Posted by: coolerbecky | June 16, 2009

Cheap as Free Reading

While I have a substantial physical library, I also love my online reading. The only problem with this is that reading online requires a lot of brain bleach. On the one hand, you’ve got some fairly good, delicious pieces of fiction and on the other hand you’ve got the dregs of the worst kind of slash fics.

Well, seeing as my reading diet tends towards pron free, here are two examples of interesting serialised fiction that you can find on the net.
School for Adventurers is a very well-written piece of teenage fiction and makes for some good light reading. The story is not particularly unique, it’s about the lives of a number of teenagers in an atypical high school/boarding school setting. In this case, the school in question is EastRidge Academy, a select school that trains some of the best thieves, warriors, clerics and mages in all of Easden.

What makes this particular story unique is the way narration is handled. The story is told from multiple points of view, covering all sorts of different experiences. It both pokes fun at the fantasy genre while celebrating it at the same time. Characters are unique and almost wholly believable: There’s Fell Farmington, a peasant boy whose background includes “getting beaten up lots”; Averi Rysten, a beautiful blonde princess with an interest in the dark arts of necromancy and thievery; Wisteria Ling, the token Chinese chick with no kung fu and Wraith Ravin, a charming thief who isn’t actually good at thieving.

School for Adventurers is jointly written by Jennifer Young and Kara Loo and boasts some fine illustrations from KMRicker. The story is updated a few pages at a time every Friday and is divided into books, each book representing a full academic year at EastRidge. It also boasts some interactive content, with a message board and the possibility of creating your own student for the Academy. There’s only one drawback to reading this – text is placed on PNG files and can be quite difficult to load on some computers. Site design also can be a bit of an issue on smaller screens.

School for Adventurers is available at The first book of the series can also be purchased as a paperback at Amazon.

Another online serial that has made my reading list is Tapestry: A Tale of Empire. Tapestry follows the daily life of Lady Uru, a noblewoman who lives in a fantastical Oriental empire. The story is written in the form of a collection of diary entries made in a secret book that Lady Uru keeps in a desk.

Tapestry is quite a challenging piece to read. Details in the story are somewhat sketchy, yet at the same time descriptions are just good enough for easy visualisation of scenes and settings… and there’s just enough in hints and clues for a reader to piece the story together. It isn’t long before you’re drawn into Lady Uru’s world of political intrigue, cheering for her daily victories and wringing your hands in sympathetic worry when things don’t go according to plan.

Tapestry updates fairly frequently and has quite an extensive backlog of entries. It can be accessed at

So, if you’re interested in a little light reading but can’t afford books, check out these two online serials, give them your support and stop downloading those illegal PDFs (don’t think I can’t see you)!

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