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Smashwords book reviews by TiraPlum1

  • Society for Supper on May 08, 2018

    I read a lot of sci fi, horror and lit in general so I have an overly active imagination. For this reason, every time I go to the grocery store, I'm amazed at the long aisles stocked with food, the fresh produce overflowing the bins, all the fresh meats and cheeses. I often wonder what it would be like if the food supply lines collapsed, due to famine or some natural disaster. It's something we all take for granted and something very few of us are prepared for. The premise of this story, is just such a scenario: What if there was some natural disaster or apocalyptic event that made the food supply collapse? What would we do? According to this story, the situation would get really bad, really fast. It seems very plausible and the way it plays out for the characters in this story, it comes across as quite real, pretty scary and often violent. The writing style is good, the author get's the scenes set up and continues to crank through the action rapidly. It turns from a "shelter in place" story to a "refugee journey" story pretty quickly. The roads are dangerous but they must get though. Common people will be forced to fight to the death for survival. This author demonstrates the ability to keep the story moving and this is extremely important in the thriller/horror tale. On every page, the situation is urgent, starvation and death await us around every corner.
  • Conquer Your Addiction on May 08, 2018

    Thank you for organizing and sharing all these great ideas on self management. I’ve read many such books that have all helped me a great deal. I recommend this book to everyone struggling with substance abuse.
  • Padman: A Dad's Guide to Buying . . . Those on May 08, 2018

    This is overblown and silly. Reads like a goofy creative writing assignment.
  • Pseudo Man on May 08, 2018

    The author pushes the language to some dark extremes. There were some very interesting visuals. It made me think of society in a paranoid and depressed way. I found the narrative hard to connect with personally. It seemed to be kind of like SciFi or horror, but there was no central plot or main characters. There wasn’t enough story for me to relate to. The rhymes seemed forced and they dictated the narrative.
  • KNOW ENOUGH - Ethnic Cuisines on May 10, 2018

    I love to travel to new places and try the local food, so this book will come in very handy. I especially like the sections on Russian cuisine and the Middle Eastern foods and spices.
  • दो गज़ ज़मीन on May 14, 2018

    I ran this one through Google translate and then read it. I did find it interesting, but it was as good as all these 5-star reviews indicate.
  • Collection of Job Interview Questions and the Answers on May 20, 2018

    Once you start reading this book, it becomes clear why it is one of the top most downloaded books on Smashwords. It is an excellent resource for job seekers. Well written, excellent layout, and organised by topic. Plus it is available in many formats so people can download, open and read it easily on any device. Anyone who is looking for a job, should have this free eBook.
  • Smashwords Book Marketing Guide on May 20, 2018

    Anyone interested in marketing and selling on line or building a following on social media should read this book. There are so many great ideas that I would not have thought of, plus the author goes into many details that you might not think of. Mark has been touring the world physically and virtually promoting smashwords, and he has no doubt met many creative and intelligent people who have shared their breakthrough ideas with him . . . and now he's sharing all the secrets to success right here.
  • How I Met My Husband: The Real-Life Love Stories of 25 Romance Authors on May 20, 2018

    Michele Stegman has compiled a great little collection of romance stories that were at one time in the past posted to her blog. If you enjoy short yet true romance stories this is the collection for you.
  • 50 Best Jokes Ever on May 20, 2018

    These jokes were terrible, not even funny for kids.
  • Ragnarok on May 20, 2018

    This author is a master the way he combines images, mythology and rhyme. It's rare for me to find poetry I can read and enjoy, because so much poetry I don't understand. This on the other hand isn't personal musing, it has many appealing qualities. Most of it is a bit dark and hearkens back to medieval times with splashes of science fiction and horror. This couplet is one small example of why I enjoyed it: There maidens dance beneath the moon; red lips sing songs of lust. They promise life beyond this world, dark lies that none can trust.
  • Insider’s Guide to Passing a Drug Test on May 21, 2018

    With weed legal and so many people on opium based drugs, this book should be in demand. As hard as it must be to keep a job while doing drugs, just being baked out of one's mind half the time, this book may help people to pass the random or mandatory piss test. Of course the best bet would be to get off the drugs and avoid the problem all together. But for some this book could help. Needs to be updated because I'm sure there are some newer and better methods for faking out the UA.
  • Every Blogger's Journey on May 24, 2018

