|Reviews for The Frost Spirit and the Honey Tree|
| everydaytimelord chapter 5 . 12/13/2013
Wowzer. You have such an elegant way of story-telling. I am truly impressed by the fluid way your words meld into each other and tell such an extravagant tale. Bravo, and I look forward to reading more!
| Uovoc chapter 3 . 9/16/2013
First Captain Carrot, and now Spider-Man? Where do these ingenious nicknames come from? Are you sure you've never read anything by Terry Pratchett? And that Australian slang, where do you pull that out from? Bush telly!
On another note, you're the first person I've come across who's made note of the way Bunny's tunnels don't always follow the laws of time-space.
| Uovoc chapter 2 . 9/16/2013
Thanks for not making Jack a playboy. He's still a kid, really, and shipping really runs against the tone of the movie. Embarrassment is a more fitting reaction for him.
"He searched his memory. 'I don't know, a lot of people here are poor?'"
Yep, the quintessential ignorant American. While I don't know much more than Jack about Africa, other than what I read in 'Things Fall Apart,' I can still tell that you've put effort into researching both the mythology and the culture. Way to fight ignorant Americanism.
| Uovoc chapter 1 . 9/16/2013
How to describe this?
How about: Perfect. Just perfect.
Sandy's expressions are so him. Light, plain, to the point. A lot of writers inadvertently leave him out, but you portray him brilliantly.
Anansi seems to just fit in this world for some reason. I can't quite explain it, but I'm very picky about introducing new mythology into ROTG. For example, naiads (don't remember which fanfic that was) don't fit. Maybe it's because Anansi has a well-defined character, or because he has intrinsically human traits. Or maybe it's because you wrote him so well. Incidentally, have you read "Anansi Boys" by Neil Gaiman? (Maybe I accepted Anansi quickly because he's already a fully formed character in my mind.)
| zooface pooplord chapter 5 . 7/29/2013
OMG GUARDIAN OF STORIES LIKE MOTHER GOOSE?
| Isilarma chapter 5 . 7/22/2013
I love this. Anansi is a brilliant character; his relationship with Bunny is fascinating, and I can't wait to see more of it. The whole thing was very well written, and I'm going straight off to the sequel now. Thank you very much for writing this.
| Rhiathynn chapter 5 . 5/15/2013
Just wanted to say that I actually liked your OC which is unusual for me since I hate OC's with a passion. You manage to give him a personality without going overboard and weave him into the story without overshadowing the cannon characters. I look forward to reading the sequel.
| meru-chan chapter 5 . 5/2/2013
i just sat and read this all in one go and OH MY GOD, I LOVED ANANSI! This was a delightful, spectacular read and i loved Every. Single. Second of it! Now, onto the king of cold mountain! (loving this soooo much!)
| sakurasapprentice7 chapter 5 . 5/1/2013
I loved the first story but this was even better!
I like Anansi - he is wise but playful :)
I like the issues you're raising for Jack and the glimpses of his past
I'm sure the next story will be great 3
| Nada1224 chapter 5 . 4/27/2013
Yay, now I'm not as confused as I was when I read The King of Cold Mountain, but that was my fault for not reading the series in order (I still regret nothing!)
I appreciate Anansi a little more than I did in the third story, but that was because when I read about him, I was like "who the hell is this?" But now it all makes sense and I've decided that, yes, I like him very much.
Looking forward to the next installment!
| wynturkroh chapter 5 . 4/25/2013
So, I read King of Cold Mountain before I read this. I love them both. I especially appreciate Anansi. Looking all over the ROTG ff.n forums you see all these "Meet my New Guardian!" stories... Most of them are superfluous Mary Sues and not very well formed with very little basis in the folklore and legends that surround the figures (Cupid is a man damn-it! The son of Aphrodite the Goddess of beauty! HE'S NOT A WOMAN!... sorry, couldn't help myself)
Either way. It is becoming increasingly clear in the fandom that respect for these folktales and legends are greatly diminishing. I love that you've brought back more than a little dignity to them. Particularly towards the end of King of Cold Mountain with all the figures of regional native story. The African tales are especially poignant in your stories. Why did you choose them versus say, Native American, Celtic, Greek/Roman, or any others? No complaints by your choice, by any means... One of my favorite books as a child was "The Cow-Tail Switch and other African Stories". It was unfortunately damaged beyond read-ability by a flood many years ago, but Anansi definitely brought them back to mind!
I love Anansi.
I would kiss him. Spider form or no.
Or at least provide him with plum and banana salad, dressed with honey upon request.
Or both... Do you think he likes mangoes?
Either way, fantastic work, and I am already looking forward to the follow up to KoCM!
| Doppler Effect chapter 5 . 3/13/2013
Hello, I am going to attack your inbox with an incredibly large review.
First, I loved the representation of Anansi. (Ever read Neil Gaiman's book Anansi Boys? He always does a pretty good job.) I thought the combination of new- and old-style clothes was a nice touch, and his ATTITUDE! Oh, that was good. Perfectly conveys the effect of him being the oldest one there who is tired but used to dealing with young idiots. Which, of course, is what he usually does in his tales (or he's the idiot). I liked your combination of an older, wiser Anansi who has learned from some of his mistakes and the Anasi from the tales. He's the Trickster, and that must be remembered if anything he does should make any sense.
