|Reviews for The Dance of the Macabre|
| Ems4179 1/27/13 . chapter 39
Wow, this has been such a compelling story. I should be working on my own story but I couldn't pull myself away from this.
Rufus was, in my opinion, adorable. Felt so bad for all that he went through - and for Reno too. Even felt a LITTLE sorry for aldrich at the end.
Was actually near tears when I read that Reno went with Cloud but it also made me itch for a decent Reno/Cloud story at the same time as your hints towards the two together were tantalising.
...And now I'm running off to read The Gemini Project. :)
| starry34 6/19/12 . chapter 39
Wow, I don't even know where to begin with this fic. It's bar none one of the best FFVII fics I've ever read, if that's any indication. I had so many feelings over everything, and the whole thing was achieved so masterfully, with gorgeous use of language, emotion and extremely skillful use of point-of-view.
This was basically just totally crazy. First of all, your characterizations were spot-on. F-ing Rufus and all his little sick comments, god, it was so perfect. And Reno. Wow. There aren't a lot of really -good- Reno-centric fics out there, and a lot of them sell him short, in my opinion. I loved the many dimensions you gave to him here, though. I have to admit that when he started to go crazy, I wasn't sure what I thought of it, but it was so fascinating to watch that I kept on and gained so much respect for you as an author over the course of the fic with the way you tied everything today. Reno's emotional issues and weird dissociative states and his completely F'd-up past were beautifully detailed. Seriously. I'm a psych nerd and your accounts of much of his troubles were dead accurate in terms of symptoms and diagnoses. He definitely didn't have multiple personality disorder, which I was extremely impressed and interested to note that you did state in the end of the fic, but so many of his other psychological issues were so gorgeously legit that for a weird, psych-loving freak like me, it was almost orgasmic.
You know, as if all the Rufus/Reno action wasn't enough.
I basically can't give you enough positive feedback on this work. The interpersonal relationships were brilliant, dynamic and unpredictable, and holy crap. You actually introduced OC's that I didn't want to burn in the darkest pits of hell. Well. Maybe some of them, for being sick freaks, but definitely not because they were poorly characterized. I actually really loved Erryn by the end, despite the fact that in my mind everybody should love Reno- no, but on that note, I actually loved that she was so loathe to forgive him because I thought it was more believable that way. And her reaction to his death... I can't.
And that last chapter was a sick little joke (that I loved) in which I cried my eyes out and outright REFUSED to skip ahead to see if Reno had survived because I. Didn't. Want. To. Know. Because it was so much more emotional and gorgeous and heartbreaking and (masochistic) to NOT know, and notice that the little scrollbar was getting further down on its way and he was still dead. Rufus f'ing put me over the edge, though, god, the way he completely lost it broke my heart into like fifteen pieces and then everything else just totally kicked me in the metaphorical balls.
Gosh, I feel like I'm getting way too carried away in this review, but I have so many feelings after reading this and I don't even know if you read your reviews or whatever but for all the fantastic work you put into this piece I think you deserve all the credit and appreciation in the world. Thank you so much for this brilliant fic!
| Gyp Dark 5/16/12 . chapter 25
Absolutely loving this thing, need to take a break from it for a while but I've faved it so I can come back to it and read more. Love love love love love. So dark and bitter, but wonderful nonetheless. Just woooooooooooonderful! Amazing work with Reno, and I loved his relationship with Rude - Rude was very kind to him. OBVIOUSLY loved his relationship with Rufus too, the twisted, unstable, but almost-loving thing that it was. Just fantastic, fantastic, fantastic job. Brilliant! Thanks so much for writing it!
| Yamon 2/29/12 . chapter 25
Wow... they kindo really get psychotic now...
I'm not sure if I like Reno that much fucked up.
It's getting a bit strange and I cannot relate anymore.
And a second personallity is... well I'll see in the next chapters, I guess.
| Yamon 2/27/12 . chapter 8
Your characterization is great.
Reno is acutally not ondimensinal for once!
I'm not sure what to think about Rufus yet.
He is a bastard after all.
| Jevens 11/14/10 . chapter 39
This was my third time reading this fic, and I just have to say, I've read a lot of fanfiction but this is still easily the best story I've ever read.
The depth of the characters, the plot...everything. I've always liked Reno but I never really thought much of Rufus, but after reading this fic I completely fell in love with him.
This is the only story I've read where after I finished it I immediately wanted to go back and read it again.
You should cherish this, it's brilliant, and I'm not exaggerating! Thank you for writing this beautiful story.
| Kyu-Momo 10/4/10 . chapter 39
man that was cool!
Thanks for the awesome rife.
*hugs Reno and Rufus*
| Kyu-Momo 10/4/10 . chapter 22
That was wonderful and incredibly moving.
Excellent Job! (and heh, I was right... )
| Kyu-Momo 10/3/10 . chapter 19
Wow.. just... Beautifully written!
Damn to think what Reno went through... I wonder how much time he went through the torture...? (yeah, the term for that for mad scientists is always "experiment")
Man you wrote his reactions so well!
And poor Reno...
| Kyu-Momo 10/3/10 . chapter 16
Damn... (yay for being repetitive)
But holy.. poor Reno! :(
he's going through hell!
I'm very impressed how you managed not only the torture scenes but the delirium throughout the time. Great job!
Man I am loving this. (and contrary to what it may look like, "Loving" is a word I don't use that often with fanfiction unless it's just that damn good. pat yourself on the back for being awesome!)
| Kyu-Momo 10/3/10 . chapter 15
uh oh... that can't be good! o.o;;
And DAMN... I should have know that Rufus planned that out just to torment Reno. (and awww... That part with Elena was cute! I LOVE how Reno was protecting her! GO RENO!)
I really enjoy the way you've layered the different aspects of Rufus' personality together. Yes, it's generally made out that he's a self centered ass, but never really seems to to be fleshed out a lot.
So, your take on him is a very interesting. In character but also much more than meets the eye. So far he's very complex and intriguing and I can't wait to see how you develop his character!
Well done! (repetitive, yes, but just as true as the first time I typed it. )
| Kyu-Momo 10/3/10 . chapter 14
Oh god, poor Elena! *kicks rufus' ass*
And truthfully, if you had written that she had had to go through with it because of him I would have stopped reading right there.
At least he has SOME slight shred of a heart.
Hm, I wouldn't mind if Tseng killed him.
*kicks rufus' ass again for good measure*
GRRR, that pisses me off!
Man, nicely written.
You captured that well. I rarely get pissed off over fanfic events, (happens occasionally in a few games) but that just hit me right in the heart.
| Kyu-Momo 10/3/10 . chapter 13
Dang.. poor Reno! :(
And DANG, Nicely written!
| Kyu-Momo 10/3/10 . chapter 12
hehe, I REALLY like how you write Cloud too. ;)
LOVE IT, in fact! :D
Cloud lugging Reno around like he weighs nothing more than a cardboard box? Yup, after he single-handedly defeated Sephiroth in AC and given all the Mako he's been drenched with in the past, I am not surprised in the slightest. lol!
oh ho? OH HO! Doth I sense some slight Cloud x Reno in the making?
Why, yes, I believe I do!
Carry on Cloud, Carry on.
May the best blonde for this fic win. ;)
| Kyu-Momo 10/3/10 . chapter 10
Damn, poor Reno.
Talk about having a hell of a day...
I love how you described his predicament through his jumbled thoughts and senses. Nice job!