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Msg# 7729

Author Reviews for 4 December - part 2 Posted by Rhapsody December 04, 2006 - 14:54:18 Topic ID# 7729
Author: Imhiriel ID: 702 Times: Early Third Age [7]: Fixed-Length Ficlet
Reviewer: Marta 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Imhiriel brings such a sense of humanity to the earlier ages. (Not in
making the elves mortal, but in making the drama and the angst
approachable for this modern reader). And her prose is always beautiful
and displays a passion for finding just the right word to communicate an
emotion that I think Tolkien would approve of. This is especially
important in shorter pieces like drabbles, and it makes for a read that
really appeals to my inner language geek.
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Author: Gandalfs apprentice ID: 175 Times: The Great Years [56]: General
Reviewer: DrummerWench 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Gandalfs Apprentice uses muscular, mature prose to tell well-crafted,
thoughtful stories. The canon characters are always in-character and her
original characters are well-drawn, believable and consistent. She
contrives a well-balanced mix of action, introspection, dialogue and
description.

She has a real understanding of actual life, and is able to convey that
in her tales. She knows that even in the midst of serious business,
there's an aspect of humor - and vice-versa.

I recommend that you anything you find by Gandalfs Apprentice.

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Author: daw the minstrel ID: 176 Genres: Adventure [10]: General
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Daw the mintrel is an author whose stories I would never miss. She has
created a world in Mirkwood/Middle Earth that is a place that I have
truly come to love and that I think Tolkien would have loved as well.
That world is populated by a cast of characters, both canon and "other
characters," that are rich individuals, with flaws and humor and honor.
And she has developed these characters throughout a series of stories
that transpire throughout the Third Age, allowing the reader to enjoy
the characters' evolutions. I truly enjoy her writing and I have learned
a lot about writing from her.
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Author: Nilmandra ID: 444 Genres: Adventure [10]: General
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Nilmandra is an author whose stories I always follow. She has a thorough
knowledge, and more importantly, deep understanding of and love for
Tolkien's works. And that is obvious in all her stories. She writes
canon characters that are exactly the way I imagine them. I especially
love the world she has created in Rivendell--Elrond's family in her
works is exactly as Tolkien intended: as kind as summer. But she also
writes wonderful Mirkwood tales and I loved her recent Thorongil story.
Her writing is rich and thoroughly enjoyable. I look forward to every
single update.
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Author: Alassante ID: 322 Genres: Alternate Universe [22]: General
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Alassante is an author that I have followed since she first began
posting her Vanelosse series and I have seen her progress in her writing
a great deal. She is a very prolific writer of everything from epic
length fictions to drabbles to poetry, from elves to men, from canon to
fantastic alternate universe stories. Her characters are sexy and fun
and her writing is wonderful to read. I really enjoy her stories.
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Author: Alassante ID: 322 Genres: Humor [50]: General
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Alassante is an author that I have followed since she first began
posting her Vanelosse series and I have seen her progress in her writing
a great deal. She is a very prolific writer of everything from epic
length fictions to drabbles to poetry, from elves to men, from canon to
fantastic alternate universe stories. Her characters are sexy and fun
and her writing is wonderful to read. I really enjoy her stories.
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Author: daw the minstrel ID: 176 Genres: Humor [50]: General
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Daw the mintrel is an author whose stories I would never miss. She has
created a world in Mirkwood/Middle Earth that is a place that I have
truly come to love and that I think Tolkien would have loved as well.
That world is populated by a cast of characters, both canon and "other
characters," that are rich individuals, with flaws and humor and honor.
And she has developed these characters throughout a series of stories
that transpire throughout the Third Age, allowing the reader to enjoy
the characters' evolutions. I truly enjoy her writing and I have learned
a lot about writing from her.
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Author: Perelleth ID: 465 Genres: Humor [50]: General
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Perelleth is an author whose stories are ones that I thoroughly enjoy.
She writes everything from the Silmarillion to the very compelling
stories set in modern day. She is the master of managing huge casts and
it always amazes me how each character in those casts has his or her own
very unique voice. She uses those casts to show hilarious chaos of
politics to very touching family moments to people making grave choices,
all of which fit seamlessly into Tolkien's world. And I have a personal
bias towards her stories because they often deal with environmental
themes, which I love so much (and the Sindar, who I also love). I look
forward to each of her updates.
