Reviews: Whateley Universe

Sooooo Biased

While I am a Whateley fan, I will try be objective with my comments.

While the author of this article has given some correct information, a lot is false!!!!

People do use pseudonyms, EG,

Richard Bachman = Stephen King

Alice Cooper = Vincent Damon Furnier

Michael Keaton = Michael John Douglas

Trope time, The director Alfred Joseph Hitchcock appeared in his movies

Take these two sections

Around 2014, the Canon Cabal (who don't exist) & The Lit Chix (Actually The Whateley Literary Club)

Canon Cabal are the group of authors that I believe Include E.E Nalley, Bek D. Corbin, Poetheather (Heather O'Malley) and Babs Yerunkle whom created the WHATLEY UNIVERSE and it's Rules, one of which is no TIME TRAVEL {There are a few Fan-Fics that the involve time travel}.

"Loophole (Elaine 'Doc' Nalley), a Gadgeteer Genius with a 100% success rate and the school's foremost Rules Lawyer."

While correct 'DOC' is Elaine's nick name because her middle name is Ethel which makes her initials E.E. like the Scifi author E.E. 'Doc' Smith.

Strangely enough E.E. Nalley is the author of the Loophole stories.

Fractious (Dee Castle), a reality warper with incredibly severe OCD.

"Compiler (Barbara 'Babs' Younkle), a deviser with super-speed who tried to make herself look like an Exemplar and succeeded… except that she's now super dense, and crashes into everything with the power of a truck."

Babs Yerunkle (her pen-name is a play on the phrase "Bob's your uncle") is one of the original canon authors, and is responsible for creating and writing about Generator, Shroud and Jobe Wilkins. Her author avatar is Compiler.

"Selkie (Heather O'Malley), a water manipulator who may or may not be a minor Fae mutant."

How about

"Circuit Breaker (Chad/Chaddy/Merry/Mai... it's complicated), a cyberpath and electricity-wielding Energizer. Currently cloned into two people (Petra and Paige Donner), the latter of whom is a werepanther in Sara's Pack, while the other is a holy knight having her own adventures in Italy."

'Currently cloned' implies medical/scientific processes are involved, NOT the case as the character is a med-high level regenerator and her arm is severed and her main body begins to regen the arm, however the arm that was severed due to her wearing a mystical artefact that cannot be removed regenerates a body.

"Hive (Samantha Everheart), Whateley Security officer, who happens to be merged with a hive-like system of nanites."

Rear Admiral Everheart, sometimes Everhart, ex Navy SEAL, really does not look her age. Despite being born in 1959 - as a male called Samuel Reginald Everheart, she looks only about eighteen, and the image of her deceased daughter. This state of affairs came as a result of an accident involving experimental nanotechnology.

Interesting concepts, but a rough start.

At the time of this review, these stories have been written over a ten-year span, by a number of different authors. Some of the authors are quite good at keeping the tone of the characters and universe consistent throughout- I'd recommend Bek D. Corbin, Babs Yerunkle, and Diane Castle as being quite good at that.

Bottom line, if you're interested in a pretty good take on the concept of a mutant school a la X-men or Sky High, give it a look. The early writing is *extremely* rough, but the authors tend to improve over time (again, they've been at it for ten years). Some improve more than others, and some just bowed out completely.

Basic gist: Cthulhu mythos is real, as are many others, subject to authors' understanding of said mythos. Ominous things are coming to a head in the next two years, so the head of the school has (unofficially) altered a number of policies on how the students are allowed to act. Into this comes a new crop of kids for the closeted LGBTQ dorm. They make a training group because of shared issues. One's a reincarnated elf queen, one's an accidental embodiment of a ancient superweapon (formerly lacking in free will) designed to end cthulhu-mythos things. One's an escaped experimental subject who was exiled from their rich family, another's a kung-fu master, one makes poltergeist duplicates of herself, and the last one is a low-power superman. Weirdness ensues.

The stories started out as TG fic, so periodically when an author is added to the group, they'll randomly try to retcon side characters into being TG for no obvious reason. There's no escaping it; just shake your head and carry on.

Don't bother with the stories by Dr. Bender or Renae; they read like weird fap-fiction and neither author can keep other character voices consistent at ALL. The only exception to this is the Halloween storyline; you do kind of need to read those just to know what's going on in the subsequent stories.

When reading, sort the stories based on when, in the story timeline, the entire completed story ends or begins. Don't read them in publication order, because that will be very confusing.

Over all, the concept is a lot of fun, but the execution is sometimes a bit rough. Particularly in the beginning. But if you've got a lot of time on your hands, and a good tolerance for rough writing, give it a read!

Early-ish Impression

I've only read the first dozen or so stories, but here's what I think so far:

The quality varies a bunch from author to author, which is probably to be expected. Most of the authors are pretty good, and I intend to keep reading. My biggest complaint is that "Starwolf," who writes the Tennyo stories, is not a good writer at all either in terms of concept or writing style; I find their stories unreadable. Skipping everything by him/her/it/them avoids most of the problem, but it does cause a bit of feeling like I haven't read the prequel (because, of course, I haven't) and also the backstory, which I think is pretty dumb, pops up and bugs me every now and then.

The writer for Phase/Ayla is probably my favorite.