Like January, here’s the books I read in February and what I thought about them.
With the new year, I will be posting a monthly “Books Read” on the first day of the following month (ex. January’s will be posted on February 1st). I’ll give my brief thoughts on the book, and if I really enjoyed it, it’ll likely be given a Book Spotlight post soon thereafter.
Prompt: You hide in the shed, feeling your body quickly transforming, becoming alien, yet familiar at the same time. You knew this was going to happen. You agreed to it. But still, you feel like you’re abandoning your real species…
Prompt: You just bought a new metal detector. Before you go use it, you jokingly point it at your arm. It starts to beep rapidly.
CultureCult Magazine: Monsoon is out now! It includes my science fiction novelette, “Three White Demons” (originally self-published in The Abyss Beyond the Reflection)!
It also includes stories by Jared Morningstar, Patricia Evans, and Victor Andres Parra Avellaneda, poetry by a widespread of authors, and non-fiction articles from Elliot Newbold, Shraddha Madhogaria, and Parvathy Menon.
Prompt: You live in a small isolated commune, where everybody’s face looks the same, except for those of the children around you. You’ve reached the age of 12, and are brought into an operating room.
Prompt: A giant black monolith came out of a portal in the sky and stayed there as the portal closed, hovering in midair. Scientists tried analyzing it to no avail, and nothing could damage it. It became a tourist attraction, but when you visited it, it started reacting.
Prompt: Man has finally made it to another star! They land on a planet supposedly filled with life! Unfortunately, the only thing they find is a tiny gas station, with a clerk who looks oddly human… and he says the ice cream maker is broken
Prompt: After recovery from a freak car accident, you wake up to swirling purple skies, looming blackened trees, and the ground seems to be breathing.
Prompt: You wake up one day to find no one home, you call for your family and get no response, but a whisper of voices suddenly come from outside. You step out and see the entire town huddled around your house holding hands and chanting something.