Selected Reviews

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MUSIC MASTERS

A Teen Hero Cartoon In Prose

By Sharkerbob, author of Graven

Jan 5, 2019: Michael is a disco-loving young man who’s passion for music leads him to discover a mysterious power: by focusing on certain songs, he can manifest various superhuman abilities for as long as the music plays! This discovery very quickly leads to encounters with others like himself, and he is soon thrust into dangerous adventures within the secret world of Music Masters!

The main analogy Music Masters makes me think of is a teen adventure cartoon in prose. The conceit of the [more . . .]

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INHERITORS

Embrace the Darkness

By AM_Thorn, author of Vigilantes Make Us Safe

Jan 2, 2019: From the first time I started reading Inheritors I found it grabbed my attention and didn’t let go. Megajoule (the writer, not the character) has a strong grasp of momentum and he rarely lets up as he drives Gabe and his friends into darkness and danger. At times that darkness may not be entirely to the story’s benefit but on the whole I still find Inheritors easy to recommend.

If you want a deep story recap I’d encourage you to just [more . . .]

 
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GRAVEN

Are Powers Just A Grave Mistake?

By Hejin57, author of Music Masters

Dec 29, 2018: In the end, it’s always nice to return to superheroes. Powers, capes, costumes, they’re attractive in works of fiction and it’s nice to see how the formula can be jostled or shaken with each new work involving them.

As someone who is beginning to grow weary of superpower stories, I have to say I was glad to have read Graven to completion.

The story takes place in an alternate future Earth of [more . . .]

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A SISTER'S ALL YOU NEED

The Title is a Warning

By Thedude3445, author of ATL: Stories from the Retrofuture

Dec 27, 2018: The title of the story hooked me in just from the sheer strangeness of it, but I wasn’t sure what to expect with what to find within. The description makes it very clear that the story’s going to be the kind of "magic school with a powerful main character and usually some incest themes" fantasy story that’s popular in Japanese books and anime these days. That is not a niche I care for whatsoever, unless it’s done very well.

This was [more . . .]

 
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MAIDEN'S MOON

Editor’s First Look – Compelling Fantasy

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

Dec 27, 2018: Maiden’s Moon is a fantasy tale that does a good job at drawing the reader slowly into its world. We initially start following two very different women – one who carries a plain looking but magical instrument to a competition in one of the most populous cities in her world, and one who is a bit of a bookish misfit in her warlike community.

I liked how the author gradually introduces her world and its intricacies and traditions to the reader, [more . . .]

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JURYOKINE

Human or Sorakine, Adventure All The Same

By Hejin57, author of Music Masters

Dec 27, 2018: As I’ve said before, young adult adventure stories can be hard to write.

There’s a delicate balance between the familiar and the innovative, and often times I see a lot of these stories try to juggle between being super original yet mainstream enough to succeed.

The thing is, those things don’t matter so much in the end. What truly matters, is good writing, good characters, a good narrative, and most of all, [more . . .]

 
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JURYOKINE

A polished, enthusiastic young adventure story.

By Sharkerbob, author of Graven

Dec 24, 2018: Juryokine is a fun and really solidly written piece of YA literature. It follows a bit of that classic "humble boy meets spunky girl, adventures and shenanigans ensue" formula that leads to an enjoyable tale of heroism and acceptance.

The fantasy world presented is an interesting one, where in there is only one blatantly supernatural element (the gravity control powers of the winged Sorakine race), while the technology of the human society could be seen as simply an alternate path to [more . . .]

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MUSIC MASTERS

Unique and Fun

By samberk, author of Stasis

Dec 23, 2018: The foundation of Music Masters isn’t a very unique one: a young hero discovers that they have the ability to wield special powers, and goes off to the world to develop them, making friends and enemies while on their journey. Though the concept itself is rather conventional, I think that the small details and ideas added to the work do set this story apart from the rest, in a way.

Just like Rhodeworks stated in their review, if I had to [more . . .]

 
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FUJI

Like A Rising Sun

By Hejin57, author of Music Masters

Dec 21, 2018: Fuji is an interesting, if not fully developed story about a man named Kenshi, who leads a storied life on a mystical island known as Nihon.

There’s a lot of promise to this story, and it particularly borrows from samurai fiction and other eastern works in stride. The prose is simple and to the point, which can be sometimes underwhelming especially at points where you find yourself just wanting to know about Kenshi as a character.

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STASIS

Welcome To The Academy

By Hejin57, author of Music Masters

Dec 19, 2018: Often times, I find myself hard-pressed to get into dystopian stories, especially if they don’t carry with them some unique premise or way of showing things. So it’s always a pleasure to find something that breaks my preconceptions, even in the simplest way possible.

The following story, simply named Stasis, revolves around a dystopian future of sorts, where humanity has been brought to brink and their population has diminished because of it. To survive this bleak future, people lead incredibly structured [more . . .]

 
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ANTLERS, COLORADO

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By antishiva, member

Dec 16, 2018: Antlers, Colorado is really something special. I already knew Marn was a great author from reading their other works, but Antlers blew it out of the park. The writing is exceptional, there’s an INCREDIBLE amount of LGBT+ characters (that is completely casual and natural; one never feels like a certain character is a ‘token’ included for representation points), and the plot is out of this world (literally, sometimes). I found myself falling in love with pretty much every character Marn introduced us to, and lost a good amount of sleep [more . . .]

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THE MINOTAUR PALADIN

Improving along with the author.

By Rhythm, author of Touch

Dec 11, 2018: Right. The Minotaur Paladin. Okay . . . 

This is surprisingly hard. See, TMP is, to my mind, not the best of stories. It is by no means bad, but it’s not great. Why is this hard for me to say? Simple. Because it could be great. If I’m honest, reading this feels like watching a teenager write the Hunger Games. Cool concepts and engaging characters, but marred by the written execution of an inexperienced author. This might sound like I’m being unkind, but [more . . .]

 

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