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Reviews For Harvester of Sorrow
This is outstanding! So much in a short ficlet - intense, wrenching, visceral. There's an immense and primal beauty in the brutal imagery (<= must be the DM talking here ;^)) of Shaghkar considering the dying elf-man, and then without compassion, but just doing what an orc's gonna do, putting him out of his misery.
I love the style you've used to take the reader right into Shaghkar's headspace. The syntax absolutely works.
Then...the coda. OMG. I didn't see that coming, and it was a punch in the gut. So to speak. ;^)
In short, a fabulous ficlet that highlights your formidable writing talent!
Author's Response: Wow! Thank you tons for your wonderful review. OMG, I'm overwhelmed, in a good way :D Thank you. Oshun's help was invaluable here :) I'm sp happy that my idea worked. Thank you!
Binka, this was incredible! The voice is perfect, the pacing relentless (in a good way, of course!) I was rivetted. It's a short piece, but wow, it packs a punch. Bravo!
Author's Response: Thank you, Dawn! Thank you for reading and reviewing :) I'm happy that you think so!
Oh poor Aegnor! What a terrible way to end--and yet Shaghkar isn't even particularly cruel, just being a good orc! In fact, I think you did an extremely good job with Shaghkar's characterization and his POV.
You did great things with the prompts and I love the ending, with the fragment of the letter. (Of course, I can't help wishing Aegnor had managed to send it...!)
Author's Response: Thank you! Thank you so much for reading and reviewing. I'm so happy that I did a decent job with Shaghkar's POV (another OC I can use elsewhere ;)). Oshun helped me a lot with it, I need to credit her here. And of course, I too wish Aegnor had found a way to send this letter to Andreth, oh well, romantic me... Thank you! :D
Binka! This is a staggeringly magnificient story told is so few words. I am thrilled that I was able to assist you with the Beta. (I recall grumbling to you that it is a hard genre to write well--I still believe that is true--but you triumphed and made it look easy.) It's a fine line to draw, to take the genre of dark fic, while being relentless in your realism, you manage to strip it of any sense of cynicism and make your readers cry. So harsh is this story in its reflection of this grim reality while remaining such a warm and human piece. OMG! The ending is a crescendo of tragedy and romanticism communicated in this so unexpected story form.
It's beautiful. The original canon manages to fill a huge canvass while barely mentioning these characters--the younger sons of the House of Finarfin, the love story told in the “Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth,” and the intriguing question underlying it all for me is various ties and mentions of possible connections between the Finarfinwean princes and the sons of Feanor, geographically in Middle-earth and dating back to a possible personal connection Valinor.
You drawn upon the geekish reader, who is aware of all of these threads, and play their hearts strings so well, and yet meanwhile grab the imagination of other readers who do not necessarily know very much at all about the circumstances or the characters.
I happen to have quite my own reasons for being drawn to Aikanaro and Andreth (I do love a grand and tragic love story!). And I adore them as individuals--his role as one of the valorous defenders along the first lines of the barrier between Morgoth and the peoples to the south and Andreth as an outstanding female leader of her people, the wise-woman and ntellect who easily holds her own in an argument with Finrod Felagund (holds her own, if not triumphs!).
Beautiful use of canon. Hope to see more from you in the future.
Author's Response: Oh my Eru, I don't even know what to say. Since I got your review yesterday, been wondering how to thank you, and I still don't know. Especially that I wasn't really sure about this story. It was a sudden idea, but maybe those are the best in my case ;) Not those carefully planned and thought out. I'm beyond happy and grateful for all your help and support in the process of writing "Harvester" and for each and every of your generous comments. Thank you so, so much once again. (((hugs)))
Gah, the second time I am reading this and the end still gives me that blow, the thought of what if Aegnor survived. Would he really..?
And this line sums up the battle of the Sudden Flame so well:
Stormy eyes lost their haze. Focused on Shaghkar. Sent him threat. Flame. Anguish.
But you know, as a SWG challenge writer you often wonder how people will react to what you come up with, but to see these combined and the outcome of it: just stunning, so well done Binks!
Author's Response: My inner, hopeless romantic tells me that Aegnor would... But, eh... This was such a sudden idea that wouldn't let me go until I wrote it down. I was afraid though it would be too, you know, violent, gory, and stuff. I'm really happy that it works for you! Thank you once again for so kind words. It feels like a birthday to me :D