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Posted on Oct 18, 2011 7:55:31 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 18, 2011 7:58:32 AM PDT
Ian Fraser says:
my favorite review is actually for one of my novellas, rather than my full length books - this is for Flies for the Mayans (a novella) . Given the subject of the novella is about God and religion - I find this is one of the most interesting reviews I've ever had, from a very thoughtful reviewer, who clearly doesn't agree with everything the novella says.

-----------------A THOUGHTFUL PIECE

It is rather rare, amidst all the books meant to draw in readers by having as little meaning as possible, to find such a headstrong parable filled with hints and subtle nudges towards an over-riding philosophy as brutally harsh as in Flies for the Mayans. The story of God tiring of his work, of being overwhelmed by his own creation, of attempting to escape the pain he created, is certainly a powerful tale, even if I can't help but disagree with all it is attempting to say. Disagreement means nothing when faced with gut-wrenching questions and honest doubt, and can only be met with a friendly handshake and a stiff drink.

It is obvious Mr. Fraser has great talent, and the heaven he creates in so short of space is filled with metaphorical possibilities. Analogies are drawn quickly but with solid intent, and the thought behind them carries the novella beyond most books five times its size. The only shortfalls are the times when vulgarity and sex is used without such intentionality, leaving a few scenes feeling hollowly dirty, not bitingly satirical as is achieved throughout the majority of scenes. The ending is brilliantly written, and truly shows that Mr. Fraser both cares for and is intensely knowledgeable about that which he criticizes.

I will certainly be working through the rest of his works, and hope he can channel his sharp wit into even tighter pieces in the future.
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Posted on Oct 18, 2011 11:59:10 AM PDT
Roger Weston says:
1. The Golden Catch
#7 in UK Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Men's Adventure

Customer review:
"This is one of the best books I have read all year, and I couldn't put it down...if you like Clive Cussler, Matthew Reilly or Daniel Silva you will like this book, it had me gripped from page one and the ending is truly exciting."

2. The Assassin's Wife
#15 in UK Books > Crime, Thrillers & Mystery > Political

Customer review:
"This book grabbed me with the first sentence. It was adventure filled and thrilling."

Only 99¢ on Kindle!

Posted on Oct 18, 2011 4:50:06 PM PDT
mountainmama says:
M.O.D. by J. C. Allen got a beautiful one from Tim Greaton:

"JC Allen is an author with a background in computer programming and--dare we say--computer hacking. His detailed knowledge of all things internet fuel this believable, edge-of-your -seat thriller, which blends technology and politics in such a way, we're forced to question the very underpinnings of our society.

Special Agent Scott Carver is a young, idealistic FBI agent who is immediately drawn to the political arguments made by the mysterious M.O.D., a nearly mythical computer hacker who one day emerges from a twenty-year hiatus to begin broadcasting a message of alternative government in all mediums, including the internet and TV. Scott inevitably falls prey to M.O.D's well-fashioned arguments and defects to a hidden base that turns out to be so much more.

Having been helpless to stop her partner from "going to the dark side," Special Agent in Charge Sheelia Tanner, a woman even tougher than she is beautiful, commits to finding not only her partner but the home base of M.O.D.'s massive gathering of defectors and stolen weapons. She knows that if she fails, the entire United States government could fall...and so begins a chess game for the very future of the United States. Ancient airplanes, criminal hackers, and futuristic technologies all come into play as each side vies for an advantage.

I strongly urge you to grab the amazing thrill ride "M.O.D." and learn where your own allegiances lie.

Reviewed by "Maine's Other Author"(TM) Tim Greaton."

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 9:16:57 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 16, 2012 9:24:15 AM PDT
As an author, it is always nice to receive thoughtful reviews of one's work, regardless of the star rating. My favorite review here on amazon is actually a 3-star review, by Tracey from her blog, The Written Universe
http://www.amazon.com/review/R3E9VSTYYWNC6L/ref=cm_cr_dp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B005SIY3CK&nodeID=133140011&tag=&linkCode=

Outside of amazon, I received this insightful review from Stephanie Eve Boone on the The Thunder Child Web Magazine:
http://thethunderchild.com/Reviews/Books/Boone/TalismanofFaerie.html

Please check them out!

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 7:58:10 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 16, 2012 10:30:59 PM PDT
Several of my books have great reviews - readers mostly comment on my novels. My short story collections and poetry book have collected only a couple each so far.

I can't say I have a favourite. I don't often visit the reviews people leave, because after the first joyous flush, I reckon they are written for the next readers, not for me.

But you can't beat some for flattery and feel-good factors.

