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Review Style
I like to read novels and biographies, so if I can review them at the same time, why not. My ratings are usually at the high end because I think if someone has taken the time and effort to write a large piece, it is an achievement. The review will give the opportunity to flag up typographic errors. I do not mark down ratings for these errors because they are easily fixed.
Favorite Item Types
Rhyming Verse. Novels and short stories.
Least Favorite Item Types
Non-rhyming poetry.
I will not review...
Erotica, Vampire and Wolf stories. Their stories are all very samey to me.
Public Reviews
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Review of "Oak Orchard"  
Review by Bruce.
Rated: E | (5.0)
An interesting chapter. The mystery element remains enhanced by the revelation about the clover boy. But we also have a new romance element to perhaps bring another lasting element to the story. Will have to wait and see. I noticed no error as usual.
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Review of "Oak Orchard"  
Review by Bruce.
Rated: E | (5.0)
The mystery and intrigue continues in this chapter. Hints and revelations are sort of drip fed to the reader giving enough to keep the reader interested but leaving plenty for speculation. I noticed no errors or typo's in this well-written chapter and look forward to finding out more.
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Review by Bruce.
Rated: 18+ | (5.0)
The last chapter so far. Maybe there will be more. The high drama and suspense continues. Who knows, other than the author, what lies ahead for Larcia? I can't even have a guess. It has been an entertaining journey so far and has potential for more. I noticed a few typo's: (What's the point of walkbng ahead?) , (Princes Evelyn?) , ( he took in my arms in his. ).
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Review by Bruce.
Rated: 18+ | (5.0)
She fell down a pit, of course, how did I forget that? So we have good characterisation and a well penned chapter. The story gets a bit sinister and is quite dramatic. I noticed no errors or typo's although I was so engrossed with the story that I would not notice unless they were blatantly obvious.
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Review by Bruce.
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
Well what can I say? This is like a story within a story. I must admit I was a little confused at first. Was this another dream? I don't recall any kidnap or fall from a horse so have no idea how she got into this situation. It was good to have a reference to Rose being worried as if we were reminded of the real world. A lot of suspense and drama in this chapter making it an enjoyable read.
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Review by Bruce.
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
The story takes a very good new direction with the introduction of the horses and stables. The snakes also appear again later making this an interesting as well as a well written chapter. I did notice a couple of typo's near the end though. (they did an year ago.) and ( a lot longer to exit tge forest tgan it did to enter. ). I look forward to the next chapter.
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Review by Bruce.
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
A change in the time. Not a problem at all as it is often done in fiction. In fact it enhances the story. Larcia is a successful woman and has done well in her life but is haunted by bad dreams. She still has a friendship with the snakes which adds to the suspense of the story. I look forward to the next chapter as I don't know where it will lead.
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Review by Bruce.
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
A strange but enjoyable tale in this chapter. It is well written and held my interest throughout. The hook at the end suggests that it may be a dream, which would explain why the snakes didn't see the boys off without her help, as something that I thought about when I read it. I noticed: (but bever attacking) Not sure if this is a typo or a word I am unfamiliar with.
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Review of "Oak Orchard"  
Review by Bruce.
Rated: E | (5.0)
This is good. We meet a new character, the boy. The dialogue and interaction between them is interesting. Suspense rises as Reddog appears hostile to Sam's questions. The interaction again is very good. This chapter moves along nicely and I noticed no errors or typo's.
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Review by Bruce.
Rated: 18+ | (5.0)
The worst British Prime Minister ever, and an embarrassment to us all. But look who we have now.
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Review of "Oak Orchard"  
Review by Bruce.
Rated: E | (4.5)
A good chapter heavy on description which will please a lot of readers, I found it lacked going forward as not much action was happening and it has started to read like a monologue. This is only my opinion though and may not be shared by other readers. I noticed: (You are nutsSam) & (I loosened my grip snd (and) two almost perfectly round smooth stones)
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Review by Bruce.
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
So Jim finally got caught out, by the anomaly. This is good as I thought the police would catch up with him but was proved wrong by the fitting, and unexpected, events at the airport. We finish with the epilogue where Gary continues with his life without Cherie. But as this is marked as Book One perhaps we have not seen the last of her. A good conclusion to a very good and interesting story.
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Review by Bruce.
