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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2006 1:56 pm    Post subject: Untitled: 5 Reply with quote

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Posted by vector40 (brandon@degreesofclarity.com)
30 June 2006, 8:27 am

http://halosn.bungie.org/fanfic/?story=vector400630060827051.html
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2006 5:04 pm    Post subject: Fantastic! Reply with quote

Been waiting a long time for that one, Vec. You do one helluva job with fanfic, and the HALO Fan Fic universe won't be the same without you. At least you finished yours! Mine is still sitting here half done.

I remember that first one you did... has it really been five years? No way. I can't believe we've been hanging around this old place for over five years now.

Well, good luck and god speed in the future, my friend!

-Kellen Squire
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2006 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow that was long but very good. I went back and read the entire series, good stuff. So long vector.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2006 1:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Spectacular" is just about all I have to say. Didn't stay up on your earlier work as much as I might've liked to, but I'd definitely say that you went out with quite a bang.

So long and thanks for all the fish, man.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2006 2:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Stay up on your earlier work"?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2006 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

vector40 wrote:
"Stay up on your earlier work"?


I wasn't reading your stuff regularly back then.

Addendum: That is, while you were posting stories.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2006 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got it.

Don't think you were around then, anyway Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just the end of it. Around the first half of 2002.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll get that PDF file and take a look at the whole thing.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bring snacks...
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I printed off the PDF and read the whole thing in the past couple of days. With and without snacks. I'm not even sure why... I don't read a lot of fanfic. Then again, I kept forgetting that it was fanfic. This is extremely well-written stuff, and gripping too. One hell of a way to end a fanfic career.

One of my favourite parts had to be the bit near the beginning about how they took their guests to unusual rooms to disorientate them, probably because if I had a big house, I'd be doing the same.

Nicely fleshed-out characters...you really get a good feel of their relationship reading it. And a lot of detail. A mind-blowing amount of detail about society on Terminus, which added lots of depth.

The action bits were really well done, too. And I liked how the Covenant were only introduced towards the end - it gave it more impact.

So, yeah. As you may be able to tell, I'm impressed. Thanks for the story. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 6:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I appreciate it, tweed.

I kind of feel like environmental details are something insufficiently given in a lot of science fiction work. Be serious -- if you just LANDED ON ANOTHER PLANET, no matter what you're there for, isn't basic stuff like what it's like there going to be one of the foremost things on your mind? Seems like it to me.

I'm not 100% happy with the way the characters finally settled out, with regards to motivations and their state-of-mind in the story (mainly because this is such a central thing -- arguable the whole point of this piece), but it ended up much more cohesive and meaningful than I might have expected, given such a long development time and no real organization. The shared motivation I seem to have ended up with is a kind of discontent with their current life. In Angus it is a sort of restlessness; in Catherine more of an ennui. Their answer is to give one more burst of reckless passion, breaking from their well-formed, habitual structure, then she goes the route of heading back home and he goes the route of dying. (One thing I think is NOT clear is why he did choose that. In my mind, I think he was never entirely happy after he left home, especially with the way that happened, even though he spent two decades pretending he was, and finally he just came to terms with that and did the only thing that seemed to make sense.)

Glad to have you reading.
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