|Reviews for The New Skin|
| Katharine chapter 19 . 10/17/2011
A picnic lunch with Sirius Black - LOL!
I completely understand Sev losing his patience with Mata. So far, he seems about as competent as Harry and Ron were in Potions class! I hope he lightens up on the others though.
I looked up the Portuguese curse, of course. That's awesome.
| notwolf chapter 19 . 10/17/2011
I have frequent weird dreams and nightmares, so I really sympathize with poor Sev. Even if you know what caused it, it doesn't keep the creeps away.
Love his remarks on lab joking. The nail in the coffin is, "Besides, I couldn't stand it." Nuff said. Makes him sound like such a sourpuss, which he kind of is.
LOL him dragging Mata over to see the other ppl's leaves. Sounds like something my dad would have done. The guy does pretty crappy notes, certainly nothing anyone else could follow. That dude is a real pain in the neck. That last word sounds like a swear word. naughty. hehehe-Sev threw him out, hehehe.
"god, just like dinner in the Great Hall behind enemy lines, any one of them happy to kill me given half a chance." Ah, the good old days of Hogwarts...I think he overreacted a little on those who weren't doing anything.
"Having a little chat with Grossman about my shortcomings in lab was about as far down on my list of things I would enjoy on my half-day as I could get, just marginally above a picnic lunch with Sirius Black or a nice heart-to-heart with the Dark Lord." You do come out with some classic lines!
Wow, he got a full apology, and Grossman really wasn't that out of line. Severus must be tickled. Good idea for Park to handle prep-he's fast and efficient. At the same time, I see Snape's frustration with letting him get away with not doing all the work, and therefore never improving. But Grossman is right, Mata's improvement isn't the goal here.
Poor Snape really does have a way of getting on ppl's bad sides. Had to laugh again as he thinks that Grossman is exhibiting his stupidity now.
That was nice of Grossman to say this research was the most exciting ever to come out of that lab. Severus had to like that. But in the past he feels like he has wrecked everything he touched, and it is a self-fulfilling prophecy.
He has such a strong work ethic(and he's a control freak) that he can't bear to leave the lab while the experiment is in progress. It's a good thing, yet he never gets to rest. but then, having taught those brats all those years in school, I can see him wary of letting anyone alone in a lab.
Hmm, a fishing trip with his RAs...why do I suspect he's not going to have fun?
| Greyfalcon chapter 19 . 10/17/2011
Loving the lab scenes and watch Snape having to deal with varying personalities. No need for too much action yet, I am enjoying the social atmosphere of your work right now and the conflict between personalities.
| no-name chapter 19 . 10/17/2011
nice to see how Snape, pardon, Dr. Ramson, wrestles with the daily lab life! Right now, I am also dreaming of feeding one of my collaborators to the Piranhas ;-). Will there be some action in the next chapter? Since the skin only reappears in dreams I am hoping for some new exciting turn of events...
| Wei Tzu chapter 19 . 10/17/2011
Excellent chapter. The last line was perfect, by the way. You add so many different components to this story, and it all blends together very well.
Snape may not handle stupidity and idiocy well, but SHEER stupidity? That's a whole different matter.
Either way, I can't wait to read more.
Unrelated, but I find that reading humor stories as if they are documentaries adds a new level of hilarity to it. That might just be me, though.
| Wei Tzu chapter 18 . 10/14/2011
Very well done. Keep up the good work.
Snape doesn't handle incompetence very well, does he?
| wolfwillow chapter 4 . 10/10/2011
The frustration and hopelessness in Severus' dreams are so realistic. Minerva refuses listen. She can't or won't understand. She won't get them out. He is running through corridors … Dreams are like that (and occasionally Real Life is, too). And as would be expected, the Dark Lord still looms large in his mind and in his dreams.
