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Review #1, by Shinicha The Tripwire of Reality

1st September 2014:
I noticed that you write a lot about the economy, or rather its crisis - in Blunderland too - so I was wondering, how do you see the connection between Muggle and wizard economy? I think its a really interesting topic to speculate about (a friend and I actually wrote a whole text about the wizarding economy and the conditions for revolution and we came to the conclusion that wizarding economy cannot whatsoever be equated with Capitalism, therefore also not have Capitalist crises)
But in Blunderland you wrote about how wizarding community took on too much of the Muggle (economy) and ..yeah.. all of this together made me really curious :)

As to the growing suspense: I'm surprised I was even able to stop reading to write this comment, haha!

Author's Response: I'll start by saying that I have 0 knowledge of economics, so don't take me too seriously when I write about it :P I honestly have no idea how the magical economy would function, and I can only write about it in basic ways, e.g Lucy and Scorpius discussing employment prospects. My family suffered a lot during the recession and I wrote this in my first year of university when I was feeling quite bitter about how poor I was (in a very first world way - I was still eating and had a place to live!) so I think that translated into both this story and Blunderland.

So to answer your question - I have no idea! The magical economy does seem a bit daft, though. They should definitely introduce notes, or cheques at least. Carrying around all those coins must get tiresome.

Thank you for your reviews!! ♥

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Review #2, by Shinicha An Abundance of Tartan

1st September 2014:
Okay this story leaves so many open threads to possible twists and storylines that I'm getting genuinly confused! I'm not complaining though because its so nicely written that I would keep reading this for ages ^^ Funny enough, I don't really feel like Mary-sue's a proper mary-sue despite her apparent emptiness. So I suppose this is a compliment to you, because I think your character design is even greater than your puns (even though I love them) and you simply cannot write something completely clichė. Love it!

Author's Response: Haha, yes, I revisited this story for a re-write a couple of years ago and I realised how many loose ends there were...*facepalm*

No, Mary-Sue is supposed to be a subversion of that stereotype! I don't think I realised it when I was writing this, but I hate the way female characters are pigeonholed into different categories in fiction, and so here I think I tried to write un-stereotypical women. Not sure I suceeded or if that made sense but, well, it's been a long day and I've got the flu, so I can't expect my responses to be very coherent :P

Thank you so much for your reviews!! ♥

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Review #3, by Shinicha Anoraks and Fluttery Eyelashes

1st September 2014:
Hopefully Mary Sue will not be Lucys inspiration for her triangle!! and does her being Auror have anything to do with the mysterious memorial thing..?

Author's Response: The answer to that first question is - yes she will! And the answer to the second is - no she doesn't! Haha :)

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Review #4, by Shinicha A Duck in the Pint

1st September 2014:
Why would it be suspicious to have a memorial for only one war? But it somehow seems to be, although if it were me I'd just think that there might not've been a new new elging during the first war.
so much to be curious about!

Btw I really think someone should invent magic typewriters with a Delete button. :')

Author's Response: I think Lucy and Scorpius didn't come to that conclusion - New New Elgin looks old enough to have been through both wars, so it seems odd to them that there's only a memorial for one. The truth is that the magical town was "moved" for a second time after the first war, so the memorial was left behind.

Maybe the solution is a magical laptop? A MagBook, maybe...

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Review #5, by Shinicha The Coven

1st September 2014:
"Above us, the clouds had formed the weather equivalent of a giant frowning face." < best sentence of this chapter!

well, well this was unexpected and so funny I almost fell off the bed and my boyfriend complained about the noisy laughter.

But are turtlenecks still arty?? I thought it was the V-necks with carefully arranged brest-hair (if that's what its called in English)
Also I had perfect timing reading this chapter, the weather here were I am is truly Scottish.

I'd love a comeback of scorpius' musical carreer by the way :)

Author's Response: Aww, I'm glad you found it so funny! Oh, god, not that it's my business what anyone wears, but I'm not a fan of v-necks and exposed chest hair (on anyone, really, not just men). Give me a turtleneck anyday. And I do think they're still arty, judging by what my peers at art school wear, although the true art school uniform seems to be a black t shirt and black skinny jeans with ruined trainers.

