Reviews by Pink Siamese
Second Chance by Narya Rated: PG-13 half-star [Reviews - 150]
Summary: When fifteen-year-old Anna loses her sister in a freak horseriding accident, she has no way of knowing that Izzy has been given another chance to live and love. However, the afterlife works in mysterious ways; soon Anna is plagued by dreams that link her to a young woman from an age long, long forgotten, and to a blue-eyed foal that she has a nagging feeling she should recognise...

A response to Dunedain Ranger of the North's "Animal Transformations" challenge. Rated PG-13 for character death, emotional content and some mild language.
Categories: Book-verse, Movie-verse, Crossovers Characters: Original Character
Genres: Angst, Drama, Family, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort, Other
Warnings: Character Death
Challenges: Animal Transformations
Series: Second Chance
Chapters: 31 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 64189 Read Count: 40226
Published: Feb 12 2009 Updated: Apr 16 2010 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 14: Isabel Jane Murphy Reviewer: Pink Siamese Signed
This is a lovely chapter, full of nuanced character dynamics and thoughtful pacing.

You've wandered far and wide from the original premise, but you've done it in a way that brings unique depth and resonance to the original premise. This story is about so much more than reincarnation in Middle-earth as an animal; it's about grief, families, love, and the negotiation of human life from one moment to the next. I look forward to you conclusion because I know that it will be handled with grace and skill.

You just keep getting better and better! Brava, darling. :-)

Author's Response: Thank you so much! *Grins* yes, I have somewhat strayed from my original intentions...this was supposed to be two or three chapters long, a quick distraction while I was blocked on other stuff!! Ah well, nothing ever turns out as you mean it to, and I like it better this way. There's still more twisting and turning to be done yet; even though I wrote out a complete draft over summer, I keep on thinking of things that need to be added in. As for handling the conclusion, I only hope that it meets your expectations - you've given me a lot to live up to! Thanks for reading and reviewing, as always. It's much appreciated.

Date: Oct 20 2009
Title: Chapter 15: A Voice Quiet And Brief Reviewer: Pink Siamese Signed
Oooh, change of perspective. I'm intrigued.

Author's Response: Good to hear! :D I've been messing with the perspective a lot in these last few chapters (Derry, Annis), simply because I felt those POVs were right for the action...ah well. As usual, story's in charge, not me. Thanks for R&Ring!
Date: Oct 22 2009
Summary: The long-lost daughter of Elrond was transported to modern-day Earth when she was an infant. Now that she is almost an adult, she finds herself in Rivendell once again. She falls for Glorfindel, the captain of her father's soldiers. The only problem? Glorfindel's wife isn't too happy.
Categories: Book-verse Characters: Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Glorfindel, Original Character, Other Canon Character
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Parody, Romance
Warnings: AU (alternate universe), Character Death
Series: None
Chapters: 2 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 1118 Read Count: 2402
Published: Apr 11 2009 Updated: Apr 12 2009 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Prologue, or, In Which We Are Introduced To The Herione Reviewer: Pink Siamese Signed
"Ahhhh! My eyeballs have melted. And are bleeding. Do not ask me why I endeavored to write this." Ummmm...because it's funny? ;-)

Author's Response: Thank you for the review! But no, I wrote this to show how well-written Sues screw with character, though sometimes we as readers don't notice it because of the correct punctuation and flowery language. SiM
Date: Apr 12 2009

Moriah is your standard college girl. Nothing out of the ordinary. So why are there nine confused travellers at her dorm? I promise this is not a Sue-fic.

Categories: Crossovers, Off Topic Characters: Original Character, The Fellowship
Genres: Fantasy, General, Humor
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 7 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 3948 Read Count: 7885
Published: May 04 2009 Updated: Aug 02 2009 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 4: Pippin's in my Parking Lot, Doo-dah, Doo-dah. Reviewer: Pink Siamese Signed
You're quite good with the humor. You should write it more often. :)

Author's Response: Thank you so much!
Date: May 12 2009
Title: Chapter 1: I swear to God, I'm not tripping. Reviewer: Pink Siamese Signed
"Except for the fifteen bajillion tons of snow that we get all the time." Bwahahahahah it's so true. I'm laughing like this because the snow is finally all gone. And we have leaves and flowers and things. This is always a really exciting development for a Mainer. Love the humor. :)

Author's Response:

Whenever I would talk to my older sister about how college was in Maine, she would always talk about the "fifteen bajillion tons of snow" and how cold it was. We are Connecticut girls ourselves, so Maine is akin to the North Pole to us. Gotta love the warm winter wear of L.L. Bean, which we oh so wisely heaped up on my sister before she went to college there.

I'm sure Maine is absolutely beautiful in the spring. I've been there in the summer maybe once, and from what I saw it was absolutely gorgeous; I loved it.

Thanks for the compliment on the humor, though the real kudos should go to my older sister...I'm only writing from what I feel would be her point of view, so she's really the funny one here.

Date: May 04 2009
Title: Chapter 3: My Big Fat Mouth Reviewer: Pink Siamese Signed
Duuuuuuuuuude, this is AWESOME.

Author's Response: Thank you!
Date: May 08 2009
Summary: An essay describing how I came to Tolkien and the role it played in my childhood. Round Robin - please do add your own thoughts and experiences!
Categories: Off Topic Characters: None
Genres: Essay
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 8 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 11572 Read Count: 10516
Published: May 12 2009 Updated: Jun 02 2009 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: "Of Plant Pots, Siblings and Mad Uncle Tim" - Narya Reviewer: Pink Siamese Signed
As one English major to another (wink), I must say that this is fantastically well written. Actually, it's fantastically well written: there's a solid intro and conclusion combined with a fluidity and readability that just doesn't happen enough in essays.

