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LYCCYX Episode 1: Collector's Edition by [Barber, Brian]
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  • File Size: 853 KB
  • Print Length: 74 pages
  • Publication Date: November 13, 2013
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009SZOBIA
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I have to admit that the story seems more like an outline than a short story. I could definitely see this story being a good comic book series as it's fast paced and somewhat pulp-ish in nature. As it's dealing with a future setting as well as a slight horror element of the virus, I was expecting more in either one of those realms. Again, this would be a good comic book rather than a simple short prose story. I wanted more flushing out of the characters and definitely more of character backgrounds for everyone. Didn't really get a sense of personalities. However, I would still like to continue on and see what Barber has in store for his world.
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The story made me think of one of my favorite shows growing up: The Twilight Zone. In what could've been an episode out of that great sci classic, we have LYCCYX. The story reads like a field journal too, which is fun and original. I enjoyed it and the pacing was good!
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This reads like the outline of a book but totally lacks development of plot or characters. When full length novels can be purchased for 99 cents, buying this 48 page "episode" for that price seems like a ripoff. Frankly, even for free it would have been a poor investment of the reader's time. Not recommended.
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LYCCYX Episode 1 is a decent entry title into the series. It has a really good premise and some very interesting plot twists. For the price and the pace it is a good read for sci-fi fans. I wish however that there was more character development and more investment into the background of the issues taking place in the story. I felt that it was a little rushed in that way.
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I am so busy anymore that it's difficult to make time for reading - one of my favorite things to do. I look for fast paced stories that are not crazy long. With LYCCYX, that's exactly what I got. It's a fun, fast paced sci-fi thriller that I found a bit unnerving. I think a sign of a good story is one that leaves you thinking about it the next day, and that's what I got from this story. In theory, we have performance enhancers now. We have big debates about it in our sports, our aging process, etc. No doubt, totally tempting - but how much should we really tinker with nature. Or is it there to be tinkered with? Anyway, this is part of a series so I look forward to more.
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***Warning - Review may contain spoilers***

I agree with another reviewer, that if you approach this as a short story you will have a better experience reading it. There is almost no character development, which is unfortunate for a story that centers around a virus that alters people based on their character. Also, a major plot point which keeps the main character alive centers around some contrived circumstances that are extremely implausible. Both of those things are a little more forgivable if you assume the author has a limited number of words to work with.

There are also a couple of sections where the narration switches from past tense to present tense for a sentence or two. This was probably just overlooked in the editing, but it interrupted the flow of the reading whenever it happened as I stopped to figure out what was going on.

I had enough issues with this story that I will not be continuing the series.
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The actual story (without the excerpt for the next in instalment) was only 48 pages. Because of the brevity, it suffers from the usual first instalment issues of the background plot being an awful lot to fit into such a short space. Barber chooses to frame much of the exposition in news report-like flashbacks and letters home from the main character, Captain Lucas Xander. For this sort of story, the using flashes in time is clever on the part of the author as it manufactures a bond with the character.

Despite the brevity of the text, Lucas Xander is a fully realized character. He's a bit idealistic, a bit confused, a bit in love, a bit longing for home. Xander was injured playing sports in college and the military will fix his injury in exchange for his enlistment. The reader gets the impression that this is something Xander enjoys and something he feels is bigger than him. With so much potential it's a downright shame that the transition from conflict is darkness. I won't elaborate further because I don't want to spoil the story for readers because despite these minor issues, this is a story well worth reading.

The bad guy has incredible potential. He's Xander's best friend and second in command before the explosion and considers himself leader of the Hyans. He's ruthless and violent and torturing his own people in a bid to make them better. This character will be the highlight of future instalments.

The Collectors Edition features illustrations and an excerpt of the next instalment. I can't say the illustrations added much but the excerpt was a nice taste of what's to come and why I will certainly buy the next novel when it's released.
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This book has an interesting and different plot that I haven't come across before, and I always love a new story idea. I really liked the idea of the virus LYCCYX and what it does to those that are infected. At first I thought it would be too hard to follow with all the acronyms, but I turned out to be wrong. It gives us an interesting take on the future and what could happen if we ran out of resources.

I recommend this book to those of you that are a reader that likes a quick book, especially if you are into sci-fi dystopian type stories. This was good for a short story and for those looking for a quick read. I think you will enjoy it even more if you are in the military or like those kinds of books.

I liked the different ways the story was told, through letters, and like a journal that the main character is keeping. I'm always open to new writing styles and I enjoyed the way Barber wrote this story.

As for the character development, there really wasn't any, except for the main character. Kate is just randomly mentioned, I think she should have been worked into the plot a little more. I guess I was just hoping for more. I wanted more descriptions of the planet and station and everything else. I know it is a shorter story and meant to move quickly, but at times I felt like it moved a little too quickly, not enough time passed before things started to get crazy. It was still a good short story, but I stand by my opinion that I think there should have been more character development and descriptions.

The writing isn't always the best, but it's still good. No one can be perfect. At times I really loved what I read, there were some really well written sentences that caught my attention, and other times I thought that it could use slight a tune up.
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