Reviews for Soul Nexus
Hayden Avery chapter 18 . 6/25/2012
Amazing story, very well written and unique in that it really explores the angst created by the bond and doesn't just make everything out to be perfect, really hope to see continued
LucidRush chapter 18 . 6/10/2012
This is an excellent piece of fiction, i literally read this all day. Character interactions, social situations, and even how the bond deepens between Ginny and Harry all feels completely natural. This is one of my favorite stories that exists on this site.
Anony chapter 18 . 5/17/2012
An excellent story. It is a shame it hasn't been completed or even updated in 4 years :(
serenityselena chapter 18 . 4/19/2012
a very interesting story...

hope youll continue it _
TerminatethisAccount chapter 18 . 3/5/2012
please continue! this is amazing!
Neumzie chapter 16 . 1/21/2012
"otherwise Snape wouldn't be able to be in Voldemort's ranks for so long - it seems like a very Voldemort thing to do to test his inner circle's loyalty with drugs."

it DOES sound just like him to do something like that-IF he wasnt so arrogant about his legilimency skills being able to weed out liars. we would never think anyone, even snape, could fool him, especially not with magic, and ESPECIALLY not with something as complex and obscure as mind magic.

but still, i DO wonder why its not useable in trial. why even bother having an all-powerful truth serum if it has no legitimate use?

while im here, Y U NO UPDATE? awesome story, realisitc characters with a ridiculous (but again, realistic) amount of annoying flaws, great take on the bond, dumbledore's role has yet to be revealed (crazy, manipulative, or helpful? we dont quite know, yet!), and thats hard to do 18 chapters into a story such as this, and damn good writing! seriously, now that i think about it, i dont think ive come across an awkward sentence or incorrect usages of your/you're or there/their/they're! amazing!
neumzie not logging in chapter 11 . 1/19/2012
ahh i love this fight. its fantastically emotional and dramatic
kayleigh101 chapter 18 . 11/6/2011
this is really good i like the ending :)
ginnykissedharry chapter 18 . 10/15/2011
update soon! i think it would be great if harry jealous when ginny close to another boy beside him and ron! please continue, best soul bond fic that i've ever read!
Diablo Largato chapter 18 . 9/14/2011
WE WANT MOAR! MOAR! MOAR! with that said good job on the story thus far, if you could please update sometime soon or even cancel out the story or pass it on. Because honestly I feel like you have done such a great job just to have it not complete. Congrats and good luck.
Dolphelecat chapter 18 . 8/30/2011
I really like this story! It's rare to find a soul-bond fic (or any fic) that hows the characters realistically, flawed, and with all of the problems that would come from a bond like that. It's fascinating. Please continue this story!
FairoNeko chapter 18 . 5/13/2011
Oh my God!

This is wonderful!

just a reader chapter 18 . 4/30/2011
Unknown if you still monitor/recieve reviews, but it really doesn't matter. It doesn't look like you'll be finishing this anyway, so the reviews are more for future readers I suppose.

I just came back to this story after several years and did a quick skim of it. Basically I'm going back through my list of stories that had potential. Figured I'd drop a review before filing this one away.

The style is very readable. The words flow well in most cases and it's easy to get caught up in the story because the writing style allows such easy access. There are plenty of "soul bond" fics out there, and this is one of the few that, even though incomplete, has stood the test of re-reading/time. It offered an innovative approach to the subject, and as many other reviewers have pointed out, you seem to have gone out of your way to show the "negative" side of the soul bond. You write Ginny and Hermione in particular with a flare and imagination that is rarely seen, and should be commended.

That said, there are also places where the story could have been improved or done better. I'm not sure the reason but you seem to have a particular problem with understanding/writing the male perspective. At times, it could be argued to boarder on misandry, even. While for a person in their private life this is not a major issue, it does present some difficulties for an author. In particular because you chose to write this story from Harry's perspective. Given your affinity for Ginny in particular, the story would have been much more successfully told if it were from her perspective exclusively. The problems dealing with your male characters in general were compounded by your decisions in how to portray Harry in particular.

Many authors fall into the trap that is "trying to be more realistic about Harry's abusive past". This is a trap for two reasons: first, this is a fantasy story filled with magic and thus is not expected to follow the "normal" rules, and second the character we are presented with in canon at the age of 11 could never have come from the environment shown. It is a trap. You are better off doing as Rowling did and simply ignoring any form of psychology than trying to reconcile Harry as a character when you consider nine to ten years of even the minimal abuse seen in canon. This is especially true if you're going to try to show the inner workings of his mind. A child raised in the environment we see Harry raised in would likely have mental defenses that would put Snape and Dumbledore to shame. A visual representation of Harry's mind would likely have his core personality completely surrounded by a maze made out of mirrors and containing deadly traps. A person bonded to a mind like that would become confused and agitated at best and more likely would go insane, if they had not themselves grown up in such an environment. By trying to add a "little" realism back into things with regard to Harry's mental state, you only succeed in pointing out the obvious flaw in canon and end up weakening your own characterization.

(To give a more concrete example of what I mean, consider this: A Harry with "realistic" emotional responses to the way he was raised would never allow himself to be as "weak" as you present him. Realistic!Harry follows Hermione's nagging, not because he secretly desires someone to take care of him like a mother or sister, but because he's learned from the Dursleys that it is always best to follow the path of least resistance. Doesn't mean he does not care about Hermione and her feelings. Far from it. But his tacit approval for her running his life would be motivated by the fact that he may trust her with his life but never with his mind/emotions... fighting against her is too revealing an action when in almost every case, what she nags him about is something he doesn't care about anyway. By contrast, realistic!Harry would fight Ginny's intrusion into his mind tooth and nail, and as the bond grew stronger and stronger and he felt himself losing more and more "control" within his own mind, it's likely Harry would commit suicide as a form of self defense. Under no circumstances would his hart be warmed by either giving up control to Ginny and her forceful personality or allowing her to reveal to others the secrets of living with the Dursleys. I'd imagine that if he could find some way to send pain directly through the bond, realistic!Harry would use that leverage to curb Ginny's actions until she learned to send an equally "painful" jolt of unconditional love back a him - and Rowling did get that right... such love WOULD be painful to someone raised as either Voldemort or Harry were. At any rate, I hope the examples I've given show in a more concrete way why the trap of making Harry more "realistic" should be avoided unless that is the only focus of your fic, and you're prepared to write at least five hundred thousand words of angst - even then it's likely by the end of book four and definite by the end of book five that Harry's mental "defenses" would be such that he would die rather than willingly take them down or allow others to try to convince him to take them down.)

I know I just spent a lot of time tearing down your characterization of male characters in general and Harry in particular, but don't take that to mean this is a bad story. The reason I spent so much on these two things is that they are really the only major flaws in in this story (and for any author, even professional ones, it's a huge accomplishment to have only two major flaws to your writing... you should be very proud there are so few areas to work on). For readers out there, unless the two issues above will totally ruin your enjoyment of an otherwise delightfully imaginative story (or unless you're one of those people who refuse to see Ron in any kind of positive light and would gnaw your own arm off before reading a story where Ron and Hermione have a romance), I HIGHLY recommend this story.

Thank you for writing and sharing this story with us all. If you still get these reviews, I hope you'll take the praise with pride and the criticism as an honest attempt to make you aware of your weaknesses and help you become an even better writer. Even though it seems you've decided or been forced to stop posting under this name or on this story, I hope wherever you are you are still writing and becoming an even better writer.

JourneyRocks13 chapter 18 . 4/17/2011
Good story. Hope to see more
Scabbers1957 chapter 10 . 2/25/2011

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