Richard Johnston

Smashwords book reviews by Richard Johnston

  • The Music Box Girl on May 01, 2016

    Despite being a re-telling of the Phantom of the Opera, the steampunk elements gives it a number of twists and makes it fresh. Well written with three-dimensional and interesting characters. Couldn't put it down once I started it.
  • Effectuators: Book 1 - "Horrors of the Night" on May 01, 2016

    Absolutely topnotch. Brilliana Stethem is an original character and the steampunk era she lives in is fascinating and fully three-dimensional. I got part-way through the first book in the Effectuator Series and immediately bought the rest. One of the best reads I've had in a while. Disappointed me only when I reached the end and there wasn't any more to read. More Brilliana, please!!!
  • Super (Arca Book 1) on May 13, 2016

    Much better than average novel in the super hero genre. Characters are three dimensional and human. Scenes are well realized and the story moves along quickly. I look forward to the next in the series.
  • Supervillainess (Part One) on May 15, 2016

    An interesting and relatively original take on the supervillain - superhero genre. Good characterizations, well-paced.
  • Shattered Past on June 16, 2016

    Another enjoyable romp by Lindsay Buroker. Interesting characters, witty dialogue, and a fast-paced story. It also showed a very different side of (and probably redeemed) a previously introduced character.
  • Machine Girl Book 1: Welcome to the Machine on Sep. 21, 2016

    A real page-turner. I immediately bought the rest of the books in the series as soon as I finished the first and now I'm waiting for more. A little far-fetched in some ways (too many different bad guys) and she's a little slow in realizing the danger she's in, but a very enjoyable read with interesting characters.
  • Raventower & Merriweather 1: Secrets on Nov. 04, 2016

    Good characterizations and dialog. Interesting alternate universe mashup between steampunk and magic. Fast moving story line. Looking forward to the next book in the series.