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Review of chapter "Part Three: What Rough Beast" from (Current Donor)Listener
Review:
Lovely and melancholy. For a while I thought it was Willow who'd died.
Review By [(Current Donor)Listener] • Date [16 Apr 12] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Part Three: What Rough Beast" from imortis
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how did she die? did you have a cause in mind or just focused on her being dead?
Review By [imortis] • Date [25 Jan 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Part Three: What Rough Beast" from toastbox
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This was brilliant. I finished it once and was left in shock. And then I went back again just to reaffirm what I've just read. Tho I'm still curious as to how she died... And who was Giles referring to with the "You don't belong here"? Himself? And what was Faith talking about not wanting the others to get the wrong idea of better places and peace? Is it connected to how Buffy died? Tho I can't seem to make the connection at the moment.

Well done with the whole subtle plot twist. Look forward to more of your works :)
Review By [toastbox] • Date [16 Jun 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Part Three: What Rough Beast" from Dapsy
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I really do not know how to comment on this but I liked the story a lot... not sure about others, but now that I think about it I had a bit of a clue on what was going on when you got to the vase scene, not that I knew for sure or anything...

I do not mind how the story was, or in this case was not, labeled and personally think that we could use many more stories under "Dark" category
Review By [Dapsy] • Date [16 Jun 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Part Three: What Rough Beast" from HeatherDee
Review:
Well done. It is a little choppy but it works still. It's an effective piece in that it pulls you in and even after you begin to suspect that there's something very wrong it reads as normal right up to that point.

I expect that discovering that you're dead can be rather disconcerting and you've captured that feel quite well.

As to that little argument over warnings. I suspect it would have worked as well even with a warning, but it's good enough that I don't mind not having one at all.
Review By [HeatherDee] • Date [14 Apr 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Part Three: What Rough Beast" from SailorPikaAngel
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I love how well you are switching the scenes of each charater's interaction with Buffy. From the last time they spoke to when Buffy visits them again for the last time. There are some questions I still have but that adds to the allure of this story. Why did Buffy leave (I'm assuming Giles got hurt in some way)? To why are they waiting to tell of Buffy's death? And HOW did she die? I have to applaud you on how well you did the last interactions. I really thought that they were having a conversation with Buffy. I had to go back and reread each conversation without reading Buffy's part to see from the individual's point of view that they are talking to themselves. I was a bit confused by xander's part. Who asked “Do you ever see her?” The only thing thing I have a minor issue is with Dawn's. But then again I don't really like her and thinks she's annoying. Buffy doesn't really get closure, Dawn is off in her new life and seems fine and unaffected by Buffy's death. I have to admit I did get tears at then end. The entire fic was so somber, dark, and depressive and then at the end it shows how life was before... when they were still full of hope and life and opportunities. SUch a major contrast and stark that things will not end well even and the bonds made eventually were broken apart. I absolutely enjoyed this and great job!!
Review By [SailorPikaAngel] • Date [13 Apr 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Part Three: What Rough Beast" from JasonBarnett
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I don't like surprises. And I agree with burmafrdnow. I would not have read this story if I had known what was coming.

And there's no reason for the cryptic fancy talk at the end, if they're all dead and it's not some sort of message from the dead to the living.

Edit: Actually, I was talking about when Joyce and Tara were talking to Buffy.
Comments from author:
I did debate for a long time whether to warn for it, because I know that some people don't like it when things don't end up how they expected. I made a judgement call in the end that it would destroy the mystery of the story. Sorry if you were offended by that, but I stand by my decision.

And for the record, the message - if there has to be one - is that the happy memories are the ones we hang on to. So I choose to take the description of 'cryptic fancy talk' as the one compliment from this otherwise negative review.

Edit: Whoops, I misread you. Still choosing to take it as a compliment, though. There's no rule that says dead people can't swap messages too, especially when someone only just found out she was one of them. But whatever. *shrug*
Review By [JasonBarnett] • Date [13 Apr 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Part Three: What Rough Beast" from (Moderator)acs
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One of the top ten BtVS short/angst fics posted here (so far) this year IMHO.

