Clarissa White


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Smashwords book reviews by Clarissa White

  • Between Heaven & Hell and Other Award-winning Stories from the Stringybark Flash Fiction Award on Oct. 13, 2011

    This is how I like my anthologies - varied, entertaining, intriguing and well written. What a great selection of short stories. Having waded through endless free e-books it was worth paying a few bucks for a good read. The production quality was excellent with no grammar or spelling errors evident. Kate Loveday's story, "The Shed" is particularly poignant. But there are many others worth mentioning too. Good value.
  • Health, The Bible & You : Part 5 - Jesus Recommends Carrot Juice on Nov. 10, 2011

    A cute idea that gave me a giggle. I think that much more can be done with this theme.
  • A Visit from the Duchess and Other Award-winning Stories from the Stringybark Speculative Fiction Award on Nov. 10, 2011

    Finding quality writing amongst e-books seems to be a bit of a gamble. However, I might have stumbled on a decent publisher. This is the second Stringybark anthology I have purchased and its a beaut one. The stories a clever and get one thinking. Cool stuff.
  • The Heat Wave of '76 and Other Award-winning Stories from the Stringybark Erotic Fiction Award on March 08, 2012

    I bought this a few months ago on a whim. I've not read erotica before and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised! This ain't porn. It is sometimes explicit (really explicit) but not nasty. It is often subtle and arousing. My partner is delighted I bought it! Worth every cent. Women should be allowed to like erotica and boy (or is that girl), I love it!
  • Ass Play on March 08, 2012

    Disappointing. No character development. No setting. This is straight porn and not erotica. No gradual arousal and no understanding or empathy with the characters. Penthouse letters are better.
  • Melissa on March 18, 2012

    Boring. There is nothing erotic about this. Straight into the action without any anticipation. The use of all the old cliches (hot juices etc etc) are so tedious. This could be a Penthouse Letter. Give me some real erotica!
  • The Bridge — 21 Short Stories from the Stringybark Fiction Awards on March 18, 2012

    I read these on the bus - a couple on each trip. Every story is different. Everyone story makes me think for a moment or two (or three) after I put down my iPad. That is the sign of a good short story. I loved "The Boxer" and "The Bridge" by Frank Stubbs. Wonderful ending. This is a terrific collection. No duds here.
  • Into the Darkness on April 02, 2012

    I enjoy memoirs but usually not war memoirs. However, this is an excellent historical account which intelligently examines not only all the biffo of military life but also puts it into the broader historical and social context of the time. This is a great read and adds considerably to my knowledge of this dreadful time.
  • Cascade Failure on April 02, 2012

    I just don't get contemporary poetry. The metaphors and similes are forced and the rhythm and rhyme just don't. Why?
  • Oranges on April 03, 2012

    Lovely ending. Do check your spelling!
  • My Entry Into the Abyss on April 03, 2012

    An interesting idea that just doesn't quite pull it off at the end. The repetition in the middle is a little dull.
  • Collection of Jokes to make you Laugh! on April 11, 2012

    Well as indicated in the description, these are old jokes. Some of them funny, most of them ho-hum. Lucky its free. Taking stuff off the internet and repackaging them for Smashwords is not a good use of time - nor is reading it.
  • So You Think You Can Tell on April 11, 2012

    Cleverly written, well laid out. An entertaining contemporary tale of the malaise afflicting many today. Perhaps a little more variation in the protagonist's response may alleviate any creeping boredom - but a very minor criticism. Good stuff.
  • The Umbrella's Shade and Other Award-winning Stories from the Stringybark Short Story Award on April 11, 2012

    These are delightful stories. Each one is very different but all give an insight into Australia. I was sorry when it was over. I am very impressed with the quality of this production - it's nice to see proper books on Smashwords.
  • The King Of 8.04PM on April 11, 2012

    This is a great plot idea, spoilt by poor grammar. It's worth re-writing into a decent length short story.
  • You Matter on July 05, 2012

