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Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part X" from Senko
Review:
You know I got bored and started rereading this, just made the connection between Scott and a certain blond Xena passed. Could be awkward dealing with having actually done that (multiple times) rather than just remembering it although I suspect he became someone other than the Disney Cinderella or even the original one. Of course just what stage she was at could seriously affect just how awkward and potentially painful it was.The swim team bit got me thinking about how their hormone inducted transformation later may interact with ha ving been real mermaids. Perhaps less swamp boy more. . .

There's also the interesting thought that if Scott suddenly got interested in boys and Xena was bisexual could this mean Xander is also going to become a bit more inclined that way with his/her new memories? The possibilities of a bisexual witch and bisexual shape shifter are quite extensive even if they're outside the scope of this story.

As for this chapter I haven't really much to say other than it should be interesting to see how Xander combines dealing with the vampires and convincing miss summers of the truth. Nice to see them finally getting around to taking the time to check up on and help Joyce, Cordy is good for that.

Anyway still enjoying this story.
Comments from author:
Xander has been influenced by his costume. Buffy was. Scott was. The swim team guys were...

I'm seeing a trend.
Review By [Senko] • Date [24 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part X" from Harmne
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I have to say I'm completely loving Xander as Xendra! But not so much that I'd want him to be stuck that way.

The Council members who whine about having to patrol the other Hellmouths without Slayers could learn a lot from Willow, Xander/Xendra, Giles & Cordelia. The pre-staking the fledges was genius!

Will Buffy come home before Xendra is healed enough to be turned back into Xander? It'd be cool to have Buffy and Young Xena be able to fight together at least once. And besides, unless she sees for herself would she believe all her friends' hijinks?

Waiting anxiously for the next 'episode'...!!
Comments from author:
Thanks. And you'll have to wait two weeks. That's my current publishing schedule, because Xendra isn't fifty chapters ahead of publishing queue, like Alex was.
Review By [Harmne] • Date [23 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part X" from raxadian
Review:
Those vamps are in Sunnydale during the Summer, sharp? I don't think so.
Comments from author:
Well, they're different from facing something like Angelus.
Review By [raxadian] • Date [23 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part X" from LeChasseur
Review:
Denial is strong in this one. *nod nod*
Comments from author:
Yeah, I'd be pretty darn skeptical if someone tried that routine on me. "My daughter is getting in trouble because she fights vampires? Are they sparkly in daylight? Do they act like sulky fifty year old women? Now just sit here while I call 9-1-1..."
Review By [LeChasseur] • Date [22 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part X" from (Recent Donor)JanessaRavenwood
Review:
Alas, Joyce is still in deep denial. Pity they no longer have a friendly Angel to "vamp out" on demand in front of her, and providing more direct proof will be hazardous.
Comments from author:
Yes, more direct proof could be REALLY hazardous. And they don't know about Lorne's bar in LA.
Review By [(Recent Donor)JanessaRavenwood] • Date [22 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part X" from Riniko
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Poor Joyce, having her world view being hit by a bus or two and still trying to pretend everything is normal. If she wants normal, she has to see her daughter as a murdering nut case, but if she accepts the vampires are real she gets her daughter has been risking her own life protecting the world.
Really not worried about anachronisms in stories I read as I see these as AU worlds that don't have to have the same timeline as this one. And those that make a big fuss about them are annoying to everyone that enjoys a good story. Besides some of them are just funny.
Comments from author:
I often sit here and argue with myself. "Anachronism or the funny? Option A or option B? Come on muse, make up your mind!" In stories like Xendra, I go for the entertaining. In stories like the Whateley Universe, where I'm working with a timeline and other writers, I go for the timeline.
Review By [Riniko] • Date [22 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part X" from AntonioCC
Review:
I fear for Joyce, if what Xendra's mind has cooked is what I suspect.
Comments from author:
Yes, it is going to be an excursion into the disturbing. Especially if you think about Xendra's brain. :D
Review By [AntonioCC] • Date [22 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part X" from hamishog
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Reading the reviews I must admit there are some very interesting topics for conversation.
What do you call a large collection of vampires? I don't call them anything. Why would I call them? That's a good way to get dead. How about a whole lot of bloodsucking corpses? They're vampires for goodness sake.
Anachronisms? Don't care. Stories good enough that I'm just going to gloss over anything like that anyway. I've looked on a map of the United States and while there is a California there is no town called Sunnydale north of Los Angeles. Having determined that I cannot regard any inconsistencies that occur to be anything but anomalies of the dimension in which the story occurs. Suspension of disbelief is easy; we do it every election year.
Now, as to Miss Giles. That really depends on what kind of family Giles has. If anyone from the Council calls then to me the most likely result will be that whoever responds will hem, and haw, until they can get to Giles to ask him why the Council is calling. Despite how it seems these aren't troops, nor are they fanatics. This is a family matter and none of their business. Mind their manners and keep their revolting thoughts to themselves.
But that's just what I think. So far, Xander is doing pretty as a Brit from the upper echelons. If the gypsies screw up I wonder if Giles' family would adopt and claim he's their Xendra's twin.
Comments from author:
There are not that many places where a mythical Sunnydale could be located, given the amount of population along the California coast. There is nowhere south of Los Angeles that is available unless you want to have neighboring cities crowding in and interfering with your plans to open a Hellmouth and do other badness. I mentally place it along the California coast west of the Los Padres National Forest, and I pretend this is a section where State Highway 1 veers inland long enough to miss the seaside town of Sunnydale.
Review By [hamishog] • Date [22 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part X" from Starfox
Review:
Good chapter. I like Xendra's meandering thoughts, and Joyce fighting through her rationality-induced delusion. Well done! And I loved Xendra's side-project of teaching Willow so she can "innocently" get closer to her.
Comments from author:
Yeah, teenage boys think about side projects like that a *lot*. :D
Review By [Starfox] • Date [22 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part IX" from lastjuan
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>>That's not the only anachronism in there! If you find the other two, I'll award you a No-Prize! (Marvel Comics doesn't seem to be handing them out anymore, so I'll just swipe a couple of theirs. :D )

