Who Phoned Me is my favorite of the series. But there's a 5th published and it needs to be read. I have a feeling I'll enjoy that, and the 6th and 7th, and any more after that, once they are released.
  • The Billionaire Who Cloned Me, Diary of a Fuckdoll Pt 5 on Feb. 03, 2013

    A. Violet End has stepped it up another notch with The Billionaire Who Cloned Me, part 5 of Diary of a Fuckdoll. This is no longer the story of Lisa trying to get away from the controlling billionaire Tristan. This is now an erotic story of a woman’s struggle between what she knows is right and what her body wants to tell her is the what she should enjoy and be passionate about. Having access to the most advanced pharmaceuticals medications not even on the market, Tristan can control his toy, Lisa, in more ways than anyone can imagine. Just how far with one more go to brainwash a woman to do his sexual bidding? What I really enjoyed about this one, is the addition of these advanced medicines and another medical advancement I won’t mention. It added a near-future, sci-fi element to the story-line that was very unexpected. I really want to know where the story can go from here. Adding this new seemingly unlimited amount of control over Lisa makes it seem like there’s no way out. At times she doesn’t want a way out. At other times, she wants nothing but to be able to run away. The conflicting emotions, both drug induced and natural, are what keeps me coming back for more. I don’t know if I can wait until the next installment comes out to see what fate has in story for Lisa. I’m ever intrigued by A. Violet End’s plans for Lisa.
  • The Eslites (Prequel/Short Story) on March 13, 2013

    There was an interesting concept to this story. Though, I think that it’s a concept better fleshed out in a longer piece. I’m a fan of short stories, but I feel that this one was in need of a little world building at the very least. While reading questions continued to pop into my head about just what kind of events lead to this alien race coming into control in the way they did. Also, the use of the term “state of the art” occurred often, but there was nothing to base that off of. This was obviously a futuristic story, but what is state of the art when it comes to a world that’s already going to be state of the art to the reader of today? I also had questions arise near the end (which I won’t get into due to them spoiling things). The characters knew more than I did as a reader, and I think that it limited my understanding of why some themes were brought up in the end. All in all, with me still having questions and also zipping right through this one, I think I’ll be looking forward to book 2, “The Coming,” when it is released.
  • Chains and Firelight. on March 16, 2013

    I'm still new to the world of erotic poetry, but I'm not new to poetry in general at all. I think for one of my first erotic poems to read, this was a good one. While being in poetry form, it resembled a prose story in many ways. I think that's what helped it more along well, while being able to hold bad slightly in places. Where a story normally needs more words to convey itself, a poem can be short and evoke the reader's imagination and interpretation in a different way. Because of the prose poem feel that I found, I feel it could have used a little more punctuation here and there. But that, to be honest, is a poetry pet peeve of mine in general. It helps the flow and aids in readers not stumbling where a pause "should" go. All-in-all Yates has written a sexy read, and it happens to be in the form of a poem. That's a plus.
  • The Strongest Ring (A YA Short Story) on April 27, 2013

    I really enjoyed this short story. While there was a lack of a full history between how the vampires came to live side by side with humans, without hiding, I feel that I wasn’t left wanting to know too much more due to how into the story I got. I’m interested to see what the author’s take on that situation is though, it’s one of the things I enjoy in a paranormal setting; “How did this world come to be how it is?” sort of thing. The environmental message/theme in the story was a nice touch. It added to the story by giving it a place to move toward, and at the same time provided the readers with a little hint at “we CAN help out the planet,” without the message sounding at all preachy or overbearing. On top of this is a nice gentle presented romance. This and all the other elements came together nicely in a few thousand words that made me glad I picked this one up.
  • A Foreigner in London on April 28, 2013

    Having read this author’s children’s book, The Funny Adventures of Little Nani, I jumped at this one because it’s far from being the funny, light-hearted collection of stories for a younger (and older, but young at heart) audience. With A Foreigner in London, the reader goes into the mind of the Spanish main character as she copes with living in London. She deals with loneliness and the difficulties that any person foreign to any country would go through. There’s a language barrier, even if English is being spoken, and this is mainly due to a cultural difference that takes time to learn, if it can be learned fully at all. Through the authors repetition of a few lines throughout the story, a tone was setup that really grew me in and made me sympathize for the MC. The short length of this story was used effectively to convey a deep emotion and some real world issues that some try to overlook when they see someone who might be “different” in their country. It might make the reader think twice before looking down to of avoiding someone just trying to fit in.
  • Cristal Blue on May 07, 2013

    If you’re looking for a sexy read with a well-written power struggle, Cristal Blue might be the story for you. Ayers sets up the character Cristal Blue as the dominant in all her sexual encounters, but things don’t go as planned this particular night, Valentine’s Day. The guy she brings home with her affects her in ways that challenge her normal role in the bedroom. While there’s a power struggle between who’s dominant during the encounter, there’s also the struggle between what Cristal normally wants and what her body is allowing to take place. That made the story that much more enjoyable for me. There’s not much more to say about this because it’s short and I’d be spoiling the rest for you, but it’s made me check out more of Ayers works, and I’m currently reading (and enjoying) her follow-up to Cristal Blue, Sweet Treats.
  • Sweet Treats on May 08, 2013

    Sweet Treats is a short collection of stories by Suzy Ayers that act as a follow-up to her short story Cristal Blue. I enjoyed that story, and was also pleased to read this collection. As with Cristal Blue, Ayers has written some hot scenes in Sweet Treats. She’s even upped the sexiness by throwing some ménage and other elements into the encounters. What else does the reader get from these stories? The great thing about them is that minor characters from Cristal Blue get their own stories now. It was great to explore who they were and see them in action. The final story in this collection was a direct continuation of Cristal Blue and possibly my favorite in Sweet Treats. It’s told mostly from the POV of the male lead from Cristal Blue, and was a great way to keep that story line going. No spoilers though, I’ll just say that it was a welcomed continuation and I’m glad I didn’t hesitate to pick up this collection.
  • The Billionaire Who Loaned Me (Diary of a Fuckdoll Pt 6) on May 29, 2013

