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Review of chapter "Passion/Death, part II" from JJDudeman
Review:
Bwa ha ha! I shall break my accidental not-able-to-review streak because something is so awesome I dare not risk it going unpraised: A peek inside the mind of the inscrutable, mysterious mind of the laconic one, Oz. Always wished we'd had twice the opportunities to know him for more than werewolf-ness. Sometimes snarky, sometimes casual, sometimes zen... and what's more, I totally buy it, 'cause those were some legitimate musings! What a gamble that was, but it scored.
You addressed this to some degree, I guess, but I'm still wondering the point of this 'standing guard.' It wound up giving Xander an awesome moment in canon, sure, but considering a skilled vamp like Angelus could snap the neck of someone bedside in 1 second, what good would 2 people be? 2 seconds? Are they hoping to be aboe to raise a ruckus in between their quick demises? Perhaps if they had holy water bottles IN HAND they could pull it off, but if he wanted Angelus could still kill 'em all if he thought it was worth it, not like he fears the police or anything.
And again, great Cordy interaction, especially the nail polish dialogue. Poor Oz, the ripples in canon have really placed you in an unenviable position! Hope you don't replace Jenny! But that doesn't mean I wanna trade Jenny FOR Oz... okay, nobody die. I command it. So Tara, get bulletproof glass for all windows in houses you live in, just in case.
Comments from author:
I loved the canon Xander-the-unknown-hero moment when he stood up to Angelus, but seriously... No one else (including Willow and Giles and Jenny and Oz, the recognized brains) thought to protect The Slayer? Really? And Angelus just let himself get talked out of it, instead of: throwing Xander into the room; savaging him or turning him; and then leaving the body in bed with Buffy. Really? It was a great scene in isolation, but the more I think about it, the less I buy it.

So I gave a reason why there weren't more protections, and the characters insisted on Xander going with Cordy and Joyce.
Review By [JJDudeman] • Date [2 Dec 13] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Passion/Death, part II" from VillageOrchid
Review:
The voice in this story, in particular this chapter is so strongly different from a lot of your other work that it almost seems like a different author. That's a hard accomplishment to come by. I'm continuing to enjoy your storytelling in its various forms.
Comments from author:
Thanks. Writing Oz this way is an interesting exercise, because he's so cerebral and deep, while not expressing a lot.
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [2 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Passion/Death, part II" from Caminus
Review:
You nailed the Angelus approach and opening line, you always get your characters really right.

I wonder if Oz will be the casualty this time instead of Jenny...
Comments from author:
You'll find out.

Just to be a problem, I will toss out there the fact that Joss *intended* to kill off Oz, but the O/W thing was so popular that he decided to kill Jenny instead. He couldn't just decide 'okay I won't kill anyone', no...
Review By [Caminus] • Date [2 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Passion/Death, part I" from (Recent Donor)tchizek
Review:
Good chapter!

Tom.
Comments from author:
Thank you. It never made any sense to me that no one thought to guard an unconscious, hospitalized Buffy from Angelus, except Xander. Hello! The Scourge of Europe are loose in our town, and here's their perfect opportunity to kidnap a helpless Slayer and then deal with her as they see fit. I decided to fix that.
Review By [(Recent Donor)tchizek] • Date [20 Nov 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Passion/Death, part I" from Riniko
Review:
Hoping Miss Calendar does not get killed in this version of the story, I liked her character more than I did some of the other ones that lived. But, she was just another of the seemingly long list of love interests for Giles that just die in the show or past ones that are killed off screen. Guy just can't seem to catch a break, unless it is a broken limb. Liked Xander in this, he is getting some insight even if he does not realize it or refused to.
Comments from author:
In general, Joss does not let any of his characters catch a break unless he's setting us up for a massive sucker punch (prosecution exhibit 1: the death of Tara).
Review By [Riniko] • Date [18 Nov 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Passion/Death, part I" from VillageOrchid
Review:
I like how the little changes may allow for some more major changes. Good follow through on the Xander angst.
Comments from author:
I think you'll see this is the arc where changes really start.
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [18 Nov 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Passion/Death, part I" from Amberdrake
Review:
LOL.. Having been turned into a girl improves his Latin and Greek but he still doesn't understand women. Makes perfect sense to me. :D
Comments from author:
Hey, at least he's honest about it. Or maybe he learned enough from Xena to know the difference between 'I understand women' and 'I like to think I understand women'. :-)
Review By [Amberdrake] • Date [18 Nov 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Bewitched, part VII" from (Recent Donor)nerfherder
Review:
Nice twist and good use of the characters! Oz will really be having some wierd dreams now...
Comments from author:
And slowly this universe diverges from canon...
Review By [(Recent Donor)nerfherder] • Date [6 Nov 13] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Bewitched, part VII" from JJDudeman
Review:
You did nail the ending for this episode - some nice Xena relevancy (yet still finishing those acrobatics with a Xander-style pratfall), sympathetic endings with Amy and Oz - and even expanded Oz's lines with pretty logical questions like 'is it just here?'. And your Drusilla wasn't bad at all, I was puzzled by parts of it but still got to feel clever by decoding some parts. Good chapter!
Comments from author:
First, now you can go back to the start of the story arc and read all of Dru's ramblings, and see that not once was she just nuts. No, every single one of her utterances was a real prophecy.

