Worlds of StrangeneSS 2


Strangely appealing “Worlds”

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In a sort-of mini version of Parallel Lives, called “It’s a Strange, Strange, Strange, Strange World,” “Mister Gogue” correlates C.S. Lewis with Doctor Who from “the good old, black and white, Patrick Troughton era.”

“Strange Mails” includes letters from Andy Boot, Graham Andrews, and Steve Rock.

Worlds of StrangeSS No. 2 looks good and reads even better. The production values are excellent, the design and artwork good, but the stories and content exceed the expectations set by its first impression.

Graham Andrews’ Sky Lights

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Not much longer than the magazine’s Micronicles, at two-and-a-half pages, is the issue’s final story, “The Lights in the Sky Aren’t Stars,” by Graham Andrews. It’s stocked with alien factions like Klarts and Emetians, and charismatic characters like Hardball Hannigan and Anna Liffey, but sadly, I wasn’t able to connect the dots of its abrupt ending. My bad.

This review concludes on June 13 . . .

Micronicles No. 4–6

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What has become commonly known as Flash Fiction, has also been called twitterature, minisaga, sudden fiction—and in Worlds of StrangeneSS: Micronicles. There are three entries in WOS2, continuing the sequence that began in the first issue—so here we have The Stranger’s No. 4 “Mr. Hide,” No. 5 “Palm,” and on the back cover, Jojo Lapin X’s No. 6 “Spaceman.” All three spend the majority of their precious words to briefly, but quite satisfactorily, set things up for the delivery of their sharp, twisted “punchlines.”

This review continues on June 9 . . .