    I’ve read the first five parts of A. Violet End’s Diary of a Fuckdoll series, and I’ve enjoy them all. What I liked especially is that with each installment, the story got more and more in-depth, complex, and (dare I say it) “out there” in some parts. The Billionaire Who Loaned Me follows along with this growing trend. It’s also longer than parts 1-5. This allowed more room to flesh out various aspect of the story. This room allowed for the story to unfold around the erotic elements, as well. While in the past installments the reader has gotten a sexy glimpse into the out of control relationship between Tristan and Lisa, most of the “sexy” has been taken out of the forefront. It’s still there, so for those looking for a sexy read, don’t worry. Loaned Me is just a great build up to what I’m sure will be an exciting finale, part 7. There are many questions brought up in this story that will leave the reader guessing and guessing. Some might be answered, others might keep twisting and turning. All in all, it’s made me want to rush out to grab part 7. Sadly, I can’t do this because it’s yet to be written. But I’m sure to be one of the first in line to grab it when it’s released. The mystery, the sex, the action-packed events of The Billionaire Who Loaned Me, it all comes together for an enjoyable story as the reader rides along with Lisa as she tries to get her life back to “normal.”
  • Smacking Back (A YA Short Story) on June 03, 2013

    As can be found in the description, this story’s main theme is bullying. What caught my eye was that it’s a sci-fi story as well. That was a fun combination because it showed that it really doesn’t matter what the time period or society in question is, bullying is always an issue. Even in the world of Smacking Back, where information can be fed directly into someone’s brain, there are people who feel the need to take advantage of others just so they can get away with not doing their work. This is the classic situation of a bully getting the weaker kid to do his/her homework, but with a futuristic flare. While the bullying is the theme in the forefront, and I feel that it was well executed without being preachy, I also enjoyed the technology that Rede threw into the story. It doesn’t seem far-fetched to think that being so physically connected to the net is in our near future. It also, like many great sci-fi stories, brings up possible issues that could arise with the advance in technology. There are always consequences to go along with the benefits. This works to aid the creation of the bullying situation, as well as hints at the question of what other issues could this future society have through this technology. This story brings up an issue that’s been around for thousands of years, but one that seems to be a big focus in our culture today when we look to eradicate it. I think that getting into the mind of the victim in this instance gives good insight into the victim mindset. It also leaves the reader questioning the actions of everyone involved, not just the bullies.
  • Your Favorite Girl on June 06, 2013

    Your Favorite Girl ended up being a very refreshing novel to read. It’s very different from other books I’ve seen recently, and I’m very glad I read this one. What I really liked about this book is that I didn’t know where it was going to go next. The story just keeps unfolding and unfolding with more and more plot points that kept me flipping the pages needing more. Just when you start getting a handle on the situation, there’s another slight twist. This book is part mystery in the sense that a main goal Melissa has is uncovering just what Your Favorite Girl, Inc is. It’s part romance, but it’s a difficult romance to place, and that made things fun. It’s also part erotica. When you have Your Favorite Girls in the mix, there’s no way things can get sexy…and this novel is sexy. I think Sweeney did a great job in setting up the characters in this book. They’re very well-developed and each play a role in the story’s progression, no matter how small of a point. There are even some minor characters that I grew fond of, even in the short time that they were part of the story. I hope that others, who seem to have a larger, but still unknown role, come back in book 2 to play their part. While I enjoyed this book from beginning to end, I felt that there were only a few things that fell flat. In no way was this a bad book, but there was some room for a little extra umph during some key plot points. Despite the rare dull moment, there was a plethora of great material in Your Favorite Girl. Book 2 can’t come out soon enough. I was left NEEDING the next installment, and that’s always a good feeling (even if it’s torturous at times).
  • The Ghost of Nan Clarks Lane (a short story) on June 13, 2013

    The Ghost of Nan Clarks Lane is nice and short. Boland does a nice job of creating the setting, the main characters, and the storyline in only a few thousand words. While there was more backstory that could have been told, there was just enough extra given without there being any fluff to fill in any gaps. The twins, Jimmy and Patrick take this innocent trip to catch frogs, but then it turns into a much different outcome to the day. I enjoyed the build-up to the climax of the story and it was a little different than I expected from it. That’s always a sign of a good story. While I note that the author used the word count effectively, I can also see how a few aspects of the story could have fleshed out just a little more. Being that this is a story related to Boland’s novel A Shirtful of Frogs, I’m sure some of what I would have enjoyed reading more of, would be in the novel. This is a story young children will likely like to read, as well as adults looking for some light but enjoyable reading.
  • Patriots and Profits: The Prelude to For One's Own Cause on June 22, 2013

    I’m still a reader who’s getting into sci-fi slowly. I think that this story was a good story for those inexperience with the sci-fi genre, though it’s also a good story in itself for many readers. The reader gets a generalized view of this futuristic world, almost on a need to know basis. It leaves some questions about how the world is and works, in my opinion, but then again this is just a prelude short story to a novel. What you get is a good setup for the novel that follows. Ridgely’s character is well established in this brief time, as well as what is set to occur in the storyline’s near future. As I said, it’s probably better for those not seasoned in sci-fi. I think it might be lacking in a few aspect for some readers. It might not be the most unique story, but I have hopes of enjoying the novel to see where this leads to.
  • My Name is Mark Nine on July 24, 2013

    In this short story of only about 2,000 words, the author was able to set up a character, then slam the reader with a great, unexpected reveal to what’s really going on. It’d be hard to get into much detail about this story without spoiling it for readers, but I liked the way I was able to see the world through the main character’s eyes/mind. It wasn’t only what Mark was experiencing, but also the way his world works. It’s a future setting, so it’s not easy to establish its differences from our present world in such a short story. It was done effectively, in my opinion. I think there was just enough story, a great twist, and no need for more writing, though normally I’m left wanting at the end of a couple thousand words. Not the case with My Name is Mark Nine.
  • The Raid: an Eden short story on July 25, 2013

    I’ve been wanting to get into the Eden Trilogy for some time. The storyline sounds great and it’s something I’ve wanted to check out. While I haven’t started the trilogy just yet, I thought I was a good idea to throw one of the short stories into my reading pile. I was pleased to read The Raid, as I feel that it was made me want to read the full novels even more. This story is fairly short, but it does a good job a giving the reader a glimpse into the world of this series. There are a few characters established, and through that the reader can get a feel for what’s happening now that the world has become a post-apocalyptic wasteland for humans. There’s a new threat in the world, and without mentioning what it is, I thought it was a great mixture of the horror and sci-fi genres. I’ll be bumping the Eden Trilogy up on my reading list after reading The Raid.
  • Going Somewhere Else on July 27, 2013

