Book Review - THe Long Ride Home

Discussion in 'Product Reviews' started by DKRinAK, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. DKRinAK

    DKRinAK As smart as


    The Long Ride Home (Mosquito Mountain Chronicles) [Kindle Edition] By none other than Gypsysue.

    A refreshing read. At a time when so many e-books are full of - well, let's just say not suitable for polite company, I found this book to be a breath of fresh air.

    You follow the journey of a woman, no shrinking violet, as she makes her way home after a wide area disaster. Free of vulgarity, cursing and much of what passes for fictional 'literature' these days, I really enjoyed following along on the trip. I have to confess, I love long distance bicycle riding myself, so this just might be a natural for you - if you enjoy cycling as well.

    As an author myself, I found Susan's style easy to read, natural, perhaps.

    I gave this 4 stars mostly for length...I would have enjoyed a longer journey and tad more detail on the trip home. I rate this suitable for teens who enjoy adventure stories as well.

    The book also examines some of the issues one might find after a wide-scale disaster, it's worth the reader taking the time to consider their own situation in such a light...

    This is just a cut and paste of my Amazon review.

    I enjoy Susan's writing as both easy to read and it's something I wouldn't be afraid to give my (precocious) 8 yo granddaughter for her consumption. So much of what appears on ebooks today is simply not worth reading, for any number of reasons. I mostly object to the base nature of what passes for literature today.

    I'm no prude, as a Vet, I think I have herd it all, and in more than one language. But a "dialog" that is mostly foul language is not literature, it is an admission the author has no good ideas.

    Susan has done of good job in telling a story that grabs your attention, and keeps to the ending, one that comes too soon, IMO.

    Hope this review encourages you to either get the book or read the story here.
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2012
  2. oldvet

    oldvet Well-Known Member

    Now that was a book review, and I reckon I will know how to really write one the next time I have the privilege of doing it. Thanks DKRinAK. :2thumb:

  3. gypsysue

    gypsysue The wanderer

    Thanks, you guys! I appreciate the reviews, and that you also put them on Amazon for potential buyers to view.

    I don't like the word "Chronicles" up in the title, so I'm probably going to change it. I'm thinking of something like "Mosquito Mountain Adventures" (We live on Mosquito Mountain, in real life). I think Chronicles implies science-fiction or something scholarly. Neither fit my stories.
  4. PamsPride

    PamsPride edirPsmaP

    I live near Mosquito Lake! So we can't be THAT far from each other! We should get together sometime!!! :D

    Maybe you could use the word 'series' instead of chronicles.
  5. DKRinAK

    DKRinAK As smart as


    Why not steal a bit from Mark Twain?

    "Adventures of Mosquito Mountain" or the like....

    I'm reading "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" right now
  6. CulexPipiens

    CulexPipiens Still waiting for the zombies.

    I am a mosquito. Don't squish me when you get together!

    Her book is an excellent read! I highly recommend it!

    It is real life fiction, not the old "dude won a lottery and spends millions on preps and a bunker" story line that I see all too often. Instead, GypsySue presents someone in a plausible situation making decisions that anyone else in similar situations would have to make. It is much more realistic and thus engaging to the reader. Definitely 2 thumbs up.:2thumb:
  7. gypsysue

    gypsysue The wanderer

    Okay, calling all "mosquito" people... Let's party! Someone set the date and bring the food! :D

    I changed it to "Mosquito Mountain Memories" before I read all of your posts. Hmmm....

    Think I should leave it that way? Or go back in and make it "Mosquito Mountain Series"? "Mosquito Mountain Adventures"?

    While we're at it, the sequel is also here on the forum, and it's called "The Montana Homestead". At the time I wrote it I couldn't think of a name for it. Our esteemed administrator, Naekid, named it for me. While I love Naekid and appreciate him naming it for me, I don't think it gives justice to the action of the book. Does anyone have ideas for a better name? I plan to put it on Amazon soon, so time is of the essense.
  8. DKRinAK

    DKRinAK As smart as


    I'm a little late back to this party

    "Adventures of" Sir A Conan Doyle in his Sherlock Holmes stories used "The Adventure of the" many, many times. Don't see why it wouldn't work on this series.
  9. Chaos

    Chaos New Member

    Loved this book

    I am new to prepping, but have jumped in with both feet. I came to this website after seeing it in "A Tale of Two Preppers" and for some reason was surprised to find the author here :)

    I have read all her books but one, which I am waiting on my mom to finish, and find them to be informative and entertaining. I can only hope if shtf that I am as lucky as her characters.
  10. gypsysue

    gypsysue The wanderer

    Hi Chaos! I'm glad you've enjoyed my books, and apparently your Mom has as well! I hope to write a few more this year for your (and everyone's!) enjoyment!

