Reading Reviews for Death's Manual
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Review #1, by AbraxanUnicorn Prolouge

9th April 2017:
Hello. I'm here to break Paula out of jail (again).

I've never read The Book Thief, although it's on my reading list. I love the opening sentence to this story, and suspect that a significant proportion of the working adult population would probably agree with the sentiment.

Oh, but our protagonist could be considered cruel? Yikes, I wonder what they do for a living then? Some sort of executioner? The thought of never being able to take a break from work is a pretty horrible one. Is our protagonist some kind of Grim Reaper or a dementor or similar, taking humans from the heartache and pain of the world? If humans fear the protagonist, and others like them, but it's useless to fear them, that makes me suspicious that the narrator is a dementor. I don't think I've ever read a story from a dementor's point of view before, so this is certainly novel. The idea that the creature can be swayed into letting a human escape, but bears no ill-will, coupled with the information about souls, confirms my suspicions. I'll probably be proved totally wrong now, ha! Unless the narrator is death itself?

Oooh, and it is angry at one who has caused deaths and has fatigued the narrator. I can probably guess who has added to the protagonist's workload.

Well-written and extremely intriguing. Thanks for a great read!

Brax X

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Review #2, by PaulaTheProkaryote Prolouge

9th April 2017:
HELLO LOVELY! I’m here for CTF at HPFT. Obviously the Claws have to win. ;) You know how these things go.

I'm back here at another abandoned story, but this one drew me in because it's also very different from the rest of your AP. Like for starters it's not jily. But Plums got me hooked on Voldemort so I decided I'd pop by this one to see what his characterization is like in your writing style.

This definitely reads as a bit crack! in the sort of joking manner the main character talks about taking a vacation (where would he even go? Someone like him? Or maybe her. Did we get an established gender), but at the same time this sort of not a sadist for sadism’s sake characterization is very in line with some of my favorite characters like the Grey Man in Raven Boys and even Tom Riddle in some gorgeous fics. Maybe Tom and him aren’t too different. It’s a sort of means to an end. He’s trying to remain in power and cruelty and fear is a good way to do that and this unknown character is trying to...right wrongs? Maybe he’s a hired killer. I can’t decide yet.

He's very logic driven. And he's also very serial killer-esque in the idea that what he's doing really is humane in his mind. It's not that he enjoys it. It's just that it's what is best for humanity.

There was this guy I went to high school with that ended up being arrested for some gross stuff I'll skim over, but the day before he was arrested at his house he posted on fb some long post about how he saw a guy walking down an old dirt road and he was in his car and he could have ran him over and no one would have ever known because it's so far out but he didn't because he was a good person and I kept thinking that it was insane that he thought not murdering someone was an act of kindness. Like someone should be thankful you didn't do it. Bizarre. And that's a lot like the character I'm reading here.

I’m interested in how this character is going to deal with the nuisance of killing off voldemort if he’s in horcrux form. Like in DH we know for sure that at some point Voldemort starts to realize what’s happening. Right? So like do you gather up all the horcruxes first? Or maybe there’s some kind of magic even more powerful.


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Review #3, by Diogenissa Prolouge

6th March 2016:
(For the HPFF Review-A-Thon!)


Hello beautiful Katie! HAPPY BELATED HOT SEAT (I am the worst really as I said I’d have this to you sooner but here I am –please accept my sincerest apologies for being so late :-( ).

I absolutely LOVE the concept for this story—it is both unique and original! And while I’ve heard of the ‘Book Thief’, I’m not all that familiar with it. I am however familiar with Death and this story invoked images and reminded me of his story with the Peverell Brothers. It is so awesome to have a story from his POV!

I love how you brought Death to life in a manner of speaking (yes that incredibly bad pun was intended :-P ). He’s honest, brutal, confident and certain. I also like his dry, uncanny, simple yet accurate understanding of humanity and while he’s not indifferent or cold, he just is .

