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Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part VIII" from SirLee
Regarding the unrisen fledglings: stake through the heart is good, but I would go whole hog. Stake, decapitate, add a lot of salt and garlic and bury the head separately.

More practical alternatives: cremation is good, if you can convince the family and the local laws allow for doing so quickly enough. One from Diane's own bag of tricks (in the _Cross Purposes_ series): remove the heart "for forensics" before burial.

Regarding those vamps hiding in the shadows in the mansion... besides Xander's suggestion, which is good although a bit... flashy and bound to attract unwanted attention if you go around setting fire to every vamp hideout, I would borrow a trick from the ancient Egyptians and use mirrors to bring sunlight into their hiding corners. Assuming, that is, that UV suntanning lamps don't work as well as sunlight in the Buffyverse.
Comments from author:
Someone really needs to test all those options. UV-A and UV-B lights, IR lights, you name it. Mirrors have worked well in some settings, but they haven't worked like that in all universes. And at some point, the fanfic author just has to admit 'I have no idea if the original setting would allow this, but I like it.'
Review By [SirLee] • Date [25 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part VIII" from Dragan
Oh dear! Xendra has an idea...were DOOMED! lol


Why am I thinking holy water landmines?
Comments from author:
If you misuse holy water, is it still holy? This is a universe-by-universe situation, especially with fanfic. If Xander puts holy water in a walter balloon, does that constitute an irreligious abuse and hence negate the holiness? There is only one way to find out. And it might depend on the universe, the person doing the work, and the intent of the user. As well as the type of vampire.
Review By [Dragan] • Date [25 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part VIII" from Vianca
Stacked true the heart, before they are burried?
Comments from author:
Excellent plan! Now how will they manage that?
Review By [Vianca] • Date [25 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part VIII" from dcarson
Easiest way to deal with a unrisen fledging is while it is still daylight. Flexible driveshaft either hollow or with a tube running alongside. Drill-bit/auger head, use a electric drill to power it down and into the coffin, add holy water. Or sturdier pipes and sledge hammer, screw on new lengths as it get deeper.
Comments from author:
Good points. But you're making this harder than it has to be. As you'll see. :D
Review By [dcarson] • Date [25 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part VIII" from LeChasseur
It is weird; Xendra is talking, but "he" is talking when "she" should be talking.
That makes a weird disassociation in the narrative. Maybe you're one of those author that likes to refer the pronoun with the state of mind and not of the body.
I have difficulty with that. It must be all of these Ranma fics that I read...

But, it was a nice chapter. Xendra was witty, funny, and lethal. A good mix I must say.
Comments from author:
Despite his stupid body, Xander still sees himself as male. Inside, anyway.
Review By [LeChasseur] • Date [25 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part VIII" from raxadian
Molotov cocktails are very effective on vampires, if you can hit them.
Comments from author:
You just have to hit a target with much better speed and reflexes than *you* have. And a direct hit is unlikely to be enough to break the glass of the bottle, evne if it is pre-scored. And if it lands on dirt or grass, it is unlikely to break. And if the vamp picks it up, you're in BIG trouble.
Review By [raxadian] • Date [25 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Halloween, part I" from Grovtech
Oh that Tyler is the dangerous one, but my wasn't that funny! Death to vamp by snark! Sigh, and Buffy wasn't there to see it.

I don't suppose anyone has come with anti-vamp landmines or booby-traps have they?

Comments from author:
Oh, I think a regular landmine would do the trick pretty effectively.
Review By [Grovtech] • Date [25 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part VIII" from Starfox
Good chapter. Sneaky, snarky Xendra is a riot. And she's slowly turning british too - Xendra's growing up!
Comments from author:
Turning British? OH NO! :D
Review By [Starfox] • Date [25 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part VII" from lunalurker
Oh, this story just keeps getting better and better. Very much enjoying, and laughing, which is a badly needed thing this week.
Thank you for writing. :)
Comments from author:
Thanks for reviewing! I'm also happy to receive recommendations. They're another popular coin of the realm, and I've found they're a good way to lure in more readers.
Review By [lunalurker] • Date [15 Aug 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part VII" from starwolf
oh god, its a poser's poser. Xendra handled the tweed set well. great chapter, thanks
Comments from author:
It's a poseur with fangs! And a fancy cape. And lifts in his shoes. And, as we already knew courtesy of Spike, vampires can dye their hair.
Review By [starwolf] • Date [13 Aug 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part VII" from JamesBrown
A question that's been bugging me a tiny bit.
is Xena a historical/mythological personage here
or an entirely fictional creation for TV in this universe?
because if she and Gabrielle existed in this reality
then it's possible that either Xander or Giles
or some of the other Scoobies might actually be descendents.
it might make Giles nieces name an old family one.
if I remember Canon correctly the two of them reincarnated
-frequently-and could have had plenty of descendents.
Hell,they could still be around.

