Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Cavern of the Screaming Eye, by Jeremiah Tolbert

★★★★☆ Recommended

(Portal Fantasy; Dungeonspace) Teenage Ivan lost his brother in d-Space, but his new friend Domino is eager to explore a dungeon that's supposed to be safe. (9,140 words; Time: 30m)

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"," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 77, published on .

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Review: 2016.766 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: This is the story of how Ivan earned his own self respect. He starts off all alone, Domino drags him out of his funk a little bit, and at the end, he's got a new circle of friends. More important, he's earned his place there.

The d-space concept appears to be well-thought-through. This story leaves us eager to read the next one--because it seems obvious that this is the start of a sequence that might lead to Ivan searching for his brother in the Black Hole.

Con: Although it largely stands alone, it reads like the beginning of a novel, with lots of loose ends and half-developed characters.

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2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. Agreed. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, and my main thought was that the concept could run and run. I really hope the author has plans to continue it.

  2. Yeah, I found myself hoping to see this turned into a novel soon.