Selected Reviews

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THE UNDYING PRINCE

Absolutely Amazing

By caerulex, author of Apex Predator

Jun 11, 2017: I’ve been reading this on the author’s blog for a while now. Imagine my surprise when I just came across the fiction on this site. There have been times when I’ve refresh-spammed the author’s blog on release dates because I’ve been desperate to read more.

What is the story about?

Erik is a prince. He isn’t perfect, and has some seriously messed up relationships with people around him. At this point, we’re [more . . .]

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FORTRESS SEVEN

If you’re having a dreadful day, you can take solace in the fact that Ressen probably has it worse than you.

By Maromar, author of Mystic Nan

Jun 6, 2017: “Fortress Seven” promises an underdog story and delivers just that, at least, from what’s posted as of now. Dumped memoryless into the ruins of a village with nothing but leather bracers and a broken sword to hunt rabbits with is rather close to “as screwed as you can get” for the genre. After days of dancing the waltz of primordial man, his first encounter with civilization very nearly kills him. He later finds himself talentless for magic that everyone and their grandmother has at least some access to, possibly the [more . . .]

 
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EVERYBODY LOVES LARGE CHESTS

Very disturbing, but some excellent character development.

By Alexander.Hollins, member

Jun 6, 2017: I usually open with a stylized interpretation of the story, but . . . I have to open with a warning.

This story contains graphic violence, sex, and violent sex. I despise the casual overuse to which the word Trigger is used these days, but . . . this story is very potentially triggering for victims of sexual and psychological abuse. It contains very definite scenes of rape, stockholm syndrome, ptsd, and violence triggered depression, as well as mind control used for evil. If you don’t want to read [more . . .]

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SIDEWAYS IN HYPERSPACE

Solid and suspenseful sci fi

By Fiona Gregory, editor

May 25, 2017: Yay! Some real sci-fi,sufficiently convincing and well thought out at least for me. It takes place two hundred years in the future, as humanity has become a fully fledged spacefaring race and is venturing out into the galaxy, about to meet some of its other inhabitants. And about to fall in way over their heads into a cosmic crisis.

The story is unfolding quite slowly, as perspective shifts back and forth between the crew of an exploratory spacecraft, a mining vessel [more . . .]

 
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PERSPECTIVE POURRI

Whimsical supergirl vigilante, with cats

By Fiona Gregory, editor

May 25, 2017: Ok, it was probably the promise of cats that drew me in, though to be honest, in the part I read they are present but not particularly strong characters. More could be done with this idea, and perhaps is in later chapters.

The story is built around the purposeful wanderings of a girl, or some kind of being in the form of a girl, with teleportation and other powers, in the company of a herd of cats that follow her around [more . . .]

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EVERYBODY LOVES LARGE CHESTS

The zany antics of a cannibalistic murder hobo

By jonnnney, member

May 24, 2017: (First time reviewing)

A story of a power leveling moron with tunnel vision and no morals. A story which is shiny, is tasty, and stole about 4 days of my life. The story starts off small and simple then slowly grows into a bigger and bigger world with intrigues and twists that I personally didn’t see coming. The MC casually commits an absurd level of death and destruction both accidentally and purposefully.

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THE CLOCKWORK RAVEN

They have always lived in the castle

By Fiona Gregory, editor

May 19, 2017: Wow. This story is pretty spectacular. A highly original setting, in which right away we are plunged into a crisis – A monster is destroying their floating castle’s water harvesting equipment – almost before we have time to meet the two young protagonists. One seems to be reckless to the point of death-defying, while the other is cautious and thoughtful to the point of paralysis. Yet they have survived in this place alone for many years thanks to mad Leonardo da Vinci like juryrigging skills. Perhaps we’d all be mini-Leonardo’s [more . . .]

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PRICE

Blue Steel – Good Story but Light on Atmosphere

By ScreamingCandle, author of The Strange

May 14, 2017: This is a review specifically for Blue Steel, not Price in general.

Blue Steel, while not a perfect book, is a fun ride through a world of superpowers, cyborgs and merpeople. The nature of the powers itself is always creeping along as a subplot, raising general stakes while not directly impacting this story. As a piece of a larger puzzle that author TanaNari is putting together, it’s a good, grounded point at which to jump off.

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THE FIFTH DEFIANCE

Grim, but Intriguing

By Sharkerbob, member

May 11, 2017: I have so far only read the first major Arc, so I cannot comment on the quality that comes later, but I will say this is one of the more interesting and intriguing superhuman settings I’ve seen in a while.

While it is certainly a dark, dreary world, the lore in fascinating, and the powers demonstrated are both creative and creatively used. Fight scenes are well done (and often brutal), but equally intriguing are how the powers affect the perspectives and [more . . .]

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THE DEATHWORLDERS

Humanity, FY, comin’ again to entertain the MFin’ world, yeah.

By Psycho Gecko, author of World Domination in Retrospect

May 11, 2017: The rather family-unfriendly-named genre of "Humanity, Fuck Yeah" has been one of my guilty pleasures for years now. Based on a perception that humanity is often depicted as weaker physically and/or mentally than most alien species, it is an attempt to instead make humans the stronger species, sometimes even a sci fi settings equivalent of the bogeyman. In a way, it harkens back to earlier stories in science fiction like John Carter of Mars.

I bring all that up because Deathworlders [more . . .]

 
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TAINT

A strange girl punches gods and searches for her sister

By trustworthy_puppy, member

May 10, 2017: Taint follows the story of Akasha, a strange inhuman girl that is the subject of a cruel experiment. She has to fight desperately to get out of a planar prison where she mysteriously got teleported. The only thing that keep her going is the hope that one day she’ll be able to find her dear sister again.

Taint is inspired by chinese light novels, full of cultivation techniques, Ki manipulation, and godlike beings.

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TIME AND TIED

Rough Edges, but Fairly Solid (and Almost Educational)

By Tartra, author of The Other Kind of Roommate

May 6, 2017: Time & Tied is one of this site’s most enduring works, and one of its unsung heroes in how much passion has gone into it. It’s not without its problems – and unfortunately, they’re noticeable – but the core of it, at its heart, has such a gripping awareness of what it is and what story it’s trying to tell that it’s impossible to not be impressed.

Things I liked: this story’s been meticulously planned. Every detail has a pay-off somewhere [more . . .]

 

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