Thank you for your review! ♥

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Review #6, by Shinicha Elgin Regrets

1st September 2014:
Now I'm intruiged, why would aboy be knitting - this cant't be a regular village on the countryside, noone questions genderstereotypes on the countryside!
..and also, I completely agree with Scorpius, I got bad feeling about this, too, even though Ive never watched Starwars...

Author's Response: Haha! I'm sure "I've got a bad feeling about this..." must have been spoken by more characters than Han Solo...

Thanks for your review! ♥

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Review #7, by Shinicha A Bad Feeling About This

1st September 2014:
Just when I thought "funny, this Western feeling in northern Scotland" Scorpius confirmed my thoughts :) It reminds me of this old Japanese comedy - Tanpopo - a "ramen western" (i think you'd like that one if you haven't seen it yet).

I also thought the idea with the signpost was very good. Looking forward to some mystery!

(the shop with with the subtle decor reminded me of the upcoming independence-referendum, haha)

Author's Response: Ah, me and predicting the referendum two years before it happened...i'm still upset about the result, I refuse to take the 'Yes' badge off my rucksack!

Thanks for the recomendation about Tampopo! I'be bookmarked it for the next rainy day :)

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Review #8, by Shinicha Escapism, Miss Weasley

1st September 2014:
Nice chapter as always :)
Just wondering - would the Knight Bus knock over anything? I thought the things just magically jump out of its way. (Maybe that doesnt work so well when its halting)

Nice idea with the typewriter. I actually learned 10finger typing with a really old typewriter when I was little (it was really hard to press the keys, had to hit them with full force) so I always get a bit nostalgic when I read about them..

Author's Response: Ahh, I think the Knight Bus /does/ avoid things in canon, but this is me writing, and I have a habit of knocking things over, so...(I'm the girl who knocked a full pint of lager all over her notes just last week. My room still smells a bit hoppy).

Ah, I feel a bit nostalgic about typewriters too! Not that I have any reason to; I inherited one from my school's art department when I was 14, and I've used it on and off ever since. If I had a magical one, though, I'd put a silencing charm on it - they're so noisy!

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Review #9, by Shinicha The Dartboard of Destiny

1st September 2014:
Once again gripped by the chronic fafiction-fiever Im so glad to have found your stories. Theyre great,and besides I love Scotland and the Highlands, so I except great things from this one. Also I really appreciate the elegance with which you write about everyday muggle problems and transplang them into the magical world!

Author's Response: Thank you!! Ah, glad to hear you love Scotland, as it's my home country, and technically I'm a Highlander :P I do enjoy writing about ~everyday problems~, so it's good to hear that comes across well in my stories! I see you've left me quite a few reviews, so I want to make a blanket apology in this response for not responding to them for so many months - I have no excuse, I've been very lazy!

Thanks for reviewing :D ♥

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Review #10, by sharzamow Epilogue: Part Two

3rd November 2013:
And, once again, I've been drawn in by the utter fantasticness of one of your fics. I just, eep. I loved Starving Artists so much, and I'm a wee bit wary of sequels so I decided to tread carefully, but then I got to about the third chapter and I was like "oh, stuff it, this is fab" and I kept reading and loved every minute of it. It has a different feeling from Starving Artists - just a bit less crazy(well...aside from the coven...actually, it was still pretty crazy), a wee bit more angsty, etcetera - but it had such a lovely feeling, just as SA did. Like drinking tea. Which I always have to be doing, when I'm reading one of your fics, so it's a double-tea whammy.

I just adore Scorpius and Lucy so much. OTP right there, your Scorpius and Lucy. I've always been so utterly jealous of fanfiction writers who can make people really and seriously hardcore ship the relationships in their stories, because that's honestly the most difficult thing, in my opinion. And they just fit together, poor wimpy Scorpius and Lucy, massacred by lemons. It's so refreshing to see a really original couple in fanfiction - all the best-mates-y-ness and the banter and the weirdness and the clumsiness just make them so perfect. I really amn't fond of being bombarded with the slushy and the gushy and the deeply unrealistic and the bloke with the six-pack and the swooning heroine (much like what Lucy was trying to write) - it's so undeniably cool to come across a wimpy yet utterly fanciable Scorpius Malfoy who falls about the place all the time and dithers a bit and a rebellious and student-y Lucy who generally has a bit more of a cool factor than her boyfriend. Except for when Scorpius had his hero moment and saved them from the Coven. That was hilarious. And fairly impressive.

