Helen Druett

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  • A Bushman's Tail on June 07, 2015

    A really good yarn. Had me laughing out loud; can't tell how long that has been from reading a book. Read it!
  • The Key to Humanity on Sep. 27, 2015

    Thank you. A believable story which I enjoyed greatly. It would be great if a series could be created from this. I have just downloaded 'Bad Neighbors' and will review on completion.
  • Betwixt on Sep. 27, 2015

    A good short story. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
  • Borrowed Strength on Sep. 27, 2015

    I loved the variety in the stories and was intrigued by the length of some and still managing to tell an interesting story. thank you for sharing. Looking forward to more.
  • I Am Not. on Sep. 27, 2015

    Great short story. Have read the other two in this series. Would love to read more.
  • The Prometheus Incident, A Martian Murder Mystery on Sep. 28, 2015

    A book that kept me want to go on. Never gave anything away. The twist at the end was well executed. I wish I could write like this!
  • The Curse of Christmas on Dec. 30, 2015

    The Curse Of Christmas Well…what can I say? I started at the wrong end. At any rate, I read The Curse Of Christmas in a day, and did not want to stop when I really needed to go to bed. Consequently, I had to re-read the last few pages before 'lights out'. A real page turner, which had me guessing to the end. Research into the era is excellent, even having me check words I did not have any idea the meaning of. I really felt I was reading a story by Arthur Conan Doyle, which I know is high praise, but deservedly so. I have now located all the other books in the series to date and am working my way through them. The Baskerville Curse was the next one to become a victim to my voracious appetite.
  • The Baskerville Curse on Dec. 30, 2015

    The Baskerville Curse After reading The Curse Of Christmas leaving me craving more, I started where I should have started in the first place. At the beginning. The intertwining of the threads of the Hound of the Baskervilles to relate a completely new, but old, story was exceedingly well done. This was a real 'page turner' as well as I could not put this one down either. I think I have a pretty deductive mind [don't we all?], but discovering the 'real villain' of piece was surprising. All indications of The Lammas Curse are that it will be no different. "…the game is afoot". Lead on……
  • The Lammas Curse on Jan. 02, 2016

    So many threads in this one to keep you guessing, right to the very end. I can't seem to get enough of these books as they are so true to form in the Sherlock Holmes genre. On to the next one…The Penny Dreadful Curse
  • The Penny Dreadful Curse on Jan. 02, 2016

    The first chapter started off quietly, setting the scene. The second chapter grabbed you by the throat and did not let go. Like all the previous ones, I simply could not put this down. I'm getting faster at reading them… Next….
  • The Clairvoyant Curse on Jan. 02, 2016

    Some of the initial part of the story had me feeling frustrated but the turns and twists certainly kept me alert and endeavouring to deduce whom the murderer was. I had just about all the characters pegged at one point or another and realised, in the end mind you, that I should have stuck with the first one I considered. As previously, right to last page before the perpetrator is revealed. Another extremely enjoyable book.
  • The Curse of the Singing Wolf on Jan. 20, 2016

    Excellent as all the previous one. Follows on the twisting and turnings of all Sherlock Holmes stories with great characters, an inumerable number of which could have done the deed. I found it a little frustrating at the start, but that could have been because I wanted to get straight to the heart of the story. Good Read.
  • The Curse of the Grand Guignol on Jan. 20, 2016

    I thought I had the perpetrator picked at the very beginning. Sadly, I was wrong again. A really wild ride and unexpected twists. Another good read from a very talented author. Do yourself a favour and read at least one, I bet you won't be able to stop at just the one. I couldn't!
  • The Curse Of The Diogenes Club on Feb. 28, 2016

    This the 8th book in the series which I have read and it does not disappoint. The twists and turns are handled as effortlessly as in the previous books. I had the murder all picked out. I really thought I beat Ms Lord at her own game, only to come crashing down once again at the end. Perfect. I am pleased that with this latest effort she is keeping the memory of Arthur Conan Doyles legacy in tact. I just wish I could just pick 'who done it' just once! Could not and did not put it down until I was finished.
  • Short Stories, Found Online on July 15, 2016

    I read this book in a couple of sittings and found it held my interest, as short as my interest appears to be these days. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend it to others.
  • The Bully Trap: Fraser and Spencer, Consulting: Episode One on July 05, 2017

    I am a sucker for anything Sherlockian. Slightly different spin, though still very enjoyable. Are there more?
  • Adalet on July 05, 2017

    A very interesting if dark story. Well written. Expected ending with a nice twist.
  • Alien Double Feature on July 05, 2017

    Dragons! What more can I say? Love the idea of their stewardship of Earth. Excellent.
  • Bits And Pieces on July 05, 2017

    Different and varied stories. Leaving you thinking about them long after finished reading.
  • Branches - Three Stories About Family on July 05, 2017

