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Review of chapter "Off Weeks" from DieselDriver
Review:
OK, no squeezing of the heart but if you feel any palpations other places, it wasn't me. Two updates in two days... Sweet!

She is going to have so many complications in her life after Grad Night from all the entanglements that it's going to be a blessing not to have the additional hassles of being the top in her class to go with all the other stuff.

Smart girls are so hot!
Comments from author:
"Smart girls are so hot!"

Well, it took Xander long enough to figure that out...
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [26 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Off Weeks" from Dragan
Review:
Hey! No fair! The Evil Empire (Guild on Everquest II) changed their name We are no Dances with Dragons!


Err Ahh, and we had nothing to do with Global Thermal Nuclear War Spammit! we wanted to play Tic Tac Toe!
Comments from author:
Tic tac toe isn't really much fun either. There are a limited number of ways to play, after adjusting for symmetries.
Review By [Dragan] • Date [26 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Off Weeks" from Harry
Review:
Alex I KNOW you don't want to make a big deal out of being nominated for a Pulitzer, BUT IT IS! Its to literature what a Oscar is for the Movie community. Trust me, this is going to something that is going to cause you a lot of both happiness and headaches. Happiness because this will open a lot of opportunities for you. Headaches, because its going to mean a lot of press and people looking after you, which is going to cause problems for Terawatt.
Comments from author:
Everything is a problem for Terawatt. I have no idea how Peter Parker got away with it for decades.
Review By [Harry] • Date [26 Jul 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Interlude XXXI" from EdBecerra
Review:
"Comments from author: Is that like a Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot? Sorry, that's another TV Tropes ref."

*GASPS!*

You've never played Ninja Burger?!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninja_Burger

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/TabletopGame/NinjaBurger?from=Main.NinjaBurger

http://ninjaburger.com/
Comments from author:
One of many games I missed. I'm just fortunate that my SO will play 'crazy stuff' and we know a couple people who have a decent number of games. But not Diplomacy. I played that in college and hated it.
Review By [EdBecerra] • Date [26 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Return" from fpb
Review:
Just for you, because you love Jar Jar Binks SOOOO much....
http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/07/23/darth-vader-is-polling-higher-than-all-potential-2016-presidential-candidates/

...Representative Binks. Or Senator Binks. Sounds nice, right?
Comments from author:
It's perfect. The Senator who can filibuster and bring all of D.C. to their knees. "...now meesa tell story of meesa fight robots and fall on tuckus..."
"We give! We give! Whatever you want, just please for the love of God stop talking!"
Review By [fpb] • Date [26 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Interlude XXXI" from Zorgdub
Review:
~~[ A/N: An Shu Liao is an OC, so don’t waste time googling for her. ]~~
Thanks for the warning.


Also, I really like Wacky Maggie.
Comments from author:
Maggie is a real sweetheart. And those things came when she called them. That cannot be good.
Review By [Zorgdub] • Date [26 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Interlude XXXI" from DieselDriver
Review:
Ok, nice portrayal of evil. Funny for her to talk about another person being a psychopath.

One, er, two things...

1. Grrr. Your previous comment was that this would be up yesterday, not this morning. I sat around checking, wondering if I'd missed the notification. Bah humbug. You aren't supposed to make mistakes ...

(I'll emulate Gil The Arm, given the choice thank you very much. Much itching there is.)

2. "in southern Utah, just east of Las Vegas." There's no part of Utah that is just east of Las Vegas. Not in our universe anyway.

Regarding your comment that it's only a few miles off, is opinion. From LV to St. George, UT is 120 miles, only about 15 or 20 of which is in Utah. 20 or so miles of that is in AZ as well, so it doesn't seem like a few miles to most people, especially if you've driven it a few times. Straight north to a point west of Southeast UT is almost 70 miles. Winds are primarily from the west, so any airborne problems will likely not hit LV. It's some desolate land out there too so any land traveling monster, unless drawn by something in Vegas, would likely head towards the closest water. Admittedly, Lake Mead isn't that far but closer albeit smaller sources of water and "food" are mostly north east. I can more easily see a path of destruction going up the 15 corridor and SALT LAKE CITY HERE WE COME! Look out Mormons.

