Reviews For The Ways of Paradox
Name: Gabriel (Signed) · Date: May 19, 2018 6:38 · For: A First Rate Opportunity
Oh! So it's 'Pirates of Penzance'. I've heard of it, but am not familiar with the story. [Sorry, just looked it up.] Sounds really good.
Were you ever in a production of it, Narya? It's just you seem to know a bit about it. :)
Author's Response: Haha, yes I was :) I don't think you need to be familiar with the story of it though. I love musical theatre in general; it's something I really miss, working full time. Oh well! When I retire I can be the mad lady in the local Am Dram society ;)
Name: Gabriel (Signed) · Date: May 17, 2018 11:41 · For: A First Rate Opportunity
Hi Narya! Really sorry about taking so long to review. Minds been churning over with many ideas and if I don't write them down straight away, it's gone.
This was such an enjoyable chapter.
I love how Claire takes on the role of 'Mum' to her cousin and Theo when they get up to mischief or do idiotic things.
And just out of curiosity is Theo a friend of theirs or family? I feel a little silly asking. I just can't quite remember if it's already been mentioned.
I did feel a little sorry for him on several occasions, thought Claire was a tad harsh on him. Playing Mum, maybe she thought he should have known better, or at the least, thought before he leapt. But, then again, she is only reacting this way because she cares so much.
And Maglor. Gorgeous Maglor. How does he put one foot in front of the other, when the scar on his hand is a reminder of all he has lost. And what a guy! Offering up his expert assistance to fill in for Harrison. And it's absolutely no surprise that Maglor fit in perfectly with everyone on stage and in his role. He is in his element.
*Theo turned to Mark. "There's a bit of sword fighting, but you can always just jump about and wave the sword around if you get stuck."
Mark laughed, a wonderful, melodic sound with a soft dark echo. "How hard can it be?"
Somehow I got the impression he was well-versed in stage fighting too.*
Well-versed indeed. Sadly, he is an expert on the subject.
Author's Response: Don't worry at all! We all have lives to lead, and I know how demanding story ideas are. Make sure you give them the attention they deserve ;) thank you for the kind comments about the chapter. Yes, Claire does do the "Mum" thing a fair bit; she's older than her housemates, we'll get a bit more of her backstory later. Theo is a friend, but I don't think I've said so explicitly yet. She's hard on him at times, yes, but he can be a bit of a prat, as we'll see! And Maglor, of course, makes a perfect Pirate King ;) do you know the show at all? Thanks for commenting, Gabriel :)
Name: NelyafinweFeanorion (Signed) · Date: May 15, 2018 21:42 · For: A First Rate Opportunity
Narya this was wonderful! Oh how I love Maglor in the modern world. He's just lovely. Confident, charismatic but with just that bit of distance. I loved how the others were skeptical and as the reader you just know he's been down this road so many times and that his performance will be electric, brilliant, awe inspiring because this is Kanafinwë Makalaurelë Fëanorion and there is nothing he can't do with music.
Ahem. And sword fighting. I think he might manage a bit more than just waving his sword around.
The description of his hand burn got to me. Very believable.
Author's Response: Ahh, thank you Nelya, I'm glad you like him! Confident with a little distance is just how I see him, so I'm glad that came across - and he's Maglor, he's bound to be charismatic ;) I think the boys are sceptical because he looks unusual, but of course we know he'll be amazing. I think they might be surprised by his sword fighting too. Writing the burn made me cringe a little; I hate doing that to him, but in my head that's the only one of the many physical scars he picks up over the years that will never fade.
Name: Spiced Wine (Signed) · Date: May 14, 2018 19:08 · For: A First Rate Opportunity
This is lovely, Narya, and also poignant, that sadness, that melancholy that is in Maglor’s playing and his voice, really runs through all this; it’s an impression that never leaves me.
Author's Response: Thank you! It's something that has always struck me too - the power and sadness of his voice. Glad you're enjoying :)
Name: Gabriel (Signed) · Date: May 09, 2018 5:03 · For: Overture and Scene
Sorry about this Narya! Been very busy lately. :/
*As soon as the door swung shut behind him, she turned to me with wide eyes and a giddy grin. "Oh-my-GOD!"
"What?" I asked, although I had a fair idea.
"He is gorgeous! Who is he?"
I was right. "His name's Mark. He's a Philosophy post-doc."
"Older than you," I laughed. "I don't know - maybe early-thirties?"
"That's not too old," she said thoughtfully. "Single?"
"Can you invite him over for drinks?"
"What? No! Rosie."*
Haha! Yes, he is gorgeous isn't he, Rosie. Wow! She doesn't waste any time does she. In her mind she and Maglor are already married with three kids. lol
Poor Claire. Unbeknowns to her, she's been effectively, roped, hog-tied and chucked on a truck headed for the next town, by her own friend.
Super enjoyable. :)
Author's Response: I am so late replying, I'm sorry! I'm pleased you like this - thank you for your comments. I plan to post more either later today or early this week. And nope, Rosie is not a time-waster ;) although Maglor will undoubtedly not see things in the same way at all!
Name: Spiced Wine (Signed) · Date: May 07, 2018 19:49 · For: Overture and Scene
I am looking forward to where you tak this, Narya :)
Author's Response: Ahh, thanks! Glad you're along for the ride; I hope you enjoy it.
Name: ziggy (Signed) · Date: May 07, 2018 16:14 · For: Overture and Scene
lovely- def another few chapters needed!!
Author's Response: Thank you, ziggy - it's mostly drafted, don't worry! :) Just needs a bit of spit and polish.
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