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Artificial Reality
by Kyle S.
Publisher: Eric Johnson
Date Added: 03/08/2019 11:26:58
Artificial Reality This story has the editor listed. I really hope he wasn't paid anything because this story is a mess of run on sentences, passive voice, and questionable too obviously wrong word choice. Here's just one sentence as an example: > Alas as the squad began roping down so far it was good, maybe a bit quiet but that could easily have been the noise the VTOL was making as he took a quick look to see if everybody was off, and they were as he slid down onto the hard roof and checked the indicators for his soldiers. If reading like a first draft wasn't bad enough it bills itself as being 2060 but the technology is all stuff we have in the present of 2019. This was written six years ago. How pessimistic about/out of touch with technological developement does a person need to be to think that Augmented Reality HUDs are going to be the hot new thing in forty seven years? I'm sorry but unless you're a military fiction fan who likes sentences with too many clauses give this one a pass....

Rating:
[1 of 5 Stars!]
A Brief History of Gnolls: Anthropophagy & Emeralds from Wales to Wisconsin & Beyond
by Robert N.
Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
Date Added: 03/05/2019 14:59:15
A Brief History of Gnolls: Anthropophagy & Emeralds from Wales to Wisconsin & Beyond Great history on the origin of Gnolls including two awesome Appendix N authors' short stories: one by Lord Dunsany and one by Margaret St. Clair. I found this background on Gnolls to be a great addition when I ran Gnole House, the short, level 1 Dungeon Crawl Classics adventure by Michael Curtis that comes in the first edition of the DCC Quick Start Rules.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
KOBOLD Guide to Plots & Campaigns
by Ciaran O.
Publisher: Kobold Press
Date Added: 03/02/2019 15:59:41
KOBOLD Guide to Plots & Campaigns Clear, systematic advice. Lots of great examples of use in gamplay... the experience of the authors shows through throughout.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Cainite Conspiracies Anthology
by Björn L.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 02/26/2019 12:18:46
The Cainite Conspiracies Anthology *The following review was originally published in **Mephisto 64** and translated from German (find orignal German review below).* # **The Cainite Conspiracies** **The Cainite Conspiracies** is an anthology of short stories from the world of ***Vampire: The Dark Ages***. Not surprisingly, each clan gets its own short story, which illuminates the atmosphere of a clan, its secrets or even the intrigues and conflicts of the medieval nights with the help of a well-chosen character. The stories are as different as the clans themselves, and the way the story is told also varies considerably. Thus some examples illustrate vividly the conflicts between the clans and the intrigues at the medieval courts, while others refer to great events in the past and in the future. In the case of the Assamites, there is even a tale of an event that has serious implications for the entire clan. As different as the themes and the narrative styles are, as different is the quality of the stories from...

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
The Visitor
by Jennifer W.
Publisher: Four Fools Press
Date Added: 01/27/2019 16:18:35
The Visitor A man roams his land and home on a restless, chilly autumn evening, not remembering how he got to his garden in just his robe and slippers. Frost and twilight drive him back toward the warmth of his bed, and his sleeping wife. This seemingly timeless tale would be a perfect fireside ghost story to share. A few details of the emergence of the horseless carriage and distant rumors of the flight of those Wright brothers are interesting but trivial. The man's inner dialogue seems stilted at times, for a simple farmer at the turn of the last century. Deceptive, the quiet manner in which this story carefully places its little details to lure the reader along. Just enough is revealed to spark the imagination of the gruesome possibilities. ...

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
The Loremaster Legacy
by David C.
Publisher: Terry K. Amthor
Date Added: 01/25/2019 12:22:21
The Loremaster Legacy I would divide this book in 3 parts. In the first part you have the travels of a pair young cousins, who are super naive, a bit gay and extremely boring, they find an artefact the same way you could find some coins on the floor and they flee the region when war erupts because they are sons of nobles who want them safe. You are also introduced to the machinations and actions of some power groups and other characters. I nearly abandoned the book in this part. In the second part you are introduced to 10-20 more power groups and some adventures in a city, it's less boring but not very interesting, up to this point is like a super slow introduction to the different characters, world and story, the best thing is that some protagonists join. The third part is the interesting one, the story starts to unravel, I could care less at this point about the protagonist couple but at least the plot seems to be moving somewhere with them. The rest of characters are cool, their plots are bette...

