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Msg# 8427

MEFA Reviews for November 18, 2007 (Part 2) Posted by Ann November 18, 2007 - 4:50:02 Topic ID# 8427
Title: Drawn With Love Author: MerryK Genres: Drama: Youth ID: 569
Reviewer: Linda hoyland 2007-11-09 07:07:34
[spolers]

This nicely written story turns the usual ideas about Boromir and
Faramir upside now as it is Boromir who is thoughtful,caring and
sympathetic.
The usually practical lad even turns his hand to art to produce a
special gift for his younger brother, which also moves the usually
cold Denethor to tears.

Title: Concussion Author: Dreamflower Genres: Adventure ID: 711
Reviewer: Linda hoyland 2007-11-09 07:13:00
[spoilers]
A warm hearted story concerning Bilbo in the Hobbit after Thorin's
burial. The poor Hobbit has suffered a head injury and his cared for
by his companions.
I especially liked Gandalf's concern for the Hobbit and the fact that
some of his favourite mushroom soup was found for Bilbo as he recovers.

Title: Pointy-Eared Mischief Author: TrekQueen Genres: Crossover
ID: 782
Reviewer: Linda hoyland 2007-11-09 07:20:23
[spoilers]

An enjoyable story speculating what if the Crew of the Enterprise D
encountered the Elves of LOTR. I like the idea that Vulcans may be
descended from Elves. No doubt they are,as Tolkien pretty much laid
the cornerstones from which science fiction like Star Trek sprung.

Title: At The Foot of the Sarn Gebir Author: Rabidsamfan Times:
Late Third Age: 3018-3022 TA ID: 787
Reviewer: Larner 2007-11-09 09:06:50
When sore muscles, blisters, and nightmares disturb Sam's sleep, he
finds peace in typical Hobbit fashion by seeking to give the rest of
the Fellowship a warm and filling morning. Not even Legolas will turn
from the comfort Sam offers.

Warmly told, bringing thoughts of good meals and tantalizing cooking
scents.

Title: In Body and Mind Author: Nessime Races: Cross-Cultural:
Drabble ID: 759
Reviewer: Larner 2007-11-09 09:15:36
We know that Aragorn Elessar resembled Earendil and Elros
Tar-Minyatur; but there was one other descendant of the first lords of
Numenor he is also reputed to have resembled; and an ellyth thinks of
this one as the Lay of Gil-galad was sung for the Hobbits.

A wonderful image taken from Unfinished Tales.

Title: Rekindling Author: Tanaqui Races: Men: General Drabble
ID: 688
Reviewer: Larner 2007-11-09 09:23:12
Theoden finds a means to help his newly-orphaned nephew and niece feel
a part of the holiday celebration at the turning of the year.

A sweet inclusion for Eomer and Eowyn.

Title: Night of Love Author: Linda hoyland Genres: Romance: Gondor
ID: 617
Reviewer: Larner 2007-11-09 09:29:50
The marriage of Aragorn and Arwen was one to strengthen the lineage of
men; but it appeared its consummation might be less than either
desired or had ever hoped for. But Galadriel's advice offers hope for
desired fulfillment.

A gentle joining.

Title: At the Sign of the Hungry Hobbit Author: Mews1945 Genres:
Humor: Parody ID: 475
Reviewer: Larner 2007-11-09 09:50:57
So--no Eru, no Valar, no Maiar--just a few lads out to
experiment--Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin, and they just managed to
put together Middle Earth and now....

A hilarious look at the REAL Frodo Baggins, working at his glass of
single malt.

Title: Dragon Lore Author: Tanaqui Races: Villains: Drabble ID: 404
Reviewer: Larner 2007-11-09 09:54:50
Ah, and now we know the origins of dragons! Some who'd once taken the
shapes of Balrogs now accepted a new shape, one intended to counter
the Great Eagles.

Chilling.

