V.S. Daley


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Smashwords book reviews by V.S. Daley

  • The Bridge — 21 Short Stories from the Stringybark Fiction Awards on July 29, 2011

    Anthologies can sometimes be pretty hit and miss. This one isn't. The stories are thought-provoking, entertaining and imaginative. What more does one want? Good stuff. I can't think of a better use for my $1.99
  • Our Name Wasn't Written - A Malta Memoir (1936-1943) on Aug. 31, 2011

    This is the second book I have read from the Stringybark stable and like "The Bridge" the production quality is high (which can be somewhat rare around e-publishing). The story is a very personal journey for the writer and one of the most fascinating things about it is the description of British military heirarchy - even among military wives. This is an excellent story of one woman's bravery and persistence. An excellent read.
  • Stolen Power: A Short Story on Sep. 15, 2011

    A short story this is. Erotic - hardly. The grammar and construction of the story is odd. The plot is dull as are the descriptions. It could do with a good beta read before being released on the unsuspecting public. At least it is free.
  • The Umbrella's Shade and Other Award-winning Stories from the Stringybark Short Story Award on Sep. 15, 2011

    When you find a satisfactory e-book publisher you stick with them. This is apparently the first Stringybark Publishing effort and it is good. The stories are clever, entertaining, thought provoking and generally a good reflection of contemporary Australia. I'm sticking with this publisher. Oh, I agree with Bronnie Wu, "Black and White" is fantastic. I'm not so keen on the winning story, but even it has some charm.
  • Between Heaven & Hell and Other Award-winning Stories from the Stringybark Flash Fiction Award on Nov. 13, 2011

    I'm very chuffed with this purchase. These are short, punch stories which have been chosen with care. Excellent production quality too.
  • The Heat Wave of '76 and Other Award-winning Stories from the Stringybark Erotic Fiction Award on March 20, 2012

    Sexy stuff! There are some very sexy stories in this anthology. The Peter Smith duo are a real turn on. This e-book has high production standards which is great to see - more than can be said for much of the stuff on Smashwords.
  • Cook Chinese Food on April 15, 2012

    Stops after the first recipe. Is this spam?
  • A Visit from the Duchess and Other Award-winning Stories from the Stringybark Speculative Fiction Award on April 15, 2012

    There are some very quirky and intriguing stories in this anthology of speculative fiction stories. All of them made me think. This is a great collection which is well laid out and cleverly put together to provide a good selection of contemporary speculative fiction writing. Well done.
  • Belinda's Birthday on July 09, 2012

    Beautifully written with excellent scene-setting. Deep in meaning and a lovely ending. I think it could have been a little longer (the ending, that is).
  • Marngrook and Other Award-winning Stories from the Stringybark Australian History Award on July 09, 2012

    I think that it is intriguing that this book has been categorised as both fiction and non-fiction. It is not an error but absolutely right. Twenty-six authors re-interpret and re-tell important and less important events in Australia's short history. This is a wonderful book for giving an intriguing insight into many nooks and crannies of Australian history. It is well written, well laid out and down right entertaining.
  • The Night Halloween Took Over The World on Sep. 24, 2012

    This book is mostly grammatically correct. This is about the best I can say of this ultra short story. The author wants to read up about "show not tell" as a way of writing stories. In short, this is dull, pointless and not worth your time reading it.
  • Black Coal on Sep. 24, 2012

    Mildly amusing if you are able to cope with the personification of a cat as a Ninja. Stylistically a bit lacking but an okay read.
  • Yellow Pearl - Eighteen Short Stories from the Stringybark Australian History Awards on Sep. 24, 2012

    The title story,"Yellow Pearl" is a beautifully written love story set in Broome just prior to WWII. It perfectly sets the scene for some wonderful Australian writing that examines Australian history from an original perspective. This is a terrific collection from Stringybark. Bravo.
  • The Road Home and Other Award-winning Stories from the Stringybark Short Story Awards on May 29, 2013

    The best Stringybark anthology yet - and I haven't read them all. "A Day Like Any Other" by Nan Doyle is a real delight.