So far, I had found:

-Chapter 21: "Terrorists would be selling out al Qaeda right and left, just to get care packages of cookies from Joyce." Although the organization probably existed in 1998, it's doubtful (at least to me) that a teenager would have heard from them.

-Chapter 37: “Hmm, Chalkboard Tourette’s Syndrome. Sounds like a job for House M.D.” House was premiered in 2004: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0412142/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 .

-Chapter 48: “Right. Xendra Giles, granddaughter of the current Baron Haightwood, is totally not going to start with the dialogue right out of ‘The O.C.’ or anything.” The O.C. was premiered in 2003: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0362359/ .

-Chapter 50: "Xendra put in, “We are talking a group of men who consider William Shakespeare to be a little too hipster." *hipster* sounds too much actual for 1998, don't you think so?

How many are real?
Comments from author:
Whoops. When I wrote that, I was talking about 'The League of Extraordinary Women' having continuity issues with 'The Secret Return of Alex Mack'. So the issue is things I wrote in tLoEW that don't mesh with what is in tSRoAM.

I've put tons of anachronisms in 'Xendra' just so I could make smart-alecky comments. Ditto for other stories where I wanted more humor.
Review By [lastjuan] • Date [16 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part VI" from RedCalypso
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Isn't Giles playing with fire passing Xander off as his niece? All it would take is for one of the Council members to call the real Xendra's parents and congratulate them on having such a resourceful daughter for what she's accomplished on the Hellmouth and the whole thing would blow up.
Comments from author:
Giles does have a niece named Xendra. All the Council has to do is notice that she's still in England. Unless Giles has called his brother and explained he has a Potential working with his Slayer and it is under this ruse, so they just need to play along if anyone asks. Or unless...
Review By [RedCalypso] • Date [16 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part IX" from Dragan
Review:
Merchant Ivory...there goes Nepherandus's dimensional doppelganger. ;)

Edit: Heheh Yeeaup!
Comments from author:
When I steal, I steal the good stuff. That's a Bek line.
Review By [Dragan] • Date [9 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part IX" from DieselDriver
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Wahahahaha... Theory of Gravity. LOL. They don't have a clue how it works. They see it, they've got a couple of fairly good ideas how to work with it, but the biggie, "how does it work?" (emulates Homer Simpson) "Doh, everyone knows that gravity sucks."

