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Latest book: Penult (Book Four of The Liminality). Published December 16, 2015.

Smashwords book reviews by tinker

  • Xenolith on Oct. 16, 2009

    An interesting tale that starts with a crisis, becomes a puzzle then an enigma. The story unfolds logically explaining the puzzle and creating a wonderful premise with good description and at a varied pace. I was thoroughly engrossed in the plot twists and turns and was somewhat disappointed when the book ended suddenly. Then again I am always disappointed when I run out of book during a good story. There is perhaps enough left unsaid for a sequel - I hope. The only negatives being some typos and spell errors that are being corrected I believe.
  • Strange Future: A 23rd Century Guide for the 21st Century Cynic on March 10, 2010
    (no rating)
    The epub version, at least, of this is unreadable due to poor formatting. The line spacing is to small, 0.13in. do people still use inches? I had to edit the css entries to double this value to stop the lines of text overlapping and while I was at it I removed the random page braks that Smashwords always adds and put in proper Chapter breaks. As far as the story itself is concerned I have not yet read it so no rating is given yet. I have noticed while editing two errors. Buckingham Palace is not the home of the British Royal family, it is the official residence of the Monarch. The Queen lives mainly in Windsor Castle, other members of the Royal family live elsewhere. The other error, often made, is Big Ben, it is the nickname of the Great Bell and has only been seen by a handful of tourists, the clock tower of the Palace of Westminster is sometimes referred to as the tower of Big Ben.
  • Miss Anna's Frigate on July 03, 2010
    (no rating)
    This book is unreadable as an epub at least. The formatting is just about the worst I have seen, even from Smashwords which is notoriously poor. There is a page break after almost every paragraph, even the title is split into two pages! The Pink Floyd quote is one line per page and there are also several paragraph styles which makes reading very disconcerting. I would like to read this book before I rate it, but that will not happen until it is readable.
  • Strawberry Flavoured Death on July 20, 2010
    (no rating)
    The Epub version is unreadable, one or two words missing from every line.
  • Seven Sacred Sites in the UK on April 15, 2011

    This sounded really interesting but was a real let down. Brief mentions of half a dozen sacred sites and a few castles which are not sacred, more a symbol of oppression of the Welsh. 4298 words are not enough to describe, let alone study, any of the sites mentioned in this pamphlet. This is little more than a diary entry of the authors visit to some of the more popular sites in the UK and does not mention any of the thousand of others sites or give any idea that the author actually understands any of the subject.