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DO NOT TAKE THE SHELLS

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By GretaWoods, member

Oct 18, 2016: I just finished reading the whole thing in less than 24 hours, which, given that I’m a slow reader, shows how much this book hooked me. In the beginning it had shades of Lovecraft but also Environmental Horror, but as it went on it headed more directly into Eldritch Abomination territory.

I tried to think of something other than a glowing review for it, but struggled. I suppose the most frustrating part is actually the prologue, since it gives away that the character survives, which decreases that particular level of fear.

That said it was an amazing read, which each chapter ending with just enough drama and anticipation to keep you diving ahead. All I can say is that I’m glad that it’s a finished work, because I don’t think I could have handled waiting each week for a new installment.

Highly recommended to those who enjoy Eldritch Abominations, environmental horror, and even the works of Junji Ito.

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ANTLERS, COLORADO

Antlers

By ChrysKelly, author of Matilda Raleigh

Sep 16, 2016: Antlers Colorado is fantastically written. How well? I absolutely hate first person present tense stories and I’m finding this gripping. The description is so evocative that you’ll think you live in Antlers. The storyline is great, and the characters are realistic.

I did find the prologue a bit of a drag, and I only kept reading because antlers is in the webserial book club, but I found that it’s definitely worth it to keep going. The first chapter is so much better than the prologue, and it keeps improving from there.

At this point, I’ve only just finished the first chapter (and what a cliffhanger it ended on). There are lots of unresolved subplots that I’m looking forward to reading more about.

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ANTLERS, COLORADO

Supernatural mystery done well

By Deadpansmirk, author of Desert Steel

Dec 2, 2015: Antlers, Colorado starts off well, because it makes me intrigued in the story, settings and characters all within the first chapter. What’s especially great is that it lives up to its initial promise, keeping me entertained and engaged throughout.

This is a well-written web serial. Sentences have good structure, grammar and flow. Nobody should have any problem understanding what is happening when. The characters are believable and interesting, all with their own unique personalities. I like the main character. He, like all good protagonists, is flawed enough to be interesting but not too much to be unlikeable. His relationships with his father and Otter are fleshed out, and make me care for every single one of them.

The combination of supernatural and mystery works well together, although I have a personal love for both genres. Supernatural beings are merged smoothly into the modern small town setting, and each serves the other well. A downside is that the lore is unclear. The police take him on as consultant without scepticism, but people don’t seem to know about the existence of ghosts. It’s not made clear how much of the supernatural is common knowledge, which means world building is lacking. Furthermore, there’s no explanation of what monsters exist out there in Colorado or the greater US. Do vampires prey on Hollywood actresses in LA? Are Werewolves roaming the prairies? You don’t know, or even if they exist in this world.

That being said, the mysteries so far have been engaging, action-packed and, most importantly, mysterious. The only other complaint I can think of is that I maybe thought their pacing wasn’t perfect, but this is just a feeling that I can’t really nail down or describe, so it might well be different for you.

In conclusion, you should definitively give it a read.

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