Lost reviews, for reference

5 years ago | Chris Poirier (Moderator)

**EDIT**: I've been able to recover copies of all of the lost reviews. If yours was one of the ones lost, please copy from below and repost. I'll repost the ones manually that you guys don't get to.

Hi everyone,

As you know, we lost some reviews when our host went down. I have only excerpts in my RSS reader so don't want to try restoring from there. I also don't have the ratings reviewers applied, as those weren't in the RSS feed. I'll post the excerpts I have in response to this post. Hopefully, those of you who wrote reviews can use this as a starting point if you want to recreate them.

Again, sorry for the trouble.

Chris

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  1. Chris Poirier (Moderator)

    Posted 5 years ago

    Editor's First Impression on Afterlife
    WFG Reviews, Jan 4, 2014 12:57 by Fiona Gregory

    Extremely violent right off the bat.

  2. Chris Poirier (Moderator)

    Posted 5 years ago

    Editor's First Impression on The League of Prey
    WFG Reviews, Jan 4, 2014 13:22 by Fiona Gregory

    I found this story pretty ridiculous, with an unrealistic depiction of teenagers and high school life, let alone the setup for the plot which one hopes would make more sense later on. On the other hand, it wasn’t entirely unentertaining; the author is not too bad at pacing and action scenes, and the way the [...]

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    **EDIT:** Google cache had this one. 2 stars

    Jan 4, 2014: I found this story pretty ridiculous, with an unrealistic depiction of teenagers and high school life, let alone the setup for the plot which one hopes would make more sense later on. On the other hand, it wasn’t entirely unentertaining; the author is not too bad at pacing and action scenes, and the way the almost amoral protagonist justifies her actions to herself and those around her is quite interesting.

  3. Chris Poirier (Moderator)

    Posted 5 years ago

    Editor's First Impression on The Robin Windsor Casefiles
    WFG Reviews, Jan 4, 2014 13:34 by Fiona Gregory

    I found this rather loose and amateurish, but it may develop into something solid.

  4. Chris Poirier (Moderator)

    Posted 5 years ago

    Editor's First Impression on Sybernika
    WFG Reviews, Jan 4, 2014 13:38 by Fiona Gregory

    A cyberpunk web classic. Violent, depraved, and weird!

  5. Chris Poirier (Moderator)

    Posted 5 years ago

    Editor's First Impression on Prime Mover
    WFG Reviews, Jan 4, 2014 13:46 by Fiona Gregory

    This story didn’t grab me, but it appears to be quite cleanly written and well thought out.

  6. Chris Poirier (Moderator)

    Posted 5 years ago

    Editor's First Impression on Senior Year
    WFG Reviews, Jan 4, 2014 14:05 by Fiona Gregory

    A well written, if unremarkable, tale of three well meaning high school footballers who end up in an ugly situation thanks to a trouble making punk and a teacher’s indiscretions. Good characterizations and spare but vivid descriptions keep the story lively.

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    **EDIT**: Had this one open in my browser still. 3.5 stars

  7. Chris Poirier (Moderator)

    Posted 5 years ago

    Review of Worm: (No title)
    WFG Reviews, Jan 4, 2014 15:05 by Todor

    Interesting and well written action/drama (superhero/villian) story. It has a weaker start, and stretched my suspension of disbelief a few times (most noticeably at the nal battle ), but other than that, it’s great. What sets it apart is that the characters are smart, actually act intelligently, and can get creative with their superpowers.

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    **EDIT**: Had this one open in my browser still. 4.5 stars

  8. Chris Poirier (Moderator)

    Posted 5 years ago

    Review of Aer Mutatio: How Environmentalism Fixes The Roman Empire: All hail Emperor Albinus Gordian
    WFG Reviews, Jan 4, 2014 15:11 by Fiona Gregory

    Ayami Tyndall is a prolific writer of online cyberpunk and science fiction, but here is a completely different, earlier work from her – a comedy spoof of current events. In an alternate earth, in which the Roman Empire never fell, they’re encountering global warming problems in the year 1010, and a would-be imperial candidate, Albinus [...]

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    **EDIT**: Had this one open in my browser still. 3 stars

    Jan 4, 2014: Ayami Tyndall is a prolific writer of online cyberpunk and science fiction, but here is a completely different, earlier work from her – a comedy spoof of current events. In an alternate earth, in which the Roman Empire never fell, they’re encountering global warming problems in the year 1010, and a would-be imperial candidate, Albinus Gordian, is touring with his special presentation "Incommodus Veritas De Dies Diei Secundum Cras".

    I love the original and irreverant concept, and it looks like a great setup up for a fun and mind twisting romp through an even more ridiculous version of our crazy world. However, a comedy piece lives and dies on its funniness, and personally, I found the humour a bit strained. The alternate history didn’t convince me either, because too many things seemed to have turned out the same way as our world which probably wouldn’t have. But everyone’s sense of humour is different, so it’s definitely worth a look.

