Grave Runner

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Billions of humans have uploaded themselves into a virtual existence, leaving the physical world in a crumbling ruin. Cities have become tombs of unimaginable danger, only on a few lone wanderers dare to explore their crumbling ruin for lost treasure of lost civilization.
They are dangerous men.
They are the Grave Runners.

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Published: April 07, 2011
Words: 10,810
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458153494

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Review by: Francis W. Porretto on April 07, 2011 : star star star
This has promise, but it isn't "there." You've committed a number of the cardinal sins of fiction, including telling character rather than showing it, lots of embedded exposition of backstory, and dialogue too stiff and purposeful to be accepted as natural. There are also a number of detail errors of grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

Even so, I'll give it three stars of five. You strove to describe a grim and forbidding landscape, through the eyes of a protagonist with whom it's difficult to sympathize, at least at first. Though the idea of a depopulated world has been used many times in SF, it still has some tread on it. In other words, it's an ambitious first effort, and it avoids being completely cliched.

BUT...it needs work. I'd volunteer my services, but at the moment I'm heavily overbooked. All the same, I intend to keep track of you. Do more, and try harder!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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