Selected Reviews

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UNUSUAL FLORIDA

Editor’s First Look – Mystery/Slice of Life/YA

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

Oct 21, 2018: The author of Unusual Florida does a good job of setting her scene and place. Readers are treated to possible memory-inducing descriptions of long, sweaty car rides to get to a vacation destination, and scenes where a number of teen or pre-teen kids awkwardly try to get to know one another and explore the somewhat mysterious resort they’re vacationing in. The mystery begins to be built on the fact that about half of the kids seem to be there with (or because) of their wealthy families, and about half through [more . . .]

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INHERITORS

Well written but familiar

By Sharkerbob, author of Graven

Oct 20, 2018: Inheritors follows the challenges of Gabe, the only successful clone of the world’s greatest superhero, Megajoule, now deceased. As such, Gabe struggles with an inferiority complex as he tries to be his own hero, but is haunted by the fact that he is less powerful, less charismatic, and less skilled than his progenitor. Likewise, he has to try and conceal his identity, lest his origins make him a target for trouble with both heroes and villains alike, and influence how people percieve him. Likewiser, he tries to stick to the [more . . .]

 
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CHOSEN SHACKLES

The internet’s out and we ate all the Ramen

By AdmiralMonkeyman, member

Oct 17, 2018: Best read at 4 a.m with a 90¢ cup o’ noodles in hand. Overall score, 4.7/5.

Reading chosen shackles has been a trip for me, starting off with the benign task of finding a running noodle vendor, to slowly building up the suspense and rot lurking beneath the city.

chosen shackles biggest quality is in its aesthetics and characters, the way that the protagonist interacts with the world improves upon its immersion tenfold.

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ANATHEMA

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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NOT ALL HEROES

Eureka!

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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DIVISION BY ZERO

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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INTO THE MIRE

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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DIVISION BY ZERO

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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DIRGE

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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THE VORRGISTADT SAGA

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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THE LAST SCIENCE

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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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INTO THE MIRE

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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