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Review by Jimminycritic
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Rated: ASR | (5.0)
 If An Alien Spacecraft Landed  (ASR)
I'm curious what writing.com members would do
#1377616 by Prosperous Snow


Once we get them addicted to our coffee, then, it is on to conquering the universe! That is how we broaden our readership! Never think small! (Too many !!!?) Thank you Prosperous Snow for a wonderful poll and confirmation that so many WDC writer think alike, except for a few odd ones though...perhaps that's what shrinks are for, right? Don't answer that.

"Cricket Review
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Review by Jimminycritic
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Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
 Resolutions for 2013 ---Completed!  (13+)
Writing resolutions for January 2013
#1910739 by FireFly_2


Thank you, FireFly_2, for entering your Resolutions for this month in the Student Lounge contest. You have set a goal to write a short story, write 15 poems, and give 15 reviews. This is a very excellent goal! I wish you the very best!


a fine gift to me.  Yay!
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Review of The Rising Dawn  
Review by Jimminycritic
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Rated: E | (3.5)
Hello firefly_2! I read "The Rising Dawn and wanted to offer you this review:


Emotional Impact:

Images, seemingly at random, came at me from your poem. The words were powerful, filled with meaning perhaps too deep for me to fully fathom since their meaning would lie deep within the heart of the author of this poem. This thought brought with it a bit of sadness.

I felt a sense of movement within this poem, things were happening. It turns out that the ‘maker of the dawn’ was a ‘magical painter’, a tiny leprechaun! Such big things from such a small creature made me want to dis-believe. I felt a bit put out by the thought of a leprechaun granting such beautiful gifts for the world to see. Leprechauns are greedy creatures, after all! (This is how I felt)

The use of the ‘leprechaun’ did color the poem with vivid, rainbow colors, naturally.



Effectiveness of Form:

Diatelle, abbcbccaccbcbba, 1-2-3-4-6-8-10-12-10-8-6-4-3-2-1, fifteen lines in all. Pulling out your "c": fawn, swan, dawn leprechaun, strong, dawn. I probably wouldn't have pronounced "leprechaun" to match the other words but your use of assonance, brushing momentum...leprechaun brilliantly pull it off. Great job!

Use of consonance appears heaviest on "s" and then "a". Elegance, dancing, see, his, soft, eyes...to point out a few.


1-2-3-4-6-8-10-12-10-10-6-4-3-2-1, That stanza should be 8 syllables.


Punctuation and Grammar:

Sun rise is one word for me, though I understand your usage. I thought to point it out simply because I stumbled there a bit.


*Star*Closing comments: I enjoyed reading your poem. I don't often review poetry so I am glad you stated this was a Diatelle, else I might not have been able to do such an in-depth review. I like the name of the poem, "The Rising Dawn". It suits the poem. My favorite line is "earth wise"; it rings true for me. Thanks for sharing. Keep writing!
Here, you have the makings of a wonderful poem. I will be happy to take a look at it and re-rate accordingly. Have a great day!

-Jimminy-



Someone was thinking of me!


*Gold* My review has been submitted for consideration in "Good Deeds Get CASH!.
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Review by Jimminycritic
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Rated: E | (5.0)
Thank you, oriana999, for entering the Writing Resolutions contest in the Student Lounge. You have resolved to write at least three poems for the "Invalid Item, Write two reviews with a recently learned review format, and write a short story and post it here on WDC. I think you have your work cut out for you but I believe you will achieve your goals by the end of January.

It is great that you commit yourself to a single contest as part of your resolve. I sure hope KerrieAnnS learns of your resolve here. I would certainly feel good about this.

Writing two reviews using a different review format is a great way to get some hands on experience reviewing.

Good luck with your Writing Resolutions and keep up the good work!

jimminycritic

Someone was thinking of me!
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Review of Mind Workers  
Review by Jimminycritic
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Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
I found it difficult to find the rhythm to this poem until nearly the end where it all came together and it all made sense. Then I said my 'WOW' which meant I was really impressed. This is one of those poems that stand for multiple re-readings because there is reference to so many topics and so much to understand that it may take those multiple readings to understand.

My favorite line was "Up his nose, to clear his mind", which, I believe to be a reference to a lobotomy. In a way, this was the theme of the poem. Sometimes you need the bad to live, but it is our own attitude that should remain positive- by choice.

Thanks for sharing! Keep writing!


