|Reviews for Reno of Olde London Towne|
| witfooth chapter 6 . 2/10/2014
This is an AMAZING story and I can't believe it doesn't have more reviews. A fantastically colourful and well-developed universe with extremely convincing emotion and characterisation! Totally hope to see more. I love it, you have a wonderful talent, keep writing! :))
| Soluzek chapter 6 . 11/24/2013
This is fantastic. Hoping for more...
| Guest chapter 1 . 9/18/2013
No idea why my review is labeled anon.
| Guest chapter 6 . 9/18/2013
Oh Rufus, what did you do? You really know how to build tension. I wonder if Rufus realizes the risks he’s taking. Then again, it is Rufus, he probably knows the risks and chooses to disregard them. I really love Rufus’s attitude, just agree and I’ll take care of everything. All he wants is a word of assent from Reno and then he’s rushing forward to make everything falling to place. That rather reminds me of myself, always planning and trying to make things the way I want them to be and help the ones I care about. Although I can’t feel that whatever he’s going to tell Reno later will come around to bite them both.
Will Rufus be blackmailed forever? Will his father suspect something?
I just want the next chapter so much!
I hope you’ll be able to continue this story at a brisk pace now that things are better. Although I’m one to talk, I haven’t updated anything I’ve started in ages (aside from our joint project).
I really loved this chapter. The way they’re both so afraid and unsure, then that just melts away the minute their alone together. They can’t help but close the distance between them; the force of their attraction is palpable.
It was nice to get more of Reno’s backstory in this world. I’d like to hear that bit about his name really being Ren. I thought that was clever.
Lovely writing, as always, please update soon. (If Attack on Titan doesn’t take over your life and creativity).
| SinGrin chapter 5 . 8/18/2013
Update soon please :)
| Guest chapter 4 . 8/18/2013
Hey, :) I loved the letter writing scene. Can't wait to read more of this!
| Shadow-of-what chapter 1 . 7/9/2013
Nice slang! Don't think I've ever read anything that's so accurate. (and hot... Reno's hot as a cockney)
Wonderfully descriptive, the comparison between Victorian London and Midgar is great, though it gives me an image of Sephiroth as a train conductor brandishing Masamune at ticketless passengers. :)
Again, I loved reading this.
| sakiOlivia chapter 4 . 5/16/2013
This chapter is so sweet... :( and sad. Is it bad that I understood the letter perfectly?
| CameoAmalthea chapter 5 . 11/25/2012
I was really happy to see this update! Of course, it ends leaving me wanting more…they love each other so much and you make us so eager to see how it plays out.
| KuroChaos01 chapter 5 . 11/24/2012
This story has a really interesting idea. And I like how you are trying to keep the wording and the events realistic for the time period.
| Licoriceallsorts chapter 5 . 11/22/2012
You cannot imagine how excited I was to see the latest update. I love so many things about this story - the characterisations, the dialogue, the Englishness (assuaging my homesickness a iittle), but I think maybe the thing I love most of all is the balance of comedy with real feelings. It's a rom-com (so far), but I never doubt the sincerity of their feelings for each other. Both of them, in their very different ways, are living lives full of chores but short on pleasure. Rufus goes through the motions expected of someone in his position, but longs for something authentic, something more substantial and real than the eternal facade of keeping up appearances. It was a really nice to make him aware of how precarious his own social position as a nouveau riche, compared to the aristocrat Devereux. In a funny sort of way Reno almost has more to look forward to; his short-term prospects are not pleasant, but if he can find the strength of character to stick at it long enough to earn the money he needs, he can rise in the world (since he really can't sink much lower). Rufus, on the other hand, runs a great risk of falling. He has a lot more to lose than Reno.
I can't tell you how much I enjoy wallowing in their lovesickness. It's so funny and so touching all at once - except when Reno's dark relfections take on the edge of despair.
When I'm doodling (during staff meetings) I often end up drawing Rufus from this fic, designing various Victorian outfits for him. I'm afraid to sketch Reno in case one of my colleagues asks me why I'm drawing a man in Victorian drag!
So excited to see where the story goes next. As you know I hold out great hopes of the two of them gallivanting all over the world, by steamship, train, hot-air balloon, on horseback, and maybe even in a submarine - the Northwest Frontier, Rhodesia, Panama, Texas, Valparaiso, the rubber plantations of Borneo... I guess another reason I love this story is that it uses all my favourite characters, but because it's an AU I have no idea what's going to happen next!
The link to Cam's picture isn't working. How can I find it?
My only guess as to the true identity of Guy Sanderson is Vincent, with all his talk of sin and redemption.
| Lanes.Fanfiction chapter 4 . 10/1/2012
Please keep going
| flames04 chapter 4 . 8/25/2012
Strangely enough, I can understand Reno's writing perfectly...
| CameoAmalthea chapter 4 . 8/24/2012
"dr Rfis y du fnk i m lyn i ant lyn abrt O 2u. i fnk i f fL 4 u. i ant lyn Sma ant 0 2 me lyk u r. i 12cu Rfis i one 1 u Reno"
If I dare venture a guess, does the letter say:
“Dear Rufus ,
Why do you think I’m lying? I ain’t lying about nothing to you. I think I feel for you. I ain’t lying. Esme ain’t nothing to me like you are. I want to see you Rufus. I only want you.
