|Reviews for Dazzleland|
| Lisa Paris chapter 10 . 2/29/2008
What can I say that hasn't been said?
I read this, my heart breaking for Dean. The whole Sam leaving for Stanford issue has always made me sad and angry by turns. I understand why he needed to go, but I still want to punch his lights out!
What I especially loved about this, was your handling of the John and Sam relationship. Dear lord, these two are so alike. And Dean . . . Dean stuck in the middle. All that pain and suffering in silence.
Just a fabulous story - I think I ran through a whole gamut of emotions whilst reading it. Boy, do we always hurt the one's we love . . .
| JazzyIrish chapter 10 . 1/26/2008
Wow, another fantastic story. This one was hard to read because when Sam leaves Dean for college, it is the most heartbreaking time in Dean's life. I thought you handled it very well - Dean could see it coming, but it didn't make it hurt any less. I knew that reading about it, seeing it, would break my heart in two as well - and it did. The aftermath you describe is intriguing - John and Dean, both broken, take up hunting with a vengeance, to fill the void that Sam's leaving caused.
Again, I loved the intertwining of the two time-frames in the story, each shadowing events from the other. The final chapter was especially poignant as all of the boys' losses and pain come full circle and they have to deal with them in their own way. Niagra Falls with all of its power and dazzle was a perfect setting for this tale. Loved all your OCs - especially poor Toad. I think that without his inner strength and determination, Sam could have ended up like him. Perhaps Sam knew it too.
There is so much to digest to give this tale the review it deserves. Suffice it to say that it is brilliantly written - as all of your stories are. I'm almost up to "Fire in the Hole" - can't wait. Thanks for sharing your amazing talents with us. Until next time...
| Shannz chapter 10 . 11/17/2007
**Somewhere between Nashville and Knoxville you lost an hour, and Dean always hated that, felt like he was getting ripped off in cosmic terms.**
I think this line in ch 1 is when I realized I was going to be okay with this fic. I've read most - if not all - of your other work but this and Fire I just couldn't bring myself to read. I have issues with the whole Sammy leaving for Stanford and Dean not being whole without him ...thing. I know there are lots of good fics out there about this time, but for me, just couldn't go there. I enjoy angst as well as the next person - but this time period I just didn't want to deal with. I finally made a point to get past it and to check out this fic of yours.
After reading your other work (Red is my fave btw) I knew this would be good. Your writing continues to amaze me as well as the amount of research and detail that you put into your stories. The back and forth between the timelines never got confusing and really added to the level of emotional angst. I think one of the things that made this easier for me to read was the fact that Sam so wanted Dean to go with him when he left. The fact that he at least thought of that, even day dreamed about it, really eased a little ache in me for Dean.
Anyways - now, do I dare read Fire? :D I don't know how I cannot. I think i'll take a day or two to recover from this. Lovely work. Amazing talent. Keep writing.
| Tari Roo chapter 10 . 10/9/2007
As evidence of the shriveled, bruised, broken, mangled state of my poor heart, I would send you a picture, but its kinda gross and well, impossible, so ... in the words of Sam Beckett, 'Oh boy.' (with lots of loaded angst, heart and melodrama).
Bloody hell, woman - this time I did actually cry. Much muttering there was and unrequited need to just ... do something... for Dean and Sam.
Words of briallance, plot of cliffhangers and characters so flipping staggeringly good... even that sick Billy... sigh... how the hairy hell do you do it? (hard work, probably : ))
If I didn't love reading your writing so much, i'd be tempted to confiscate Dean for his and mine own good and just general well-being. (but I can't... I'm hooked!)
| WaltzMatildah chapter 3 . 8/23/2007
'The only thing you really got a good view of from America was Canada. No wonder the Ontarian city was a faux-jeweled neon whore next to the ugly duckling sister across the border, not a ten-minute walk across the Rainbow Bridge.'
Onward and upward I go...
Like always...loving it so far...
| November'sGuest chapter 10 . 6/5/2007
Gasp. Chokes. But does not blubber...it goes deeper than that, this kind of misery, don't you think? I'm rather speechless, but always captivated by your work. Always. Maybe even a little dumbstruck awe. :)
| Jennygeee chapter 10 . 5/22/2007
Amazing story! I read it straight through last week and didn't have time then to review. I love all your fics especially 'Red' and now I see you have started another...Yes!
I liked the way you had to two time periods in the one fic, it worked very well and must have been very difficult. I'm really glad that Ms Simon didn't die and that Sam and Dean managed to save her.
| xsilicax chapter 10 . 5/19/2007
I'm still a little bit stunned by the sheer unrelenting trauma that everyone in this fic suffered. I loved it, don't get me wrong, but I've just read this in one sitting, and it's really dark in places.
