Native Oregonian, avid reader for many decades, a human spell checker for several authors.
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Smashwords book reviews by Mark Schultz
- Escape To Challenge (Moondark Saga, Book 1)
on July 10, 2013
Great story! I love the detail and development of the characters. Just finished the first book today. I am going to buy the other two!
There were a number of word errors that slightly detracted from my enjoyment, but it is highly enjoyable to read nonetheless.
- I'm a Cyborg Until Further Notice
on Sep. 02, 2013
A great story! I love reading about cyborgs because we are moving toward that future. The story was really well written, the characters were well developed. It was a real pleasure to read, except for one thing; the spelling errors kept bringing me down. I would love to talk with the author, I think i could help her with the misspelled words and missing words.
A Wonderful Story!
- Halfkinds 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.
on Sep. 05, 2013
C-Shapes is a very good story about mental illness and perceptions. Mr. Fish created very believable characters in Ethan and the others. The ending is quite surprising, no spoiler here. I look forward to more work by the author.
- Last Flight For Craggy
on Oct. 06, 2013
What a fun read! I really enjoyed "The Last Flight of Craggy" . The plot twists were quite entertaining. The only thing that marred my enjoyment was the spelling errors. If I could be of any service to the author i would love to hear from him.
- Mesopotamia - The Healer, the Slave and the Prince
on Oct. 12, 2013
This book has been one of the most enjoyable I have read in a long time. The character development and depth of antiquity culture is phenomenal. I feel like a little beetle hanging on the hem of a garment. Such a wonderful read. Just one little thing spoils it for me, there are misspelled and missing words. I would be happy to assist the authors at their pleasure with this task.
- Mesopotamia - The Redeemer
on Oct. 27, 2013
What an amazing book! such a marvelous weave of religion, philosophy, and legend. The first chapter threw me off a bit; since I enjoyed the first book, "Mesopotamia: the Healer and the Slave" so much I persevered. I am so glad I did! This is probably the best book I have read all year!
- Please Take Care of Bethany
on Nov. 11, 2013
I just finished reading the book. I absolutely love this story about a man who gave his life for his country during world war 2 while on a secret mission. This is a little bit of a who-dun-it, with a dash of a sweet love story well mixed in with a lot of history about WW2. There were quite a few spelling errors, the kind that computers miss. i would be honored to help clean those up and make a wonderful book a little bit better.
- Return to the Beginning - Book One of the Company Wars Chronicle
on Nov. 28, 2013
This was a wonderful read. The story was quite intriguing. I really enjoyed reading "Return to the Beginning", it was hard to put down. The only thing that marred my complete enjoyment was the spelling errors and a lot of misplaced words.
John, if you would like any help with cleaning up your work and making it shine like the jewel it is, I would be greatly honored.
- 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!
- Model Species
on May 03, 2014
What a great read! I enjoyed this book so much, there is a depth I do not often see, multiple layers of conflict and interlocking characters. You have finessed a very rich world so different from our own and yet so similar in many ways. The only fly in this marvelous work is the spelling errors, there were misplaced words and missing words. I would be honored to help polish this jewel, or any other of your works, my rates are quite reasonable.
- 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 Nexus
on Aug. 16, 2014
Such a well crafted story! The Nexus was pure pleasure to read. The evolution of the main character was handled quite well. The only drawback was the spelling errors, there weren't a lot of them; but there were some misplaced words and some missing words. It would be my honor to help Mr. Mitchell polish this gem to its true perfection. The book was so much fun to read I gave it 5 stars despite the minor shortcomings.
- 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.
- Ascension: The End Game
on Oct. 08, 2014
This book was a lot of fun to read. There is interesting mythological references, biblical allusions, touch of anime or manga, neural linked computer, and much more. I really enjoyed it, just wish I had read the first one before. The only thing that detracted from my reading pleasure was the spelling errors. There were a lot of misplaced words. Mr. West, if you would like my help to polish your gem of a story, it would be my honor. tinman97030@yahoodotcom.
- Bartleby and James (Galvanic Century 1)
on Oct. 14, 2014
What a fun read! I have been a fan of Sherlock Holmes and the like for more years than I care to count. This was such a wonderfully refreshing book to read. Steampunk, galvanics, and Frankenstein make for a fantastic mashup! The only thing holding me back from giving 5 stars are the spelling errors. I can help clean those up. Michael, you can reach me at tinman97030dotyahoodotcom, my rates are quite reasonable.
- 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.
- Dead by Dawn: The Eversors Arising Episode Two
on Oct. 20, 2014
interesting story, you have created a unique world. I have enjoyed reading this quite a bit. The olfactory talents and skills brought an unusual point of view. Thank you for a very enjoyable read.
on Nov. 01, 2014
what a story! the combination of religion and science, which so many people think are mutually exclusive, is mind blowing! I did not find hardly any spelling errors, a refreshing experience.
Thank you Travis for several wonderful hours.
- 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.
- Soul at War
on Jan. 17, 2015
The story of John Shap is an excellent tale of a reluctant warrior. John follows the code of all warriors, however much he wishes he could do otherwise. I enjoyed the storyline and action a great deal. John's anguish was palpable.
The only thing that detracted from my complete enjoyment was the spelling errors, mostly composed of misplaced words. It would be my pleasure to help polish this work for the author, my rates are quite reasonable. I can be reached at tinman97030atYahoodotcom.
- 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.