The old adage goes that “you should not judge a book by its cover” and though it is a virtuous sentiment it is not one that is typically followed. Welcome to day Twenty Nine of my 31 Days of First Impressions Challenge! In this challenge I will be reading the first entry or chapter of a different serial (or web fiction) and then give my first impressions on them be they good or bad. In short: I will be judging a book by its cover.
For today’s serial I read Godpunk by Billy Higgins Peery.
The site that Godpunk is hosted on, Megapulp, is sleek and minimalist. The red menu bar gives it just enough life and color so that it does not come across as being boring. I was not met with any kind of header image (nor any kind of image for that matter) and had nothing to distract me from reading. The site is not responsive (It does not adapt to lower resolutions and mobile screens) which was a shame as I would have loved to take the chapter outside with me. Despite this, the site had an overall positive impression in my mind.
“She bled stars.” –Godpunk, 1.1
This is by far the most efficient hook I have read so far in my challenge. In just three words Billy Higgins Peery creates the most stunningly interesting and beautiful sentence to start a story I have read in recent memory. I am genuinely jealous of this hook and I commend its simplicity.
I am a hundred percent on board for what I am about to read.
I just want to say that the site’s lack of flair was absolutely no problem as I started reading. Godpunk’s first chapter kidnapped my attention.
I am burnt out, this is my Twenty Ninth day doing this, and even the best chapters have become a sort of labor to read (at no fault of their own). At no point in reading this chapter did I wish I was doing something else. The chapter was that interesting.
Godpunk reads like an early noir novella, but it has made those tropes feel fresh with its mythical concept. By using tropes that are old and well-worn the author is able to make new concepts and new territory feel familiar. This was a very refreshing read as though it is like nothing I have read so far I was not overwhelmed by trying to navigate through it.
The pacing of Godpunk is nice and quick. The chapter never lingers around a scene or a place too long and knew when to switch gears the moment there was no longer a reason to be there.
I would absolutely go on to read the next chapter. Godpunk’s first chapter was interesting enough that the site it is hosted on does not need to carry it with any flair. The writing is really that good.
Join me tomorrow for my impressions on Moonfeather’s serial Nature’s Kingdom, or check out my own serial: