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WINOC THE TRAVELER

Beautiful.

By Typist Kid, author of The Zone

Feb 1, 2018: I don’t know where to start, honestly. I enjoyed the story, and it’ll go on to the list of web serials I read.

It’s beautiful. The world. I’ve read up to the tenth chapter and love what I’ve read so far. I can tell you that if you’re looking for something quick, and interesting, this is it. The grammar is neat. The characters done properly.

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ASTRA NULLIUS

Mind candy … in space!

By SteveF, member

Jan 31, 2018: Astra Nullius is a series of episodic short stories about the crew of a tramp space freighter. The ship and crew are rather beat up and beat down, paralleling the collapse of this universe’s multi-system civilization, and they have to make their way as best they can through whatever shipping or other gig comes to hand. Preferably legal, as the skipper still tries to live up to the expectations of for the military ship’s captain she used to be, but needs must.

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THE ZONE

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By JohnCalliganWrites, author of Winoc the Traveler

Jan 31, 2018: I really enjoy the setting presented in this book. After having read the first three chapters, I have a real feel for a world full of chaos and potential, order and danger. Technology run amok.

The story follows the adventures of a young cyborg who uses his powerful on-body-computers and technical skill to outfit himself with robotic armor and artificial implants more useful for building and creating than fighting.

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WINOC THE TRAVELER

Serial Fantasy, Streamlined.

By Lonesome Traveler, member

Jan 29, 2018: Were I to summarize this review before even writing it, I could do so in a single sentence: "Winoc the traveler travels fast."

This story begins with and maintains a rocket’s pace, and it does so remarkably well. Each chapter is efficient and quick, and the writing streamlined enough to make it a breeze to read through fast. Any given chapter can be picked up and read in a few minutes as a satisfying and self-contained chunk of fantasy.

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TOUCH

She’s got that invisible…

By Walter, author of The Fifth Defiance

Jan 26, 2018: [Disclaimers: First, I am doing this as part of a review swap. Second, Touch is still a young serial at this point, with only its first arc available for review. What you read may bear little resemblance to what I’m reviewing by the time you read this]

Touch takes place in a world like, but not exactly like, our own, where superpowered folks clash in a parallel world that most people aren’t aware of.

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EXISTENTIAL TERROR AND BREAKFAST

The best thing I ever hated.

By Rhythm, author of Touch

Jan 22, 2018: Full disclosure, this review was written as part of a swap.

Existential Terror and Breakfast is perhaps the most difficult thing I have ever had to review, and my reason for saying this is very simple: it affected me. Whether this is a good thing in terms of my own enjoyment remains to be seen, but it speaks volumes of Rev.Fitz’s skill as a writer.

The story follows the life and continued [more . . .]

 
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LOVE, LATE

Editor’s First Look – Sweet Romance

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

Dec 30, 2017: Love, Late begins with a heartbreak, and then things start to look up. The main character, Claire, has been dating Noah, her best friend since childhood, and now that he’s become her lover, she declares her love for him, only to have him deny that he loves her and break up with her on the spot.

The author does a great job of conveying to the reader how heartbreaking this is for Claire, but she goes on to fulfill a dream [more . . .]

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MOTHER OF LEARNING

Stuck in a time loop? Don’t just sit there and waste your time! Learn something!

By KitCat, member

Dec 30, 2017: Mother of Learning is a fantasy/mystery/adventure/etc about a person stuck in a time loop. It is a long novel, almost 600,000 words right now, and it’s not done quite yet but the author is good about regular updates. This book is suitable for young adults and older. There is some swearing, including a few f-bombs. No sex stuff, and there’s a fair amount of fighting but no blood and guts.

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TEAL

Teal (the person, not the color) is a crushing protagonist

By KitCat, member

Dec 18, 2017: Teal is a young adult scifi/fantasy/etc book. It’s about 100k words and thirty chapters. It takes place in the near future, which we can tell because Teal spends a lot of time playing virtual reality action games.

The story follows the two main characters, Teal and his friend, as they try to find what he needs to keep his father alive and get Kepik out of prison.

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TOUCH

Worth the read, and worth reading the warning.

By revfitz, author of Existential Terror and Breakfast

Dec 18, 2017: Disclaimer: This review was written as a part of a review swap.

Touch is one of the few things I have read that truly deserves a content warning at the start. I used to balk at things like this. Literature, in my opinion, should never be held to the same ridiculously Victorian standards as television or film. If something is offensive, or dark, well, that’s art. I am glad that this one was up front, however.

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EXISTENTIAL TERROR AND BREAKFAST

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By Docmars, author of Adventures in the Pirate Continent

Dec 14, 2017: This is the type of story where you get up and you stare at something for a while in a way that never really occurred at you to stare at before. Existential chair breakfast is an interesting and odd little odd story of Malcolm, a simple, lonely man who lives in a simple, quite lonely world, who, one day, when staring at a piece of toast, comes to the realization that his entire life is pointless and terrible and awful in all those ways. If that sounds funny to [more . . .]

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ADVENTURES IN THE PIRATE CONTINENT

I have no idea what this is, but I LOVE IT!

By revfitz, author of Existential Terror and Breakfast

Dec 14, 2017: Full disclosure: This is part of a review swap with the author of the serial.

This was some of the most fun reading I have had in a while. Was this because of the complex, yet timeless story? Was this because of the deep and interesting characters that easily won over my emotional investments? Was this because it was good?

A giant NO to all of the above.

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