As for a magic spell, to change Xendra back to Xander working perfectly... Xander/Xendra and Magic? Working perfectly?

What could possibly go wrong? I mean, How hard could it be? This ought to be easy. It's a piece of Cake. Hey, Watch me do this!

(Homer again... "Doh")

Edit after reading Draconis' review: Wouldn't an appropriate name for a group of vampires be a "Fang"? as in "A Fang of Vampires"?

And another edit after reading DCarson's review: The idea of a trip wire is ok, but how about implanting a bomb with a radio transmitter (powered by movement like the old self winding watches) and detonating it when the fledge is amongst more vamps? Or just a transmitter and a listening device to get forewarned of any plans, plus a bottle of holy water and a plunger of some sort to break the bottle if need be.

Edit after your reply. Ok, a clot of Vampires is good. I like it. How about a bunch of "clots" being a "hemo" as in a dozen eggs being a dozen (oh yeah that's not circular) and a dozen dozen being a gross, a dozen Vamps is a Clot and a dozen Clots is a Hemo. Above and beyond that a dozen Hemos could be a Fistula.
Comments from author:
I still think a 'sparkle' of vampires is excellent for the Buffyverse. Imagine telling Spike to his face to 'get out of here and take your whole sparkle of vamps with you'. He'd be furious.

Oh wait, Vampire!Harmony would love the idea of a sparkle of vamps. Okay, a group of vamps is a 'clot'. :D
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [9 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part IX" from DavidEmpey
Review:
Yeah, like Harmne I was saddened by Oz's death, although I liked his final gesture of drinking the holy water so he wouldn't rise. (Or am I remembering some other story?)

Xendra is excellent! I like the use of sensible tactics against the vamps. I guess you have to do that when you aren't a Slayer. [Although I think Xendra is arguably actually stronger than Buffy was in S1.] Just don't repeat yourself, Xen!

I'm not sure whether I hope the gender-change-back spell works or not. Xendra is certainly a much better combatant that Xander would ever likely be. And of course it's problems that make a story interesting. But still; poor Xander. No fun at all being the wrong sex. Maybe they can work something out where he could be Xander most of the time but change to Xendra in emergencies.

I'm looking forward to the return of Buffy, especially if Xendra has to stay femaie. Buffy coming unexpectedly face-to-face with Xendra should be hilarious.

Anyhow, keep calm and carry on!
Comments from author:
Yep, if you are a Slayer possessed of terrifying speed and strength and regeneration, sensible tactics are a waste of time and ruin your night, because you still have that Slayer urge you need to work off. If you are not a Slayer, you are massively out of your league against even a fledgling.
Review By [DavidEmpey] • Date [9 Sep 14] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part IX" from Harmne
Review:
I love when I get updates for this story! It's one of the very best YAHFs out there and it makes me laugh out loud occasionally. It's all just to totally Xander's luck - especially inconveniently changing back into a teen-version of Xena in the boy's locker room shower! OMG! Being assaulted by Angelus was bizarre and horrifying (and I'm a little surprised there wasn't more in there about Xander coping or pretending it wasn't him or something). I *LOVE* when Xander gets to channel both Giles and Cordelia and do his bitchy British chick impression! So far the only thing I haven't really loved was Oz getting killed off. I liked Oz; I kind of still miss Oz... I can't wait for more, though! This is really a cool and interesting 're-imagining' of what could have happened! Looking forward to the next update!
Comments from author:
Thanks. I update every other Monday at noon my time, if you want to mark in your Daytimer. :D

I appreciate the review. I also like recommendations, if you feel like it.

As for Oz, did you know he was scheduled for a brutal demise? Joss Whedon was originally going to kill off Oz, but the fans liked the Oz/Willow relationship so much he decided to keep Oz and kill off someone else instead. Hence the brutal death of Jenny Calendar.
Review By [Harmne] • Date [8 Sep 14] • Not Rated
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