Yearly Archives: 2016

“Patriarch Run” by Benjamin Dancer

Authors are often too passionate about the ideas they discuss. It is refreshing to find a writer who does not fall into the trap of first telling us all about the issues, and then putting characters in to show what they mean. This story ties together a great number of crucial issues: population expansion, the […]

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“As Wings Unfurl” by Arthur M. Doweyko

This is a modern paranormal story of the “Guardian Angel Becomes Mortal for the Sake of Love” variety. But the promised love story rather fades as the action progresses: a lost opportunity for more depth to the humanity of the characters. The plot involves the common people involved in the unraveling of a millennia-old conspiracy: […]

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The X-Cure by Bruce Forciea

This international thriller/conspiracy theory/novel starts with a great action sequence, full of assailants in ski masks, early-hours careening through the streets of Beijing in an enclosed van, and a great deal of disorientation, pain, and unpleasant surprise. However, we then drop back to the real beginning, which contains a great deal of backstory and information […]

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Inevitable Ascension by V.K. McAllister

Here we go again. Another novel in the new genre, “Video Game Plot.” This one in spades. This story is set in a dystopian steam-punk world where all the rules are broken, including most of the rules of novel writing. Violina and her sidekick, Lux, roar through the ruins of a destroyed planet, finding, using, […]

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