Tobiah is unexpectedly swept up into the quest of Lady Gray, a figure of legend and fear. Lady Gray and her companion, the surly warrior Sabastian, are on the hunt for twelve demons, known as shades, who have escaped into the world. Only she, bearer of the Graystone, can defeat the shades and return them to their place of imprisonment. . . .
It was a land of sword and sorcery, knights and castles, adventure and heroics . . . but that was a thousand years ago. The Gods are Bastards brings high fantasy forward into the Industrial Revolution, to a more complicated and more cynical era. In the world of Tiraas, an ancient Church is making its final grab for ultimate power, an upstart young . . .
The Legion of Nothing is the story of Nick Klein and what happens when he takes on the identity (and powered armor) of “The Rocket.” Originally his grandfather’s superhero identity, the powered armor comes with a lot of baggage. Ranging from his grandfather’s service in World War II to connections with other heroes (and villains), the past has a . . .
Set in a world of the 1920’s that might have been, this is a tale of airships, adventure, gallant gentlemen, and sultry island maidens. . . .
The adventures of Kieron Brody, a cadet who can see the deaths of those around him, and Jet Harrington, the best friend who keeps his secret. Join them as they plan to graduate from the Academy and become scouts together in the Allied Forces . . . and stay with them, when it all goes terribly wrong. Magic, airships, soldiers, warring nations, . . .
To friends and family there is nothing remarkable about Justin Cade. Seeing only an awkward, sometimes isolated high school sophomore they would never suspect that he lives a double life as Milestone City’s protector: the holographic heroine known as Glimmer Girl. Juggling school, superherodom and his own skewed sense of self Justin starts down the road of transition into . . .
What if you really were transported to a fantasy world and expected to kill monsters to survive? No special abilities, no OP weapons, no status screen to boost your stats. Never mind finding the dragon’s treasure or defeating the Demon Lord, you only need to worry about one thing—how to stay alive. . . .
In a fantastical world created a jealous god and ravaged by war, there exists both Morphs, an intelligent and widely varied group of creatures that can change from man to beast, and Binders, individuals blessed with the ability to bind these Morphs. Binding connects their minds, joining Binder and Morph together in a wide range of ways. Three young Binders . . .
Marin Astoris had a vision a few years ago, of a mushroom cloud rising beyond the university’s iconic clocktower. A voice whispered in her ear, take a breath and wait to die. That vision never came to pass. Something else happened instead: an asteroid, a botched attempt to stop it from hitting earth, and a resulting cataclysm that left only . . .
A hard science fiction web serial dealing with first contact. After radio signals are detected to be coming from Kapteyn’s Star, humanity launches its first ever interstellar mission to investigate. The story is mostly narrated from the perspective of Liu Haipeng, the ship’s contact specialist, though there are also chapters from alien perspectives. . . .
An introverted teenage girl with an unconventional superpower, Taylor goes out in costume to find escape from a deeply unhappy and frustrated civilian life. Her first attempt at taking down a supervillain sees her mistaken for one, thrusting her into the midst of the local ‘cape’ scene’s politics, unwritten rules, and ambiguous morals. As she risks life and limb, Taylor . . .
The Empire stands triumphant. For twenty years the Dread Empress has ruled over the lands that were once the Kingdom of Callow, but behind the scenes of this dawning golden age threats to the crown are rising. The nobles of the Wasteland, denied the power they crave, weave their plots behind pleasant smiles. In the north the Forever King . . .
On a tower of metal and light, a girl faces an uncertain future. Awash with the tears of gods, a warrior stares down the universe. Together they journey across dangerous lands, to spare the world a demon’s madness. Romance and dark fantasy blend together in this interesting tale about the things we see and the things we don’t. Eikasia—Sometimes, . . .
Oct 3, 2008: I couldn’t quite get into it.
That doesn’t mean it’s bad, but it might mean that I’m not the audience for the story. I don’t know.
In any case, the premise is that the main character can jump into books. It’s an interesting idea. A writer could do a lot with that—if only because people read in part to vicariously experience things they couldn’t in real life. Going one step further might [more . . .]
Mar 10, 2012: I very rarely review "popular" stories lately—I tend to try to write a review for authors who haven’t received one lately in order to balance things out a bit. Every story deserves a look. "Worm" has received a lot of praise, so I’ve actually been avoiding reading it.
Well, this March I’ve spent a lot of time in the hospital as my wife gave birth to twins, and I needed a distraction whenever there was a quiet moment. I checked out [more . . .]