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"Epic" doesn’t even begin to cover it

By Sarah Suleski, editor, author of Sidonie

Jul 14, 2008: This is a difficult story for me to formulate my thoughts on. Why?

No Man An Island boggles my mind. It’s such a complex story, a psychological fun house maze through time and reality. How can I describe it, how can I try to summarize it without tangling myself up trying to wrap a labyrinth of psychological and spiritual concepts into a pat little package? This is not a linear story, by any stretch of the imagination. It switches time, place, perspective, and subplots as the author sees fit, rather than based on strict chronology.

There’s a method to the madness, a solution to the puzzle, and half the fun is trying to figure it out.

And yet, for all this headiness, NMAI is an exciting, engaging, rollicking good Story as well. There’s adventure, humor, horror, angst, action, and romance. It’s a compelling tale of the lives of a large cast of characters, with Ethan Pitney at the center of the storm.

This is a very spiritual story. Christian mythos is a huge part of the entire story arch—it’s in many ways an apocalyptic parable drawing from Genesis, Revelations, and other books of the Bible. At times the morality of the story can seem very strict, with characters’ vices painted in the extreme and leading to clear damnation. I sometimes found this offputting, but it was very fitting for the allegorical nature of many of the characters’ roles. Nothing is superfluous or just there to beat a moral point, everything is a part of the puzzle of the story.

All in all, it’s one of the most memorable web serials I have read to date.

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