Selected Reviews

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CAGES

Unique and well engineered.

By Dennis N. Santana, author of The Solstice War

Apr 21, 2015: Cages is a multi-format story, occurring across academic thesis-styled research posts alongside nontraditional prose fiction pieces that tell the story of a world in which genetic engineering has divided the human race into two groups that are linguistically and culturally incompatible.

One group, the genetically and materially privileged Subgroup A, captures and uses the other for entertainment and study purposes. While the author was inspired by cetacean capture, lower tech versions of this narrative have certainly played out among humans.

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MIDNIGHT MOONLIGHT

Solid Modern Fantasy

By Lillen, member

Apr 15, 2015: A well written work, the characters are believable and lifelike which is where this serial shines the most. Some of the descriptions for environments and areas are glossed over a little, but that is more than made up for by the depth of the characters.

The only thing I really dislike is the amount of borderline (And sometimes outright) erotica present. A lot of time is spent either describing saucy acts or having the main character imagine them, but this is [more . . .]

 
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SUBJECT 15

Riding the Formula 35C high

By ChrisPhilbrook, author of Tesser: A Dragon Among Us

Apr 13, 2015: Subject 15 . . . 

It’s a good time. I should actually say it’s a weird time, occasionally a horrible time, but always an entertaining time.

It’s hard to quite place the genre of this story, and as it develops (this review was written as the story reached Epiode 17) it gets progressively more difficult to describe.

The titular main character Jack (aka Subject 15) signs [more . . .]

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A SMALL LIFE

Editor’s First Impression

By Chris Poirier, editor

Apr 11, 2015: A neat little literary confection. As much blogfic as novel, the voice is vivid and engaging. Be sure to check out the links below the next page links—there’s detail throughout.

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TWIG

A seed is planted

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

Apr 9, 2015: A twig is a small branch or, interestingly, a tiny branch of an artery or vein. In the story Twig, Wildbow’s latest series, the main characters are children, nascent versions of what they might grow into. They live in a world of biological experimentation, where small changes in their genes and bodies at birth grow into abilities as they mature. The title is an apt metaphor on many levels.

Wildbow excels at creating epic stories out of small seeds, [more . . .]

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PACT

Not quite up to its considerable promise

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

Apr 9, 2015: "Pact" is the second story from Wildbow, the WFG-acclaimed author of the superhero-themed serial "Worm". Worm was tremendously popular right away, as it had action-packed writing, nuanced characters, long chapters on a consistent schedule and an intelligent, intricate plot. In fact, it was so popular I avoided it for awhile, reading and reviewing other stories because it seemed over-exposed.

Then, almost exactly two years ago, I gave it a chance while stuck in the hospital for an entire week after the [more . . .]

 
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SPYGOD'S TALES

Still Going

By BillyHiggins, author of Future - Past

Apr 5, 2015: This is absurd. Absolutely absurd.

Spygod is a profane superspy, who’s constantly saying the most offensive thing he can think of. He pisses off his roof, wishes he hadn’t killed Adolf Hitler, and shatters the dreams of a kid who wants a spy car.

If you’ve seen Archer, he’s a lot like that, dialed up to 15 (and Archer’s already pretty absurd). The Warren Ellis / Hunter S. Thompson vibe is also [more . . .]

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DEFECTION

Bored High School SuperGenius

By BillyHiggins, author of Future - Past

Apr 4, 2015: The story is very compelling: a high school super-genius keeps her identity secret from her parents and friends, while attempting to stave off boredom.The characters are interesting, the dialogue pretty nice, and there’s a good degree of suspense and world building.

Originally, there were a number of grammatical errors, but I talked to the author about those and they’ve been fixed. There are still some minor clunky bits (capitalizing "She" for "she said" when it’s placed after the line of dialogue), [more . . .]

 
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SYNCPOINT

Queer Mad Scientist Living in a Mad World

By BillyHiggins, author of Future - Past

Apr 3, 2015: Starring a lesbian mad scientist who’s tired of the academic life, Syncpoint makes for a compelling read. I’m usually not a fan of portal stories, but the author sets up both the real and fantastic worlds rather nicely. As well, the narrator has a nice voice.

My one qualm is that the vocabulary feels a little forced at times (at one point the word "metier" was used, in a way that felt unnecessary), but this didn’t bother me too much, since [more . . .]

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INTERTWINED LIVES

Fake words ahoy captain!

By Alexander.Hollins, author of Reflections of the Shadows: A Leader of Men

Mar 29, 2015: Kardashians meets Gene’s Family Jewels meets Star Trek. That’s the best quick blurb I can think of for this story. Tri Galaxies is basically a journal of the lives of several well off movers and shakers of the galaxy. The viewpoint swaps back around between a few characters, noted mostly by the name of the chapter. The writing isn’t too bad, but there’s very little voice difference between the characters. A few typos of the grammatical sort (there their, ect) but not really enough to distract. My only real complaint [more . . .]

 
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SYNCPOINT

This story is going somewhere (literally)

By Alexander.Hollins, author of Reflections of the Shadows: A Leader of Men

Mar 28, 2015: To start, the pace of the story so far is very frenzied. My pulse rose just reading the hectic events, but the pacing fits the story so far. It was a little confusing here and there and I had to reread for small details, not a bad thing, just making a note.

Now, I’m a sucker for out of this world stories, where people slip through the cracks and end up in alternate realities. The main character has done a dream [more . . .]

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NOWHERE ISLAND UNIVERSITY

Great Characters; Too Much Exposition

By Tartra, author of The Other Kind of Roommate

Mar 27, 2015: One of the hardest things I find about e-reading, whether it’s a Google Play app or a Kindle or a mobile site, is how difficult it is to do on a phone. Say what you want, but I am an avid on-my-phone reader. Unfortunately, that means huge slogs of text are next to impossible to keep track of. The really immersive worlds with pages of detail fall sadly flat. It’s impressive, then, that t4nky’s balanced immersion and brevity as well as he has.

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