Reviews for Deus Ex Machina
The Grim Writer chapter 3 . 8/21/2013
God...this was beautiful (even years after Season 5). Totally worth procrastinating on my homework. :D

-TGW
Emmers224 chapter 3 . 7/29/2011
Wow! This was stunning. I continue to be in awe of your work. Every fix you put out there is truly impressive. This one is no exception.

I loved that Sam was a ghost and was haunting Dean. And though it saddens me that Winchester father and son, hunter extrordinairs, is back in business, I'm glad the kid was spared Sam's misery and that when the time comes, Dean will have peace with Sam.

Beautiful, BEAUTIFUL story. :)
Barranca chapter 3 . 1/23/2011
Parting is such sweet sorrow, whether it's just leaving your childhood home or being parted from a person you care for. There's the hope of seeing them again, someday. Without that bitter separation there wouldn't be the joy of meeting again, but it rankles. Thanks for posting such a well written story.
Hunnique chapter 3 . 10/16/2010
That was an impressive story, superbly written, thoughtful and gripping. Great!
T.L. Arens chapter 2 . 10/10/2010
As I read your work here in chapter 2, I am forced to look at my own writing, namely the five-novel series I'm currently working on. Your chapter sharply reminded me that writing is called a craft, not an art. Art, as I see it, is a flat, two-dimensional thing. Certainly there is three-dimensional art, but ultimately it's still art because it is flat and static. you see it once, it is the same when you look at it again, no matter how many sides or colors it may have.

Writing is different because it is one mind communicating to another. Writing is more than words on a page; it's a living breathing thing. Stories are living things, no matter what some bored high school student might say. Here, without you coming out and saying it, you have told me that Dean's soul bleeds. Sam is always trying to stop it from bleeding but he can't.

Sounds ghastly; the tragic hero failing time after time. Dean accepts things as they come to him. Maybe because ultimately, he knows where it's all headed; everything is temporary. After his time in hell, his temporal life is even more temporary. He's learned to take it like a tried and true soldier. After telling Bobby about some of his experience in hell, I can see how much greater a person he is.

I am left to consider there may be beauty in a broken heart.

I just read this story based on Season 6; someone picked up the conversation between Dean and Sam regarding Sam's time in hell; Dean wants to believe that Sam had been through something unimaginably horrible (I do too cuz I'm a fangirl and a writer who torments her characters) But Sam, cold, rational as a reincarnated Vulcan, says he has no issues, no regrets, no problems with being in hell because he deserved to be there. Hell was his penance for all his mistakes, for his nature as a monster.

Supernatural constantly forces me to redefine the term 'monster' because of its incessant grey areas. Drives me crazy because while I'm 40, I still tend to see things as black and white. I know good people have bad sides in them, vice versa. But grey prevents solid standards from forming. IS Sam a monster or not? Certainly he views himself as such. His brother does not.

Maybe it is the only monster inside Sam is the the one that won't let him forgive himself.

I sure appreciate the thought and work you put into writing this. It must have been difficult to write.
T.L. Arens chapter 1 . 10/10/2010
I sit in wordless awe of what I've just read. Granted, this is just the first chapter-and whoa, I'm blown away-and ever so glad there's more than just one chapter! The narrative is so crisp and clear, leaving no room to wonder who's speaking. There's also a change in Sam's voice from beginning to the end of chapter one; at first he complains of boredom but graduates to a greater interest and revelation of his knowledge and his life after death. There's several points here that really grabbed and held my attention:

*there's no such thing as death.

-That strikes such a familiar chord! And I really appreciated how you put it so simply and in plain language!

*You know Alistair may have been able to claim he broke Dean in Hell, but I've got the dubious honor of having shattered him here on Earth.

-Very much Sammy. What is it about the nature of Sam Winchester who seems to screw up his brother's life, intentionally or not? I think Sam's right; he isn't cursed, he IS the curse. And yet Dean can't let him go. What runs in Dean's psyche that makes him so... needy (?) of Sam? It goes beyond blood relations, that's for sure.

