Mike White

Biography

I'm going to try to throw as much wacky science fiction/fantasy, and non-fiction comedy at you as you can handle. I'll have more books coming really soon in the Blood Calls You Back Series and the world of Reality Zero.

After a long delay to get my ducks in a row, they are finally coming now. Especially books from my world "Newcomer."

I love helping out other writers who have their own great stories to share, and I'm a prolific reader and reviewer.

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Books

World Shards: Redo I
Series: World Shards. Price: Free! Words: 710. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
What if you could choose to redo a day as many times as you wanted, whenever you wanted? What if the only memento you had of the Redos each time was a number?
Time Travel University
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,350. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
Kit was just starting to think about college when she's thrown into the prospect of attending an entirely different sort of institution just for time travelers and complete with a mind-bending revelation about the other alien students, cyborgs, cavemen, and still stranger things alike. What could the purpose of such a college possibly be? Will the helmet-wearing, time-traveling elephants tell her?
Tunneler's Tale I (World Shards 3)
Series: World Shards. Price: Free! Words: 820. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
(5.00)
An old World Tunneler tells a reporter about the best alternative Earth he's ever Tunnelled to over his career.
Temporal Anchor (World Shards 2)
Series: World Shards. Price: Free! Words: 780. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.00)
Sometimes, the only solution for a cyborg on the run is to temporally dislocate the entire block.
The Blood Calls You Back (Part 2)
Series: The Blood Calls You Back. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,930. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Historical » Ancient
Joe’s ancestor from the Ice Age, a chieftain named Bear, calls to him for help when a neighboring village attacks her mountaintop settlement. What technology can Joe teach Bear and her people who live in Mammoth bone tents? What will he do when the tech that calls his consciousness to the Ice Age shows up elsewhere in the present?
Shaping Glass: A Reality Zero World Story
Price: Free! Words: 4,260. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(5.00)
Tal is the prince of Elwar, or at least he was until his total jerk of a brother tried to have him killed. Luckily, he totally swiped the magic Shaping Glass before leaving.Unluckily, his brother sent some bounty hunters after him. Is this a scrape Tal and his bodyguard will walk away from? Or can Tal master the Glass fast enough to tip the scales in their favor?
Inhuman Freedom
Series: World Shards. Price: Free! Words: 2,720. Language: American English. Published: March 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
(4.50)
Inhuman entities also care about freedom, but in radically different ways in these two opposite day-and-night flash fiction stories.
The Blood Calls You Back
Series: The Blood Calls You Back. Price: Free! Words: 11,610. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.67)
An Ice Age chieftain named Bear finds a strange device made of no rock she’s ever seen. She soon discovers it has the ability to call back descendants of her bloodline. Just where did the cylindrical device come from? Who will it bring from the modern era, and can his knowledge save her mountaintop village from mammoths, sabretooth tigers, diseases and even stranger threats?
Adam The Office Ninja
Price: Free! Words: 3,050. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
(5.00)
Adam is the world's only (self declared)Office Ninja-skilled with the ancient art of Ninjutsu, and also using 6 copying machines concurrently. Can Graham, the manager from the office temp agency Office Lenders, teach Adam the Noble Way of the Office Temp, and more importantly- keep Adam from ruining his career?

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Smashwords book reviews by Mike White

  • Kyralie (part 1) on Feb. 24, 2016

    This book really managed to stand out from other entries in the genre.
  • A Reckless Moon on Feb. 25, 2016

    The extreme minimalism of this story helps make the protagonist seem extremely alien and inhuman, which is clearly what the writer was going for here. The short and sparse writing style managed to be suggestive, which worked well for a horror story like this.
  • Ersatz on March 03, 2016

    This is a great story. The writing style is tight and efficient, and the pacing is great. The writer clearly establishes a distinct voice for the protagonist, and the readers are introduced to the world very effectively.
  • Only Watching North on March 03, 2016

    This story has good dialogue, some original details, and dark humor that many people will appreciate.
  • Sixty-Four Days, A Sea Story on March 09, 2016

