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Praise/Criticism of Issue #2

Post by Kenwood on Tue Jul 20, 2010 5:21 pm

Post your thoughts, good or bad, on issue #2. Or link us reviews/comments you happen to find online. We're always looking to improve. If you'd like to discuss individuals stories, do so in the topics below.

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Re: Praise/Criticism of Issue #2

Post by Balor on Thu Aug 05, 2010 5:09 pm

Started and finished today. Took just over two hours. The review will come soon, but just one thing first:

What happened to the spine printing on issue #2? It looks out of place now beside the first issue on my bookshelf!!!

(Just kidding. Doesn't really matter. Just curious. You run out of room?)

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Re: Praise/Criticism of Issue #2

Post by Kenwood on Thu Aug 05, 2010 5:46 pm

Balor wrote:Started and finished today. Took just over two hours. The review will come soon, but just one thing first:

What happened to the spine printing on issue #2? It looks out of place now beside the first issue on my bookshelf!!!

(Just kidding. Doesn't really matter. Just curious. You run out of room?)
Don't get me started. Haha. I've kicked myself over that numerous times. That was an unfortunate issue with not have enough content. I thought the bump in font size was going to make a huge difference, so we cut back on a few things. Unfortunately it didn't make that big a difference. Issue #2 is 18 pages less than issue #1, and the spine is too small for the font. By the time I found this out, it was simply too late to make a change and add content.

Trust me, I'm anal as hell; it's not something I liked doing at all. But with all the previous delays with this issue, I just had to suck it up. I learned a lesson. Issue #3 will be well over 100 pages.

Besides that, I hope you enjoyed it. =)

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Re: Praise/Criticism of Issue #2

Post by Mercedes on Thu Aug 05, 2010 6:23 pm

Haha, Rob had to mention the spine issue!

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Re: Praise/Criticism of Issue #2

Post by Balor on Fri Aug 06, 2010 2:27 am

Ooh, did I bring up a problem issue? HA!

Actually, I only had one other complaint, and I'm not going to include it in the review because...well, because it probably won't matter to anyone who buys the mag anyway.

The reviews. Too many everyday items. I can find hundreds of reviews online for things such as Supernatural and The Road (though I consumed both happily). I was kind of expecting more book reviews. Figured there were many out there that folks hadn't heard of that are hidden gems. It would've been nice to read about some of them.

However, that's only my opinion, and I can be a pretentious and anal retentive bastard. So take that for what it is.

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Re: Praise/Criticism of Issue #2

Post by Kenwood on Fri Aug 06, 2010 2:50 am

Noted. And I agree. When I reviewed music, I always liked to review the stuff most other mags or zines weren't reviewing. Unfortunately, we're not being sent any material for review, so my hands are somewhat tied when it comes to reviews.

But we've already discussed making changes. For instance, no more video game reviews. The gaming industry just moves too quickly these days for those game reviews to stay relevant. Anyway, we'll do better with issue #3. I've gotten some contacts recently and I'm now getting tons of e-mails offering books for review. Most are not close to horror, but some are. I just got some ridiculous "How to Kick Ass Like a Zombie" book in the mail. It's titled something like that anyway. Haha.

Anyway, I think you were the first person to mention the small font in issue #1, so it's your fault there's no font on the spine of issue #2! unsure

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Re: Praise/Criticism of Issue #2

Post by Balor on Fri Aug 06, 2010 3:05 am

AHA!

No, I had absolutely no problem with the font size. However, I do like the new, bigger size. It did make it much easier to read, so I guess whoever suggested it was on to something.

Oh, and the quality of story also made it easier to read, as well. Every...single...one....was fantastic. Unlike the first one, where I thought there were a couple duds. Okay, I think I just gave away my review.

Damn.

(Edited to say: You want books to review? I'll send you some...or I'll simply review them for you...)

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Re: Praise/Criticism of Issue #2

Post by Kenwood on Fri Aug 06, 2010 3:11 am

Balor wrote:AHA!

No, I had absolutely no problem with the font size. However, I do like the new, bigger size. It did make it much easier to read, so I guess whoever suggested it was on to something.

Oh, and the quality of story also made it easier to read, as well. Every...single...one....was fantastic. Unlike the first one, where I thought there were a couple duds. Okay, I think I just gave away my review.

Damn.

(Edited to say: You want books to review? I'll send you some...or I'll simply review them for you...)
I read slow, so I'm not good for reviewing books. Haha. If you want to review some, though, by all means. The majority of this issue's reviews were done by Brian Sammons. Either way, we're open to new reviewers.

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Re: Praise/Criticism of Issue #2

Post by Balor on Sun Aug 08, 2010 3:58 pm

Here it is, Ken, Sadie, John, Nick, and co.

Review

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Re: Praise/Criticism of Issue #2

Post by Vincent on Sun Aug 08, 2010 4:27 pm

Awesome. Liking the review lots.

Just one minor correction, if you would. There's a small error in the TOC in the first batch of copies, and I guess that's what you copied it from. The name's Vincent Pendergast, not Vincent Pendergrast. I believe it's only typoed the once; it's spelled correctly on the cover and byline.

Anyway, glad you liked the issue.

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Re: Praise/Criticism of Issue #2

Post by Shiney on Sun Aug 08, 2010 4:32 pm

Great review. Thanks!

