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Kzine Issue 1 [Kindle Edition]

Martin Owton , Caroline Dunford , Stuart Young , Mike Chinn , Julie Travis , Don Norum , Alex Shvartsman , Graeme Hurry
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    Product Description

    Product Description

    A kindle new fiction magazine in the Fantasy, Science Fiction, Crime and Horror genres mixed like an exquisite cocktail.

    This first issue contains seven short stories by Mike Chinn, Caroline Dunford, Martin Owton, Stuart Young, Julie Travis, Dom Norum and Alex Shvartsman. In a mixture of genres from crime to fantasy to science fiction with a little humour thrown in.

    As an A5 print magazine to would be about 75 pages long.

    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 353 KB
    • Publisher: Kimota Publishing; 1 edition (20 Sep 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B005OM0RHA
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Not Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #589,618 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A bargain for fans of short-form fiction. 26 Mar 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    In short: at this price, Kzine is a must-buy.
    A previous review goes into detail about the stories themselves, so I'll stick to saying that Kzine fulfills its mission statement of being a platform for original voices, for being a place to find variety and surprises. If, like me, you don't want to be held by the hand, if you want the authors to take you on a journey in which you can't see the destination, then this is a quid and a half well spent. Writing needs places like this for writers and readers alike to visit. Do us all a favour and support it.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A good value 13 Oct 2011
    By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Reading Kzine can take a bit getting used to. For one thing it presents a wide variety of genres, and knowing this makes reading each story a little jarring. But before I continue, be forwarned, there are spoilers as to the genre of each story written below this paragraph.

    The opening story by Caroline Dunford, titled "The Family Programme" starts out with pirates for about several pages before dissolving into a science fiction tale (a thing which should have been obvious to me based on the title). Still, even with this shift and the knowledge of the title, it can be difficult to predict what is in store for a reader- will "The Family Progamme" become gory? Or strange? Will something fantastic happen? It's anyone's guess until the story is finished. In some ways, this is the reward of reading Kzine- you learn what happens in the story itself, but you also discover a genre without having an idea of what the story is "supposed" to be before reading it. For me, it was interesting to read a story with no preconceived notion of what should occur, only to have something horrific happen, or to have something of the science fiction genre occur.

    Being a fan of horror, I often times notice elements of that genre before anything else. With that, I read Don Norum's "Monty Argliss's Dog" as a monster story before it developed into a murder mystery that took place in the woods. I think if you are a fan of a particular genre, you carry this baggage with you when you read something this open ended. Initially I found this detrimental to my reading experience of Kzine, but as I came to finishing it, I started enjoying the way a story would evolve based on my expectations. There were more surprises that way.

    As for the other stories-

    "Blue" by Julie Travis is a dark piece of surreal fiction, the kind of thing Thomas Ligotti would write if he was pretending to be David Lynch for the day (or maybe the other way around).

    "A Tear in the Web" by Alex Shvartsman has a PKD feel to it, though it is short and sweet, and a nice pallet cleanser between stories.

    "Sons of Dragon" by Mike Chinn is a good old fashioned horror story, the kind of thing you'd expect to read in a Stephen King short story collection.

    "Leila" by Martin Owton is another science fiction piece, but written more in the style of Lovecraft, and nearly as short of "A Tear in the Web".

    "What You Get is no Tomorrow" by Stuart Young completes the first issue, and for its ending (which I won't describe), I think its an appropriate way to finish the first issue of Kzine. Nor will I give you any hints by labeling it with a genre. Find out for yourself. For the price of a cup of coffee, its a no brainer.
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