Selected Reviews

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DEEP, BLUE, BOTTOMLESS

Fun read, looking forward to more updates!

By Calhoun, member

Mar 5, 2019: I really enjoy DBB! It’s a supernatural mystery involving a TV psychic and the ocean, and it gives off some real noir mystery feelings! The side characters are interesting and the town feels big – like every side character we meet has their own lives going on outside of the main character – which REALLY helps add to the overall mystery feeling (who was where? when? why? it feels like everyone is doing their own thing in the background, which makes it more interesting re: the mystery but also makes [more . . .]

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MUSIC MASTERS

A popping, colorful, musical jam

By Thedude3445, author of Rainbow Destructor

Mar 4, 2019: Despite the tags, this is definitely a superhero story, about a group of four teenagers with music-based superpowers who save the world by fighting cartoonish villains who also have music-based superpowers.

While most of the web fiction community is focused on more serious sci-fi, fantasy, or drama, Music Masters goes full on Saturday Morning Cartoon on us, bringing a story quite unlike anything else you’ll find on the website. It really feels like a comic book brought into prose (and knowing [more . . .]

 
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FUJI

How strait the sunless road

By Snuggle Squiggle, author of Endless Stars

Feb 25, 2019: If my review of Fuji were one word, it might be “straightford” or “eager”. No one likes to have their writing called “simple”, but one of the first things you notice about Fuji is that is doesn’t easily get bogged down or distracted. It knows what it wants to convey, and it gets right to it.

This isn’t necessarily a good thing, or a bad thing. Fuji seems to value the destination over the journey, but there are roses I wouldn’t [more . . .]

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GRAVEN

Lightning-fast superhero romp with grave consequences

By Chrysalis, author of Gift of Light

Feb 18, 2019: This review is part of a review swap. I was provided with a free copy of the ebook, but all opinions are my own.

I’ve been sitting here pondering whether I’d rather assign four or four and a half stars. Graven has its flaws, but in the end I decided that these flaws (such as the class A speed of the plot development) actually aren’t detrimental to web fiction. But there are a lot of typos and minor editing issues (their [more . . .]

 
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STASIS

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By TassieDk, member

Feb 12, 2019: Stasis. It’s a catchy title for a catchy novel. I am reading it while it is being written, almost, as the novel is a story in progress. I’ve finally caught up with the author now, and I can’t wait to read more. I’ve read the first 33 chapters (that are available at the time of writing this), which means I’m almost halfway in Part Two.

Stasis takes place in a dystopian future, and the main character is Peyton. I like Peyton, [more . . .]

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OVERHULL

Three episodes in…

By Wayne Basta, author of Seraph's Gambit

Feb 11, 2019: "Overhull" is the story of a renegade mechanic, sticking it to the powerful corporations by fixing their broken ships. Hull is a former military officer who retired to fix old ships but now w young girl, whose family Hull helped years ago, shows up eager to learn.

The first three episodes throw a lot at the wall. But they don’t really stick. The core idea here is solid. Quirky engineer, eager apprentice, evil corporation inevitably going to make their lives difficult. [more . . .]

 
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THE GRAY RANGER: UNFORGIVEN

The Weirdest Wild West

By Hejin57, author of Music Masters

Feb 9, 2019: No surprise, but the Western genre has always remained an attractive realm to write in. It allows a lot of freedom with wacky characters, colorful locales, and nonstop action. The Gray Ranger: Unforgiven is another tome within the Bolanderverse (if the author actually calls it that), and it’s flawed but still certainly worth a read.

Without spoilers, the story revolves around a man named Kulgan, a former Gray Ranger himself who has been cursed as a Twisted. His lifeforce is now [more . . .]

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THE NEW HUMANS

Man’s reach must exceed his grasp.

By Snuggle Squiggle, author of Endless Stars

Feb 5, 2019: The New Humans is a story that tries very hard.

It’s a long-form serial that’s been updating irregularly for over two years now. It’s a kind of period piece, exploring superpowers in 60s Australia.

And it suffers from that common double-edge sword of serials: the writer is improving. The opening chapters are rough. Just as you’ve heard many times before — for many different serials — it gets better.

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ADVENT

Hidden Gem on Web Fiction Guide!

By Thedude3445, author of Rainbow Destructor

Feb 4, 2019: Now THIS is a great example of what the medium of web fiction can pull off if done right. Using short chapter bursts and nested hyperlink asides, Advent paints the picture of the life of a young child from a broken home who gets involved in events out of their own control. It’s a pretty short story and not one that is good for plot summaries, so I won’t get too much into the plot.

The main plus for the story [more . . .]

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TRILOBITE PARK

Yar, here be comedy more riveting than the titular creatures!

By Joker, author of Mavericks

Jan 31, 2019: The first thing I should note about Trilobite Park is the formatting. It’s not the easiest read due to the navigation of the site being a little wonky, and there are enough grammar errors that BGHilton should go back and proofread.

The story itself has a very esoteric idea behind it but the writing is very simple and streamlined. Descriptions are crisp and give us just the right amount of information. Infodumps are non-existent, with Hilton expecting you to have read [more . . .]

 
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VIGILANTES MAKE US SAFE

Daring but Didactic

By Rhodeworks, author of Not All Heroes

Jan 30, 2019: Vigilantes Make Us Safe (henceforth VMUS) is an intriguing, ambitious idea. Essentially, it is a collection of serials where each one follows a specific character in a wider world where the American government has legalized vigilante justice. In short, I feel the idea, while shaky, is more let down by the execution than the core concepts.

This review covers Hitbox, Rebel Rebel, Dynamo, Serenity and Toxic, as well as the first few chapters of The Law. I have attempted to condense [more . . .]

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GIFT OF LIGHT

A smaller-scale view of a dark supers world.

By Sharkerbob, author of Graven

Jan 27, 2019: Note: This story is completed in ebook form, but is being posted for free chapter by chapter on the Anathema web serial blog. I was given a copy of the completed book as part of a review swap.

Gift of Light is a smaller-scale, self-contained story set within the Anathema (aka Powered Destinies) universe. Despite being a stand-alone novel, it would really benefit the reader if they read Anathema (currently being released on Amazon as Superluminary) first, to better familiarize themselves [more . . .]

 

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