*My last Hunt was to take out the monster I saw standing there in the mirror every morning of my life.

-This broke my heart! *nabs another tissue* it makes me wonder if the brothers, who are magnets-polar opposites and yet attracted to each other (I'm not speaking sexually) were meant to be spiritual opposites; one Human, the other Not (I don't want to say 'monster' because monsters are evil) it's as though Sam were a part of the Supernatural and by default, Dean is too, but not naturally so like his brother. Am I making sense?

*Lucky me. I'm universally despised.

-That's sad but funny, but mostly true... heartbreakingly true.

*No, correction, we're joined at the soul, because Lucifer was right about one thing - I'm one half of a whole. He just got the other half wrong, but what do you expect from such an arrogant bastard?

-This was profound and I'm SO glad that Ash said what he did about soulmates. I don't think a soulmate has to be a married couple, I really don't. It does make me glad for one thing: Sam made his choice between Luci and Dean. There was no contest. None.

*He's never left me. Not then, not now, maybe not ever. It makes me wonder sometimes just who is haunting who.

-That's a punchline without a joke; a kick in the gut and nothing could have been a better way to end a story. But you used it to end a chapter. I grovel at your brilliance. -
Death-Muncher chapter 3 . 10/4/2010
This is an AMAZING story. Wow. I can't even describe how incredible this story is. Excellent work. wowowowowow :D
missmarina95 chapter 3 . 8/31/2010
...Wow. I am absolutely speechless. That was a gorgeous story, unique and powerful. I was reading your other post swan song fic, and had to check this one out when you mentioned it. It was definately worth it! I loved it, and I hope your planning on adding more! Let me know if you do. :) Great job!
Sotobow chapter 3 . 8/24/2010
This was absolutely beautiful. The writing was fantastic, the characterizations were wonderful, the ending was perfect.

I think you gave the Winchesters the end everyone knows belongs to them but no one wants them to have, and the one that we all know Kripke & Co. will never give them because of us fans.

I loved the whole story, and while it basically broke my heart, I loved the ending. Their lives aren't supposed to end happy - not with who they are, where they've come from and what they've done. I'm so glad you gave them the sad ending but with the promise of better things after they both die, now that they've finally let go.

By the way, that was one painful way to finally split the brothers up - really well done. I like that we get hope in the end, but that it's also a sad hope because we know what has to go on and who has to suffer before the guys can see each other again. Dean and his son... it all keeps going.

Beautiful story. I'm most definitely a fan.
Amberdreams chapter 1 . 8/23/2010
Oh this is excellent - so moving without being sentimental - so very Sam in its voice. And Dean's grief even after ten years of supposed normality is absolute and heartbreaking. That description at the end of the car journey and Sam being forced to listen to his own requiem - well, tears in my eyes still, so well done you!

Off to read the rest now..
CeCe Away chapter 3 . 8/21/2010
Dang, that ending actually made me tear up. Had no idea where you were going with this. Excellent story telling.
xXxShiniXKazexXx chapter 3 . 8/20/2010
Absolutely beautiful! I love reading this. Well done! D
silvercougarcub chapter 3 . 8/20/2010
Hold on, a minute! Nope! Never mind! I'll review in ... maybe a couple days! Maybe a week or two! Depends on when I can stop bawling long enough to type! :P Thanx!
pielover62 chapter 3 . 8/20/2010
I think this is probably the best post Swan Song fic I've read. It was heart breaking and beautiful and contained so much truth - at least I thought so. And telling it from Sam's POV gave us a wonderful insight into his character.
Miri-Ann chapter 3 . 8/12/2010
This story was purely beautiful, I could imagine all this in my head, Sam waiting outside for his brother, it brought tears to m eyes, please write more beautifully written stories like this. It was just awesome and sad, poor Winchesters :(
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