"The strength of this novel is in its layers of complexity, its references to Plato's cave and the human's perception of reality, its discussions of classic art and antiquity, and that aspect's tie to the central theme of this gripping novel..." P.Morin on Camera Obscura

"This is a great book, not only because it races along and lets us never put it down, but also because of the clever and insightful way that the story ends with a multi-angled view of what might have been and what could never be - ultimately culminating in a story of loss and redemption. " Hugo on Camera Obscura

"According to Luke is compelling reading from the very beginning to the last page and well worth reading more than once. This is suspense writing at its best, worthy of great acclaim. " Ian Mathie on According to Luke

"Undoubtedly Rosanne Dingli has walked these settings and carefully noted what she saw. The book does raise questions regarding the original gospels, and is an unusual and fast-moving story that compels the reader to read on late into the night. " Margaret Sutherland on According to Luke

"Death in Malta is a great read -- I actually had trouble putting it down. Well written, well plotted, descriptive prose. Worth the purchase. " Ebook Week on Death in Malta

"Death in Malta is one of those 'curl up in your favorite reading chair' novels, keeping pages turning as the story unfolds. " Candace Smith on Death in Malta

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 8:34:39 AM PDT
Wonderful reviews, Rosanne. You must be thrilled!

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 8:50:55 AM PDT
Hi Everyone!

I posted some of my favorites when I started this thread, but since then, new ones have come in for Wyndano's Cloak! Here are a few snippets I love:

"A Book for Three Generations . . ."

"A good antidote to the traditional 'helpless princess' tales."

"An excellent and meaty book!"

"The ending of this book is amazing, what a surprise, everything was thought out wonderfully . . ."

"The pieces of the puzzle fell together beautifully, leaving me in a state of wonder."

Wyndano's Cloak now has 23 five-star reviews and 6 four-star reviews out of 29.

Looking forward to reading more of everyone's reviews!

Best Wishes,

Peter
Writing as A. R. Silverberry

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 9:05:08 AM PDT
As a writer of historical fiction novels in the seagoing genre, I have to compete with all those English writers and heroes, so it was good to have my Jonathan Kinkaid Series be favorabley compared to my favorite English authors by Tom:

"I just finished one of the best historical fiction Trilogies I have read in quite some time. Kent, Pope, O'Brien, have nothing on Winston. His ability to spin a tail of high sea adventure ranks with them as he weaves a story of daring and brings to life his hero Jonathan Kinkaid, whom he takes from a Lieutenancy to the Captaincy of his own ship along with his stalwart grew as they fight the American Revolution not by land, but by sea. Kinkaid is Americas answer to Bolitho. Winston's characters breathe life into the fledgling American navy as it must battle the pride of Britannia along the American cost and then bring that fight into England's own waters to secure a lasting freedom to a people longing for self-rule.

For one who has read the adventures of Bolitho, Hornblower, and Aubrey, several times over it was good to have an American naval hero to match these daring men of the Royal Navy. Winston has with attention to the history and customs of the time given us a great read. Unfortunately, it is a Trilogy and a fourth book is not in the future. I would encourage you to read these adventures. I believe you will be extremely pleased with Winston's work. And, maybe with fan prodding get him to give us other installments even if they need be pure fiction."

Posted on May 1, 2012 4:39:30 PM PDT
I just found a favorable review of my books in the Sony e-book store. This guy gave me 5 stars :)

Posted April 25, 2012 by tm, lakeland
the talisman of faerie and the sword of kings by Jason Beil are excellant books for any one who is a fan of the shannara books by Terry Brooks. This is a quest based series. I found the story and characters very interesting. The books are well written and hard to put down. I am anxiously awaiting the third book in the series

Posted on May 2, 2012 7:01:51 AM PDT
Sheila says:
My latest review --

**** The Tea Series--The first four

April 24, 2012

I love these books. Cara and Tegan are hilarious. These books are easy reading and keep your interest. I can't wait to read the others.

Posted on May 2, 2012 7:04:58 AM PDT
mountainmama says:
The last one is always my favorite:

Chronicles of Time: Book 1

This is one seriously amazing invention... April 29, 2012
By Tim Greaton
Format:Kindle EditionThe Chronicles of Time Book 1 is an exciting and heartwarming tale of a single father and his daughters who come across what is almost certainly the most valuable piece of technology ever invented...and I do mean EVER.

You're sure to fall in love with the young cast of characters as well as their videogame-developer father. When one of Rick's daughters finds an amazing device that allows him to view events from any point in history, he and his scientist friends are awestruck...but his daughters are the ones who push the envelope and explore the device's full potential. Imagine everyone's surprise when they discover it might be possible to actually travel to any time or place in the past!

Come see what happens when Rick and the girls do just that...but brace yourself because some people are willing to do just about anything to stop them!

Posted on May 2, 2012 7:11:41 AM PDT
The first review you ever get for a new release is the one that catches your breath.
When I received Pete Morin's review, it brought tears to my eyes for a moment - this was one book I simply had to write, and I really thought no one would like it!
Have a read if you like: Camera Obscura.
Enjoy! I did.

In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2012 9:51:44 AM PDT
Roger Weston says:
Congratulations, Rosanne.

