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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
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part VIII" from SirLee
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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
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Oh dear! Xendra has an idea...were DOOMED! lol

KIDDING!

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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?

Grover
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 (Current Donor)Starfox
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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 [(Current Donor)Starfox] • Date [25 Aug 14] • Not Rated
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