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Msg# 8410

MEFA Reviews for November 12, 2007 (Part 2) Posted by Ann November 12, 2007 - 5:23:13 Topic ID# 8410
Title: Room with a View Author: Beth Races: Elves ID: 459
Reviewer: obsidianj 2007-10-27 12:24:00
This story tells different scenes throughout Elrond's life playing out
in his room in Imladris. It tells of his relationship with Gil-Galad,
his courtship and marriage to Celebrian, his role as a father. The
vivid descriptions let the scenes come to life and invoke strong
emotions. I had tears in my eyes during Elrond's meeting with
Celebrian just before he goes off to war to the slopes of mount doom.

The desperation in this scene and the following is such a contrast to
the last scene which shows Elrond with Celebrian and his children as a
happy family. I like the interweaving of dreams in this scene where he
gets already a warning of trouble and hope to come.

Title: He Just Doesn't Listen Author: White Wolf Genres:
Adventure: Minas Tirith ID: 495
Reviewer: obsidianj 2007-10-27 12:24:46
In this short story in a deviation of canon, Legolas gets wounded in
the Battle of the Pelennor Fields trying to save Aragorn. I like the
way the deep friendship between Legolas, Aragorn and Gimli is
portrayed and the different ways the friendship between the three is

Title: Pointy-Eared Mischief Author: TrekQueen Genres: Crossover
ID: 782
Reviewer: obsidianj 2007-10-27 12:30:22
In this interesting crossover between Star Trek and Tolkien's
Middle-earth the author draws on the obvious connection between some
of the races of both universes, the pointy ears. I like the
characterizations of the main characters in this tale. I got a chuckle
out of Worff getting taken for an orc.

Title: The Pearl Author: Jocelyn Times: Late Third Age: 3018-3022
TA ID: 815
Reviewer: obsidianj 2007-10-27 12:33:08
This long expected sequel to [A Little Nudge Out Of The Door] is
everything what I expected. Legolas and Gimli arrive home after the
quest and discover that not everyone can understand their friendship,
which is no surprise to anyone. But some people are clearly over
reacting. I love the depiction of Legolas' and Gimli's friendship and
the twists and turns the story takes. Especially the parallel
unraveling of the mystery of Silivren's, Legolas' niece, behavior
toward Gimli in the third chapter had me on the edge of my seat. I
think the constant switching between King Thranduil's and King
Thorin's halls works very well. I don't think you need to know the
earlier story to enjoy this story, but a knowledge of the pertinent
chapters would deepen the emotional impact of this one.

Title: Feasting on Poison Author: Gryffinjack Races: Hobbits:
Post-Ring War ID: 534
Reviewer: Isabeau of Greenlea 2007-10-27 17:07:15
A long time ago, before I was even into my tweens, I read a short
story about a spy who had become George Washington's cook and after
poisoning him, killed himself, leaving a note admitting to the crime.
Unfortunately, the poison he had chosen was tomatoes, and Washington
was just fine. I wondered if you had seen that story, though the
details are very different from this.

This was a nice moment of peace after war, as the Fellowship gets to
relax and enjoy their triumph. Faramir was beautifully drawn as the
concerned host, but Pippin definitely stole the show!

Title: Tradition Author: Tanaqui Races: Cross-Cultural: Drabble
ID: 691
Reviewer: Isabeau of Greenlea 2007-10-27 17:27:28
Faramir's got some cultural assimilation to make in this one. A nice
drabble utilizing a character mentioned only once in canon. Well-drawn
for all its brevity.

Title: No Escape Author: Aranel Took Times: Mid Third Age: 2851 -
3017 TA: Drabble ID: 324
Reviewer: Tanaqui 2007-10-27 17:42:24
In this drabble, Aranel Took has written from an extremely unusual
perspective and written from it very effectively. I love the touches
of dwarven culture scattered throughout the drabble, and the
repetition of phrases is very effective in building the tension within
the piece. Nicely done!

Title: A Game of Chess Author: Marta Genres: Drama: Gondor Drabble
ID: 605
Reviewer: Tanaqui 2007-10-27 17:49:31
Although I feel chess games are often lazily overused as a metaphor in
Tolkien fanfic, especially Gondor-set ones, it's always a pleasant
surprise to find exceptions and that's the case with Marta's take on
a game between Denethor and Thorongil. I won't spoil the details of
how she uses the game to explore their characters, except to say it's
very well done!

