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GRAVEN

Genre Fusion Frenzy

By Thedude3445, author of Rainbow Destructor

May 11, 2019: Graven is nominally a superhero story, which I’ll admit was a turn-off for me at first. There are technically superheroes, and there is even a superhero team featured in the story. However, this is pretty much as far as you can get from superheroes and still be in the genre.

Really, it’s more of a post-apocalyptic sci-fi adventure, featuring a cast of broken, diverse characters forced to come together to fight a mysterious, world-ending threat. Graven is set in a world [more . . .]

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ENDLESS STARS

Draconian Days

By Sharkerbob, author of Graven

May 9, 2019: Endless Stars is an interesting take on a fantasy story as seen through the eyes of a dragon.

Snug has a great grasp on prose, lending the book a more literary feel than most serials. Likewise I really like seeing the story through the dragons perspective; the use of draconic body language is a nice touch to hammer home that the characters arent human while still giving them a realistic presence. It is also entertaining to see how they percieve other [more . . .]

 
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WAYFARING PRINCESS

If one have faith, it may be that he shall behold the gods

By Snuggle Squiggle, author of Endless Stars

May 6, 2019: Wayfaring Princess is Greek fantasy. It’s got a definite historical vibe — most evident in the dialogue, which feels stilted at first but once you’re used it, has an appreciable tinge of verisimilitude.

But I think the best genre descriptor for Wayfaring is one you don’t see discussed or tossed very often: epic.

There’s a sort of character design you see a lot in modern fiction, and it’s what most of the [more . . .]

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TECHNICALLY ABROAD

Many Curious Returns to the Scene

By ElliottThomasStaude, author of Mourners, Abednego, Persistence

May 2, 2019: Technically Abroad is technically rough, yet practically . . . something unexpectedly endearing. Hold onto that thought, we’ll pick it up again momentarily. It’s a fantasy work which has a number of syntactic and semantic blemishes: that is, spelling and grammar might benefit from a second run-over. Those blemishes kept me doubling back over sentences from time to time to reparse what I just read for comprehension. One instance: “Now I’m sure you know, but this an indication of promotion to be red yet.” The line is, in context, obviously a reference to the [more . . .]

 
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ORPHANS

More human interest, young grasshopper!

By theredsheep, author of Pyrebound

Apr 17, 2019: Orphans follows four adolescent students at a martial arts temple where they have lived their whole lives. The twist is that this temple specializes in psychic ability as well as kung fu—in fact, the psychic aspect predominates. Our foursome have to use their powers to find out why they’re there and why the temple seems to be gearing up for war.

The mental powers have multiple elaborate applications, as well as broader implications for the story’s society. All very good, what [more . . .]

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QUORIA

Quorias & Quoriaser

By tkjarrah, author of blacklight

Apr 15, 2019: Short Version – if you enjoy the experience of going ‘oh my god no you idiot don’t’ every few paragraphs, Quoria is for you. No, this is not sarcasm.

Long Version – Quoria is a fantasy detective/noir story about Colton McKinley, an ex-con and current PI, and his struggles to get by in the fantasy, 1900s-esque city of Quoria, vexed at every turn by suspicious police, shady clients, and most often, his own tendency to be kind of an idiot.

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URBAN REVERIE

Strange, Beautiful, Fantastic

By ElliottThomasStaude, author of Mourners, Abednego, Persistence

Apr 14, 2019: Urban Reverie is a collection of delicious ingredients being cooked for a recipe both completely unknown and completely worthy of examination. The enigmatic Joaquin Saavedra has a few flaws in the storytelling department, grammatical or typographical for the most part, in addition to resorting to explaining certain magical apparatus as “it’s just not possible to understand!” a tad more often than advisable. However, the only other things which I’ve looked at and considered as potential defects constitute matters of taste; considering the collective taste of the work, which I find [more . . .]

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AFTER MOSES

A Wild Wild Solar System

By Hejin57, author of Music Masters

Apr 10, 2019: I will always give points to any story that immediately evokes a sense of specific imagery, and is simultaneously able to evoke a sense of tone that blends with said imagery perfectly.

After Moses fits the bill, presenting a futuristic space-western tale that is informed by the likes of Star Wars, Firefly and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

It begins as your typical sci-fi western fare: a lone guacho named Matthew Cole goes [more . . .]

 
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THE LUCKLESS MAGE OF GREIDWHEN ACADEMY

Neville in the spotlight

By theredsheep, author of Pyrebound

Apr 6, 2019: It’s not high art. It won’t teach you any grand lessons about the human condition. As the self-described amateur author’s preface admits, it isn’t even particularly well-written. But you know what? That’s okay. It knows what it’s trying to do, it does it, and it doesn’t put on airs. That’s worth something.

What we have here is essentially Harry Potter with a female Neville Longbottom as the hero. It’s a wizarding school without the shadow of Voldemort; the drama so far [more . . .]

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THE OSCILLATION

People turn into rabbits (and other animals)

By GriKit, member

Mar 29, 2019: It’s a story about a Korean girl in America called Rachel. Everything is all normal, until it’s not. It’s a fast-paced story that kicks off really fast in the first chapter. People turn into animals suddenly.

It’s weird. But fun.

The style is very descriptive and nice. The dialogue maybe needs some work, and the flow of the text isn’t always easy to read because the lines are so long.

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PYREBOUND

Twin Worlds Ready to Bloom

By Hejin57, author of Music Masters

Mar 28, 2019: I’ve always appreciated finding something unique and promising, and it’s even more enjoyable when said thing is found by complete chance.

This cannot be more true in a more recent story, Pyrebound, which presents itself as a innocuous fantasy tale that ends up being rich and involved in its characters, world and conflicts.

First off, the story has a fantastic size and scope, with particular details being the world itself. In this [more . . .]

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KILL THE JOKER: SURVIVAL GAME

A Whole New, Unique Experience

By kisikil, author of RATS: 252 Chances At Redemption

Mar 25, 2019: Kill the Joker brings everything that’s good in a story to the table: an engrossing, complex plot brought to life by interesting characters that all contribute to the events happening within in some way. It’s a "death game" story that gives it’s own unique twist, giving the genre a new light and a take to it that’s wholly its own.

There are all kinds of mysteries to solve, but Kill the Joker is exceptionally compelling by adding more than any other [more . . .]

 

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