    Enjoyable easy read. All stories are different. Well written.
  • By The Book on July 05, 2017

    A really good quick read. Don't see what is coming until the very end. I love that in a book. Treating the reader with a bit of intelligence.
  • The Apple Tree Man on July 05, 2017

    So different from Branches. This is an intriguing book. A spin on childhood regrets. Unexpected ending.
  • The 10-Minute Tale - 1 on July 05, 2017

    English as A Second Language? Odd little story. May need to read a 2nd time as could not quite get at what the writer was trying to achieve.
  • The Emperor's Ring on July 07, 2017

    Brilliant!!! Written as if you were in the Chinese Emperors Court. Can't wait to get started on Yu
  • C.R.I.M.E. Science - Book 1: The Beginning on July 07, 2017

    Interesting premise, 'geeks' as private eyes. Story seemed to wander a bit with unnecessary 'character history' and the ending, to me, was disappointing.
  • Ghost Coach: A Short Story on July 08, 2017

    I found this a little childish. Maybe meant for a younger audience.
  • A Woman To Die For on July 08, 2017

    Good 10 minute read. Nice ending. Would consider reading more from this author. Judging by previous reviews this is an early story.
  • Espresso Bliss: A collection of six-sentence long stories and snippets on July 08, 2017

    Very clever and complete stories in 6 sentences. Impressed. Will be suggesting the same idea as an exercise when I go to my monthly writing class.
  • Father McMahon's Confession: A Short Story on July 08, 2017

    Good 10 minute read. Nice twist at the end, not quite what I was expecting.
  • Five Miles Out Of Black Creek on July 08, 2017

    I am generally a coward, so don't normally read horror. Nevertheless, I found this was an enjoyable read and could, possibly, be extended to a longer story. Have a couple more of Mr Shooter's stories to read.
  • Fore Shadows: Escape 2169 (A Society in the Shadow of Civilization Short Story) on July 08, 2017

    Not a fan of time travel, but this could change my mind. I think may be meant for young adults.
  • Guest of Honor: A Novelette on July 08, 2017

    Excellent. Even though I guessed the perpetrator, I still wanted to see how it ended, and yes to be honest, to see if I was right! Well written, would read others by this author based on this story.
  • Hail Mary: A Short Story on July 08, 2017

    The way this story changed towards the end I found not confusing but not fully explained. Otherwise an enjoyable read.
  • Hybrids on July 10, 2017

    I enjoyed this. I felt quite outraged by what the scientist were doing, just like the main character. To evoke an emotion indicates, at least to me, that the story was very well written. I have a few more of Mr Kuyper's stories to read and am looking forward to it.
  • Jigsaw Jill on July 10, 2017

    This was an interesting read. Would like to see a novel length story with these characters. I liked the logic side used in the deduction. Definitely will read more by this author.
  • Lightning: A Collection of Very Small Stories on July 10, 2017

    This is very good. Loved the mix: 6 word stories and very short 100 words or so stories along with the longer 500 or so stories. Would read others by this author.
  • The Implant on July 10, 2017

    Excellent. Loved the very current idea of inserting data technology into the human body and the way it can run awry. Will be looking for more from this author.
  • The Note: A Short Story on July 11, 2017

    An interesting read, though a little predictable.
  • Four Dark Corners on July 11, 2017

    Very interesting. Based of these I, have downloaded The Hob Saga series for a more complete reading and am looking forward to reading them.
  • Learning to Shine and Other Stories on July 11, 2017

    I didn't find these as interesting as Four Dark Corners, but kept me entertained.
  • Mixed Nuggets on July 11, 2017

    Did not finish the book. Based on it appearance that English is a Second Language for the author, I have posted this review. I found it difficult to grasp the author's intent.
  • Murder They Wrought on July 11, 2017

    The logic behind the revelation of the murderer was interesting. I found them all well written and kept my interest to the end. I would read more by this author.
  • Chemical Creatures on July 11, 2017

    This was an interesting read. I have read others by this author and continually being surprised. Loved the alien.
  • Collected Dick Sleuth Mysteries - Tasmania's No. 1 Detective on July 11, 2017

    Really? The 'humour' missed me completely. I did not finish the book. As for being 'Tasmania's best detective', leaves me dismayed at the association. I found the writing style confusing and annoying.
  • Dark Reflections on July 11, 2017

    More Horror than crime fiction. I did start it, but chickened out; could complete it. Not author's fault, just scaredy cat me! Maybe I should have tried to read it in the day time instead of just before bed.
  • Diane, Bootstrap on July 11, 2017

    Complete and utter confusion. I do not know what the author was trying to say, but it missed me. Did not complete the book.
  • Dubious Mystery Tour on July 11, 2017

    Mention of Agatha Christie drew me into this story. Unfortunately did not deliver. What I read of it I found confusing and annoying.
  • Furrows on July 11, 2017

