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Review of chapter "Fifth and Vine" from liadenfan
Review:
Just to let you know that I'm still reading and enjoying your work. I also wanted to let you know that i got a chuckle when I looked at the word count after you added Chapter 212. Your word count of 1,040,401 came out the same - whether reading left to right or right to left.
Comments from author:
A palindromic number! Granted, there are plenty of them between 10 and 100. But as you get to larger and larger numbers, the gaps between them get larger as well. When you're around 1,040,401 you'll find they are exactly 1000 apart.

Yes, I'm nerdy about numbers too.
Review By [liadenfan] • Date [1 Sep 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Fifth and Vine" from Magi
Review:
The less bad stuff happens, the more I worry something REALLY bad will happen. Or Diane is messing with us.

BTW, I sent you two emails last week. Don't want to be a nag, but you've mentioned emails getting caught in you spam filters, so I figured I'd check.
Comments from author:
Uh-oh. I didn't get them. Thanks for letting me know!
Review By [Magi] • Date [31 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Fifth and Vine" from MarcusRowland
Review:
More weird ideas
- if Terawatt ever has a baby it's going to be like JackJack in The Incredibles, she has most of the powers apart from fire and teleportation, and fire is a common side effect of the drug.
- Has anyone given Azure Crush the health and family planning tests and advice Terawatt got from Janice? It would be unfortunate if she found out the snags the hard way.
- Given that Shar has only ever been seen in Russia and Japan there's going to be a lot of speculation about her; my guess is that people will think she was mutated by Gojira's attack in Russia. And is possibly a Russian midget, if part of what Jack said gets out.
Comments from author:
[1] Alex is ahead of you on this. She's not going to have a baby until George and Annie come up with some sort of power suppressant chemical so the kid won't manifest powers at a stupidly early age. However, Alex's teenagers after they stop taking the suppressant...

[2] Hopefully, Az's friends like Didi have taken her aside and explained all the ins and outs. Or in Didi's case, maybe the in-and-out-and-in-and-out. :D Jack should have someone check on that.

[3] In that case, people might assume that Shar got eaten by Gojira, since she hasn't been seen since. (Only Tsurara and a dozen Japanese Defense Force personnel would know that didn't happen.)
Review By [MarcusRowland] • Date [31 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Fifth and Vine" from Starfox
Review:
Good chapter. Mixing photographer tips with superhero, a shout out to Spiderman, a dash of personal life and creepy vines - well done!
Comments from author:
Creepy vines help with the mixing. You put them in the melange and let them writhe around for a while. :D
Review By [Starfox] • Date [31 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Fifth and Vine" from Eureka
Review:
Pulse pounding! Heart in mouth hoping that everyone is going to be OK if Berkin is still alive...
Comments from author:
That darn Birkin! He's as hard to kill as he is in canon!
Review By [Eureka] • Date [31 Aug 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Fifth and Vine" from DieselDriver
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They can't get boyfriends because of that word. Most men aren't men at all, they are still boys. Most boys NEVER grow up. They never get over needing to be large and in charge. That's just the way we are. I'm in my 60's and I'm barely beginning to even admit the problem and start to get over it. Just ask my wife, she knows. I've learned enough though, to recognize the problem.

Gills. Not a scuba outfit, gills. Birkin adapts right? So who better to stop a fishy guy than a "Finn"?

Your reply to the comment about (and the comment itself) brought those scenes back to mind and the latest "Superman" efforts may be technically better for special effects, there is none better than Christopher Reeve's performance in that first movie. Sure a sad day when he fell off his horse. Just confirms my thought that horses are food. You want to ride, get a motorcycle.
Comments from author:
The solution to Jill and Sam's problem is... nerds! It worked for me. :D

As for horses, I have not been interested in getting back on one since I read "Odds Against." If you love riding horses, and you don't know what happens to Sid Halley in it, maybe you should skip the book.
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [31 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Fifth and Vine" from EdBecerra
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And huzzah! The Secret World of Alex Mack is being streamed - legally! - by a site known as Nick Reboot They're re-airing all of the classic Nick shows free of charge.

One hitch - in order to be legally FoC, they're being streamed like a television channel. You don't get to chose what you want, when you want it. You have to put up with a schedule.

http://nickreboot.com/

If you want On Demand, you pay. Oh, well... free is good, and if you have the right software, you can record the stream, just like the good old days of VCR's on timers.

EDIT: Important - it's 8:33pm for me where I am, Saturday, Mountain Time Zone. A certain Sponge is on now, and Alex Mack is up next. So - 9pm on Sat, my time. Then, at 10... THE MUPPET SHOW! WOOOOOO!

It's time to play the music, it's time to light the lights, it's time to get things started...
Comments from author:
Oooooooooooooooh! (Just remember, Alex evolves during the course of the series: she goes from whiny I-don't-want-this magical girl type to someone-has-to-do-this-and-I-guess-it-is-me budding hero type.)
Review By [EdBecerra] • Date [30 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Return" from fanreaderonetwo
Review:
"And it is true that I don't publish every single day, as in the August Fic-A-Day process, but I write longer chapters than usually appear in FaD entries. That said, I *really* like this year's style of FaD entries with one story, 31 (or so) chapters. It makes it so much easier to read through everything, see how things go together, not lose other stories during August... It works for me (as a reader)."

*****

Personally I prefer your 5000-7000+ words at a time style (even if its _only_ once-twice a week) to the more common 100-2000 words more-or-less daily.
I particularly hate having to hit the "next section" button all the time and then wait for it to load.

