Reviews for The Last Christmas
Guest chapter 5 . 6/19
Well that was horrifying. In a good way though.

I'm not sure what I think about him giving the elves immortality. It was very spur of the moment, and at the very least I think he should have given it a lot more careful consideration first.

While I'm bothered that he didn't even ask them first, I'm less bothered than some readers, because the way I see it, rather than taking away their choices, he gave them enough time to live and make their own choices. They've probably become independent enough by this point that they could make themselves mortal again if they so choose. But that independent thinking is somewhat horrifying in its own right when you consider the kind of things that they find acceptable without a Santa to guide them.

But they were going to leave humanity alone, so maybe not so horrifying after all. I wonder if they wanted to leave simply because they no longer wanted to do the job or because they were wise enough to see how dangerous they were to humanity. Maybe some of both.

He most definitely should not have done that last Christmas though. I don't know what the pebble did, but considering his previous ideas, the results were almost certainly catastrophic. He almost certainly did more harm than the previous Santa ever did.
NuclearMex chapter 5 . 8/16/2021
Interesting story, I wished that you had touched on the engineering aspect more.
Random Guest chapter 5 . 12/26/2020
Holy shit.
Guest chapter 5 . 5/26/2020
Thank you.
Where the gras is greener chapter 5 . 5/25/2017
Hahaha, that was mean! I wonder what that silver sphere was, and why you cut it.

It is weird, how this story is in aspects more horrifying than Bluer Shade of White, yet in others it is the reverse.
InsaneIsBestSane chapter 5 . 4/29/2016
Adored it.
Mader Levap chapter 5 . 8/21/2015
I read many less or more dark Christmas tales, but this takes cake. Maybe not most brutal, but certainly interesting.
tH1s chapter 5 . 4/8/2015
Guest chapter 3 . 3/20/2015
This is the strangest utility function...
logop chapter 5 . 3/3/2015
Clever little story. Could have been pushed a further
Guest chapter 5 . 12/21/2014
But, yeah; Xiu Yang asks "Santa?" Or, more specifically, "Old man Christmas?" (Chinese version of Father Christmas).

I like the non-reproducing immortal entities, but why in the world aren't the elves going to help people? And how did they manage to separate CS from Santa's happiness?

I guess the elves take longer to learn things, especially since they aren't used to free will, so usually if they only live until 60 none of them live long enough to think much about CS.

Why aren't they having kids anymore? I know it isn't necessary, but do they just not want kids?

Actually, scratch that - I don't like the immortals; they're scary. They've seen the Rwandan Genocide and they still won't help the children even though it might happen again. And now they're immortal and likely can't be killed and are scarily overpowered.
Guest chapter 5 . 12/21/2014
Dear Daniel LC,
In case you missed it in the story, and were incapable of figuring it out through her name, Li Xiu Yang is Chinese. Not Japanese. Her name is not in romanji because romanji does not exist in China; her name is in pin yin. And her words are in characters, or Han Zi. Not "kanji" because, once again, that doesn't exist in China. Don't pretend you understand Asian languages; it's offensive.
Starry Owl and Inky Moon chapter 5 . 12/10/2014
Why do I read these things at one in the morning? Why oh why do I listen to Eliezer Yudkowsky?! I don't think I'm going to sleep tonight.

Very interesting fic by the way. Great concept, could have been drawn out more, it seemed a bit rushed, but well executed.
Guest chapter 5 . 8/1/2014
awesome story.
DanielLC chapter 5 . 7/10/2014
In case anyone's wondering, Li Xiu Yang said "Santa Claus?" There's a trick involving Inspect Element that can be used to copy text from .

Why is her name in romaji, but her question in kanji?

I find it odd that Charles can't guess which toys are backups. It seems pretty obvious to me. It's all of them.
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