Stephen Merritt


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Smashwords book reviews by Stephen Merritt

  • Gamers on Oct. 26, 2012

    I received this book as a free review copy with the only expectation that I write a review. I will be buying the rest of the series to find out what happens next.... Very interesting story about Gabby a High School student in the future where everyone learns through game play. Everything can be a game being one of the rules of the time. Lifegame is the process in which everything you do is part of earning points toward entrance into college and a subsequent "good" job. The losers at the High School level are sent off to the "lesser" jobs in life. At least that is what everyone is told. Gabby is told something by a group of outcasts that shakes her world to the core. Is it true? We still don't know the real facts. This first story follows Gabby and her school friends and enemies through the end of their senior year culminating in the end of year "raid". A joint mission where groups of students follow a Dungeons and Dragons like mission shown through their lifelike visual interface to earn the final points in the Lifegame process although not everything is what it seems.... Loved the story, need to know what happens next.
  • Become a Dictator - A Short and Snappy Guide on Nov. 22, 2012

    I picked this book as a free review copy from on a whim and wasn't disappointed. Very humorous guide that is quite a change from the Scifi I usually read. The tongue in cheek guidance had me thinking about all the news stories that bombard us all the time and realizing how ridiculous and true this guide is. Also had me thinking about some of our own politicians with some of the very same behaviours.
  • The Digital Sea on Feb. 11, 2013

    The Digital Sea is a very interesting book. The first chapters jump around a bit but it appears the intent was to introduce everyone with a bit of their piece of the story which started to all come together. This is the story of a future time in which everyone is living in a digital world that is a visual projection overlayed on the physical world. A few know or are consciously aware of this fact and use it to their advantage. Some are experienced hackers and can control the world around them. A very few such as Zel Aurora have the ability to manipulate much more than their own personal space. This is the story of Zel and her attempt to leave a life of crime behind her and protect her daughter who she is trying to keep secret and protected from those who wish to control her and use her abilities to their gain. I wasn't sure at first about this book but quickly was pulled into the story and enjoyed it.
  • Ascension Point on March 17, 2013

    This is a story of humanity in the future who have evolved into different factions with different abilities and goals living in different parts of the galaxy. This story follows 4 individuals, Luc, a titan, Neela, a senator of the commonwealth, Ariadne, an outcast with mental abilities likened to that of witches and Abe, part of a group known as the collective which have evolved as part human part machine, think Star Trek Borg still with free will and not trying to take over the universe. Each characters society believes the others are evil and are something to be afraid of. The book goes into each of these key characters back story and develops them very well. All four representatives are brought together in a very unique situation by a fifth character and quickly learn they must all work together to save the universe for mankind's survival. As quirky as that sounds, the story is really good. It drew me into the interactions and learning each cultures reprentative needed to do to work together. I won't say any more to give away the story line any further. Very good story, enjoyed it thoroughly.
  • Blue Moon Café Series: Where Shifters Meet for Drinks on April 07, 2013

    This book is a collection of short stories all related by the same setting and local drinking establishment, the Blue Moon Café. The stories tell about the supernatural species of vampires, werewolves, were-eagles, and even a few wererats in one story. They are all trying to live and keep themselves a secret from the "normal" population. Fighting against their genetic dispositions both to each other and the population. Very good collection of stories. Hard to follow here and there so not a 5 star book, but a very good read.
  • Magick Marked on May 11, 2013

    I started reading this book and couldn't put it down. The authors ability to develop characters that draw you in is excellent. The only annoying part is that I have to wait for book 2 to come out to see what happens next. This is a story based around a newborn vampire turned against her will but to save her life who is drawn into a paranormal world of extreme drama. Like all other stories, the races of vampire, shifter, werewolf and magic user don't get along, but are drawn together for a common mission affecting them all and the 5th race called the Fae. From this premise the story evolves in detail and the characters are very well developed to leave you on a cliff hanger just waiting for the next chapter. Very well written, hard to put down once you start. Even woke up one morning reaching for the book to continue from where I left off the night before.