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Serial Box [Kindle Edition]

Sean Platt , David W. Wright
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Book Description

From Sean Platt and David Wright, the co-authors of the smash hit post-apocalyptic thriller Yesterday's Gone, and 47North's Z 2134 and Monstrous, comes SERIAL BOX, a compilation collecting the first episodes from each of their first five serials and the short story, Monster, from their Dark Crossings series.

This collection also includes all new essays which offer behind the scenes looks at each of the stories and the original Authors' Notes.

Available Darkness: Episode 1
Yesterday's Gone: Episode 1
ForNevermore: Episode 1
WhiteSpace: Episode 1
Z 2134: Episode 1
Monsters - A Dark Crossings short story

This collection includes nearly 137,000 words.

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About the Author

Sean Platt and David Wright are the self-proclaimed "Kings of the Serial" with six series including: Yesterday's Gone, WhiteSpace, ForNevermore, Available Darkness, and the 47North Amazon Serials, Z 2134 and Monstrous

Influenced by Stephen King's serial, The Green Mile, Platt and Wright began their first serial, Available Darkness on the web in 2008 before bringing it to the Kindle in 2011. 

Taking a cue from their favorite television networks, the duo release a new episode or Dark Crossings short story every Tuesday. "We want to be known as the HBO, AMC, or Showtime of the Kindle generation," says Platt. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 674 KB
  • Print Length: 466 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Collective Inkwell (December 3, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AHX2R9W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,200,858 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Picked up for WhiteSpace December 5, 2012
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I've already got the first seasons for all of the included pilots except for Whitespace, and have read Yesterday's Gone and Z 2134 already with the others queued for the near future. I enjoyed both of those stories (and the rest of the season for both stories as well as season 2 of Yesterday's Gone) and am looking forward to delving into the rest of these pilots. It's a fun method for story telling and I like the natural ups & downs on a more frequent basis than you'd get with a traditional novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to sample December 9, 2012
By Michael
Format:Kindle Edition
I laughed out loud when I first read the title for this collection because I thought it was funny and clever. I received it as a promotion and I think it's an excellent introduction to the work of Platt and Wright. If you're not sure which of their serialized novels to read this is definitely the place to start. First, it gave me a chance to read their work and decide it was up to my standards (it definitely is), but it also gave me a chance to decide which serials I wanted to read and which to start with. For starters, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I very much want to read four of the five serials. I'm surprised because one has zombies (Z2134) and another has vampires (Available Darkness), and I'm sick to death of both. I was intrigued enough by the reviews of Z2134 that I read the first episode and was intrigued enough that I want read the rest of the first season. Yesterday's Gone is the first I'll read as it feels like the best of Stephen King (as long as it has a good ending, King's worst weakness) and the first episode gets off to a great start. Almost as intriguing was White Space and ForNevermore.

Again, if you're uncertain about either reading serials or unfamiliar with Platt and Wright, this is a great place to start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! January 7, 2013
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I discovered the team of Platt & Wright via the Self Publishing Podcast and the Better Off Undead Podcast a few months ago. I'm so glad I did!

I'm a big fan of long arc story lines in modern television. Shows like 24, Prison Break, LOST, Battlestar Galactica (come on--you know I mean the new one that was awesome, not the *other* one), etc.

Platt & Wright have taken that model... great, short story lines built into larger long arc story lines; but in book form instead of TV episodes.

It is phenomenal! Such a great idea, and fantastically well executed.

Serial Box is a great way to sample several of their series.

I read the first episode of Yesterday's Gone and immediately had to read the rest. I bought and read all six books in season one, all six books in season two, and all six books in season three in less than a week. Super excited for season four, five and six to come out!

I bought Z2134 the day it was released -- loving it, so far!

I haven't read the first episode of Whitespace or ForNevermore, yet -- but if they are half as good as Yesterday's Gone and Z2134, I'm sure I'll be reading full seasons of those soon as well.