’He – is – mine…’ GREAT way to end this opening chapter and opens the door as to what’s to come. It’s very strong and leaves one with a sense of both foreboding and anticipation, something to both fear and look forward to!

If you are still wanting to revive this, I’d like to ask if I may please– what were you originally wanting to do with this story? What were the initial goals and if you’ve thought of this story since have those goals changed, any new ideas come to mind? If you would ever like to bounce or talk about this story, please feel free to PM me and you can always bounce things off of me! :-) .

If I also may offer, I’m not sure if you watch Supernatural or are familiar with the character of Death on that show but there are quite a few videos of him that might spark some ideas (he’s a pretty popular character there and he’s awesomely played).

Overall this is an absolutely awesome, original and gorgeous story Katie and very nicely done. I sincerely hope you decide to come back to this and thank you for sharing it!

Karen xoxo

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Review #4, by Freda_and_Georgina Merope

30th December 2015:
I (Georgina) have never read anything from the perspective of death, so this is really interesting to me. I like how you have death be a person without really being a human; that is a necessary distinction. I also like how you've set this up as a sort of war between Voldemort and Death, declared by the former and won by the latter.

Since this has been abandoned, I assume you would like ideas to refresh your interest in this story (if not, I'm going to give them to you anyway, maybe it'll help). It would be really interesting if you followed Death taking the people Voldemort killed to specifically slice his soul. There might be some problems there because we don't know all the "special" murders, but I'm sure you could work with that. Another thing you could do is follow the deaths that became vital to Harry's mission (his parents, Cedric, Sirius...). Ooh! What if Death somehow created a way for Voldemort to die? Like Death created the prophecy to make sure someone could still deliver him to Death. I don't know if you could do anything with that idea, it's kind of far-fetched, but I'm just giving you all these ideas to get your creative juices for this story flowing.

This is a really good idea that you can take in several directions. Please upgrade it to WIP status; I kind of want to keep reading your personification of Death.

Enjoy your hot seat day! Hopefully you got what you were looking for.

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Review #5, by Felpata Lupin Merope

28th December 2015:
Thinking of Tom Riddle as "Small, frail, innocent, beautiful" is disconcerting... But of course he would be when he was just born.
It is so sad and tragic that Merope just let herself go, without the tiniest bit of resistance. But it's also very much in character with the little we know from canon about her. I think you did a great job with the episode, really well written and set really well in canon. Great work!

I'm enjoying the story a lot so far. It's such an original idea, the pov is so unique and interesting and the subject so fascinating. Absolutely, get back to this story.

Love, hugs and cuddles.

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Review #6, by Felpata Lupin Prolouge

28th December 2015:
Hello, Katie, dear!
Here for your late Hot Seat. :)

I decided to stop by here, since you wanted reviews on your abandoned stories and you had only one here... Which is a pity, because this is a really fascinating concept so far!

I loved your interpretation of Death, its ironic tone, the humans' misunderstanding... It's so incredibly clever, and very interesting.

It's also so very interesting Death's anger to murderers, and to Horcruxes, and to Voldemort. And I really can't wait to read more, so I'm jumping to chapter 2 now!

Great job as always! Definitely, you should start working on this again!

All the Pygmy Puff's cuddles,

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Review #7, by Potter_Princessx3 Prolouge

30th July 2010:
Hey Sunny,
Great prolouge it's very detailed and I like it! But i do have a question or two to ask you if you don't mind:
- Im guessing this is Voldemorts prolouge?
- Also in the last paragraph i think he's talking about Harry...?
Great great great job!
I really love it and can't wait for the next, im even adding it to my favorites.
Whenever you get the chance feel free to check out my fanfictions! (:
- Autumn
8/10 ofcourse! :D

Author's Response: Hey! thanks for the review, and the favorite! :) It's not Voldemort talking, I won't tell you who it is now, but hopefully you'll get it soon. If you don't, of course I'll let you know. lol (Here's a hint: It is not exactly a PERSON talking.)
Thanks again for the review, I'll check out your stories soon!

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