MRubingh's favorite authors on Smashwords

Karen Reis
Latest book: The Unfortunate Survival of Peter Cunningham.
Published May 15, 2017. (4.00 from 1 review)
Steve S. Grant
Latest book: Orbiting Sins.
Published October 30, 2013. (5.00 from 1 review)

Smashwords book reviews by MRubingh

  • No Explanations on April 02, 2016

    Beautiful. Original. Extremely well written. Top marks.
  • Free Radical on April 07, 2016
    (no rating)
    I take the liberty to submit a list of the typos I found (in the version downloaded 5 April 2016). All of the typos are trivial. Words that seem misspelled (highlighted between **): Chapter 4: The police were the only ones with guns, but clanners were *viscous* and cunning, and managed to keep the casualties nearly even. [--> viscious] Chapter 4: As Deck entered, Nomen *look* up from his work and greeted him [--> looked] Chapter 9: To interact on a level where thought and deed were one *in* the same. [--> and] Chapter 11: She nodded as she took *and other* sip of coffee. [--> another] Chapter 14: He could either *send* an exhausting and noisy half-hour shoving all of this stuff away from the door, or he could look for another way through. [--> expend] Chapter 19: "You *guy's* aren't gonna nuke this place, are you?" [--> guys] Chapter 20: There was a long pause while he looked *into to* poker face some more. [--> into her] Chapter 24: Metal appendages, adorned with gruesome power *tolls* and attachments reached out to grab him and tear his flesh. [--> tools] Chapter 26: Shodan was experiencing pain, as well as *it's* inevitable opposite, pleasure. [--> its] Chapter 27: "Today, TriOptimum Corporation, *it's* families, and indeed the entire world suffered a terrible blow [--> its] Chapter 27: A luggage bot lumbered by, *it's* heavy black frame loaded with assorted personal possessions sealed in durable packaging. A thrower - a bot with multi-jointed arms designed to move the luggage around - chased after it with a lone suitcase. *It's* body was carried by a pair of hefty tank treads that provided a good anchor of weight for heavy lifting tasks. [--> its, 2x] Chapter 28: The round, dark body of a peace sentry sat nearby, *it's* red and blue lights flashing. *It's* loudspeaker proclaimed that it had detected unauthorized weapons. [--> its, 2x] Words that seemingly should be deleted (highlighted between **): Chapter 10: The corridor *a* was long and narrow, and ended with a door that had been jammed open. Word(s) missing (at the position marked by **): Chapter 8: He waited for it to come around for another swing and then nailed ** with a solid blow to the top of its chassis. Chapter 10: She ** sharp glance to someone off screen before turning her attention back to him. Chapter 13: "It ** not like you turn off her morality chip and she suddenly becomes evil. Chapter 24: The news changed overnight from ** endless loop of speculation into a chaotic mess as they attempted to report on all three stories at once. [--> an endless loop, or: endless loops] Period missing (at the position marked by **): Chapter 6: "You may not know or think about Deckard Stevens" ** Shodan would have the memories of the night it helped him out of the TriOptimum building Chapter 8: He was at the top of the food-chain ** He could take whatever jobs suited him, and name his price. Chapter 9: "After over a week of paging the station we finally get a response, and it's a ten second conversation with a nut-case ** You're sure he's not some prankster, and he really is on the station? Chapter 11: Rebecca Lansing worked for Security Solutions Incorporated, a Seattle-based firm specializing in counter-terrorism ** Her firm had been hired by TriOptimum the previous week. Chapter 12: A sink was built into the counter top ** A small fridge was built into the wall opposite the door. Chapter 12: "No, make it something that's not in the phone book ** Make it the slogan of some small store, or the graffiti on the wall. Chapter 16: She had reverted to the cool, businesslike demeanor ** She was choosing her words carefully Chapter 19: In a moment he would be surrounded with Shodan's genetic freak show ** He padded his sleeve Chapter 21: such as riding on the sidewalk and performing u-turns across busy two-way streets to reach an on-ramp ** [At end of paragraph] Chapter 21: A horn mixed with a wailing string of curses as he released the tension and accelerated through the tight arc onto the on-ramp ** The kinetic store was unleashing all of the effort it had been able to capture Chapter 21: and there were no likely targets in that area for a data feed ** All he could see were rows of sad, short, worn old buildings Other typos in interpunction: Chapter 4: As Deck entered, Nomen look up from his work and greeted him, " "Deck, son. Welcome." [One double-quote character too many] Chapter 14: Without the inhibitor, she will constantly pursue all of these goals. [Double-quote missing at beginning of paragraph]
  • Free Radical on April 07, 2016

    This book is very definitely a good read. I agree with reviewer Max Savenkov that the ending is excellent. The prose is extremely elegant. I am completely unfamiliar with the game "System Shock", and I can confirm that this novel can definitely stand on its own. My impression (after reading the Wikipedia article on the game) is that the most original elements of the novel were invented by the author and do not come from the game. The novel has a depth that is in no way implied by the term "first-person shooter". Incidentally, I loved the word "drones" for human wage slaves, and "factory default settings" for the uncyborged human body (I don't know whether these are standard phrases in cyberpunk novels).
  • Original Strand on April 10, 2016

    I really love this story, on the theme of initiative versus indolence. It is beautifully told. I like how the point of view management in the story at first makes the reader tend to distrust the "good guy". I also read "Mining Games" and "Spinning Diamonds" (also on this site). I strongly appreciate it that this is an author who obviously has a notion for how technology works in the field. And I also very much like it that the author keeps well free of any of these cheap and worn-out "magical" devices like time travel or telepathy that science fiction is unfortunately littered with (and that IMO are not necessary for creating a good story).