    The writer has a very clear and concise writing style that still manages to communicate a lot. Readers will really get a sense of the protagonist's world-weary personality. The action scenes are balanced well with the passages that are meant to establish the protagonist's character.
  • I Would on March 11, 2016

    Almost anyone who has been separated from a loved one can relate to this poem, which manages to say a lot in only a few words.
  • Epilogue for a Lost Tale on March 20, 2016

    I love stories about immortality. This story has a nicely elemental view towards immortality that makes it feel more folkloric. The writer makes the characters seem alien without making them seem too cold or distant. Relationships of any kind between immortals are also always great to see.
  • The Bones of the Sea on March 20, 2016

    This science fiction story was much harder in terms of its science than most. The writer manages to establish a lot of intricate details very quickly and subtly without bogging the story down in exposition. The ending of the story is dramatic and effective.
  • Shakespeare's Hamlet in Plain English on March 22, 2016

    Even a lot of the most dedicated fans of Shakespeare are going to appreciate this. It captures the essence of the play and the characters while smoothly updating the language.
  • Lessons in Eating Soup on March 23, 2016

    This story does a great job of establishing a number of details in such a way that people can really feel like they're being immersed in this very specific environment. The writer manages to write clearly without being too dry and establishes the personalities of several characters very quickly.
  • Author Vs. Character on March 23, 2016

    This story is hilarious. Not only does it manage to capture how cruel authors can be towards their characters, it really manages to effectively portray authors who are just making it up as they go along. I especially love the observation that characters would know their own world better than the authors would in some cases. Conflict is great in fiction and bad in real life, so blurring the lines is entertaining. Also: woodle pooves.
  • 100 Quotations to Make You Think! on March 23, 2016

    The quotes in this book vary widely in quality. Some of them are obvious, some of them are funny, some of them are unintentionally funny, and some of them are legitimately useful and profound. Basically, there is plenty of good stuff here, and the rest is easy to skip. I'm sure someone could turn that sentiment into a realistic but positive quote about life.
  • Tom Meets the Devil on March 26, 2016

    This story has a certain classic and folkloric feel to it. The audience has information that the protagonist does not have, given how young the character is. We hope the character is going to catch on when we catch on, which adds to the suspense.
  • Hidden House on March 26, 2016

    This story has all of the creepiness you need from a haunted house story, and yet there is something weirdly identifiable about it as well.
  • Collection of Job Interview Questions and the Answers on March 28, 2016

    This is a very useful book for people who want to be able to excel at job interviews. The business world has its own language, and people need to be able to learn it well enough to pass a job interview. This book subtly teaches people that language, while also telling them how they can avoid some of the pitfalls associated with certain job interview questions. The book provides both guidelines and examples, making it doubly useful. It also has a very professional and clear layout.
  • Twice as Bright on March 28, 2016

    I do not agree with the sentiment that this story espouses. Among other things, the thesis seems to be based on an extrapolation error. However, the story does dramatize the sentiment effectively, and the author uses the sentiment to create a compelling story in just a few pages. The characters come alive just through a bit of dialogue, and the reader is left contemplating their world and their society.
  • Finding Hope on April 01, 2016

    This was an excellent short story. The writer managed to depict the hopelessness that suicidal people feel effectively, as well as the fact that even at the end, many of them are still crying out for support. I appreciate that the writer avoided blaming suicidal people in any way. Instead, the writer is trying to raise awareness about why they're going through this.
  • Twelve Views of Troy, New York on April 04, 2016

    This brief collection of photographs manages to make a strong impression very quickly. Many people have never seen this area, but they will feel like they have after seeing these photographs.
  • Grandma Stannard (and why you shouldn't annoy the neighbours) on April 04, 2016

    This story is darkly hilarious. The character of Grandma Stannard is established very quickly and very effectively. The build-up to the climax of the story is done very well. The conclusion to the story is appropriate, and it still manages to surprise.
  • How I Became Insane (An Insomniac's Tale) on April 05, 2016

    This piece managed to accurately portray what it's like to suffer from insomnia. I especially liked the observations on how frustrating the search for the right medication can be, and the way that family members are not always supportive when it comes to problems like this.
  • Rhyme-O-Grams Word Game on April 05, 2016

