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Review of chapter "Stranger in a Strange Land" from eriktheviking
Review:
A cracking good read with a well written interweaving of the characters from different canon series.
Review By [eriktheviking] • Date [24 Mar 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Stranger in a Strange Land" from evilredknight
Review:
Still love this universe.
But I have to say I fell a little disappointment. Because I feel a fun(and important) of the story is missing.

I so wanted to be a bug on the wall for the President asking for the deputy director of the FBI explanation for the shoddy treatment (against policy) Clarice got when she was being pressured to quit. By the way the story claims there is a high level inquiry into the situation that we've never seen hide nor hair of. I do hope you eventually plan to address it.

So again I want to see the Joint Chief's and other heads of agency's (NID etc.) explaining that they could decide that direct Presidential orders had wiggle room. When they damn well knew it didn't.
These men aren't stupid and combined with the regular world investigation into cleaning up Marigold and it's abuses - which must have a fair number of high level people knowing about - even if after the fact.
And the many, many deaths of people involved in the illegal, immoral, unethical treatment of children, that most of them would have a clue.

To much of this crap continuing to go on AFTER the Marigold thing, kinda limits believability ...even in a world of aliens, witches, and immortals.
Most of these men and women running the military or Intel/law enforcement agencies are neither stupid, unethical, or dishonorable.

I think you should show that.
Comments from author:
That is actually a point I haven't addressed yet, but it will be. I might even write the initial chewing out as a flashback for the director.

The High Level inquiry is ongoing and will be shwon on two levels one in LS and one in Queens' Gambits.

The reasons for all this will be dealt with. They won't be pleasant. I agree with you. But they can be blinded by their own vision and what they believe is good and right. But the points will be addressed.

Then again, whenever I think about what can go wrong, I think about Allen Welsh Dulles and Evan Mecham...

Thanks and thanks for reviewing
Review By [evilredknight] • Date [5 Feb 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Stranger in a Strange Land" from musumenosuoh
Review:
very cool!!!
Comments from author:
Glad you like it. Need to get back in the swing of it…

Thanks and thanks for reviewing
Review By [musumenosuoh] • Date [21 Jan 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Stranger in a Strange Land" from (Past Donor)Jewel
Review:
So... A potential pairing that no-one would have seen coming and yet seems highly cute and feasible. I do wonder how you see these things when no-one else does.

Also loved the president's reaction to Lilith's call - poor man!

Keep them coming - I love your writing.

~ Jewel
Comments from author:
Sam and Xeno, sitting in a tree... We can all hear Jack singing it already...

The President should be used to it by now. But he was very annoyed, since he's basically a good man.

Thanks and thanks for reviewing
Review By [(Past Donor)Jewel] • Date [21 Jan 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Stranger in a Strange Land" from spikesplayfulpet
Review:
I love this story along with all the others in the Waifs and Strays series. I have to admit that I was never a big fan of Stargate. I would occassionally catch an episode, but that was it. You make the characters from that series easy to follow and they just seem to naturally fit with the whole series. Xeno and Sam I think will make a cute couple if it goes that way. Keep up the great writing.
Comments from author:
Glad you’re enjoying my take on the Star Gate universe, even if the verse itself is not to your taste. Also glad you enjoy the series as a whole. I shall do my best to do so…

Thanks and thanks for reviewing
Review By [spikesplayfulpet] • Date [19 Jan 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Stranger in a Strange Land" from Bobboky
Review:
Very good
Comments from author:
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Review By [Bobboky] • Date [19 Jan 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Stranger in a Strange Land" from Cordyfan
Review:
Interesting match between Sam and Xenophilius - it might even work, while driving the others to distraction.

Hammond will make a good grandfather-type figure for Cassandra. With her whole culture lost to her, she'll need all the family she can get.

Here's hoping that a few more of the Marigold and associated types are brought to book, having incurred both Lilith's and the President's wrath. Obviously they won't all be rooted out yet, but every one or two helps.

Thanks for writing this
Comments from author:
Sam could do with a little loosening up, Xeno with a little reality. I think they may just be a match made in my diseased mind…

Hammond is taking definite steps to adoptive grandparent hood, yes.

Probably some small fry. But we shall see what the future shall bring…

Thanks and thanks for reviewing
Review By [Cordyfan] • Date [19 Jan 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Stranger in a Strange Land" from Eureka
Review:
Loved this chapter. Sam and Xeno perfectly compliment each other! I agree, had Ricky Ricardo's voice in my head with that "Some 'Splainin to do!" I could just hear "Luuuuuuuuucy! You gots some 'Splainin to do!" from one of my favorite shows. (Yes, I watched "I Love Lucy" even at my youngish age. It was re-runs. Can't wait to see who ends up taking the "fall" for the trying to get Cassie bull, and kinda hope it isn't tied on Finn's head.
Comments from author:
I hoped to get people to accept even the notion of that pairing and not come after me with torches and pitchforks.

