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Review of chapter "Better Then Life" from eriktheviking
A great twist that I didn't think was working until Cordelia turned up.
Review By [eriktheviking] • Date [8 Nov 11] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Better Then Life" from JasonBarnett
why should Xander believe any of this after the demon from Normal Again that had Buffy spending half her time in the real world and half her time thinking she was in an institution?
Review By [JasonBarnett] • Date [7 Nov 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Better Then Life" from Tariq
Well that answers the question of how to mix Buffy and the Matrix, without using Tenhawks dreaming method anyway. Not sure I agree with the premise fully, but as always the writing and plot willingly suspends my disbelief.

Could be interesting to see if Xander was an experimental alternative to 'The One'. Genetic engineering had to play a great role in Neo's development, are Xander's altered status due to being an alternate to the One.

Should inspiration strike you and you want someone to bounce ideas off of for continuing this one, you would definitely find me a willing participant.
Review By [Tariq] • Date [7 Nov 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Old Man Harris" from Tariq
Definitely liked this story. Part of me would love to see this as a full length, but it sits nicely as a self contained tale. Though for some reason it gave me flashbacks to MMcgregors 'I am what I am' as a substitute back story for the history of the council. Don't ask, I'm half asleep and dosed up on cold medicine.
Comments from author:
After you pointed it out, I do see the possibility of a back-story there. I really enjoyed the flashback scenes in his story, and maybe subconsciously that's where this story came from. And don't worry, I won't ask...

I do appreciate the compliment, and thank you for the review.
Review By [Tariq] • Date [25 Oct 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Old Man Harris" from eriktheviking
Probably the best 'Old Man Harris' that I've read. Old age and treachery...
Comments from author:
I figured after all the years gone by, the demons and vamps, Xander would be the man that has a contingency for everything. Considering how he survived Sunnydale as the 'normal guy' he must have been doing something right.

Thanks for the compliment, and the review.
Review By [eriktheviking] • Date [25 Oct 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Old Man Harris" from maydaymason
Very grim, but also very cool.
Comments from author:
I liked the idea that the New Council didn't work out quite how the slay gang hoped it would. This is more or less a 'what if?' should it happen.

Thank you for the review.
Review By [maydaymason] • Date [25 Oct 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Going Out Together" from eriktheviking
A great take on the events of 2012.
Comments from author:
I didn't really have any particular disaster movie in mind when I wrote this. My original idea was just for an asteroid to hit earth, but my beta thought I could do something more with it, that's why it's as good as it is.

Thank you, as always, for the review.
Review By [eriktheviking] • Date [19 Oct 11] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Going Out Together" from AshestoAshes
Beautiful, moving and well written. I guess without follow up? It would probably be interesting if it was an original post-apocalyptic story after a miraculous survival, otherwise it's just one of the many interchangeable possibilities to get them in another universe, but an excellent one.
Comments from author:
I'm glad you liked it, it had been sitting around for almost a year, before I finally gave it it's ending. At this time, I don't really see continuing with this in any way. Even though most of my stories have a ton of violence, I am a fan of the happy ending. In this case though, I just wanted a finality.

Thank you for the review.
Review By [AshestoAshes] • Date [16 Oct 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Going West" from eriktheviking
Great writing of a couple out of their time.
Comments from author:
It took a ton of searching to make sure I had all of the elements needed where they should be. While it is much shorter then I would have liked it to be, it turned out as well as it could, and I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Thank you for the review.
Review By [eriktheviking] • Date [13 Mar 11] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Going West" from Tariq
Extremely good start to a story. I hope you decide to continue this one as your other stories, especially Headhunters have been exceptional. I'd really love to see how you integrate Xander and Cordelia into the town, especially since I see Deadwood as a very self contained sort of show.


It's a shame it won't be continued but it doesn't surprise me, I find myself struggling to find any story that could easily be crossed into Deadwoods world without completely mangling one or both.
And I look forward to the continuations of Headhunters and He's Fast and hope that life and the block sort themselves soon.
Comments from author:
I originally did plan to write a several chapter story crossing Deadwood, but it just didn't work out like I'd hoped. While I could get away with the non-eighteenth century dialogue with Cordelia, it wouldn't work with the rest of the characters.

Trying to keep the dialogue of the era realistic, without directly ripping them directly from the show just became more of a pain then it was worth. Originally, there was going to be no So-Cal speak from Cordelia, having fully integrated into society, but having to go back again and again to fix things just became an annoyance.