    I'd never heard of this word game before, but I automatically got into it. I really recommend this book for anyone who is interested in trying out new word games.
  • Inside the Worm on April 09, 2016

    A lot of the poems in this anthology are just fantastic. There are a couple of poems that express sentiments that I don't agree with, but even these are well-written and may not reflect the opinions of the author. This anthology covers a wide range of different subjects, which makes it that much more compelling. These are structured poems that have rhyme and meter, which is so refreshing in an age where unstructured poems are the norm in academia and the poetry world.
  • Particle on April 10, 2016

    This story provides an interesting take on what happens after people die, which is certainly a timeless topic. The writer also did a good job of capturing the way death can come on so suddenly. People really can be living their normal lives one minute, only to have everything change in the blink of an eye.
  • A Good Night's Sleep on April 10, 2016

    This was an excellent story. The writing style was crisp and clear, and the writer did a great job of conveying the stark emotional realities of the situation. As creepy as this story was, I appreciate the observation that a lot of killers really do have completely banal motivations that seem shockingly mundane, given the gravity of their crimes. This makes many of them seem even more terrifying. I also appreciate the depiction of police work that is equally banal, with no advanced detective work and no Sherlock Holmes-style performances. That makes this story more realistic than the majority of cop stories on television and in writing.
  • A Summer Night In Sweden on April 20, 2016

    This story did a good job of exploring the premise and delving into the practical issues that a werebear would experience. I especially liked the character's complicated opinions regarding his two forms, which is usually done more simply in these sorts of stories.
  • The Bipolar Bear on April 24, 2016

    This excellent story does a great job of portraying the conflicting feelings that the author has felt towards his late father. It also does a good job of showing just how much a person's historical moment determines their outcomes in life. The writing style is very effective, and you really feel like you've met the author's father by the end.
  • How I Met My Husband: The Real-Life Love Stories of 25 Romance Authors on April 24, 2016

    The contrast between the very real ways in which the romance authors met their loved ones and the larger-than-life circumstances portrayed in the excerpts from their books is striking. Truth isn't always stranger than fiction. However, both true stories and fictional stories manage to communicate a lot about life and love, as is the case here.
  • Glyphics: In the Beginning... on April 26, 2016

    The writing style for this story is excellent. The author does a good job with the descriptions and with capturing the voices of adolescent characters. You really feel like you're there.
  • Witchskin on April 27, 2016

    This is a wonderfully dark piece of witch fiction. The dark magic portrayed in this story has the right mix of creepiness and intricacy. The author manages to establish the relationship between the sisters subtly and effectively. The story easily becomes a powerful commentary about greed.
  • Where's the Money? on April 27, 2016

    It's always a good idea to get business advice from someone who has actually succeeded in the business in question, rather than someone who simply has an academic interest in it. That's what people will find here, and it shows.
  • A Few Haiku on April 27, 2016

    There are some great haiku poems here. They have a very original feel to them.
  • Off Stage at the Starlight Diner on May 03, 2016

    I loved this story. The author does a good job of capturing the time period in subtle ways. The reader really gets a sense of the protagonist's disappointment and frustration with her situation. The dialogue feels very naturalistic and the author does a good job of capturing the characters' emotions.
  • Protectors on May 05, 2016

    This was a great little story. It's extremely dark, and it might prove triggering for some people. However, the victims of extreme abuse will be able to relate to this story strongly. I particularly liked the subtext of the story, which has you wondering who the real monsters are. The present tense format worked well for the story, and the fantasy elements had a sort of stunning emotional realism.
  • The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success on May 05, 2016

    This book does a good job of showing all of the ways in which eBook publishing is different from traditional publishing and how becoming successful as an indie writer is different from becoming successful as a traditional writer. Given all of the generic advice that is now written about the subject, it is great to get information that is much more specific.
  • Prisoner Of My Past on May 05, 2016

    The author managed to give a very honest and straightforward account of what it's like to be abused. I particularly liked the observation that abuse can make a person feel simultaneously like they're invisible and like they're being watched all the time.
  • The Mer Girl - Selkie Tales Short Stories on May 05, 2016

