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Captivating and unique
I have no real knowledge of video games or the one that this fic is based on and yet it remains one of the best fics I have read. Exciting, with strong visuals and many mysteries to be unraveled, Internuntii draws you in from the first line and doesn't let go until the end. The mystery of the Calamity builds until the end with a twist reveal that poses a dangerous moral question. I absolutely love it. The reveal scene in particular remains one of my absolute favorites, the tension so high I always wind up yelling my choice at the screen desperately hoping the characters will make the same one. The world building is rich and done in a way that no prior knowledge of the Bastion game is needed to understand what is going on. and the characterizations are perfectly balanced between Soul Eater canon and the new setting they are placed in. The writing is exemplar and showcases the considerable skill of its author (who to be totally honest has never disappointed). I've enjoyed this fic from the very start of its writing and still love it today.Read the story now
First of all how dare you
I feel like I need to start with "first of all how dare you" because in the space of an afternoon this story totally took over my interest, my emotions and my life. I went out to dinner with my friends afterwards completely unable to talk about anything else. This is such an original plot with strong characterizations and rich world building. It's so rare to see a fic that's willing to be as creative and out of the box as this, let alone one that avoids being ooc while still crafting unique versions on the characters. I also really appreciate the established relationship between the protagonists. That's something you rarely see in any form of storytelling but you manage to maintain tension and intrigue between the characters while making it clear to the audience why they love each other, not just simply that they do. My only complaint would be that I wish it was longer with even more world history and development of different aliens. And of course the ending which I both love and despise. It's both ambiguous and concrete, an ending that could leave space for a sequel but equally completes the story with a strong sense of satisfaction (as well as devastation). It's not only sad because of what happens, but because it makes sense both within the story and the characterizations for it to happen.. Weeks after reading this story I still think about it.Read the story now
Superheroes at their best
As someone who loves the superhero genre but it always let down by it's problematic mainstream canons, this fic is everything I have wanted from the genre! With a clear and original premise and interpretation of the genre, ProMa delivers where existing texts fail. The characters are well developed with clear motivations, relationships and superpowers. The angle of the ex-villain and the superhero falling in love and building a life together is particularly unique and executed in a way that leaves no doubt of their love for each other or their identities as super-humans trying to make a difference in the world. Soul's voice as the POV character is consistent and compelling, his self-doubt/loathing never coming off as annoying or pitiable and his devotion to changing his life and aiding Maka never grandiose or over the top. It is definitely one of the best Soul characterizations I have read."Down and Out in Death City" is definitely one of my go-to stories when I'm craving some superheroes.Read the story now
Poetic, Compelling, Lasting
Every time I read "If Only Tonight We Could Sleep" I fall a little more in love with it. From when you first published it, to now, every time I read it, I find something new to love and appreciate. The lyrical writing style is both full of beautiful symbolism and blunt truths that create such a clear and distinct vision of what is happening and how the characters are feeling. Every character is so well developed that they are distinct individuals from their first appearances and it is impossible to confuse or forget any of them. While dealing with a dark subject matter IOTWCS is funny, irreverent and equally values romantic, familial and platonic relationships. It's starkly practical of the realities of not only surviving, but living in a post-apocalyptic world, from finding food to dealing with your period returning for the first time in 5 months and hoping that against all odds you'll come across some clean clothes in your size. Perhaps most striking is the continuing theme of this world being the one that Maka has chosen to keep, that even when the whole world has literally fallen apart, there are still things in it worth fighting for, worth continuing for. In IOTWCS we see some of the best and worst of humanity, but the overwhelming feeling I get, is that if we're willing to fight for what's important, we can choose the world we live in on our terms, for ourselves, to eat pickles and get fat. .
This is the kind of story that I have spent years searching for and many published works pale in comparison. It is and will remain one of my favourite books.
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