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Reviews for Saturday, October 31, 2009
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Title: Landfall · Author: Keiliss · Races: Cross-Cultural: Elves and Mortals · ID: 140
Reviewer: Raksha the Demon · 2009-10-30 13:31:47
Excellent vignette about the first meeting of future friends, and ultimately legends, Elendil and Gil-galad. Keiless skillfully has the storm-tossed Numenorean prince enter the Elf-lord's land feeling as a supplicant, feeling lost and wanting a ship to use to search for his missing sons, and then has Gil-galad reverse the dynamic and turn Elendil from supplicant to guest and peer. The trust that will one day unite these great lords flows naturally from the plot and dialogue.

Title: Song For Tomorrow l & ll · Author: Keiliss · Genres: Drama: Elrond and Family · ID: 607
Reviewer: Raksha the Demon · 2009-10-30 14:26:43
I always find treatments of events-turned-legends in Tolkien's world to be intriguing. Here, the epic tale of Glorfindel's heroism during the fall of Gondolin and escape of its surviving people becomes both a story in a book, complete with pictures, a children's lullaby, and a trigger to foreshadow Glorfindel's return. Nicely done!

Title: Bill's Journey · Author: StarLight9 · Times: Ring War: Quest of the Ring · ID: 587
Reviewer: Antane · 2009-10-30 18:13:42
What a sweet, loving story! I love reading of Bill's reactions, thoughts, and emotional - all very human. I loved especially his loyalty to his Sam, noticing that physical strength is nothing compared to the strength of love, his wanting to continue on no matter what, his grief and shame that he was scared away from Moria and when he returned he could not continue on. What heartache is must have been for Sam to hear that Bill had not made it to Rivendell, but what a joyous reunion in Bree it must have been for them! Thank you for this!

Title: Waiting Up · Author: NeumeIndil · Genres: Drama: Drabbles · ID: 498
Reviewer: Antane · 2009-10-30 18:18:42
How sweet! I love that Frodo would have waited up for his Sam to return and would have had something ready for him and especially that he would do this when he wasn't feeling well.

Title: Far From Home · Author: Raksha the Demon · Races: Cross-Cultural: Drabbles · ID: 821
Reviewer: Antane · 2009-10-30 18:22:25
For a moment these two are kindred. I like that Frodo reached out to him.

Title: A Beggar of Distinction · Author: Alassante · Genres: Mystery · ID: 340
Reviewer: crowdaughter · 2009-10-30 22:08:59
A powerful and intense piece. I do like Maglor-fics, and I like the idea that Elrond's line has been watched from afar by the one who fostered him for a while. You bring that idea to a point in an unexpected, but well-working way, here. Well done!

Title: Employee Review · Author: Raksha the Demon · Genres: Humor: Parody · ID: 101
Reviewer: crowdaughter · 2009-10-30 22:43:01
ROTFLMAO! This is a truly priceless piece about the inner workings of the personnel management at the tower of Barad Dur. Very well done, and written with a lovely biting humor. I like!

Title: Fit for a King · Author: minuial nuwing · Genres: Ficlets: Elven Lands Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 612
Reviewer: Oshun · 2009-10-31 00:28:34
I love this story. It is a perfect example of how this writer, who as others have noted is an expert of the short form, is able to load detailed characterization and a hefty backstory into a short ficlet. After reading it, I feel as though I know all of the mentioned characters, including Gil-galad’s unnamed father (which based on my own personal prejudices and the hint of exuberance and courage in the brief reference to him, I assume to be Fingon). Gil-galad is irresistibly sexy and attractive and bold as he can be. Gildor may be a bit worn down by life and slightly jaded, but is willing to put aside personal prejudice and wisdom faced with this challenge. One cannot but assume it was well worth it! Cirdan is shown to be a formidable, ever-watchful mentor and guardian. Gil-galad, of course, trumps them all. Terrific story, Min!

Title: Old Friends · Author: minuial nuwing · Genres: Ficlets: Elven Lands Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 611
Reviewer: Oshun · 2009-10-31 00:45:53
This story is another perfect example of Min’s mastery of telling a big story in very few words. Some people could easily take an entire novel to bring us this story, which Min manages to tell in 300 words. We are given a history, personalities, and a complicated relationship between the two elves, old friends and companions of many years. It is packed with tragic loss, poignancy, vulnerability, emotionality, and serious characterization of both Erestor and Gildor. While it only hints at its possible place in the story of the long struggle of the Elves in Middle-earth, I know that I am sure exactly where it fits. Others could possibly write a totally different plausible story in their own head. And, last but not least, whoever said fade-to-black in not that hot? This story disproves that entirely. It ends in a fervent, heart-felt love scene, without a single explicit word.

