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Stuart J. Whitmore

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Reader whenever I can find time, self-published writer whenever I can find the energy.

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Sheepfarmer's Daughter (The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 1) (Paperback, 2000, Baen) 4 stars

Solid military fantasy

4 stars

I really enjoyed this, and I'd recommend it to any fantasy reader who plays D&D and has a military background. It's been quite some time since a book really captivated me and kept me reading even "past my bedtime," as it were. This one did, and I expect I'll eventually set aside time to read the rest of this series. Not a small cast of characters nor a trivially built world, and I think I'd have done better at keeping track of things when I was younger or at least had fewer distractions and demands on my time.

Geology of the San Juan Islands (Paperback, 2014, Chuckanut Editions) 4 stars

Nestled in the heart of the Salish Sea lie the picturesque San Juan Islands, an …

Packed with fascinating information

4 stars

This book is fascinating, and not just for those who live or vacation in the San Juan Islands of Washington State. The focus is that area, of course, but the geology of this small area is built from many sources far and wide. Therefore, out of necessity, the book must cover global geology as it allowed these parts to accumulate into this area.

This book straddles two different and not entirely compatible audiences. On one hand, it tries to provide comprehensive and detailed coverage of what is known (and what is not yet understood) about the highly complex geology of the San Juan Islands; on the other hand, it tries to present this interesting information in a way that is accessible to casual readers. I think it manages to do both fairly well, although the density of information will serve those with a solid background in geology more than casual …

Dreamlander (Paperback, 2012, PenForASword) 4 stars

Review of 'Dreamlander' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

This was my first book to read from this author, and I enjoyed it and will look for more. Some aspects of the story distracted me from the overall tale, whether from not meeting my expectations or otherwise, but overall I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Dreamlander to others. There is a lot that can be said positively about it -- interesting fantasy story premise, strong characterization, believable motivations, logical plot progression, satisfying ending, etc. I don't have much time to read these days but this novel was well worth the time I spent reading it.

Everything you wanted to know about Indians but were afraid to ask (2012, Borealis Books) 4 stars

Review of 'Everything you wanted to know about Indians but were afraid to ask' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

No single individual can fully speak for a large and diverse group, but a first-hand account can go a long way toward increased understanding of that group, especially when such accounts seem few and rarely noticed, and even more so when uninformed mythology about the group from outsiders is prevalent. This book offers that valuable internal insight into the experience of American Indians, and it presents the information and the author's views in a format that is generally very easy to read and understand. Ample resources are provided in the back of the book for further reading for those who would like to learn more and/or become active regarding issues addressed in the book.

I think this book, or at least books like it, should be considered "required" reading for residents of the Americas, at an early age, to better understand the actual history of the land and its peoples, …

Review of 'Malaeska; the Indian wife of the white hunter.' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

I forced myself to read this story because it was the original "dime novel." The purple prose made it difficult to get through, and social ideas that were commonly acceptable back in 1860 make for rather terrible, if moderately laughable, reading now, such as referring to Native Americans as "savages" and in one sentence confirming that a man is terribly prejudiced and referring to him as "a just man." The whole thing ends up sounding like a warning against interracial marriage which will cause constant tragedy that even God can't prevent. There was also a glaring continuity error near the end. The only reason I gave it two stars instead of one is that it is a useful cultural reference. I would never recommend this to someone just wanting an enjoyable read, I would only recommend it for its historical relevance.

Two complete novels (1994, Wings Books, Distributed by Random House Value Pub.) 4 stars

Review of 'Two complete novels' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, but it was definitely a good read. The two stories are completely unrelated to each other, apart from being by the same author and taking place in the same general geographic region. They both show that they were written in and about a different time, especially High Hunt (all that drinking and driving, for example!). Despite being separate stories (characters, settings, etc.), both The Losers and High Hunt delve into what makes people tick, and Eddings doesn't shy away from the darker, baser motivations. I felt that The Losers offered more insights, while High Hunt was a more engaging read. Not something for young audiences -- sex, violence, bad attitudes, adult problems, etc. run throughout both stories -- but a good read for mature audiences. I'd give this book 3.5 stars, so as usual I'll round that up to 4.