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2019 Update Archive / Re: New Releases - Saturday, April 27th, 2019
« Last post by Shadra on May 01, 2019, 01:26:57 pm »
Following Her Dream

Fine, I feel so sorry for Bella, she's adorable! Just needs saying. Otherwise, the story is as strong as ever, but still hoping for a happy ending here, I must say. What that might be, well...?
High end of definitely enjoyed

Thank you for the kind review, I'll be sure to give Bella a few extra pats on the head just for you. Happy or not, the ending will be here soon! I hope you find it satisfying  :)
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2019 Update Archive / Re: New Releases - Saturday, April 27th, 2019
« Last post by Merry Brooks on May 01, 2019, 12:52:23 pm »
And the final four

Algorithm

Well fine, I hope Tiffany can come up with something, because its not hard for me to hate Lucy intensely! Not that Tiffany doesnt deserve some punishment, but seriously... OK, fine, I'd still love to be completely reprogrammed by that device, but I'd prefer the tactic of leaving instructions as to what could be done to me. Robot? Flapper? Dancer? Hmm? ;) I loved Tiffany's planning, until the critical point, mind.
High end of definitely enjoyed. Mustnt upset Lucy! :laugh:

Following Her Dream

Fine, I feel so sorry for Bella, she's adorable! Just needs saying. Otherwise, the story is as strong as ever, but still hoping for a happy ending here, I must say. What that might be, well...?
High end of definitely enjoyed

It Runs in the Family

Yes, fair to say I quickly skimmed all the incest stuff. Some nice logic v control stuff going down here too. Tara reminds me of a Duracell Bunny, in truth.
Sorry, incest, lots of it. Best I can do is Low end of definitely enjoyed, and thats being kind due to the story line. Those without an incest squick would give more

Just Like Christmas

Fine, this I absolutely loved! Yes, I know its hypno, but its cute, sweet, and beautifully handled. Yes, Duchess could hypnotise me any time she wished too, if thats the end result!
High end of definitely enjoyed

Thats it for this week, thanks as always to all authors involved, reviewed or not

PS I would love to blame Algorithm for my new found interest in number stations, but not really fair. But if you ever find me including the Lincolnshire Poacher in a story, you know what was to blame! :P
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2019 Update Archive / Re: New Releases - Saturday, April 27th, 2019
« Last post by grey_shadow on April 29, 2019, 08:15:05 pm »

 Do you know exactly how dragons mate?

Carefully!


You called?

On the subject of dragons, being inherently magical creatures I think would work to their advantage. Certain enlargement/shrinking magic in the right place can go a long way... >>

On a total side but related note, a PSA for any adventurous sole who happen to come across two dragons doing the deed... well, based on how long dragons live and how relatively few of them there are, you can imagine that they donít get laid at ALL often. Sufficed to say the will suffer NO interruptions... you have been warned O_o

Point taken. I will ensure only the people I want to kill off aproach mating dragons.

It may depend how closely you approach - some dragons (including Anne McCaffrey's) have at least some psychic ability, and strong emotions tend to leak, and... well, people getting close to mating dragons tend to find that they are less interested in giant lizards, and much more interested in creatures their own species - or a closely enough related species...

You might even get someone with an imaginative bent, and a willingness to do whatever it takes to convince a dragon to co-operate, making arrangements to ensure people do get close to mating dragons in order to benefit from the side effects...
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2019 Update Archive / Re: New Releases - Saturday, April 27th, 2019
« Last post by Redsliver on April 29, 2019, 07:02:09 pm »
Speaking of love, there's plenty in the air in the always-excellent Blizzard. This was Max's chapter in many ways, and I enjoyed the journey that she took Gene (and us!) on as the story progressed. It's not over yet, Gene!

Thanks! I'd say Max is my favorite because I loved writing this chapter, but Alex won't give up that spot.




Blizzard

What isnt there for me to like with this feelgood story? In truth, nothing. One of those stories where everybody deserves all that they wish for, though here, I'm not sure some know quite what that is!
High end of definitely enjoyed, great feelgood fun


Well there'll be a bit more declarative sex in the next chapter, but I'm glad you're liking it. I love writing Blizzard, just makes me feel better to write something so positive.
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2019 Update Archive / Re: New Releases - Saturday, April 27th, 2019
« Last post by Writer345 on April 29, 2019, 06:00:21 pm »
A Plethora of Heathers

No, Betsy, I wasn't split...  I enjoyed it so much that I want to read a lot more of it!
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2019 Update Archive / Re: New Releases - Saturday, April 27th, 2019
« Last post by Merry Brooks on April 29, 2019, 04:41:34 pm »
I've never been shy of name mentions, Betsy, and further disability issues arent in danger of changing that. So feel free to carry on using them

