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Review of chapter "Epilogue - One Month Later" from (Recent Donor)DeepBlueJoy
Now I understand why all my friends, serious writers in their own right, rave about your stories. I've gotta take a break before I read on, but I really enjoyed this even though I'd never even heard of Alex and I'm not a huge DC comics fan. You captured very distinct personalities for everyone and your fights were quite epic.

Well done.

Comments from author:
Thanks! I admit that I am no longer a huge DC Comics fan. In the 60's I adored them. Then I slowly watched as Marvel moved past them in storytelling and creativity. Then in the 80's, they still had some great stuff, like the famous 'Judas Arc' of Teen Titans. But in the 90's they tried to make EVERYTHING get darker and edgier (or Darker And Edgier as they say over at TV Tropes), and they let Frank Miller and Dan Didio ruin some of their best characters. I detest what they did to Catwoman, so if you were ever a fan of her, go read 'Cat Tales' at Chris Dee's website to get classic Catwoman. (Admittedly, not everything at DC is junk these days. They still have *some* good writers. I will read anything by Gail Simone, for example.)
Review By [(Recent Donor)DeepBlueJoy] • Date [13 Aug 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue - One Month Later" from Grovtech
I just finished re-reading this. It was fun reviewing how Cross-overs and Alex Mack developed from this. It's still one of my favorites!

Oh, I did see Alex hasn't mentioned the Teen Titans again although considering Grover, and Hanna she does have a teen team. Jack and his crew is just support! ;)

Comments from author:
Thanks. I hadn't planned on writing any sequels, but my muse beat the snot out of me until I relented.

And Alex's team is only 'teen' if you omit Toxie and Az and Tsurara and Sam Carter and Bruce. And Shar. And the SRI Orphans. But Alex isn't going to be a teen much longer, and Grover is older than she is, and Hanna isn't all that far from twenty.
Review By [Grovtech] • Date [31 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One – The Prophecy" from djhardim
I was reading the first chapter again and have a question


What about someone like Connor Kent (Superboy Post Crisis)?
Comments from author:
There are about a score of holes in the 'no man of woman born' prophecy, starting with how Shakespeare got around it: a C-section. A woman could do it. A non-human. A clone. So Connor Kent IS an option (other than the problem that turns up on the first trip). You could even go with the main character of 'World of Null-A' because he's not a normal-born human but he's not *technically* a clone either.
Review By [djhardim] • Date [21 Jun 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue - One Month Later" from exess
a good story with few typos and no discernible grammatical errors thank you.
Comments from author:
Thanks! In general, my stuff has a fairly low error rate, because I write well in advance, and then edit it in multiple passes.
Review By [exess] • Date [22 Feb 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue - One Month Later" from Zeviz
I finally found a place where I could register to say how much I like your stories. :)

This one is one of my favorites and kept me up way past my bedtime last night. I like the way characters from many different universes interact, the team dynamics among them, the different reactions when asked for help (from Buffy's "let's go" to some people's need for a lot of convincing, and from Batman's constant mistrust to Alex inviting home a stranger who just showed up out of nowhere), etc. I especially liked the "calling home" chapters, because my favorite part of crossovers is seeing how people from different universes see each other and describe others' worlds to their friends.

I also liked that I was able to see some surprises coming (and feel smug about it :P), but was still completely surprised in places. For example, I guessed the reason for Hermione's nausea around the time you started showing more symptoms. And I guessed the way the "not all will come back" part of the prophesy would be resolved around the time Bellatrix was gloating at Hermione. I also guessed that the individual opponents were illusions right away (but didn't realize how substantial the illusions were), because if it was so easy to pull people from all those dimensions, they'd have demon problems too. And it's easier to make an illusion that to find the originals anyway. But I had assumed that "Team 2" was just the group that flew in to steal the crystal until the moment I saw the actual Team 2's PoV. And in the middle of action I didn't pay attention to Buffy passing something to Alex and assumed she was still using the Sword of Gryffindor until she flew at Willow with the Slayer weapon.

I also liked how you made all team members equally important despite the different power levels of the universes they come from. And how each group tries to find the evidence of others in their own worlds, or even to look up the equivalent people. (It would be interesting to see what the equivalent people in each universe are actually like.)

So thanks again for writing this great story. (I also wanted to thank you for writing the Whateley stories that gave me weeks of excellent reading material, but that forum's registration failed twice before I gave up. But is there some other place I can thank you for all the work you did there?)
Comments from author:
Thanks for reading! And feel free to drop me some recommendations if you're so inclined. :-)

The registration problems at Whateley are unfortunately conncted with the other problems, and we can no longer post stories except by shoving them in the forums, which is utterly sub-optimal.
Review By [Zeviz] • Date [22 Jan 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue - One Month Later" from (Current Donor)deiticlast
Just reread this. Quick question: Sybil's prophecy. Is that a lead in to a sequel about Buffy and Willow? Possibly having been reincarnated as Harry's and Ginny's kids? Or am I just reading and hoping too much into that?
Comments from author:
Sybil's latest prophecy is really a stub for any story you want to go read that covers Harry and Ginny's kids going off to Hogwarts with Hermione and Ron's kids. I have seen too many of those fanfics, and so I just don't have any interest in writing one of them. It just struck me as amusing to have Sibyl drop one more massive prophetic bomb on everyone, and have her be blissfully unaware, as usual.
Review By [(Current Donor)deiticlast] • Date [21 Dec 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue - One Month Later" from slmncpm
*grins* just found this and i LOVED IT! i am so going to read the sequel now! *runs off happily*
Comments from author:
Thanks! If you really liked it, I won't object to a recommendation too.
Review By [slmncpm] • Date [11 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Ten – The Feline Who Has Turned Tail" from mooncowthree
So I started reading cat tales, oh my goodness, so hilarious, thanks for the recommendation!
Comments from author:
It's a real tragedy that DC wrote Bats and Catwoman the way they did, and Chris Dee's work is just on a website.

