sorry, i meant to write story instead of troy (that was a decent movie, no?)
this story truly touched my heart (and i'm normally not an emotional guy)
words fail to describe this troy... my only advice: call JK Rowling and get her permission to continue the story line =)
Why did they die?
How did Ginny die?
Hw did Harrry die?
Out of all of your stories that I've read, this was the best. It physically pained me, I'm in floods of tears, but it was the best. Thank you.
I am in awe by the emotion you cn evoke from yor words. This is my favourite story of yours as of yet and I am readily typing this review so I can read your other stories! You made me laugh, but mostly you made me cry. Evoking such a reaction from someone like me is a gift. You have a way with words and write dialogues, monologues in Harry's case, particularly wonderfully, if you ask me. Thank you so much, Grimmrook.
Author's Response: No, thank you. Actually, you're still reading rather early in the progression, and therefore I think, no, I hope you will continue to be pleasantly surprised beyond this story. In any rate, I thank you very much, and hope you'll finish the rest of the arc and come join me on my website where I'm already four chapters deep into a totally original story.
Ok onto this review.. i gotta tell u and u probably guess from my review from "epilogues part I", that i almost forgot to stop and read this story, but lemme tell u, i'm so glad i did!! i actually kinda forgot what this one was and what it is about, but i honestly think this might be my favorite out of the whole series. i'm a 19 almost 20 year old guy, and i have a hard time outwardly expressing my negative or sad emotions, so i love any story that touches me enough to jerk a few tears from my eyes, and this definitly does the trick. i guess i can't really say too much more on this but now i can really say ON TO "EPILOGUES PART II: THE EIGHTH YEAR"!!!!
Author's Response: Tis okay, you don't have to say much to this one. Most people don't. I guess, well, I guess there's really not much to say about it, you either are affected by it or you don't. I'm glad you were though, and am honored by your words, thank you.
This is interesting. it definitely deals with mortality in a very real and mature fashion. But, does it reveal anything about the Epilogues series? I don't know. I guess I'll have to wait and see when the other story is finished. But as I was reading it, I couldn't help but wonder. And, if my math is correct, Harry is only around 58-60. So, he's pretty young. And Ginny died before this, seemingly a while before. Like, during the Epilogues series. Maybe thats assuming too much, I don't know. Anyway...I liked the story. It was really good.
Author's Response: I left the math a little vague, and my intention was for Harry and Ginny to have died before their time, but not before at least having lived a fulfilling life and watching their children grow up to be strong adults. Most definitely they survive the epilogues series given that Part III is the last story in the series and the Tom is only eight at that time. As far as being particularly revealing, I wouldn't think so, other than, you know at least those people in the room with him survive. Beyond that there wasn't exactly a specific reason I included this story in the arc other than the fact that all of my stories are in the same arc, and so it was just more fitting, I suppose. I already know their back stories according to my arc and how they would have developed accordingly. Had I not kept this to the same arc, these might be very different people. Anyway, thank you very much!
I've never cried so much over a story but this one... Wow. The emotions you captured were just so real and... Well done. You're truly a wonderful writer. xo
Author's Response: Thank you very much, I appreciate it. It never fails to please me to find that the emotions I hoped to convey actually came through. Thank you.
wow that was really good
Author's Response: Thank you kindly. I appreciate it.
i cryed my eyes out when i read this... i actually read this last week and couldnt figuree out the reason it wasnt letting me comment was becasue i wasnt signed in lol but i really think u captured the tru emotion of what it would be like to know ur dieing
Author's Response: To be honest, I think this is a much more romanticized and glorified take on reality. I don't know, I'm petrified of death, and think that I wouldn't be able to take it quite so stoicly, but who knows, maybe when I get to be Harry's age here, I'll have a slightly different frame of mind? Anyway, thank you so much, and hope to read more reviews from you later.
For Pete's sake! I am crying my eyes out here!
Let me just say, that this is very well written, you really have a good grasp of expressing emotions.
Author's Response: Thank you so much. You know, people admitting they cried through this story really is pretty much the end all highest praise, again, I appreciate it very much and am truly sorry it has taken so long to respond to your review!
I have litte to say because it was so emotional. I just wante you to know it was good.
Author's Response: Thank you very much. Yeah, I think I've said about all I can about this story as well, so there you go. I'm glad you felt it.
that was really good I would never be able to write like that! I cried for like the last half of the chapter.
Author's Response: Thanks. While looking back at it now, this story has, to me, some very rough edges, I also think it has some decent emotional writing to it, and I'm glad that it still connects.
AMAZING! Your a wonderful author! =D
[p.s-baled my eyes out, but it was GREAT]
Author's Response: Oh gosh, I'm so sorry, I didn't see this until now. Thank you so much, I truly appreciate it. And I'm sorry you cried, but glad because that means you got it. Thank you again, so much.
Beautifully written! Made me cry,
think everybody can relate in some way, I can anyway...
Superb ending as well, just as it should be.
Reminds me a bit of the ending in Titanic, you know? that bit where Rose is reunited with Jack, just that they both have lived their life without the other person and in death they are reunited, wonderful thought.
great thing about Harrys greatest gift was to love and now he advices his children to do the same, love and be loved.
