Selected Reviews

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SEAGRAVE'S JOURNEY

Seagrave’s Bizzare Adventure

By SnowyMystic, author of Fabled Hearts

Oct 19, 2014: Before we get in the meat of this review, it should be noted that the author of Seagrave’s Journey had things happen in their life that made updating problematic. At the time of this review, it seems that the author has begun writing again. So, there is some hope that it will have consistent updates. I am however perhaps being a bit optimistic. A minor gripe is that the site is a bit slow to load on my netbook, which bodes badly for phones and tablets.

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CITADEL

A Strong Start

By Mandragons, member

Oct 17, 2014: Set in an alternate universe, Citadel starts us off with a time-honored classic; by throwing us in the deep end. I personally found it a bit tricky to follow in the first couple posts, there has been very little worldbuilding. Most of what I do know now had to be picked up as I went along. But don’t let that dissuade you. Citadel is still a newborn, and just needs time to blossom.

As previously stated, Citadel is set in a [more . . .]

 
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THE GODS ARE BASTARDS

A nicely written frontier fantasy

By Fiona Gregory, editor

Oct 12, 2014: "The Marshal cursed and squeezed the switches on both his wands; their muted click was lost in a tremendous CRACK as bolts of lightning sprang from the tips . . . ."

This engaging tale set in a fantasy world’s magic-based Industrial Revolution quickly caught my interest. It’s well written, and full of imaginative and intriguing details like the magical Rail trip (I prefer the mechanical version!), and a professor’s explanation of the difference between objective (physics) and subjective (magic) actions on energy and [more . . .]

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THE SOLSTICE WAR

Gritty war story with a hint of something more.

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

Oct 12, 2014: I am greatly enjoying Solstice War, but I have to start out saying. Things and people get shot, blown up, and covered in gore. This is like watching stock war footage of combat.

That said, it’s well written stock footage. Designations and descriptions of equipment help accentuate the setting, rather than overrunning the scene as so many military fictions have done. An alternate history of sorts, the technology of the day is very World War two, the warfare mortar and [more . . .]

 
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NEW SENTINELS

No title

By Wildbow, author of Pact

Oct 12, 2014: It’s a safe bet that a five second look at The New Sentinels will allow you to pass a verdict. To date, the story is consistent in being what it is.

What is it? New Sentinels is a rather campy take on superheroes, almost more campy than the old Adam West batman series. There’s a twist though.

It’s told via. tweets.

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THE GODS ARE BASTARDS

It’s fun to read

By Taulsn, author of Overwatch

Oct 12, 2014: At the time of me writing this The Gods are Bastards is up to chapter 2-1. I’ll do my best but there might be minor spoilers.

If you have read Tales of MU, then The Gods are Bastards will feel familiar to start with. At least initially, the cast is similar, and the main setting (at this point) seems to be a college campus. However it is in no way a copy of MU, almost immediately going in a very different [more . . .]

 
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FIXATION

Dark heroics for dark times

By D. D. Webb, author of The Gods are Bastards

Oct 8, 2014: Savannah Crest is a teenage girl with a crush on Paragon, the greatest superhero in the world. Not coincidentally, she happens to be the only person who knows how and why Paragon was murdered, and who did it. It’s not as if she can do much with this information, however, given the enemies she would make in the process. In the course of Savvy’s quest to get answers and find justice for her slain hero, she is drawn deeper into the world of heroes and villains . . . 

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FIRESTARTER

I wish there was more!

By D. D. Webb, author of The Gods are Bastards

Oct 8, 2014: The Firestarter in question is Molly, a teenage wizard with a load of psychological baggage and an urgent need to make ends meet which compels her to take on some rather shady work from even shadier individuals. It’s for that reason that we first meet her in the opening steps of what becomes a catastrophic showdown in an Atlanta airport.

This story is really, really promising. It does a brilliant job of setting up tension and then paying it off with [more . . .]

 
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DEATHLESS

Newborn

By Unillustrated, author of Citadel

Oct 7, 2014: This is a brand new story (only 20 posts so far) and relatively short. That means that in order to say anything about what’s there, I’m gonna have to SPOIL a little bit. So, SPOILER ALERT. Okay, with that said, what’s there is a bit of a mixed bag.

Alex is a teenager murdered when he interrupts 2 burglars in his home. There’s no indication that this is part of some grand plot although that could pop later. Because of a [more . . .]

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EDALLY ACADEMY: THE ANGRY AETHERIST

So much worldbuilding, so little time

By D. D. Webb, author of The Gods are Bastards

Oct 7, 2014: Edally Academy follows Tairiekie (I had to tab back to the page to be sure I was spelling it correctly) as she enrolls at the eponymous Academy, the most prestigious school of its sort in her world. All Taikie wants is to study engineering and make her parents proud, but in this fiercely competitive school, the politics of day-to-day survival are enough to distract anyone from their academic goals, and it doesn’t help at all that some of those politics touch on the fundamental forces—the aether—that move her world and [more . . .]

 
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THE LIFE AND DEATH OF CHUCK WESTBLADE

Should’ve Skipped the "Life" Part

By Unillustrated, author of Citadel

Oct 6, 2014: This is a post-apocalyptic western style story, told more or less from the perspective of Chuck. He’s the only survivor of his family, who were murdered after refusing to sell their land to a group of strange outlanders while Chuck was on watch. On his wandering, a grim loner style journey to find their killers, Chuck meets a gold hearted prostitute and an eccentric but brilliant priest of the atom. Cliché enough yet?

Yeah, it really is that bad. Every single [more . . .]

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WORM

Excellent storycrafting.

By Jaeger, author of Dead Too, Rights

Oct 6, 2014: I’ve always had a place in my heart for villainous/anti-hero fiction in which the ends justify the means. Worm meets that itch and more.

The scope of the story begins small, with a teenaged girl who possesses super powers that, at first, seem rather tame in comparison to her peers. She controls bugs. Very cool and creepy but not exactly laser-beam-eyes or knocking-down-buildings powerful.

The author wisely spends time at this smaller [more . . .]