I started out life as Linda Teppler in 1973. The year that Secretariat won the triple crown and pants for women became a "thing." I distinctly remember at a tender age, misinterpreting a teacher's instruction to "Tell a story about thanksgiving" as "make up a story about Thanksgiving" and so I told this fantastic story about my father going out and shooting a turkey for dinner. We lived in the middle of a suburb and my father, I don't believe, ever owned a gun. But as my imagination began to run wild, I decided, I didn't mind, and just let it go.
I did not become a punk rocker, I did not even shave my head until I turned 40. But I did amass three whole milk crates full of dungeons and dragons characters as well as notebook after notebook of stores about ponies, adopted puppies, fairies, and children who just would not, could not, do what their parents told them to. After becoming a chef, a firefighter, and a gunners mate in the U.S. Navy, I finally settled down to do some serious daydreaming. And those daydreams have been patiently transcribing themselves down for other people's entertainment ever since.
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Dinosauria - Part I: A Memory of Time
on Feb. 04, 2011
This book combines two story plots I love, end of the world scenarios and dinosaurs. There are a few confusing parts that don't get cleared up, but not many and it adds to general feel of the story in the beginning. Excellent work on the sci-fi futuristic descriptions and character interactions. I liked it and I want more. Please see the full review at: http://ebookit.wordpress.com/
The Thirteenth Unicorn
on Feb. 08, 2011
This was a good read! Pleasant and exciting. Stories about saving unicorns are some of my favorites. Great descriptions. I actually thought that this would pass for a children's book very well. Please see the full review at:
I can't wait to read more from this author!
on Feb. 10, 2011
I was taken with the premise of the book. I was not impressed with the way the storyline progressed or the confusion it seemed to create. The characters were very interesting and description was vivid. Please see the full review at: http://ebookit.wordpress.com/
Under The Stairs - Book 1 in The Bandworld Series
on Feb. 19, 2011
I literally savored this book like a turkey dinner with a fine wine and cinnamon apple pie for dessert! A man literally steps into the shoes of a mage in another world. He not only has to convince the natives of this world, but himself, that his magic is real. I think the constant thinking this character did is what really drew me to him. John Lyon is not a typical man. He investigates things fairly thoroughly and even when proof is staring at him, he's still making sure that it's really good proof. This character has got plenty of personality that's for sure. All the other characters in the whole book have personality too. Distinct individual personalities that are so well written they walk out of the page and present themselves to you.
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His Robot Girlfriend
on Feb. 24, 2011
I can really see the tongue in cheek parody here of many robot stories. The purposeful use of brand name products, internet viewing and purchasing as well as directed advertising in the storyline makes for dry smiles. By itself, a man getting a robot to use as a girlfriend, would be a dry experience indeed if not for Wesley Allison's sense of humor. The main character Mike leads such a very normal life that we can really relate to with typical problems and such typical thoughts. It seems so very unexciting just talking about it. No one area is dwelled upon for very long however, and so what you may expect to be unexciting becomes unusual and interesting. The visual descriptions are very nice and when Mike's life starts to pick up, you really feel good for the guy. The robot itself does not do anything that invades our own personal mental space and becomes just as comfortable to us as it does to Mike.
Where does this story fall down? It really doesn't. Not even when the story complications come into play and you say to yourself "Here it comes.." and you believe that this will be the spot where your mental comfort level with the robot is going to be broken. The story complications stay just that, story complications, and not character complications. This really keeps the reader in the story. With a maximum of 4 - 5 characters, the story never becomes belabored and each character retains their identity. When Mike does something spontaneous, it creates a pleasing atmosphere to the story.
Put very simply, Mike is a lonely guy. He needs companionship. Does he get it? You bet. Does he get what he expects? Not quite, it's a bit better than he expects because his personality and the personality of the .. product?.. are so compatible. A nice mix of futuristic and humanity. Very worthy read and a well written author.
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Letters to My Ten Year Old Self
on Oct. 11, 2011
Fabulous!! Nicely done. I really appreciated being able to contribute to this book. It's heartwarming to see peoples real words about their lives. :)