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2019 Update Archive / Re: New Releases - December 28th, 2019
« Last post by scifiscribbler on January 12, 2020, 05:25:45 am »
Last for this batch, my Thoughts on Advent Calendar:

The main highlight of this one, for me, was how deliberately and methodically it progressed. Every day, every picture, we are presented with a little piece of programming. Sometimes it's subtle, and sometimes it's so obvious, even the protagonist figures it out. But each day is a discrete step on the inevitable road to the end. It was a pretty neat structure, and turned into a nice, enjoyable story.

Thanks! Had a lot of positive feedback on this one, but honestly I'm mostly glad that I seem to have got to this idea before much had been done with it.
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2019 Update Archive / Re: New Releases - December 28th, 2019
« Last post by MCaesar on January 11, 2020, 04:37:45 pm »
Last for this batch, my Thoughts on Advent Calendar:

The main highlight of this one, for me, was how deliberately and methodically it progressed. Every day, every picture, we are presented with a little piece of programming. Sometimes it's subtle, and sometimes it's so obvious, even the protagonist figures it out. But each day is a discrete step on the inevitable road to the end. It was a pretty neat structure, and turned into a nice, enjoyable story.
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2019 Update Archive / Re: New Releases - December 28th, 2019
« Last post by MCaesar on January 09, 2020, 04:27:25 pm »
Re: Thoughts on Invisible.

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2019 Update Archive / Re: New Releases - December 28th, 2019
« Last post by MCaesar on January 08, 2020, 11:35:27 pm »
Oh, also read Daughter, so I have a Thought about that.

Short and exceedingly concise. Tells you what it's all about pretty much right away, but still has a small surprise or two along the way. Squicky for some, I'm sure, but lively and fun to me.
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2019 Update Archive / Re: New Releases - December 28th, 2019
« Last post by MCaesar on January 08, 2020, 04:27:41 pm »
Some weird Day-Old Thoughts on Week-Old Stories about Snippets from a Multiverse.

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The characters of Geraldine Linventeur and Daphne Miller may be familiar to some of you from my Mind Control University story, though no prior knowledge is required here.

Eeeeeehhh... I suppose. I guess I can't really say for sure, since I've probably read at least a hundred thousand words of MCU (or however many it was up to Truce Week, when I burned out on the genre altogether), but there's a lot of context to this one that, if you don't have it, will probably make this story sound like nonsense. Who is Geraldine? Who's Daphne? What's their relationship, that one would perform cartoon villainy just to give the other a nice gift? I know, but how could someone who isn't into MCU expected to know (or care) about any of that?

That said, it was nice to get a taste of the old MCU again. Fantastic folks in that community, back in the day. Memers and shitposters nonpareil. I think this board could learn a thing or two from them.
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2019 Update Archive / Re: New Releases - December 21st 2019
« Last post by MCaesar on January 07, 2020, 02:02:25 am »
The final Thoughts of yesterweek (plus a week before that), are for Organism-X.

I was originally going to skip it, because it was a long one, but I had finished the other ones I wanted to check out a little early. I saw a few 9000 word chapters, and thought "eh, it won't be so bad. I got to the last chapter, thinking I was almost done, and came upon the sudden realization that 3,485 and 34,485 are not the same number. So I will probably be finishing it at the end of the week, if I knock out everything else. I'll echo Potestas, saying that it could have been split up better, both from a chapter division standpoint, and also meted out over multiple weeks. You know, for those of us who like to sample a little bit of everything each update.

But, halfway (and 34,000 words) through, I would say it's a neat little parasite infestation piece, with some good horror vibes coming through. A lot of the female coed characters blur together, though, and I'm having some trouble telling who's actually important and who's just worm-fodder. The synopsis suggests that Haley, the psychic girl, should be the protagonist, but she gets little screen time and even less agency. Jessie actually seems to be doing far more protagonisty things throughout, and I feel myself rooting for her more than anyone.
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2019 Update Archive / Re: New Releases - December 21st 2019
« Last post by MCaesar on January 05, 2020, 04:38:30 pm »
Read Test Cases. Have a few Thoughts.

I feel like I've read a hundred stories about women staring at screens, getting horny and brainwashed. Never gets old. :grin: The antics of the two nerds in charge of the brainwashing made it stand out a little in a fun way.

It's often interesting to me to focus on the controllers, even while the story focuses on the affected. There are a few more Test Cases to come, at least until I feel I'm no longer saying more.

I did have an inkling that there might be more. It was open-ended, even though there weren't any specific loose ends.
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2019 Update Archive / Re: New Releases - December 21st 2019
« Last post by scifiscribbler on January 05, 2020, 05:04:12 am »
Read Test Cases. Have a few Thoughts.

I feel like I've read a hundred stories about women staring at screens, getting horny and brainwashed. Never gets old. :grin: The antics of the two nerds in charge of the brainwashing made it stand out a little in a fun way.

It's often interesting to me to focus on the controllers, even while the story focuses on the affected. There are a few more Test Cases to come, at least until I feel I'm no longer saying more.
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2019 Update Archive / Re: New Releases - December 21st 2019
« Last post by MCaesar on January 05, 2020, 03:44:53 am »
I have exactly one thing to say about Adoring My Robot Overlord.

It's very, delightfully British.

Okay, maybe more than one thing. For a dystopian world, it actually felt kind of... light. Like a silly dystopia. And I do love robots. Didn't push too many of my buttons, personally, but it was fun and competently done.
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2019 Update Archive / Re: New Releases - December 21st 2019
« Last post by MCaesar on January 05, 2020, 03:26:50 am »
Read Test Cases. Have a few Thoughts.

I feel like I've read a hundred stories about women staring at screens, getting horny and brainwashed. Never gets old. :grin: The antics of the two nerds in charge of the brainwashing made it stand out a little in a fun way.
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