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Review of chapter "Chapter 15" from Compston
Review:
another good chapter... Please update
Comments from author:
Still not dead. Thank you.
Review By [Compston] • Date [21 Nov 13] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Ch. 10 - Road Trip" from Compston
Review:
I have read this story several times and it gets better with each read. I hope you update this story soon. It would be shame to not continue the story...
Comments from author:
It probably gets better and better because it wasn't very good when I first posted it. :-D

There is more of this, but I have no idea when I will be able to finish it. Not dead though.
Review By [Compston] • Date [21 Nov 13] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 20" from kalahari
Review:
What is it with Fanfiction and excessive cars?
You are not the only one pushing a luxury car onto one of the Scoobies, but come on.

If the car is really worth $30k to $35k, the thing to do is to have Giles sell the car, and buy a reasonable used car.
Reasonable means:
- no more than 2 liters or 122 CID engine displacement
- four cylinders
- preferably a station wagon
- 100 to 150 horsepower is quite enough
- less than 8l/100km or more than 30mpg
- less than 1500kg

I would consider a used Toyota Corolla a reasonable car. That way they have enough money to replace the car when they damage it.
Comments from author:
What is it with fanfiction and excessive... (guns, cars, computers, medieval weapons, plasma rifles, etc.)?

Meh. We all get on our kicks here and there. But they come and they go. For instance, I'm not sure I even mention a car in any other story of mine other than the fact that it goes from point A to point B.

Probably the main refrain you risk hearing in most of my stories is that spears are better than stakes. I think I mention that in most of my longer stories.

That being said, if I received a windfall car, even a luxury one, I would be unlikely to sell it unless it were a million dollar car. I would prefer to just drive the nicer car than go through the hassle of selling it and buying a cheaper one. Plus, you're not going to get the full value when you sell it.
Review By [kalahari] • Date [11 Nov 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 19" from kalahari
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No, you never ever combine the output of several electrical outlets into one device.
Yes, it is theoretically possible, but:
- Doing so creates electrical generated fires to burn down your home.
- Doing so makes you a candidate for the darwin award.
- I know that it has been done in Fanfiction, but it is really bad tech.
- It is only done in data centers for redundant powered devices, and only with very clean and documented power distribution systems.

The clean (and cheap) way to power any device which needs more power than your usual household power sockets provide is:
- on a simple US electrical household connection with split phase 120V/240V, put in a new 240V fuse behind the electric meter.
put in a new electric line (three wire) from the fuse box to the work room in the basement.
terminate the new line in a blue P+N+E, 6h IEC 60309 socket behind an extra two phase switch.
size all the new equipment according to the required amperage.
- on a US high leg delta (120V/240V/415V) electrical household connection, put in a new 240V/415V triple fuse behind the electric meter.
put in a new electric line (five wire) from the fuse box to the work room in the basement.
terminate the new line in a red 3P+N+E, 9h IEC 60309 socket behind an extra three phase switch.
size all the new equipment according to the required amperage.
- outside the US, you would have normal, symmetric three phase household power 230V/400V, and put in a new 230V/400V triple fuse behind the electric meter.
put in a new electric line (five wire) from the fuse box to the work room in the basement.
terminate the new line in a red 3P+N+E, 6h IEC 60309 socket behind an extra three phase switch.
size all the new equipment according to the required amperage.

Willow, being in charge of the household finances could have an eletrican installing the new line; with Xander and herself clearing the path for the new line, and helping to put it in, to keep the cost down.
That gives them ample and save power.
Willow's parents don't need to know about this, and if they ask, Willow can always say, she needed power in the basement for an experiment, wanted to do it save, and right the first time.

Any equipment Willow and Xander experiment on, can now be connected by an appropriate IEC 60309 connector, and can be completely disconnected in a save way.
Comments from author:
And if I were an electrician or studied wiring systems or anything like that, I probably would have wrote that. But I'm an author who knows enough that when you have enough stuff going that it shorts out the circuit breaker, you should unplug something before you trip it again. That's the extent of my electrical knowledge. Sadly, I know more than many people I work with.

I think someone else pointed out my error earlier as well. Basically, it's not important enough to the plot for me to change it. But thank you anyway.
Review By [kalahari] • Date [11 Nov 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 33" from LostDragon
Review:
This is a great story that you need to pick back up.
Comments from author:
I know. I really know. I just haven't been able to get my muse to look that direction lately.
Review By [LostDragon] • Date [22 Oct 13] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 33" from Delkatar
Review:
Great story!
Comments from author:
Thank you!
Review By [Delkatar] • Date [5 Sep 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 33" from Addlcove
Review:
Having just re-read this in it's entirety I am desperately hoping for new chapters soon ;)
Comments from author:
I'm glad you love it so much. I love hearing about when people reread it. New reviews always tug at my muse's attention.
Review By [Addlcove] • Date [1 Sep 13] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 33" from DieselDriver
Review:
Definitely going to track this one. Darn near as good as something by Diane Castle. That's very high praise by the way.
Comments from author:
Oh, I know. I love Diane's works too. That's very high praise. Thank you indeed. And for all your reviews. (Even the one's where you disagreed with me - I love a good debate)

