|Reviews for Not Quite A Maia|
| Larner chapter 20 . 7/24/2010
Hoorah! Quite the battle! Now-to see the Battle of Helm's Deep fought with the aid of Neville and Molly!
| Larner chapter 19 . 7/24/2010
Face it-war itself is not funny; and true humor has its own honesty to it. No, not the funniest chapter, but a truthful one. Now, to realize WHO this sorceress is! And bet Glorfindel/Archibald is having the time of his life! And bet the Huorns are moving in for their own action at Isengard!
| Shipwright's Trick chapter 31 . 7/24/2010
Plans you have long had in the making? That sounds somewhat...foreboding. I'm excited, though! : )
Poor Molly. I felt so bad for her. (But that tirade will probably help a little. Vent emotions, you know.) That last part especially got to me. I almost started crying too. : (
But you managed to get some humor in there anyhow, like the Nazgul and his undying affection (I got an interesting mental image out of THAT one, let me tell you!), and Molly going to Azkaban for stealing wellies, and Ginny with her dollies in the garden whacking gnomes off. (That last in particular...)
Molly's lie about the dirt clod was also hilarious, especially when Gimli elaborated on it. For some reason, the (and by default his traveling bag) struck me as very funny as well.
Sneaky Aragorn. Enough said. : )
And you have no idea how hard and long I laughed at "we're overworked and underpaid." Seriously, that made my day...for whatever reason. Oh, well. I'm strange. : )
You have managed to master the highborn speech of what seems to be every Middle-earthling further west than Bree to a T. Congrats! Even parts of the books don't sound so dignified as Aragorn's apology. Very nicely done, both the apology and the way it was written.
Poor Neville. He's probably going to be feeling the mistake of his conversation with Eomer for the rest of his stay in Middle-earth. At least it's good-natured now, though Eomer was kind of a git there. : )
My apologies for the discombobulated review! I definitely look forward to reading your next chapter, where things really start to deviate. If nothing else, it promises to be interesting...and, of course, hilarious. : )
Hope to see you soon! : )
| Larner chapter 18 . 7/24/2010
I am so glad that our resourceful, sensitive Arwen appreciates how it is with Augusta. As for the meal with Bilbo-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! The poor lady, with her delusions of understanding the situation here, and Bilbo with his amazement at her strange tales! But do love the chair, which echoes the ones I have Aragorn commissioning for his Hobbit companions in the Citadel. This chapter has been priceless!
| Maran Zelde chapter 31 . 7/23/2010
Molly's grief was very real, especially this line: "I don't even know what to say now when people ask how many children I have!" I used to work with a woman who told me at different times that she had 3 or 4 kids. I was confused until she finally told me that one of her daughters died of SIDS (which basically means that she died in her sleep and they don't know the cause).
I'm glad Aragorn and Neville had a touching reconciliation. Neville's fear of man-hugs was hilarious and definitely relieved the serious tone of the chapter. And I love his misinterpretation of Legolas's Elvish. Neville always assumes the worst.
| Larner chapter 17 . 7/23/2010
Wizard of Awes? Bet Lyman Frank would approve! Heh! And it does appear that Molly is giving our Aragorn a run for his money in the titles department! Heh!
| Larner chapter 16 . 7/23/2010
A far more serious chapter, this one. Poor Augusta-she has a lot to learn about this world and its Elves! Heh! But at least she is realizing she can't just barge in and "save" Neville in spite of himself!
| Pheonix Eternia chapter 31 . 7/22/2010
Sorry for missing the earlier chapters-new job hit me between the eyes. It was worth waiting to get that horse comment, though. I've never heard that put in such a pithy, yet formal and discreet fashion. I've added that little quip to a collection of funny quips I take a gander at whenever I want a giggle. A rather lot of them come from you...
| Larner chapter 15 . 7/22/2010
Poor Saruman IS having a terrible day, isn't he? Tortured and humiliated-and laughed at by Sauron himself? How much worse can it get? Oh, heavens! This gets better and better!
| Larner chapter 14 . 7/22/2010
A Labrador retriever is a good choice for a Patronus for Neville, although in England the favorite for dog guides is a cross between a Labrador and a Golden retriever, we learned when we visited the school in Leamington Spa. Not the only one used, of course-we met a gorgeous large Alsatian named Byron my husband was much taken with-would have brought it home to work alongside Laddie, his yellow lab, if he'd been allowed, I think. Although what Laddie would have thought about sharing his people with another dog guide I have no idea, of course. Heh!
And the thought of Saruman being described as a walking colour pallette-with deer antlers!-is too, too much! Thanks so for some hearty guffaws!
| Larner chapter 13 . 7/22/2010
And neither he nor Saruman appreciate that there are TWO witches in Middle Earth at the moment, both of them highly competent. Not to mention perhaps a formerly grey Wizard on Silvertine, or just recently removed from that place? Although I suppose the view of the Eagle from a distance could have been Gwaihir during his search for the believed wandering wizard?
This is becoming quite complicated, you know! Heh!
| Larner chapter 12 . 7/22/2010
I'm glad you gave Boromir a more noble parting from Frodo. And his father and brother will be glad at the thought of visiting his cairn, I think. Although not seeing the funeral boat will be a loss in its way for Faramir.
I work M-F on night shifts in an apartment facility for disabled adults. As our clients are off to bed about the time we get there, I get to do a fair amount of computer work during the night. I then get to drive home and get some sleep, although on Wednesdays I stay in town to go swimming with a former client. I parked for a time yesterday morning before I met with R. in the lot for a grocery store that has WiFi connections, and read some then and downloaded email. At work the WiFi connections are iffy, so I sometimes get to change pages and sometimes don't-depends on how strong the signals are. Today the phone keeps waking me up-am about to take off for town, giving up the idea of sleeping more as an unlikely dream, I guess.
I haven't read much in the HP fanfiction world, although I've done a few short things. Most I've had the chance to read seem to be totally unlikely "Ron and Draco have a love affair" stuff, and I fear it's rather turned me off trying to sort through to find decent stories. I am NOT a big fan of slash writing, I fear.
I've read only one HP/LotR crossover, and it wasn't finished, so don't know how the writer ever intended it to end. My few crossovers are all short, mostly comic things, and can be read in my "Not Gonna Happens" series. My HP stories are all posted here, so you can read them if you like, as short as they mostly are. With my few HP/LotR crosses, only "Prepared to Live Again" isn't intended to be humorous-it's more a spiritual piece rather than humor.
Gran reminds me of Aunt Dora, with her insistence at Decorum and her determined manner. As I'll be working on an Aunt Dora story soon, I am inspired by what you've written here!
Anyway, I've downloaded the next chapter, so will put the laptop on hibernate and head off for the hardware store and probably a restaurant to get an early meal. Take care.
Munich, eh? We didn't stop in Munich during our one visit to Germany in 84, although we did make it to Dachau. I enjoyed our visit to the Blindenstudienanstalt in Marburg.
| Larner chapter 11 . 7/22/2010
It really does not do to get a witch of Augusta Longbottom's calibre angry at you, does it? I have been laughing for the pat half hour! Yup-he's now the laughingstock of the Istari! Love it!
| NevemTeve chapter 31 . 7/22/2010
It was poignant they way you wrote the grieving Molly and Neville comforting her...
And then Aragorn's apology, Merry worries - really good characterizations... well done.
(I admit I am not so keen on the humour genre, but really value the 'serious' parts of your writing.)
| Larner chapter 10 . 7/22/2010
Most awkward-to see the action going almost exactly as as originally written at this point, except that the Nazgul is on the wrong side of the Anduin.