    This was a short story of about 1,000 words. There wasn’t much space to build up the story of “A space explorer prepares for a journey that will never end,” as the description suggests, at least not in a fully literal way. What took place in this short time was more an exploration into the reasoning behind the narrator’s impending journey. Aside from the mention of the main character’s coming journey, and some other futuristic technology, this was a mostly literary story to me. I would have enjoyed a little more sci-fi in there. More story off of this would have been great, yet on its own, I feel it’s also a complete story. The author used this man’s mission as another way to solidify the main theme into the story. It was short, and got right to the point. I think it was enough to want to see what else Sistla can do with her words.
  • At the End of the World on Aug. 01, 2013

    For being around 1000 words long, this was a nice sexy story. The author was able to set up the characters well, while getting right to the point of this story: a sexual encounter in the desert, as if they were the last two people on Earth. I think the fantasy is an interesting one to think about, personally. There are many things they’d come into a person’s mind if they knew they were one of the last people on Earth. Breton took that and went the sexual route with it. What would it be have no chance of being caught or being the only hope for humanity. This one wasn’t just a sexy read, but it makes you think about what it’d be like At the End of the World.
  • Present Company (Flash Fiction / Short Story) on Aug. 16, 2013

    For a flash fiction story, Present Company was able to draw me in as a reader. It’s difficult to build up the anticipation that was in this story as it moved along. There was also little space to set up characters, but Prioleau was able to give me a picture of at least the Sir Dagg. Even though it was an enjoyable, short read, I ended up needing a little more by the time I got to the end. That seems to be a common complaint for flash fiction, though it’s not normally much of an issue when I read. Part of the “wanting” I had at the end might be due to the author setting the reader up for the novella The Necromancer’s Apprentice. I do hope this is the case, because I’m intrigued enough at the end of Present Company to see where these characters go. To summarize, there was some great writing here, but it was a little lacking. It’s still an enjoyable quick read for those with a few minutes to spare.
  • Blue is for Boys on Aug. 17, 2013

    When I started reading this story, I wasn’t sure where it was going. Ravi’s character is a man who likes to have fun and often can’t recall his weekends. I thought this might turn into a story with a simple moral of becoming a better person. I was wrong. As the story progressed I began to see the deeper issues behind what was going on. This turned into a way to express gender issues, issues that (in the world of the book) keep occurring hundreds of years in the future when man has basically conquered the known universe. What really made this story work for me was that it took on the differences in the male and female sexes. It brought out a topic that, even in today’s world, not everyone talks about. Nothing Earth-shattering was thrown out there, but it still can make the reader think. And because this is a science fiction story, the way the theme was thrown into the mix, was quite enjoyable. I really only had one issue with the way this sex/gender theme played out. I feel that there was a disregard for how sexual orientation plays into…well, you’ll need to read the story for that. I can’t talk more in-depth without spoiling things.
  • My Secret Sir on Aug. 18, 2013

    Real rating: 3.5/5, but I round up when no half-stars are available. I’ve read Jenna Fox’s first released short story, The Escape , but wasn’t aware that her writing also ventures into poetry. It was a pleasant surprise to see Fox publishing an erotic poem. This poem got a 3.5 out of 5 stars from me, and that’s because there were some things I felt worked well, but also a few things that irked me reading it. Overall, though, I feel it’s a great attempt at an erotic poem (something which I find hard to write) and I’m sure Jenna has more in store for her readers. For those who know me, I’m not a big fan of poems with end-rhyme being the dominant way to finish off lines. This poem makes use of this rhyming, and a few times, I feel it actually worked for the poem. At other times, it felt forced and disrupted the flow of words. There were a few changes in the rhythm, word choice, etc that got in the way. Despite this, there were a few lines with great imagery and those stuck out to me. Jenna did a great job of introducing the story behind the poem to the reader. I think I enjoyed reading it as a poem, with limited detail and more use of the reader’s imagination more than if it were a short story where there’s more room for the narrator to tell too much. The “secret” part of the title and the “rule” in the characters’ relationship was greatly aided by the reader being “blind” to many details, as well. I hope Fox puts out more poetry soon. I have a feeling I’d enjoy it.
  • Looking Back on Aug. 26, 2013

    You get what the description of the story says. It's the recollection of a well-lived life of an older woman. The author wrote it well, and made it believable to even be a non-fiction piece. It was a little on the lacking side, in the sense that this woman's life was just outlined, there wasn't much of an apparent conflict and life went by smoothly. The later years put some strain on the life being lived, and that's when my interest was most grabbed. It's a good introduction to this author, I think. I'm sure given more words to work with and space to expand a story, I'll enjoy more of this author's work in the future.
  • Hollowland on Aug. 28, 2013

    I was pleasantly surprised with this book. Over a year ago, I read Hocking’s Switched, which I enjoyed, but Hollowland was a step beyond on the enjoyment level. Hocking’s Hollowland was simply a great novel for its zombies, characters, and the world built inside it’s pages. One thing I really liked about this book was that the author didn’t spare the reader from any of the gore or unpleasantness that occurs in a world where zombies and the destruction of civilization as we know it is the “norm.” In the scenes where zombies are attacking the main characters, there’s much description of how much blood, limbs, etc are flying around and breaking, and dying. Hocking makes sure the reader knows just what it’s like to encounter these creatures, like any good zombie book should. Some of the description of how the zombies’ bodies hold up to attacks are slightly repetitive, but it also drives the point across that these once human bodies have changed drastically because of the virus. Remy, the narrator and main character, is one of the better characters I’ve read this year. She’s strong, determined, and rarely shows a sign of weakness, even if a love interest in introduced. She’s living in a world where survival is top priority and she doesn’t let anything get in her way of that. I found this to be a great part of the book. All of the characters were really well-written, actually. They were all developed over the course of the book and even a few that I didn’t like in the beginning, grew on me. Oh and Ripley, I want that to be a surprise, but she might be my favorite character in the book. Upon finishing this book, I knew I’d want book 2. It’s not a common occurrence for me, either. It ended nicely and was set up for what I’m sure will be an exciting continuation. I can only hope that there’s more excitement, blood and gore, and danger in my reading future.
  • Vaempires: Zombie Rising on Sep. 09, 2013

