Review: Aurealis #77


Aurealis77

2 stars

Read on April 29, 2015 — I own a copy

Synopsis: The first issue in Aurealis’ 25th year, Aurealis #77 is a feast of the eerie, the unsettling and the other side of ordinary. ‘Like a Boojum’ by Simon Petrie takes us to a world where the exotic is familiar and the familiar is not to be trusted. ‘The Death of Glinda, the Good Witch’ by Rebecca-Anne C Do Rozario probes and questions until reality itself is in question. Lachlan Walter’s exploration of the often troubling amalgamation of SF movies and Western movies is illuminating and fun, while our regular roll-out of reviews has some important pointers to good SpecFic reading.

Bookish Things: I really enjoy this cover.

Where to buy: Direct from Aurealis or Smashwords for $2.99

My Review: 
Bookshelves: aussie-authors, 2-star-review, aliens, aww2015fantasy, sci-fi

‘Like a Boojum’ by Simon Petrie takes us to a world where the exotic is familiar and the familiar is not to be trusted. 

I suppose this could be true, it was a rather lengthy look into an alien world and what ‘if looks could kill’ could mean. The idea was a good one, but I fear the amount of background provided was a little too heavy for the idea in my opinion.

The writing is quite intelligent, certainly aimed at the educated reader primarily because of the science involved, and while the writing itself was good, I just felt the story became a bit lost in all the science and background information.

‘The Death of Glinda, the Good Witch’ by Rebecca-Anne C Do Rozario probes and questions until reality itself is in question.

I found this to be rather boring. Set in an old folks home for the cast of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ the story itself was a little lost on me, perhaps it was because I was bored… perhaps it’s because I have no great love for The Wizard of Oz? I don’t know, but it wasn’t Aurealis’ best.

The artwork and reviews are to Aurealis’ normal standards. I quite like the cover.

Overall, my 2 stars is because the writing was pretty good, but the content just fell flat for me.

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