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Review of chapter "Epilogue - One Month Later" from DieselDriver
Review:
Having just finished reading "The Secret Return of Alex Mack" your statement that "I don’t have any plans to write a sequel" lead me to believe that you were keeping secrets. (I didn't want to shout "Liar, Liar, Pants on fire, nose as long as a telegraph wire" at you because that would be impolite.) Cross purposes is also still going strong and the "New" story starts soon. Plus the ones you didn't plan unless you are writing your own fan fiction under other nom de plumes. ;-) Darn you made me forget to check the Whately page.
Comments from author:
I swear, when I wrote "I don’t have any plans to write a sequel" I really meant it. But I said that, what, years ago? I didn't have plans for 'The League of Extraordinary women' either. I accidentally read a challenge and my muse attacked me with her favorite warclub. You know, the one that has those big obsidian chunks and spikes embedded in its head. The next thing I knew, I had a story outline! Also a concussion...
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [15 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue - One Month Later" from TheGreyOne
Review:
Diane,

Thank you for a wonderful story. I've enjoyed it immensely.

I do have a question. Alex is a photographer. Did she not take even one picture?

Thanks again, we all miss you on Whateley. I'm sure elrodw could use some input on how Ayla and Kayda could interact better.

Grey
Comments from author:
I'm having a mental block on Whateley, but my muse wants me to do other stuff. I'm working on some things, though.
Review By [TheGreyOne] • Date [8 Nov 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue - One Month Later" from Czaanum
Review:
I did said I'd get to devouring these. First things first: you had me engaged and interested in the characters and story from a very early point, which, particularly given the large number of characters, was impressive. I generally find the more characters, the longer it takes (exponentially).

You caught me unawares with the sword, I should have seen it coming, but right as I'd forgotten about it due to everything else that was going on, BAM! Well played.

Had me laughing often.

I definitely saw parallels between the personal hell arena section of this story and the 'hijacked combat sim' that the Kimba's were subjected to. Though both had to face specially crafted foes specifically designed to counter or overpower their foes, the subtle differences made the overall effect on the reader quite different. This one I felt I was more worried about the characters (other than maybe Tennyo), even though I had less invested in these characters and didn't know all of them quite as well as the Whateley crew. Yes the Kimbas were in a 'sim', but really because in this story it truly did feel that these characters were all alone in their hell, with very few ways of really helping each other, everybody had to find their own unique way of saving themselves. This did mean maybe less team/relationship building until they are all reunited, but on the flip-side there was a faster heart-rate for sure and more personal development. The deaths from the prophecy looked about ready to happen.

Edit: Oh Malfoy! I can't help but like him. That bit made me want to go back and read the HP series yet again. Ahh nostalgia. And yes I'll add a recommend, soon as I figure it out...

End review. Onto part 2, although Ginny always was a favorite character, might give that one a look in between...

PS: Us Whatelyites do miss and appreciate you. The long absence has us anxious, it's of the bad, we'd love for you to stop by and say hi. We'd all really love more stories as well, but more Diane please :)
Comments from author:
Thanks!

I really got so frustrated with being locked out of the site that I just burned out. Now my muse doesn't want to help me out either. Ugh. I'm trying to write Ayla 9.5 and Ayla 10 and Ayla 10.2, 10.4, and 10.6, but I'm stuck. I've never been blocked on Whateley before, but this block has gone on for *months*.
Review By [Czaanum] • Date [24 Oct 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue - One Month Later" from Riniko
Review:
Greatly enjoyed the story, even if I got around to reading them a little later than some. Hermione came out of this much better than I thought she would,, I thought for sure she would lose the baby with all the abuse she took. Well, I will be on to the next story to read soon.
Comments from author:
Thanks for reading! And I appreciate the review. I'm also not averse to recommendations. :D
Review By [Riniko] • Date [24 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Ch. 25 - Long Distance Calls Again, part 1" from Riniko
Review:
Oh Selina is soo bad to Brucie-boy. :)
And Hermione, I don't know what to say but, are you insane girl.
Comments from author:
The 'Cat Tales' Selina is a lot more interesting than modern Frank-Miller-affected Catwoman. That's largely because all women in Frank Miller stories are saints, prostitutes, or murderers. Or murdering prostitutes. And you have to work like heck to find a saint in his stories.
Review By [Riniko] • Date [23 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Ch. 24 - After-Action Report" from Riniko
Review:
Worries me that Hermione is working so hard to avoid a full medical exam, does she already know the truth? Or is she trying to keep from knowing?
Comments from author:
Something like that. But you're right: she is dodging that exam.
Review By [Riniko] • Date [23 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Twenty – Alex at the Burrow" from Riniko
Review:
Been sort of thinking that Hermione may be pregnant and that the part about not all returning meaning that she loses the baby.
Comments from author:
It sounds like you're reading this story pretty intently. I appreciate it.
Review By [Riniko] • Date [23 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue - One Month Later" from (Current Donor)DeepBlueJoy
Review:
Now I understand why all my friends, serious writers in their own right, rave about your stories. I've gotta take a break before I read on, but I really enjoyed this even though I'd never even heard of Alex and I'm not a huge DC comics fan. You captured very distinct personalities for everyone and your fights were quite epic.

