Leigh M. Lane
Leigh M. Lane writes mixed-genre science fiction, with an emphasis on allegory and social commentary. Her provocative flair is reminescent of the works of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Olaf Stapledon, Ray Bradbury, and H. G. Wells. While her works often mesh the unreal and the profound with gritty realism, her themes are also insightful and timely and her stories fast-paced yet complex.
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Smashwords book reviews by Leigh M. Lane
on Aug. 17, 2012
Magda’s mid-life crisis is far more complicated than most. Her husband has long been deceased under the most surreal of circumstances, her only son is a monster, and she seems to be . . . getting younger? Her experience of the “change of life” is proving far different than she had expected.
The story opens beautifully, with exquisite prose and a unique premise that will draw the reader in from page one. About halfway through, it falls into a few clichés that are obviously intentional, but not quite fitting with the preceding seriousness of tone. Still, anyone familiar with Lopez’s work will appreciate the lighthearted feel that prevails throughout most the rest of the work. JUGULAR is a fun, quirky story that turns the vampire tale on its head in a way only Lopez can. I give this work 4.5 stars.
on Dec. 05, 2012
When a monster threatens a village on Halloween, Luwynda rises as the unexpected hero and confronts the menacing creature face to face.
Structurally similar to a mock epic, this story reminded me in many ways of the first part of the classic BEOWULF. I liked how Lopez chose to make her hero female, and also how she created a legend of her own in the often over-exaggerated tales behind Halloween’s shaky history. I felt the ending was a little rushed, but overall it is an enjoyable read.
I received a complimentary copy of this story from the author, with no additional compensation, in exchange for my review.
- The Macabre Mind Of Lori R. Lopez: Thirteen Tormentous Tales
on Dec. 05, 2012
The Macabre Mind of Lori R. Lopez is a fun, witty, and satisfyingly dark collection of stories and poetry. Lopez has a gift of inducing a chuckle on one page and a gasp of horror on the next, her whimsical style offering an unpredictable roller coaster ride that is as variable as it is unique.