Jul 26, 2016: I’ve just caught up with the full 25 chapters of Barghest. This includes everything you could hope for from a military/space opera story including conniving politicians, a dystopian political system right out of starship troopers, evil aliens threatening all of humanity and heroic deeds by smarter-than-average grunts. It also has genetically engineered super soldiers, of both human and essentially anthropoid wolf (the Barghest of the title) varieties.
I love how alien the aliens are. The descriptions of them do a lot [more . . .]
Jul 24, 2016: This is not a review but a praise – an eulogy if you so want.
Stop here, if you did not yet read at least parts of Worm! I will possibly spoil the whole story for you. You may also stop here, if you did read Worm but do not like it. I will possibly contest your opinion.
When I read Worm I got totally hooked on it. So much that I [more . . .]
Jul 24, 2016: The tl;dr is that A Bad Idea is a fun, snappy ride. It’s a great way to pass some time without all the ‘commitment’ of other serials, but unlike other serials, it never goes so far to earn that commitment. This is a casual read for the most casual reader; don’t go in thinking Grapes of Wrath of when we’re getting Saturday Morning Funnies.
The characters are damn fun. Each starts with a one-note personality that works exceptionally well at explaining [more . . .]
Jul 23, 2016: A story that does everything right, but takes no risks. It hits its notes right, it does its villains well, it maintains a strong pace and has a series of interesting, enjoyable weirdos. Classic revenge and intrigue plots drive the story forward, with room enough for some interesting, if not terribly surprising, twists.
Past that- the prose is gorgeous. This is a writer who knows how to write, with crisp, clean language and a focus on smooth transitions that holds together [more . . .]
Jul 23, 2016: If you’re looking for a one sentence summary, For Riches or More is an incredibly solid, well-written story that’s definitely worth your time. Go put it in your mind-holes, or however you kids are consuming information these days.
Unlike . . . gee, probably like 90% of the stories that’re popular on here, FRoM is 100% realist fiction. Unless there’s a very, very unexpected twist coming, it’s firmly grounded in reality; the author even seems to have a reasonable grasp on how actual hacking works. [more . . .]
Jul 20, 2016: I really enjoyed this story. I’m not sure what the first book is like online since I bought the Kindle version, but I enjoyed it from beginning to end.
The MC is believable and his motivations are relatable. He’s consistent and the world building is consistent.
I’m a big fan of litRPG. I even write one. I’m always on the lookout for new litRPG stories to read and The Gam3 delivers.
Jul 14, 2016: This is the first RPG-fic I’ve actually read all the way through. I’ve noticed a lot of them recently, and it seems to be a fashion in internet fiction at the moment, much like superhero-fics were after Worm became popular. (I’m not sure RPG-fic is the right term, but stories that take a MMORPG game-like or actual game environment as the setting.)
This one is based in the close future, where aliens have visited Earth and enforce the Game – a [more . . .]
Jul 13, 2016: ‘A Few Good Conversations’ is an excellent read for those who wish to dip into a realm of nostalgia that is embellished with dry humour and witticism. Here you will be led through by the strong discourse of a protagonist who is remarkably self aware. The journey is incredibly insightful, despite its path transpiring in a state of seemingly perpetual inebriation, as it touches on a complex array of themes ranging from poetic existentialism to the discovery and loss of genuine friendships, and the pursuit of hopeless dreams with admirable [more . . .]
Jul 7, 2016: I started reading this purely because of Jim’s nice review of the sequel, and it’s great fun. Slightly reminds me of the Stainless Steel Rat rat series – crime capers in space in other words. The writing is smooth and the plot flows well too, very easy to binge read!
The only minor dis-satisfaction I have is with the macguffin at the end – I’m trying to say this in a non-spoiler way but feel free to ignore this last section [more . . .]
Jul 6, 2016: One of the most interesting things about Price is its dedication to keeping everything strictly street-level. No planetwide crises, no danger of the universe coming to a crashing end . . . just regular people (teenagers, at least in the story I read) given dangerous powers and the struggles that follow from that.
(Note: I read In Triplicate, but not Death of a Hero. Apparently, the former is a prequel to the latter, so there are almost certainly some neat details that I’m missing.)
Jul 6, 2016: Anathema is a complex story in a world teetering on the brink of collapse, full of memorable characters dealing with troubles both mundane and fantastic. Anathema establishes its tone early, with a character worshiped as a god who knows she’s as mortal. Then moves on to an underachieving wallflower trapped in her sister’s shadow.
As the story progresses, you’re introduced to one beautiful, complex characters after another. All are shown in the beautiful, hand-crafted way that only someone who loves their [more . . .]
Jul 2, 2016: I didn’t read the first book in this series (Pay Me, Bug!) until it was published as an ebook. I’m not sure why. This time around I’m reading every post as it appears and wishing Chris updated more quickly.
If you liked Pay Me, Bug!, everything that you liked is still there: the amoral smuggler captain, the crew (even the bug), the complex political situation created by the previous book, and still more that I can’t post without spoiling the surprise.