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Review of chapter "The Curious Thing That the God Did In the Night -" from Grovtech
Review:
I won't say that this is the best story that I've ever read. I will say that at where I am right now it absolutely hit the right spot. Reading this and listening to youtube western soundtracks as well as your suggested music list was a very satisfying experience. Mythic west stories are among my favorites going back to Kenny Rodgers Gambler series of TV movies where we saw so many old west stars for one last time.

Just so well done!
thank you!
Comments from author:
Thank you!

I'm really glad that you enjoyed this. It was kind of a labor of love for me, and one that I wasn't certain about just what kind of a response it would get from readers.
Review By [Grovtech] • Date [16 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Curious Thing That the God Did In the Night -" from landmaster
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I thoroughly enjoyed this story but WHAT happened to the video cassette. Did the Mayor recover it.

As I was reading this story, I had a curious thought: What if the tape ended up in Warehouse 13 and they accidently played it, sending Myka, Pete and Helena back into the tape. At the same time, it draws in a time traveller called River Song. And that Helena and River knew each other. And Helena was still around in London, England and hasn’t been Bronzed yet.

I suggest that a crossover between Rio Blanco and Warehouse 13 with a touch of Doctor Who would be nice to read.
Comments from author:
The Mayor wouldn't have been around to recover the videotape as he died in 1898 Sunnydale. Cordelia and Xander never said what happened to the tape once they woke up in the revised timeline, so I suppose we'll never know.

Maybe Cordelia's new Afghan Hound ate it.

"I suggest that a crossover between Rio Blanco and Warehouse 13 with a touch of Doctor Who would be nice to read."

I agree. Have fun writing that, and please send me a link when you're done so that I can read it. ;)

Edited to correct the date. My lysdexia got me and I fat fingered it.
Review By [landmaster] • Date [17 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Curious Thing That the God Did In the Night -" from garrycooper
Review:
Great Story!!!! Love your work. Please keep writing when you have the time, I know real life can be a bitch. Thank you for your stories.
Comments from author:
Thank you. ;)

IRL is pretty smooth right now, thank the gods. The big problem now is I have a backlog list with way, way too many stories piled on it, and not enough writing time in a day to get to them along with all of the other things I need and want to do. Plus a muse that's gotten a bit frivolous and flighty since I burned her out in 2012 writing "And Another Thing", this fic, three Hell-er-nator installments, and a raft of short fics all in a dead heat in seven months. ;)

My writing muscle is regenerating slowly, and I'm slowly working my way through the list of projects that I have lined up, though...
Review By [garrycooper] • Date [19 Jun 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Curious Thing That the God Did In the Night -" from Tjack
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Well Hoss,
I finally got time to try this story out like a book rather than as separate chapters and if anything it works even better.
One thing I did work out though... Was Wendie (Cordy's modern day lookalike cousin) the descendant of the Xander/Cordelia line?
Thanks for the ride, maybe real soon now I'll have a chance to catch up the new stuff.
Comments from author:
Kind of. IIRC, if I properly remember the family history I worked out, she's derived from Cordelia's mother's sister or half sister. Half, I think... making her not a direct Chase relative or heir. (Looks? The genes are strong in that one. *g*)

First cousin? Second cousin? I always get confused on the first, second, third cousin thing. And considering I come from a family with my mom having twelve brothers and sisters and oodles of nieces and nephews and step inlaws, I spent a lot of my life confused by my relatives. ;)

And, cool. It does scan a lot better read nonstop from end to end like a novel, eh? Hazard of writing the way that I do: I don't really write for serial posting.
Review By [Tjack] • Date [27 Mar 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The Curious Thing That the God Did In the Night -" from (Recent Donor)redjacobson
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Hey buddy!

Just finished re-reading (for the ?th time) this story, and I love it just as much as I did the first several times. I was just wondering, have you given any thought to re-visiting the modern day Xander and Cordelia? Maybe during the post-graduation Road Trip, making a stop in Cleveland to satisfy Rupert Giles' curiousity? Of course, they would meet up with Buffy and Willow, and I'm sure that Buffy would love to hear some stories of her great granddaddy Dude and his adventures.

Naturally, they would get involved with the Slaying, and demonstrating just how affective power burn is on a vampire.

Anyway, just a random thought for a Saturday morning.

red
Comments from author:
I've given thoughts to it, yeah. That's about as far as they've gone as of yet though. ;)

Glad you enjoyed this enough to reread it. Thanks.
Review By [(Recent Donor)redjacobson] • Date [8 Feb 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Message in a Klein Bottle..." from (Recent Donor)redjacobson
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I just happened to see some of the artwork you did for this chapter, and I would personally love to have a wallpaper of it. Of course, I would have to find a way to get it printed on poster board so I could hang in from my wall. Be a hell of a conversation starter, wouldn't it? *GRIN*

Red
Comments from author:
You mean the poster/banner at the end, above the afterword? Not sure if it's the right aspect ratio... depending on your monitor.

I think I still have your email addy. What's your screen resolution?
Review By [(Recent Donor)redjacobson] • Date [2 Jan 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The Curious Thing That the God Did In the Night -" from Godogma
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This... This was arguably even better than the other one I reviewed... I loved it too... Though, I'd really like to see more of either line - the one in the present or the one in 1898... There's just so much MORE that I'd love to see of this.

EDIT: And you've kept me awake for the past ... 30 some-odd hours straight... You evil evil man... keep up the good work.

