Sandra Black


I'm a short story afficianado and fine Smashwords a wonderful sources of inspiration.


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Smashwords book reviews by Sandra Black

  • Between Heaven & Hell and Other Award-winning Stories from the Stringybark Flash Fiction Award on July 13, 2011

    I love this book. The stories are fresh, unique, thoughtful and meaningful. The production is excellent with all links working. If you would like to read some different Australian fiction then this book is for you. The book is divided between new and established authors which gives the entire anthology a lovely feel. I am hard-pressed to find anything I don't like about the book — oh, perhaps it could be longer. I was sorry when it ended.
  • The Umbrella's Shade and Other Award-winning Stories from the Stringybark Short Story Award on Sep. 04, 2011

    This is a terrific anthology of mostly gentle (although there are one or two really thought-provoking stories) stories about Australia or Australians. I've bought two paperbacks to send to my OS friends and give them idea of the nature of Australia. A great buy. Thanks.
  • A Visit from the Duchess and Other Award-winning Stories from the Stringybark Speculative Fiction Award on Sep. 20, 2011

    There is some wonderful writing in this book. Despite their short nature (2000 words or less) there are some powerful plots and excellent descriptions. This is speculative fiction at its best. Crisp, thought-provoking (some a little horrifying) and entertaining. Great work and good value for money.
  • The Demon of Friday the Thirteenth on Oct. 30, 2011

    A good effort for a 13 year old. Not so good for an adult. Too many adjectives and the outcome was easily guessed. A cliched story.
  • Deception on Oct. 30, 2011

    Clever, clever, clever. I re-read the story from the beginning and to me that is a sign of a nicely written short story. Great work. I'd change the category this is listed in. It's not an essay.
  • Our Name Wasn't Written - A Malta Memoir (1936-1943) on Oct. 30, 2011

    This is a fine memoir that provides an insight into a civilian's struggles during wartime (although she also worked for the military). A sensitive portrayal that is at yet the same time gritty and unsentimental. More bios like this would be great.
  • The Heat Wave of '76 and Other Award-winning Stories from the Stringybark Erotic Fiction Award on Nov. 13, 2011

    Hot - and not just the title! This is one sexy collection. There really is something for everyone here and so you won't be disappointed. Excellent quality production too - no proofing errors, which are problems that marr many e-books. I'm delighted with this purchase!
  • Evil Lassie on March 21, 2012

    This was fun. It gave me a good snigger on each page. I simply can't understand why Lassie didn't add "Rick Santorum" to the list of possible evil names. Perhaps he was too evil. Jacobs has produced a competent, amusing and cleverly written satire. Well worth a laugh.
  • Marngrook and Other Award-winning Stories from the Stringybark Australian History Award on March 26, 2012

    History is dry - isn't it? Dusty, musty and rusty. Nope. What a wonderful collection of fascinating stories. The authors in this anthology have winkled out from the pages of history some fascinating stories that few of us know about — and brought them to life. Quality is so variable in e-books. But the production quality, editing and layout are excellent. I'm hard pressed to find fault. Oh yes. It's not long enough.
  • Hannah's Choice on April 12, 2012

    An intriguing story with a surprising ending. Great arousal. An excellent erotic fiction story.
  • The Bridge — 21 Short Stories from the Stringybark Fiction Awards on May 10, 2012

    I rarely give five stars — mostly because perfection is a difficult thing to achieve and I haven't given five stars because this is a perfect collection - it isn't. But it is close. The stories are varied, intriguing and witty. The Australian flavour comes through but it isn't all bush and kangaroos (actually, I don't think there is one kangaroo). Production quality is high — for once.
  • Wrongway Dave on May 14, 2012

    A very interesting and well written short story. Tension built well and the ending was crafted. Just drop the description of the woman's chest - it's daft and not required. I'm keen to read more of Jose's work.
  • The Road Home and Other Award-winning Stories from the Stringybark Short Story Awards on May 14, 2012

    Classy - each story has something to offer. Well written, well produced and a quality read. "Top Dog" by Barbara Fraser is delightful. Nan Doyle's story "A Day Like Any Other" is clever and intriguing."About Time" by Kerry Cameron brought tears to my eyes. A wonderful anthology.
  • The Legend of Ba-ba-co-tay on June 26, 2012

    A sweet little story which is marred by a lack of purpose. Searching for a mate isn't particularly rare and therefore to make this idea interesting, it must contain a message or theme that makes it worth reading. Punctuation, particularly of the dialogue is very poor.
  • My Michelle on June 26, 2012

    Dull and unerotic. Simply getting to the sex without any character development or setting description is simply dull. It reads like it was written by some eighteen year old without any understanding of sensuality. Fine to get to the hardcore stuff but do it slowly and with some thought.
  • The Hypochondriac’s Lament. on June 26, 2012

    A near perfect little flash fiction piece. Nice twist at the end and beaut use of humour.
  • Between the Sheets - Eighteen Short Stories from the Stringybark Erotic Fiction Awards on June 26, 2012

    Some true erotica at last! Having trawled much of the free rubbish here on Smashwords it is beaut to find a great selection of erotic fiction stories that truly do arouse the reader. Julie Davies story of Adam and Eve is just wonderful. Production quality is high and that also is great — for once.
  • 7:45 Evil Time on July 11, 2012

    Well I read the first page and then stopped - I just couldn't be bothered. The formatting is poor and the stream of consciousness approach is dull and uninteresting. At least the spelling was mostly right. Would a traditional publisher publish this? Nope.
  • How to Fight Poverty with Bible Verses on July 11, 2012

