Reviews for Self Slain Gods on Strange Altars
bowelgroovement chapter 15 . 3/24/2013
This story really reminds me of Never Let Me Go, especially now with Hermione drifting around to the different safe houses. and just the quiet sadness of it all. its one of those stories that really touches something within you, and makes you sympathize with the characters. its a story that just pops into my head sometimes when I'm washing dishes or something. you're so good at capturing emotions and creating images and I love every chapter so I do hope you finish this.
Ladyjulian chapter 15 . 3/22/2013
Look, it's damn fine stuff even if it has got a bit bogged down. If you don't like it, take it down. I'll be disappointed, but nothing is worth berating yourself like this.
cooemi10 chapter 15 . 3/21/2013
The story started off strong, but it does feel like you kind of lost your train of thought as you went on. And I really don't mean that rudely. Cross my heart and all that jazz. I like the story and the writing style, even with all the angst. 'Misery porn' mad me giggle.
toriashley chapter 15 . 3/21/2013
Well, if the angst is going somewhere...or at least if the plot is going somewhere, then angst is fine. As long as things are moving on, then I'm happy. If you feel trapped or discouraged, it might be worth posting an alternate second half, sort of like what AnubisAnkh did with Pride of Time, in case SSGOSA can go two ways. I'd read both. I love your angst with direction. :)
giraffelaugh chapter 15 . 3/20/2013
Hey, I'm a 20 year-old too, but I only wish I could write like you. And you're an engineering major...what? This story is so eloquently beautiful, and it was fun to read! I like the angst and it just add to the story and made it real. There's nothing wrong with this and it's truly different from the rest. I just hope you will find your happy place again soon :) And I really, really should be studying for my finals right now, but I'm going to reread your fic. Again. Heh.
Guest chapter 15 . 3/20/2013
I'm still reading your story! I like the angst. It's not stupid angst, it's justified angst.

I hate seeing people get discouraged-I'm always so impressed with fanfic writers who manage to write a compelling story.
MSCOCO chapter 15 . 3/20/2013
ohh nooo!we just getting to the good stuff ! its a good story but im not a writer so i hope you find what you need to give this closeure.
totalreadr chapter 15 . 3/20/2013
You are talented and are obviously willing to work hard. Try not to get too distracted by anxiety and insecurity. You have high standards, and that's a good thing. But you don't have to be perfect.

You seem to have been letting anxiety prompt you to obsessively revisit minor details which don't have much of an effect on the story; hence the repost. If a sentence, paragraph or chapter "feels done," but then you worry-just go ahead and post. You can always edit minor details later.

You show clear signs of being a millennial. Not necessarily a 20-year-old one though. ;) Millennials as a generation have been taught they must never make any mistakes ever. It's not your fault you were taught this. But try to relax; you're doing this for fun, after all.

And I'm not saying lower your standards, either. Part of the fun is persevering until *you* think it's good, even if everyone else would be happy with "good for a 20-year-old." Stick with your own standards. By "relax," all I mean is, don't be afraid to risk making mistakes!

I hope you enjoy your break, and come back refreshed and ready to have fun with this story again!
rosin1 chapter 14 . 3/20/2013
Honestly, I did enjoy reading chapters 1-11 more than the later chapters but I attributed that feeling to Snape's absence from the story after Hogwarts fell rather than "misery porn." I was hopeful after the last chapter you posted (17?) that we would be getting more SSHG soon and was really looking forward to future updates. Out of all of your wonderful stories, this was the one I am most enamored of. But even if you feel the need to take a break, would you consider writing old-fashioned smutty SSHG instead? Pretty please?
A for Anarchy chapter 15 . 3/20/2013
By all means, take a breather! Although I have no complaints about your work thus far, I would rather read what you think is your best effort!
Reyem chapter 15 . 3/20/2013
Speaking from someone who's still writing a fanfiction story for almost 3 years now, take as much time as you want.

And again, from personal experience, you are not going to please ALL readers. But, you have to write this story in the manner YOU want the story to unfold. If it helps you in anyway, shape, or form, I think it's progressing in a fashion that isn't beyond reasonable comprehension or ridiculous. It makes sense! You think a person who comes out of a war is happy-go-lucky and can go on living life normally? Of course not! It stays true to the human psyche and emotion. If you need a lot of angst to get the message across, then use it, and fuck the .9 percent of your readers who hate it.

And who cares if you're 20? You obviously can hide your age well, because your writing style is fantastic. Anyone who criticizes your technique either is A. Completely envious of your talent; or B. Trying to develop your already extensive gift into something that most published authors only dream they can be one day.

I've been here since you posted chapter 1, and I don't plan on leaving unless I get hit by a meteorite, or something ridiculous like that. Not even the fiancee can deter me from my Snanger fandom. Just take a deep breath, edit as much as you can from your earlier stuff, and continue on in a slow fashion. It will be as beautiful and lyrical as ever.
Mo chapter 15 . 3/20/2013
I quite like this story. I like the way your portray the war against the dark as an actual war and not just a battle. Your time is obviously yours to do with as you please, but I'll keep reading this for as long as you keep adding to it. "Misery porn" (teehee) parts and all.
restlessmystery chapter 15 . 3/20/2013
People are DEFINITELY still reading. I, like notearchiver, am one who has never reviewed simply because I can not put into words just how blown away I am by your story. Your writing style is absolutely amazing, and the only one of its kind that I have encountered in fanfiction. I love the point of view, the angst, the overwhelming and constantly changing emotions, and the overall plot so far. I was completely enraptured with your story in the beginning, after you re-posted, and am still eagerly awaiting future updates. Although there is a plethora of angst, I feel that with this type of plot, it is entirely necessary. I, for one, enjoy reading a story that is not at all like the rest of the SSHG out there (the usual slow understanding of both characters, friendship, angst, friendship, romance, angst, happy ending). This one is SO very different- and you truly are so very gifted at writing.
If you feel you need a break, then please take a break. Enjoy it, clear your head, become focused again. I will still be here, most definitely, and am entirely positive that I will still enjoy your story when you pick it back up again.
I'm sorry you received some poor response on the style of this story, but please write however makes you happy. I believe that you should enjoy it before changing your own style to meet the demands of readers who cannot understand it.
Regardless, just know that there are readers out there who enjoy your writing, and especially this story, so very much. Please don't give up, but please take the time you need. Thank you for the update on everything- I almost jumped out of my chair! Best wishes!
Mel chapter 15 . 3/20/2013
People are definitely still reading! Hopefully a break will help you figure out where you want to go. You're a great writer. I'll be one of the people waiting to read more once you've sorted things out :)
Music of silence chapter 15 . 3/20/2013
Thanks for the heads up, I'm glad to know you won't abandon the story because I really like what was going on. And maybe starting with the theme rather than the story wasn't the most effective but ut gives your story a certain feeling that others lack. Also, I had a lot of fun reading the begining of your story but got confused in the constant reuploads. Please make sure a chapter is finished before posting in, otherwise, we don't know where we are in the different versions and it gets very messy. Otherwise, I whish you good luck for your projects and I will be there and you write again!
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