Alice Shipman

Alice Shipman's favorite authors on Smashwords

Emma Bull
Latest book: Freedom & Necessity.
Published March 31, 2018.

Smashwords book reviews by Alice Shipman

  • Shadow Unit 1 on July 30, 2011

    An amazing book. While the description tells you what the book is built around, it's who you're reading about that really makes this wonderful. A whole host of well-developed, distinct and compelling characters, dealing with fascinating issues.
  • Shadow Unit 11 on March 04, 2018

    Agree with CGMullin - these are fabulous, but definitely benefit from being read in order. They're very character-driven, and so their development over time is a core component of the stories.
  • Shadow Unit 10 on March 04, 2018

    Amazing. Bull and the other writers really know how to pack a lot into the short format of these stories.
  • Shadow Unit 9 on March 04, 2018

    In short - amazing.
  • Shadow Unit 8 on March 04, 2018

    Truly, truly wonderful. (Though I agree with one of the other reviews - if they ever go back and do any updates, a few more cover images would be lovely.)
  • Shadow Unit 7 on March 04, 2018

    The whole series is wonderful.
  • Shadow Unit 6 on March 04, 2018

    Very much agreed with CGMullin on this - there's a reason I'm still re-reading these years after they were first written! They've held up extremely well, and get better the more you know the characters.
  • Shadow Unit 15 on March 04, 2018

    It's heartbreaking and wonderful. For anyone who's looking at the reviews but hasn't read any of the series, PLEASE start with #1. Though this finale is breathtaking, it won't be nearly as powerful if you haven't read the earlier books.
  • Shadow Unit 14 on March 04, 2018

    I only wish that there were even more books in the series - this is one of my favorite worlds to come back to, even years after first reading them.
  • Shadow Unit 13 on March 04, 2018

    Truly, truly great work. (For more details, see reviews of the first book in the series.)
  • Shadow Unit 12 on March 04, 2018

    Amazing characters, fabulous writing, and a throughly realized alternate version of our world. (For more details, see reviews of the first book in the series.)
  • Shadow Unit 5 on March 04, 2018

    Such a fantastic series. (For more details, see reviews of the first book.)
  • Shadow Unit 4 on March 04, 2018

    A wonderful book in a fantastic series. (For more details, see reviews of the first book in the series.)
  • Shadow Unit 3 on March 04, 2018

    Really, really great. (And I fully second the fact that episodes with Bull as the primary author deserve even more than 5 stars.)
  • Shadow Unit 2 on March 04, 2018

    They just get better as the series goes on.
  • Poison Kiss on July 28, 2020

    If you haven't read Mardoll's work before, you're in for a really good surprise! The summary does a good job hitting the main plot points, but the real selling point for me isn't the story. (Though that's damn good.) It's the way xie brings this group of otherworldly folks together into an intensely believable group of people whom you start to care about from the very start. The story unspools as we see the various characters develop and reveal themselves; neither element is rushed along for the sake of the other, which is a surprisingly rare treat in speculative fiction.
  • Survival Rout on July 28, 2020

    A really wonderful sequel to Poison Kiss. You're introduced to a new group of characters, but there are a lot of familiar elements of the first Earthside book. I also appreciated the way that the narrative switches off between the 3 protagonists here - it's a nice change of pace, and it allows for a more rounded view of the world. Even though this book introduced a lot more characters, I feel like I 'know' them each more thoroughly than I do those from Poison Kiss. Some of the pieces here are definitely dark - I appreciate that Mardoll always includes content notes in xer work, and that there's a link in the table of contents. (If you want to know more before buying, xer blog will have some more info - I don't want to post the content notes here, because some folks consider them to be spoilers.)