    I'm thinking about starting a book review blog, but there are so many already. So I'm looking for an interesting twist on the book review blog. This book was helpful to organize my ideas
  • Sex Positions: Ultimate Guide Sex Positions,Sex Techniques To Make Your Lover Addicted To You Harder And Longer on May 24, 2018

    A book of sex positions should have pictures . . . or at least drawings.
  • Sixty-Four Days, A Sea Story on May 30, 2018

    I would not normally read a military story, especially one with rough and tough sailors, but since this is the most downloaded fiction story on here, and it has so many good reviews I decided to give it a try. I was not disappointed at all. The main character was wonderful and so were the minor characters. There was plenty of high tech military gear, like jet planes and bombs, but every scene was anchored by heartfelt human interaction. I really liked the longing and affection the main character felt towards his wife, and he was torn between his duty as the crash scene leader and how much he just wanted to get home to see his wife. This was a very nice pleasant surprise to read and I highly recommend it to everyone.
  • A Luminous Future on May 30, 2018

    “A Luminous Future” is a memoir that starts out in Transylvania (1950s) where the author's father is taken away in the middle of the night by the secret police. Once the father is labelled an “enemy of the people”, the author's life as a young boy is turned upside down and inside out. I enjoyed reading this book because it provided the human side of history, and especially under an oppressive regime, this is a story we do not always hear. It would be very easy to see how people growing up in such situations are trampled under by the everyday horrors of life, but in this story the hard work and strong values show how family and personal decisions are what really makes the person who they are. I wish I had this vivid story from my grandparents so I would know more about what they had to deal with immigrating to the US from Europe.
  • Zombie Nights on May 30, 2018

    I have had this on my kindle forever, and have dipped back into it over and over again for what seems like years now. I do enjoy scary and gory stories, but this is more of thinking person's zombie story, not something that I think will really catch on as those who read about zombies, ghouls, and goblins want pulse pounding fear and gross outs. That said, I'm glad I read it and glad I finally finished it.
  • Death Ray Butterfly on May 30, 2018

    I was attracted to this story by the cover and the title. It sounded edgy and cool, which is a big draw for me. I'll read anything but if it seems to have a spark of something new and exciting, then I'm that much more interested. After reading a bit I could not quite understand what I was getting into. I found myself going back and reading some of the reviews on here to see what others thought about the story. I was very interested, but I just couldn't quite figure out exactly what this story was about. After reading many of the other reviews I finally got it, and I agree -- this book is a mashup of many genres, such as detective, steampunk, horror and sci-fi. This turns out to be a very cool story because the author really does show some incredible skills they way they combine all these different writing styles.
  • The Note on May 30, 2018

    The narrator has a genuinely funny way of telling a story on the page. It has a conversational feel, like you are talking with a friend who has a great sense of humor. There are times when you think he's revealing the secrets of his soul. And yet, it is quite humorous the way it's mixed in with gags, puns, irony and one-line zingers. The story is told only the way a truly anal retentive person could tell it. By the way, I think the phrase is "poop chute" not "poop shoot" but it's possible the writer was going for a gag by calling his anus his "poop shoot."
  • The Odd Fellow: A Mystery on May 30, 2018

    This short murder mystery has a breezy yet literary aire to it. I loved the way the narrative voice tells the story. It felt like I know the narrator personally and we are sitting in a Paris cafe 100 years ago and he's telling me this tale of deep intrigue, yet he's telling it in a gossipy sort of way. Having French and British ancestors who were Catholic and working class, I had a strong attraction to the symbols and figures and ways of thinking in the story. I do hope there are more stories in this series because I'd buy them and read them with great joy.
  • Telesa: The Covenant Keeper on June 08, 2018

    This was a very good story. It includes some great characters, history, wonderful setting (I so want to go to Samoa now). The best part was the mysterious mythology and traditions.
  • I'll Never Listen to You Again! on July 26, 2018

    This story presents a very brief slice of life. It is written in almost all dialog between two boys who are 10-year old twins. They want to get into some mischief. There is a bit of humor in the snappy dialog, yet the plot is rather abrupt.