Title: If I were a wood elf... · Author: Robinka · Genres: Poetry · ID: 138
Reviewer: Oshun · 2009-10-31 00:51:06
Very nice poem, Binka. The simple language suits the subject matter and the point of view character. I really like the echo of the first line in the last. I agree with another review I saw of this poem some time ago--I do not remember who wrote it--that the reader could imagine it set to music and sung and played by Silvan elves deep within the woods. Lovely work.

Title: CSI Goes Deep (a.k.a. The Inappropriate CSI Crossover) · Author: Arduinna · Genres: Crossover · ID: 643
Reviewer: Thundera Tiger · 2009-10-31 03:42:02
This review took longer than most to write because I couldn't stop laughing over the image of orcs being characterized as, ["Gang-bangers, into ritual scarification"]. Fantastic story. What makes this so good is that it doesn't try too hard to be a crossover. No awkward character insertions or introductions are needed. This is CSI at the beginning of a case, and as of yet, their only contact is with the dead. And that seems to be where they're at their best. I loved this methodical look at Moria as a crime scene. The whole idea makes me laugh, and it was brilliantly rendered here. I love that Grissom knows about cave trolls, including their scientific name, and I love that Sara baffled them all by uncovering evidence of a frying pan used as a blunt instrument. Too bad that Legolas didn't realize the problems of using a weapon (such as a bow) that leaves behind such obvious evidence for CSI teams. Things might not go well for him if Grissom catches up with the Fellowship.

Title: Women’s Work · Author: AmandaK · Genres: Crossover · ID: 217
Reviewer: Thundera Tiger · 2009-10-31 03:42:11
It would have never occurred to me to put the two of them together, but now that I think about it, I believe Teyla and Eowyn would either get along fabulously or kill each other in the first meeting. The tone of this story suggests Teyla is only now getting over her suspicions, so perhaps I'm not too far off the mark.

I love the way this story dispenses with exposition and gets straight into the characters. We get a few hints of a background story, and it is established that we're in Atlantis, but beyond that, the means and methods of Eowyn's arrival aren't important. What's important is the characters, and AmandaK does an exceptional job with them. Through Eowyn's eyes, we get a shieldmaiden's perspective of Teyla, and it's shrewd and perceptive. Eowyn herself has the edge of a warrior but the softness and grace of one who has put family before soldiering. An unusual crossover, but a very rewarding one!

Title: Strategy Meeting · Author: AmandaK · Genres: Crossover · ID: 215
Reviewer: Thundera Tiger · 2009-10-31 03:42:58
I'm unfamiliar with ["The Kill Point"], but in my experience with good crossovers, the familiar fandom will eventually explain the salient points of the unfamiliar fandom. And that was exactly what happened here.

A Marine in Middle-earth, particularly one armed with a semi-automatic who appears in the midst of a battle, would make for quite the culture clash. And Faramir seems more than up to challenge of handling such a culture clash. Even better, he seems be enjoying it. I love that this crossover is taking place with an established working relationship between Faramir and Jake. There's a clear feeling of camaraderie between the two, and it gives Faramir the opportunity to reflect back on when it's good to ask for more details and when a request for an explanation will make even less sense, such as when Jake mentions suicide bombers. I would love to be there if Faramir ever did figure out what made the semi-automatic tick. I can only imagine what he would do with the knowledge. Or what he might not do. Faramir's wise enough to see where such knowledge could lead. A very interesting point to ponder.

Title: Forsaken Knowledge · Author: Rhapsody · Genres: Crossover · ID: 208
Reviewer: Thundera Tiger · 2009-10-31 03:43:51
I don't think I'm as familiar as I need to be with Marion Zimmer Bradley in order to fully appreciate this crossover, but I did appreciate the tone and the plot concepts. They were beautifully drawn. I love the blend of science and sorcery in the discussion of colors and how Celebrimbor went about not only *making* the Three but *waking* them also. And I love the connections drawn to both father and grandfather as Celebrimbor tries to use old lore for higher purposes. Realizing that there was much he could do with his father's teachings seemed to mark a climax of sorts for Celebrimbor. The tone was wonderfully bittersweet, as it should be when writing Tolkien's elves, and I love that the story closes with Avalon. Somehow, it just seems to fit.

Title: Apples · Author: 20thcenturyvole · Genres: Crossover · ID: 647
Reviewer: Thundera Tiger · 2009-10-31 03:46:13
I remember reading this story when it first came out, and above almost all else, I remember loving the opening line. I still do. It sets the tone for the entire story. Shadowfax's point of view is vividly rendered, and it is full of horse-sense (which I say partly for lack of a better term and partly because I like the pun). Better still, it's horse-sense in a Discworld context, and that's one of the things that really makes the Discworld tick. As crazy and inane as the rest of creation seems to be, there's always one or two characters who have a firm grasp of what's going on and seem to now exactly why the rest of the world is crazy. Usually, Death is one of these characters, but when Death tries to humanize himself, that role is often given to Susan or Granny Weatherwax or Rincewind. Or, in this case, Shadowfax. I love the explanation of where Death's Binky came from, and I love even more how "Binky" came by that name. I'm surprised Eowyn survived. And I love the character of Death. He is perfectly in keeping with his characterization in the Discworld series, and Binky (formerly Shadowfax) is such a good match for him. Hilarious little crossover that perfectly blends the two series and adds a healthy dollop of Discworld humor to the mix.

