The blurb says that "pulp isn't dead", and I couldn't agree more. This is a great action-packed selection from the authors featured in this debut anthology issue, and a great job by the editors, Matthew X. Gomex and Cameron Mount. Well done, guys!
I have been getting into a number of anthology magazines in the last couple of years - and I truly hope they all prosper and thrive. What I love about them is the exposure to a range of different authors, as well as the bite-sized stories, which are so perfect for commuting trips or other short chunks of time.
This collection was somewhat outside of my normal reading zone, being fairly weighted towards fantasy, however I do enjoy sci-fi as a genre, so it wasn't too much of a stretch. And there was even a sci-fi take on a PI story here (my usual genre) - loved that one by Dave D'Alessio. And this is why it's so great to wander out of one's normal comfort zone - because this selection are all excellent pieces of writing. Heaps of action, solid characterisation, and some delicious twists. And did I mention excellent writing? Damned good, all of them.
So, despite not being my usual zone, I enjoyed this collection so much I now have Issue # 2 lined up on my TBR pile. And I'm going to keep reading it, as a regular addition to my anthology enjoyment.
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