|Reviews for No Antidote|
| Stolloss chapter 4 . 1/30/2011
This is amazing. I wish I could say more, but I'm nearly beyond words right now. Bulbasaur's personality, the interplay between him and his trainer and Beedrill, the fight against Ekans, and the way the whole amnesia situation has played out thus far is simply amazing. Bravo.
| GoldenDragon326 chapter 4 . 12/30/2010
Holy crud. When I'm reading a story it takes A LOT for me to get teary, and after reading this chapter, I'm really close to crying right now. My Gosh. And I'm halfway through. For a short story (at least compared to other, much longer stories, I've read), this has a lot of feeling. And heart.
| John Poe chapter 8 . 12/7/2010
This was amazing. Thank you for writing it - really, I mean it. I haven't enjoyed reading something so much since... I can't even really think of anything.
I think I enjoyed Lonesome Dove or maybe The Green Mile or the Hobbit about as much, but all of those involved slogging through about 700 pages filled with fluff I didn't always care about. I hung on every word you wrote here. All so powerful - and I guess it says something about me that I identify more with fictional Poke'mon protagonists than most human ones - but it says more about your skill as a writer.
Seeing such mature material on gives me hope, it really does.
I fear I'm babbling now, so I'll just reiterate; This was very good, emotional, and stimulating reading. I'll never look at a video game chatacter getting poisoned the same way again.
| Consuelo Higdon chapter 8 . 11/25/2010
There is nothing I can say that hasn't been said before, and only praise will come out if I even try to criticize. I loved the ending two chapters more than the other reviewers, it seemed, and like a few of them I found this fanfic through TVTropes, and boy am I glad I did.
Perhaps it is just me, but the Deus Ex Machina at the end I feel was a perfect way to end it. Just because it's a Deus Ex Machina doesn't automatically make this any less of a story, and through my own experiments in the writing foray, sometimes a Deus Ex Machina is just another part of the story, on par with essentially neutral aspects of storytelling like Climax and Realism. There is no such thing as a Climax to a story making it a bad story, so why should the appearance of a Deus Ex Machina lower the story's quality?
Perhaps that was just my inner fangirl towards Legendaries speaking, but I am not done yet. Far too often have I seen stories where the Legendary pokemon-especially the Generation 4 'PokeGods'-be written as overexcited teenagers out for some kicks, but if the Pokemon world was truly that way then it wouldn't be as impossibly idealistic as it is. You managed to keep everything that was idealistic about Pokemon and yet gave it a darker spin. It's like the page that introduced me to this fanfic said; this is a Darker, yet Softer take on the Pokemon world, and a combination like that is impossible for me to resist.
What else can I say? The change of pace at the end from Marty and his Poison-Type pokemon to the general efforts of the ghosts and the Pokegod of Death to change something that was wrong yet no one had touched upon nor noticed until that point I have no animosity towards, and leaving the rest of their story to the reader's imagination was a very good choice if you ask me.
Beedrill was my favorite character from the start. He took on the role of the child of the group, and his innocence and naivety couple with his overall bad luck and considerable lack of focus on his character really let you know not only how Bulbasaur/Ivysaur felt towards him but how he just is. You've done a very good job of portraying characters both as they are and as Ivysaur views them, and the appearance of Haunter near the end helped me get through such a heavy fanfic.
The humor implemented in this story was absolutely hilarious. Ekans' comments on Zubat and Golbat, Haunter's silly faces, and other parts of the story that I can't seem to remember at the moment really helped to relax the shoulders and help me get through it.
Back on the topic of the ending chapters, I honestly don't see why other reviewers seem to dislike about it. Is it my general love of Legendary Pokemon or the fact that the second-to-last chapter brought me to tears when the other chapters did not? It takes quite a lot for me to cry while reading a story, and even more for me to read a story that has the potential to make me cry in the first place. I missed out on finishing The Secret Life of Bees because it failed to make me cry when so many of my acquaintances said that I should be a sniveling pile of tears because of it.
Either way, I loved every second of this fanfic, and it's one of the few stories, original or fan-made, that gripped me by the reins and simply refused to let go. I could not stop reading it, no matter how many times I tried to pry myself away, and the cliffhanger endings to some of them felt absolutely CHILLING. "He was delicious" was just a perfect way to end the chapter and get me to want to read the next one.
Oh, and the creepy ending to it I felt was both sweet and terrifying at the same time. I love Ghost Pokemon as well, so perhaps it is simply my own bias that leads me to enjoy the final two chapters more than others. Regardless, this was a wonderful read, and I hope to see more of this wonderful storytelling from you in the future.
| Huilisti chapter 8 . 10/27/2010
...this fic has left me completely speechless. Perhaps I'll review later when I actually have something other to say than just "This is the best Pokemon fic I've ever read"...
...or perhaps that's just enough? ;)
| Huilisti chapter 4 . 10/26/2010
...well, I just knew it *sniffles and wipes her eyes*
You are a genius at writing this. 3
| Huilisti chapter 1 . 10/26/2010
Oh no, I'm already feeling like I'll start to cry soon, and it's just the first chapter! *sniffle* :)
...I know I'll surely cry at some point when I read on.
