Selected Reviews

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Anathemixed Feelings

By Sharkerbob, author of Graven

Oct 9, 2018: I can’t say Anathema is a fresh take on its concepts, but does manage to feel distinct. The two big themes that I perceive from the story are an emphasis on showing that superhumans are just normal people with powers, with all the psychological problems that entails, and the idea of superhumans being walking weapons of mass destruction and the impact this has on society.

After an event called the Pulse grants random people superhuman abilities, an age of Heroes and [more . . .]

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By On The Edge, member

Oct 8, 2018: I’m writing this review based on everything up to the most recent chapter because I just had a moment where everything clicked. This is a great story, filled with depth, intricate world-building and fascinating, complex characters. Somehow Not All Heroes combines concise world-building with a fascinating depth, showing without telling.

The standout is definitely the characters and the characterisation of everyone. The story is about three people (Sabra, Fisher and Leopard) as they are each try to make a pretty grim, [more . . .]

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Tidal Wave

By Megajoule, author of Inheritors

Oct 3, 2018: I gave a/0 a read through as it was new and it got a pretty good review right off the bat. I’m afraid that review feels unearned, and misleading as to the quality of this story.

Don’t get me wrong, the writer does have an impressive command of sentence structure and vocabulary. They are clearly well read, clearly a very thoughtful and verbose person. However, they would benefit in revisiting the rule "Show, Don’t Tell." The first chapter is a huge [more . . .]

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Mysterious characters, solid adventure, gives me the creepy crawlies

By WolvesOfCalla, member

Sep 30, 2018: This story lulls you into a false sense of security in the beginning, starting out like a typical – but well written – fantasy adventure. However once the party journeys into the swamp, things get weird in a hurry and the sense of creeping dread and uneasiness is up there with some horror movies.

The characters verge from hilarious to mysterious, a good mix of personalities that are all well developed. I’ll echo what other reviews are saying about Gaz and [more . . .]

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Divide By Anime

By Rhodeworks, author of Not All Heroes

Sep 30, 2018: I was working on a review of this, but myriadmelancholy got there first with everything I had wanted to say. However, I review everything I rate, so . . . 

This story is an exhausting slog. To illustrate, there are four thousand words of exposition in the first chapter before something happens—a line of dialogue. Many of those four thousand words are bluntly telling the audience how smart Kohana is, how talented she is, how good she is.

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Draws you in from the beginning

By WolvesOfCalla, member

Sep 30, 2018: From the first prelude this serial is written in a captivating, page-turning way. It’s darker and spookier than I anticipated, and I’m a fan of all things dark and spooky.

The characters have a breathing three-dimensionality to them that leaves you thinking about them even when you’ve closed the window. Their reactions to the unthinkable terrors they are eventually presented with feel realistic and human, yet their personalities also feel grounded in the dark and tragic world they inhabit.

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Reminiscent of classic fantasy adventure novels

By WolvesOfCalla, member

Sep 30, 2018: I will be upfront with you: with its multiple pathways and the way the story is presented and its many reading options, The Vorrgistadt Saga can feel like a tall order. But if like me you’re a fan of complex, dark stories where the layers upon layers add to the story rather than obfuscate, I urge you to give it a try.

I opted for the Oracle’s path at first, and while I won’t spoil anything, it remains my favourite of [more . . .]

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By Elephant, member

Sep 29, 2018: The Last Science is a bit of a genre-mixer that defies ready classification. Despite the fantasy tag and the magical elements, the story immediately shrugs off the expectations of a stereotypical "teenager gains magical powers" story. Instead, The Last Science is a rich drama/mystery story which uses magic as the foundation for a compelling plot and characters and provides far more than simply a story "about" magic.

In fact, to some extent the magical elements of the story contrast starkly with [more . . .]

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Steadily Solid Serial, But Slow

By Rhodeworks, author of Not All Heroes

Sep 25, 2018: [Review up to Chapter 27]

Overall, Into The Mire is a solid serial, free of many of the little bugbears that dog online works, although, perhaps, a touch slow. However, there’s something about Into The Mire that works against it, although I can’t quite put my finger on what the problem is specifically.

From the very first chapter, it’s quite clear that Canticle knows her stuff. The quality of the prose makes [more . . .]

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Descriptive and Intense

By yariyaridaze, member

Sep 21, 2018: This review is based entirely upon the three chapters available at the time of its publishing.

True to form and the inspirations clearly stated in the description, Division by Zero begins with Kohana Outtaike, a 15-year-old high school student, introducing herself to the reader. The novel is written in First Person, which is already a sharp departure from the tradition of novels being narrated in the Third. This brings its own interesting perspective to the narration as the reader is not [more . . .]

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By Moonfeather, author of Nature's Kingdom

Sep 15, 2018: At the time of this review, I’ve only read the first story in TanaNari’s expansive universe, Price: Death of a Hero. This review will only cover that story.

We begin our journey following the young Imbued (or Metahuman) Zach Parker as he hunts for revenge against the murderer of his first love. Pretty simple plot and fairly good in execution even it seems a bit cliche. It becomes more complex as Zach is drawn into the world of superhumans and Imbued [more . . .]

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Reads like quicksilver

By 20150506, author of Paladin

Sep 4, 2018: Ghosts in Quicksilver, by Elliott Dunstan, is about ghosts in Ottawa. It’s also about Jamal, a seventeen-year-old private detective haunted by her dead sister; their first case, which happens to be a murder; and the trials of moving into a new place and fitting in with the supernatural community, which they just learned exists. There’s a lot going on in this story.

Fortunately the writer is good at juggling the different threads and keeping the story running smoothly. Ghosts in Quicksilver [more . . .]


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