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The Critic Returns
Posted By machievelli - 03/17/15
Running late as if that is a surprise. Had heavy weather with this week, primarily because I was having trouble focusing. I will try to work harder.

This week we start with Mousetalker's Gentlemen, Please Be Sithed FyreBrande's Curious and Epona's Chosen with For The First Time

But Best of the week goes to Gone Rampant for Revans and Exiles

Signing off...
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The Critic Returns
Posted By machievelli - 03/10/15
This week I was frustrated by the works I reviewed. The frustration has been growing ever since I hit the SWTOR stories, and it comes down to the same frustration I had with Star Trek.

That frustration is with what is, or is not considered Canon.

When I wrote my own versions of KOTOR back in 2005, the Echani was a race with nothing, absolutely nothing written up in the Wookiepedia. That version under the title of Genesis of a Jedi is posted, and you can look it up. It was, to me, like being told there is a race of people 'over there somewhere' which is the basis of a lot of stories told; if you have only heard of the Spartans, and know only that they were a Greek City-state who fought a brave and hopeless battle at Thermopylae, you can have fun with the attitude and envision what kind of state created such a warrior race.

So I posted it here during July and August of 2013. One of the last reviews lambasted me because in the intervening eight years, someone had suggested, and had accepted a canonical version of the Echani that is pretty much a rip off of an old Buck Rogers Season 2 episode. At least I had created something that was unique.

But now SWTOR has begun to make the same mistakes Star Trek did; changing Canon to fit some new writer or producer. Which means you have races that are either considered extinct (The Killik) or will not be contacted for another 3700 years (The Chiss) showing up.

As both writer and critic, Canon is a guide to what you can write. That is why you don't have Star Wars ships using Warp engines, and don't have Starfleet officers armed with lightsabers. As much as the concept might bother you, think of it as a religion.

Enough venting.

This week we have several versions of Revan discovering the truth in AssassinNinja's Revan's Revelation Followed by the genesis of a musical Jedi in Revanaught's SWTOR Origins: Zoei

But Best of the Week is a funny personal journal look at the events in KOTOR in Talisman Casedine's Rhy'a's Adventures in the Old Republic

Back to work...
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The Critic Returns
Posted By machievelli - 02/28/15
Another week and I am back again. Not a busy week, but a fruitful one. Working on two different fanfiction stories, and another offering for the Grantville Gazette. So let's get started.

Only one pick this week, Slapped By A Dead Man by Epona's Chosen

Back to work! Signing off...
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The Critic Returns
Posted By machievelli - 02/24/15
Another week, another column. Sorry about being late, I can be easily distracted by... wait, shiny!

We start with Shadows of a Dream and Let Me Burn followed by Cleopatra Antoinette with Cacophonous Harmonies then Epona's Chosen with Her Dream

And best of the week goes to Kosiah for Memory

Signing off...
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The Critic Returns
Posted By machievelli - 02/15/15
Actually early this week. Trying to do so many things at the same time, it's not even funny. So let's get to the reviews

We have only one pick this week, and while good, it isn't good enough to be best, so we have Ryl00's New Dawn Fades

Back to work! Signing off...
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The Critic Returns
Posted By machievelli - 02/11/15
Another late column. Maybe I should retire and let someone else take over? Maybe so. But let's see what we have got for you first, eh?
We start off with the only story Boofus posted. While it needs work A Crusader's Tale was well done. So why don't some of you actually read it? It deserves reviews beyond mine. CMBaggs gave us more of a question than an answer with Passion's Purpose, but it''s a question that deserves an answer.

And best of the Week went to the testosterone fueled work by BunBun Fett with Something Done Right

Back to the daily grind. Signing off...
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The Critic Returns
Posted By machievelli - 02/04/15
Running late, as seems to be always. So without further ado

We have Sarah1281' humorousI Need A Drink

And best of the Week is Divvanzor's outrageous Chicks Dig the Metal Jaw

Busy, Busy, Busy. Signing off...
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The Critic Returns
Posted By machievelli - 01/27/15
Working on a story to follow my first sale to the Grantville Gazette. One comment made had been that it was too trite,and I agreed. Another that I could have expanded it, and I have. One more commented I didn't know the travel conditions and ignored them. So a work of about 20 pages is going to be around a hundred plus.

Because I do love a challenge.

So let's look at what I have for you today...

Only two came up on my radar as good enough, they are Buddyboy98 's Coming Home With Best of the Week going to AnnieCD For Interlude in Hyperspace

So enjoy as I dive back into the 17th century...
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critic's two cents running late
Posted By machievelli - 01/20/15
Two weeks ago when I tried to post, I got an error saying the site was down, then got hung up, because I had sold a story to the Grantville Gazette, and spent the last two weeks trying to finish a second when I should have been doing this. For that I am sorry.

So here they are.

I've had so many irons in the fire this last month, that I'm surprised I didn't go down from heat prostration. One story sold, another in consideration. How's that for the last quarter of my year?

So let's get started with this late posting!

TheLightIsMine gave us two, and as the author already has a combined work best, can't have another Best this week, sorry. Though Don't You Wanna Stay? and Speculations are worth a look. Following them is Salem Anderson with The Reason and finally The Raider with Just Breathe

Back to work!

and today:

Running over a week late, and I only have my own real life to blame. First, back in November, I wrote a story in the 1632 Universe, and it sold. In fact I was stunned by how fast it did sell. And I really need the money near the first of the year to keep body soul, and roof together at that time. So I have been working on other stories for that same venue, but so far, no joy.

However what that means, is I have been slacking on these reviews. In fact for the last year, I have been expecting someone to complain. So if you do, I will merely bow my head and take it like a man. So finally, let's get to the reviews.

What's a Title?
So Done I Cannot Even

Best of the Week
Shades of Gray
Nicollette Knight

Back to it.
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The Critic Returns runing late
Posted By machievelli - 12/21/14
So, coming up on Christmas. For me it's just another day, though shifting our schedule so we're off was a nice touch. Working on Synchronicity II for the Grantville Gazette. hope it sells.

Some good stuff for you this week, so drum roll please!

While no one got the nod for a best this week, we do have Shadows Of The Storm's Forgive Me
starting off, with Wakkomonkey9258's Pretty next, and finally
Fluidfyre withAbsence

So have a nice holiday, and I'll be back! Signing off...
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The Critic Returns runing late
Posted By machievelli - 12/16/14
Running late, but it's done! Found out if you tried to see the final cut of my story on Baen's Bar, you needed to be a member, so sorry about that. But you can look at Synchronicity there in the 1632 slush. So on with the reviews!

We start off with Shadows Of The Storm again in the spotlight with Memories of Shadow then Azure Fields with the cute Who Am I?

The Revan redeeming a promise with AprilRyanMyFriend's Iridescent

Working on Synchronicity II! Signing off...
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