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Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the next installment of my ongoing review of Lincoln Crisler’s collection of superhero fiction, Corrupts Absolutely?. Today I look at “Gone Rogue” by Wayne Helge, the story of a sidekick living in the shadow of his mentor and what happens when that mentor becomes preoccupied with being a celebrity. Continue reading

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Welcome back to Geeking Cool’s Bookwyrm. Over the past few weeks I have been reviewing, story-by-story, an anthology of short fiction edited by Lincoln Crisler. Most of the stories have been fairly good and, in fact, many of them have been very good. Each has been interesting though, an exploration of what would happen if a normal John or Jane Doe had superpowers. Today, I found myself reading “Illusion” by Karina Fabian. Often a writer of comedic fantasy and horror, there is nothing funny about this story featuring a character from her novel Mind Over Mind. Continue reading

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In today’s installment in our story by story review of Corrupts Absolutely? we take a look at “Pride”, a story written by Wayne Ligon. It is the twelfth story in this anthology edited by Lincoln Crisler that collects twenty-one stories about people gifted (or cursed depending on your perspective) with superpowers. We have seen acts of heroism, instances of characters having to cope with their powers, characters abusing their powers, and more. Ligon, who makes his first professional appearance in this book, offers us a slightly different perspective on possessing superpowers though. Continue reading

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I took the day off from reading Corrupts Absolutely? Yesterday, what with reviews of Star Trek: Into Darkness and having to catch Thursday’s Hannibal on demand for review. But I’m back to it today. This story, “Hero” by Joe McKinney, puts me just past the half done mark. I went in imagining this story as being the cleanup hitter if the collection were a baseball team. Aside from being an author, McKinney has been a San Antonio patrol officer and a homicide detective. How well did writing all those reports serve him when writing “Hero”? Let’s find out. Continue reading

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Welcome back readers to my continued review of Lincoln Crisler’s Corrupts Absolutely?. The stories collected into this book all focus on individuals that have in one way or another gained extraordinary powers; something every geek has dreamed about since they first picked up a comic book. Today’s story is titled “Oily” and was written by A.D. Spencer whose work has appeared in several anthologies. What does her tale do for the collection? Read on to find out. Continue reading

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The super powered reviews continue here on Geeking Cool as I look at the eighth story in Lincoln Crisler’s collection, Corrupts Absolutely. Today’s tale, “Conviction”, was written by Edward Erdelac. Erdelac is somewhat of a prolific writer who has published several short stories and novellas. He is also, according to the about the authors page in the book, a sometimes contributor to Star Wars. This is in addition to him being an independent filmmaker and award-winning screenwriter. In other words, he is something of a geek da Vinci. Let’s take a look at his contribution to the world of superhero fiction. Continue reading

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Back to my ongoing review of Lincoln Crisler’s Corrupts Absolutely? This is a collection of twenty-one tales of individuals with amazing powers. The collection itself has taken a couple hits from me over the past few stories, but I have yet to roll a natural 20 on this one. Today, I will be looking at “The Origin of Slashy” by Jeff Strand. Strand has written several novels and claims that if he ever got superpowers he would just make YouTube videos. Is this the story that starts bringing this collection back from the borderline? Continue reading

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I return to my review of Lincoln Crisler’s Corrupts Absolutely? with a short story by Jason M. Tucker. Tucker’s fiction has appeared in anthologies and he has his own short fiction collection out titled Meat City. Like most of the other authors in this book, this is the first of his stories that I’ve read. I’m sure the same holds true for anyone else reading this collection as well. So how does “Enlightened by Sin” stack up? Continue reading

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I return to my ongoing review of Lincoln Crisler’s Corrupts Absolutely?, a collection of twenty-one metahuman short stories. Today, I take a look at the fifth story in the book, “Ozymandias Revisited” by A.S. Fox. Fox is described in the book as a working writer whose work has appeared in Jim Baen’s Universe. This is the first time I’ve ever read one of his works, but I am hopeful as the other stories in this collection have kept me fairly entertained. Continue reading

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In this installment of our continued review of Corrupts Absolutely?, edited by Lincoln Crisler, we take a look at “The Real Church” by Jeremy Hepler. Continuous readers of this blog know that I am not a religious man. Therefore, the thought of a religion-driven superhero story did not particularly thrill me. Yet, reading and watching things one might not be interested in is all part of the job. And so I began reading. Continue reading