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HOW TO AVOID DEATH ON A DAILY BASIS

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By Jester0fDeath, member

Apr 24, 2017: This story is worth taking a look at. The main drawing point is the main character, who’s cynical, intentionally provocative, and has a unique view on life in a world that constantly shows different moral structures. You’re either in it for the setting or the character, however you must at least tolerate the main character to determine if you will find anything you enjoy in the story or not. I think it’s best you try a few chapters and decide on your own opinions on the main cast.

If you want a bit more description before diving in, some things you may encounter in the story are somewhat negative portrayal of female characters, plot armor for days, useless side characters, things ranging rape to genocide, emotional anvils (depending on your investment in the characters), minor character inconsistency, interesting fantasy societies, and out-of-place tangents on gender roles.

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HOW TO AVOID DEATH ON A DAILY BASIS

Why are you reading this? Go Read the Novel!

By WriterHubris, member

Mar 12, 2017: I actually dropped this novel when I first started it. It wasn’t the novel’s fault, something else that I was reading at the time had done a huge release of like ten chapters and I got pulled into it. I almost completely forgot about this novel even before I really gave it a chance . . . Gotta admit, I goofed when I did that.

This novel is a great piece that manages to buck a lot of cliches and tropes that are normal for stories like these. On top of that, the main character is interesting enough that being in his head doesn’t get boring. Rather it makes his reactions to the world around him all that more interesting thanks to his viewpoint on them.

Many other authors tend to make gary sue characters for these stories, and rarely does it create a character so apathetic toward what’s happening without it becoming a dark and dreary story of teen angst. But while this story SHOULD be going that way, it doesn’t. I’m actually expecting for some goth teenager to show up using a razor blade to play violin using his arms, but nope, never happens.

That’s actually good too, considering it has great portions in it that are actually funny, and would lose that dark comedy aspect if it got too serious of it’s own self.

I give this story a 5/5, and hope the author enjoys writing it as much as I and hopefully many others enjoy reading it.

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THE ARCHIVE OF UNUSUAL EVENTS

Weird, complicated, and amazing.

By alex5927, author of Umbra: Unsanctimonious

Dec 18, 2016: The Archive of Unusual Things is an interesting read. The ideas put forth are reminiscent of a worldwide Night Vale, and the eclectic nature of the pseudo-news articles are extremely immersive, much more so than some people would be able to make it. Each article is about something different, and each thing is even weirder than the last. One of the first entries on the site is about the “Smithfield Snail Man,” and it’s exactly what it sounds like. The deadpan voice that permeates each article in the archive is what sells it, though. If it weren’t for the seriousness of the writing, it would seem both unbelievable and like it was trying too hard. It could have gone either way, as a lesser writer would have tried to make it funny simply by saying outrageous things, but this entire series is grounded in a way that makes it seem real. Overall, I suggest giving it a read. It’s pretty fantastic.

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