A little about me…
In second grade, I couldn’t get enough Star Trek and Lost in Space, even though they were reruns of the old series. When the first Star Wars movie came out, I must’ve seen it over twenty times. I went on to reading more science fiction and fantasy, and usually I prefer novels because they can capture the world building better than any movie can. I’ve read so many science fiction books it’s hard to pinpoint a favorite. I like many of the classic science fiction authors who are now in their sixties and seventies.
Eventually, I started coming up with ideas for characters, plots and worlds. I tend to have an overactive imagination and the only way to unload is to start writing. My dreams are very vivid and I remember many of them. Part of this is portrayed in one of my characters, a psychic, Ian Connors, who has visions about the present and future. Anything new in science and technology is always an interest to me. I love to keep learning and put a lot of research into my books. When it comes to reading, I’m always looking for a unique premise and I strive for the same thing in my books. Although I tend to lean toward speculative fiction, I’m open to other genres as well.
Being able to connect with other writers via blogs or groups has been very motivational for me. In between raising kids, I've worked as freelance editor, web-designer, database programmer and computer instructor. In my spare time, I like doing outdoor things as you can see in the pictures below.
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Smashwords book reviews by Cindy Borgne
- Unsavory Delicacies
on April 29, 2011
Good Book Alert Review:
Three fun short stories full of twists. There’s a mix of ironic humor in these stories too. They really are unsavory delicacies.
These stories are about 3-4K words each, so I found it hard to comment too much without giving away anything.
Creame Brulee: Monique Beauvais is the cool, sexy spy woman with the French accent. Curtis White is the awkward pasty American. Which one is in trouble? Thriller fans will enjoy this one. I know I did.
To the Last Bite: A paunchy food critique hopes to write another scathing review of a restaurant. In this one, I thought I had predicted everything that was going to happen, but I was glad to find out the author had another surprise for me.
Shashlyk and Morozhenoe: One of the operatives in the first story comes back for this one. He’s a likable, talented character. It’s well written and interesting, but not as strong as the first two because it didn’t have those clever twists. I found the foreign character names in it hard to keep track, and I had to check back and forth to make sure I knew who was who. I looked up the meaning of the title. Shashlyk is Russian for shish kabab, and Morozhenoe is Russian for ice cream, which fits in with the food theme of these short stories. It’s a clever title, however, most people aren’t going to take the time to research them, so it’s not a very hookish title. Regardless, I still enjoyed this story.
There are so many nice touches the author put into these stories. Each one starts out set in a restaurant, and I found it brilliant how that fits in well with the title of this collection. The first two stories are written in the viewpoint of the characters who are reaping the results of their evil ways, and it works well. I think this is what made the first two stronger stories. Over all, the first two were excellent. The last one was good too, but it had a lot to measure up to after the first two.
Russel Brooks also has an action/thriller novel out called Pandora’s Succession where you can find one of the characters from the above stories. After reading his short stories, I’m very curious about his novel.
- A Dead God's Wrath
on Oct. 15, 2011
Good Book Alert Review
In the year 1895, Thomas O’Brien is a young man caught up with the wrong “people” and trying to make sense of things going on around him. His best friend, Nate, secretly borrows money from the O’Malley brothers to help their feed store. When he doesn’t pay it back, they are attacked. The woman Thomas loves, Mary, is kidnapped by the evil group of brothers.
I found this story to be a unique and interesting read because it blends science fiction with a western setting. Here is another author who has great skill with description and word usage that puts the reader right into the era. He also hooked me into caring about Mary, which upped the tension of Thomas’ fight to save her from the dreaded O’Malley brothers. At the same time, he struggles to comprehend the supernatural things happening around him.
I enjoyed the way the author slowly brought in hints that this is not an ordinary brush with criminals. About halfway through, I couldn’t put it down. This is a character story that asks the question “How does a man of the late 1800’s cope with the extraordinary and possibility alien happenings?” He’s a man who has never even seen a television, but at best has only read one or two early science fiction stories. How does he comprehend these happenings?
As the story rolls along, questions come up about Mary and her friend Charles who helps them. Charles is the mysterious man on the cover. I can’t say too much about this without causing a spoiler, but some of the questions I had were only answered vaguely at the conclusion. I would’ve liked to see a few more explanations – perhaps by switching to Mary’s viewpoint.
However, I still found the story intriguing and enjoyable. Since it’s a novelette, it maintains a focus on what Thomas considers to be the most important, despite his confusion and while the ending didn’t answer all the questions, it was also somewhat inspirational. I highly recommend this novelette.
- The Insanity of Zero
on Oct. 12, 2012
An interesting short prequel to Slipstream.
In this is a short story, the reader learns about an artificial intelligence called Z.E.R.O. who restores a world called Avalon after an apocalypse. Later, this A.I ends up merging with a human mind, which causes it to develop a split personality brought out from a fear of dying. The dark part of his personality “Shadow” will do whatever it takes to survive. The world of Avalon turns dark in more than one way.
I enjoyed all the details that go into this world and the history of how it unfolded. I feel it’s a good read before or after reading the novel Slipstream. Readers who love complex and unique world building will especially be interested.