Vegas Critique Stories

I’ve just completed my reading for the Las Vegas writer’s retreat I’m going to next week. (Since I couldn’t work out because of some serious heartburn, I distracted myself by putting the time to good use)

Maybe you’d like to hear what I’m reading for the workshop? Okay. Here are some brief summaries…

Immersion by Lou J. Berger. A premise sort of like Facebook on steroids, Berger writes a future noir about the Meld, the ultimate Hive mind, is a standard practice for society. Discontented Otis Decker works to find an individualist who is engaging in terrorist activities during the Meld.

Doc Johnson’s Thunderstones by Sean Craven: In this screen play, Gene Skinner and Randall Duke hunt aphrodisiac dino anatomy on the Jurassic frontier of Morrison 7. When they are set up by their evolved dinosaur boss, they become involved with revolutionary and counter-revolutionary forces. Someone has to clean up Copeville.

Counting Cracks by George Galuschak: Four people in a post-apocalyptic setting endeavor to destroy the Hum, a mysterious vibration that wipes out life by misfiring central nervous systems.

The Wanting Game by George Galuschak: In a surprisingly mystic offering, Galuschak explores a brother and a sister’s emotions as they visit a midnight carnival.

The Atlantean by E.F. Kelley: Officer Theodore Marshall and his partner police dog Brock end up passing into Utopia, a troubled magical world that has, until recently, severed ties with Atlantis, or Earth. While Marshall and Brock explore Utopia, the sorcerer Telvir crosses to Earth on his quest to bring science to his world.

The Chimera and the Physica by Danielle M. LeFevre: Everly and Theodore heal the sick in the troubled times of chimera attacks. Explored here are the juxtapositions between life and death, healing and sickness, and want and duty.

Book One of the Blackthorn FilesM by Hallie Rulnick: A half-fey vet tech wrestles with her ability to see into the future as she encounters a series of mysterious animal killings.

Absent by Miranda Suri: Emily Blake, part-time archaeology teacher, is the primary suspect in the disappearance of five students from her classes. When Emily discovers that her colleague and boyfriend Reid Rencher has cursed her with an ancient Macedonian spell of transport, the two and investigating detective Nick Martin journey back to the Ice Age on a rescue mission.

What have I learned? Well, that I should write copy for the back of books. Oh yeah, and retreats are excellent ways to read some pretty good material that is not yet on the shelves.

Time to knock off for the night.


Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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