Selected Reviews

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ARTORIS

Fantastic Fantasy

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

Jul 30, 2015: Artoris is a fantasy story following a young man, Nik, and a number of his friends, who show up in the story one by one. It’s one of these stories that starts off with a simple set of ideas, but that the authors gradually add more and more detail to, and between the great characterization and slow unveiling of their fantasy realm, they sucked me in completely.

The main idea of the story lies in the tension between one group of [more . . .]

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RACKHAM & CRANE

If Verne and Wells wrote a round robin…

By Alexander.Hollins, member

Jul 25, 2015: The premise of the serial is one of letters, correspondence, between two characters, each written by a different person, with no other communication between the two. It’s like a giant game of yes, and.

And it works. The pair of authors have a great chemistry going, they seem to know well when to add detail and when to leave something alone for the other to develop. They are investigating a mystery that slowly unfolds for us as they chatter about things [more . . .]

 
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SCIENTIFIC TALES

Hard SF? In my webfiction? It’s more likely than you’d think.

By Alexander.Hollins, member

Jul 23, 2015: ST is a very unusual blend. The story is set in a very steampunky feeling world of pipes, tubes, and brass mechs. It could be Gyreworld or any of the dozen others similar to it. There is a feel of sparks and madness, of mad engineering more than mad SCIENCE.

But . . .  actual science and technology is used in the plot, from machine code to basic chemistry and manufacturing techniques. And used in such a way as to give a definitive feeling [more . . .]

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THE PARANORMAL SAINTS: SUBTERRANEAN

This is The Web Serial Version of "The Room"

By BillyHiggins, author of Godpunk

Jul 22, 2015: I’m not going to lie to you: this serial isn’t very good. I do not recommend reading it.

While the author tries to give good attention to detail, he doesn’t execute it very well. The details that he chooses to describe are neither interesting nor evocative enough to pull a reader into the scene. And, combined with the repetition, it really slows the pace of the story.

To give an example: "His [more . . .]

 
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GODPUNK

First Fifteen Review

By zephy669, author of Cruise Control

Jul 21, 2015: SNAPSHOT

Godpunk is a dark fantasy serial story set in a fantastical world that seems more urban than fantasy. Throw in some elves, magic and dragons along with cigarettes, detectives, and police and you have a fantasy story that blends well with the contemporary. The story is about a journalist, George Royce, who is known for his successful covering of a series of god killings, and now he’s tackling the end of the world.

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GODPUNK

I didn’t like Neil Gaiman’s "American Gods"

By InkyLlama, author of Twisted Cogs

Jul 21, 2015: Reviews are really hard for me these days. So many people leave reviews that are full of joy and happiness, gushing about the things they love about a serial. It makes it difficult for me, because I am a grumpy curmudgeon who dislikes mostly everything and just wants to grumble.

You can’t imagine how excited I was after reading Godpunk; at last I get a chance to write a review full of "things that I really freaking hate". It’s a review [more . . .]

 
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PACT

Should We Make a Pact That I Won’t Make Any Puns In This Title? Wait, No, I’ve Made a Terrible–

By BillyHiggins, author of Godpunk

Jul 11, 2015: Pact. Pact, Pact, Pact. Paaaaaact.

Before I start, I’d just like to say that I enjoyed Pact. Wildbow’s a great writer and over the span of a heckuva lot of words, he entertained me. This particular review has some negativity (more than I expected when I started it, tbh), but I just want to give an accurate appraisal of what a new reader would be getting into. Because there are many joys to be found in Pact, but the serial is [more . . .]

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RACKHAM & CRANE

Improvisatory Letters

By BillyHiggins, author of Godpunk

Jul 11, 2015: This is a fun serial. Well, I suppose that only works if your idea of fun is two Britishmen trying to understand the apocalyptic hellscape that their world has become. Usually that wouldn’t be my kind of story, but I’ve got to say, this pulled me in.

The biggest draw for me was actually the format. Whereas epistolary novels can often feel a little played out, his one does something interesting: each of the two characters gets written by a different [more . . .]

 
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END ONLINE

On-line gaming for real, and you can log out

By Sten Düring, author of Frays in the Weave

Jul 9, 2015: Next title in my scavenging the unreviewed list turned out to be a gem for me. Hence the rating I’ve given it is most likely on the high side.

Now if you don’t like role playing games and on top of that dislike computer games, this is probably where you should stop reading. For you this story is a one star rating, or possibly two if you’re feeling generous.

There is a [more . . .]

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PIVOTAL MOMENTS

Pretty normal teen romance begging to be read

By Sten Düring, author of Frays in the Weave

Jul 7, 2015: Walking through the list of ‘abandoned’ stories has been an interesting experience thus far.

This time I ran into a pretty average teen romance novel with more pros than cons.

Given the labels here you can drop the ‘coming of age’ one. Any real growth is only hinted at very late in the story. The same goes for the bad-boy label on the publishing-site—the love-interest is sweet, considerate and very keen on [more . . .]

 
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EARTHCAST

Read this if you like your fantasy stories mysterious and a little dark.

By lifesharpener, author of Man of Last Millennium

Jul 6, 2015: Earthcast is a phenomenal piece of writing, with a fascinating intertwining of fantasy elements from various sources, predominantly Eastern European folklore (Romanian), Hebrew mysticism, and some more modern fantasy themes that I have seen before in Japanese culture (but am unsure of their origin).

A manufactured clay golem (female) with free will and a strigoi (female) that gave it to her, Earthcast switches constantly between the perspectives of these two female leads.

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CONTINUE ONLINE

Continue Compelling

By Tempest, author of Mage Life

Jul 5, 2015: Continue Online is one of the rising trend of LitRPG.

That is using the idea of VR games as a key part of the setting. Its all the little info boxes, that are so addictive. Think Skyrim with your skills upgrading as you use them.

But, and this is a big but, it doesn’t rely on the typical overpowered hero that plague these stories.

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