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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.

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HOW TO AVOID DEATH ON A DAILY BASIS

The Cynic’s Progress

By Fiona Gregory, editor

Dec 14, 2016: Sometimes, you just feel like reading something light and fun. This fits the bill.

We have a grouchy, cynical unreliable narrator, who is a great source of sardonic humour. He’s not as useless as he thinks he is, as in his quest to survive he finds himself becoming the reluctant leader of a group of misfits, who ironically bring out the best in each other. Not only do they survive, they bring themselves to the attention of the powers that be in this weird fantasy world, which brings a host of new challenges.

Despite their unexpected skill at survival, I like that none of the characters turn out to be supermen or superwomen in disguise. They are all flawed, callow, but in their own way decent young people in a fish out of water situation. The characterization is exaggerated for humour, but actually quite insightful.

Besides the humour, I enjoyed all the twists and turns and surprises the world holds, throughout which the fast-moving plot manages to hang together remarkably well. Dislikes? Nothing much . . . it is what it is, not meant to be deep or taken too seriously, just magical adventure with a humourous twist. Kudos for consistent and frequent updates.

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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.

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