Posted on May 2, 2012 10:44:25 AM PDT
otterific says:
I've received a bunch of reviews at the end of last month for my series of books, (The Yellowstone Romance Series), but the one that stands out the most was left for Book 4 Yellowstone Dawn (Yellowstone Romance Series) but was meant for the entire series

Loved this series April 26, 2012
By Anne
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
I don't normally do reviews of books or series, but I just had to this time. I just finished the Yellowstone Romance series, and I'm waiting impatiently for the next book to come out. I've had my Kindle for a year and a half, and these were the best books I've read in all that time.

Yellowstone Heart Song (Yellowstone Romance Series)
Yellowstone Redemption (Yellowstone Romance Series)
Yellowstone Awakening (Yellowstone Romance Series)

Posted on Jun 16, 2012 8:15:31 PM PDT
All the reviews for my three novels,

Death in Malta
According to Luke and
Camera Obscura

are four and five star. This is a heart-warming and reassuring thing for an author. I have a small independent publisher doing the eBooks, whose links you see here.

In about two months, the paperback editions by BeWrite Books will disappear, and they will be produced and published by me. My publishers have gone ebook-only, which is not surprising in this climate.

I am an experienced paperback formatter, so that's not as big a problem for me as it might for the 100-odd other authors in the stable at BeWrite Books.
I have offered to help some of them produce beautiful paperbacks as I am making for my three novels.

Good reviews are important - especially the ones that appear at the top. I doubt any avid reader looking for entertaining or educative material will read more than a dozen at best. The fact they are there helps, I suppose.

What constitutes a good review is not only the star value, but also what a reader finds beneficial in the book. I think that apart from entertaining readers, my novels give a glimpse of the human condition, in all its perplexing aspects. I like reviewers who see this and comment on it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2012 8:35:03 PM PDT
Well put, Roseanne. Those reviews on the first page make a big difference. But, human nature, I'm guessing, is to click on the one- or two-star reviews to see what people didn't like, even if the number of those reviews are small compared to the raves. And I'm also guessing that the negative reviews carry more wait than the raves. Part of the cross we bear as authors!

Posted on Jun 16, 2012 9:04:40 PM PDT
Ah, but they are so IMPORTANT, A.R.!! It is vital to have a couple of not-so-hot reviews. Like you say, they arouse interest, and there is nothing an avid reader likes more than to compare opinions. You might find that a tepid review might stimulate more sales than the seven or eight 5* reviews that precede it. This happened with my story Nosebleed - there's one really mediocre review. After it appeared, Nosebleed shot up to #1 in short stories.

Besides, a stream of 5* reviews can be a touch dubious - they seem to come from the author's colleagues, friends and relatives - whether or not they do. Four-star ones are somehow more credible (I'm not the only one to say so). A bit of research will show you that the reviews of novels by career authors such as Richard North Paterson, or Nora Roberts, or Robert Goddard, or even Anita Shreve, are rarely as full of 5* ones as the Amazon pages of novels by new or rookie authors.

Then there are review pages such as the one for 50 Shades of Grey - a complete mixture of one- through to five-star comments that really rouse the curiosity... which ones do you believe?

A healthy mix is what one is after. I take the 4-star reviews to start reading, because they show a marked liking for the novel, and yet hold some reservation, because after all, there is no such thing as the perfect book. (Although I might qualify that by saying that a novel might seem perfect to a happy reader, who has just slapped it shut with a satisfied grunt!)

Posted on Jun 16, 2012 9:28:13 PM PDT
Denyse Cohen says:
I'm still at the stage where I'll be ecstatic to receive any reviews. I found that people don't really bother writing about the books they buy (I really never posted reviews until I've become an author) My novel, One Hit Wonder was just recently released and today I've received the best review yet (and it wasn't even posted on Amazon) but in a blog.
Here it goes:
No disrespect to the author, but before I begin a book by an author previously unknown to me, I tend to set my expectations a bit lower. But, this book took me by surprise.
I thought it was well written and packed with a lot of varying emotions. When the blurb said "jealousy, betrayal, and gut-wrenching sorrow", 'twas not a lie. I thought this was a very sweet romance that showed love can survive rather difficult obstacles life throws at you.

Posted on Jun 16, 2012 11:52:06 PM PDT
Wow, Denyse - seems you have started out well. Congratulations.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2012 9:13:58 AM PDT
Right, a few negative reviews can give the higher reviews more credibility, especially if the negative review is thoughtfully written. (Reviewers who write scathing personal attacks, don't finish the book, and the like, shoot themselves in the foot.) All books, over time will have a spread. What that reflects is that people have different tastes. No one book is for everyone. People should look to the reviews to find what like-minded people enjoyed.

That said, and maybe this is just me, I've shied away from buying something because of the one negative review I read. I'm guessing others (certainly not all) do the same. It would be interesting to see some hard research data about all this. Single case studies can only point us in a direction.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2012 9:15:02 AM PDT
Nice review, Denyse! Congrats!

Posted on Jun 17, 2012 3:14:51 PM PDT
Denyse Cohen says:
Thanks Rosanne and A.R.!
It was my good luck review and I'm holding on to it dearly for when the bad ones come. lol
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