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Anthony Barbaria is an Artist, Musician and Author from San Jose, California. He loves the weird, odd and strange. His stories and work delve into the realms of science fiction, metaphysics and subversive cultures. From UFOs to Time Travel, Alternate Dimensions and high strange, he will explore it in his work.
Most of his books are meant to be short reads. They are for everyone, but also have been tailored for the person on the go. Read them on your commute, break or just as a quick bit of entertainment before bed.
Fred L. Taulbee, Jr
on Dec. 09, 2013 :
Wow. I’ve only read about a dozen stories by my fellow Smashwords writers, but I also read a ton of short stories from the masters. I also teach literature, sneaking in Ellison, King, Heinlein, Lovecraft along with Hemingway, Poe and Hawthorne. This story has the most potential for being exceptional, above par. The story picks up much more when dialogue starts, and the three major events that occur should probably be more relished in the writing. The first time it happens, the author takes his time, but the second and third times he tends to gloss over it too much. Seems to me we might also enjoy the final one more if we had more reaction or thoughts from the last person. What makes this story exceptional is that I liked it--and you’re not going to like this--though it was full of grammatical errors. I’m sorry to say it: missing apostrophes, a semicolon where there should be a colon, and other minor errors, but glaring errors. I wouldn’t worry about it if this were free, but it’s for sale, and I paid for it. The major problem with the work is that it reads like a story told. Some show-me-don’t-tell-me would really flesh this story out so to speak. We don’t get in to their heads except for a few times. The author tells us everything. I would read more by this author, but I would definitely sample for quality writing first.
(reviewed long after purchase)