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Reading Reviews for Methuselah
6 Reviews Found

Review #1, by patronus_charm the coming flood

11th July 2014:

Woah, I really loved this as Iím such a sucker for Albus/Gellert stories and this really was an excellent one. I think the reason why you made it work as you never confirmed who it was in this story so it really allowed us to realise how similar both Albus and Gellert are to one another and show us why they were drawn to one another as they had the same ideas, hopes, fears and goals in life so they really did full in with one another.

Even though the character was never confirmed, the characterisation in this was amazing regardless of who it was. They were so introspective and articulate that even looking at the pen and paper spouted a whole stream of thoughts in their mind and really allowed us to see the depth and complexity of it, fitting really well with both of them.

The dual letters! ♥ Aw, they were perfect and fitted with the idea of ambiguity so well. I really loved them and how they almost mirrored one another and just really laid bare their soul and showed how they would always remember one another and never, ever forget. Iím still not entirely sure who itís about, but Iím leaning towards Albus, not sure why but I just am.

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Author's Response: Hey there!
Thanks so much for this review! It filled me with the warm fuzzies :).

I'm so happy you enjoyed the story. I've never written about Albus before, so I'm so glad that you think it turned out well.

As soon as I started writing this I just thought more and more about the symmetry between them - two sides of the same coin really - and I love that that stood out to you!

I'm not entirely sure who its about either! I'm glad I made a plausible case for them both :)

Thanks again so much for the lovely review :). I hope you have a great day :)

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Review #2, by teh tarik the coming flood

6th November 2013:
Hiya Gilly, I've been wanting to read this for a while now, and I'm so glad I finally got the chance to do so (taking a break from NaNo :P ).

This ship has always intrigued me, and there are just too few stories on the archives which tackle this pairing properly; it certainly isn't easy, given that both Albus and Gellert are such brilliant, gifted individuals, and at some point, I imagine it must be difficult to be able to relate to them, let alone know them well enough to write them convincingly.

Yet you've portrayed them perfectly with this short fic of yours. I really absolutely loved this, how complex this was, the structure, the ambiguity of the narrator, the letter and reverse letter. As I was reading, I at first thought it might be Albus narrating, but then this switched to Gellert, and then back to Albus and in the end I couldn't decide who it was. And I'm ever SO glad that you chose not to confirm who it was. I like this; it really shows how close they were at one point in their lives. They may have diverged completely from each other, but at the end, when their age has caught up with them, and their fates are so spookily similar (being killed by the same Dark Lord), time has possibly changed them (or one of them). And in their old age they are more alike than ever.

I love the significance of Methuselah, the oldest man who ever lived (I think), and I think it's such an apt title, and you wove the reference very deftly into the narrative.

Anyway, this was brilliant, and I really enjoyed it. I noticed Amanda recommended it on the boards, and it does deserve the recognition. Well done.


Author's Response: Hi teh!

Wow :) thank you so much for your lovely review. Your kind words mean a lot to me, especially since you're someone I really admire as a writer :D.

I'm glad you liked the ambiguity of the whole story: I had a flash of inspiration that Albus and Gellert are almost mirror images of each other - equal, yet opposite, and I felt that to confirm one or the other would ruin the effect.

I like your point about their similar fates. I hadn't even thought about that, but now that you point it out it's so true!

Methuselah was indeed the oldest man who ever lived. I had to use wikipedia for some information on that front as I'm not very familiar with biblical stories :P

I didn't know anyone had recommended it! That makes me so happy!

Thank you so much again. your review made my day :)

Good luck with your NaNo!

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Review #3, by academica the coming flood

20th October 2013:
Hi there, I'm here with your requested review!

First off -- DUDE, I love that banner. Gorgeous!

I loved this. Seriously. I sometimes have trouble really connecting with Dumbledore/Grindlewald stories because the characters feel so distant and complex, but the emotion in this really struck me and I loved your fascinating parallel style. I definitely think the story's themes could apply to both Dumbledore and Grindlewald, which was perhaps part of their downfall.

I think you've taken a reasonably common theme - an old man lamenting the end of his days and looking back on a life half wasted - and really imbibed it with some gorgeous imagery and metaphors that put a really refreshing twist on it. The way you anthropomorphized the pen and paper, the way death pulled like a force at him (them) - I could pick a few quotes, but I think I'd have to quote the entire piece. I loved it all. I also love the mirror effect in the letters; I get the distinct sense that Gellert is hoping to reopen an old door just as Albus is working to seal it closed once and for all. It's heartbreaking, relateable, and beautiful.

I don't really know what else to say about this without gushing, so I'm going to stop. But this is definitely one of the best Gellert/Albus pieces I've ever read, and I shall be recommending it to others. Very nice work!

Oh, and I hope this review was helpful :)


Author's Response: Thanks for the amazing review! You gave some pretty awesome feedback, so I'll respond to that individually:

First of all I KNOW THIS BANNER OH MY GOODNESS. Eponine. is flawless.

Second: wow- you saw exactly what I was hoping to convey! I just had a flash of inspiration when I wrote this, that Dumbledore and Grindlewald are almost mirror images of each other: the faults of one are the strengths of the other, and they took everything they had in common in completely opposite directions, and it's how far they went that made them fail.

Thank you so much for your compliments (squee!) I'm so glad you liked my style.

I never thought of it in exactly those terms, that Albus is closing a door that Gellert is trying to open, but it's exactly that. What a great way to put it!

Again, thank you so much, I really appreciate your insight and I'm so glad you enjoyed it :D


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Review #4, by MissesWeasley123 the coming flood

24th September 2013:

Firstly, your banner is beyond perfection.

It totally fits this piece, because this is perfection also.

I loved the entry. So powerful and indulging. Very creative and my mind is still very much blown by it.

I thoroughly devoured every word of this piece. Everything was flawless. There isn't much I can say about it. Your idea is innovative and just so out of this world.

Whoa. *mind is still blown*

I liked the depth you gave Gellert's character. He wasn't talked about much and you took wield of that beautifully.

Your words were like fluid poetry, they worked so well, weaving into a brilliantly written story.

Everything about it, is amazing. Beyond incredible. Your descriptions are your strongest strength I think, and are just unbelievable.

No words for this one Gilly, no words at all.

Nadia :)

Author's Response: Thanks so much! Yeah, Eponine is a genius, right?

I'm so flattered right now! I don't even know what to say except thank you so, so much!

I'm really glad you enjoyed it :) and I work really hard on my descriptions so I'm so happy they came out right :)

Thanks again. You're a star.

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Review #5, by Secret Passion the coming flood

10th September 2013:
I really enjoyed this. Very accomplished writing, well done. When I was reading it I thought it was about Dumbledore, I don't know why but that was what came to me. All in all I really liked it =)

Author's Response: Hey thanks a lot! I'm glad you enjoyed the story - I tried to make it as ambiguous as possible, so it's interesting to see who you thought it was about. Thanks for your review, it brought a smile to my face :)

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Review #6, by Matthew1991 the coming flood

14th August 2013:
Outstandingly beautiful,

nothing I can say in a review will do this piece justice.

I love your writing, and have saved this piece on my phone so I can read it always.

Author's Response: Oh my goodness! Thank you so much! You have no idea how much this means.

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