|Reviews for When Heroes Go Down They Go Down Fast|
| Beans chapter 12 . 11/11/2013
Oh, how I wish I had watched SPN sooner so I could've read this before now. I loved everything about it, and read anxiously over the course of the weekend. Well-written OCs are some of my favorite things, and there were plenty to go around here, and I actually cried a few times. I loved the transition from present time to flashbacks; it flowed perfectly and provided a little suspense, but without being too confusing. This is definitely a fic that I'll remember, and probably come back to reread later. Thanks for writing it! : )
| Von chapter 12 . 9/23/2013
Damn awesome story. Thank you.
| shookenuppepsi chapter 12 . 9/21/2013
Beautiful. I want to print this out, bind it, and put it in a place of honor on my bookshelf. You went beyond the call of fanfic in capturing the essence of the Supernatural characters, creating OCs that were just as real, as flawed, and as perfect. I'll remember this story. Of course I will, it would be impossible to forget it.
| Helen chapter 12 . 9/15/2013
| 7Many chapter 12 . 10/21/2012
Well, I'm three years late to the party, but I hope this'll still reach you. (I tried to comment on your lj, but I found myself in a conundrum as to how, and decided that ff was just easier. Anywho, I'll confess that I didn't actually /read/ this - I listened to the audiofic by jinjurly. I have no idea if I would have gotten the same reactions reading this rather than listening, but I'll say that I nearly cried like a baby at some parts. (I didn't, mind you. Emotions of steel and all that. But damn, you got me close, and ouch, my stomach hurt after certain scenes.)
It's really something preternatural (that's a special word I only throw out to my favorite stories simply because I get such a kick out of it/how it relates to SPN) when an author can take the SPN world and still create their own little niche inside of it - I haven't read many of them, at least. And jeez, it's even harder to find those types unless I'm feeling like wincest.
It was a very rounded-out story, and I don't feel like you had a single character that wasn't beautifully crafted to their necessary importance. This was a joy to read/listen to, and I hope that your writing skills have grown and become even more prodigious in these past three years.
| Emmers224 chapter 12 . 11/7/2011
Ohmygoodness! This is CRAZY amazing! Words cannot describe. I loved it! The angst, the loss, the whole end of civilization as we know it, Sam, Dean, Andy and all of the other fabulous characters you ingeniously created, the struggle both brothers went through...this was verrrry well done, cleverly thought out and wonderfully addicting to read! Terrific job! :) I'm honored to add it to my favorites!
| Lilly Emerald chapter 1 . 4/2/2011
Just found this story and it may take me a long time to read...but i will get there!
| colorvoid chapter 1 . 6/6/2010
As you know I've already posted this review over on livejournal but I figured it wouldn't hurt to throw a (slightly shortened) version up over here as well...I didn't even realize your stories were on here! This is a story I'll be coming back to time and time again...I also think might be one of my five favorite fics in the fandom...it's definitely my favorite apocalyptic fic alongside oselle's Lazarus Came Forth :D.
The heart of this tale is focused on Sam wrestling with the memories of his time as a brainwashed soldier of the demon and his inner struggle to find himself worthy of redemption. It’s clear that he could not have prevented this change (it is presented as a “switch” that the demon turns on in the special childrens’ brains) but the fact that he slaughtered many innocent people – and enjoyed it – still remains. This idea is fundamentally fascinating because of the incongruity – it was still Sam who did those things despite the switch, and it is Sam who is horrified at his own actions now. It provides the story with a genuine moral conundrum that plays out without the use of easy answers and feels rooted and invested in a larger picture than most fanfiction. As a result, the story carries itself to harder and more complex places than the show has gone.
The characters in When Heroes Go Down feel psychologically complex and every character, minor or major, comes off as dimensional with a personality you can describe. More impressive yet, the story feels sprung out and evolved from these characters rather than the other way around. From the first sentence to last, the author sketches out the characters as convincing human beings who remain true to their natures down to their last breath and as a result, this story holds two of the biggest emotional wallops I’ve yet to experience in a fanfiction story. The author’s grip on the psychology and motivations behind a person’s actions is astonishing. This does not mean they do not act in surprising ways. In fact, the characters frequently surprise me in their actions but in a testament to their dimensionality, I understand the mentality behind every single decision they make, after the fact. Subtext in the dialogue is effortless in the story and the juxtaposition between what the characters think and what they say engages me on a level I rarely find in any piece of fiction.