I am glad you've liked my stories though, it's very appreciated. Thank you for the review.

Re: Add-on

After reading over what I'd already done, let's just say that the phrase 'cock sucker' is used quite often. If at some point in the future, I could find someone that was knowledgeable with era, I would definitely continue the story.

As for Headhunters and He's Fast, She's Furious - I just burned myself out with them. I put so much time and effort into the two of them, that I just got over-loaded with the material. I'm hoping that sometime soon, I can get back to working on both of them.

Thank you for your continued interest in my stories.
Review By [Tariq] • Date [11 Mar 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Hundred Will Do" from CrystalBlaze
This was well crafted, and I can see Graves recruiting Xander.

For things like Xander spelling the name of Quentin the way he heard it spoken (with a british accent, it would sound like "quinton") and his own take on Kendra, well, this is VERY much from the POV of Xander Harris.
Comments from author:
I'm sure I knew somewhere in my head that there was more then one way to spell it, but it never crossed my mind to double-check it. They are right though, it was spelled the other way.

With the Kendra thing, I'm used to that by now. Most people aren't used to reading a lot of first-person stories. What would seem like an honest, somewhat canonical opinion to a character, can look to a reader like a simple bashing.

I never saw the point of it though, if I turn off readers, I am doing myself a disservice since I want others to read my work. While there are characters I do not like, I simply avoid using them as much as possible. Considering I'm mostly a C/X writer, it's not that hard.

Thank you for the compliments and review. Both are appreciated.
Review By [CrystalBlaze] • Date [4 Mar 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Hundred Will Do" from DHX
I will allways bring this up.

Bullshit on Kendra.

It's my beserk point. seriously the fanon idea she was an imotional robot when she was just as good at showing emotion as the other characters and had less that 2 hours screen time in the whole season does not a robot make. in fact here's another thing, prove to me that Council raised Slayer are drones. we have seen multiple slayers throughout the tv series and not one, and i do include Kendra in that statement, not one has been a drone.

Stop using Kendra as a scrapegoat or a benchmark of failure, getting hypno'd by a vamp does not make her mentally weak if so then it applies to buffy as it happend with both Lothos and the master.

Kendra may have been socialy stunted Due to the way she was raised but she was not a Drone and does not deserve that from you. heck Dispite Willow's Quirky Dialogue before Buffy she basically depicted as worse.

Edit: sorry doesn't work like that.

How does working alone make Kendra a drone? Remember, Buffy was forced by circumstances to admit the help of willow and Xander, and if not for the Harvest and Jessie she would not of allowed them to help her.

secondly how is that a viable view for Xander? go back to the episodes in question and you will see the only interaction between xander and Kendra she was too shy and respectful. you don't get drone from that, and just because she knows the slayer handbook, just means she's read it. and where it counts, as in combat kendra kept up with buffy effortly, no Council training impaired her ability to do her job.

using the idea that because buffy broke the rules rather than follow them as one of Xanders Critaria for judgement is a fallacy, when the fact is a lot of times doing things the buffy way can lead to more trouble. season 2 and Angelus being a prime example of how doing things the buffy way got, or nearly Got people killed.
Comments from author:
You have to realize, this is from Xander's POV. Compared to Buffy or Faith, a robot describes Kendra to a 'T' for him.

She followed all the rules Buffy broke, and couldn't understand how 'outsiders' were allowed to help her. What was he supposed to think of her?

Thank you for the review.
Review By [DHX] • Date [3 Mar 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Hundred Will Do" from eriktheviking
A well written revenge driven Xander.
Comments from author:
After the last story I wrote, I wanted a flip-side. I like Faith a lot, and figured this was an opportunity to show that as well. When I found the back-issue of 100 Bullets, it all kind of fell together.

Thanks for the review.
Review By [eriktheviking] • Date [3 Mar 11] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "A Hundred Will Do" from Bobboky
very good
Comments from author:
Thanks, your reviews are always appreciated.
Review By [Bobboky] • Date [3 Mar 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Hundred Will Do" from Walegrin
I'm only vaguely familiar with the comic but this story was enjoyable none the less.

One small nitpick though - it is Quentin I believe, not Quinton.
Comments from author:
Honestly, I haven't read it for years either. I found an old back-issue in the basement, and inspiration just struck me. Glad you liked it.

Thanks for the heads up on that. I'll fix it the first chance I get, and thank you for the review.
Review By [Walegrin] • Date [3 Mar 11] • Not Rated
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