Arcane Genesis: Teeth in the Dark

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Programming a virtual reality game is taking its toll on Saraj. She and her friends have worked long hours to bring a groundbreaking program to life. But, Saraj and her co-workers have to contend with traps they have set for themselves to test the game environment. As they continue to work on the game, they find they may be crossing a line toward creating things that can't be undone. More

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Published: Dec. 28, 2011
Words: 14,760
Language: English
ISBN: 9781466016309
About Sean Roney

Sean Roney can often be found in the far corners of whatever coffee shop happens to be nearby in his travels. Green MP3 player and purple earbuds at the ready, he’s reached an unmatched level of expertise in what he calls the art of keyboard destruction. However reclusive he may look, it turns out he’s more than ready to chat about random ideas, especially if the discussion takes a turn for the bizarre. It seems like the more strange, the better for this California author.

It’s that type of obsession with oddball ideas that fuels his stories. He’ll crunch away on his keyboard to the point one thinks smoke should pour out the sides of the unfortunate device. And in the end, he sits back and enjoys a celebratory refill of coffee. Another day, another story.

Never mundane and always freakish, this is the fiction of Sean Roney.

Beyond being the strangest coffee-drinker to annihilate a keyboard, Sean is a proud member of the indie author movement and an advocate of e-publishing. He has enjoyed writing fiction since he was a child, and because of the e-publishing revolution, is now able to share his stories with readers around the globe.

Sean writes a variety of fiction, with most of his writing falling into the Worldvoid Saga or Creation Shadows universes. Each series is intended as a stand-alone work, but they all fit into larger tales that span multiple worlds and timelines. These series include: Blue Gem, The Valley, and True Heart Nova.

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Reviews

Review by: Mary Crocco on June 04, 2012 : star star star star star
Real Life vs. Reality

What a different kind of story this was for me! I don’t play video games, however, Teeth in the Dark was a great read. I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure.

Saraj and her co-worker friends are creating a virtual reality game. Saraj takes the game to an extreme level and thinks the game is real. From snow-covered dirt roads, to the scents of evergreens, to the aromas of baked goods, Sean Roney delights his readers with extraordinary descriptions.

Elk’s Crossing has official colors of green and black which are displayed and sold by merchants. And what characters the merchants are! To name a couple, a sexist rat and a perverted brute come to mind.

I had the feeling of standing right next to Saraj as she tried to avoid traps and pranks created by her co-workers in their effort to perfect the game.

This short story came to life for me. It was fun to read something where I actually felt anxious as Saraj was crazily thinking this was real life. I wondered how far she was willing to go.

I was left with the impression that Saraj struggled with her identity. In the game she looked completely different and seemed to like her virtual self a bit more than her real life. I wonder about that . . . how far can programmers actually take their skill?

Book Review by MRCROCCO
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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