    Vaempres: Zombie Rising is a great continuation of book 1 of the Evolutionary War series, Vaempires: Revolution. In that book, we follow Daniel the newly appointed acting-leader of the Vampires kingdom after a worldwide revolt by the Vaempires. He’s racing across the city of Orion in search of his friends and Princess Cassandra. Zombie Rising takes on the less seen view-point of Daniel’s best friends Linq and Ray. For a majority of this novella the reader follow alongside Linq and Ray as they make their way toward their friend’s Daniel and Cassie who were last known to be at the royal palace. Along the way there is a large amount of action while the two teenage vampires battle occasional Vaempires. This was a welcomed element carrying over from Book 1. I loved the action, the fast paced reading, and was pleased to know I could fly through this one and not want to put it down. Aside from straight up action, this novella has some slower paced moments, as well. I didn’t mind them at all. When following Daniel, the almost non-stop action fit his character’s personality of always moving forward toward the goal. When reading about Linq and Ray, there’s a slightly different feel. There’s more planning involved. There’s also a little less rush to get to the Palace due to slight lack of urgency. It was also great meeting up with Cassie again briefly. The reader is able to see just how much of a bad a** she is and how quick thinking she is. All of the characters in Winship’s books have been great to get to know, not just Cassie. With the surprises that occurred at the ending of this novella, even if this sounds obvious from the 5 star rating, I can’t wait for the next installment. All I’ll allow myself to say about it is that I hope Thomas Winship is working on whatever title comes next….right now. I need to keep reading about the Evolutionary War.
  • Proof: A Short Tale of the Undead on Sep. 09, 2013

    I was surprised by this short story. I wasn’t totally in love with it, but near the end it pulled itself together for me and I appreciated it even more. I liked that the story is told as a brief retelling by the narrator about his life hunting “Them” with Connor. While there was a lack detail throughout, due to a brevity explained more near the end, it was just enough to keep me reading along to find out what would happen next. If you’re looking for a quick read with a little vampire hunting in it, this could be a good story for you. It moves right along and packs the recalling of many years on the road into a few thousand words. I’m interested to see what this author can do with a novel. It’s a good glimpse into Graham’s writing, I’m sure.
  • Lichgates (Grimoire Saga #1) on Oct. 21, 2013

    The Grimoire: Lichgates is the first book in The Grimoire Trilogy. In this first book the author, S.M. Boyce, throws Kara (the main character) and the reader into an entirely new work called Ourea. To get to this world, Lichgates are necessary. They are portals linking our world to the dangerous, yet beautiful, kingdoms of Ourea. They are scattered all over both worlds and it is through one of them in the Rocky Mountains that Kara stumbles. Upon falling into an underground library, Kara finds waiting for her an old red leather book. The book is very magical. On it is a necklace with a pendant that looks like four crescent moons configured in the shape of a four-leaf clover. This book is so magical that there are blank pages throughout, but when asked the right questions the pages flip to a sections and words appear with an answer. This book is one of Kara’s only defenses against what lies in wait for her in Ourea. Upon opening the book, she has become the center of every kingdom’s focus; she is the Vagabond. Her purpose in this strange world is to reunite the four kingdoms in peace, fulfilling the goal of the first Vagabond who died a thousand years before. This concept really caught me from the beginning. Like I said I was hooked from reading the first chapter alone. It takes a lot to do that with most books. Part of what kept me reading was the fact that this book doesn’t wait to get the reader into the action. There is no lead in chapters, no foreshadowing, no mercy. Kara is hiking one minute and in Ourea fighting for her life the next. Every time throughout the book it seems that there will be some time to relax (for the characters and readers alike) something happens. It’s almost impossible to put this book down. Lucky for me I was able to force the book down, which allowed me to savor every experience it held; there are many. I loved many elements of this book. First off the setting made me want to visit Ourea. I know this is impossible (not only because it’s not a real place) because if I went there, I’d most likely die (more on that soon.) Ourea is like the worlds of most fantastical stories. It has it’s beautiful landscapes, luxurious castles, and even a dreary kingdom no one wants to acknowledge. It’s landscapes include forests, a kingdom nestled on top of a vertigo inducing multi mile high cliff, and even a kingdom found in a magical dome on the bottom of an ocean guarded by sharks. And it’s not just the places themselves that I fell in love with, it’s the way Boyce’s words describe them. I can’t do it justice in my own words, you’ll have to take my word for it or read the book. Her words paint a picture of every aspect allowing the reader to soak in the images. The setting wasn’t the only exciting part of the book. There are also the various creatures of the land. To mention a few there are griffins, dragons, something Kara says is similar to a squirrel, and one of my favorites a flaer named Rowthe. I liked him a lot because he’s a huge dog like creature. Of course he has a unique ability, but I’m going to let you find that one out, it’s just really cool. The characters Kara encounters are very hard to figure out. This helps the story be what is it more than anything else. The Grimoire from the beginning warns Kara that she can’t trust anyone in Ourea. A lot of the times it seems like the characters can be figured out and trusted, but then there’s either a subtle or drastic hint to the contrary. As a reader I was always jumping to conclusions about a character only to change my opinion soon after. I’m still waiting for a character to make a turn for the worse, but we’ll see if that happens. Kara’s journey takes the reader all over Ourea and she meets a variety of good and evil. She even has encounters with the evil King, Blood Carden. He is the father of Kara’s companion Braeden. I guess I should have mention him by now. Carden is the ruler of the Stele, the banished kingdom who reeks havoc on Ourea even through a banishment. Braeden, his son, escaped from his father’s kingdom twelve years earlier and has been hiding elsewhere ever since. But the ever present questions in my mind was whether or not he was one to be trusted. When would the evil in his blood consume him, if at all? For most of the book I kept liking and trusting him, but wanted to keep an eye on him for Kara’s sake (not that I could have helped here, that’s just silly she’s in a book.) There is also a growing connection between Kara and the mysterious Braeden which leads to some complications in the relationship of him as protector and one of her few friends. To wrap this up, The Grimoire: Lichgates is on my top five favorite books I have read this year and possibly in recent years. I keep reading great books so this list should be extended to at least ten. I loved the story, I loved the setting, I loved everything about this book. The only problem that I had with it is that I didn’t have the next book to read. I only hope that the day comes when I can read book two, then book three, sooner than it will.
  • Picture Perfect on Nov. 19, 2013

