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Review of chapter "Across the Universe" from VillageOrchid
I followed from the link. Didn't get all of the references, but the idea of his companion changing in front of him might be one of the reason that he doesn't get too involved with many of them. Best exception being Sarah Jane.
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [31 Dec 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Across the Universe" from (Current Donor)Shieldage
*Googles Kimota*

Oh! It's one where Rose is the daughter of Miracleman. I was *way* off, having mostly convinced myself that this had something to do with the half-human Doctor Who from the 1996 TV serial, for some reason I assumed that Moran had been one of the people from there that didn't make it into the 2005 relaunch of the series...
Review By [(Current Donor)Shieldage] • Date [23 Mar 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Across the Universe" from (Current Donor)Shieldage
Ooh! layers and the deconstruction of reality.

Philosophy and character bites. Links from beginning to end.

This is unstable, lets reboot it. That was stable, why did it have to erase itself? :(

Yep, this is history. Thanks for writing it, 'cause its good :D
Review By [(Current Donor)Shieldage] • Date [16 Sep 07] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Across the Universe" from (Past Donor)James
Too many comments to put them all here. Truly a brilliant combination of many different things.
Review By [(Past Donor)James] • Date [16 Jan 07] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Across the Universe" from feekh
I stumbled on this when I first clicked on the sequel to shards. And I can not say how confused I was, probably because there was too much back stuff. But I am working my way from front to back - always the best way, despite a shameful past of reading the last few pages of a book first to see if it gets any better. Anyway, digression aside, I am impressed. Well, impressed is the wrong word, only a shadow of how I feel. Impressed squared is more like it.
Normally I do not like too much back story piled on me, and what are the first two in this series if not back story, I prefer to lay out my changes in a sentence or two at the beginning of a tale (And I freely admit that that would be impossible for you). However, you do it deftly, gracefully and above all - and this is my personal favourite - extremely wittily.
I have chuckled out loud quite often while reading this. I adore your metaphors. I think the image of the powers not tidying their toys away properly is my favourite.
But above all, it made me wonder and think quite hard about reality and the way we percieve it. The last couple of days I have been wondering about memory and how it seems to be constructed, the stories our parents and we tell ourselves about what our life was like. And of course, I stumble on this story which raises those same questions, but much more lucidly than I managed to in my own head. Thank you. Moving right on to the next installment.
Comments from author:
Thanks very much for your kind words. I hope you continue to enjoy the stories.

Now, I will say if you like actual story with dialogue as opposed to my long omniscient narrator diatribes, you might like Shards and later stories a bit more. I try to let the exposition flow naturally, not have a lot of "As you knows", etc.
Review By [feekh] • Date [9 Aug 06] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Apocalypse Now and Forever" from WyseQuack
On the shamefully rare occasions where I leave a review, it’s only after I finish digesting all of the posted chapters – until now. This particular chapter, in actually raising the issue of whether keeping the struggle a secret accomplished more harm than good, really struck a chord with me.

In the first or second episode of Buffy, I do remember some brief discussion of going to the police, but it was decided this would accomplish nothing besides damaging the credibility of the Scooby gang (they were, of course, yet to be dubbed that). At the time, I took that to mean supernatural activity, even on the Hellmouth, was almost unnoticeable, unless you were predisposed to look for it.

The series continued, the death toll mounted, as did the allusions to how dangerous Sunnydale was. And not just Sunnydale. While vampiric and demonic activity might be particularly concentrated on the lip of the Hellmouth, it was established that it existed in enough other locations that taking the shortcut of calling it ‘worldwide’ is justified.

Combine this with the fact I am hard pressed to come up with a single occasion where any Buffy-verse demon or vampire made any effort to cover its tracks, you really start to wonder why the people of that world ever _stopped_ believing in the reality of vampires, werewolves and the like.

I must point out the above process was more of a descent down a slippery slope, than the clear flick of a light switch. There was no clear point where these characters, who had not started out as “Wake Up! This is real!” Mulder types should have transformed into such.

I always perceived Buffy, Giles et al as being rather neutral on this topic. They certainly made no attempt to inform the masses, but I never saw them as going “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain” either. If any of the ostriches wanted to pull their heads out of the sand, they were entirely welcome to do so.

Case in point: by the end of the third season, it was abundantly clear that the student body at Sunnydale High knew that, one, something strange was going on around them, and, two, Buffy was smack dab in the middle of it. Yet neither Buffy, Giles nor anyone else seemed upset about this. I’d actually describe their reactions as pleasantly surprised.

Admittedly, there were occasions where the gang concealed evidence, such as when they buried the Master’s bones. I always attributed this to the fear that Snyder or someone of his ilk would use such evidence against them in some manner. But maybe I’m rationalizing. I liked these characters when the show began and I wanted to continue liking them. But if I thought they were actively engaged in a concealment campaign for no good reason other than to keep demon fighting their private preserve (which I don’t even consider a _good_ reason) I wouldn’t have been able to. I would have consider that an incredibly selfish and offensive attitude, and it would have tainted the characters in my eyes.

Of course, I have come across a few fanfics where these characters – or, as I would phrase it, characters with the same names – behave in _exactly_ that manner. This invariably results in WTF? moments and cognitive dissonance for me, and I usually stop reading the story at that point or not long after.

