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Child of Words Magazine Review

Reviewed by Toni.child

Book fatigue. I’m suffering from a devastating case of book fatigue. This has been brought on by reading a never-ending pile of boring books. Books that are devoid of containing anything fun, interesting, or even an enjoyable story. Except for a few great ones now and then, I am bored. So bored, that I found myself scrolling through my kindle and paused on my anthology section.

I have never given a thought to anthologies before. For some reason, I associated anthologies with lackluster writing or a collection of nothing. I hate the reason that was put in my mind because anthologies are amazing. What a great source of short, powerful stories. Perfect for my flailing attention span.

Big Pulp is a small publishing press with grand goals. They have been releasing content and collections since 2008 from different points in genre and locale. The printed issues can be purchased here. Big Pulp also offers collections in other dramas and are worth a look. Looks like they will be at the Scifi Valley Con for those in the Pennsylvania area.

“Child of Words” is their first collection of science fiction and fantasy. After devouring these stories as if I was starved (which I was because I was reading while I was at a Chipotle), I want more. More stories. More great storytelling. Could use some more romance possibly?  Mixed in with the stories were poems. Sorry to say I’m not a poem lover so I skimmed it. I will leave that to you readers to glance at.

Nine stories filled these pages. Each story was different, changing in tone and style. Some I did love, few just elicited an indifferent shrug.

The funniest one was “Let Us Use That For Which You Have No Use” by Stephen Ross. What if  there was a company who was willing to pay you $50 to use the part of  your brain that you don’t use? You’d find a way to extort that, right?  Of course, all things come with a price.  After reading this story, I immediately thought of the computer in IT Crowd (an amazing British show where I first crushed on Chris O’Dowd and Richard Ayoade) and of course HAL from Space Odyssey.

The most touching story was “The Tavern of the First Village” by Michael Andre-Driussi. Within the first few paragraphs I knew it was about a bunch of friends playing a role-playing game that sounded similar to Warcraft. The story starts off very silly but by the end I had a little tear in my eye. Reminded me again of another pop reference, this time of a great movie called “Fanboys“.

These were all wonderful to read and just refreshing. It gave me so much hope that there are storytellers out there just waiting for me to discover them. It also solidified the thought that I reference most things to movies or shows.

Since this is their first issue, I hope to see more issues in the future. I hope some writers decide to incorporate some science fiction romance in their stories. Maybe some of our readers skilled in wielding the mighty pen (or mighty keyboard) would be interested in submitting work to Big Pulp.

If your suffering from book fatigue like I am, I encourage you to pick this up for something a little different.

Length: Anthology
Genre: Science Fiction and Fantasy
Primary Book Format: print and e-format
Publisher/Imprint:  Big Pulp
Blush Quotient: None…you will sigh a lot though
Smart Girls Rating:  5 Stars

Order it here: Big Pulp

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(Disclaimer: This book was provided by the author to enjoy and review.)

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Child of Words Magazine Review

  1. You’ve inspired me to read some more short story anthologies. I hadn’t paid much attention to them until a friend told me he was published in one of the “Tales of the Witch World” books. I picked it up and read it and several of the others… and despite liking sci-fi much more than fantasy, I really enjoyed them.

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  2. Hi, Toni,

    I completely empathize. I also bore easily. I vary my reading accordingly, going to short story anthologies and collections (collection = by same author vs. different authors), poetry (I do love poetry, when it’s good), nonfiction (mostly as research topics for my sci-fi Spanners Series), and non-genre fiction before I circle back to sci-fi/fantasy. Even then, there are many I just won’t waste my time to finish; they’re that bad.

    Check out my Goodreads reviews (as Sally Ember) for what I think is worth reading (4 or 5 stars), what is barely worth it ( 3 stars) and not worth it (2 or 1 star) I’m extremely well-read, honest and picky.

    Thanks for the recommendation, Toni! Best to you!

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