Giovanni Gelati

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Smashwords book reviews by Giovanni Gelati

  • Stomping Mad: A Spade Conundrum on Aug. 07, 2010

    I have been looking forward to getting this started, the digital short thing. I did some research on the subject, what little could be found, and scoured Amazon & Smashwords to see what piqued my interest and found way too much. I was taken aback by the whole process. I have been fortunate to make some new friends while doing the research and found their work fun to read. I have tried to explain to my wife and kids my fascination with the digital short (I am going to run with that designation; novella, although it sounds like it is something an Italian guy may say, just doesn’t work for me. Besides Novella Saturday doesn’t roll off of my tongue the way Digital Short Saturday does). The whole idea of being able to purchase a story that has less than 25,000 words and is a nice smooth quick read makes me happy. It is a change of pace, satisfies my interests, and is awesome to have on whatever ereader you are using to just pull up and enjoy. For those that have ADD this is a Godsend, I have OCD so it really doesn’t matter to me. As long as I can separate my Mike&Ikes by color while it read, it is fine with me. It is incredible that a story can be purchased for anywhere from .99 to 2.99, read almost instantly and then put into your personal library. It opens up a whole new world for authors. I would love to read a digital short by Lee Child, Barry Eisler, Brad Thor, to name a few, that could put something out with our favorite heroes that satisfies our desires for their work on a regular basis. This rocks in ways I think most of us haven’t touched on yet. Let’s get to the digital short: Stomping Mad was the first read I have had on a Kristine Kathyrn Rusch novel. She writes in many different genres and I have plans to check them all out. Stomping Mad is a detective series and it was a fun read. Her main character is engaging and the dialogue is witty, quick and pointed. I enjoyed the edge he (Detective Spade) had and the manner in which he brought the mystery to a conclusion. Her style and descriptive manner helped me to solve the mystery; I enjoyed feeling like I was part of team as we went along looking quickly for clues to solve the crime. I was sucked into it all the way and its conclusion it left me wanting to get the next installment. I am planning on using Saturdays to promote this type of work. I am looking for suggestions from authors, directions to look in finding material, and most of all what your thoughts are on the whole process. What are you reading today? Check us out and become our friend on Facebook and Shelfari. Go to Goodreads and become our friend there and suggest books for us to read and post on. You can also follow us on Twitter, Book Blogs, and the Gelati’s Scoop Facebook Fan Page, also look for our posts on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and the Bucks County Library System . Did you know you can shop directly on Amazon by clicking the Gelati’s Store Tab on our blog? Thanks for stopping by today; we will see you tomorrow. Have a great day.
  • Zen In the Art of Absurdity on Aug. 28, 2010

    Please before you come after me to explain how this fits into the category of digital shorts, it’s very simple. Carla Rene has put together a novel of short digital shorts that in total has a word count of 16,580 words. I am not going to go into each and every short she has. Instead I am going to focus on one, the cute little diddy she put together that has the childhood reading characters, Dick & Jane, and Jack & Jill in a race. I like the originality and the moxie. The digital short lends itself to so much. Zen is a prime example. Carla Rene has put together a quilt work of quirky, quick, quaint, quippish, quixotry, and quasi shorts. Tongue in cheek is what I meant to say and she does it well. It is difficult not to smile and shake your head during the snippets she has put together. The stories run the gambit and her imagination has gone wild and run amuck. Be prepared to experience a jigsaw puzzle that is just not put together just right, but works out for the best. I had fun with it and changed the color and the font on each one so they had their own feel and style. The digital short lends itself to such creativity. Zen In The Art Of Absurdity helps us to enjoy the freedom of the medium and the title also helps to add to my word count; gotta love it. Each week I am finding new material and this is just the tip of the iceberg. The authors that are putting out the material now and are trying to stretch the medium are blazing a new trail that hopefully will not get tired and boring. With digital shorts like this from Carla Zene it would be hard for them to be so. Are you intrigued, have I piqued your interest? Then go to Smashwords and set up your own account, it takes very little time, and then you can browse to your heart’s content. You will find a world of new things there that run the gambit as far as genres. What are you waiting for? Carla René is a professional stand-up comedienne, tv/stage/film actress and published author, residing just outside of Nashville, with two cats who treat her as if she's the hired help. You’ve seen her comedy skills on NBC sitcoms, at Zanies and comedy clubs all over the US, and The Kennedy Centre in DC; her comedic essays and shorts have appeared on writing web-sites, as well as HerNashville.com. With two new comedic essay collections currently on Amazon Kindle and Smashwords, and several short-stores available for download, she has just finished The Gaslight Journal, a historical fiction novel that will be released in mid-November. You can reach her at: http://www.carlarene.com and http://www.facebook.com/pages/Carla-Rene-Comedy-The-Officially-Invisible-Page/131183660254833 What are you reading today? Check us out and become our friend on Facebook & Linkedin. Go to Goodreads and become our friend there and suggest books for us to read and post on. You can also follow us on Twitter, and the Gelati’s Scoop Facebook Fan Page. Did you know you can shop directly on Amazon by clicking the Gelati’s Store Tab on our blog? Thanks for stopping by today; We will see you tomorrow. Have a great day. http://www.gelatisscoop.blogspot.com
  • Starting Over on Sep. 11, 2010

