Selected Reviews

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CONTRARION

Insane Renditions

By GeneralRincewind, member

Sep 20, 2016: I loved it.

It does the insanity and uncertainty of the world brilliantly, where you;re never wholly sure of what’s happening or not. It has an interesting narrator, who is unreliable, untrustworthy, and has a pet eyeball. He’s also strangely optimistic. Too optimistic almost. It really helps to sell the MC insanity, better than most other fiction. Who else has tried optimism as insanity?

Mechanically the descriptions are sparse, but this is [more . . .]

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CONTRARION

I have no idea what I just read

By TanaNari, author of Price

Sep 20, 2016: Meet Carson, irreverent, unreliable, and often incoherent narrator who survived the end of the world. Perhaps.

No, seriously, he may or may not be schizophrenic and this whole story might be taking place in his head in an asylum.

The backstory, if the main character can be believed (and he can’t), is pretty much a Lovecraftian apocalypse. With fish-people and possibly homicidal houses, and a pet eyeball with spider legs. If it’s [more . . .]

 
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INTERVIEWING LEATHER

A Review You Can Honestly Trust

By ChrysKelly, author of Sanctioned

Sep 19, 2016: Interviewing Leather is absolutely wonderful. I wish it wasn’t.

I never really trust reviews that say only good things, like maybe the author has paid for these reviews, or something. So I wish there was one thing I could pounce on and say "this story would have been perfect, but . . . "

There really isn’t.

And I honestly wasn’t paid to write this.

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THE BRIDGE AND OTHER SHORT STORIES

This Bridge Will Hold

By Patrick Rochefort, author of From Winter's Ashes

Sep 17, 2016: The Bridge tells the science-fiction tale of a generational ship, split by a disaster centuries ago. In the aftermath of the disaster, civilization(s) aboard the split ship have decayed, knowledge lost, and bright hope for the future all but extinguished.

When the ship begins to unexpectedly repair itself again, and reunites the two halves of the ship after centuries apart, conflicts erupt, and two brilliant minds, one from each side of the ship, must come together to save what may be [more . . .]

 
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DEFECTION

Alecia will steal your heart. Prysim will steal your wallet.

By AntonShine, author of Contrarion

Sep 16, 2016: This is my first review, so forgive me if it’s not very good. Or long.

How to sum up this story? Alecia, a young woman, is the smartest girl on the planet. What does such a bright girl to do keep herself busy? Why, run around as one of the world’s most dangerous supervillains! As Prysim, she’s on the whole world’s watchlist. Think Iron Man with more money, fewer scruples, and a pair of super-powered homosexual friends/lackeys/clients.

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EARTHCAST

Caught between a witch and a hard place

By Stable, author of The Archive Of Unusual Events

Sep 16, 2016: If you like your fairy tales to be epic, mixed up and full of feels then this is the story for you.

Earthcast follows a strigoi (a form of Romanian vampire) and a golem in their journey to be free. Free of their past and others’ pasts, free from a variety of dangers and mostly free from some terrifying witches. The two main characters grow together as their innocence or spitting-cat-fury-and-paranoia slowly rounds out the edges of each other’s personality. They [more . . .]

 
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JUNCTION POINT

Editor’s First Impression

By Chris Poirier, editor

Sep 16, 2016: We don’t get a lot of real science fiction, and this is definitely worth a look. It has an interesting premise, is well-written, and is full of lots of little details about space exploration, astronomy, and physics. Check it out.


Three hours later and I have to update my note. I’ve just read all of Junction Point. And I’m very frustrated that I can’t just click next and find out what happens. Argh! Now I have to wait (impatiently) for the next episode!

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THE BASTARD CADRE

Starts a bit slow, but gets strong fast

By TanaNari, author of Price

Sep 15, 2016: Disclaimers: I don’t normally read post-apoc to begin with and this was part of a review swap so I did. I promise, there’s no bias, but if there was they’d probably cancel each other out.

The early parts aren’t that good, with a lot of slow development, some purple prose, and really confusing action scenes in desperate need of a cleanup. I suspect much of that was the author finding his voice for the story, because it gets better and stays [more . . .]

 
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PRICE

Cynical Supers

By Lee Carlon, author of The Bastard Cadre

Sep 11, 2016: I’m enjoying Price a lot. I was immediately impressed by the writing. I’m part way through the first arc, Death of a Hero, and I think the author has done a lot of things right with this one. The title itself is the first hook, and even though I’m still getting to know the protagonist, Zach Parker, the title has me worried. Is it a trick, will the hero be reincarnated, is death the price he pays for his powers, or will there be some kind of reversal that lets [more . . .]

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OUTLIERS

A Sharp Turn Away From Your Usual Superheroes

By gloomybear86, author of For Riches or More

Sep 9, 2016: I freely admit that I’m a sucker for creative powers and even more creative uses of said powers.

That being said, Outliers is an excellent example of a story where none of the characters come out of the box OP, but earn their way to that status through hard work and creativity. And I say THAT to say that Knifleman’s take on the superhero genre is a well-written, intriguing, and exciting romp through a world where teenage vigilantes are more effective [more . . .]

 
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ONCE GIANTS

Size Queen Steals the Show

By Scott Scherr, author of Don't Feed The Dark

Sep 7, 2016: Once Giants begins with Tina Thompson, a.k.a. ‘Size Queen’, a former genetically altered superstar of the Amazonian Women’s Wrestling League. But wait, it gets better. She’s an 8 foot tall, 600 pound blond bombshell with super strength, a high tolerance for bullets, and a super-sized temper. Now, don’t let that description fool you into thinking that this story might be ‘far-fetched’ and that this type of character belongs solely in the panels of a comic book. You would be sadly mistaken and miss out on a great story in the [more . . .]

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DON'T FEED THE DARK

Walking Dead meets Sin City

By Team Contract, author of Once Giants

Sep 6, 2016: Don’t Feed the Dark is a zombie apocalypse story and by any measure a very good one. The prose and dialogue is well written, the pacing fast and the atmosphere is creepy and spot on. However, to only define it as such does not do justice to the great story being told by Scott Scherr.

The real hook of this tale are the point of view characters. Scherr not only tells a horrifically graphic and gory zombie thriller, but through the [more . . .]

 

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