A Sylvana


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Smashwords book reviews by A Sylvana

  • Gryphon on Dec. 18, 2010

    Though well-edited with easy-to-read prose, the ebook is hard to get excited about. It reads more like a summary of a teenager's life than a story. The pacing is slow with a lot of filler between the interesting bits, and I ended up skimming. At 99 cents, it's hard to complain though. Give it a try. Maybe you'll be more into it.
  • Unforgiven Pleasure on Dec. 18, 2010

    The writing is awkward in places (I almost didn't make it past the first paragraph) but things got better as it went along. It's a short paranormal romance story with non-human characters and a nice ending. Give it a try.
  • The Goblin Brothers Adventures Vol. 1 on Dec. 18, 2010

    An enjoyable read for those who like stories for young adults or older children. Lots of stories in here for the money and even the less action-filled ones have plenty going on to keep one's interest. The dialogue between the characters is very cute and each brother has a distinct personality. Good characters and solid stories.
  • Fresh on Dec. 18, 2010

    Solid prose with vivid and disturbing imagery (as you'd hope for in horror!). The lack of a POV character kept me from getting attached to the kids though. I think it would have been stronger and the end all the more horrifying if we'd been in someone's head and had some time to come to care about a character. Good effort though and you can't fault the price!
  • Ice Cracker II on Dec. 20, 2010

    A fast-paced adventure story akin to something you'd find in Black Gate with elements of swords and sorcery and steampunk. The prose is solid and easy to read. There aren't as many laughs as in the author's other work, but I appreciated the subtle humor between the two heroes. I will check out the novel when it's up because I'm definitely interested in how these two characters got together in the first place.
  • The Emperor's Edge (a high fantasy mystery in an era of steam) on Dec. 27, 2010

    A good fantasy adventure with solid writing and editing. The events in this happen before the Ice Cracker short story, which I read first, and show how the characters first got together. The main character Amarenthe is very proactive in snooping around and making things happen so there aren't really any slow spots in the novel. The plot itself has a lot of familiar elements like empires and wizards and creepy monsters, but there are lots of original twists and turns. Some unique settings too. I liked the steam-powered maze and the showdown in the smelter. Good read overall.