Reviews For Beatae Memoriae

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Reviewer: Montana JJ (Anonymous)
24 May 2007 6:25 am
A nice ride. Very visual and visceral. Thank you.

Author's Response: Thanks so much!
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Reviewer: mdime (Signed)
20 Apr 2007 2:38 pm
Beautiful, intriguing, and engaging -- it takes a while to read, but it's definitely worth the effort. That was some wonderful storytelling. Tosia was a great original character, and I greatly enjoyed the plot and flow and intrigue of your tale -- you capture (and hold) the reader's interest, first and foremost with the burning desire to see John well, second with the interesting Ancient technology and view of Lantean/Alterran culture, and third with your stunning portrait of Rodney (he is so many things, and you captured them all beautifully -- I especially love all the subtle ways in which John and Rodney's friendship shone through). Thank you so much for your writing -- this was surely a labor of love.

Author's Response: Wow, thank you! What fantastic feedback. I did have a great old time writing this story (even though there were many a times where I wasn't sure if I'd be able to finish it) so it's incredibly rewarding to hear that you enjoyed it so much. Thanks again for taking the time to write.
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Reviewer: Laura_trekkie (Signed)
15 Apr 2007 3:17 pm
Well, it's taken me a few goes to get through this, what with needing to eat, sleep and go out, but I've finally done it. Wonderful story. You did a great job with John's ordeal, how he had good and nad days right from the start, how there were sometimes glimpses of the John we know and other times he was completely gone, how he was still with it enough to understand who could be trusted and who should be feared or defended against. I liked finding out that the familiar voice was his own. I'd thought it might be Rodney at the start, then that maybe it was Gaereth as he was the last one through the portal before John. That it was his own mind desperately clinging to his sanity was a great testament to his stubbornness. The section of the story spent with Tosia and co was well done. I liked how Tosia, Lasca and Antal looked after John and they were all good characters, not too one dimensional, Tosia especially. Of course, there would have to be a trouble maker- John's like a magnet to them as well as Ancient tech. Silas was fittingly narrow-minded and spiteful and I liked that John took him down even in his depleted state :). Speaking of Tosia, I liked her story and how it was gradually revealed. She was particularly well rounded as a character and I liked how we saw so much of her thoughts and feelings. Her reaction to John digging in the ruins was shocking and served to make her seem much more real, as did her melancholy thoughts when she followed John to Atlantis. I was so relieved when he made it back to Atlantis and his friends and liked how he instantly latched onto Rodney, despite Rodney's unease and usual harsh mannerisms. Once we got to Atlantis, it was great seeing Rodney's own journey and how it revolved so uch arround John, even though Rodney tried to deny it. We saw so much of him, his selfish side as he avoided John, the guilt he harboured over feeling he'd caused John's illness, the awkward, much denied and badly hidden concern for both John and Tosia. Great John/Rodney friendship once Rodney finally accepted that he wasn't to blame and din't want to lose what was left of John. He really shone when he went up against Carson about the drugs and possibility of sending John back to Earth. It was a big relief to see John finally fighting his way back and how his friends were still hovering out of their fear they could lose him yet. I was glad that he was allowed back to the planet, though, that carson understood his need for closure and to say what needed saying to his surrogate family. I loved the jumper joyride, even though it was sad when Tosia finally died. She went out smiling and what more can anyone ask for? I'm not ashamed to admit that I shed a few tears over her death and the sadness from her family. I loved Rodney's blow up at John too, how his fear and worry and grief finally got to be too much and he made John see that everyone cared for him and worried when he did stupid things and to just get usd to it, 'cause they weren't going to stop caring. It cleared the air and allowed them to settle back into their normal patterns again. Great conclusion too, with Lasca and Antal agreeing to go to the mainland after all. The vanishing shield and portal were a surprise and just another bit of proof that the Ancient's aren't all they're cracked up to be. It was great to see John able to shed some of the fear now that the portal was gone and also to see the others finally allowing him a bit of space. Lovely carefree, playful image to end on. Again, wonderful story. Laura.

Author's Response: Sorry for taking so long to reply to you (RL has been extremely hectic lately), but I do want to *hugely* thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderfully detailed review and for letting me know which aspects of the story you most enjoyed, which is a huge thrill for us writers. =) This was initially meant to be largely focused on John, but somewhere along the way, I discovered that I loved writing Rodney just as much, =) so I'm very happy that his own journey throughout this story rang true and stayed in character for him. And, of course, I'm especially happy that you liked my OC's, too - I became rather fond of them myself, so again thank you so very much for the incredible feedback! I greatly appreciate it.
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