I make my home in New England, just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. I have been writing music, lyrics, and poetry for about twenty years, and finally decided it was time to put some out there and step into the field as a new author. I have recently shifted my focus to short stories and novels, and plan to publish when they are ready. Being a child of culturally Deaf parents has given me what I think is a unique perspective on the world, and I hope it shows in my work. Follow my blog, The Fraser File, for updates on upcoming works, and a little Deaf awareness. You may even find some reviews of other books and local underground music.
By R. M. Fraser
Published: February 20, 2012.
(4.14 from 7 reviews)
Can the demons that haunt Allesandra's past be overcome with the love and support of her newlywed husband, Izz? Perhaps suicide is the solution? There are lessons to be learned by both in this epic short of a couple who fall for each other, and what they must do to stay together forever.
By R. M. Fraser
Published: December 15, 2011.
(5.00 from 1 review)
With twenty-three works in R. M. Fraser's first ever book, there is sure to be something for everyone. Topics include memories, grief and loss, fantasy, love and relationships, and a peek at his experiences growing up with culturally Deaf parents.
This is a pretty decent short story. Set up in the classic "So 3 guys walk into this bar..." routine, it wasn't exactly what I expected, but it made a good fantasy short. Knowing that a full novel was writtn around this plot has me intrigued as well. The only difficulty was in the translation to English, which was pretty minor if you can overlook a few misspellings and an occasional error in grammar. Its staying in my library.
It was a very good story, and the rest is yet to be told! I cannot wait for the second book to be published! The saltiness in Brydon and Toryn's relationship is very amusing, considering you practically need the jaws of life to pull their friendship apart. The only reason I could not give 5 stars was because of the errors in grammar, though occasional, shows there was not the best editing involved. It caught me several times, but the essence of that story is great!
The Weight of Blood, (The Half-Orcs, Book 1)
on Dec. 17, 2011
I couldn't put the book down once I started! Finished in a day! Wonderful stuff, and it's unique to read a story from the perspective of the black sheep (by that I mean orcs and half-orcs). A great read, can't wait to check out the others!
The story is good, so long as you can deal with some grammatical errors. It is one of only two reasons I do not give it 5 stars. The second is the length of the story. Noramlly, I don;t mind the length when a good story carries me through. However, with this one, Parkinson often found moments in the beginning and middle of the story to go on and on about historical events and people. This dragged on for me at times, and almost dropped me from continuing on. Perhaps the sequel will do more to tie in these things. I do hope it was worth my while.
Sorry if that seems to be too negative. The truth is, with those two things aside, the characterizations are done well for most of the characters, and the end did not go anything at all like I had thought it would, which was a pleasant surprise. It does make me want to read the sequel.
I have to say, I really enjoyed the first book, and was a little let down in the beginning of this one. Good thing that was short lived, just a couple of chapters or so. After that, it felt like David got his flow really working and the rest of the book was great! I really enjoy how the story is shaping out to be. By the end of the book the depth of the main characters really opened up to me. You really have something here David, and I'm hooked! Moving on to number three. If the beginning had the same flow as the rest of the book, I would have added a fifth star.
While reading "Lair of the White Wyrm", it was easy to picture this as one of the latest movies on the Sy Fy channel, or as an hour long Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Tales from the Darkside, or Twilight Zone prodigy. It's not bad if you like that sort of thing. The story itself, although not short, was significantly shorter than your average length novel. Is that the criteria for a novella? Who knows? This amateur doesn't, for sure.
I enjoyed the way in which Lea Ryan dug into the character of Eric. It really felt as though it was going in the right direction, but it still left me wanting to know a little bit more about him. As for the other characters, their smaller bits of development suffice for the length of the story, though I cannot help but wonder if a little more time devoted to some of them would help round the tale out a bit more.
As for the storyline itself, I found it to be somewhat predictable. Early on in the book I found myself saying, "I know how this subplot is going to turn out", and I was right more often than not. The ending itself, however, was not so easily predicted, though I thought it would be. Some of it I nailed, while the rest was actually a scenario I had not thought of, and that made it just a bit more satisfactory for me, and worth the read.
I cannot give a half a star rating, but this book ranks 3.5 for me. 3 being ok, and 4 being I really liked it.