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Mar. 16th, 2012 12:20 pm (UTC)
Wow, fantastic illustration! Is this the mummy-baby thing, or John wearing a mask?
Mar. 16th, 2012 12:36 pm (UTC)
Writing skills
Your writing skills were already way above the average fan fiction writer in Alexandra Quick and the Thorn Circle, making AQatTC a joyous journey.
I feel that your skills as a writer have blossomed even further during the series, and have reached an enormous high level in this book. I can name plenty of writers of real life books which I enjoy reading less, allthough the genre might be appealing.
With your eye for detail and descriptions of surroundings, the right amount of suspense, and the realistic character development in your latest installment you make this book an incredible read! For me you rank along with Robin Hobb, Elisabeth Kostova and Stieg Larsson - some of my other favourite writers.

I really like this book so far, and have enjoyed this chapter tremendously again! Your style here was recognisably Inverarity, looking back through the series, but honed and polished. The description of the territory was marvellous, the antler rabbits full of humour, the chat with the kids nice showing Alexandra just as we expect her to be - maturing, but still Alex.

I'm really looking forward to the rest of the book, and pray and hope you'll finish the series as intended. And I even hope that one day you'll get into 'real' publishing, it's worth my wait.

With my highest regards,

PS How many chapters is AQatSA going to have? Are we halfway yet?
Mar. 17th, 2012 01:00 am (UTC)
Re: Writing skills
You're going to give me a swelled head. :)

AQATSA has 39 chapters.
Mar. 16th, 2012 01:23 pm (UTC)
that picture is fucking horrifying.
haha, awesome end to the chapter.
Mar. 16th, 2012 01:42 pm (UTC)
And now...
And now it’s time for that itching curiosity again… What is a native auror doing there. Are they watching JM too?

And now that the chapter sank in some more… wonderful ending again, under arrest… (ranting praising mode off) Figures, for our runaway. Her aunt is so not going to be amused. How is Alexandra going to work her way out of this one, other than turning the other cheek and returning to school (if her aunt let’s her), bending her headstrong head and joining the regular flow? Which Alexandra isn’t going to manage, of course. :-)

Mar. 16th, 2012 04:05 pm (UTC)
Dude! Why'd you have to post that picture? Going to give me nightmares... :p
Mar. 16th, 2012 06:57 pm (UTC)
So she just trotted along at the speed of a cantering horse.

Seven league boots don’t do what it says on the can.

It didn't feel like parchment; it felt like skin. Perhaps vellum.

Parchment is vellum. It is made out of sheepskin.

There was no such thing as an Invisibility Spell

WTF??? I was already shocked that you have not read LotR, but now, you haven’t even read Harry Potter???

"Henry Tsotsie," he said. "Din�tah Auror Authority. And you're under arrest."

Mwah ha hah!

By the way any letters with diacretal marks and accents "Dinotah", "Desiree", "naive" come out like �
Mar. 16th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
This thing �
About the �,if you change encoding to Western (ISO #####) instead of Unicode, it displays correctly.

I read this chapter on Fiction Alley before Inverarity made this post (and therefor saw the picture after), and I have to say, that picture is a LOT more creepy than what I imagined. *shudders* (though nicely drawn)

Great chapter! Will we discover John is living peacefully in the middle of the desert and that the Generous ones made Quimbley lie to Alex or will the Auroras discover the little monster and know John is a dark wizard?
Mar. 17th, 2012 12:58 am (UTC)
You got me on vellum, but Alexandra isn't familiar with the difference.

There are no invisibility spells in Harry Potter. There are magic artifacts that can achieve invisibility or near-invisibility, but nobody has an invisibility spell.

Seven-League Boots: Perhaps the legend has been exaggerated. ;)

FictionAlly doesn't like diacritics. MNFF doesn't like emdashes. Yes, it's kind of annoying.
Mar. 17th, 2012 10:13 pm (UTC)
Invisibility spells
There are no invisibility spells in Harry Potter. There are magic artifacts that can achieve invisibility or near-invisibility, but nobody has an invisibility spell.

??? Doesn't Moody make Harry invisible in HP OotP ch.3 Moody Disillusions Harry, which is kind of an invisibility spell.

I thought it was Alexandra who didn't know this, not you!

Anyway, great chapter. Does the Auror suspect Alexandra of being in cahoots with JM? Will Abraham intervene?

Great chapter.

Mar. 17th, 2012 11:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Invisibility spells
Disillusionment isn't "true" invisibility - it's supposed to be a sort of chameleon-like effect.

I always considered invisibility to be kind of like flight - there are magical ways to simulate it, or items that can generate the same effect or close to it, but there is no true Invisibility Spell.

I realize this is a nitpicky point - the difference between literal invisibility and a spell that makes people "not see you" or a spell that makes you blend with the background is academic in most situations - but it's a significant theoretical point (and has implications for "magical physics"). Hence my being so particular...

(And yes, I know Rowling wasn't always consistent about this either.)
Mar. 17th, 2012 01:04 am (UTC)
Parchment can also refer to heavy paper - which is how I always think of it. I didn't realize it was a synonym for vellum until I looked it up just now.

Alex is not omniscient, being only 14 she may legitimately not know of the disillusionment charm. Harry learned it at 15 and only because they were trying to sneak him out of his house.

Ditto on the illustration though - that thing is going to give me nightmares.

So this is real life...
Mar. 17th, 2012 02:41 am (UTC)
Not much really happened in this chapter even though it was quite long. I guess its expected though, you can't have all chapters the same level, some are going to be so good that its hard to wait for the next one and others are going to be just fine.

Someone on this blog a while back rightly said something along the lines of "it says so much more about the how engaging the chapter was if people didn't have to talk about your style of writing or any such thing, but about the story itself"

Not that this chapter was bad or anything, it was well written of course, but it wasn't on par with some of the past chapters.
Mar. 17th, 2012 05:00 am (UTC)
Considering "some of the past chapters" involved a series of revelations that change the foundation of the series, that might be setting the bar a little high. ;)
Mar. 17th, 2012 05:13 am (UTC)
Yeah I agree, it's quite normal that all chapters aren't of the same level. I kinda have this problem that I always measure something in comparison with the last best of that thing :) I can't help it.
Mar. 17th, 2012 04:23 am (UTC)
Ohhhhh SNAP!! The chapter flew by way too fast again for me, but what a cliffie!!!!!!Wow great riding. Love the bit about the Jackalopes!!! CLASSIC!!
Mar. 17th, 2012 05:02 am (UTC)
Nice chapter. That creepy little baby-thing was very effectively done. I honestly can't see how Alexandra will avoid expulsion after this escapade, assuming she can avoid a stay at Mount Diablo.
Mar. 19th, 2012 05:00 am (UTC)
My favorite chapter so far. Loved the Navajo teens messing with Alex and the Twilight reference.

I live in the southwest, and those two bottles of water were not nearly enough for that hike - even in winter... however, I will give you artistic license.
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