    Well, horror says it all. Woosed out on this one. Read the first story and did not complete the book.
  • Help! I'm Trapped On A Cruise To Lose on July 11, 2017

    Did not finish. Found it really, really, whiny and annoying. Nothing uplifting or encouraging to read to the end. No redeeming features at all. God, I hope I'm not like this when I get to 80odd.
  • Cacophony: Collected Short Stories Volume One on July 11, 2017
    (no rating)
    Hmmm. Have a mind? I think not.
  • Collected Science Fiction and Ghost Stories on July 11, 2017

    Did not finish the book. Left me disappointed that I even thought I could read it.
  • Rachmaninoff's Peasant on July 12, 2017

    Well written and engaged me. Got a rough idea of the ending but thoroughly enjoyed it anyway.
  • Rattling Chains on July 12, 2017

    I enjoyed this immensely.
  • Ray Was Right on July 12, 2017

    Old fashioned sci-fi, takes me back to my teens. Well written with quite a sense of suspense. Would it all turn out OK?
  • Sandrine's Visitor on July 12, 2017

    Have read something in a similar vein before, many, many years ago. Not a bad story, though.
  • Second Chances on July 12, 2017

    Excellent. Well written and left open ended; a good lead in to the series.
  • Tickling The Tiger on July 12, 2017

    Very well written. The historical research was excellent. Did not really know where it was going with the vaccine and with the murder also going on it kept my interest the whole way through. Thoroughly enjoyed this.
  • The Sodden Spectators on July 13, 2017

    Good mystery stories. Enjoyed them all.
  • The Visitor on July 13, 2017

    Excellent. Am really enjoying this author's works and will definitely read more.
  • A Taste of Inspector Pirat on July 13, 2017

    As a lover of Deductive Detective stories I really enjoyed this. Written well with each story being different.
  • Office Life (and Death) on July 13, 2017

    Different. Well written and if you have worked in an office environment, very relatable. Head of Inequalities and the Head Office really resonated with me.
  • The Treasure Of Purgatory Crater on July 13, 2017

    This was very, very good. Kept me interested throughout. Wanted to know what happened to the characters.
  • The Best Collection of Male and Female Anecdotes, Can You Imagine...?, Volume II on July 16, 2017

    What can I say. A funny, witty totally relatable series of stories. Loved them, as usual.
  • Inverse Fall on July 16, 2017

    A most thought provoking story. The ending, though I didn't feel it really ended, was a surprise and unexpected.
  • The Accident ( The President Series Book 1) on July 16, 2017

    Strangely convoluted story. No hope of figuring it out as most of the clues were hidden from the reader. Frustrating if you like trying to work out 'who dun it'.
  • The Visit on July 16, 2017

    This is all over the place. Needs to be edited, or if it has been, it has not been done very well. Tends to contradict itself. I gave it up in the end after becoming really frustrated with it.
  • Summer Shorts on July 16, 2017

    Interesting mix of stories. Some I liked, some I didn’t. Well written on the whole, though.
  • Catati Test: a short story on July 17, 2017

    Well written. Would love to read a longer version.
  • Writing On the Wall on July 17, 2017

    Good stories, in particular the first 3. Kept me interested.
  • Branded Faith: A Short Story on July 17, 2017

    Excellent. This could easily be turned into a novel. Well written. The author just has a way with words.
  • But Wait.... There's More! #3 on July 17, 2017

    Just as quirky as #1, but a little more thought provoking. Very,very well written and kept my interest the whole time.
  • But Wait.... There's More! #1 on July 17, 2017

    These are well written, entertaining and some are downright funny. Thoroughly enjoyed reading these.
  • Coffee (a short story) on July 17, 2017

    Now this was not what I was expecting! Thank you . I like being surprised like that. Will await further books by this author.
  • Bittersweet on July 17, 2017

    Read 2 in this anthology. Either these were written very early in the author's writing career or it just missed the mark with this. Having read others by this author that were quite good, I just could not bring myself to read anymore after the first 2. Disappointed.
  • The Golden Visit on July 18, 2017

    A well written story. I really cared about Lance And Melanie. The story left me feeling depressed as I really cared about the characters.
  • Cosmic Seasoning: A Collection of Short Stories on July 18, 2017

    Excellent range of stories which are very well written. All different. Thoroughly enjoyed them.
  • Do What Must Be Done on July 18, 2017

    An interesting read. Well written.
  • Execution Day: A Short Story on July 18, 2017

    Very well written. The twist at the end was delicious.
  • Experi-Mental on July 18, 2017

    The experiment failed.
  • Frigid on July 18, 2017

    Good story, well written and very topical with everyone talking about self-driving cars nowadays. Kept my interest.
  • Have You Seen Tarum? on July 20, 2017

    This was a delightful story. Can picture reading this to the grandchildren. This big kid loved it. This author just gets better and better.
  • In The Light Of Memory on July 20, 2017