Severus' observations of life Boston provide a little much-needed humor. Incomprehensible accents, the Stop & Shop, being ignored as a vagrant. I like the logic of him having to learn his way around before he can begin to apparate, and his business-like approach to making a plan: "My assignment … find a way out." But no matter where he goes or what he does, the Dark Lord and his past continue to haunt him.
| LemonDropsWoolSocks chapter 18 . 10/10/2011
Oooh! Giving titles to myself sounds fun! From now on I am Chieftain Lemon Drops! Here me Hiss! Thanks for the chapter! Update soon! :)
| Katharine chapter 18 . 10/10/2011
Poor Grossman, lol. He's the Neville Longbottom of Sev's new lab; can't do anything to please the professor!
I like Professor Funke. Is there a little flirtation going on? :)
| notwolf chapter 18 . 10/10/2011
Sometimes I'll bet Severus just wants to smack that Grossman. He's like a catty woman. If he lied, Snape may or may not be able to spot it since he doesn't know him well. It would be hard to have a research assistant who isn't really into the subject.
LOL-I can just see Sev giving the applicants his prepared speech that he used to give the kids at Hogwarts! "If I spoke entirely in English, I mused, they might well assume that I spoke no Portuguese,"-I can totally see him doing this, haha.
Love how Grossman hears him speaking perfect Portuguese and probably wonders what is up. Also love his quick assessment of the candidates. And I like how he barks, "Grossman, translate" like to a dog.
Poor Park. He's always smiling, like he either doesn't understand or nothing gets to him. Of course Sev has made improvements in the original formula, he's SNAPE, dammit.
"(Doctor Ramson.)" Even if I had given the title to myself, it was my title and I wanted it used. -That was just funny.
Hmm, maybe Mr. Park had some food experience in chopping in a restaurant. "I will not give time off for missing digits." Miss Hilberto and Mata laughed as Grossman translated. They thought I was joking?"-so true. WE know he's not joking, yet another hilarious line.
Wonder why the salute infuriated Sev so much. Flashback to the past of ppl teasing or mocking him?
Park is looking like the one to beat here. I like the reasoning in assigning each person their variant. Mata looks like he's going to be trouble. Even the name-Mata-might signify something, knowing you, haha.
Man, Severus can be a prig in the lab..and elsewhere, if we're being honest. He can't take a joke at all where potions are concerned. That's kind of sweet, when he's drinking the beer he sees the snakes on the bottle and traces them fondly.
| wolfwillow chapter 3 . 10/9/2011
You convey Severus' grief and anger about the dead so well. He thinks of them all, again and again. Especially Crabbe. In the books, there's the implication that Crabbe caused it himself and deserved it, but burning to death is horrible. You focus a spotlight on it and show how awful it was. Severus' anger at Albus, and at the lack of any kind of defense strategy, are shared by many readers. "What was Minerva thinking?" "They had a whole hour to evacuate." In his earlier hallucinations, Severus kept pleading "Get them out …" But they didn't. Not all of them, anyway. His anger and pain are totally justified.
| wolfwillow chapter 2 . 10/9/2011
I'd never thought about the fact that, if Severus didn't know what happened, he'd think Harry was still a horcrux and that he'd have to go back and kill the kid to finish the Dark Lord.
I love the dreams and hallucinations. They're very spooky, and it's fun to try to figure out what's going on at times.
And DWFKAHWMNBN? Ha! The candy wrapper, too. "God, it was worse than Wolfsbane." "I doubted that any other country would willingly import this rubbish." These bits of Snapish sarcasm reassured me that he's slowly getting back to his old self, despite his sickness and exhaustion.
| LemonDropsWoolSocks chapter 17 . 10/5/2011
Severus got a gold star! *Claps enthusiastically* Thanks for the chapter. I've been extremly busy with my studies this week, so once again, your review was delayed. Though for much different reasons. Update soon. :)
| bearoftone chapter 17 . 10/5/2011
This is a woderful work! Thank you for the expansion of the Potter Universe. Ifind this version very true to origial personalities. Thank you.
| Wei Tzu chapter 17 . 10/4/2011
This story is magnificent. I think you capture Snape's personality quite wonderfully.