This was amazing!! Your time loops all fit around the big emotional drama, all the changes in characters and plot arcs felt right, and the dialogue here is fantastic. I really like how nobody’s emotions were simplified to make things easier and will happily go sequel-hunting or just keep reading through all the work you’ve published here.[Report This]
This fic... where do I even begin? The last few days, every spare moment I had I've been reading it (including some not so spare moments that were supposed to be for sleep). I was sucked in so deep that I didn't really notice time passing, I just needed to know what happened next. You have crafted such an amazing story and I love everything about it from the character/relationship development to all the little in-jokes they have. Great job, thank you so much for sharing it![Report This]
This is one of my favorite stories (though it left me many a sleepless night as I worried about the ultimate fate of all of those pillows :P ). You did a fantastic job with this, really building a relationship with nuances and depth. Great job.[Report This]
I really enjoyed my re-read of this long story! And I will for sure be reading the sequel. I'm looking forward to it.
Things I really enjoyed:
--the basic premise of the story: namely, that the solution for the First Evil provided in Chosen doesn't make sense, and that something else has to be done
--the slow build of trust for Spuffy, especially Henry. I hope he has plot things to do in subsequent stories.
--the Spuffy kids
A few other thoughts:
--treatment of Willow. Honestly, she was shunned so hard, I bet she'd be evil by now. You could drive someone into it, and if i were her, I'd kill them all. I don't mind Willow being dealt with that way, but it felt like they chose to act a certain way towards her and never suffered the inevitable fallout.
--the in-jokes and code between our main characters, while cute at first, eventually become a bit annoying for me. Essentially, I need some kind of code solution spreadsheet to have the least idea about what they're talking about, even in heavily plotted scenes. It started to become hard to buy that anyone would talk that way, even a couple with intimacy issues.
--the final chapters sort of dropped new plot threads on us without adding much to the story. They almost felt like their own separate thing. And the final conflict between Buffy and Spike (she was mad at him for dying) seemed awfully overblown, with both Buffy and Angel acting like it was a big revealable secret. I'm not sure the ending worked for me structurally.[Report This]
I was expecting a comedic romp and got a drama filled adventure. Dam good show. while I have read quite a few time travel fix it fics I do believe this is the first that had the act of going back affect the future of the characters. Now that sounds contradictory but what I mean by it is that the act of going back actually opened up plot lines beyond the end of the show. A lot of the time travel stories have the traveler going back and fixing the things they want changed, but the repercussions of the act never affect the 'Buffy' world beyond the shows ending. I'm probably not explaining it right... but I can't think of a better way to at the moment. So I'll leave it be. On to the Review.
The concept of the story is not original, in that it is about going back in time to stop the rise of The First. The use of Whistler was done very well. A lot of people tend to have him as a throw away character but you built a wonderful backstory around this character. It opened up a path that no one knew 'could' have existed. And he introduced a way to continue the shows narrative past its ending. Agents of the PTB would be an profound paradigm shift for Buffy's life. While the similarities between watchers and the PTB might seem similar the scale on which the two entities operate is so fundamentally different that it actually took me by surprise. The scene when Whistler is explaining 'catching the stones', and later when Buffy realizes that they were in Willow's 'pond'. It really brought into focus the types of games the Powers were playing. It went beyond battle fields and into a realm where metaphor wasn't just a colorful way to express a thought or idea but as literal interpretation of reality. Where being cryptic isn't just for mystery but because there is quite literally no better way to tell someone what it is that's going to happen or needs to happen. Now I'm fanboying it up just a bit but I can't help it. I 'am' a fan. Not only of the show but of you as well. I shall look for other stories you've written, and read those that have been finished. Until next time. Thank you for the story.[Report This]
just read this for the second time I not good with words so I want to re-read it and get my thoughts together :) I love this story I thought it was great! and can't wait for the next installment. the only thing was well I know buffy loves Spike I mean she fought the power for him but it still seem like Spike love Buffy more then she love him. though I really loved this story and will be reading it again :)[Report This]
I absolutely love this from start to finish. I'm not sure if it's your unique spin on the whole Spuffy thing or the compelling style of writing, or maybe the confusing time travel plot with far too many references that suddenly all make perfect sense, but this story is beautiful and definitely one of my favourites. And that much actually was obvious to me after only a few chapters. This is seriously great.
I'm a little conflicted about the characterizations though, or at least about Buffy's characterization. That's not to say that she was portrayed in a bad way - the exact opposite is the case - but I somewhat felt that she wasn't really like I would expect her to be after season 7. Maybe it's just me seeing things differently because I find this Buffy far more believable (and interesting) than the image I had in my mind. Or maybe there was a little more creative freedom involved than I thought it'd be, which again is perfectly fine.
Because this story is great. And I love it. So, so much. Wow.
The Buffy characterization stems primarily from two things: I yanked her out of season seven just before that final, definitive fight and I then gave her the unheard of (in canon) gift of time to reflect and breathe by dumping her in season five. Pretty much everything else grew from that. That approach does admittedly lead to a characterization that simultaneously feels both in and out of canon. Ditto for Spike, really.
This story shouts "Season Five Fix It Fic!" from its rooftop, but the framing of the house is "what happens if the season seven versions of those two characters can (sort of) relax in the relative safety of an old, familiar situation?" Echoes was always more about rewriting Chosen than the The Gift, in both characterization and plot (hence the heavy use of Chosen references at key points, particularly leading into the Glory showdown, and that showdown ending as it did).
Thanks so much for the kind words. Echoes was my first completed multi-chapter fic, and thus holds a special place in my heart, despite the parts of it that make me cringe today. I love that you love it.
One of the best stories I've read in a long time. Compelling storyline, lots of twists to keep you on your toes, great insights into character motivation ... loved the natural growth of the characters as opposed to the sudden "epiphany and instant change" some authors opt for instead ... eagerly anticipating the sequel.[Report This]
Really wonderful story! I can't wait to read the sequel especially after the teaser that is. Christmas at the Folly. So many questions and potential theories are running through my head. You have made several days of being sick in bed infinitely more enjoyable. Keep up the great work and I look forward to reading more in the future.[Report This]
This was an intense story. I enjoy how you played off Spuffy difficult relationship- it feels more canon that they are fitted to be together however they do not handle any aspect of their relationship normally... I can't wait to see any other stories you write
You did such an excellent job on this fic. The story was absolotely ace, and the writing was so fluid it never got in the way. The chracters fit to a T, and I really enjoyed the large ensemble cast and the extra characters you dragged in and/or came up with. You pulled each and every single one off.
Buffy's humour and voice was an excellent continuation from the series. And, the ebb and flow of their relationship felt very realistic. Actually, all of the relationships felt very realistic. Thank you for not turning any of them into two dimensional characters, but reaching for the best in them.
Again, such an excellent job. Well done.[Report This]
I binge-read this for a week. This was sooooooooo good!!!!! Oh my god I couldn't stop reading. I read almost every night until about 5 or 6 am. I kept telling myself "just one more chapter, then sleep" but I couldn't stop until I literally fell asleep reading.
I'm so excited for the sequel omg I hope it comes soon!![Report This]
I've just been back for a total re-read. Still one of my most favouritest stories ever.
Still waiting for the sequel, but now I have Christmas at the Folly to fill the gap a little.
But it's gone 1am here and I need to sleeeeeeeeeeeep, so that'll be for tomorrow.[Report This]
Buffy and Spike are brilliant in this. The way they communicate, and that they aren't perfect, but still somehow click together. I loved the time scoobies, Tara's development in particular. The story didn't let me go for a few days after I finished reading. Thank you so much for writing it![Report This]