Review: Aurealis #78


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3 stars

Read from December 19 to 23, 2016 — I own a copy , read count: 1

Synopsis: Now in its 25th year, Aurealis keeps up its tradition of bringing you the finest in Fantasy and Science Fiction. Issue #78 has the bracing neo-noir ‘Enfolded’, from J Michael Melican and the punchy ‘Discarded Pieces’ from David Coleman. Terry Wood brings us visions of the future in the first part of his History of the Flying Car, and, as always, Aurealis brings you the best in reviews. Aurealis, when only the best will do.

Bookish Things: I love this cover!

Where to buy: The Aurealis website or Smashwords for $2.99.

My Review: 

This edition of Aurealis sees the neo-noir ‘Enfolded’, from J Michael Melican and the punchy ‘Discarded Pieces’ from David Coleman making a splash.

I enjoyed both stories, but Enfolded was something extremely unique. I would have liked to learn more about the characters past, which was hinted at, and know what the future held for him. A truely interesting piece that outshone the other piece easily.

Having said that, though, both pieces are well written and formed part of a nice edition, including some advise for self-publishing and promotion as well as a handful of reviews on books.

I really liked the cover art of this edition.

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Review: Aurealis #77


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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.

Review: Aurealis #76


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ReviewStars-4

Read on March 21, 2015 — I own a copy

Synopsis: This issue features stories by Meryl Stenhouse and Melanie Rees as well as our monthly review of new titles and yet another instalment of ‘Sacred Cows’ by Stephen Higgins.

Bookish Things: Fantastic cover art again this issue, though I have no idea what that thing is meant to be!

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

Review: Aurealis Magazine Edition #73


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3 stars

Read on October 16, 2014

Synopsis: This issue of Aurealis features a near-future Melbourne of smart clouds, mutated fauna and air filtration towers in Daniel Baker’s gritty and evocative ‘Refraction’. The second story ‘Kisses with Teeth’ by Allan Chen is a much more personal horror story, exploring one man’s reaction to a chilling transformation. Our ‘From the Archives’ this issue starts our Sacred Cows series where we review classic SF novels as if they had been published today. Shane M Brown’s article, ‘The Secret to Selling eBooks’, continues his series on thriving in the new publishing eco-system we live in, and we round things off with a bumper crop of reviews of the latest speculative fiction. Continue reading

Review: Aurealis Magazine Edition #75


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3 stars

Read from October 28 to 29, 2014

Synopsis: Issue #75’s fiction department features Cecilia Quirk’s ‘Scattered Souls’ and ‘The Nevermaw’ by Miles Hurt, two pieces that will engage and entertain. There is also a wealth of non fiction with a plethora of reviews, as well as a short look at the recent World Science Fiction Convention held in London. plus another Sacred Cow article where a classic work is reviewed (in a light hearted manner) as if it had just been released. Just tons of good stuff! Continue reading

Review: Aurealis Magazine Edition #74


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Read from October 26 to 27, 2014

Synopsis: Aurealis #74 features Imogen Cassidy’s ‘Soul Partner’, an urban fantasy gumshoe pastiche with some original touches, and Leife Shallcross’ creepy and engrossing ‘Music for an Ivory Violin’. Chris Large brings some thoughtful silliness to the issue with his ‘When a Jedi Should Think Twice About Bringing a Knife to a Gunfight’, Stephen Higgins continues SF’s Sacred Cows by looking at Asimov’s Foundation, and our reviewers cast judgement on a number of works. Continue reading