I was drawn to Message from Gondwana from the cover… not sure why, but I’m glad I went for it.
I found this to be an interesting and exciting short story, however the premise is not an all too new one; exploration and experimentation in an unknown place – a new world for the benefit of man (“profit”). And having quite the vivid imagination, I had some ideas on where the story was going (no spoilers). Still the story intrigued me and kept me reading.
The characters were well drawn out and I could relate to them all. Each of the characters portrayed a great deal to the story as well as the central protagonist. No one character was more important than the other.
I had some ideas on what may or may have not been going on in the story, but fortunately my imagination did not spoil my enjoyment of this little story.
The ending was neither expected nor unexpected, however, and I would have preferred a different one. None the less, it left me with a sense of something more to come.
I like short stories, but for this one, I would have given it a little more length. I do hope Mr. Wiley is planning a sequel.
Very confusing little story; read more like a poem really. The pieces didn't quite fit together for me until the end. It's a very short story, I read it within an hour -- it just never made much sense to me. I may read it again, just to see if I get it the second time around!
From the synopsis I knew it was a romance story, which made me hesitant (thought it might be another erotic short story – so much of that being published these days). However since I love dragon stories, I ventured forth. To my delight, this is a well written little story (I found no errors -- at least I noticed none), about a dragon who is lonely and a human who is bored with his lot in life. From the cover art and title, I had an imagining of what the story would be about, but I suppose my imagination is my own.
Neat plot, distinct characters and a nice bit of ‘edge of your seat’ action for a short story.
I was drawn in from the very first paragraph and didn’t stop until the last page. Which by the way made me shout rather loudly at the author; “Oh no you didn’t?” I was expecting more, more, more! But after I thought about it, to lengthen the story would probably blah it down, so I have to be satisfied with what was left to my imagination.
A nice little - CLEAN -story. However, if the author is planning sequels, hopefully they will be clean romantic, action filled fantasies.
Interesting quick read and I found no grammatical errors.
However, in some instances the character’s speech strayed a bit from the ethnic tone the author was intending.
Still all in all a nice little story and a bit scary as I’m sure was the intent.
I have one question for the author, "WHY?" Intriguing short (short) story. But why so short? Yes the ending left my imagination running in every direction, but me, myself and I, would love to have read the author's imagination a little longer! Good angst, totally identifiable protagonist. Nice (one more time - short) story.
Quite an unusual story, but a very quick and enjoyable read. This little fairy tale is more for a younger reader, but I enjoyed it considerably. I felt however, in my adult way of thinking, that the story could have been expanded, but there is more to come in the adventures of The Black Fairy and the Dragonfly!
Very promising concept! Sure wish it could be done. Highly intriguing short story of time travel; a heroic attempt to rid the world of a very evil component. Such an action if successful would not be unwelcomed and Mr. Hayman did a great job historically. I certainly didn’t see the ending coming! A nice short read.
The Lesser Repository - weird read indeed! I'm not into horror stories so much, but I was very glad this was not about vampires or ZOMBIES! So sick of seeing books about zombies!
The story started off a bit muddled for me but as I continued to read, I was able to grasp its meaning.
To the very end I was on the edge of my seat and I was a bit unhappy the way it ended for our protagonist. The final chapter and the `Aftermath' brought it all together for me and I did not miss the subtle inferences therein. A short but frightening read!
As to another reviewer, a lot of self published authors include excerpts from other books, so one should not be offended by this endeavor. If the excerpts are doing their job, we as the reader will want (or not) to get the full story.
A short read but an awesome one! Characters well developed and the story not so incredulous. I found myself glued to the pages and I must say I did not figure the ending out on this one. The only downside to the story is that it was so short and it could have been expanded on, to find the crew either settling on a new planet or getting back to earth to 'settle' with the Reid Corporation -- using the forklift!!
