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Review of chapter "Witches and Confused mothers" from KrisBeta
Review:
...You know you reread a fic too often when you keep waiting for moments from it to happen in a rewatch of the show. Distracted!Joyce just doesn't feel right anymore. Love this one though, can't wait for you to keep updating.
Comments from author:
Thank you, I'm honoured. I'm swamped with work and RL, and my writing time has taken a nosedive I fear. I shall do my best though.

Thanks for reviewing
Review By [KrisBeta] • Date [29 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Some 'splainin'" from Zeviz
Review:
Thank you for writing this story. I finally got to the end (the chapters around New Year were slightly harder to get through with too many plotlines and not enough time spent on each of them, but the pace picked back up after that) and am looking forward to the future chapters.
Review By [Zeviz] • Date [22 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Some 'splainin'" from fanreaderonetwo
Review:
Has the 2nd fic starring Faith (including the vamp war in Chicago) been removed for some reason?
Comments from author:
No it hasn't. (You had me worried there...) Maybe your rating setting has changed? It's an FR 21, due to the subject matter.
Review By [fanreaderonetwo] • Date [18 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Some 'splainin'" from Grovtech
Review:
After spending days reading this, my feelings about this wonderful work is that it's like reading a wonderful novel that the visual media, although it tried, fell short of catching the full color and depth of the written piece.

I rather agree that the recommended reading order needs to be updated, but I got so into this I'm going to have to go back anyways to tie all the other works into the central story line.

Grover
Review By [Grovtech] • Date [8 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Some 'splainin'" from SpacedCadet
Review:
"A river of power ran to Buffy, but it was clear who was now Alley's primary connection to the world. "

Am I misreading this or is it implying that Buffy is NOT the primary connection ?
Comments from author:
Your reading is quite correct...

Thanks and thanks for reviewing
Review By [SpacedCadet] • Date [28 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Some 'splainin'" from (Recent Donor)redjacobson
Review:
Okay, it only took me about 4 days, but I'm finally caught up with this story! As you can imagine I am hooked on the story, and I'm very glad that Simon avoided the Gary Stu syndrome that he seemed to be heading to in the early chapters. I would like to see you put a note in the chapters about what other stories you should read prior to the chapter, if you follow me.

Also, I'm sure that you have received multiple emails about the Simon and Garfunkel song, but it was titled "Richard Corey"

REd
Comments from author:
Four days eh? Yes, it is a bit of a beast. Glad you think it good enough to be hooked. Simon has his weaknesses, a lot of them really.

I did that with some of the chapters, but stopped at a point. (The Devil of Sunnydale Elementary point) I also need to update the Series introduction on all that...)

In this world it was called that, but Richard Corey was a rich man and so was Simon Meier so when that Simon Meier commited suicide, S&G took the poem and used Simon Meier's name. It's completely intentional as written.

Thanks and thanks for reviewing
Review By [(Recent Donor)redjacobson] • Date [26 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Some 'splainin'" from Traveler
Review:
I just finished my bi-annual reread of all 99 posted chapters(including the introduction). This story is still as fresh and entertaining as the first time I read it. Now with Winter lurking in the future I hope further chapters are posted to ease the gloomy winter nights and again Thanks for sharing all the stories in this series.
Comments from author:
That probably took quite some time. I need to catch Faith up to LS before I can continue further, so even though I write LS, I can't publish any of it. And I really have to do the same with the Ora pro Nobis chapters, showing the various Highlander connections.

Thanks and thanks for reviewing
Review By [Traveler] • Date [19 Sep 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Of sisters and lovers" from Zeviz
Review:
I am rereading these chapters after reaching the part in LLSD which says "read Lonely Souls", and like the little hints you include that I understand only now, such as the photo album with a magical photo of two blond boys.

Is there a list of which chapters of which stories to read in what order? (E.g. LLSD assumes we are already familiar with Hermione's cousin, so in which story is she introduced?)
Comments from author:
I like seeding hints like that, glad you noticed them.

The one there is (in the series introduction) is sadly outdated. I need to spend some time on that.

Hermione's cousin first appears in Forever is too long even for us and also in Ora Pro Nobis.

Thanks and thanks for reviewing
Review By [Zeviz] • Date [4 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Some 'splainin'" from Runewolf
Review:
I just reread this story. It's great. The characters develop over time. I love the way it treats Joyce as an adult, while treating the kids as kids. Not overly juvenile, but real for their ages. Thanks.
Comments from author:
Glad you still enjoy it. I assume it took you a considerable amount of time...

I wanted to give the children a chance to be children, even if just a little bit for a little while. They had rather little of that in canon.

