Selected Reviews

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THE NEW HUMANS

Interesting but could be tighter

By Fiona Gregory, editor

Sep 20, 2017: This is another story taking the popular theme of how our recent history might have unfolded if a minority of people started getting superpowers. Set in Australia in the 1960’s, the government is taking a heavy handed approach picking up and detaining children suspected of having powers to do tests on them. Public opinion is fearful and suspicious of the new "demi-humans".

However there is one alternative for the lucky few – one man named Lawrence has started a group [more . . .]

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THE DREAMS

Editor’s First Look – Slice of Life Mixed with Japanese Folklore

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

Sep 16, 2017: I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect when I started The Dreams, but I was pleasantly surprised by a story that is half a slice of life/coming of age tale of a young woman going to college and meeting someone special, and half Japanese fairy tale, a story of a young woman in a small village who begins befriending a strange, magical young man she’s been told not to speak to.

The author does a good job of drawing in the [more . . .]

 
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A STITCH IN RHYME

Delightful Shakespearean Like Humor

By Kridina, member

Aug 19, 2017: Now, I was not expecting to run across what appears to be epic poetry, prose, and something very nearly like a play you’d find in the "olden days", but here it is!

This is not your typical serial novel. There is a stab of humor and the word usage is entertaining. If poetry and word imagery is difficult for you to read, why I hear there is even audio available! Testimonies on the author’s page declare that helps.

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SILVERSMITH

Intriguing urban fantasy

By BGHilton, author of Do It Yourself

Aug 13, 2017: Silversmith is an urban fantasy. June, a young magician who specialises in warding spells shares an office with detective Kath, and unwittingly gets caught up in a mysterious death. At present, it’s only one short arc in, but I’m enjoying the characters and I’m very interested in knowing what’s going to happen next.

The opening chapters are a little rocky, but that seems to be true of about 90% of web novels so I don’t think that’s much of a complaint. [more . . .]

 
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THE REVELATION

Solid work, but lots of rookie mistakes

By TanaNari, author of Price

Aug 11, 2017: It’s hard to discuss The Revelation without going into heavy spoilers territory, but I’ll see what I can do. The writing is solid, the characters are interesting, and the author put a lot of effort into making the world feel authentic . . . but for the pacing, and the cat-people.

It hits the ground running with a confusing, trippy sequence that it doesn’t take long for an astute reader to recognize as a nightmare sequence, which is used effectively as a means to get [more . . .]

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ENTIRELY PRESENTING YOU

A Story Slowly Discovering Itself

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

Aug 10, 2017: Note: This review is based on the first fifteen chapters (first two story arcs).

Entirely Presenting You (love that title) begins with a young girl, Alexis Barnett, celebrating her sixteenth birthday at an old plantation home turned secluded teen party spot. Later that evening, Alexis is out walking when she is viciously attacked by . . . something . . . which results in a life altering experience, setting up the bizarre story that follows.

I was easily reeled in [more . . .]

 
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PRICE

Blue Steel: Solid Sci-Fi Story with a compelling plot

By Carcharocles, author of The Revelation

Aug 10, 2017: Note: I’ve only read about 8 chapters so far, but I’m hooked. This review is also done as part of a review trade.

Blue Steel is an entry in the ongoing Price series by TanaNari. It’s notably inspired by old sci-fi TV series, and has quite a bit of The Million Dollar Man in its DNA. However, it is at its core a more grounded take on the superhero genre, following a former military officer who recently discovered he’s had regenerative [more . . .]

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DO IT YOURSELF

Absurd, but it works!

By Alexander.Hollins, member

Jul 28, 2017: Imagine a Home Depot, of sorts. Staffed by a retired supervillian, (mostly retired) a dryad, a Terminator from the future who has already prevented her John Conner from being born, and is just running the Kids Krafts section until Judgement day comes, a pair of twins, one dedicated to the light (who works in Lighting and Lamps) and one dedicated to the Dark (blinds and window coverings, of course).

And those are the more NORMAL people who are attracted to this [more . . .]

 
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NICOSERIAL

A lot of ambition, but sometimes things get ‘lost-in-translation’

By nippoten, author of Entirely Presenting You

Jul 24, 2017: Yokaishiteru is actually one of three serials on the site (with a fourth to come soon). This will be a general review/impression of what I’ve read.

The three serials are as follows:

Yokaishiteru – A story about a group of troubled girls as they form a school idol club.

Checkboxes – A story about a girl who tries to ‘save everyone’ before she [more . . .]

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DO IT YOURSELF

Three novels stitched into one

By TanaNari, author of Price

Jul 22, 2017: Kinda appropriate, given the author’s apparent love of Frankenstein lore.

It is a well written piece of work, with some of the best pacing I’ve ever seen in a webstory. Characters are interesting, the story moves forward at more or less the same pace as it establishes in the first chapter ( increasing momentum as you’d expect of a good novel), and you won’t find yourself bored.

Confused at times, absolutely, but [more . . .]

 
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A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO EVIL

Enjoyable light military-political fantasy with a ‘villain’ protagonist and the dial labeled "META" going up to eleven

By Naeddyr, member

Jul 20, 2017: In a world fought over by the forces of Good and Evil, the Kingdom has finally been conquered by the Empire and a girl saves up money in underground fighting rings to join the Legions and change the system from inside.

Except she meets the big, bad Black Knight and gets to Choose which side she’s on: the seemingly benign, but not-too-keen on too much freedom-of-the-mind Good, or the social darwinistic / anarchic Evil.

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THE WANDERING INN

This isekai deconstruction is infuriating in places, but I couldn’t drop it even when I wanted to

By Naeddyr, member

Jul 20, 2017: Erin is transported to fantasy land and starts leveling as the [Innkeeper] class.

Sounds like a fun, cozy little story, right? No, that is WRONG, rhetorical questioner. This is a drama-filled, hold-onto-your-pants, INFURIATING story about a girl transported into a fantasy world, all partially deconstructed with a huge death-count for side-characters, and friends turning enemies at the drop of a stupid hat.

Expect character death, self-destructive character flaws, two gazillion world-ending threats [more . . .]

 

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