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The Secret Return of Alex Mack

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Review of chapter "Interlude XXIII" from ShalaDakiri
Review:
Just rereading the story and realized there's a big honkin' space gun here that's not yet fired.

Considering the big deal Walsh and Atron make about Orphan genetic tweaks reacting badly to GC-161, I'm wondering who will be standing in the way when it fires.
Review By [ShalaDakiri] • Date [18 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Mission Accomplished" from DieselDriver
Review:
Wow, this was great but I got interrupted in the middle and well phooey. It was for a good cause and all (closing escrow in another state) but still. Coming home and finishing it was really cool. I looked up "alte Kaker" and while it sounds possibly derogatory it may have hidden slang meanings that I missed:

"elderly person, old-timer [literally "old shitter"] "A crotchety, fussy, ineffectual old man." (Rosten)"

it doesn't seem AALLL that bad... Does it?

Is that the same as being a surly old curmudgeon like me?

Reply to your comment:

Well, yes. I am the one who decided to call myself a surly old curmudgeon so I consider myself in good company if you consider yourself a curmudgeon too.
Comments from author:
It's closer to the American phrase 'old fart'. Derogatory but not vicious, and can be used by a loved one in the same way they might call one an 'old coot'.

Curmudgeon? No, I'm proud to be a curmudgeon! I try to follow in the great tradition of female old curmudgeons like Dorothy Parker and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [18 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Mission Accomplished" from MGrim
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Great ending to another great arc!
BTW, are you the same Diane Castle who's wrote some of the Whateley Academy stories? Cause if you are, those are really great stories!
Review By [MGrim] • Date [18 Apr 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Comic Con II" from Zorgdub
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This chapter wins the award for Least Imaginative Titled Chapter in this story. In fact the entire comic con arc wins the Least Imaginative Arc Name Theme for this story. Seriously.


~~[ Even if I’m in way better shape than all those Terawatts, because I outran all of them pretty easily, and I was in really high heels. ]~~
Foreshadowing senses tingling! I remember finding it weird that Willow was so athletic. I thought to myself that she shouldn't be that fit, but I dropped it because that was a minor detail. You're the author so if you want and athletic Willow that's your right even if I don't think it makes much sense.

But then, *WHAM* !
Comments from author:
[1] My original plan was two chapters: 'comic' and 'con' but the story spilled over so much that I ended up with more like 4.5 chapters and I had to jiggle chapter titles after the fact.

[2] In the words of Dr. Helen Narbon, "heh-heh-heh."
Review By [Zorgdub] • Date [18 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Comic Con II" from GwynApNudd
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>> ~~[ Okay, so she bought this one Pikachu plushie that was the cutest thing ever. ]~~
>> Was this meant for Shar from the beginning?

In-universe answer: Of course not. Alex didn't even know Shar at this point.

Out-of-Universe Answer: Well, duh! We *are* talking about Diane here: Checkov's munitions factory extraordinaire, and grand mistress of the subtly implanted foreshadow.
Comments from author:
There's really a lot of hinting in this arc, but you have to look for it.
Review By [GwynApNudd] • Date [18 Apr 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Comic Con II" from Zorgdub
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~~[ Alex quietly insisted, “Reading X-Men comics doesn’t count as supervillain research. It only counts as ‘getting Willow and Jack refs’ research.” ]~~
I really like how calm Alex is as she counter-sasses Willow here.

~~[ Okay, so she bought this one Pikachu plushie that was the cutest thing ever. ]~~
Was this meant for Shar from the beginning?
Comments from author:
Yes, I planned for Shar from Day One. Well, maybe Day Twenty-five. :D There's a lot of detail work behind the scenes that isn't obvious, like what story arc will advance which stage of Alex's personal development or that of another character, and where that story arc then needs to go.
Review By [Zorgdub] • Date [18 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Lion of the Desert" from GwynApNudd
Review:
>> So, Tarantula and the blob? or is just the Tarantula in this case?
>>Comments from author:
>>Oh, I think a giant tarantula is enough of a problem. After all, Alex is really just starting out as a superheroine

Oh great and powerful Evil Author: That response is not exactly fair to the newbie reader, considering what happens before the end of this story arc. :D
Comments from author:
"Do not arouse the wrath of the great and powerful Oz! I said come back tomorrow!"

