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Master list of my review re-post and recs project (authors in order of posting)

List with links to journal entries under cut )
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Seventeenth review re-post, the second today and the last in the series (apologies to those authors I did not manage to include).

This last review is of Clodia's Tales of Older Days, which is thoroughly wacky and thoroughly wonderful. And she has hinted there might be a continuation one day!

Link to story on fanfiction.net: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5796082/1/Tales_of_Older_Days

MEFA review under cut (spoilers) )

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Fifteenth review re-post (the second one today: as I explained in my last post I'm running out of days for this project): Spring Cleaning by Russandol, a story that is irreverent in the very best sort of way and a great deal of fun into the bargain!

Link to story on SWG: http://www.silmarillionwritersguild.org/archive/home/viewstory.php?sid=1255

MEFA review under cut (spoilers) )
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The last couple of posts in this series are coming up. It's not that I'm running out of talented authors to praise! But I'm running out of days for this project.

Fourteenth review re-post: "Into the Realms of Ulmo" by Dwimordene, the story that made me really believe in Sea Longing and understand Tuor so much better!

Link to story on SWG: http://www.silmarillionwritersguild.org/archive/home/viewstory.php?sid=1131

MEFA review under cut (?spoilers) )

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Thirteenth review re-post: Carmina Brethilia by Robinka, another WIP that I hope so much will be finished one day. Robinka can always be relied on for a fascinating portrayal of the Sindar, especially Beleg. This work also contains intriguing glimpses of the Haladin and strong, interesting OFCs.

Link to story on SWG: http://www.silmarillionwritersguild.org/archive/home/viewstory.php?sid=1324

Review under cut (spoiler alert) )

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Twelfth review re-post: A Rose By Any Other Name by Pandemonium_213, a story that is clever, inventive and very funny, not to mention delightful...

Link to story on SWG: http://www.silmarillionwritersguild.org/archive/home/viewstory.php?sid=1280

MEFA review under cut (spoilers) )
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Eleventh review re-post: In Mordor, Where the Shadows Are by Marta, a story that will give you plenty to think about but also a moving portrait of Elrond and especially of his friendship with Gil-galad.

Link to story on AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/series/7747

MEFA review under cut (spoilers!) )

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Tenth review re-post: Breaking Bread by Elleth, a deeply moving story that shows the damaged and the hurt beginning to reach out to each other.

Link to story on SWG: http://www.silmarillionwritersguild.org/archive/home/viewstory.php?sid=1197&chapter=9

MEFA review under the cut (spoilers!) )

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The second of today's combined review re-posts and birthday greetings.
The review re-post is of A Powerful Absence by CuriousWombat, a most powerful story about the powerful absence that is death that nevertheless is not without its hopeful aspects.

I hope you are having a wonderful day, CuriousWombat! Many happy returns!

Link to story at Twisting the Hellmouth: http://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-23838/curiouslywombat+A+Powerful+Absence.htm

MEFA review under cut (spoilers!) )

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One of two review re-posts today due to two birthdays on my f-list:

This one is for Cost by Grey Gazania, an intense and compelling triple drabble that considers the shifting feelings of Maedhros toward his brothers Celegorm and Curufin.

Happy Birthday, Grey Gazania! Wishing you all the best and much inspiration for the coming year!

Link to story on SWG: http://www.silmarillionwritersguild.org/archive/home/viewstory.php?sid=946

MEFA review under cut (spoiler alert!) )

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Seventh review re-post: The Tempered Steel by Lyra. I can think of at least three WIPs of Lyra's that I would very much like to see continued, but as The Tempered Steel features Maedhros and Fingon in Mithrim it is probably obvious why I picked this one for the review re-post series. (Yes, I am suffering from withdrawal symptoms.)
The review is a MEFA review written in 2010, but I think what I wrote then holds true of the later chapters as well.

Link to story on SWG: http://www.silmarillionwritersguild.org/archive/home/viewstory.php?sid=904
MEFA review (low on spoilerific details) )

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Sixth review re-post:  "Istari, circa 1040 Third Age" by Huinare, an unusual and appealing tale of the newly-fledged (or newly-reduced) wizards trying to find their feet in Eriador. Sadly, this WIP has stalled a little, but it is believed that Olorin may be willing to arrange for further chapters to be written if bribed with a sufficient number of glasses of miruvor.
(My review was a B2MeM review for chapters 1-11.)