I hope this doesn’t give the impression of an Impenetrably Insightful Piece of Literature because while it is artistic and insightful, it’s never pretentious or hard to follow. While it follows a basic on-the-road mentality, the twists and turns in that context are sharp, sudden, and shocking and this story will slam into you on a visceral level. It swings on a wide pendulum of emotions and tone and it can be poignant, gritty, comedic, vicious, naturalistic, terrifying, hopeful, blissful, heartbreaking, or grim at any given moment – and often a heady combination of these contrasts – but it is always engaging and impressive and frequently profound.
| Emzii-luvs-SPN chapter 12 . 2/11/2010
This story is wonderful! You have a real talent x
| Liz Bach chapter 11 . 1/18/2010
I just read your story for the second time, and the site wouldn't let me review chapter 12 twice, so I'm reviewing chapter 11 this time. o)
Supernatural fanfic has been pretty miserable as of late, so I was delving into some of my past favorites, and your story continues to top my list. Especially in light of the direction the show has traveled these past couple seasons.
This is truly the type of direction I wish the show had taken, and that I'm convinced Kripke intended when he first sat down to map out his series. I don't buy for a minute that the show remains on its original path. Not the way it's tripped and fallen over itself to make Dean fit into the story in a way that some fans would consider a "larger" role. And certainly not the way it's tarnished and - in many ways - ignored Sam and pretty much twisted and marginalized what I believe to have been his original role. But enough whining about what the show has become and no longer is.
Your story is epic to me. It is beautifully written and so intelligently and painstakingly crafted. Your description is masterful. Your dialogue is so real and believable in a world that is so unreal and unbelievable, which just says so much about your ability to make someone completely suspend their disbelief and become immersed in the world you've crafted. THIS - what you've written - is the Apocalypse. It's so desolate and desperate and painful, and yet - as you wrote - there is hope. Sam is hope.
I love how you've treated the character of Dean. I love that we view things through his point of view, because I believe his voice is so honest and raw. This is HIS story to tell. It's about Sam and about how much he loves his brother and about the Apocalypse and about a demon army and about all of them (you make me care so much about your original characters I can't even explain to you how painful it was to watch them suffer), but it's also about Dean telling it. THAT is what makes Dean so important. He has both this vital role in the storyline and a vital role as storyteller that they could have completely maintained on the show, but they failed to achieve.
Technically, you're an incredible writer: Your word choice always appropriate (so many SPN fanfic writers just absolutely butcher the English language - like, seriously, they don't know what words mean and just use them in all sorts of crazy contexts), your use of metaphors and similes always subtle and/or powerful - whichever they need to be when you use them - (you never hit us over the head with your meaning; you show, not tell).
I honestly have never read a better piece of SPN fanfiction. Just wanted you to know. So many people writing fic right now could learn so much from reading this piece. It's brilliant. Thank you for writing it.
| Zatnikatel chapter 12 . 7/22/2009
Just outstanding! What a freaking epic! One I will revisit again and again, I reckon... thanks so much for the effort you put in... ;-)
| Zatnikatel chapter 6 . 7/22/2009
God. You broke my heart. this is so desolate and disturbing and harsh and bleak. But wonderful. I really take my hat off to you for sustaining this level of suspense. Andy's blow-up at Dean - really sad.
I'm so glad I found this! *favorites!*
| Zatnikatel chapter 3 . 7/22/2009
Just found this quite by chance and wanted to say what a freaking awesome story and a freaking awesome chapter. You present Dean's absolute refusal to give up on Sam so perfectly - but it's also quite disturbing to see just how much he is prepared to forgive Sam for... Really enjoying this [though I should be working!].
| Liz Bach chapter 12 . 6/28/2009
This story was amazing.
| Alyssa Halliwell chapter 12 . 6/5/2009
Wow, I didn't realise this was on *favourites*. I read and reviewed this a while ago on LJ.
I'm still really happy you didn't kill off Andy :D