Next I have to rant about the humor. I was crying from laughter when I read your impression of the fans in chapter two. That was SO funny because it is so what would happen if he were to appear in a gathering of fans. Bunny's reaction makes it all the more humorous. You did a great job of bringing out his more devious side when he was around old friends who had been involved in that past of his.
Also, a thing people commonly forget to add into their stories for RotG is the constant humor. They were in the middle of fights in the movie and would still be making jokes. If their center is something light and cheerful, as all of theirs are, that's not going to fade in the a fight. You got their sense of humor exact.
Anansi's gesture of yanking Jack up into the air to show him the view of Africa and give him the short talking to was a great scene. It's a common fact that people forget a lot, and not just about Africa. It would make perfect sense for a foreigner who rarely, if ever, steps onto Africa to forget about all of that.
I suspect a lot of people wanted to assume he immediately was perfect at the job, but frankly, he's never had to work with a team before, he's never had that much responsibility on his shoulders, and there's no way he's ever had to deal with that many conflicting emotions while in the middle of a stressful situation. We all make mistakes, and we make them most often when we're stressed out. Not only would a lot of these factors be stressful for anyone, but he's never had any of them before. I suspect the stress would be pretty surprising too, since he would have spent much of his immortal life just ignoring other immortals (he's not much of a people person unless he's dealing with kids) or playing with kids. He wouldn't have expected to have a problem. Any conversation he's had at Manny was always wondering why none of the children could see him. He didn't care about family, since he didn't remember what he was missing.
I was sad to see the sweatshirt go, even if it gave way to the "I'm going somewhere to sulk shirtlessly like I belong in a soap opera while Bunny tells you how much of a screw-up I am." (which was soooo funny.) It was nice to see the disappearance was short-lived and that it was replaced quickly enough. While I'm sure the hordes of fans would love to see him shirtless, he doesn't look nearly as cheerful or dramatic without the cloak from the beginning of the movie or the sweatshirt. He needs something for the frost to sit on.
| AnimeYaoiFangirl100 chapter 5 . 1/27/2013
I greatly enjoyed this! :D As I enjoyed Anansi - he seemed pretty epic.
| zaylo267 chapter 5 . 1/16/2013
There will be more stories? The guardian of stories?
| Runforthestairs chapter 5 . 1/12/2013
Wow. That was a very VERY good read. I finished it last night but was too tired to write a review (stayed up late to finish it). So that's I'm awake enough...
I'll start with the writing itself. I love how you write. It is detailed without rambling. I'm one of those writers who gets so caught up in the reader's understanding what I'm trying to communicate that I OVER describe. I really admire writers like you who neither over nor under describe and manage to convey a clear image in such a concise way. The pacing was good. It didn't feel like the story was rushing but it also didn't drag. There were only a few minor grammatical errors, but they were easily overlooked on account of the scarcity of them and the quality of the rest of the story. A few typos and such.
Now as for the canon characters, you captured their personalities excellently. For the most part it didn't feel like fanfictionified character, it felt like it could be straight out of the canon. There were a few points where the wording on Jack's lines were a bit off but nothing major or frequent. You have their personalities down wonderfully. I guess I would just say to be sure the wording is right for the characters. But, like I said, it wasn't frequent. Just a few lines for Jack.
The original characters didn't even seem like OCs. They fit well into the story and each had a definite personality. The fangirls were an amusing touch and I love how Jack was thoroughly disturbed by their advances. Since you asked specifically about Anansi, I will talk specifically about him. You gave him a lot of depth and I like that. There seems to be more to him than what was shown in this story, as is to be expected from a being as old as he is. I appreciated his personality, while being that of a trickster, also being wise from age. One part I did not quite understand was when he made it rain without clouds. Maybe add a bit more on that in the next story he's in?
Time to talk about the story itself. The plot was fascinating. The majority of fanfiction plots do not actually have substantial plots. They are excuses to write self-inserts, beat up the characters, or write romance without creating new characters. Fanfics like this, ones that actually have a real plot, are rare but worth the search. You caught my attention from the start and had me wondering up until the end what would happen next. Even when the characters were both physically and emotionally hurt it was not without reason like so many are. It made sense for them to be hurt. I love how you explored more of Jack's personality and how you portrayed his relationships with the different characters. It's like an action, adventure, character study. I love it.
Lastly, the little detail things that I noticed. Jack's emotional reaction to water on his face. That was something I appreciated. I never crossed my mind before reading this, but I imagine after an experience like that anyone would be a bit uneasy with it. The main thing that I noticed that bothered me was the scene where Anansi was talking to MiM. If you haven't read it, I would recommend reading the book about the Man in the Moon from the original Guardians of Childhood series because it's highly likely that Anansi is older than MiM which might change the nature of their relationship in a few minor ways. Because he is not the moon itself but rather a man who lives on the moon.
Overall this was a brilliant fanfic that I would recommend full-heartedly and happily re-read. I'm looking forward to reading the next one!