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Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part IX" from grd
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I love intelligent vamp hunters. The prestake method was priceless, heck heart removal would work too. The Scoobies in this tale rock!
Comments from author:
I've done heart removal in a different story. But Slayers would rather Slay than sit around.
Review By [grd] • Date [8 Sep 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part IX" from VillageOrchid
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There have been so many plot changes that as reader I can't be sure where you are going with this. But we know the characters and some of the potential big bads on the horizon. I'm glad that Xander gets to have an opportunity to not be the him that he hates and become a person that he admires or idealizes, regardless if the gender change is permanent.
Comments from author:
If you were sure where I was going with this, I would be scratching my head. :D
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [8 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part IX" from Starfox
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Good chapter. Nice touch with Willow's POV using female pronouns for Xendra and the general POV male ones. Good action scene, and a funny infiltration for a great plan. Cordy's snark is also fitting in well.
Comments from author:
Thanks. But don't assume they are off the hook yet.
Review By [Starfox] • Date [8 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part IX" from raxadian
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Maybe is just because they are big and easy to get?
Comments from author:
Right. You need space for your minions. You need to be able to come and go, and not run into any inconvenient wards from people moving in. If only you could find a deserted furniture warehouse so you've got the beds and such...
Review By [raxadian] • Date [8 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part IX" from Vianca
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Ted and the book demon their robot bodies.
Early power armor.
Knight Sabers from Bubblegum Crisis, but who would be the fourth female member?
Why those suits?
The power packs on the back, can you think of another design were you can fit that book demon it's powerplant???

Don't know were you're going with the story (yet), so I can only wait till the next chapters.
But I lover the butterflies, keep them coming.

I would suggest that they check the modern (sport) weapons, like bows & crossbows.
There might be something that they could use, in there.
Certain crossbows have a bolt magazine, in order to hold a couple of bolts in it and feed them into the firing system.
Meaning rapid fire of four or five bolts.

Blow-darts combined with a air-gun/air-rifle might also be interesting to look into.
Comments from author:
There are lots of modern weapons that no one seems to think about. This could turn out to be important.
Review By [Vianca] • Date [8 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part IX" from ChefJackButler
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Nicely moving along, though I have lost track on exactly where the Xander-Willow relationship is. It seems to have seriously cooled and turned away from the "they love each other" aspect into "well, they like each other, but..." aspect. Hmmm...


As for the transformation itself, Xander seems to have got over the shock of sudden femininity pretty quickly. Mostly he seems concerned with the externals and the peripherals.
Comments from author:
Well, he's still Xander. Just with a few benefits (like improved strength and speed and swordsmanship, and not having to be at home) and nuisances (like Willow is freaked over the Xendra thing- and PMS).
Review By [ChefJackButler] • Date [8 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part IX" from hamishog
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For one thing - deserted warehouses are deserted. That means no security. And because they are, or were, businesses vampires don't need permission to enter. Not to mention that most of them have offices and it's probably much easier to steal power and cable unobtrusively in a business district than a residential one.
The hit by the way was perfect as was the preliminary. By eliminating as many variables as possible you give yourself greater control over a situation. Very dynamic. Very Art of War.
And can I say that I find Xander (whatever his gender) and Willow to be an adorable couple.
Comments from author:
And 'deserted warehouses' in Sunnydale come with special accessories, like convenient access to underground tunnels, a handy Hellmouth for faster and easier fledgling manufacture, and Willy's Alibi Room!
Review By [hamishog] • Date [8 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part VIII" from bookalicious
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I was reluctant to read this, since most of the 'gender-bended Xander' stories I've read are kind of crap. Either they don't deal well with the 'suddenly a girl' aspect or the 'what happened to Xander' aspect. You've redeemed the genre. Thanks a lot. You deserve a virtual fudge cake.
Comments from author:
Mmm... fudge cake... Thanks! I understand your reluctance, because not every YAHF is a good story. A couple are *excellent* and some are okay. But some are not. On the other hand, Super!Xander can make for an amusing one-shot or a wacky concept.
Review By [bookalicious] • Date [8 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part VIII" from AllenPitt
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With (a lot of) luck, maybe the Council will send Faith & her watcher to Sunnydale, thus preventing F. from losing her first watcher to Kakistos. Having a watcher of her own might help F. with her 'issues' about being 2nd rank/not thought of as important/etc.
Hey-if Xendra got vamped, and they did a spell to restore Xander, would Xander be a vamp? Talk about Hulk/Bruce Banner.....
Not to mention a "Dopplegangland" episode where Xendra meets vampire Xander (maybe?)...
Comments from author:
We will find out about Faith eventually. And a vamp Xander with mental aid from Xena? Not a good thing.
Review By [AllenPitt] • Date [27 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part VIII" from Ben
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The problem with this section is that "Twilight" came out in 2005, or seven years before when this is set at the moment.
Comments from author:
That's not the only anachronism in there! If you find the other two, I'll award you a No-Prize! (Marvel Comics doesn't seem to be handing them out anymore, so I'll just swipe a couple of theirs. :D )
Review By [Ben] • Date [26 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part VIII" from draconis
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Have thoroughly enjoyed these 'interludes'. Great setup, filling in the blanks, and educational as well. The manipulation of the review team was priceless. Who knew Cordelia's influence would be so essential to the survival of the world? Being a mental sparring partner to Xander (and now his "gender consultant") has clearly helped the team.