    Eight out of 26 pages are content. The remainder is advertising for his set of 'books'. This is SPAM. The premise underlying this book is that faith will feed you. I would have thought that rather than prattling meaningless waffle from a book written in a desert by ignorant individuals someone who is poor would be better off find some work of some sort so as to be able to eat. Rather than waste your money on this piffle send a donation to a real charity and really help someone who is poor.
  • Tainted Innocence and Other Award-winning Stories from the Twisted Stringybark Award on July 11, 2012

    I very much enjoyed the title story, "Tainted Innocence" by Sharon Haste. It is clever, disturbing and thoughtful, but the story that made this collection for me was "I Hear Them" by Beverley Lello. What a stylish, thought-provoking and clever piece. I love stories with a twist in the tail and this anthology is just spot on. I can't wait to read more.
  • Kreme Kuickies - Kookies and Kreme on July 11, 2012

    Sorry but this is rubbish. Why this is considered erotica is beyond me. It's a mix of suspence, thriller and ridiculous notions of horror. Slow erotic development leading to excitement in the reader is totally lacking. The writing style is clunky and immature.
  • The First Miracle of Christ on Sep. 17, 2012

    Tedious, dull, uninspiring. This is designed to put children off religion. Unless of course this is a joke. Jesus' first miracle could be destroying small pox, but nope - turning water into wine is the extent of his party trick. Even the pictures in this book are insipid. Where is the quality control at Smashwords?
  • The Compost Boy on Sep. 17, 2012

    This story had potential but it really doesn't work as a children's tale. Mostly because it mixes language and understanding up between adults and kids. There is too much kid stuff to be enjoyable and elements are too complex for the kids. At least the grammar is right (for once)! The idea is good but needs a rewrite.
  • Into the Darkness on Sep. 17, 2012

    I first read this book in March and have only just re-read it. I think this is a record for me with a non-fiction book. Fancy reading the same book twice! This is a poignant but not excessively maudlin autobiography of a young man heading off on his greatest ever adventure. He never thought of the blood, the burns or the horror when he enlisted. A shock for a young man. However, this book, written many years after the events took place carefully and pragmatically take the reader on the same journey as this young man. This is an excellent read for anyone with a passing interest in the horror of World War II and what motivates men to fight.
  • Splinter on May 26, 2013

    The idea was good but poorly executed - particularly from a historical perspective. Whiskey did not exist in Ireland in 1300 but was introduced 200 years later. Same for barber-surgeons. They didn't operate until the 1500s.
  • Yellow Pearl - Eighteen Short Stories from the Stringybark Australian History Awards on May 26, 2013

    Great collection of history inspired stories. Loved it!
  • The Seven Deadly Sins on July 28, 2014

    There are some crisp, clever stories in this anthology of wicked, gluttonous tales. I was surprised to find Graeme Simsion in this book as I thought he was a novelist, but his short stories are wonderful too. A worthwhile read in every sense.
  • The Barbie Lez Fantasies - Week 61: The Sapphic Wedding (Part 4) (Lesbianism) on Feb. 25, 2015

    Literature this ain't but it's not badly written in a grammatical sense. There's too much tell and not enough show, which really causes the fantasy to fall flat.
  • The Very End of the Affair on Feb. 25, 2015

    These are very funny stories and so well written. Great to read a Smashwords book that is technically well produced and gramatically correct. The feature story "The Very End of the Affair" had me in stitches.
  • The Evil Green Sorcerer on March 01, 2015

    This is an unfinished story that is dripping in tell not show and thus stylistically it leaves much to be desired. I'm a bit worried about "Full Sail" as it certainly isn't turning out wordsmiths or even those who can spell correctly.
  • Malicious Mysteries on March 01, 2015

    I bought this book last week and couldn't out it down. This is a wonderful collection of short stories, all which fit the theme of being a 'malicious mystery'. The production quality is high — thankfully, and the selection of stories varied and entertaining. I was specifically impressed with the story "Killer Instinct" by Kerry Cameron. WOW, what a ripper of a story that was. But then of the twenty-two stories I didn't find any I didn't enjoy. A great collection.
  • Blue Haze on Feb. 23, 2016

    Tricky. I want to like this story but to tell you the truth I gave up after about four pages. The style is peculiar with some mixing of tenses. One isn't sure whether one is reading a diary entry or having a fireside chat. In addition, the first couple of pages really are quite dull, with no hook to get me going. Snoring? So what? I am sure that with a rewrite and some good hooks early on, I could read this to the end — I do like animal stories. Perhaps if the first paragraph had started with a list of the animals the bloke was living with, I would have felt more engaged.
  • A Tick Tock Heart on Feb. 23, 2016

    I've been remiss on not reviewing this book long ago. As a regular reader of Stringybark anthologies I try to review them all. This collection is really a 4.5 star collection with some absolute gems. The winning story "A Tick Tock Heart" by Disapol Savetsila is gripping to the end. Who would think one could feel so much empathy for a robot? Jessie Ansons tale, "Meet the Martians" is quietly unsettling while Bruce Olive's story "Letter to the Minister" raises some fascinating questions about human behaviour. This is a wondeful collection, just as good as "A Visit from the Duchess" the other Stringybark SF anthology.
  • Cocktails on April 01, 2018

    Naming stories after cocktails is an entertaining idea, and including the recipies for the cocktails is pretty cute. These were really fun stories to read and remarkably sexy. I particularly liked "The Vibrator" by Derek Wayne. Hilarious and a great turn on. There are some homosexual stories here too but regardless of your preference I reckon you would still find them sexy. Great work!