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Smashwords book reviews by Ken

  • The Rabbi and the Vampire (A Short Story) on May 11, 2013

    What a fantastic short-story. This is the first that I have read of vampires and the Jewish faith and it opens up for me a whole new arena to explore. Very well done, Mr Stein! 5 STARS
  • The Turtle Boy on May 11, 2013

    I was really impressed by this novella. The story was engaging and drew on the comforts of childhood while weaving a dark murder mystery / ghost story. It was a great introduction to an author that is new to me and has me wanting to read more. 5 STARS
  • The Case Of The Invisible Man on Aug. 05, 2013

    A Sherlock Holmes pastiche in which Holmes is under the care of Dr Watson in a London asylum. Holmes' battle with mental illness provides a nice twist at the end. I had to go back and re-read a couple of paragraphs of the short story just to make the twist sink in a bit better. 3 STARS
  • All The World In Wax on Aug. 05, 2013

    A circus comes to small-town Ohio in 1936 and the wax museum tent is the star attraction. The author claims he was inspired by Stephen King and Ray Bradbury in writing this short story. While the setting is certainly reminiscent of "Something Wicked..." the author misses the creep factor of the two masters. The climax comes up a bit short and more than a bit predictable. 3 STARS
  • The Haunting of Jack Reilly on Aug. 05, 2013

    Gary Tinsley returns to his high school on a nocturnal walk down memory lane and finds himself chased by a much hated teacher, Jack Reilly, a teacher that died years ago. Nice twist at the end! 4 STARS
  • The Red Man on Aug. 06, 2013

    An archaeological dig turns up a Celtic man buried centuries earlier. The intense study of the body that ensues brings more questions than answers. One thing is for sure though, he should have stayed buried. This is a VERY well written short story. If you are looking for an action story, give this one a skip. It is a slower, more cranial type of story. 4 STARS