Reviews for Clockwork
sweetcga chapter 13 . 9/21/2020
im determined to finish b4 my day ends
Caro chapter 1 . 9/20/2020
my friend recommended the third book but then i realized i had to read the 1st. I think this first chapter is really amazing and i can't wait to read all the way to the third book to discuss with her everything.
Adrian Blba chapter 20 . 7/24/2020
Hi !
I just finished your story yesterday night. You're so an amazing writer ! I'm so frustrated, because I'm french, so I'm probably making a lot of mistakes in this review.
But I would like to tell you how much your story shake me, how much the thematic is for me oddly familiar. I write myself stories where there's very often a strange and longlife connection between a woman and an unorthodox fatherhood figure. In your story, I found all that in a way, and it contents me beyond any limit. And I would like to talk to you, to encourage you to continue to write, fanfics or anything you'd like to write, because you are very talented. You can't imagine how much I liked and like your story. Thank you for your generosity, to share to everybody your wonderful creativity. And I would like to give you so more encouragement, but in the same time, I feel myself so limited in the english language... I hope I succeeded, with my message, to enlighten your day, and your mind, like yo did it for me with your beautiful story. I can't wait to read the sequel :D ! I will let you a review when I read the first chapter of Blackout :) !
Thank you again, you have a brilliant mind.
From Paris, with all my gratitude,
mariposa noir chapter 20 . 6/16/2020
This is one of the best interpretations I have read of Ledger's Joker. Very few stories make me bite my nails with anxiety and amaze me in turn. You mixed all the emotions in a way that I had never read before. Well done!
TruckersWife chapter 6 . 5/3/2020
is Taylor gonna be an AU OC Harley Quinn? the original was a doctor named Harleen Quincy, so I was surprised how Taylor was already calling him Mr. J and trusting him. I actually like where this is going.
AnonymousUser987654321 chapter 20 . 4/30/2020
Hi there!

I'm not sure how to begin this review, but I'll try to start by saying a few things as coherently as I can.

Firstly, I have loved The Dark Knight since it came out in theatres almost 12 years ago. So much so that I saw it five times just so I could keep getting a glimpse of Heath's brilliant, and unparalleled vision of the Joker. But I was also very sheltered, my hometown is very conservative, and I didn't even know what fanfiction was until I was in my late teens/early twenties. When I discovered this massive thing that is fandom and fanfiction, the first place I was drawn to was TDK. It was hard (and still is) to find good stories, and I flitted in and out of the community as I completed my undergrad degree. A few years later, I decided to start writing my own stories. It's been a terrifying (and also gratifying) experience, and it was (shamefully) after I started writing and publishing that I realized the absolute importance of reviewing the stories I read. Supporting one another is vital, and it's amazing how much one review can really brighten an entire day or even a week. So, when time allowed, that's what I started doing.

And then I found your stories.

I'm not sure how to phrase this, but I mean it in the highest form of a compliment: Your work is brilliant, so much so that it actually intimidated me to the point where I could only get a few chapters in before I had to close the tab on my computer and take a very long break (sometimes for weeks or months at a time). This wasn't necessarily because of the content, although that does play a part - as someone who was abused from ages 8-12, there are many elements in your stories that rang true to the point where it was triggering for me, and there's so much trauma in my life that I just haven't dealt with and reading about it is still a difficult endeavour for me. This isn't a reflection on you or meant badly - it just means that it's good enough to have evoked strong emotions that I had otherwise buried. That, to me, is the hallmark of a talented writer. But I also had to take breaks because of wholly inadequate I felt when reading your work and (inevitably and foolishly) compared it to my own. It can still be hard to read something that affects you deeply and you truly appreciate and have self-doubt wrap its fingers around your throat to the point where it convinces you that someone else's successes are an indicator of your own failures. This is a very toxic and self-defeating mindset and a reflection on my own struggles, and it's something that I'm trying much harder to work through. Because, when I look at it objectively, it becomes plain to see that it's not only depriving talented writers of the interaction and feedback that they've rightly earned, but also my own ability to read widely and appreciatively, to look at your work as something to aspire to rather than envy.