Title: Coda Author: Imhiriel Times: Second Age: Drabble ID: 627
Reviewer: Tanaqui 2007-10-27 17:51:03
Oh, what a wonderfully surprising and insightful drabble! I love
stories in which writers weave together disparate snippets of canon to
give us a fresh insight, and here Imhiriel does so to great effect.
This drabble delivers a punchy commentary not only on the Downfall of
Numenor but the history of the Noldor. Excellent work!

Title: A Queen Among Farmers' Wives Author: Imhiriel Genres:
Humor: Drabble ID: 635
Reviewer: Tanaqui 2007-10-27 17:51:41
Oh! This is a fabulous presentation by Imhiriel of an old-fashioned
fighting, loving married couple. I like the mix of humour and
tenderness, and the way the story is told effectively through glimpses
of brief moments, making excellent use of the drabble form. Very well

Title: And Happily Ever After (A Romantic Interlude) Author: Unsung
Heroine Genres: Romance: Second Age or Earlier ID: 643
Reviewer: Marta 2007-10-27 18:16:59
Caranthir/Haleth is one of those pairings that seems so right that it
"feels" canon, even though I know it's fanfic that has convinced me of
this relationship. Actually, I have the MEFAs to thank for this, as
thye have exposed me over the years to the stories that make this one
of my favorite Tolkien pairings. It's always a delight to read a C/H
story that is both true to the larger canon and still captures what I
love so much about this pairing: their fierce loyalty, their sensual
natures, the way that the pairing seems always on the edge of time
because we know it can't last forever.

And "And Happily Ever After" was all of these things. I won't spoil
the details, but it was sensuous and erotic while never actually
telling anythinug past the Teen rating (an accomplishment in itself).
It was a lovely "happy ending" moment sandwiched in between the
pressures of being leaders and the tension that the possibility for
these sort of meetings are slipping through their fingers. A very nice
read all around.

Title: Naming Places Author: Elen Kortirion Genres: Romance:
Drabble ID: 447
Reviewer: Marta 2007-10-27 18:17:36
Oh, yummy! This was delightfully sensual, and very nice slices of life
for my OTP. Good work, I really enjoyed this.

Title: Soap Author: Aliana Genres: Alternate Universe: Gondor or
Rohan ID: 552
Reviewer: Marta 2007-10-27 18:17:49
The subject matter of the piece is dead serious, in a sort of
theater-of-the-absurd sort of way, and oh-so-poignant. I definitely
found myself sitting up straight at points, and the postmodern
elements did not seem out of place. The gritty language and the
reference to modern nihilistic philosophers only made the themes of
the piece seem more universal, but the story is definitely fanfic as
it connects quite nicely with a beginning in your universe. Death,
denial, grief, and existential angst in the aftermath of Pelennor -- I
can completely see this kind of thing happening in Middle-earth, even
if the details would have been a bit different.

And it has to be said: there's something beyond cool about the line
["This is not a menu. This is a hardback edition of Atlas Shrugged."]
Just sayin'. One-liners like that made me want to burst out laughing
as I read this piece, so I wasn't overwhelmed by the piece's more
serious themes. Excellent use of humor throughout, ALiana.

Title: Oliphaunts and String Author: agape4gondor Genres: Drama:
Other Fixed-Length Ficlet ID: 658
Reviewer: Marta 2007-10-27 18:17:59
Oh, now this is sad! Nice exploration of how this period in his life
might have unfolded. I particularly liked the first part of the
ficlet; it's probably the best examination I've ever seen of the way
Smeagol would have turned into Gollum at the very beginning, and I
found the transition both unsettling and very believable.

Title: Tales of the Innkeeper Author: Allee Genres: Drama:
Incomplete ID: 237
Reviewer: Linda hoyland 2007-10-28 02:49:03
These vignettes showing Aragorn through the eyes of a humble innkeeper
are a sheer delight.We grow to see Aragorn gain the man's respect
after initial apprehension.
Aragorn even takes some of the regular customers under his wing and a
mutual respect develops between King and Innkeeper until eventually
the King even receives sound advice from the innkeeper who has a down
to earth wisdom.
Highly recommended.

