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    The Critic Returns runing late
    Posted By machievelli - 12/16/14
    Running late, but it's done! Found out if you tried to see the final cut of my story on Baen's Bar, you needed to be a member, so sorry about that. But you can look at Synchronicity there in the 1632 slush. So on with the reviews!

    We start off with Shadows Of The Storm again in the spotlight with Memories of Shadow then Azure Fields with the cute Who Am I?

    The Revan redeeming a promise with AprilRyanMyFriend's Iridescent

    Working on Synchronicity II! Signing off...
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    The Critic Returns runing late
    Posted By machievelli - 12/07/14
    Last week when I should have been working on my column, I was busy editing and polishing the story I just sold to the Grantville Gazette online magazine.

    What was stunning was that I had mentioned working on it just a couple of weeks before this column was to post, and it went from first posting (Where all of the readers and authors get to look at what you offered) to acceptance in less than a week, which from what I have been told, is like a rookie Driver who races at Indy and walks away the winner.

    So I owed you a double. But I'm still jazzed about the sale. It is the first professional vindication that yeah, I can write, and have people who do it for a living praising me.

    My eye is almost completely healed, and hopefully it will not recur, though both of my doctor and myself worry about it. We'll know soon enough.

    So let's check out the good stuff!

    We start off with LadyArin'sAn Answer to an Unasked Question followed by Synedoche with Peripeteia, then Heroes Die withVerdict and Logos Minus Pity with Memoirs DreamALittleBitBiggerDarling's first time at bat scores with Birthday Gift and one of four by Ephemerale also hit with Screwed and finally
    Code name Anrui Yuy rounds it out with What of Dreams

    But Best was a tie; Msficwriter with FORMLESS: Chapter 3 Interlude: The Dragon Speaksand Nyghtraven withDangerous Games

    So as I am still jazzed, I'm mentally working on two more offerings to the Gazette. Which should I do first, the follow on to Synchronicity? Or a missionary teaching the Indians about guerrilla warfare I think I will name Redemption?

    Decisions, decisions...
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    The Critic Returns
    Posted By machievelli - 11/23/14
    Well the path to posting on SWK was back up this last time, so I am posting as normal again. As I mentioned last week, I was working on a story for the 1632 universe. For those who have never read it, or have and have not yet checked out the site, Baenbooks has a website for hopeful authors in the series called 1632 Slush. It's posted there under my screen name of Machievelli, and while you have to become a member (Free), that effort to my mind is worth it. Some of the stories you see there will eventually find their way into the E-zine or into print. and if you like the story, you can always post your comments on the companion forum where comments are posted.

    I posted when I did because I tend to nitpick my own work a lot worse than I have ever done for those of you I have reviewed. I have one story that was actually published after tweaking for almost two decades. Though if you ever have a book you want to sel, never, never, never go through Publishamerica to do it. That way lies roast skunk and madness.

    But enough about me.

    This week we have three picks, and since they are all good, I couldn't decide. They are beccHaDOUKE's Over Moondoe's Sleep Deprived
    and 4th of Eleven's Secondhand

    Well, reading comments, and finding new people to fill in for my characters. Signing off...
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    The Critic Returns: Try three for the price of one!
    Posted By machievelli - 11/16/14
    This posting will have three weeks worth of reviews. This is because I had been unable to post previously. So...

    3 November 2014

    Running later than usual. Doctor's appointment tomorrow. My vision is coming back in my right eye, but both my doctor and I know I've lost some of it. Wish me luck. Now on to the reviews!

    Most of this week was taken up by the ones who got body of work picks last week. But the last Lethe2 with Sacrifice Got the nod this week.

    Well back to worrying. Signing off...

    10 November 2014

    Last week I was running way late as you all know, and to add insult to injury, the pathway to posting on Star Wars Knights is down, now for a full week, so I am going to add this to the Coruscant Entertainment column. Hopefully one of the admins from SWK will read it.

    Another doctor's appointment. I found out there is a drug company doing a study on the very condition I have, but the closest clinic is no longer part of the test. It figures. But enough about me, On to the reviews!

    Shadows Of The Storm leads off with Destiny of Shadow

    And this week we have a tie for best. Moonwolf898 gives us a poignant farewell on the Star Forge, What Iffollowed Reliquary's AU end to the was with Splinters

    Working on a 1632 story. How about a band in 1636 being named Fleetwood Mac because of an error? Signing off...

    16 November 2014

    A lot of fun with my eye; last Tuesday the doctor put in a graft over my lens to avoid further damage. So yesterday I was putting in an eye drop, I thought, 'I'll be damned! I can see the bottle clearly- oh crap!' as the drop hit my eyeball. Vision has improved remarkably. So By this time next week I should be healed. Now just keep from having it happen again.

    So drum roll please!

    We start with FrictionX42's How I became an Imperial Agent followed by XXWintersDescent's Oh Frag, Not Again!

