|Reviews for Not Stalking Zuko|
| Ka chapter 44 . 2/13/2013
(Zuko made a rather revolted face. But then his eyes lit up with understanding and he said oh I get it. Fish livers is probably a name of some flower in that book of yours. You're just trying to trick me. Last night, I had a rather gruesome but very instructive half an hour watching Dr Yang make the stuff. It was at this juncture that I faced a choice. Between telling Zuko what really went into the vile concoction and then having to struggle and squabble forevermore to get him to drink it. Or I could choose a different but much easier path. I opted for option two and said it is a flower- you're too wily for me. )
Ah, hello Granny and Magrat. Here, have some snakeheads.
Anyway, I like your story. It is one of those very few stories that I really, really like and might re-read in spite of that not being my habit.
| Guest chapter 50 . 2/12/2013
AAAERGH I think you're secretly trolling us for shiggles.
Your Author's Notes said there would be kissing, and I am so disappointed that there was, in fact, no kissing between the two main focuses of the story. NOT COOL BRO.
But I absolutely adore all the cute and adorable fluff that's been going on. You have made me decide to reboard my first ship ever, the SSS ZUTARA. Thanks for that, I guess.
I also find Australian slang quite interesting...
| LadyNym chapter 2 . 2/12/2013
Hey hey so I finished reading stalking zuko (amaaaaaazing, btw. I'm so enjoying this series it's ridiculous). I'm from Australia and your little bit at the end about your own thoughts on gender equality during the war was like hahaha blast from the past in the million society and environment classes we've had where they talk about Australia's past over and over again.
So anyway, I just really wanted to say its amazing how you've managed to incorporate something that new to be stressed more in this fandom; that there is good in ALL of the nations, including the fire nation. I love how the fire nation is probably the first part of the world where woman rights is stressed so much and progresses so fast. Everyone seems to be on their GO WATER TRIBE WATERBENDING SLIIIIICEEEEEE high and I'm like... The social structure in the water tribe seems inherently flawed...
Anyway I noticed a couple of errors (spelling, etc.) in your last fic (the only errors, blelieve me...this id a fabulous piece of work)and I imagine you're heaps busy.. So I'm happy to beta for you if need be? I'll leave a review soon with my actual account and you can contact me if necessary. Keep up the great work xxxxxx
| Wolfy46 chapter 2 . 1/30/2013
I just wanted to say that women became more equal in Britain after WW1 because of how they organised themselves and worked for the war effort, so the government said they proved that they could do those jobs as well as men, but they only got the vote a few years after the war.
| idolsidle chapter 37 . 1/22/2013
Uh, I just wanted to say that this is a really amazing series, and thank you for writing it. as I,m sure people have told you, the way you explain everything and link it to canon and fill in all the blanks and offer your own explanations is great. It really adds dimension to the writing. Also, your aussie expressions are fantastic (unless I'm getting this wrong and you're from New Zealand?). I am just waiting for the day that I can appropriately use "bless your cotton socks".
Anyway, apart from shameless flattery, I had the intention in this review of telling you that the entire Gaang has in fact seen a picture of Firelord Ozai. I believe somebody mentioned in the reviews that there might have been one decorating the back of the class in "The Headband", but in the same episode, when Aang presents the Gaang with his portrait of Ozai done in noodles, he first shows them a normal portrait of him, given to him in class. He says, "I already have a portrait of Fire Lord Ozai. And here's one that I made out of noodles!".
But, no harm, no foul, sooo...
Also, I should mention that I have a headcanon (perhaps that is not the appropriate word for this situation, but I can't think of a better one) for this fic in which when the Gaang is wondering how they're going to recognize Ozai, or at least Aang is, Zuko says, "That's easy. He looks like me."
(Forgive me). I mean, they do share a lot of similar features, though I suppose Zuko's scar is somewhat distracting, and it adds a nice touch to his angst I think, the fcat that he looks so much like Ozai.
In fact, that's one way in which Zuko might be hapy about his scar, which I wanted to bring up because I found it really fascinating what you said about his scar. I'd honestly never given a lot of thought to whether or not Zuko's scar made him less or more attractive. Much like you (I think), it just kind of became part of him and I never gave it much thought. However, I wanted to add to your idea by saying that I think the scar is a difficult thing to quantify/qualify simply because it's an animated show. Scars will look different in real life, and this is important to note when considering Zuko's. His is drawn on, and obviously we're disregarding the interpretation of that scar in the live-action movie because of reasons (oh so many reasons). I've searched it a couple times, but I can't say I've found anything in cosplay or elsewhere online that gives a good idea of a facial burn scar of that magnitude. Also, I mustn't forget that Zuko has the rest of himself (such a fantastic bod, such a handsome face) to counteract it, so that has to be taken into account too.
