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Review of chapter "A Thousand Sunsets" from spk
Review:
WOW!! So heartbreakingly beautiful.
Review By [spk] • Date [1 Nov 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "A Thousand Sunsets" from Terapsina
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Loved this story, well as much as it is possible in this story's circumstances, but it would be very nice if someone would really come and save Spike, he deserves better.
Don't know, let Buffy see in one of her prophetic dreams whats going on with poor, half living Spike.
Please?
Review By [Terapsina] • Date [1 Mar 08] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "A Thousand Sunsets" from FallenCaryatid
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I adore this little tale of yours. I love the whole thing, really, Spike getting the Shanshu, his version of a personal hell, quips, monologues and all. I suppose I was expecting something a little different for how he breaks the pattern, but I approve nonetheless.
The whole time I was reading, I was thinking of Dante's Inferno. I imagine Spike would have read it; beautiful poetry, hell and suffering, redemption, love, Christian themes, and more. I bet lots of new vamps would read that sort of thing to be all intimidating and to learn how to be a proper demon. Anyway, I think Spike would have appreciated the Inferno in his particular situation in your story.... The passage I had in mind is the inscription over the gates of Hell:
"Through me the way into the suffering city,
through me the way to the eternal pain,
through me the way that runs among the lost.
Justice urged on my high artificer;
my maker was divine authority,
the highest wisdom, and the primal love.
Before me nothing but eternal things
were made, and I endure eternally.
Abandon every hope, who enter here."

Most read it that Hell's mission statement includes killing the hopes of its sufferers, one by one. But I think further study of Dante (or even just watching The Shawshank Redemption) would teach that hope is the fuel with which torment burns. It's a typical dichotemy of the human condition. To know joy we must first suffer; to give life we must endure pain and possible death; to value Paradise we must first be cast from it. So to endure hell, we have to risk abandoning every hope--and we just pray that on the other side of it, we will have in place of our hopes, their satisfaction instead.
After all, being in heaven taught Buffy to abandon all fear, all pain, her cookies were done. That's why returning to the world was such torment--not because she had to take back fear and pain, but because she had to relearn hope after having been complete.
Sorry for the massive monologue a'palooza, but take from it this good thing: your piece moved me.
Review By [FallenCaryatid] • Date [27 May 04] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "A Thousand Sunsets" from whirleeq
Review:
Very nice little one-shot; you wrote Spike's character very well, and I loved it - especially the ending.
Kudos, and thanks for sharing :)
Review By [whirleeq] • Date [27 May 04] • Rating [8 out of 10]
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