Selected Reviews

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TWIG

Twig: Personal Conflicts with Meaningful Consequences

By ewnson, member

Aug 21, 2015: Twig follows the stories of a team of spies/assassins, primarily from the perspective a character called Sylvester, or Sy for short. However, not all of the team are entirely human.

In fact, as of the time of writing of this review, only (probably) one (two? three?) of them (probably) is. Hey, no one said this was going to be easy to describe.

Oh, and they also happen to be children.

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WORM

My new favorite story

By Robert, member

Aug 10, 2015: I made this account solely to give Worm a 5-star rating. I and the half-dozen or so people I’ve forced to read it loved it. The setting is my new favorite, the character development was well done, the twists/cliff-hangers were surprising and within reason, the quantity of unique super powers was impressive. I couldn’t stop reading until I uncovered as much as possible about this beautifully crafted world and it’s inhabitants.

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THE BASTARD CADRE

I had trouble keeping up with this Cadre

By Wildbow, author of Twig

Aug 9, 2015: A quick set of observations, after reading the first few chapters. The Bastard Cadre is a clean cyberpunk work with elements of the dystopian postapocalyptic. The site is stark in design, which works remarkably well considering the recent ‘cleansing’ that was brought to the world. I caught on to that and liked the artistic touch, as it suggests a world that doesn’t live under the shadow of the oppressors, the new gods, but under the luminescent glare of them.

The only [more . . .]

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CONQUEROR

First thoughts

By Wildbow, author of Twig

Aug 7, 2015: Disclaimer – Read up to 1.9, which was all that was posted as of the time of the review.

The premise is okay, and I thought it could go interesting places in terms of exploring darker psychology, but the execution struggles. The writing isn’t strong and I don’t have plans to revisit it. It’s not unreadable, the basic grasp of language is undoubtedly there, but it’s rather dry, stiff and lacking in deeper details. Things, when they’re described at all, are [more . . .]

 
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CURVEBALL

First Fifteen Review

By zephy669, author of Cruise Control

Aug 4, 2015: Snapshot

Curveball is an action story set in a contemporary setting altered by superheroes. The story starts with the murder of America’s greatest hero, Liberty, who sent out an encrypted email to the man who had been his sidekick, Curveball. The story isn’t really about who murdered Liberty, but about what lies within that email, which the first fifteen installments doesn’t get into, but sets the stage for.

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ARTORIS

Fantastic Fantasy

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

Jul 30, 2015: Artoris is a fantasy story following a young man, Nik, and a number of his friends, who show up in the story one by one. It’s one of these stories that starts off with a simple set of ideas, but that the authors gradually add more and more detail to, and between the great characterization and slow unveiling of their fantasy realm, they sucked me in completely.

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RACKHAM & CRANE

If Verne and Wells wrote a round robin…

By Alexander.Hollins, member

Jul 25, 2015: The premise of the serial is one of letters, correspondence, between two characters, each written by a different person, with no other communication between the two. It’s like a giant game of yes, and.

And it works. The pair of authors have a great chemistry going, they seem to know well when to add detail and when to leave something alone for the other to develop. They are investigating a mystery that slowly unfolds for us as they chatter about things [more . . .]

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SCIENTIFIC TALES

Hard SF? In my webfiction? It’s more likely than you’d think.

By Alexander.Hollins, member

Jul 23, 2015: ST is a very unusual blend. The story is set in a very steampunky feeling world of pipes, tubes, and brass mechs. It could be Gyreworld or any of the dozen others similar to it. There is a feel of sparks and madness, of mad engineering more than mad SCIENCE.

But . . .  actual science and technology is used in the plot, from machine code to basic chemistry and manufacturing techniques. And used in such a way as to give a definitive feeling [more . . .]

 
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THE PARANORMAL SAINTS: SUBTERRANEAN

This is The Web Serial Version of "The Room"

By Billy Higgins Peery, author of Godpunk

Jul 22, 2015: I’m not going to lie to you: this serial isn’t very good. I do not recommend reading it.

While the author tries to give good attention to detail, he doesn’t execute it very well. The details that he chooses to describe are neither interesting nor evocative enough to pull a reader into the scene. And, combined with the repetition, it really slows the pace of the story.

To give an example: "His [more . . .]

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GODPUNK

First Fifteen Review

By zephy669, author of Cruise Control

Jul 21, 2015: SNAPSHOT

Godpunk is a dark fantasy serial story set in a fantastical world that seems more urban than fantasy. Throw in some elves, magic and dragons along with cigarettes, detectives, and police and you have a fantasy story that blends well with the contemporary. The story is about a journalist, George Royce, who is known for his successful covering of a series of god killings, and now he’s tackling the end of the world.

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GODPUNK

I didn’t like Neil Gaiman’s "American Gods"

By InkyLlama, author of Twisted Cogs

Jul 21, 2015: Reviews are really hard for me these days. So many people leave reviews that are full of joy and happiness, gushing about the things they love about a serial. It makes it difficult for me, because I am a grumpy curmudgeon who dislikes mostly everything and just wants to grumble.

You can’t imagine how excited I was after reading Godpunk; at last I get a chance to write a review full of "things that I really freaking hate". It’s a review [more . . .]

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PACT

Should We Make a Pact That I Won’t Make Any Puns In This Title? Wait, No, I’ve Made a Terrible–

By Billy Higgins Peery, author of Godpunk

Jul 11, 2015: Pact. Pact, Pact, Pact. Paaaaaact.

Before I start, I’d just like to say that I enjoyed Pact. Wildbow’s a great writer and over the span of a heckuva lot of words, he entertained me. This particular review has some negativity (more than I expected when I started it, tbh), but I just want to give an accurate appraisal of what a new reader would be getting into. Because there are many joys to be found in Pact, but the serial is [more . . .]