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Review of chapter "Confrontations" from JamesBrown
Comments from author:
I do have experience with problems in peer-reviewed journals due to 'old' science facing 'new' ideas, or problems with bad hypotheses, or problems with 'in' concepts. But that is how peer review works, at least in the fields I deal with: math, statistics, computer science, and the 'harder' sciences. Someone proposes something really new; it gets rejected or scoffed at; it gets tested; it either stands on its own merits or it falls; science advances. An excellent example is the Alvarez Theory: the killer meteorite of 65 million years ago. It took fifteen years of serious study, publications in serious journals, and testing by skeptics to convince the community that it was real. Now it is accepted to the extent that it shows up in sci-fi and cartoons. Hard science and the hard-ish sciences are filled with issues like this, because science is not a religion, it is a process.

and sometimes it takes even longer-
when I was a kid (admittedly a long time ago)
there were still reputable scientists laughing at the very idea
of continental drift and plate tectonics even though it was originally
proposed in 1908 - it really wasn't generally accepted until the 60s
Review By [JamesBrown] • Date [22 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Confrontations" from JamesBrown
Ha ha! I knew it! As I commented on Sep/4/14
I quote myself:
// but Ray's parents offhand comments just before,
with the - so you've got powers, so does the guy down the street
attitude sort of makes me wonder how many people ARE there
in Paradise Valley with some sort of ability who were just simply
not talking about it. //
and in addition:
// so now I'm imagining if wacky Maggie and the collective ever
decide to raid terawatts homebase while she's off in some other
part of the world so they can acquire some lab subjects,
what are the chances they end up like the proverbial stickup artist
who decides to try and hold up a police station? //
and I KNEW Marsha's powers were going to be critical :)

I apparently have the deductive reasoning of Sherlock,of Batman !
so what if I was wrong about the Macks fortifying their home against attack.
And okay,sure I was wrong about... And I didn't quite get it right with....
and there was those other things I wasn't QUITE...........
okay,okay - so I really don't know where you're going as often as not.
And even though I do manage figure it out more than a chapter or 2
ahead of time -occasionally-
you still manage to surprise me quite frequently, even WITH more foreshadowing
then I have seen in any story I can remember reading.
So, while I might have quite a few suspicions,
I still really have no idea how the heck you're going to get them out of this one!
So I am looking forward to your next chapter,
And thank you very much for entertaining us with all your hard work.
Review By [JamesBrown] • Date [22 Oct 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Confrontations" from hmhughes
I don't want to stop reading :(

Awesome update! Thanks for sharing!
Comments from author:
Thanks. Once you finish, feel free to start from the beginning, so you can repeatedly point at sentences and say "I can't believe she snuck this in here!" :D
Review By [hmhughes] • Date [22 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Confrontations" from dcarson
The discussion of science, from a quote file I have

"Science isn't an advance on truth. It's a retreat from error."
"Evolution isn't an advance towards perfection. It's a retreat from failure."
Comments from author:
Organisms can't advance toward *perfection* since that's unknowable and indefinable. No scientist claims that. Just comic books. Organisms can evolve toward local survivability.
Review By [dcarson] • Date [22 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Confrontations" from fanreaderonetwo

Hmmm... I think after this the Macks should organize a 'community meeting' and suggest fencing and gating the neighborhood. ;) But what to call it?

The Village (with obligatory umbrellaed high-wheeler bike image)"


Gating _just_ the neighborhood?

Keep in mind that much or most of Paradise Valley probably has been,
or may in the future (remember all that waste dumping Danielle did) exposed to GC or other "interesting" chemicals.
Just fall in the wrong mud hole or drink from the wrong well, and surprise!

So I suspect that the whole damned area is swarming with powers, with more popping up or being revealed, all the time. The only surprise is probably how few casualties and little property damage there has been due to accidental or deliberate "power use".
I wonder how much damage the crippled lady with the laser eyes did to her house before she got things under control? And then there is "oven mitt man".....
Also wondering how many times in the last few years the local ER has treated odd or weird injuries due to accidents, domestic disputes and arguments. Also wondering how many of those injuries got deliberately misreported or mislabeled by the health care providers.... Forex an eye laser wound listed as a kitchen stove mishap.
Similar things with local handymen and house or auto repairers and "odd" damage.

I suspect that some enterprising local entrepreneur, maybe Louis or his dad, could make some money with a store catering to local "powers". Better quality "sunglasses" and thin and flexible but temperature proof gloves come to mind, along with games to help new or young TKers learn to control their powers.
Comments from author:
Driscoll Enterprises, for all your SuperNeeds! Yeah, I can see Louis pushing that.
Review By [fanreaderonetwo] • Date [22 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Confrontations" from RevDorothyL
Can I just say how much I loved getting to see Carter in full-on super-TK-assisted fighting mode? Plus, her ruminations about the need to pick an O'Neill-humor-proof code-name for herself were hilarious.

