Selected Reviews

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HOW TO AVOID DEATH ON A DAILY BASIS

The story improves quickly and is still getting better

By Bryten, member

Jun 9, 2016: When I first started reading this story, I almost dropped it. The scenario seemed familiar, the writing could have used improvements, and the protagonist seemed to have zero redeeming qualities.

However, the despicable personality of the main character is why I continued to read, because it is a refreshing alternative to the driven, kind hearted, gifted main character that we typically see curb stomping every evil doer they come across.

The story [more . . .]

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CONTRARION

Great Potential… Exceptional First-Person Narrative

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

Jun 1, 2016: Contrarian starts with the disconnected ramblings of Carson Cotterill, a man who “lived past the end of the world”. From what I’ve gleamed so far from the few journal entries that are currently available, there appears to have been some sort of alien invasion which has affected the people and the planet in very unusual ways.

Carson is in conflict with forces that are at work across the planet and within himself.

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SKIES UNBROKEN

Memorable characters in a unique and enthralling world

By Qorvus, author of Tales From A Thousand Worlds

Jun 1, 2016: I binge-read the entirety of what has been posted so far, a not insubstantial amount, and am now eagerly awaiting the next instalment. As a fan of Firefly, I was draw to the Fireflyesque feel of the story, of a crew of misfits, each with their own secrets, flying about trying to make a living.

The difference though is that this isn’t set in space but in a rather unique – and enticing – world, one of floating islands set in [more . . .]

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THE ZOMBIE KNIGHT

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By casmirradon, member

May 31, 2016: A thoroughly enjoyable story that gets considerably better as it goes on. In my head it’s almost two different stories. There there’s the beginning, which for myself was honestly only just barely good enough to keep me coming back to see what happened next. And then later when the world opens up more and it became a sprawling and ambitious epic that had me obsessively reading day and night.

As others have noted, it’s confusing at first that it takes place [more . . .]

 
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WORM

exploring a genre

By yuriAza, author of Bonds

May 29, 2016: In the beginning, there was Superman, and the wacky Silver Age of comics, and your friendly neighborhood Spiderman. And then Gwen Stacy died. Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns were published, and superheroes were never the same again.

Now, Worm has not had the oppurtunity to rise quite to that level, but it nearly deserves to. Because Worm, as it clocks in at one and a half million words, is the most comprehensive discussion I have ever seen of the two [more . . .]

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HOW TO AVOID DEATH ON A DAILY BASIS

Skip the first ten chapters. Trust me.

By TanaNari, author of Price

May 14, 2016: They’re basically not even the same story as what comes after.

Story starts out painfully generic. The main character is uber-geek-stereotype #Lostcount magically teleported into a fantasy world. He decides it’s a computer RPG world, with generic ogres and what have you. Things are stupid for a while.

Writing’s sloppy, choppy, and stilted early on, with chapters only ~500 words or so at most and so many sentence fragments and non [more . . .]

 
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ADVENTURES IN VIKTORIUM

Very Original with a Vast World of Possibilites

By DanWeatherly, author of The New Devil

May 13, 2016: It says "Dystopian Steampunk Serial" at the top of the website, but that description doesn’t really do it justice. Adventures in Viktorium dips into many more genres than those.

Its main strength is its detailed world. Rarely have I come across a web serial with a premise that has been so thoroughly planned out. The main benefit of the carefully designed setting is that there are so many different directions the story can go. There’s so much plot to be had [more . . .]

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REAPER

The Killer Healer and his Grim Reaper

By Shaeor, member

May 12, 2016: What it has:

Reaper, as an urban modern-supernatural story, is pretty good. The magic is intriguing, and the information all hints to a bigger world. The worldbuilding itself seems skillful, but not particularly like the child of long contemplation. That’s not to say, though, that everything isn’t fleshed out. There is fairly strong logical consistency, here.

I enjoyed the character interactions and even got a grin or two out of them. With [more . . .]

 
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THE SOULREAPER CHRONICLES

Thieftakers & Faeries in a dark renaissance world…

By Pietroschek, member

May 8, 2016: A worthy reading with atmosphere & interesting characters. Somewhere between a Warhammer Fantasy Witchhunter & Solomon Kane I would hint to roleplayers.

The first French author, whom I have read in a decade, came as a positive surprise and in full book length! Thanks to James Monaghan for sharing this freely.

The prose is easy to understand, detailed enough to imagine the scenes, and the chapters are kept short, so the [more . . .]

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ROYAL SCALES

Stephen Morse does emotion well

By Taulsn, author of Reaper

May 8, 2016: The story of Royal Scales follows Jay from a first person perspective, giving us a tainted view of the world around him. It’s a good world too, filled with werewolves, vampires, and elves all of whom would like nothing better than to get a piece of our protagonist.

We get to follow Jay as Stephen crafts both him and-and the world through intrigue and violence. Fortunately, for all his faults Jay is excellent at violence allowing him to survive in one [more . . .]

 
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THE LEGION OF NOTHING

An Old Favorite

By Malacai, member

May 2, 2016: I’ve been reading this web serial for a few years now. It was the first, or close to the first, story of this format that I’ve read, and it’s still really entertaining. I’ve even gone and reread it a couple times, and it continues to intrigue.

Style: The story is written in 1st person, which works mostly because the main character is analytical yet spacy. He does go into detail about people’s powers, some wondering, but a lot of stuff that [more . . .]

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A GREY WORLD

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By Taulsn, author of Reaper

May 1, 2016: I don’t like romance; it usually leads to tiresome drama, don’t get me wrong there is a lot of romance in A Grey world. I don’t care; it’s relatable, and it doesn’t contain beaten to death tropes. The rest of the world is twenty minutes in the future, with the story spending time between a rather nasty slum, and a rather nasty high school.

Our protagonist and hero Alexis, who spends most of her life being broken down by these environments, [more . . .]