Smashwords book reviews by thiotes

  • Without Magic on Jan. 18, 2012

    This seemed to start off nicely, but gets rather repetitive after a while. The story isn't always reasonable in my opinion, and there are some annoying punctuation errors. I've stopped reading at page 177, not sure if i want to continue.
  • Hero Wanted on Jan. 18, 2012

    The first book of a really nice series which i read all in one go. It is a fantasy for fun, nearly a parody, and managed to make me smile quite a bit.
  • Fires of Prophecy: The Morcyth Saga Book Two on Jan. 29, 2012

    A nice immersive cross-world story, i enjoyed reading this series (read up to book 7). This is one of those that could have gotten a 5/5 if it weren't for the stylistic (protocolling instead of telling the story - seems to be a common problem with books around here ;)) and the flaws i felt with character-consistency.
  • Once Upon Another World on May 31, 2012

    This free book is a very nice read indeed, and i agree with the posters before. ---------------------------- That being said, the following parts of this series get worse and worse. I bought them all at once after reading this one, and regret it. The second is till okay i guess, though it feels more like a collection of short stories. The further you go, the more the author seems to keep events that would have been interesting from the reader. Also the main character seems to have no flaws after a while, which makes things boring. If there ever IS an event he has a hard time with, its not explicitly told, but just mentioned. There are also too many new people introduced by name, too many name changes, too many all-good-doers for friends and family, and FAR too many people constantly telling how great the main character is. Most of the third book i wanted to scream: Stop the adulation and start the damn adventure!
  • Blessings Of A Curse - Metric Promotional Edition - Book One of The Nexus Of Kellaran Trilogy on June 03, 2012

    This starts out as a fantasy story that could go somewhere, and then goes off to test the bounds of absurdity. I'm not sure if this was meant to be epic fantasy or a comedy. You get everything in here - sex-crazed elfs, demons from outer space, gods, unicorns, dragons and so on. It wouldn't be so bad if the main character wasn't so damn perfect, which makes things utterly boring.
  • Sora's Quest (The Cat's Eye Chronicles #1) on June 06, 2012

    Nice one. Too short though ;)
  • The Chronicles of Outsider: Humble Beginnings on Aug. 23, 2012

    Fairly well done, -1 for needing more proofreading, -0.5 for a setup that is a little too familiar. I still enjoyed this and hope for a sequel.
  • Untamed Gift (Book One of the Items Trilogy) on Sep. 24, 2012
    (no rating)
    I agree with Tam wholeheartedly. Especially the continuous use of the present tense in between took away my immersion. Its a little sad because the story is great.
  • Spinward Fringe Broadcast 0: Origins on Feb. 26, 2013

    I found the first few books an enjoyable read, but imho the latter suffer from logic flaws and inconsistent characters, which the whole rebirth theme doesn't help. I just finished book 7 and the series is also developing a superman syndrome(starting to feel that characters are never in any real danger)
  • Seeds of Virtue, Dark Descent, Book I on March 25, 2013

    I was enjoying it while reading, the writing is fairly engaging, but -1 because of plenty of spelling errors -1 because it felt unfinished, even for a book in a series. No real progress with either the main storyline or the characters and basically ending in something like a cliffhanger (which i personally hate).
  • That Which is Unexpected on April 09, 2013

    Liked it. Has a refreshing fast-paced style. -0.5 for form (mostly missing words)
  • The LOMMETRUS Chronicles: Book One: The Abduction of William Baxter on April 11, 2013

    I basically liked it, but there are quite a few flaws. I hope a follow-up will give more sense to why things are happening as they are, because at the end of this the background story seems highly non-sensical. -1 for form (sometimes i think smashwords authors like to dictate their books to their smartphones and never look at it again - there, their - vile, vial - etc.). Also, please don't do the thing where the questionmark isn't at the end of the actual question, it's annoying.
  • Wrath of Flames (Book 2 of the Spirit Guide Saga) on March 15, 2015

    I could have done without the 300 pages of bad porn to suffer through to get to the story afterwards. A pity really.. I could ignore the overbearing fanservice in the first book, but this.. *sigh*