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Review of chapter "Epilogue: "A Little Apocalypse, Now and Then"" from KingDarius
re-reading the series since i noticed a new story came out. still think it would have been funnier than hell to make angel joxer, lol.
Comments from author:
Heh-heh -- Yeah, I kind of wish I'd thought of that first, but . .. Oh, well!
Review By [KingDarius] • Date [24 Nov 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue: "A Little Apocalypse, Now and Then"" from Gideon
Too funny that you ended with Andrew there. Every Hero needs his (or her) annoying comic relief! I'm glad that Buffy finally found out the truth and is on her way, and I am also glad that she will not now have the burden of arriving too late :)
On the subject of the previous chapters I would expect a little preachyness from ArcAngels!
Comments from author:
Thanks so much for reading and reviewing! And thanks especially for the suggestion that Spike and Buffy really need a chance to reunite and go on a butt-kicking world-tour a la Xena and Gabrielle (only this time without one of them being a ghost, the way things were left at the end of X:WP!).
Review By [Gideon] • Date [14 Nov 11] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue: "A Little Apocalypse, Now and Then"" from lunalurker
Oh, Andrew, you little weasel. Now we see where you get it from. One can only hope he doesn't completely escape punishment this time.
And yes, the rest of the story was good too, even a little thought-provoking. Kudos and thank you for coming back to finish it! Good fortune and happy blessings to you and yours. :)
Comments from author:
Thank you! The same good wishes to you and yours.
Review By [lunalurker] • Date [10 Mar 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue: "A Little Apocalypse, Now and Then"" from Valandar
ROFL... Andrew as Joxer. I actually had Xander pegged as Joxer when I first read this.

So what about Willow? Or Xander? :D

And is Herc hanging around in LA as Kevin Sorbo?
Comments from author:
I couldn't help it, once the idea took hold: I mean, Andrew DID sort of have a crush on Spike, and we all know how Joxer felt about Gabrielle . . . !

I'm sort of throwing out the whole "Kevin Sorbo is Hercules" plotline from H:TLJ, along with all the X:WP episodes that deal with modern incarnations of Xena, Gabrielle, and Joxer, since those plotlines also involve Ares still being the god of war, instead of having at some point lost his immortality (AGAIN!) and taken on a number of human re-births, culminating in Liam/Angelus.

I'll have to think about Willow and Xander, now.

If I assume that the soul of Hercules has also been reborn a couple of times, it might be fun if he turned out to be Connor. Or Connor could be Strife, I suppose, but I never cared too much for Strife or Discord. Then there's Joxer's good-looking son Virgil from X:WP, and Iolaus and (possibly) Jason from H:TLJ, and maybe even Salmoneus. If I'm going to be fair to the AtS gang, then Wesley, Gunn, and Fred's souls might need to have names assigned (we already know that Cordelia used to be Aphrodite).

Faith's 'appetites' at times do remind me of Xena's lookalike Meg, but I don't know. I'm already committed to Callisto/Eve's soul having been used to make Dawn, so . . .
Review By [Valandar] • Date [9 Mar 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Four: "Dying is Easy; Comedy is Hard"" from spring
Angel is the reincarnation of Aries God of War?!? Wonderful. I love this story so I must ask why haven't you finished it?
Comments from author:
I've finally started working on it again, and encouragement like this really helps!

I've had writer's block for the past two years (it started about the time I took on a new job that kind of sucked the life out of me), and the comments from my beta-readers on the next chapter as originally written were NOT encouraging (they were right). But I'm starting to get interested in writing again, and I thank you sincerely for taking the time to read and review!
Review By [spring] • Date [11 Jun 09] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Four: "Dying is Easy; Comedy is Hard"" from (Past Donor)Ponder
It's so nice to read something that's been properly proofed. :)

More, please? ;)

*** Ponder
Comments from author:
Thank you, I do try to avoid the typos (it makes me crazy when I read printed work, especially, with perfectly obvious mis-spellings or errors in continuity that should have been caught and corrected before publication, since I know how much my own publishing company spends on paying proof-readers and copy-editors each year!). Even in online writing, I figure readers deserve our best efforts -- since all our writing is affected by what we read, and I've had to grade too many college essays whose grammar, punctuation, and spelling is apparently modeled on hastily composed emails!

I've been stuck on this chapter for some time, since my beta-readers thought the draft of the next one was too 'preachy' and I can't seem to get rid of that tone and still say what needs to be said. However, knowing that people are still finding and reading this story and waiting for it to be finished may be just the kick in the seat I need.

Thanks for reviewing!
Review By [(Past Donor)Ponder] • Date [18 Apr 08] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Two: "Waste Not, Want Not"" from juliiwolfe
I'm really enjoying these stories. Your first story, with Michael and Xena/Buffy was vastly entertaining, and having Gabriel's soul inside of Spike really is the only thing that's going to sell me on the Spike/Buffy relationship. :) It's always bothered me, which is my own problem.

I love the idea of Aphrodite sharing Cordelia's soul, it makes a hell of a lot of sense, she is the original California girl. Also, please tell me that it is Joxar's soul inside of Angel, please, please, please. It would make all of Angel's more annoying qualities make so so much sense. I'd be filled with glee.

glee I tell you, glee!
Comments from author:
Thanks for the wonderful review.

And as for Joxer's soul inside of Angel -- I wish I'd thought of that! (That WOULD explain so much of the 'doofus' aspects Angel exhibited from time to time, though Joxer usually had a sweetness that I don't think I'd normally attribute to Angel!)
Review By [juliiwolfe] • Date [3 Apr 08] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Four: "Dying is Easy; Comedy is Hard"" from (Past Donor)Pax
I really like this series you started and wish for you to continue. It's made me wish I could go home and re-watch Zena and Hercules as I used to watch those show, but sadly I do not own these DVD's. Never you mind that... I like the plausibility of the plot and how it sort of explains so much about the characters.
I really do wish you would write more.
Comments from author:
Thank you! I haven't given up on this series (I've had half of the next chapter written since last May, and the final chapter blocked out), but I've been low on creative energy for the past nine months, adjusting to a new job, etc..

Your review gives me a great incentive to continue . . . after the first of March, when I'm no longer a half-time professor on top of working full time in publishing!

Please 'nag' if there's no new update by March 15th!
Review By [(Past Donor)Pax] • Date [6 Feb 08] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Four: "Dying is Easy; Comedy is Hard"" from PrincessTai
LOL Poor Spike *bg*
Review By [PrincessTai] • Date [10 Oct 07] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Three: "War...What is it Good For?"" from PrincessTai
Oh goodness the correlation is just magnificent.
The woman he couldn't have. The annoyance desire he felt/feels for Gabby/Spike. That strong protection of Eve/Dawn for the sake of the woman he can't have. That instant bond.
It's not something people would have usually noticed yet you made it so obvious. It's a great read.
And also leads me to the conclusion that Xander is Joxer and Harmony was Strife *Snickers*
Okay I'm pushing it with the second one but it makes some sense. Especially with the bit you had with his intimidating look and no one buying it :-D Strife would have brought it but things change. Can't wait to see what other similarities you dredge up in chapter four!
Comments from author:
Thanks so much for 'getting' this story, and for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review!

You inspire me to get off my butt and finish this, now that my new job is finally starting to settle down into mild bedlam, rather than full-on chaos and world-ending insanity!
Review By [PrincessTai] • Date [10 Oct 07] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One: "To Send a Message"" from PrincessTai
Do you know how cosmically your story makes sense?
Angel and Buffy, Ares and Xena? Cordy was shallow, Dite was shallow but they grew to have SUCH heart. Cordy being able to calm Angel down always, always having his back. Love with War.
Oh wow! It's such genius, how wonderfully it all seams together :-D

Even ths: (though even in this moment of truth, he'd never admit to feeling regret at the thought of losing Spike)
Ares himself wouldn't admit how much Gabby came to mean to him.
And the fact that Angel was Spike's grandsire and Ares always wanted to recruit Gabrielle.
It's wonderful! Though it makes me wonder, who are Connor, Darla and Dru?
Comments from author:
Well, I haven't figured out Darla and Dru, yet (any suggestions? Discord springs to mind for one possibility), but one of the reasons I'm so behind in finishing this is that I know who Connor is but haven't decided if Angel will be able to cope with learning the truth.

