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Msg# 8433

MEFA Reviews for November 21, 2007 (Part 2) Posted by Ann November 21, 2007 - 4:28:31 Topic ID# 8433
Title: The Northmen Author: SheBit Times: Fourth Age and Beyond:
Drabble ID: 451
Reviewer: Llinos 2007-11-13 20:00:01
I enjoyed the manly posturing in this drabble. The elegant and archaic
language doesn't change the fact that each group is trying to get the
point across that their home town is the best; some things never
change! But the rivalry is friendly and these men are all clearly
allies. Well done!

Title: Thyme is a great healer Author: Tanaqui Times: Fourth Age
and Beyond: Drabble ID: 723
Reviewer: Llinos 2007-11-13 20:15:28
This drabble is simply written but the meaning behind it is deep and
thoughtful. There is a gentle wistfullness here for things that might
have been and quiet gladness too, in remembrance of the time that the
ones that have gone were amongst them. Boromir and Frodo might be gone
but their memory remains in the day to day tasks and surroundings of
their loved ones. Beautifully done.

Title: Point of View Author: Tanaqui Times: Fourth Age and Beyond:
Drabble ID: 750
Reviewer: Llinos 2007-11-13 20:34:37
[Spoiler Alert]

That King Elessar would want a copy of the Red Book is very in
character. For one thing, he would want to see things from the
perspectives of all of his people, something that will enable him to
understand them even better. For another, the Red Book, in my opinion,
would be the most important of these histories because it is written
from the perspective of the hobbits, the race central to the
destruction of the Ring.

I thought that the hobbits were very in character in this piece. Sam,
still a simple homebody in many ways, considers that the Shire and
Gondor are two entirely separate places while Pippin, who is more
open-minded about such things, understands that both locations are a
part of the same wide world.

Title: Celebration Author: Tanaqui Times: Fourth Age and Beyond:
Drabble ID: 139
Reviewer: Llinos 2007-11-13 20:42:02
It was nice to see Faramir and Eowyn enjoying themselves here and that
they have clearly moved on in their life together. There are no grim
memories to spoil the day as there are in many fics; it's a pleasant
day amongst their people from beginning to end. Very nice!

Title: Come Back to Me (Drabble) Author: Marta Times: Fourth Age
and Beyond: Drabble ID: 538
Reviewer: Llinos 2007-11-13 21:03:39
[Spoiler Alert]

There is an excellent sense of the passage of time in this drabble. At
least Treebeard remains awake amongst the Ents, finally deciding that
it is time at long last to go on his search. It makes me hopeful that
some could linger still despite the depredations of Men. I do hope
that he found them, in the end.

It's so sad that Men gradually forgot or disregarded the existence of
the Ents but not surprising really, Men being what they are.


Title: Reunion Author: Fawsley Times: Fourth Age and Beyond:
Drabble ID: 489
Reviewer: Llinos 2007-11-13 21:12:28
The author gets a lot of information into this drabble and it is told
in a very readable way. We are shown the who, why, where and how of
Falborn, past and present, so clearly that the piece actually seems
longer than it is. I enjoyed this very much and wished for more. I'd
like to see their reunion. Very nice!

Title: Coda Author: Imhiriel Times: Second Age: Drabble ID: 627
Reviewer: Llinos 2007-11-13 21:23:59
Achingly sad and exceptionally evocative. The author manages to touch
on several different themes in this drabble and does so skilfully,
using just the right words to make the maximum impact on the reader. I
have seldom seen a drabble that manages to convey such strong
emotions. Excellent!

Title: Aftershocks Author: Gwynnyd Times: Second Age: Drabble
ID: 504
Reviewer: Llinos 2007-11-13 21:33:00
Very intriguing. I liked Lord Cobas very much and wondered what he
must have felt getting the news so long after the event, unlike today
when we can communicate almost instantly. Would it have made the event
easier to bear since so much time had passed or would the passage of
time have made it worse for him? Well done.

Title: Iron to Iron Author: mrkinch Times: Second Age: Drabble
ID: 662
Reviewer: Llinos 2007-11-13 21:50:35
Interesting, original and thought-provoking. I have never seen this
pov before and was impressed with the sense of anger and loathing the
author managed to convey in so few words. For such things of beauty
their justified hatred was so cold and unyielding - and seemed very
right, exactly as a thing not exactly living would experience such
deep emotion. Excellent!

