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HASA Reviews October 2009

Release Date: 17 Oct 09
Category: General Announcement

15(!) reviewed stories since the September bulletin, and 9 stories currently in review...


Welcome to the October reviews bulletin.

Reviews are an important part of the site: there are the authors who sit waiting with baited breath and fraying nerves, and there are our intrepid reviewers to think of. So before looking at the stories: Thank you all for your work, authors and reviewers alike!

Stories in review
As I type this, there are 9 stories waiting for reviewers (remember to log in before you follow the link).

Of course, member participation is crucial for reviews. The more people are involved in reviewing, the more opinions are represented. Just as importantly, having more people involved means that stories pass through review more quickly - which is good for everyone.

If you are an active reviewer, why not go and check out a story?

Becoming a reviewer
If you're not an active reviewer, but think you can spare a bit of time... – even if you just review one or two stories in a month, every review is welcome. If you are logged in, you can sign up here if you've been a member of HASA for thirty days or more.

Put one in, take one out
By submitting a story for review, you are asking nine other members to read and evaluate it. So why not do for the other authors who have a story in review what you'd like other reviewers to do for you: check out one of the stories already in review and give it a read. Put more simply: put one in, take one out...

Reviewed story spotlight
These stories have passed through review since the previous bulletin. Congratulations to all authors; well done!

A Day to Celebrate by Larner
Rating: General
Genre:  Drama
Era: 3rd Age - Post-Ring War
Summary: It's a year from the day on which Barad-dûr fell, and there are celebrations in both of the renewed kingdoms--except in one place....

Uncharacteristic Fury by Nieriel Raina
Rating: General
Genre:  Drama
Era: 4th Age
Summary: Part of a series. Eowyn returns from helping an injured man to find her husband is furious with her.

Filling the Breach by Raksha
Rating: General
Genre:  General  
Era: 3rd Age - Post-Ring War
Summary: Ingold, soldier of Gondor, confronts damage and change when he visits the Rammas Echor some days after Sauron's fall. (700 word ficlet, as counted by MS Word)

Riding the Fire by Raksha
Rating: Adult
Genre:  General  
Era: Other
Summary: Fëanor Lives! Join him for a special moment in July 1969. Alternate Universe, 1000 words as counted by MS Word, and rated Adult only because of slight (and brief) sexual innuendo.

Stranger at the Gates by lindahoyland
Rating: General
Genre: Romance
Era: 3rd Age - The Stewards
Summary: A weary stranger seeks shelter from Galadriel.

A Yearling Shoot by peredhil_lover
Rating: General
Genre:  Drama
Era: 3rd Age - The Stewards
Summary: With the fateful first meeting of Arwen and Aragorn, the lives of the peredhil are changed forever. Aragorn, Elladan, Elrohir, Gilraen, Elrond, Arwen. Sequel to "Day and Night."

A Useful Gift by Larner
Rating: General
Genre:  Humor
Era: 3rd Age - The Stewards
Summary: Cheated of Bag End, as they see it, Otho and Lobelia decide to attend Bilbo's birthday party, no matter what; and Lobelia receives a most useful gift.

The Silver Tree by lindahoyland
Rating: General
Genre:  General  
Era: 3rd Age - Post-Ring War
Summary: The new King and his Steward take a walk.

Ease My Heart by Nieriel Raina
Rating: General
Genre:  Drama
Era: 4th Age
Summary: Sometimes those who affect our lives so greatly are those who are silent - and we never forget them. A sequel to another tale, but can be read as a stand alone.

A Ring of Nine Watchers by Aiwendiel
Rating: General
Genre:  Drama
Era: 3rd Age - Ring War
Summary: Night in the foothills of Caradhras. The Fellowship waits in the dark for the approach of the hunting pack of wolves, and we hear their thoughts as they watch one another. An 'ennea-drabble': a set of nine drabbles.

The Hidden Lady by Rhapsody
Rating: General
Genre:  Drama
Era: Akallabêth/Last Alliance
Summary: Many scribes and bards have claimed that the Valar spared Elendil and his sons, but what is fact and what is myth?

I Will Wait by Andriana
Rating: General
Genre:  Romance
Era: Time of the Trees
Summary: The parting of Fingolfin and Anairë.

A New Life by Larner
Rating: General
Genre: Drama
Era: 3rd Age - Post-Ring War
Summary: Arafim of Rhûn was surprised to find the captain of Gondor's forces was also a healer, and then more. But what could he do with his life when his own lord had ordered the wounded Rhûnim within the camp slain? Could such a man as he ever go home again? A series of eight true drabbles....

Aranel by Alphiriel
Rating: General
Genre:  Action
Era: 4th Age
Summary: The death of King Elessar and departure of his Queen, Lady Arwen, seen through the eyes of their youngest daughter.

The Prince of Hearts by Rhapsody
Rating: General
Genre:  General  
Era: 2nd Age - Rings
Summary: One day Elrond decides to acknowledge a request that changed his life and that of others forever.




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