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Review of chapter "Playing with Bindings and herding worms" from Shadowman
I have no liking for this version of Lockhart at all the sooner he dies the better for all I would say.
Don’t know if this computer version of Willow is real or a trick by Moloch either way cliffhangers are not nice. Interesting yes but not nice.
Looks like you are starting converge all of your side stories now as well.
Comments from author:
I think we can all agree that this Lockhart is evil, yes. I agree, and I fear that the suspense will only increase, as there will be no update this saturday...damn flu. (And plot bunnies. I admit to those as well) It must be the Gathering... ;-)

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Review By [Shadowman] • Date [7 Jan 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Playing with Bindings and herding worms" from AllenPitt
I agree that the Buffy/Angel romance can't last...not so sure that Mike is the one she'll turn to after that. Kind of taking her for granted a bit... but whatever. Poor Angel, nobody likes him. With his luck, Holtz will show up a few years early, heh.
It's weird seeing such a huge cast of characters around Buffy, much healthier than the 'isolated' Buffy of the show. And darn, Nieman Marcus card she can't use. Is there no end to the Master's villainy?
The trip to Europe sounds like it could be fun, and crossover-y. Can the Slayer really leave Sunnydale like that? Well, I suppose the council wouldn't agree to it, but won't be consulted. Sure hope someone is there to meet Kendra. Ah, she'll be looking for Giles anyway. Will give him something to do...
Comments from author:
Well considering the competition... Owen, Ford, Scott, Angel, Parker, Riley, Spike... It's not actually that Simon dislikes Simon. He just does not think he makes a good permanent boyfreind for the girl he sees as his eldest daughter.

No, the Master is pretty much that evil, all the time. Next he'll send her one on Christmas day, good until the 24th...

The trip to Europe will be the official start of the true crossover with Harry Potter, we'll see what happens then...

Kendra? We'll see...

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Review By [AllenPitt] • Date [7 Jan 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Playing with Bindings and herding worms" from war
Mike seems a little obsessive considering he's only talked to Buffy what 2 or 3 times?

Seems like their Christmas vacation won't be boring.

So Lockhart is back in the picture with plan to attack Xeno. Hope he gets some warning before the attack otherwise he's in a world of hurt.

Poor comp Willow stuck in a machine, being attacked and cut off from what she considers her family.

Good story looking forward to your next chapter.
Comments from author:
Yes, he does, doesn't he? But the problem is, she's now one of three teenage girls he has met: Willow, Evy and Buffy. And for reasons I'll go into later, he has an instant attraction to Buffy. (He also reacted to Prue, Piper and Phobe, but they are older than he by too much for him to have any hopes...)

I don't think any day is boring in that household... Willectronic is not very happy, no.

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Review By [war] • Date [7 Jan 12] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Playing with Bindings and herding worms" from Senko
So we approach convergence, sadly based on Buffy's dreams I suspect Xenophilius is in fact dead and not just badly injured, a real shame that. So is Willow Willow or someone else and if he is at the door and sending virus does that mean Liebmann is Willow? Nice to see the two boys getting a life lesson from their dead I mean really even if it was Moloch I agree with him about that being romantic. Then again what teenage boy DOES understand how a girl feels.

Well I think that's all for now except to say opening with Lockheart made me wonder if I'd opened the right story and I hope he gets his other head handed to him soon.
Comments from author:
Xeno's fate will be explained in chapter 14 of Shaggy Dog. As I said in previous reviews, I fully intended to update LS today, but I was ill most of the week. Hence no LS today. Chapter 67 will be written with a good deal more peace of mind than 66 however. Will any man ever understand the female mind? (And vice versa?)

Lockhart has appeared in other stories in the series, he's just one of those villains that turn up like a bad apple... Frank, if he ever finds out that Faith was tortured by Lockhart, will no doubt want a word too...

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Review By [Senko] • Date [7 Jan 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Playing with Bindings and herding worms" from Eureka
So is that Moloch in the computer, or did he manage to get a part of Wills stuck in there? If it IS Moloch, is he really that stupid to think he can get out? I mean wouldn't Simon or one of the others stop him? Joyce is smarter than to just try and go off by herself and get this out of the computer since she already knows that Wills is in PE.
Can we kill off Lockhart? PLEASE???? He is such an a&&hat! It would also throw a huge wrinkle in snakebreath's plans too!
Comments from author:
Ah, well I was hoping to be able to say read today's update, but illness has so dealyed it I think I'll send it up next saturday. THat will allow me greater leeway with chapter 67... I do apologize.

Lockhart, the man people love to hate. I must admit promoting him to recurring villain seems to have had an electrifying effect on my readership...

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Review By [Eureka] • Date [7 Jan 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Playing with Bindings and herding worms" from EllandrahSylver
Okay, there's LOTS happening in this chapter, and yet, when I got to the end and saw you put THIS in: "Oh dear, it’s a cliffhanger…." my brain immediately started singing...

