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Review of chapter "Men of Steel" from Samarkand
Thing about steel--while it can bounce, it dents.

Good to see you're back writing. It's been missed!
Review By [Samarkand] • Date [9 Jan 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Men of Steel" from Neviditelny
Lovely! You've definitely captured all of the characters voices perfectly. Can't wait for the next update.
Review By [Neviditelny] • Date [9 Jan 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Men of Steel" from Greywizard
I'm delighted to see another chapter of this fantastic story show up.

Love what you're doing with everyone wanting to be careful of Ziva while also needing to grill her for whatever she might know.

Great work.
Review By [Greywizard] • Date [8 Jan 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Crazy Prepared" from Samarkand
Moving account of a woman's determination to survive a terrible ordeal. It's sometimes said that it is patronizing to say a victim is "brave" simply by surviving. Yet there's the bravery of enduring and living one more day.

I was struck by the section where Ziva considers temptation--both to give in to her former abductor's demands, and the desire to put an end to her life. There's a saying about torture: everyone breaks. If not in providing information, then in shattering under the pressure of pain and fear. Modern militaries now train their personnel in giving up as little information as possible rather than expecting them to remain stoic unto death. It actually increase their chances of survival.
Comments from author:
So true. There's actually a reference to that saying in the previous chapter.

"One display of weakness to seize upon and tug at until she breaks. Everything breaks eventually, bones and mind and heart. This she knows."

Ziva's said before (Head Case, S3) that she'd never let herself be taken alive, for fear of having her head mailed to someone she loves in a box, but when it comes to actually going through with it... well, I think if anything, her time at NCIS has softened her resolve a little, perhaps made her a little more hopeful about the possibility of making it through. Though in a way it might have also made her more aware of how much her suffering might break *them*. That's a small part of why she's not keen to open up to the team.

And... go me with my horrible self-contradictions... :S
Review By [Samarkand] • Date [29 Oct 09] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The End of the Beginning" from Caira
Ouf. This is rough. In a good, has-to-be-that-way kind of way.
Comments from author:
Well, the title *does* translate (more or less) to 'a rough road leads to the stars'. Pretty much an indication of how not-fluffy things are going to be for a little while. Plus, I'm a sucker for angst, and a little brassed off by how the issue was swept under the rug in the show.

That's what fanfic is for though, right? To fill in the gaps that canon doesn't cover? :)
Review By [Caira] • Date [29 Oct 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Thimbles and Clocks" from Samarkand
You're doing an excellent job with this tale. All the elements come together to that final, perfect last line.
Review By [Samarkand] • Date [26 Oct 09] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Thimbles and Clocks" from Greywizard
It's always good to see another chapter of this. I really like your portrayal of all of the characters, and am looking forward to seeing more of this.
Review By [Greywizard] • Date [26 Oct 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Grin Without a Cat." from Samarkand
Something that I enjoyed is the versimilitude of the forensic and detection aspects of NCIS. The stolen-weapons case feels like it could have come from the show.

DiNozzo's purposeful torment of Keating was also very funny.
Comments from author:
Woohoo! Forensically-minded I am not, so it's awesome to hear that I got the case part right. Even if it did include a fair amount of infodumping. :)
Keating is just too easy to torment, I think. Poor bugger - 'four seconds too late' was always the impression I got of him in his one canon episode, and he hasn't changed a great deal since then.
Review By [Samarkand] • Date [6 Oct 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The End of the Beginning" from Mot
Yes, it's most likely in character, but... McGiggles??? *grins*

Any reservations you've had as far as getting the "flavor" of each character right is unwarranted, IMO...

in both Smoke and what I've seen thus far here, you're writing a very captivating read. Looking forward to the rest of the story!
Comments from author:
Well, it had the intended effect ;) I'm pretty sure Tony's called him McGiggle(s) on the show before, so it's nothing new really.

Thanks for the high praise re: characterization. Much appreciated :)
Review By [Mot] • Date [22 Sep 09] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The End of the Beginning" from Samarkand
You're going to make me do the "rent entire seasons on DVD and binge", aren't you?

Lovely start, with both the show's trademark humour and your own sharp insight into their characters.
Comments from author:
Man solely responsible for my current Girl Genius binge say what?

All's fair in fic and war. *evil grin*
Review By [Samarkand] • Date [12 Sep 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The End of the Beginning" from Greywizard

Can hardly wait to see more. ;-)
Comments from author:
Thanks! This one's going to be a little different from Smoke. Or at least, that's the intention. The execution might be a completely different matter. Hope you continue to enjoy :)
Review By [Greywizard] • Date [12 Sep 09] • Not Rated
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