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Lucky Monday by Robert C. Rodgers

A hard-boiled noir tale concerning magic, violence, and a whole lot of bad luck. 

Ever since I can remember, fortune cookies have told me that I’m going to die.

They never get too specific. Just the basics: ‘Your Lucky Numbers Are 3, 12, and 57. You Are Going to Die.’ Or: ‘Try the Spicy Pork Rolls! And Then Prepare to Die.’ It used to freak me out, but I’ve gotten used to it. In a way, it’s flattering. How many people can say that the universe lets them know the score?

A scientist told me that as you approach the impossibly dense center of a black hole, the axioms of physics stop functioning. Equations choke on the infinite and vomit up nonsense. Space bends. Time warps. Math breaks.

A black hole is a place where our explanations stumble; where descriptions elude even the most elegant of minds. It is a place where our perception of reality meets reality itself-–and shatters.

For me, it’s a place where fortune cookies issue death notices and you always lose the coin flip. It’s a place where cats hiss and dogs run away. It’s a place where, no matter where you are or what you’re doing, it always rains on Monday.

My name is Lucky Monday. And that place is where I live.

This is my black hole.


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Listed: Jan 21, 2010

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By Linda Schoales, editor

Jan 21, 2010: The author of "Arcadia Snips and the Steamwork Consortium" returns with a paranormal detective/thriller/urban fantasy. So far there are only 2 long chapters submitted but the writing looks solid.

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Offbeat

By Miladysa, author of Refuge of Delayed Souls

Apr 13, 2010: Who could enjoy a review written by Robert Rodgers and not want to take a peek at his own work? I for one, could not resist the temptation.

After perusing the whacky introduction for Lucky Monday I clicked straight through, and read all six chapters posted so far. Now here I am, trying to write a review and struggling (as always), to find just the right words. Here goes:

Lucky Monday is [more . . .]

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Draws you in and hooks you with early action scenes

By Shandrydan, member

Feb 27, 2010: Lucky Monday starts with an intriguing short introduction to the character “Lucky Monday” – a person that receives notification of her death every time she opens a fortune cookie – and then launches you right into the action watching a mysterious character called The Detective being thrown out of a third story window.

Lucky Monday lives in a world which may be our own, but a world in which strange things are happening. “Pod people” are out to get her and [more . . .]

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