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Review of chapter "Jennifer & the Debriefing, Part V: Summers" from Zeviz
Review:
These are my favorite kinds of scenes in crossovers: the scenes where characters from different "world" try to understand each other's stories.
Comments from author:
Thanks. The pieces fit together. It's just that the jigsaw puzzle you end up with makes no sense. :-)
Review By [Zeviz] • Date [31 Jan 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue – Two Months Later" from sdavidm
Review:
Characterizations were excellent. Xander/Anise-Freya was hilarious. Writing was very good as well. It's quite long for a fic in which very little happens though. Feels like a great opening for a longer crossover, which you've hinted at in this last chapter. I hope you do it! Given where in the timeline of each verse you started, the plots are very open ended. That can be good and bad, but I think you could do it justice.
Comments from author:
Thanks for reading and reviewing!

Right now, my muse isn't interested in one of the many sequel hooks I planted. But you could try and motivate her by giving me a recommendation... :-)
Review By [sdavidm] • Date [18 Oct 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Sam and the Revelation" from JJDudeman
Review:
I've read this story a couple times, but not since I started reviewing, and this needs to be pointed out. The bigger, broader unique strength here was how you played up young Jennifer Hailey. She's a ripe character for the treatment ('Potential' uses her very very well in the best Buffy-Angel-Stargate overlapping I've ever seen), but you don't break the fic by raising her to prominence. But what a treat to watch the different reaction as an alternative to the classic science-as-religion denial the hardcore scientists always need to have in these fics. That's over a lot of the chapters.
THIS chapter is cool for the way you smoothly provide a way. for Harmony to remain cool without shattering the cornerstone of Whedonverse vampires that Spike already cracked. Because any decent explanation for Spike's souled/souless ability to ultimately be good/evil would still leave us with no room for Harmony, and she's fun. The uncertainty of the answer itself is a strong point, making a clever and plausible explanation workable while still admitting she really shakes the shades of gray up to an uncomfortable degree. Very very slick.
Comments from author:
Thanks. I try to be as ingenious as I can about patching up the holes in the walls of my favorite universes, but Harmony is really not a Whedonverse vampire. She made for some of the best comedy in both series after she became a vampire, but that sort of broke the rules. (Okay, Spike's attraction to Buffy really broke the rules too, but Spike broke a lot of rules.)

Harmony was generally a better person as a vampire than she was as a human. That makes for real comedy, but it's a plothole.

You might also be interested in the way I handled her in my 'The Big Bang Theory' crossover.
Review By [JJDudeman] • Date [25 Sep 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue – Two Months Later" from deathgeonous
Review:
Oh my, this was... awesome. It truly was. Well, thanks for writing this, bye for now.
Comments from author:
Thanks! I appreciate the review. If you feel like it, I wouldn't mind a recommendation either. :-)
Review By [deathgeonous] • Date [25 Aug 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue – Two Months Later" from DieselDriver
Review:
Hi Diane, In reply to your comment, I was in such a hurry to get to the next part that I simply forgot to recommend it. My apologies and thanks for the reminder.
Comments from author:
Hey, thanks! I appreciate it. Any of my stories you want ot rec, I'm all for it. :-) There are plenty of good authors on this site who deserve more attention than they're getting.
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [3 Aug 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue – Two Months Later" from DieselDriver
Review:
Oh yeah, That was a great story. Just freaking awesome.

One thing though. Never come down too hard on Newbies. Any group that doesn't have newbies, dies out.
Comments from author:
Thanks! I appreciate the reviews, and I'd love a recommendation if you feel up to it.
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [3 Aug 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Jennifer & the Debriefing, Part V: Summers" from DieselDriver
Review:
That summation by Major Jenni and the wrong conclusions everyone (except maybe herself) is an absolutely amazing report on the actions that took place and how people (in real life too) can take a huge amount of evidence and come to a completely wrong conclusion.

This is magnificent!
Comments from author:
Thanks. I'm glad you're enjoying it.
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [3 Aug 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue – Two Months Later" from Spica
Review:
Excellent story, hope you make a sequel some day.