Link to story on MPTT: http://www.lotrgfic.com/viewstory.php?sid=2020

B2MeM review under cut )
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Fifth review re-post: Five Bells by Dawn Felagund. What to say? There can never be enough fic by Dawn; we are always waiting to devour her next story...

Link to story on SWG: http://www.silmarillionwritersguild.org/archive/home/viewstory.php?sid=1067

MEFA review under cut. (Spoilers!) )

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Fourth review re-post: The Noon-tide Night by Agelast (Moetushie, Zeen). So maybe you're inclined to feel that Maedhros and Fingon in Space is just a gimmick--but the transposition here works astoundingly well and she does very interesting things with the sci-fi aspect of it! And Maedhros and Fingon are desperately sad even in Space...

Link to story on SWG:

Somewhat breathless review under cut )

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Third review re-post: Keiliss's Secret Garden, her story for the OEAM Big Bang, another story which will be continued, I hope!
Watch out for those plants; they might be RIGHT BEHIND you! Also, you will never guess who...
(This review was a B2MeM review of the first chapter and prologue. So it contains fewer spoilers--comparatively, for I'm hardly ever spoiler-free--but is a bit more incoherent than the MEFA reviews.)

Link to story on AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/346534?view_full_work=true

B2MeM review )
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Second review re-post: Elfscribe's "King Thingol's Codpiece", a truly amazing fic about a truly amazing garment (not safe for work!). She said (at the time) she might consider writing a sequel. I hope she does!

Link to story on SWG: http://www.silmarillionwritersguild.org/archive/home/viewstory.php?sid=1183

Re-posted MEFA review under cut:

Spoiler alert! )
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One of my two midwinter projects: re-posting one longer review of mine each day, if I can manage it, and reviews of as many different authors as I can manage. These will chiefly be MEFA reviews (because they tend to be long!), but not only MEFA reviews. Ideally, I would be writing new ones, of course, but I don't think I'm up to that at the moment.

First up, Oshun's "No Justice to Yourself", definitely one of the most fascinating stories ever to emerge from an unlikely pairing requested at a fic swap!

Link to story on SWG: http://www.silmarillionwritersguild.org/archive/home/viewstory.php?sid=651

MEFA review under cut (Spoiler alert!) )

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I've now reached and passed my minimum review goal of ten reviews. I've  reviewed all the stories I managed to nominate, plus a couple others. All of these are ten-score reviews (in non-MEFA speak, they are long). There are thirty stories still on my wish-list, not including the ones eaten by the wish-list bug, which I haven't retrieved yet, as I only just realized there had been one.
I didn't get any notification that I had reached my set review goal or of the author responses to my reviews. I'm not sure whether the system doesn't do them or whether that's just me and my agressive spam filter.

Posting the first three reviews under the cut. I'm considering cross-posting some of these to the Recommendations section of Faerie later, as I've discovered the site allows off-site recommendations. (It also calls them "Recommendations", not "Favourites", which I prefer, as it's less hierarchical.)

Reflections by Angelica
The Feast of Reuniting by Oshun
Introspection by Lyra

The above titles link to the stories on SWG. The MEFA site (if you want to go and vote for those stories) is here. (And is anyone else annoyed by the fact that there seem to be no links from the Reviews You Have Written section back to the reviewed stories?)

Please assume that all my reviews contain spoilers.

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The following is an expanded version of my review of this story at the SWG Archive.

Robinka's story Carmina Brethilia is posted here: http://www.silmarillionwritersguild.org/archive/home/viewstory.php?sid=1324
It forms part of her Season of Writing Dangerously project.
For the SoWD, see here:

[Warning for possible spoilers]

This story is an unusual take on an unusual subject--and as such highly interesting!

The protagonist, as often in Robinka's stories, is Beleg. But not necessarily the same Beleg  we  already know: this, I suspect, is one of the toughest Belegs around.  Although very much a Sinda and in touch with nature, he seems unusually robust and soldierly. (So does Robinka's Mablung.) This is definitely a Beleg who has spent a lot of his time patrolling the borders against orcs and other malefactors, dealing with a merciless enemy. Yet Robinka's Beleg by no means lacks a heart; he has a knack with children and is ready to sympathize with the young and weak.

Read more... )
Chapter One deals with the run-up to the battle. As such it begins cheerfully, even humorously, but the tension mounts and in the description of ugly incidents such as happen in real war, Robinka pulls no punches. She should be strongly encouraged to write the next chapter and give us the battle itself.

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