    Something about this book caught my attention early on. With just the blurb along, I had a feeling that this book would be different than most of what I’ve been seeing lately. I wasn’t mistaken. Picture Perfect is about a young woman coping with a life-changing event. She gained weight after an accident and the way she lives and views herself in life is altered drastically. While this is also a romance, there’s much more to the novel. Some of the concepts brought up range from being comfortable in your own skin, acknowledging what an actual ideal weight is, and more important than some other things, people can change in a variety of ways. When I started this book, while I was excited, I had a slight worry that I wouldn’t be able to get into it because of a whiny main character. Cat was not whiny, big plus. I’ve read a few books in the past that have gotten annoying to continue reading due to a main character always whining about an issue like weight, that that type of voice has me putting down the book and moving along. As I said, Cat isn’t like that. She’s troubled, and she doesn’t have great self-esteem, but she’s not a whiner. At the heart of it, Cat is a strong woman who just needs a little push and a reason to find herself in this low point. Nate’s also a great character. Really, most of the characters encountered in this book were great. Again, I wasn’t disappointed with Nate’s character. I’ve gotten a little jaded with seeing the stereotypical troubled, slightly abusive bad-boy love interest, that the female character melts into a puddle for. Nate’s refreshing. He’s a nice guy. I’m not saying he’s perfect, no character should be perfect, but he’s a little something different than most “book boyfriends” that I’ve run across. Oh, and did I mention that there are a few sexy scenes? Well, there are. While some readers might be turned off from having “semi-graphic” (by that I really just mean that it’s described with a very mild erotic flavor, not that it’s creepy or over the top) sex scenes, I feel that it was a great tool to show Cat’s development over the course of the novel. I won’t get into specifics, but I’ll just say that through sex, one can explore the body and find comfort in one way or another. So, yes, I enjoyed this novel. It was what I was expecting and more, to be honest. There’s a second novel coming out soon, which stars Cat’s roommate, Joey, who I didn’t really mention in here, but she’s fun and I’m looking forward to reading her story.
  • Memoirs of a Sorcerer on Nov. 23, 2013

    My main issue with it was that it felt like the narrator was writing a list of events that happened in his life. With “memoir” in the title, the reader should expect a recollection of a life, but with that normally comes some detail, depth, and story, especially in a fictional memoir. Due to the over telling and little showing, there wasn’t much room to get into the story. The narrator (the sorcerer from the title) wasn’t a likeable character, but that’s apparent from the start. Normally with that, an author makes other characters easy to sympathize with, to counter the dislike, but I wasn’t able to find that. The other characters were mere mentions and I didn’t feel bad for their failures against the sorcerer. There was one character that was shown to possibly fill the void, but she was short-lived and easily forgotten. This review is a little lopsided with its “negatives,” but I do feel that, as mentioned above, there’s a bigger story here that this was just more of an outline for. The concept intrigued me. The title alone drew me in. Seeing that this author has a few novels out, I do think I’ll take a look at them. I’d like to see what her ideas can do when allowed to expand and flourish with the room of a novel length piece.
  • Run on Dec. 20, 2013

    This will be a quicker review than normal, due to the short length of this story. Run was a little sketchy at the start for me. But it turned into an interesting story as I read on. The writing style the author used leads it to be a little vague for my liking, but being vague isn't always a bad thing. It left room for a few things open to interpretation. I think that vagueness is where the strength of the story is, even if it didn't fully sit well with me. In the various meanings I found behind some elements of this story, I can see it appealing to a variety of readers. Reading Run has gotten me interested in checking out Lowhim's other work.
  • Oh Doctor, the Places You Will Go... on Dec. 25, 2013

    This was an ok book. I liked the idea behind it, and with it being (obviously) inspired by the Dr. Seuss book of similar name, I maybe went into it expecting more. I feel that the rhyming didn't feel very natural at times, and in this type of book, rhyming is key. And it's it's forced, the reader will know. Though, this subject matter (the medical field) makes it a little difficult to rhyme at times, I'm sure. There are many strange words to work with, so I did appreciate the effort put into making various lines work. A few things felt repeated too often as well, like the length of becoming a doctor being compared to other professions. I understood that this is a humorous book. That can across well enough, but the material was used too often for a short book. Still, in the end, this was a fun quick book to check out. Just the fact that the author also illustrated this book...using his iPad...made it interesting to check out, alone.
  • Gabriel: Zero Point on Jan. 01, 2014

    *Please note that I haven’t read the rest of this trilogy, so I went into this novella with a blank slate. The description mentions this could be read before or after reading the other. I’m sure my reaction would be a little different had I read it after the other books.* Gabriel: Zero Point was a pretty good novella. There isn’t that much to it in terms of building the futuristic world that it’s set in, but it does a great job of setting up Gabriel, the main character. Being that he is the main character of the trilogy that follows this novella, I think getting the story of where he started is probably better than getting the grander world view. The novels have more room for that. Still, this is only, for the most part, a small glimpse into what is to come and I felt like maybe just a little more info would have made it that much more enjoyable for me. Overall, it’s filled with action, there aren’t any lulls to the story, and it’s gotten me interested in the other books. I think Umstead has much in store for me, once I start the trilogy. I’m looking forward to it.
  • The Light Tamer on Jan. 03, 2014

    The Light Tamer has been on my TBR for quite a while. I found the premise to be interesting and I was looking forward to reading a book with, what to my experience is, a unique paranormal premise. The idea behind the light tamers in this book is great and new. It’s not often a paranormal book isn’t about an exhausted type of “creature.” But I did feel that there was also some strange things to it. The writing in this book wasn’t the best I’ve read before. I think that lead to some of my disappointment. Dawson has great promise with this book, but there are aspects that could have used some work. To just touch briefly on that, I felt mainly like all of the characters didn’t react realistically to much of the reveals of the book. There was often a moment of questioning, but then it was explained away with a vague “we believe it could be….” explanation and everything’s back to normal again. Also, the conflicts that arise are almost too easily resolved. This is most apparent at the main event of the book. Some of the dialogue wasn’t to my liking either. Jessie sounds enough like a fifteen year old, but Caleb who’s not much older than her, sounds too mature for his age. The way they deal with issues also makes many characters feel older than they are and the responsibilities given to them so easily by adults makes it seem like they’re older teens. It wasn’t all iffy though. I wanted to keep reading and to find out more about light tamers and what was all going on. The book is very fast paced, if not a little short even at roughly 60K words, and this helps more things along nicely. I really liked Amber’s character, though she was a little upstaged by Jessie and Caleb’s insta-love relationship (explainable insta-love but still slightly too fast). I did enjoy this book, even if it wasn’t all that I think it could have been if it were fleshed out more and given time to blossom in various ways. I grabbed a copy of book 2 and plan on reading it soon to continue in this trilogy.
  • According to the List on Jan. 10, 2014

    Even though this is listed as a piece of fiction, there may ever well be much of the author in these words. As the title suggests, this narrative follow a list-like pattern. it shines light on the narrator’s aspirations and some random tangents a mind can wander on. I could relate well wit the narrator, not only because he is a writer, but also because he seemed to dwell on many thoughts I find myself considering often, as well. This might be a short piece, but D.E.E.L’s style is one to be appreciated, for its beautiful simplicity and poetic feel. It was a great introduction to this author’s work, for me as a reader.
  • Once Upon A Blue Moon on Jan. 24, 2014