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
So Gary won. But there is always a thought in the back of the mind that Jim could take it which adds to the suspense. I like the mention Star Trek and earlier Mary Poppins which give credibility, in my view. I noticed (It could only to be the police.) which doesn't seem to read right. And ( her assistant and prot She had promised Natalie ) seems to have something missing. The end is good. A knock at the door. Could it be Cherie, Jim, or the police? It turned out to be just a talent scout. This is another interesting chapter.
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Review by Bruce.
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
Wow! What a treat. A long chapter well-written and well-presented throughout with not a single error or typo' noticed by me. It seems like a short story within the story. Entertaining with suspense and good interaction between the characters. A brilliant piece of writing and faultless in my opinion.
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Review by Bruce.
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
Good to be continuing with this story. The writing remains at a high standard and I noticed no errors or typo's. The chapter starts with Jim and he seems to sink to even greater depths. I wonder what Al is up to with Mercurio but something is interfering with her and it adds a good deal of suspense. Jim's tricks were good and I wonder how Gary will react. Exciting stuff indeed.
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Review of "Oak Orchard"  
Review by Bruce.
Rated: E | (5.0)
Mary turns up and I would be pleased to see her again if it were not for her pot smoking. She is a good character though and the interaction with Sam is good and believable. She mentions going to see her cousin and then set's off to her brothers. I don't know if this is an error or intentional. The crows are still playing their part which is a good thread to the story. I thought I noticed a typo but can't seem to find it again. A good interesting chapter.
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Review of "Oak Orchard"  
Review by Bruce.
Rated: E | (5.0)
Things are moving on slowly and Sam is getting more puzzled. A good and interesting read again.
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Review of "Oak Orchard"  
Review by Bruce.
Rated: E | (5.0)
A good chapter and some good banter and atmosphere in the bar, even if some was not so welcoming as others. We meet Reddog who has a thing about him which we are just beginning to comprehend and no doubt he plays a big part in the story. I relate to the sound of the crows as there are some roosting in the trees near me. An enjoyable read.
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Review of "Oak Orchard"  
Review by Bruce.
Rated: E | (5.0)
The story continues and starts with what I believe to be the main theme. Well written again and I only noted one typo a missing t at (as if hearing my though(t) ). I like the introduction of the crows which makes me think of Hitchcock's, The Birds. I feel we need some interaction with someone, other than the spirit, even if it is just a brief exchange with passing neighbour. The story certainly keeps my interest.
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Review of "Oak Orchard"  
Review by Bruce.
Rated: E | (5.0)
Well written and well presented again. I noticed no errors or typo's. A good description of the state of the house and the work in hand. A bit of backstory added and a good diversion to the nearby store with an unhelpful owner. I was a little disappointed that we didn't see any visit from Mary, but no doubt that will come.
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Review of "Oak Orchard "  
Review by Bruce.
Rated: E | (5.0)
I only noticed one typo and no other errors: 5th paragraph (you wantef to find out). The chapter is well-presented again with spaced paragraphs which makes it easier for the reader. The dialogue between the two characters is believable and business like as would be expected at this stage. I wonder if they become more close as time moves on and I look forward to finding out.
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Review by Bruce.
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
A well-written and interesting fictional tale from long ago. The characters are well drawn and there is enough description for me. A typo noted at: ( she would not marry him if the (he) dragged her to the altar ). A couple of small bits I felt were missing. The sound of horse's hooves and then the punch from Lord Nash with no indication that he had dismounted. A few sentences later he helped her to her feet but there was no indication that she had fallen. A great start to the novel but a pity the author has not visited for a long time. Hope she is okay.
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Review by Bruce.
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
Plenty going on as the judging begins and both Gary and Jim get through to the next round. Some good thoughts are left with the reader. Will Gary and Cherie begin to get on again or will she give up on him whether he wins or not? What is the mystery surrounding the scream? A good chapter with plenty to think about.
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Review by Bruce.
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
Another well-written and enjoyable read. I noticed no errors or typo's. I like the plot and themes in all the chapters, but the thing I like best in all stories is the dialogue and these chapters hit the spot for me. I look forward to the next chapter. It will be a disappointment if Jim gets away with his attack on Lacy, but that is up to the author.
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Review by Bruce.
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
Jim seems to be getting away with his crime, for the moment anyway. He seems to be getting more callous as winning seems to get near and he hopes within his grasp, but he realises Gary is a thorn in his side; and a good job too. I wonder will Cherie be offered Lacy's job? A nice long chapter with plenty going on and I noticed no errors or typo's.
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