Selected Reviews

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ANATHEMA

donec a diaboli laqueis resipiscat

By Fibi, member

Jul 3, 2015: Anathema is a comforting reminder that even nigh-omnipotent power which transcends the confines of mundane physics is really no match for the bureaucratic superstructure of the United Nations. The world might plunge towards peril but, no fear, properly ratified resolutions on decreasing international tension will lead the way towards multilateral cooperation in twenty years or so, give or take the usual General Assembly bickering.

 . . . Assuming the world lasts that long everything’s quite peachy!

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INNERWORLD

Editor’s First Impression

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

Jul 3, 2015: InnerWorld is an interesting coming-of-age story about a young man, Gavyn, who was involved in a wreck and is recovering from that in some ways, even a year later. Gradually, it begins to seem to him (and the reader) that perhaps what he’s experiencing doesn’t entirely seem to be in the realm of everyday or normal.

The author does a good job of showing us his world, and describing the frustrations and struggles of a young man going through his teenage [more . . .]

 
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GODPUNK

Crushingly Nihilistic

By SnowyMystic, author of Fabled Hearts

Jul 2, 2015: Let me just ask two things before we start.

Do you cope/stomach heavy amounts of despair in your fiction?

And

Do you like a masterful harrowing tale of a world dying?

If you answered no to both of those questions, Godpunk is likely not for you.

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THE OTHER KIND OF ROOMMATE

Dry roast, add water, puns.

By Fibi, member

Jul 1, 2015: The Other Kind of Roommate (TOKoR) is a dark, psychological exploration about the terrible strains of crippling caffiene addiction and unusual interior design. Writing from one of the countries in the world with highest caffeine intake per person per day, I can relate. I too turn into a violent psychopath when I can’t get access to my sweet, sweet addiction of choice and I’m used to dealing with twitching, gibbering people one bad sentence away from trying to tear my lungs out through my pelvis.

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CRUISE CONTROL

No chocolate for you

By Sten Düring, author of Transition and Restart

Jul 1, 2015: Cruise Control does have cruisers, of a kind, but there’s not much control.

In the future of the future, six years after the worst Valentine’s Day ever, we follow a gang of friends battling monsters. Or make that two gangs of former friends and rivals.

This is the strength of Cruise Control. A large ensemble cast with eighteen year olds who like and dislike each other based on personal background, peer pressure [more . . .]

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THE SICK LAND

The Horror!

By Emma, author of Sin Eater

Jun 30, 2015: The Sick Land is a story that grips you, and doesn’t let go until the end. It creeps you out to the point you don’t want to click the "next chapter" button, but you do anyways out of morbid curiosity. And then you regret it. Not because it’s bad, but because the next chapter is even creepier than the first.

And that is what makes The Sick Land great horror. It makes you want to turn in fear, but you’re so [more . . .]

 
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MAN OF LAST MILLENNIUM

SF of the Last Century

By BillyHiggins, author of Godpunk

Jun 29, 2015: I’m not sure if the appropriate comparison to Man of the Last Millennium is to be found in Isaac Asimov’s oeuvre, or Ray Bradbury’s. Either way, the point is clear: this serial has a real vintage feel one that evokes mid-twentieth century science fiction.

There are a lot of reasons for this, but one of the biggest is its plot. Two dirty scavenger kids from the future find a man from the previous millennium (which is roughly our present). He doesn’t [more . . .]

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THE NIGHT

Interesting Characters, a little light on details.

By DJ Clarke, author of Hero Initiative

Jun 28, 2015: The Night is fairly new, only having 9 chapters, none of which are particularly long, so far. And all of it is really just setting up the characters, so the action has only just begun, so I can’t really get into much of the story, but I’ll try my best.

M.J. Kane, has five characters who, while not identical all have some problems. There’s Finnegan, screw up and well on his way to alcohol poisoning. Sara, college student who really likes [more . . .]

 
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WORM

Tensile strength, toughness, elasticity; thinner when stretched.

By Fibi, member

Jun 28, 2015: Worm is an eloquent 1.7 million word argument in favour of mandatory grief counselling. Interesting, intricate people interact, conflict and compete while remaining relatable, sympathetic, abhorent or terrifying. And through it all you will want to scream that if these damn characters sat down and talked honestly about their desires instead of hiding behind masks real or figurative for five minutes then all of this mess could have been avoided.

Wait, let me start over.

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THE OTHER KIND OF ROOMMATE

Must Love Paranoid Murderers

By BillyHiggins, author of Godpunk

Jun 27, 2015: Imagine, if you will, a typical rom com, wherein socially-awkward man meets socially-awkward woman. The former’s a lil crazy, the latter a nearly-starving artist.

Now imagine that the man has a voice in his head (I like to imagine that the voice is Nicolas Cage, because he’s just about the right level of insane for this insane serial. But you can choose whatever voice you want to). Also imagine that this voice helps the man become a killing machine—a machine that [more . . .]

 
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SYMBIOTE

Clever heroes, bloody good action, and a premise tight as a drum.

By Patrick Rochefort, author of From Winter's Ashes

Jun 26, 2015: 4 out of 5 stars

The Good: I love a story with genuinely clever protagonists, and this is a story about a man’s cleverness first, and the superhuman powers his nanotech symbiote give him, second.

Both the protagonist and the symbiote have their own agendas and clever personalities, and they function as a team through tense and exciting conflicts.

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THE HOUR

The Hour’s got a spring-loaded premise, but too many bad cogs

By Patrick Rochefort, author of From Winter's Ashes

Jun 26, 2015: 2 stars out of 5

The Good: The initial premise and chapter presents with a tense, and interesting source of terror. A man wakes up to his life for one hour a day, and spends the other 23 hours of his day being gruesomely tortured by a demon. The why is unknown, and the consequences of such (literally) hellish torture are writ large on his life and mental health.

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