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SIDE QUEST

Quest for Awesomeness and Hilarity!

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

Oct 29, 2017: Have you ever been involved in a game (or hell, even in real life) where you had a main goal? Maybe you wanted to make a sandwich and watch a movie, or finish the report you were working on and turn it it, or maybe get to the capitol city, turn in your family’s census papers, and pay the taxes your family owes. But somehow, every step of the way, yet another person shows up who wants you to do something Ever So Important, for which they will, of course, Recompense You Well? If so, you will want to read Side Quest immediately.

You will completely identify with the main character, Raizel, whose task is to get to the capitol city to turn in her family’s paperwork, but from the moment she leaves her town, is beset on all sides with people wanting her to do sometimes mundane, but often outrageous and legendary things. To be fair, she does begin by doing some legendary things, but how much can one world expect of a woman who has a task she needs to get done? Quite a lot, as it turns out.

The story has been a combination of a thrill ride and a hilarious recounting of just how wrong you can go while just trying to further your main quest and being forced in one way or another, or choosing to take on "just one more thing!" as you go your way. I also really liked the way the author skillfully introduces her world in bits and bites as we accompany Raizel on her (as it turns out) epic battle to just get to the capitol to turn in her taxes.

I highly recommend this story to anyone who’s participated in quest-based gaming of any kind, because you’ll laugh and shake your head in turns, and for anyone who likes fantasy or comedic stories. Enjoy . . . I did!

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THE GLASS THIEF

A tale that combines lobsters and fantasy in fresh, fantastic way

By tripleblacktri, author of The Eternity Acts

Mar 22, 2017: The Glass Thief is a wonderful story that I’m glad I stumbled upon. The author states that this is unlike anything you’ve ever read before. And he is correct. It is 100 percent not an exaggeration. So if you want to read something different, this is your serial.

What makes it stand out? Well, the characters all are all lobsters and it works wonderfully. Besides being lobsters the characters are interesting and unique. They would work even as humans, but their current red-shelled selves do add to the story, adding distinct conflict to the story, the society itself, and of course the character’s relationships.

While the characters might be my favorite part of The Glass Thief, the story itself is not far behind. Following Staever through the first few chapters (beginning with a heist) is a delight as the author slowly feeds the reader morsels of relevant information. At first, I was a bit confused on certain parts, but I think I blame my lack of lobster knowledge. Everything was cleared up quickly, though.

I can’t wait to read more of The Glass Thief because it seems to be heading in a great direction. Just read the blurb and you’ll see what I’m talking about. As a fan of epic fantasy, this is a story you should not miss.

And finally, thinking back, I can’t recall any errors with punctuation or grammar.

Pros: Great story, interesting characters, professional writing, unique ideas Cons: Nothing really worth mentioning, maybe it takes a little to get used to a lobster world but once you’re in, it’s superb

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THE TALES OF PAUL TWISTER

Awesome story, needs moar updates!

By bobfrank, member

Nov 7, 2015: I’ve been following The Tales of Paul Twister for a couple years now, and when I found out about Web Fiction Guide I decided to submit it, because it’s a great serial that deserves wider exposure.

The protagonist is a college student from modern-day America who one day suddenly found himself transported from his home in Seattle to the middle of nowhere in a fantasy world, with no real explanation provided about how or why it happened. The story opens about 10 years later, after he’s had some time to get settled in. Somewhere along the way, he’s discovered that he has a (apparently unique) ability that he calls the Twist: he breaks magic with a touch. Unfortunately, being from modern-day Earth means he has no relevant skills in a medieval-era setting, and this is where the story really shines.

You’ve probably seen "stuck in another world" stories before where our brilliant protagonist sets about establishing technology and single-handedly dragging his new home into the modern age. Thing is, Paul can’t do that, because he’s a college kid from the 21st century. All the technology he’s familiar with is built upon hundreds of years of progress in more basic technologies, and he doesn’t actually know how the fundamentals work. (You know, like a real college kid from the 21st century.) He does want to help improve science, but since he has only some very vague ideas about general principles, he has to get actual local scholars and engineers to help out.

Meanwhile, he has to support himself, and with no useful skills and not much in the way of contacts or friends, the only marketable thing he has is the Twist, so by necessity he works as a mercenary thief, stealing things that are protected by magic and trying not to get screwed over too badly by his employers.

The plot really gets kicked off by two incidents: Paul being hired to break a magical seal on a simple job that goes unexpectedly awry and ends with him needing to find another job, then finding out that there’s someone else out there who’s from Earth and is stuck here in this world. From there, things rapidly snowball out of control until he finds himself caught in the middle of a power struggle between dragons, angels and wizards, with the fate of more than one world hanging in the balance.

The story’s divided into novel-length books, with the first two complete and a third in progress, probably around 75% of the way done. It’s definitely worth reading, and the only really bad thing is that it doesn’t update often enough!

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