-Jimminy

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Review of Emptiness  
Review by Jimminycritic
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Rated: E | (4.0)
Hello djjuillett! I read "Emptiness and wanted to offer you this review:


Emotional Impact:

Your words, "Dark poem about grief" shadowed this poem. I was just talking about a wishing well with someone when I opened and read the first line, "You fall deep inside" and the emotional impact of hitting bottom in a dry well was shocking. So, your words and my wishing well became one. Sorry about that. It just seemed to fit in with what you were writing in such an uncanny way.

Getting away from the well, I can see endless despair. A pit of emptiness which can never be filled. No one to help, no one to care. Very depressing.



Effectiveness of Form:
Thirty-eight lines? I only counted 27. I don't think you count the title or the spaces between paragraphs.


Punctuation and Grammar:

I am not sure but I think "permeates through" is redundant.

"You are numb curled there" I would put a comma between numb and curled.


*Star*Closing comments: Thank you for sharing. You write a great poem. Keep writing!

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-jimminy
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Review of Jealous Rage  
Review by Jimminycritic
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Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
Hello Fin333! I read "Jealous Rage and wanted to offer you this review:


Emotional Impact:

When I read this poem I couldn't help imagine the emotional wars going on within this person’s world. I actually felt you were a three part person with the middle aged beauty tearing at the Hag, keeping at bay the age where you could lose your man. I might be reaching a bit but this is how it all made sense for me. I was disturbed by the near senseless rage, but often we are harder on our self than we can be on others.



Effectiveness of Form:

I don't think there is anything wrong with how it looked but I wonder if it could be better if broken up a bit? If it was mine and I was writing about the Goddess, I might find a way to put the number three within it somehow. That sort of thing.

It seems like you have a rhyming scheme in mind but I was unable to make definite sense of it. I didn't miss it- rave and crave, flood and blood, good stuff!

Punctuation and Grammar:

its should be it's in "For him its all..."


*Star*Closing comments:

I enjoyed reading this. This is the sort of stuff that makes reading and writing so very enjoyable. Thanks for sharing!

-Jimminy-
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Review of The Light  
Review by Jimminycritic
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Rated: E | (4.5)
Hello Joejhensleysr! I read "The Light and wanted to offer you this review:


Emotional Impact:


For me, this poem was progressive and changing, though only in small ways. This was important in that "I" go from being "A" light to "The" light. This is change.

I also felt this poem to be something of a dare to see the message and the messenger and I liked that. Somehow, this 'dare' was something of wonder. Personally, I don't find the light as something either good or bad, but just something that is. I can't know your point of view, but I can take a moment to imagine that I can.

I defy the wind’s resilience This line didn't really fit with the poem. It didn't strike me as something pure, rather more like an angry kid saying, "You can't make me!" It is a very interesting line but it takes away from the believability of the poem. If I am growing from 'a' light to 'the' light, the anger in being defiant would be a step back for me.



Effectiveness of Form:


I am not the best at specifics but I believe this to be written in quatrains, ABAB



Punctuation and Grammar:

Easy to read and I uncovered no errors. Great job!


*Star*Closing comments: This was a joy to read. I caught a glimpse of your understanding of divinity and I didn't feel threatened by it. Well, there was a bit of intimidation involved (Tower of might from above and that sort of thing) but it felt like a good thing.

-Jimminy-
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Review by Jimminycritic
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Rated: 13+ | N/A (Review only item.)
Thanks for sharing this wonderful guestbook! I believe there is plenty of space for all of us to grow as writers and that is what I get out of your 'space' theme. That and we all are a part of something far greater than any of us can understand. I felt welcome there. I like that you took the time to respond to all the messages. Great job!


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Review of Melody of Madness  
Review by Jimminycritic
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Rated: E | (4.5)
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(An auction review win)


Hello 🌓 HuntersMoon ! I read "Melody of Madness and wanted to offer you this review:

I believe poetry relies heavily upon the readers state of mind as they read the poem. For me, this was a man's video game dream. An escape from reality for now and a promise to return, which ends the poem. Perhaps you meant things to be more literal, perhaps not.

I imagined Chernovog, the evil druid or Green god, once I realized the desired loved one was something dead and visitations were regular. My imaginings may be a bit farfetched for the poem but this is where I went with it. I loved the ending of it: "We will dance again tonight..." That really hit it with me.




Emotional Impact:

I felt this sense of 'cold' throughout the poem and also a sense of helplessness. Some things can't be undone and still work.

