girlie jones (girliejones) wrote,
girlie jones

Shiny Review

Dirk Flinthart reviews Shiny over at and has some very lovely things to say.

It’s the 21st century. Why are we still killing forests to make crappy magazines that become landfill after one reading? Why aren’t we downloading the content we want to our portable devices, reading them where and when we want, and leaving the trees to soak up all that CO2?

Ah. Wait. This is a website. Evidently you, at least, have entered the present. You’re not alone, though. May I introduce Miss Shiny? Just ‘Shiny’ to her friends. After reading the first four issues, I suspect there will be many.

Shiny is a new-era fiction periodical. (A “magazine”, in the old world - but without paper, it becomes something new. And I don’t want to call it a “webzine”. It isn’t, and I completely hate the term anyhow.) It publishes science fiction and fantasy in simple, easily read pdfs. It’s cheap: an issue will cost you $3, and you can bundle issues to bring the price down farther. They take Paypal. And the whole thing is operated out of a simple blogspot website, which is updated by a range of rather good writers and fans talking about all sorts of stuff to do with speculative fiction. On top of that, the fiction is very bloody good: three nice, long, completely original stories per issue, by writers who definitely know what they’re doing.

Read the rest of the review

It’s a great idea. It’s a brilliant idea. It’s simple and it’s gorgeous, and you owe it to yourself to give it a visit.

Look out for Issue 5 coming your way early this summer with stories from Tansy Rayner Roberts, Sue Isle and Emily Mah Tippets.

Tags: reviews, shiny, twelfth planet press, young adult
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