The tackling of the issue of growing up and leaving student life behind and the difficulties of all of that and juggling jobs and the lack of money and the living in a pokey flat - I loved it. It's pretty tempting, I think, as a writer, to keep your couple all happy-slappy and loved up and financially able but this was so much more true to life, and interesting, and it showed the fact that even though a couple can have issues and hard times that it can still work out, and even though adulthood can involve slogging at three jobs and being frustrated and washing the dishes, it can also be fairly fab.

I loved the return of Rose! Funnily enough, I've found myself very fond of her. She's a fantastic character. Still a bit scary, but I like the fact that she's chilled out a bit, seems to be working towards not being so...excitable. For lack of a stronger word. And I love that Lucy has started to consider her as a mate. Fantastic. I wish there was more Molly in this, though, just because I think Molly's utterly fantastic! But in fairness it would've been difficult to fit her in, and sometimes the sparing use of characters is better. Al's cameo had me grinning like a fool. I do love Al.

And Gwen and Tarquin were brilliant as always. Those two are ingenious and fantastic and hilarious, as per, and I love their antics, and the fact that they just sort of pop around and then send Lettuce on his merry way down to see them, and the fact that they wind Call-Me-Mary-Sue up and...yeah. Scorpius, Lucy, Tarquin and Gwen; ultimate OT4. Can definitely imagine them all in Lucy and Scorpius' house ten years from now bantering and arguing and Scorpius trying to shield his and Lucy's kid's ears from Tarquin's foul mouth. And also try and get him off the topic of all of the antics they pulled, and whatnot. God, I just imagined Scorpius as a father - bless his cotton socks. Adorable. I just know he'll be a waaay better father than Draco ever was and that fills me with happiness and warms me inside.

And so, seeing as I've gotten on to it - Lucy! Preggers! Wow! Actually was not expecting that. But I love it. And I love how cool Scorpius was with it - I half-expected him to panic and flap and poke himself in the eye but maybe that'll happen when the baby's actually born and bawling for no apparent reason. Either way, I'm so glad that Scorpius reacted the way he did, and that he and Lucy have decided that having a vegetable patch and a non-student-y life is a-okay.

And Lucy giving off to the Scary Editor Lady - spot-on. I was glad of that, that Lucy decided not to write something that had no relevance to her, that didn't sit write with her, etc, etc. I do love Lucy's little rants. I just love Lucy to bits - it's such a joy to read from her perspective, I have to commend you so highly on that, because I think writing from first-person perspective is so blimming difficult! Whenever I write it it comes out as clunky and the character as seriously unlikable, but Lucy is adorable and brave and cool and a bit hopeless and pathetic at times but also spunky and knows herself - to an extent - and hilarious and interesting.

Anyways, yeah. Fantastic. Just a really fantastic, funny, heart-warming, interesting story, with a bunch of characters I want to squoosh. And Lettuce! I almost forgot! He was brillo. Really fantastic. So chuffed he came back, in all his sparkly glory.

Author's Response: ♥ you are so lovely ♥

I'm so glad you liked the sequel! Eh, I agree, sequels are a bit 'eh' and I've often regretted writing this. I rewrote the whole thing last summer because, to borrow a word from a Wes Anderson movie, the first draft was a bit of a clustercuss, and I'm still kinda iffy about this version. So it's uplifting to hear nice things about it! Awh, yeah, Lucy and Scorpius are 1000% my OTP and I got so caught up in their relationship writing this. By the time I started writing this fic, I'd had both of them chilling in my head for a while and I felt like I knew them as characters completely, which I think leant to the angstiness of this. Scorpius has a pretty miserable past especially (I have a one-shot called 'Calling' which isn't explicitly linked to this storyverse, but focuses on his relationship with his parents). Also, I think a lot of the ~angst~ and ~issues~ in this came from the fact that, during the time it took me to write this, I a) got kicked out of home b) worked way too much overtime at a minimum-wage job and lost my soul in the process c) started art school and realised I was haemorrhaging money on tuition and art supplies d) had the police showing up at my art school flat sporadically because my flatmate was fond of hard drugs. So I sort of took it all out on this fic. Angst up to eleven!! Thankfully life has improved tenfold by then and I'm writing, well, slightly happier things.

