To Sleep, Perchance to Dream

Author: Ariel/Auntie Meesh/Budgielover/Cathleen/Dreamflower/Gryffinjack/kellyfrankenfield/Lindelea/Pearl Took/Rosie Took/SlightlyTookish CoAuthors

Nominator: Dreamflower

2008 Award Category: Times: Late Third Age: Gondor

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Medium Length

Rating: Teen  ✧  Reason for Rating: angst and some violence, an OC character death and mention of drug abuse

Summary: A plot against the newly crowned King leads to possibly deadly consequences for his smallest Guardsman; and disturbing questions arise for the new Steward to answer, as the entire Fellowship rallies around. Written as a group story by the PippinHealers mailing list.

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Reviewed by: nancylea  ✧  Score: 10

well, i try again, just lost my first review, all1300 characters or so. so techenically this is now my second every review for mefawards. wanted to vote for the most outstanding effort; i find it amazing that you got this Spruce Goose off the water. the first time i saw this on a site i passed this by thinking "this is why you shouldn't read wips, look how long they have been writing that." i opened it from its subcategory list thinking it was going to get read, and past over. when the page opened i scrolled down to grif'n'jk's interlude and never stopped chuckling. every chapter had so much going for it but my vote was sealed by that great motivational efforts; thank you so much, you let so many readers frustrations escape so peacefully. the various authors have been entertaining and enlightening on their own and by combining their voices they have made a beautiful symphany. so often in the stories i have read there are these awkward moments where we switch from one setting to another. in these masterpiece, when we leave say pippin, frodo, and gandalf to go see what faramir is up to, even if we backtrack in time, we are not left with whiplash of the plot.each of you are worthy of every award you can get, but this should take top honors in every class it enters. the sheer audacity of trying to get ten people on the same story line, and pulling off the ultimate prank.without giving the story away i think this is the maost i should say.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 6

Ah--hurt/comfort! The Piphealer's Group's RoundRobin entry is a lovely one. All four Hobbits are having problems with nightmares disturbing their sleep, and for young Pippin it's proving particularly debilitating. When Targon suggests he try a marvelous sleeping powder shared with him by Guardsman Eldil, at last he decides to chance it, mixing a good handful into a glass of brandy. But when it proves to be Haradric poppy it would appear his life is at risk. Plots against the Crown of Gondor as well as against the still-fragile peace being worked out between the western lands and the king of Far Harad have been set in motion, and it appears that the four Halflings are caught in the eye of the storm. For a tale with so many authors, it is delightfully cohesive, and filled with plots and counterplots as well as obscure medical procedures.... A must-read.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 4

With so many authors, it can be difficult to write a single story and have it work, but these authors seem to have pulled it off. There are definitely different styles and different takes on the characters, but the story as a whole does flow and the plot is easy to understand and compelling. And as I love just about anything with an ensemble cast, I enjoyed the inclusion of many major characters who each got to contribute something during the unfolding of the mystery. Very fun.

Reviewed by: SurgicalSteel  ✧  Score: 3

A really neatly done collaborative effort! I found this enjoyable from start to finish - from Pippin's desire to sleep more and asking another guard rather than family or friends for aid, to the unfortunate effects of his 'sleep aid,' to the medical treatment rendered. The various authors' styles mesh extremely nicely. A wonderful story!

Reviewed by: Golden  ✧  Score: 3

That is a great story to read that all of you people wrote together. I enjoyed it very much. Nice and angsty! *g* A very interessting topic to write about and realistic too. After all war is thraumatizising and may rob of sleep. That the sleeping powder turned out to be a hard drug... poor Pippin! I am glad Aragorn and his cousins where there for him.