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Kyle Tobin
Latest book: Staying Human. Published April 26, 2012. (3.78 from 9 reviews)

Smashwords book reviews by dolphinchick

  • Concerto on July 08, 2011

    Couldn't put it down! Yes, Chrispen made me crazy with how she dealt..or didn't deal..with certain things. I was already so interested in her and others I still needed to know how she worked it out. Even if you feel you know what will happen, you have to keep going to find out if you're right or wrong! It's a really fun easy book to read..a fun little getaway!
  • Restless Highways on Aug. 10, 2011

    Great short stories! As promised perfect for “around the campfire”!!! They grabbed you… pulled you in… freaked you out… then left you alone to deal with the consequences! It works! But some just really made me feel more… want more! Which is probably the point, but these are a couple I would LOVE to hear more about= Arrival: with the cage in the lot… perfect beginning… would LOVE the rest! Fair Warning: the girl that ‘knows’ things about the town… why, how and what else does she know?? What happens next or what came before?? I also can’t wait to get and read Weaver of Darkness now that I’ve read the Black Days and White Knights short!!! Fun collection of shorts that make you think a little too much of what may be in the dark, or wonder who, or what, is really making that noise!?!?
  • The Old One on Sep. 07, 2011

    I really enjoyed this book! I read it in an afternoon! Had to!! It kind of had a Twlight Zone feel to it… getting stuck in a small town where everyone and everything is just a little off but no one really wants to talk about it! The way it slowly but persistently builds to the end… then it’s more intense than any TZ I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen a lot of them! Todd does a great job of describing the area, the weather, the people… the monster!!! It was easy to feel for these characters and be interested in what was happening to them! The monster was awesome! So different, but I could easily picture what I thought it would look like. It’s something I could have read more about because I found myself saying “wait… where did it come from and why… what would happen if they…??”(oops... can’t give too much away!) but it lets your imagination run wild which is really interesting and fun too!
  • What Fears Become on Sep. 07, 2011

    This was a great book! Right from the beginning.. the forward by Simon Clark was gripping and beautiful! He also spoke of Jeani Rectors ‘TheHorrorZine’, which I can’t believe I’ve been missing out on! She is also the editor of this book and has two of her own stories in the ‘Editor’s Corner’ at the end, which are fantastic!! In between are some wonderfully creepy short stories and poetry, let alone the incredible art! Jeani has gathered a remarkable group of people and put them in one book! I love the bio at the end of each story, poem or piece of art… it gave me the opportunity to go to his or her site and find even more things to explore and enjoy! Disturbing or beautiful you cannot deny pure talent!!
  • Shrinkage on Sep. 14, 2011

    Soooo funny! I had in mind the oh so funny Seinfeld episode when I saw the name of the book… so in that context, if it was a show more about George’s life and bad choices and on a pay cable channel with really raunchy comedian, then it totally fits!! It’s very adult humor, so be warned!! But there were a several parts that I just had to read out loud, between hysterical fits of laughter, to my husband who was also busting up! All in all it’s about coming to terms with who you are and finding great happiness there! A super funny way to get there I must say!!
  • The Lost Concerto on April 09, 2012

    I had been looking so forward to reading the second book in this series and was so happy when I did! After reading the 1st book, Concerto, I had been so interested to know more about Chrispen & Alexis Brooks and their lives. This book was perfect! It had mystery, intrigue, action and love … what more could a girl want! I love to see a strong female character that can be afraid or emotional … but when it comes down to it she won’t back down! She’ll stand up and fight and do whatever it takes to save the lives of those she loves! Which Chrispen surely does in this book! Once I started, I finished in a day because it kept me on the edge of my seat wondering “how are they going to get out of THAT!!” It was awesome!
  • The Enemy in the Mirror on April 10, 2012