Carlyle is a rather O’Neillish sort of person.

Mr Finn is guilty of obeying orders and being a touch too gullible. Other than that, we shall see…

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Review By [Eureka] • Date [18 Jan 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Stranger in a Strange Land" from (Current Donor)Truthmaker
Review:
Another update to one of my favorite stories on this site. Thank you.
Your Sam/Xeno is almost too cute for words. I'm not sure I could say they're smitten with each other but I could definitely see them spending some time "discussing theories" together, decades even.

Oh and I have to admit, when I read this line:
Carlyle smiled. “Olsen? Take five men, go outside and bring me those two guys who came for Cassandra. They've got some 'splainin' to do.”

I cackled evilly... just a bit (and for some reason after that, Carlyle started speaking in Ricky Ricardo's voice). ;-)
Comments from author:
Sam and Xeno will probably be discussing theories until they’re old and grey…

He probably affected the accent while saying it. He is that sort of man…

Thanks and thanks for reviewing
Review By [(Current Donor)Truthmaker] • Date [18 Jan 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Stranger in a Strange Land" from Wormbait
Review:
I'd be jealous of how you write such consistently good chapters and manage to keep this whole conglomeration of stories all moving along, fitting in together and actually making sense, but I'm too busy reading and enjoying.

Well done and thanks for sharing.
Comments from author:
Ah, that age old dichotomy… ;-) Trust me, it does take some practice. Glad you’re enjoying it.

Thanks and thanks for reviewing
Review By [Wormbait] • Date [18 Jan 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Stranger in a Strange Land" from (Recent Donor)Manchester
Review:
“Oh, right. Wand Wan- Gentleman from the Focus using world, yes,” Jon corrected himself, an eye on Evy, who had looked up with interest, and Evelyn, who had that glint in her eyes that told him he’d better watch his language around impressionable young minds...

There's a perfect way for Evelyn to get Jon from never again using that term in front of Evy. Just have her catch him alone (preferably while drinking something), and then innocently ask this older sibling if he's speaking from personal experience. Either due to witnessing this, or actually participating, "...but don't worry, Jon, didn't we all experiment in our younger days? Jon? Jon? You're turning blue, and if you don't stop coughing, I'm getting a doctor..."

Good chapter!
Comments from author:
Actually, there were those times as a young man at University… I wouldn’t be surprised by that at all. (Or worse, he’ d say that he’s sorry, But Rick is just such an attractive man…;-) )

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Review By [(Recent Donor)Manchester] • Date [18 Jan 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Stranger in a Strange Land" from Compston
Review:
Excellent chapter
Comments from author:
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Review By [Compston] • Date [18 Jan 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Stranger in a Strange Land" from djhardim
Review:
Very good. Heads are going to roll. Better still, change them into lab rats.

One thing --

“That's alright. I probably would have reacted much the same. I'll call you later.” Lassiter hung up.

Amos put the phone he'd been using down. “Well, sir, that's a clusterfuck of epic proportions,” he said dryly. The

“FUBAR,” Lassiter answered. “Chiefs on the way?”

I think part of the conversation is missing in the second line.

Edit: it will be cheaper to keep them as lab rats, rather than as human prisoners.
Comments from author:
Thanks, glad you enjoyed it. Lab rats? But the President just said they weren't a nation of vivisectionists... ;-)

Quite right, it should read:

There were times when swearing was just the only way to show how one felt. And it wasn’t like Lassiter hadn’t been a Marine, after all.

Corrected. Thanks for pointing it out.

Thanks for reviewing
Review By [djhardim] • Date [18 Jan 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Stranger in a Strange Land" from Seagul
Review:
Wow, two updates in one day. Awesome. Always fun to get one update, but two is even better.
I wasn't sure about Xeno/Sam at first, either as a couple or that Xeno/Sam was something you were considering but the more I read the more I see that as a possibility. I wonder what Jacob would think of him?
Comments from author:
Glad you liked them. Xeno in this reality is somewhat different than Xeno in the books, he’s more than just a Crypto magi zoologist and science and mathematics are a shared interest.

Jacob may whimper a little, and then start imagining what grandchildren this might result in…

Thanks and thanks for reviewing
Review By [Seagul] • Date [18 Jan 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Mother Queen" from Seagul
Review:
'...in her heart, through a description read in the journal of a dead man she might have learned to love and that first look into frightened blue eyes.'

The Doc and...Major Smith? He was the one with journals on Hanka, notes about the people and such. Were they a thing?
Comments from author:
No, but as Sam noticed, they might have been, had he lived. Janet went there to see him.

Thanks and thanks for reviewing
Review By [Seagul] • Date [28 Dec 13] • Not Rated
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