This is a fascinating book. Written by a mother during WWII in Malta it shows her hopes and fears as she tries to survive as a naval wife during the worst part of the 'blitz' on Malta. Rewritten by her daughter and son later, they have added their own reminiscences and also provided a historical context to their Mother's story. This provides a wealth of both personal and historical information. Well written, well edited, it is a great read for anyone interested in the ordinary-person's eyewitness accounts of events in Malta during WWII. My only criticism is that at times it is apparent that the author (while obviously intelligent) isn't well educated. Her writing is simple rather than literary. I guess this adds a realism that literary works sometimes don't provide.
I've sampled many of the free erotic e-books on Smashwords and I am generally disappointed. They simply are porn and not erotica. I finally girded my loins and paid out my cash and bought an anthology. Well, you get what you pay for. This is an erotic book. There are a few stories that are somewhat pornographic, but as a whole there is something for everyone. "Sergei" is sizzling and "Presque Vu" is not only erotic but also brings tears to one's eyes. A highly recommended collection. I'd rate this 4.5 stars, but I can't, so I shall simply rate it four.
Finding good stuff on Smashwords is a bit hit and miss these days but I do like Stringybark material and this book is no exception. A wide range of stories covering a wide range of subjects. Each one competently written and thought-provoking. Good work, Stringybark.
Potentially a good story yet it was marred by a disappointing ending and a choppy style. There were excessive adjectives at the beginning of the tale and then it rapidly became minimalist. Also not laid out in the Smashwords format.
There is a perception that history has to be dull and indeed the introduction to this books also makes this assertion. A shame as history is only dull when written by dull people. Clearly this collection has NOT been written by dull people. Great tales and a wonderful eclectic collection that highlights just how interesting history really is.
An interesting story that attempts to explain where some people's writing comes from. Written in the first person it has an autobiographical feel which also makes it seem self-indulgent. I like my stories to tell me something new. This story doesn't do that for me. It is well written and quite poetic, but not my thing.
This book is poorly laid out. The fonts are all over the place making it nearly impossible to read. The actual content is variable but none of it would really be considered poetry. There is no soul in this stuff. I think the writer needs a little more practice.
Death, destruction and no context. Bombs explode without any dire consequences for humans but the Lokians are melted into rusty pools. This story is like a cheap Western. Escapism pure and simple with nothing deep or meaty within it to make it satisfying. A few grammar and punctuation errors.
Two stars for having an idea. Grammar is poor. Plot is non-existent. Patronizing and ridiculous. Next time someone tells you something, believe them? What planet is this person from? "I believe in fairies." According to this author then fairies are real. I believe that Voldemort killed Harry's parents - therefore Voldemort is real. Belief does not create reality.
A fantastic book of short stories. Each story was different and they all contain some wonderful twists. The title story, "Hitler Did It" is particularly intriguing and the empathy with which the writer writes is quite extraordinary. This is a well edited collection and as an anthology deserves five stars.
Some smashing stories here and not a zombie in sight! Spencer Ratcliff's short stories are a hoot. Robyn Osborne also produces some great laughs with her story "The Working dog." This is an eclectic collection of wonderful short stories.