Barbara Alsop

Smashwords book reviews by Barbara Alsop

  • Scroll of Eden on Dec. 10, 2013
    (no rating)
    This is an appallingly bad book. The writing is sophomoric, the grammatical errors are legion and the misuse of words is common. The story, if it can be called that, has no focus, being nothing more than short scenarios of evil people. A good editor would have found the errors and would never have allowed such a weak piece of work to be published. Does Smashwords have no standards?
  • Unbalanced Party: It's a Trap! on Dec. 28, 2013

    This is wit? I did not find it funny, nor the characters interesting. The story is short, has an unexpected use of magic, and a threesome of characters yelling at each other. I give it two stars because the writing is adequate and the concept is at least viable.
  • A Dragon Named Splinter (Dragon Adventure Series 1: Book 1) on Jan. 29, 2014

    Fantasy books written about current times frequently don't work. This is not one of them. It is a story beautifully told and the kids are credible, honorable and brave. The fact that the story is told in a way that clearly articulates the children's thoughts and emotions makes this a wonderful story to share with children, even though adults will be charmed by it too. I strongly recommend this lovely story for everybody.
  • The Blue Dragon (Dragon Adventure Series 1: Book 2) on Jan. 29, 2014

    Another gem in this series! New dragons and a new friend add spice to what was already a good start in A Dragon Named Splinter. It is also something of a how-to book on the care and feeding of baby dragons. Altogether a charming story about kids and learning that no law is hard and fast.
  • The Dragon Wizard (Dragon Adventure Series 1: Book 3) on Jan. 29, 2014

    The amazing conclusion of this trilogy of stories is as wonderful as the others. A terrible old character, the Animal Control Officer, returns in hopes of treading on the dragons' rights and is handled in a most unusual way. Meet new dragons and see our hero and his friends rise to all challenges. You can not go wrong with this series.
  • The Thirteenth Unicorn on Feb. 04, 2014

    I adore this book. It is the begining of a wonderful trilogy whose third book is due out within the near future. All of the human characters are well drawn and cool in their own way. Perhaps the most incredible character is Grandma, who has traveled to the magical world alone and developed relationships with individuals in the new world. There is much humor, some intrigue, some tough scenes. And all are well worth discovering in this delightful YA novel.
  • One Shaky Morning on Feb. 24, 2014

    This book needs an editor and proofreader. Misspelled words are in nearly every sentence. The story is not complete. It just stops. There is no sense of workmanship in this tale.
  • Far-Sight on April 20, 2014

    I first read this some time ago and really liked it. Saw a post by Kevin on FB which reminded me of the story. So I read it again and I have to say this is one of Kevin's very best, and that's saying a lot because this guy has the short story form totally under his control!