Selected Reviews

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EARWORM

Earworm: Gets in your head.

By Eren Reverie, author of Midnight Moonlight

Feb 26, 2015: I’ll start by saying that although I enjoy the paranormal—and outright horror—genres, there’s a quality of ‘creepy’ that just freaks me out. Earworm seems to be quite happy living in that category.

It starts out on a good note for a horror story, then transitions to a coming of age, slice-of-life drama. And then it starts to get creepy. And it just keeps getting creepier as you get to know more about the main character, his past, and you start thinking [more . . .]

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CITADEL

Worth daily checks for updates

By Kensei Seraph, member

Feb 26, 2015: An engrossing novel about a group of super-powered individuals who are training to join the Citadel, an organisation that does what must be done to ensure peace in a society where many individuals are capable of incredible feats of chaos and destruction.

The implementation and descriptions of the powers are intriguing and I have spent a fair bit of time trying to determine how an individual’s powers work and how they can be circumvented, improved or used to achieve less obvious [more . . .]

 
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RAT NOTHING

A Wonderfully Complex Narrative (But Confusing Terminology!)

By E_Foster, author of Cages

Feb 3, 2015: On the surface, Rat Nothing tells the story of four individuals navigating—with varying degrees of success—a dirty and dangerous city. But because each character occupies a different social strata with in this world, this story is ultimately a rather clever exploration of all aspects of a society on the precipice of change. While the four story lines are not always equal in quality, the ambition and scope of this project are both commendable and compelling.

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FLOCKED

Who needs Princes? Hire a professional. Cool idea, lacks execution.

By Shogi, member

Feb 2, 2015: Flocked is only one chapter in as of this review and I will most likely not be returning for awhile.

The story begins with an opening that harkens back to the structure and cadence of a classic fairy tale. The description of the king, his daughters, and their "curse" would not find themselves out out of place in the company of the likes of Rose Red, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, etc. (the original stories, not the Disney remakes).

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CITADEL

A Superpowered Viewpoint Roulette

By Shogi, member

Feb 1, 2015: "Citadel" revolves around the lives of an incoming class of trainees at the eponymous campus. The author invites us to follow the daily lives four main viewpoint characters at what amounts to Quantico for superheros. After some whirlwind paced introductions, the narrative then proceeds to rotate frequently amongst the 4 main characters while also often diverging to view events through the eyes of side characters.

To be perfectly clear: the viewpoint of this story changes a lot.

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STONE BURNERS

Editor’s First Impression

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

Jan 31, 2015: I found Stone Burners to be engaging quickly on, beginning with a hero that appears to have had her memories largely erased and struggling to fill in the knowledge of her world from there. The main character, Olivia, is interesting and engaging, and both her adventures and the people she meets as the story goes on serve to pull the reader in, I found. There also seems to be a good balance of story exposition and action. It’s clear to me that the author spent a lot of time thinking [more . . .]

 
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THE ZOMBIE KNIGHT

2 + 2 = 5

By Syphax, author of Stone Burners

Jan 24, 2015: First, a note about the updating schedule. The Zombie Knight updates with a page or so every day. Each page is just a small tidbit, sometimes boring if taken on its own. However, this is a case of 2 + 2 = 5. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. I found it more enjoyable to wait until there were about ten or so new pages before catching up, but of course this is entirely subjective. Now, on to the review.

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MIDNIGHT MOONLIGHT

A romance fans’ delight!

By Tartra, author of The Other Kind of Roommate

Jan 23, 2015: As I was very clear to mention in the pile of comments I left among the chapters (writers beware: I am a chatterbox, and I will swamp you with a dozen things to have to moderate if I’m going through your stuff), I am not a romance reader. And this is a romance.

Granted, it seems like a good one, and it doesn’t start out that way. The first chapter is a testament to Eren’s ability to write a character whose [more . . .]

 
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TRYING TO THROW MY ARMS AROUND THE WORLD

Not a romance as you’d expect it: more like a relationship drama slice of life.

By Eren Reverie, author of Midnight Moonlight

Jan 22, 2015: This is not your typical romance. It is written as an autobiography or memoir, covers far more relationships than ‘the one that is destined to be successful’ that you find in traditional romances, and wasn’t actually as bad a read as my rating might suggest at first glance. There were a few issues though, and I’ll try to outline those.

First of all, the site layout could have been improved. There’s only one place on the site for navigating backward and [more . . .]

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MIDNIGHT MOONLIGHT

Surprisingly Imaginative Protagonist!

By Oniwasabi, author of The Monster They Deserve

Jan 22, 2015: So, first thing I want to clarify here: I read this story and am writing a review because the author was so kind to review my own work, and I was a little surprised that no one had done so for her as yet. Urban Fantasy is NOT one of my favorite genres, hence why I am not trying to assign a star rating to this book. I will say that it held my interest long enough to read through the entirety (48 chapters) of book 1. If the story [more . . .]

 
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EXTRACTION

You’ve got some superpowers in my sci-fi, but it’s off to a solid start!

By Oniwasabi, author of The Monster They Deserve

Jan 19, 2015: So, I spent about an hour today reading through what’s currently available of Extraction, and I found it a mostly enjoyable experience!

The good: The characters are distinct. Each has sufficient personality that they all feel like independent characters capable of progression, growth, and story telling. The interplay between several of the characters is also well developed and feels like genuine banter (although the subject matter of the banter sometimes DEFINITELY reminds you that this is Science Fiction). The setting seems [more . . .]

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SEAGRAVE'S JOURNEY

a magical ride

By dracotorre, author of Kandy Fangs: Venom

Jan 19, 2015: Western world meets Eastern lore with Jiang Shi (zombie/vampire) and shape-shifters. The globe-spanning trip is a turbulent, occasionally psychedelic, ride dotted by beautiful pools of reflection.

During the initial chapters, the title character primarily reacts to the fantastical circumstances which is understandable even if it would be nice to see more decision making. In contrast Seagrave’s guide, Wu Ming, is proactive.

Overall the story is written well, but some wording issues and [more . . .]