    I love stories involving mer people, and you don't see enough of them. The author was able to give the protagonist an appropriately alien mindset, and I found some of the aspects of selkie culture interesting.
  • The Snow Globes on May 07, 2016

    I love snow globes. I think almost everyone who has ever stared at a snow globe long enough has come up with all sorts of Twilight Zone-style narratives about them, and seeing one that's actually fully realized is that much more fun as a result.
  • BREAKFAST is SEVERED on May 08, 2016

    This story does a great job of demonstrating the fact that the world really does seem to fall apart all at once in a disaster. You can be casually going about your morning routine, and suddenly your entire world changes. The author gives plenty of details about the protagonist, so we have a sense of what kind of life he had before this all happened. It's also good to see a story about food scarcity, as opposed to energy scarcity. They're both problems that could destroy life as we know it.
  • Questing Beast on May 08, 2016

    The author did a great job with world-building. This is a science fiction story that's full of details, and yet the author also avoided bogging the story down with too much exposition. It's also always interesting to see science fiction animals, which tend to appear less often in the genre than many other sci-fi tropes. Characters who find unorthodox solutions to problems are always fun, particularly in settings like this. While these characters live in a society very different from ours, their dilemmas in this story still managed to be weirdly easy to understand emotionally. I particularly loved the ambiguous and suggestive ending.
  • The Ten Second Time Traveller on May 08, 2016

    This brief story still had great structure. We got lots of build-up to the cautionary tale of an ending. I appreciated that the author managed to find more original consequences for meddling with time travel than we usually see.
  • Behave Or Zombies Will Gobble You Up on May 08, 2016

    It's amazing that even a vampire mother living in an alien post-apocalyptic world can still have some universal fears that all parents will recognize. I always love it when authors ground stories like this in reality.
  • 50 Best Jokes Ever on May 08, 2016

    The most I got out of any of these jokes was a smile. Most of them merited an eye-roll. If the book was longer, I might be able to forgive some of the irritating jokes. However, with only fifty jokes available, it's that much more important for each individual joke to be good. I really hate all 'dumb blonde' jokes and fat jokes, so I'm already at a disadvantage trying to get some laughs out of a book like this one.
  • Relic on May 09, 2016

    This poem is extremely well-written, and it does address a lot of the very real issues associated with aging. I would really love to see more positive portrayals of living a long time, but as a negative portrayal, this one is at least skillfully done. The poem has structure without falling into the 'sing-song' rhythm of a lot of poems. This is a poem that I would recommend.
  • Sixty-Four Days, A Sea Story on May 09, 2016

    I decided to idly reread this story again today. Some stories really do need to be read at least twice, and this is one of them. You notice all of the little details the author adds, and how effective he is at describing the body language of characters and their emotions. Even knowing what is going to happen does not diminish the effectiveness of the story.
  • A Matter of Taste on May 09, 2016

    This was an entertaining little story. It's very heavy on the dialogue, which is a style that I like, and the dialogue was very naturalistic and effective. I also appreciated the very clever twist. Guile heroes are always fun to see.
  • Mind Cafe on May 09, 2016

    This story raises a lot of interesting implications about being a comatose person. The author does a good job of exploring what it means to live like this, especially over an extended period of time. Oddly enough, the nostalgia that the protagonist experiences is fairly universal, despite the unusual nature of her tragic circumstances.
  • Brain Transplant on May 09, 2016

    While this is a story about a brain transplant, it also seems to be about regenerative medicine, which is a very real emerging field. This gives the story more resonance. The general implications of the story get people thinking in the way that science fiction should get people thinking. The straightforward and clinical prose style works well for this kind of story as well.
  • The Decade Time Forgot on May 09, 2016

    The 1980's era is definitely not the decade that time forgot. It's still a huge nostalgia decade. People who barely remember the 80's have a fondness for the era. As such, people from all walks of society will appreciate this essay, with its anecdotal structure and authentic feel.
  • Creating Ebooks on May 10, 2016

