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Street by Ryan A. Span

Street is a fast-paced online/print cyberpunk thriller about a woman alone in a dystopian future, Gina, working to make ends meet like the rest of the new underclass — by taking a powerful drug that gives her telepathic abilities. She skirts the edges of sanity when she takes a job she knows she really shouldn’t, and finds herself embroiled deeper . . .

A complete series.  Recommended by Eli James and 1 other member.
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Ride with Madness by psychmum

No one thinks straight in a heatwave.

Ride with Madness is set in the long hot summer of 1995. It opens with Helen Byrne, who yearns for personal freedom in her stifling marriage to the upwardly mobile Malcolm. Her compulsive involvement with ex-prostitute Carla and the flamboyant cult leader Addison threatens to tip all of them into the kind of madness where no one seems to have . . .

A complete novel.
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Steal Tomorrow by Ann Pino

When her parents died in a global pandemic, seventeen-year-old Cassie Thompson thought her biggest problem was finding her next meal. But “Telo” is a virally-transmitted genetic disease that targets adults, and no one is immune. Surviving to adulthood isn’t looking very good as her city succumbs to food shortages, sanitation problems, and gang violence. When Cassie accepts an invitation to . . .

A complete novel.  Recommended by Donna Sirianni.
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Do Not Take the Shells by Berber

Save us from the dangers of the sea.

Harris Evan, together with his two friends Cathy and Jeff, goes on a holiday to the quiet little coastal village of Taveye. However, it quickly becomes apparent that something is not quite right about the town. Strange shells wash up on the shore that you can’t find anywhere else. There is a sign with the words: “DO NOT TAKE THE . . .

A complete novel.  Recommended by Fiona Gregory.
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Who Is Anthony Stephens? by Patrick Anderson Jr.

Facts: Since 1978, the cost of college tuition in the United States has gone up by over 900 percent. In 2010, the average college graduate had accumulated approximately $25,000 in student loan debt by graduation day. Approximately two-thirds of all college students graduate with student loans. Americans have accumulated well over $900 billion in student loan debt. That . . .

A complete novel.  Recommended by Fiona Gregory.
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Spireclaw by Huw Langridge

A supernatural tale of love and identity.

All the time we are surrounded by coincidences. Some we pay a second thought to and then forget about. Some fill us with wonder. Some we never even notice. But there are some which can scare us. When Kieran Whyteleafe starts to see little coincidences happening around him he decides to investigate their meaning. The coincidences seem to centre . . .

A complete novel.
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STREET

Very Fun

By Eli James, editor

Jan 12, 2009: Picture the scene in the Matrix where Neo is standing at the edge, on the top of a drab office block. Freeze that scene and plaster the concrete and glass buildings with neon signs and kanji. Fill the streets with a multi ethnic crowd. Cover the skies with polluted smog, wipe America clean with a trio of nuclear bombs and install an oppressive, all powerful technocratic government in place of the robots. You have now, in your mind’s eye, a graphical representation of Street.

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UNFORESEEN DIVES

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By Tom Barendse, member

Nov 7, 2010: Honest, believable fiction. The author is able to communicate an idea well, with a pleasing economy of words; the work is in plain English and does not try to find a thesaurus alternative for every fourth word. The pace moves along smoothly but without rushing, partly thanks to the choice of the first-person perspective for the protagonist.

My only criticism so far is the prologue. While the atmosphere is very good and the writing almost poetic, the use of a second-person [more . . .]

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