    This is a beautifully illustrated little tract. Regretfully the illustrations do not make up for the text which is banal, child-like and patronising to any thinking person.. Any beginning philosophy student can tell you that proving anything by quoting from the thing you are trying to prove is a failure of intellect. Two stars for the illustrations!
  • Marngrook and Other Award-winning Stories from the Stringybark Australian History Award on July 05, 2012

    I think I'm on a role with this Stringybark anthologies. Having just reviewed a bunch of books that clearly have the view that spelling and proof-reading are optional extras - this book was a delight to read. The title story, Marngood, is pure music to the eyes. Beautifully and poetically written. Who would think that football can be written about in such a way? Julian Howard's story, "Upon the Flat" is very compelling. This is a great collection of stories that deserve a wider audience. I don't think Australian's know nearly enough about their country - if all history was written like this, they would.
  • The Man in the Moon on July 16, 2012

    This is a magnificently illustrated book. However, it was let down by the uninteresting plot line and dull writing. Change the text and let the illustrations dazzle!
  • The Secret Diary on July 16, 2012

    Got to page seven and gave up. This isn't a laugh. It's not amusing — its simply silly. It is grammatically wrong, incorrectly spelt and badly laid out. The claim that this is deliberate might hold water if the book was worth reading. Don't waste your life.
  • Falling on Feb. 17, 2013

    This is quite a neat story with an interesting idea behind it. Have a read. I am not quite sure about the mechanics of what is described as I don't think it physically works. Some of the grammar early on needs a little work too. But overall, a good yarn.
  • Our Name Wasn't Written - A Malta Memoir (1936-1943) on Feb. 17, 2013

    Women are so absent from history that this story is a delight to read. Just because there are elements of the domestic does not mean that it doesn't have drama and interest. Malta must have been a terrible place. Thank goodness these memories are now written down. Excellently referenced and clearly written.
  • Rozamunda - Mystery short story on Feb. 18, 2013

    This story had potential but it was written in a clunky style. In addition the audience was unclear. It was too naive for adults and too sophisticated for children. There were elements of humour but overall a clever tale not too well executed.
  • The Road Home and Other Award-winning Stories from the Stringybark Short Story Awards on Feb. 18, 2013

    I think this must be one of my favourite Stringybark anthologies yet and I have now read a few of them. Barbara Fraser's "Top Dog" is quite a tale — written with panache and such a lovely sense of humour. I note that Bronnie Wu in her review commented on the production quality. Yep - couldn't find any grammatical errors which seem to so plague the e-book market. I was delighted to buy this book (even more delighted to read it!)
  • Between the Sheets - Eighteen Short Stories from the Stringybark Erotic Fiction Awards on Feb. 19, 2013

    "Paradise Lost" is a stand out in this collection of delicious erotic tales. What does Adam get up to with Eve? Well written, much variety in the writing content and style, entertaining and a sexy collection.
  • The Hallway on March 18, 2013

    A neat idea with a good ending. The sex itself was a bit rough and ready for my liking but nonetheless moderately satisfying. A check for grammar would be helpful. Nevertheless, worth three stars. A good read.
  • Tainted Innocence and Other Award-winning Stories from the Twisted Stringybark Award on March 18, 2013

    Perfect little twisted tales. Loved it!
  • Showtime on Nov. 18, 2013

    Quite an imaginative and entertaining piece. The style can be a bit irritating - readers aren't alwys keen to be spoken to so directly by the protagonist. Nevertheless, this is a clever tale. It requires a better start as the first para isn't overly gripping. I'd give this three and half stars.
  • Hitler Did It on Nov. 18, 2013

    I bought this book months ago and read it from cover to cover and then forgot to review it. I found it on my bedside table and couldn't help myself. I read it all again. I think the second time around is even better than the first. The title story, "Hitler Did It" is particularly poignant. And even though I knew the ending, Julie Davies story, "The Bridge" still brought tears. This is a clever book full of quality stories. A five star read.