    This was a very difficult read for me. Could not go past the first chapter before giving up. Trying to be too 'deep and meaningful' for me. In fact so deep it lost me.
  • Beach Apples on July 23, 2017

    A very good collection of stories. Love the Aussie flavour. Well written and a most enjoyable way to spend an hour or so. In "Marvellous Matilda’s Motorised Horse” I do believe some of the colloquialisms would be confusing to people from other countries, though.
  • Deceive the Paradox on July 23, 2017

    I hate time travel, though this was well written an repetitive as is all time travel stories.
  • Family Sins - A Short Story on July 23, 2017

    Very well written with believable characters; one's you actually had opinions of and about. This writer just gets better and better. Well done.
  • The Atherton Manor on July 23, 2017

    In the first few pages, was the author trying to give a science lesson? Too descriptively detailed for a short story, though would be somewhat expected in a novel. A little more proofreading. Eg 2nd last sentence in chapter 3 - across not 'a crossed'? That being said it was a good story with a really good twist in the tail. 3/5
  • The Deeper the Lust, the Sweeter the Flesh: a small motley collection on July 23, 2017

    Rescuing fair maiden with a difference! Watch out for you're sister. The Straw...deliberately cliche drive? Whilst funny in the beginning the cliches drove me crazy in the end. Almost stopped reading because of it. .
  • Causality on July 23, 2017

    Horror?! I don't think so. I am too much of a coward to read horror [vivid imagination, nightmares]. That being said, this author writes very well if horror is you 'thing'. I will look for other stories by this author that are NOT horror, as I do believe he really knows how to write. My scoring is based on the author's writing ability, not on the content.
  • Probability on July 23, 2017
    (no rating)
    Part of series starting with Causality, which I did not finish reading - Horror! Therefore, I did not score. Please see my review of Casuality. This does not alter the fact that the author does write very well, it's just that I do not like horror.
  • Short but Sweet on July 23, 2017

    Excellent. Very well written. Everyone different and well thought out. Will look for further written by this author. Excellent.
  • The Alien Fast-Food Wars on July 23, 2017

    This was really weird. Editing & proofreading needs attention. Apart from that, good idea. The humour fell flat, though.
  • The Dark of the Moon on July 23, 2017

    1 word - boring. This was so slow to start. I managed to read 1.5 stories before I gave up [35/143 pages].
  • Writer's Workshop on July 23, 2017

    This certainly got me thinking. Makes me nervous about attending a Writer's workshop and theft of story when you have no means of retaliation.
  • Alien and the Girl on July 23, 2017

    Gave up with this one. I think it was meant for young adult or early teen. Whatever the intent, it missed it with me. Was this even proofread or edited? Tends to lose context in sentences, and this within the very few first pages, which drove me nuts!! OK managed 12 pages. I would have expected that the story be proof read before uploading.
  • The Ant Man on July 23, 2017

    Excellent. Very well written and not what I was expecting. Nice twists and turns. The edginess and fear was palpable. Characterisation was really good as I came to care about what happened to Digman & Eric. Description was very good. I actually felt I was in the scenarios mentioned. Will definitely read more by this author.
  • Broker on July 23, 2017

    Excellent, well written story. Will read more by this author.
  • Home Improvement Gone Wrong on July 23, 2017

    Hmmm. Author thinks they are funny. Not.
  • Just Get It Out There on July 23, 2017

    These are really very well written stories.
  • Modern Life of The Immortals: Illustrated Edition on July 23, 2017

    This was a beautifully illustrated book, though really not much of a story. 5/5 for illustrations.
  • Grey Mars and other Short Stories. on Aug. 07, 2017

    Overall a depressing read, but I'm sure that was the author's intent. Very good stories, well written. Apart from he fact I felt miserable when I finished the book, I am giving it 5/5
  • Aardvarks to Planet X on Aug. 07, 2017

    The stories are really very good, but the lack of proofreading detracts from the experience. Spellchecker is NOT proof reading. It, is actually very annoying. Homonyms. This is getting to point where I'm going to give up; I'm on page 72, don't think I can put up with 200 odd pages of it. Pity could have been a really good read. Yep, that's it; I give up.
  • An Unusual Gift on Aug. 07, 2017

    This was a lovely story. I enjoyed it greatly.
  • Snapdragon: And Six More Short Stories with Bite on Aug. 07, 2017

    Good short stories. Well written. Some characters I hated, some, I liked. Always the mark of a good writer, believable characters. The title story, I would love to give 6/5. Excellent!! Some more proof reading in some of the stories would help. Loved the last one that incorporated characters from previous stories. Will definitely be on the look out for more from this author.
  • Strings on Aug. 07, 2017

