Reviews for A Handful of Dust
Guest chapter 64 . 12/22/2022
I have yo say I genuinely love this story. You have talent with writing and you have dine a wonderful job making them grow and change while still being in character. Such a unique story idea too! Well done! I banged the story in like 3 days haha. It's probably a long shot, but I'd love to see this story resolve. I hope you finish it someday.
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Averal chapter 40 . 8/21/2022
This story is so loaded with emotions. I love it. So many cute, little moments that just grip your heart, weaved skillfully into a full-fledge suspense story.
TheDragonPhylakas chapter 64 . 3/4/2022
Wow... I really binged this massive story in a single day. It made me feel empty, in a good way, just like the ending of the Original Trilogy. I came to the fanfiction side of Mass Effect seeking some closure or continuation of my favorite characters. You've certainly provided both.

Even though the story isn't complete we really saw a full character arc for both Garrus and Shepard, especially Garrus. I read your other fics as well to get the whole picture. He was always my personal fav as well but now I can't simply picture the trilogy without him in it. It's cathartic to see him take initiative, to act like the real deal would if this was a Bioware game. He does not sit down and give up, he doesn't act out of character not once and he doesn't fall in the age-old trope of a self-deprecating loop that never ends. I find it funny that he's also the man of a million jobs, vigilante, cop, gunnery chief, interrogator, sniper, pet caretaker, Reaper Advisor, Task Force Leader and now Counselor haha. That would make for an impressive resume.

It simply amazes me how you kept it all so consistent. You knew what you wanted and set out to do it without giving up all your pieces to us readers, I gasped at the twists and teared up at some scenes. I cared for these characters and couldn't tell them apart from the originals. I've attempted fanfiction of the same length and caliber before, it didn't pan out well and I understand what massive task you undertook, ambitious and saw it through to a satisfying reveal. It's ok to not end the story, we do this for fun after all. You pretty much uncovered all the major plot points you wanted to.

The story was riveting without having any actual firefights, I didn't notice that this could have merely been one long in-game cutscene/dialogue mission because the plot was so captivating. Commendations for that.

I'll find myself coming back to this often, I do not read fanfiction anymore unless it really catches my eye. The ending of ME3 would be much more complete with even a fraction of what you wrote in it. It's my headcanon for sure from now on.

I doubt you will see this as the account and story seem inactive for 6 years now. It's been a privilege getting to read this still and I am leaving this here so that newer readers can still be urged to give this masterpiece a try. Thank you so much.
Minnie1015 chapter 64 . 6/27/2021
This story is amazing. I usually don’t read WIP but I loved all your other stories so I read this one as well. This is by far my favorite post ME story. It makes sense and just fits with what could really happen. Thanks for sharing your passion with us. I enjoyed every one of your stories. Fan for life here! Take care!
Kj chapter 64 . 6/23/2021
I don't know if you will ever see my comment but I just wanted you to know how much I adore your writing and all of your ME stories. I have been reading them for years and I'm always drawn back to them whenever I finish a playthrough. I was recently brought back after playing the remastered games; and though I hadn't been engaged in the ME universe for awhile it was like coming home again. Not only is your writing beautiful on its own, but the way you portray these characters with so much respect to their original design is so refreshing and wonderful. It's unlike any other fanfics I've come across. These stories and characters have honestly become canon for me in my head. I'm sad to see this particular story has never been finished and I sincerely hope you will someday come back to it even if it may be for my own selfish reasons. Hope you are well and haven't stopped writing. All the best xx.
Evil Atlas chapter 37 . 4/19/2021
Can I just say that I adore Solana in this? Because I absolutely do.
Ellie Hawes chapter 1 . 11/4/2020
I know many of us are asking, and hoping you may one day find the inspiration to return to this story. It is truly beautiful, real, and now my headcanon post ME3.
The "ending" is in itself a new beginning, where imagination can take us further perhaps than any resolute ending might.
So for that, while my selfish heart craves more (also, a few extra love scenes, because yours are refreshingly non-smutty, yet I find myself craving more, just a little more sex...) this was definitely a padded enough story to exist as it stands now.
I'm sure a lot of us would be happy at hearing your voice again. But either way, thank you for sharing this. Your writing feels realistic, gritty and accurate. As others have said, I often heard the characters voices within my head throughout reading. It exists as canon to me now.
MaidMarian17 chapter 64 . 10/22/2020
Oh my goodness, i know this story hasn't been updated in years, but if it does get updated i would absolutely keep reading it! I can see everything in this story actually happening in congruence with the games! Thank you so much for this :)
Guest chapter 64 . 9/5/2020
This was wonderful. And while I would love the continuation of the story, this spot feels like the ending that is a beginning. We have the goal, we have bits of hope and despair. We have our characters in a new space that is also an old space.

This stands as another story about The Shepard. What happens next, it it’s written, is yet another.

Thank you for all the effort you put into this. For the nuanced relationships, for leaving Shepard as her name, for weaving something that fits really nicely into canon. No mean feat and this was a hell of a ride. Thanks.
Guest chapter 1 . 5/1/2020
Heartbroken. I didn't realise when I started it wasn't finished, just assumed it was complete. This was so brilliant it had me in floods of tears at some points, I wish we'd got an ending :(
Guest chapter 1 . 3/27/2020
Oh please continue. I've craving to know if dear sweet David can bring EDI back. I need that crazy witch Moira to get her due. I'm curious about Nick. Solana needs to have answers of her own . Shepard deserves to finally have her happy ending with her Archangel. This has kept me at such late hours of the night because I just couldn't stop reading.
Guest chapter 64 . 3/27/2020
I was so excited to see so many chapters and now I'm sad that's it's incomplete. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this and slightly hopeful it may one day be completed. Thank you.
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