Jeff Young is a bookseller first and a writer second – although he wouldn’t mind a reversal of fortune.
He received a Writers of the Future award for “Written in Light” which appears in the 26th L.Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Anthology. He’s been published in: Realms, Neuronet, Trail of Indiscretion, Cemetery Moon and Carbon14. Jeff has contributed to the anthologies By Any Means, Clockwork Chaos and In an Iron Cage: The Magic of Steampunk. He has led the Watch the Skies SF&F Discussion Group of Camp Hill and Harrisburg for ten years.
on May 24, 2012 :
What can I say, beta readers and editors are wonderful facilities to make a story shine at its best. Unfortunately this story doesn't appear to have had that benefit. The overall use of language is good, but somehow I wasn't quite sure where I was at several points of the story. The references to guns suggested it might have been set in the wild west, but I cannot be sure.
There were elements of an interesting story there with the clockwork fox, but it relied too heavily on a psychic's omniscience rather than good storytelling technique. It seems a lazy way to avoid working out a more complicated plot line that could hold interest.
(review of free book)