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Author: Bodkin ID: 411 Genres: Humor [50]: General
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Bodkin is certainly one of my all-time favorite story-tellers. She
writes everything from men to elves, from the First Age to the Elves in
Valinor after the War of the Ring, and from epics to vignettes and now a
drabble series. Her descriptive prose is like poetry. I have never seen
a writer who I thought conveyed a scene as vividly as Bodkin. And I can
not read her dialogue fast enough--it is so fun and witty and sharp (and
usually full of so many layers of meaning) that I just want to devour
it. I can quite literally say that I have read every single one of the
LotR fanfictions that this author has posted and I have loved every one
of them. Thanks to her for all the great entertainment!
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Author: Bodkin ID: 411 Genres: Romance [51]: General
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Bodkin is certainly one of my all-time favorite story-tellers. She
writes everything from men to elves, from the First Age to the Elves in
Valinor after the War of the Ring, and from epics to vignettes and now a
drabble series. Her descriptive prose is like poetry. I have never seen
a writer who I thought conveyed a scene as vividly as Bodkin. And I can
not read her dialogue fast enough--it is so fun and witty and sharp (and
usually full of so many layers of meaning) that I just want to devour
it. I can quite literally say that I have read every single one of the
LotR fanfictions that this author has posted and I have loved every one
of them. Thanks to her for all the great entertainment!
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Author: Madeleine ID: 606 Genres: Romance [51]: General
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
This author's language and tone is true to Tolkien in a way that we
rarely encounter in fanfiction. It absolutely amazes me. And I
absolutely adore her Eomer and Lothiriel. Her characters absolutely
define the Eomer/Lothiriel romance like no other attempt at this pairing
ever has. Lothiriel is such a strong, intelligent woman and her
innocence and curiosity make her as fascinating to readers as she was to
Eomer. This was a great series of stories that I thoroughly enjoyed!
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Author: Marta ID: 16 Genres: Romance [51]: Fixed-Length Ficlet
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
Marta is an author that constantly amazes me. I honestly never had any
liking for drabbles what-so-ever until I started reading hers during the
2005 MEFAs season. I was amazed at how much she could convey under the
constraints of 100 words. The themes that she tackles are so powerfully
handled and the characters that she portrays are incredibly rich. I love
how she can find the few symbols or the right tone to make the reader
completely 'see' the character or event she is describing in her
drabbles. And so, having fallen in love with those, I read her other
works. Equally great. I think the thing I like most about her writing is
how she incorporates her knowledge of Tolkien and canon into her works.
I think that is very important and it takes skill to do it while still
making the work uniquely your own. Marta does that very well. I found a
new author to follow and am very glad of it!
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Author: Bodkin ID: 411 Races: Cross-Cultural [28]: General
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Bodkin is certainly one of my all-time favorite story-tellers. She
writes everything from men to elves, from the First Age to the Elves in
Valinor after the War of the Ring, and from epics to vignettes and now a
drabble series. Her descriptive prose is like poetry. I have never seen
a writer who I thought conveyed a scene as vividly as Bodkin. And I can
not read her dialogue fast enough--it is so fun and witty and sharp (and
usually full of so many layers of meaning) that I just want to devour
it. I can quite literally say that I have read every single one of the
LotR fanfictions that this author has posted and I have loved every one
of them. Thanks to her for all the great entertainment!
-----------------------------------------
Author: Marta ID: 16 Races: Cross-Cultural [28]: General
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
Marta is an author that constantly amazes me. I honestly never had any
liking for drabbles what-so-ever until I started reading hers during the
2005 MEFAs season. I was amazed at how much she could convey under the
constraints of 100 words. The themes that she tackles are so powerfully
handled and the characters that she portrays are incredibly rich. I love
how she can find the few symbols or the right tone to make the reader
completely 'see' the character or event she is describing in her
drabbles. And so, having fallen in love with those, I read her other
works. Equally great. I think the thing I like most about her writing is
how she incorporates her knowledge of Tolkien and canon into her works.
I think that is very important and it takes skill to do it while still
making the work uniquely your own. Marta does that very well. I found a
new author to follow and am very glad of it!
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Author: meckinock ID: 615 Races: Cross-Cultural [28]: General
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
Meckinock is an author whose story I have enjoyed since I first found it
and I have always felt guilty for not reviewing it, so I am going to try
to do a little to make up for that here. I honestly never read any 'men'
stories until I started reading hers last year after someone recommended
it to me. I was totally hooked. She took a relatively minor, but
potentially fascinating, character and did not miss any opportunity
while writing about him. He is strong, honorable but fully human--I feel
like he is a real person. And I love the world and relationships and
family that she created--incredibly rich and powerful. I think Matter of
Honor shows Middle Earth and all the themes important to Tolkien in a
way Tolkien would have loved himself. I thoroughly enjoyed this story
and I want to express my appreciation for many hours of entertainment.
