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Review by GirlsNGlasses
Rated: E | (4.0)
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Title: Hannibal's Elephant Girl Chapter 1 

Chapter: 5-8

Author: ariion

Plot:
Our young lady returns with her bread. Without direction, she keeps scurrying all evening without direction. Jabnet doesn't talk much to her, but still manages to be antagonistic. There is a question of what came of the original jug of wine, since she is certain it hadn't broken, there were no jug fragments, and the stopper was in tight. Makes me wonder if Jabnet didn't try to get her in trouble.

She to Yzebel recounts what she remembers of the river being pulled out by Obulus. She learns that Tendao is Yzebel's son, but was taken by the priests when they took her husband. No one has seen him since. (If no one has seen him since, how does Jabnet and Yzebel know she has Tendao's cape?)

Yzebel gives her a bracelet for her work that evening and makes her a dress. Since Obulus is alive, she chooses the name Liada for herself instead (smart girl). After everyone is asleep, she slips back to Elephant Row and spends the night with Obulus.

The next morning, Liada she joins Yzebel to barter for meat then is sent for more bread. On the way, she meets a slave girl spinning yarn. She sits and talks with her for some time, helping her spin the yarn, but the only thing the girl says is "Tin tin ban sunia." She doesn't respond to anything else.

After spinning three balls of yarn, the girl goes up the hill to the home of a huge, ugly man who greets her with a punch in the face and kicks Liada. He then pulls the girl into his hut, leaving Liada in the dirt.

She returns to the village, bumps into Tendao again, who asks her to deliver a statue to Lotaz. Tendao reads the inscription on the statue and on Liada's bracelet, and hints that, though it's illegal, he might teach her to read.

She returns to Yzebel's tent just after sunset (did that day go too quickly?) and again helps feed the soldiers. She asks about Hannibal, and Yzebel offers a snide remark about Lotaz.

While they are cleaning up after supper, a group of drunken men come by and make fun of her.

Style & Voice:
I like seeing the village through the eyes of Liada. She's a good guide.


Referencing:
Liada seems quite mature and observant for an unlearned slave girl. But all seems consistent with the time frame. (Okay you forced me into it. I had to double check where Carthage was. My book credits a "Dido" to the founding, with the same story about the ox hide. I don't blame you for changing the name, though that may just be a difference in versions.)


Scene/Setting:
We're still in the village, set on the side of a hill in north Africa.

Characters:
Yzebel sounds like a wonderful mother, patient, gentle, always believing.

Tendao is weird. Why does he keep disappearing and why doesn't he let anyone see him?

Bostar is a good friend to have.

Tin Tin - we don't know much about her. She apparently is a new addition to the village, but no one seems too concerned about her plight or cares much about her. In spite of that, she is happy - until she goes to deliver her yarn.

UglyMan - Apparently Tin Tin's owner. Mean - and ugly to boot. What's he doing kicking other people around. While his own slave may be acceptable (but wrong) what right does he have to kick Liada?

Grammar: It looks rather clean, but I'm not reading for grammar.

Just My Personal Opinion:
She spent a lot of time serving supper the first evening and I was tired - the scene seemed to drag.

But I liked meeting Bostar, and Tendao really intrigues me.


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Chapter 8
context:
“This gold chain is too much for eight loaves, you get three more to make us even.”

“Hmm,” I said. “Yzebel was right.”

“About what?” He stacked the additional loaves on the cloth.

Yzebel had told me that Bostar was a good man, a fair trader. How did she know about men? How does a girl learn the difference between people, separating the good from the evil? We "heard" Yzebel say this in the previous chapter - this is repeated info.
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Review of Missed  
Review by GirlsNGlasses
Rated: E | (5.0)
You so perfectly hit on what I felt when I held my first after three miscarriages - even the joy of late nights with a fussy baby. The opportunity to show my love by giving up milk when I found out she was lactose intollerant.

I really like the missed/found play on words. It's so perfect.

And I like the sublte changed in the revised version - b/c you were a mother after the first. Just a mom with empty arms.

Blessings,

Deborah

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Review of The Car  
Review by GirlsNGlasses
Rated: E | (4.0)
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This is a review of The Car .