  9. Chris Poirier (Moderator)

    Posted 5 years ago

    Review of Hobson & Choi: Good for a laugh–and not in a bad way!
    WFG Reviews, Jan 5, 2014 12:45 by DanWeatherly

    Hobson & Choi is entertaining. There are a few things about it that I’m not too fond of, although Wildbow’s review covers a lot of that. The Twitter plot didn’t seem realistic, but that matters less and less as the story continues. The investigations don’t appear particularly effective to me—so far it seems that Hobson [...]

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    **EDIT**: Google cache had this one. 4 stars

    Jan 5, 2014: Hobson & Choi is entertaining.

    There are a few things about it that I’m not too fond of, although Wildbow’s review covers a lot of that. The Twitter plot didn’t seem realistic, but that matters less and less as the story continues. The investigations don’t appear particularly effective to me—so far it seems that Hobson mostly relies on nothing but trial and error to solve his cases but somehow turns up one step ahead of the cops anyway. And, of course, Jukepop is always annoying (not that I fault the author for that).

    But I think it bears mentioning that, even though it’s not perfect, H&C is just plain fun. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, which is why I find it easy to ignore some of the things that bothered me in the beginning. Even when it’s being grim and ghastly, it’s still packed full of wit. If there’s nothing in a chapter that makes me laugh out loud, it’s still good for a snicker or two. It’s never dull.

    Another strong point is the characterization. In the first case, we’re introduced to a broad spectrum of suspects, and they all have distinct personalities that are often fun and engaging without straying too far into the realms of caricature or stereotype. Seeing some of these people’s interactions with each other really helps flesh out the humor and drama stemming from the unlikely duo of Hobson and Choi.

    And I think it’s also worth pointing out that, as the story has progressed, it’s gotten better. It took me maybe fifteen or twenty chapters until I was convinced that I wanted to finish it, but now I’m anxiously awaiting the next update.

  10. Chris Poirier (Moderator)

    Posted 5 years ago

    Review of Stolen Planet: Editor’s First Impression
    WFG Reviews, Jan 5, 2014 12:53 by Palladian

    From the first few paragraphs, describing the boring day of a young man in his last few weeks of high school being harangued by his electronic monitor, I thought the author did a good job of setting this futuristic tale and introducing her characters. The two main characters, Bell and Bixby, are both high schoolers [...]

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    **EDIT** Had this one open in my browser. 4 stars

    Jan 5, 2014: From the first few paragraphs, describing the boring day of a young man in his last few weeks of high school being harangued by his electronic monitor, I thought the author did a good job of setting this futuristic tale and introducing her characters. The two main characters, Bell and Bixby, are both high schoolers with penchants for getting into trouble one way or another, and I appreciated the way the author gradually introduces us to their world, one that’s more constrained than it used to be due to global warming eating up their previous towns, and more electronically controlled in a lot of ways.

    The author manages to do a good job of mixing this coming-of-age tale with alien first contact with Earth, as well. I appreciated the way she first introduces the idea of an alien invasion in things that people start hearing but that pretty much no one believes, but then building suspense up to the time that the alien attack begins to occur by piling one occurrence on top of another, until the people in the story finally realize that what’s going on isn’t some horrible natural occurrence but the beginning of an invasion. With that said, however, there are only four chapters so far, so I’d really need to see more to get a real flavor for where the story is going.

    A couple of improvement suggestions: please standardize one of your protagonist’s name references; in the story, it (mostly) appears that his name is Bixby Sheeran, but in the WFG summary, it appears the opposite. In general, I found the author’s writing mostly solid, save for the occasional usage error (e.g., reference in the story to all “measurements” taken, when it’s really meant that all measures have been taken to resolve an issue). Since these aren’t the type of errors spell check would pick up, I’d recommend the author use a beta to review her work before posting.

    At any rate, this is a solid slightly futuristic coming-of-age tale mixed with an invaded’s view of aliens coming to Earth. I’d definitely recommend that any readers who are interested in these types of stories check it out.

  11. Chris Poirier (Moderator)

    Posted 5 years ago

    Review of The Graystone Saga: A First Look – A Change In Venue
    WFG Reviews, Jan 5, 2014 23:45 by Morgan O'Friel

    A quick heads-up to potential readers: this story is no longer hosted at the link above, and is now at JukePop serials. Clicking to the site’s home page will give you the link, but the one listed here links to a page that does not exist. Currently, despite having registered and signed-in, only one chapter [...]

  12. Morgan O'Friel (Member)

    Posted 5 years ago

    Chris - I rewrote most of my review, so no worries about it.

    Edit: Or not, since I can't see my review there. Oh well, I'll wait a bit and then work it out (I'm not sure if there's now a waiting period before new reviews show up, so that may be it).

    Morgan's Fiction Website - LGBT urban fantasy web serials, shorts, and more.
  13. Fiona Gregory (Moderator)

    Posted 5 years ago

    I pasted back in all of mine. It's very slow. Morgan: maybe it didn't finish saving before you closed the window?

  14. Chris Poirier (Moderator)

    Posted 5 years ago

    Morgan: I don't see yours in the database. Fiona just reposted hers, so it's definitely accepting reviews. I also just posted a test review on that listing and it saved correctly. Not sure what happened. If you still have the text (and the patience), please try again. If it still doesn't work, email me the text and I will deal with it. Thanks.

    Chris

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