Kathryn Merkel


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Smashwords book reviews by Kathryn Merkel

  • Future Destinies on Oct. 17, 2011

    Future Destines is a very interesting collection of ten short stories, bound loosely by the sci-fi genre, yet each unique. The world in each story is well crafted, but a few of the stories read a bit like a science or engineering text book, getting way too bogged down in explaining the technology. Others, however, really shine. My favorite of the set was “Phane”. To me, this one story, alone, is worth reading the other nine.
  • Fantastic Realms on Nov. 01, 2011

    Fantastic Realms is a collection of 12 fantasy stories, which draw heavily from the legends of knights & wizards for many of the tales, yet each account is unique. The various worlds are skillfully & vividly crafted, but some of the characters are a little underdeveloped, even for a short story. My personal favorites are: Tournament at Bergum, Magical Entities Not For Sale & Ahrion’s Minions. All in all an entertaining group of adventures.
  • Thereafter on Nov. 09, 2011

    I have very mixed feelings about this book. Because I read it as an ebook, I did not have the cover or blurb to refer to when I started the book & I was a several chapters in before I figured out who was telling the story. Even then, I didn't really understand a lot of the nuisances of what I was reading, because the narrator was only an observer of the story being told, not one of the main characters & so there was little explanation of her viewpoint. It was only as I finished the first third of the book, that the identity of the narrator was fully realized & I found it a bit jarring to learn that she had died at 2 years of age. The living characters were all well written & their motivations clearly defined, but I just can't reconcile the observations of the narrator with those of a normal 2 year old child. Never before, have I read about a ghost of a child maturing, like Clarissa would have had to do, in order to become the voice used by Mr. Schmitz to tell his story. This aspect of the book left me unable to fully appreciate an otherwise well told tale.