If you like things that are awesome, do yourself a favor and pick up Serial Box and start reading, today!
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This is a great collection of the first parts of a number of serials these guys are writing. It gives you a good basis for you to determine whether one or more of their serials sound interesting enough to you to go out and buy whichever you found interesting. I, personally, am hooked on their "Yesterday's Gone" series and can't wait until Season 4 is finally released. These guys are well worth looking into!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just a small taste! January 4, 2013
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This was offer for free and it hooked me up!
I purchased White Space and Available Darkness right away and have already finished them. They both wer excellent. It is awesome that these talented writers have a venue for their work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let the Cliffhangers Begin December 14, 2012
By C Moss
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I own all of these individual books. But I have to say I love this idea. What a great way to get introduced to their stories, and see which one you really want to read first.

Just a warning though... they really are "Kings of Cliffhangers". Every ending makes youme want to come back for more. But don't let that stop you since "more" is exactly what they'll give you.
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More About the Author

Sean Platt is the founder of the STERLING & STONE STORY STUDIO, creators of remarkable content for people who relish the art of storytelling. Sterling & Stone has six reader loved imprints:

COLLECTIVE INKWELL specializes in horror, sci-fi, and superbly scripted fiction. CI stories are written for the sort of fans who might like early Stephen King, modern day JJ Abrams, or any dark art that lives inside their mind long after they've left it. Characters that fans love living through unflinching singular experiences.

REALM & SANDS specializes in books that lead readers to feel and think with amazing genre agnostic reading experiences, from fantasy and sci-fi to literary mind benders, R&S delivers stories that have never been told because the authors believe their readers deserve nothing less.

THE SMARTER ARTIST is dedicated to helping authors and artists discover the intelligent yet hidden intersections that will help them build a business around their creativity, and get it to thrive before an ever growing audience. Unique yet invaluable guides for creative entrepreneurs wanting to alchemize their ambitions into a healthy profit.

LEXI MAXXWELL is Sterling & Stone's smart but naughty storyteller. She writes straight from her heart to deliver unforgettable reading experiences to people who want to finish their books feeling deeply passionate and more in touch with themselves.

LOL stories are designed to do exactly as their name suggests: make readers laugh out loud. Irreverent, off the wall, and thoroughly hilarious, LOLs aren't designed to win literary prizes, they're written to make you laugh. HARD. LOLs are one of a kind, always funny, and written for readers who love to laugh with their "literature."

GUY INCOGNITO is a pseudonym shared by the Sterling & Stone writers so they can write quality stories for children with the emotional and intellectual intelligence they deserve. Rich narratives, strong statements, and engaging language, Guy stories are accessible, unforgettable, and exactly the sort of books the Sterling & Stone team would want to share with their own children (that's why they wrote them).

Yesterday's Gone: Post Apocalyptic - LOST by way of The Stand
WhiteSpace: Paranoid thriller set on fictitious Hamilton Island
ForNevermore: YA horror that reads nothing like YA Horror
Available Darkness: A new breed of vampire thriller
Crash: A devastating story about a man who can't move on
Threshold: The ghost story you've never heard
Dark Crossings: Short stories, killer endings

Z 2134: The Walking Dead meets The Hunger Games
Monstrous: Beauty and the Beast meets The Punisher

Unicorn Western: The best story to ever come from a stupid idea
The Beam: Smart sci-fi to make you wonder exactly who we are
Namaste: A revenge thriller like nothing you've ever read
Robot Proletariat: The revolution starts here
Cursed: The old werewolf legend turned upside down
The Dream Engine: The crowd wowing, "Steampunk Lord of the Rings"
Axis of Aaron: A literary mind bender

Syllable Soup: A very modern Shel Silverstein
Penny to a Million: The book about money you wish your child would read
Tales From the Terrible Scary: Your son or daughter's new favorite series
LunARK: Smart sci-fi for kids
Santa: EXPOSED: Don't read this unless you want to know the truth!

