Rec: Fallen Hero: Rebirth

Title: Fallen Hero: Rebirth
Author: Malin Rydén
Format: Online text-based Choose-Your-Own-Adventure game
Published/Free: Published
Length: 380,000
Status: Complete
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Possible mentions of past abuse, suicide, alcoholism
Link: https://www.choiceofgames.com/user-contributed/fallen-hero-rebirth/
Summary: Become the greatest telepathic villain Los Diablos has ever known! Once you were famous; soon you will be infamous. That is, unless your old friends in the Rangers stop you first. Juggle different identities and preserve your secrets as you build new alliances and try to forget the friendships you’ve left behind.

Review: In terms of interactive fiction, Fallen Hero: Rebirth may be the best one out there. The intricate and seamless writing introduces a world where superheroes are more than simple ‘do-gooders’ and where everything may not be as it seems. The characters you can romance are fully fleshed out and are truly living and breathing in the city that you may very well destroy…

Rec: Sacrifices

Title: Sacrifices
Author: Rachel Lynn
Format: Oneshot
Published/Free: Free
Length: 12,149 words
Status: Complete
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Suicide mention, violence
Link: https://www.fictionpress.com/s/2055356/1/Sacrifices
Summary: Tam has been raised to die. But when death opens new doors, he has to figure out how to live a whole new life.

Review:If characters discovering the world and quiproquos are the kind of things that you truly enjoy, I got you.

Rec: Rébellion

Title: Rébellion
Author: Anwise Lanvière
Format: Novel
Published/Free: Free
Length: 3 chapters/?
Status: WIP
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Written in French! Dubious consent, mention of violence, mention of child abuse
Link: https://www.wattpad.com/story/166116351-rébellion
Summary: Comme tous ceux de son peuple depuis que le grand empire de Fréane a conquis la péninsule d’Uria, Sao est un esclave.
Son indiscipline l’a conduit à être vendu de maître en maître jusqu’à se retrouver au service du mystérieux Friedhelm Archenias.
Si cette nouvelle situation lui permet de retrouver un peu de confort et de se rapprocher de Rébellion, une organisation secrète d’esclaves qui fomente une révolte, il n’en reste pas moins sur ses gardes. Il se méfie du caractère imprévisible de son maître, qui lui accorde de nombreux privilèges mais n’hésite pas à lui rappeler sa condition à la moindre occasion.
Sao et les rebelles parviendront-ils à obtenir la liberté ?
Et qui est cet étrange monsieur Archenias ?

Review: Since I’m the author, my opinion cannot be neutral 😉 If you can read French and you’re looking for a slave/master story with a plot that goes beyond sexual tension and is more centred around politics. Also, steampunk atmosphere, if that’s your thing.

Rec: RORY

Title: RORY
Author: VAMPBYTE
Format: Webcomic
Published/Free: Free
Length: Ongoing (currently 14 pg.)
Status: Ongoing
Rating: Teen
Warnings: blood, violence, implied sexual activity, drugging/drugs, death (implied and shown), stalking
Link: http://tapas.io/series/rorycomic
Summary: A cynical male model named Rory just wants to get famous, look good, and make money. He gets the opportunity to do just that when he comes into contact with the elusive and renowned photographer, Roger Van Dijk, who is interested in making Rory the subject of his magnum opus. This dream come true quickly turns into a nightmare, however, as Roger’s artistic vision turns into something much, much stranger. Starring a gay protagonist, RORY is a thriller with mild horror and comedy.

Review: I’m the creator of the series so I can’t really give an unbiased review, but RORY has a mixture of genres that can appeal to almost anyone. If you like dark humor, cynicism, cute art and suspense then you might enjoy this! (Note: The story focuses on a gay protagonist who gets himself intimately involved with another man, but this story is not a romance! At least not for long.)  

Rec: Can’t A Guy Visit A Friend?

Title: Can’t A Guy Visit A Friend
Author: TheCaliMack
Format: Short Story
Published/Free: Free
Status: Complete
Rating: Teen/Mature (depends)
Warnings: mentions of suicide
Link: AO3 | GayAuthors.org
Summary: Miguel comes to visit his friend Tristan, but notices something is amiss when the man opens his door to him.

Intuition has never failed him before, but it never prepared him for what he’d see.

Review: I’m sharing my own work, but reviews so far mention it as moving and heartbreaking and one of the most emotional writings they have ever read. I felt honored and I thought I’d share it some more with the rest of you.

No one dies. That’s all I’m saying.

Rec: Can’t a Guy Visit a Friend?

Title: Can’t a Guy Visit a Friend?
Author: TheCaliMack
Format: Short Story
Published/Free: Free
Length: 2779 words
Status: Complete
Rating: T
Warnings: Mentions of Attempted Suicide (though not graphic at all)
Link: AO3 link  GayAuthors link
Summary: Miguel comes to visit his friend Tristan, but notices something is amiss when the man opens his door to him.

