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Review of chapter "Fifth and Vine" from Zeviz
A good chapter. (And reading it late means I have only 1 day to wait for the next one.)

Did they break Alex' disguise by having her fly the equipment up directly? (On the first day, they made sure everything looked like a regular break-in, including a scratched-up lock. But this time, how will they explain how they got the equipment to the top of the building?)

And somebody mentioned boyfriend difficulty for strong, intelligent, beautiful women. I was going to wonder about that, but then I realized that if I saw somebody like that, I wouldn't even think of asking her out because I'd assume the answer would be "ha ha ha, no". So I guess the problem is that confident men might want somebody less confident, while shy geeks would think them out of their league.
Review By [Zeviz] • Date [2 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Fifth and Vine" from MarcusRowland
Yet another weird thought - will Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Alex Mack be asked to interview / photograph her "old school friend" Azure Crush? Someone's bound to think of it sooner or later!
Comments from author:
"You should interview Azure Crush! She's from your school, right?"
"Yeah. She's the supervillain who started tearing up our school parking lot and put a couple police in the hospital while trying to kidnap me so Danielle Atron could torture me for information."
"Oh. That might be a little... awkward."
"Yeah. A little."
Review By [MarcusRowland] • Date [1 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Fifth and Vine" from mooncowthree
Just saw a Gatorade commercial for their protein bar, "the official protein bar of the NFL", and I thought yes but it's not the official protein bar of Terawatt, is it now?
Comments from author:
How many advertisers are trying to get Azure Crush to endorse their stuff right this second? She's a lot more likely to say 'oh sure, what the hell, I'll do it' than Terawatt is. Alex might let Terawatt endorse something like energy-saving lightbulbs or a charity for starving children. Az will probably have endorsements for beer, Victoria's Secret, bikinis, Dolce and Gabbana...
Review By [mooncowthree] • Date [1 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Fifth and Vine" from Markelo
Great chapter and I know that Alex has been hanging out with Jack too much when she can predict what jokes he would say if he was there with her. LOL I love the O'Neill-Rosenberg household! Poor Charley! He will have a hot stepmother who is about ten years older than him! LOL
Comments from author:
On the plus side, Charlie will also have a smoking hot blonde for a girlfriend. Those O'Neill boys, they live on the edge. :D
Review By [Markelo] • Date [1 Sep 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Fifth and Vine" from liadenfan
Just to let you know that I'm still reading and enjoying your work. I also wanted to let you know that i got a chuckle when I looked at the word count after you added Chapter 212. Your word count of 1,040,401 came out the same - whether reading left to right or right to left.
Comments from author:
A palindromic number! Granted, there are plenty of them between 10 and 100. But as you get to larger and larger numbers, the gaps between them get larger as well. When you're around 1,040,401 you'll find they are exactly 1000 apart.

Yes, I'm nerdy about numbers too.
Review By [liadenfan] • Date [1 Sep 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Fifth and Vine" from Magi
The less bad stuff happens, the more I worry something REALLY bad will happen. Or Diane is messing with us.

BTW, I sent you two emails last week. Don't want to be a nag, but you've mentioned emails getting caught in you spam filters, so I figured I'd check.
Comments from author:
Uh-oh. I didn't get them. Thanks for letting me know!
Review By [Magi] • Date [31 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Fifth and Vine" from MarcusRowland
More weird ideas
- if Terawatt ever has a baby it's going to be like JackJack in The Incredibles, she has most of the powers apart from fire and teleportation, and fire is a common side effect of the drug.
- Has anyone given Azure Crush the health and family planning tests and advice Terawatt got from Janice? It would be unfortunate if she found out the snags the hard way.
- Given that Shar has only ever been seen in Russia and Japan there's going to be a lot of speculation about her; my guess is that people will think she was mutated by Gojira's attack in Russia. And is possibly a Russian midget, if part of what Jack said gets out.
Comments from author:
[1] Alex is ahead of you on this. She's not going to have a baby until George and Annie come up with some sort of power suppressant chemical so the kid won't manifest powers at a stupidly early age. However, Alex's teenagers after they stop taking the suppressant...

[2] Hopefully, Az's friends like Didi have taken her aside and explained all the ins and outs. Or in Didi's case, maybe the in-and-out-and-in-and-out. :D Jack should have someone check on that.