    It is that time of the week again as I try to bring you some fun in the digital short world. Stories that are compact, concise and feel like you just held a firecracker in your hand right until it exploded. Today is Tor Richardson and his 5500 word digital short Starting Over. I really enjoyed the way he laid this one out. Before we get into it though, just know that you can support this author and his fun work by clicking on the cover right here because it is available for your Kindle from Amazon. What no Kindle? You can get that too. But seriously, if you are Kindleless, then you can go to Smashwords and get it in the digital form you need. I read it on my laptop; it was fun, quick and incredible. Tor Richardson has done a really nice job of creating a central character that we come to understand his motivations and desires rather quickly. I am not going to spoil anything here but the guy is an identity thief. Does he really understand whose identity he is stealing every time he does it? Richardson uses every one of the 5500 words of the story to get us to the ending; it is an engrossing read and one that I don’t hesitate to suggest you enjoy. He puts in a few twists, turns and surprises. Here is a little bit from the description of the story from Smashwords: ”Fred Turner lives the good life -- at your expense. With stolen credit cards and borrowed identities he rides the highest lifestyle, but never for too long. Tricking others into stealing his stolen cards, he leaves them to face the law while he moves on, starting over with his next unknowing victim. It's always the perfect crime. Until the day he steals the wrong identity.” I am seeing a real move toward this type of writing as more and more authors are embracing the digital short. Have you given it a try yet? If not, why not? If you have, what have you been reading? I continue to scour the internet for new material. Are you an author that has done this type of work or a reader that has been able to find a ready source of this type of material? I would enjoy hearing from you, give me a shout please. What are you reading today? Check us out and become our friend on Facebook & Linkedin. Go to Goodreads and become our friend there and suggest books for us to read and post on. You can also follow us on Twitter, and the Gelati’s Scoop Facebook Fan Page. Did you know you can shop directly on Amazon by clicking the Gelati’s Store Tab on our blog? Thanks for stopping by today; We will see you tomorrow. Have a great day. http://www.gelatisscoop.blogspot.com
  • Red, White & Blood on Oct. 02, 2010

    Digital Short Saturday is beginning to battle it out with a few other days during the week as the most viewed days here @ Gelati’s Scoop. Is it coincidence? I think not. The ereading world is changing and evolving each week , either in number of platforms it is on , or the types of devices on which one can view ebooks. Here is a link to an article from just a few days ago on Blackberry’s new device and what Amazon is doing to be prepared for it: http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/ebooks/amazon_prepares_ereader_app_for_new_blackberry_tablet_174297.asp Here is a link to see what Android is up to in the ereader forum, it seems that Google and Amazon have things to think about: http://www.rethink-wireless.com/2010/09/28/google-worried-amazon-android-store.htm I think that the completion is just beginning and we the consumers will be the beneficiary of all this competition. I am having a nice time sorting through all the different digital shorts I can find to bring to you each week. Jeffrey Martins is a good example. Red , White and Blood hits the nail on the head. The digital short comes in at 8460 words, is a nice quick moving read and carries all the necessary elements of a good police drama. Here is the synopsis from the Smashwords website: “ Independence Day in Marcona has turned deadly. A crazed bomber has decided to terrorize all in his path and won’t stop until his revenge is complete. Chief of Police Mark Blankenship and his daughter are unexpected targets of the attack, and they find themselves in a struggle for survival. Will Blankenship be able to find the device, or will the trail of bloodshed include everything he loves?” I enjoy a good story that has things blow up and has a lot of pent up hostility. This a simple tale, but Jeffrey Martin infuses it with plenty of zest and gusto. We get to follow Mark Blankenship and his cohorts as they try to thwart the efforts of the mad bomber from exacting his revenge and creating too much carnage. Emotion, the human condition, good descriptive ability, and a complete story told in a very small and concise word count is what Red ,White and Blood has awaiting you. I know many of you are like me and enjoy reading many different things, different genres, different authors. The digital short has been a fun part of the week for me, a break, a respite, something that packs a punch in a short period of time. I am not trying to say that the full length novels are tedious, but getting that quick hit to break things up is fun, and that is what this all about. Check this story out and support the author. The best part of the deal is they ask so little in return, for this story , it is a dollar. What can you get with that today? What are you reading today? Check us out and become our friend on Facebook & Linkedin. Go to Goodreads and become our friend there and suggest books for us to read and post on. You can also follow us on Twitter, and the Gelati’s Scoop Facebook Fan Page. Did you know you can shop directly on Amazon by clicking the Gelati’s Store Tab on our blog? Thanks for stopping by today; We will see you tomorrow. Have a great day. http://www.gelatisscoop.blogspot.com
  • East Coast on Oct. 23, 2010

