Reviews For Family Ties
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Reviewer: Redbird Signed starstarstarstarstar [Report This]
Date: 08/16/2014 7:19 PM Title: Chapter 2

Really enjoyed this one TJ. Loved seeing the interaction between everyone after the war was over and how their lives turned out. Tiny with four wives? Never imaged that! LOL. Poor Keyop, one can understand why he felt the way he did when he was younger--his thoughts of being left behind. Glad that it was all cleared up in the end. And I loved the scenes with him and little Robert--very sweet....

Reviewer: jublke Signed starstarstarstarstar [Report This]
Date: 05/31/2011 12:24 AM Title: Chapter 1

This is a fantastic story, TJ!  If I didn't know better, I'd have never guessed that you have trouble identifying with Keyop.  His choices, beliefs, and intent come through beautifully here, and we get to see the devastating effects of war on one so young, as well as how simple family misunderstandings can magnify into huge problems.  Loved the interaction between Robert and his Uncle Keyop. 

Author's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed this! I definitely have trouble identifying with Keyop, so I cheated... since he was older, I was able to bring him closer to my own frame of reference, and I used that common ground as a starting point. As for Robert, having my own kids, it was easy enough to depict the reaction of a young man unused to babies who suddenly has one plopped into his lap. ;-)

Reviewer: Springie Signed [Report This]
Date: 02/21/2011 6:58 PM Title: Chapter 1

You did such a wonderful job writing a more mature Keyop! Excellent work, TJ!

Author's Response: Thanks, Springie! I think you, of all people, understand how difficult it is for me to write Keyop.

Reviewer: Garnet Signed [Report This]
Date: 02/20/2011 1:51 PM Title: Chapter 1

I've been meaning to leave a review since you posted this. I've said it elsewhere, but I'll say it again. I love this story so much.

Yes, I was hoping for a Keyop-centric story when I requested it, but you went so far above and beyond my expectations.

I respect you even more for being so willing to not only craft a fantastic story but to give me an even greater gift by making it from Keyop's POV.

This story is so full of sorrow and hope that I feel like I'm riding the emotional rollercoaster right beside all of them.

The hopeful ending just makes it perfect.

Thank you so much, again, for writing it.

Author's Response:

Nothing could be a bigger compliment than knowing that the person for whom I wrote this story enjoyed it. Yes, it forced me to stretch my boundaries somewhat, but I also discovered that there were things within myself that I could use to write Keyop, especially as an adult, and as someone upon whom the war had taken its emotional toll. Everyone has felt alone at some point in their lives, and I drew on those feelings to write this story. As for the hopeful conclusion, I'm just not one for unhappy endings, so that was for me as much as for you. ;-)


Reviewer: Clouddancer Signed [Report This]
Date: 02/19/2011 6:39 PM Title: Epilogue

It is nice to see you write something from Keyop's point of view.  I know he is not a character you usually enjoy writing from but you did a great job.

I love seeing how you feel each teammember moved on since the war.  Although it is sad that they had to come together for such a sad event, your ending brought some cheer to Keyop's future as well.

Author's Response: I know it sounds harsh, but eventually the Chief will die... and I would hope that the members of the G0Force Team would be alive to attend such an event. Of course, I had the Chief dying at a relatively young age, but it seemed like a good way to bring the Team together again, especially after they had grown apart so much. 

Reviewer: gatchamarie Signed starstarstarstarstar [Report This]
Date: 02/13/2011 4:24 AM Title: Chapter 1

Such an awesome, and innovative story! I've never felt so close to Keyop (also because I'm not so familiar with BotP) as I did whilst reading this fic! I also enjoyed knowing more about the new life of each member of the Team, with some surprises, and the various attitudes shown whilst they were sitting at the dining table! So happy to have seen a happy ending to this story for Keyop after all his inner turmoil! Well done!

Author's Response: I'm not sure how innovative this is... but I do feel like I was able to touch upon Keyop's feelings as an adult, which is something I would never have thought I could do. I've never had any kind of connection with the character, yet it was clear that the requestor of this gift fic wanted something about him. I'm glad I was successful in telling the story from his POV.

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