|Reviews for It's The Thought That Counts|
| RogueArabesque chapter 1 . 2/23
I do so love those little mentions of the Hermit. "After a very long, very pleasant walk and talk with the Hermit of the Southern March..." This phrase is pleasing to the ears. The confirmation of the unique relationship between Dahlia and Peter was something I enjoyed.
I think this might have worked better if you pruned more, to make it tighter. Cut some dialogue between the Cheetahs in the beginning. Highlight the descriptions by limiting them, or choose your words more precisely. "[Briony] leaped up on to her Queen's bed and joyously licked her face." Many sentences are generic, and I want to remember your pieces for something more than the plot. Did Lucy's bed sag and squeak a little? Does the mattress even have springs in it? When Briony licked Lucy's face, did she taste faint traces of nervous sweat? You need not go into esoteric details, but I want graphic images. Clarification in the book excerpt is needed, as I'm unsure of the time period (after the Pevensies disappeared?).
Edmund's gift to his Guard made me wonder if Talking, carnivorous animals eat Talking animals. Do they? I doubt you meant it this way, but this phrase made me laugh. "[King Edmund's] delight evident to Jalur's sensitivity." His sensitivity. Yup. (I'm sure he must have some, but is that Jalur describing himself as sensitive?) That just... It's hilarious.
| AngelBornOfHell chapter 1 . 2/15/2013
Tears at Lambert's section. God, why are you making me cry so much.
| WritingMum2009 chapter 2 . 12/17/2012
Ruth, I have read perhaps half of your Narnia fanfic works listed here to date. I appreciate the thought, research, and heart you put into your stories. But . . . for the connection of hearts, the tender love between friends -both old and new- and for the tears it brings to my eyes . . . hands down, /this/ version of /this/ story is by far my favorite.
| Starbrow chapter 1 . 10/21/2012
I WANT TO DIE FROM THE CUTENESS. Jalur. OTTER SQUEAK TOY. OMG. OMG. OMG.
And Susan/Lambert. HEART. Briony dying, and he only has Susan then. Sad and beautiful.
Briony trying to see what Lucy had (very painstakingly, though not very well) embroidered for her, for of course Wolves don't have the same kind of close vision. Adorable.
PETER/DALIA. CUBS. Brainstorming gift ideas. ""Meaty ox bones!" Beehn injected enthusiastically. "The High King would love those!"
"The gift is for him, not you, Beehn,"
ROFL. And not-a-Princess, Peter wouldn't appreciate that very much. DIES.
So much wonderfulness.
| Guest chapter 1 . 6/28/2012
| LadyAlambiel chapter 2 . 5/21/2012
This was a wonderful one shot. It had just the right mix of cute, fluff, funny, and then bittersweet. I thought you did a great job of tying in both the Narnian side and the Spare Oom side with the Christmas/Yule spirit. Jailer and the Otter pillow was probably my favorite, though Dalia, her cubs, and the 'not-Princesses' take a close second, and I loved the picture of Polly and Digory collecting all presents Fledge and sometimes Aslan. Keep writing!
| fledge chapter 2 . 2/21/2012
Once again, it's hard to tell what is more amazing - your universal background knowledge ranging from the simple aspects of Asian cuisine to the more intricate questions of philosophy and theology, the depth of your characters, or the touch of humour that you use to spice even the most serious ideas. (To say nothing of the flawless spelling and grammar, which are a rare thing in ff these days. The finest storyline gets annoying if the writer doesn't know their own language.) Mary is indeed a most delightful character, and one gfeels quite sorry for her being rather left out; she's quite justified being fed up with those annoying Pensieves...
Iknow I have quite some tast before me, but I' certainly see that I can read the rest of your fantastic work. Have you ever thought of writing something for actually publishing it? You certainly have got what it takes
| Heartwould chapter 1 . 8/2/2011
I am re-reading this after reading to the end of Section 2 of Harold and Morgan: Not a Romance.
It was fun the first time, but now, in context, it is just so wonderful, Rth! Beehn & Fooh are such clowns (their names don't help), that they're wonderful counterweights to the Magnificence of His Magnificence, and Briony & Lucy are sweet together.
But Lambert made tears come to my eyes, with his fidelity and love. What a solid, utterly reliable and loyal Friend. I can see why Susan would be interested in Rafe Linch, having become accustomed to Lambert. If and / or when you ever, ever write Rabadash, he's going to be a villain - I know it - for having had the skills to pretend to be like those two while actually being just a, well, ass.
Does the Yule with Edmund & Jalur take place after he's returned to Cair Paravel? It almost sounds like it. If you didn't mean it that way at the time, kudos on the precognitive plotting!
| ReviewerWhoBegsForUpdates chapter 2 . 6/21/2011
Oh dear. Poor Asim must have looked as if he had been struck on the back of the head with a board. I love how complicated the holiday is, and the gifts Polly and Digory exchange. Good fic!
| HarmonyLover chapter 2 . 4/20/2011
Gorgeous! I had a feeling as soon as you said the package was flat that it might be the painting of the Dawn Treader. I also loved your entire discussion of the various pagan traditions behind Christmas, as I think you probably suspected I would. It's so beautifully done, and really touches on the loving and giving that is meant to be part of Yuletide, regardless of one's religion. :)
| HarmonyLover chapter 1 . 4/20/2011
Oh, my. To have Jalur do something so beautiful for Edmund, both in bringing the book from Morgan to him and arranging to have the same book sent to her, is amazing. What a wonderfully loyal thing to do.
The passage about Lambert literally made me cry. That almost never happens to me - but it is a gift when it does. Thank you - and I'm eager to see what Yule looks like in the House of Russell.
| Anon chapter 1 . 4/11/2011
| EStrunk chapter 2 . 3/25/2011
Thanks for the Christmas gift - on the feast of the Annunciation it is perfect. Wow - what a great gift for Asim! Even better than a flying horse. (Afraid I am in the must have something "dead and bleeding" school.)
| EStrunk chapter 1 . 3/25/2011
Oh that all men had a Jalur to take care of the gifts for them. And he made him a squeak toy! I loved the gifts. Lambert's was more somber. I had never thought about how many would have been sad after they left.
| Clio1792 chapter 2 . 1/6/2011
This was a nice, inspired thing to read on the morning of Epiphany. The banter between Dalia's sons was hysterically funny-you have captured the patter of eight-year-old boys in young cheetahs:
"Meaty ox bones!" Beehn injected enthusiastically. "The High King would love those!"
The story of Lambert, the widowed wolf, and Richard, the failing professor, were both equally heartbreaking-but I liked best when he remembered the Latin. This made me cry.
Equal parts poignancy and sweetness to Edmund's exchange of gifts and Asims...
A lovely way to celebrate the last of the holiday season, as the shinys come down this weekend...