review - Lost in Translation

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RE: review - Lost in Translation

Unread postby feline » Tue May 23, 2006 5:06 pm

Lost in Translation

so far only parts 1 and 2 are available to read.

it is a while since i have spotted any stories by SG so i was most interested to see this one appear, since this is an author i have followed with a high degree of interest for a while, due to the often innovative stories.

so far things are looking good :)

the characters are varied, interesting and reasonably well described.  i have enough of a grasp of them for it to all make sense.

i do wonder where this story is going to go, and how far it is going to go, but for now i am personally quite happy with what is happening.  the reactions of the main characters all seem reasonable.  our dear lady is definitely doing a good job of digging a nice big hole for herself, but at the same time i can understand what is driving her to do this.

the underlying idea is somewhat stupid for reality, but it works very well as a fantasy, and so far no one has lost touch with their sanity and she is not being pushed to far or to fast.

i definitely look forward to seeing more to this story, even though i wonder where it is going and how i personally will feel about that *shrug*

SG, if you read this, go out there and write some more stories! :)
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RE: review - Lost in Translation

Unread postby gaggedutopia » Tue May 23, 2006 9:09 pm

When SG sent me the story a few weeks ago he did mention that he was getting back into writing again after giving up on it for a while.  So that is some good news.

If you are looking for more of the story, I have 5 chapters (can't remember if that was all of it) on my site.

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RE: review - Lost in Translation

Unread postby feline » Wed May 24, 2006 3:58 pm

oooh you star!  i don't recall seeing that one go by on your front page, but sometimes i get called away for days at a time by other commitments *rolls eyes*

i shall read this very soon, i am looking forward to seeing what is going on here Big smile
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RE: review - Lost in Translation

Unread postby anobody » Wed Jun 21, 2006 10:12 pm

Its good to know you two injoyed the story. I had fun writing it and exploring the different twists the plot could go in. I had a lot of different ideas for it but I tried not to get too carried away; or maybe I should say I tried not to get completely carried away.
What did you think of the last couple of chapters?
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RE: review - Lost in Translation

Unread postby feline » Sat Jul 08, 2006 6:03 pm

i did not get distracted with far to much work, honest, it was aliens, they kidnapped me and made me play with a big ball of string for weeks on end!!!

anyway, back to the question of this story.  i have now read up to part 5, and i will say this to start with, i LOVE this story!!!!!!!

right, now lets try to be slightly more helpful.

i read the entire story through, in one sitting, at Gagged Utopia's site.

because it was one long story, and i was reading it in one sitting, i did feel that there was a little bit to much repetition of some of the details.  however this is a good thing if the story is more broken up, plus the details of what happened, and how she got here, did have to be explained to each new person.

what really strikes me about this story is both the solid logic, and the positive, nice believability of the characters.

there are so many people who are doing their best to be kind to her.  the two gay men early on, the woman in part 5, the man who finds her, but who cannot give her "what she wants", but who does what he can anyway.

it would have been so easy to just go wild and dream up some nasty person, but that would have spoiled it.  instead we get nice, real people who behave in a very believable manor.  not everyone is going to just use her as a sexual toy, certainly not at first.  instead they are going to talk to her, and perhaps give in to the temptation to make her that bit more exposed, to encourage someone else to go that bit further.

the closest we come to a "bad" person is the projectionist, who simply thinks that something a little naughtier should happen, and who chooses some suitable films to support this view.

yet consider what he knows and sees.  he knows she has a panic button, but she is not using it.  he saw her being moved from one theatre to another in that very suggestive state, tied up, smiling and happy.  given what he saw and "knows" his actions make sense.

part 5 was / is simply incredible.  the observations our new visitor makes are so true, so accurate, so spot on and interesting...  it makes sense of her actions and it casts the entire story and our central lady in a whole new light.

the comment about "its not rape" still sticks in my mind, and for me sums up both the intelligence and depth of this story.

please, tell me you have plans for a part 6!!!  i am really not sure how you could follow this without spoiling it, but that does not mean you should not try!
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