Thanks and thanks for reviewing
Review By [Runewolf] • Date [1 Sep 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Finding Family" from Zeviz
Review:
Looks like we might see Robot Rowan in the near future. After all, her soul is already in a computer, so they'll just have to move it from one computer to another, which shouldn't be the same dark magic as moving a soul into a magically-created body. And I am guessing that Angel's deception about Buffy's training will be the reason for their breakup.
Comments from author:
it wouldn't break the law on creating life, no. But we shall see where it all shall lead...

Thanks and thanks for reviewing
Review By [Zeviz] • Date [1 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "For the world is hollow and I have touched the sky" from Zeviz
Review:
About a copy of Willow trapped in the computer, just want to say that I guessed this was a possibility back when there was that first message on the screen the day after Moloch was defeated. (Although my main guess was that it was some combination of the demon and Willow (with demon's power, but Willow's personality.))
Comments from author:
Some people guessed it, others thought it was something far scarier. I'm always glad when what I intend to hint at is picked up.

The other might be interesting for a story as well.

Thanks and thanks for reviewing
Review By [Zeviz] • Date [1 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Seers, Hunters and Shamans" from Zeviz
Review:
This story is so interesting that I've been reading it non-stop since I've found it. One of the things I particularly like is that I was really worried about some characters (especially Kit) in a few places, which means that not only made the characters I can get attached to, but managed to maintain the balance between creating enough danger that I am worried about them, but not so much danger that I stop caring because the characters are likely to die anyway (for example, Song of Ice and Fire messed up the balance in the direction of way too many likeable characters dying).

This story (and particularly the first story in the series) did start as too much of a romance novel for my taste (with too much of well-muscled mysterious strangers in expensive silk shirt, wooing women with their Old World charm), but there is almost none of that left by this point, and I like the story more the way it is now.

Likeable characters whose lives are getting better; multiple crossovers with interesting background; and the story so interesting that I can't stop reading... So overall, I really like your story. Thanks for writing it.
Comments from author:
Glad you enjoy it so much. Hope you haven't lost too much sleep. I've tried to keep too much angst and death out of it and I'm glad you think I struck the right balance.

As that was really a bit of my intention I can only feel flattered. But I can't write a romance novel all the time.

Glad you enjoy it!

Thanks and thanks for reviewing
Review By [Zeviz] • Date [1 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Catholic schoolgirls and motherly feelings" from Zeviz
Review:
Just wanted to say how much I am enjoying this story.

About your question of whether Simon is Mary Sueish, on one hand anybody who is so rich, and knowledgeable, and kind, and ... will raise questions. But on the other hand, he is no worse in this respect than Batman or Tony Stark. And considering that he doesn't have much magical or physical power (aside from what he gained from years of study and practice), I don't think he is overpowered. And since his mere presence doesn't prevent every problem, you don't need to worry about that aspect of Mary Sue either. So I don't think your character is a Mary Sue.
Comments from author:
Thank you, glad you like it.

That comparision sets my mind at ease. I try very hard not to let Simon overshadow the real heroes, Buffy &Co.

Thanks again and thanks for reviewing
Review By [Zeviz] • Date [30 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Some 'splainin'" from SpacedCadet
Review:
Embroidering makes sense, but wouldn't weaving be a bit declasse ? Embroidery was a ladylike hobby. Weaving was a job!
Comments from author:
Actually due to various Acts (laws) overseeing the weaving was part of a lady's duties in Colonial (and post colonial) America. Martha Washington was en excellent weaver even if she mostly oversaw its production.



Sorry, I didn't make my point clear.

Knowing how to do things like weaving would be a necessity for the mistress of the household: you can't do a good job supervising the servants/slaves if you don't know how what they are doing is supposed to be done, so knowing HOW to weave was part of her job.

My point was, was a picture of her weaving the sort of thing the loving husband of a beautiful, young, and apparently quite wealthy woman would do as a "domestic" scene ?
Comments from author:
It depended on what was being woven, from what material and what method of weaving was being used. But I admit it wasn't common. In this particular case I have reasons that are plot related too.

Thanks and thanks for reviewing
Review By [SpacedCadet] • Date [21 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Some 'splainin'" from SpacedCadet
Review:
“Family scenes, her reading, playing with the children, weaving, embroidering, things like that,” Simon explained. “Next time we're at Vlughwater, I'll show you the museum wing. Or I can have them pulled from exhibition if you prefer.”

Embroidering makes sense, but wouldn't weaving be a bit declasse ? Embroidery was a ladylike hobby. Weaving was a job!
Comments from author:
Actually due to various Acts (laws) overseeing the weaving was part of a lady's duties in Colonial (and post colonial) America. Martha Washington was en excellent weaver even if she mostly oversaw its production.

Thanks and thanks for reviewing.
Review By [SpacedCadet] • Date [19 Aug 14] • Not Rated
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