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Koch Fiction by Kevin Koch

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An ever growing collection of free and exciting short stories by Kevin P. Koch. The goal is to share free fiction and promote Kevin Koch’s novel. The stories cover a wide range of genres with a strong focus on young adult. Enjoy!

Note: Koch Fiction is unfinished, and will likely remain so.


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Listed: Mar 10, 2013

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Compelling

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

Apr 13, 2013: I wasn’t sure what to expect when I read the summary for Koch Fiction on Web Fiction Guide; the only thing I could tell for certain was that it was a publicity site for an author’s YA novel, facts that did not give me great excitement as I went to the page. Happily, I found that you can’t read this particular book from the cover synopsis.

So far, there are a total of seven completed short stories, which the author posts new chapters to every few days. I read five of them, and found they generally seem to be geared to a young adult audience and have a sci-fi/fantasy flavor, with a majority of those I read leaning closer to horror fantasy.

I also found that the author has a great talent for drawing characters and situations in a few words, and then be able to develop a compelling tale in short order, as well. The details he adds as you read along are very naturally given and work to further the story, not stick out as mere exposition. Although young adult is really not my thing, the author did a great job of drawing me in, making me care for his characters, and making me want more. The writing itself is excellent, flowing smoothly, and even I couldn’t find any memorable errors.

Along with a recommendation to the author to rethink his Web Fiction Guide synopsis, the only thing I can think of to suggest to improve what he’s done is to set up a proper welcome page for his site, which should include links to all of the stories available. Currently, the link from WFG simply goes to the most recent post (which is often several chapters into a story), and the complete list of available stories is available on a sidebar, if you’re using a standard browser. Unfortunately, when I read this site on a tablet, what used to show up on the sidebar was relegated to the bottom of the page, which made it difficult to find and so made the page confusing to navigate.

I’d definitely recommend this story to fans of young adult fantasy/sci-fi, especially those who like a tinge of horror to what they read. I enjoyed reading what this author has on offer so far, and look forward to seeing what he comes up with next.

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