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Review of chapter "Backtalk" from spk
Review:
Just re-reading this amazing story. So unique. Sincerely hope you'll pick it back up. :)
Review By [spk] • Date [9 Feb 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Backtalk" from mendenbar
Review:
Enclosed please find one swift kick for Musie. Almost 3 years now and no answer to "Who's coming?" I am still dying to know.
Review By [mendenbar] • Date [22 Jan 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Backtalk" from Netchka
Review:
Just read this story again. Still cool. Can't wait for the next chapters to be posted.. :-)
Review By [Netchka] • Date [16 Aug 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Backtalk" from mendenbar
Review:
Just finished the annual review (I mean, re-reading) and it has been a year since the last post. Please tell me you have been busy and not abandoned this most marvelously intricate story?
Comments from author:
I have been busy, I promise. I realized it had been a long time, but not quite this long. Meep.

Hopefully Adoxerella has some free time and can help me get my thoughts together.

Somehow our chats just turn into stories.
Review By [mendenbar] • Date [3 Jul 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Backtalk" from leelaa
Review:
Was just rereading the 'Understanding' arc fics offline, and stopped by to ask (please don't be annoyed. It's just that the 'Understanding' arc is a bit of a favourite.) if there's any chance of an update in this coming month, please? Or maybe the month after that? I already wrote you what I'd love to have happen, but I really am out of ideas beyond that, but still looking forward to seeing what you next write in this 'verse. Loved the Wood fic in the arc, and more - in the main fic or as one-shots - to take the story forward would be lovely. And thanks so much for a great read. :)
Comments from author:
Don't worry, I'm not upset. I moved into my first apartment in late November and I've been pretty stressed out about it. I was distracted enough to forget how much writing helps me in that area.

Now that I remember, I'm trying to get back into it and figuring out where I'll go forward with my stories. There's an idea that's been percolating for 'Middle Son', but it's rather vague at the moment and I want it to flesh out so I will be working on that one. I can't promise it'll be the next update, but one is coming as I get back into the swing of writing so I can relieve all this stress.
Review By [leelaa] • Date [31 Jan 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Backtalk" from EllandrahSylver
Review:
It's ... different. It's convoluted and confusing in places, but interesting, and I read it straight through in one go. I'm not really into NCIS, but the plot was easy enough to follow, so it was well-written, which I knew from reading other stories you've written would be the case, but some parts are a bit over the top. You being an Angel fan comes through loud and clear. Turning him into some kind of demigod would have given that away, even if I didn't already know you like him.

It's an entertaining story, but you've got others that I'm following that I like better.
Comments from author:
Thank you for reading and reviewing. It's perfectly alright if it's not your thing. I honestly didn't intend for Angel to be a demi-anything, let alone god-like. It just turned out that way. I'm trying not to let anything but the story steer itself, if that makes sense. I didn't intend for the fact that Angel is my favorite character to steal the show for you, if that makes sense, either.

You're following other stories of mine? Which ones, pray tell? I'd love some feedback and/or advice; it'd probably make updating them much easier since - as I put in my profile - it seems my brain needs a partner to help me keep things going or I get stalled on stories very easily.

Well, the Shameless US story has absolutely nothing to do with Angel, and the Detroit 1-8-7 has turned out to be not only Kate-oriented, but involving Willow and Oz as supporting characters, as well, if those are any that you're talking about.

As for Angel's abilities in this story, part of what happened was canon going rather apeshit during this time and I guess I felt like...you idiot writers gave Angel and Buffy godlike status and still managed to kill them in cold-blood. Honestly, I was astonished.

But, obviously, it seems my irritation leaked into my writing even if I didn't realize it at the time. Then there's also the fact that Adoxerella and I were probably having way too much fun plotting and RP'ing what will be the sequel. This story seems like it'll be the setup for that one since there's a villain and everything.

But I'm rambling again. Thank you very much for reading it at my request and I appreciate your candor. I hope you weren't offended by my own because I was honestly trying to air my grievances without leading you to believe I dislike the stories, which is absolutely untrue. I hope it didn't come across that way.

