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Review of chapter "Vine Street" from Zeviz
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It's good to see Terawatt through other people's eyes. Maybe after she hears it enough, Alex will realize how impressive she is.

And I am curious, what is her top 10 scariest experiences list at this point?
Review By [Zeviz] • Date [27 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Vine Street" from MarcusRowland
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Why do I suspect there's going to be more plant action?

And if Poison Ivy is allowed to watch TV what will she think of this?
Review By [MarcusRowland] • Date [27 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Vine Street" from hamishog
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I am once again glad that I am tracking this story. Alex is a treasure; a breath of fresh air in an all-too-stale genre. Especially these days good and nice seem to be equated with ineffectual and stupid. Good isn't stupid and it isn't ineffectual; it's hard and it requires sacrifices that don't appeal to most. Because there's a difference between being good and doing good. It takes less time and effort to destroy something than to build it and maintain it. And that's the real problem, isn't it? If you're good you have to be good every day. You can't let it slide because (and it's been said) it only takes one bad day to bring it all down. The best, most declarative, line about Good though is from one of my favorite Terry Pratchett novels, Men at Arms. In it he said (and I paraphrase) if you are being held pray it is by an evil man. And evil man will bluster; an evil man will boast. An evil wants to boast; he wants you to fear him. A good man will kill you without a word. People are too impressed with the trappings of power. They are too in love with the drama. There is so much grey in the world that they have basically forgotten that black and white exist. Although Granny Weatherwax in Pratchett's Carpe Jugulum had something to say about that. "They ain't no such thing as grey. There's just black and white and dirty white."
Now, I must congratulate you on character development. People tend to forget that Alex, while responsible, is only just starting on her journey to adulthood. Frank is going to help a lot with that. Although he needs to talk to Louis who seems a very effective manager. They could incorporate. Still, loved it. So glad Alex is maintaining her priorities.
Review By [hamishog] • Date [27 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Vine Street" from Harry
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Well, Alex just gave her adviser some news that sent him into orbit! And now, Sam just got the full lowdown on Alex's world. And BOY was she shocked.!!
Review By [Harry] • Date [27 Aug 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Vine Street" from RevDorothyL
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I especially enjoyed Frank's reaction to hearing more of Alex's experiences fighting things that would give anyone nightmares and saving the world while still in High School, as well as Sam Finn's immediate impulse to protect young Alex from being dangerously exploited -- even by her husband and other good guys -- before learning that Alex's life was in danger and she was fighting super-powered badness long before the SRI had heard of her.
Review By [RevDorothyL] • Date [27 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Vine Street" from VillageOrchid
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Really nice, and good to have her get the tip about parabolic mics.
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [27 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Vine Street" from dcarson
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Frank would reserve space in the truck for emergency gear that you might need on no warning. The umbrella is bulky and fairly cheap if you get one that won't last more then a summer. If you need one you have time to get one. Give it to the local emergency workers when you leave.

Frank would be a bigger name if he had just filmed and refused to sign a NDA in Colorado. He has hero impulses also. Will Alex wonder how close in age he is to Janet?
Review By [dcarson] • Date [27 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Vine Street" from djhardim
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Good.

Would the fourth Doctor Who episode, "The Seeds of Doom", be the one you're thinking of?

http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/The_Seeds_of_Doom_(TV_story)
Review By [djhardim] • Date [27 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Vine Street" from LeChasseur
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Frank's reaction was hilarious ! And absolutely realist too. Alex is so indifferent now to the stuff she lived. It still registered, but "Hey, I lived worse. And Maggie wasn't it."

Fabulous.
Review By [LeChasseur] • Date [27 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Return" from fpb
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Diane: There are plastic films that are as stretchy as human skin, but they're not designed to be used for anything like this. Just remember that biochemistry in the Alexverse is much more sophisticated and much more dangerous than in real life. :D


It is one of the privileges of superhero fiction to stretch the possibilities of existing technology well beyond reality. Take, for instance, one of the less absurd technological contrivances of the incredibly absurd Marvel Universe ("bitten by a radioactive spider" - yeah, right) - Iron Man's armour. There is really no insurmountable problem in creating an external prosthetic or exo-skeleton somewhat like that, and various kinds of walking helps and supports have in fact been tested to help para- and tetraplegics. The problem is power. It is practically impossible to have a battery that can power such a device independently. (Although one news item from Israel suggested that someone had made the breakthrough. But I don't trust the story: journalists, on the whole, understand less of science and technology than they do of history, and they understand NOTHING of history.) And we notice that that is where the recent Iron Man and Avengers movies have brought in magic - their so-called "arc reactor", which can power a skyscraper for months.
Comments from author:
In fact, the problem that Maggie Walsh's colleagues are having with their power armor is... power requirements. Well, that and space requirements, because building a massive 'repulsor ray' would be hard enough, but making one roughly the size three silver dollars is a lot harder.
Review By [fpb] • Date [27 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Spencer Reed" from rotsapvl
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I'm enjoying this story so much. I burst into giggles sometimes while reading it.

