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Review of chapter "We’ll Always Have Paris" from Amberdrake
Review:
The awesomeness continues. You did, however, miss an opportunity to introduce a short, laconic, red-haired guitarist. That chapter would have been, of course, An American Werewolf in Paris. It took me 4 days to come up with that because I've been distracted by Cross Purposes and Ayla's addictive adventures.
Comments from author:
:D :D :D Ayla's adventures can be highly addictive, because they may make you want to have more food. And better food. And Ayla would offer you a taste. "First one's free..." :D
Review By [Amberdrake] • Date [16 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Return" from fpb
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Author: I blame Frank Miller and Dan Didio.


Is there anything they should not be blamed for? I guess the Sack of Rome of 1527 would do, they weren't even born then, but I would not even be sure of that. Incidentally, DiDio's family name ("of God", that is, with no known father) informs us that one of his ancestors was probably a bastard.
Comments from author:
Well, I'm not blaming them for the 'One More Day' Spiderman storyline. I blame Joe Quesada for that. Although his fan nickname 'Joe Quesadilla' is more fun.
Review By [fpb] • Date [16 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Return" from batzulger
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3) I'm also enjoying the spin-off stories that tSRoAM has inspired. You're fan fiction has fanfics. And that is so cool. TTH should adopt a rule that any Diane Castle-approved tSRoAM fanfic is on topic.

I'm enjoying writing spinoffs! The next Chicago Crew one is coming out after my current story is finished.
Comments from author:
And Buffy is perfect as Warlord of Mars. I would vote for her. :D
Review By [batzulger] • Date [16 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "We’ll Always Have Paris" from mooncowthree
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2) I found this video on YouTube that seemed appropriate, considering the recent chapters. It's a Robot Chicken mashup of Alex Mack and Carrie:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weqq9NnqZ3M

--Wow that was epic! Thanks for sharing

4) I still think Maggie Walsh's mysterious father and the leader of the Collective is Ra's al Ghul. His goals of eliminating 90% of humanity to "save the earth and humanity" track very well with the Collective's. The only flaw in my theory is that you've stated you are using the Chris Dee Batman & Catwoman, and her Ra's al Ghul is far from an impressive villain. But that could just be a bit of misdirection.

*Head Exploads* Dude, you are spot on and I never even thought about that! Between that big reveal and my totally solid Amazon location theory, we have more figured out about the finale than there were leaks for the new iPhone!
Comments from author:
[2] Alex's lightning has always been the big hitter. That was funny. But Robot Chicken is routinely hilarious.

[4] Don't get too carried away. Ra's is not the only badguy who has ever had that goal. In fact, you could build an entire TV Tropes page on badguys who have stated that goal, whether they really meant it or not.
Review By [mooncowthree] • Date [16 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "We’ll Always Have Paris" from mooncowthree
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"really good shawarma"
lol you just reminded me of the massive spike in customers that shops selling shawarma saw after The Avengers came out.
Comments from author:
:D :D

That's not nearly as bad as the huge jump in mothers naming their daughters Madison after 'Splash' came out, despite the fact that in the movie it was a plot point that no girls were really named Madison and it was a dopey choice.
Review By [mooncowthree] • Date [15 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Return" from fanreaderonetwo
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"It's great having people who like one's work. The idea of the self-published book goes back centuries, and sometimes it was because no one wanted to print the author's garbage. On the other hand, sometimes it was because the subject was technical and scientific."

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Of course the problem may be in telling the difference between self-published (or 'vanity press') works that are truly new or revolutionary and those the works that are merely piles of literary or "scientific" crap..... The play 'Springtime for Hitler' in Mel Brooks' _The Producers_ comes to mind.

I'm also recalling the scifi novel written by Marty McFly's father in _Back to the Future_, I've always assumed the novel was self published

Under obscure truly revolutionary (fictional) scientific works, the ground breaking mathematical work of a lead character in a scifi novel comes to mind. In his case, he _correctly_ thought that he had discovered naturally occurring temporal portals, and published a paper documenting his discovery, but _deliberately_ 'Buried The Lead' in complex math. His plan was to do field work confirming the existence of the portals before publicizing it. Since he published the paper months earlier, that would prove that it was _his_ discovery. Unfortunately he slightly miscalculated the exact timing of the portal's opening and got sucked thru it, getting dumped 100+ years in the future. He found it ironic when he discovered that later mathematicians had uncovered his buried discovery and acclaimed his genius but mourned his untimely early demise.
Comments from author:
Then there is Christian Huygens who published that he had discovered Saturn had rings, but he put it in a code and waited to make sure no one else made the claim before he did the big reveal.