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Author: daw the minstrel ID: 176 Races: Elves [38]: General
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Daw the mintrel is an author whose stories I would never miss. She has
created a world in Mirkwood/Middle Earth that is a place that I have
truly come to love and that I think Tolkien would have loved as well.
That world is populated by a cast of characters, both canon and "other
characters," that are rich individuals, with flaws and humor and honor.
And she has developed these characters throughout a series of stories
that transpire throughout the Third Age, allowing the reader to enjoy
the characters' evolutions. I truly enjoy her writing and I have learned
a lot about writing from her.
-----------------------------------------
Author: Marta ID: 16 Races: Elves [38]: Fixed-Length Ficlet
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
Marta is an author that constantly amazes me. I honestly never had any
liking for drabbles what-so-ever until I started reading hers during the
2005 MEFAs season. I was amazed at how much she could convey under the
constraints of 100 words. The themes that she tackles are so powerfully
handled and the characters that she portrays are incredibly rich. I love
how she can find the few symbols or the right tone to make the reader
completely 'see' the character or event she is describing in her
drabbles. And so, having fallen in love with those, I read her other
works. Equally great. I think the thing I like most about her writing is
how she incorporates her knowledge of Tolkien and canon into her works.
I think that is very important and it takes skill to do it while still
making the work uniquely your own. Marta does that very well. I found a
new author to follow and am very glad of it!
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Author: Karenator ID: 10 Races: Men [73]: General
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
The Karenator is an author whose stories I absolutely love. From her
wonderful Mirkwood tales, featuring Daeron, to her ghost stories that
keep me reading fast, I always look forward to her updates and wish she
had time to post more (but I certainly am not complaining because I love
whatever I get). The aspect of her writing that I like the most is that
her dialogue is so sharp and witty. Would that in real life I could
think of anything half as clever as the things her characters say. And
recently she has shown us how she is the master of mystery with her
spooky ghost stories, that I have absolutely loved. I find that sort of
thing very hard to write without giving too much away or being too heavy
handed, but Karen has a perfect balance. Great stories! Keep them coming!
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Author: Marta ID: 16 Races: Men [73]: General
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
Marta is an author that constantly amazes me. I honestly never had any
liking for drabbles what-so-ever until I started reading hers during the
2005 MEFAs season. I was amazed at how much she could convey under the
constraints of 100 words. The themes that she tackles are so powerfully
handled and the characters that she portrays are incredibly rich. I love
how she can find the few symbols or the right tone to make the reader
completely 'see' the character or event she is describing in her
drabbles. And so, having fallen in love with those, I read her other
works. Equally great. I think the thing I like most about her writing is
how she incorporates her knowledge of Tolkien and canon into her works.
I think that is very important and it takes skill to do it while still
making the work uniquely your own. Marta does that very well. I found a
new author to follow and am very glad of it!
-----------------------------------------
Author: Marta ID: 16 Races: Men [73]: Fixed-Length Ficlet
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
Marta is an author that constantly amazes me. I honestly never had any
liking for drabbles what-so-ever until I started reading hers during the
2005 MEFAs season. I was amazed at how much she could convey under the
constraints of 100 words. The themes that she tackles are so powerfully
handled and the characters that she portrays are incredibly rich. I love
how she can find the few symbols or the right tone to make the reader
completely 'see' the character or event she is describing in her
drabbles. And so, having fallen in love with those, I read her other
works. Equally great. I think the thing I like most about her writing is
how she incorporates her knowledge of Tolkien and canon into her works.
I think that is very important and it takes skill to do it while still
making the work uniquely your own. Marta does that very well. I found a
new author to follow and am very glad of it!
-----------------------------------------
Author: Marta ID: 16 Times: First Age and Prior [23]: Fixed-Length
Ficlet
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
Marta is an author that constantly amazes me. I honestly never had any
liking for drabbles what-so-ever until I started reading hers during the
2005 MEFAs season. I was amazed at how much she could convey under the
constraints of 100 words. The themes that she tackles are so powerfully
handled and the characters that she portrays are incredibly rich. I love
how she can find the few symbols or the right tone to make the reader
completely 'see' the character or event she is describing in her
drabbles. And so, having fallen in love with those, I read her other
works. Equally great. I think the thing I like most about her writing is
how she incorporates her knowledge of Tolkien and canon into her works.
I think that is very important and it takes skill to do it while still
making the work uniquely your own. Marta does that very well. I found a
new author to follow and am very glad of it!