[3] In that case, people might assume that Shar got eaten by Gojira, since she hasn't been seen since. (Only Tsurara and a dozen Japanese Defense Force personnel would know that didn't happen.)
Review By [MarcusRowland] • Date [31 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Fifth and Vine" from Starfox
Good chapter. Mixing photographer tips with superhero, a shout out to Spiderman, a dash of personal life and creepy vines - well done!
Comments from author:
Creepy vines help with the mixing. You put them in the melange and let them writhe around for a while. :D
Review By [Starfox] • Date [31 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Fifth and Vine" from Eureka
Pulse pounding! Heart in mouth hoping that everyone is going to be OK if Berkin is still alive...
Comments from author:
That darn Birkin! He's as hard to kill as he is in canon!
Review By [Eureka] • Date [31 Aug 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Fifth and Vine" from DieselDriver
They can't get boyfriends because of that word. Most men aren't men at all, they are still boys. Most boys NEVER grow up. They never get over needing to be large and in charge. That's just the way we are. I'm in my 60's and I'm barely beginning to even admit the problem and start to get over it. Just ask my wife, she knows. I've learned enough though, to recognize the problem.

Gills. Not a scuba outfit, gills. Birkin adapts right? So who better to stop a fishy guy than a "Finn"?

Your reply to the comment about (and the comment itself) brought those scenes back to mind and the latest "Superman" efforts may be technically better for special effects, there is none better than Christopher Reeve's performance in that first movie. Sure a sad day when he fell off his horse. Just confirms my thought that horses are food. You want to ride, get a motorcycle.
Comments from author:
The solution to Jill and Sam's problem is... nerds! It worked for me. :D

As for horses, I have not been interested in getting back on one since I read "Odds Against." If you love riding horses, and you don't know what happens to Sid Halley in it, maybe you should skip the book.
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [31 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Fifth and Vine" from EdBecerra
And huzzah! The Secret World of Alex Mack is being streamed - legally! - by a site known as Nick Reboot They're re-airing all of the classic Nick shows free of charge.

One hitch - in order to be legally FoC, they're being streamed like a television channel. You don't get to chose what you want, when you want it. You have to put up with a schedule.

If you want On Demand, you pay. Oh, well... free is good, and if you have the right software, you can record the stream, just like the good old days of VCR's on timers.

EDIT: Important - it's 8:33pm for me where I am, Saturday, Mountain Time Zone. A certain Sponge is on now, and Alex Mack is up next. So - 9pm on Sat, my time. Then, at 10... THE MUPPET SHOW! WOOOOOO!

It's time to play the music, it's time to light the lights, it's time to get things started...
Comments from author:
Oooooooooooooooh! (Just remember, Alex evolves during the course of the series: she goes from whiny I-don't-want-this magical girl type to someone-has-to-do-this-and-I-guess-it-is-me budding hero type.)
Review By [EdBecerra] • Date [30 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Return" from fanreaderonetwo
"And it is true that I don't publish every single day, as in the August Fic-A-Day process, but I write longer chapters than usually appear in FaD entries. That said, I *really* like this year's style of FaD entries with one story, 31 (or so) chapters. It makes it so much easier to read through everything, see how things go together, not lose other stories during August... It works for me (as a reader)."


Personally I prefer your 5000-7000+ words at a time style (even if its _only_ once-twice a week) to the more common 100-2000 words more-or-less daily.
I particularly hate having to hit the "next section" button all the time and then wait for it to load.

The TTHF "whole story" option _does_ make it easier to read multiple short chapters, unlike the fanfic site. Reading umpteen 100-500 word chapters on the fanfic site is Booorring!!!
Comments from author:
Thank you.

And I just wanted you to know that you are the 10,000th review of my stories on the site. Congrats!
Review By [fanreaderonetwo] • Date [30 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Fifth and Vine" from Rune
Going good so far. I happened to notice a small plot point. In chapter 205(I think), Frank West is introduced to Alex. She tells him about the hellgoddess then. So later in chapter 212 when Frank says something about other dimensions its info he should already know. You could pass it off as forgetfulness on his part. And its not a big thing, just noticed it.

Thanks for the new chapter.
Comments from author:
Well, maybe he didn't grasp that she made half a dozen best buds in the process.
Review By [Rune] • Date [30 Aug 14] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Vine Street" from Deadpan
What the "transformation" keeps reminding me of is Christopher Reeve's performance as Superman. He could be doing the mild-mannered bit to the hilt and then he would stand up straight, lower his voice a bit, and suddenly Clark Kent would disappear and be replaced by Superman wearing Clark's suit.
Comments from author:
I did have that in mind. Reeve's acting struck me as more impressive than the 'grow much larger' transformation of Captain Marvel (Shazam version) or The Hulk.
Review By [Deadpan] • Date [30 Aug 14] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Fifth and Vine" from fpb
And the tension keeps rising....
Comments from author:
Funny how stuff just keeps happening.
Review By [fpb] • Date [30 Aug 14] • Not Rated
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