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The Germaine Truth by Duane Poncy and Patricia J. McLean

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The Tales of Germaine, Oregon

The Applegate Trail:

Susie Applegate is a reporter for The Germaine Truth, the town newspaper, owned and operated by her dad, Howard Applegate. Susie chronicles the stories of the people of Germaine, and with the help of 11 year old Shaherazade Budreau, is determined to solve a 50 year old murder mystery – the death of a traveling jazz musician, Charles Sevigney LaFontaine, a black man from New Orleans, whose bones were found in a desert ravine. Then, there are the mysterious strangers in the Central Oregon desert, and the unfortunate incident in Room 17 of the Restin’ Easy . . . 

A Stranger In Town:

Cynthea McCoy’s version of the truth is that of an outsider, a stranger in town. But the horoscope she writes as Madame Zorro for The Germaine Truth reveals an uncanny knowledge of the secrets of her neighbors. A recovering addict, she has found love and a certain measure of peace as the wife of Harlan McCoy. The McCoy family has a few secrets of its own. Now revelations about the murder of LaFontaine and the tragic death of his daughter, Rochelle, threaten to tear apart the town and the McCoys.

The Diary of Little Germaine:

Follow the pioneer diary of nine year old Germaine Van Bibber, as the founders of Germaine, Oregon travel across The Oregon Trail from Independence, Missouri in the summer of 1845.

The Medicine Bundle:

No one is who they seem to be in this town. Dr. Rosa is no exception. Physician at the EcoSurvival Village free clinic, the good doctor is operating without a license to minister to the people of Wilbur County. What is she hiding, or hiding from? And what is her relationship to The Unfortunate Incident in room 17? And what is her connection to this desolate spot of green on the edge of the Oregon desert?

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Listed: Jul 13, 2008

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Good writing for sleepy stories.

By Donna Sirianni, editor

Jan 2, 2009: That’s not to say sleepy stories are bad but this work is far from action-packed. The execution of the story as a whole is made in through four different stories interwoven around this one little town that aren’t necessarily sequels to one another, but lightly interlaced together to form a believable connection. While the tales aren’t fantastical or guns-blowing with action, the voice and the plot is intriguing enough to keep reading.

The writing is quite good but sometimes a bit meandering. The portion of the portion I read, The Applegate Trail, is a blogfic and I think the balance struck between blog and story is a good one although it leans heavily towards the story-telling side rather than the blog side. I often forgot that I was reading someone’s "blog" and not a first person narrative online novel. The line is blurry but it’s one of the better blogfic stories I’ve seen in terms of style.

I like the newspaper articles scattered throughout the chapters that relate to certain events being mentioned. It’s just enough insight to what’s going on in the background (or really, what’s already happened) that gets you itching to keep reading.

I had the biggest problem with the formatting. I reviewed this story a while ago for another site and then I mentioned the odd characters showing up in the text, not to mention the spacing. While the story is much easier to read now than it was then, the strange computer characters are still there and can be distracting to read.

Also, I’m not sure why the first few chapters of Applegate are broken up like they are. The chapter as a whole is normal chapter length but they’re separated into pages of no more than a few paragraphs in length, at most. I didn’t see the purpose of that.

Overall, it’s a very interesting story that’s quite well-written but it moves at a pace that’s a little slow for my patience level. The voice is good and solid and very believable and I think it’s one of the main things that’ll draw the reader in. The prose is descriptive without diving into naval-gazing and gives you just the right amount of information that you need to want to keep reading. If you have the patience to read a story that works at a bit of a slower pace but want something good to read, take up The Germaine Truth.

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A Life in the Day of Germaine

By Drew Daniels, editor

Aug 23, 2008: Note: I have yet to read the whole serial due, not to the content of the site, but my own time constraints. As such I will more than likely re-vamp this at some point in the near-distant.

The Germain Truth is a story told from the perspective of several different people. Don’t let this deter some of you however, as the layout of the site allows you to pick and choose the narrator that you wish to hear from.

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What Web Narrative Should Become

By amber simmons, member

Dec 7, 2008: I don’t recall how I stumbled across the Germaine Truth, but once I discovered it and realized what it was, I was in love.

As a web professional and web creative, it is especially dear to me when I find people who are truly telling "Net native" stories. And while one could argue that The Germain Truth only translates printed media to the web, I would say it does more than that. Instead of telling one story, The Germaine Truth instead endeavors to tell a network of stories, the story of a town and it people, past and present, and presents this unified collection in a manner that would be difficult and unwieldy in print. The authors have called this work an experiment, and as such, I would have to say it wildly succeeds.

The authors have gone to extraordinary lengths to make this world immersive and believable. From the town’s detailed genealogy records, to its maps, to its newspaper clippings, the story is everything it promises and then some. The people of Germaine pass their stories to us in voices uniquely their own, and the tapestry they weave is nothing short of wonderful.

The only reason I have not given this story 5 stars is because I don’t think it’s been updated in a long while, and several stories remain incomplete. I wnat to know what happens with Cynthea. I want to know what is happening in the twon now. I want to see it all come together in bright, wonderful colors.

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