And of COURSE the Macks would have the most impressive (if unexpected, even by the neighbors involved) Neighborhood Watch! Yay! :)
Comments from author:
And they're a carefully-plotted Neighborhood Watch as well.
Review By [RevDorothyL] • Date [22 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Return" from FireWolfe
I am so hoping the raptors get in. I absolutely love the idea of them playing hero. I mean they see AG as one of them and I so hope Maggie gets eaten. Fourth floor so what they can climb or maybe they have flying relatives lol. Come on the dino's have to be good for something. I mean really they are so cool. I can so see Alex wanting one as a pet or Willow. Love the neibors all having and hidding powers that is absolutely funny as hell. I so look forward to them working out as a neibor hood watch group. Criminals beware lol. The idea of a little old lady with laser Eyes is hilarious. I hope you let the german orphan gain redemptions sounds like the poor guys been punished enough putting up with Danielle. Still say you should bring Shar in to kick ass and take names really she could have survived eye of the storm and all that.
Comments from author:
Little old ladies can wear Cyclops goggles without anyone saying anything about it. It's just 'old people stuff'. It looks weird on Scott Summers, though.
Review By [FireWolfe] • Date [22 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Confrontations" from MarcusRowland
Oh good grief - I just realised who, or rather what, will probably be rescuing Hanna.

But will Jack let her keep them?

later - They could form a pyramid against the wall... Or build a catapult... Or use their claws as pitons...
Comments from author:
She's up on the third or fourth floor, well out of raptor reach.
Review By [MarcusRowland] • Date [22 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Confrontations" from HMaxMarius
Hmmm... I think after this the Macks should organize a 'community meeting' and suggest fencing and gating the neighborhood. ;) But what to call it?

The Village (with obligatory umbrellaed high-wheeler bike image)
Comments from author:
"You are Number Six. I am Number Two."
"Oh dude, you do not want to call yourself 'number two', okay?"
"Louis, knock it off!"
Review By [HMaxMarius] • Date [22 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Confrontations" from Dragan
Looks like Tera is going to have some combat Therapy time with Dani-kins ;p

I do have to wonder if Maggie might have forgotten that there is an invisible sniper not far away. :)
Comments from author:
Maggie never forgets anything! And she never makes mistakes! And she has absolute control over every one of her creations! And... other stuff! :D
Review By [Dragan] • Date [22 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Confrontations" from RobHumm
HA I thought there might be a super powered response from the locals I was reminded of legion story ( from the cartoon I think) where some villain just kicked a cat on New Krypton just as Brainiac 5 turned the sun yellow not a good move.

really enjoying this story but I might have to keep notes to what going on where.
Comments from author:
Well, you might have to re-read the big finale once it wraps up, so you can keep track. The 'every three or four days' thing makes that more difficult.
Review By [RobHumm] • Date [22 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Confrontations" from ShalaDakiri
1) Enjoyed watching the SRI folks tear through stuff. Alex really would be a scary saboteur since it would be near impossible to prove she'd ever been there.

2) I'm curious as to what kind of disinformation Jack filtered through Eddings to the Imperial forces. Eddings might find himself in trouble from that end if anyone thinks he flipped.

2) Of the names Carter came up with, I think Impact was the best. I came up with Blastwave as a possible code name.

3) Ouch on Action Girl. Don't know what Wacky Maggie zapped her with, but it sounds nasty.

4) I'm guessing Batman's refusal to use Baker is due to knowing it's also Azure Crush's real last name?

5) I'd wondered when Klar would make his move, since the whole point of Charlie taking the invisibility formula was to keep Eddings from noticing the real one board the chopper.

5a) I laughed about Eddings thoughts on Klar and Action Girl last chapter, since the guy he 'saw' actually was her boyfriend.

6) Looks like Vince forgot to be careful what he wished for. Dave Watts showed up as planned.

7) Loved the neighbors coming out to help.

8) I'm now wondering if Paradise Valley might end up as the location of a proto-Sky High for kids to learn to responsibly use superpowers.
Comments from author:
Well, we're now going to have to worry about just how many people in Paradise Valley have superpowers. Oh wait, I already worried about that. :D
Review By [ShalaDakiri] • Date [22 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Confrontations" from Zeviz
" The boy calmly asked, “I wonder how many other people in your neighborhood have powers?”

Four other people nervously raised their hands."

That scene was very fun, and I guess I should have expected something like this with all the hints you've dropped about the amount of contamination in Paradise Valley.

And it looks like Alex came prepared for a death trap, but Hanna wasn't. Which sounds consistent with what we've seen so far, but I hope Hanna also has some surprises up her sleeve.
Comments from author:
It looks like Alex might be ready to rumble.
Review By [Zeviz] • Date [22 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Confrontations" from hamishog
That's why there's a difference between a neighborhood and a community. Or maybe just between where you live and living somewhere. Oh, who cares. It takes a village and a place where your neighbors confront people with submachineguns is definitely a village in my book.
Have you ever heard the song "Hero" by Nickelback?
It looks bad for Action Girl but Charlie's out there somewhere and he's not going to be happy with Maggie who seems to have the bad guy trait thinks she's so clever. She may be smart but she's her own worst enemy. Or she would be if she weren't such a jerk.
It may be that I don't have a lick o' sense and I know bad guys win all the time but it seems to me that you just can't let that stand and here I'm not talking about you as an author. I'm talking about people. People are so in love with grey. I have two sayings that I really like.
There's black and there's white and there's dirty white. There is no grey. from Granny Weatherwax in Terry Pratchett's Carpe Jugulum.
You can't stop a man who knows he's right and just keeps on coming. Captain Bill McDonald, Texas Rangers.
Comments from author:
And I've been setting up Alex's neighborhood for quite some time now.
Review By [hamishog] • Date [22 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Confrontations" from cwolf
Interesting. I wonder how many secretly saw Alex before they set her up with the below ground route and entrance. How many people have been pretending to not know who she is?

At any rate, the town just stepped up.
Comments from author:
There do seem to be a fair number of people in town who have figured out Terawatt's secret identity.
Review By [cwolf] • Date [22 Oct 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
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