Aurealis #57

Rated 4.00/5 based on 3 reviews
Aurealis #57, edited by Dirk Strasser, features the near future sub-continental grunge of 'Where Colossi Sleep' by Daniel Baker, where heavy industry blends with a culture four thousand years old and is transformed by it. Watch out also for C S McMullen's 'Monday-child', a deceptive story that constantly defies your expectations and packs a real punch in the end. More
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About Dirk Strasser (Editor)

Dirk Strasser has written over 30 books for major publishers in Australia and has been editing magazines and anthologies since 1990. He won a Ditmar for Best Professional Achievement and has been short-listed for the Aurealis and Ditmar Awards a number of times. His fantasy novels – including Zenith and Equinox – were originally published by Pan Macmillan in Australia and Heyne Verlag in Germany. His children’s horror/fantasy novel, Graffiti, was published by Scholastic. His short fiction has been translated into a number of languages, and his most recent publications are “The Jesus Particle” in Cosmos magazine, “Stories of the Sand” in Realms of Fantasy and “The Vigilant” in Fantasy magazine. He founded the Aurealis Awards and has co-published Aurealis magazine for over 20 years.

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Reviews of Aurealis #57 by Dirk Strasser (Editor)

SG Larner reviewed on March 18, 2013

I enjoyed "Monday's Child" though I was unsettled by a couple of odd POV shifts mid-scene, and I wasn't completely convinced by the strange man's character (I won't give his name away). The concept was fascinating and the character of Monday was well-written. The climax was fabulous.

"Where Colossi Sleep" was slow-moving and I found myself skipping over paragraphs of description. Baker writes some beautiful sensory description but too much slows down the narrative to the point where I lose the thread of the actual story. It hinted at some cool backstory which I would have liked to see developed more or at least given more space instead of the scene setting.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
Julian Saheed reviewed on March 12, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed Mondays Child. Would recommend to anyone interested in a gripping story which slowly reveals more and more, drawing you in to a strong finish.
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)
William Mortimer reviewed on Feb. 28, 2013

Great read! I particularly liked Monday's Child by C.S McMullen. It felt like the start of a fantasy sci-fi epic.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
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