I'm supposed to be heading to bed, but I saw this on the plug page and had to bite. So, it'll be quicker than normal, but it's well written, so I should be good.

As you read the review below please remember: the opinions expressed here are my thoughts and suggestions only. I am not the final authority on any grammar or writing style. This is your work, you have the final say about which, if any, of my suggestions you choose to take.
Use this review like a piece of gum: chew on it a bit to get the good stuff out, and spit out the rest.

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Plot: 4 pts
I had trouble getting through the first paragraph, with all the passive verbs. But, once the story got going, I really enjoyed following the little Nissan through her trials.

Setting:
There wasn't much of a setting - but the story didn't suffer for it.

Characters: 5 pts
I really felt sorry for the poor car -- giving her all and no one appreciating her.

Overall: 4 pts
I love creative stories and stories told from odd viewpoints. You did great with this one.


Grammar/Spelling 4 pts
Below, I am copying parts of your story then adding my comments and suggestions. Remember: it is chewing gum!
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As I mentioned, the first paragraph is full of passive verbs. See what would happen if you could rearrange it to use active verbs. Also, this is the only paragraph in the whole story not told from the car's pov.

beautiful Nissan still ran like the day it she I like how you refer to the car as "she" throughout. Makes her more personable. drove off the assembly line

Things were looking up for this Nissan. Then, it happened again. Did she start getting regular maintence, then it stopped? or was it a one-time tune-up?

Do you have a driver’s license, (comma to set off "adressee" within a quote) kid?” also, you have "kid" used twice within words of each other. Maybe change one to boy or . . .

“All right, I’ll take her.” Sniff, sniff. Pout.

She had been sitting in a dark ally way for two or three years, when someone came by and stripped her of all her parts. They took her brand new tires, her still spotless interior, and some of her engine. They left her doors, the paneling, frame, and her steering wheel. Would a car with "brand new" tires be sitting in a dark alley for three years?

“Well, (comma) I'm looking for something Your next quote also starts with "well." I'd drop one.

Look at that paint job. Nice huh She's been sitting in the sun for years. You've just said, "she's pretty beat up." This comment doesn't seem to follow.

It was what any red, 1980 280zx, turbo engine, two-seater, t-top Nissan would have wanted. Especially this one. Awwwww! I like this ending!

Kinda makes me feel guilty for getting rid of my cars - and not taking care of them.

And you asked about the title. What about "A Car's Life" or "Always faithful" or maybe she could have some phrase she keeps repeating to her self toward her owners (such as always be faithful) then you could use that. Just a few suggestions.

I really enjoyed reading this creative story. Thanks for the opportunity. Write On!


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The boys all cheered, “For the blue team! For Idania!”

Dominic whispered to Jacob, “For the crown kissers!” He then sent the five volunteers, one at a time, into red territory to create the diversion. After the last boy crossed the stream, Dominic, Jacob, and Antonio slipped through the trees.

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Review by GirlsNGlasses
Rated: E | (4.0)
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This is a review of Christmas Miracle Disguised .

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Lovely story.

I was a bit confused, thought. Does a flashback start at the second paragraph, then the present resume at "Being Christmas Eve, Missy knew the store would soon be closing. . ."?

You might set off the flashback portion with a series of astrics (or an emoticon if you want to get fancy) like this:

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You have a good description of the necklace, but it might be nice to see a bit more of the storefront or town.

Beyond that, I saw no gramatical or spelling errors. For a short story you did an excellent job of letting us meet Missy.

Write On!


Deborah

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Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
Um? Okay! That was funny.

I love working with/trying to write pieces that are only quotes. It's hard and you've done a great job.

I'll admit, the title caught my attention from the sidebar.

Plot: fun and engaging
Characters: for the length of the piece, you did well
Spelling: I didn't see any errors
Grammar: I didn't see any errors
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Review of Twins Without  
Review by GirlsNGlasses
Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
Wow! What a wonderfully, unique story. You have great descriptions, the story line flows well.

Here:
Late, late, Sandy thought, I am always running late to pick up Brady: her eight-year-old precious son. You switch pov mid-sentence. I understand the first part is Sandy's thoughts, the second part is clarification, but it reads funny.

Characters direct thoughts should be in italics.

Great Read! Great Job!
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