Author's Response: Oh, thank you *glows* actually that's a point - my bio still says I'm a Classics major, I must remember to change that! Thanks for the review.
Date: May 12 2009
Title: Chapter 2: An Unexpected Journey Reviewer: Pink Siamese Signed
Wow, I feel like I totally missed out. I didn't discover Tolkien until I was an Old Woman Of Twenty-Six. Reading this made me miss childhood--quite an achievement since I loathed childhood with a deep fiery Balrogian passion. I love the stuff with the songs; my friends and I used to do stuff like that, only our made-up lyrics were often X-rated (because yes, I was a weird and pervy child that grew into an even weirder and pervier adult). The actor John Hurt once referred to acting as a "grown-up method of playing cowboys and Indians." I think fiction-writing is pretty much the same thing: the kids inside us get all dressed up in sophisticated words and play pretend. And it's totally awesome. :)
Date: May 12 2009
Summary: Sméagol contemplates Sam's offer of a plate of fish and chips. MEFA 2009 Honourable Mention - Genres: Character Study: General.
Categories: Book-verse Characters: Gollum
Genres: General
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 582 Read Count: 1784
Published: May 15 2009 Updated: May 15 2009 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Spoiling Nice Fish Reviewer: Pink Siamese Signed
So there are potatoes in Middle-earth. How interesting, since they are indigenous to South America. If there are tomatoes as well, I imagine there would be chocolate. I'm wondering just how contact with the Americas happened in Middle-earth...nonetheless, good story. 'Bitter beautiful blood' totally wins the Alliterative Awesomeness of Awesome Description Award. :)

Author's Response: Thanks, Pink! And yes, there are definitely potatoes in Middle-earth. I went and double-checked this scene in the books after our discussion about food - I'd never paid it any attention before, but there we have it, irrefutable proof :-) not sure about the tomatoes, I don't remember a reference to them in the books, although Merry is cooking tomatoes at Weathertop in the film of Fellowship. How contact with the Americas happened could be the subject of a very interesting story...anyway, thank you for the review! :-D
Date: May 15 2009
Summary: What makes us write fanfiction,read the books/see the movies thousands of times over and become incredibly obsessed?
Categories: Off Topic Characters: None
Genres: Essay
Warnings: None
Challenges: Middle Earth Forever!
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 992 Read Count: 1694
Published: Jul 03 2009 Updated: Jul 03 2009 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Why do we love Middle-Earth? Reviewer: Pink Siamese Signed
I think Tolkien's work is so successful for two reasons: one, he loved it and lived it far deeper than any of us ever will and it was the lifelong sweat of his creative brow, and two, he used language as a foundation for culture. In his building of the Elvish tongues from archaic to later dialects, by giving them roots and a proper evolution, he made a nation of races real. Language defines us even as we define it; human reality is sung into life through our use of language. Interweaving that with universal mythic themes created a fantasy so real that it's no longer precisely a fantasy--it's more like a lost land mapped out at the center of the great word pool where we all go down to drink.

Author's Response: I agree with you compltetly. When I first read The Fellowship I was surpised and fascinated that Tolkien created Elvish and other languages. He lived in his work and created a beautiful world.
Date: Jul 03 2009
Summary: Based on statistics from archives and hit counts. Purely relative. No offence meant. Opinions will differ from reader to reader.)
This essay began as a study into trends in fanfiction. It devolved into something sinister. I tried to identify the five major fleshpots of fanfiction. Based on some statistical meanderings, here’s what I have to show.
Categories: Off Topic Characters: None
Genres: Essay
Warnings: First Draft
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2323 Read Count: 2015
Published: Jul 12 2009 Updated: Jul 12 2009 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: Pink Siamese Signed
Awwwww. ::sends hugs:: Thanks! I don't need no stinkin temples. I'm just happy to have readers.

Author's Response: You need temples! Many readers like me are not very forthcoming with fb. It's not fair, is it?
Date: Jul 13 2009
Summary: The West has fallen, Sauron rules Arda, and a lone Elf seeks knowledge for the future. In the Dark Days following the Fall, some still survive, by the strength of their hearts and thier backs. These are their stories.
Categories: Book-verse Characters: Aragorn, Arwen, Bilbo, Boromir, Celeborn, Denethor, Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Eomer, Eowyn, Faramir, Frodo, Galadriel, Gandalf / Olorin, Gimli, Gollum, Gríma, Halbarad, Haldir, Legolas, Merry, Mouth of Sauron, Orcs/Uruk-Hai, Original Character, Pippin, Sam, Saruman, Sauron, The Fellowship, Théoden
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Horror, Tragedy
Warnings: AU (alternate universe), Violence
Series: None
Chapters: 2 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 1240 Read Count: 2823
Published: Aug 19 2009 Updated: Aug 19 2009 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: A Warning to the Reader: Indifferent Death Reviewer: Pink Siamese Signed
One thing: The accents over the E in names like Eomer and Eowyn don't come through; they show up as ellipses (...). I know it's irritating, but it's far easier in the long run to just leave them out.

This is interesting. I like the diary format and the little details--those surrounding Elrond's death were especially chilling. I'm interested to see where you take this story.

Date: Aug 19 2009