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SIDEWAYS IN HYPERSPACE

Solid and suspenseful sci fi

By Fiona Gregory, editor

May 25, 2017: Yay! Some real sci-fi,sufficiently convincing and well thought out at least for me. It takes place two hundred years in the future, as humanity has become a fully fledged spacefaring race and is venturing out into the galaxy, about to meet some of its other inhabitants. And about to fall in way over their heads into a cosmic crisis.

The story is unfolding quite slowly, as perspective shifts back and forth between the crew of an exploratory spacecraft, a mining vessel and its corporate headquarters, and teenage residents of a colony ship which is now somewhat redundant due to the invention of FTL travel. I’ve read quite a large chunk, although not all that has been posted to date (updates seem to be frequent and consistent, very good sign), and it seems like the plot is only just getting started. This is mostly for the good, as it gives time to establish some world building, character development, and suspense. I’ll say so far nothing I have read has been super original, in comparison with all the other science fiction I have read over the years, but it is solid, vividly written, and interesting enough to hold my attention. I felt the wonder, trepidation, and horror along with the characters. LIke them, I have no idea what is going to happen next.

And apparently two hundred years from now, electronic implants in our retinas (yuck!) will replace cell phones for communications and data, but rebellious teens will still wear band shirts and cargo pants.

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PERSPECTIVE POURRI

Whimsical supergirl vigilante, with cats

By Fiona Gregory, editor

May 25, 2017: Ok, it was probably the promise of cats that drew me in, though to be honest, in the part I read they are present but not particularly strong characters. More could be done with this idea, and perhaps is in later chapters.

The story is built around the purposeful wanderings of a girl, or some kind of being in the form of a girl, with teleportation and other powers, in the company of a herd of cats that follow her around and tell her things. Her mission is to bring happiness and random acts of kindness to worthy folks she encounters, but this also involves casually knocking off some bad guys, which she does in a naive and whimsical way. Even her cat followers are slightly horrified by this.

I found the writing a bit stilted, but the language was simple so the reading went quickly enough. I read the first three chapter vignette; there are several others that I didn’t read so I’m just assuming they went in a similar vein. The story didn’t particularly sell me, but it is distinctive enough to recommend as worth a look.

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EVERYBODY LOVES LARGE CHESTS

The zany antics of a cannibalistic murder hobo

By jonnnney, member

May 24, 2017: (First time reviewing)

A story of a power leveling moron with tunnel vision and no morals. A story which is shiny, is tasty, and stole about 4 days of my life. The story starts off small and simple then slowly grows into a bigger and bigger world with intrigues and twists that I personally didn’t see coming. The MC casually commits an absurd level of death and destruction both accidentally and purposefully.

The writing style is an good example of showing rather than telling though sometimes it will get bogged down in details given the high level of video game aspects such as classes, leveling, status screens, HP/MP, skills being chosen at set times via popup window, etc. Even so the telling comes in small doses.

Warning: There is very explicit and violent sexual content in the 3rd and 4th arcs (Urges and Science!!!). There is explicit sexual content peppered throughout the rest of the chapters.

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