Selected Reviews

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THE GODS ARE BASTARDS

Absurdly feminist but otherwise fantastic

By Vegetate, member

Nov 26, 2016: Even though I have numerable issues with the story, this story absolutely excels in pretty much every other area. The character interactions are fantastic. At times they are funny and at other times they show humanity and lead to believable and meaningful character growths. The world is extremely fleshed out and I absolutely adore how it is essentially sci-fi disguised as fantasy. Subplots weave together very well, and I found it easy to sympathize with many POV characters besides the villain POV (which to be honest was somewhat boring to [more . . .]

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THE COMATOSE GIRL

Great Potential… Lacking in Direction

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

Nov 22, 2016: From the twenty chapters currently available, The Comatose Girl primarily centers around an almost omnipotent young girl named Daisy, and her caretaker, Dr. Travis Stein, who is charged with understanding this extraordinary girl’s abilities. The story begins in an underground government operated facility where the powers-to-be strive to ‘weaponize’ Daisy while Dr. Stein sympathizes with her desire not to harm anyone.

What I’ve enjoyed about this story so far is the developing relationship between Stein and Daisy as her character fluctuates [more . . .]

 
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DON'T FEED THE DARK

Must read for zombie lovers

By Is_Generally_Hostile, author of The Comatose Girl

Nov 19, 2016: This is a review swap.

This will be easiest review I’ve ever written.

This is a massive work, still updating twice a week.

Fairly straightforward zombie novel as of my read through of book one. So far the zombies come into two flavors, traditional shambling and rotten dead from under the grave and the much scarier fast zombies with a bloodlust.

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LOVE DRUG

A promising story

By donutguru, author of The Rat Messiah

Nov 13, 2016: This story starts with a text message exchange, which is what drew my attention. It’s a good idea, and it has sparked some ideas for me in my own writing. Along with the texts, there’s pictures sprinkled in here and there to give a feel for the setting. Personally, I like that.

The story is still relatively short, and it didn’t take me long to get through the first five pages. Here’s what I can say. The writing is very clean [more . . .]

 
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MAYWITCH

Slow to start, but great once it hits.

By Is_Generally_Hostile, author of The Comatose Girl

Nov 12, 2016: This is a review swap.

This series is ongoing and currently sits at 18 parts.

Maywitch is about a young woman who is recruited into a shadowy quasi governmental quasi military organization of magic users who are tasked with keeping the rest of the magical world in line. The main character is forced into the organization under shady circumstances and is immediately thrown into the frying pan. She and her Maywitch cronies [more . . .]

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ONCE GIANTS

No title

By Is_Generally_Hostile, author of The Comatose Girl

Nov 8, 2016: Before we start, this is a review swap. I’m impartial, if I don’t like something I read, I’ll say so, but I feel it’s something that should be mentioned upfront regardless.

I’m done talking about length, it’s irrelevant to me. The only concern on that front is finished or unfinished – I’m a fat greedy bastard and I don’t like to wait. This one is unfinished, but not abandoned.

One last aside [more . . .]

 
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WORM

Blows your mind and punches your gut

By Sundance, member

Nov 7, 2016: Worm is a rare find: an epic-in-length and epic-in-scope horror story. It takes that epic scope and humanizes it with the protagonist, Taylor Hebert. Taylor is wonderfully, painfully, tragically human.

It viciously deconstructs, reconstructs, lampshades, and analyzes superhero fiction.

It has a massive cast, with dozens and dozens of named characters, none of whom get lost in the shuffle. Each character, even those that are only in the story for one or [more . . .]

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THE COMATOSE GIRL

Interesting Story in the Making

By Team Contract, author of Once Giants

Nov 5, 2016: This web serial is fairly new so if you’re looking for a new one to check out, this won’t take a lot of time investment. The core premise is quite fascinating, that of a research facility housing a group of super powerful psychic test subjects. I was reminded of the set up for Stranger Things as I reflect on it now. The story itself starts which the relationship building between one of the research facility’s scientists and the young girl he oversees, the most powerful psychic in the facility.

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YEOMAN

Preachy power fantasy dressed in pseudoscience

By Alexander.Hollins, member

Nov 4, 2016: Let me start with one thing. Bad science makes me flail. Were I not reading new stories on WFG SPECIFICALLY to review, I would have stopped with the first page. But, I was willing to move past it. The story has a conceit in the prologue that the world has gone to hell, and a dying old woman decides to write a story about how things could have been better, so, why not. That conceit alone forgives a lot of the sins of the story, the very obvious self insert [more . . .]

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THE COMATOSE GIRL

Certainly worth a look

By Ria Fritz, author of Maywitch

Nov 4, 2016: This review covers up to Chapter 1.18. For simplicity’s sake, I’m breaking things up into pros and cons, because this story does some things AMAZINGLY well and some things quite poorly – there’s little in-between.

PROS: The premise is solid, and most of the characters are relatable. The story puts enough twists on the super-powered-psychic-whatever trope that it’s a refreshing sci-fi read. The writing is funny and fast-paced, and uses third person POV with enough charm and wit to make it [more . . .]

 
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PRICE

Worm Meets the Bionic Man Meets Sea Monsters!

By Is_Generally_Hostile, author of The Comatose Girl

Nov 4, 2016: Two notes up front, this review is part of a review swap, though I did have Price on my radar to read.

Secondly, this is a review for Blue Steel which is the first book of a series of the same title, set within the same universe as Price. There’s only one listing, for Price as a whole and all the authors works take place in the same setting, but share little else in common from what I’m told.

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ODD & ENDS

Sometimes weird just to be weird, but worth reading.

By Alexander.Hollins, member

Nov 4, 2016: So, I have this head canon about how Odd and Ends was created. Bear with me here!

Jody Lynn Nye, Terry Pratchet, and Robert Aspirin are at this party, see? And they get REAAAAALY high on some noxious skunk weed and a gallon jug of White Zinfandel, while shotgunning the first fifty episodes of Welcome to Nightvale. After the first live episode, Bob belches rainbows (I told you it was some good shit) and says, SHHHEIT. We should write something like [more . . .]

 

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