The Next Fix

The Next Fix - Matt Wallace This is a nice little collection of shorts from Matt Wallace. I wasn't familiar with his work until I found out about this book from Apex Publishing, so I really appreciated his introductions to each story.

There's quite a variety of stories, all of them worthwhile. There is only one story I feel is significantly weaker than the rest, and it's about the shortest one.

The three standouts for me are "Another Man's Run" a macho tale of self pity, lost chances and redemption. I also really enjoy "Delve", which has the feel of the Warhammer 40K roleplaying game and the sensibility of transhuman cyberpunk. The final story in the collection and probalby my absolute favorite is "End of Flesh", a gritty pulpy detective story in a dark future with an especially tasty ending.

I picked this up at Smashwords, it was very reasonably priced and I highly recommend picking this up. The epub is about as good as I've come to expect from Smashwords; the text is all there but there are no links and the formatting is minimal at best.