Liza Butler


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Smashwords book reviews by Liza Butler

  • Dangerous Barter: A Novella on March 31, 2012

    This was a great short story. It was like Romeo and Juliet...sort of.
  • Dangerous Barter: A Novella on April 27, 2012

    This short story was GREAT. It's like Romeo and Juliet...almost.
  • The Pallor of Death & Other Stories on May 10, 2012

    These stories were short and funny. I enjoyed the first one the most, a ghost hunt in the middle of the night. I like how most of the stories included the undead as the characters but you didn't find out until the end.
  • Chain Gang Elementary on June 04, 2012

    I do not think I will ever join a PTO after reading this novel! The politics involved, the backstabbing, the affairs, the arrests and the children caught in the middle. Oh, did I forget the mild racism? I bet this type of thing goes on almost all the PTOs at schools where it is the pinnacle of excellence in comparison to other schools in its district. Sometimes you have to move away... Awesome book! Would recommend.
  • Chain Gang Elementary on June 04, 2012

    I do not think I will ever join a PTO after reading this novel! The politics involved, the backstabbing, the affairs, the arrests and the children caught in the middle. Oh, did I forget the mild racism? I bet this type of thing goes on almost all the PTOs at schools where it is the pinnacle of excellence in comparison to other schools in its district. Sometimes you have to move away... Awesome book! Would recommend.
  • Literary Heroin (Gluttony): A Twilight Parody on June 05, 2012

    I think a reader knows when they want to read something with substance. I could barely get through the “novel” portion of this book. The most interesting part was the text conversation between Edwin, Jacobus, Stephen & Joanne. Everything written was so true. The rest of the story involving the young teacher, Isobel, was the worst “romance” I’ve ever read. Which is why I don’t read many of them and there are few authors on that list of mine. As I write this, I still have 15 more pages to go and I am forcing myself through to the end of Isobel’s TW type novel. I recommend this book to anyone who knows someone that needs to wake up from what the media is force-feeding us to love and enjoy. The music on the radio, the top books on the shelves, the top movies in the theaters (since most are remakes and revamps anyway. I mean, how many Hulks are there anyway, soon a new, darker, Spiderman.) But I won’t front, I will probably see them on disc. But I am not defined by them. Read Literary Heroin. It makes its point!!!
  • Hammerhead on June 21, 2012

    I found this book very entertaining. I liked how Martin didn't kill just for the hell of it. He had his reasons, helping the victims by killing their abusers. As another reviewer noted, it's like American Psycho. If you liked the movie and/or book, you should like this novella.
  • Dirty Little Angels on July 12, 2012

    A story about the family life of a 16 year old girl. What she goes through with a mother who is so distraught over a miscarriage that she seems to forget she has a family. A unemployed father who appears to find solace with a stripper/waitress and booze. A brother who is like her best friend but dances pretty well on the bad side until it catches up with both of them. After a botched suicide and a murder, the girl realizes that sometimes you have to stop praying and help yourself. Not a bad story. One of those stories that doesn't really start or end. Like just getting a glimpse into someones life and wondering what happens next.
  • Brambleman on July 19, 2012
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    Another excellent story by Mr. Grant. It took me a while to get through it but it was worth it. The cast of characters were vast. It was two books in one, which is what it is. By the time Charlie starts the second book, you almost forget there was a first. But it all worked itself out in the end, good or bad, for some. I know this is probably a bad review but this book was an excellent read. I might have finished it sooner if I had an actual eReader instead of my phone lol.
  • Our Urban Utopia on Sep. 13, 2012
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    Very good murder mystery. Four friends get together a form a secret group for fun and to earn extra cash for their retirement fund. Along the way 2 clients of theirs are murdered and they appear to be the only unknown suspects. There are a few people after them to put an end to their little club. Who survives is not much of a shocker, if you read a lot of these types of mysteries. You can kind of guess. I am one of those who enjoys the story and refuses to drive myself nuts trying to figure out who is the killer. I make an early prediction and see if I am right. Recommended.
  • Not For Kids on Jan. 30, 2013

    There were quite a few short stories I liked in this collection. The one with the therapist and the husband who seeks his help. The first one, Judged - very good! It was creepy but very wise. Recommended
  • Fire: The Collapse on Jan. 30, 2013

