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review 2014-02-22 10:41
Line and Orbit
Line and Orbit - Sunny Moraine,Lisa Soem

This is my choice for the Zodiac Challenge (Pisces) since it's set in another world.


This story came highly recommended and almost all of my friends love it. 
I can see why, although I didn't love it quite as much. It has very creative world building, an interesting mix of old history and folklore and sci-fi/futuristic and a very powerful message and moral.

Adam lives in the very modern and technology advanced world. The people have been 'enhanced' and bred for perfection and implanted with technology for generations.
The Bideshi separated from 'their brothers' generations ago when they saw how the future was going to “A long time ago, my people—and then they were your people too—saw a way to rid themselves of a disease that was causing a great deal of death and pain. They went into the genetic code of every human and cut the sickness off at the source. At the root. New generations needed to have the same procedure. It was a good thing. It saved lives, as long as the practice was maintained. But then…then they went further.”

But Adam has a defect, making him trash and undesirable for the Protectorate
He is rescued by Lochlan and taken in to a world that Adam has only heard rumors about.

“Adam looked down at the proffered hand. He didn’t take it. The Bideshi. Weavers of dark magic, believers of dark madness. Bandits and thieves.”

The Bideshi seems to be a native nomadic kind of society, they like to travel on their home ships, there are also lots of references to the Old Testament of the bible in their history. Like brother against brother with Cain and Able, which is a good metaphor for this story. They also live with superstition and magic. They have very strong family ties and the whole society is considered family.
This is a whole new world for Adam and it changes him in many ways.
The society he came from was 'perfect' and very repressed. It's represented by Melissa Cosaire. And wow, someone wanted to make sure we knew how crazy perfection can be.
Adam is accepted and welcomed in to their world, as much as he was dismissed and exiled by his own.
But the Protectorate has a secret, one they are willing to kill to keep.

“You’ve heard that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. But here’s a thing to think on, child: why must there be any difference between the two?”

Decisions need to be made, ones that will cause death and hardship. 
“I caused this.” He ached with exhaustion and a thousand other things. “They want me—”
“They want blood. Be easy, little brother. You’re ours now. We are bigger and we are older and, mitr, we do not fight fair.”

I liked a lot of those things, the strong moral of the story, to always want moremore perfection, more power, havingno acceptance of anything different or 'imperfect' and to what that can lead. But also being brave and standing up for what you believe in, even at great cost. It was a very unique story with lots of creative mixing of different components. 
But, it was very long, too long, and at times written in such a way that was more riddles and I felt like I should know what they meant or were talking about, but I didn't. It took me almost half the book to feel invested and want to carry on reading.
And I would not consider this a romance at all, yes Adam and Lochlan do come together, but it really is more of a footnote. I never really warmed up to them as a couple and it wasn't until the last pages that I was even sure they were one.

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review 2014-01-16 09:29
I Tell Thee All, I Can No More
Clarkesworld Magazine Issue 82 - Neil Clarke;Vajra Chandrasekera;Sunny Moraine;David Tallerman;Ian McDonald;Daryl Gregory

I only read "I Tell Thee All, I Can No More" by Sunny Moraine:


Not what I usually read. Strange and thought-provoking.

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review 2014-01-13 20:39
Line and Orbit
Line and Orbit - Sunny Moraine,Lisa Soem

4.75 stars.

Great characters + fascinating story = happy reader :)

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review 2014-01-13 16:00
Line and Orbit
Line and Orbit - Sunny Moraine,Lisa Soem

I loved this. It took over my life. I was completely engrossed in this gorgeous new world, the writing, the characters, all of them. Lochlan, Adam, Kae. I absolutely hated reaching the end and having to say goodbye. I'm going to dream about this tonight. Really recommend trying this if you're in the mood for some sci-fi. And that it is LGBT is only a huge plus for me.


I don't think I can write the awesome review this book deserves. Fortunately there are already some amazing ones, on goodreads. I'll try to write more when I get back home.

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text 2013-11-02 19:15
Shimmer Seventeen (Fall 2013)
Shimmer Magazine - Issue 17 - E. Catherine Tobler,Katherine Sparrow,A. C. Wise,Sunny Moraine

For my full-length review and reviews of individual stories, please visit Casual Debris.


With Shimmer's latest, expect the usual shimmery fiction: fantasies with quiet, strong prose, a positive and often sentimental approach to a varied set of ideas. While Shimmer is consistent with its style and good quality writing, as well as with its authors, personally I feel the zine can do with a little noise, some straightforward, less poetically abstract imagery, and often more subtle and ambiguous approaches to its varied ideas. I would also like to see some longer stories included, but that's for personal taste, not general aesthetics.

Shimmer Seventeen features a little sci-fi, some nice ghosts, as well as more than one second-person narration, several unsympathetic mothers and three Canadians, all tossed to the far-end of the collection. My favourites are those by Alex Dally MacFarlane, Yarrow Paisley and Kim Neville.

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