    Being such a short story, there was ,in the end, a nice story to read. The execution was a little rough, for me, though. The language style the author used was a bit cumbersome for such a simple story. The transitions were also a bit abrupt, just moving onto a new topic without much flow. But there was the character of the child that kept me reading through to the end.
  • Hero Breaker on Jan. 24, 2014

    I really liked this story, until the last sentence. It just ends, leaving me with an incomplete feeling. The story builds up some great suspense, interesting characters, then all hell breaks loose...which also added to my enjoyment. This author has a great story idea here, but I'm not sure about the way it "ended." Still, overall, I liked it, even if there were too many swords coming out of and going in to "backsides." I'm not sure if the author and I have the same definition of that word. But it made for a little humor, even if it wasn't intended.
  • My Heart's Choir Sings on Feb. 04, 2014

    For me, reading and “getting” poetry doesn’t always come easy. What I rely on most for my enjoyment, the first read through, is the feel I get from it; the emotions do the poems bring with them. Then I’ll go and reread the book is necessary to look deeper into what it has within. My Heart’s Choir Sings is a book that I’ve read through twice already, and have gotten more out of each with each of read. I know I’ll be revisiting this one again and with the third read, will most likely get an even deeper understanding and enjoyment from the poems. This collection is said to be a novella in verse. When comparing it to the verse novels I’ve read in recent months, this “story” goes about the form a little different from them. Instead of a straight forward continuous single storyline, this novella has the speaker recollecting various events, memories, qualities of the woman he loves, who is now dead. These poems are strung together by some common themes, while being great pieces all on their own. There’s not a direct linear narrative, but I feel that is a strength to this collection. There’s so much being said on these pages, even with, at times, so little words. The reader can feel the speaker’s every emotion. As I stated before, I’ll be reading through this book a third time, and probably many times after, plucking out favorite lines, new meanings, and it’ll probably make its way onto my shelf of favorites collections. If this is Flynn’s début book, I can’t wait to see what else she has waiting for her readers.
  • The Society of Sinners on Feb. 09, 2014

    It’s been awhile since I’ve read a book with vampires. I don’t always find much exciting about the genre, but Parkerson was able to write the mythology of these vampires, werewolves, and other creatures in an interesting way. I liked the idea behind how the creatures came to be, and how/why The Society of Sinners itself was set up. It adds a better depth to the story than just having all these characters with abilities and leaving it simply as that. This also helped in the development of the characters and their histories. I also found it interesting that the novel was split into 5 separate, but connected, stories. At the heart of it, these are 5 stories about the pairing off of various characters, as well as way to introduce bits of the ongoing plot for the next stories to build on. This worked well, though I found that it allowed some events to become predictable, as the stories had obvious similarities with the romance. But all in all, the first four stories were great and built up a nice story. I didn’t feel the same way about the 5th story though. It takes place about 25 years after the others (which occurred in a much shorter time frame, all together). This alone sets it apart from the rest of the book. It also doesn’t really build off of the rest of the book directly; it’s a side story in a way. Though, I can see how it’s possible that the conflict could lead to the next book in the series, I felt this was a self-contained, unrelated occurrence. Looking back at the characters, I do feel that they were developed nicely, even if there was too much insta-romance for me. It still fit in with the idea of fate/destiny/a bigger picture that is a factor in their world. Now that the characters have been set up, their relationships established, and some hints at a bigger conflict thrown at me, I’m anxious to see where the other books of the series take the story. It was nice to read a novel from this author, while in the past I’ve really only read short stories.
  • The Baby Trap on Feb. 28, 2014

    I didn’t expect too much from the story. This is mainly due to it being listed at about 300 words. There’s not much room to expand a full fleshed out story. Despite this consideration, I felt this story lacked in many ways. Aside from a need of another proofread, there really wasn’t much story. Casey finds out she’s pregnant, then spends time describing John’s brother Sam and his dislike of babies, instead of thinking about John and letting him be his own person. Casey seems a little obsessed with Sam, but knows almost nothing about her own boyfriend (based on what’s in the story, at least). The resolution of this story is predictable and abrupt. I think if the author spent less time having Casey assume things based on the brother Sam, there’s be more room to develop a more balanced story with the 300 words. The subject matter gives many opportunities for conflict. I would have liked to see more of that included in the story.
  • Missing Pieces on Feb. 28, 2014

    I wasn’t sure about this story at first. there’s a lot left unsaid that made it slightly difficult for me to get into what was happening, as much as I’d have liked, but later on more was revealed to help my overall understanding. This story takes place in the (possibly near) future, though it was hard to confirm that at first. I felt it crucial to my reading for me to know this to better understand some of what’s said. Despite that, I think the main theme of the story is fairly upfront and strong. If the writing was only slightly less vague, I think I’d have enjoyed the story that much more.
  • The Island (The Island Series #1) on March 02, 2014

    The dystopian genre has always intrigued me, and now that it’s a popular type of book to find, there are many choices to read. It’s also because of this, that I try to be a bit picky when choosing which to read. I’m glad I came across The Island. What I found interesting for The Island is that the author took on the dystopian genre in the form of a novella, and it turns out that it used the length well. While the story in question could easily have been written into a full-length novel, I think as a novella there wasn’t room to fluff it up. That fluff might have ended up being more of a romance story, and I’m glad it wasn’t. The focus was the conflict in this society and the discover of what’s really going on, among a few other important factors. A society in which at 10, a child moves out of his/her parents’ house and into a collective of other young children in order to grow up, get married, and continue the cycle…well, that was definitely something to ponder. And this is how the story starts out. Soon after, the world building expands, the island is established, and there’s mention the others, the Fools. When I already had questions as to how things came to be, more questions arose with the inclusion of more people, separated from a society already foreign to me. I found myself drawn in by Leia’s account of what was occurring. While she’s knowledgeable, there is room for her to grow and she does; on her own and through others. The other characters, like Luc (Leia’s twin brother), Ando, Sol, etc also added to this story in many ways. While there might be a lack of in-depth developing of most characters, I feel that there was enough given in the short length of being a novella, to be effective. I think I should make mention that due to not fully reading the blurb for The Island, I missed the note about there being a major sci-fi movie as an element of the plot. And to be honest, I’m actually glad I missed that. When I made the connection even before the full reveal of what’s going on, I got a little amused. This movie wasn’t used in a cheesy way. It was a great device to show how influential a story can be, and how with the right conditions, stories of our modern world can become the mythology in the world of tomorrow. Even today, many of our fictional characters and stories are a mythology just like the gods and heroes of Greece and the stories in the Bible are a mythology of the times in which they’re from. This has been an area of interest for me due to my enjoyment of Greek and Roman myth. I was pleased to see how this came to be for this world, and the effect it took over the years.
  • Simon Says (A Short Story) on March 06, 2014

