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Reviewer: Anonymous (Anonymous)
23 Jan 2008 4:08 pm
That was such a great window into a part of John's childhood that explains so much. Thanks for writing it! I'm glad I saw your "Ex" series update today. :-)

Author's Response: Yeah, it was my take on John and his abandonment issues in the show, and I'm pleased it worked for you. And I'm also glad that you took the time to read them. Mucho thankses. :)
Reviewer: Laura_trekkie (Signed)
18 Dec 2005 12:59 am
Such a depressing story (and I mean that in the best possible way). This is a really interesting look at what John's childhood could have been and it's just filled with little questions and nuances. It's sad to see John so worn down by his life, thoroughly unsurprised that yet more boys want to beat him up, or that his mother's about to vanish again :(. I was intrigued by all the little details. Why does John's mother leave, what did his dad do- I infer that he's not a nice man and has hit him. The carnival was just sad, all run down and decrepit with the broken rides and poor old animals in too small cages, when it should have been bright and cheerful. I liked that John chose a winged horse as his merry-go-round ride and the fitting way that the ferris wheel broke when they were right at the top. His mother asked what Freud would have said about John's obsession with flying, but it's fairly plain to me that Freud would say something about it being John's dreams of escaping the drudgery of his life, where the only things he expects are bad and he's so detached from everything. Very intriguing, sad and well written story. Laura.

Author's Response: Why thank you kindly. I love your reviews, 'cause you always make me think about what I wrote. :) And I could tell you what I'd been imagining for the reasons why John's mother leaves, and for exactly what John's father is like, but, really, however you chose to fill that in probably works just as well. Basically, it's just that she's not a good mother, but not a bad person, and that the father is largely a humorless bastard. ;) The carnival is actually not unlike the type I used to go to as a child. I don't see them anymore, but when I was young, pretty much every fall, no matter where I was living, there used to be these cheap, run down little carnivals that would set up in vacant lots and strip mall parking lots. They were little more than cons and you always knew you were taking your life in your hands to go on the rides, but we still always wanted to go. Part horror, part magic, really.
Reviewer: JadeDragon (Anonymous)
18 Dec 2005 12:18 am
What an extraordinary story! I really mean it; the style is natural and suffused with subtle emotions...I read this three times, catching something new each time. You take what's a simple joke on the surface and believably make it something else- a sad and lovely little valentine, of sorts. I love this! I can't wait to see what you write next.

Author's Response: Well, yay, I'm glad you liked it. :) It took me something like a month and a half to write it, because it kept coming to me in bits and pieces rather than as a whole story, so I'm pleased it didn't seem awkward to you. I have no idea what I'll write next, but hopefully that'll work for you, too.