Reviews for Which Dreams to Follow, and Which to Leave Behind
Tara Lawrence-Stuart chapter 7 . 8/2/2017
Robin, maybe you will never see this comment as this Maxim-Iliad was written 16 years ago. But on the off-chance that you get this, here goes.

I first saw Gladiator at age 64 and then came across yourfelixlegions on the web. Not being the most computer-sharp knife in the drawer, I had never heard of fan fiction. Once I did, I couldn't get slough but was a sharp critic of everything in that genre. There were a few really good ones: Susan, Jo Anzalone's LibrisCrowe, and finally I found your writings. It was addictive. It reflected Maximus's combined quiet strength and ferocity.

Then, a few years later, strangely, for two years in a row on my exact birthday, my computers were hacked. I was satisfied with a flip phone and no computer for years as I was into music and reading books. Now, in short, lately my son has bought me a Kindle Fire with a 10-inch screen and no viruses and cannot be hacked. I was so delighted to still
find your excellent well-written stories. Still Maximus-crazy after all the years, I have taken where I left off.

Normally, alternate endings and some fan fiction read like cheap pulp trash designed only to titillate. But yours is fraught with knowledge of ancient history and you make the characters come alive. I recall that you were in the military in 2001. Correct me if I am wrong. I missed a calling as a critic and regret it. At nearly 80 am enjoying your magnificent depiction of the Maximus. You make him laconic and ironic, laced with humor, true to the man Russell Crowe became to us.
JJJPK chapter 8 . 8/9/2016
Wow. Did that just happen? For real? Awesome piece of writing. I just rewatched Gladiator and fell in love all over again. I've desperately been searching for fics with good plots that aren't written like total crap. In yours I found both. Amazing job capturing Maximus' agony and guilt. You know it's interesting to note that I've always related to Maximus as a person but not the ideals he's fighting for. You did an excellent job depicting what a futile dream Marcus's Rome was. Anyhoo, many thanks sixteen years later, your fic just about saved my life!
Beloved Daughter chapter 8 . 8/7/2012
Another great Gladiator story that I thoroughly enjoyed! Thanks for writing and posting!
kyjori chapter 1 . 7/11/2012
Why are your stories so well written? Must be something in the water. Brilliant writing!
Spaceape chapter 8 . 1/9/2009
you are such a gifted writer! I can't stop reading your stories! too bad I don't like Harry Potter that much and don't know Doctor Who! can't you write some more gladiator stories? that would be great!

this is just another great work of yours!

keep it up!
panther queen chapter 8 . 6/8/2004
This is great! You really have gotten into the

characters' heads.

I read this entire fic nonstop this morning,

and I liked the entire context of the story.

It has a great plot, and it makes for a much

happier ending than the movie Gladiator.

*sniffles* *starts bawling*

Anyway, I highly recommend your story to anyone,

and I hope to R & R any other stories you have

posted on . You really do have a lot of

writing talent!
Anna M chapter 8 . 9/29/2002
Very well written and exciting. Thank you for writing this.
Anna M chapter 4 . 9/29/2002
Good twist. Desiree is a well written character.
Anna M chapter 2 . 9/29/2002
Nice action in this chapter. I like that Quintus saved him. Watching the movie I felt sorry for the poor guy.
Anna M chapter 1 . 9/29/2002
Very good so far. Interesting twists. My only nit is that I swore Quintus was the one who told Maximus that his wife and son would be killed. Of course, your story is AU, so he might not have known.

I like this story so far.
Lassiter i am signed signed i am chapter 1 . 7/30/2002
I've read a couple others of your Gladiator fics, "Marcus Writes" and the beginning of "Legacy of Rome". Impressive, I must say. I think it strikes me more because I've spent an inordinate amount of time reading bad writing in the Music Groups category, and that your quality made a sudden impact. I salute you. You write characters well, I think; they're believable and don't seem forced. Anyway, I'm off to read the rest of this story.
Matt chapter 8 . 5/3/2001
Unlike the other piece that I have read today, I found this one both excellent and horribly mis-aimed. There is too much focus on the angst-for though you're right, epics are built on these things-and not enough on honor. For if Your Maximus were truly honorable, the solution that took you so long to get to would never have happened because vents would have played out differently (and far earlier). In military parlins, he would have made a strategic withdrawal from a word given under duress. Great characters, and terrible politics/strategy, and Maximus would have been the first to tell you so.
Joanne chapter 8 . 2/9/2001

Wow! You have done a magnificent job! You said you had talent to get into the heads of the characters. You get into their souls. The story carried the same depth of emotion and meaning, if not more than the movie. Incredible! I hope you continue writing. I'd like to read much more from you! Let me know where I can find it! Thank you!

Guest chapter 8 . 2/3/2001
dis waw a good story... i lub it...
Alien Angie chapter 8 . 1/31/2001
Nice work. i like the way that you wrapped it up. Its kind of crushing though that Rome failed as a republic (poor max!) this is brilliant though (thanks for the history lesson!)

Oh, by the way, I love the line: "The dream of Rome is still alive.

We Live in the Hearts of Those We Leave Behind." its kinda cool.
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