    Weird. Still do not what this was about.
  • The Third Wish on Aug. 07, 2017

    This needed editing. No continuity in the beginning. One moment at sea, the next asleep in hut??! Hmmm. A different story, also with a moral. 'Books in dead tree form'? Insulting reference to readers who prefer paper to books. A pity.
  • UnCovered on Aug. 07, 2017

    Editing and proof reading need attention. Tight story, very gung ho.
  • Weekend Guest on Aug. 07, 2017

    Interesting if confusing story. The ending goes some way to explaining it.
  • Our Friend Thomas Henson on Aug. 07, 2017

    What an insufferable character. Absolutely nothing redeeming about him at all. If this was the author's intent, they succeeded admirably. I got up to page 18 before becoming so utterly depressed and gave it up. In fact I disliked it so much I deleted the next book unread. 1/5 based on content. 4/5 based on getting their feelings across.
  • Splinters of Glass on Aug. 07, 2017

    WOW! Tabula Rasa: Intriguing. Had worked out what was going fairly early on in the piece, but still kept me wondering 'what happens next?' Well written good story. 5/5 Kate & Peter: whoa now that what a very good story. 5/5 Immortality: another very intriguing premise. Loved it. 5/5 To boldly go: what a difficult decision to make? Again, 5/5 Space opera: another excellent well written story. 5/5 If it was acceptable I would give a rating of 6/5 for these stories. The writing is very good and I see only great thing ahead for this author. Only wish I was half as good!
  • "No Bones About It" on Aug. 07, 2017

    Interesting spin on archaeology. I enjoyed this immensely.
  • Semper Audacia on Aug. 07, 2017

    Whoa. Now this was somewhat an odd book and read. Interesting ideas about invasion future human evolution. I found I skipped bits and pieces that I found were just irrelevant. A good read.
  • The Case Of The Invisible Man on Aug. 07, 2017

    Being a fan of anything 'Sherlock' I commenced reading this with trepidation. Misplaced, I found. Different spin on Sherlock Holmes, one that bears further exploration.
  • The Devil's Pretty Daughter on Aug. 07, 2017

    What can I say that hasn't already be said in the previous reviews? Not much it seems. This was an interesting story. Was it based on a true story, Ivan Milat maybe?
  • Short Stories Volume One on Aug. 07, 2017

    Where have you been hiding? Absolutely loved this and the other 2 volumes. All different, all kept my interest. I cared about the characters and what would happen to them. Well written.
  • Short Stories Volume Two on Aug. 07, 2017

    This author does not disappoint. Again, a wonderful collection of stories. Believable characters and-situations.
  • Short Stories Volume Three on Aug. 07, 2017

    OK, stop already! No, please don't. Loved these as well. Very well written. Well rounded characters, ones that I could actually imagine in the same room as me. Well Done.
  • I Can Show You the World and other stories on Aug. 07, 2017

    A very good selection of stories. Enjoyed most. Well written.
  • Star Clash - A Space Anthology on Aug. 07, 2017

    Read the first and the next 2 or 3. Star Clash excellent 5/5. The others read, no so much.
  • The New Neighbors on Aug. 07, 2017

    Author really has a way with words. I found parts of this quite humorous, others not so. Enjoyed the story, however. A different perspective..
  • Elevator on Aug. 07, 2017

    Too many descriptors in the very first sentence. I hope it does not continue in this vein. I've heard of "show don't tell" but this is ridiculous! I did finish reading it, however. Hmmm.
  • Invisible Friends on Aug. 07, 2017

    What? Did not finish.
  • The Glassheart Chronicles on Aug. 07, 2017

    Fantasy. Have read the first 2, then I got bored.
  • Love and World Eaters: A Short Story on Aug. 12, 2017

    Excellent story, by an excellent writer. Well written, believable characters & kept my interest.
  • Simply Shorts on Aug. 12, 2017

    Abigail Smithsonian - excellent 5/5. UFO 1955 - proofreading! Typical pulp fiction. Think 1950's sci fi. A bit outdated. 2/5. Once upon a time in Vietnam - hmmm. I really do not know what to say. 3/5. Vampire Hippy: passé, read similar many times 1/5. Reunion: 3/5. Disappearance: short, sharp. 3/5 The village: proof reading? I'm sure many incidents such as this happen in ALL wars. ALL side believe they are right. Tragic. 5/5. The devil inside her: yup, ah no. 1/5. Echo park: again pulp detective 1/5. Rude awakening: um, I don't think so. The anthology started out with promise, descended into farce. 2/5. The 2nd volume has been deleted without even starting.
  • Smile: A Short Story on Aug. 12, 2017

    I have read this before. Quirky and a bit confusing. I like this author. I like his ability to switch it up all the time. You really don't know to expect with EVERY story. The sign of a truly good writer.
  • The Player - A Short Story on Aug. 12, 2017

    Excellent, as usual. It's what I have come to expect from this author. Very believable characters.
  • Party Jack on Aug. 12, 2017