Maybe DC felt that Joe Quesada was getting all the attention for stupid editorial decisions, so they stepped up their game. :-)
Review By [mooncowthree] • Date [4 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Ch. 55 - Secrets" from DieselDriver
So, do you happen to know if James May (aka Captain Slow) is any relation to Brian May of Queen, who is also a astrophysicist? Their faces look similar and they have similar hair although Brian's is much curlier.
Comments from author:
According to, they are not related. But that answer only affirms that they are not siblings.
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [19 Sep 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Ch. 50 - The Best Laid Plans" from DieselDriver
Saying the magic phrase, "What else could go wrong?" is just as bad as those 3 idiots on Top Gear saying "How hard can it be?". Yeah, I know they aren't really idiots, but they sure do a good job of acting like that.

My favorite saying is "Rule 1, don't die".
Comments from author:
"What does this button do?"
"What's the worst that could happen?"

As for Top Gear, have you noticed that all three of them have a specific weakness that the producers ALWAYS target? If they have to work together on a project, they always get assigned to work on the aspect at which they always do badly.

I like:
Rule 1: You can't win.
Rule 2: You can't break even.
Rule 3: You can't quit the game.
(You probably already know these are an 'interpretation' of the 3 Law of Thermodynamics.)
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [19 Sep 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Ch. 45 - SNAFU, part 7" from DieselDriver
I LOVE this part!!! Woo Hoo! Go Alex.
Comments from author:
Thanks. I was, of course, building up to that for the entire story. That whole side quest at GRingotts wasn't really a side quest.
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [19 Sep 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Ch. 26 - Long Distance Calls Again, part 2" from DieselDriver
I read an interesting article in Astronomy magazine a while back about "universal" constants and how if they changed just a small amount, the universe would look much different. Slightly less or more strong nuclear force and you get huge cool suns or tiny hot suns that last about a 10th or less of what we have.

Lot's of other stuff based on the other 3 primary forces that would probably make our universe uninhabitable without magic. My words not theirs. They left off the without magic. So we are here because our universe is "just right" for us to actually "be here". Not the anthropomorphic principle, just blind luck.

it is fun to think about. A hell universe/dimension might just be a place where the "monoblock" never exploded and its all red hot fire all the time.
Comments from author:
Many years ago, I actually attended a physics lecture by P.A.M. Dirac on the possible non-constancy of physics 'constants' over *really* large deltas of time and space. It was just a 'thought experiment' lecture with some cool mathematical physics, but it made an impression.
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [18 Sep 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Twelve – Once Whole Now Part" from DieselDriver
Never was much of a fan of the bionic man/woman shows. I had to much trouble with the obvious wrongness of the super powered arm/legs not ripping themselves loose from the normal strength human body attachment points. Please do not construe this as a criticism of your story telling capabilities. I like the story as much this time as I did the first time.

Rose Mountain sounds pretty good too. I used to go up in the mountains and do some shooting in Rose Valley. Rosenebene. Nice exotic sounding name too. Feel free to use it if you like.
Comments from author:
When I was in college, a bunch of us in the honors program got together regularly to watch the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman and play 'spot the most egregious physics moments'. :-) You could - in theory - hook that bionic arm up to metal and plastic attachment points you have implanted further in their body, but there is no way a 150-pound woman can grab a tipped-over truck and pull it back down onto it's wheels: she would end up doing a useless chin-up instead.
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [17 Sep 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Eight – Sister of Sunrise" from DieselDriver
I got a little curious about Willow's last name so here's what I found: Rose (red?) en affix from German and berg meaning mountain. Willow Redmountain...

I figure that would only apply truly if she went topless and got a sunburn though.
Comments from author:
:-) :-)

It can also be translated as 'mountain of roses'. A lot of Ashkenazi Jews took names like this, back when the first censuses and similar pushes forced people to *have* official last names. In that sense, it may be a toponym.

Another useless fact: the guy who created the Dunkin' Donuts franchise is also a Rosenberg.
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [17 Sep 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chaper Three - The Mistress of the Gates" from DieselDriver
Going Thru this for maybe the 3rd or 4th time and just as much fun as I remembered. Thinking about the disclaimer, I had the thought that "They really ought to pay you to write these. Both, er, all of the franchises that are in your fun little (?) romps. I'd pay good money to see this as a LONG movie or even a set of LONG miniseries events. About like they did with Shogun only at least 3 times as many hours.
Comments from author:
Thanks for the compliments.

Unfortunately, it's essentially impossible to make a movie or even write a book which uses more than one group's copyrighted characters, due to the legal and production issues. Marvel can't get their own Spiderman character as a guest appearance in the Avengers movies! (Sony owns movie rights and won't negotiate.)

Feel free to drop me a review anytime you want. And I will always accept more recommendations! :-)
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [17 Sep 13] • Not Rated
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