Native Oregonian, avid reader for many decades, a human spell checker for several authors.
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Smashwords book reviews by Mark Schultz
- Halfkinds: Survival and Superiority (Volume 1 - Contact)
on Sep. 02, 2013
I Enjoyed this story immensely! A great read, i was on the edge of my seat several times! I thought the construction of the story was going to be difficult, but I found it easy to delve into. The only problem I ran into is the spelling errors. The misspelled words are quite jarring for me. I would love to be able to talk with the author and maybe I could help him. Without the errors, definitely 5 stars!
- Extinction Level Event
on Sep. 02, 2013
This is a truly frightening book! The author chose to follow a scientific path in the book and the events seemed so real and plausible. I really enjoyed reading this story. The only thing that marred my enjoyment was the spelling errors. There were words out of place and some were missing. I would love to help clean this up if the author is interested.
Without the errors, a six star read!
on Sep. 03, 2013
I have read a lot of sci-fi in my time, some good and some bad, but I am loving this book! "Iastron" covers such a scope of time and space. The twists and turns are great. Some of the characters really come alive. TIC, i need a scorecard to keep track of all the characters and their alliances. Well, not really, but it would not hurt.
The thing that really jars me out of my space is the spelling errors and the missing words, I know I complain about this alot, but it does detract from the enjoyment, the deep pleasure found in a well thought out story. I would like to help the author polish this gem so it reaches it's true luster. I hope Mr. Dunn contacts me.
- The Moss Garden Journal Of Chan Wing Tsit
on Sep. 04, 2013
This is an excellent read. It is written in a very engaging manner and plotted well. I was kept guessing through most of the book, the ending really blew me away. Living in the Pacific Northwest made this even more of a pleasure to read.
- Scale Free
on Dec. 07, 2013
What a great story! written with a lot of depth. I particularly enjoyed the father's anguish over the irrevocable decision to cross the physical divide for his daughter. The relationship with his mom was done quite well also. I actually would give this 4.5 stars. The spelling errors are distracting for me and reduce the total pleasure. I would be happy to assist the author with this in any way he likes.
I am looking forward to more from PA.
- The Ark of Humanity
on Jan. 30, 2014
A wonderful concept: some people survived the universal flood by adapting to life underwater. Very suspenseful, a good read, some fun writing! Looking forward to reading more.
- The LOMMETRUS Chronicles: Book One: The Abduction of William Baxter
on Feb. 21, 2014
I enjoyed the the story quite a bit. Utilizing an ad agency as a backdrop in an interesting concept for the beginning of the story. I found it hard to put down! The only thing that detracted from the story was all the spelling errors, there were missing words and misplaced words as well. I would be honored if the author wanted my help to clean up this delightful work.
- Jericho Johnson: The Gauntlet of Time
on April 23, 2014
I loved The Gauntlet! A lot of fun to read. The historical tidbits are hysterically awesome, just like Jericho. The only fly in the ointment for me is the spelling errors, a lot of misplaced words in the latter half of the book. I would be quite honored to help the author if he wishes.
Thanks JA for a rollicking good time across time!
- Spy People
on May 26, 2014
Wonderful and intimate! Such a great capture of the military mind in the spy world. There were only a few spelling errors to mar an otherwise perfect and delightful story! I would be honored to help Duncan polish this or any other of his gems!
on June 02, 2014
Dreamstone is an exciting read. It covers some interesting ground and relates quite well to our culture in the western US. There is something for almost everyone. Aliens, UFOs, military conspiracy, late night radio, the beautiful Oregon coast, and more. I derived a great deal of enjoyment during the read. I discovered a number of spelling errors that diluted some of my pleasure. Otherwise I would give it 5 stars.
It would be my honor to assist the author with this or any other manuscript if he desires.
- Nomads of the Gods
on June 04, 2014
Nomads of the Gods is one of the best stories I have read this year. Definitely in my top 5! It was hard to put down and it was hard to continue because the spelling errors were rampant on pretty much every page. Hundreds of misplaced words, and other misspellings. It was painful, but a good painful! The spelling is the only thing holding me back from 5 stars!
I would love to help Gary fix this problem so his masterful work can really shine.
I just realized that I posted this review on the wrong book, "The Fallen God". The covers look identical, my mistake. I have not read the second volume.
- Government Men
on July 03, 2014
What a fun book! I had so much fun reading this book, combing science, science fiction and fantasy, this was a nearly perfect read! The only thing keeping me from giving a full 5 stars is the spelling errors, I am talking about misplaced words, correctly spelled but in the wrong context. I would be honored to help the author perfect his wonderful invention.
- Planet Secrets
on July 14, 2014
Planet Secrets! A lot of fun to read! I really enjoyed this mix of fantasy and science fiction. The descriptions were wonderful, action was delicious. The only problem was the misplaced words, they were like hitting a speed bump while riding a bicycle. I would be honored to help the author clean this marvelous story of apelling imperfections, or any other she has written, she has written to allow the true beauty of this jewel shine brighter. Thanks for a good read!
