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Review of chapter "Chapter Thirty-Two" from (Recent Donor)MissingAuthor
Review: mess up my review so I'm gonna start reviewing here.. ;)

Fantastic chapter like always... and this part...SPOILER ALERT DON'T READ IF YOU HAVEN'T READ CH 32!!

-{‘Think fast sword-boy’ Connor whispered, as he started brushing the remains of the vampire off his jacket.

Stephen held the collapsible sword aloft over his head and summoned the best Scottish accent he could muster. ‘There can be only one!’ he declared loudly before the two of them made a break for the door.}-

Funny as hell!!

I've been reading fan fiction now for about 9 years and I have to say I have never come across a writer like you who has the skill to write such an AU story and at the same time keeping the characters so true to their BTVS & ATS versions. Hell I freely admit that your writing is on par or even better then the shows. You really get the balance between the humor and the drama parts of your story very well. Plus the growth of the characters is so very factual and the character depth is just simply mind blowing.

I can't wait to read your third "Book" Compelled to Play with Destiny!!

Comments from author:
I may have to quit writing because I can't really imagine ever getting a more flattering review than that, so it's all going to be downhill from here!

All I can really say in response is that I'm glad you've enjoyed the series so much so far and I fervently hope you like "Destiny" as much.
Review By [(Recent Donor)MissingAuthor] • Date [27 Feb 07] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Thirty-Two" from Drix
Wonderful as always. I like the idea of world invasion by Illyria. I also appreciate very much the spotlight on Dawn and Connor, I've always thought that they were a good couple. I can't wait to read the next in the series.
Comments from author:
I always intended Dawn/Connor but I didn't want to just jump right in with it. Having Illyria manipulate people and circumstances to bring them together, for the sake of helping cement the Scooby/AI ties seemed nicely in character. The analogy I make is that it's akin to the old practice of marrying European Nobility from different nations off to one another to strengthen the bonds between the various Royal Houses.
Review By [Drix] • Date [26 Feb 07] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Thirty-Two" from Booster
Again, a very enjoyable romp through the revised timeline, with some fun and very nice twists along the way. You had me with the 'dead' Illyria trick, and I loved the puppet!Faith bit.
Comments from author:
Thanks for the positive review, the mental imagery of Puppet Faith made that an absolute joy to write :-)
Review By [Booster] • Date [25 Feb 07] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Thirty-Two" from YademosEbyam
I've read a number of fics where the post-Chosen slayers become organized, powerful and ruthless, but this is the first story where the ones in charge actually ask the morality question before being provided with the justification answer. I do think a decapitating strike directly against the Archduke would be a better strategy, but that might not be practical (although I'd like to hear the reasons why not). What I am surprised about is that W&H hasn't at least guessed the general nature of the slayer's new strategic advantage (detailed future knowledge) if not the specific one (Illyria is from an alternate future timeline) and taken some steps to neutralize it. Also IIRC the "fake" Roger Wyndam-Pryce was after a W&H asset, not Angel and his people specifically. It would be interesting to learn who the cyborg impersonated to fool the old-guard run W&H, and whether he had better luck against them.
Comments from author:
The problem with cutting off the snakes head is then you run the risk leaving tens of thousands of leaderless demons rampaging all over Pylea, better to force the guy in charge to order them back out. Additionally since Sebassis seems to have an officer class (or perhaps cadre of lesser aristocrats) if you took him out you might get someone even worse.

W&H are fully aware of where Illyria has come from, the fact she's occupying another Fred is a dead giveaway, they're just more wary of screwing around with causality than her (with good reason if you think about it). As the AU timeline veers more and more from the original Illyria's major Ace-in-the Hole disappears in any case and they'd know that.

