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Review:Cirque Du Freak says:
Okay so this has been on 699 reviews for a while now and I do't understand why anyone would pass up on taking the next hundred. So I'm here to do it :P

I've actually been meaning to read this for a while now and now that I've finally gotten past the prologue I am most definitely intrigued!
Obviously this was written a long time ago but I'm still picking up on the slight tinge of the same poetic sense that is slow clear in your fics recently. Its not quite the same but you're focusing so clearly on the characters here its almost strange to read! But not in a bad way, more in a fascinating way at how far you've come!

To the story itself I adore the dark/horror genre so it was a surprise and shock that you had Mortimer come in and so easily kill his wife - someone he loved very much - and disfigure his child. Its very chilling the way some people's minds work and I think you've shown that pretty well.

You've given us all the names and yet I still feel so lost to who these people really are and I can't wait to figure that out when I get to move on to future chapters.

At this point all I can really say is well done for having such enticing pieces of writing when they've been written and put to rest so long ago!

Hanzi xxx

Author's Response: You definitely need to get a prize for this! I wasn't sure when it would happen, and I'm still boggling over the fact that this story even has that many reviews in the first place, so seeing it at the big 700 is awe-inspiring (not to mention worth a big squee). Thank you so much for being the one to push this story into the next century of reviews! :D

This is one of those mysterious prologues that gives all yet reveals nothing. There's a lot of foreshadowing in this story, but also a lot of red herrings, so good luck with following the plot. ;)

It's interesting, though, how you note the change in the writing style. This story will definitely show the progression of my style over those first three years I was on HPFF, and I'm curious whether it's clearly divided between the concrete style of the prologue and the more abstract final chapters, or whether it occurs with slow development. I often think about how making the chapter images for this story made me better at graphics, but how much of the same can also be said for the writing? This story was very much a work of practice, trying different things to see what worked and what didn't. I'm thankful to this story for what it's allowed me to do since. :)

Thank you again for reading and reviewing! I really appreciate it!


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