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CITADEL

Fun, Grisly, Awesome, Dark

By Tintinnabulation, member

Dec 16, 2014: This story does interesting things, with strong world-building, interesting powers, fun and novel characters, and just the right amount of darkness. If I have any criticism, it’s that some elements seem a little bit derived, though that’s nearly inescapable in the genre, and that some elements seem a little contrived, though I couldn’t put my finger on it precisely. It’s not incredible, not yet, but it’s pretty good, updates really quickly, and doesn’t require the bump of terrible early pages some web serials have to surmount. The author has a [more . . .]

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FOREVER CLONE

The First Seven Chapters

By Letter, member

Dec 16, 2014: Okay, first up, the story’s good; not exceptional, but good. I like the characters and their interactions, although they’re a little predictable. However, my chief confusion is with the setting. A mix of Japanese and Non-Japanese names appear in the story, making it unclear whether this is Japan, America, or if this is even Earth. Not just that, but the reincarnation thing, probably intended as a deconstruction of Sailor Moon’s elements, is, well, also non-surprising.

Basically, my chief issue with the [more . . .]

 
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THE BEGINNERS GUIDE TO MAGICAL SITE LICENSING

Magic as hard sci fi, I love it!

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

Dec 5, 2014: To explain, in the world of MSL, Magic is a fundamental force that has largely been codified into general principles, like magnetism. It is manipulated by skilled humans with training, but also by machines, and while there is an art to it’s use, it is a technology. It is treated as such in much the way hard sci fi would use a piece of technology as story backdrop, which gives an interesting cross between the standard forms of SF and Fantasy. (Specifically, a cross that mainstream publishing has always said [more . . .]

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NORTH OF HAPPENSTANCE

New in Town

By Tartra, author of The Other Kind of Roommate

Dec 2, 2014: While I wouldn’t call it a comedy, NoH has a friendly and light tone to it. The good news: it’s got a steady pace that carries the story along well enough to keep your finger scrolling. The bad: scenes can drag and feel a little like filler, and the writing is weakened by its need for another round proofreading.

Welcome to Whestleigh (which I think is pronounced like ‘Westley’), a quiet town where Kate has moved for a fresh start. We [more . . .]

 
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THE DRAGON WARS SAGA

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By White Tiger, member

Nov 29, 2014: This is a wonderfully written story with well built characters and story lines. The plot is intricate, with attention to detail but not over complex or hard to follow. I love the easy balance between fantasy and the modern setting and the development of the story line is just right. Each week leaves you wanting more and anticipating the next instalment.

I love Lydia and Dan best, but the dynamic between the quadruplets is so cool and, uniquely, the main characters [more . . .]

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CITADEL

Superpowered soldiers in a world that needs them

By Farmerbob1, author of Reject Hero

Nov 26, 2014: At first, it isn’t clear what the author is aiming for, and this early in the series, I might still be mistaken, but it appears as if the author is building a combination of military fiction and superpower fiction.

Most superpower fiction strays away from military tenets, Supers are generally a bit chaotic, and do their own thing, whether heroes or villains, they learn as they go. There’s nothing wrong with that – in fiction.

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THE SURPRISING LIFE AND DEATH OF DIGGORY FRANKLIN

Can’t Think of a Dr. Who Pun

By Unillustrated, author of Citadel

Nov 24, 2014: This is a good story. I know that’s not a very useful description, but it’s something you need to know. It’s got a good, believable romance without being cloying. It’s got mystery/intrigue elements without getting bogged down. The author even manages to use time-travel regularly without turning it into a fix-everything button or rendering his characters idiots to control the story. That last one is extremely rare.

I want to give a longer, more detailed review, but I just can’t do [more . . .]

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REJECT HERO

Don’t Reject It

By Unillustrated, author of Citadel

Nov 24, 2014: The star of this strange super hero story has a strange nam, Strangest. Sorry, I couldn’t resist. That said, it really is a strange story and his name is definitely appropriate. Strangest’s powers activates, involuntarily, in response to stress. We’re not talking Hulk level anger here, pretty much anything can set him off. Stubbing his toe, an unexpected door slamming, even sneezing has been mentioned as a trigger. When triggered, Strangest is a taller, bulkier version of Gumby, with two exceptions. He’s black (not African-American, black like tar) and everyone [more . . .]

 
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SYMBIOTE

It Grows On You

By Unillustrated, author of Citadel

Nov 24, 2014: Let’s get a couple of quick issues out of the way first. This story is no longer updating, it’s complete. It’s also pretty good sized, so don’t try to do it in one sitting unless you’re willing to give up a weekend, give or take a bit (reading speeds vary). The fight/action scenes are decent but they aren’t the point of the story, so if that’s what you’re looking for I’d say you should pick something else. The story is not connected to Spider-Man’s symbiote in any way and Venom [more . . .]

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SEAGRAVE'S JOURNEY

Seagrave’s journey is everything I shouldn’t like

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

Nov 16, 2014: And yet I keep finding myself clicking to be continued at the bottom of every page.

A man named Seagrave finds himself doubting his life. He suddenly finds himself no longer in NY, but in China. From there, everything goes to hell, literally, while he can think of little more than seeing his son.

The concept is poignant, but the telling . . . 

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THE GODS ARE BASTARDS

A fun and exciting read

By E_Foster, author of Cages

Nov 10, 2014: I normally like to begin these reviews with a summary of the story, but the complex narrative layering of The Gods are Bastards makes it unfair to attempt a summary. What I can say is that this story combines the adventure of old dime-novel westerns, the political intrigue of epic science fiction, the awkwardness and fun of classic school stories, and the eccentricities of Greek mythology all wrapped up in its own unique fantastical world.

What most impressed me about this [more . . .]

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TWISTED COGS

Unconventional and intriguing.

By Dennis N. Santana, author of The Solstice War

Nov 1, 2014: Twisted Cogs is an alternate universe fantasy inspired by the art culture and societies of 16th century Italy during the Renaissance. It tells the story of a girl named Elena who comes from a family best described as big fishes in a very small pond. As she seeks an apprenticeship from a renowned artisan, she discovers how complicated the world beyond the countryside really is—and the reader discovers alongside her.

The world of Twisted Cogs features supernaturally-gifted people known as "Stormtouched." [more . . .]

 

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