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AEONICA

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By JohnCalliganWrites, author of Wayfaring Princess

May 1, 2019: I just finished the first chapter, and I thought it was great. The story is engaging right out the gate. I like the main character and the prose is top notch.

If I have any gripe, some of the dialog is a little on the nose for my taste, but somehow that style adds to the charm of the setting, so I wouldn’t knock any points for it. 5/5 will read again.

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THE DREAMS

Editor’s First Look – Slice of Life Mixed with Japanese Folklore

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

Sep 16, 2017: I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect when I started The Dreams, but I was pleasantly surprised by a story that is half a slice of life/coming of age tale of a young woman going to college and meeting someone special, and half Japanese fairy tale, a story of a young woman in a small village who begins befriending a strange, magical young man she’s been told not to speak to.

The author does a good job of drawing in the reader into her dual worlds, and I found myself interested in both stories, wondering where they would go. What starts off as two light and interesting tales, however, quickly pick up some dark undercurrents, which makes them both even more compelling.

I don’t want to say much more about either of the stories because I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but for anyone fond of coming of age/slice of life stories or Japanese folklore, I’d definitely recommend this one for you.

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DO IT YOURSELF

Absurd, but it works!

By Alexander.Hollins, member

Jul 28, 2017: Imagine a Home Depot, of sorts. Staffed by a retired supervillian, (mostly retired) a dryad, a Terminator from the future who has already prevented her John Conner from being born, and is just running the Kids Krafts section until Judgement day comes, a pair of twins, one dedicated to the light (who works in Lighting and Lamps) and one dedicated to the Dark (blinds and window coverings, of course).

And those are the more NORMAL people who are attracted to this nexus of weird. And this would be all well and good. Until a rival home goods and hardware store, one staffed by beings of inexplicable evil, moves in across the street.

BEGUN, the hardware wars have.

This delightful romp moves quickly from character to character, its very ensemble, no one character taking precedence. There is a variety of storylines going on at any moment, but the author does an excellent job of tying them together and resolving plots before introducing new ones. The characters have well done unique voices, and the action accentuates the plot.

High brow humor and dumb pop culture gags abound. The writing is more reminiscent of Robert Aspirin than anyone else, but is uniquely the author’s own.

Prose is well written for the most part. The first 10 or so chapters are a bit rough, but the author hits their pace, and each chapter is cleaner than the last. I’ve greatly enjoyed plowing through the backlog, and am on chapter 55 at the time of deciding to write a review. If you like funny, but still a good dramatic story, take a read!

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