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text 2015-11-14 22:32
This author reads all his reviews, and he's pretty awesome, too!
A Man Like Me: A Science Fiction Short Story - Austin Grisham

I was worried about his notice at the end of the book, but I'd read it all, and I had things to say. 

 

You can read the author's response here.

 

You do have to scroll down a bit, but, yeah, he took no issue with me pointing out some editing errors.   Given the fact that I liked the ideas, and the editing errors weren't horrendous or too numerous*, and given his response here, I would read more by him in a heartbeat.   Yay!

 

*If they had been, I wouldn't be eager to read more.

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review 2015-11-13 01:14
Liked the ideas, liked the execution, but where was the editing?
A Man Like Me: A Science Fiction Short Story - Austin Grisham

So, good idea, good general execution.   Bad editing. 

 

So let's get the good out of the way: it was a thoughtful story with a twist at the end that I simply did not see.   That author played this straight throughout, so it was a pretty big shock.   The narrative ploys were all incredibly well done. 

 

And then there was the grammar. 

 

"He had not seen much of anything useful than some twisted metal when he noticed a large silver crate, clearly battered by the elements, but nonetheless still intact."

 

Missing word. 

 

"These infernal brains of mine, why won't it let me know my past?"

 

Brain/it and brains/them.   But there is a definite issue here. 

 

"'Sort of like the other day when you thought those shadows and trees was a monster?'"

 

Were, not was.   There's a repeated pattern here, where the tenses and numbers of things don't match up. 

 

".)."

 

Choose where the period goes.   Use one per sentence, please. 

 

And I'm kinda freaked out about this review.   He's asking for Amazon reviews, but says this: 

 

"Your feedback is very important to me; I read every review."

 

 

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review 2014-08-24 14:01
Fairly good sci-fi story...
Counter Program: (A Science Fiction Short Story) - Chad Corman

It was mostly the mechanics of the writing that tripped me up; this felt like an amateur attempt, and as that?   It was decent.   The writing itself was legible, and grammar fine enough, but the dialogue felt stilted and there was more telling than there should have been. 

 

The idea behind it, though?  I did like how the author played with the server-robots, and how they couldn't lie to humans, and how they struggled with that.   How they struggled with if they were alive, or simply functioning.   There were a lot of really heavy ideas that are really ripe for further exploration here.   But this is one of the problems.   In a twenty page short story?   They weren't fully explored, especially given the writing level.   

 

Still, this is exciting.   I feel confident that this author will become more adept at dialogue, and showing.   If that's the case, then this story shows a lot of promise, and what he might write in the future?   Exciting.   Worth the read to say, 'ah, I read it back when...'

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text 2014-02-01 19:42
January Reading count/highlights/letdowns
Robot Pony (A short science fiction story) - Madeline Claire Franklin
World After - Susan Ee
ROBOCOP TP VOL 01 (MR) - Frank Miller,Steven Grant,Juan José Ryp
Backup - Jim Butcher
The Day the Robots Woke Up - Ed Hartwell
Dating After Dark (Demon Whisperer) - Tawny Stokes
Bot is Lost! Combo Pack: Books 1 and 2 - Tod Ryan
Transformers: Retribution - David J. Williams,Mark Williams
A Serial Killers Guide: Dexter's Final Cut, Dexter, Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Dearly Devoted Dexter, Dexter in the Dark, Dexter By Design, Dexter Is Delicious, Double Dexter Tribute - Episode 1 - C.A. Jarest
RoboCop - Ed Naha,Michael Miner,Edward Neumeier

39 books in January.   I'm a little bit behind on my 500 book reading goal, though.   

 

Favorite books?  Robot Pony, World After, Miller's Robocop, Backup, Dating After Dark, The Day the Robots Woke Up, and Bot! Combo Pack.   

 

Disappointments?   Transformers Retribution, Serial Killer's Guide, and, yeah, the Robocop novelization.   

 

Overall, though, pretty good month.   I'm only like ten books behind, and I had a lot of fun reading a majority of the books.   

 

By the way, is this something you guys are interested in?   I don't wanna bug y'all, but if you like the monthly wrap up, let me know.  I'll continue!   (I saw one or two other people do this, and figured I'd put my own spin on my wrap up, just doing the count/highlights/letdowns.)

 

 

 

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review 2014-01-26 19:21
Robot Pony
Robot Pony (A short science fiction story) - Madeline Claire Franklin

*wipes a tear away*

 

The highest compliment I can give Madeline Claire Franklin's Robot Pony is that I wanted so much more! Don't get me wrong, it is absolutely perfect as a short story. In fact, I'm almost certain that anything else would ruin the magic of it. Still, I can't let it go. It hit me in just the right spot.

 

A human girl. A robot pony who is meant to be nothing but a mere toy. The utterly beautiful friendship that builds between them. I loved it. Loved it all. I picked this up to take a break between longer books, and found myself wishing for more.

 

What else can I say without ruining this for you? Read this. Thank you to the wonderful people who suggested it to me in the first place!

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