Of course that's moot since it isn't our universe.
Comments from author:
[1] I released it halfway between the Wednesday and Saturday regular chapters: at just short of midnight Thursday night. Sorry. And as long as you don't emulate Gil The Arm by reaching into my chest and squeezing my heart, I'm fine. :D

[2] Yup, it's not *exactly* east of Lost Wages, Nevada. It is east and also north. Maggie will chastise herself later for not being precise even while daydreaming.
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [26 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Interlude XXXI" from fpb
Review:
Dear Tera,
I really cannot thank you enough. Your hard work has made my life so much easier, and has helped advance several of my goals. I considered sending as a present for you some of my new flowering plants, but they ate the shipping company.
Yours,
Maggie

I really think you should, you know. It would actually be a much scarier, more sinister, and more unsettling thing to do than even that conversation in the fuel-air trap, and it would have everyone wondering just what they have done wrong that has got Maggie so happy. The only problem, I suppose, is that she has never shown any suggestion of a sense of humour.

EDITED IN: Waitabloodyminute. From Maggie's thoughts: "... Orphans that it would not be smart to grab, like... Bruce Paine". Does this mean that Maggie knows that Bruce isn't just a drunken lech? If she does, the Batman is in a world of trouble.
Comments from author:
Yes, Maggie knows every Orphan, and so I'm sure she knows who Batman is.

There is ALWAYS someone who knows who Batman is. :D
Review By [fpb] • Date [26 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Interlude XXXI" from EdBecerra
Review:
"Comments from author: Review ninjas! The absolute worst kind of ninjas, because they're the only ones we ever run into (and live to tell about it). :D The next thing you know, you'll find the review pirates, and there will be blood."

Well, there ARE worse. Burger ninja, pizza pirates and burrito bandits. I-- Whoa. Where did that samurai chicken sandwich with the blooming onion of death come fro... I owe you how much?! Err.. I. Am. Reaching. For. My Wallet. 1,250 yen, right? Please take the kunai away from my throat.
Comments from author:
Is that like a Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot? Sorry, that's another TV Tropes ref.
Review By [EdBecerra] • Date [26 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Off Days" from mooncowthree
Review:
How come janet hasnt done an MRI to check for brain aneurysms or other complications yet? After all whenever she is straining she gets a headache
Comments from author:
I'm pretty sure Alex has gotten examined somewhere in there. Maybe it's in the stuff that didn't get covered in detail.
Review By [mooncowthree] • Date [25 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Interlude XXXI" from fpb
Review:
Yes, i know Danny Kaye and Judy Garland and so on sang the Coconut Song - my question is, why that song alone? I'm only discovering the English music hall tradition now, and let me tell you, it's the greatest comedy and music encounter you've never heard of. How about this:

http://youtu.be/Hb1VavOM2uc

(this was actually done by Julie Andrews in STAR! - problem, that movie was such a gobbling turkey everyone prefers to pretend it never existed.) Or this:

http://youtu.be/pEmPWd4TuiU

or this:

http://youtu.be/a4GdWK_WoNs

or this:

http://youtu.be/OANwX8pFC8A

...and on and on and on for decades? Why did just one song out of hundreds make it?
Comments from author:
No idea. But that one song got used in Looney Tunes cartoons, so it stayed in the public consciousness. Maybe that's the secret to immortality: get people to use your music and make fun of it...

Hmm... there are a number of pop tunes which are now only remembered because Weird Al made a parody of them.
Review By [fpb] • Date [25 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Interlude XXXI" from Zeviz
Review:
"'Hermione Granger and the Boy Who Lived' and 'The Secret Reunion of Alex Mack'"
YAY! These are the two stories I'd like to see the most. Especially the reunion one.