    This was a fun and creepy story. Michael and his family are basically slaves to a demons named Simon. They must kill twice a year when he meets with them, or else they'll suffer for not doing as he says. This year, though, Michael doesn't want to go through with it, he doesn't believe Simon's even real. To him, it's all a twisted game. Is it? I thought the whole premise was great and I enjoyed how the story unfolded. It's a great short read with a shocking outcome. I do wish to get more detail about a few things, but it's not due to the lack of anything in the story. It's just my curiosity getting the best of me...a sign of great writing, I'd say.
  • A Call from Cthulhu on March 21, 2014

    This was a quick flash fiction story based on one of Lovecraft's most notable works, The Call of Cthulhu. Well, loosely based and with an added humourous, satirically horrific ending that a modern reader can sympathize with. It's a fun few minute read with a good twist at the end. I definitely will be checking out other stories from the author.
  • The Finisher on March 21, 2014

    Here's another flash fiction story from King. I like how the author is able to build up a story and suspense, and end it cleanly,, in the short format. It wasn't a rushed ending at all. It was to the point and didn't waste its limited word count, just like a good flash piece should be.
  • Wishing For Someday Soon on April 09, 2014

    This book really blew me away. There were so many pieces of this book that not only drew me in to it, but it almost didn’t let me leave in the end. Tiffany King weaves a beautiful story of hope around one of the ugliest aspects of the human experience. I’ll start out with the characters in the book. They were extremely lovable (with the exception of two, and definitely ONE). Once Kevin, Katelyn’s kid brother was mentioned, I knew he’d be one of my favorite characters. Katelyn’s character, while not all too likable for some of her values, is also a great character. She’s strong, loves her brother more than anything else in the world, and will do anything to protect him. What’s not to like? Katelyn has survived years of moving around the country and relentless abuse from her mother Lucinda. All the while she does nothing but hold out hope for her eighteenth year and a plan to leave the hell that is her home life behind. The secondary characters were, while almost being TOO nice, believable and a godsend in times of need. The adults were always helpful, and through their actions from beginning to end they were a sign that life didn’t have to be lived how Katelyn and Kevin had seen it. There are great people in life and they are willing to help others. Even when someone was dealt a bad hand with parents and lifestyle, it’s nothing to settle for. There are ways out, and the adults and even teenagers, helped to show Katelyn an alternative. One thing that kept getting on my nerves was the way Katelyn continued to endure the verbal and physical abuse dished out by her mother Lucinda. When her mother wasn’t in the mood to argue she was still using her daughter almost in a slave labor fashion because she couldn’t bother to do things for herself. This was appalling to read. But why do I praise this book? Well, it’s because of elements like this one. It’s UGLY, DISGUSTING, and downright UNACCEPTABLE; it’s also real life. This isn’t a unique experience made up for the world of fiction. There are families like this all over the world today. King painted such a graphic portrait for me as the reader that I couldn’t help but wish to jump into the story and save Katelyn and Kevin on various occasions. Because of this way King’s writing captured me and kept me reading, it seemed like my emotions mirrored that of the character’s. There were sad moments (very sad ones), happy moments, and moments when there was nothing but anger. I’ve never wanted to jump into a book just to kill off a character so badly before. I think many readers will get this reaction when they read as well. Luckily the good emotions were ones of hope and happiness, those can always brighten the overall story. This book succeeded in locking me almost completely into the story emotionally. This is something that has never been done by any book or author before. The last scene could easily have killed me if it went on any longer. It’s not that it dragged on and on, it didn’t. What happened is that when I read it, my heart was thumping so hard and fast in my chest that I thought it’d just burst, not allowing me to finish reading. I’ve never been this on edge for any book or movie before. That scene was pure literary magic for me. From beginning to end this book will take a toll on the readers emotions. I don’t know how any reader will not feel at least the slightest emotional connection to this book.
  • The Sentient Soldier on June 12, 2014

    Good quick read of just under 750 words. I think this flash fiction piece hints at a world and concepts that can't be explored enough in the short format, and because of this I didn't feel it worked as well as it would have, had the author expanded more. I'd be interested to read a story similar, or set in the same world, from this author because I was intrigued on what was touched upon. Still good for a fast, few minute read.
  • The G Particle on June 12, 2014

    Quick, entertaining read. Touches on an interesting view on what "God" could be, and how humans can and do "play God" in certain ways. I enjoy reading flash pieces like this, that get just enough into them all while letting the reader think beyond the few hundred words that were written
  • Songlines on July 02, 2014

    I recently read Minkman’s dystopian novella, The Island. When I found that she has poetry I needed to check it out and see how her words can translate to verse. I was very pleased with this chapbook. Minkman poetry incorporates great imagery into her words. I also found myself finding the emotion of the poems to draw me in. While there might not be a large grouping of poems in Songlines, I feel that it was well worth the read, and will be a book to go back to later on to experience again. Lovers of poetry will enjoy this, but I also think that shy poetry readers would also find enjoyment within Minkman’s words
  • Life After: Episode 1 on July 08, 2014

    I'm not a reader who always jumps at the idea of a serial novel, but at times I do. Life After sounded like a good concept that could work for the serial form, so I took a chance with the first episode. For being about 7k words long, I feel that the author was able to establish just enough of the world and a few characters to keep me intrigued to keep going in the novel. So far it doesn't sound like there's much to call unique about the story compared to many of the dystopic, near future in America stories/novels out there, but I don't have much to base a solid opinion on yet. It seems like a good start, and has the potential to expand into a great novel. I'll have to see if I can get my hands on episode two (or debate on getting one of the many bundles available) and see where this story goes.
  • Spiders Know A Thing Or Two on July 17, 2014

    This was a quick read, a flash fiction story of about 600 words. It's written for a younger audience and has an encouraging lesson in it, though I feel that it had much too abrupt of an ending. It started off nicely and felt like it was going somewhere that a couple hundred words couldn't contain. I feel that that's why it ended like it did. The author possibly had a word limit (evident from the description mentioning it was for a competition), and had too ambitious of a story for the word count. I'd be interested to see if there was more to be written as a continuation. But since this story ends where it does, I couldn't fully enjoy it.
  • Under the Hill on Aug. 04, 2014

