Reviewer: MollyandArthur Signed Date: 2016.04.11 - 08:13PM Title: Smoke Behind the Glass
This is becoming so disturbing. I cannot honestly say that I have ever liked the character of Crabbe, but his death seems so cruel and arbitrary. Curious to see what will happen next.
And, having just completed a response to your review to chapter 11, I will now revise the statement and say that they (and you) are now 90% of the way toward understanding the basic parameters of the threat they face. Harry, Ginny and their friends are still missing one key element of insight about their enemy but now they know that what they face is capable of cruelty on par with Voldemort and powers that Riddle never knew (and no, we're not talking 'love'). In any case, the only known murders committed by this new menace have been on its own operatives (two now, counting the story's very first scene) which shows how little regard is held for any human life (and how greatly failure is despised). However, I do believe the assertion that the preferred target for this demonstration of might was Tracey, rather than Crabbe. So, although rather Pyrrhic (to lose a human, and a potentially vital witness), the outcome was sort of a victory.
Anyway, in response to another review quite some time ago, I had categorised this story as comedie noire, and this latest episode was one of the most 'noire' aspects of it.
In any case, thank you so kindly for the reviews, M&A!
Reviewer: sdourse Signed Date: 2015.12.18 - 06:08PM Title: Smoke Behind the Glass
Really cool whodunit, with great Quidditch scenes and humour. Thanks for writing!
Reviewer: aimless Signed Date: 2015.11.05 - 03:39PM Title: Smoke Behind the Glass
Finally! Was waiting for this update )
Reviewer: lunagranger Signed Date: 2015.10.31 - 07:55PM Title: Smoke Behind the Glass
I was missing this story and the Great Zabini Flying Circus. I really love when you write humour, even if you say this is not very humurous (it is).
Great! I now once again get to ponder some kind LG comments!
There is an ever-so-slight temptation to teasingly suggest that I have lured you over to the dark side (i.e., into appreciating the nefarious genre of 'sports literature'), but I'm pretty sure that we both agree that it is not Quidditch that makes The Flying Circus plot line compelling, but rather the interplay of personalities and personal growth. Trying to imagine how a disparate group of personalities manage to band together to progress from 'good' to 'great' has been a fun challenge. What obstacles must be overcome? How can they plausibly progress in ways that are fun, dramatic, and at least semi-believable?
Oh, and thank you most kindly for always sifting through the various tonal sands to find humour. I think something in my nature probably dictates that there will always be a lighter side to nearly everything I write.
Reviewer: skiutahnum1 Signed Date: 2015.10.31 - 12:45PM Title: Smoke Behind the Glass
Ah the mystery deepens and with no clear why to figure everything out.....they do have a problem but they are not getting help to fix it yet....kutgw
"No clear 'why'?" Intentional word play, or Freudian slip? In any case, it works in either the straight or oblique angles since I agree that there is no clear way to figure things out (surely not even my eerily perceptive readers have yet discovered enough to fully elaborate the plot), and there are indeed a lot of questions surrounding the 'why' as well.
Oh, and I also agree that nobody has yet stepped forward in a very helpful way to help break through some of the mental blocks. However, Martin (Gin110881) very much wants to get us inside Azkaban. Maybe that might help to pry loose a few glimmers.
Thank you for reading and reviewing, Fred!
Reviewer: Gin110881 Signed Date: 2015.10.31 - 11:57AM Title: Smoke Behind the Glass
Oh, what a surprise. Lots of Quidditch action instead of an Azkaban visit.
Yes indeed, in the manner of someone like James Michener, I remain a slave more to the calendar than to plot themes. Hence Wigtown before Azkaban. However yes, Azkaban is the key feature of the next chapter; out first real glimpse of Nott Sr. since late in The Prevailing Counterpoint. In reference to my response to Aragorn, more hints will be dropped as per the 'surprise'.
Regarding Crabbe, I will say one thing -- remember that his was the *second* death in this story so far. You have been told rather little about either death, but that's can't be expected to last.As always, I appreciate the thoughtful comments!
Reviewer: Aragorn Signed Date: 2015.10.31 - 01:55AM Title: Smoke Behind the Glass
Quite the developing story.
Yes, that's a good turn of phrase -- 'developing story'. My more enterprising readers (quite possibly including yourself) are likely sensing that I'm setting up a surprise. As always, the surprise will not be a complete bolt out of the blue, though. I have been dropping hints...
Thank you for the review, Aragorn!