Selected Reviews

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TIME AND TIDE

Editor’s First Look – Time Travel Adventure

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

Jun 3, 2018: Time and Tide follows an alternate-chapter scheme where you get the perspective of Gayla, a time traveler who goes back in time to sail on a whaling ship in the 1800’s, and the man she marries there, Obadiah, a whaling ship captain.

I liked the way the author draws us into the setting of the story, because we’re largely introduced to it using the perspective of someone who shares a modern reader’s sense of time and place. The author also does [more . . .]

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INHERITORS

Am I Clone? Or Am I Hero?

By Hejin57, member

May 28, 2018: A few weeks ago, I finished catching up with the story that is Inheritors.

These days, it seems that superhero fiction is a popular genre to write about, and superhero serials flood the halls of the internet. It’s hard to find gems among all of the similar subject matter, but when a gem is found, it certainly shines brighter than the rest in the process.

Inheritors is one of those gems. It’s [more . . .]

 
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INHERITORS

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By Docmars, author of Tomorrow Girl in Bismarck

May 24, 2018: note part of a swap

The story has a great premise, a vigilante is actually a clone of a superhero who is using his superpowers to save four innocent young girls from being sold in a human trafficking auction. It has an intense excitement to it, with lots of fast moving fight scenes, but yet the kindness and the humor of the main character, Gabe, the clone, shine through.

I particularly like [more . . .]

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TOMORROW GIRL IN BISMARCK

A Garmonbozia Masterpiece

By SovereignofAshes, author of The Vorrgistadt Saga

May 24, 2018: Disclaimer: This review was done as part of a review swap.

First Impressions: Well, golly geez there, eh? What do you get when you mix the Golden Age of Comics with a disc-worth of a drunk Ex-CIA Analyst’s memoirs thrown together with a damn fine cup of coffee? You get this story, surely. Whether you’re still hyped for Aldous Huxley to write Alice in Wonderland as a political warning, or you’re waiting for Hunter S. Thompson to finish writing up the [more . . .]

 
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INHERITORS

Superheroes With A Horror Edge

By Rhodeworks, author of Not All Heroes

May 18, 2018: Review of the first 12 chapters (episodes) and bonuses.

IN SHORT: Inheritors feels like a solid entry into the arena of ‘vaguely young adult’ superhero web fiction. All in all, the fact that it operates so comfortably in the genre is both a positive and a negative. A strong beginning that I feel will only improve, especially given Episode 12.

IN DEPTH: Inheritors follows Gabe, a vigilante who is the cloned ‘descendant’ [more . . .]

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CHOSEN SHACKLES

Raw and Gritty Poetry at its Best.

By revfitz, author of Existential Terror and Breakfast

May 15, 2018: Full disclosure: this review is part of a review swap with the author. There may be some pre-existing bias.

 . . . and with that out of the way: This is seriously my favorite thing to read right now.

A year ago I did a mini-review on my first impressions of this serial. There was only a single chapter then but of the 31 serials I reviewed that month this one had one of the [more . . .]

 
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DUNGEON QUEST ONLINE

It’s like watching a painting dry

By Kraken Attacken, member

May 10, 2018: When I first took a look at this story and realised it was heavily influenced by TTRPGs like Dungeons and Dragons, I was quite eager to dive in and start reading. As I paged through the story, however, I found that I was having a hard time resonating with the words I read. I could identify any number of issues the story had, but none of them seemed to explain the dissonance I felt.

At length, after giving it some careful [more . . .]

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CHOSEN SHACKLES

Loading//: SpicyNoodle_Cyberpunk.exe

By SovereignofAshes, author of The Vorrgistadt Saga

May 6, 2018: Disclaimer: This review was done as part of a review swap.

First Impressions: Imagine yourself crawling through the streets of Shinjuku City at three in the morning. It’s raining cats and dogs, you’ve been cooped up in a coffin apartment for two days watching the likes of Blade Runner, Mute, Altered Carbon, Johnny Mnemonic, and Dark City. You have your music player blaring a selection of vaporwave and retrosynth as you emerge bleary-eyed and hungry into the shining neon lights of [more . . .]

 
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53 GANYMEDE

Charming Urban Fantasy

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

May 5, 2018: 53 Ganymede is an unwinding tale told in vivid snippets of a young woman’s life as she starts over after a devastating personal loss. We follow Claire as she moves to a new city, and I was struck first by the way the author establishes a strong sense of place and feeling for her readers. She not only does so thorough a job of describing the city that I feel like I’m there with Claire, she is able to convey a lot of the feeling of being there through her [more . . .]

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CHOSEN SHACKLES

Distinctive, Experimental Madness

By Rhodeworks, author of Not All Heroes

Apr 27, 2018: (Review of up to 20)

Chosen Shackles was a strange read. I feel this might be one of the first fictions on WFG where I may have to acknowledge that I’m not the intended audience and that I just don’t ‘get it’.

Let’s start with the things I adored. One, the webpage is just amazing. It’s distinct and memorable and it made me sit up and take notice immediately. More serials should [more . . .]

 
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DIARY OF ERICA KRON

Why?

By Rhodeworks, author of Not All Heroes

Apr 22, 2018: When I was asked to review this story, I was happy when I found it wasn’t listed here but only on RoyalRoad as it gave me an excuse not to review it. Despite that, for a reason I can’t explain, I read many entries in this fiction.

In retrospect, my only possible reason for that is because I must be something of a masochist.

The Diary of Erica Kron is diaryfic and [more . . .]

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ANTLERS, COLORADO

Supernatural yet relatable

By a.c.d, member

Apr 22, 2018: Antlers is a wonderful serial. It’s quite a supernatural story while also managing to have an air of relatability. I saw myself in the protagonists despite the fact that I can’t see ghosts nor do I have relations with demons.

It’s quite a wild ride and reminds me aesthetically of all of my favorite paranormal pieces of media while still having such a unique vibe. .I think the format is a big reason why the story is so accessible.

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