Selected Reviews

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ADVENTURES IN THE PIRATE CONTINENT

I have no idea what this is, but I LOVE IT!

By revfitz, author of Existential Terror and Breakfast

Dec 14, 2017: Full disclosure: This is part of a review swap with the author of the serial.

This was some of the most fun reading I have had in a while. Was this because of the complex, yet timeless story? Was this because of the deep and interesting characters that easily won over my emotional investments? Was this because it was good?

A giant NO to all of the above.

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WORTH THE CANDLE

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By Khauvinkh, member

Dec 13, 2017: I’m not a big fan of "protagonist gets transported to another world" stories, but this one really speaks to me. The worldbuilding might feel inconsistent in the beginning, but this is intentional. This "chunkiness", as well as the way it strives to avoid fantasy cliches all serve to reinforce the premise of the story.

A tabletop roleplayer called Juniper Smith is transported to another world called Aerb. Almost immediately he realizes that Aerb contains numerous products of his own imagination, most [more . . .]

 
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ADVENTURES IN THE PIRATE CONTINENT

Oh my god. Just… oh my god.

By Rhythm, author of Touch

Dec 13, 2017: Wow, where do I even start? You NEED to read this. Oh my GOD you need to read this. For so many reasons.

Saying that, I need to point out that my recommendation is not because this is a good story. There are elements you will struggle with. The grammar is horrible, the syntax is worse, and every chapter is in dire need of an edit. No joke, I found chapter ten legitimately unreadable. But if you can look past that, [more . . .]

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WARD

There should be aWards for Webfiction like this

By G.S. Williams, author of The Surprising Life and Death of Diggory Franklin

Dec 12, 2017: First some background:

My name is G.S. Williams. Once upon a time I was an editor on the Web Fiction Guide in the founding group, and a writer on "No Man an Island" and then "The Surprising Life and Death of Diggory Franklin". My involvement began to slow around the time my twin sons were born in 2012, which is when I first read Wildbow’s "Worm." I stopped being an editor around then, and stopped writing not long after just because [more . . .]

 
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THE ZOMBIE KNIGHT SAGA

Death is coming. You just might have to wait a bit.

By Arbitrary_Screaming, member

Dec 11, 2017: First things first. This book is insanely good and well worth your time to read. TKZM was one of the first few web fictions I started reading and its quality and interesting story was definitely a large part of why web fiction is my preferred choice of entertainment now. The author, George Frost, has put a lot of effort into the book and it shows in his daily update schedule and expansive lore. Frost is a talented writer and I love how he describes action sequences with clear descriptions but [more . . .]

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WARD

From Worm to Ward – Arc 1 Initial Review

By Feam, member

Dec 10, 2017: [This review contains meta spoilers for "Worm", as this series is a sequel to it. Though if you’ve read Worm and you’re not yet sure whether Ward will give you what you want, read ahead!]

Balancing a consistent theme with interesting twists while retaining reader interest, all throughout a lengthy and complex Web serial, is really tough. Wildbow has mentioned it before.

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HIDEBEHIND

Editor’s First Look – Genuine and Spooky

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

Nov 24, 2017: Sadly, I missed reviewing this around Halloween time, because it would have been seasonally appropriate – a remote summer camp, eight kids seeming to be from around 8 through 12, and two counselors. Myra is serious and always seems to be conscious of the responsibility of being in charge of the well-being of eight kids, while her co-counselor, Alex seems more interested in gaining her attention than their young charges.

The author does a good job of drawing the beautiful and [more . . .]

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THE NEW HUMANS

Superpowered children and emotional abuse

By Rhythm, author of Touch

Nov 13, 2017: The first thing I will say, that I need you all to be aware of before you hear my not insignificant criticisms, is that this is an excellent story, and one that carries my recommendations. That being said, it is far from perfect.

The premise is, at a glance, a deconstruction of the silver age comic tropes of old. And while this is certainly present, it is by no means the point of the New Humans. If I were to ascribe [more . . .]

 
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NATURE'S KINGDOM

Modern High Fantasy Shenanigans

By TanaNari, author of Price

Nov 7, 2017: Note: As of this review, there are only 13 chapters to the story and it’s nowhere near completion. This is a preliminary review, and it may change a great deal as it progresses.

I’d say without hesitation that the author’s greatest strength is bringing the characters to life. They have their own unique voices and personalities which shine through from the moment they’re introduced. Our main character is in over her head, but she keeps some semblance of goals in mind [more . . .]

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EVERYBODY LOVES LARGE CHESTS

This treasure chest is full of junk food for the mind.

By Patrick Rochefort, author of From Winter's Ashes

Nov 1, 2017: 3.5 stars.

It’s junk. It’s junk and glorious, unapologetic, ironic trash throughout. It’s got quite a few unnecessarily pornographic scenes that detract from the flow of the story. Every single character is portrayed in the most problematic ways, from attitudes to character growth(/degeneracy). Every flaw in it pointed out by other reviews and every trigger warning it has earned is true.

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SIDE QUEST

Quest for Awesomeness and Hilarity!

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

Oct 29, 2017: Have you ever been involved in a game (or hell, even in real life) where you had a main goal? Maybe you wanted to make a sandwich and watch a movie, or finish the report you were working on and turn it it, or maybe get to the capitol city, turn in your family’s census papers, and pay the taxes your family owes. But somehow, every step of the way, yet another person shows up who wants you to do something Ever So Important, for which they will, of course, [more . . .]

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TOUCH

The (Not) Bad Touch

By Lonesome Traveler, member

Oct 19, 2017: First things first, Touch is not a story for everyone. It handles its subjects tactfully, but even so, this is a story which is fundamentally about troubled children and painful emotion. Touch is only 4 chapters in as of this review, but I don’t see that going away.

I’ll be honest and state straight out that this isn’t my kind of story. It’s a bit of a slow trek, with prolonged descriptions of the minutia of emotions and motives of its [more . . .]

 

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