Selected Reviews

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WORM

It’s the end of the world as we know it (and I could use an SSRI).

By Soren Tycho, member

Feb 7, 2016: Worm is a study in Grief. Capital G. I’m not the only reviewer to note this, nor to note the intricate characterization, excellent action scenes, and well thought-out and fascinating Source for superpowers, so instead I’ll focus on the thing Worm does that absolutely requires it be a 1.7 million word webfic: time. Worm is, at it’s heart, a slice-of-life fiction, and it captures faithfully the emotional ebbs and flows of the lives of it’s characters . . . in a world that’s being slowly torn apart at the seams by the existence of [more . . .]

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OCEANS OF SHELTER

An intriguing tale that transmutes the contrived into charm.

By Patrick Rochefort, author of From Winter's Ashes

Feb 1, 2016: The Good: Oceans of Shelter is a story that loves language, and the rhythm thereof. Prose is crafted as much for those values of rhythm and cadence as for the power of the words, and it lends a genuinely magical air to the tale.

The (not actually) Bad: The initial dialogue in the story feels terribly, eye-rollingly contrived, with a great deal of rhyming and stilted dialogue that felt too artful and precious to suit the setting or characters. THIS PAYS [more . . .]

 
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THE WHISPER OF DAMKINA

Fast-Paced Space Opera

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

Jan 31, 2016: There were a number of things I enjoyed about reading this series. We follow the crew of a trader starship, the Whisper, and its crew. I enjoyed getting to know the crew and the captain, Amanpreet, but one of the most fun things for me was the author’s creativity in the alien species she weaves into the tale. I really enjoyed the way she revealed the details of each group’s appearance, climate requirements, and outlooks, and I had fun getting to know these people from such alien societies.

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LISTENING TO THE OTHER SIDE

Excellent Storytelling… and Successfully Creepy

By Scott Scherr, author of Don't Feed The Dark

Jan 20, 2016: Listening to the Other Side begins behind the scenes at a live show with psychic medium, James Erik, as he shows us from his perspective what it’s like to ‘bamboozle’ a sold-out crowd into believing that he is communing with their dead loved ones.

From the very first chapter, the author grabs and entices this reader, with an exceptional first-person narrative, and makes me feel like I was right there at the show as he educates me on how ‘hot and [more . . .]

 
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DON'T FEED THE DARK

Solid, exciting zombie story.

By Deadpansmirk, author of Desert Steel

Jan 18, 2016: Disclaimer: This review is part of a review swap. As always, I did my best to stay impartial.

Don’t Feed The Dark is a zombie story. And it’s a darn good one. The opening chapter is riveting and engaging. The characters introduced are interesting and fleshed out, meaning when all hell breaks loose, and it sure does, you already care about who lives and who dies. Which brings me to what I would consider Don’t Feed the Dark’s greatest strength: it’s [more . . .]

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HOTFOOT

Solid Potential… Just Needs A Stronger Story

By Scott Scherr, author of Don't Feed The Dark

Jan 16, 2016: From the beginning, Hotfoot places the reader in the middle of the action through the first person narrative of a young street criminal named Zach Browne who finds himself in the middle of a fight with a superhero. It is clear from the start that Zach has special powers of his own, an ability to control time among other things, as the situation quickly ends poorly for him, landing him before a judge to be sentenced for his crimes. Later, we are introduced to Max King, struggling superhero with a [more . . .]

 
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DON'T FEED THE DARK

Do Read the Dark

By Whyknotzoidberg, author of Hotfoot

Jan 15, 2016: Summary for lazy people. Dark, violent, and compelling. If you like zombies read it. Russel is a great character, like an unrefined Dexter Morgan. Don’t read if you’re squeamish.

In depth:

Pros: Human characters. Flawed, real people. The characters seem to sort of fit one type of archetype, but in reality are huge inversions. This is like the Neon Genesis Evangelon of zombie stories. The greatest protagonist, Russel is awesome to [more . . .]

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DESERT STEEL

A Slow Start… But Worth the Wait

By Scott Scherr, author of Don't Feed The Dark

Jan 14, 2016: Desert Steel begins with a young man in a dusty cloak, Sebastian Keys, walking across an alien desert, on a world made up entirely of sand and the promise of blood where the sun rules supreme over an unforgivingly harsh, and yet, majestic landscape. In time, we discover that back in our world, portals have mysteriously appeared allowing matter a one-way trip into what is called Terra Deserta, or, Desert Land, where the outcasts of our society make up the pioneers of this strange alien world. ‘Thrill seekers, psychos, explorers, [more . . .]

 
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ELEMENTAL TRUTH

Elemental Magic

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

Jan 13, 2016: I really enjoyed visiting the world the author created in Elemental Truth. We start by following Tier, a prince of his realm, who’s been summoned by an oracle who has a mission for him. Apparently, however, she has the reputation of being a person who assigns missions that people don’t live through, so the prince is understandably nervous.

The author does a great job of introducing the world she’s created, one where regular people exist alongside those they call elementals, people [more . . .]

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THE GODS ARE BASTARDS

They might be bastards, but at least they’re entertaining

By Lemon, member

Jan 12, 2016: A setting that uses and examines old fantasy ideas in ways that make them interesting again, a huge ensemble cast of fleshed-out characters and a complex plot that ties into both make this the best story I’ve read in a long while. It helps that it’s genuinely funny, too.

If the story has a flaw, it’s probably too much of a good thing: even as long as its updates are, they can’t possibly cover the sheer amount of things happening in [more . . .]

 
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A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO EVIL

This guide is NOT for dummies.

By Alexander.Hollins, member

Jan 4, 2016: This is a story about STORY. About how people let the concept of story run their lives. Where genre awareness is a real life skill, because magic and reality actually do work on tropes.

This is a story about a woman determined to make right what has been made wrong, but knowing that being a Hero won’t do it.

This is a story about choice, magic, swordfights, and all the hard shitty [more . . .]

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ANATHEMA

First Fifteen Review – Anathema

By zephy669, author of Cruise Control

Dec 17, 2015: Snapshot

Anathema is an action-filled serial that takes place in 2012, two years after an event known as the Pulse which changed the world, plunging it into to a world of superheroes. The story follows three main characters, but the first fifteen chapters only really covers the first two (Chris and Sarina) and touches on the third character. Each of these characters have their own point-of-view, own histories, own weaknesses and strengths, and their own abilities.

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