Very interesting concept. Short but a nice little story. Would like to see you expound on it a bit more. I got the feeling that there were other creatures in this concrete compound. Maybe your imagination will meet mine; the scientist, the soldiers...
I just didn't get this one! Is the author saying that Capitalism is the new Nazi ideology? Is the Jewish faith the new Nazi ideology? Is it Google? Totally confused reading. The only part I really caught onto, were the quotes from the three dead guys!
AWESOME! The story kept me riveted to the very end! I enjoy reading stories about WWII and this one shines some light on a part of that history that is not often told. The author drew out each character very well, I thought and I was both sad and happy for each of them.
I realized I was holding my breath reading the last part of the story and wept as I read the last sentence. Nicely done short story and this one I shall read again and perhaps again! Some typos but nothing that derailed the story.
Perhaps Mr. Clark will indulge me and write a short love story about two of his characters: Sweet Potato and Verna!
Awesome! Very exciting read. I can't wait for Part 2!
I was engulfed from start to finish! There was a little bit of sluggishness along the way, but the author restored the exciting pace of the story quickly. I wasn’t dumbfounded by any outlandish technical babble, so I didn’t have to scratch my head or reach for a science manual while reading.
And even though it is a very short read, I was thoroughly engaged with each character.
The synopsis gives me the idea that the main protagonist picks his life up after 10 years of incarceration, but I am expectantly wanting to know what takes place right after their doomed mission in part 1!
Truly an engaging little story of bravery and a determination to be free. The author did not go into vivid and harsh details of slavery, but enough history was given to maintain the story. The three main protagonists were defined well enough to get to know them and to share in their struggles.
The writing wasn't bogged down by the author trying to emphasize the old southern drawl and slave talking style, and yet it wasn't too contemporary to stifle the authenticity.
I think the author could have fleshed the story out a bit more, but I was fulfilled by what I read.
Very nice little story and I'm certainly hoping there will be a sequel to On the Other Side.
A very intriguing little period piece; more like a narrative of someone’s personal experiences during the fifties or sixties in southern America. A coming of age story about a young man trying to deal with a very libidinous puberty and his relationship with the family cook.
Not a lot of background, to flesh out any of the characters in the story. In essence it was not easy to gather to what race a couple of the characters belonged. Still it is a delightful little story. I found the cook’s dialog to be bewildering at times; not really understanding what wisdoms she was trying to impart to the young protagonist. And it was nice that the author did not bog the story down with a lot of Jim Crow and Civil Rights issues of the era.
Basically a cute little story of a young man trying to grow up.
Interesting read; I felt as though I were listening in on their conversation. The story kept my attention from start to finish and I was anticipating several scenarios along the way. None of the imagined occurred; still it is a breath holder of a short story.
Quick awesome read, from start to finish. I almost threw a few cookies while reading, but kept going.
I met up with some minor grammatical errors, but nothing to detract from the story.
As the story progressed, I was totally surprised by some of the characters – and the ending was soooooo unexpected!
A shivering-ly nice quick read.
With the exception of a few (very few) grammatical errors, this is a very nice quick read. I was engrossed in the story from start to finish and having read the first review, I was hesitant and started to pass it by. However, I’m glad I did read it.
I didn't find the issues the previous reviewer had with the story, as it all made sense to me. Let’s face it, hundreds of years since gun powder was discovered, we still use it in out weaponry. The projectiles may be more modern, but the premise is still the same. So who’s to say that in our distant future, the methods of mayhem will have advanced beyond simple gun powder. I for one can imagine the human race still using guns and hand grenades in space faring colonization. That in itself is unbelievable to me… still I love science fiction.
As for not recognizing one of the passengers, it was stated in the story that the passengers weren’t permitted on the crew decks. So it may be that the chief security officer, didn’t interact with the passengers often enough to know all of them on sight. Besides, there were details of the passenger that gave insight into that aspect.
I’m just not reading more into the story than a good story.
I do feel it could have been longer, but all in all, a very exciting short read