So far, reviews for our 7th issue have been somewhat mixed. Mostly positive, but still mixed.
Tangent Online’s reviews of Cirsova have been a bit of a crapshoot, depending largely on which reviewer ends up with a copy. Some of their reviewers have loved us, while others, like in the case of our latest issue, have been dismissive of us as ‘pulp’ with the ‘if you like that sort of thing’.
Jon Mollison has been doing a story-by-story review of the issue, and it’s been fairly positive so far.
Fletcher Vredenburgh gives this issue a tough, but fair, review as probably his least favorite of our run. Fletch was one of our earliest supporters outside of our immediate circles and given us great reviews in the past, so his criticisms of our new directions are ones we’ll seriously consider. But he’s also more a Sword & Sorcery guy, so his bias against Raygun Romance and Sword & Planet will be weighted accordingly.
Honestly, my growing bored with straight-up Sword & Sorcery may have adversely affected my story selections of those pieces that would best appeal to that crowd. The truth is, I’m not sure what direction I want to go yet in the future. 2018 will be sort of a “throw stuff against the wall and see what sticks” year for us. Not that I’m trying to break the mold, but I wanted to try some new things. Downside to all of the stories being a lock for the year, I’m not going to be able to make any mid-year course corrections.
Still, the only way we’ll be able to improve things or keep doing whatever it is you’re enjoying is if you leave us review!
I’m not harping on this cuz “muh algorithm”; I genuinely want to know what you guys think. Whose stories do you want more of (sorry, I can’t just beat stories out Schuyler Hernstrom), and whose stories just don’t work for you? Are there characters you want to back? Are there series you’ve gotten bored with? Let us know!