Now, please excuse me, that was really long and ramble-y, and I wouldn't be surprised if you don't read it, simply overwhelmed by it's unfortunate magnitude (heh, that was nice and poetic).
Thank you for adding to art on the internet (yeah, it's that good), and have a wonderful week (why would I stinge, and say just a day?).
| mermaidella chapter 1 . 1/20/2013
This story is GREAT
| Boogum chapter 50 . 1/17/2013
Iroh cracks me up. I love that old man. Of course he would have already planned everything.
OMG, I can't stop laughing at Zuko and Hakoda's conversation. This:
/Suddenly my dad collected himself and asked Zuko what he thought about dinner. Zuko looked like he thought this was a trick question. He answered slowly that he thought it usually happened in the evenings and it would be in his top three favourite meals of the day./
Lololol. I can see it perfectly: Zuko just being plain confused, while Hakoda is thinking 'the dinner tomorrow, you dolt!' Silly Zuko.
Oh, Hakoda is sure being sly there. Talking about Bato and Ming, but also talking about Zuko and Katara. And I can see that Zuko understood that as well. Of course, we know Zuko and Katara's story will end up quite differently, even if it is difficult for a Fire Nation boy to like a Water Tribe girl.
/Iroh gave a ...delighted squeak. There really is no other word for it. It was this little happy squeaky sound. Zuko turned to him and said what's wrong with you now? Iroh said this was just the proudest moment of his entire life and wiped away an imaginary stray tear. Iroh thought he'd never live to see the day that Zuko suggested tea instead of running off and doing something impulsive./
And that is where I started cackling. HILARIOUS! I love your Iroh, and I love your Zuko!
Oooo, I'm at the end. I loved this. Loved it, loved it, loved it, and I don't know why I took so long to get back into reading this story. It's awesome, you are awesome, and I am totally pumped to start reading Not Stalking Firelord Zuko. Yay!
| Boogum chapter 49 . 1/17/2013
Aww, I loved Aang trying to cheer Zuko up. That was adorable!
Hahaha, Aang and Ty Lee together are hilarious. I can't stop grinning. And I loved Zuko's sarcasm to Ty Lee. Nice to see their friendship being explored a bit more! Also appreciated the part where Piandao talks to Zuko; that was nice, and exactly what Zuko needed to hear, I think.
| Boogum chapter 48 . 1/17/2013
Waaah. I got interrupted while reading this, and now I can't remember what I wanted to say. But do know that I like how you brought Ty Lee into this, and I thought the Zuko/Toph conversation was very sweet and fitting. Iroh really loves his threesomes, doesn't he? *snorts* Poor Zuko.
I was waiting for Zuko to realise that he was still going to have to be Fire Lord. Poor, poor Zuko. You gotta feel for the boy; he's so young, but I'm very happy you're at least keeping Iroh there to help out.
| Boogum chapter 47 . 1/17/2013
Aww, poor Katara. I was expecting something like this to happen, and I'm glad you didn't gloss over how the Water Tribe is dominated by men and warrior culture. Katara might be a warrior in her own right, but they're still blinded by 'female mending and helpmate'. You can't just change a tribe's customs in the blink of an eye, and I think Katara is definitely going to struggle with this after everything that has happened.
/ I couldn't see them, but I could guess what happened next because I heard Zuko say aaaww hell... don't do that... bollocks... I didn't mean it like that... oh don't cry. Here, take this. There was a rustle of fabric and frantic nose blowing. Then a pause and then Zuko said – no, you keep that. /
That made me laugh. Zuko always gets so flustered when he makes Aang cry, haha. I do feel for Aang, but he really did bring this on himself, and he does need to understand these things if he wants to be a good Avatar.
Aww, big sappy grin for the end. That was sweet. I love how Zuko and Katara cheer each other up.
| Boogum chapter 46 . 1/17/2013
I love all the awkward greetings - especially Hakoda and Zuko. Just lol.
Ozai is a nasty piece of work, and you got that across here beautifully. I do see him being the type to just sit there pushing people's buttons, because now he has no power but his words. Loved the fact Katara slapped him and kicked him in the family jewels, lol.