Second, I try to write Oz as a highly intelligent guy who just isn't interested in showing how smart he is. He asks smart questions.
Review By [JJDudeman] • Date [5 Nov 13] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Bewitched, part VII" from (Recent Donor)tchizek
Review:
Bwhahaha wonderful just wonderful! What a great chapter!

Tom.
Comments from author:
Thanks. Writing Dru so she's insane and opaque, while making it clear in retrospect what she 'saw' is fun, but challenging.
Review By [(Recent Donor)tchizek] • Date [5 Nov 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Bewitched, part VII" from DieselDriver
Review:
hehehehehehe... Vampires 3, just dust in the wind. That's what they get for using freefall trajectories, and now... Lawn fertilizer. LOL That was funny. I'll bet they'd have hated that song if they knew what was going to happen to them.

Someday, when you're finished with this story, I'm going to go back and read the whole thing, just like the others you're writing and that will be great. As it is, I have to wonder just how you keep them all straight and going forward at the same time. Xander as Xena is really funny. You should find some way to make Willow into Gabrielle at the same time Xander turns back to Xena the next time or sometime anyway. That has implications that could be very funny.
Comments from author:
Thanks. All they are is dust in the wind...

I keep the stories all straight by the use of my obsessive-compulsive nature. :-) No really, I write each story from a really detailed outline which usually has key scenes sketched or completely written. So when I get stuck on one stiry, I move to another the next time I *have* some time. Also, I write FAR ahead of my publishing schedule. Right now I'm working on Alex Mack chapters in the upper 170's.
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [5 Nov 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Bewitched, part VII" from AndreaMaine
Review:
wow! the whole storyline has taking a big sexy S curve here. Poor Angel er Angelus he's so messed up and Spike and Dru aren't helping either.
Comments from author:
Thanks. But Spike and Dru were *never* a help for Angelus in season 2. Dru had her own weird agendas that Angelus jumped on board with, and Spike just sat around and snarked at Captain Hairgel until he could shaft the guy. But not once did Angelus have his own plan or desire and then get real support from either of them.
Review By [AndreaMaine] • Date [5 Nov 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Bewitched, part VII" from grd
Review:
Dru and Spike taunting Angelus was priceless. Thank you.
Comments from author:
Spike was always so great at taunting, particularly when it was Angelus or The Anointed One. I prefer my villains to be dangerous, competent, and hilarious. Joss Whedon is a master at that. The Joker *should* be that, but very, very few writers can make him funny and also terrifying. (Chris Dee does a marvelous job of it, but most DC writers cannot.)
Review By [grd] • Date [5 Nov 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Bewitched, part VII" from Riniko
Review:
Ahh darn, Xander went and changed back. I do wonder what magical problems this is going to cause Xander in the long run, I would at the least believe he is much more likely to change to Xena again due to The Law of Precedent. Now, here is a wild thought, if a Slayer dies while Xander is in Xendra form what's the chance she would be made a Slayer. You tell me a girl that would be a better choice physically, and what would happen if he changed or tried to change back to Xander? Last thought here, seems Xander let both of them off easy here.
Comments from author:
We'll see whether Xander lets them off easy, when we get to later episodes. And we'll see how things go for Xander too.
Review By [Riniko] • Date [4 Nov 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Bewitched, part VII" from banditdoz
Review:
As usual fantabulose ;D ;D
Comments from author:
Thanks! The creepy fence at Amy's is canon, but the anti-vamp wards are not.
Review By [banditdoz] • Date [4 Nov 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
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