in reference to DieselDriver's comment:
//men get up each morning and put a noose around their necks... neckties???
Surely they are symbolic nooses.//

both neckties, and high heels believe it or not,
have their origins in the military.
the precise details/dates are a little fuzzy at the moment
and I'm not going to bother to look up the citations again
but if I remember correctly in the Napoleonic era there was a much decorated group
in the French army equivalent to the Army Rangers or Green Berets
whose unit designation was a thin silk scarf. (red I believe)
which they proudly wore tied around their uniform collar in parades through Paris.
not sure if it was around the same time (earlier I think) but French cavalry officers
were also quite proud of their riding boots, which were designed
with special high heels to fit in stirrups- not walk in.
after all they were officers- they didn't walk!
both of these military fashion statements came to the attention of designers
-it's Paris after all- and they were presented as the in fashion statement.
the high heels didn't catch on for all that long -at least with men anyway,
(sorry ladies you have my sympathies)

//edit: On further thought I'm pretty sure the heels were pre-revolution.//

but the neck scarf fashion, in many colors and patterns
spread all over Europe to eventually become the necktie we know and 'love' today.

not paying as much attention to this one as terawatt or cross purposes,
but still quite enjoyable. and even with the every other week update
it still faster and more regular than most of the stories posted here.
and thank you once again very much for all your hard work.

edit> In reference to your comment on speed and regularity of posting
I was commenting on some people's stories that suck you in with a dozen
excellent chapters and then don't post for another six months...
or three years...or ever.
you...I can practically set my clock by your updates. Thank you very much.
Comments from author:
I am assuming that Xena is a tv show, but there is a link to some sort of being that might have been in this reality or maybe a neighboring one (hint: the differences in history as Xander remembers it).

As for updating, I think the regularity is more important, because if I run through all my chapters and then don't update for a couple months, that will drive people crazy. For fast updating, go with batzulger, or mmooch's current August Fic-a-day work. I don't intend to update anything that quickly.
Review By [JamesBrown] • Date [12 Aug 14] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part VII" from (Recent Donor)nerfherder
Comments from author:
It certainly entertained me when I came up with the concept.
Review By [(Recent Donor)nerfherder] • Date [11 Aug 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part VII" from ChefJackButler
Snerk. Seriously? This is just sad.

Oh, I know. The sad part was that a vamp is calling himself Lestat and expects to be taken seriously.
Comments from author:
Yes, I went there. And it's canon. Sort of.

Buffy: And you're sure this isn't just some fanboy thing? 'Cause I've fought more than a couple pimply, overweight vamps that called themselves Lestat.
Review By [ChefJackButler] • Date [11 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part VII" from grd
Ohh please have Xan kill the upstart and a dramatic and cruel way that shuts the Council up! She can then say Rupert taught her. Lestat, just for using that, he deserves to end by being beaten by a non- Slayer.
Comments from author:
For using that, he deserves to be defeated by *Andrew*.
Review By [grd] • Date [11 Aug 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part VII" from DieselDriver
"Yeah, and maybe Lex Luthor would have a change of heart in the next issue of ‘Superman’ too."

He might, if they had to fight off Galactus. Nah, I guess not. Superman when I was growing up would have ripped Galactus a new one with very little effort. I don't think there's anyone's superhero that has been nerfed as badly as Superman. What a shame.

I like Xendra. She's smart, she's strong and very very cool, even if she doesn't wear a bow tie.
Comments from author:

I think Lex would have found a way to pit Supes against a Galactus-level foe and tried to even the playing field so they took each other out, leaving Lex to clean up afterward.

And could Supes fight Galactus? Well, it depends. Golden Age Supes, Silver Age Supes, Bronze Age supes, Dark Age Supes? The Supes who can juggle planets? Probably. Some other versions would get trampled.
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [11 Aug 14] • Not Rated
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