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Already reading "League..." and sadly i´ve run out of recommendations, didn´t even know that could happen until recently when it did.
I´ve been reading waay too much last few months...
Comments from author:
Thanks! There is a not-sequel-not-prequel as well. I left over half a dozen sequel hooks in the two stories, but right now my muse Agatha is not interested. Instead, I'm writing Alex Mack (on this site) and Ayla Goodkind (Whateley Universe).

BTW, if you want to throw me some more motivation, I wouldn't mind a recommendation. And if you like Sam Carter (and some Jack and a little Xander), there's also "League of Extraordinary Women".
Review By [Spica] • Date [3 Jul 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue – Two Months Later" from (Current Donor)cameocat
Review:
Buffy-verse meets SG-1. Amazing. Really well done. The whole thing starts out in a bar, of all places. Xander stepping in to protect the bystanders from what he believes is a demon. Meanwhile, at the SG base, there's an all out emergency because a Tok'ra has gone walkabout.

Misunderstandings, secrets, open phone lines, cross-purposes... This one is really good. And yes, the story does come to a satisfying conclusion while leaving several openings for more stories, just like a really good movie or TV show. Yes, please, write more.

As for me, now I need coffee, 'cause I just stayed up all night to finish reading it.

(And a not about the rating: 9 is really good from me. To get a 10 it would need to be damn near Hugo quality.)
Comments from author:
I'm glad you enjoyed it! And thanks for the Rec. I figure if you liked it enough to add a recommendation, then that '9' is pretty good.

I wrote a not-a-sequel too, but my muse has yet to seize on one of the half dozen plot hooks I left and demand I write up one of them.
Review By [(Current Donor)cameocat] • Date [27 Jun 13] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue – Two Months Later" from stargatefan
Review:
This was a very entertaining tale. There wasn't much in the way of action but despite that I couldn't stop reading until I finished this story. This was a plausible look at one way the SGC and Scoobies could have come together. I really liked the interactions between Xander and Anise-Freya. Thanks for sharing.
Comments from author:
Thanks for reading. As I developed the concept, I just didn't see a way to make it turn into an action-adventure, so it stayed mainly as character studies. Sam Carter just stayed too rational and incharacter to start a war with the Scoobies, and nothing wanted to charge in through the stargate. :-)

If you really enjoyed the story, I would appreciate a recommendation, or at least your considering reading some more of my work.
Review By [stargatefan] • Date [13 Apr 13] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue – Two Months Later" from Piterio
Review:
I don't know what to say. Stargate x-overs are actually something i'm used to ignore. I don't know why but because of you that definitely gonna change(although i'm not sure if others gonna be good as yours), and you didn't even have a definite plot. just an event that happens(which is already something that recruited a lot from you(what you wrote was genius)), or maybe that the reason of your success. Anyway it was a while since i read such good story(others stories i read also good but your was positively refreshing then any other i currently read). So thanks for that. I'm going to take a look at your others stories(as well as what sequel you wrote to it), so see you next time.
Comments from author:
Thanks for the kind review. I wouldn't mind a Recommendation either! :-)

There are a LOT of Stargate crossovers, both here and at fanfiction.net (and at sites I don't read). Sturgeon's Law applies, as it does to everything. But two that I like are "Bridges" by Tassos and "Life's Ending, Life's Beginning" by becuzitswrong (which are - unsurprisingly - the number 3 and number 1 stories on this site).
Review By [Piterio] • Date [7 Apr 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Xander and the Problem" from Zorgdub
Review:
I've been spending some time reading various fics on this site, and I often think to myself "bah! this is really badly written." or "Arg! That's stupid! X should/shouldn't have happened" or even "How can this author write on that topic when (s)he so obviously has no idea what (s)he talking about!"
And that's not when I'm searching through the depths of this site for obscure fics either, but when I'm reading stories from the Top Fics category, or Crossing Over Award winners. And this site definitely didn't seem mediocre to me when I discovered it, so the probelm is probably with my assesment.

