Mar 6, 2014: Unlike some people, I enjoy archive panic. Having a large volume to read through means I’ll be able to stave off boredom for longer. When I found the Decendants, it was a godsend. It has the single largest archives of any serial I’ve seen to date, complete with side stories to tide you over when you get caught up. More than that, the story is actually quite good.
The format is different from a lot of other serials- it’s not styled [more . . .]
Mar 6, 2014: Super Powereds is set in a college full of interesting and compelling characters which drew me right in, set over the backdrop of a mysterious medical treatment allowing people to control formerly uncontrollable powers and the characters’ shadowy pasts. Each of the many characters is unique and interesting and develops in interesting ways as the story progresses. I highly recommend this one to almost anyone.
I do have a few minor quibbles. The pacing is really slow- there’s only usually one [more . . .]
Mar 6, 2014: I first approached the League of Prey with interest, because the concept was if not original than at least a new enough take to catch my eye. Yet I found my interest waning when the main character is introduced. I found that not only could I not identify with her, I actually didn’t like her. She’s not sarcastic, she’s just cynical and disrespectful with little reason. She’s obviously intelligent, but lacks the willpower to explore on her own and as a result, her character is apathetic and bored. I found [more . . .]
Mar 5, 2014: This story had me hooked immediately, following the life of an isolated girl living in a wretched hive where the police don’t dare patrol, going to a school where she’s bullied to an extend it becomes painful to read at points, and going home to a junkie single mother extorting her for cash to get her next fix. It’s dark and gloomy and yet it drew me in immediately, because behind it all was an honesty to the character and the story that makes it one of the more compelling [more . . .]
Mar 5, 2014: I initially had reservations regarding Ghost Touch when I read the tagline "every night is a one-night stand," which I soon found is very misleading. I was hooked immediately by the intensely personal story of someone no one can remember, exploring the concepts of identity, morality, and isolation in a mature and thought-provoking way. The character of Rainey has been deeply scarred by events in her past and cursed with a gift she can’t control. She’s a very interesting character who I am very eager to see more of.
Mar 5, 2014: (based on reading through chapter 8)
If you like your fantasy with a touch of gritty realism, this could very well be a story for you.
"Hunted" has the feel of a Western, the characters of a Fantasy, and narrative style of a Detective-noir novel. And for the most part, the combination works.
The reader is thrown right into the action, which makes [more . . .]
Feb 27, 2014: Symbiote is an interesting one. The main concept is one I’ve seen done before, but here us taken to the logical extreme, exploring the environmental, political, social, and technological ramifications of a society gifted with hyper intelligent symbiotes. Symbiotes is highly recommended for those who don’t like waiting long for updates, because it updates very nearly every day, sometimes even twice a day.
That said, the story does have a few reoccurring problems. The main character, Bob and Frank, is almost [more . . .]
Feb 24, 2014: Rasa puts in mind for me one of those old fantasy epics, where it’s not about the individual cities or events, but it’s a journey to another location or a greater understanding. The characters pass through deep, richly textured cities each with their own unique social pyramid and local politics, and vivid landscapes on their way to find eachother and to find somewhere to call home.
It’s told from the perspective of two children attempting to understand the world around them [more . . .]
Feb 18, 2014: A kingdom struggles to adapt to the recent loss of magic, with starvation rampant and the population scared. An heir struggles to get by in a camp of refugees who are scraping out a living in a dwindling time.
When I start any series, I strive to go in with expectations high. It’s a rare story that I can’t give the benefit of a doubt, and I don’t tend to review those stories. If and when I find that those expectations [more . . .]
Feb 17, 2014: So, in a nutshell this is an alternate modern-universe story where sometime in the recent past the world of Faerie was thrust back into alignment with Earth, and bad things happen. I’m stating this at the beginning of my review, because it takes a little bit to piece together ANY relevant background information on the world. And with this writing style, that is a GOOD thing. Now if the mixture of modern stuff with Faerie magic (and a little bit of super futuristic tech thrown in for fun and plot [more . . .]
Feb 17, 2014: This is a story for those who don’t mind doing a bit of waiting. It’s a once-monthly tale of Lex, a martial artist with a past and abilities bordering on superhuman. That’s okay, because she’s just gotten herself mixed up with a job at an agency that wants someone like her.
This story differs from conventional superhuman storytelling in a number of ways so far. If you go into it with high expectations of lots of action, exciting fight scenes, superheroes [more . . .]
Feb 16, 2014: I would like to first qualify this review by saying that I am only about one third of the way through the archive, and seeing how this was last updated in 2012 (which is at least the end of ‘Book 1′) I wouldn’t dive into this if you are really looking for something continuous.
That being said, most of this story is going great in my opinion. The main character (kinda by default since he was the first one we met, [more . . .]