Mar 27, 2015: One of the hardest things I find about e-reading, whether it’s a Google Play app or a Kindle or a mobile site, is how difficult it is to do on a phone. Say what you want, but I am an avid on-my-phone reader. Unfortunately, that means huge slogs of text are next to impossible to keep track of. The really immersive worlds with pages of detail fall sadly flat. It’s impressive, then, that t4nky’s balanced immersion and brevity as well as he has.
Mar 27, 2015: Something shocking is happening on the open flatlands of Kansas. It’s just years after the Civil War and the U.S. has entered wholeheartedly into its Reconstruction Era. The chaos of a land still rebuilding becomes embodied and reflected in the challenges of Isaac Benjamin, veteran of the war. He arrives in town to become the new sheriff while suffering flashbacks of gruesome battles, rattling guns, and the mechanical thump of military walkers.
That’s right, walkers, because this story takes place in [more . . .]
Mar 26, 2015: The opening of the story caught me with an interesting device, part of the story, and character of the main character, is revealed through dog walker forms, describing the walk of each dog. The story opens with a rapid round of fire from individual situations, and quickly descends into the strange. Demon Dogs! Masked Luchadores! Insane Cultists. And Chronic Canine Halitosis as a major plot point. I found myself sucked in and quickly reading through the first chapters available. Can’t wait for more.
Mar 26, 2015: Alright, so I got through this story in under two days because it kept me up reading when I should have been sleeping.
The writing is really good. There were a few typos that I noticed, but nothing more than I generally expect from a web serial—and when I reported them in the comments and the author was pretty on the ball about fixing them. The story is told from a first person perspective, but it is done so with vivid [more . . .]
Mar 26, 2015: I’m going to keep this short for two reasons, the first being there isn’t much out yet, the second is its one of Wildbow’s. Being one of Wildbow’s works, it’s almost guaranteed to get a disproportionate number of reviews.
I’m writing this review after reading chapter 1.7. So far Wildbow has given us the team, defined their roles and is showing us their personalities. From the perspective of Sylvester, who while I like him might not be the most likable character. [more . . .]
Mar 24, 2015: Four people with no obvious relationship all end up together in a battle against supernatural entities. If it sounds trite, I encourage you to put your disbelief aside and give it a shot. Atmosphere is what makes a horror novel, and Umbra has atmosphere in spades.
Everything about Deton academy and the surrounding town is just a little bit off in ways that make you wonder what is truly going on underneath it all. As our characters are swept further into [more . . .]
Mar 24, 2015: Emily’s telling of her story is possibly one of the most compelling things I’ve ever read. The scene’s set with a flashback prologue that, while a little clunky in its storytelling, does a great job of piquing the reader’s interest. I felt drawn in from the beginning.
The story starts off a little slow; but I think that actually works for it. I got to know the characters within the first few chapters, which made the issues they deal with all [more . . .]
Mar 23, 2015: First off, the good stuff:
Black Alice has a very good story, and is excellently written. The heroine is interesting, and unlike many psychopathic anti heroes, is well aware of her lack of a traditional set of morals. That’s probably how I actually got hooked: many times the protagonists actions are framed in such a way as to make you sympathize and agree with them, even if (from an objective standpoint) they’re horrifying. Not so with Black Alice, heh. She simply [more . . .]
Mar 15, 2015: Technology is a revoked privilege, the world is tied together by a central computer, and people everywhere must refrain from violence lest they get sent to prison colonies. This is the strange but compelling world of Set In Stone, a story told from the first person point of view of a teenager named Allen.
An introduction to this world begins with an early arrival of locusts and the hazards this presents to a life tied to farming. Allen works with his [more . . .]
Mar 14, 2015: The Kingdoms of Evil was the first web serial I remember reading, and it was good enough for me to want to read other web serials. That being said, it has its flaws as well as its glorious moments. The humor in Kingdoms of Evil is hilarious if you like epic fantasy, otherwise it may fall flat. But the greatest obstacle to the readers enjoyment is the prologue, which has negligible relevance to the story. I would recommend just skipping it. Onto the main parts of fiction. Character Development: [more . . .]
Mar 14, 2015: Pact is Wildbow’s second serial, and is an urban fantasy novel. I love fantasy, myself, and so I enjoyed Pact even more than the writer’s first serial, Worm. Pact is the story of Blake Thorburn, a young man who is made the caretaker of a house that was owned by a diabolist. And the diabolist was his grandmother. Needless to say, hilarity ensues. Setting: The setting of Pact is truly a work of art. It contains fascinating magic, a well developed invented town (Jacob’s Bell), and history that is [more . . .]