Anyway, anything else of mine you may or may not feel like reading, I would be honored if you did so and reviewed. Your updates are a definite highlight, not the least because it's awesome not to see Harry get shorthanded all the time like in canon. I can't wait to see where everything ends up, particularly come summertime. I do keep wondering about the Dursleys.

Anyway, again, thank you very much. I really do appreciate it.
Review By [EllandrahSylver] • Date [5 Nov 11] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Backtalk" from mendenbar
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Sometimes I despair of Eve. Fortunately, Lindsey seems to have learned an important life-lesson.

Hopefully, sometime in the near future, you will wake Jethro and Angel up. If I am understanding correctly, Angel's body contains the essences of Angel, Liam, Angelus, Thomas and Aurelius? Do they take turns being "in charge" or are the all there all the time? It feels like it is usually Angel or Liam with Thomas coming out to visit when things are about to hit the fan.

Lindsey has a real concern. It appears that Thomas et al are substantially more powerful than Eve and Marcus. I don't think Lindsey could survive a trip into the Deeper Well if she gets dumped back there.

I am feeling as well that Wesley, who is a good man and not terribly prone to hold a grudge against someone who stopped his daughter from being hurt, will fix Lindsey up but the "evil" hand seems like it should be the Cost of Doing Business.

Also, what has happened to little Billy Fuentes? And the NCIS people? And Kate? It seems that since they have all moved into the Fun House some of them have gotten misplaced. Just how big is this place? Reminds me of a tessaract, 4 dimensional and much bigger on the inside than the outside.

Hopefully, your muse will encourage you to add more to this sooner rather than later. I would like to see a little more return to Angel/Jethro as that pairing is what got me into this fic in the first place. But I understand that there is more to it than just them. Is Angel, subconsciously or consciously, gathering all of the Aurelians in one place? Where are Spike and Dru? Sigh, so many questions, so few chapters.

D
Comments from author:
Adoxerella and I call Gibbs' house a TARDIS. I will be getting back to the NCIS side of things soon, but ANGEL's kind of like - hey, here's some stuff you've forgotten to think about! - so that gets taken care of at the moment.

The best part is that almost all of your questions were actually answered in this actually pretty extensive RP she and I did about all this and I have to get to those things.

My writer's block came from knowing what I wanted to do with Ducky, in particular, but not knowing how to get there...until now. See, it's stuff like this that helps my stories keep getting written because without my thoughts being jogged like this, the narrative stops in its' tracks. I need assistance to keep the train chugging along.

Don't worry, Billy is definitely being taken care of, as are both Kates, Ari, and Ziva - Tony, Abby, everyone. You know how television cuts from scene to scene and we don't see what happens in another scene until it cuts back to it? This is like that. I had to find a way to get where I wanted to go and - surprise, surprise - Lindsey and Lilah of all people helped me find a way. Shocking, awe-inspiring.

Thanks for your assistance, yet again. It's been very helpful.
Review By [mendenbar] • Date [3 Jul 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Backtalk" from leelaa
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Terrific, and well worth the wait. Love the fact that there are newer revelations about the characters in every chapter to add to the story mythos. Every development has been superbly plotted as the fic forges even further and deeper. Kudos, and thanks for a great read. :)
Comments from author:
Thank you so much for reading and reviewing. I'm glad you like what I was finally able to come out with after so long.

Holy crap, I need to go to sleep...
Review By [leelaa] • Date [3 Jul 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Backtalk" from (Past Donor)TraceyC
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Hi 'firenze - I *finally* got to read the update...

I'm glad to see it... I liked that you focused on Lindsey; I have grown to like the character a lot, especially as you depict him here... will he ever be able to redeem himself with the Fang Gang?

Also meant to ask - is the world with Bobby Goren a part of this reality, or a separate one?

Tracey
Comments from author:
Finally, really? Because I just wrote it and posted it today, so that's a bit odd. Anyway, thank you so much for consistently reading and reviewing. I'm not sure about Lindsey. I was more focused on other characters in canon, so he's very much a toss-up. My muse will be the one who decides what happens with him.

