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Reviewer: KarasAunty (Signed)
10/28/11 - 03:07 pm
Chapter 1

Aargh! Typo alert. I did of course mean 'good old Bombadil' ...

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Reviewer: KarasAunty (Signed)
10/28/11 - 03:06 pm
Chapter 1

Hello Armariel,

wow, I just adore how you have taken a minor character, of whom little is known, and created a believable background for her. I feel sympathy with her mother, having her daughter torn from her reach forever by love, and determined to ensure history doesn't repeat itself by becoming a siren and luring potential sons-in-law to their doom! I loved Morningstar and Larksong, with their innocent wonder at the strange world above water, and their ruminations on men. I giggled at their determination to join their mother and aunt in luring all men to their deaths after meeting the very unsavoury Bob & Orson, only for it to reverse back to wonder upon meeting good old Bombasil and their bonny new nephew!

The language was also quite lovely, though Larksong did use a contraction at one point, but hey! What does one microscopic error really matter when the dialect was so pretty and the plot so absolutely engaging? Because it was engaging. And creative, and funny and truly delightful! I could picture everything from the lovely sisters to the grotty village drunks, from the over-the-top-gowns to the sisters' unabashed laughter upon discovering they were perhaps a little too extravagant for a family visit, from the River-woman singing on the cliff-tops, determined to make a significant dent in the male population of Middle-earth to Morningstar and Larksong's decision that men weren't so bad after all, and perhaps they oughtn't to join her in this venture ...

An absolutely enchanting read.A gem of a fic. Loved it, loved it, loved it!

Kara's Aunty :)



Author's Response:

Oh wow, Kara's Aunty...such a review!  I seldom get anything so glowing and detailed!  So glad you like my little tale, my little river mermaids, even the baddies...lol  I enjoyed them too!  Once I had the idea to have the Riverwoman play Lorelei, I had my story, and it was downhill from there.  For this challenge we were supposed to write "outside the box" i.e. different from the way we usually write and I was a bit stumped.  What had I not written before?  Well, the Bombadils, for one...so there you had it!  I might have cheated a bit since water people are actually my specialty any more...but well, what the heck, and I hadn't written freshwater people, just sea ones!  And I do like to focus sometimes on characters that don't get written so much. I know many readers consider Tom Bombadil annoying, but I thought I could have a bit of fun with him even if it's more about his wife and her sisters than him--and I totally loved the idea of silencing him completely, if only for a few moments! LOL

I just noticed I forgot to put the illustrations in, don't know how that slipped my mind so I'll just do that... Thanks so much for your lovely feedback!  It made my day!

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