That being said, I wanted to let you know that I'm going to be working through your stories over the summer, and I plan on leaving comments (hopefully detailed - but those ones take longer and may delay me actually being to post them, but I'll try my best) wherever and whenever I can. I'm a grad student now, and I'm taking some online courses and doing extra work to compensate for the current worldwide situation throwing some wrenches into how my degree needed to work out, but I do plan on using some of the spare time I have to leave reviews.

I guess this could be considered the first, and I apologize that it's for the entirety of Clockwork rather than every chapter, but what a rollercoaster this was! It's something that I find frustrating in the fandom that the Joker is softened and diluted down into a character that I only recognize in name and description but nothing else. It's great to be able to come across a story that pegs him so well, and that shows him for the brilliant, nefarious, sadistic monster that he is. (Why I love him so much is beyond me, oh my goodness.) I appreciate the new angle you took with this story, and how different it is from so many others, even if I hold some beliefs about his characterization that vary. (Something I'd very much like discussing if you ever have the time or desire to do so). His reactions at the end here in particular - his disgust that Black Mask could ever think he was his equal, his all-encompassing possessiveness of both Taylor and Batman, and his outrage at Black Mask daring to touch Batman and hurt him enough that it might rob the Joker of any future "playdates", and his glee at seeing the city on fire - were very well done and so true to him. I can only commend you for setting up the plot so intricately to build to the pay-off!

Now, Taylor. She is so sweet, and part of the reason why I had some difficulties reading this initially is because of how much it hurt to see *her* hurting, especially when it was the Joker inflicting the harm, and there's so much out of her control. The bond you created between her in the Joker was dark, twisted and believable. Her complete dependency on him is terrifying in a way because children shouldn't have to deal with that - they shouldn't be linked to their abusers forever. And yet it's so compelling here, and I'm glad that you don't pull back on the horror of it, of what the Joker does, even if there were instances where I felt my own experiences harden in my stomach. I grew to love her deeply, it's an amazing feat indeed that I'd want to punch the ever-loving shit out of the Joker in one minute (and shield Taylor forever in a thick, warm blanket) and then find myself justifying parts of their connection, and trying to search for those small remaining dregs of humanity in his black heart.

I think I've rambled on enough for one review, but please expect more comments from me in the future (though, I may switch over to AO3 when I can just because I prefer their interface more), and please know it in your heart that you have a real talent and that there are many of us who appreciate the time you take to put out these stories and share them with all of us. I hope you're staying safe with everything going on, and take care.

- LadyoftheSea
Guest chapter 2 . 4/29/2020
That was great; read first chapter and half of second, am falling asleep. Thanks for giving me the link - callmyname.
AraelDranoth chapter 1 . 4/4/2020
An interesting premise. Now what will you do with it.
VantablackValentina chapter 20 . 2/24/2020
Amazing story, really something else!
ariandthediamonds chapter 20 . 1/5/2020
This was an amazing story!
Guest chapter 11 . 12/13/2019
Is it weird that I’m kinda hoping they get together? Jacob and the Joker I mean.
dillydallydillion chapter 8 . 12/11/2019
shfnsncjcnd.. mouth dropped OPEN and audibly gasped -fantastic
intoxicatedasphyxiation chapter 20 . 11/25/2019
This is excellent work. I can read it again and again and it never quite loses its appeal. You've captured Ledger's Joker really well and I love his interactions with Taylor. I really wish your sequel took place a few months or short years after this one.
The Freaks chapter 16 . 9/23/2019
Yeah I got to last chapter and my stomach just dropped becayse i remembered what happened from the first time I had read this. Its so good and so sad all at the same time and you definitely feel bad for Taylor but I just cant help feeling this sadness for your Joker. Thats why I came back to this story. Thats why it stood out to me and why I remembered it for so long after I finished it. The way you've painted this Joker is amazing and unique and I love it. I love this story so much. You make him conflicted, you give him actual feelings, actual human thoughts, but you keep him the Joker. You keep him the psychotic murderous clown that we all know and love and still give him a new shine and finish that is unique to this story. I love it so much. Thank you for the great story...

~The Freaks
The Freaks chapter 5 . 9/20/2019
Yep, definitely an amazing story. I remember now why I liked it so much the first time I read it.
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