Plus...major kudos for your usage of "hypno-toad". Apropo, in character, and definitely funny in context.

Your "A group of vamps is a clot or a coagulation. Maybe a sparkle.”...exceptional. Not only loved the group naming, but the complete imagery twist from depicting something gross to something pretty...in naming the same thing.
Comments from author:
Thanks. And really, using 'kiss' as a collective noun for vampires is just so... Anne Rice. Maybe Laurel K. Hamilton (later books after her divorce).
Review By [draconis] • Date [26 Aug 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part VIII" from OlBear
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Excellent story so far but I can't help but wonder what will happen when the real Xendra Giles finds out that she spent the summer with her Uncle Rupert. Keep up the good work
Comments from author:
Oh, I'm quite sure that Uncle Rupert will just tell the family, "So sorry, can't talk about it, Watchers Council secret project, no threat to the family, we just needed a particular individual here clandestinely for a month."
Review By [OlBear] • Date [26 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part VIII" from VillageOrchid
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I really enjoyed your angry version of Xander, he wasn't channeling Cordelia at all in this encounter - he was genuinely angry -- but not seeing red kind of angry. I can see him/her being chosen as a paladin type for a divine aspect of life/green/good or growth/choice/chaos.

EDIT: Well, it seems like you could be going that way. If you're not, there's no such thing as "just" or "merely" good characterization. Well done. Things don't have to get uber - but I'm seeing how they might get semi-uber.
Comments from author:
There is a *lot* of fanfic in which Xander is an avatar or paladin of Chaos (or Janus or someone similar).

"Uhh, Ed, is that a theme or a motif?" ~ Peter Schickele
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [26 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part VIII" from dcarson
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If you can get to the body before it is buried, especially at the coroner's office you have lots of options.

If you have access to the right gear let them bury it and leave a decorative urn of flowers. Run a tripwire just under the surface of the grave so the fledging will hit it just as they get out. The small explosive charge in the bottom of the urn goes off and spreads the now burning gasoline that filled it around. Gets the fledging and hopefully the vamps waiting for him to come out. Probably only works once, after that the survivors will be suspicious. Might work on all the ones rising in one night since it will take time to recover and spread the word.
Comments from author:
The one thing you don't do is what Buffy and Faith always did: sit around and wait until the fledgling has gotten completely out of the ground, and then fight a ravening monster. For them, it's exercise. For everyone else, it's a problem.
Review By [dcarson] • Date [25 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part VIII" from HMaxMarius
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Best idea I've seen amongst all the fanfiction for dealing with vampires... can't exactly remember which one it was, but Xander sat down with the coroner, had a small conversation and left him with a stock of wooden toothpicks and the advice to just insert one in the heart of every dead body before doing anything else...

All things considered, since it is such a simple fix, I'm guessing that the county coroner is 'on the take' from the Mayor's more shady operations ;)

As to events here, I'm kinda thinking that Troy's bunch of groupies are a 'Sunset Club' redo, in which no slayer was around to save them.
Comments from author:
Always watch for that coroner who walks around chewing on toothpicks. He might keep them on hand for another purpose...
Review By [HMaxMarius] • Date [25 Aug 14] • Not Rated
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