Author's Response: Thank you ever so much, though I hate being cornered into admitting that, yes, I did indeed watch the Titanic. Okay, and I'll admit even like one or two parts in it, but they were VERY SMALL parts... sigh feel so not manly right now. Thank you so much and I hope you'll read the rest of my stories.
I'm going to cry. That reminds me so much of when my Aunt died... it's so moving. I can so see why it was voted for A QSQ Award. Great job!!
Author's Response: Thank you ever so much, I truly appreciate it. Yeah, I was very happy to have been picked as the runner up for the QSQ. A very big honor.
Oh my god. I am surprisingly happy to say that I barely could see the computer screen through my tears. That was definately the best and most amazing story I have ever read in my entire life. That was so well written and I started crying two paragraphs in. I don't have a story to tell but when my grandmother died from breast cancer, she was in a coma so none of my aunts or my mother got to say goodbye to her. I don't really have anything else to say because this was such an amazing story. I can't say it was magnificent because it was so much more than that. It has such a powerful and spiritual meaning to me and probably everyone who reads this. I continue to read the Epilogues series and continue to think you are one of the most amazing writers I have ever read. You might be better than J.K. Rowling because you are able to connect with your ereaders and that is a very hard things to acheive but with this story you didn't have to make any effort at all. Love you!
Author's Response: Thank you so much, and I am sorry for your loss. Breast cancer seems to me to be a vicious animal, and I wished no one had to go through with it. I am glad however that through the tears you both enjoyed this story and it meant something to you, that was, this now so late since I've written it, the whole point. And your praise humbles and honors me, though I would have to defer the idea that I am better than JKR. I at least can read her stuff, I somehow can never really read my own stories, they just aggravate me for some reason. Again, thank you.
That was sooooo sad! Unbelievable but sad! I think I might cry right now but I'm being strong! Great job once again Grimmrook!
Author's Response: Oh go on, cry if you want. It was meant to make you cry, there's no shame in it. :) No, seriously, thank you ver much.
That was written so beautifully. It was the first story to have actually brought me to tears. I loved it! Keep on writing.
Author's Response: Oh, thank you so much. I'm honored that you were touched by this. Don't worry, I write a lot, and there are actually many stories in this story arc alone for you to read! Thank you again.
I'm sure I've reviewed this before... Well, this time around (third time reading ;) ) I have been using your fic to study as part of a class on the beta boards. I was actually looking at your portrayal of a child's view (Molly) in the fic but I was going to review in general.
Firstly, I have to say that the whole thing makes me cry. The way you have put Harry's point of view across is so wonderfully done. The reader knows exactly why he puts on a brave face and exactly why he acts as he does, yet they also get an insight into what Harry is really thinking.
The whole idea of going to see Ginny again makes the ending even lovelier. It is not a death where you feel people are left behind and won't cope; it is clear that Hermione, Ron and Harry's children will go on and live their lives with a memory but they will move on in some way. The idea that Harry goes to Ginny again makes it so much more touching. He feels hope in death as well as sadness.
Being the perfectionist I am, I had two things to say:
" “Goodbye Harry, I’ll miss you.”" There should really be a comma between 'goodbye' and 'Harry'.
"It sounded like he put a whole in the wall of your new house…” " Whole? I do believe it should be hole. :)
Apart from that, my grammar eyes didn't pick anything out. :D
Again, I just wanted to say that I thought this was a beautiful piece of writing showing perfectly how death affects a range of people from children to old friends to loved ones already lost. Amazing writing!
Author's Response: Ah, yes, well, I don't have perfect grammar, I admit it. I also think some of that is a function of my political writing. I'm writing so fast and furious on a daily basis that I've gotten out of the habit of delivering much more than a very cursory check of my grammar. Luckily, while I don't have perfect grammar, I don't think I'm too bad, and I don't often have a whole lot of errors even after only the first draft (to be fair, I don't write drafts, I write a first draft, make a couple of corrections, and post). Criticism out of the way, I'm almost positive you have reviewed this before, but I can't be sure. In any case thank you ever so much. I'm honored you not only read and reviewed, but that this is apparently your third time through. That's good writing, as far as I'm concerned, having something that people are willing to go back to after the first read through. Especially if there's still affect. Though, and it's been a LONG time since I wrote this and my memory isn't so clear, but Molly in this is I want to say pushing thirty here? She's about eleven years younger than Tom, and Harry is about, hold on...twenty five years older than tom, and I think Tom was about forty in this so, yeah, that would put Molly at just under thirty. Though the specific ages don't matter, in fact the specific anythings don't particularly matter. Which brings me to something I've always found interesting with this fic. Many of the reviews for this story are one lines "thank you this touched me," that kind of thing, but for the longer, more introspective reviews, I've noticed that there is such a wide variety of interpretations, which pleases me greatly. It means that what I had intended to do was for the most part a success. I wanted this experience to be empty enough so that the reader could fill in their own blanks and make the experience their own. We have enough history and backstory to fill in some of the blanks, but the deep meanings and emotions and reactions I wanted to be left to the reader to interpret and internalize. Some have called this story incredibly sad, others almost joyous. Who am I to say? I've already had my go at it, and I don't think my opinion matters much anymore. What does is that people who do read this get something that is meaningful and important to them. So, again, thank you ever so much, and I promise I will get start working on the next chapter to Part III soon... if you care that is.