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Review of chapter "Crossover List" from Kayjay
Seriously addictive.
Kept me up to a horrible hour of the morning several days in a row because I just couldn't stop reading.
Comments from author:
Thanks! If you liked it that much, I wouldn't mind a recommendation...
Review By [Kayjay] • Date [24 Jan 15] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Silicosis" from fpb
"Alex didn’t say anything. She was glad she had a nice name, like Alex. Even if she wasn’t thrilled to death with her middle name."

Actually, Alexandra Louise pretty much sum up what she is. Alexandra, defender of men; Louise, glorious fighter.
Comments from author:
Alex needs someone like Willow to point that out to her. She probably thinks of 'Louise' as 'name associated with elderly relative who pinched my cheek all the time'.
Review By [fpb] • Date [13 Jan 15] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Crossover List" from bookalicious
I was re-reading this and listening to music on Spotify, when a song came on that I thought was perfect for TSRoAM. It's called 'Hero' by Charlotte Perrelli. I don't know if there is a video awesome enough for the song, but it is on youTube as Sweden's 2008 Eurovision Song Contest entry
Comments from author:
Nice! But did Charlotte Perelli learn how to do eye makeup from Rupaul? :D

I never did finish writing more Terawatt theme songs. I was most of the way through 'Rescue Me' (to the tune of 'Shatter Me' by Lindsay Stirling) and I also had on my list to write filks of Rick James' 'Superfreak' and 'Superhero' by Tim Morris.

Still, I'm pleased with the ones I did finish.
Review By [bookalicious] • Date [10 Jan 15] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Crossover List" from (Current Donor)Shieldage
Awesome use of GC-Divide. Wasn't sure until the epilogue about it really being Dani who survived, but the whole thing played nicely. Good future for the heroes and humanity in general. I'm surprised they haven't put more effort into getting off-world, but using the Lagrange points to best ability and settling some colony bubbles on Mars is a great start. Heh, nice use of the dimensional travel cover story. I wonder if they have the tech to replicate that magical effect...

Nice writing of the raptors. Great foreshadowing of Hanna's DNA.
Comments from author:
Well, I wanted a certain amount of unsureness about Danielle/Dani. And they can replicate that magical effect using superpowers. Someone probably has the right powers to fake it by now...
Review By [(Current Donor)Shieldage] • Date [9 Jan 15] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Crossover List" from SirLee
fpb: my point was that, no matter how grateful Willow is towards Libby, telling Libby her civilian ID would be a serious breach in security. One that Willow was unlikely to commit, by the way, as she is used to keep isolation between her online and real-world personas since her S4lix680 days. So, when she is talking to Libby, she is "Acid Burn", not "Willow Rosenberg CEO". Willow may have given Libby some chosen pieces of data -- like coloration, for makeup tips -- but not a recognizable photo of her.

Yes, there is some info floating around that might allow Libby to put two and two together; there is the news of the computer conference, the Orphan articles on Time and such. But Libby is not an investigator, and all of that is "boring" news from her perspective, even is some of them involved Alex (who she is not a friend of, so she wouldn't be interested).

Edit: yeah, Willow is not that good with security when chatting. OTOH, Libby is no Sherlock Holmes (or even Jack O'Neill) and might not notice the relevancy of the details Willow lets slip. And she is lacking the complementary data to match, or the drive to investigate. Unless Willow just plain TELLS Libby her name -- which Willow is unlikely to do, she's not THAT bad -- I don't think Libby would figure it out. And that would be the main reason Libby was not invited to the wedding: Willow did not disclose her real name to her.
Comments from author:
I'm sure fpb got that. And we all know how great Willow is on security measures when she's chatting. :(
Review By [SirLee] • Date [8 Jan 15] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Return" from fpb
SirLee: let's see if I can express myself better. Suppose Libby got invited to the wedding - as would make sense, since she has done as much as anyone to awaken Willow and send her to Jack. Libby knows that Willow is Terawatt's super-hacker. Libby does not see Terawatt or anyone who greatly looks like her. On the other hand, she sees - of all people, from her point of view - Alex Mack. She may know that Alex photographed and interviewed Willow and she may have received the cover story that that is what caused them to become friends, but that does nothing to explain why Alex should get the fantastically privileged role of maid of honour. That was the very fact that got Sheila Rosenberg surprised and thinking. Sheila is more intelligent than Libby, but on the other hand Libby knows Terawatt and Alex much better, and she knows that Terawatt must be a Paradise Valley girl.

Diane: in fact, it is not altogether a bad idea to agree with the whole teaching body, and people should try to find out in advance what the various colleges and universities stand for. I had a charming time at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies, which sounded like it had all that I wanted - except, alas, the least measure of common ideological ground.
Comments from author:
[1] I believe you expressed yourself quite well the first time. Your English is far better than my meager Italian. However, I think that Libby might merely see Alex as 'oh I know her already' and mentally toss her into the background noise. OTOH, you could be right. Still, Willow has hundreds, maybe thousands, of on-line communicators, and she can hardly invite all of them, and she has known almost all of them a lot longer than Libby.

