Not really worth reviewing in my opinion. One thing was ridiculously noteworthy, though: The mermaids' tails are of the conveniently modest and young-Not really worth reviewing in my opinion. One thing was ridiculously noteworthy, though: The mermaids' tails are of the conveniently modest and young-adult-like clean sort: "By the time I had unclasped my bra and slipped out of my panties, I could feel the protective sheath of shimmering blue-green scales covering me from nipple to nipple and down across my belly to obscure my nudity." Ehhhh? I thought scales were part of the merfolk's nature and not a costume? How can they use their nipples for - let's say - feeding, if they are hidden under a "sheath of scales"? ...more
1. Ann Aguirre: Wild Magic: Tunnels, restrictive parents, powers and fairies. Something like that: 3 stars (My rating of the stories I've read so far:
1. Ann Aguirre: Wild Magic: Tunnels, restrictive parents, powers and fairies. Something like that: 3 stars (read 2011). 2. Dru Pagliassotti: Code of Blood: Crime in Venice. Boooring : 2 stars (read 2011). 3. Jaclyn Dolamore: The Airship Gemini: ... is the only remotely steampunkish element in the 'story', which could also take place on the Titanic or the Oriental Express. Siamesic freak-show twins who are forced by their handler to let a fame-hungry magician separate them are saved by a vampiric love interest. Duh. 1 star (read May 2013). 4. Lesley Livingston: Rude Mechanicals: A 19-years-old, London-based theatre director falls in love with a steampunky actrobot starring as Shakespeare's Juliet. As boring, forgettable and incomplete as it came across, it has unquestionably been squeezed out by its creator to fill the designated spot in the anthology. 2 stars. (read October 2013) 5. Maria V. Snyder: Under Amber Skies: "Under Amber Skies" has been the most enjoyable story in this collection so far. It is situated in an alternative World War II Poland in a village on the Baltic coast. The heroine's father is an inventor whose wondrous machines (like kitchen tools and agricultural vehicles) are secretly powered by amber stones. The heroine's mother is a tough patriot who wishes her husband would concentrate on designing new weapons able to destroy the Nazis, who employ metal owls to spy out the enemy. When her father disappears and her mother grows more and more fanatic, the heroine and the boy she is not allowed to love become a target and have to use their wit ... and a special wrist-watch ... to survive. 4 stars (read October 2013)...more
First of all, thank you, Robin, for providing that Smashwords coupon which enabled me to download you latest short story on my Kindle. Since I love yoFirst of all, thank you, Robin, for providing that Smashwords coupon which enabled me to download you latest short story on my Kindle. Since I love your two YA books Fat Cat and especially Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature, I was so very giddy about the opportunity to read some more 'Brande' before Into the Parallel gets released.
But then I have to say that - because of my high expectations probably - I was disappointed, because the short story is really short (I read it cover-to-cover while my train was rolling into it's final stop and this morning. And when the last person was hopping off I activated the snooze-switch of my Kindle and shook my head in confusion.) I do not even want to rate it, because for me there is not much to rate apart from a quite interesting idea, a rushed beginning without many introductions and a few hesitant steps into the direction of a possible plot. In my stubborn opinion a story should have a beginning, a middle part and an ending. Maybe that's why I am lurking around in the Young Adult corner so much, because these hidden-meaning-open-ending modern adult stories do not really reach me.
I guess that readers who like snipped-like SciFi stories set in High School will enjoy Gamemaster. So, by all means go ahead and read it. I will faithfully and impatiently wait for an ISBN of Into the Parallel to be generated so I can pre-order it....more