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Reviewer: lizvogel (Signed)
05 Jun 2008 8:11 pm
That was very good. I kept expecting McKay to have traded his knowledge of near-Ascension, but his music instead was perfect, and poignant.

I loved Ronon with his new knife-fighting skills. Sheppard's reaction makes sense, but I can also see some aging master making the trade gladly, thankful to know that his art won't die with him.

Nicely done.

Author's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed it! Yes, I think some people would appreciate a skill's not really evil, just very different from how we view the ownership of talents.
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Reviewer: Aelfgyfu (Anonymous)
14 May 2008 11:11 pm
A beautiful, sad story; I have a lump in my throat now. I'm not sure I was supposed to figure out what Rodney had given before John did, but Rodney's my favorite character; I knew the moment he walked in the room, and my heart ached for him, even more than it ached when he first told Sam what the piano teacher had told him. I've never forgotten that scene; maybe it helped that I saw him in SGA before I got back to his appearances on SG-1 (I started watching SG-1 in s7).

I can see John making the offer, but it was stupid--and in character. He takes dumb risks, and he's awfully lucky.

The ending is just right. Rodney would want to know what he'd given up, and I think John having it would be some consolation--as would knowing that Yerrith thought the trade worthwhile. And yet that would make it hurt all the more, to think that he had more talent that he could have tapped, but never can now.

All the dialogue feels very right, including some funny bits that I meant to comment particularly on, but the ending kind of drove the quotations from my mind. All the characters are right, even the ones with really brief appearances--Carson refusing to tell what Rodney gave up, Zelenka perfectly in character.

You've written a really amazing story.

Author's Response: Thank you, I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I think in a way, Rodney is going through one of those don't-know-what-you-have-'til-it's-gone situations - I don't know that he ever would have appreciated his gift, before this. And now he can, but only through's not easy on him, but I think in the end he'll get more out of it than he would have otherwise. And will get over it, as John never would have gotten over being grounded...
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Reviewer: Llanea (Signed)
04 May 2008 7:43 pm
wow amazing. am listening to Goldberg Variations on youtube now. i can see mckay playing this. wish they'd use his music in an episode. would be a good character piece for the show

Author's Response: Thank you, I'd love to see an ep with Rodney's music myself!
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Reviewer: Anonymous (Anonymous)
04 May 2008 4:55 pm
That was incredible. I feel so terribly for Rodney. He never realized nor now can even appreciate his tremendous sacrifice.

Thank you for writing such an interesting idea so well. The characterizations were spot on.

Author's Response: Thank you! I like to think Rodney might actually appreciate his gift now, in a way he never could before...he never would have shared it with anyone, but now John knows. And I think he will get some of his music back, with Teyla's help - Rodney doesn't give up now the way he once did.
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Reviewer: Sweeneybird (Anonymous)
04 May 2008 2:14 pm
Beautiful. You really captured their voices, and my heart hurts for both John and Rodney. What a wild premise, and you executed it beautifully!

Author's Response: Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it!
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Reviewer: zaftig (Signed)
04 May 2008 1:41 pm
So sad! I hope that Rodney will be all right.

Author's Response: I think he will be; this way he might appreciate his gift as he never did before...
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