Intuition has never failed him before, but it never prepared him for what he’d see.

Review: Reviewing my own story seems sort of moot, but the comments and reviews I got from the websites all tell me that my work was quite the tear-jerker. It’s a cathartic piece that is a great blend of sweetness and angst, ending on a heart-warming note. Read and you’ll see what I mean.

Rec: ENTROPIA

Title: Entropia
Author: Ink-Mix Studio
Format: Webcomic
Published/Free: Free
Length: 5/10 chapters
Status: Wip
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Abuse, Violence
Link: https://tapastic.com/series/Entropia
Summary: Taavi is a hybrid slave that lives in a society divided by political and racial aspects. Living among the winged and being a victim of prejudice because of his impure blood, Taavi finds himself involved in a circle of conquest and defeat that fate reserved for him since the day he was born.

Review: Self-Rec. The story may be interesting for those who like medieval fantasy.

Rec: After Midnight

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Title: After Midnight
Author: Santino Hassell
Format: Novel
Published/Free: Published
Length: 250 pages
Status: Complete
Rating: Mature
Warnings: None given.
Link: https://www.amazon.com/After-Midnight-Santino-Hassell-ebook/dp/B00F7J1UYO
Summary: After Midnight is a standalone spinoff novel of the free series In the Company of Shadows.

Gordon Frost is a survivor. He survived a war that ravaged the nation, and he made it through the orphanages and crime-ridden slums that followed. With few prospects for the future, Gordon carved out a niche for himself in the expanding drug trade of Lexington, PA. It’s not pretty, but it’s his, and it beats what he was doing before. But a classic case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time results in a brush with death, going by the name of Adam. Afterward, the life that seemed good enough before, isn’t quite the same.

Adam Blake is an assassin on the brink of being terminated by the very organization that controls him. He completed his mission, but not without being seen. With his secrets in danger of being exposed by Gordon, Adam knows he should kill the smart-mouthed redhead, but finds himself intrigued by the troublesome civilian instead.

When Gordon’s knack for finding trouble combines with the dangerous consequences of Adam’s indecision, their worlds intertwine in an explosive way.

Review: [Note: this review was written while the work was still a work-in-progress.] It has a lot of promise. I am looking forward to seeing how it will turn out. As I’m worthless at actually reviewing stories, I’ll leave it at that. This rec is so worth it just because Sonny wrote it. And that is enough reason to read the story in my opinion. All I can do is urge you all.
Check it out 😛

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Rec: Aversion in Partnership

Title: Aversion in Partnership
Author: starburst-sunbeam
Format: Novel
Published/Free: Free
Length: 150k+
Status: Main story: WIP, AU: Complete
Rating: Everyone
Warnings: None
Link: Aversion in Partnership, Beneath the Blood

Summary: Bennett is, and has always has been, the kind of person to always be top of his class, the leader in groups, making student council and priding himself on the control he has over himself. He’s never slipped, until Austin Haroldes transfers into school and proves that with half the effort he can take away everything Bennett’s ever thought he had.

Review: Now this is an amazing example of how interesting and engaging a high school/first time/coming out type story can be. There is so much history and details put into sketching out character’s history, motivations and why they act certain ways to certain situations. It’s also not a typical cliche stereotypical situation of jock/nerd (they are both genius nerds xD) and it’s hilarious. I really liked the main character and his amazing group of friends.

The author has also written an AU to their original work with a almost A/B/O setting with werewolves. It’s just as amazing as the actual story. This one is actually complete.

Please check out this story! It’s got great characters, sweet and cute slow build romance and an amazing AU. It’s a must read in my opinion 😀

Rec: Evil Twin

Title: Evil Twin
Author: Cassandra Harner
Format: Short webcomic
Published/Free: Free
Length: 5 pages
Status: Complete
Rating: Teen
Warnings: Swearing
Link: http://allthestuff.tumblr.com/post/139696573375/this-is-a-work-of-fiction-any-resemblance-to-irl
Summary: Our hero walks into a bar, and has no luck with the ladies. Then someone else enters, she’s dressed similarly, acts similarly, but gets all the ladies. She teaches our hero the key, which is “not giving a fuck.” They fight over a girl, and our hero tries her best, but still may give too much of a fuck to get the girl in the end.

Review: This based-on-a-true-story came from a place of being angry at my girlfriend. It’s about her relationship with someone she used to be in love with, who was good and bad for her, and she thought of her as her evil twin. They’d compete about everything, and once actually got into a fistfight over a girl. I have complete and beautiful love for my girlfriend, (the protag) and some of her best stories come from some stupid drunk decisions.