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The Dying of the Light

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Review of chapter "Erase and Rewind" from ShyBob
Review:
I loved this story! Your characterization of Illyria is great (even though the story was heartbreaking) and the little bit of Fred at the end gives me hope that not all is lost. Plus, Vi--whoo hoo!
Comments from author:
Thank you!
Review By [ShyBob] • Date [17 Aug 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "To Rain in Hell" from sdavidm
Review:
Hmmm... How ominous... Would make a great intro for a series.
Comments from author:
Perhaps, but I'm not going to write one. I have been told that it would work as a prequel to Hotpoint's 'Compelled' series. I haven't read that series beyond the first couple of chapters, so I can't speak from first-hand knowledge, but it would probably be difficult for me to write a sequel to 'The Dying of the Light' that didn't cover the same ground.
Review By [sdavidm] • Date [7 Jan 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Erase and Rewind" from Bobboky
Review:
nice
Comments from author:
Thank you!
Review By [Bobboky] • Date [4 Jan 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Erase and Rewind" from valdimarian
Review:
Holy crap... this last chapter just puts the whole thing into perspective... The whole thing is practically a prequel to Hotpoint's Compelled series!! That's amazing, it stands so well on it's own, but knowing Hotpoint's series it just sort of flows into her quest to go back and do things RIGHT. The only difference is there's no invasion of giant preying mantis bugs from Jasmine's world, followed by the time line shifting to them fighting Bugs AND minions of The First, including Turok Han from alternate worlds. BTW, if you HAVEN'T read the Compelled series, I suggest you do, it's a fantastic series, and possibly one of the longest on this site.
Comments from author:
Thank you!

I started reading the first story in the 'Compelled' series once but I wasn't impressed. I couldn't even make it through the third chapter before the punctuation issues and "its/it's" confusion irritated me so much that I couldn't continue. I loved Hotpoint's story 'The Multiverse', which has a sufficiently interesting storyline to outweigh the grammar and word-use problems, but 'Compelled' didn't grab my attention.
Review By [valdimarian] • Date [2 Jan 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Erase and Rewind" from ForSpite
Review:
Well, it's a good Illyria character exploration and frankly I could pretend it's a prequel to Hotpoint's stuff pretty easily (at least unless you write a sequel) and that's a lot more good than bad.
Comments from author:
Thank you!
Review By [ForSpite] • Date [19 Oct 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Erase and Rewind" from umino
Review:
Interesting. I waited till this was complete to read it and I greatly enjoyed it. Will you continue it with Fred/Illyria going back to save everyone or is this it?
Comments from author:
Thank you!

I've no intention of continuing. There have been lots of AtS S5 rewrites already and I don't want to do yet another unless I can come up with a completely new and original angle.
Review By [umino] • Date [17 Oct 09] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Erase and Rewind" from (Recent Donor)DeepBlueJoy
Review:
Ok... you CANNOT leave it there. Now write the sequel. and feel free to use longer chapters if need be. This needs a second act.

Peace

Blue

I love the bits about the tacos and visiting Roger and Trish.
Comments from author:
I'm afraid I have no intention of writing a sequel. Another reviewer made a reference to the 'Compelled to play again' stories; I never managed to get past Chapter 3 of the first one myself, it didn't hold my interest, but I suppose you could read it as being a sequel to this if you wished.

I would, however, recommend in the strongest possible terms 'Shell Game' by Deird1. Possibly the best Illyria story ever written.

http://deird1.livejournal.com/128990.html
Review By [(Recent Donor)DeepBlueJoy] • Date [16 Oct 09] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Erase and Rewind" from DreadnaughtVV
Review:
Oh dear, it looks like that Illyria has been "compelled to play again.."
Comments from author:
I could never get past Chapter 3 of that story and I'd almost forgotten it existed. In this I'm only dealing with Illyria's feelings in the aftermath of the battle, and not with the success or otherwise of her time travel attempt and its consequences; I prefer to leave that side of things to the readers' imagination.
Review By [DreadnaughtVV] • Date [16 Oct 09] • Rating [7 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Erase and Rewind" from MarcusRowland
Review:
If anyone can do it, Fred / Illyria can.
Comments from author:
She's certainly got the experience - although not with artificial time travel devices.
Review By [MarcusRowland] • Date [16 Oct 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Why We Fight" from RabidReject
Review:
AWesome. I look forward to more.
Comments from author:
Thank you!
Review By [RabidReject] • Date [25 Aug 09] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "King of Pain" from cptquinn
Review:
need more!
I swear this is a drug...

Only complaint is the chapters are soo short, but quality over lengthiness...hehe
Comments from author:
Thank you!

I'd originally intended to write it as a series of 100-word drabbles but when Part 2 came out at 250 words, and said exactly what I wanted it to say, I decided to be a little more flexible. I'm still sticking to a strict principle of either multiples of 100 or else 250 words in each part; at the moment the next part is 133 words and I'm not finding it easy to either edit it down to 100 or expand it to 200.
Review By [cptquinn] • Date [27 Jun 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "To Rain in Hell" from (Recent Donor)DeepBlueJoy
Review:
Wow.... My opinion has not changed. This is an amazing story. I'm still stunned by how intensely shatteringly gracefully poignant this story is... It's like acid, burning away all the dross... leaving just crystals from your mind.

Please don't stop. This is almost as good as sex... the best kind!

Blue.
Comments from author:
Thank you very much!

I'll go on until I get to the end and then stop.
Review By [(Recent Donor)DeepBlueJoy] • Date [30 Mar 09] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Death Is Your Gift" from (Current Donor)Hotpoint
Review:
Very interesting Illyria Fic, I'm interested in seeing where you're going with the despondant Old One.
Comments from author:
Thank you!
Review By [(Current Donor)Hotpoint] • Date [4 Mar 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Death Is Your Gift" from JoeDineen
Review:
Well, done, it is full of unexpected turns.
Comments from author:
Thank you!
Review By [JoeDineen] • Date [3 Mar 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Death Is Your Gift" from (Recent Donor)DaveTurner
Review:
This is an interesting story, but I'm not sure I understand the background of what Giles has done. Why is Illyria so pissed-off with him? A:ts was never one of my favs so I've probably missed something here. As I remember it as far as Buffy and co were concerned Angel and co had turned to the dark side!

Anyway, its still interesting (in a [to me] puzzling way!) and now I'm tracking it so I don't miss any.

DaveT.
Comments from author:
Basically it all goes back to Angel appealing to Giles for Willow's help, to cure Fred of the infection with Illyria, and Giles turning him down. Illyria now believes that it would have been better for everyone, including her, if Fred had been cured and Illyria had gone back to her eons-long sleep in the Deeper Well. She had no choice in the matter herself, Knox is dead, and she sees Giles as the only remaining culpable party - and she feels that the wedge driven between the two teams, first by Andrew's double-cross and then by Giles' rejection, was a contributory factor to the deaths of Angel and his team. It doesn't matter if her belief is correct or not because her actions are driven by what she believes rather than by objective fact.
Review By [(Recent Donor)DaveTurner] • Date [3 Mar 09] • Not Rated
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