Title: Inroads Author: Raksha the Demon Races: Men: Other
Fixed-Length Ficlet ID: 45
Reviewer: Linda hoyland 2007-10-28 03:00:32
[spoilers warning]

It cannot always have been easy for Eowyn in the early days of her
marriage to Faramir, however happy she might have been with him.Every
woman needs some female friends.The Steward of Gondor would have been
the most eligable man in the land and his betrothal to Eowyn no doubt
broke many female hearts.

This well written ficlet shows poor Eowyn as somewhat shunned by the
Gondorian ladies, some out of jealousy and others it seems,out of
fear. She is feeling left out until a young girl speaks to her and
breaks the ice.

The reader of this well written ficlet is left hoping that Eowyn will
soon find the respect and the friendship she deserves

Title: Merry's Wedding Author: Larner Races: Hobbits: Pre-Quest
ID: 84
Reviewer: Linda hoyland 2007-10-28 03:10:41
[spoiler warning]

It always saddens me to think that Frodo was never able to see his
beloved cousins marry,though at least he saw Sam marry Rosie and their
first child born.

Without reverting to AU, Larner allows us to imagine Frodo at Merry's
wedding to Estella by imagining what if the young Hobbits had held a
pretend wedding years before the quest.Such'weddings' are indeed quite
popular in schools in the UK to teach children about marriage.

This charming story shows Frodo enjoying officiating at this pretend
wedding,which will come to pass years later for real.

Title: Salt Author: Dawn Felagund Times: First Age and Prior ID: 743
Reviewer: Raksha the Demon 2007-10-28 03:58:01
[spoiler warning for some plot details]

An interesting, unusual look inside Caranthir's head. I found the last
part, "Doriath", the most compelling; Caranthir's mental union with
his dying brother was sharply and poignantly written.

The writing style is both sophisticated and subtle.

Title: Endings and Beginnings Author: Tanaqui Times: Second Age:
Drabble ID: 726
Reviewer: Raksha the Demon 2007-10-28 04:01:43
Fascinating glimpse of what could have been a very different truth
behind the coming of the Faithful to Middle-earth from Numenor. As a
devoted fan of the "Stargate" television stories, this makes a nifty
kind of sense as an AU/crossover. And Tanaqui gets my vote for Most
Audacious Crossover!

Title: Woven in Friendship Author: SlightlyTookish Races:
Cross-Cultural: With Pippin ID: 290
Reviewer: Linda hoyland 2007-10-28 04:28:15
[spoiler alert]

A touching moment for Pippin and Eowyn as they mourn the dead.I wonder
if this was the moment when Eowyn thought of giving a horn to Merry?

Title: When the King Comes Back Author: shirebound Genres:
Alternate Universe: The Shire or Buckland ID: 361
Reviewer: Linda hoyland 2007-10-28 04:32:02
[spoiler alert]

This is a delightful story from start to finish.I don't usually like
AU, but this is a charming premise that Aragorn knew Frodo from the
Hobbitt's youth.

In a reverse of the usual kind of plot,both Aragorn and Frodo are
injured and cared for by Bilbo and the Gamgees.

This is warm,feel good story,made all the more delightful by the
addition of frodo's lovable dog and the birth of her puppies.

Title: Conjuror Author: Branwyn Races: Men: General Drabble ID: 432
Reviewer: Linda hoyland 2007-10-28 04:35:15
[spoiler warning]

A chilling drabble which vividly illustrates the vast gulf between
Gandalf and Denethor.

Title: Beginnings Author: Gwynnyd Genres: Romance: Other
Fixed-Length Ficlet ID: 503
Reviewer: Linda hoyland 2007-10-28 04:38:14
This was a nice twist on the usual Faramir and Eowyn getting to know
each other stories as Eowyn considers Faramir's wellbeing and shows
herself a strong minded lady.

Title: Too Many Adverbs Author: Branwyn Genres: Humor: Drabble
ID: 660
Reviewer: Linda hoyland 2007-10-28 04:42:02
This drabble conveys an amusing insight into Boromir's impatience at
anything save fighting.I imagine a similiar piece about his brother
would be quite different!

Title: At the Sign of the Prancing Pony Author: Marta Races:
Cross-Cultural: Drabble ID: 163
Reviewer: Linda hoyland 2007-10-28 04:46:35
A delightful drabble featuring a not often written about character, Nog.