Reviews for A Symphony of Light
Arelya chapter 1 . 2/16
This was so very beautiful. So poetic, so light and full of love, I love the way you wrote this piece, so gentle, and one other reviewer had the right term, like an impressionnist, little touches and perfect words. I wish LND had ended this way. I never write reviews, but for your work I simply had to. I was moved to my core. Thank you for this perfect piece.
Navy Babe chapter 1 . 2/13
This is the most beautiful AU of LND. The way you’ve written all the relationships is so spot on and perfect. I especially love the relationship between Erik and the trio - I remember when LND first came out, people criticized that Erik would never open a “freak show,” but I always saw it as his opportunity to create a community and a safe space for people like himself that would have been otherwise abused. You portrayed that wonderfully.

The way you navigated Christine and Erik and Gustave’s relationship was so delicate and perfect. I have read this at least three times in the past two months or so, and every time, I’m struck by the beauty of your language and the little moments that you’ve created here. Thank you so much for this beautiful little story.
La Belle Dame avec Merci chapter 1 . 2/6
Beautiful.
Rewera chapter 1 . 1/19
I don't usually read LND fics... but as I loved another of your work and how beautifully you write (and to be honest, also because, seeing your different works, you and I seem to have the same ships) I was sure you would make honor to those two souls. I was not disappointed. It's brilliant and I loved it. Thank you so much for your wonderful work
AnotherSilentObserver chapter 1 . 12/29/2018
WOW, sfiddy, you've worked magic again!
I loved this story for its poetry, its beautiful use of both music and light imagery, its touches of humour (Erik's feelings towards the nurse, the short dialogue over Gustave being left to sleep in the workshop (priceless, and in character for Erik), Christine's not very subtle experiment in distraction) as well as its bittersweet moments. There are many glorious phrases in this fic: "Christine's arm cradling her young like a pieta", "Fields that gave harvests did not look the same as untamed meadows", "Still lives are still lives", "dragging lips over places where skin had gained character" . You pack a range of feelings and textures into a very few words, with little details carefully crafted within the broader canvas. You write like an Impressionist painter.
Also, your story provides a much, much more satisfying ending to LND than the original, while you've preserved the sense of fun and the bond between Christine and her son which I thought were one of the redeeming features of the show ("Look with your heart" is a great number IMHO, and the Gustave I saw in London opposite Sierra Boggess was so cute it made me want to weep in recognition - my son was a similar age).
The theremin was a neat idea (I'll forgive you the anachronism!)
CharlieBoneFan chapter 1 . 12/19/2018
Cute!
ghostwritten2 chapter 1 . 12/19/2018
I don't often read LND fic, but I'm so glad I read this. Just simply perfect. And beautiful. And LND should have ended with Erik, Christine, and Gustave together as a family.
You Are Love chapter 1 . 12/19/2018
I wish LND had ended this way.
Riene chapter 1 . 12/19/2018
Strong introduction here. I liked how he reacted to her calling his name, to the necessity of doctors but also the attitude of caring for his people, for the ship leaving, for his desire for all the lights on Coney Island.

You gave Gustave a theremin! How cool is that?

Lots of nice bits in here, Christine signing the papers bitterly and her comments, Erik being a "ringmaster," the reflections on family, how he was grateful they were older and a man and woman now, that buds of spring knew nothing comment, comparison of living in the darkness below ground and in dark offices above, her telling him to not think just do. Loved their interlude of lovemaking compared to musical terms.

Great ending, too. Altogether, an excellent piece of writing. Bravo!
cotesgoat chapter 1 . 12/18/2018
This is adorable!
HC247 chapter 1 . 12/18/2018
This is lovely and perfect and I suppose that’s all I can really say, isn’t it?

*insert heart-eyes emoji here*