[2] I agree. Since the teacher for the course I was discussing was a grad student, it wasn't likely I could have found out about her attitudes or beliefs. Anyway, the problem was me. I was channeling my inner Sheldon Cooper or something.
Review By [fpb] • Date [5 Jan 15] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Problem Child" from mooncowthree
So I am going back through Cat Tales and I came upon the scene where Tim is getting chewed out for daring to ask in an essay "Can it really be a textbook example if it is the only example that any textbooks can come up with?" (From the first chapter of Plan 9 from the Demon's Head) And I thought, boy he needed to follow Willow's advice like Alex does in this chapter. On the other hand, mindlessly regurgitating what the teacher wants to hear can be quite the slippery slope...
Comments from author:
Let me just say that arguing with the psych professor about what psychology had really established according to journal articles was not really a smart strategy, even if it was an entertaining tactic. Unsurprisingly, I never listed psych as my major.
Review By [mooncowthree] • Date [3 Jan 15] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Meeting II" from Zorgdub
~~[ We know what the meters are rated, so at least we have a number we know you can top]~~
Shouldn't that be "the meters are rated *at*" ?

Also, yes, I am re-reading this AGAIN.
Comments from author:
It really should be 'what the meters are rated', as in 'we know what the resistors are rated'.

And YES! Definitely re-read it. :D :D It makes me feel all warm inside.
Review By [Zorgdub] • Date [3 Jan 15] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Crossover List" from SirLee
fpb: I don't think that Libby was ever told the civilian ID of "Terawatt's hacker gal" who she was helping with makeup & relationship advice. I mean, consider the security implications; Libby is not the most trustworthy of people after all. Blabbing that Willow Rosenberg of RedTree Software is Terawatt's private hacker would be bad in and of itself, because it would make Willow even more of a target. And it would make it far easier for someone to put the pieces together, if "Terawatt's hacker" happens to be Alex's friend.
Comments from author:
Willow did tell Buffy her real name, even if she perhaps should have withheld that information until Buffy proved herself. On the other hand, that show of trust might have been one of the small things that helped Buffy realize she had 'potential'.
Review By [SirLee] • Date [2 Jan 15] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Crossover List" from (Current Donor)SamuraiCatFan
This was such an awesome story. I still have tears in my eyes over Shar's death. There are just so many good things about this story.

I suspect that as time passes, that Alex is going to real start feeling lonely, as everyone she knows gets old and dies while she remains. While keeping an eye on descendants of friends and family will occupy her for a while, I suspect that at some point she is going to get hit with overwhelming despair. Hopefully she doesn't go through a "Four Horseman" period (ala Highlander); given her powers, that would be "not of the good".
Comments from author:
Thank you. And maybe she will age, just slowly. Immortality does not seem like a really great thing to me, even with eternal youth.
Review By [(Current Donor)SamuraiCatFan] • Date [2 Jan 15] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Wedding Party" from fpb
I noticed a narrative difficulty. Libby should have been at the wedding, but if she was and Alex was maid of honour, Libby would have been bound to wonder why. So we don't see Libby at the wedding, but that in itself would be wrong, since there is probably no single person - not even Alex/Terawatt - who has done more to awaken Willow's senses and throw her in Jack's arms.
Comments from author:
Hmmm. It seemed to me that Willow did not know Libby well enough to have her on the list of invites when there would be so many people who would be left off. Willow is bound to have tons of net-friends she knows better than Libby, and most of them aren't getting invites either.
Review By [fpb] • Date [26 Dec 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Return" from batzulger
Just rereading it for Who's Who entries and I noticed something. Did you pick nickel tetracarbonyl for its structure? I am a Chem E. and currently feel stupid for not spotting the swastika.
Comments from author:
I picked nickel tetracarbonyl because I remembered back in the day, when the very first Legionnaire's Disease case popped up (before the disease organism was identified), that some of us had an argument about what it could be, and one of us made a spirited argument that it was a poison attack using finely divided nickel tetracarbonyl.
Review By [batzulger] • Date [26 Dec 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Crossover List" from rmoni
I have read every story you have written on this site. All of them are excellent.

This is my all time favorite story on this site. It was well written and entertaining all the way through.

Very well done.
Comments from author:
Thanks! And thanks for the rec too! I appreciate the kind words, and I'll try not to let you down with my current work.
Review By [rmoni] • Date [24 Dec 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Field Trip" from Traszgo
"Action Girl went straight at the sasquatch-on-steroids, and just as it reached out to grab her, she did a baseball slide right between its legs and pulled out the .45 from under her armpit. She put a three-shot grouping right in the thing’s nads as she slid under and past it."

If you want to see this scene realized in glorious Technicolour, the third episode of The Librarians has it. Action Girl is Rebecca Romijn and the sasquatch is a minotaur (in deliciously cheesy fake fur), and it was four shots, but otherwise it was this exact scene.
Comments from author:
What? You mean someone already stole my scene? :D :D

In this case I have to ask: is it a case of 'great minds think alike' or is it 'simple minds seldom differ'? :D
Review By [Traszgo] • Date [19 Dec 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Half the Battle" from cwolf
It took me awhile on this. Not sure why this morning of all things I realized the additional conclusion.

Maggie basically immobilized Hanna to keep her from being injured in the fighting? In her own screwed up way, she cared about Hanna the same way she cared about the Raptors?

Or did I read an oddball addition into this lol
Comments from author:
Yes. She's trying to get Hanna to understand that Maggie's way is The One Correct Way, and Maggie does not want to hurt Hanna. Other than jabbing a spike into her neck and causing unbearable shocking agony every time Hanna even twitches.

The things we do for our daughters. Sigh... :D
Review By [cwolf] • Date [18 Dec 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
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