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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 YoungTown  
Review by Bruce.
Rated: 18+ | (5.0)
It seems a bit disjointed at places where it jumps forward without explanation, but due to the high quality of the writing, I assume that it is intended that way. The outlaws arrive but we don't hear from them until four of them are locked up in jail. There is a typo at: "We (With)all the supplies". It seems more like an outline for a longer story than a completed short story. Nevertheless, it is well written and an interesting read. The ending is a nice surprise.
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Review of Lost Coast  
Review by Bruce.
Rated: E | (5.0)
What an interesting read. Well written and in my opinion, faultless. Although the narrative says that the writer is alone, I feel that I am there with them as the written words give a visual that the reader can easily, and readily share. I look forward to more from you. Welcome to W.D.C.
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Review by Bruce.
Rated: E | (5.0)
An interesting and entertaining little short. I like finding these sorts of stories that reflect on larger works by having an interesting beginning a middle and a conclusion. Well thought out and, in my opinion, faultless. I look forward to reading more from you.
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Review by Bruce.
Rated: ASR | N/A (Review only item.)
An interesting factual read about Anne Boleyn. It reminded me of my box-set "The Tudors" where Anne Boleyn is played by the talented Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones and Mockingjay plus other parts). Also stars British singer/actress Joss Stone as Anne of Cleaves. Time I got the box-set out again.
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Review of ESCAPE  
Review by Bruce.
Rated: E | (5.0)
A well constructed and interesting piece. It is great to have a true poet back and I look forward to reading more of your fine poetry. Your poem is interesting as it does leave me wondering if it is about a feathered bird or a fleeting partner. Welcome back.
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Review by Bruce.
Rated: E | (5.0)
Good names for the characters and Grace Serket drew me into the story right away. This is a very good taster. It puts questions into the mind of the reader that may prompt them to read on to find the answers. The mix of dialogue and narrative is fine. Maybe put the item into a few paragraphs to make it look more presentable on the page. It is refreshing to see young skilled writers developing their writing skills on here, and this is the place to do it. Welcome to WDC.
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Review of Sounds of Autumn  
Review by Bruce.
Rated: E | (5.0)
It is a delight to come across a well-written piece like this. Poems about nature are always popular especially if written to a high standard as this one is. I found no faults or typo's and enjoyed the journey feeling as if I were there and they were my thoughts. Welcome to WDC.
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Review of Thursday Thoughts  
Review by Bruce.
Rated: E | (5.0)
An excellent short piece that I could see fitting nicely into a romantic novel. No errors or typo's noticed in this delightful piece. Due to the high standard of writing and the interest in the words, I look forward to more from you. Welcome to WDC.
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Review of The hourglass  
Review by Bruce.
Rated: E | (5.0)
An interesting little short with an unexpected but good twist to the ending. I found no faults or typo's which shows that you know what you are doing and obviously proof your work. Well done with this and welcome to WDC.
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Review of Coffee Spuddle  
Review by Bruce.
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
A well constructed and entertaining piece. Should have been placed higher, I think.
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Review of Rainbow Magic  
Review by Bruce.
Rated: E | (5.0)
Well done with this interesting and well-crafted poem.
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Review by Bruce.
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
So I come to the end of this epic story and what an action-packed adventure it has been. It also broke from the action sometimes and told parts that were more homely and a bit emotional. The writing was of a high standard throughout and I can't remember noticing any errors or typo's. Many of the end hooks were a great prompt to tempt the reader onto the next chapter. I was confused a couple of times but only minor hiccups and reading on would always remove the confused thoughts. Fantasy is not my favorite category but I was quite happy to read this story. What led me to this story in the first place? Mainly the notes at the end: "This item is NOT looking for literary critique". Also, "I am NOT seeking publication". I can relate to the second part as I gave up on seeking publication years ago. I remember when I used to pay to have my novels professionally read, one of the readers told me that I am not writing to the rules and conventions. And I should do so, alternately, I can just write what I like, but with very little chance of publication. I went for the, write what I like, option. Anyway, back to the story. I wondered if I would have the staying power to read all 110 chapters/parts. But it was not a problem and my interest was kept up throughout. Very well done to the author and thanks for giving me the enjoyment of visiting Manitou Island.
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Review by Bruce.
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
Nearly there and what a good read it has been on my journey around the island with Charmian.
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Review by Bruce.
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
Another action-packed chapter full of suspense as we near the end of the story. The young heroine, Charmian, get power and help from others as she battles with Ocryana. Although seemingly weakened, Ocryana, makes it to her goal. Charmian is on her tail as she tries to stop her from destroying the island. The hook at the end ensures the reader want's to find out how Charmian and her friends stop her. As usual, we have a well-written part with no noticeable errors or typo's.
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Review by Bruce.
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
A great battle rages against Ocryana as many join Charmian in the fight but the demon always come out on top despite her injuries. A fantatic action packed part.
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Review by Bruce.
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
A good well-written chapter moving us on. The hook at the end is of the usual good standard shown in many of the parts. This ensures the reader, who has come this far in the story, will certainly want to find out how Charmian gets on with her latest and perhaps most dangerous confrontation.
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Review by Bruce.
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
All the little stories within the story as the dreams are revealed. Chepi remains my favorite character and the evil GeeBee the most unpopular, who should be executed. It seems that the demon, Ocryana, turns up at the end of the chapter which is a good reason to get on and read the next.
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Review by Bruce.
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
All the creatures are meeting up at the crack but without the Native Indians and the French people. Is there a reason why they have been left out? I still don't see why anyone would want to save the murderous GeeBees. Another good well-written chapter with no errors or typo's noticed.
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Review by Bruce.
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
Things seem to be going to plan for Charmian. It's a pity though that she can't wipe out those nasty GeeBees. That other nasty, Mitchi, even seems to be of help. I don't know what has happened with Ocryx. He went away with Charmian but has left Shadow Water behind for some reason.
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Review by Bruce.
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
A good read with a break from the fighting. I like the character Chepi and feel that she adds a bit of humor to the story. It is evident that there are a few problems still ahead and some serious work to be done to save the island. Drake is playing more of an active part, which is a good addition.
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Review by Bruce.
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
I'm taking most of it in, although I am a bit with Drake over it all.
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Review by Bruce.
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
I enjoyed this chapter. Not only did it give us a break from the action but it filled in a lot of back story. We learn about how the island was set up for the dreamspinner and a few questions are answered. The writing is of the usual high quality that I have come to expect.
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Review by Bruce.
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
This could be the end of the island. But we know it is not because there are a few more chapters to go yet. Still, it makes me wonder what has happened and what are the consequences?
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Review by Bruce.
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
This could be the end of the island. But we know it is not because there are a few more chapters to go yet. Still, it makes me wonder what has happened and what are the consequences? I am curious to find out how she overcomes this latest disaster. Well written with no errors noticed.
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Review by Bruce.
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
Ocryx seems to have regained his composure. I can't see why he didn't kill the female demon, other than it might be the end of the story. All will be explained later, I suppose.
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