I wondered if the "winter's symphony" had a sound like a heartbeat.

All in all, I felt the sadness of loss.





Punctuation and Grammar:

"The wind bows..." Perhaps should be "The wind blows..."


*Star*Closing comments:

This is just the type of poetry I like to read. It is open to interpretation in many different ways. Thanks for sharing! Keep up the good work!

-Jimminy-
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Review by Jimminycritic
Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
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Hello 🌓 HuntersMoon ! I read "The Resurrection of Edward Gein and wanted to offer you this review:


Emotional Impact:

I felt as if I was peering into a dark, dark world filled with malevolence. In the beginning, I imagined my eyes closed as I followed the vision. At the end, with the coming of sunlight, I felt as if I opened my eyes and the dream was over. I believe it commonly accepted that dreams don't have to make sense and this poem had a lot of dreamlike qualities for me. I followed this fellow as he did what he was made to do and suddenly the joke was on him? I had to laugh at this because I realized my eyes were still closed. Then, you told of an 'outline' of a pentagram in blood and bone? My eyes were open here and I found this sign a bit hard to imagine, and I must admit it was quite horrific and perhaps historic as well.

If I had to stick a number to this I would have to say I am 98% satisfied with this. Very masterfully done!



Effectiveness of Form:

Thanks for pointing out your form of aab ccb. I found this a bit harder to get into at first but once I got a feel for the rhythm, I did okay.



Punctuation and Grammar:

Last stanza- "except" should be capitalized I believe.


*Star*Closing comments:

I didn't miss the "parodical Mass" reference. I would like to say shame on you for the biblical references found here, but since you used them in such a cool way, I would say you are forgiven.


I really liked "a resurrection in reverse." Though, the next-"No peace for the dead” might be better as "No peace until dead"

Thanks for sharing. Keep writing!
-Jimminy-
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Review of Orion's Keep  
Review by Jimminycritic
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Rated: E | (5.0)
Hello 🌓 HuntersMoon ! I read "Orion's Keep and wanted to offer you this review:


Emotional Impact:

This was a fantastic poem which struck a chord for me. The idea of striking it rich from digging for gold is something I have imagined all my life. The reality of it is that it can be real work, more so because I wouldn't know real gold from fool’s gold. Right from the start you took me on a trip and I could feel the need to go west and strike it rich. Miner 49rs was top on my mind. I felt sadness when the gold was found but the man's life lost, but this in itself wasn't deterring. I really had to wonder if being rich was worth it at any cost. After reading your poem, I came up with an answer of sorts. So long as it is a good story, that life is worth the cost.



Effectiveness of Form:

AABB I didn't have any difficulty reading this. It flowed quite nicely across my tongue. Whenever a story or poem ends where it began, I can't help but imagine a circle and that leads me to question the futility of things. With the slight change in wording, it made things a bit more final. Good Job there!



Punctuation and Grammar:

No mistakes found. Great job!


*Star*Closing comments:
Sometimes the best treasures are left buried. When this fellow imagined divine inspiration, then, I believe he got what he was meant to find. Keep writing the good stuff!

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-Jimminy-
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Review of Mary's Tale  
Review by Jimminycritic
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Rated: ASR | (5.0)
I read this poem out loud at my family reunion and it was a great hit. People were guffawing! Great job! Thanks for sharing! Thanks for pointing out the title by the way. It might have been missed had you not pointed it out. Best of luck in the contest!


Jimminy
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Review by Jimminycritic
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Rated: E | (4.5)


Hi the0hawk! After reading "Touching the Hand of Fate (2nd Place),I offer you these comments:



*Check1*First Impression:
A successful, modern woman loses sight of memories valuable to her and is sent back in time to better times...unless it was all a dream?



*Check1*What I liked:
I felt this story unfold as if I were a part of it. Great job!



*Check1*Suggestions:
It may be just me, but I have a hard time imagining a successful, woman such as Kara giving venomous looks and still accepting a helping hand. I wonder if it might be better to show better people skills even in the face of (loss).



*Check1*Punctuation/Grammar/Spelling:

Is there an ad vice president? Or should it be just vice president? (Can't hurt to ask)



*Star*I enjoyed reading this. Thanks for sharing and good luck in the contest!