    I guess I was in the mood for police dramas this week with the digital shorts. East Coast is 8720 words of police action and family drama. I am going to go right to the author’s synopsis on this one: ”EAST COAST is THE WIRE in a rural setting as RCMP Sgt. Jerry Northup works to keep his narcotics squad motivated in the seemingly unwinnable war on drugs while raising three kids with his wife, Isobel.” I have not seen the television show The Wire, you may groan now , I understand. Maybe one day on DVD or Blu-ray, who knows, so I can’t say whether it is an accurate comparison, East Coast vs. The Wire. I enjoyed the way McFetridge humanized the officers in this digital short. I know a few officers around town. I know they are family men, and it was refreshing to read the way McFetridge had them make choices, see things maybe in a different reality then we as “normal” people do on a daily basis. The choices the officers have to make as fathers and husbands, the way they have to weigh someone’s existence, the perps, in the scheme of things were refreshing. I thought his narrative was the strong part of the digital short, without that I feel the plotline would not have worked as well. East Coast packs a lot of life’s choices into its 8700 words. This digital short is free, no cost, so no loss, only your time if you feel I am off my game. Give him a try. I asked John if he had anything to add & he had this to say: “If I was going to add anything it would be that after I worked as a writer on the TV show The Bridge (which only lasted two weeks on CBS) I wrote this story as the pilot script for a TV show I was pitching and then turned it into a short story. And I may write more 'episodes' as short stories.” Here are the different links for the author and Smashwords: http://johnmcfetridge.ca http://johnmcfetridge.blogspot.com http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/14367 What are you reading today? Check us out and become our friend on Shelfari & Linkedin. Go to Goodreads and become our friend there and suggest books for us to read and post on. You can also follow us on Twitter, and the Gelati’s Scoop Facebook Fan Page. Did you know you can shop directly on Amazon by clicking the Gelati’s Store Tab on our blog? Thanks for stopping by today; We will see you tomorrow. Have a great day. http://www.gelatisscoop.blogspot.com
  • Four Felonies and One Very Small Problem on Dec. 11, 2010

    I have featured Tor in the past and enjoyed his work so much I wanted to read some more. He has a nice package up over at Smashwords that has four digital short stories in it called: Four Felonies and One Very Small Problem. The price to pick up all four is $2.99, not bad for four quality stories. I have featured one already, Starting Over , please check our archives for my thoughts on that. Today I want to concentrate on another digital short in the package, Another Slow Night in Paradise. Oh yeah , before I forget and pass it by, the other stories in the package are, wait, let me do it this way. Here is the blurb from Smashwords: ”Like beauty, crime is in the eye of the beholder.... and that's where things can start to go very wrong. This short collection contains five of Tor Richardson's most popular stories, from cases of identity theft to tales of revenge and murder. Titles include "Starting Over," "Another Slow Night in Paradise," "Foreverglades," "My Name is Sue," and the whimsical "Big Enough for Halloween." I think I have the bases covered on that for now. The digital short for today surprised me in many ways. I was not expecting the plotline, the narrative, or the characters. Basically I was clueless and loved it. Tor Richardson proved to me why I wanted to go back to this well: his ability to transport me to another place and totally immerse me in something I was not ready for. There was no gore, nobody was shot, no one was harmed in any way in this digital short. This is a total 180 from the previous digital short I read of his. Another Slow Night in Paradise displays the author’s ability to create a total story; characters, storyline, place and time in total, in a minimal word count. It has skill, precision and entertainment all in one nice neat package. Here is the synopsis of the digital short: “Exotic travel and exorbitant fees -- hallmarks of the smooth-talking business consultant. New people, new places, new companies. They make their money and run before anyone learns if the advice was any good, never stopping and always on the move. For one consulting artist, a slow night at a hotel bar leads to an encounter he wasn't expecting and an understanding he may be unable to accept. “ Where to find Tor Richardson online: Website: http://www.torrichardson.com I guess you figured out I learned how to use a few of the tools on the Word document last night, haha, it’s fun. Anyway, if you are like me, and God I hope you aren’t, one of me is enough, reading the digital short stories have gotten to be incredibly convenient. With Google getting into the ebook business it has even gotten to be even more so. Don’t pass this story or this author by. Reading this story on a smartphone or your laptop is quick and fun, and the enjoyment has been multiplied by Tor Richardson offering this package deal, 5 for $2.99 deal. Be bold, I have in this post, my boldness is evident for all to see, go for it and be entertained by Tor Richarson there is no problem with that. What are you reading today? Check us out and become our friend on Shelfari & Linkedin. Go to Goodreads and become our friend there and suggest books for us to read and post on. You can also follow us on Twitter, Wattpad and the Gelati’s Scoop Facebook Fan Page. Did you know you can shop directly on Amazon by clicking the Amazon Banner on our blog? Thanks for stopping by today; We will see you tomorrow. Have a great day. http://www.gelatisscoop.blogspot.com