But yes, there have been 'vanity press' authors for almost as long as there have been printing presses with movable type.
Review By [fanreaderonetwo] • Date [15 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "We’ll Always Have Paris" from JCarlHenderson
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1) Even though I don't review very often, I still am loving tSRoAM. New chapters each Wednesday and Saturday are always high points of those days. I'm going to miss it when its over, but I'm sure whatever you write next will be just as addictive.

2) I found this video on YouTube that seemed appropriate, considering the recent chapters. It's a Robot Chicken mashup of Alex Mack and Carrie:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weqq9NnqZ3M

3) I'm also enjoying the spin-off stories that tSRoAM has inspired. You're fan fiction has fanfics. And that is so cool. TTH should adopt a rule that any Diane Castle-approved tSRoAM fanfic is on topic.

4) I still think Maggie Walsh's mysterious father and the leader of the Collective is Ra's al Ghul. His goals of eliminating 90% of humanity to "save the earth and humanity" track very well with the Collective's. The only flaw in my theory is that you've stated you are using the Chris Dee Batman & Catwoman, and her Ra's al Ghul is far from an impressive villain. But that could just be a bit of misdirection.

5) I like numbered lists.
Comments from author:
[1] Thanks! And thanks for the recommendation too.

[2] Clearly Seth Green has been reading my outline notes. :D

[3] I was rather surprised by that. It's like a spinoff that spawns its own spinoffs. (Useless factoid time: Happy Days was technically a spinoff from Love American Style and it spawned more than its fair share of spinoffs.)

[4] I think that Chris Dee deliberately hammered Ra's and his daughter because DC had dumped Catwoman as Batman's girlfriend so Dan Didio's character Talia al Ghul could get some of that Bat-love. I blame Frank Miller and Dan Didio.

[5] Me too! I even have a character who is known for being annoying and pedantic and occasionally doing numbered lists.
Review By [JCarlHenderson] • Date [15 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Return" from fanreaderonetwo
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"No, I have not finished the story. But it is not even the longest story on the website! (It is #2.) Proust's 'A la recherche du temps perdu' is somewhere around a million and a quarter words, but he was an impressive author, not a fanfic scribbler. And there are bound to be stories on the web which *dwarf* this one."

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True about likely "dwarfers" on the web, but how many of those huge "works" have actually been _read_ by anyone except the author and a few friends, and quite possibly by no one except the author himself.
Noting the numerous mentions of how long, repetitive and boring the fourteen volumes (and 4.4 _million_ words) of Jordan's _The Wheel of Time_ (AKA _The Novel That Never Ends) has gotten to be.
I'm wondering how many people would read it from start to finish (??) if they knew how long it is.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wheel_of_Time

In your case you have relatively large numbers of actual _fans_ who have read most or all of your current opus at least once. Personally I believe that I have read it least twice.
Comments from author:
It's great having people who like one's work. The idea of the self-published book goes back centuries, and sometimes it was because no one wanted to print the author's garbage. On the other hand, sometimes it was because the subject was technical and scientific.
Review By [fanreaderonetwo] • Date [15 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "We’ll Always Have Paris" from Philister
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Still loving this story and reading each new chapter the moment I see it posted. Keep it up!

Oh, and in case you want to add in another semi-obscure crossover: Have Jem & the Holograms perform "To the Rescue" with Terrawatt in mind. The lyrics fit to a T in my opinion: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4cx_gwap1o
Comments from author:
How odd. I was doing a 'Jem and the Holograms' joke while we were at a party just Saturday night. Clearly, great minds think alike. :D
Review By [Philister] • Date [15 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "We’ll Always Have Paris" from fpb
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About tourists, i Have a suspicion that it is always your fellow countrymen who look worse to you. Certainly there have been times here in London when I, as an Italian resident, have felt like walking up to some fellow countrymen - the young ones are the worst - and yelled at them,. SHUT UP AND STOP MAKING US LOOK LIKE MORONS! As if the English did not think that already. But according to a friend of mine who used to be a tourist guide in Rome, and so got something of a professional view, the Argentinians are the worst.
EDITED IN: when Canadians misbehave, everyone thinks they're American. Or French, according to language. 8-)
Comments from author:
The Argentinians? That's interesting. I was told that the Germans were worse than that, and the Americans were in the bottom half of the Top Ten. But everyone has a jaundiced view of the situation, and that may be colored by a handful of bad experiences over a number of years. A friend in Seattle claimed it was the Japanese, while a friend in Berlin thinks it's the French and Spanish. I have yet to find anyone who claims it's the Canadians.
Review By [fpb] • Date [15 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "We’ll Always Have Paris" from dcarson
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Physical novels have technical limits. You can only fit so many pages in the binder machines. I've heard of several that ended up becoming two books because they wouldn't fit in one. So the author had to do a bit of rewriting to create a reasonable break for the end of book one.
Comments from author:
Web novels have different kinds of limits. There are plenty of published authors whose works I do not enjoy (*cough*StephenieMeyer*cough*) but the quality of the average published author (and no I am not counting self-published works) is a lot higher than the quality of the average web author who has never been published on dead trees.

