more . . .

All Reviews

next »

 
the_author() rating onrating onrating onrating onrating on

THE ARCHIVE OF UNUSUAL EVENTS

Weird, complicated, and amazing.

By alex5927, author of Umbra: Unsanctimonious

Dec 18, 2016: The Archive of Unusual Things is an interesting read. The ideas put forth are reminiscent of a worldwide Night Vale, and the eclectic nature of the pseudo-news articles are extremely immersive, much more so than some people would be able to make it. Each article is about something different, and each thing is even weirder than the last. One of the first entries on the site is about the “Smithfield Snail Man,” and it’s exactly what it sounds like. The deadpan voice that permeates each article in the archive is what sells it, though. If it weren’t for the seriousness of the writing, it would seem both unbelievable and like it was trying too hard. It could have gone either way, as a lesser writer would have tried to make it funny simply by saying outrageous things, but this entire series is grounded in a way that makes it seem real. Overall, I suggest giving it a read. It’s pretty fantastic.

4 of 4 members found this review helpful.
Help us improve!  Request an invite or log in to rate this review.

next »

the_author() rating onrating onrating onrating onrating off

THE ARCHIVE OF UNUSUAL EVENTS

Amusing, Interesting World-building

By Jordan_Severns, author of Odd & Ends

Oct 23, 2016: The Archive is not your typical narrative, and often times it isn’t even technically a narrative, but that isn’t a bad thing! It takes the form of a series of entries in the eponymous Archive, which documents strange events all over the world. It’s really an exercise in continuous world-building, with a sense of narrative peppered throughout via reoccurring incidents and ideas.

Its creativity and wit are notable, and if you like urban fantasy and exploring unusual worlds, you can’t go wrong here.

3 of 3 members found this review helpful.
Help us improve!  Request an invite or log in to rate this review.

next »

the_author() rating onrating onrating onrating onrating off

THE ARCHIVE OF UNUSUAL EVENTS

The Straight Man

By Susan Amund, author of Barghest

Aug 16, 2016: This series of observations, and that is what the mini-stories feel like, reminded me of the Nightvale podcast or even a funnier, equally offbeat version of the Twilight Zone. Reading each entry puts another slant on the world of the Archivist, which is strange and unbelievable but written in such a way that I could not help but go along with it.

The writing is concise and witty with a dry sense of humor that has me, while not laughing out loud, smiling broadly and eagerly clicking through to the next entry. The absurd is told in such a clinical way that I want to believe that this world exists; the tone of the narrator gives a rare weight to the short stories.

My only complaint is that I have more than once found myself with questions that I wanted answered. Although I realize this is by design, it still leaves me dissatisfied and wanting more that the brief snippet into each entry.

3 of 3 members found this review helpful.
Help us improve!  Request an invite or log in to rate this review.

next »