Posts Tagged ‘fantasy’

Enjoy Your Sci-fi and Fantasy How and Where You Want

Enjoy Your Sci-fi and Fantasy How and Where You Want Beginning July 4th, science fiction and fantasy fans will be given a new place where they can discover authors and stories they’ll be able to enjoy wherever they go.  Flagship, the new e-zine by publisher Flying Island Press, will soon be releasing these stories in formats for the Kindle, the iPad and iPhone, and other electronic readers. Flying Island Press also recognizes the increasing popularity of podcasts and other forms of audio fiction.  So, in addition to the e-zine, an audio version will be available to listen to on any MP3 player.  Stories they release will be available both in text and in audio, allowing the consumer to choose their preferred version. Zach Ricks, managing editor for Flagship, had this to say.  “I wanted to hearken back to what some have called the Golden Age of Science Fiction.”  It’s his hope that “FlagShip will be a place for optimistic, entertaining fiction.” Each issue will cost $1.99 for the text version or the audio version or get both for just $2.99. Issues will be available starting July 4th, 2010 at

Review – Spirit Blade’s Pilgrim’s Progress: Similitude Of A Dream

When offered the change to review Spirit Blade’s remake if Pilgrim’s Progress, I had to accept. Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan is a book I read several times growing up. As near as I know I read the original in a large version of the book that had very beautiful and detailed full page paintings to go along with the writing. That was probably the only book I checked out multiple times at the library. Pilgrim’s Progress: Similitude Of A Dream is the first part of a remake of the classic story. It takes the original plot and ideas of the story, and converts them into an exciting reimagining of the original, and in an audio drama format. In the intro, Paeter, the writer and producer of the project, explains that his desire is to make a version of the story that will appeal to todays audiences. I was glad when he said that the rule of thumb was to add before subtracting. I can say that these motives and ideas have worked out well. When I listened, I first listened to the bonus content first. This was a reading of the original text of the first section of Pilgrim’s Progress. Paeter reads this and does an excellent job. I found my mind wandering just a bit here and there due to the writing style. While understandable well read, it is still an older book, and not written in a style you or I am used to in today’s modern writing. The audio drama on the other hand was a different experience. Similitude Of A Dream starts off by dumping the listener into an unfamiliar world, even for someone who knows the original story well. Soon though, the parallels to the original reveal themselves. What I liked about this was that is adds a depth to the story and layers upon what I already knew, so even though I had just listened to the original story, I was completely engaged. Though each plot point is essentially the same, there is so much more on top, that it is an entirely different experience. If you’re not familiar with the original, the story follows Pilgrim, a man who has found that the world is not quite how he suspected and dire things are about to happen. He finds that he carried a burden and has no idea how to be rid of it. He tries to convince others of what he believes, but no one listens. The story unfolds as he travels across the land and discovers many things and learns the truth. The production quality is fantastic. The voice acting is top notch and natural sounding. The music and effects blend well. The sound levels are good because even with the sound low, I had no trouble hearing the different parts. If you are a fan on the original, I really think you will like Similitude Of A Dream. If you have never read Pilgrim’s Progress, here is your chance. The story is filled with adventure, wonder, and action. This is only the first installment and I can’t wait to hear the rest of the story. Purchase Similitude of a Dream directly from Spirit Blade via digital download.