    Different spin on AI. Was in written as an Intro to other books? Didn't really go anywhere.
  • The Glove. on Aug. 12, 2017

    Proofreading is really VERY important, don't you think? Different spin on the moon landing. Rather frighteningly real. Ice: an eerie tale. 4/5. Fortune Cookie: beware the fortune cookie 4/5 Peeper: I really liked this because of the clever twist at the end 5/5
  • "The Pre-Existents" on Aug. 12, 2017

    Why do I feel I'm reading about not just a possible future but a probable one the say the health insurance industry is going? Good job. Good story. I jumped over the couple of proof reading glitches because I was enjoying it so much. All 3 stories were great. Is there a possible novel about this in the offing as it didn't seem to finish?
  • Here to Help on Aug. 12, 2017

    Have read something very similar, many years ago by a science fiction author. I thought it was very interesting then and do so now as well. 2/5 purely because I have read this idea before. Not very original.
  • Marianne on Aug. 12, 2017

    This sounded as if it was the prologue of a longer story or the intermission of one. Don't really have an idea what it is leading to. A teaser?
  • The Neutral on Aug. 12, 2017

    Excellent, even if it is an early story by this author. I'm interested enough to go to his website a see what else he has written.
  • Engines of Creation on Aug. 12, 2017

    I had some vague idea this was leading somewhere, sadly, I was mistaken. I really have no idea what the author's intent was, but I certainly did not find it. I got up to page 79 before giving up.
  • "The Universe Machine" on Aug. 21, 2017

    What? Nooo! Don't leave me just hanging like this! What happens next? This is going to be one ripper of a novel. There is a novel isn't there?
  • Frozen Assets on Aug. 21, 2017

    Utopia? One man's food another man's......? I enjoyed this. I do not know why I deleted it in the first place [13-07-2017] because when I saw it again and read it, I thoroughly enjoyed it! Let's put it down to mood, shall we? Did not see the twist until almost the very end. Well written, and just a little too close for comfort.
  • Making It Quick and Easy on Aug. 21, 2017
    (no rating)
    12-08-2017: Psychology? I don't think so! This is berating suicidal people with religion. Religion, was not mentioned in the category tags, nor did the description of the work indicate anything of the sort. Suicidal people need help, not villification. 19-08-2017 Yes, I was right in my initial opinion. The book is no help for someone considering suicide!! It is just accusations from someone who wants to beat up the person with religious platitudes[?] & bible quotes believing that that is all that is needed to 'fix' them. Religion can fix nothing! The author has obviously has never been in the position when everything was just too much to want to continue living. Basically, unhelpful & INSULTING!!!
  • Money, Murder, & Marriage: A Slightly Skewed Celebration of Love on Aug. 21, 2017

    Excellent, funny and succinct. A fun read. I think that the author has been living in my house and been recording everything that happens here. So able to associate with these scenarios. Definitely will find more of this writer. 5/5
  • Strayed on Aug. 21, 2017

    Excellent, well written story, if somewhat predictable. Enjoyed it, nevertheless.
  • Who likes Short Shorts on Aug. 21, 2017
    (no rating)
    Utter crass foul mouthed rubbish. Only read 2 of the stories. Would have persevered if the stories themselves had grabbed me; sadly they didn't. No rating at all!
  • Who Wrote The Book on Aug. 21, 2017

    It really is a worry for novice writers. Unscrupulous publishers abound. Do your research and don't allow "the rush of blood to the head" when publishing is suggested to blind you to common sense. Speak to other authors, if you can, and ask questions.
  • Love on the cards on Aug. 21, 2017

    A simple, lovely story. Will look for other stories by this author to see how she grows.
  • The Trouble With Wishes on Aug. 21, 2017

    A group of genie stories, some interconnected.
  • The Vicar's Revenge on Aug. 21, 2017

    I am sure there are many Vicars who would smile at this one. Such a satisfying read.
  • Whisperer on Aug. 21, 2017

    I sort of expected what was coming, though with delight not dismay & it did not distract from the reading. This was written very well with believable animal behaviour. Excellent writing again.
  • Laundry Day (Three Short Tales of Love & Madness) on Aug. 21, 2017

    Laundry Day: - The writing is excellent and evocative. The story was almost philosophical. I enjoyed it immensely. 5/5. Theodora & The Red Light: Fantastic. I can so commiserate with Ted. 5/5. Nicholas & Ana: another well written story. The author gets into the skins & minds of his characters. Will look for more by this author.
  • Three Very Short Stories on Aug. 21, 2017

    The Truth In The Eyes - isn't that true now. Excellent 5/5 Morphing Memories: awakening. Distress, want to return. 5/5. The Hall - Waiting. For what? Choice. This made no sense. 1/5
  • Three-Minute Mysteries Bonus Pack on Aug. 21, 2017