Title: The Green Knight and the Heir of Meduseld Author: Le Rouret
Genres: Adventure ID: 170
Reviewer: Larner 2007-11-09 09:59:31
An interesting tale of life within Middle Earth in which Faramir and
Eowyn dwell not in Emyn Arnen but in Osgiliath, and their son, seeking
to flee from being adopted by his uncle as his heir, claims refuge in
the hope of Legolas.

Elboron and Elfwine do not dwell here; but it is a rousing tale
nonetheless.

Title: Green Magic Author: Gandalfs apprentice Genres: Crossover
ID: 312
Reviewer: Larner 2007-11-09 10:02:21
Even in the forests of northern California perhaps not all the trees
are as quiet and still as they appear; and not all will tolerate the
foolishness of a bored visitor.

Fascinating mixture of modern-day and Middle Earth forest life. I
rather think the Professor would approve of this one.

Title: Growed Author: agape4gondor Races: Men: Other Fixed-Length
Ficlet ID: 218
Reviewer: Isabeau of Greenlea 2007-11-09 12:50:57
A beautiful illustration of the love between two brothers, starting as
boys and ending in the midst of battle. And a very interesting twist
of an ending-I wasn't expecting that!

Title: "A Cat Of A Different Color" Author: Cathleen Genres:
Mystery ID: 385
Reviewer: Isabeau of Greenlea 2007-11-09 12:59:04
A nice picture of the Fellowship at rest, being entertained by a most
unlikely storyteller. Though perhaps Boromir has had more practice
than he lets on, telling tales to his younger brother for years. His
ability to play to an audience certainly leads me to believe that!

Title: Sometime Ever After Author: Dwimordene Times: Fourth Age
and Beyond ID: 363
Reviewer: Isabeau of Greenlea 2007-11-09 13:11:46
I always enjoy Dwimordene's Halbarad stories. Alive or dead, he is
always Aragorn's most faithful friend. In this story, he's a
time-traveler as well, visiting Aragorn in present, past and future in
the various incarnations appropriate to those times. The disjointed
vignettes depict very well a wounded Aragorn's mental state. And
Halbarad proves to be fore-sighted as ever about one very important
thing. But over all the feeling of the piece is the sense of a
friendship that is close enough to transcend death itself.

Title: Black Eyes Author: Lialathuveril Genres: Romance: With
Rohirrim ID: 177
Reviewer: Linda hoyland 2007-11-10 04:09:24
[spoilers]

This one of the funniest stories I have ever read and a sheer delight
from start to finish.

Unlike in many stories, it is not love at first sight for Eomer and
Lothiriel and the princess is determined not to marry her suitor, but
how can she turn him down without causing a diplomatic crisis?

Her plan is make herself so unattractive to Eomer that he will not
want her,which involves hideous clothes,prentending not to like horses
and being disagreeable.

Lothiriel's plans are thrwarted,however when she and Eomer are
marooned together and she discovers he is a likeable and desirable
man.He in turn realises her odd behaviour was an act.

A most enjoyable and highly reccomended read.

Title: The Departure of Boromir Author: Narnian Sprite Genres:
Drama ID: 622
Reviewer: Linda hoyland 2007-11-10 05:33:22
[spoilers]

This is a moving story about the death of Boromir. Unusually it does
not deal so much with the actual death as his entry into the afterlife.
I especially liked Boromir's reunion with his soldiers and his genuine
remorse.The afterlife is described very vividly.

Title: Are You Going to Leave Me? Author: Llinos Genres: Drama:
With Merry ID: 142
Reviewer: Linda hoyland 2007-11-10 05:52:06
[spoilers]
This touching story skillfully combines book and film verse to explore
Merry and Pippin's feelings and actions in the fight against Sauron.

Pippin seeks Merry on the battlefield and has the clever,albeit gory
idea of using oliphant fat to light a fire to summon help.

I liked Eowyn's concern for Merry,something she must have felt but is
often looked.

The scenes with Aragorn and eomer were my favourites.

A very well written story.