Eee! A Rose fan :3 I actually really like Rose too. I wrote bits of myself into her, she's definitely an exaggeration of my worst features as a person (hello, neuroticism). I felt I had to atone for mistreating her in the original story somehow, hence her and Lucy making up and becoming friends. I think she'd always stay close friends with Scorpius, though. Like, Lucy is the love of his life and a rock, but Rose would be his closest friend and they'd meet up to natter and whinge about life now and again. I can never decide whether I meant for Rose to end up with Prentice or just be single and lovin' life forever, I guess that's up to you. FYI Gwen and Tarquin are definitely partners in crime for life.

I know, weird ending, right?? I didn't mean it to end like this originally. I sat down a while ago and worked out what I would write about if I wrote a sequel to this, and I figured out that - angst time - they don't actually have a child for another few years, not until their 30s. Also, Scorpius becomes an art teacher and has to go incognito to work in muggle schools (which is okay, because he's crap at magic). Lucy writes pulp horror novels and gets crowned 'Goddess of Gore' in a Daily Prophet poll. Draco nearly has a heart attack when he realises his son has married a girl who earns money by writing about zombie apocalypses. Percy nearly has a heart attack when he realises his daughter is married to a guy who teaches art to muggles. Astoria and Audrey bond by complaining about their husbands.

Oookay that was a long and needless explanation. Anyway! Thank you so, so much for your reviews ♥ ♥ ♥ it's been so nice hearing your thoughts and you've put a massive smile on my face. Thank you!!

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Review #11, by Sam Epilogue: Part Two

31st July 2013:
Hello there, ce sont les petits choses from ff . net here; figured I should leave the review here since you've finished posting the stories here :) anyway...
I am absolutely in love with this pairing, and there really is only a handful of stories out there that are worth all-nighters just so I can finish them. (to summarize: Lucy/Scorpius rules all and I'm sleep deprived because of it.) The characterizations of all characters were awesome and very multi-faceted, not to mention hilarious to laugh at. You did really well highlighting the little moments in their lives and didn't smother the readers with chapters upon chapters of pure fluff, which I am very grateful for (it's the little moments, you know?). Also very glad that each character had grown very gradually thoughout the series (like Scorpius' tea making skills). Anyway, thank you for your humorous storylines, the time you spent writing the fics and lastly, for expanding my knowledge of Scottish/English vocab (had no idea what anoraks were...)! Really well written :)

Author's Response: Hi! Argh, I'm so sorry how slow the updates are over at ff. net - transferring them over there is surprisingly time consuming, and every time I think I've got an evening spare to do it, something comes up! Once my contract at work finishes in September I can hopefully update again, I feel really bad about how neglected my ff. net account is!

Wow, that's so flattering to hear! I mean, well, you should be getting your sleep, but I'm glad you thought this fic good enough to stay up all night for! I have to admit that it was a little hard to /not/ make this wall-to-wall fluff...I try...

Thank you so, so much for this lovely review, and for coming all the way to HPFF to leave it! :) ♥

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Review #12, by KitKat An Abundance of Tartan

24th July 2013:
I love thistle do nicely! Although it has closed down :(
Anyways this story is fabby!

Author's Response: Whit?!? It shut down? I never even realised! I weep one thousand tears for the loss of one of the capital's finest puns.

Thank you for the review! ♥

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Review #13, by Rilla the Reader Escapism, Miss Weasley

18th May 2013:
This is a fabby story! Squee! I love all your stories and read them sporadically and randomly and out of order. Oh well ;)
Lucy is my heroine and Scorpy is a doll. Seriously, if he was real I would kidnap him and keep him in my basement. Not to be Rose-like in any way of course.
Al is a mental health doctor?! Of course. He has Rose and Lucy for cousins, the doily loving duo of Percy and Audrey for an aunt and uncle, and Scorpius for a friend.
I only caught one typo in the whole thing, and that was because I thought it was an amusing one:
"All she did was turn up and wave her wand at our suitcase and, viola, in a short matter of days, wed managed to fit the contents of our entire flat into it"
I'm pretty sure that "viola" should be "voila" but knowing you, the word choice there could have some deep, existential, Brooding-Nameless-Barry-esque meaning that is unknown to an ignorant reader like myself.
Ciao and love muffins to you *squish*

Author's Response: Awh, thank you so much!