    Loved this story! It was an easy quick read…but had lasting effects…I found myself thinking about it later. Wondering how things got to be this way and would be after…oops…can’t say to much. But it’s a fun story with a great feel and gives us something to learn from whether we realize it or not! It’s well written and the creature is beautifully described! I would love to know more about this world!
  • Staying Human on April 27, 2012

    This is an intense, action packed, roller coaster ride of a book with incredible fight scenes! It pulls you in right from the beginning! You need to get answers to the same questions Jack himself is looking for (“who or what am I?”)! Plus, you fall in love with Leni right away and need to find out what happens to her! Jack is an awesome lead character! He’s a mystery… even to himself. He cares about the things happening around him, though he try’s to stay as disconnected as possible, but when he meets Sarah and her daughter Leni, however brief, there’s a connection he can’t explain. Leni seems to right away feel safe with Jack, though neither can explain why! Sarah takes a little bit more convincing to be able to trust him, but isn’t really given a choice as the adventure is very quickly in full swing and they have to fight for their lives every step of the way!! I can’t say too much as I don’t want to give away any of the book! So that I don’t come across as disingenuous, I must tell you that the author is my son! I know, I know… but trust me when I tell you that I don’t write any of this for that reason! I don’t give him any breaks because of it; in fact, I’m probably harder on him then most. Ask him, he’ll tell you the same I’m sure. But I did truly enjoy this book! I thought it was a well thought out interesting story told exceptionally well. He put a lot of time and effort into it for a very long time and I think it shows! I hope you all enjoy it as much I did!
  • You, Fascinating You on May 09, 2012

    This story based on the lives of Margit Wolf, a Hungarian ballerina, and Pasquale Frustaci, an Italian composer and eventually their son Cesare Frustaci, absolutely amazing! It shouldn’t be a surprise I suppose that Margit Wolf was as strong a woman as she was based just on the fact that she was a ballerina which, I think, is one of the most disciplined of the arts… but the horrors she, and so many others, had to endure are beyond comprehension! The love she felt for Pasquale, deserved or not, was incredible. I honestly can’t do justice to the descriptions throughout this book of her love of dance…it was her breath, gave her life…and then husband and wife having to deal with all the huge political changes happening around them and how Margit pushed forward through the most horrific things any person should ever have to see in any lifetime, feeling she had to get, at least, her son back to her husband after being forcibly separated, hoping this would keep her little boy safe! The sheer force of will this took in the face of such hatred toward Jews at that time is awe-inspiring! At the end of the book are a couple things written by Margit and Pasquale’s son, Cesare, which are wonderful and heartfelt! I would love to hear him speak one day! This is a beautifully written emotional book and I would highly recommend it to anyone!!
  • Hammerhead on May 10, 2012

    This is a great short story! Martin is a pretty interesting character to say the least! As he very casually tells us his killing history, you kind of can’t help but like him, whether you agree with his choices or not. He just makes it seem so normal to literally take a hammer to someone’s head because they have in some way personally offended you! I found myself laughing out loud at his comments about how horrible these people (those unlucky enough to make it onto his ‘List’!) were and how much he hated them, so he HAD to kill them, duh!?! It was his job. Not getting at all that his reaction and follow through might be a little extreme! Another wonderfully written, super entertaining short story!
  • Don't Be a Hero: A Superhero Novel on Oct. 23, 2013

    First off let me say I really enjoyed this book! It was fasted paced, and action packed with a lot of interesting detail! But I also need to say that, since it was a book about superheroes, I thought it might also be good for kids…and I’m glad I read it before recommending it to a young person as I feel it has some strong language and some very awkward and unnecessary sex scenes that make it unsuitable for kids!! Back to my liking the story…I really enjoyed the relationship between Spook and The Carpenter a lot! It was very real. Both having loved ones that were scared and angry to have them go off and fight, or maybe just not feeling involved enough, these are things that, it seems, may happen. Or the fact that they, especially Spook, didn’t always feel like doing the “right” thing for people that hated meta humans and didn't want them around for the most part. Made them easy to relate to. All the characters were very well flushed out with interesting back-stories.