    3 Minute Mysteries - Bonus Pack: This was really a different approach to crime. I thought I was so good at being able to work out the culprit in mysteries. WRONG! Excellent. Am looking for the rest of the books.
  • Revolver on Aug. 21, 2017

    What a horrifying vision of the near future! The complete subjugation of the female sex. We are heading there now, beware. It leaves you with the frightening thought of how real it could be. Excellent, terrifyingly real and so well written.
  • SuperNaturally on Aug. 21, 2017

    The Ascot - very good. Life force is such a powerful thing. 5/5 Banjo Music: catharsis. Guilt. Scary. Good. 5/5. Catharsis: will make look at clowns a little differently from now on. 5/5. Singularity: very well written. Atonement? Look for others by this author. 5/5
  • Temporarily Away on Aug. 21, 2017

    Some times it's the "nosey old bats" that are the heroines of the world! Excellent. Well written, well rounded characters.
  • Tristan Merryweather, Cheltenham's Finest Supernatural Detective: The Brag of Gold on Sep. 10, 2017

    It would seem I am the only one, so far, that disliked this. Firstly, trying too hard to be funny tends to fall flat in most instances, including this. Took too long to get to the crux of the matter, and I'm still not sure it did. Wading through the 'waffle' was most frustrating, to the point that, at p36 I gave it up. Tristan is still waffling on and Delaney is totally unbelievable. 1/5
  • Ursa Major 2012 Short Fiction Reading Packet on Sep. 10, 2017

    St. Kalwain and the Lady Uta: Very good. Well written and kept my interest. Did not finish as I expected. 4/5 One Night in Nocturnia: What a great story from a mouse's perspective. 5/5 Magtwilla and the Mouse: This time a cat's point of view. Another excellent, well written story. 5/5 Shreddy and the Christmas Ghost: Another really good story. This is becoming a habit I think. A good habit. Lived it. 5/5 Hot Chocolate for the Unicorn: A nice story to finis, reminiscent of childhoods spent deep in real imaginings. Oh, to be there again. A much simpler caring time. 5/5 Excellent group of stories. Each different, yet the same. Each making me want more. 5/5
  • Ursa Major 2014 Short Fiction Reading Packet on Sep. 10, 2017

    The Best Puppy Ever: Now this one made me think! 5/5 The Wharf Cat's Mermaid: I really don't know where you get your ideas from, but they are delightful. I so enjoy reading them. 5/5 The Carousel of Spirits: Magic. I will always look at a Carousel with different eyes form now. 5/5 A Real Stand-Up Guy: This take mixed relations to a different place. 5/5 When a Cat Loves a Dog: I just could not take to this one. I gave up after 60 pages. Too long for the theme, I feel. 1/5 Overall I would give a rating of 4/5. Maybe I just read too many in the same vein one after another.
  • Texting Death on Sep. 10, 2017

    I don't ordinarily read horror; I'm too wimpy. But, it is daylight so gave this a try. Still don't like horror as my imagination tends to get carried away. This is well written an aimed at young adults rather 'young at heart' readers, such as myself. I liked the open ended nature of the finish. Keep writing, you have a great future. Will look for further by this writer
  • A Packet of Dreams on Sep. 10, 2017
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    Title Story: odd little story. If it was trying to be deep, it lost me in it's depths. 1/5. The Reclamation Of Edwin Drood: ok...a complete schemozzle of a group of stories.Makes absolutely no sense. No rating!
  • A Quasar for Books on Sep. 10, 2017
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    Really? Just could not read this, even trying again the next day. Gave up. Absolutely no rating.
  • Paranormalcy: 9 Tales of Imagination on Sep. 10, 2017

    Foe: well written. Expected ending did not detract. 3/5. State Route: Excellent. Call me slow, but I didn't catch on until the end. I like that. 5/5 Irquart's Arrows: Another well written story and one to make the reader think about what is an 'absolute known as stated by experts'. Being accepted as the truth. 5/5 ....Abdul Fareem....: Now,this was different. 5/5. .....Marty O'Dell: What can I say, other than excellent. 5/5. Planetary Voodoo: Yessssss. 5/5. Clock Solitaire: Temporal parity. 5/5. And The Sky Cried Havoc: Different 5/5. ...Index Of Chawn Doe: A great way to finish the collection. 5/5. This an author from whom I expect great things. Will definitely look for more of his work. Overall I would give a rating of 5/5. Good work
  • Best Short Stories 2013 on Sep. 10, 2017

    Best Short Stories 2013: Dreamer: Very amateurish for a Best of selection. 2/5. Bliss: Editing & proofreading required. Child, and I mean child, bride?? Out Of The Shadows: Really? Facing Memories: Such a shame. ALL stories need to be proof read & edited. No writer will ever become successful without attending to these 2 basic things. Really disappointed with these. 1/5
  • Lucky Justice: 3 Crime Stories on Sep. 10, 2017

    well written story. 5/5. Let Them Eat Cake - Well written hiring of a hit man. Nice twist in the end. 5/5. The Desk Audit: Well written believable characters. The twisty plot kept my interest. 5/5
  • Quickly In and Quickly Out on Sep. 10, 2017