EDIT 2: Hell with that I've hit the long stretch now, my bipolar powered brain switched to manic mode when I found something good to read. The eyes they blur, the body it aches and is tired but the mind demands more to read... So I hit up your other stuff. Snerk.
Comments from author:
*nod* I have a lot of ideas for followups in both timelines. The problem, of course, is getting them all written. I'm real sure you know how that goes... I want to explore them taking a trip to Cleveland to see Willow, maybe after Graduation, and getting involved in the yearly apocalypse there.

And yeah, IMO, this is a much tighter, more self contained, and faster paced story than my other two. I was really happy with the way it came out.

Thanks for the reviews.

ETA: Snerk. Sorry 'bout that. Go get some sleep. ;)
Review By [Godogma] • Date [27 Dec 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "A Pleasant Day for a Stroll, err, Ride..." from athanor
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I know that you are deliberately playing fast and loose with the anachronisms but your use of the word gunsel keeps tripping me up. At the time of this story it referred to a young homosexual. The meaning didn't start to change until the Maltese Falcon when they slipped it in under the radar and people who didn't know what the word meant guessed it was another word for hired gunman. Other than that I'm loving this story and all of your others that I've read. Keep up the good work.
Comments from author:
Sorry 'bout that. Guess you'll just have to adjust, anachronism wise. ;)

Thanks, and I am glad that you're enjoying it.
Review By [athanor] • Date [7 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Curious Thing That the God Did In the Night -" from cyberfish
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I love it ,I love it!! you chose some of the best westerns .Is that going to be a Fath centered one ? I hope ,I hope !!
Comments from author:
Eventually, probably. ;)

This one's pretty self contained so far, so the sequel is pretty far down my writing list.
Review By [cyberfish] • Date [30 Nov 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Curious Thing That the God Did In the Night -" from BrianDReader
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I really love this story. I think that you have a fantastic take on Xander's and Cordy's characters. The huge cast of characters makes it a little daunting, but it's well worth the time and effort to read.

Please, PLEASE, write the Faith story!
Comments from author:
Thanks. :)
Review By [BrianDReader] • Date [26 Nov 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Bonus Epilogue and Expanded Credits:" from Zaxxon
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For some reason, I can't picture Faith in a Western... Too much of a city-girl to me. When I mentioned this to a friend, he remarked, but Cordelia Chase is a city-girl too, and my reply is "But (a) she was with Xander to help her out, and (b) Sunnydale isn't a much of a city or a town, especially not like Boston and its area."

Xander makes an excellent cowboy/gunslinger, and would love to see more of Xander in a western, or the life of 1800 Xander "left" in the past. Or other such settings.
Comments from author:
Cool, and thanks. Glad you enjoyed it.

Hey, Janus or whoever put her back there isn't giving Faith much choice. She'll have to adjust. (I have enough faith, pardon the pun, in my ability as a writer to be able to pull it off successfully when/if I get around to writing her in that setting.)
Review By [Zaxxon] • Date [24 Nov 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Curious Thing That the God Did In the Night -" from Studyofchaos
Review:
Amazing job on this story. Great work and looking forward to more from you in the future. Thanks!
Comments from author:
Thanks for the review, and glad you enjoyed it. As I've noted before, the positive reaction to this story has freaking amazed me.
Review By [Studyofchaos] • Date [24 Nov 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Curious Thing That the God Did In the Night -" from Ghostrider
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First off, let me echo all the previous reviewers and state, categorically and equivocally, that you NEED to turn that Faith in Western Land teaser into an epic fic, sequel to this one.

Come on, you know you want to... ;-)

Secondly, this, my friend, is, to me, the best fanfic story, bar none, that I have read in years. It dwarfs many, many actual fiction stories, written by "professional" writers, IMHO. Actually, many of today's so-called "authors" barely qualify for that distinction.

Thanks to this story, I've been revisiting my old love of westerns, both novels as well as movies. The big names as well as the myriad of cheap, forgettable spaghetti-westerns of times past. And delving back into the various firearms of the times and today's reenactments etc.

I've just downloaded the .epub version of this novel and put it in my Dropbox, from where it will be read again and again, on my various gadgets, to continue to enjoy the various hijinks displayed within.

Now, get on with writing that sequel, my good man!!!!
Comments from author:
Thank you. Wow, that's a hell of a review. :)

Yeah yeah. *I* want to. But currently my muse is on a beach in Sint Maartin with a tequila hangover and she's not returning emails. I fear that she may have gotten drunk and woke up married to Xander and Cordy...
Review By [Ghostrider] • Date [23 Nov 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The Curious Thing That the God Did In the Night -" from Bobboky
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very much of the awesome
Comments from author:
Thanks.
Review By [Bobboky] • Date [23 Nov 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Curious Thing That the God Did In the Night -" from CPTSkip
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Darn it all! I am living on the wrong time-line! I want to go to Amazon.com and order me some movies. But, alas, they don't exist in our time-line. Sob!

Thank you so much for a marvelous story. I even found some of my grandfather's old western paperbacks and I'm rereading some Louis L'Amour novels. Very cool.

I would love to see Xander's and Cordy's adventures in the Lensman universe. I don't care what E. E. Smith wrote, Cordy would make a great Lenswoman.
Comments from author:
That could be fun. ;)

Even though I've read all of the Lensman novels a long time ago, I'm afraid that I'm not familiar enough with the universe to x-over with it. That might be one we'll have to get someone else to write.
Review By [CPTSkip] • Date [23 Nov 13] • Not Rated
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