Title: Mentor Author: Nessime Times: Second Age: Drabble ID: 653
Reviewer: Llinos 2007-11-13 22:08:25
This drabble does a very good job of conveying Eonwe's emotions,
chiefly sadness, resentment and resignation. His bemusement that Men
can be so easily misled is subtly done but unmistakable. Well done!

Title: Endings and Beginnings Author: Tanaqui Times: Second Age:
Drabble ID: 726
Reviewer: Llinos 2007-11-13 22:13:46
I have seen Stargate: Atlantis exactly once, but even I could
understand that this drabble works very well. Crossovers often seem
very forced but this one didn't, it seemed perfectly feasible.

Title: Begetting Day Author: Lady Aranel Races: Elves: With
Mirkwood Elves ID: 146
Reviewer: White Wolf 2007-11-13 22:20:08
Picturing elfling Legolas with his head down, feeling bad about what
happened, was an adorable vision.

I love stories where Thranduil is portrayed as a good father, and it
was great that he allowed Legolas to save his dignity. It was also
nice to see his mother in this sweet little tale.

Title: Darkness on a Bright Morning Author: Hai Took Races:
Hobbits: Hurt/Comfort ID: 807
Reviewer: White Wolf 2007-11-13 22:32:01
What a sweet little vignette. We tend to think of the hobbits as
constantly cheerful, so it's hard knowing that these wonderful
characters have doubts and fears, too. Merry and Pippin are so good at
helping each other that I know I don't have to worry about them.

Title: Brothers at Heart Author: Radbooks Times: Mid Third Age:
2851 - 3017 TA ID: 330
Reviewer: Llinos 2007-11-13 23:10:21
Marigold suggested that I would like this story and she was right. I
also read it in one sitting. Radbooks is a skilled storyteller; this
held my attention throughout and I eagerly read chapter after chapter
and was sorry to come to the ending. Marigold had mentioned to me that
she felt that she was reading a published novel rather than a work of
fanfiction and I pretty much agree - this tale is better than many
books I have purchased in my time.

Very few fanfic authors have managed to capture Aragorn as spot on as
he is written here. His nobility, sense of responsibility, experience
and inexperience, as well as his youth are all taken into account and
so are his ancestry and upbringing. All of these aspects have clearly
been carefully considered by the author and the Aragorn that we meet
in this story is exactly as I would expect the character to be at this
age and in these circumstances.

The confidence that Aragorn develops, both as an individual in a new
place and as a leader and healer, is realistically gradual and gained
with the help and advice of his elders but he also doesn't hesitate to
see things through in his own way if he thinks that way is the best
for his people. It was no stretch of the imagination to imagine this
youth becoming the Aragorn that we know from the books..

His integration into the Dunadain is well done and I enjoyed watching
the relationships develop between him and the other characters,
especially Halbarad. The OC's are very much distinct personalities and
well-conceived. The plot is considered and focussed. It was exciting,
angsty, frightening and humorous by turns. The dialogue was in
character and never failed to move the story forward.

This is a work to be proud of and I would have no hesitation in
recommending it to anyone that is looking for a superb fic that they
can really lose themselves in. I too am hoping there is a sequel!





Title: Dawning Hope: A Day Out Author: Radbooks Times: Mid Third
Age: 2851 - 3017 TA ID: 659
Reviewer: Llinos 2007-11-13 23:17:19
This story does a great job at capturing Eowyn as a child. Eomer and
Theodred and the other characters are also well written but to me
Eowyn is the one that really shines in this story. This author seems
to have a real knack of working out just the right personalities for
our favourite canon characters as they are growing up.

The plot was engaging and entertaining. I enjoyed this very much!

Title: Burning Son Author: Aruthir Times: Mid Third Age: 2851 -
3017 TA ID: 436
Reviewer: Llinos 2007-11-13 23:21:00
This really reinforces the insanity of war and the way that such
conflict brings out the worst (and sometimes the best) in people.
Harsh and vividly written, which is right for the subject matter.