    This book is well-written, which is good for a book that's all about making ebooks. Otherwise, the book would be somewhat ironic. Modern ebook writers are going to need tips beyond what is presented here, of course. The field has changed a lot in only five years. This book actually has a format and structure that seems weirdly old-fashioned even from when it was written. Still, this is a good introduction to the topic, and it's definitely worth reading.
  • Falling Into Light on May 11, 2016

    This is an interesting story. It's very different from most others that people are going to read in terms of its construction. Despite being very brief, given its subject matter and presentation, it still feels like several different stories in one, and they're all emotionally evocative.
  • Tristan of Dintagell and The Tristan Stone appendix on May 12, 2016

    I really recommend this reference work for anyone who is writing anything related to the relevant time periods and cultures. It's a little tricky to navigate, but it's a good source.
  • The Last Stage on May 12, 2016

    I appreciated how well the author was able to establish a lot of different historical details very quickly. The Old West dialogue sounded more authentic than usual: heavy on the slang and colloquialisms, and not overly formal the way it is in some stories. Naturally, the story's dilemma is fairly timeless.
  • Unspoken on May 12, 2016

    I loved this short story. I has a stark and cold reality to it that lots of similar undead romances lack. The lack of quotation marks worked for the story, as if the dialogue is just another part of the cold world in which the characters now 'live.'
  • Hunted on May 13, 2016

    The pacing of the story is great. We're sent right into the action and kept interested the whole time. The dialogue is crisp and clear, and the exposition is fast and efficient.
  • The Gift of Judgement on May 14, 2016

    Many of the action scenes in the story are effective and descriptive. The present tense gives it a feeling of immediacy. It has the feel of a Choose Your Own Adventure story when it comes to some of the writing. This isn't my favorite style, but it works well as an example of this style.
  • The Mistrial on May 15, 2016

    This very brief story still managed to set up a very interesting situation. I'm surprised that this doesn't happen more often in ghost stories. The author accomplished a lot in only a few pages.
  • Thou Art A Witch on May 17, 2016

    This was a fun story. I liked the idea that only bad witches cast spells and that the good witches are the ones who remove them. Talk about the 'villains act, heroes react' principle!
  • Morning Coffee and Some Short Stories on May 20, 2016

    I loved these three stories. The author is good at making the pages turn, partly due to the fact that the stories are heavy on the dialogue, and partly due to the fact that the descriptions are very economical. This is a style that I like, and it worked well for this format.
  • Blood Red on May 21, 2016

    I liked the detective character's voice during both the narration and the dialogue. I also appreciated that the detective story was straightforward, with no criminal mastermind involved, which is more realistic. I recommend this story for people who like very down-to-earth mysteries.
  • An Auspicious Performance on May 21, 2016

    I wonder if all actors eventually will have an experience somewhat like this. This story was well-constructed, and the build-up to the resolution was certainly well-timed.
  • The Plague Village - An English Adventure on May 22, 2016

    I liked all of the specific details related to the places featured in this brief piece. You really feel like you were there.
  • Zombie Nights on May 30, 2016

    I loved this zombie story. It had a nice, funny, casual writing style to it that worked well for the subject matter. While the author's take on zombies did feel fresh, his zombies did still feel like zombies. Uncle Ray was also a really fun character that helped ground the story in reality.
  • The Mating: The original Law of the Lycans story on May 31, 2016

    The writing quality is good, and it exceeds a lot of other entries in this genre. I love werewolf stories. However, I would like to see more werewolf packs that have less of a monarchist, traditionalist family structure that's particularly bad for the women in the packs. 'Alpha' wolves are a discredited idea, and it would be nice to see more werewolf stories that use modern knowledge of how wolf packs operate. Still, the story is good for what it is, and you should judge the book that's there and not the theoretical book that could exist.
  • Internal Marketing, Unleash The Power Within! on June 03, 2016

    It's always good to get more advice on marketing, especially from more recent sources. Marketing can be a costly enterprise for anyone, and getting any advice on free marketing is useful. Some people may be familiar with this information already, but it's a good introduction.
  • Waiting for the Train on June 06, 2016

