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Msg# 9495

MEFA Reviews for Sunday, October 12, 2008 (Part Two) Posted by annmarwalk October 12, 2008 - 20:15:53 Topic ID# 9495
Title: BRIDGE: Pá Valaraucar ar Námier · Author: Fiondil · Races:
Other Beings · ID: 415
Reviewer: Linda Hoyland · 2008-10-12 19:52:18
This was a fascinating story which provided me with much food for
thought.I'd never really thought about what happened when Gandalf
"died" before. It seems even the wise have lessons to learn. Another
delightful buried treasure I've unearthed at MEFA.

Title: O Merry Mine · Author: Larner · Races: Hobbits: Hurt/Comfort ·
ID: 636
Reviewer: Linda Hoyland · 2008-10-12 19:55:29
So much is written about the bond between Frodo and Sam that the bond
he shared with the other Hobbits is often forgotten or
overlooked.Larner brilliantly redresses the balance in This was very
touching story about the life long and beyond bond between Merry and
Frodo. I was blinking away a tear at the end.moving story of the times
the two Hobbits shared together.

Title: Scholarship · Author: Raksha the Demon · Races: Men: Steward's
Family · ID: 43
Reviewer: Imhiriel · 2008-10-12 21:51:48
A lovely father-and-son scene. You can feel the love and trust between
those two.

I like the straightforwardness of the conversation; there is hardly
any awkwardness there, only honesty and openness. It's funny and
endearing (and, you think, typical) that Faramir and Elboron use the
opportunity to not only talk about the subject matter delicately, they
also use it as a lesson to speak about the Rhûnin culture and
language! And the hints Raksha gives of these are very persuasive.

My favourite thing was that the story was told from Faramir's
perspective: in addition to giving his insightful observation and
advice, it gives a very concise, aware picture of the surroundings and
the circumstances of this story.

Title: Expert Treasure Hunter · Author: Tanaqui · Races: Villains:
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 447
Reviewer: Imhiriel · 2008-10-12 22:00:26
I like the tone of this drabble; Smaug seems somehow gleeful and
looking forward to a real treat, as if he is selecting some favourite
food. It's not so much a greedy obsession as is most often described
when talking about a dragon's lust for gold - here it is cast in a
more positive light.

Despite this somewhat lighter tone, the snake-like nature and the
power - and the inventiveness in pursuit of his desires - of Smaug is
captured well.

Title: Answering the Call · Author: docmon · Genres: Drama · ID: 340
Reviewer: Virtuella · 2008-10-12 23:18:41
The concept of this is very interesting. In the execution, I felt, it
varied. The first and last chapters were the strongest.

Title: Beggar's Night · Author: Branwyn (Lady Branwyn) · Genres:
Humor: Shire · ID: 15
Reviewer: Linda Hoyland · 2008-10-13 00:39:25
This was very cute.I loved the thought of them all in costume going
trick or treating or rather the M-e equivalent.I liked testy Gandalf
and see Eowyn found another excuse to dress in men's clothing! Legolas
and Gimli as an Ent and a dragon were priceless!.

Title: Thicker Than Water · Author: Noliel · Genres: Drama: Featuring
the Noldor · ID: 541
Reviewer: Larner · 2008-10-13 00:46:32
The old adage indicated by the title certainly proves true here as
Celebrimbor accidentally learns of his father's death through parts of
a conversation overheard. This leads to other memories--memories of
his father in the same situation, grieving as his brothers castigate
him for seeking out their father's ring.

Incidents used in illustrating Celebrimbor's memories are well chosen
and well told; the story itself is compelling; I found myself wishing
to grieve alongside the son of Curufin.

Title: I Married for Love · Author: Ford of Bruinen · Genres: Poetry ·
ID: 661
Reviewer: Larner · 2008-10-13 00:52:33
A gentle, mournful examination of the marriage Indis knew, and the
grief born of it--and the gladness nonetheless it was done.

A few problems with wording, but the form of the poem is still
beautiful and well conceived.

Title: Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair · Author: Marta ·
Genres: Romance: Gondor · ID: 405
Reviewer: Larner · 2008-10-13 00:55:08
You make this hard: I love the writing and hate the premise.