    Interesting story. Certainly did not finish as I expected. Good read. The start of a longer story, or just sounding out a scenario? Certainly intrigues. Will look for more by this author.
  • Tea Time on Sep. 10, 2017

    Controversial concept. A good, real life scenario. Keep writing. I will look for more by this writer.
  • Union on Sep. 10, 2017

    What an innovative concept! Actually, it really is not that far fetched. Good on you for the courage to put it forward. The points of view from both sides I found very well and realistically written. Some proof reading would have helped, though. Keep at it. You have a great future I think. I certainly will be looking for more of your work in the SciFi vein and not the horror.
  • One Last Goodbye on Sep. 10, 2017

    Excellent story. Actually felt I was there. Don't read excerpts from books, as I have found it is really difficult to find the actual book that the excerpt is from and end up being disappointed. Will look for more by this author, though.
  • The View from the Top on Sep. 10, 2017

    Modern day reworking of fairy tale with an unexpected finish. 4/5. I do not read sneak peeks of novels. They are sometimes so hard to find that it becomes frustrating, so hence my leaving them alone.
  • Regret on Sep. 10, 2017

    A totally controlled populace. How terrifying. Love her work.
  • Unusual 1st Contact Stories on Sep. 10, 2017

    The Soldiers: A different perspective. I enjoyed it. If this an early piece, the writer shows great promise. 5/5. The Children Of Arth: Another good story. The kids had a new home, it would seem. 5/5. Fairie, Double First Contact: Well it all went down hill from here. The writing is jerky. I gave up reading at page 168. Just could not justify finishing it.
  • Springtime Murder on Oct. 29, 2017

    Springtime Murder: An interesting simple who dunnit. A nice quick read.
  • Warning Signs on Oct. 29, 2017

    A really lovely story. Well written and spooky without being scary.
  • Transhumance on Oct. 29, 2017

    Transhumance: All these stories touch something in me. A form of introspective self analysis? I don't know, but all are excellent. Will look for more by this author. Some editing & proof-reading required. 4/5 The Lake - John Aikin or Saxon? An interesting read. Ah human nature. Dear Headmaster: Poignant. Very well written. Has made me look at teachers in a different light. The Turk - Excellent. Thought I had it worked out at the beginning. Wrong! Am still uncertain. The Fall - Another excellent story. A really different spin. I thought they had all been taken? Cold Rainbow - Harrowing, but SO real. The truth can never really explain things. Very interesting reading a woman's perspective written by a man and getting it right. Dangerberry - very tongue in cheek, satire I don't doubt. Angels - give up now! Transhumance - Indictment Trouble On The Buffers - Insightful, caring. So sad o. The end Leaves - Be careful what you dream Bob - Not really sure of this one Eternal Roadworks Of The Southbound M5. - Gives a new meaning to never ending roadworks. Down By The River - Immigrants and the views of residents in new country Leaving The Nest - Symbiosis A Garage Of One's Own - Mother Earth, be careful
  • Love Thy Neighbor on Oct. 29, 2017

    Way too slow, plodding in fact. Got to page 18 before I gave it up.
  • Dani's Shorts 7 on Oct. 29, 2017

    I was so looking forward to reading the next in the series, but had I started the series with this book, the others would not have had a look in. Proof reading would be a good idea. Also the use of words that one has to check in the dictionary became really tiresome, or was it just showing off? E.g. coup de foudre, Habromania, monachopsis, an oriflamme, tenebrific, zemblanity, perspicacity, Aeromancy, scherzando, etc. It could really put a reader off [as it did me] and have them give up on the book before finishing it, which I’m leaning more and more to doing so with this book. It would be a shame as the stories so far are really quite good. And, yes, I have read the other 6 and this was not a problem in them. I’ve always enjoyed this author, and frankly feel a little let down. Nope, Page 138, Weekend Quickie 238,…that’s it I’m done… ‘Ineluctably’ pushed me over the edge. 4/5 for the stories I read. 1/5 for just plain showing off vocabulary that is used rarely, if ever.
  • Diet By The Letters on Oct. 29, 2017

    Excellent, using a common sense approach to losing weight. Things that the author tried and discarded made sense and the manner of writing was simple and easy to understand. No jargon! Thank you.
  • Love Machine: A Robot Romance on Oct. 29, 2017

    A very entertaining story. Written as an explanation of behaviour, both human and robotic. I enjoyed it greatly.
  • Starting Out on Nov. 02, 2017

    This was an excellent selection of different stories. All well written and entertaining; some thought provoking. Many I found could be expanded upon into longer stories. Just being given a taste of this talent, begs the question, will there be any more? A very good, quick read.