W. D. Smyth


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Smashwords book reviews by W. D. Smyth

  • Tea for Two, Justice for All on Feb. 12, 2015
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    This spoke to me, which is surprising, as the writing is quite feminine. Please don't misunderstand. As a guy, I can appreciate the finer aspects of ' girlishness ' in art, sometimes, but for the most part, it's a rare piece of yin art that can truly capture my attention. Typically, I might read a work such as this ( to appease a woman, more than likely ), and then forget it; a couple of exceptions are Betty Smith and Andrea Norton. For some reason, this piece has stayed with me. As simple as it is, it's subtle on the verge of profound. That's high praise coming from a cynical old man. You have achieved what I consider to be the fundamental purpose or art ; To communicate that which is difficult to express. To speak the meaning that cannot be defined. To show a picture with a thousand words. If one day you are looking through your old work for ideas to expand upon, ' Tea for Two ' is a bud waiting to bloom. With a little enlightenment and a few tears, it will spring forth.
  • Shoot the Humans First on Feb. 12, 2015
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    Way to sum up the suicidal trap of a homicidal profession. We really are our own worst enemy. After 'Shoot the Humans First' and 'The Battle of Hollow Jimmy', I think that the writing is simplistic, but the story is well worth reading. The occasional wry insight smooths the rough edges. Good work.
  • Chiton on Feb. 16, 2015
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    Well... an interesting twist. I could have done without the head eating, but I suppose that could be an analogy for true love. This story, although simplistic, does a good job of portraying the other side of life. So much now is very narrow. Us verses them. Don't even try to understand them, because they don't matter. Our side...Rah Rah... It's good to be reminded that we are not the only species that matters. Even the smallest, of any world, beneficial or not, has an intrinsic value, beyond price. Another life cannot be owned, merely stolen. Surely even we can learn something so simple.
  • Free-Wrench on March 03, 2015
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    Good work... Steampunk is tricky. Often, the setting overshadows the characters, and plot. With this art, you've made the genre competitive. It's nice to see someone take it out of the shadows. Full steam ahead.............
  • Bypass Gemini on March 10, 2015
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    Steampunk...Sci fi...Fantasy... That's quite a range. The writing is good... Maybe I should leave it at that. There's no point in critiquing mediocre work, and thus, I could tear this art to pieces. Congrads! Your work is good enough to criticize, but why nit pick? In the final analysis, the stories are just plain fun. Perhaps a little political, but at least they encompass fundamental issues, rather than the cause of the month. I'm glad that I happened upon your art. You can change a mind. That's the true measure of success in this field.