Peter Thompson

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Smashwords book reviews by Peter Thompson

  • The Umbrella's Shade and Other Award-winning Stories from the Stringybark Short Story Award on May 01, 2011

    What a splendid book of short stories! Buying multi-author anthologies can be tricky but I am delighted with this purchase. While I don't like all the stories, I can say that all the stories are interesting and I am left with something to think about after reading each one. There are some real gems here too. For a great collection of contemporary Australian writing from both emerging and seasoned writers, I can recommend this book. It is well laid out and the stories are well balanced. Good work judges!
  • Oh Doctor, the Places You Will Go... on Sep. 06, 2011

    A quaint idea but poorly executed. I'd humbly suggest that the author should stick to medicine and leave literature to the writers. The rhymes don't rhyme. The material is crude and the pictures amateurish. Thank goodness this is free.
  • A Visit from the Duchess and other award-winning stories from the Stringybark Speculative Fiction Award on Oct. 10, 2011

    I second Daniel Vane's review, although I don't mind a bit of Zombie and horror. There wasn't much of the latter (or former for that matter). Rather there was a bunch of really excellent short stories that explored some really very interesting ideas. Good value for money.
  • The Misadventures of a Heroine #2 Self Discovery on Nov. 16, 2011

    Describing sex or masturbation does not make an erotic tale. This is rubbish. Formatting doesn't work. Lucky this is free.
  • When Writers Attack on Nov. 16, 2011

    Competently written and well laid out. Watch the apostrophe 's in cliches! Bizarre plot and the ending was a let down.
  • Between Heaven & Hell and other award-winning stories from the Stringybark Flash Fiction Award on Nov. 16, 2011

    Oh goodie. Another short story collection from Stringybark. I bought this some months ago and only got to it last night. Read it through in one sitting. Clever stories.
  • Timeline on Nov. 29, 2011

    Experimental and irritating?
  • The Bridge — 21 short stories from the Stringybark Fiction Awards on Nov. 29, 2011

    This is a wonderful collection of very diverse stories. I'm a keen reader of Stringybark Anthologies now and this is one of the best yet. My only wish was that it was longer!
  • The Spirit of the Anzac on March 22, 2012

    An unsophisticated patriotic view of ANZAC Day that simply parrots the old clichés — Australia 'came of age'. Such clichés are made by those who try to find a justification of the slaughter. Relying on footballers to make a case equally undermines this essay, which appears to have no purpose, other than to repeat the same old, same old about Australians and war. Having leapt in with a few negative comments about the content, I have to admit that the essay is well written, even if purposeless.
  • Hard Choice on March 22, 2012

    Simplistic garbage. I thought the story was about a vibrator, not a gun! No wonder the US is in such deep malaise. The harder choice would be to speak out against gun crime and stand up to the gun peddlars. The easy choice is to buy a gun. The grammar and spelling was accurate. Just the subject matter was one-dimensional and aimed at those who don't think.
  • Ruby Red Lips (Oral Sex POV Fantasy for Men) Deluxe Version on March 22, 2012

    An interesting style. Quite erotic - at least there was some suspense before the action arose. I'd like to see a little more development before leaping straight into the fuck scene with all its attendant swearing and 'talking dirty' A little more imagination would lead to this being a far more arousing tale.
  • The Heat Wave of '76 and other award-winning stories from the Stringybark Erotic Fiction Award on March 22, 2012

    I've been reading a lot of erotica on Smashwords recently and regretfully most of it is nothing better than Penthouse Letters - it is juvenile, badly constructed rubbish. This book is just the opposite. It is intelligent, adult, beautifully written material. There are some quite over-the-top stories which are very explicit but there are also some slow-paced-rising-to-climax wonderful tales. There is something here for every taste. Hopefully there will be another collection this year.
  • Marngrook and other award-winning stories from the Stringybark Australian History Award on April 09, 2012

    Australian history is not normally my thing but having had success with other Stringybark e-books I thought I'd give it a go. I am delighted with this book - I read history without realising I was reading history! What a great collection of stories! They piqued my interest and I have now looked up many of these stories on Wikipedia to get a sense of how much is fact and how much is fiction. This is an entertaining and educational collection.
  • Articles About Sex on May 09, 2012

    Forgetting for a moment the content of this book, the material is poorly written, gramatically incorrect and the style is stuttery. The content is based upon assertions and generalisations about homosexuality, atheism, Christianity and Islam that do not stand up to scrutiny. This is one person's view of morality that frankly cannot be supported by any reasonable examination of the facts.
  • Marriage Unity Blessing on May 09, 2012

