Review: What Dragons Prefer


WhatDragonsPrefer

3 stars

Synopsis: A dragon slayer arrives to rescue a threatened town, but the real threat—and the dragon’s true desires—are not necessarily one and the same.

“What Dragons Prefer” first appeared in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine, Fall 1994; and republished in Dragons: A Celebration of the Greatest of Mythical Creatures, January 1996. You can also listen to the story as a podcast at Podcastle!

Bookish Things: 10 pages. The cover is simple, but it fits the book. There is now a newer cover on Amazon.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $3.03.

My Review: 

A very short fantasy story about a dragon seeker who is asked to help out a town.

Not for the kiddies, this one includes some adult themes, sexual advances and such as well as innuendo.

I quite liked the ending, I wish it was longer so we could get to explore the world and characters more.

Review: The Chocolate Defence


TheChocolateDefence

3 stars

Synopsis: A short story about a craving for chocolate…and murder…

Bookish Things: 9 pages. I wish this one had a more interesting cover (There is an updated cover on Amazon!). 4th last book of Tony’s to read… getting close to reading everything he’s published!

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.74.

My Review: 

If you’re curious about Tony’s writing and want to read a short story this one is a good one to try if the genre takes your fancy.

Review: The Girl on the Stairs


TheGirlOnTheStairs

ReviewStars-4

Synopsis: On her first night in a new house, Celia hears someone on the stairs outside her room.
Someone who can’t possibly be there…

Bookish Things: 9 pages. The cover is apt and a little quirky. I like it.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.77.

My Review:

A great short ghost tale that explores the ghost tropes with an interesting twist. While I had seen it before, I liked the innocent young girl character.

If you’re curious about Tony’s writing and want to read a short story this one is a good one to try if the genre takes your fancy.

AWW2017 Review: A Piece of Time


APieceofTime

ReviewStars-4

Synopsis: A fabulously spooky ghost story from Traci Harding.

Bookish Things: 21 pages. The cover is simple, but keeps in line with Traci’s other short story covers.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $3.02.

My Review: 

This!

This is how a short story should be done. The story felt whole, the characters real and the conclusion satisfactory yet still ambiguous enough to leave questions.

Tani, our protagonist, made logical choices and decisions, even while dealing with the paranormal phenomenon in the story. It was so nice to see that logical thought pattern.

That the piece also focused on a pocket watch and tied it in so nicely, was an added bonus.

I saw no errors in this piece. An enjoyable read with a great cast of characters.

Review: Euphoric Dreams Part One


EuphoricDreams

one-star-rating

Synopsis: Part one of three of the journey of a man in search of his first love, but ends up propelled on a wild quest. Where he finds love, faces loss and overcomes inevitable odds.

Bookish Things: 42 pages. The Cover is reasonable, but doesn’t tell you much about the book.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.92.

My Review: 

This is the first part of The Quest of Dragons and will most certainly be the last one I read by this author.

The list of issues I encountered in this 42 page story is almost longer than the story itself.

If you are thinking about being a writer, publishing books, please do not do what this author has done, and publish something that is barely but a first draft. EDIT YOUR WORK! Get someone else who is good at writing or editing to look it over.

Worst example of a story I’ve read so far! The only redeeming features, are the fact it was only 42 pages long and the fact that I paid nothing for it!

Things I noticed:

Issues including overuse of the same word in close sentences:
‘Very well’ is used excessively.
‘Tree, deal, wall, Sapphire’ all repeated too much.

Overwritten text:
‘You will perish a long painful, agonising death.’
There’s only four words too many in that sentence.

Changes in POV mid paragraph.

Use of ‘He seen’. Wrong!

Some paragraphs are indented, while others not. This occurs the whole way through the story.

Continuity issues at 82%. The group fled with no supplies yet they unpacked supplies when they arrive at Taisai.

82% – wrong use of their:
‘The three sat their(there) for a moment…’

86% – if Taisai is the multicultural hub described when they arrived, why would their presence be unusual?

93% – WTF?!? That is horse shit!

AWW2017 Review: Green but for a season


Green but for a season by C. S. Pacat

3 stars

Synopsis: Green but for a Season is the first of a series of four Captive Prince short stories. It follows the relationship between Jord and Aimeric and is set during the events of Prince’s Gambit.

Bookish Things: 24 pages. The cover is…ehhh… bland.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.75 Continue reading