Part 3

The Ancient Room

Main advantage with this was that I had zero sympathy for Sarah, and anything that happened to her. Which of course, inevitably it does. The actual take down is very nicely done, and I like the way he doesnt take her seriously when it does.
Definitely enjoyed

Blizzard

What isnt there for me to like with this feelgood story? In truth, nothing. One of those stories where everybody deserves all that they wish for, though here, I'm not sure some know quite what that is!
High end of definitely enjoyed, great feelgood fun

Hostel

I'd read plenty of praise for this before I got to it, so went in with high expectations, but it lives up to that, totally.Most definitely looking forward to more of this
High end of definitely enjoyed, leaving myself scope for more

Whatever Gets You Through The Night

The connection thing between Helen and Troy really is quite something. Oh, and will be good to see more of Mander, and Luc too. I get the feeling we're building to something much bigger here
High end of definitely enjoyed

Last 4 to follow
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2019 Update Archive / Re: New Releases - Saturday, April 27th, 2019
« Last post by Betsy on April 29, 2019, 04:02:04 pm »

 Do you know exactly how dragons mate?

Carefully!


You called?

On the subject of dragons, being inherently magical creatures I think would work to their advantage. Certain enlargement/shrinking magic in the right place can go a long way... >>

On a total side but related note, a PSA for any adventurous sole who happen to come across two dragons doing the deed... well, based on how long dragons live and how relatively few of them there are, you can imagine that they donít get laid at ALL often. Sufficed to say the will suffer NO interruptions... you have been warned O_o

Point taken. I will ensure only the people I want to kill off aproach mating dragons.
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2019 Update Archive / Re: New Releases - Saturday, April 27th, 2019
« Last post by Betsy on April 29, 2019, 03:58:51 pm »

 Do you know exactly how dragons mate?

Carefully!


A variation on the old hedgehog joke. Thanks. But it's going straight to my notes. I'm certain I can use it somehow.
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2019 Update Archive / Re: New Releases - Saturday, April 27th, 2019
« Last post by Betsy on April 29, 2019, 03:53:57 pm »
Sorry. I didn't make that clear. Mine involves dragons only. I thought two, but maybe there are more? I don't know. Not yet. Don't worry if you don't know. I was just throwing it out there.

Can't speak for any established lore on this, but if you want to go the realistic route, you could always look into mating behaviors of animals such as birds, lizards, or crocs.

Anne McCaffrey's dragons mate on the wing - the female flies, pursued by male suitors, and when a male catches her, they entwine, and fall, needing to break apart before getting too low to recover, so the higher she flies before being caught, the better.

It's funny, I actually just learned the other day that bald eagles do this, at least something similar. More of a mating ritual than actually mating, but two eagles will grasp each other by their talons and tumble towards the ground, breaking away just before they hit. If they die, it means they weren't a good mate. Because logic?

Thanks Shadra. I will definiely take your advice and look up existing mating behaviours and try and meld them with the mythos.

As for the bald eagles, please see my post above.
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2019 Update Archive / Re: New Releases - Saturday, April 27th, 2019
« Last post by Betsy on April 29, 2019, 03:48:53 pm »
Sorry. I didn't make that clear. Mine involves dragons only. I thought two, but maybe there are more? I don't know. Not yet. Don't worry if you don't know. I was just throwing it out there.

Anne McCaffrey's dragons mate on the wing - the female flies, pursued by male suitors, and when a male catches her, they entwine, and fall, needing to break apart before getting too low to recover, so the higher she flies before being caught, the better. She then lays a clutch of eggs a couple of months later, which hatch after another couple of months. Clutches range from around a dozen to maybe five dozen, but it's rare to have more than one queen egg, and not uncommon to have none. There are also non-queen females, but they're generally sterile (though they still rise to mate, helping keep the lesser males from getting too frustrated...)

I've also come across accounts of dragons who mate in the privacy of their lairs, laying a single egg, or occasionally having a live birth.

Then there are dragons with shape-changing abilities, who may or may not be fertile in their changed forms, and, if fertile, may or may not breed true.

The trouble is, "dragon" is used to apply to a range of different creatures, which have different natures, so you need to be more specific if you want a definite answer to a question about dragons...

Thanks grey_shadow for this detailed answer to my question. As I said, it's for a story that's just in my mind at the moment, but I wasn't thinking properly when I asked it. Of course there are many forms of dragons. I should've known that. I had Faeryfaye detail the many forms of vampires in 61 days and ask the same questions you do now.

As for mating on the wing and falling, I think I remember something like that from Silence of the Lambs. Didn't Hannibal compare Clarice to a bird (a gull?) that mates in a similar way and hope she (Clarise) was a high flier? The low fliers can't pull out and die by falling to earth.

I must look up Anne McCaffrey. Thanks for mentioning her.
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