    Another religious book marsquerading as containing some great wisdom. The book makes the assertion that God is "So very interested in our daily life and needs." The evidence for the falsity of this claim lies before us in the misery of parts of Africa. I came to this book looking for a blessing for friends soon-to-be-married. This would insult them.
  • My favorite sin: A story of intense incest and gay sex on May 09, 2012

    "A cock like the Petronas Tower" Argh. This is a crass and stylishly incompetent tale with little eroticism on show. It is hard to follow who is saying/thinking what and thus is too confusing to bother with.
  • In The Beginning An Astronomer's Creation Story on June 25, 2012

    I was excited when I saw this story. I thought that perhaps we might get a decent Creation story, but nope. Just the same old, same old, God of the Gaps stuff. Theistic evolution on a comsmological scale. I'd have expected that a modern day astronomer would not be a believer in the sky fairy. Hence, on a plot scale this rates as highly derivative. On a style scale, it's nicely written with no typos and a light sense of humour.
  • 8 Fantasy Flashes on June 25, 2012

    Intriguing and fun. Lovely to have a short story with a twist at the end. These stories are well written. Some I would love to see expanded — which indicates great character and plot development in such a tiny space.
  • Our Name Wasn't Written - A Malta Memoir (1936-1943) on June 25, 2012

    I don't read my non-fiction but having read other Stringybark Stories publications I thought I would give this a go. As a memoir it casts a very interesting light on living on Malta. I don't imagine that there are many books by the wives of servicemen and thus this makes this a pretty special contribution to understanding the experiences of families under constant bombardment. Well written and often quite gripping.
  • Dead Man Walking on Aug. 16, 2012

    A neat little short story with some clever touches. Some of the text does seem a little clunky and juvenile - nothing that a good read by a beta reader wouldn't fix. Great ending.
  • Into the Darkness on Aug. 16, 2012

    This is a touching, thoughtful and intelligent book. These stories must be told to new generations and when they are told in such a literate manner, they are a delight to read. Elements of Arthur's story are poignant, tragic, exciting and even funny. This is fine book and a wonderful testament to a brave man. I was sorry to hear that he has passed away. Vale Arthur Hoyle, DFC
  • 4 Play (Sexual obsession) on Feb. 04, 2013

    This isn't eros it is porn and not very good porn at that. When you have a line of poetry that reads "Love when you vibrate your ass pussy juice flowing stream" then you know you'are in trouble. What the hell is ass juice? Jeez. Or perhaps a comma would solve that problem.
  • Between the Sheets - Eighteen Short Stories from the Stringybark Erotic Fiction Awards on Feb. 04, 2013

    I bought this book some months ago and read it from cover to cover with my partner. Since then it has been in our bottom drawer to be brought out for a re-reading when the desire takes it. Some of these stories are really delicious and get the juices flowing. One or two are a little ho-hum but erotica is very personal and I am sure someone will enjoy them. This is a wonderful collection. I can't wait to read more.
  • The Road Home and other award-winning stories from the Stringybark Short Story Awards on May 09, 2013

    I read this book last year and have finally got around to a review. There are some powerful stories in this book. Stories that really get to the heart of being a human. This is a terrific read.
  • The Sentient Soldier on June 12, 2014

    A neat idea with some nice touches. I don't think it works very well as a flash fiction piece. I would rewrite it as a longer work and thus explore the issues more. Needs some proofreading.
  • Use to be a Use to on June 12, 2014

    Other than being gramatically incorrect from the very first word, this poem doesn't make much sense. What is a 'toed'?
  • Middle-Class, Model of Post-Modern Entertainment Industry on June 12, 2014

    Needs a good proof-read and typos removed. Makes a range of completely unfounded assertions without evidence.
  • Hitler Did It on June 12, 2014

    Readers of my reviews will note that I hate grammatically incorrect work, poor layout and lousy plots. This book is perfect in all senses of the term. David Wilkinson's story which gives the anthology its title is a great yarn which leaves me feeling both fulfilled and unsettled. The sign of a fine writer.
  • Eye of the Beholder on June 12, 2014

    What a terrific tale. A lovely sense of mystery, awe and a little humour. My only suggestion is to change the title of the story, it gave away a little too much. Thanks for a great read.