Okay, I'm seriously curious here. What is it exactly that makes people think they're the same universe, because you're not the first person to assume as much. I'm terribly curious now.
Review By [(Past Donor)TraceyC] • Date [2 Jul 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Exposure" from mendenbar
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Once upon a time, in February it was, a delightful author named Angeifirenze posted another chapter in her epic story "Middle Son." The peasants acclaimed it and waited patiently for another chapter. Sadly, the months went by, March, April, May, even June until finally, on the first day of July, one peasant decided to knock on the castle door and see if they had been forgotten...

Okay, okay, I know. But still. I just got done re-reading for the umpty-umpth time all 25 chapters posted so far. I really, really could use a Middle Son fix or twelve! So, happy Independence day yet to come and I hope to hear from you soon. You can't leave Angel in essentially a coma forever (can you?)

D
Comments from author:
*giggles* It's only July 1st and, anyway, I got ideas for other stuff, but I don't know if you got the emails for those, though. I couldn't help but write those because they start eating at me. *studies past bite marks*

At any rate, I know it's a problem with me. Go look at my profile and see the help I've asked for because...well, the note says everything, I hope.
Review By [mendenbar] • Date [1 Jul 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Exposure" from leelaa
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Sorry, I'll try to avoid asking again and just wait. It wasn't prodding. I genuinely meant the question. Even if you had said that it was going to take you ages or not for several months yet, that would have been fine. If the story is good enough, a long wait is quite acceptable. Some fics I try never to offer input on because they invariably take twists and turns I never even imagined, and it's fantastic reading when it finally turns up. But Buffy and her people meeting up/discussing/variation thereof Angel's people would be great if it doesn't contradict or hasten your vision for this story.
I do read and review your other fics as well, but if the fandoms are ones I'm unfamiliar with, then I tend to check on those fics at leisure and planning on multiple reads and researching the fandom at length. It's more appreciable that way, for me at least. Anyway, hope your muses are productive on all fronts. Look forward to seeing more of your writing.
Review By [leelaa] • Date [18 Jun 11] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Exposure" from leelaa
Review:
Any chance of an update in this month, please? Or maybe next month?
Comments from author:
I've gotta tell you, the constant prodding for an update on 'Middle Son' is making it harder to piece together what I want to do with it and, thus, completely negating your point in even doing said poking. I can't write like that. Quite the opposite, actually.

Would you care to review what I've been working on in the meantime? That goes way further than sending me email after email asking when I'm going to update 'Middle Son'. I will get to it, it's not going to disappear from my consciousness, but this isn't productive.

Helping me flesh out my ideas instead of just asking 'are you going to update soon?' works so much better. I've even asked for input as such on my profile. Please go have a look.

But, again, giving me encouragement in reviewing what else I'm working on helps so much more than this kind of stuff. It makes me feel rushed and flustered.

Thank you, though, for your support because it does mean a whole lot that you enjoy my story this much. I don't routinely get this sort of thing, so it's very overwhelming and is nothing I'm used to dealing with, in any fashion or fandom.

Thanks for your (sort-of) patience,

Angelfirenze
Review By [leelaa] • Date [17 Jun 11] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Exposure" from leelaa
Review:
Really really hope that muse comes through soon. At this point, even a drabble-length chapter would do. Pretty please?
Comments from author:
Relax, I'm planning it! *makes soothing noises*
Review By [leelaa] • Date [20 Mar 11] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Traffic - Part B" from leelaa
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Lilah: "Well, you have him to thank for -- hell, group hugs and cookies, apparently, that moron."
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Oh, the sorrows of evil. Colleagues who are a match are a threat, and the ones who don't will just drag you down.
Also, loved the fact that here - as in both BtVS and AtS - it's always been way easy for Angel to fake Angelus.
Comments from author:
*cackles*
Review By [leelaa] • Date [20 Mar 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Pater, Familiaris" from leelaa
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Lilah exhaled, resisting the urge to smile. Wesley would understand and loved her in spite of herself, as she had him. She was evil, this was what she did. It was part of their dance, one she was determined to enjoy the hell out of.
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SUPERB.
Comments from author:
I did love writing the Hell scene and love even more that you're enjoying it so much. *bright grin*
Review By [leelaa] • Date [18 Mar 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
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