Thursday, 31 July 2014

Not Enough Hours in the Day By Edgar Million

Not Enough Hours in the Day By Edgar Million

Catherine Porter is drowning in life. Kids. Husband. Job. Not enough hours in the day. Then she finds a way to pause time. A way to become Mrs Perfect. The yummy mummy who has it all.
 Can anyone 'have it all' though?
 I loved this short.  Unfortunately, it does suffer from what I call "Setting the stage" but once you get passed the first few hundred words, you get the meat of the story.  A special locket troupe.  Despite many of the stereotypes, it was a refreshing read.  I would recommend this book to the over 30 crowd.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

The Dog Who Loved Sherlock Holmes By Ralph E. Vaughan

Levi, the leader of the Three Dog Detective Agency, must channel his inner Sherlock Holmes if he is to solve a mystery, and survive.

This cute tale is geared towards a younger but intelligent audience.  Well written.  It is a worthy read as long as you keep in mind the target audience is younger than adults

Recommend Read.

Monday, 21 July 2014

A Song for Naia By Alycia Christine

A Song for Naia By Alycia Christine

Short Story. Others of Ryad’s people have given up trying to free their destined lovers from the glacier. Only one will dare fight the ice after nightfall and for Naia’s sake he must succeed.

This is a very quick read.  It actually reads like a precursor to a romance novel; with flowery word choices and alliterations. Some overused words.  That said, I think the story lacks a lot of substance, I suppose that is due to the very short nature of the story.  

I cannot recommend this short story.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Old Man's Time By William S. Fletcher

Old Man's Time By William S. Fletcher

This short story is about an old man finding his place in a futuristic world; a world of space travel and space colonization. Earth is suffocating and new worlds are needed. An expedition with the aim of colonizing a new planet is sent out.

What can I say about this quick read?  Chapter 1 felt very disjointed while I continued to read Chapter 2, 3 and Chapter 4 really isn't a chapter but a punch line.  There is something very sympathetically at the heart of this story and is a worthy read.

For the author, I think you are still trying to find your voice, I wish you luck on that journey.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Entrance By Victor Darksaber

Entrance By Victor Darksaber
At the beginning of the end of the world, Benjamin Stewart on his way home survived a freak plane crash. Stranded on a strange and unfriendly desert with other survivors, he struggles to make his way back home.
I like to ignore the awkwardly worded summary the author provides us on Smashwords and the use of pen name "Darksaber". Okay, when I say ignore, it is more that I don't clue in until too late to adjust my expectations accordingly.

Okay, the straight-up low-down. The dialogue blows. Unrealistic and awkward. It is hard to describe the story; a mix of the movies "The Flight That Disappeared" and the new "Predators" movie. The ending seemed a little abrupt and overall the whole story could have used more fleshing out. Despite the flaws, I enjoyed the story.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Pest Control by Jameson Kowalczyk

Pest Control by Jameson Kowalczyk

In the distant future, an exterminator faces off against an evolutionary abomination inside a derelict apartment complex.

With a main character named Spoor, who wouldn't want to read this short story.  It is a little crass but it adds character to the story.  And I have to say I was absolutely entertained by this little gem.

It is witty.  It has a twist I wouldn't have guess.  It is a future that I wouldn't want to be in.

Highly recommend for those with black sense of humour.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Original Justice by Brent Meranda

Original Justice by Brent Meranda

This short is part of a whole series.  It was a bit confusing near the end, but I think that leads to the required reading of the rest of the series.  There are a few themes going on here.  It is very sci-fi oriented.

It is well written.  It is part 1 of a larger story and unfortunately does not stand by itself.