I do have a questions about the plastic film Alex uses for her lips and eyes. Is there any website that deals with it in real life? It's just that I can't visualize it working. I think of Alex smiling and her lips falling off.....

Otherwise, keep up the good work, and can I say I'm in awe of your high quality output?

And btw, my muse is chanting more Bruce Payne, more Bruce.
Comments from author:
Thanks! I love reviews. (And I like recommendations too. Wink wink, nudge nudge.)

There are plastic films that are as stretchy as human skin, but they're not designed to be used for anything like this. Just remember that biochemistry in the Alexverse is much more sophisticated and much more dangerous than in real life. :D

As for my output... I write an entire outline in enormous detail before I start writing the story. That way, I never write my way into a corner, and I never stop writing and say 'I do not know where to go next with this'. It also means that I have the ending already worked out before you see Chapter 1, so you don't have to worry about being abandoned in mid-story. Then I write well ahead before I start publishing. At one time, I was close to sixty chapters ahead on this story. I now have all but about half a dozen scenes left to write or re-write.
Review By [rotsapvl] • Date [26 Aug 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Covering up" from fpb
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On a minor point, it occurred to me, reading this chapter, that the Kari Strong books might be one way for a certain super-sneaky then-colonel now-general to spread the Terawatt agenda without being noticed. It's not just that Kari Strong imitates Terawatt, but that her outlook - eg her detestation for a Glenn Howard type - correspond much too much to Terawatt's views and experiences. You recently brought in a Hypergirl novel whose outlook was as un-Terawatty as possible, and this shows that it is not a given that a hero character should be LIKE Terawatt, and experience the things that Terawatt does, only because she is intended to get on the bandwagon. Like, for instance, not all the "ancient mysteries with some connection with the Bible" books that came out after Dan Brown's were necessarily like Dan Brown's in outlook or style. (Some, in fact, were considerably better, like Kate Mosse's. And you haven't said that the Hypergirl novel was bad, only that it was unlike anything Terawatt is.) So the complete coincidence between Kari Strong and Terawatt gives - as Hercule Poirot would say - one furiously to think.

And on another: the little scene where Alex subtly snarks Kelly is one of your very best.

EDITED IN: Not only did Dan Brown do his "research" from books by loonies, he showed an almost infallible ability to ignore all the acceptable parts and go straight for the rubbish. I know that because as an eighteen-year-old I read "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail" - one of Brown's main sources - and I have since been able to look back on it with a historian's eye; and I was astonished to find that Brown ignored every single bit of the book that had anything to do with actual history. That was not just a matter of bad research, but of a definite orientation towards the false, the absurd and the groundless. His mind turned to rotten conjectures and crude fantasy as the needle turns to the magnetic North.
Comments from author:
Dan Brown. Ugh. Are there WORSE books than his? (Rhetorical question there. Of course there were worse books, even if his plots are garbage and his 'research' is snitching stuff out of books by loonies.)

As for the Hypergirl novel, you have to have sex in these books to get them to sell, right? Either sex or violence, preferably both! 'Airplane books' are chock full of some of the above: sex, violence, action, adventure, romance, danger, and sexy violent main characters in dangerous adventures. :D Still, the idea that the superheroine is too dumb to invent her own gadgets or figure out the problem is fairly classic. (She doesn't figure it out, the villain tells her as he lowers her into the deathtrap!) I would think the first adult 'airplane book' trying to make money off the 'superheroines are real... and jaw-droppingly hot' motif would be pretty much along the lines of Hypergirl.
Review By [fpb] • Date [26 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Spencer Reed" from LFW
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As always a great fic
I am enjoying the down time that Alex is getting and the helpful points for her job
The one thing that I thought was to mention saving money and maybe healthcare money
Looking forward to more
Thanks
Comments from author:
Thanks. And I'm sure Frank will be giving her even more pointers as time goes on.
Review By [LFW] • Date [25 Aug 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Spencer Reed" from Starfox
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Nice chapter. Good insights into the life of a freelance reporter, and some funny detals about air travel - especially the amount of time lost getting there early enough, waiting, waiting some more, and then getting to where you actually want to be from the airport. That stuff often get glossed over.
Comments from author:
Maybe it's just that I am old and a curmudgeon, but I used to enjoy air travel. Now it's torture required to get from point A to point B. Maybe that's the intent: the experience is so awful that even hardened terrorists refuse to do it anymore.
Review By [Starfox] • Date [25 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Spencer Reed" from mooncowthree
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so the 'Spencer Reed' pun is going over my head. is it something to do with the plants (reeds)?
Comments from author:
The Oswell E. Spencer Building + reeds. I'm sorry.
Review By [mooncowthree] • Date [24 Aug 14] • Not Rated
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