- The Hunt by The Aeon Writers
The Hunt by The Aeon WritersHot
PART 1: Stories of the Hunter
This was a great story of brotherly love, set in a futuristic world of bounty hunters with plasma weapons, government devices and nanites. It started off with great intrigue, where I thought Nick was an assassin, because he was targeting a mother and child with a sniper scope. Then it was revealed that he was a bounty hunter and his “victims” were actually put into stasis body bags and delivered to a colony on another planet.
This was a really intriguing story. I loved that there was a perpetual mystery to the main character, Monsieur Kaismann, who is a supernatural hunter. It started with pirates, dipped into the Steampunk style with the Victorian-esque language and story setting, while exploring a nice little marooning scenario that offered so many interesting revelations.
Weakness, by S.A. Stovall
This was a really interesting story, because it chose not to label the hunter. It was left open to interpretation, but with a supernatural twist that really worked for me.
This was a fun one. It had a little bit of everything and still managed to be a surprise, at the end. I feel like I'm repeating myself, but there was great world building and characterisation. I felt every thrill of fear, every heart-pounding moment, every shock of 'this can't be happening'. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. And that's all I can say without giving it away. It was very well done.
I'll admit, I'm a little disappointed with this one, only because I Am Invincible was so fantastic that I expected something similar. However, I felt a bit displaced with this story. It wasn't that it wasn't good, it was just that it didn't work for me. I think science fiction buffs would love it, but I didn't connect with the main character – Dee – at all. There was a strange relationship system – as they'd be on the ship for two years, and there was an odd ratio of males to females – she immediately began “dating” on of the crew and her father met a woman who immediately became her stepmother. I think that was where things didn't work for me, at first, then came the fact that I didn't connect with Dee. She was very selfish, skittish and not at all my kind of female character. The entire chaos/crime aspect that later followed and became the “hunted” part of the story was really well plotted and executed, but the story had already lost me by then. I was more interested in Cole than Dee.
Easy Pickings, by Doug C. Souza
Wow, so this is exactly what I was hoping for – continuity between the Hunter and Hunted stories. That's exactly what this story is. It's set in the same/similar world as the Hunter story “Weight of the Matter”, writing in the same style, with the same world building and depth of characterisation. The difference is that it's super short – I'm not complaining, because it's a perfect length, though I wouldn't turn down a novel sized story in this world, at all. The length is that way for a reason. For a reason I can't tell you, because it's revealed in the last two paragraphs and is an amazing, epic ending, a HUGE twist to the plot and is such an awesome thing that I can't ruin it for anyone who wants to be surprised.
This was an interesting story, similar enough to the previous story by this author “Blackwood” that they could have taken place in the same world. That didn't diminish the well crafted world building or characterisation, though. For me, it felt a little too short, and I have some unanswered questions, like why was Lilith there to see the meeting of the Child of the One True God, how had she found them, and did that snooty Jayda get her comeuppance? However, it was a good story and I liked how it morphed between hunted to hunter and back again, with a little uncertainty held throughout on what it would end on.
Favourites? I know I'm not supposed to choose any, but I can't help myself. I LOVED: