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Review of chapter "The End Of The Beginning" from deathgeonous
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You know, I've been wondering just what happened to you. I mean, you were a promising author and... yeah. Well, thanks for writing this and all of your other works, and bye for now.
Review By [deathgeonous] • Date [12 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The End Of The Beginning" from Vld
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So, what kind of mahou shoujo is Willow? I'm guessing her costume is Madoka-based, but Wuffles is a way different kinda familiar than ol'Kyube. The multi-formed familiar doesn't strike me though, so i can only try to guess. It could be a "Zero no Tsukaima" kind, but if it was, Louise's human familiar would have been able to change form, and unless he did after i stopped watching...
Maybe the old Mahou shoujo type, but the clothes are way too detailed for that. Besides, they didn't really have a uniform back then. Well, Creamy and Emi did but that was just the costume suiting their main occupations.

She's obviously not a Sailor Senshi, and nor is she a Precure... from Wedding Peach maybe? Since i have neither read the manga nor watched the anime, it could be. And of course she can't be one of Nanoha's type.
Comments from author:
Truth is, I made up Willow's type completely. Not taken from any existing source. I know I said so at some point, but maybe it was only in a comment I made to an earlier review. Sorry about that.

I'm hoping to get back to writing the sequel; I was out of work for years and I'm still recovering financially and emotionally from that. But I've finally been able to work on the story again, if only in tiny flits and spurts, and I hope to do more eventually. Occasional comments like this yours keep my muse alive. Thanks for reading!
Review By [Vld] • Date [6 Jun 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The End Of The Beginning" from Ephemeral
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Love this story.

How do I nominate this story for a "Best Portrayal of Joyce" award? The essence of her character is just captured so well in this story.
Review By [Ephemeral] • Date [27 Jan 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Dancing, Drinking and a Barbecue" from DragonBard
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Not happy you turned Cordy, but otherwise a good story.
Review By [DragonBard] • Date [23 Oct 12] • Rating [7 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The End Of The Beginning" from brokenmimir
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I love this one. Such a brilliantly off the wall take on Buffy. I wish you would continue the sequel -- this is one the best fics on the site, and I would love to see more in this AU. Great work.
Review By [brokenmimir] • Date [12 Sep 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The End Of The Beginning" from Mackon
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Brilliant and fun universe you have built here, love the way the scoobies and changing and growing into the new roles. Hope you take it back up one day I'd love to read their further adventures.
Review By [Mackon] • Date [21 Jan 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Reactions, Adjustments and Preparations" from Harry
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Sounds like Red is going to have to find a new teacher. And I do NOT care for Sammy Z! He makes his slayer into a creature who only does what he tells her to do. That is NOT the way to do a Slayer! Teach her, but give her some flexiblity to do things. Forget Kendra and Sammy z. BRING IN Faith!
Review By [Harry] • Date [8 Sep 11] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Necessary Exposition" from Harry
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I think that Willow may have found herself a Mystical teacher in Joyce! And now that Buffy has found the way to stay human, she can live like a normal person as long as the Vamps hold off attacking. And I still can't wait to see how well Sam Zabbuto and Kendra do in Sunnydale.
Review By [Harry] • Date [8 Sep 11] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "New Girl!" from Harry
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So, Buffy is a mixture of Dragon and Human, eh? Sounds interesting. Now, lets get rid of Kendra and BRING IN FAITH!
Review By [Harry] • Date [8 Sep 11] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The End Of The Beginning" from (Recent Donor)deitarionSSokolow
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Excellent job. Both on Buffy and the events surrounding her and on Willow's new status. The end felt a bit abrupt, which makes me suspect that what I sensed to be the driving conflict wasn't the one you'd intended, but aside from that, a solid 4.5 out of 5.
Review By [(Recent Donor)deitarionSSokolow] • Date [10 Jul 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The End Of The Beginning" from Prometeus
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I disagree with your depiction of Willow's tragic flaw for two reasons. First of all, for highly technical reasons which I won't get into, it's necessary to be intellectually superior in order to count as a moral being. Secondly, Willow simply doesn't have any morality. Her ethics are pretty weak (ethics is long-term self-interest) but her morality (the belief that the group matters intrinsically) is completely non-existent.

Willow doesn't think other humans matter in any way shape or form (not what they think, not what happens to them, nor even whether they live or die) except as it relates to her. If Willow were a moral person, she would never ever have been capable of raping Tara, whether mentally or sexually. And she certainly would never have been capable of destroying all of humanity.

It occurs to me that you probably aren't using 'morality' in the highly specific and technical sense I am. Nonetheless it is the correct sense and compatible with everyday usage which contrary to philosphers' pretentions *does* distinguish between ethics and morality. Notice personal ethics (to others), professional ethics (to patients) vs tribal (internal) morality, religious (internal) morality and universal human rights.

In fact, there are ought statements (what a person wants-to-want) that have nothing to do with justice (eg, I ought not to overeat). And justice itself is made up of far more than just morality + ethics, since it also subsumes necessity and convention.

And Willow only learned *ethics* in canon. She never learned about morality because morality is about consequences to *others*, not about consequences to oneself. So what you're describing happened to Willow has nothing to do with morality. The fact that Willow never suddenly decided that she had to cure cancer because she had great power ... proves again that the intrinsic value she attaches to human beings for being human beings is precisely ... zero.

You're right though that her intellectual superiority is linked to her amorality. It has produced a complex of Exceptionalism to the extreme that she believes she's simply not a human being. Her magical superiority has only made this worse.
Comments from author:
Okay...we're moving beyond the story here and into matters that are more appropriate for a forum thread. Clearly your interpretation is different from mine; anything more than that is not really appropriate for a story review.

Thanks for your rating; you apparently enjoyed what you read and I'm glad. I'm in a difficult time in my life right now, but I'm trying to get the next chapter of The Claws That Catch written; I hope you like it as much (what there is of it so far).
Review By [Prometeus] • Date [26 Oct 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The End Of The Beginning" from Prometeus
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What you did with Cordelia and Willow is awesome.

By the way, Joyce's fuel efficient car idea? Well, a Boeing 747 burns about $80,000 worth of fuel on a 10 hour flight. There have been 1400 747s built. If each enchantment took an hour, she could take care of about 3000 aircraft in a year.

That one spell is worth in the tens of billions of dollars *per year* for the US economy alone. Just in aviation fuel.

If Joyce demanded a billion dollars, they would hand over the check without blinking. As well as declare her a national treasure and assign her a team of bodyguards to protect her life and well-being no matter what.
Comments from author:
Alas, that would attract a lot of attention to her...and to Buffy. And now that she knows that there may be all kinds of supernatural menaces in the world, any one of which might have all kinds of uses for harvested dragon-girl organs, I think she'll be loathe to pursue such an idea no matter how much they'd be willing to pay her.
Review By [Prometeus] • Date [26 Oct 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Consequences" from Prometeus
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Already everyone can see Willow's addiction and lust for power. Not only that but we see that Willow decided that Xander was someone she had to treat like any other hostile power.

And she gets away with it scot-free with no consequences. She threw away her best friend and proved she's too dangerous to allow to live but a few tears and she skips away with everything honkey-dory. Niiiiice.

The best part is how stupid BTVS fans (and Xanders) are about Willow. Refusing to accept that her character was written as a power addict from the very first episode, someone who did illegal things for the fun power trip. That her darkness and evil is an intrinsic part of her personality and have nothing to do with any magic.
Comments from author:
I wouldn't say no consequences. She's been through pain that would break most people, and most of that can be traced back to her own actions. I wouldn't call that skipping away. That pattern only stopped when she finally acknowledged the moral responsibility that having that much power imposed.

That said...Willow definitely has flaws and issues, going back to episode one. Her Tragic Flaw (in the classical Greek dramatic sense) was always her inability to distinguish between intellectual superiority (which she has in spades) and moral superiority (which she most emphatically does not). Those issues would have colored her life whether she learned magic or not. Her hacking habit, as useful as it may have been to the Scoobies, was at best morally questionable, for instance.

In this crossover AU, I've given her a mentor who sees this flaw very clearly, and will be trying to guide her into seeing it herself. As with all such flaws, however, that will not be easy.
Review By [Prometeus] • Date [25 Oct 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The End Of The Beginning" from Gideon
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Great story! You managed to use the cannon characters in a new way but still have them be recognisable. Everyone except for Angel is having more fun (and its not a good idea for him to have much fun), or and Cordy is dead, even if she is loving it. This is just what a crossover should be, injecting a unique factor into a well loved story and making it better. I can't wait to read the sequel :)
Review By [Gideon] • Date [14 Sep 10] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The End Of The Beginning" from LetsRandom
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I enjoyed the stories and certain lines made me laugh out loud. I'm moving on to the sequel now, update that thing!
Review By [LetsRandom] • Date [18 Aug 10] • Not Rated
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