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Review of chapter "Dust" from Oxnate
Review:
So many wonderful allusions in this chapter. And I always did think that Buffy misunderstood her Slayer dream.
Comments from author:
**So many wonderful allusions in this chapter**

Thank you - it was fun working them in, I have to admit.
Review By [Oxnate] • Date [4 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Dust" from (Current Donor)Sulien
Review:
Wow. I really enjoyed this chapter, very, very much. I truly wonder if Haldir just came to the conclusion that death was his gift after the situation with Spike? After all, just because one is exemplary with a deadly weapon and has had to use that weapon often in defense of their homeland and their loved ones does not make them killing machines with no other gifts and talents. I really hope you explore that particular aspect of this chapter more.

Thank you for the update!
Comments from author:
Thank you. And yes - the next chapter will indeed explore that last line a little further, I promise.
Review By [(Current Donor)Sulien] • Date [4 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Dust" from AllenPitt
Review:
All he needs now is a spirit quest and the first slayer to tell him vague ominous things. Spike's going to have some touch adjustments ahead of him, for sure. But who knows. With enough time maybe he'll finally get his poetry to work right.
Comments from author:
He may well meet some of the great poets and bards of Elven fame during time spent in Mandos Halls; he may well come out with his skills honed!!
Review By [AllenPitt] • Date [4 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Dust" from (Past Donor)Joyful
Review:
OUCH. THAT LAST LINE HURT SO MUCH. Let the Haldir/Buffy comparisons begin.
Comments from author:
They do not, necessarily, need drawing with a heavy hand just at the moment - but, yes, they are there...

And, of course, Haldir has put that gift in the past tense.
Review By [(Past Donor)Joyful] • Date [4 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Decision Time" from AllenPitt
Review:
And so Spike starts his next great adventure. Not sure he can be happy in Arda, but he's not happy where he is, so there's that. And he'll be with someone who knows him from before, so she can help him acclimate.
Comments from author:
**Not sure he can be happy in Arda, but he's not happy where he is, so there's that.**

That is exactly what I feel. And at least in Arda there are others who understand the problems of immortality as well as the upside.

Thank you.
Review By [AllenPitt] • Date [4 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Decision Time" from Angwen
Review:
...tap tap tap tap tap tap tap...

This is me, tapping my foot impatiently and waiting for that arrow to fly... ^_^

For those of you abroad, we here in the USA often spend the month of November thinking about what we are Thankful for, in preparation for our Thanksgiving Holiday. Me, I am thankful for addictive fanfic writers.
Comments from author:
I'm about 1,000 words into the next chapter - but have been sidetracked by the need to sort out the children's Nativity Service at church! But that needs to be written by tomorrow morning, so after that I should be able to get the next chapter done - honestly...

Me - I'm really glad for fanfic writers, too - and readers who take the time to comment - thank you.
Review By [Angwen] • Date [30 Nov 13] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Decision Time" from Oxnate
Review:
What a day. Two of my favorite stories updated within hours of each other. Very glad of Spike's decision.
Comments from author:
Thank you. You know I wasn't sure, when I began writing the story, what his decision would be. There was certainly a chance, as I worked it out for myself, that he would choose not to go. Especially under the terms that would be offered.

I was rather pleased myself when it began to be logical that he would accept!
Review By [Oxnate] • Date [21 Nov 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Decision Time" from HebiR
Review:
Heart-wringing.
Comments from author:
Thank you - that is an great compliment to me.
Review By [HebiR] • Date [21 Nov 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Decision Time" from (Current Donor)Sulien
Review:
Spike remembered to take off his duster before he was dusted, now let's just hope that Dawn remembers to ask Haldir to bring it across with him. Spike would not be best pleased to have his duster left behind, I think.

Excellent chapter! Thank you for the update. :)
Comments from author:
Thank you! I found myself unsure about the coat - clearly the original one, which would be 100 years old or so, is probably not around any more. I think he may have whatever the equivalent is at the time, but would it have the same sentimental value? But in my mind I have now solved it; the answer will probably become clearer if telling it fits into the flow of the story.
Review By [(Current Donor)Sulien] • Date [21 Nov 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Decision Time" from (Current Donor)vidicon
Review:
Yes... that would work... Pictures of Buffy, Joyce, his life with Buffy. Might be very interesting and yet painful for Dawn to see.

Thanks for writing
Comments from author:
Thank you for commenting. And yes - you have the same picture in mind of the contents of that bag that I have. It will be mentioned, as well, before the end.
Review By [(Current Donor)vidicon] • Date [21 Nov 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Decision Time" from (Past Donor)Joyful
Review:
You make me feel feels, and I any wait for more.
Comments from author:
It is my pleasure - I'm really happy that you are enjoying it.
Review By [(Past Donor)Joyful] • Date [21 Nov 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Decision Time" from MarcusRowland
Review:
I hope Spike can suppress the instinct to catch the arrows.
Comments from author:
All part of the challenge! Although it would impress Haldir if he did catch them.
Review By [MarcusRowland] • Date [21 Nov 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Question of Life and Death" from (Recent Donor)Luna
Review:
Namo's way is surely best. Really cannot wait to see what happens!
Comments from author:
hank you. Spike still has things to think about before he really decides...
Review By [(Recent Donor)Luna] • Date [9 Nov 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Question of Life and Death" from (Current Donor)SamuraiCatFan
Review:
Nice job of showing Spike's thought process on this. I suspect that the difficulty of the decision is intentional on the part of Nano.
Review By [(Current Donor)SamuraiCatFan] • Date [7 Nov 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Question of Life and Death" from (Current Donor)richierich
Review:
I'm loving this story so much!!! Yet another great chapter here, and no, there was NOT too much talking and not enough action. When the writing and plot line is this good, and the characters as fleshed out as yours are, there is no such thing as "too much" talking. I've enjoyed all of your Dawn/Tindome stories but I think that this is one of your best. In your other ones there was a clear world laid out for you to draw from. But once Dawn sailed into the West you had to work out how things would work from more limited data. I had my doubts that you could pull it off, but you've more than exceeded all of my hopes with this story. And when you had Spike wondering if he might be able to join Buffy after all, I realized that his decision might not be as obvious as I first thought. If he decides to stay where he is and end himself you'll have me crying as much as I did when you wrote that piece with Spike and Buffy in the nursing home. So I'll have to read this when I'm alone so as to not loose any more Man-points. Anyway, Spike deciding to stay will be sad, but ring true and provide a poignant ending. But I'm hoping he decides to go so I can enjoy many more chapters and see how he fits into his new world. But however it turns out, I want to think you so much for all your great writing.
Comments from author:
Thank you so much! This is one of those reviews I'll come back to when I am having problems getting the words to work.


I genuinely have not been sure of his final decision as I worked out the pros and cons, both before I started writing and even up to the last chapters or two.

I'm pretty sure where it's going now - but still might change my mind over the next week!
Review By [(Current Donor)richierich] • Date [6 Nov 13] • Not Rated
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