But then I noticed that this happens even more often when I read BuffyXStargate Crossovers, and I realized why I reacted this way : you spoiled me. Without even realizing it, I hold every story up to the same standards as yours, and whenever I spot something which isn't as tightly built, well explained, deeply researched, faithful to the original work or as fluidly narrated as your regular work (and especially this specific story), I feel the story I am reading is sorely deficient.
Whenever there's a "Scoobies meet the SGC" story, I not only *demand* it to match every single expectation I had for that sort of event, I also want it to address satisfactorily all the detials you pointed out and that I had never noticed before reading Xander and yet ANOTHER demon. Which is completely unreasonable, but it *is* an irrational response.


So after going over almost all the top fics from the main Top Fics sections and also a coupe dozens from the Crossing Over Awards ... it turns out that there are *very* few writers that can stand up to those exacting standards. From those I actually started tracking, there's Chilord, dreamfall, EleriMcCleod, jAkL, litmouse, MMcGregor, ShayneT, Tanstaafl and theICEBear. With you, that's 10 writers.
And most of them haven't posted anywthing in years T_T

Anyway, I'm going to have to make an effort to remember that different authors write differently, and just because they don't have all your qualities don't mean that they can't write very good stories!
And thanks for writing such excellent stories and *keeping* on writing them ; I'm not sure what I'd do without my regular doses of Alex Mack, Xendra and TRTC. Thanks a lot.



As a side note, while the comparison with your work underlinging the faults of the other authors stories spoils my enjoyment a bit, it is also educational. It lets me see more precisely what makes your stories so great and how to write well. (although knowing what makes a good story and making a story that'll be known as good are very different things indeed)


PS: phouka is one of the authors who's in the "different from DC* and writes excellent stories nonetheless" category. I really didn't find DireSquirrel funny, I'm still trying to slog through the Deadpool/HP crossover hoping it'll get better. I rarely find the humor in this story entertaining, I don't see any relation between his Harry and the original one (so it reads less like a rewriting and more like an original character), and I don't find his characterization of Deadpool to be any good. So I've laughed more reading a single XAYAD chapter than a dozen of DireSquirrel's HP/Deadpool crossover.

Also, thanks a lot for recommending Stingers by Tanstaafl, I probably wouldn't have found it otherwise and that would have been a terrible shame.

*Diane Castle, not the comic books editor

(I corrected a few spelling mistakes, typos, etc...)
Comments from author:
Wow. I am stunned by a review this amazing. Thanks. Oh, and I think you have excellent taste in authorship, since I've rec'd most of the other authors on your list. Might I also recommend phouka (and her brother phoukabro) and some of the cheery work of DireSquirrel (seriously, who would have expected a Deadpool/HP crossover to work)?
Review By [Zorgdub] • Date [29 Mar 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue – Two Months Later" from lunalurker
Review:
Hilarious and smart at the same time, and I find myself liking pretty much every single character, even ones that I've never had any connection to before, and that is no small thing.
Another indicator of how good this is? I actually stared picturing some of the scenes, as if I was watching it on tv. I'd watch the hell out of a crossover like this! Too bad all the legal people won't let it happen.
Thank you very much for writing, and I'm off catch up with more of your stories. :)
Comments from author:
Thanks for the glowing review. (And thanks for the rec!) I don't really write a lot of character bashing: even the characters I didn't like when I saw them (like Anise) can usually be redeemed in one way or another. (Or the villains can be made more complex or smarter.)
Review By [lunalurker] • Date [21 Mar 13] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue – Two Months Later" from legstanner
Review:
This is the best story I've read in a while. I love me some Xander. It was funny and interesting and totally believable. Thanks for sharing.
Comments from author:
Thanks for the kind review. I also appreciate the Rec! I'll take every recommendation I can get. I'm just like that. :-) I have other stories on this site, and even further stories elsewhere on the web.
Review By [legstanner] • Date [15 Mar 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue – Two Months Later" from Elleria
Review:
Love this!
Comments from author:
Thanks. If you want to give it a recommendation too, I'm good with that.
Review By [Elleria] • Date [10 Mar 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
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