Selected Reviews

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EARWORM

Sweet Dreams

By t4nky, author of Nowhere Island University

May 24, 2015: I have to admit, I’m still in kind of the early stages of Earworm. However, I know good horror writing when I see it, and this certainly has potential. It certainly has two of the most important points of horror down pat: atmosphere and the monster.

Atmosphere is very good. Mystic Island, the place where the story takes place, always seems to have something bubbling under the surface. Even in the most innocent-seeming scenes, there’s always something just slightly off. And [more . . .]

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WORM

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By Unrak, member

May 24, 2015: Worm is easily among the best series I have read online, and better than MANY published novels out there.

As others have said it is a realistic look at a morally grey world that just happens to have people with super powers living in it.

The characters are well written and each have depth. Among my favorite are the main character, Taylor, and her teammate Bitch.

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TALES OF MU

Love it, but it has room to grow.

By bunbun, member

May 23, 2015: Tales of MU was the second serial I read (after reading Worm), so it holds a special place in my heart. The beginning really pulled me in and I immediately started devouring it.

I adore the ideas and the characters behind the story and I connected on certain levels with Mack. Amaranth worried me at first; I was afraid she would just be a Mary Sue, but her character flaws quickly became evident. The character development is extremely well done, which [more . . .]

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SUBJECT 15

Drug Conspiracies

By Syphax, author of Stone Burners

May 21, 2015: Jack, the gambling son of a mob hitman, volunteers for a drug experiment that (surprise!) is run by evil people. Normally I’m wary of spoilers but come on, the story of some down on his luck guy bumming his way through a routine experiment isn’t fun. Anyway, Jack and the other fifteen subjects are left to figure out what is going on and how to escape. Along the way there’s a big government conspiracy with the CIA and maybe aliens.

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TIME AND TIED

Interesting Time Travel, Weak Characters

By BillyHiggins, author of Godpunk

May 20, 2015: Time travel stories are hard to get right. Often, they can get a bit overly technical. At other times, they can just devolve into a bundle of paradoxes.

Time and Tied has neither of these problems. All in all, the time travel device is pretty interesting—completely unlike anything else I’ve seen or read. I won’t give away the details, because you can read all that in the story. But if you’re looking for offbeat time travel, this series might be for [more . . .]

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WITHIN THE GAME

Easy Fun

By BillyHiggins, author of Godpunk

May 15, 2015: This serial’s perfect for a lazy afternoon. It’s not too long, it’s kind of funny, and the posts are short.

The blurb really says it all: it’s a satire of video games. But the satire isn’t particularly biting or perceptive. Instead, it’s fun to just nod along with some of the weird video game rules the narrator has to contend with (for instance, why DO rats carry gold?).

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KILLING TIME OST

A female James Bond goes Bladerunner

By Sten Düring, author of Transition and Restart

May 15, 2015: First of all I have to say I’m stunned that no one here has reviewed this four year old web novel.

It all starts out as a female James Bond (Lorelei) in the world Bladerunner would have been set in had the film been made today. Include a fifties hard boiled voice over and you have the feeling.

After the story reveals itself to be the typical intro for a James Bond [more . . .]

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TWISTED COGS

The best of a plot-driven story

By Tartra, author of The Other Kind of Roommate

May 12, 2015: Let me explain what I mean by five stars.

‘Three stars’ is ‘This is a decent story. I’m not going to keep reading it because of the writing style/grammar/plot/what-have-you, but it’s written at a level where I can see the effort.’

‘Four stars’ is ‘Wow. Well done. The premise interested me or the plot worked great or the writing was strong. I’ll check in every now and then or, if it’s not [more . . .]

 
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WORLD DOMINATION IN RETROSPECT

Brilliant

By SELI-chan, member

May 11, 2015: When I started reading Worm, I skipped over the comments. Maybe I skimmed through them a little bit, but I was there mostly for the story. A little bit later, I stopped reading the serial because I had school. I reread it a couple months later, starting from the beginning. I had missed out on so, so much. Most of which was Psycho Gecko’s comments.

You can’t imagine my reaction when I found out about this piece of work.

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FOOLED

Only a fool would complain.

By SnowyMystic, author of Fabled Hearts

May 10, 2015: This will begin perhaps a bit unfavorably. It isn’t so much that the beginning is rocky, as it doesn’t feel like it has achieved what it meant to achieve. The beginning I speak of is restricted to the first chapter, which can reasonably be called a prologue.

Prologues are a tricky thing generally. It is quite easy for them to delay the meat of the story, or give too much meat up front among other problems. The problem in this case, [more . . .]

 
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THE SOLSTICE WAR

A Very Smart Narrative

By E_Foster, author of Cages

May 9, 2015: On its most basic level, Solstice War is exactly what it says on the tin. It is a story about two warring factions, the socialist Dominances of Solstice and the capitalist Allied nations of Nocht, Lubon, and Hanwa. But while this undeniably is a big, ambitious narrative, focused on large abstract ideologies, it also has small, very human moments that keep the story grounded.

The overall structure of the narrative is very clever. The author drops us right into the action [more . . .]

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LYNCIA

The Gods are crotchety!

By Alexander.Hollins, member

May 9, 2015: Lyncia is your typical spoiled princess chafing under a military despot dad and crying the inability to do what the princes do.

Until she finds that her father is a LOT more brutal than she had even feared. And the old gods are real. And . . .  even more brutal than her father.

Now in the company of a former guard and a foreign monk, Lyncia wars with what she has been taught, what [more . . .]