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Review of chapter "Chapter 29: A Matter of Definition" from Oxnate
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Wow, that was incredible. I love how real you made everything. Down to what Sam's real background was likely to be. Amazing.
Review By [Oxnate] • Date [27 Jul 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 29: A Matter of Definition" from Dragonelf
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Great story. It cannot been easy to write this story.
Review By [Dragonelf] • Date [10 Mar 07] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 29: A Matter of Definition" from Artemis
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Maybe you're right when you say it's difficult to say that you "enjoyed" the story, since the topic isn't all that fun and happy, but I still took great pleasure in reading it - and in the fact that you tackled it at all. I found the happy of Emancipation unsatisfying and forced, I didn't buy it that Sam didn't suffer at all under the treatment she received there.

I love how you have written all the characters. I like your Daniel POV best, but maybe that's because he's my favourite character. You portray both Sam's conflicting feelings well and also the emotions of the friends, both closer and not all that close, who also have to deal with it in their own way and deal with their feelings of helplessness and inadequacy.

The chapters with Jack were some of my favourite ones, for the very reason that I hadn't expected him to be such a good friend after Sam had fretted about his reaction for so long. I knew that he's a good person, but you portrayed Sam's feelings of anxiety so well that I had begun to sympathize with them. When he freaked, I feared for a moment that he would truly make things worse, just as he feared, so I was all the more pleasantly surprised by his reaction. Since Jack is such a complicated character, since you can't take everything he says and does at face value, it's easy to either write him as the dumb guy he likes to pretend to be or overly mushy/tame. You found a perfect balance for him.
Review By [Artemis] • Date [28 May 06] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 29: A Matter of Definition" from RevDorothyL
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It took me a while to get up the nerve to read this, but once I started I couldn't quit until I'd finished the 29 chapters posted here (at 3 AM)! Very challenging material, but I think you were spot-on about the need to de-mythologize some of the overly cheery assumptions about gender relations in the US Air Force and among humans in general, historically. That particular episode always seemed way too pat and "token-ish" for me, as well. Thanks for 'breaking' it in such a visceral and realistic way.
Review By [RevDorothyL] • Date [7 May 06] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 29: A Matter of Definition" from banner
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*Great* story - intelligent, sympathetic, perceptive.
Thank you.
Review By [banner] • Date [3 Dec 05] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 17: Fly Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee" from banner
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I think her presentation went as well as could be expected. It's interesting that the General hadn't realized that what Hathor did to Daniel was rape...
Review By [banner] • Date [2 Sep 05] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 16: When Everything Falls into Place" from banner
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I love the way Janet thought it through. She clarified the points to herself , and that helped clarify them to us.
Great story.
Review By [banner] • Date [27 Aug 05] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 15: The End of the Innocence" from Mira
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This has been an excellent story thus far. Please keep up the good work.
Review By [Mira] • Date [21 Aug 05] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 15: The End of the Innocence" from banner
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I don't think the chapter is "dry" at all. The subject matter alone is enough to keep the shivers (and nightmares) coming.
I know I keep saying the same things over and over, but you really are doing an incredible job with the characterizations and the dialogue. Everyone is acting like mature and sophisticated adults.
Although I want to go back and mutilate Turgan, and that brat boy, as well...
Review By [banner] • Date [19 Aug 05] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 12: How Do You Untangle A Tangled Web?" from banner
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Intelligent and sophisticated - I'm running out of superlatives for this story.
Review By [banner] • Date [29 Jul 05] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 10: The Long Road to Here" from banner
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How do I phrase this?
Brilliant but terrifying: Cynical and optimistic: An unflinching view of the Real policy in the Armed forces. A long time ago, I read a scene in a book (one of the "Thieve's World" series, I think) that mentioned "spring-loaded diaphrams" worn by prostitutes. I always thought that was a very good idea...
Thanks for making the victims' position so very clear.
Comments from author:
Hi, glad to hear you liked that one. I have to admit that coming up with Sam's background was a bit of a balancing act between the character's past as refered to in canon and the basic realities a woman of her age and background was likely to have encountered in her past... now let's just hope I won't mess this up.
Review By [banner] • Date [15 Jul 05] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 7: Of Words Best Left Unspoken" from elektra
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To answer your question, I thought it made sense, at least to me. And as far as Sam saying that rape isn't the worst thing that could happen, in the context of this story, I agree. The only thing I had a problem with was that last line, the that she whispered to Daniel. When I read it, in my head it sounded more like something someone would think, not say out loud because it's wordy. Otherwise, it's a really good chapter.
Comments from author:
Glad to hear it makes sense and glad to hear you like it. And I know that last comment may sound a bit wordy but I think Sam can get a bit wordy at times that's one of the reasons why I decided to phrase it in those terms.
Review By [elektra] • Date [24 Jun 05] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 7: Of Words Best Left Unspoken" from Lucinda
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This is certainly an emotionaly tense and painful story. I understand how serious issues require serious handling, but it almost feels like I can't breathe when reading this.

and if the 'much worse' that Sam narrowly escaped is what I think it is... the only thing that I can say is ouch.
Comments from author:
Well, I was going for a dark and somewhat overwhelming tone here so I guess I'm not too far off the mark.

And as far as Turghan's threat goes, I guess 'ouch' just about covers it.
Review By [Lucinda] • Date [24 Jun 05] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 7: Of Words Best Left Unspoken" from banner
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I remember having to learn about this in school.
I just wish we could have some revenge.
Comments from author:
Yes, revenge does sound appealing, unfortunately it's not an option under the circumstances.
Review By [banner] • Date [24 Jun 05] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 4: War of Words" from Mira
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I'm really fascinated by this story, although I must admit to being fairly regularly fascinated by your stories... please continue this very interesting mindtrip!
Comments from author:
Glad to hear you are enjoying this!
Review By [Mira] • Date [3 Jun 05] • Rating [9 out of 10]
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