"Cliff Hanger, hanging off a cliff! Da da-da da-da, something something something... And that's why he's called CLIFF HANGER!" (It's a silly little song from a kids show called Between the Lions. A public television program that endeavors to help children to learn the rules of English grammar and improve their reading skills...) Obviously I don't know the whole song, nor would I post it in a review if I did, but I think I got the point across...

It just gave me a moment of pure silly... *grins*

The chapter is, as always, excellent. I'm glad Dave and Willow's misunderstanding got cleared up. Dave's got an interesting dad. I like him. He's very... grounded. They are definitely unique demons. *smirks*

And also, uh-oh... Willow in the machine... I'm a bit torn about this. She's a computer program. On the one hand, I wonder how they're going to rescue her... on the other, I don't know if I think they should. Obviously some kind of magic was used to duplicate Willow's mind in cyberspace, but does that mean that when it was done a part of her soul was stolen too, or just her memories and personality? And for that matter, even if they do get her out of Calax's computers, where are they going to put her after that? Are they going to....

*stares, startled* I'll finish this privately. I don't want to ask any questions here that might lead to spoilers.

Made me think, you did. *grins*
Comments from author:
Between the Lions? Err...right. Silliness can be good, that I agree on. I like Dave's dad too. It's weird how characters grow, initially I was not intending to add too much in-law stuff. (We never see much of them in the series either). As for your questions, even you will have to wait and see until you red the next chapter. ;-)

Where are they going to put her? yes... Making people think is my job. ;-)

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Review By [EllandrahSylver] • Date [7 Jan 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Playing with Bindings and herding worms" from Wormbait
Doh, got scratches all down my leg now after my yell of denial at discovering the cliffhanger scared the cat that was sleeping quite content in my lap.

Wow, lot's happening.

Wondering if Buffy's vision was of Lockhart and if so I hope they get there in time to smack him around, a lot. And if it is him would that make the girl Luna or Hermione (sinse it happens in muggle London I'm leaning towards the latter). Of course it could be none of the above, I guess I'll just have to wait and see.

So it is Willow in the computer, or at least a part of her. I had been thinking it may be one or both of the souls of her sisters somehow but I guess not.

Well done and thanks for sharing, I look forward to more and I'll be sure the cat is elsewhere when I read the next chapter, just incase :)
Comments from author:
I feel for you. And your cat. Well at least it is a vision that will allow them hopefully to intervene. As for Willowtronic, I fear you will have to wait, maybe as much as another week. (It would allow me to work on 67 with greater peace of mind.)

Thank you, my regards to the poor kitty and thanks for reviewing
Review By [Wormbait] • Date [7 Jan 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Playing with Bindings and herding worms" from trongod
Please set up that pedophile piece of garbage for a painfully fatal accident during his Muggle training period! It wouldn't hurt the story /that/ much really! I asked the Muses and even /they/ loath having to deal with it, so it'd be a Good Thing all around, I promise!!

Looks like Moloch is playing its old tricks, this time on Joyce.... Hoping that she runs to Simon about this before she goes and does something Buffy-ish...
Comments from author:
I fear Mr. Lockhart is too clever for that... He will no doubt, get what he deserves. (However, if we look at real life pieces of scum and where they end up, that might just be forty acres on the Pallisades and a do not go to jail card...)

Is it Moloch? Or is it something else...

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Review By [trongod] • Date [7 Jan 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Playing with Bindings and herding worms" from CPTSkip
ARRRRGGGHH! Yes, that was a nasty cliffy. I continue to love this series of yours. I wonder if the "Willow" in the computer is one of her "dead" sisters. Update quickly, please?
Comments from author:
Indeed it was. Chapter 66 holds some answers, but I fear it will go up later, I've been ill this week, as have both my betas.

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Review By [CPTSkip] • Date [7 Jan 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Playing with Bindings and herding worms" from shazamfan
oh you are SOOOOOOOOO evil in the ending of this one. Not to mention seeding it with fun we can enjoy at X-Mas and new year's time. Can't wait to see what happens next!

Comments from author:
Yes, I am. Add to that the fact that there will no update tonight (sorry for that, been ill)... Double evil. THere will be lots of Christmas and NY cheer, yes.

Thanks for reading, reviewing and glad you enjoy it.
Review By [shazamfan] • Date [7 Jan 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Playing with Bindings and herding worms" from LordSchmodder
Very nice.
The last part makes me very curious what will happen next...
Thanks for posting!
Comments from author:
Thank you. Yes, a not inconsiderable cliffhanger, I agree.
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Review By [LordSchmodder] • Date [7 Jan 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Honorary grandfathers" from etienneofthewestwind
Hmm, if Willow isn't swiping the cheese, who indeed.

