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Down and Out in DC was great!
Ahh, I really love your style. You mix in a lot of snark and the kind of stream-of-consciousness ideas that people get in everyday life, but maintain really good grammar and a very coherent storyline. Plus, I think the idea of Soul and Maka as superheroes, once enemies, now partners, is very sexy. I also liked the way you included a bunch of other cast members and wove all their stories in with Soul's and Maka's. Black Star as a family member was especially sweet!Read the story now
Internuntii is always going to stick with me. I went into the story familiar with Soul Eater but not Bastion, and discovered that I needed an understanding of neither to get totally sucked in to the plot and the characterization. It's incredible because no matter what your background - even if you've never experienced either canon - you'll still enjoy the way the plot unravels. The dialogue is charming and flows like real human thought and speech. The spelling, grammar, and sentence construction are so apt that you don't have to worry about errors and awkward phrasing distracting from the story. And the emotion builds up, quietly at first, until you don't know what hit you.
With that said, as someone who loves Soul Eater canon, it was integrated incredibly well. If you do happen to be familiar with Soul Eater, you'll feel like you're meeting old friends in a lush new world.
if only tonight all stories were this good
I am always a little bit unsure about zombie stories. But yours works for me, and I think it's because it confronts head-on the thing that scares me the most about the concept of a zombie apocalypse: the loss of self. Not just the loss of self from turning into a zombie, but from having to kill things that are arguably still sort of human, from losing what life used to be before everything happened. Gore and violence can be scary, sure, but that's nothing compared to the existential terror of losing everything that matters and being forced into a brutal game of bodily survival after you're not sure your soul is intact anymore, at least in my eyes. IOTWCS deals with this very directly but leaves a hopeful message at the end, which also means a lot.
There's no need to be familiar with Soul Eater to understand this story - as I've discovered from certain people who've read it without any knowledge of canon at all - but I'm also always left in awe at how you manage to preserve the essential themes of SE and the themes of Soul and Maka's canon characters and relationships, even when you bring them into an extremely different context. That is what a well-written AU is supposed to do. You give them their balance of power, their strengths and weaknesses that compliment each other, their interests translated into ones for that universe. Also, I love that your stories reflect inner and outer turmoil. In IOTWCS, there is a huge amount of conflict resulting from not only the obvious zombie apocalypse and other character interactions, but also from Maka's own struggle to re-find "the meaning of her name."
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