The only difficult bit was Sma because I kept using the sss sound rather than the name of the letter of S and the soft A, but once I figured out that Ma was way, I guessed Esme. Although I don’t think I’d be able to get that if I didn’t know her name before hand. The other tricky part was “one 1” the second one is want, so first isn’t a word but something to sound out phonetically from the letters as pronounced by their names, OH In EE then is only?
Maybe it was easy for me because I’m dyslexic. My brain works phonetically, honestly, this looks like something I might have written when I just learning to read and write back in 4th grade, although I wasn’t clever enough to use numbers. When he started using numbers my thought was…wow Reno just invented Leet Speech (if you don’t know what that is it’s a language invented in the 1980s using numbers and common misspellings that occur while typing, similar to text speak (see SMS Language), which was the practice of using numbers to form words in text messages before the advent of cell phones with better language programs or actual keyboard. When using a number pad to send text messages using one thumb it was quicker to develop a number based short hand. "later" to "l8r")
Anyway, I think Reno is very clever to work that out. Honestly, the English language makes no sense. All the sounds are inconsistent and all those homophones and homonyms. Phonetics is much more logical, in my opinion. Then again, my brain isn’t wired for symbols.
On to the rest of the fic. This really is good. You should consider publishing it when you finish. I could get you paired with an artist and it could be made into a visual novel! Think of that! Change the names, and it’s all yours, and much more original than Fifty Shades of Gray, not to mention better written.
They always warn writers against writing in accents because it’s so easy to make speech sound more like caricature or simply unintelligible, but you never have that problem. The voices seem so real I can hear in my head clear as day. The world is vivid and real, and that fact makes the story all the more enjoyable.
As for the characters, you’ve set up a classic star crossed romance, a little dirtier than most, but it never descends to a level of pure pornography. Rather it’s something quality with highly sexual elements, which is the sort of erotic literature that there really needs to be more of in the world.
Thank you for writing and I look forward to more. I’m sorry this review isn’t longer, but my lap top battery needs to be replaced and I have an appointment across town because the only Apple store is in the really posh shopping center (Coach, Louis Vuitton and other shops I can’t afford, that sort of place) up in the foothills. So I’ve got to run, but let me assure you, I was gushing with emotion and empathy for them both. I can’t wait to see them work out their misunderstandings.
Also, looking forward to seeing more FFVII characters, who are Tseng, Rude and Elena and the rest of the Turks in this world, do they exist?
| Licoriceallsorts chapter 4 . 8/24/2012
That was pure magic from beginning to end. When I saw the notice for this update in my inbox, I laughed out loud. This whole chapter is just perfection from beginning to end. Reno, I suppose, is slightly the more straightforward of the two: he has lived too long in the world of harsh reality to lie to himself. I love the very pragmatic attitude he and Esme have to their jobs. He's so open and honest with her; their friendship was a treat to read. I could have gone on reading their dialogue for twice as long again! She's much more of a mayfly than he is; he's thinks about future, he's got plans, he saves money, he can endure any amount of irritations, petty and not so petty, because he's taking the long view. He has the potential to become a man of substance. In a way, he stands to lose more than Rufus does if this relationship goes pear-shaped, because Rufus is already making him restless and dissatisfied and causing him to lose his focus on the future. I could see this relationship destroying him (if it doesn't work out, but I'm sure it will).
And Rufus, so like a teenager (teenage girl?) in love: stalking the beloved, leaping to jealous conclusions, storming off in a fit of pique, resolving never to go back - "But I'll just send him a letter letting him know exactly how I feel..." He is pure perfection. I love how you're setting him up with all these prejudices and snotty preconceptions which we just know are going to get torn down by the end of the fic, leaving him a better man for it. The pleasure will lie in seeing how they come down.
Making Reo illiterate was a double stroke of brilliance, both as character development and because it gave him someone to discuss Rufus's letter with - and then the wonderful note! "Only the name at the end made immediate sense, and Rufus hated himself for the flood of feelings it provoked." You don't *really* hate yourself, Rufus.
I wanted to add that the period detail is wonderful. I can easily picture all your 'sets', and when Rufus got into the cab my mind's ear could hear the horses's hooves clop-clopping, and then the thud of his cane against the roof when he told the cabman to drive home. That whole scene was a brilliant example of point of view shift working really well. I love the slang: it brings their world alive. "Rozzer" That's a great word. And the trip to the music hall, with all the details of the songs and the acts. You manage to convey a sense of lives fully lived in a fully realised world.
I'm going to say again what I said before: if you "filed off the serial numbers", I am 100% sure you could find a publisher for this, or publish it as an e-book. It is just such a joy to read, so much fun while at the same time tugging at my heartstrings. Those two gorgeous boys!