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Nod
by Jennifer W.
Publisher: Four Fools Press
Date Added: 01/20/2019 19:08:17
Nod When David returns to Alabama in the summer of 1967, he fully intends to get reacquainted with the girl of his dreams, the only woman who ever mattered to him, Molly Kate. When he finally claps eyes on her, he sees a pale reflection of the lively, tanned girl who has haunted his dreams during all the long years since high school. Now the dark circles under her eyes show how haunted Molly Kate is, as she tells him of the headaches that plague her day and night. Especially at night. Once married, David discovers how badly nightmares and headaches have combined to drive Molly Kate to the very brink of death. David begins to feel the cold fingers of hopelessness gripping him. No matter how hard he works, nothing is ever enough to keep up with the constant doctor's bills and repairs needed around their home and land. Despite all his education, nearly a degree and a half, David is overwhelmed and turns to a blend of faith, superstition and science in his desperate attempt to seek a cu...

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
The Loremaster Legacy
by David S.
Publisher: Terry K. Amthor
Date Added: 01/20/2019 15:28:41
The Loremaster Legacy I put off reading this for some time, but I wish I hadn't after reading it. This intricate tale gripped me from the start and drew me effortlessly into this incredibly complex and detailed world. Honestly it still holds my thoughts several hours after finishing it. As an insight to what is going on in the fascinating environment of "Shadow World", you couldn't ask for a better guide than Mr. Amthor. However, even if you put the setting aside, the book is incredibly easy to read, with well formed characters, believable personalities and realistic interactions. I especially liked the astute way the author weaved the threads of magic and technology; the combination is quite persuasive and believable. Similarly, the interactions of various Powers (both directly and indirect), were welcome and a vast step above the normal fantasy novel. I have read (somewhere) that the 2nd book in the series is all but written, and I heartily hope that it will be polished off and published. Togeth...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Blood And Thunder
by Martin H.
Publisher: Dust Studio
Date Added: 01/20/2019 14:04:35
Blood And Thunder Blood and Thunder A rather well-written novel that definitely captures the feeling of the raging second world war accoring to the Dust universe's sci-fi modifications. Besides dipicting mechs bristling with advanced weapons, the iconic kampfaffen and desperate foot soldiers trying to seek out cover in frozen wastes, it also deals with themes of 'identity' and 'growing' in a warzone. A good story, no doubt about that. However, at some places (too many in my own opinion) it feels a bit childish. Instead of exploring the darkness, the mysteries and the melancholy of the characters, places and motives in the Dust Universe, it falls into something that resembles a teenage action novel. It is still a good novel, but I believe it could have been more. If you're a warfare-loving teen with a special interest in sci-fi and alternative realities, this is probably a brilliant novel. :) ...

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Ponyfinder - Kind Blades and Cruel Divinity
by Tim S.
Publisher: Silver Games LLC
Date Added: 01/18/2019 21:34:46
Ponyfinder - Kind Blades and Cruel Divinity I truly enjoyed this short read! It does a great job leading you into the story, while leaving you craving more once you finish it.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Performance: A Red Markets Novel (Audiobook)
by Will H.
Publisher: Hebanon Games
Date Added: 01/18/2019 16:47:30
Performance: A Red Markets Novel (Audiobook) I enjoyed reading this as an ebook, and I enjoyed hearing Fae Kell's narration too!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Tales of the Dark Eras
by Wayne C.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 01/18/2019 09:58:06
Tales of the Dark Eras Love the way they phrase and line up the stories..i like the Berlin story the most..keep it up :D

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Chronicles of Ardis: Concordance
by Janet S.
Publisher: Battlefield Press
Date Added: 01/01/2019 20:57:42
The Chronicles of Ardis: Concordance I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I started reading this book and could not stop. I read the book all in one sitting. The characters are all fully developed and full of depth. You are caught up in a world that is completely action laden. The descriptions are vivid, colorful and exciting. Tracy's writing is masterful. His storytelling, I found to be gripping. This book is stunning. This book is enchanting. Tracy, your book was a wonderful read

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Cthulhu Conspiracy
by Jason A.
Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
Date Added: 12/14/2018 00:59:43
The Cthulhu Conspiracy Hahaha, I was not prepared for that. Good story & great art

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Christmas Inn
by Jason A.
Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
Date Added: 12/14/2018 00:56:55
The Christmas Inn An interesting tale, well told and right for this season. Descriptions and a great seed for an adventure if you so choose to run this as a statted encounter

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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