I read "The Road" almost immeadiately after Issue #1 came out....I had not at that time known thewre wasa film on the way, but I thought it was such a great book and maybe not one that genre fans would know about...But by the time the issue came to fruition...not only had the film come out but the book had a new surge in popularity and then we look like bandwagoneers....


I will most likely stick to more obscure books for future reviews...either things I already own and love or new things I find....if people send me any.

Oh yeah, I think cate's story is called "Pretty little GHOULS"....you have it as GOONS.

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Re: Praise/Criticism of Issue #2

Post by Kenwood on Sun Aug 08, 2010 5:36 pm

Vincent wrote:Awesome. Liking the review lots.

Just one minor correction, if you would. There's a small error in the TOC in the first batch of copies, and I guess that's what you copied it from. The name's Vincent Pendergast, not Vincent Pendergrast. I believe it's only typoed the once; it's spelled correctly on the cover and byline.

Anyway, glad you liked the issue.
Dude, I'm so sorry. Seriously. I know that's not enough, but I really am terribly sorry about that.

And Robert, dude, THANK YOU! Very much appreciated. Due to the hectic year I had since issue #1 came out, many of these stories were read and accepted by Nick, John, and Mercedes. So it's pretty awesome to know that I'm not needed. Haha. Can't thank you enough for such a positive review. You rock!

Oh, and though I giggled, Cate's story is "Pretty Little Ghouls," not "Goons." And I don't have a copy here at work, so please please PLEASE tell me I didn't put "Pretty Little Goons" in the TOC. unsure

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Re: Praise/Criticism of Issue #2

Post by Tall Tyrion on Sun Aug 08, 2010 5:56 pm

Thanks for the review, bro. I had thought we topped ourselves as well. Glad to think someone else agrees.

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Re: Praise/Criticism of Issue #2

Post by Balor on Sun Aug 08, 2010 6:25 pm

Oh, god, sorry guys. The Goons thing was a total mental f-up on my part.

And Vincent, your name's been changed.

John, don't worry. I loved the book, as well. It's all good.

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Re: Praise/Criticism of Issue #2

Post by Vincent on Sun Aug 08, 2010 9:41 pm

Kenwood wrote:
Dude, I'm so sorry. Seriously. I know that's not enough, but I really am terribly sorry about that.

I know, man. Hey, it's all good. Copies are selling, people are digging it... so far, so good.

It's a buzz to know that someone out in the world likes yer stuff.

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Re: Praise/Criticism of Issue #2

Post by Tall Tyrion on Sun Aug 08, 2010 11:41 pm

Don't quote me, but I think the misspelling will be able to be changed on future issues. So those who bought early will have a collector's item.

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Re: Praise/Criticism of Issue #2

Post by Kenwood on Sun Aug 08, 2010 11:48 pm

Tall Tyrion wrote:Don't quote me, but I think the misspelling will be able to be changed on future issues. So those who bought early will have a collector's item.
We can make changes on the fly.

Score another point for POD, haters! lol

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Re: Praise/Criticism of Issue #2

Post by Vincent on Sun Aug 15, 2010 8:37 pm

Not precisely a review, but Jeffrey Thomas makes positive mention of the issue in his blog (in the context of a review done on one of his books), and particularly praises Christian A. Dumais' tale. link

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Re: Praise/Criticism of Issue #2

Post by Christian A. Dumais on Mon Aug 16, 2010 1:34 pm

That's very cool!

Also, it's funny seeing me listed as a Polish writer.


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Re: Praise/Criticism of Issue #2

Post by Mercedes on Mon Aug 16, 2010 1:48 pm

And rightfully so! His story ROCKED.

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Re: Praise/Criticism of Issue #2

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Re: Praise/Criticism of Issue #2

Post by Merrilee on Sat Aug 21, 2010 6:42 pm

I haven't read the issue, so I can't comment on the specific stories, however...

One of the joys of short stories, especially the more literary forms, is that you can step away from the (rather boring IMHO) hero's journey and tackle concepts and ideas that are just conflict. That drop you right in the middle of the event, and show you the character and the situation in as few words as possible.

A lot of the time it comes down to taste; of the editors and of the readers. But I'm speaking in generalities here, as I have not (unfortunately) read the issue.

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Re: Praise/Criticism of Issue #2

Post by Christian A. Dumais on Sat Aug 21, 2010 7:58 pm

While I think the traditional short story will always be valid, there's something to be said about writing for the burst culture and attempting to provide a meaningful narrative in as few words as possible. Whether it's extreme six word nanofiction like Hemingway's "For Sale: Baby shoes. Never worn." or loftier flash fiction like Barthelme's "The School".

I'm a big believer in Carver's iceberg approach to writing, where what the writer isn't showing you exceeds what's shown, and when flash fiction is done right, I think it provides an experience you can't get in a traditional short story.


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Re: Praise/Criticism of Issue #2

Post by Shiney on Sat Aug 21, 2010 8:08 pm

I just like what I like.

All I can say really.

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Re: Praise/Criticism of Issue #2

Post by Christian A. Dumais on Sat Aug 21, 2010 8:20 pm

Ah, my apologies. I misunderstood your original questions as an invitation for discussion.

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