Stuff that I find useful to copy-and-paste, so I don't have to search for it in my email.
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I'm sorry, but I've deleted your post to the "Want a Review?" thread in the "Gossip Forum". If you look above in the thread, you'll see that we have mandated that all review requests include a list of piece(s) the posting member has already reviewed.
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Thank your understanding why we need to do this.1/17/2010 . Edited 1/23/2010 #1
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Links are easy: In the reading window for the work, click on the address bar and press Ctrl-C to copy it. Write the name of the work, highlight it, then click on the 'chain' symbol next to the 'Styles' pulldown in the toolbar. In the resulting window, press Ctrl-V to paste the URL into the 'URL' field. Press [Enter], and you're done.
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- To see what you recently reviewed, go to Login | Reviews | Review History. This can help you summarize your recent reviews when posting your review request.1/23/2010 #2
"I've been told that I don't have a lot of common sense. But traveling with a group of bloodthirsty, trigger-happy cannibals seems a little crazy, even for me... Rated for heavy violence and language."
Good opening, though 'cannibals' may be giving away too much. Maybe make up a name that they're called in this wasteland, akin to how Firefly/Serenity has 'Reavers'?
"The sixth reason is... ah, hell. Need I go on?"
I'd stop at three, though I can see why you need to use the previous five to establish the setting, both the post-nuke landscape and the man.
"Sure, why not?"
I like the humor in this scene. This is just me, but I'd like it to be a little more frequent - her mental monologue is pretty dry, and there's opportunity for peppering it with more evidence of her snarky way of thinking.
"There's a woman sitting in the passenger seat up front; I hadn't noticed her before."
I'm having a hard time envisioning here. See if you can follow why I'm confused:
1. He has a rifle across his back. I was thinking motorcycle, or something else with a backless seat (no, not a horse.)
2. It's a Jeep, she can see something on the back seat, and he has goggles on to 'ward off the wind'. Okay, it's an 'Army-ish' jeep - open top, jump seats, no doors. I'm thinking of the jeeps from WW II films. How is he sitting with a rifle between his back and the seat, I'm not sure.
3. Wait, there's a lady in the front seat? Okay, it's now a 'modern' jeep - doors, hardtop. Basically an SUV with jeep stylings. How did she not see the lady before? Maybe the windows are tinted? That would make the cabin dark when she and he are talking. But how'd she see the stinky bags? Maybe the window was down, both allowing here to see, and smell, them?
Long story short, I don't have a clear idea of the scene, and I wonder if the author does as well. There's something to say for letting the setting unfold, but it's also important that these questions don't break the reader's flow
"If I had any common sense at all I'd probably want to stay on edge, but since I don't, I decide to take a nap instead. What can I say? It's been a long couple of days."
Here, I'm losing the feel for the character. The flashes of sharp humour make her seem very savvy and streetwise. She has five-plus reasons to not trust the driver, and she naps?
I realize she probably is exhausted, but the telling seems far too nonchalant, as if she either doesn't know, or doesn't care about the danger.
"The blue-haired Asian mute..."
Wait. When the MC awoke, she saw them having a 'quiet conversation.'
The author may know that the blue-hair is indeed mute, but that knowledge has not yet been revealed to the MC. In fact she narrated the opposite. Especially in a first-person story, it's critical to keep a running inventory of what the MC has seen/heard/etc.
"Where are they?" the woman murmurs. Her voice is so quiet I can barely catch it, and as flat and emotionless as her face.
Oh, she's not mute. But, on the plus side, I have an easy time envisioning her.
"Maybe that something is what normal people call common sense./But like I've said, I don't have a whole lot of that."
Very good close. I like the humour - I just wish it was more common in her narrative. (Though, her description of the hog bags' stench was amusing.)
I have a good idea of her character - she's small, she has a beanie, and a lot of guts. Oh, and holes in her shoes. I don't need to have the whole character in the first chapter, so this is a great start.1/9/2012 . Edited 1/9/2012 #3
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