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Bay City Runaway by David Hill Burns

Bay City Runaway is a serialized novel published weekly. James Roberts is a lonely drunk escaping a tragic past who gets entangled with a teenage runaway girl in San Francisco. Set in the 90s and 2000s, Bay City Runaway explores alcoholism, abuse, love, loss, and an unlikely friendship. . . .

A serialized novel, updating daily.
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Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

Marcus, a.k.a “w1n5t0n,” is only seventeen years old, but he figures he already knows how the system works–and how to work the system. Smart, fast, and wise to the ways of the networked world, he has no trouble outwitting his high school’s intrusive but clumsy surveillance systems. But his whole world changes when he and his friends find themselves . . .

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Giant Girl Rampages by Melly Mills

Melly Mills is very tall. Freakishly impossibly tall. Basketball hoops come up to her hips, and most people are only a bit taller than her knees. She looks down on giraffes, and has to bend down to peek into a second-story window. Melly’s parents kept her sheltered view in the middle acres of their family farm until they died . . .

A blogfic, with no recent updates.
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Corvus by L. Lee Lowe

In an alternate present the minds of teen offenders are uploaded into computers for rehabilitation—a form of virtual wilderness therapy. Zach is a homo cognoscens, one of the new humans who can navigate the Fulgrid. Though still a high school student, he is indentured to the Fulgur Corporation as a counsellor. Laura is a homo sapiens. Their story is part . . .

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7 Days in November by Grant Cravens

A novella about Ty, Furball, Bourbon, and their friends in Java, Missouri, and their very busy week before Thanksgiving. Bourbon risks losing his boyfriend over a bad choice at a party, Ty struggles against the tide of rumors at school, and Furball’s friends try to pull him out of his own potentially destructive slump. . . .

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Busted Axle Road by Wes Boyd

A snake crawls out of a bathroom drain, and a woman kills it with her hair dryer . . .  That’s all it takes to set townspeople, media, crooked environmentalists, a country music singer, the federal government and a bunch of dogsledders to getting at each other’s throats. Of course, nothing’s quite normal in Spearfish Lake! . . .

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Oh God the Rapture Is Burning by DJay32

You can survive the zombies, but you can't survive the apocalypse.

Dateline: Alternate history of Earth, Harold Camping’s 2011 “Rapture” prediction comes horribly true. From May 21st until October 21st, the sky turns red and portals open up sporadically on Earth to a surreal universe referred to as Xanadu. Cats become spidercats, ducks grow in size, the undead rise as everyone expected, and a creature roams who is best described simply . . .

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Runner’s Moon by Wes Boyd

Two kids, a dream, and acres of dogs . . . Josh and Tiffany want to become dogsled racers. They just have to grow up first—and learn about what they’re doing along the way. A follow-on to Busted Axle Road, focusing on Josh and Tiffany’s adventures. . . .

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CORVUS

Weblit, in every sense of the term

By Eli James, editor

Aug 30, 2010: "Listen, sugar, some things never change. Once a nigger lover, always a nigger lover. Only now they call them augers."

I have put off writing this review for the longest time. I finished Corvus at the tail end of 2009, and then had a few conversations with Lee, its author, not too long afterwards.

"What did you set out to do?" I asked.

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LITTLE BROTHER

This one speaks to me.

By BFuniv, member

Jan 16, 2010: This book is about young hackers fighting when tyranny passes the tipping point in their neighborhood.

What is striking is what Stephen King in his book On Writing refers to as the most important part of fiction – the truth. These characters are real, their situations ring with historicity and valid experience. I don’t need to suspend disbelief, I can believe.

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