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Broadswords and Blasters Issue 1: Pulp Magazine with Modern Sensibilities (Volume 1) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B06Y4FFDH4
- Publisher : Broadswords and Blasters (April 14, 2017)
- Publication date : April 14, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 3305 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 96 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1545250308
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,069,008 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The editors, and the range of authors and stories they selected have, to put it simply, nailed it.
In this first volume, some standouts have been "Dead Men Tell Tales," by Dave D'Allessio, a credible take on the Private Eye trope painted against an intergalactic backdrop...and "Saturday Night Science" by Michael M. Jones, which had me giggling so hard I nearly snorted my coffee. Also good: the quietly creepy "The Waters so Dark" by Josh Reynolds.
I'm looking forward to seeing how the mix of fantasy and scifi plays out in future issues!
While not every story in it was brilliant, there was a lot of great stuff, more than enough that I'm going to come back for the next issue. I think as more people learn of this magazine's existence, the quality will quickly shoot up. Hopefully, Broadswords and Blasters will catch on with reader and writers alike.
OVERALL BS&B1 is as good as advertised. It could easily exist alongside Weird Tales, Amazing Stories, and some of the Spicy journals. It sets a tone and blazes a trail.
SKIN DEEP: A small group of warriors looking for some R&R bite off more than they can chew. As the comely lasses they are promised turn out to be harder on the eyes and even harder on their brawn.
THE EXECUTIONER’S DAUGHTER: A coming of age tale about the changing social order. When the executioner’s arthritis makes it impossible to swing his axe his daughter is drafted for the job. Can she go through with the grisly task? Can she even do it better? A fun read.
PENSION PLAN: A couple of Aliens deal with the Italian Mafia’s outer space racket (a lot like the coming Space Force I'm sure) one of them will come up short in this hilarious slice of sci-fi.
SATURDAY NIGHT SCIENCE: Michael M. Jones’s quirky tale about two cosplayer’s first date is a multifaceted romp through kinky foreplay, advanced scientific technology, Lovecraftian multiverses, making out, pizza and one hell of a satisfying ending. Hands down the standout in Issue 1. Just one man's opinion.
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As ever with anthologies, some tales find favour more than others, and one or two definitely missed the spot for me. A bit too much wish-fulfilling sex here and there, and one story that if it was adapted into a roleplaying game would plausibly have the title Pincers & Penises. But hey.
One of the stories is a two-parter, the second part being in issue 2, which was probably a bit of a mistake to include but such are the lessons one learns when trying something new.
I really enjoyed the story The Executioner's Daughter, about a young woman trying to take on the hood of her father, while Dead Men Tell Tales was a clever little sci-fi tale by Dave D'Alessio.
Perhaps the best tale of all though was the sparkling Saturday Night Science, by Michael M Jones, a full-on interdimensional romp of a first date between two women geniuses with occasional teasing about light bondage included. It's witty, it's joyful and it's really quite touching by the end.
I like the joie de vivre and all out fun in this magazine - and the team's philosophy as spelled out in the foreword. At the time of writing, I think they are eight issues in - I'll certainly be back for more.
The first issue has eight stories ranging from fantasy adventure in the style of Howard to hard-boiled private dicks in space, to fantasy in an historical setting, to an origin story with a fun little twist straight out of Weird Tales or True Crime, to moral quandaries set in a dystopian universe. In other words, it is true its title: Broadswords and Blasters. Fans of these genres will find something to like.
All but one of the stories are self-contained, so you can be sure you’ll get that little literary kick without worrying about real-life interrupting your flow. The one story that continues into the next issue is a fun fantasy tale that hooked me in so well when I finished reading it that I immediately bought the second issue so I could start on it as soon as I finished this issue.
As they wrote in the intro to their issue, the editors, Gomez and Mount, set out to conduct an experiment to create the kind of magazine like the old pulps but made for, what they call, “a modern world”. Their experiment is great success. The stories are fun, contemporary, of high quality, and, most of all, entertaining. I look forward to reading the rest.
So, give it a try! Buy the first issue, buy yourself a coffee, find 15 minutes to spare, sit back and enjoy.
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Still reading, but the stories are fresh and original rather than slavish pastiches of writers from the past.
Looks promising for the series!
1. 'Skin Deep' by Nicolas Ozment: 5/5
2. 'Dead Men Tell Tales' by Dave D'Alessio: 4/5
3. 'The Executioner's Daughter' by R.A. Gali: 2/5
4. 'Pension Plan' by Dusty Wallace: 3/5
5. 'Saturday Night Science' by Michael M.Jones: 5/5
6. 'Island of Skulls' by Matt Spencer: 3/5
7. 'The Waters So Dark' by Josh Reynolds: 4/5
8. 'Thicker than Water' by Rob Francis: 4/5