Review Offerings

3 years ago | Rhodeworks (Member)

I'm bored and looking to write something (to take a break from my projects, too). So, I thought to myself why not do some more reviews?

I'm offering a review for anyone who lists their serial in this thread. Note, however, that I probably do not have the time to read an entire long-running serial. This is geared more towards serials that don't have many reviews or are otherwise just starting and looking for feedback.

However, I'll definitely do my best to give any serial posted here a fair review, reading to the extent that I feel I have a good handle on what's on offer. I won't pretend to be unbiased -- any good reviewer has a certain bias -- but I'm aware of what I like and don't like and how subjective that is.

Note: This is not a swap. I do not want anything for this and I do not want anyone to think they need to give me anything in return. I'm just a weird guy who likes organising his thoughts and describing what he thinks about things.

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  1. Shaeor (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    That's a cool thing for you to do.

    I'm in the queue right now, but I've been published before. I plan to offer up a review swap once I'm done with that. But I'd love some feedback at this stage, even better if you'd post as a review later on. Around 10k written. Give it a look, but definitely don't pass up someone else for me if they're posted and rearing to go. (Chosen Shackles: link below)

    Again, cool on you.

    CHOSEN SHACKLES The screen is running static. Face your shadow.
    DIRGE The light is dying. Hold your breath and go gently.
  2. SovereignofAshes (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I don't know if my story would be your 'cup o' tea,' but I would definitely be interested in getting your viewpoint on the story so far.

    The story that I have is listed here, has been up for awhile, and has one review thus far (by the esteemed author who posted above me -- thanks Shaeor).

    I'm looking for input on the story itself. The site is in the middle of a spring-cleaning right now, so it's not a lot to look at, but all the chapters thus far are up and easily accessible. If you're looking for a long read, I'd recommend starting from the Prologue and continuing on to where you eventually get bored of it. If you're just looking for a quick read, I'd recommend starting with Chapter One. The Prologue is a self-contained story (that does tie in with the main story), which is about... 15 parts, and 55k words overall. Chapter One is a quick five parts, and 37k words. Chapter Two is still being worked on and thus far two parts are up that consist of 12k words. All together if you are daring, it'll be about 400 written pages worth of content. Only if you're really feeling it or are extremely bored. ^_^

    Right now, the main blog for the story has white text on a dark background. A lot of my PC readers asked for this. The mobile version of the site is black text on white background (as the mobile readers asked for that). If the text hurts your eyes at all, let me know and I can post up a link to one of the other outlets my story is on based on what is best for your eyes.

    The story is in my signature here (below). If you decide you're not interested in this one, no worries, just let me know. Otherwise, I would be very appreciative to get your viewpoints on it. What works, what doesn't work. Where you got bored with it (even if that's just in the first sentence. =P) If the characters work, and all the rest.

    Like Shaeor, above, I'm interested in doing a review swap in the future. I just want to finish my spring-cleaning and get the rough bits out of my writing with a couple more revisions (as well as build up some courage), before jumping into it. Thank you for being willing to spend your free time on checking out other people's stories.

    I have stuff on here too! The Vorrgistadt Saga.
  3. Rhodeworks (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I feel I should add that I teach high school history so I highly doubt anything I read on here will be the worst stuff I read in a particular week. :V

  4. TanaNari (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Sure, why not? I technically have a pretty long serial, but it's broken up in such a way that you don't have to read all the books in order. Just the sequels. All are some blend of "superhero" and "urban fantasy" in which I try to capture the tone of classic epic tragedies. While remaining distinct enough that it's not too obvious where I'm getting my inspiration.

    Death of a Hero, its sequel Nothing Given, and a 'short' I'm about to complete titled "Never Was"... are a take on the Arthurian tragedies... with a lot of focus on the cycle of violence and revenge.

    In Triplicate, its sequel Threefold, and a 'short' The Greenwitch Endures, are a take on Tristan and Isolde, focusing heavily on family, love, obligation and tradition. Also mind control, because, well Tristan and Isolde.

    Blue Steel and Blue Wall are... closer to the Odyssey than anything. A series of semi-episodic stories focusing on the emergency of the moment, designed to showcase the setting as a whole rather than a small part of it. Also may have put in some fun oldschool scifi cheese...