You have done a great job writing this! I'll definitely read on :)
| Isis the Sphinx chapter 8 . 10/13/2010
Wow. This is fantastic. Wonderful storyline, interesting plot, and with a complete surprise twist. Brilliance. Absolute brilliance.
Nicely, nicely done.
| DZiah chapter 8 . 10/2/2010
SOOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOODD! love it lol
| 1WiththeButterfly chapter 8 . 9/23/2010
This is-was- amazing. On a completely different level to anything I've read for pokemon, ever before.
Halfway through, I'd already decided to scrap all ideas for pokemon stories I've had. I was planning on writing one after I've finished my latest big project, but I'm not anymore. Because there is no way it could be as /good as this/
And then...well, it started getting creepy. really creepy. It preyed on the one fear that I've always been unable to shake, when all those other fears just went away. Heights, Darkness, Loneliness, even death. But there was always, in the back of my mind, the fear of being made into something else. Mind Control, Corruption, Possession are things I cant deal with. When those themes are touched upon, I shiver, I freeze up. If someone offered me the chance to fight a horde of zombies, or to have someone invade my mind and try to change what it found there, I would choose the zombies every time.
So, I hope you understand, that after this epilogue, I cant really say that I loved this story. Up until these last two chapters, I did. I would have aspired to writing something, one day, that is as good as this. But now...perhaps not.
Fear is primal, irrational, and maybe thats why I'm not comfortable with this. If I were to ommit these last two and pretend it ended with Ivysaur and Marty in Arbok's stomach, I would praise you for the themes of loyalty and determination. I would point out that Marty, the true Marty, giving his last real words made me stop reading, and have a good cry.
It would have been one of the best things I've ever read, and now it scares me. I'm deeply saddened by this, but I cant let it influence me anymore. This was amazing, and I should treat it as such. If I have to pretend that it ended two chapters earlier to truly appreciate it, I will.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for writing this. Regardless of how I feel of this end, I loved the story. So, once more, Thank You
| Celtic Guardian 7 chapter 8 . 9/13/2010
Fantastic read. This is the sort of fanfic that makes me glad to actually search through the sight, a true gem amongst many pointless stories. I was gripped from the start. The character development, and the look at how heartbreaking the Pokemon world can be, is nothing below excellent. Tears came several times and they were well-justified. A story that can cause a reaction such as that is well worth reading.
| ShinyTogeticFTW chapter 8 . 9/2/2010
Ok, something I want to say up front... I read all of the reviews on this fic and about 5 people said "I almost cried". OMG, "almost"? I broke down crying a few times over the course of the story!
One thing that confused me (and like the only problem I had with the whole thing) was that you put "Fifty-two months later..." at the top of Chapter 8; I mean, why not say "Approximately four years later..." or something like that? It's not like there's anything wrong with the way you have it (poTAYto/poTAHto), it just seems like it would be less brainwork to figure out how long it's been (after all, I don't refer to myself as being 257 months old).
Anyway, I usually don't go for the sad kind of stories (because in all honesty I am extremely sappy and become immersed in stories, books, movies, etc. very quickly), but this is a case of "I'm so glad I decided to read this (even though it took me like three and a half hours to read it (but I was hooked, I just couldn't put it down (that expression really doesn't work when you're not talking about a tangible book, does it?)))!"
I actually heard about this story from my sister, who told me it was the only story that had been favorited by someone who gave her advice on making the summary of her fic better. I don't even know if she has read it yet, but I will make sure I tell her to. Also, there is a good chance I'll be reading it to my mom (she likes the way I read; something about how I put a lot of feeling into it makes her able to imagine it like she's watching a movie).
| xXxMartelxXx chapter 8 . 8/31/2010
OMG BEST POKEMON DECONSTRUCTION EVER.
The title drop was not what I expected at all, the hints you dropped everywhere were marvelous, and I'm kinda sad that they didn't win the championship, but I like this new arrangement they managed to bring about.
This also has to be one of the creepiest fics I've ever read. 'Uneasy feeling in my gut' kind of creepy. While I read this I felt uneasy playing with my Pokémon cartridge. It just didn't feel right. But I think I have found a new appreciation for the creatures.
Your world-building, character-building and developing, and your narrative skills are superb. I so did not expect his outcome when first I started reading this, but now it makes an odd kind of sense.
| Coppelia Kitty chapter 8 . 8/24/2010
This is possibly one of the best pieces of fanfiction that I've read so far. The concept is original, and the ending is chilling. Wonderful job.
| Gangster Dog chapter 1 . 8/12/2010
Wow. You are an absolutely brilliant writer. You've managed to get me emotionally attached to a boy and his Bulbasaur in /one/ chapter. This is going to be such an angst fest, I mean Jesus! I was getting a little misty eyed, and I'd like to reiterate this, the /first chapter/. Dang.
And crap, you have one of those amazing lines: "We're going to give it our all! No one will ever say that we gave up! Agreed?" That is just so absolutely bittersweet.
You've already put so many layers into the ANGST. Gah!