- The Centauri Conspiracy
on July 25, 2014
I really enjoyed reading The Centauri Conspiracy. Written as a history of the significant past was fun to read. Clones, mechanicals, interstellar travel and lots of money! What is not to like.
The only thing that prevented 5 stars was the spelling errors, things a computer spell-checker misses all the time. It would be my great pleasure to assist Mr. Peterman in the future; I like his writing!
- The Game
on Aug. 01, 2014
Excellent story! My imagination was completely captured! It was harder than most to put down. Not too many spelling errors, mostly misplaced words. I would be glad to help clean those up with the author.
- The Trimedian
on Sep. 13, 2014
Adventures in Space is a rollicking good time! Chase/Jason careens through one keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-chair adventure after another. Jason is a good guy, Chase not so much, but they all have fun! I really enjoyed reading this book, even when Dangerous broke through the fourth wall and spoke directly to the reader; it is all good. The spelling errors kept this from being a perfect read. I would be honored to assist the author with polishing this jewel.
- Chronicles of Aria Prime, Episode One
on Oct. 19, 2014
I enjoyed reading this story a great deal. AJ has worked some of the classic SF themes in an interesting way. I am glad there will be more to come because I love a good story! I did stumble across a number of spelling mistakes, the kind that computers do not usually catch; that is my specialty. My rates are quite reasonable and would love to help AJ polish this and future jewels, at his request. The author can reach me at tinman97030 at yahoodotcom.
- Earth Legend
on Nov. 11, 2014
This book was a lot of fun to read. Different from a lot of my reading. None the less I am glad for reading it. The concept of a descendant from an ancient goddess kept me interested to the last page. The only thing that spoiled my complete reading pleasure was the spelling errors, mostly miss-placed words and a couple of missing words. I would be proud to help the author polish this work or any other, my rates are quite reasonable. I can be reached at tinman97030atyahoodotcom.
Thanks again for some great entertainment.
- Hardwired, Episode One
on Nov. 25, 2014
Thank you for some very entertaining reading. Episode One was well written and marvelously paced. Two separate story lines with the same supporting structure. Well done. I found very few spelling errors, possible colloquialisms also. As a human spell checker I would be honored to help, my rates are quite reasonable. Thanks again!
- Into the Wasteland - A Dystopian Journey
on Dec. 06, 2014
What a great book! I really enjoyed this story of survival in a primitive world. The plot was very pure, Hawk keeps putting one foot in front of the other. The main characters had depth and the landscape was an important part of the struggle. The only tiny fly in the ointment was a number of misplaced words.
As a human spell-checker, it would be my honor to assist the author; my rates are very reasonable. tinman97030atYahoodotcom.
Thanks for several hours of pleasure.
on Dec. 11, 2014
interesting story. The action was tight, but it could have been fleshed out a lot more. I enjoyed it, but there were a lot of spelling errors that I kept tripping over.
I would be glad to help the author correct the spelling errors, my rates are quite reasonable. I can be reached at tinman97030 at yahoodotcom.
- Sector 27: Assignment
on Jan. 17, 2015
this dystopian tale is at least as depressing as it should be. The picture colored in shades of gray is gorgeous. When Caleb experiences the rainbow of freedom for the first time, he is nearly overwhelmed.
I enjoyed the story a lot. The misspelled words cast a slight pall over the scene. It would be my pleasure to help the author rectify this situation, my rates are reasonable; i can be reached at tinman97030atyahoodotcom.
- Veterans Day
on Feb. 25, 2015
I really enjoyed this story! my time in the military gave me additional insight, but anyone who like action and science fiction will really have a nice read here. Other than the spelling errors this would have been a 5 star rating.
Thank you Dante, I love what you made!
- Beyond the Event Horizon Episode One
on March 04, 2015
Great story! Fascinating extrapolation of scientific theory! Some wonderful personal moments mixed in. thanks for some enjoyable reading.
- Earth's Survivors Apocalypse
on March 20, 2015
Earth's Survivors Apocalypse is an interesting group of stories. All the troubles that several small groups of people endure after worldwide devastation. Some groups connect and some have a near-miss. The dialogue is decent, many of the situations are quite believable! I could not give it 5 stars because of the spelling errors, mostly misplaced words and some missing words also. the author can get more info at my website wordrefiner.weebly.com
on March 24, 2015
I enjoyed this story a lot. The action flowed well, the characters were interesting and lifelike. I particularly appreciated Vic's fascination with Julianna's origin. The only downside for me were the spelling errors, quite a few misplaced words and a few missing words. I can help the author fix this, more info at wordrefiner dot weebly dot com.