At this point, I don’t know whether or not I’ll find myself in complete agreement with the opinions and characterizations to be presented in your subsequent chapters, but I just wanted to say bless you for delving into this often overlooked issue at all.

As for the story as a whole – a fascinating idea, well executed. I am tempted to twit you over leaving out any apparent reference to the 1960s Adam West Batman TV series, but seeing as I never really liked it myself, I’ve decided to let it slide. Good work.
Comments from author:
Thank you for the thoughtful review.

I don't think the position I presented in the chapter in question is so much that Buffy, Giles, or even the Council are actively trying to conceal the supernatural from the populace, but more that it might actually be reprehensible to fight it without support and without actively warning people about the very real dangers around them. After all, what are you supposed to do if you live in a town with a vampire problem during years when the sole active Slayer is living in another city or perhaps even clear across the world? Evidently, die, since there's no evidence of any kind of network of non-Slayer hunters, at least not one that receives any advice or support from the Council. Even if past practice has been to have the Slayer move around the globe to different trouble spots, rather than hang out indefinitely on a Hellmouth, she's still only one resource in play when the Council seems to have had a lot more potential to be truly active.

As for Buffy never becoming a Mulder-like activist, I put this down to two things - one, the fact that she has a number of unexamined attitudes, including don't tell the authorities anything and guns always bad (with soldier Xander set in a future story to point out that a large enough caliber could be useful for decapitation of vamps), and two, the trauma of being sent a mental hospital when she first tried to reveal things to her parents.

As for Adam West Batman - I actually liked it just fine for what it was. The only reason it's not specifically referenced is that the structure I set for myself revolves a lot more around the different incarnations of Superman, with Batman's history usually being rebooted shortly afterward. I suppose one could assume that Adam West Batman was cotemporaneous with George Reeves Superman, even though their respective series were off by more than a decade.
Review By [WyseQuack] • Date [29 Jul 06] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Across the Universe" from Odjn
That's cool. A Captain Marvel precurser?
Comments from author:
Actually, a revamp of a Captain Marvel clone.

When Fawcett lost the legal case against DC (then National), British comics kept publishing Captain Marvel stories as Marvelman ones - they just erased the capes and changed the colors of the comics. Then in the 80s and 90s, luminaries like Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman brought Marvelman back with a new origin story. When the stories got published in the US, the name got changed to Miracleman.

Then things got messy and all legal. I'd say check out the stories, but they can be pretty hard to get ahold of these days.
Review By [Odjn] • Date [10 Jan 06] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Across the Universe" from Rob
This is a very strange and interesting story. And it's amazing how many of the little parts and crosses I recognize. I even got the Miracleman reference from the Doctor. Boy, I'm a bigger geek than I thought I was. :)

Review By [Rob] • Date [10 Jan 06] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Untold Tales" from WhiteWolf
I'm sure there can be, harm in asking.
Review By [WhiteWolf] • Date [10 Jan 06] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Apocalypse Now and Forever" from WhiteWolf
Ally or enemy?

That's a good question. I think ally.
Review By [WhiteWolf] • Date [10 Jan 06] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Shades of Never Was" from WhiteWolf
Blonde Fury? Never in a million years.
Review By [WhiteWolf] • Date [10 Jan 06] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Hopeful Monsters" from CPTSkip
I must congratulate you on your imagination and originality. I love the whole background of your epic story. But I hope you eventually focus more closely on the lives of some of your heroes. Until then, I thank you for making me contemplate all sorts of weird ideas about our 'known' history. Lol!
Review By [CPTSkip] • Date [10 Jan 06] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Hopeful Monsters" from Odjn
Review By [Odjn] • Date [10 Jan 06] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Hopeful Monsters" from matthew
I'm enjoying this, although I'm not recognizing half the references. Is this going to be pure worldbuilding, or are you going to set up a plot later on? Not meaning to disparage, just curious.
Comments from author:
Okay, should I hide these notes here in the comments, or do an Author's Notes chapter? The characters in Hopeful Monsters, in order: 1) Tarzan and Doc Savage, linked together in Philip Jose Farmer's Wold Newton Family; 2) Gabriel Van Helsing, from the movie Van Helsing, later to become Logan/Wolverine; 3) Steve Rogers, aka Captain America; 4) Wonder Woman; 5) Erik Lenseherr aka Magneto and Charles Xavier; 6) Mark Harris, the Man from Atlantis; 7) Ralph Hinkley, the Greatest American Hero. The joke here is that his father was Roy Hinkley, the Professor on Gilligan's Island and protagonist of a number of B science fiction movies; 8) Jefferson Reed, the Meteor Man. The green meteor that gave him temporary powers was, of course, a huge chunk of kryptonite come to Earth with Kal-El's ship; 9) Barry Allen, the Flash, from the short-lived early 90s television series. The chronology works better if Bart Allen from Smallville is his son rather than grandson as in the comics.

Think of the chapters in this particular story as sort of a series of connected drabbles, although I certainly intend to write some longer pieces using this setting and its implications. Close Encounters works just fine in the world set up here, since I have Wonder Woman present and working for the IADC in the 1970s, and the OSI's bionic agents were always covert enough to fit into the Powers' secret wars.
Review By [matthew] • Date [10 Jan 06] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Hopeful Monsters" from war
all these heroes and villians should make for some interesting battles.good story looking forward to your next chapter.
Review By [war] • Date [10 Jan 06] • Rating [8 out of 10]
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