Tales from Indies: Smashwords Forum Writers Anthology 2015



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  1. David Ellis David Ellis says:

    Please note that a three star review reflects an over all rating of the book Some of the individual stories merit five stars and they alone make the book worth getting.I found the Smashwords Forum not affiliated with Smashwords I like participating in the forums on there In 2015 many writers from the Smashwords Forum joined to create an anthology of their work Tales from Indies Smashwords Forum Writers Anthology 2015In their words, the anthology includes eleven pieces, with an internati Please note that a three star review reflects an over all rating of the book Some of the individual stories merit five stars and they alone make the book worth getting.I found the Smashwords Forum not affiliated with Smashwords I like participating in the forums on there In 2015 many writers from the Smashwords Forum joined to create an anthology of their work Tales from Indies Smashwords Forum Writers Anthology 2015In their words, the anthology includes eleven pieces, with an international flavor, includes short stories, an essay and chapters from completed works with themes ranging from science fiction, fantasy, historical retellings, to paranormal romance The authors are Bret Allen, John Chapman, Shelia Chapman, erban Valentin Constantin Enache, Julie Harris, Kell Inkston, Alan James, Ian Kotze, Jennifer R Povey, Ria Stone, and Bonnie Turner Should they create one next year, I intend to participate with a short story of my own I m trying to present an unbiased review, but I do have a dog in the fight as it were I downloaded the anthology from the Smashwords website and read it Below are a few short notes regarding the individual stories In order of appearance I point out that many of these authors are presenting short works outside of their typical styles, so the entirety of their work may or may not be judgeable if I may invent a word by the selection in the anthology I hope the authors in question will recognize my reviews as being my effort to honestly comment I mean no insults or personal critiques Another Earth, by Julie Harris This is a narrative lecture kind of story I ve seen the style before It is very hard to do expertly This one is done well The story is excessively political preachy If you like the blatant propaganda, you ll like the story If you don t, then you ll hate the story I reserve my opinion.Paper, by Kell Inkston The universe and underlying concepts in this story are intriguing There is also much to be said for the characters The problem with the story is that it deserves to be longer The nature of making it short causes several issues Some key exposition is skipped which means that big reveals later in the story aren t natural Some important characterization is developed near the end of the story when it would help at the beginning Many aspects of the universe appear during the resolution when it seems to be dios ex machina rather than carefully planned Enjoy this story as a novel in embryo Then buy the novel when it is written.It Wants to Eat Me, by Bret Allen Easily one of the two best stories in the anthology I don t particularly care for the supernatural genre, but this piece is so well written and presented that if it were a teaser for a series hint, hint I d buy the series I d suggest a novel or series based on the universe and rules, but probably different characters and or viewpoint This is told in a journal style, which I have rarely seen done well He does it exceptionally well Also the Author Information at the end was well written Stranded, by Shelia Chapman I didn t get it Sorry There is a great deal in it very well made, but I didn t understand the relationship between the characters I think the problem I had is that the story appears to be part of something much bigger It might make great sense if I knewabout the relationship It just lacks something on its own.Talking Crows, by erban Valentin Constantin Enache This is a philosophical piece It is dressed up and mixed with humor, but it is philosophy or propaganda Unlike other such stories, this one has enough other things going for it that you can enjoy the story and humor and take or leave the different philosophical observations In that regard, the story is a success.Filo s Escape, by Alan James The other one of the two best stories in the anthology It definitely appears to be either part of a longer story or a teaser for a longer one The difference between this and many others is that this short story works very nicely on its own I obviously need to look into the novel this is from or related to.Pierced Tongue, by Ria Stone This is a very good piece on introspection and commentary on judgment I very much like this and place it among the top entries in the anthology It is not, however, a story It is an introspective observation that deserves to be read in schools and churches in order to encourage others to examine themselves Excellent work.Saturday Night at the Wonderland Club, by Jennifer R Povey I would describe this as a social allegory It isn t particularly my style as I don t really come from a background where I can relate to any of it or worry about the implied underlying social issues However, it is exceptionally well crafted and written, demonstrating a good command of the writing craft and superb skills as a story teller It is possibly the best example of how a traditional short story is crafted.Insanity Expressed The Madness in Me, by Ian Kotze Sorry I couldn t read it I tried I couldn t I don t swear and cuss, nor do I use bad language in my stories However, I recognize the power such language can have carefully used in specific situations in stories Several other stories in this anthology have effectively used expletives In this piece it was too much and too often and too gratuitous I couldn t read it and would have been disappointed had I paid for it Sorry.Waking from Death, by John Chapman This was another short story that is really just an adapted part of a longer story Aside from a few minor points of confusion about who was speaking in parts of the beginning, it was fine to begin Then other characters were introduced without any backstory, yet in a way that implied that the reader should know them Thenideas and concepts and especially backstory came that could only be understood if you read the previous novel When I realized that, I thought back and remembered the previous novel that I had read half of long ago I m sure this is great in context of the series, but it cannot properly stand alone.Footprints in Time A Walk in Sacajawea s Moccasins, by Bonnie Turner This is not a story, either It is a children s textbook That said, it is nicely presented It reads smoothly rather than as a textbook I feel it should be marketed to younger audiences and so shared it with my daughters My nine year old daughter read half of it and said she liked it, but she wanted pictures She ll finish it tomorrow


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