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Smashwords book reviews by Gabion

  • The Heat Wave of '76 and Other Award-winning Stories from the Stringybark Erotic Fiction Award on Nov. 28, 2011

    This is an erotic book — in the best sense of the word. Sexy, arousing, stimulating but above all, interesting. There is a range of stories here for everyone. Some stories are discreet while others are explicit. All are interesting and well written. Great work.
  • The Umbrella's Shade and Other Award-winning Stories from the Stringybark Short Story Award on Feb. 28, 2012

    Quality Australian writing features in this little book. Only 36000 words but what a good read. 27 stories that are ALL different and all interesting in their own way. The language used in Joanna Capelle's story "Last Post" is just beautiful. The cleverness of "Black and White" by Kerry Cameronw will stay with me for a long time and "The End is Nigh" by Raymond Southwell had me in stitches. These are only three of the terrific stories in this anthology. A great read. Five stars.
  • Behind The Nazi Line on April 01, 2012

    Rubbish. Gramatically and historically incorrect. Incoherent in places. Should never be published on Smashwords. Oh, and the formatting is wrong.
  • Into the Darkness on April 01, 2012

    This is a highly literate account of one man's experiences in dealing with the terrors of being a navigator in a Lancaster in WWII. It is beautifully written and makes one sorry when it is over. A fascinating book.
  • Peril At The Pop-up Library on April 01, 2012

    This is very peculiar. Weird introduction with little context for the reader to grab onto. I read three pages and gave up in utter confusion.
  • Making an eBook reader strap on April 17, 2012

    This is an excuse to advertise. It's spam!
  • The Bridge — 21 Short Stories from the Stringybark Fiction Awards on April 17, 2012

    I'm so pleased to have found Stringybark Stories — I know that I will find a quality collection of contemporary Australian writing. Of course not all stories are to my taste but that's okay — it makes the other ones all the better. While some may not be my taste, they are still written well, clever and evocative.
  • Ultramarine and Yellow Dreams on April 19, 2012

    This is a start for a longer memoir. The quality of the writing is good but really very little happens. Turn this into a full memoir with interesting bits and this could be a good read. Currently it is dull and sadly, uninspiring.
  • The truth about hell on April 19, 2012

    Whilst the writing is competent the structure and argument in this book is faulty. You cannot prove the veracity of something by simple assertion. Hell needs evidence and simply stating that the Bible says Hell exists is not evidence. Spiderman comics assert that Spiderman exists and yet we don't accept this as evidence. Why should we accept the Bible as proof of any claim about religion? The answer, according to this author is 'faith'. But the real definition of 'faith', is belief without evidence — so we arrive back at the beginning. Ibrahim provides no proof and wastes the reader's time.
  • Island Shore on April 19, 2012

    What is the point? Silly, juvenile and utterly pointless. Let up the garden parth to discover that there is no garden. And spelling needs work.
  • Grandma's Motorcycle on July 02, 2012

    A competently written piece which has some interest. If it is factual then how come the writer persisted for so long — sounds as though they had a death wish. If it is fiction then nothing much happens and it is a pretty dull short story. The moral doesn't justify the length of the piece.
  • Between Heaven & Hell and Other Award-winning Stories from the Stringybark Flash Fiction Award on July 02, 2012

    I've always enjoyed flash fiction and the need to pack a lot into a very small space. When authors do this well the story soars! This is a collection of well packed stories with very non-flying stories! I'm impressed with this collection and from the publisher's website it appears another collection is on the way. I think Stringybark has hit on a great formula for producing entertaining short stories. This book doesn't disappoint.
  • The path of the moon on Sep. 13, 2012

    The reviewer below needs their head read. There is a typo in the first sentence and it gets progressively worse from there. No character development. Plot is juvenile. Grammar missing. And the story has no ending. Don't waste your time.
  • broken shadaw (short story) on Sep. 13, 2012

    This is a clunky story. It doesn't flow and the grammar and editing poor. I couldn't get beyond the first page. As the reviewer below says — review your work before posting. Quality is what is needed on Smashwords.
  • Straight on Sep. 13, 2012

    WARNING - spoilers in the reviews below. Read later! This is a well written story with an entertaining ending. It is a pleasure to read something on Smashwords so well constructed. Great job!
  • A Visit from the Duchess and Other Award-winning Stories from the Stringybark Speculative Fiction Award on Sep. 13, 2012

    I've bought the paperback version of this book and wanted an e-book copy for sometime. There are some haunting and clever stories that provide much food for thought. The title story, "A Visit from the Duchess" by Janeen Samuel is well crafted and unsettling. Jack Nichols' "The Historian" is amusing and explores a unique idea and Mike Berlin's story, "Tiffany" really is speculative. A wonderful collection. Thank you!
  • Blue Door on Feb. 25, 2013

    An interesting concept but I think the ending was telegraphed too early. It was well written, gramatically correct and quite stylish except where it chose to 'tell' the reader, rather than show the reader. I guess if the story was longer than the showing would be possible. Telling seems a bit childish. But a good yarn and well worth reading.
  • Our Name Wasn't Written - A Malta Memoir (1936-1943) on March 12, 2013

    An uplifting and inspiring tale of overcoming adversity. What really makes this book stand out is just how ordinary the author is. If ordinary people can stand what Caroline Vernon stood, imagine what extraordinary people can do!
  • 17 hours on March 12, 2013

    I worry about Amy Laine and her reviews. If this is five star then what is JK Rowling or Shakespeare? I'm not going to put the boot into this story as it is obviously written by a young person. But here is a pro-hint. If you are going to publish check that your spelling and grammar in the first paragraph are correct.
  • Bug on Oct. 28, 2014

    A nasty little tale which is very well written. I honestly think it should have been much longer so as to develop a greater sense of unease. Good grammar and well structured. Three stars is very good for me - especially for a flash fiction tale. I'll have to explore more of Murphy's work.
  • Marngrook and Other Award-winning Stories from the Stringybark Australian History Award on Oct. 28, 2014

    I'm with Jack Benson on this one. Never judge a book by its cover. However, I note that what is on the cover is in the book and its a beaut book. Some of these tales are just excellent while others are simply a compelling read. If you want an easy way into Australian history, do have a read.