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Smashwords book reviews by Chris

  • The Bone Trail on April 29, 2011

    This was a great book. I really enjoyed reading it. It is a mystery about two women wild horse activists who go missing. The story follows a journalist as she is assigned to try to find out what happened to them. The book has a refreshing look at Native Americans and shows them in a positive light. The book also looks into the mental illness of alcohol addiction. It shows how cultures can clash and how they can be strong and work together. The characters are real. I will read more by this author.
  • Entangled in Darkness on April 29, 2011

    This book has an interesting perspective on one women's journey into mental illness. It takes place just as the young woman is going to university and moving from her childhood home for the first time. The author has done a good job of setting the story up. There are some powerful images in this book, enough to make me tear up in places, and feel the anguish of the main character. It also showed how her family reacted to her journey. The book has some necessary difficult parts because of the feelings of the main character. I did find there were parts of the book that I did not enjoy as much, parts I felt the need to skim. It dragged in parts when I found it took away from the story. I wanted to know what was going to happen, yet I felt stuck. Of course this could have been intentional by the author, as the main character did feel stuck in places. For me it took away from the book. Overall I will recommend this book to people who I know might be interested in this topic. Although I thought it could be better in parts, I still enjoyed reading it. I would read more by this author.
  • Kikaffir - a Black Comedy on May 01, 2011

    This book is not for the faint of heart. It follows the story of the main character and what happens after an apocalypse. The book has over the top violence and is extremely graphic in detail. It is a well written book, and the plot is exciting and well paced. The characters, although horrible, are likeable. It is a sort of modern twist on Macbeth, and people who know Macbeth will likely enjoy the book more, although I do not think you would have trouble following the book if you have not read the play. The book was not really my cup of tea. It was supposed to be a dark humour book, and if you like that, I think you would find it funny. I did not find it funny. It was horrifying in places. I rated the book so highly because it is well written and I would highly recommend it for people who like dark humour based around extreme violence. If you do not like extreme graphic violence though, I would give this book a definite miss.
  • Duplicate on May 22, 2011

    This is a very good sci fi read. The book follows the main character who is a miner that works in space. He crashes then he needs to save himself, as in the data of himself, so he can be cloned later. The book tackles the idea of is a clone really the same person. The book is well written and the characters are believable. I would read more by this author and I recommend the novella highly as an enjoyable and thoughtful read.