George and Gary share what they've been reading in February, including mysterious islands, wolves, Archie the Robot and time-travelling Victorians.
There’s something about the comic form that encourages excess. From the galaxy-spanning origins of today’s vast super-hero franchises to 2000AD and the fringe scene, big, lurid and ridiculous ideas are entertained. You can’t go too big, or weird or outright crackers in a medium that frequently entertains gods, immortals and talking eggs.
Welcome to the first of something new we're doing here at Unsung – what we're reading. Just like you, we've always got our nose in something, and we spend a lot of time talking about it
If we’re being honest as book people, as a community: Do you ever worry that app developers are showing us all up? Why are we so conservative about the shape of a story?
This is an intellectual love letter. Some stories are good. Some are great, and when I say great I mean that staggering kind of great that makes you want to read it again immediately, and then emulate it as best you can. One such example of the latter is Deus Ex Arca by Desirina Boskovich
Let’s face it, all of us love a good story about the end of the world. We all had that bittersweet buzz the first time we saw Alderaan explode where we were sad about the tragic death of millions but also, dude, that’s a really big laser… But what does it say about us with how it ends?
Hypertext fiction is one of those things that hasn’t ever really hit the common consciousness. In fact it seems that more discussion of the material than material itself exists at the moment. This is strange because we’re all so completely inured to the concept by using the internet every single day. However, despite this examples of non-linear narratives that really make the most of digital formats are few and far between.