If you're looking for symmetry, think about who Dawn turned out to be in regard to Buffy in the previous story, and then reverse it -- that's Connor's previous incarnation in relation to Angel's.
Review By [PrincessTai] • Date [10 Oct 07] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Four: "Dying is Easy; Comedy is Hard"" from amusewithaview
Heh, LOVE Spike. Cannot wait until he is united with Buffy.

I can totally picture her saying something along the lines of, "I was TALL in THAT life, wtf?"

LOL and Danke, as always a pleasure!
Review By [amusewithaview] • Date [12 Apr 07] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Four: "Dying is Easy; Comedy is Hard"" from purrfus
Way cool.

Why not go for Cordy/Dite and Angel/Ares? It wouldn't be the first time Dite/Ares were a couple, and that time they were biologically related.
Comments from author:
Indeed, those Greek gods weren't exactly worried about the incest thing, were they? I wonder if I could get Cordy posted back to earth temporarily, or Angel/Ares "promoted" to heaven? Hmmm. I'll have to give it some thought.

Or, if you feel inspired, feel free to run with it!
Review By [purrfus] • Date [12 Apr 07] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One: "To Send a Message"" from amusewithaview
Alright... NOW I feel sorry for Angel/Ares! Geez, the woman he loves has her spulmate in Spike/Gabrielle and Cordelia/Aphrodite is his sister! He needs a honey... but it seems like everyone's taken or *squick* related to him!

LOL, loved the new update, the flashbacks were very cool, and sad. Michael's quip was snarky to the extreme. Proving once and for all that I'm an Angel-fan, I guess, I don't think I've wanted to punch a fanfic character more than I wanted to punch him then!

Danke for the update, can't wait to read more!
Comments from author:
Thanks! As far as the Angel/Cordelia squick factor, I figure there's no biological close kinship in this incarnation, so it doesn't really count as incestuous, or even emotionally so (as it would if they REMEMBERED a life as close relatives -- so I'm still more squicked out at evil-possessed-Cordy getting pregnant by her emotional son Connor!).

Next chapter is at the betas (it's back to Spike, again), but hopefully Angel/Ares will end up in a much better place by the end of chapter five.
Review By [amusewithaview] • Date [28 Mar 07] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Two: "Waste Not, Want Not"" from amusewithaview
The fact that CORDELIA is Aphrodite gets you serious brownie points. That quip alone made me giggle for upwards of five minutes! Heh heh, I can SO picture her in the floaty-pink garb, although *frowns* it does throw the Angel/ Cordelia 'mance into a new (and disturbing) light.

Out of curiosity did you have anyone in mind for Conner? He's yet another Prophecy/ Chosen One, and if DAWN used to be big in Xena's life, why not Conner?

Overall a fun and new twist on the Angel-gets-help-at-the-last-minute thingymabob. I like it!

And WHO CARES if Spike takes over? Spike kicks serious plot ASS! Please continue this, it's too fun to go by the wayside of plot-bunny land!

Comments from author:
Thanks so much for reviewing! And yes, I've got definite plans for Connor (if you want a clue, I can tell you that I'm sort of reversing the Buffy-Dawn dynamic, where Xena's daughter becomes her sister in this lifetime). I've got revised versions of the first two chapters, plus chapter three ready to post. And I'm almost through with chapter four (more Spike!).
Review By [amusewithaview] • Date [27 Mar 07] • Not Rated
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