I found it very interesting dealing with a Dean who is out of control, and a Sam who is 'brothering' him. That's the biggest change I found from the first to the second season; Sam's coming into his own, while it is Dean who is lost and searching for reasons. This is one of the first fics I've found that actually portrays that effectively.
I LOVED your characterisations. I thought you progressed Sam and Dean well, and there was a distinctive evolution which worked within and without the episodes. Your OCs were extremely real and compelling. I was no less interested in them than in the Winchesters.
The merging of time periods worked well, and I felt sympathy for all three Winchesters when Sam left, which is hard to write without any one person being at fault.
Basically I loved it! Sorry for the ramble!
| NathMG chapter 10 . 4/10/2007
Wow! I'm sorry that I didn't review all the chapters. Honestly, I was waiting for you to finish before reading this. "Red" is one of my all time favorite stories, and I knew this one would be great as well.
It was gut wrenching and so intense. I really think you achieved what you set out to do in building that bridge between "Crossroad Blues" and "Croatoan". I love this exploration into Dean's soul. He is such an incredible character. I so want him to be able to open up to Sam, but it's so hard to get him there. Anything he lets slip out is so guarded and difficult to get to that you almost need to get some rest afterwards to recover.
I love the relationship between the brothers in your story. Sam seems to know Dean so well. He's really tuned into him and can read him like a book(with a few of the pages missing..)
The back story of how Sam came to leave for college was heartbreaking, and the hint of how bad things were when he left has me really hoping that you'll do a story that gives us a bit of that background. I'm also curious as to wether or not Billy will return...
Really awesome story. Can't wait for your next one.
| chrissie0707 chapter 10 . 4/1/2007
Sometimes my tardiness even amazes me. A thousand apologies.
*...and then remembering Mr. Winchester as Sam, as a tall gangly kid with a sheepish smile and a Thoroughbred’s skittish temperament at the starting gate.* This is a particularly vivid lil piece of imagery, because I watched the Dubai World Cup yesterday, and Premium Tap didn't want to get into the gate. So I can picture Sam as that horse.
*Aw, Sammy. Jesus, see what happens?* For whatever reason, this stuck out to me. I like the thought, just very in characer I suppose.
*Sam cleared a throat suddenly Gobi dry. “Stop it.” It was begging; it came out as though Sam was the one being strangled. “Just let them-”
“Your brother here? He tried to hold it together after you left. That’s what he always did, right? Just held the center while you and your dad went at it. You’ve never asked him about those months, shit those years, have you? It was a fucking bloodbath, what happened, after you left, the shit they killed. Him and your dad. Dean was actually happy that you’d gotten out, that you were making something-”
“Shut up!” That wasn’t begging. Not anywhere close to it.*
This really got me.
The whole chapter, and story, was very emotional. I was THIS close to crying, really REALLY close. You did a marvelous job with the story. I really think that it lends a wonderful insight into the way things are and, not the way they might have been, but the way they WERE.
I really, really enjoyed the story, and I'm sad to see it end. Awesome work.
| sams1ra chapter 10 . 3/29/2007
Next comes fluff? So there's more? Squee!
| geminigrl11 chapter 10 . 3/28/2007
Painful and scary and raw and just amazing, amazing storytelling. As always. You just never cease to awe me.
And I'm so glad you had the brothers reunited at the end, despite the turmoil throughout. Reunited is where the must always be, accroding to the Gem Doctrine).
I am SO psyched for you that you are going to the Falls finally! You DESERVE to go, after all the hard work and research you put in. And hopefully, it will live up to every expectation. Can't wait to hear all about it (I mean it - email me!). And give my regards to Tesla.
Thank you for another fantastic tale!
| EagleGirl6 chapter 10 . 3/28/2007
Sorry I've been lax in reviewing... no excuse really. But I did recruit another reader for you:) On a road trip, my bored 13-yr old son read chapters 9 & 10 that I had printed - and enjoyed it! Your fanbase is diversifying.
I thought you used all the violence very wisely in the telling of your story; I didn't find it excessive, just necessary. I must be honest though, being the happy-ending lover that I am, I was a little - not quite disappointed - curious about the way you ended this. Then I read your final A/N and I realized that you did exactly what you set out to do and that you are indeed brilliant.
Have fun on your trip, and bring back lots of ideas for more stories! Thank you very much for Dazzleland and I'm greatly looking forward to the next one:)
| IheartPadalecki chapter 10 . 3/26/2007
Omg I loved that! Absolutely loved it!
| Winter1066 chapter 10 . 3/26/2007
NO! It's over and there's nothing left for me to read! OK hurry up and write another ;-)