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New Sun Rising: Two Stories by [Edmunds, Lindsay]
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Free for your reading pleasure, here are two tales of utopia.

New Sun Rising: Two Stories is the “appetizer” version of New Sun Rising: Ten Stories, available for preorder now and for sale May 25, 2015. These are linked stories, in the spirit of Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine. They are about a sixteen-year old girl, Kedzie Greer, who was raised in a utopian community and leaves home to make her way in a dystopian society. The year is 2199; the place, the Reunited States.

The stories are magical realism for the internet age. In them, technology coexists with a haunted world.

If you want to get into the main plot at once, begin with “Leaving Home.” It is about Kedzie's decision to seek a life outside the town gates. If you want to begin with background on the town, start with “The Town With Four Names.” The town has had a long strange trip from its beginnings in the late nineteenth century, when it resembled the Chautauqua Institution.

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  • Print Length: 42 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00VO8J01M
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3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing. Hopeful for the collection. 27 May 2015
By Jana Stocks Brown - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Sometimes I really wish there was a half star, but that would inevitably lead to craziness and way too many stars to choose from. That said when you combine this little selection of short stories is a bit better than a three, but not quite to my four. And so it goes.

What is presented in this little download is two stories based on a far future version of the United States as the Reunited States. While described as utopian I don't think that's entirely correct. The small town of Stillwater is fairly utopian in nature, yes, but it's a tiny jewel in a world that is much more dystopian.

The Town with Four Names is a historical introduction to Stillwater and it's little oddities. The story covers not quite 400 years of history in a hustle and a lot of it goes by in jumps between when the bulk of the town was purchased by one someone or another. It's interesting, but there are a few places where it drags a bit and many tantilizing tidbits about the world beyond Stillwater which are never really developed. This is appropriate due to the length of the piece and the pov, but left me wanting more. This is the stronger of the two pieces in my opinion with a consistent voice and introduction to the world view Edmunds is creating. 3.5/5

Leaving Home is a much more focused story surrounding Kedzie's coming of age, or at least coming to terms with a desire to leave her utopian life and go see what the big world holds for her. I struggled a lot more with this piece as far as being able to accept everything tossed my way. The yearning the girl has to get out and explore life outside of her very sheltered existence rang true, but a lot of the rules of the world, the expectations of the character and details of setting around this desire came fast and unsupported. Edmunds is juxtaposing a lot of issues and genre pieces all at once and in the space of a short story it comes across just a little disjointed. The pov is very fluid jumping from head to head as dictated by the scene and this makes for some roughness because the reader is trying to balance all of these people's thoughts and feelings and perceptions on things all at once. I think it would be stronger kept more limited. As well I would really like to see the story stop sooner. Where it stops is really the beginning of another story or a lead into a wider novelization so I was more annoyed than pleased at the stopping point. I might have felt different if I had the other stories written in this world to go forward to, but even so I feel like a short story should be self contained enough that I don't hit the last paragraph and end up annoyed because it's leading into something I don't get to read about. 2.5/5

So in the end where do I stand? I'm intrigued enough that I'll check out the next collection, but I'll be hoping for the narrative pace and point of view to even out so I can stay immersed in a unique world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I can't wait to read the rest of this collection 29 May 2015
By Beth Peyton - Published on
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I can't wait to read the rest of this collection. These stories, set in the future, remind us of the past. Kedzie, the main character, is making her way in a futuristic world, but is struggling like all young people struggle -- to stay safe with her gentle, protective parents and risk living an unfulfilled life, or to plunge into the unknown, perhaps to risk it all. Like the Martian Chronicles, these linked stories present a complete picture of a strange world, so different yet so like our own.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Suspenseful Start to a Futuristic Saga 7 April 2015
By Susan Dormady Eisenberg - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
“New Sun Rising: Two Stories” offers a strong start to Lindsay Edmunds’ ten-story collection about the travails of Kedzie Greer, a sixteen-year-old (circa 2199) who seeks adventure at the expense of her personal safety. The linchpin of these linked stories is the erstwhile-utopia of New Sun Rising, so the opening piece, “The Town With Four Names,” narrated by a witty, clear-eyed nonagenarian, gives a moving account of the town's history. This is a clever device because it allows readers to understand what Kedzie will be renouncing. The second story, “Leaving Home,” depicts Kedzie’s desire to escape her idyllic life with two loving (and protective) parents. As this story ended, I felt a visceral sense of foreboding and longed to follow Kedzie’s odyssey to its conclusion. Narrated with dramatic power, both stories offer a harbinger of conflicts to come, so I look forward to the release of Ms. Edmunds’ complete collection on May 25.

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