Mary C. Moore


Mary is an offspring of the counter-culture mind-blown hippie movement that sprung up north of the Bay Area after the sixties. She roamed through the landscape with all of the other half-feral, half-naked, half-educated children running wild in the hills and forests of Northern California, like Titania's fairies roamed through the Grecian wood or Wendy's lost boys roamed through Neverland, dancing through buttercups, oak leaves, and wild strawberries.

She continued to roam as she grew older, through Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, finally landing in San Francisco where she currently resides with three pesky roommates and two mellow cats, no wait switch that. Armed with a BS in biology from the University of California San Diego, she was a veterinarian’s assistant and then a field biologist and then a zookeeper at the San Francisco Zoo. But her passion for books drew her to writing and publishing. She graduated from Mills College, Oakland with a MFA in Creative Writing and English and is currently a Literary Agent at Kimberley Cameron & Associates.

She has taken her love of adventure & biology and turned it to the pen to write about all the strange, fabulous, and unexpected in this world.

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Smashwords book reviews by Mary C. Moore

  • The One Who Is Two (Book 1 of White Rabbit) on Dec. 21, 2012

    Oh where do I start? What a fabulously surreal twisted tale. It felt like the story of Alice and Wonderland all grown up and tripping on acid. The beginning sucks you in with a seemingly innocent setting. Simon is in his old house with his ex-wife and kids hoping for a little love on his birthday. Because he had previously left them for a younger woman, the reception is less than welcoming. He is kicked out after noticing his daughter has a strange new pet, a bunny rabbit named Loofah, that keeps staring at him. Depressed he heads home and somewhere along the way reality collapses. Suddenly we are in a world of horny flowers, dogs walking humans, and maniacal household appliances. Simon doesn't know who he is or how he got there, but outside forces are pushing him in different ways. I loved the story and was enchanted, except for two major things: -At points the narrative rambles through the surreal setting, there's a lot of blinding lights and dizziness and hazy memory which dulls the prose and makes the reader want to sleep. It picks up again with some strange occurrence or another like laughing signposts or a sexually suggestive Barbie Doll, but then the narration slides back into the haziness and loses its form, just a bit too much. -The novel ends abruptly at a point that is obviously meant to be a cliffhanger but is frustrating in that it still feels like the middle of the book. It seems the series has four books in total. This story is definitely worth a look, and I can see this author really growing into something quite fantastic. (hopefully he can cut down on the extra words)
  • The Last Bad Job on Jan. 08, 2013

    Sex, drugs, and... a cult? Dodds takes us on one hell of an adventure. Seen from the first person perspective of a journalist, (a recovering alcoholic and somewhat self-absorbed, self-destructive persona) we are thrown into the story by observing the suicide of the girl he's been sleeping with, who also happens to be a member of a insane end-of-the-world cult. The journalist, who is not named, has been sent on assignment to observe the cult master "Dizzy" and his loony pseudo religious ways out in the desert. There are rumors of a soon to be mass suicide by members of the cult in anticipation of the coming of the end. The journalist is torn between disgust and enjoyment of the sexually free and absolutely manic atmosphere. His reality is shaken with the suicide and he grapples with the decision to stay and get a career making story or to leave and wash himself clean of the crazy. The choice is made for him by one of Dizzy's henchmen, and the journalist ends up fleeing a murder scene with blood stained hands. He seeks refuge in a small roadside hotel deep in the California valley and cocoons himself in paranoia and his old friend alcohol. From that point things keep unraveling as he gets tangled with an arms dealer and coke whore. As his world gets smaller and he keeps running, the journalist discovers maybe Dizzy's crazy apocalyptic premonitions weren't so crazy after all. I throughly enjoyed this book. It was a nutty whirlwind of a novel, reminding me of A. C. Weisbecker's "Cosmic Banditos" but with a much darker and hellish undertone. The main character is totally unsympathetic and you know it's not going to end well, yet as a reader you stick with him, screaming the whole way down. The writing is masterful, thus I was not surprised by Dodd's impressive writing resume. The end left a little to be desired. It was one of those vague and foggy ending where you are not sure what actually happened, or who was behind it, and you really wanted to know, but the journey to the end was so enjoyable that it didn't really matter. I would highly recommend this to fans of dark humor and dystopian futures.
  • BUZZ: An Unauthorized Autobiography on Jan. 28, 2013

    This book left me buzzed, in a good way. We are taken on a journey with the main character, Buzz (a darkly self-destructive, yet sensitive and humorous being), as he tells us about his family history, from his immigrant parents who fled to the U.S. to escape prosecution, to his shenanigans in rented tuxedos. The arc follows the existence of our main character with an intensity and dizzying spiral, which mixes in excerpts from the excitement of NASA exploration in the late sixties to reminisces about Czech political upheaval during Stalin's rise to power. I was a huge fan of the author's writing. It well done, smooth and vivid. Zverina is deft at weaving multiple threads around the main story and blending it together. However, my complaints were enough to dash two stars off of the review: one for the length of some of the tangents as well as the vague muses and wanderings of the character, which in turn caused my attention to wander and leave the story. The second for the end, it was rushed, was not foreshadowed enough and thus felt unsatisfactory. As this is, I think, Zverina's debut novel, my complaints mean little. I believe he is a gifted author and has a large amount of potential to make his mark on the literary landscape.
  • Wolf-Girls: Dark Tales of Teeth, Claws and Lycogyny on Nov. 15, 2013

    A fantastic collection of short stories! Everything from bloody to sweet to bitter to happy, there is something for everyone. Kate did a masterful job of collecting and editing a really diverse group of well-written stories. Sure there were those I liked less than others, and if I had to give one complaint it would be more than a few of the stories were not wrapped up well, i.e. the end was unsatisfying. But overall this is a great read, and I highly recommend it for public transportation readers because each story is just enough of a bite to get you through the commute.