Yes! Al is loosely based on my own cousin, who recently qualified as a mental health nurse, so the job seemed fitting! I really wish I had more time to write about Albus' character and the job itself, but this story's probably long enough already...I'm rewriting it at the moment, so I'll see what I can do!

Baha, trust me to make a typo like that. Like I said, I'm in the process of rewriting (I'm about 3/4 through!), but even my edits aren't proofread right. I'll do another basic proofread after I've rewritten to catch all the silly mistakes like that. Thank you for pointing it out!

Anyhow. Thank you for the lovely review, and I hope you like the rest of this story, even if it is still half-finished! ♥

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Review #14, by anneka Epilogue: Part Two

8th May 2013:
I love this so so so much. You're a fantastic writer and so versatile - you can write humour and angst with equal flair and skill. Very impressed by the whole story; it's wonderfully entertaining and engaging.

Author's Response: Thank you so much! That's such a kind thing to say :3 I'm really glad you enjoyed it and thank you for leaving such a lovely review! ♥

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Review #15, by iatevoldysnose Epilogue: Part Two

20th April 2013:
ACK! This is such an AMAZAYN story! Love it so so much! Thank you for writing it and I have really enjoyed it. It's so original and wonderful. :)

Hope to read more of your writing:)


Author's Response: Awh, I'm really glad you liked it! Thank you so, so much for all your reviews - it's been a real pleasure to hear your thoughts on the stories. Thank you! ♥ ♥ ♥

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Review #16, by iatevoldysnose Hangovers and Hypotheticals

20th April 2013:
Aww...Scorp doesn't want to get married...this is awkward... Haha

Anyway, nice chapter and love Tarks and Gwen:) I missed them :) they sort of brighten up my day you know?


Author's Response: He shares my views on the matter...he's just as cynical as I am ;D

Awh! That's really sweet :3 Thank you for reviewing! ♥

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Review #17, by iatevoldysnose Burns Night

20th April 2013:
Hahaha the Burns Dinner was funny :)
So much drinking for Lu and Call-Me Mary-Sue:))
Nice chapter


Author's Response: Being Scottish, I can testify that we do a lot of drinking in this country - Lucy is sticking by the 'when in New New Elgin, do as the New New Elginers' policy ;D

Thanks for reviewing! ♥

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Review #18, by iatevoldysnose The Coven (reprise)

20th April 2013:
Wow. I siriusly did NOT expect that...the coven wow.
That was an intense chappie and really enjoyed it... :)

And I'm glad they have a cat now...I'm a dog person but I'm glad ;) Andrew socks now has a home:)


Author's Response: Personally, I'm a cat /and/ dog person. I think I just like cuddling things.

Thanks for reviewing! ♥

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Review #19, by iatevoldysnose The Tripwire of Reality

20th April 2013:
Aghh! Omg what happened?! That was such a good chapter...I don't mind angst makes a story interesting but cliffhangers are just a no-no. :) love the chapter though...
I have a feeling that Mary-Sue has something to do with this...idk but its just all happening so fast(not that that's a bad thing).

Just want to let you know that I really love this story! It's so awesome:))


Author's Response: Hehe, you'll find out! Ooh, love me a cliffhanger. Especially an angsty cliffhanger!

Thank you so much! Your reviews are really appreciated, they've put a smile on my face ♥

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Review #20, by iatevoldysnose Post-Apocalyptic Romance

20th April 2013:
That meeting went...quite well haha:) Thank god Murdoch was there...otherwise Lu might have been bored out of her mind...


Author's Response: Hehe, yes! Ahh, unfortunately, Murdoch is getting written out of this chapter in the current rewrite because I ended up deleting the prequel where his character was so important :P

Thanks for the review! ♥

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Review #21, by iatevoldysnose Living In Sin

10th April 2013:
Naww! That was such a cute chapter...
Christmas is always such a moce time of the year:)
I'm so glad that Molly has a good bf...I mean fiance
DOES THIS MEAN LU WILL BE GETTIN MARRIED SOON? exciting and I can't wait for Gwen and Tarks:)


Author's Response: My lips are sealed!