    This dark story does indeed have a great ending with a solid build-up. Oddly enough, this story seems like it would complement the classic Waiting for Godot in some ways, despite their differences. They both ultimately seem to touch on similar philosophical issues.
  • We Don’t Plummet Out of the Sky Anymore on June 10, 2016

    This was a fun story. I wish we could have seen some more of this future society, although I did appreciate the snippets that we did see. It's always nice to see someone really explore the 'flying car' trope in depth, since flying cars are usually more of a symbol than anything else. Of course, in a world that had flying cars, there would be a lot of technical details and practical considerations involved.
  • How To Take Care of Your Human Pet - An Owner's Guide on June 10, 2016

    I always appreciate any attempt at xenofiction, even though the majority of them fail. The aliens usually just seem like evil people as opposed to genuinely alien creatures with a unique viewpoint. This piece sadly falls into that category. A lot of xenofiction stories seem like thinly veiled attempts to criticize some aspect of our society, which is fine, but which should be done in a nuanced way. While the author here was probably just trying to be funny, this feels like an attempt to criticize the way humans treat our pets, along with some problematic opinions about humans in general. It feels more didactic than humorous. It's also creepy in places. Still, I appreciate the attempt at xenofiction, and I did like that bit about tentacles being a milestone in evolution.
  • Them on June 11, 2016

    This story has the feel of some of the best original Twilight Zone episodes. The author did a good job of capturing the emotions that the POV character is experiencing, and the perspective change is handled subtly.
  • Just a Little Graveyard Fun on July 13, 2016

    This was a fun read. The font changes worked very well, and the author did a good job of describing the protagonist's emotions, doing a lot with a little.
  • Cool Magic Tricks on July 14, 2016

    While some more experienced conjurers and conjurer fans will have heard of these, this is still a good introduction to the art form. It would have been nice if there were more pictures in some cases, but people should still get the idea.
  • 50 Most Useful Websites on July 14, 2016

    This is a good resource. While most people will be familiar with some of these websites, only experienced web users will probably be familiar with all of them. This is a resource that can make a person a more experienced web user the easier way.
  • The Author's Coupon Book on July 14, 2016

    Ebook publishing and marketing is harder than ever, and books like this can be valuable resources for the people who are trying to get ahead. This book won't tell you everything, but it will tell you a lot. Ebook writers and marketers need to consult lots of different sources, including sources like this.
  • John Laurie and the Rum Hospital on July 15, 2016

    This is a well-written and detailed portrait of an important and yet obscure historical figure. Biographies like this really manage to tell you a lot about the times in which they're set despite their very specific focus.
  • Bone to Pick on July 15, 2016

    I liked this story. The basic premise of a wizard and an empath on a mission together is interesting and it works well here. The miscommunication between the two characters seemed odd, but it added to the quirky nature of the story. The protagonist was a bit judgmental (her comments on the wizard's fashion and her Brad Pitt impression rubbed me the wrong way), but she wasn't necessarily presented as right or wrong, so it worked.
  • Coffee & Philosophy: A Book of Poetry on July 16, 2016

    I love coffee, poetry, and philosophy. This book is clearly right up my alley. I liked lots of the poems here, and I always appreciate experiments with the form.
  • Shape-Shifter on July 19, 2016

    This was a well-written story. The shape-shifter protagonist's personality was established quickly and effectively. It also makes sense that a shape-shifter would have a special affinity for the natural world. The full scope of the character's powers were revealed subtly and effectively as well.
  • Thinking Righteously Under a Majestic Purple on Aug. 18, 2016

    There's a lot of great stuff in this book. The poems vary greatly in styles. People are sure to find some poems that they'll relate to in this book. Some of the subjects for the poems are extremely 'of the immediate moment,' but that's fine. These poems will help us remember this period in time and maybe help us get through it.
  • The Visitor on Aug. 19, 2016

    This beautifully sad story really captures the experience of caring for a disabled parent suffering with dementia. While the writer demonstrates the physical challenges of doing so in detail, it becomes very clear that the true horror involves watching someone you love go through something so terrible. The writer is poetic without being flowery, and is straightforward without being bland or overly graphic.