    But Best of the Week went to Vyrazhi and DEAR MASTER LUCAS IV: NO NEW HOPE

    Signing off...
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    The Critic Returns runing late
    Posted By machievelli - 10/27/14
    Medical problems still. I think I am clinically blind in my right eye. Unless the doctors can find out what is causing it, I fear for my left eye. But as long as I can see the screen, the reviews will continue!

    This week we only had two people get a pick, but their body of combined works are listed because they are both extremely good. So to start off, instead of going over them all so far, go to their home pages at

    Douglas Fett


    Well, back to writing. Signing off...
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    The Critic Returns runing late
    Posted By machievelli - 10/20/14
    Been having one of those weeks. Thanks to the way I deal with medical problems (You have a problem with a cough, talk to an EENT, you have a problem with you're eyes, you go to an Ophthalmologist) I don't have a primary care doctor. So with this recurring eye infection I now have to choose one. Hopefully I can have someone at the med center sign me up this upcoming week.

    But enough about this old man, on to the reviews!

    We start off with the well written work of Writtenrhythm with
    One More Time
    Then Rosabell with When the Sky Falls

    But best was a tie, the hilarious work of Roc Lammergeier and Potatoe Girl starting with The Random Ramblings of Revan and Elina Trevisan's Savior

    Well back to writing. Signing off...
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    The Critic Returns runing late
    Posted By machievelli - 10/11/14
    Sorry I had you wait, and I hope this was worth it. Finished it, and it's a 14 page monster! My eye is much better, thank you very much, though I still need reading glasses to see the screen. But let's stop talking about me, on to the reviews!

    We start at Coruscant Entertainment Center where Msficwriter gave us FORMLESS: Chapter 1: An Eightfold Fortune

    Then over to where we begin with MarshMella andThere is No Death followed by Rosabell with Dark Guardian
    then Tara Seline withPredator of Manand Kebiin with 3,956 BBY then Kosiah with Gifts Nyghtraven returns with Fallen Embers xMadGodx gives us Revanchi ending with
    AdylinJ and Healing the Force

    Best of the Week was split between Outre with Cost Of Family
    and Vyrazhi who I know as Msficwriter above with her combined pick for DEAR MASTER LUCAS DEAR MASTER LUCAS II and DEAR MASTER LUCAS III: REVENGE OF THE SITH

    Well back to writing. See you next week. Signing off...
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    The Critic Returns
    Posted By machievelli - 09/28/14
    Having problems with an eye infection again. Will see the ophthalmologist on Tuesday, and not the first one, who took over two months to decide to call in a specialist either! So if there are misspellings above, forgive me.

    But on to the reviews!

    No bests this week, but all of them are worth reading. We start off with Greengrass1914 and Those Who Trespass Against Us followed by Lliskio with Dead Man's Memories and LocketStar14126 with Legacy of Dustil then MarshMella with His Place and last but definitely not least, Sonny23 with Force Unleashed: Nomi Marek

    Well back to other stories. Signing off...
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    The Critic Returns
    Posted By machievelli - 09/22/14
    Well I'm off to the ophthalmologist again. I don't know if it's an infection or maybe glaucoma, which does afflict the elderly. And while 61 doesn't sound old these days, I never expected to live beyond 30.

    So let's see what I have for you this week.

    We start with TwixtNightAndMorn's Absolution

    And best of the week to Gwendolyn Rogan for Savior

    Well back to work. Did you know having an eye infection interferes with writing? Signing off...
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    The Critic Returns runing late
    Posted By machievelli - 09/16/14
    I feel like Don Quixote.

    Last week I mentioned that I was all set to take on the state regarding food stamps. On Monday I got a second letter saying they had been approved, so I built up all of that steam for nothing. Running late, obviously, but part of that is the lucasforums site is down, and can't get to it. Can't really explain why because I think I just took a couple of mental health days in there. But I'm back, and let's get started!

    We start off our weekly picks with Yassen275 and Through The Eyes of The Exilefollowed by Jedi.Knight.of.Geekdom with KotOR Oneshots of the Random Variety

    But Best of the Week went to Shadows Of The Storm who gave us Beginning of the End

    Sorry about the delay. I will try to do better. Signing off...
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    The Critic Returns
    Posted By machievelli - 09/08/14
    Having yet another one of those weeks. If I cannot get the state off it's ass I will be without food stamps, and also without medical insurance. So I have to convince them to do their jobs. But getting any bureaucrat to do his job can be a thankless task. So let's get on with the reviews.

    Two picks this week; Divergent Destiny by Bill the Bard and After the Trial
    Inder. But again no best.

    So now I have all my data together, and on the 22nd, I will shove it into their faces and ask what part of 'not complying' am I actually guilty of. I have to wait that long because my work schedule. I am in the middle of working ten days straight, and while I am, my weekend is the actual weekends, so I can't do it any earlier. Wish me luck. Signing off...
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