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New Age Book Club: Summer - August 2019

Welcome to the Book Club here on the Omniverse!!

It's a new staff, new year, new situations. So why not New Book Club? After some trial and error, I've tossed out yet another attempt. I'm going rogue!!
Please don't tell Daniel...


In addition to the usual OoC Rules of Conduct, we encourage helpful, well-considered, constructive feedback with both positive and negative comments. Please try to remember that not everyone is confident about their writing, and overly negative feedback is highly discouraged. What we are looking for are patient people who can look at a piece objectively but with a delicate and tactful touch to their criticism. Anyone who is found excessively ruthless in their commentary will find themselves unable to participate.

If we have picked a piece that you participated in as well, you are allowed and encouraged to join in on the activities as long as there are more members involved than just yourself. This is because self-criticism does not count toward the 150 minimum words as covered by the guidelines(See below).

Review Writing Guidelines

Reviews must be a minimum of 150 words and should include your opinion on whether the participating member(s) deserve a bonus or not, and if yes, then 'Good', 'Great', or 'Exemplary', according to the Bonus Rewards Guidelines. Please don't consider this an arbitrary number to fill; this just filters out those reviews that were clearly made with no effort.

Topics may include writing from multiple members. Please try to give everyone included a decent review and an individual grade.

Try to go into detail about what you liked and didn't like about an RP. Try to keep it objective and positive: it's absolutely not okay to just tear down someone else's work without saying anything good about it. The more detail the better, and the more effort you put into your reviews the more likely we are to choose one of your topics to review, as thanks for your help to other members.

Please do not skim. If we suspect people are skimming topics, we may have to be more stringent on requirements, which makes it harder for staff to enforce, and more difficult for you to write your review. If we suspect particular members are skimming, we may bar them from future participation in the book club. This is free OM, so it's in everyone's best interest to keep it that way.

As far as grading goes, please be non-partisan. If you think your friend's topic truly merits Exemplary, awesome. But if we notice people constantly doing this and we consistently disagree with the gradings, we'll weigh your opinion far less than those who tend to give accurate gradings consistent with the Bonus Rewards Guidelines.

Book Club Material

How we will be choosing the new submissions will vary on activity among the current members. Know that we are searching the entire Omniverse, new and old work alike, for a variety of stories. Our agents are watching the accolades, recent stories, and reaching into the achieves for possible threads.

We are not just looking for the best stories that the site can provide us with, as writers we should hone our ability to give feedback in a professional and personal way. By doing so we can offer our voices and experience to those around us, and give an example of what kind of criticism we'd like in return for a later date.

If anyone has any stories they'd like to offer for future book clubs, please PM Dust or Moon Knight with these suggestions.


By participating you will earn Bonus OM, naturally.

200 or 300 OM will be rewarded for the Short Story of the month, depending on the size of the thread. Threads that belong to this category can be anywhere from 3,000 words to 10,000 words or less.

350 or 450 OM will be rewarded for the Novella of the month, depending on the size of the thread. Threads that belong to this category can be anywhere between 10,000 words to 30,000 words.

500 OM will be rewarded for the Seasonal story. This reward can only be claimed one of the three months the story will be featured. This category can be 40,000 plus words with no upper cap.

As a completely voluntary activity, feel free to review one, two, or all of the three categories. We do ask that you specify which one you are participating and make it clear which one you are criticizing at any time. Generally with some sort of coding or labels. Do not feel as if you need to do all three in one go, post twice/thrice if you wish to do all three this month.

The bonuses will stack accordingly, but we will only honor one Seasonal bonus per three months. (They will follow the seasons: Summer, Winter, Fall, Spring.)


Short Story
Recommended by a member: Empire State of Mind should be a good one where we all can learn something.

I decided to go scavenging in the Ashen Steppes for this one! Reaching out to hopefully add some variety to things, plenty of writers I haven't had the chance to study in here. I'm Sorry, But the King You're Looking for is... should give us current writers some insight~!