Title: The Days of the King Author: Randomrattle Genres: Drama:
With Aragorn ID: 399
Reviewer: Linda hoyland 2007-11-10 06:00:23
An enjoyable story concerning Aragorn's early days as King,his
marriage to Arwen and his friendship with Legolas.
Shadowfax is also well featured in this story and Gandalf.
I loved the illustrations and the way the story was laid out,making it
a visual as well as written treat.

Title: Gifts Author: Acacea Genres: Humor: Other Fixed-Length
Ficlet ID: 500
Reviewer: Linda hoyland 2007-11-10 06:06:46
[{spoilers]

A hilarious ficlet concerning Faramir and his father. The
toddler,Faramir wants to play in his father's study and chew
Denethor's treasured pocessions.

Unlike in many stories,Denethor is portrayed as a patient and kindly
father.

The last line carries a real punch and makes me smile every time I
read it.

Title: Decorum Author: Larner Genres: Humor: The Shire or Buckland
ID: 59
Reviewer: Linda hoyland 2007-11-10 06:12:36
[spoilers]
A delightful story in which Dora Baggins, a prim maiden aunt,compiles
a book of manners and presents it to Bilbo and Frodo.
How shockerd the poor lady is when they fail to comply with her idea
of decorum,especially in proper dressing.

Only later does the good lady realise that there is more to Bilbo and
Frodo than she thinks.

Title: Gold Rings and Sam Author: Branwyn Genres: Poetry ID: 501
Reviewer: Linda hoyland 2007-11-10 06:18:24
[spoilers]

I don't usually read fanfic poetry but am glad I read this as it is
one of the funniest and most hilarious pieces I have ever read.

Using the syle of Dr.Seuss the writer somehow conveys both Sam and
Faramir's personalities to a T.

Would anything make patient Faramir snap? the answer is contained in
the final line. A must read poem!

Title: A Kingly Discussion Author: GamgeeFest Races: Hobbits:
Post-Grey Havens ID: 780
Reviewer: Linda hoyland 2007-11-10 06:24:17
[spoilers]
A charming and warm hearted story which perfectly captures the nature
of Hobbits.

The Gaffer has received a letter from King Elessar and all his
neighbours want to know what it says.

The musings on the ways of big folk are hilarious and even Aragorn's
handwriting is discussed.

I loved the Gaffers conclusions at the end.

Title: Time Author: Bodkin Races: Cross-Cultural: Gondor ID: 414
Reviewer: Linda hoyland 2007-11-10 06:29:01
[spoilers]
A haunting and beautifully written story in which Legolas and Faramir
try to find out about a family who were victims of the war.

the depth of the story lies in the debate over the shortness of human
life and memory.Legolas wants to know who lived in a ruined house that
they might not be forgotten as he is imortal and can remember the story.

Faramir is wise enough to support the Elf's wish.

A moving and perceptive tale which lingers in the mind.

Title: Stirrings of Shadow Author: Fiondil Genres: Adventure:
Incomplete ID: 233
Reviewer: Linda hoyland 2007-11-10 06:35:35
[spoilers]

This outstanding story has had me gripped and on the edge of my seat
for months now.

Aragorn as Thorongil is caught up in plot to overthrow King tHengel of
Rohan and must work to save the King and his people.

Not only is this an entralling tale of mystery and adventure, but it
is beautifully written and atmospheric.

The OCs are especially outstanding from the mysterious Elves to the
young Rohir,who develops a touching and devoted friendship with
Aragorn and becomes his shield brother.

A must read story I cannot praise highly enough.

Title: Rauros, golden Rauros-falls Author: Imhiriel Genres: Humor:
Drabble ID: 624
Reviewer: Linda hoyland 2007-11-10 06:41:42
[spoilers]

A delightful dark comedy. What if Aragorn were not as good a Healer as
we suppose and put Boromir into the boat when still alive?
What if Boromir woke up?
Rauros brings Boromir's musings to an abrupt halt !