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Review of chapter "Bogged Down" from (Recent Donor)DonSample
Review:
I keep thinking that Ray should resign from the basketball team. GC-161 is a performance enhancing drug, and sooner or later various sporting authorities are going to start testing for it.
Comments from author:
Hmm... How would you test for it? The drug did its thing and is no longer in his system. The effects aren't noticeable even by Dr. George Mack. And Ray can't fly or use tk on the ball, so his powers are pretty far under the radar. Is he anywhere near as good as, say, an Orphan playing pro ball?
Review By [(Recent Donor)DonSample] • Date [23 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Bogged Down" from VillageOrchid
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Good one. Lots of stuff going on. Things for us and the characters to think about.
Comments from author:
And there's stuff I haven't even hinted at!
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [23 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Bogged Down" from MarcusRowland
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I hope that wading out there won't be the last sane thing he does.
Comments from author:
Well, he is wearing waders. Real waders. On the other hand, you might want to re-read the scene with Jerry Cotton...
Review By [MarcusRowland] • Date [23 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Bogged Down" from (Current Donor)Speakertocustomers
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I must admit I was thinking of the original; I've never seen the 2010 version. I almost never watch remakes.
Comments from author:
Some remakes are worth watching. Most are not. "Psycho"? Who the heck greenlit a remake of "Psycho" that was done as a frame-by-frame repeat?
Review By [(Current Donor)Speakertocustomers] • Date [23 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Bogged Down" from RobHumm
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I considered The Crazies cross but it seemed a bit to resent considering the age of most of you movie crosses I think I have seen the original but not the 2010 version did not stick in my memory anyway.
Comments from author:
I have considered some much older movies and some extremely recent ones. Although I discarded "Metropolis" pretty early in the planning stages.
Review By [RobHumm] • Date [23 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Bogged Down" from EdBecerra
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Whelp, they're screwed. Wading in a lake full of the hate plague? Might as well just eat a bullet, it'll be faster.
Comments from author:
I sure hope those waders don't leak. They are wearing waders. And in canon you had to drink the water.

Oh wait, go back and read the part with Jerry Cotton...
Review By [EdBecerra] • Date [23 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Interlude XXVII" from SpacedCadet
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You never saw 'Alex Mack' but I'm sure you saw some of the crossovers.


I saw ALL the crossovers except the Catwoman you use.
Comments from author:
Well, the Catwoman I like is Chris Dee's "Cat Tales" version which is on her website, so you can go read it anytime you want. I blame Didio and Miller for what Catwoman is now in DC.
Review By [SpacedCadet] • Date [23 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Interlude XXVII" from SpacedCadet
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I never saw the series, but I am really loving this fic.

Having just finished 171 chapters and interludes, I am eagerly waiting for more!!!
Comments from author:
You never saw 'Alex Mack' but I'm sure you saw some of the crossovers.
Review By [SpacedCadet] • Date [23 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "And Back" from Zorgdub
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~~[ Alex showered and washed her hair extra well, because wearing a wigcap all day was just bleah. ]~~
I really like the mix of SAT words and this sort of vocabulary, it makes Alex's voice feel unique and give depth to her character, underlining the contrast between her normal teenager side and the very smart and mature woman she doesn't realize she has grown into.
Comments from author:
Thanks. I've found that writing a lot of teens means that there's a lot involved in giving them different voices.
Review By [Zorgdub] • Date [23 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Interlude XXVII" from (Current Donor)Sithspit
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That last paragraph....damn.
Comments from author:
Glad you liked it. Willow changed what Alex originally wrote.
Review By [(Current Donor)Sithspit] • Date [21 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Next Mission" from DieselDriver
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You know, it might seem like not much happens in this chapter but it brings out the character of the characters in the story and lets them expand in our thoughts to be more real. I really like Alex's attitude about herself for a superhero. Modest to the point of being humble, it's certainly going to keep her from being like some of the "superheros" in some of the stories I've read, so full of themselves they turn into villains.

Thank you also for the new word. I never heard the word "affray" before. Cool to learn a new word. I suppose I've led a sheltered life. I think I had the opposite problem from what Alex has. My older sister took College prep classes and got "C's" so I said "Why bother. I can get "C's" in regular classes a lot easier." By the time I learned my mistake (I am a LOT smarter than my sister) it was almost to late to do anything about it. Alex is learning her abilities and methods to maximize her abilities, and if nothing else, maybe I can help a kid or two to learn them too. I like it when an author teaches me stuff like that in the stories. I think that's one of the things I liked about a lot of Larry Niven's stories. I know it's one of the things I like about Your stories. Thanks Diane.

Edit to your reply: Hmm. I have to wonder how well your sister did with that on her?