' "Help! I'm being attacked by big chickens with teeth!" :D'
Depends on just how BIG the chickens are. :P

And I liked all the Star Trek jokes: The ship made mostly of cookies; Khan being "a minor figure from the Terawatt era who proved that she is immune to nuclear blasts", etc.

About the codes for missiles being set to zero, on the bright side, the fact that we DIDN'T have WWIII despite all of that is a good sign for the future.

Oh, and I guess I was supposed to review the chapter here, instead of just replying to other review replies. :P I like this interlude. Poor Khan keeps getting outmaneuvered by Maggie and Co; we get to see just how evil she and her minions are, etc. And the idea of a thank you card from her to Terawatt would be even more amusing if she actually carried it out. :)
Comments from author:
I'm sure Jack would find that thank-you card really entertaining. Not.

Dear Tera,
I really cannot thank you enough. Your hard work has made my life so much easier, and has helped advance several of my goals. I considered sending as a present for you some of my new flowering plants, but they ate the shipping company.
Yours,
Maggie
Review By [Zeviz] • Date [25 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Interlude XXXI" from fpb
Review:
A filk of the Coconut Song? How about...

Down at a villain's roost, out looking for a boost
When I thought of all the guys with me
I’ve got a lovely bunch of psychopaths
There they are all marching behind me
Big ones, small ones, some as big as your head
Let'em loose, I can use, all their turgid burgid gurgic psychopathee.
And that is what I thought
I’ve got a lovely bunch of psychopaths
Every one thinks I'll make him rich
And so they'll start up strifes, and have fun taking lives
Singing rollerbollerball now use boiling pitch
Rollerbollerball now use boiling pitch
Rollerbollerball use up all the pitch
Listen to it sizz, crackle pop and hiss,
Singing rollerbollerball now use all the pitch
I’ve got a lovely bunch of psychopaths (they’re lovely)
Here they come all marching in a row (one, two, three, four)
Big ones, small ones, some as big as your head (and bigger)
Let them all loose for fun and abuse
That’s what I thought back then
I’ve got a lovely bunch of psychopaths
They all think that I shall make them rich
But guess what my friends, that's not how it ends
Singing rollerbollerball now use boiling pitch
Rollerbollerball now use boiling pitch
Rollerbollerball use up all the pitch
Listen to it sizz, crackle pop and hiss,
Singing rollerbollerball now use all the pitch

(I wonder why, of all the dozens hilarious and tuneful English music hall songs, this is the only one that's gone around the world?)
Comments from author:
Very nice!

(I think one of the reasons the song is still known is it was a huge hit for two different American singers, and then was sung in the last Judy Garland movie so it became even more widespread. Also, it has been used in Looney Tunes and some similar fare, so it remains in the public's ear.)
Review By [fpb] • Date [25 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Interlude XXXI" from (Current Donor)vidicon
Review:
Ah, I have a lovely bunch of psychopaths...

Such sweet people.

Thanks for writing

Edit: Success! Muahahahaha! (That was exactly what I was thinking while I was typing.)
Comments from author:
Now my brain is writing a filk of "I've got a lovely bunch of cocoanuts" instead of doing what it's supposed to today.
Review By [(Current Donor)vidicon] • Date [25 Jul 14] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Interlude XXXI" from Jervic
Review:
Hmm.. is it just me, or is there a definite Jurassic Park vibe going on here? Personally, I think that that crossover is inevitable, given the whole geneticists gone wild theme of the original book.



*edit* bloody ninjas
Comments from author:
Review ninjas! The absolute worst kind of ninjas, because they're the only ones we ever run into (and live to tell about it). :D The next thing you know, you'll find the review pirates, and there will be blood.
Review By [Jervic] • Date [25 Jul 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
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