    So feel free to take your pick on which one you want to review, rather than reviewing the whole monster.

    Author of Price.
  5. revfitz (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    If you have time after all of these folks, my own can be found here:

    No worries if you can't get to it :)

    Existential Terror and Breakfast--A serial with cereal.
    Updates Wednesdays at:
  6. Carcharocles (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Always on the lookout for more reviews! If you have time for it, The Revelation can be found here:

  7. Typist Kid (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Well, I wouldn't mind one as well! And I've got just 30k, so you won't have to worry about reading the entire thing.

    Check it out, here!

  8. Rhythm (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Hey. There's already plenty to choose from, but I figured I may as well throw my hat in the ring. You wanted something short, and mine is currently sitting at around thirty thousand words. I'd be interested to see what you made of it.

    It's on here:

  9. LadyAnder (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    You can try mine, it's finished but, I really don't know if this story is your cup of tea. It's fantasy not of the action/adventure kind. And in no way do you have to read it all even if it's rather short, about 80kish long. It more of a web novel than a serial. I've been slowly trying to make the writing clearer and if you come across any major dyslexic moments in the first couple chapters, I apologize. If that makes the writing too tedious to read, as honestly, I've no clue how well I've fixed things at this point, then you can move on to another story. I understand completely.

    The rest of the stories you see on the site Wolf, Mask, Unmasked, and Homecoming aren't listed here. The first three are just follow-up novellas that lead to the next novel. Homecoming is the first story I finished inside this particular saga. Don't worry about reading them.

    A cross-genre slice=of-life, some adventure fluff fantasy stories about elves-->
  10. Rhodeworks (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Thanks for all the interest! I should be able to get some of these done next week. I had hoped to do at least one by now but I ended up with another creative project that sucked up what time I had -- but I'll need something to break my brain away from that.

    However, to the people who've worried about whether something is or isn't my cup of tea: leave that to me to worry about.

    IMO, the key to a good review is being able to put things in a way that's other than FIVE STARS LOVED IT or ONE STAR IT SUCKS (to me, those ratings are basically theoretical). I promise to read what's posted here and come to some kind of considered decision on it. The trick to a good review is to be able to find things you like and things you think could be improved on, and to be as fair as possible in the process. Which isn't impartial, because no reviewer can be impartial.

    You need to know your biases and account for them.

    What that means is, I'm not going to rip into something just because it isn't my cup of tea. That's unfair. A lot of things aren't my cup of tea. Just like there exist things that are my cup of tea (Michael Bay's Transformers films, Star Wars prequels, etc. etc.) that would be unfair of me to rate highly just because I find them enjoyable. To me, personal taste is something that nudges a review slightly in one direction or another, and is something you note openly.

  11. TanaNari (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    You. I like you. Far as I'm concerned, the only people worse than those who push "taste" as a main point for review, are those who push "politics".

    Author of Price.
  12. Dary (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I was going to do some review swapping shenanigans later in the year, when I'm ready to release the next batch of content, though I guess there's no harm in offering it up now. Wait a week or two and you can take advantage of the clean-up I'm currently doing on the early chapters (ie. fixing a few typos and minor errors, nothing major).

    Chapters tend to average around 4-5,000 words. The story itself is deliberately slower paced than most, with a focus on characters and introspection over action set-pieces, so don't expect many explosions or fight scenes!

    WFG page is here. As you can see, I don't often ask for reviews XD

  13. Raven Secrets (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    If you're still doing it, Rhodeworks, I'd love a review for Specimens (would be my first, actually). It's around 150k words right now, with eight arcs and ~2000 word chapters.

    Specimens is a superhero story about a girl who gets the power to control plants. Lisa kills her parents and ends up briefly on the run before being recruited by a supervillain mercenary group. But being a prodigy-for-hire isn't as easy as it seems. She tries to be a good person, if not an official hero, but she ends up getting drawn into a plot to take over the city, masterminded by a shadowy organization of powerful prodigies. Things only get worse from there and it isn't long before Lisa is forced to decide between her goals and the loss of her ideals, one tiny slippery step at a time.

    WFG page:

  14. Rhodeworks (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Still compiling a list! I was actually looking at Specimens the other day!

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