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Stone Burners by Syphax

We're all Human 

Olivia has been having a bad week. Hell, she doesn’t even know her own name. Olivia is just the one she came up with to have a name in the first place. You see, she can’t remember anything, including why she has wings and a tail, among many other lizard-esque features, which is somewhat unfortunate. But maybe the future will get better. (No, no it won’t. It will only get worse.)

Note: Stone Burners contains some graphic violence and harsh language.


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Listed: Jan 16, 2014

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Editor’s First Impression

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

Jan 31, 2015: I found Stone Burners to be engaging quickly on, beginning with a hero that appears to have had her memories largely erased and struggling to fill in the knowledge of her world from there. The main character, Olivia, is interesting and engaging, and both her adventures and the people she meets as the story goes on serve to pull the reader in, I found. There also seems to be a good balance of story exposition and action. It’s clear to me that the author spent a lot of time thinking about their world and how it came to be, which is admirable and makes for interesting reading.

On the flip side of that, however, my main critique of the story is the amount of backstory the author presents. It’s often presented (at least in the beginning of the story) in a sort of omniscient third-person way, and frankly, I found myself skimming a lot of it. I liked it a lot better later on when the author (although still sometimes falling into the third-person infodump) did more with allowing the environment to tell the story (e.g., through newspaper/television news stories), or allowing the characters to explain things to Olivia in their own way, whether or not they put things in a biased or unbiased way. Along with that, I’d recommend the author get a friend to provide beta reader services, since there were tense issues and occasional typos that sometimes interrupted the flow of reading.

In short, I found the story appealing and interesting, although I’d like to see the backstory information presented better, and probably used more judiciously. I think most readers of superhero fiction would like this story, and I recommend it to them.

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Violent and Fun.

By TreeFrogSoup, author of The Passover

May 26, 2014: I love my action and Stone Burners has some good action. Then again, When your main character is a dragon you’ll expect some action sooner or later.

Stone Burners is the tale of Olivia who is a human turned into a bulletproof, regenerating, flying chunk of muscle, claw and death who hasn’t got a clue what happened to her, and her group of friends who make the problems of being half a dragon in a world where non-human monsters are hunted [more . . .]

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Not Your Momma’s… WebFic?

By BillyHiggins, author of Godpunk

May 25, 2015: Stone Burners is strange.

Before we say anything else, we should get that out of the way. It has an amnesiac dragon, a techno-despot, and a gang centered around Aztec myth.

It’s a distinctly superheroic tale, but while many superheroic tales feature a sort of science fantasy melange (e.g. The Avengers, which features a Norse god and several mad scientists—fantasy and science fiction, respectively), Stone Burners takes it to the next level. [more . . .]

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Aside from having NO idea where the title came from…

By Oniwasabi, author of The Monster They Deserve

Feb 13, 2014: An excellent read! I found this to be a very engaging story. The characters are all unique, interesting, and most importantly HUMAN. Even the antagonist characters that we don’t get much point of view from are more than cardboard badguy cutouts (there’s one generic lunatic, but even that character copout serves a secondary purpose!) The pacing is a little hit or miss in some chapters, and there are a couple of points where the shifting point of view (chapters tend to be from a single character’s POV and it varies [more . . .]

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