Reviewer: lunagranger Signed Date: 2016.07.10 - 12:40PM Title: Strange Operations
I've been a bad girl and haven't reviewed. Actually now I only read this side on the tablet and it is really difficult to write in English.on it. You write really well and the chapter is good, butthe story is dragging a bit.
Yes, I suppose it may be dragging. Unlike my other recent stories, this one involves cautious 'feeling around' on the part of the antagonist, while H&G still don't know enough about the threat to know *how* to charge in and make things happen more precipitously. That's all in the design of a gradually building drama, but the result is a somewhat prolonged dance of tease and discovery which may well come across as dull. There is also the bit about having two plots in one.
Anyway, the project as a whole has always baffled me a bit -- the story has gotten a surprising amount of recognition, but the reviews are sparser than my other stories and (except for a couple of refreshing exceptions) tend to be more tepid. The people who requested the story in the first place seem to have have long since abandoned it. As a result, it's easy to put it aside when other things come up, as is again the case (I wrote part of chapter 15, but am temporarily sidetracked by a few non-HP projects, plus one other HP story).
On the flip side, though, I do have a clear plan for the rest of the story (including a spiral-out-of-control path to the climax), and when I occasionally go back to reread the story, I generally find it to be a fun read.
So ultimately,I will finish the story, but it will probably be on the back burner for a while again until the enthusiasm deficit subsides.
Reviewer: aimless Signed Date: 2016.06.23 - 05:09PM Title: Strange Operations
I have to ask, who is Hyperia and Anders?
Imagine if the Wizarding World had the kind of fan-fic phenomena that ours does? Hyperia and Anders would be the Ginny and Harry of that world -- the fictitious stars of romance and adventure of varying degrees of sensuality and/or cheesiness.
Thank you for the review, Aimless, and thanks for the recent PM discussion on aspects of other recent chapters.
Reviewer: RighT3rantZ Signed Date: 2016.06.23 - 04:35PM Title: Strange Operations
You are moving right along with your Trix GHL. I believe the '98 Circus vs Portugal match had Emilio Estevez in attendance. There is probably something to that, so ya, indeed. I get it, and better late than never.
Ah, I hadn't realised that Esteves wasn't a Muggle. There should be good celebrity seating for him, fortunately, as the match will be at Wiltshire Downs.
Yes, it was inevitable that the press coverage should not always be so glowing. I think the twins could have handled the question fairly scathingly too, but there are times when a captain's responsibility is manifest.
Great -- if you had more opinions to render, that would be superb. Thank you for following along!
Reviewer: skiutahnum1 Signed Date: 2016.06.22 - 04:51AM Title: Strange Operations
Well getting new people in to the safe house is never easy but sometimes you can figure out what all is going on with the other side with them....kutgw
Too true. I think the message is that it is not always one's friends who can be seen to have hardships. Enemies, too, have their fears and privations. I often think back to Slughorn's inspirational speech about Death Eaters not being a fearsome force, but rather the thugs and wretches on the fringes of society. True, perhaps, but how did they get that way? I prefer to believe that although a few people are innately and irredeemably evil, the vast majority are not.
Thanks for the review, Fred!
Reviewer: Dad Signed Date: 2016.06.21 - 02:28PM Title: Strange Operations
A pleasure to read.
Reviewer: MollyandArthur Signed Date: 2016.06.21 - 08:57AM Title: Strange Operations
Another very interesting chapter and a great way to start my day. I am quite curious about Mrs. Crabbe and Amelie, and how they will fit in with everyone at the safe house. Harry should certainly be concerned about the possibility of unknown deaths and disappearances among the old death eater crowd. There may well be widows and young orphans who have been too frightened to request assistance, but who could appear at any time. The game in Haiti should definitely be something. Haitians take their magic seriously, and most of it can be rather dark. They would do well to be prepared for anything because they are likely to see and experience a lot.
Ah -- much truth in this review. Thank you MollyandArthur!
Indeed, there is definitely discomfort within the dark community. Among the dirty 'trix' playing out right now, only a fraction are affecting the targets one might normally associate with a revenge scenario. So why the peculiar fratricide? That may be the biggest mystery right now.
Haiti! That will definitely be the next adventure, and (though I haven't written much yet) may well span multiple chapters. And yes, a lot of that excursion will not be about Quidditch.
Anyway, sincere appreciation for the astute thoughts and kind words!