/I would do it all again, but this time hotter and longer and more painful/
Omg, my brain went straight to the gutters with that statement. LOL. And, you know, it would be just like Aang to think that sparing someone's life could somehow make them see the error of their ways. Yeah, not Ozai. He's a man who is willing to sacrifice everything for power; the only thing he would regret is allowing himself to be defeated. But I also like how you pointed out that even aang is having his doubts (but is too stubborn to admit it).
Toph's 'big fright' makes total sense. Ozai might be down, but he's still nasty. I could see him doing something like that. Poor Toph. :(
And Zuko's reaction is also very in-character. Poor boy makes me want to give him lots of hugs. It's true that when you grow up in that kind of environment, you do just assume it's normal for a parent to act that way, but there comes a point where you realise it's all wrong. It's going to be hard for Zuko to have people see just what he has been living with.
| Boogum chapter 45 . 1/17/2013
Loving this chapter. I especially liked how you noted that Zuko kind of wished he could see his mum too, even though it's ridiculous to be jealous of a crazy girl. It just seemed so human. I also like how you're not glossing over how complicated picking up all those pieces would be for Iroh, as well as what's happening in the Earth Kingdom. It's not taking the foreground (which is a good thing, I think), but we're aware of those political issues and that's important.
/Zuko joked about how 'my powers' combined with firenation healing would make me an unstoppable, bossy force of good health. Illnesses would quiver at the sound of my name. All sickness would flee in fear etc./
Heheh, that was cute.
And omg, the whole latter half of this chapter I swear I just giggled the whole time (which then turn into hacking coughs thanks to being sick. I totally blame you). I feel for Zuko, of course, but the whole conversation was just hilarious. Loved this!
| Boogum chapter 44 . 1/16/2013
Dr Yang must be one helluva doctor, cause her bedside manner sucks! lol. Cracks me up, though.
/Also Dr Yang knew that he thought tea was a cure for everything, when she had already scientifically proven to him, (over and over again) that tea did not cure a vast number of diseases./
LOL! I love that. I could see something like this happening. So funny, and so Iroh (and doctor Yang).
I'm now imagining Hakoda as a ninja nurse. hahaha. Awesome imagery right there.
Hehe, love the fact Katara also just can't get the hang of Pai Sho and that she finds the story of Zuko's temper tantrums endearing. I could defintiely see Zuko knocking a few Pai Sho boards over in his time. Hehehehee! Psychic inteference! Love it!
Yay, he's awake! Of course Iroh and Katara would go all clucky hen on him. Nawww so much adorable going on here. Mixed with sadness, of course, but still so very, very nice. I don't blame Katara for feeling awkward about saying "i love you" again now that he's awake. A whole 'nother ball game there, and it doesn't help he's all Mr Forgetful.
/I opted for option two and said it is a flower- you're too wily for me. /
This was great! I'd love to keep reading, but alas. Need sleep.
| Boogum chapter 43 . 1/15/2013
Ooo, loved this chapter. So raw in its emotions, but my favourite part was actually when Katara healed Azula and then fixed up her hair. I don't know why, but I just found that really moving.
I'm glad you had Iroh come over to the Fire Nation. I seriously doubt he'd just stick around in Ba Sing Se when Zuko is injured and incapable of doing much to sort out the mess the FN has been left in with Azula and Ozai's defeat. And if canon has us believe that, then I really do not understand canon. Iroh loves Zuko more than anything; in fact, it always bothers me that he doesn't at least stay in the FN with Zuko and is instead all 'hey, brah, go take on all this responsibility when you're sixteen and not ready; I'll just be chilling with me tea over here'. Maybe he doesn't want to be Fire Lord, but hell, don't leave the poor kid to just flounder. I mean, if we're to believe The Promise is canon, then look at what happens there because Iroh's off chilling with his tea!
Ahem. Well, that turned into a rant. Getting back to the point, I'm relieved you're not just blindly following canon here (or at least are trying to fix up those plot holes). It makes a much more satisfying read.
| Boogum chapter 42 . 1/9/2013
Ahh, I wish I was more awake to do this chapter justice with my review. Alas, it's past 1am here and I need some serious sleep. That said, this was quite the emotional rollercoaster, and I loved every bit of it. The Azula/Zuko Agni Kai was my favourite fight scene in the whole show, just for the raw emotion captured in every moment. That translated into this as well, which was much appreciated, and I liked the background bits you expanded upon (such as the rules and where Appa goes, etc).
The healing scene was very intense. I hope Zuko will remember that Katara told him she loves him, as that is sure to get the ball rolling, ehehe.