Well done.

blue
Comments from author:
Thanks! I admit that I am no longer a huge DC Comics fan. In the 60's I adored them. Then I slowly watched as Marvel moved past them in storytelling and creativity. Then in the 80's, they still had some great stuff, like the famous 'Judas Arc' of Teen Titans. But in the 90's they tried to make EVERYTHING get darker and edgier (or Darker And Edgier as they say over at TV Tropes), and they let Frank Miller and Dan Didio ruin some of their best characters. I detest what they did to Catwoman, so if you were ever a fan of her, go read 'Cat Tales' at Chris Dee's website to get classic Catwoman. (Admittedly, not everything at DC is junk these days. They still have *some* good writers. I will read anything by Gail Simone, for example.)
Review By [(Current Donor)DeepBlueJoy] • Date [13 Aug 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue - One Month Later" from Grovtech
Review:
I just finished re-reading this. It was fun reviewing how Cross-overs and Alex Mack developed from this. It's still one of my favorites!

Oh, I did see Alex hasn't mentioned the Teen Titans again although considering Grover, and Hanna she does have a teen team. Jack and his crew is just support! ;)

Grover
Comments from author:
Thanks. I hadn't planned on writing any sequels, but my muse beat the snot out of me until I relented.

And Alex's team is only 'teen' if you omit Toxie and Az and Tsurara and Sam Carter and Bruce. And Shar. And the SRI Orphans. But Alex isn't going to be a teen much longer, and Grover is older than she is, and Hanna isn't all that far from twenty.
Review By [Grovtech] • Date [31 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One – The Prophecy" from djhardim
Review:
I was reading the first chapter again and have a question

"THE GATES WILL OPEN. THE CREATURES WILL BE FREED. THE MISTRESS D’LAZZA WILL RELEASE HER ARMIES ONTO THE WORLD. NO MAN OF WOMAN BORN MAY STOP HER. "

What about someone like Connor Kent (Superboy Post Crisis)?
Comments from author:
There are about a score of holes in the 'no man of woman born' prophecy, starting with how Shakespeare got around it: a C-section. A woman could do it. A non-human. A clone. So Connor Kent IS an option (other than the problem that turns up on the first trip). You could even go with the main character of 'World of Null-A' because he's not a normal-born human but he's not *technically* a clone either.
Review By [djhardim] • Date [21 Jun 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue - One Month Later" from exess
Review:
a good story with few typos and no discernible grammatical errors thank you.
Comments from author:
Thanks! In general, my stuff has a fairly low error rate, because I write well in advance, and then edit it in multiple passes.
Review By [exess] • Date [22 Feb 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue - One Month Later" from Zeviz
Review:
I finally found a place where I could register to say how much I like your stories. :)

This one is one of my favorites and kept me up way past my bedtime last night. I like the way characters from many different universes interact, the team dynamics among them, the different reactions when asked for help (from Buffy's "let's go" to some people's need for a lot of convincing, and from Batman's constant mistrust to Alex inviting home a stranger who just showed up out of nowhere), etc. I especially liked the "calling home" chapters, because my favorite part of crossovers is seeing how people from different universes see each other and describe others' worlds to their friends.

I also liked that I was able to see some surprises coming (and feel smug about it :P), but was still completely surprised in places. For example, I guessed the reason for Hermione's nausea around the time you started showing more symptoms. And I guessed the way the "not all will come back" part of the prophesy would be resolved around the time Bellatrix was gloating at Hermione. I also guessed that the individual opponents were illusions right away (but didn't realize how substantial the illusions were), because if it was so easy to pull people from all those dimensions, they'd have demon problems too. And it's easier to make an illusion that to find the originals anyway. But I had assumed that "Team 2" was just the group that flew in to steal the crystal until the moment I saw the actual Team 2's PoV. And in the middle of action I didn't pay attention to Buffy passing something to Alex and assumed she was still using the Sword of Gryffindor until she flew at Willow with the Slayer weapon.

I also liked how you made all team members equally important despite the different power levels of the universes they come from. And how each group tries to find the evidence of others in their own worlds, or even to look up the equivalent people. (It would be interesting to see what the equivalent people in each universe are actually like.)

So thanks again for writing this great story. (I also wanted to thank you for writing the Whateley stories that gave me weeks of excellent reading material, but that forum's registration failed twice before I gave up. But is there some other place I can thank you for all the work you did there?)
Comments from author:
Thanks for reading! And feel free to drop me some recommendations if you're so inclined. :-)

The registration problems at Whateley are unfortunately conncted with the other problems, and we can no longer post stories except by shoving them in the forums, which is utterly sub-optimal.
Review By [Zeviz] • Date [22 Jan 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue - One Month Later" from (Current Donor)deiticlast
Review:
Just reread this. Quick question: Sybil's prophecy. Is that a lead in to a sequel about Buffy and Willow? Possibly having been reincarnated as Harry's and Ginny's kids? Or am I just reading and hoping too much into that?
Comments from author:
Sybil's latest prophecy is really a stub for any story you want to go read that covers Harry and Ginny's kids going off to Hogwarts with Hermione and Ron's kids. I have seen too many of those fanfics, and so I just don't have any interest in writing one of them. It just struck me as amusing to have Sibyl drop one more massive prophetic bomb on everyone, and have her be blissfully unaware, as usual.
Review By [(Current Donor)deiticlast] • Date [21 Dec 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue - One Month Later" from slmncpm
Review:
*grins* just found this and i LOVED IT! i am so going to read the sequel now! *runs off happily*
Comments from author:
Thanks! If you really liked it, I won't object to a recommendation too.
Review By [slmncpm] • Date [11 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Ten – The Feline Who Has Turned Tail" from mooncowthree
Review:
So I started reading cat tales, oh my goodness, so hilarious, thanks for the recommendation!
Comments from author:
It's a real tragedy that DC wrote Bats and Catwoman the way they did, and Chris Dee's work is just on a website.

Maybe DC felt that Joe Quesada was getting all the attention for stupid editorial decisions, so they stepped up their game. :-)
Review By [mooncowthree] • Date [4 Dec 13] • Not Rated
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