Thanks for reviewing :) ♥

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Review #22, by iatevoldysnose An Abundance of Tartan

9th April 2013:
I loved this chapter;) so much happening! Idk whether its just me, but I have a feeling that Scorp isn't spending that much time at home with Lu...or mb that's because I just wat drama...I'm a drama lover ahaha...but yeh I think they aren't that many times when they actually are talking properly...
Like its just my opinion, but I think Scorp and Lu are sort of drifting apart...well not really idk how to explain what I mean so sorry but I sort of mean that everything is so hectic and that there's nothing really happening between them, you get me?

I always knew Mary-Sue was hiding something...hehe

Well anyway I loved this chapter and can't wait until I read the next one:)


Author's Response: Awh! I am also a drama lover, hee~ I'm working on this aspect a bit more in my current rewrite, but, yeah, you'd be slightly correct in your estimations about them drifting apart a bit.

Thanks for reviewing! ♥

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Review #23, by iatevoldysnose Anoraks and Fluttery Eyelashes

9th April 2013:
AHAHAHAHA! When Scorp got the page wrong, and said he wanted to try omg hilarious
Then he actually reads what Lu meant and his reaction...omg epicness
Hahaha im glad that Scorp is happy:) Puns are obv his thing punny:)

Naw haha Gwen and Tark are so funny haha and Lu and Scorp are so cute:) Scorp is all flirty and stuff its adorable. Its just weird that they are always early the prequel to this, they were always late haha times change:)

Omg and the idea for the book...epic! Scorp is so oblivious sometimes...Does Mary-Sue have something wrong with her eyes? haha and yes, I think Scorp would be a very good Bernice and Lu would be a very good Ivan.

And loved the part about the pouting like a duck:)


OH NO SHE DIDNT! *clicking in Z formation*

And I dont think this chapter was lame at all dont worry...

YES! Scopr gets to be the hero! HURRAH HURRAH! Hope that comes soon...and I wish Gwen and Tark would come already!

Author's Response: Poor Scorpius, all he wants is to do DIY!

Writing flirty Scorpius is a wee bit fun. And I had to justify him being sorted into Slytherin /somehow/...even if it's just giving him minor devious flirt tendencies, hehee.

Despite that, he's also a bit naive. Hence 'is there something up with her eyes...?'

HA ♥ snapping your fingers in a z form-a-tion. Sassy!

Thank you for reviewing! ♥

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Review #24, by iatevoldysnose The Keeper and the Seeker

9th April 2013:
OMG midget wildebeasts:) i cracked up at that!
I suspect Mary-Sue! Maybe im unknowingly or secretly a person from New New Elgin...YOU WILL NEVER FIND OUT MWAHAHAHAH!
haha sorry about that...but I actually do think that there's something weird going on...I mean 3 new people in two weeks? If thats not suspicious, then idk what is. And I know all the Jeans and Kevin and the rest will agree with me:)

Scorpius is just so cute and adorable and just just just oh idk how to describe.anyway i think you get the point

ACK! They want her to write smut? I sort of thought that would happen, but I really didnt know haha...but still ACK!


Author's Response: You may be on to something! Or you may not be. I'm not giving anything away ;D

Hee. I think writing smut is a rite of passage for most writers, but especially those of us who write fanfiction - have you ever /seen/ fanfiction .net?

Thanks for the review! ♥

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Review #25, by iatevoldysnose A Duck in the Pint

9th April 2013:
OMG haha they joined a band...I was just wondering whether this band will turn out better than the one Scorp was in last time (omg I cant remember the name of it:()...I guess im just gonna have to read the next chappie oh no! (haha just kidding i love this)
Love this story so much! Its so unique and crazy and weird and fab and funny and hilarious and just so asdfghjkl!

Cant wait to read the next one...


Author's Response: I think any band is going to be better than Screaming Bloodthirsty Disco :P

I'm glad you're enjoying it! Your reviews are fantastic :3 ♥

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