Hi, Sian, it's Gubby with your review at long last! :) So sorry it took so long, but here I am. And can I just say, I'm so happy that you requested this from me. I've never really read your work before, but I really, really enjoyed this one.
For one thing, it was Tom/Minerva. As popular as it's becoming nowadays, I generally avoid it, because in my head, it's very difficult to get right and I don't like spoiling my image of them. But I think this was a lovely portrayal of them. It's a bit more romantic than you'd see in canon, but you do see that hint of their canon selves and that's what important to me, especially when it comes to this sort of ship. With this glimpse into her thought process we see some sort of serene panic, and that sort of reaction fits her very well, at least as far as Tom is concerned. I like that we see Tom more through her eyes than as a character himself, so what we see is only her perception and not what he really is. Because in her mind, it seems like he is merely intriguing and dangerous than... deadly? There's definitely some sort of attraction there, but that underlying suspicion and fear kind of bubble to the surface and though we don't see him in reality, he's... darker. The tone is very frenzied with a touch of romance and I think it works very well with this style.
Secondly, it's stream of consciousness. Now, I adore writing in this style because it really is freeing and therapeutic, but reading someone else's thought process is difficult for me. SOC is a very personal thing for an author and I know it's hard to get your idea across to a reader after the fact. But this was definitely a pleasure to read. It did adhere to what one usually thinks of when it comes to SOC, lots of strange connections and complex sentences and whatnot, but this is also lyrical and beautiful. Its flow is just right: we see some sort of a plot, but we're also so stuck in Minerva's head that it's hard to make any more sense of the situation than she does. The concept isn't jaw-droppingly original, and I think you know that, but the style is beautiful and tragic. The relation between his eyes and the stars and abysses and... well, everything. To be completely honest, I don't know how SOC enables this sort of very lyrical work, but I love it.
Very, very well done. The style really lent itself well to the ship, and vice versa. I enjoyed it a lot ^_^
Author's Response: Hey Gubby! Thanks so much for popping over to review :)
Is Tom/Minerva becoming popular? I've never come across more than a handful, I think I need to go read more XD Yes, I'm like that too, I don't like reading stories which spoil pairings I like - I was quite nervous about writing this for that reason.
I was quite worried this wouldn't make sense as it's straight out of my head, it's had no sort of filtering to make it sensible to someone else. I do love the style, it's so much fun to write. I'm so happy it worked!
Thank you so much for the wonderful review Gubby *glomps*