Side Notes

Twig: Web Serial

The year is 1921, and a little over a century has passed since a great mind unraveled the underpinnings of life itself. Every week, it seems, the papers announce great advances, solving the riddle of immortality, successfully reviving the dead, the cloning of living beings, or blending of two animals into one. For those on the ground, every week brings new mutterings of work taken by ‘stitched’ men of patchwork flesh that do not need to sleep, or more fearful glances as they have to step off the sidewalks to make room for great laboratory-grown beasts. Often felt but rarely voiced is the notion that events are already spiraling out of the control of the academies that teach these things. It is only this generation, they say, that the youth and children are able to take the mad changes in stride, accepting it all as a part of day to day life. Of those children, a small group of strange youths from the Lambsbridge Orphanage stand out, taking a more direct hand in events.
Twig is without doubt one of the best speculative fiction stories I’ve ever read. This is the author’s third serially published long-form web fiction, and it shows in the author’s expert mastery of the format. This is a proper page-turner style story that keeps you hooked week after week. You should read this story if you enjoy fantasy, science fiction, horror, or speculative fiction of any genre. As of writing, there are 7+ chapters published on a twice weekly schedule (with an extra chapter a few times a month), and the author’s successful consistency of publishing a new update on schedule is to be commended and recommended to all authors everywhere. I love the world building in Twig. I love characters. I’m addicted to the incredible pace in which the story develops. Reading Twig is one of the highlights to my week. I find myself referencing this story in real life situations. If this was a full book in my hands, I would have read it in one (very long) sitting without stopping for anything. Even if you don’t normally enjoy any of the aforementioned genres, and you don’t normally give web serials a shot, you should still start reading Twig.