    This zombie apocolypse was great! The best one yet and I am just a couple of books into this genre. The WORLD is suddenly overrun with zombies. One moment everything is fine, the next, you wife is trying to see what your eyeball tastes like. The military doesn't know what to do so, of course, they bomb the most populated cities in hopes of slowing down or killing the infestation. Not all humans are dead, not all zombies are dead. How would you survive in this New World?
  • Who Tells the Moon to Sleep? on Feb. 20, 2013

    I found this book to be a wonderful intro book for your children to be taught about slavery. In a style they can understand without showing the worse of their treatment. Definitely recommended.
  • Hallow's Ween on Feb. 28, 2013

    Hallow's Ween is a love story gone wrong. Chloe is in love with Jacob. Jacob doesnt see her. With the help of her friend, Maggie (who is in love with her), find a husbandry spell and decide to trick Jacob into loving Chloe. It takes a turn for the worse and Chloe ends up with more than she bargained for, and Jacob has no idea what is going on.
  • Living Half Free on March 07, 2013

    This book was very engaging and honest. I found some statements in this book had real logic behind it. For example, Zachariah's take on religion after having to renounce his faith under a severe betting. Why would a white Christian God care about a black slave if he allowed his white Christian followers to treat the black Christians they way they did? This book also shows how every race of people felt that Africans were the "bottom of the barrel". They received no respect from even the Native Americans. Zach got away with his "white-life" for quite awhile but it was bound to get caught. His children could have gotten him caught, Catherine could have slipped up. In the end, he got to be with those he loved, so it worked out...for him.
  • The Shelter on May 30, 2013

    This short was very interesting. I long to read the complete novel to see how Sunni fairs in her new "life" as the landlords "property". Her mother can hack life so Sunni is left to suffer. Her new roommates (Dorothy & Daughters) don't help Sunni. Dorothy only cares for her own, but willing to get Sunni the scraps of her family dinners. Dorothy (barely) tries to save Sunni from the Landlord but Sunni will not go with her. Would you really expect a starving 10 year old to pass up food to go with a woman who has shown no interest in her well being since they met! Good short.
  • New Hope City on June 04, 2013

    It was an okay story. A bit dark for my tastes but only because there is no "supernatural" superhero and super villians. I wished it didn't end the way it did, I wonder if Ji is really trying to be a good guy. In a world like this you never know who to trust, but hopefully the one who trying to steer you in the right direction is doing it from the heart.
  • Carpe Diem on July 22, 2013

    Interesting thoughts on "the end". No biblical heaven or hell. Just a heaven or hell based on how you lived your life and your perceptions. Nice short.
  • Red Lily Nights & Other Vignettes on Jan. 06, 2014

    I think I would have been a little more interested if they were longer...more like stories. Vignettes are not for me.
  • Sleepyhead? Not! on Jan. 23, 2014

    Very cute story of solving your own problems. Little Mabel could fall asleep as fast as everyone in her family. She took suggestions from everyone in her family and nothing worked. In the end, she found her own solution and finally got to sleep early!
  • x0 on April 23, 2014

    Somadina and Lola are two totally different people, on different continents, worlds apart but find themselves linked by telepathic abilities. They hear each other, hears each other emotions but do not know of each other until many years later; Somadina to earn money and Lola because it is kind of driving her crazy. Somadina has made her little sister, Nwanyi, her priority when their mother died during child birth. She knows that Nwanyi won't get the love and attention she will need from their father. Their mother was his only love. Since she was now dead because of yet another daughter, he is forced to marry again to give him and his father another "heir". When he finally tires of being tormented by his dead love, he decides to do "right" by the youngest daughter and marry her off, but not to the man that he thought he had. Somadina eventually fears for her sisters life after not being able to tap into her sisters thoughts as she use to as a child, after Nwanyi's calls home stopped abruptly. Using their [newly honed] abilities, Lola, along with a group of other telepaths, assist Somadina in her search for her sister Nwayni. I found the story intriguing, it kept me reading. As I am not a lover of READING sci-fi, I skimmed a lot of the educational parts.