Lacking an easy mark like Wesley the Cyborgs in my story took a somewhat different brute-force approach which did work out for them. It was mentioned in Angel they had already wiped out a couple evil organisations so they were clearly not above busting heads to achieve their goal.
Review By [YademosEbyam] • Date [25 Feb 07] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Thirty-Two" from (Current Donor)MarcusRowland
Nice ending - not 100% sure I see Buffy agreeing to the military side of things, but it's not totally impossible. Looking forward to part 3.
Comments from author:
I certainly agree that Buffy would be highly conflicted on the way things have developed, and I've tried to show this, but when it comes to the crunch Buffy by series 7 had become a great deal more ruthless than the Buffy of old, and I think that after a few months exposure to Illyria's methods (which work even if they're not exactly conventional "Good Guy" tactics) she would fall on the side of prosecuting the Pylean War in the way I present, albeit with continued reservations.

Glad you liked the ending, I had a moment of weakness and went for sweet rather than my usual repertoire of either funny or violent ;-)
Review By [(Current Donor)MarcusRowland] • Date [25 Feb 07] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Thirty" from Arekanderu
Once again a great sequel.Can't wait for the next part of the series but i was wondering will you include some more Cordy action?I miss her and she can be very helpful with the Pylea situation.especially if she still has her demonish glowlng powers which seemed quite useful.
Comments from author:
Cordelia's visions came from the PTB's so I am working on the assumption that her other esoteric powers, ie. random levitation and the glowing thing were linked to them in some fashion too (and have therefore been cut off).

Her usefulness in Pylea is primarily symbolic, which is not to say that symbols are not powerful.
Review By [Arekanderu] • Date [24 Feb 07] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Twenty-Five" from (Past Donor)vinniebatman
This is a very long and involved story, all of it based on a solid and possible premise. I like it a lot, and am enjoying it greatly.
Comments from author:
It's not that long, I've barely gone over a quarter-million words so far :-p
Review By [(Past Donor)vinniebatman] • Date [23 Feb 07] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Fifteen" from Drix
Hah, funny ending there. I can't wait to hear the explanation they come up with to placate Fred's parents. I loved the whole battle sequence, you must know a helluva lot about guns.
Comments from author:
I got the info on the G-36K from wikipedia as it happens. I try to get the details right because the Net does make research pretty easy and I hate it when I'm reading a Fic where the author has clearly made zero-effort in that department.

As a point of trivia I actually chose it as the slayer weapon of choice because it was also used as the prop for the Browncoat service rifle in that other great Joss Whedon Series Firefly (you can see both Mal and Zoe carry one in the scenes from the Battle of Serenity Valley in the pilot) and I love to put in little things like that wondering how many people would notice!
Review By [Drix] • Date [21 Feb 07] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Ten" from Darksidhe
Oh Man! I hate cliffhangers. I love this story and just spent all day reading this and the first "New Rules". Can't wait for more.
Comments from author:
Glad you're enjoying it :-)
Review By [Darksidhe] • Date [20 Feb 07] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Ten" from Drix
Great story, I love that there is a sequal. But could you maybe add in more of Dawn, and maybe her new abilities as The Key? purely selfish reasons, she's my favorite character.
Comments from author:
Compelled to Play Again is actually nearly finished (I'm writing Chapter 31 of 32 at the moment) and she's not so much of a major character as the storyline unfolds, but Dawn will have a larger role to play in the next story "Compelled to Play with Destiny"
Review By [Drix] • Date [20 Feb 07] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Ten" from (Current Donor)MarcusRowland
Nice to see you posting this here - greatly enjoying it.
Comments from author:
Thanks. Glad you like it :-)
Review By [(Current Donor)MarcusRowland] • Date [20 Feb 07] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Five" from misterq
Yep, as I said on ffnet, this and the previous story in the series are some of my favorites. Can't wait to see how it will be different here vs. there :) Keep up the good work!
Comments from author:
Not very different honest :-p
Review By [misterq] • Date [19 Feb 07] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Five" from arkeus
Cool you are psoting here too :-) just a thanks for posting, and a good luck charm, as you may have noticed i have read it on ffnet (and reviewed it too >_< )
Comments from author:
Thanks. It's only going to be slightly different here though
Review By [arkeus] • Date [19 Feb 07] • Not Rated
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