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Review of chapter "Family Issues XXV and Epilogue" from FicChick
Review:
This was really good. Very believable w/in the bounds of the MIB & BtVS universes; everyone was really IC. Also, the plot was interesting.
Comments from author:
Thanks - it's an old one, and I'd write it a little differently if I was doing it today, but I think it works. Glad you liked it.
Review By [FicChick] • Date [30 Aug 13] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Family Issues XXV and Epilogue" from (Recent Donor)DeepBlueJoy
Review:
Was delighted to rediscover this from a post on the forums. I seldom reread anything because of how many stories I've read and how many more I have 'unread'. That's by way of a huge compliment. Not sure if I ever read the sequel, but here goes.

This is one of the earliest stories I read, so you're part of my being hooked on this site, which makes you partly responsible for my becoming a fanfic author. Hope that's not too heavy a burden to carry!!!
:-)

Blue
Comments from author:
Many thanks - it's good to know I've been a corrupting influence!
Review By [(Recent Donor)DeepBlueJoy] • Date [19 Apr 13] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Family Issues XXV and Epilogue" from (Recent Donor)nerfherder
Review:
This has Nermal levels6 of cuteness while still being a good story. Thanx!
Comments from author:
The kitten? Yes, he's slightly overkill in this story, and total overkill in the sequel.
Review By [(Recent Donor)nerfherder] • Date [18 Mar 13] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Family Issues XXV and Epilogue" from Oxnate
Review:
Well, this was a very funny and enjoyable story. You really had a yen for hurting Warren. Though, it makes perfect sense within your story.

I also had to admit that I had no idea who April was seeing when you did the big reveal.
Comments from author:
Hurting Warren is always fun - he's only himself to blame, of course.

Glad you liked the reveal at the end, I had fun with that one.
Review By [Oxnate] • Date [19 Feb 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Family Issues IX" from Oxnate
Review:
Okay. After this chapter, I'm pretty sure I know who Sheila Rosenberg was turned into. Which is also the same reason that Sheila Rosenberg adopted Willow in the first place. We'll see if I'm right.


Chapter XIII - Yep, I was right. Good clues. Nice surprise that she was also the vengeance demon. Also didn't guess the multiple iterations.
Comments from author:
It did get insanely complicated in there - but I think time travel always should be complicated, if it's too simplistic it's too much of an easy fix.
Review By [Oxnate] • Date [18 Feb 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Family Issues XXV and Epilogue" from azulkan
Review:
What a great story. Off to read the next part.
Comments from author:
many thanks - It still seems to be surprisingly popular considering how old it is.
Review By [azulkan] • Date [25 Oct 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Family Issues XXV and Epilogue" from Letomo
Review:
Just read this again, nice little story. Very enjoyable, and I wanted to thank you for writing it!
Comments from author:
Thanks - one day I hope to write more in this AU, but not sure what yet.
Review By [Letomo] • Date [28 Jul 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Family Issues XXII" from (Current Donor)Speakertocustomers
Review:
Re-reading this for about the tenth time I spotted an error in Chapter XXII.

"By the way, if you know any other vamps or demons that might be thinking of moving in now Irving is gone,

Should say "now that *Jerry* is gone." She's speaking to Irving.
Comments from author:
Many thanks - now fixed!
Review By [(Current Donor)Speakertocustomers] • Date [14 Jun 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Family Issues XXV and Epilogue" from Oddshot
Review:
Dear Marcus L. Rowland , I just recently finished rereading 2 of your stories , ( Family Issues & The Rosenberg Inheritance ) both great reads that I here in highly recommend to all readers of this site , I would like to suggest that your MUSE have a re-look at the above two stories & see if a follow on 3rd story would be possible .

Oddshot
Comments from author:
Thanks, but I have so many unfinished stories, and so little inspiration for this, that I really can't see writing another any time soon.
Review By [Oddshot] • Date [10 Mar 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Family Issues XXV and Epilogue" from MarcusSLazarus
Review:
The fact that you came up with this story based on such a minor detail as that dead Prince’s human name that so many people could have overlooked is just one of the many things that makes this story so brilliant; nice job.

J and K’s interaction with the Scoobies was generally effective- barring the question-mark about K’s reasons for not killing Spike during their last encounter; if he’s interfering with alien activity while aware of them you’d think that would be a neat loophole-, and my personal distaste for Buffy/Spike aside character dynamics among the Scooby Gang were generally effective.

Plus, of course, your ideas about the circumstances that lead to April becoming a completely independent person were excellent; making a minor character into a major figure like this can be tricky if done incorrectly, but I certainly can’t fault what you’ve done with her here, even if the circumstances that led to Willow creating this timeline were a BIT complicated even for a Dr Who fan like myself to follow completely...

Still, all in all, a lot more straightforward than most of your stories with some very interesting twists for various characters, including Warren’s final fate and April’s new relationship; keep up the great work!

(Just one minor point; ‘J’ is based on the fact that his first name pre-MiB was James, while his surname was Edwards, rather than it being his surname as you implied)
Comments from author:
Thanks - glad you liked it.

Hadn't realised the error in names - I'll put some sort of correction at the end.
Review By [MarcusSLazarus] • Date [6 Jan 12] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Family Issues XXV and Epilogue" from Bushranger
Review:
I have to say...I wasn't expecting to like this nearly as much as I wound up liking it.
Which is to say: I loved it.
Encore!
Comments from author:
Many thanks - that one was a lot of fun to write.
Review By [Bushranger] • Date [26 Dec 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Family Issues XXV and Epilogue" from legstanner
Review:
Great story. Very imaginative. I enjoyed it very much.
Comments from author:
Thanks - I think it works reasonably well, one of these years I may return to the setting.
Review By [legstanner] • Date [4 Oct 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Family Issues V" from ptbptb
Review:
Great story. My favorite quote to date:

"She was kinda killing him with kindness," said Willow.

"Yes, and a stake!" April said cheerfully.
Comments from author:
When I wrote this I expected that line to get a lot of laughs, but I think that you're the first person that's ever mentioned it in a review.

Many thanks!
Review By [ptbptb] • Date [24 Jun 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Family Issues XXV and Epilogue" from (Current Donor)vidicon
Review:
I found this eminently amusing in avery good sense of the word. A very well woven tale. Thank you very much!
Comments from author:
Thanks - I had a lot of fun with that one.
Review By [(Current Donor)vidicon] • Date [25 May 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Family Issues XXV and Epilogue" from lunalurker
Review:
A very fun read. Only minor quibbles on the MiB side of things, which didn't distract from the fun of reading. I'm going to have to start following your work on purpose now. :)
Thank you for writing!
Comments from author:
I'm guessing your quibble is that the MIB people work with Buffy & co. so readily?

The big problem with MIB fic is that they usually erase everyone's memory within minutes of meeting them - that really doesn't make for a good crossover, so I had to work around that and find reasons for them to work with others without destroying their memories. If you like, think of it as the spell changing their attitudes a little.
Review By [lunalurker] • Date [27 Jan 11] • Not Rated
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