S. A. Merk
Born and raised in the Midwestern U.S. and has been reading Sci-Fi /Fantasy, Thrillers, and other Speculative Fiction since he was a boy, S.A. Merk has spent the last few decades helping others improve their writing.
He has earned a degree in English Education and Creative Writing, become a member of the English Honors Society, and has begun transforming his own writing from a personal pasttime into a more professional pursuit.
Mr. Merk has said that it is his wish to contribute to and to help improve his own writing and the skills and abilities of other writers out there.
He currently teaches and tutors creative writing, works as an editor, reviewer, and author.
He lives in Wisconsin with his wife and dog who have become his audience, fans, and unwitting critics.
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Smashwords book reviews by S. A. Merk
- Evan Burl and the Falling, Vol. 1-2
on May 03, 2013
While I agree, this is a great story told by someone who knows how to tell stories, I feel that we do our fellow readers a disservice by equating the stories we like to well known movies or novels.
The next Harry? I doubt it.
But not because the story doesn't warrant such praise. It does. I just think there are so many unique qualities to the imagery and the characters, that it deserves to stand on its own. I'm sure the other reviewer meant only to praise this novel, I just had to throw my 2cents in. I mean no offense, so please don't take my response the wrong way.
It is a pet peeve of mine, which sets up an author to try to live up to the many different expectations of the vast array of readers out there as each tries to measure this story against their interpretation of another.
Sure, I can see this doing well turned into a movie; I can see this turning into a series loved by fans. But, my fellow readers, since you can get this for free (for now anyway) - don't take my word for it. Read it. You won't be disappointed.
PS don't take the 4 star rating as something less than great. In order for me to award a 5, it needs to be perfect. Few have met that criterion.