Ted has no idea how big a mistake he made when he targeted Clarice...

Angel and Giles obviously have not considered the downside of pushing Buffy *too* hard.

I'd have to side with Dave on the Angel issue. Aside from the fact that the Buffyverse gives the mere presence of a soul too much credit--and does Dave even know about the curse? I can't remember for sure--I would not want to be compared to the typical verse vampire, and Angelus was far nastier than most of those vampires.

The London trip should prove interesting. I like Simon's description of knowing Dumbledore. This matter he's mediating, is it between Fudge and Dumbledore, or is it the Dementor issue the Malfoy-Weasley alliance raised? Something else? And just how does the Concordat figure into it?
Comments from author:
Who indeed... Mysteries abound! Ted is making a major mistake, yes. Angel and Giles are worried, but really haven't thought things through.

Dave has some knowledge, Willow is his girlfriend after all. But that does not make things better...

It's the Dementor issue. The Concordat is the party appraoched as the intermediaries, and Simon got the bag...

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Review By [etienneofthewestwind] • Date [4 Jan 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Honorary grandfathers" from AllenPitt
I'm looking forward to him meeting with Dumbledore. Fireworks aplenty, I'm sure. Meanwhile--great stuff on the veterans/ respect for same. Made me sad -in particular that the slayer(s) have been doing stuff worthy of medals for millennia, and go completely unrecognized. Buffy has already done lots -Lothos for example. If she takes down the Master, that'd be huge. But there's no 'slayer's day' parade.
Moving on. I completely understand Dave's position on Angel. I suppose it comes down to how one interprets 'getting a soul'. Is Angel responsible for the deeds of Angelus, and all that. There's certainly a reason he's depressed. Long run, the relationship with Buffy can't work, more for the "he's immortal, she's not" thing than anything else. Honestly based on both series, I'd thought he was best off with Darla (if she had a soul). What a pair. Meanwhile--yes, huge age difference...but honestly, odds are Buffy won't reach age 21. Why deny her a shot at happiness during the very very brief time she has?
Hm. So.... Moloch might be in that room the workers are digging towards? A backup? Ouch. Ted / Clarice. Ouch. And Kendra is on her way?
Comments from author:
That will be a spectacular get together yes. The silent war of the Slayers is indeed heartbreaking.

The shot at happiness is the one reason Joyce is allowing this to happen, but she hopes Buffy will realize that romantic is not the same as love.

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Review By [AllenPitt] • Date [2 Jan 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Honorary grandfathers" from (Current Donor)SamuraiCatFan
Nice chapter. Looking forward to finding out how the Paisley nickname was earned.

I imagine that some of the extended family is going to have to remain behind during the New Year's trip to London, as the Hellmouth will need to remain guarded, especially with the Master in full "plotting evil" mode. Even if Kendra gets to Sunnydale after fleeing Howard, she is still a potential rather than a full Slayer, even with added help she would be likely to get.
Comments from author:
Oh that one...hehe

They can leave Angel behind. ;-)

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Review By [(Current Donor)SamuraiCatFan] • Date [1 Jan 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Honorary grandfathers" from Meneldur
Really don't have time, so excuse any brevity, if you would.
Really liked Charles and the presents he brought. They were all awesome.
The part with James was really good. I liked the whole issue of dealing with survivor's guilt, and learning and remembering the history.
Wonder what Giles and Angel will do. I can already tell it'll be busted eventually.
The part with Hank was also really nice, portraying the ambiguous relationships his daughters have with him. They seem willing to deal with the hardship, though.
The story behind Joyce's thesis sounds really interesting. Here's to hoping Willow can find a way to help her finish it.
The Mayor's indisposed? That is really scary. What's he doing?
Willow and Dave having problems, huh? Wonder what's wrong there. Still, any kind of breakup brings more chance of Tara, so I really don't mind, beyond the grief it's causing Willow.
Wonder what two sides of the Wizarding World Simon is going to meet, and over why (maybe the soul-stealing business?). Looks like they'll be having a nice vacation in London as well. Unless Frank comes down on them in the same time. In any case, can't wait to see it. Happy New year, Meneldur.
Comments from author:
Not a problem at all. I put some good thinking into those, with Ellandrahsylver's help. I wanted to give James a credible reason for not wearing his uniform and good solid background, all in one. Glad you found it good.

Of course they will be...

The girls have loved him for nine and a half and almost sixteen years so they will try and be understanding as long as Hank makes the effort.

The Thesis story line harks back to a remark made quite some time ago...

The Mayor's indisposal/ Indisposition? will be dealt with later, in a side story.
Poor Dave, nobody likes him, all becasue a girl that's barely been there... ;-)

As for the negotiations, its more in the nature of an investigation.

Thanks for reviewing, happy new year, Vidicon
Review By [Meneldur] • Date [1 Jan 12] • Not Rated
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