    There's potential in this story for something larger and entertaining. Though, from this single "journal entry" there's only a hint at what the author has in mind for the world she's trying to build. From that hint, I'd like to see what comes from it. On this story alone there wasn't too much to work with. It's in need of a proofreading to catch a handful of errors and incomplete sentences, though at the same time, if worked into the story better, it could show as a characteristic of the education the narrator doesn't have in this world of the future. I also felt that this "journal entry" was incomplete. It starts out sounding like there'll be a bit of story to it, then goes on to explain the world Rune lives in and how it came to be, but then it just stops. This might have been aided if there were a few entries in this one story/ebook, but it stands on its own. As I said, I feel there's much more to work with here and it'll just take time for the author to flesh it out in future works, that I will be interested in reading. On its own, it didn't work too well in my opinion. Still an ok quick read to get yourself interested in the author's plans.
  • Eternally on Aug. 16, 2014

    This story has some potential to be a good piece. I felt that it was lacking some world building that would be crucial to understanding exactly what's going on. The reader can only make assumptions as to how this world of the future works and what the relationships are between man, machine, and fellow man. If this story was revisited and expanded on to add some meat to it, I think I'd check it out again. In its current form, it didn't work too well for me.
  • Retrograde on Aug. 16, 2014

    This story had an interesting concept, but it lacked a crucial piece of a story: conflict. There are a few places that conflict could be added, and it felt like it was going to develop at some point, but then by the end, it nothing close to a conflict arose. There was only a very minor internal conflict with the main character and her new stage in life. What this felt like, due to what I've said above, was the opening scene for another work this author might have in mind. On it's own, it wasn't satisfying and left me a bit annoyed. I enjoyed Jefferson's writing and build up of his main character as well as what we see of the world building, but all that seemed to be of no consequence by the time I was done. I'll be checking out other work from this author because I liked his style. My only hope is that there's something more to them than I found in this one.
  • Stay With Me on Oct. 19, 2014

    Stay With Me is a quick story, starting off a bit slow, but soon drew me in once a few things were revealed. There's a lot to take in even in only a few thousand words. Hawke's writing built up a great sympathy for Logan, the main character, and I couldn't have asked for the story to end any better. It's the type of ending I enjoy seeing from a story of this kind.
  • The End of the World on Oct. 31, 2014

    The End of the World is a quick story of just over 1k words. This doesn't allow for much world building, but McGowan was able to develop Chuck, his main character, well and get a feel for the way the world is for Chuck. There's something going around killing everyone. Chuck calls them Jackals. Not sure exactly where they came from, but they seem vicious and unstoppable. The impending doom Chuck feels made for a great story, even though it telegraphed the ultimate outcome. As always for me, when there's little of the "bigger picture", I'm left wanting that part of the story. But this didn't take away from my enjoyment. It just adds to my curiosity for more from this author in the same world he introduces in this story.
  • Looking The Other Way on Oct. 31, 2014

    This story was great. It had two levels to the eeriness that really made it stand out for me. The author built up a great mood from the beginning, then throws a curveball once the reader's in the subway with the main character. That alone gave the story a great horror factor. What added to that was the nonchalance of the other people on the subway platform with the main character, and the attitude that comes over the MC at the end of the story. It could make you wonder just how fictional a story like this could be, and what else is out there.
  • Faceless on Oct. 31, 2014

    For such a short story, the author packed in a heavy punch. There's no time wasted to terrify the reader with what this mysterious mask has in store for these teenagers. I'd have liked a little more of a lead-up, if only to understand the mask and how the grandmother obtained it (and why she'd have such a dangerous object), but aside from that I think this was a great read. It's a very strong flash piece.
  • Illusion (Grimoire Saga #4) on Nov. 04, 2014

    This might be the hardest review I’ve had to write so far in my reviewing “career”. Illusion is book fourth of The Grimoire Saga, and I was both excited and sad to read this last book of the series. I’ve been following Kara, the main character, on her journey through the beautiful and dangerous world of Ourea since early 2012. After reading the first book, Lichgates, I knew I was hooked, but with each book that came out I was drawn in more and more. This is hands down my favorite book series, and S.M. Boyce will stay on my top authors list for years to come. I have no doubt about that. I could do a close review of this, but I fear saying too much about the plot and outcome. So much happens in this book to tie up the many loose ends that weave through this series. There is a long awaited epic battle, twists and turns, joy and dismay. This book has everything long time fans have felt the series building up to. To say that I’m pleased with the way the author ended things would be an understatement. It can’t be easy to create a satisfying ending to an epic like The Grimoire Saga, but I felt it was the way it should all work out. Boyce’s writing continues to gain strength with each book, and Illusion is no exception. Her world of Ourea is just as complex and beautiful as when I first was thrown into it with Kara in the first book. Much of this book takes place in the Steleian Kingdom, a place we’ve only seen glimpses of before. I feel that even in the midst of the concluding battle, the kingdom was painted with a skill I’ve grown to admire. I also found it surprising when the story took on different character viewpoints. For most of this series, the chapters are from either Kara or Braeden’s POV, with few exceptions. For reasons obvious to those reading the book, these two POVs would have limited a battle as big as what takes place in this book. What was the surprising part is that even with just a chapter or two from the POV of more minor characters (and more impressively from characters, the vagabonds, we know almost nothing about) the author was able to keep me in the story, develop that character in a short time, and get me invested in this part of the larger story. It was a change in style overall, but not a jarring or out-of-place change. I could go on and on about how much I loved this book, and as a whole this series, but I’d rather leave it at what I’ve said already. I’m sad that the series is over. Happiness and sadness fell over me when I finished the last line, but isn’t that what great books should do? There is a light at the end of the tunnel, as well. It’s only about a year until fans of Ourea have to wait for a spin-off series The Ourean Chornicles. I’m looking forward to reading about some of my favorite characters in their own books.
  • Seeded on Nov. 24, 2014

    This story surprised me. I was reading most of it, enjoying it, yet wasn’t sure if it was going to strike me as something special. At first it seemed a simple “Here’s a crew on a ship with a mission. Something’s going to go wrong.” type story. And, yes, that’s what it is, but there was an element added toward the end that made the story a little less self-contained, a little better for me as a reader. Even though I saw part of the ending coming, I wasn’t able to predict where the author raised the stakes and really grabbed me. It was a fun twist on a colonization theme.