Title: A Man In Full · Author: Jael · Genres: Crossover · ID: 30
Reviewer: Thundera Tiger · 2009-10-31 03:48:38
This was an absolutely brilliant story: Thranduil and Galion (I assume it's him, anyway) on the Titantic! And Lightroller was the perfect voice to carry the story. He places himself firmly in the narrative, but because he's recalling this as an older man looking on an impossible sight, he's also removed enough from the story to be objective about what he sees and hears during the course of the telling. And I loved seeing the little bits of history come to life around him. The true history, that is. Jael does a nice job of sensitively telling the story of a tragedy, giving it the weight that it's due as well as the lessons learned from hindsight.

But Jael balances history with a fantastic tale of two elves caught in the middle of it. No explanation is given for their presence either on the Titantic or much later in the English Channel, but no explanation is really needed. They're part of the impossible, and why question the origins when even their very presence lacks explanation? Both Thranduil and Galion show a keen insight that comes from years and years of life, and their concern about the lifeboats is clearly felt. Their assistance during the evacuation and Thranduil's anger about launching the boats early speaks of the history he's been through and how much he would like to save all that he can. Even though Lightroller doesn't know who these two are, their characters shine through and we get a distinct picture of them.

Finally, I loved the close of this story as the elves set sail again and as Lightroller realizes that as long as there are still elves in the world, he can still hope. Moving and profound story! Thank you for such an enjoyable read!

Title: Through the Rain Curtain · Author: Eledhwen · Genres: Crossover · ID: 111
Reviewer: Thundera Tiger · 2009-10-31 03:49:28
This was an absolutely fantastic story. Legends of all sorts come to life, and I love the statement made by the Doctor that a legend is simply ["a word for something you can’t prove happened"]. And by the end, that's just what it felt like.

Our young Lieutenant and his arrival in Middle-earth was breathtaking. I love the fact that the first person who spoke to him was Faramir, and he was in fine form. That ["glint"] in his eyes spoke so much about his character, particularly when it appeared every time someone referenced Aragorn. You can see the suspicious Ranger still at work in him, but throughout the story, Faramir shows his other colors. And the shared dream of Numenor had a mythical quality to it by the time they finished talking about it.

Aragorn also got to shine, and I enjoyed that Gandalf confided in him and explained more or less what was going on. Gandalf's familiarity with the Doctor was something of a surprise, but as it unfolded, it felt completely natural. And far and away, the crowning moment (for me at least) was Frodo introducing himself and the other hobbits to Tolkien. For as much as I loved the Doctor's interjections and the blending of Middle-earth into the greater universe, that quick section was probably my favorite. Fantastic storytelling!

Title: The Blades of Eru · Author: Ilada'Jefiv · Genres: Crossover · ID: 489
Reviewer: Thundera Tiger · 2009-10-31 03:50:04
A rich and varied crossover! Narnia shone, and the four children were brilliantly realized. Legolas's ties to Narnia (and his family's ties to Jardis) were a wonderful surprise, and it made the two worlds seem closer together. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about Jardis's origins, and I liked seeing her behavior toward Legolas change as she realized his ancestry. Giving Jardis ties to Middle-earth was even better, and I love how C.S. Lewis's work was re-envisioned without being reinvented in order to accommodate the inclusion of Legolas. The small references to both ["The Silmarillion"] and ["The Magician's Nephew"] made this feel like a very complete and comprehensive crossover.

I also love how Legolas changed and grew over the course of the story, which was more or less what Aslan intended. Knowing exactly who Aslan was (much better than the children did), Legolas still didn't completely obey or listen to him. Realizing his mistakes and correcting them was a gradual process the took place over several chapters, and it was good to see the change in him. His quiet but profound answer to Thranduil about how he had survived the stream once he did get home speaks of just how much Legolas learned while in Narnia.

Title: Think Of A World Without Any Harvest · Author: Jay of Lasgalen · Times: Pre-Ring War: Drabbles · ID: 260
Reviewer: Linda Hoyland · 2009-10-31 08:57:46
A very chilling drabble,made all the more so by the title referencing a popular and cheerful hymn. A world without any harvest, safe foul and poisoned fungi would be dire indeed and had Sauron triumphed, this horror would most likely have come to pass.


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