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Epigraphy by zaliterr

Author's Description:
Mitch loved his job: decoding ancient inscriptions to bring dead cultures to life. A visit to a book shop offers him a puzzle of a lifetime.
Size: 357 KB ( ~ 67,698 words)
Genre: Science Fiction
Sex Contents: Some Sex
Tags: Ma/Fa, Consensual, Lesbian, Heterosexual, Science Fiction, Polygamy/Polyamory

Review by Teloz   [other reviews by Teloz]

Reviewed: 2011-11-30

This story is different.

Not only does Zaliterr show considerable knowledge of the subjects concerned, he weaves them together in an intriguing construct that grabs the imagination. The warp is built from the life of an academic, whilst the weft is the search for knowledge that creates a whole cloth making the suspension of disbelief not only easy, but involuntary.

SciFi without leaving planet Earth, fantasy with not a sword in sight, this tale kept me awake long past my bed time!

Read and enjoy!

Plot: 10 | Technical Quality: 9 | Appeal to Reviewer: 10

Review by smokeaknz   [other reviews by smokeaknz]

Reviewed: 2011-10-09

This review has been written when only about 10 of the chapters have been published. At the time of writing I have no idea how large the story will become, but since I as reviewer wish to strongly recommend it to readers immediately, I am sending this review now.

This story starts with a short first chapter which introduces an unusual premise and quickly sneaks up on the reader. It's a bit like a garden that turns into a tropical forest: the tendrils of bean sprouts gradual grow and thicken until they become the vines that engulf the reader. There is no way that a reader who likes day to day science and academia mixed with original science fiction can escape once s/he has been enmeshed in three or four chapters.

The hero of the story is a young but highly accomplished academic, easy for any literate reader to relate to. He encounters a document which relates directly to his field of expertise, but which is beyond "Greek" to anyone else. Indeed his ability to work with it seems totally unique. Thus he is in a difficult position when issues arise that he has not been fully prepared to handle - it seems there is no-one available to help. That gives marvelous tension.

Of course there is a love interest. At the time of writing I have no idea how this may develop, but I already know where I WANT it to go. Again there is tension, and the love interest is truly "forbidden fruit". Will he or won't he? You'll need to read to find out. :-)

I will be reading this story until the end: there is no question about that. I lament that it is only posted every couple of days, but then I always gobbled my ice cream.

Having started this story I decided to go and read some of the stories already published by this author. I am horribly divided over what to recommend: they proved so good that I "wasted" days of what should have been productive and billable hours reading even more wonderful stories.

Take note of any stories by zaliterr, like this one they are likely to take much of your attention. And they thoroughly deserve it.

Plot: 10 | Technical Quality: 9 | Appeal to Reviewer: 9