The TTHF "whole story" option _does_ make it easier to read multiple short chapters, unlike the fanfic site. Reading umpteen 100-500 word chapters on the fanfic site is Booorring!!!
Comments from author:
Thank you.

And I just wanted you to know that you are the 10,000th review of my stories on the site. Congrats!
Review By [fanreaderonetwo] • Date [30 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Fifth and Vine" from Rune
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Going good so far. I happened to notice a small plot point. In chapter 205(I think), Frank West is introduced to Alex. She tells him about the hellgoddess then. So later in chapter 212 when Frank says something about other dimensions its info he should already know. You could pass it off as forgetfulness on his part. And its not a big thing, just noticed it.

Thanks for the new chapter.
Comments from author:
Well, maybe he didn't grasp that she made half a dozen best buds in the process.
Review By [Rune] • Date [30 Aug 14] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Vine Street" from Deadpan
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What the "transformation" keeps reminding me of is Christopher Reeve's performance as Superman. He could be doing the mild-mannered bit to the hilt and then he would stand up straight, lower his voice a bit, and suddenly Clark Kent would disappear and be replaced by Superman wearing Clark's suit.
Comments from author:
I did have that in mind. Reeve's acting struck me as more impressive than the 'grow much larger' transformation of Captain Marvel (Shazam version) or The Hulk.
Review By [Deadpan] • Date [30 Aug 14] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Fifth and Vine" from fpb
Review:
And the tension keeps rising....
Comments from author:
Funny how stuff just keeps happening.
Review By [fpb] • Date [30 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Fifth and Vine" from HMaxMarius
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"Review of chapter "Fifth and Vine" from hamishog
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Got to say - can't knock your style. You're not as prolific as some writers but so far everything of yours that I've read is gold."

Hoo boy does hamishog have a /lot/ out there still to read ;). Diane may not have a ton of stuff on TTH, but I've heard rumor that the next edition of Websters is debating replacing the picture of Stephen King with hers under the definition of 'Prolific Writers' =D.

Do have to agree, though. I don't think I've read anything by her that I didn't like. Ever.

Her writing is what mine wants to be like when it grows up!
Comments from author:
{blush} Thanks! I've been writing in one form or another for a very long time, although it has mainly been documents, journal articles, etc. which require a different style and mindset.

And it is true that I don't publish every single day, as in the August Fic-A-Day process, but I write longer chapters than usually appear in FaD entries. That said, I *really* like this year's style of FaD entries with one story, 31 (or so) chapters. It makes it so much easier to read through everything, see how things go together, not lose other stories during August... It works for me (as a reader).
Review By [HMaxMarius] • Date [30 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Fifth and Vine" from SilverWave
Review:
Totally fixed the Tera needs lots of food thing :-)

Just swap her diet drink for the real thing - have you seen how much sugar is in those things!

17 cubes of sugar!

http://bcove.me/m9875x6x

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Great post liking the interesting photog stuff.
Comments from author:
I keep telling Alex to switch to just drinking high fructose corn syrup right out of the can, but she insists that she prefers diet Coke. :D
Review By [SilverWave] • Date [30 Aug 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Fifth and Vine" from fanreaderonetwo
Review:
"“Can do,” she said. “Too bad I didn’t bring any disguise makeup. Other than the valise, which won’t help on this. Some black lipstick would be good about now.”

He smirked, “Too bad your mean old stepdad threw that crap away.”

She grinned back at him. She wondered how many times he’d pulled stuff like this to get past someone to get the pictures he wanted, or to get away afterward. And she made a mental note to add some lipsticks and eyecrayons to her disguise kit so she could look totally different. Maybe a jet-black wig with straight hair too."

*****

I was expecting Frank to make a run to a drugstore while Alex was ferrying gear, or Alex to hit a drugstore for some cheap makeup before the next day. Given the planned "character", the cheaper and sluttier the better.

It your fic, but I would have expected the wreckage of the falling building to smash thru into the basements and fill them, ala the World Trade Center. OTOH, a smaller, shorter building (less falling crap and falling slower) and a (maybe) heavily reinforced basement structure. "We were surprised the basement survived and checked the blueprints, and it turns out Umbrella built the building's basement as a sort of bomb shelter".
Comments from author:
Well, I wrote the building as mostly open for the first 20 stories, followed by about a dozen higher floors. It's not at all like the structure of the WTC. (And yet a lot of the basement areas will turn out to be crushed and filled with debris from on high.)
Review By [fanreaderonetwo] • Date [30 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Fifth and Vine" from hamishog
Review:
Got to say - can't knock your style. You're not as prolific as some writers but so far everything of yours that I've read is gold. My favorite of which I will admit is Xander and Another Demon and his and Jack's interaction with Batman in League. I think in the sequel to that one Batman sought out Xander's analog just to get back at him.
I liked this chapter though nothing major happened - primarily because I spent the entire chapter anticipating something happening. Which is different from waiting for something to happen. I think they call it suspense. I really don't know. But it's that feeling you get when you're walking down a dark corridor lined with closed doors.
Comments from author:
Thanks! I sincerely hope I'm not as prolific as some of the authors on this site, since some authors have been constantly contributing to TtH since 2004! On the other hand, I am now listed on the 'authors who have written the most words' list at #15, which is ridiculous when I have been writing on the site for less than 3 years.
Review By [hamishog] • Date [30 Aug 14] • Not Rated
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