EDIT: Also, thank you for the Rec.
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [5 Aug 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 30" from DieselDriver
Review:
OK, if they don't have mamas (do they? and what about papas?), how do they propagate? Are they like the NPC's in Everquest and just pop up every so often from nothing?
Comments from author:
As I understand, most demons have parents of some type or another. Even if they hatch from eggs.
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [5 Aug 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 29" from DieselDriver
Review:
OMG!!! ROFL. Maybe now Faith can show up and take care of Angelus and Buffy can find a real boyfriend. Definitely not Riley though. Can't wait to see what happens with the doofus who was drugging Joyce.
Comments from author:
Ah, yes. The chipped Angelus is one of the ideas I'm prouder of. Thank you.
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [5 Aug 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 26" from DieselDriver
Review:
So now that Kendra was dead when will Faith show up? Woo Hoo, Changes are coming quick and cool!

I still disagree for the reasons stated about the council. I see a lot of them being reminiscent of someone like George Soros but with group think. Very intent on power and making of money, in the sense that money is power. Hiding it would be de rigueur for them, intent on operating behind the scenes.
Comments from author:
I'm an accountant. And no organization can survive for long without income being greater than or equal to expenses. I see the expenses of the council. I don't see the income. And once the Potentials are called, many fics (and possibly the S8 comics) have the new slayers being paid. In canon, I understand there are about 2,000 new Slayers around the world. Even if their pay is only $20,000 per year, each; that's still $40million dollars PER YEAR. Just for Slayers. That doesn't include watchers, food, shelter, clothing, travel, taxes, or weapons. From an organization that's used to paying for the care and upkeep of... how many people? Even 100 Potentials is probably more than they ever cared for at once. The number is probably closer to 20. And they weren't paid of course.

And this was a stable organization too. Not a growing business where income had to exceed expenses. They had reserves, to be sure. And those reserves were likely in the millions. But in all likelihood, their income and expenses didn't change much from year to year and probably balanced out fairly nicely. I.E. Not a lot of money to spare for things that weren't in the budget.
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [5 Aug 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 23" from DieselDriver
Review:
I disagree with your premise that the council would be "just getting by" as far as money goes. These guys may be hidebound and secretive but the thing is, that would lead to behind the scenes money making schemes and semi-illegal methods and accumulation and chances are that they would be miserly as well, hiding their true resources from mere "watchers" in the field, giving them only a barebones operating allowance. So while the premise is basically wrong (IMHO), they would have that appearance anyway. Which would allow the other stories to be correct and this one to be correct also. Giles et al, only finding out about the hidden assets after the council getting blown up.

So we are both right... Win Win if I ever saw one.
Comments from author:
Well, at least you didn't say 'They're old, of course they're rich'.

The watchers exist for the sole purpose of supporting ONE warrior (at a time) against the forces of darkness. They never needed to be super-rich in order to do that. And it's easy to say that they have 'behind the scenes money making schemes and semi-illegal methods' but those types of activities carry a great deal of risk to go along with their higher rewards. The types of organizations that last a long time avoid risk, since eventually your luck will run out.

Actually, it was the opposite. The council was trying to seem richer and more powerful than they actually were.

:-) This is one topic I just never get tired of debating. Mostly because eventually people go back and watch the scenes with the council and go, 'Huh. I remember them seeming more powerful.'
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [5 Aug 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 19" from DieselDriver
Review:
Just so you know, the only thing I know about Maggie Walsh is what I have read here and on other fan fiction sites. This is the best one that I know of. I've watched the Movie BtVS a couple of times and some of the episodes, saw her die the first time, saw her kill Angel. But I've missed a LOT of them so this is all good. Like before, good story telling and for me, the first insight into what made Maggie tick. Great idea.
Comments from author:
If you read much Buffy fiction with Maggie, she's usually portrayed as evil incarnate with a side-order of crazy. But rewatching the season in question showed me that just wasn't the case. There were facets of her character that most authors just weren't seeing/understanding.
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [4 Aug 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 18" from DieselDriver
Review:
From dictionary dot com:

pau·ci·ty
[paw-si-tee] Show IPA
noun
1.
smallness of quantity; scarcity; scantiness: a country with a paucity of resources.
2.
smallness or insufficiency of number; fewness.

Always glad to help. I don't use it very often myself. It just popped into my head as a perfect fit. I like words. Semantics can be fun too since "Semantics" are "Antics with words".
Comments from author:
I figured it was something like that even before I Googled it. Though I would have gone with 'lack'. As in "the complete absence of any spelling errors". ;-)

or not.
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [4 Aug 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "There is no Chapter 13" from DieselDriver
Review:
Ok, I don't normally like to review before I've finished but darn this is good so far. I finally figured out that I might as well tell people that it's really hard to stop and take the time on this one since I want to keep reading. I AM really impressed with the paucity of simple word or spelling errors that I see in many other stories. Not only an interesting story but good proof reading as well. Good Job to all. Now can I get back to reading?
Comments from author:
Ooo! I learned a new word! :-) And thank you. It wasn't nearly as good when it was first posted but with the kind help of the reviewers here on TTH, it became a much better story and I became a much better writer.

Please do, please do. And thank you for your review.
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [4 Aug 13] • Not Rated
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