Selected Reviews

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THE NEW HUMANS

Superpowered children and emotional abuse

By Rhythm, author of Touch

Nov 13, 2017: The first thing I will say, that I need you all to be aware of before you hear my not insignificant criticisms, is that this is an excellent story, and one that carries my recommendations. That being said, it is far from perfect.

The premise is, at a glance, a deconstruction of the silver age comic tropes of old. And while this is certainly present, it is by no means the point of the New Humans. If I were to ascribe [more . . .]

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NATURE'S KINGDOM

Modern High Fantasy Shenanigans

By TanaNari, author of Price

Nov 7, 2017: Note: As of this review, there are only 13 chapters to the story and it’s nowhere near completion. This is a preliminary review, and it may change a great deal as it progresses.

I’d say without hesitation that the author’s greatest strength is bringing the characters to life. They have their own unique voices and personalities which shine through from the moment they’re introduced. Our main character is in over her head, but she keeps some semblance of goals in mind [more . . .]

 
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EVERYBODY LOVES LARGE CHESTS

This treasure chest is full of junk food for the mind.

By Patrick Rochefort, author of From Winter's Ashes

Nov 1, 2017: 3.5 stars.

It’s junk. It’s junk and glorious, unapologetic, ironic trash throughout. It’s got quite a few unnecessarily pornographic scenes that detract from the flow of the story. Every single character is portrayed in the most problematic ways, from attitudes to character growth(/degeneracy). Every flaw in it pointed out by other reviews and every trigger warning it has earned is true.

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SIDE QUEST

Quest for Awesomeness and Hilarity!

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

Oct 29, 2017: Have you ever been involved in a game (or hell, even in real life) where you had a main goal? Maybe you wanted to make a sandwich and watch a movie, or finish the report you were working on and turn it it, or maybe get to the capitol city, turn in your family’s census papers, and pay the taxes your family owes. But somehow, every step of the way, yet another person shows up who wants you to do something Ever So Important, for which they will, of course, [more . . .]

 
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TOUCH

The (Not) Bad Touch

By Lonesome Traveler, member

Oct 19, 2017: First things first, Touch is not a story for everyone. It handles its subjects tactfully, but even so, this is a story which is fundamentally about troubled children and painful emotion. Touch is only 4 chapters in as of this review, but I don’t see that going away.

I’ll be honest and state straight out that this isn’t my kind of story. It’s a bit of a slow trek, with prolonged descriptions of the minutia of emotions and motives of its [more . . .]

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DIRGE

Adventures in the Existential

By Lonesome Traveler, member

Oct 18, 2017: Disclosure: I’m good friends with the author. That said, I like to think I’m more honest because of it, rather than less.

Dirge is best viewed as a philosophical allegory set in a dark but fantastic world of magic, technology, and existential horror, told through the eyes of a clever and questioning protagonist alongside a strange and appealing side-cast, all of whom have a part to play in the grand scheme of things.

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WATER WATER

Watery Urban Fantasy

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

Oct 7, 2017: Water Water is a refreshing entry into the urban fantasy genre. When I first started it, I was reminded of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, but as I followed the story, it became wonderfully different. We follow the story of Laura, who sees some mysterious people on the subway one day as it takes a long-disused detour, and Joseph, who has some connection with them.

One of the things I liked about the story itself was that aside from Laura and Joseph as [more . . .]

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MAVERICKS

Solid Action, Interesting Characters

By BGHilton, author of Do It Yourself

Oct 6, 2017: Mavericks is a superhero story set in the USA of 2043. The plot is fairly standard superhero fare, but what makes the story interesting is its characters. What could be a fairly standard generational rivalry is given an interesting twist by making it a rivalry between a villainous mother and a heroic daughter rather than the standard father/son villain/hero dynamic (Darkseid v Orion; Sabretooth v Wolverine etc). Superhero turned villain Rebecca is a fascinating character, avoiding many of the clichés that female supervillains are prone to. Rebecca seeks to end [more . . .]

 
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THE NEW HUMANS

Interesting but could be tighter

By Fiona Gregory, editor

Sep 20, 2017: This is another story taking the popular theme of how our recent history might have unfolded if a minority of people started getting superpowers. Set in Australia in the 1960’s, the government is taking a heavy handed approach picking up and detaining children suspected of having powers to do tests on them. Public opinion is fearful and suspicious of the new "demi-humans".

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THE EAGLE'S FLIGHT

A well-hidden gem

By Chillypepper, member

Sep 18, 2017: I will begin this review by mentioning what a crime it is that this work of fiction is not on the top 10. Let alone being an extremely under-viewed one.

‘The Eagle’s Flight’ Is a high fantasy novel, a professional one at that. This is what I wish all high fantasy genres would aspire to be. A massive, well developed world set in medieval settings (Much like LoTR or GoT) That relies on showing you what this world is like rather [more . . .]

 
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THE DREAMS

Editor’s First Look – Slice of Life Mixed with Japanese Folklore

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

Sep 16, 2017: I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect when I started The Dreams, but I was pleasantly surprised by a story that is half a slice of life/coming of age tale of a young woman going to college and meeting someone special, and half Japanese fairy tale, a story of a young woman in a small village who begins befriending a strange, magical young man she’s been told not to speak to.

The author does a good job of drawing in the [more . . .]

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WORM

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By Scylene, member

Sep 12, 2017: I personally feel that I have been on a long journey reading Worm, and I loved every second of it. It throws you into a world of fascinating characters that are utterly believable. Never once have I stopped and thought that someone had done something utterly unrealistic. They all feel like unique, human beings. This coupled with a huge array of unique and interesting powers makes for an excellent story. Although to tell the truth this really is just the beginning in terms of excitement for Worm, there is so [more . . .]

 

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