Cory Banyan


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Smashwords book reviews by Cory Banyan

  • A Luminous Future on June 22, 2012

    Now that I have finished reading “A Luminous Future” by Teodor Flonta, I’m wondering what took me so long to read it in the first place! It came highly recommended to me by a trusted friend of mine, but even so I kept reading other books in its place. Finally, one night I clicked on the opening chapters intending to only read a few pages that evening. Imagine my surprise when the next thing I knew I was almost 60% of the way done, and no intention of stopping until I had reached the end! I felt almost physically pulled into this strange, yet familiar world, and refused to leave until I saw and heard all there was to experience. Sometimes this story was scary, sometimes sad. Sometimes profound, sometimes lighthearted and funny. I loved every page and cannot recommend it higher. I can’t believe I waited so long to read it, but am glad I finally did. It was a brilliantly written and moving tale, one I won’t likely soon forget.
  • Return of the Crown on Feb. 03, 2013

    Overall I thought that “The Return of the Crown” was an impressive novel that I would have no problem recommending to my friends and family. I was immediately pulled into the story, and thought the author did an excellent job of world-building and keeping the action moving forward. It is very well written, although at times I thought it could use some trimming as the pace seemed to slow with some unnecessary descriptions or superfluous events that seemed to take us in circles at times. But this ranks up there with some of the better YA fantasies I’ve read, and would encourage fans of the genre to give it a shot. You won’t be disappointed.
  • Many Many Many Gods of Hinduism on Dec. 23, 2013

    I think that MANY MANY MANY GODS OF HINDUISM by author Swami Achuthananda is exactly the type of book that students should read when learning about other cultures. When its presented in this way, it comes off less as a teaching text book, but more like an interesting novel, with the stories and background information. It is almost like plots weaving themselves together. I had no preconceived notions regarding Hinduism good or bad…frankly I never gave it much thought. (I’d never heard of it as being “wicked” or “evil” or “pagan” like the author notes)But now that I’ve read this book I feel like my eyes have been opened in an unexpected way and I’m happy that I’m so much more aware of one of the worlds’ largest religions. I’m giving this to my fifteen-year-old son to read next. Excellent job, a terrific book.
  • Thadius on Nov. 22, 2014

    an intriguing and captivating novel that provides more than one unexpected twist, “Thadius” is a unique take on the standard Roman era historical novel that always just seems to focus on battles and fighting. In this book, two men (Thadius and Dominus) go from their relaxing retired life to traveling on a perilous journey tracking down a killer who is leaving a string of corpses behind to uncover the surprising motive (and person responsible) for the planned attacks. I liked that it wasn’t predictable and it had some very good descriptions. I felt like I was really ‘inside’ the story and I love that. However, I do feel like it could have benefited from a proofreader as there were several instances of some editing mistakes, and occasionally it was a tad confusing (like having different speakers in the same paragraph or missing punctuation). I really enjoyed the book overall and would recommend to others