Title: Death of Hope Author: Linda hoyland Genres: Romance:
Drabble ID: 618
Reviewer: White Wolf 2007-11-13 23:51:41
These are exactly the thoughts that I believe Arwen would have had
after Estel's death. To me, it was natural for her to wonder if seeing
him linger only to have him a little longer would have been better
than letting him go on his own terms. I'm glad that she could be proud
of the way he chose to die. Very nicely done.




Title: Mighty among both Elves and Men Author: Tanaqui Times:
Multi-Age: Fixed-Length Ficlet ID: 606
Reviewer: Raksha the Demon 2007-11-14 02:34:28
I am always intrigued by stories, however large or small, about my
favorite Elf (alright, halfElf; but he lives as an Elf), and this
quintet of drabbles does not disappoint.

Tanaqui captures Elrond's multi-faceted character, that he is a seeker
of knowledge of all kinds, as fascinated by construction as he is by
lore. And I loved the last one, where Elrond finds solace and more in
Celebrian...

Title: A Game of Chess Author: Altariel Genres: Romance: Gondor
ID: 609
Reviewer: Raksha the Demon 2007-11-14 03:52:05
Whether or not one agrees with the direction Altariel has taken the
post-Ring War characterisation of Faramir, this is a powerful and very
well-written story. I particularly liked the characterisation of
Eowyn; and Aragorn is also written quite well.

Title: City of Trees Author: Gwynnyd Races: Elves: With Mirkwood
Elves ID: 641
Reviewer: Marta 2007-11-14 05:33:12
The author admits in the notes that this short tale isn't completely
canon, but that thought didn't even enter into my mind when I read it.
Whether the timeline completely jives (and, as she said, with Celeborn
and Galadriel who can really tell?), the characterizations are spot on
and I could completely buy this Celeborn, Thranduil, and Galadriel as
Tolkien's characters, at least as I like to imagine them.

And Gwynnyd deserves extra kudos for her creative characterization of
Elrond. When I imagine the families of Celeborn, Galadriel, Elrond,
and Celebrian, I see Celebrian mirroring Celeborn and representing the
Sindarin side of the family, and Elrond mirroring Galadriel and taking
after his Noldorin foster-fathers. But it needn't have been like that
- he was after all Elwing's child - and I love this image of his
passive aggressive resistance to Galadriel's meddling. Well done!

Title: Watching and Waiting Author: Llinos Genres: Poetry: With
Hobbits ID: 796
Reviewer: Marta 2007-11-14 05:38:42
This is a touching view of Merry's and Pippin's feelings for each
other. Nicely conceived, and beautifully presented. Nice work, Llinos.

Title: The Spear of the Lily Author: The Bookbinder's Daughter
Genres: Romance: Gondor ID: 11
Reviewer: Raksha the Demon 2007-11-14 05:40:47
An exquisite look at Eowyn from Faramir's viewpoint. We see Faramir's
poetic tendancies interacting with his sincere love for his wife as
well as a strong streak of honesty about his inability to totally
capture Eowyn in words.



Title: Celebration Author: Tanaqui Times: Fourth Age and Beyond:
Drabble ID: 139
Reviewer: Marta 2007-11-14 05:44:06
This drabble is just lovely, capturing so much about how the people of
Ithilien might have celebrated the simple seasonal moments that came
every year. I particularly liked how the martial competitions were
more or less over by noon - it gave the drabble a lovely Fourth Age
feel that I really liked. And the distrust of the ladies as Eowyn
judged their handiwork was so delightfully *normal*, it really made me
smile. You've really captured the festive spirit well.

Title: Waste Not, Want Not Author: Tanaqui Races: Villains:
Drabble ID: 722
Reviewer: Marta 2007-11-14 05:54:19
I think if I could say that I "liked" this drabble it would be a sign
that there was something wrong with me. The drabble is much too
gruesome and unnerving for that description. But it is delightful, a
wonderful characterization of the orcs in just 100 words, and exactly
what a drabble about villains should be. Nice use of description and
our own sense of revulsion, it was very effective and very well done.

Title: Of Dragons and Manicures Author: Llinos Genres: Humor ID: 714
Reviewer: NeumeIndil 2007-11-14 06:58:04
This is so sweet and hobbity. It felt very like a part of the original
story that was simply not written by Tolkien. Well characterized and
great description too. I enjoyed it very much.