-----------------------------------------
Author: Bodkin ID: 411 Times: Fourth Age and Beyond [31]: General
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Bodkin is certainly one of my all-time favorite story-tellers. She
writes everything from men to elves, from the First Age to the Elves in
Valinor after the War of the Ring, and from epics to vignettes and now a
drabble series. Her descriptive prose is like poetry. I have never seen
a writer who I thought conveyed a scene as vividly as Bodkin. And I can
not read her dialogue fast enough--it is so fun and witty and sharp (and
usually full of so many layers of meaning) that I just want to devour
it. I can quite literally say that I have read every single one of the
LotR fanfictions that this author has posted and I have loved every one
of them. Thanks to her for all the great entertainment!
-----------------------------------------
Author: Marta ID: 16 Times: Fourth Age and Beyond [31]: Fixed-Length
Ficlet
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
Marta is an author that constantly amazes me. I honestly never had any
liking for drabbles what-so-ever until I started reading hers during the
2005 MEFAs season. I was amazed at how much she could convey under the
constraints of 100 words. The themes that she tackles are so powerfully
handled and the characters that she portrays are incredibly rich. I love
how she can find the few symbols or the right tone to make the reader
completely 'see' the character or event she is describing in her
drabbles. And so, having fallen in love with those, I read her other
works. Equally great. I think the thing I like most about her writing is
how she incorporates her knowledge of Tolkien and canon into her works.
I think that is very important and it takes skill to do it while still
making the work uniquely your own. Marta does that very well. I found a
new author to follow and am very glad of it!
-----------------------------------------
Author: Marta ID: 16 Times: Late Third Age [26]: Fixed-Length Ficlet
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
Marta is an author that constantly amazes me. I honestly never had any
liking for drabbles what-so-ever until I started reading hers during the
2005 MEFAs season. I was amazed at how much she could convey under the
constraints of 100 words. The themes that she tackles are so powerfully
handled and the characters that she portrays are incredibly rich. I love
how she can find the few symbols or the right tone to make the reader
completely 'see' the character or event she is describing in her
drabbles. And so, having fallen in love with those, I read her other
works. Equally great. I think the thing I like most about her writing is
how she incorporates her knowledge of Tolkien and canon into her works.
I think that is very important and it takes skill to do it while still
making the work uniquely your own. Marta does that very well. I found a
new author to follow and am very glad of it!
-----------------------------------------
Author: Nilmandra ID: 444 Times: Late Third Age [26]: General
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Nilmandra is an author whose stories I always follow. She has a thorough
knowledge, and more importantly, deep understanding of and love for
Tolkien's works. And that is obvious in all her stories. She writes
canon characters that are exactly the way I imagine them. I especially
love the world she has created in Rivendell--Elrond's family in her
works is exactly as Tolkien intended: as kind as summer. But she also
writes wonderful Mirkwood tales and I loved her recent Thorongil story.
Her writing is rich and thoroughly enjoyable. I look forward to every
single update.
-----------------------------------------
Author: Marta ID: 16 Times: The Great Years [56]: General
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
Marta is an author that constantly amazes me. I honestly never had any
liking for drabbles what-so-ever until I started reading hers during the
2005 MEFAs season. I was amazed at how much she could convey under the
constraints of 100 words. The themes that she tackles are so powerfully
handled and the characters that she portrays are incredibly rich. I love
how she can find the few symbols or the right tone to make the reader
completely 'see' the character or event she is describing in her
drabbles. And so, having fallen in love with those, I read her other
works. Equally great. I think the thing I like most about her writing is
how she incorporates her knowledge of Tolkien and canon into her works.
I think that is very important and it takes skill to do it while still
making the work uniquely your own. Marta does that very well. I found a
new author to follow and am very glad of it!
-----------------------------------------
Author: Marta ID: 16 Times: The Great Years [56]: Fixed-Length Ficlet
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
Marta is an author that constantly amazes me. I honestly never had any
liking for drabbles what-so-ever until I started reading hers during the
2005 MEFAs season. I was amazed at how much she could convey under the
constraints of 100 words. The themes that she tackles are so powerfully
handled and the characters that she portrays are incredibly rich. I love
how she can find the few symbols or the right tone to make the reader
completely 'see' the character or event she is describing in her
drabbles. And so, having fallen in love with those, I read her other
works. Equally great. I think the thing I like most about her writing is
how she incorporates her knowledge of Tolkien and canon into her works.
I think that is very important and it takes skill to do it while still
making the work uniquely your own. Marta does that very well. I found a
new author to follow and am very glad of it!
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