I have also singled out Joseph Conrad as an author I don't like reading, so don't assume my complaints are for current authors only.
Review By [dcarson] • Date [14 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "We’ll Always Have Paris" from physicsteach
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Apropos of nothing in particular, I wondered if you've realized that this story may be the longest novel ever written in English?

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_longest_novels

Hopefully the link to Wikipedia's "list of longest novels" above isn't scrubbed. I realize that the word count TTH displays counts disclaimers and such, and so is probably a bit high, but then, you haven't finished the story yet, have you?
Comments from author:
No, I have not finished the story. But it is not even the longest story on the website! (It is #2.) Proust's 'A la recherche du temps perdu' is somewhere around a million and a quarter words, but he was an impressive author, not a fanfic scribbler. And there are bound to be stories on the web which *dwarf* this one.
Review By [physicsteach] • Date [14 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "We’ll Always Have Paris" from RobHumm
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it's A shame Alex had a bad experience with her fellow tourists

>German and American tourists? Oh man. There were a couple jerkheads at the Eiffel Tower who made her feel embarrassed to be American. She just wanted to run around pointing at them and yelling, “We’re not all like that! Really! I swear!”<

the last large gathering of American tourists I encounter in London where fine however they where all there for the
London World con so at least good taste was to be expected. I understand British tourist can be a problem in Spain but I have never been tempted by a clubbing holiday my self.

Robert
Comments from author:
I haven't had a bad experience with American tourists when out of the country, but I've heard stories. And I have seen some pretty discomfort-inducing American tourists within America. ("Wait, you mean New Mexico isn't part of Mexico? Are you sure?" // "That boy's speakin' some kinda furrin language. Is he an Indian?" "No, he's German. He's just visiting." "But he's not all blond and stuff!" // "I came to Seattle 'cuz I wanted to see Mt. Everest." [other stories elided])
Review By [RobHumm] • Date [14 Sep 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "We’ll Always Have Paris" from DieselDriver
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"crepes made fresh right in front of you. Why didn’t American places do that?"

Probably for the same reason people think up all kinds of government conspiracy theories, when in truth, it's mostly just bureaucrats and their stupid rules. Having been one of those bureaucrats and hating it I know about stupid rules because I had to enforce some of them. Bleh. A big plus (not) to that job was some of the people I had to work with. No pride in their job, no personal honor that would make them be ashamed of doing half assed work, which they did a lot of, well no not really, they didn't do a lot of anything, the ones I am talking about. Some of us did our work as best we could. It's hard to feel guilty though, when you KNOW your boss is one of those who spends a lot of his time screwing around doing personal stuff.

There was something else I wanted to talk about in this chapter that I thought was cool but so much of it is, that I can't think of which part I wanted to mention.

Edit: "Some of my characters are big smarty-pants types. :D" Would that possibly be because the author is one too?

Edit two: Hamishog said "And Alex is so sweet she gives me cavities. And I love that." Dude! you aren't supposed to eat the main character. That's Ray's job.
Comments from author:
There are American places that make crepes right in front of you, just as I've seen it done in Paris. But it's not something in high demand over here, so you don't have that high supply going with it.
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [14 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "We’ll Always Have Paris" from Starfox
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Good mix of slice of life and clean-up. I hoped for more Golden Trio, but maybe that'll come in an interlude.
Comments from author:
One of the problems with introducing thousands of characters is continuing to give them reasonable amounts of facetime. You might have to wait for the story of Hermione's time in a seven-year school in a castle where she meets Ron and Harry.
Review By [Starfox] • Date [14 Sep 14] • Not Rated
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