One last thought, brought on by reading more of the reviews. That permanently being on fire would be just like being in Hell. Worse in fact. The way I read Revelations (I do not agree with my pastor on this) is that it says that the sinners will be cast into the lake of everlasting fire. This is the second death. To me death means you're dead. The lake of fire is everlasting but the sinners die for good. Burned up. Gone. Anything else would be intolerable to anyone in Heaven. The pastor's position is that death means separated from God. Makes no sense not to read the words that are there and not try to make them mean something else. That's what progressives do.
Comments from author:
I'm the oldest kid, and I was the 'Annie' of the family. Second kid was one grade behind me and spent years being the 'oh are you going to be as smart as your big sister?' kid. Not fun.
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [21 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Interlude XXVII" from GwynApNudd
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>> I'm the oldest kid, and I was the 'Annie' of the family. Second kid was one grade behind me and spent years being the 'oh are you going to be as smart as your big sister?' kid. Not fun.

I have Asperger's and grew up at a time almost no one except Asperger himself knew that it existed, much less what it meant. So everyone thought I was the smart one and also the weird one, with no reason to connect the two. Talk about no fun. I'm no smarter than average, but because I tested well (including the standard IQ tests at the time) in general, and did well in subjects related to my "special interests" I was expected to excel in everything, and my other Aspie symptoms were punished as "acting up." I had no social graces, and did not make friends easily, so had no one to talk about the pressures that my family and my teachers were placing on me. My sisters (one a year ahead, the other two years behind) had no sympathy because their teachers had expectations of them because of me.

Things have changed since then. They do get better.
Comments from author:
Well, I don't have Asperger's, but I am remarkably obsessive-compulsive. It's not at a clinical level (as it is for my son), and everyone in my family is/was obsessive-compulsive to some extent. I was extra-annoying scholastically because I'm good at math, science, English, languages, computers, blah blah blah. I also was the annoying kid in class who always had her hand in the air like Hermione Granger long before there *was* a Hermione Granger to compare to. The story Willow told in the 'Tarantula' arc about listing names of various sciences for class and writing down hundreds instead of a dozen? That's true.
Review By [GwynApNudd] • Date [21 Apr 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Interlude XXVII" from Zorgdub
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I loved the last paragraph.

A bit too preachy overall, but I guess that's to be expected for that sort of speech.
Comments from author:
Well, Alex wrote it and Willow edited it, so you have to expect something like that. :D
Review By [Zorgdub] • Date [21 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Interlude XXVII" from Vld
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Well, i don't want super powers, thank you very much. Now, if it was a choice between watching everyone die, and dosing myself in GC-161 (risking insanity, disfigurement, etc...) the choice is easily made. Heck, I'd give myself to the tentacle space thingie if there was a chance it could save everyone else.
Comments from author:
I wouldn't mind the power to touch a book and grok the contents. "Hmm, quantum chromodynamics... I touch the textbook and... voila! And next... baking with Julia Child."
Review By [Vld] • Date [21 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Interlude XXVII" from DieselDriver
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I love that last line. The rest of it was smart thinking. Having a "fansite" and having her answer a question like that. Still, there are a lot of idiots out there who would be quite willing to weed themselves out of the gene pool by trying to get super powers regardless of the odds. Because they either are to stupid to understand or don't believe the odds. I like the comparison to the lottery. Ok, I blow enough money on the lottery in a year to buy a nice TV. I'm not going to die or be mutated into a hairy(er) monster or something if I don't win. With those consequences I wouldn't take the chemical even if the odds were 50/50 unless there was an overpowering reason that we (people in general) NEEDED someone with superpowers to do the mighty mouse trick. Sheesh, with my luck I'd turn into mighty mouse and save the day but never be a normal human again. It would have to be a dire emergency for that to be worth it.

I have to wonder, how did Atron keep from having some of those consequences if she tried it over and over and over again to get powers she wanted? Or was that some other story and I'm mixed up?

Just read Speakertocustomers' comments and have to agree totally. They could very easily bring on an "On The Beach" scenario where everyone and everything above the level of a cockroach dies. Even cockroaches succumb to the blob. Probably we end up with a planet covered in "blob" that is a deathtrap for any aliens who might attempt to land.

Had a funny idea earlier today, for a crossover I'd be interested to read: Johnny Storm in place of Joe in "Joe and the Volcano". Anyone who wants to feel free to give it a go. I hereby give up any rights to the idea and any story that results from it.

OMG!!! http://www.grrlpowercomic.com/archives/1142 found this on one of the reviews and it's so freaking funny I can't breath for laughing at it.
Comments from author:
There are a LOT of pages in 'Grrl Power' that are so funny you'll hurt yourself laughing. Plus really impressive artwork as the comic evolves. The later pages are full-fledged Marvel/DC level art quality. I'm still grinning about last Thursday's page, but you really need to read the whole archive to get maximum enjoyment out of it. Plus obscure refs to all sorts of comics, tv, videogames, movies... I give it a thumbs-up.
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [21 Apr 14] • Not Rated
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