|Reviews for Only Human|
| benenator chapter 2 . 3/21/2020
Fair warning: there are some things I feel strongly about and "rant" slightly on, due to a mixture of personal experiences and those of close friends. My criticisms may be a bit harsher than I intend, even when I intend them to be harsh, so if you're the author reading this, please prepare yourself or just skip to the penultimate paragraph.
T'Laren's complete ignorance of asexualityconsidering and calling it a mental disorderwas annoying enough. Not having a libido, or having one but finding the mechanics of sexual intercourse to be disgusting even post-puberty-start, doesn't mean something is wrong with a person. Nor does simply not wanting to deal with the various messes of r/AreTheStraightsOK-level bs people who don't hash out consent, limits, protection, one-time vs longer-term, and such cause.
Defending sexual assault the double standard of finding female-on-male rape funny, and the social isolation of having no support when the victim of a sexual assault? That goes well beyond annoying, it's a red line.
No competent psychologist would tell a victim of sexual assault that it was his or her fault, whether it was a misunderstanding or not. I get that T'Laren is heavily foreshadowed to not be entirely right in the head either with her obsession, so I recognize that it's in-character. It's still a shitty to write without at least some specific content warnings, and a pointlessly painful thing to read unexpectedly.
From the other reviews, I had high hopes for the story; it's well-written and the internal emotional experiences behind Q's depression and suicide attempts are vividly accurate, but I can't bring myself to keep reading this story given these issues. I don't think you should remove themartistic integrity is an important thing too! Just, please, edit in a warning like you put for the suicide themes, so that those who have issues with it and choose to read anyway are at least *making a choice*? Not that such digital self-harm is healthy, duh, but at least it leaves the control in the hands of the reader *before* he or she has a trauma triggered. It's as bad as setting off fireworks by surprise near a shell-shocked veteran.
Ok, I'm done now, those wanting to cry that their anti-"SJW" and "fReE sPeEcHtrauma" is triggered can have their turn screaming into the void now, just let me disinfect the soapbox... :P
Two minor thing that I want to bring to your attention, because up to that point I did like the story: the upload seems to have mangled the italicization formatting. The first sentence of thought-paragraphs isn't italicized, ad is separated from the rest which is. Also, there are random occurrences of the fraction, "3/4", immediately at the end of words sometimes.
I hope that's constructive enough to help the story you want to tell, after the other criticism.
| Ryuno chu chapter 4 . 7/1/2016
I was on the edge of my seat this entire chapter. That was so stressful to read. It was so satisfying to see Q and T'Laren go from being helpless to powerhouses. Usually I find fight scenes to be boring, but you added in the right amount of detail about the relevant things to keep me interested. You really know what you're doing with this story.
I know this hasn't been updated in seven years, but I'm really hoping that you haven't completely given up on it. This is such a unique story and you have absolutely hit the nail on the head. I have loved reading every line of it.
| Ryuno chu chapter 3 . 6/26/2016
I have no idea how you managed to make the science sound so good. It makes me think that you know what you're talking about.
This chapter was great with its many characters. It was very refreshing to see how Q interacted with everyone considering all of their different standings with him. I still find his struggles with being human so fascinating.
It will be quite the adventure to see how he deals with the Ferengi.
| Ryuno chu chapter 2 . 6/23/2016
You make character development into an art. You have a great way of putting in so much information in a way that seems natural and gradual. I love how your characters interact with each other. This story is so entertaining and thought provoking.
| Ryuno chu chapter 1 . 6/23/2016
I love this. It's like no other story I have ever read on this website. You have such a gift for writing Q. The way you capture his character is just perfect. I love how you detail his struggle with being human. It is very believable and I can't wait to see how he develops.
| Katherine chapter 4 . 10/21/2015
This story is a massive, amazing work of art.
| GuesssWho chapter 4 . 9/5/2014
What happened to the stupid kid with the grapes?
| Jaguar chapter 4 . 7/18/2014
Is this story abandoned?
| SugarxPeach chapter 4 . 3/14/2014
This story is nothing short of BRILLIANT, AMAZING, AND AWESOME. Q is one of my favorite characters on Star Trek TNG. This story greatly captures his personality. The depth of the OC really is refreshing. And, so, I must desperately plead for you to finish this great story! You took your time with everything in this great adventure. Please, let us fans know where it will end! This great story deserves that much.
| GuestReviewer chapter 4 . 8/7/2013
Thank you so much for this amazing story! I came across it accidentally but believe me I have never experienced a happier accident!
Your writing style is spectacular and really let's the story flow. I love Q and you wrote him perfectly! Your OC's are great as well and feel as if they are canon characters (albeit in a very un-canon universe obviously! :) )
I really loved everything about this story and it kept me guessing until the very end! It even begs for more (although the ending satisfies me as it is)! I am reading your other stories and loving them as well but this is simply a work of art!
Thanks again for your magnificent story! I have never enjoyed a fanfic as much as this one!
| daxi chapter 4 . 2/25/2013
Absolutely breathtaking! I've haven't been able to put my computer or phone down since I found this amazing story. It's so dark that I feel like I'm drowning in it sometimes which is exactly how it's supposed to be. And that sex scene, god it was so well written and that little glimmer of happiness was just what the story needed. If you'll excuse me, I'm off to browse through everything else you've written :)
| Guest chapter 1 . 9/9/2012
My god...this was a lot of writing!
| Guest chapter 1 . 7/18/2012
| Guest chapter 4 . 11/7/2011
Please continue to write this story! Discovered it, loved it, couldn't set it down until I read it all. It's amazing. The writing style is unique and really allows you to develop theses characters so well. Good Q's are hard to find, but you've done it :)
| Tamuril2 chapter 4 . 10/24/2011
I must admit that this is by far THE best Q story I've read yet. I thought you wrote his character brilliantly, as well as T'Laren's. The writing style you have is very good, not to mention the story plot. Both kept me very intersted the entire time. I've always wondered what it would've been like for Q if he'd remained human longer. Thanks for writing a story that satisfied that curiosity.
Compliments aside, I noticed that it's been two years since you last updated. Please, please don't drop this story. I would really love to see where you take it, though I do understand how life can be when it comes to writing.