Shawn Pfister

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  • The Bigg Man on July 25, 2011

    a fun, action-packed western adventure, not set in the old west, but in the tiny international hub of Sault Ste. Marie, MI. The history of the town and the nation are exquisitely detailed in this short work of fiction.
  • The Believer on July 25, 2011

    A vampire story unlike any I have read before. A great read for anybody looking for something refreshing, and perhaps a little scary.
  • Scary Mary on Nov. 16, 2011

    Definitely the best free book I've read in a long time. The characters were well-written and well-rounded. I could really identify with Mary and, as an adult, want to smack her guidance counselor. A definite must read for young adults wanting something different. I am only giving it a 4/5 due to a few minor grammatical problems, not enough to detract from the enjoyment of the story, but the occasional "she" does take some figuring out as to who it refers.
  • Uncivil Dead on Nov. 29, 2011

    The book starts off a little slow, but picks up pace about halfway through when the characters start to realize what they're up against. I didn't expect the ending. All in all, I got more than $3.99 worth of blood, gore and entertainment
  • Stalking Shadows on Dec. 07, 2011

    Well written with believable characters...if you can believe in a girl who talks to the dead. A good read for adults, as well as teens. It was well worth the $0.99. I would gladly pay four times that. Some minor grammer problems, otherwise it would get a full five stars. Anxiously awaiting book 3.
  • Vampire's Retribution on March 28, 2012

    A fun quick read. An interesting tale about turning into a vampire and exacting revenge on your enemies. What's not to love?
  • Broken Spirits on Sep. 24, 2013

    This one started out a little slow, but picked up and I soon found that I couldn't put it down. I found the addition of boyfriend problems and her friendship with Rachel getting tested added a nice layer of real teen issues to Mary's already messed up life. This was definitely a fun read and it's nice to see that this series isn't diminishing in quality.
  • Preppy Little Liars on Sep. 24, 2013

    I loved the characters and the setting, everything felt very real. I loved Meg's obsession with Kitty being the person behind Margaret's fall that was so strong she missed some very obvious things going on around her. The book could have done with a little more editing, there was the occasional grammatical hiccup, but the story was good enough to overlook them. If there is a sequel, I will most likely be picking it up.
  • The Snorkel-Bottom-Wrinkle-Puff on Sep. 24, 2013

    Very cute and very short. Some grammar errors made it difficult to read at times, but overall it was a very fun read.
  • The Space In Between on Dec. 16, 2014

    Not Jen Minkman's best book, but still a great read. It is slow-moving at first, picking up near the middle when the characters have all been built up. It is an interesting mixture of coming of age, romance, and supernatural without getting too involved in any of them to get stuck into a genre.
  • Tombie on Dec. 17, 2014

    Very weird. It was not what I expected it to be.The story starts where the description ends, many years after where it ends, actually. I found myself always rooting for Tombie even though I didn't get to spend much time with him. In only thirteen pages, a character was created that I cared for and liked. I can't really say more without giving out spoilers, but if you like horrors, thrillers and things that rhyme with Tombie, then you'll like this story.
  • Snow of Blood on Dec. 29, 2014

    A nihilistic zombie short story. This is not your normal zombie scenario. How can you survive when everything around you is undead and hungry? The zombies can't be killed, everything turns into a zombie: people, cows, rats, everything. The story is told in glorious, gruesome detail. If I say much more, I may give away too many spoilers. If you like zombies and end of the world situations, you'll like it. If you like stories of hopelessness and despair, you'll like it. It's a great quick read.
  • Don't Eat That and Other Stories on Dec. 29, 2014

    I don't normally give out 5 star reviews because it looks like the author's mom is reviewing it, but this one deserves the review. (Disclaimer, I am not the author's mom, nor do I even know him). The book is tagged as horror, weird fiction. I can't say that I felt it was horror (it was, but I don't scare easily), but it definitely lived up to "weird fiction." I absolutely loved it. There was almost nothing about any of these three stories that was predictable and it was great. The first story, Don't Eat That, captivated me early on and kept me enthralled through the entirety. The character of little Billy was really built up and I was really rooting for him. I loved the ending and kind of wished for more there. The second story, Kissing Frogs, was a wonderful story filled with unlikable characters. A smarmy mortician and a vapid ghost. I found this story odd and funny. The final story, Tribute of Treat, is a very brief story that starts out confusing, but soon the weirdness is explained, but it stays weird. Wonderful! Even the preview for the novel Johnny Chaos was interestingly confusing, fun and weird. I look forward to its publication. If you like ghost stories and odd stories or weird and unique horror tales, this is definitely worth picking up.
  • Strange Girl on Dec. 29, 2014

    S. A. Hunter's Scary Mary series is still running strong. The characters are still alive and wonderful, the stories still fresh and imaginative. I hope she can keep it up forever. This is another wonderful book. It felt shorter than the others. I'm not sure if it is shorter, or I just got so into it that I read it quicker. Old characters return and new ones join the cast, including some of Mary's relatives. It looks to be an interesting family. The story takes Mary out of school and on location at an actual haunted house. It gives usual antagonist, Vicky, most of the book off , I assume to recharge her B**** powers to be extra strong in book five. I really can't wait for book 5! The only reason this isn't getting five stars is because of the editing. I subscribe to her newsletter and know that she went without outside editing to get it out on time. The book shows it (my favorite is some lines that are actually crossed out!). This is a great book, but if you're a stickler for grammar, wait until the edited version comes out. There are a few areas that I had to reread to figure out what was meant due to missing words and odd phrasing.
  • Dragon Prey on Dec. 29, 2014

    Read this a while ago and forgot to leave my review. This is definitely an interesting sequel, but the first book was so enjoyable that I find anything would have difficulty living up to that. This was still a wonderful read and a great ending to the first book. I read through it very quickly. Much like the first book, there are characters that I love and characters that I want to slap--Tavik always get's himself on both lists. If you enjoyed Unicorn Bait, you'll enjoy this continuation of the story of Tavik and Naomi.
  • The Deep (The Island Series #3) on Dec. 29, 2014

    A great conclusion to the series, Jen Minkman wove an intricate world on a tiny island and this goes beyond the island. The world outside the island is different. It's no longer the world we remember either. They have been living lies on the island, but it looks like the world beyond isn't any better.
  • Beware The Mold on Jan. 04, 2015

    A well-thought out origin story for zombies, the really scary ones, the ones that can think. The author really gets you rooting for them throughout the book, and then by the end you realize you've been rooting for the wrong team. Very enjoyable and very short. My only complaint is that I think this could be a longer, more fleshed out story.
  • Sam on Jan. 06, 2015

    I've never been afraid of a goldfish before. They're such unassuming, harmless creatures. Now I have to look over my shoulder every so often to make sure the fish isn't looking at me hungrily. I have to make sure the cat and dogs are still around. Thanks.