Adult Video: Clerks in an adult video store
Greens: Retail noir comedy
Space Shuttle: Over the top comedy with all your favorite sci-fi characters
Everyone Gets Divorced: "Always Sunny" meets "How I Met Your Mother"

The Future of Sex: Lexi Maxxwell writing in the world of The Beam
A Temptation in Time: A powerful look at regret
Together Apart: A stunningly beautiful heartbreaker
The XXX Files: A naughty, campy play on your favorite 90's serial
MILF: Like weeds or Breaking Bad, but with the world's oldest profession
Filthy Fairy Tales: Classic fairy tales, not so classically told
F#@* HIM!: Kill Bill ... but for grownups

Sean lives in Austin, TX with his wife, daughter, and son.
Follow him on Twitter: (say hi so he can follow you back!)

"Like many, I discovered Sean Platt through his contributions to Yesterday's Gone, itself a enjoyable pulpy page-turner. The Beam, however, is a much more serious book, but no less enjoyable for that. Although many of the themes are much more adult than I was expecting (torture, sex, drugs) this is my favourite of Platt's stories so far, and all the more interesting by virtue of his having a different co-author to much of his other work. The world of the Beam is interesting in its own right, and has all the Gibson edgy cyberpunk style without the meandering plots that make Gibson a bit challenging at times - but it's so much more than that too: If you have any interest in Singularity, Uploading, AI, Philosophy and the like, as I do, then you'll certainly enjoy these books immensely. The characters are all multi-dimensional and fully fleshed out, and the dialogue is gripping and, at just the right time to break the building tension, it's laugh-out-loud funny when that's needed too. I can hardly wait for the next episode." ~ GV Vaughan

"Screw these guys. I have things to do but I decided to load this just to check out a serial on kindle and now I'm hooked. My dogs need to be fed, I need to change the oil in my car and I'm not sure where my infant son is. But I know where I'll be for the foreseeable future: sitting on my ass reading sequels." ~ Sir Reads-A-Lot

"In Greens we have a slacker hero, a cute fellow check out girl, a doofus straight man checker, a burned out grown up checker, an insane janitor, and a self-loathing manager. We have a completely lunatic ensemble of regular and one shot customers and hangers-on. There are no rules, no boundaries, no restraints, and no regard for propriety. And all of that is fine, but it still has to be sharp and funny, or it's just all setup with no payoff. Well, this has some very deftly constructed set pieces, some great throwaway lines, sharp bits of dialogue, sly observations, raucous humor seasoned with some wry and rueful bits, and, despite being blue and occasionally raw, an underlying generous good-heartedness. It's hard to be bawdy without just being crude, but the authors are restrained and cheerful enough to pull it off. The result is a very funny, fast paced and entertaining tale." ~ Pop Bop TOP 500 AMAZON REVIEWER

"Sean and Johnny are like drug dealers offering a taste for free and making you pay for the good stuff after getting hooked. But I don't mind, as this is some really excellent entertainment. The world they created is so foreign yet one you can easily imagine developing in the future, especially given the current political climate in the US. But it's not overtly political or technological; it's more a story about power and corruption and the haves and have-nots. There are complex characters in this book, and I am still amazed at how well they can write from a woman's perspective. And how they tie all the different characters into the story line is impressive. This is a smart person's kind of futuristic thriller, way more than just dramatic plot points and cool tech. I didn't expect to like this book as much as I did, honestly. I'm a big fan of Collective Inkwell and the books Platt writes with David Wright, so it almost feels like he's cheating a bit to work with Truant. But if cheating a little turns out work like this, then I'm all for it." ~ Betsy Talbot

"You expect a book with a title like "Unicorn Western" to be funny, maybe even hokey. And it's certainly that throughout, drawing from every canonical western you've ever seen and throwing in deadpan nods to the audience every chapter. What you don't expect is to have your heart strings pulled until you cry by the plight of a weathered gunslinger searching for his lost love. You don't expect to share in the confusion and pain and joy so strongly. And you certainly don't expect unicorns to be such magical jerks. At nearly 700 pages, the full saga can seem daunting, but Truant and Platt do a masterful job of walking that fine line between information and action, plot and character, keeping you in the loop of the story without boring you. It moves along at a heady clip but manages not to lose you, either. Pink gunsmoke. Joelsongs. Unicorns. The apocalypse. What more could you want from a western?" ~ Ellie Di Julio


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