Nov 25, 2015: Twig is without doubt one of the best speculative fiction stories I’ve ever read. This is the author’s third serially published long-form web fiction, and it shows in the author’s expert mastery of the format. This is a proper page-turner style story that keeps you hooked week after week.
You should read this story if you enjoy fantasy, science fiction, horror, or speculative fiction of any genre.
As of writing, there are [more . . .]
Nov 25, 2015: Worm is absolutely fantastic. Wildbow, the author, has the amazing ability to fully flesh out each character as a person. There are characters that are introduced that readers loathe at once. Then, we’ll see something from their point of view that explains why they’re doing what they’re doing. There are less than five characters, out of at least a hundred, that I’m not able to sympathize with, even if I can’t justify what they do.
The world itself is a deconstruction [more . . .]
Nov 22, 2015: What if the most intelligent, infrastructure building species wasn’t humans? What if humans merely served as the helpers for these other people? The Earth Tigers poses and answers these questions, and I found the outcome, in story form, to be a gripping read.
The story follows two main protagonists. Horatch, a T’rant, or a spider probably about the size of a small dog, has been given a quest to find a human to help his race rebuild some of their crumbling [more . . .]
Nov 21, 2015: One of the most enjoyable serials that I have read at this point. Going into the story, I wasn’t all too sure what to expect other than it somehow worked in video game mechanics into real life. That alone pretty much sold me on reading it though, and boy was I glad I did.
I enjoyed seeing the protagonist cope with the realization that the world had changed literally overnight and that he either had to accept it and move on [more . . .]
Nov 21, 2015: Having read up to the last post, I thoroughly enjoyed Less than Heroic for many reasons, the main being how well the author was able to show each characters personalities and how they struggled to cope with their powers, all while trying to figure out how they fit in in high school.
Seeing super powers written in a story where they are not a common occurrence isn’t anything surprising or new, but keeping the readers (myself at least) wondering how these [more . . .]
Nov 17, 2015: Antlers, Colorado, is one of the best Serials I’ve read so far. It seems to share much storytelling DNA with Welcome to Nightvale, which is definitely not a bad thing. It’s told in Third-Person Present Tense Omniscient, which I was skeptical about at first, but actually suits it very well. (And strengthens the Nightvale connection in my mind.) However, it did lead to a situation where I was unsure of what I was reading for a few chapters, as that feel is often employed in prologues. (Clue: There is no [more . . .]
Nov 15, 2015: Disclaimer: Reviewed as part of a review swap.
Warbler is one of those stories that doesn’t deserve a judgement or pass based upon it’s opening chapters. Writing always improves in worlds that are lived-in, and it takes time for writers to find their footing within the worlds they build.
That being said: Wabler is hard sci-fi, at least in my opinion. Which is fair, and Wabler makes no attempts to alter this [more . . .]
Nov 14, 2015: The first thing that you need to know about A Bad Idea is that it’s laugh out loud funny. Unlike a lot of other superhero web serials that are out there, it mixes dark comedy in with genuine moments of tension and gravitas, and it does it well. I never felt like the humor was interfering with my ability to appreciate the less lighthearted moments in the story, or vice versa. I also really, really liked that it was able to joke about the characters’ sexualities and religions without making [more . . .]
Nov 13, 2015: After reading through a fairly large chunk of the Death of a Hero arc, I can firmly say that my initial impression of Price was correct. The writing is full of little tidbits of worldbuilding that consistently make me want to know more about the universe Price takes place in, but I have trouble bringing myself to care about the characters living in the universe. For instance, the alternate history that Price seems to take place in intrigued me, such as the mention of classical novels like The Great Gatsby [more . . .]
Nov 13, 2015: Warbler reads exactly like a sci-fi TV drama. Which makes sense I guess given that it is a serial released in episodes. I’m not going to discuss grammar here as others have already done so.
All the standard sci-fi cliches are here. There are vague threatening aliens that show up occasionally for action scenes. The series is riddled with lots of standard gadgets like cloaks and mechs. The spaceships work exactly like modern sea faring ships and have human crews and [more . . .]
Nov 13, 2015: Disclosure: Part of a review swap, but still an honest assessment.
I say with clear intention that Kings & Queens has everything I’m looking for in a serial, because quite honestly that’s the truth. It may not be a perfect story, but it’s certainly got enough going for it for me to really want to keep up.
Kings & Queens opens with a first chapter that introduces you to its world without [more . . .]
Nov 12, 2015: So basically, there’s no direction or plot to this. It advertises itself as ‘Dark Fantasy’, but the only dark parts of it are the facts that these characters are enslaving a goblin, and a bad rape joke. I’m not even sure who I’m supposed to be rooting for here . . . The characters can’t really be distinguished, and while the writing’s pleasant enough to follow I suppose, there’s no purpose to it. It starts with a drake attacking a village, which it can destroy as it is a ‘Crystal Host’, yet we never [more . . .]