I rather suspect that my response is not fair to the reader who has seen the movie, either.
Review By [GwynApNudd] • Date [17 Apr 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Mission Accomplished" from banditdoz
Review:
Amazing as usual :) have a great easter brake and thank you for writing
Comments from author:
Thanks! But I have kids, so there's no such thing as a 'great break from school'. :D :D
Review By [banditdoz] • Date [17 Apr 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Mission Accomplished" from mtbknox
Review:
Do you know what crossover you need "Nikita", working against the bad guys from inside.
Comments from author:
Nikita (well, actually "La Femme Nikita") actually made my long list when I was working up which crossovers would make it into various story arcs.
Review By [mtbknox] • Date [17 Apr 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Desert Fury" from GwynApNudd
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>>Well, actually the most popular character to use the phase "Sue me!" is the Red devil from Cow and Chicken cartoon.

Maybe it's different generations, maybe it's Show Tunes vs cartoons, but I agree with Diane on this one. When I hear "So nu, so sue, me." My first thought is of "Good old, reliable Nathan." (My second, of course is "Ever-loving Adelaide," but, as the gatekeeper said, "That's a horse of a different color.)
Comments from author:
There are now a number of options, because it's become mainstream enough that Americans who hardly even know any Jewish people have heard it plenty of times. If it weren't for the mainstreaming of Yiddish into American culture, "Blazing Saddles" would have required a lot of re-writing, which would have been a tragedy. :D
Review By [GwynApNudd] • Date [17 Apr 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Mission Accomplished" from Senko
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Fruitcake? But they're full of diamonds as an emergency stash because no one ever eats them till things are really, really bad and you need the gems.

Still looking forward to seeing what happens to the NID politically after they caused a major international incident like this.

As for the electric fence story you mentioned in another review yowtch, I had some people convince me to touch one by pretending it wasn't when I was standing on a metal cattle grid.

EDIT
So "Evil, evil authoress" does that mean your planning a Sam/Jack/Willow ????? (Threesome implies sex. What's the word for a stable happy relationship with 3 people two of the same sex?)
Comments from author:
There was an old "Not Necessarily the News" bit where they advised against giving old people fruitcakes 'because no one wants a gift that will outlast them.' I miss that show.
Review By [Senko] • Date [17 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Desert Fury" from raxadian
Review:
Well, actually the most popular character to use the phase "Sue me!" is the Red devil from Cow and Chicken cartoon.
Comments from author:
But Nathan Detroit is the classic Damon Runyon character who introduced the phrasing (which according to my linguistics research comes from the Yiddish by way of Jewish screenwriters) to the American public. Since then it has become mainstream.
Review By [raxadian] • Date [17 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Lion of the Desert" from raxadian
Review:
So, Tarantula and the blob? or is just the Tarantula in this case?
Comments from author:
Oh, I think a giant tarantula is enough of a problem. After all, Alex is really just starting out as a superheroine.
Review By [raxadian] • Date [17 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Desert Flower" from raxadian
Review:
Why most doctors in fiction have to be crazy in some way?
Comments from author:
Well, most of the PhDs in this story will be sane. And Danielle Atron is more a businesswoman than a biochemist, evne if she's a very good biochemist. But go watch the movie. Dr. Deemer is not your classic 50's mad scientist. He seems like a good person who's working on something unusual in an attempt to help mankind. Being the 50's, it goes horribly, horribly wrong.

From a meta point of view, you have to have your monsters come from *somewhere*. Mad science is a good option if you're not going with radiation, aliens, stuff older than mankind, demons...
Review By [raxadian] • Date [17 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Summertime and..." from raxadian
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Honesty, Alex going to the Air Force Academy would end with her being screwed over one way or another, due to the fact her ADN is no longer human. and Jack is not all powerful, he can't protect Alex every time. So I really, really hope she doesn't take the military option. Also, writing reports. Plus if she finds a cute guy she likes and also works for Jack she won't be able to have a relationship with him if both are military. So staying a civilian doubles her dating options!

And yes I know that her dumping such a loyal guy would be kind of a jerkass move, but it might happen.
Comments from author:
I think Alex loves photography enough (it's canon!) that she's going to try that option, at least for a while.
Review By [raxadian] • Date [17 Apr 14] • Not Rated
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