As a reminder, this thread will be available through all of Summer. And it only felt appropriate that we revisit the old Beach Thread Episode

I would like to apologize for taking over a week to get this out to you guys, but I was trying to find some interesting looking threads!! Happy reading!!
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"Centurion: I'll leave you to your work then Dust. Thanks for chatting!
Me: no problem. stay awesome!
Centurion: It's more of a passive ability"

Empire State of Mind

Hiro Protagonist
There’s very few mistakes, but when there was a misspelling or use of the wrong word it stood out a lot. Probably because the rest of the posts were so spot on in terms of story and world building. My appreciation for your way of doing art continues to grow, justifies, and validates each read I do of your stuff. Even if I know the chances of your return are fairly slim because you have a lot of other hobbies you enjoy. There’s a lot going on with this slice of life kind of thread, and you handle it well. But you do a bang-up job of steering it too.

Madotsuki - Aka Shellbrick III
There aren’t any glaring issues with what has been written, like grammar and spelling errors. Not to say this work isn’t good. I found myself - sometimes - more engaged in what Madotsuki was doing. It does have a bit of a rocky start, but you integrate yourself into the story very well. Now we have these two amazing writers sharing a space. I also loved the contrast between Hiro and her. It was a balance of comedy and seriousness that made this way cooler than I expected.

Marcus - Aka J-Girl
This is obviously a piece that has been here a while. My criticism for you is strangely the same though. You have so many good ideas, you just need to execute them better. There are a lot of perks to reading your old work. Reading this lets us appreciate how much you have grown!! But also let us make and confirm jokes about how Marcus is still the conspiracy theorist guy. =P But now I can totally understand more of where that is coming from since I get to see Skynet taking over a freaking arcade.

...I hope someone took care of that. >.>; I hear it has been dealt with but still.

This thread, in my opinion, deserves the Great bonus!!
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"Centurion: I'll leave you to your work then Dust. Thanks for chatting!
Me: no problem. stay awesome!
Centurion: It's more of a passive ability"

Empire State of Mind

Mechanics: While reading this thread I noticed that there are a few, not really many, grammatical errors. Most of them being very simple mistakes or simply a mistake that was accidentally glanced over during the editing process. An easy way to fix that is to take some time and carefully looking over your to make sure that what you wrote is spelling or typo-free. I would also suggest getting a friend or someone you know to proofread your post and any writing in general. You never know what you might miss and sometimes it's really handy to have an extra set of eyes.

Plotting/Pacing: The first thing that comes to my mind when reading this thread, is cleary the thread was made as a slice of life type of story. I generally like it when you can read a part in any story and get to see what goes on in the everyday life of the protagonist that we're reading. However, I do have a problem with a slice of life threads, sometimes while reading them it can feel as if there was no general story at play and when that happens they can get boring. I find it best to make sure while doing this type of story to plan out and storyboard things, make it interesting, have it where something happens that either builds or changes the character. Now before people start questioning there is a plot twist in this thread and that twist is Skynet hacking into the arcade but for the most part, the first two characters pretty much ignore what happening around them and then suddenly there's an advertisement for DA. The Skynet part is actually pretty cool if a bit meta but when things get juicy it's all interrupted by Dantes Abyss. One last thing, there's a lot of filler in the last thread, it's well-written filler but really it adds nothing except for adding up your OM when the post is sent out.  

Characterization: Not gonna lie, every character in this thread has their own personality. I enjoy how all three characters interact with the world around them and it was so much fun to read how both Hiro and Madotsuki have conflicting views on the Empire. Just having those conflicting views raises the stakes a bit and it keeps you at the edge of the seat wondering what'll happen next.

Aesthetic/Creativity: Aesthetic wise this thread entirely is a slice of life story and it had its ups and downs, otherwise it's not that bad of a story. Going to Marcus however, oh man was the ending so meta. Seriously he was playing as himself in the real-life Terminator Salvation arcade game that's bonkers and a blast to read, I'm very disappointed that it didn't go anywhere. I think my favorite is when Skynet actually tries to talk to Marcus, the entire situation reminded me of how weird yet eerie the Terminator comics got.  

Final Comments: I got nothing really else to add, it's a good slice of life thread.
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