And, as noted by others, labelling it with "Character Death" - would have lessened the mystery/angst/effect and isn't actually required in the site rules.

Also, putting it in the non-Crossover "Dark" category should have been a clue of unhappiness ahead. And the Xander scene was a BIG clue that SOMEONE had died (though I thought it was Willow at first, the clues are there upon re-reading it that it's Buffy.)
Comments from author:
Top ten? Wow. *blushes* High, high praise.

As I've said to others, I debated for a very long time whether to warn for CD - which did involve checking the site rules first - and settled on categorising it the way that I did and hoping nobody was mortally offended by my decision. ;)

I'm very impressed that you re-read it to look for clues. Thanks for the awesome comment, and for sticking up for me.
Review By [(Moderator)acs] • Date [12 Apr 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Part Three: What Rough Beast" from Iceflame
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Samarkand was right, disclosing this would have ruined the flavor of this little gem. I tend to appreciate full disclosure, I'll add, but in this case, full disclosure wasn't possible, and still keep that elusive something that makes it great!
Comments from author:
Oh, I agree with you about the full disclosure. Normally I'm all for it, unless circumstances make it nigh impossible to do without killing the twist. Guess you can't please everyone. I appreciate you sticking up for me, though, and I'm very glad you enjoyed it. :)
Review By [Iceflame] • Date [12 Apr 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Part Three: What Rough Beast" from FireWolfe
Review:
A bit strange but interesting. I am not a fan of death fics but It was a good twist.
Comments from author:
Thanks for keeping an open mind, and for taking the time to review.
Review By [FireWolfe] • Date [12 Apr 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Part Three: What Rough Beast" from Samarkand
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To put in a warning of "character death" would have killed one of the major twists of the tale. Just like a certain movie involving a former Moonlighting star. It's not like Joss labeled some eps "CD" in advance.

I'm biased here. I think this is among the best you've ever written.
Review By [Samarkand] • Date [12 Apr 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Part Three: What Rough Beast" from RebeccaAshling
Review:
I guessed right. I hope things work out for her. A bittersweet story.
Comments from author:
Thanks, and congrats on the correct guess! :)
Review By [RebeccaAshling] • Date [12 Apr 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Part Three: What Rough Beast" from burmafrdnow
Review:
To not warn of CD is to lie to the readers. Dress it up anyway you want that is a fact.
Comments from author:
I don't see it as lying so much as maintaining the premise that the entire piece was based on. But think what you wish.
Review By [burmafrdnow] • Date [12 Apr 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Part Two: The Centre Cannot Hold" from cryyhavoc
Review:
This story is excellently written. I admit I am a little confused. I like the way
it is kind of scattered, keeps me on my toes and makes me pay attention to what
is happening. Also, I find myself strangely sympathetic to Buffy, which is something that has not happened since S5, seeing as how the UPN years really turned me against her. Keep up the good
work, look forward to the next chapter.
Comments from author:
In a strange way, I'm a little glad that you were confused, because it means that things came across how I intended them to. If that makes me evil, I apologise. ;) Thanks ever so much for taking the time to leave such a lovely comment.
Review By [cryyhavoc] • Date [12 Apr 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Part Two: The Centre Cannot Hold" from arkeus
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ok, very nice (in a horrible way). Finding the tall thing a bit annoying, as i don't remember Buffy being so fixated on that (especially as she should be taller than average for a Slayer, given that she isn't small for an asian woman at all).
Comments from author:
Buffy's height was the butt of a few jokes throughout the show's run. I wouldn't call it fixating on it so much as her way of expressing her general feeling of insignificance, but I see your point. Hopefully it didn't override your enjoyment of the story as a whole. Thanks for taking the time to comment!
Review By [arkeus] • Date [12 Apr 10] • Not Rated
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