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Smashwords book reviews by Lisa

  • Toren the Apprentice's Tale, Book 1 on Feb. 07, 2012

    This was the start of a great new epic journey and I can't wait to read the next part! I was hooked from the very beginning and enjoyed all the tales that were told throughout the book. I was reminded of stories that I used to love reading when I was younger and I feel that the author really has a great talent for storytelling. Need me to review part 2??? I'm willing!
  • The New Death and Others on Feb. 07, 2012

    I wasn't certain what to expect of this collection but I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed it! I don't care to read poetry but the poems in this collection were filled with such humor as well as horror that I didn't mind taking time to read them. The stories were very pleasing and I can't praise the author's wit and use of puns enough. I especially enjoyed the references to McDonald's and Lovecraft and a ton of other humorous things that I could mention. It takes a very creative person to think like this author.
  • Lowcountry Ghosts: Stories of Alice Flagg, Confederate Blockade Runners, and Haunted Beads on Feb. 18, 2012

    This was a very interesting book filled with historical information concerning South Carolina and ghost tales from this area. I especially enjoyed the story where the ghostly humming turned out to be something very natural rather than supernatural. The story of the Murano beads was also very intersting to me as I hear of these quite a bit. The writing was very well done and I liked how the tales were told by the two main characters.
  • Walking with Elephants on June 19, 2012

    I think this book was a great example of the strength and resilience of women. So many of the episodes in the main character's life were similar to things going on in my own workplace that I couldn't help but sympathize and feel encouraged by the ultimate outcome. The scene with Nat and Wanda outside the restaurant was especially rewarding! A story with ups and downs emotionally but leaves you with a feeling of achievement in the end.
  • Hammerhead on June 21, 2012

    I loved this story! Granted, I have a weird sense of humor and enjoy horror and gore but this also had a few comments to make about society and justice. I'm going to see if the author has other books available...
  • Fire: The Collapse on July 13, 2012

    I had such a fun time reading this book! I love zombie stories anyway but when they include arms that continue moving around after they're removed from a body and main characters dying just when you least expect it there's all the more to love. I can't wait to read other books in this series.
  • Ocean's Fury on Nov. 13, 2012

    While I enjoyed this short story and was entertained for a while, I couldn't help but be distracted by the grammatical errors and the change in voice from first to third person. Still, all in all a nice story.
  • Contamination 1: The Onset on Nov. 16, 2012

    I loved this story! I can't wait for the next installment because I'm now totally hooked. Any author that ENDS a chapter with "she failed to notice the figure crouched in her back seat..." has my full attention!
  • More Bedtime Stories for the Apocalypse on Dec. 05, 2012

    I thoroughly enjoyed this selection of short stories and found myself constantly turning to my coworkers to tell them about the story that I'd just finished. (Not that I was reading while on the job or anything!) It would be difficult to choose my favorite out of these great tales because each had a surprise ending or left me a bit shocked at the end and I just love that. The story about the calendar was very original although you just knew how it had to end once the premise became clear. The Biffy Palace Killer was great and had me sweating it out right along with the main character. I enjoyed these so much that I intend to check out the other books offered by this author.
  • A Zombie For The Holidays on Dec. 19, 2012

    I enjoyed the story but I was totally distracted by the improper sentence structure and grammar. Would make a great story if tidied up quite a bit.
  • Tentacles: An Anthology (sci-fi monster short story collection) on Feb. 05, 2013

    I'm not normally a reader of very much science fiction but I'll have to admit that I enjoyed these stories. It was easy to become caught up in the plot of each story and I felt a sense of disappointment when each one ended. My favorite was the last one entitled "The Sacrifice" because it left me breathless!
  • After The Darkness: Episode One on May 15, 2013

    I really enjoyed this science fiction tale! I haven't read a story told in episodes before and am looking forward to diving in to part two of this story. The writing is very atmospheric and manages to involve the reader and convey a lot of plot and action within a small number of pages. I especially enjoyed the ending which came with a gasp of surprise and sent me looking for the next episode.
  • After The Darkness: Episode Two on May 16, 2013

    Although this book didn't end with the same shock value as book one, it's pace was fast and the story continues to hold the reader's interest enough so that I'm now in pursuit of book three.