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Worm by Wildbow

Doing the Wrong Things for the Right Reasons 

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 faces the dilemma of having to do the wrong things for the right reasons.

Note: Worm contains pervasive graphic violence; also, some harsh language.

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Listed: Nov 19, 2013

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the worm turns

By Fiona Gregory, editor

Sep 28, 2011: An intriguing, ambiguous situation has been set up here: a bullied, miserable incognito superpowered teen finding the friends she never had among the minor supervillain gang she plans to infiltrate and betray.

The matter of fact way she deals with her unhappy life comes through poignantly (there is a sense of emotions being muffled and deeply suppressed to the extent that it affects her judgement about other things), action scenes have vivid, solid detail, and cityscapes establish atmosphere. Technically, the site is very basic with white on black text, which is not the most comfortable reading experience for me, but it is used commonly enough that some people must like it. The writing is sound, flows well, and tends to be error-free. So far: compelling – I hope Worm continues to live up to its promise!

Ed Note (Nov 5 2011): It is . . . It just gets more and more interesting! Wildbow is an excellent writer. Recommended.

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It grows on you

By G.S. Williams, author of No Man An Island

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 . . .]

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Tensile strength, toughness, elasticity; thinner when stretched.

By Fibi, member

Jun 28, 2015: Worm is an eloquent 1.7 million word argument in favour of mandatory grief counselling. Interesting, intricate people interact, conflict and compete while remaining relatable, sympathetic, abhorent or terrifying. And through it all you will want to scream that if these damn characters sat down and talked honestly about their desires instead of hiding behind masks real or figurative for five minutes then all of this mess could have been avoided.

Wait, let me start over.

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Be Careful What You Research…

By illlogicmedia, member

Nov 11, 2013: Worm. Think about that word. Worm. Seeing that word as the title to a web series doesn’t normally conjure up images in your head of superheros, right? It didn’t for me either. The word, at first glance doesn’t fit at all . . . not until "THE BIG REVEAL" . . . then it all comes crashing down as you have that "aha!" moment.

I started reading this out of curiosity while reading a thread to the Star Wars/Star Trek and Science forum that I have been frequenting for [more . . .]

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