    I'm always glad to hear someone looked for this website after reading one of my books! This is a great place to learn everything you want to know about prepping. Everyone here is willing to help answer questions, but if there's any way I can be of help to you, let me know.

  11. HozayBuck

    HozayBuck Well-Known Member

    Hi Chaos and welcome to the last best place on the net! glad your reading GS's books, you will learn a lot! and from somebody who really does know about the subject!

    Only one mention luck... toss that word out.. read, train, perp, stockpile, plan, think... these things aren't luck! they are earned thru work...which your doing right and your mom!...keep at it ,

    In every thing you read there will be nuggets of good information, even if something only makes you think, then your ahead of the rest of the sheeple, and the last sheep is the meal for the wolves...

    Now that your here, read all the posts that interest you and then ask questions, but I'll bet you'll find all the answers in here already!

    Again, welcome!!
  12. ComputerGuy

    ComputerGuy Retired Air Force

    Got mine on the Kindle and did not get to read anything on the Alabama River Rats RUN.
  13. gypsysue

    gypsysue The wanderer

    Hey, be sure to tell us about that! How was it?
  14. Beaniemaster2

    Beaniemaster2 Well-Known Member

    Susan, I read all your books in like a week, please keep writing, I have enjoyed your books so much and looking forward to the next!!! I am new to this Forum due to you and looking forward to learning alot in here and perhaps sharing some experience too!
  15. gypsysue

    gypsysue The wanderer

    Thank you, Beaniemaster! I'm so happy you enjoyed my books, and that it brought you here to the forum! We're glad to have you here with us! I love this forum because it covers just about everything related to preparedness and does it in a nice way that quickly makes this place feel like family!

    I am still writing, and hope to have something new up within the next month or so. Still struggling with eye strain while writing on the computer. Sunglasses help. I can't dim the screen because I need the contrast between the white background and bold letters. I can't find a screen glare guard bigger than Ipad size, and I do most of my writing on an 11" netbook. Any ideas, anyone?
  16. DKRinAK

    DKRinAK As smart as

    stretch a leg of a sheer pantyhose over the screen - while turned off of course. Then see if that helps at all.

    Back in the day my primary monitor was a 15 in yellow text on black background - see if changing the background or text color helps...the screen itself had a mesh embedded in the screen, was nice to stop the glare.

  17. CulexPipiens

    CulexPipiens Still waiting for the zombies.

    Ditto... try white letters on black background or white or black on a grey background. Keep experimenting (even with various color combos) until you find something that works. Also, take frequent breaks and look away. Far away. Make your eye muscles and focal distances work... keeping them focused at the same distance for hours is not good. I have those issues at work when I stare at the screen(s) for too long.
  18. gypsysue

    gypsysue The wanderer

    Thanks for the suggestions. I'll play with the colors and see what happens...tomorrow though. I'm too sleepy and bleary-eyed tonight. I've tried dimming the screen but then I have to strain harder to see it. I tried my full-sized laptop today instead of my netbook and it didn't make a difference.

    I do the 'look away' thing when I remember. But sometimes I get engrossed in what I'm working on and forget to look away until my eyes are aching. I'll get better at it.
  19. Ezmerelda

    Ezmerelda Well-Known Member

    It may be too late to chime in, but I really like the name, "Mosquito Mountain Memories." I think it has a nice ring to it, and fits your stories better than adventures or series.

    I'm a big fan, by the way - Your stories are in the "save to read over and over (and over and over) again" category. :congrat:
  20. stayingthegame

    stayingthegame Well-Known Member

    I don't like the word "Chronicles" up in the title, so I'm probably going to change it. I'm thinking of something like "Mosquito Mountain Adventures" (We live on Mosquito Mountain, in real life). I think Chronicles implies science-fiction or something scholarly. Neither fit my stories.[/QUOTE] what about the word diaries?