John M. W. Smith

"John M W Smith"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 93% (56 of 60)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 10,421 - Total Helpful Votes: 56 of 60
Decision (The Worldwalkers Universe) by Donna Fernstrom
Donna Fernstrom. A name I am going to remember. But first things first. Even though I do not happen to be a gay person, I am not in the least ashamed to admit that I enjoyed reading this story. Because artistically it is second to none. How can a happily married woman with kids, like Donna, write so perfectly about desire between two men? So sensitively. So intensely. Well, this might seem strange to many people, but it certainly doesn't seem strange to me. Because I, too, have a similar quirky aspect to my writing psyche, as I write short stories for women, from a woman's viewpoint, with relationships as the theme. And although they are not nearly as explicit as Donna's, I am proud of them… Read more
Long Stories Short: A collection of short stories &hellip by Karen Black
In an overall sense I enjoyed the stories. In the first story, The Hunted, I was puzzled about why the hunters were using bows and arrows when the setting was in modern times. But maybe I have led a sheltered life and am not aware that there are some people in the world who still use bows and arrows for hunting, because they think it's cool. It could have led to a bit more excitement if the hunters had had rifles and the hunted had had bows and arrows with which to strike back, but all writers are different. I got a bit confused as to what exactly was going on in the third story, You Summoned Me. I particularly liked the second story, Aftermath, the twist of which reminded me of the twist… Read more
Welcome to Hell: A Short Story (Mel Goes to Hell B&hellip by Demelza Carlton
4.0 out of 5 stars A hellish interview, 11 Aug 2014
The part I liked most about this short story was the description of the people who were interviewing Mel. The fleetingly glimpsed horn on Lilith's head when she ran her fingers through her hair. The pointed tails which appeared to get swished away as if their owners wished to conceal their true identities at all costs. The forked tongue--was it really forked or just Mel's imagination? We are never sure.

I was slightly confused by the name 'Mel', since I thought it belonged to the guy who appears on the cover of this book and therefore the story was about him. But after reading a few lines I saw that the author was referring to Mel as 'she'. However this was the only confusing… Read more