-Jimminy-

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Review of Eyes of the Birds  
Review by Jimminycritic
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Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
Great story! I am not sure what you meant by a murder of crows? Maybe flock of crows? I liked your use of the birds in the story. It seemed as if they were patiently waiting and felt ominous to me. I think you made good use of an abandoned amusement park as the setting for your atrocities.

One line could be a bit better I think. "Soon would come the scream that...off to silence then..." It just read awkward to me.

Thanks for sharing!
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Review of The Review Game  
Review by Jimminycritic
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Rated: E | (4.5)
Hi plscholl2! After reading "The Review Game, I offer you these comments:

First Impression: Very creative use of the prompt, 'bad review'. This story told of many of the worries I also have had from time to time. I think the lasting impression this story left with me is that I shouldn't try and force what makes me happy on other people.

Suggestions: Keep doing what you are doing. Your use of dialogue really brought this story to life! Good job!


Punctuation/Spelling/Grammar:I didn't notice any such errors.



*Star* Great job! Keep up the good work! Jimminy
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Review of Blue moon  
Review by Jimminycritic
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hi sssam and dstaley! After reading "Blue moon,I offer you these comments:



*Check1*First Impression:
This is a story about a city girl who inherits property in the countryside. A storm overshadows her and she runs into trouble but somehow she manages through it all and finds her place.



*Check1*What I liked:
Vivid. I was very impressed with how well you worked together to deliver this campfire.




*Check1*Punctuation/Grammar/Spelling:
"drove of into the darkening country road." Should be "drove 'off'...
"Jenny loved that old Mazda, despite it's fits and starts." Should be 'its'



*Star*Great job! Good luck in the contest.



-Jimminy-

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Review of Live Life  
Review by Jimminycritic
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Rated: E | (4.5)
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Hello ladypsych26! I read "Live Life and wanted to offer you this review:


Emotional Impact:
I felt the helpless feeling of giving up while reading this poem. On the first reading, I couldn't decide whether the rope was the final answer or not. On the second, I felt it was the answer. I was impressed at the cool resolve and thought which must go into the process of suicide.



Effectiveness of Form:
'Live life' is the acrostic message.
I was looking for a pattern to the rhyming and realized the rhyme pointed to the first letter of the stanza's-spelling 'LVIE' which is an anagram of 'LIVE'. Very cool!





Punctuation and Grammar:
I think you should change the 'no' to 'know'. Making it "know a vale".


*Star*Closing comments: I enjoyed reading this immensely. Great job!

-Jimminy-

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Review of Halloween Party  
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Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
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Hi sticktalker! After reading "Halloween Party,I offer you these comments:



*Check1*First Impression:

I had to laugh about the arguments these kids were having over the existence of ghosts. I could really see this happening. Really, the best place to prove the existence of ghosts would likely be a cemetery and it would also be a great place to become a believer. That is what I thought this story was about.



*Check1*What I liked:

It was easy to read the slang in the dialogue and I didn't have to guess what they were saying.

‘Tough’ isn't always what it is cracked up to be, is it?


*Check1*Suggestions:

You might play on the cats being known for being witch's familiars. This might lend a bit of weight to the cats fighting later on.



*Check1*Punctuation/Grammar/Spelling:

"Miss Abernathy, the third grade teacher sat" Comma should be after teacher.

"The two boys, got up..." I don't think the comma should be there.



*Star*Great story! I could tell you put a lot of thought into this. Thanks for sharing!



-Jimminy-


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Review of Breaking Point  
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Rated: 18+ | (4.5)
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Hi spidergirl! After reading "Breaking Point,I offer you these comments:



*Check1*First Impression:

There was definitely a sense of madness and familiarity with madness found in this story.

I was touched by your prelude to the story, though I still can't see how it relates to the story, except that somehow it made me feel the story was a true story. It could have happened.



*Check1*What I liked:

"circle of the mentally wounded" This really stood out when I read this.

The theme seems to follow the word "lost" and so many things were lost up until the end where the whole world was effectively lost (to Beth).



*Check1*Suggestions:

I thought the paragraph starting with "Group therapy" was a bit awkward. It was unclear at first that the patients were leading the discussions rather than Dr. Gale. Perhaps ‘discussion’ should be plural?



*Check1*Punctuation/Grammar/Spelling:

Half-way through the story you had two sentences which began with 'while' and I thought that was distracting from the story.


Flames of red...hard night; A baby’s helpless cry" 'A' should be lowercase 'a'.

I loved the ending but though it came off a bit too smoothly for imagining the horrid feelings. I think it could use a bit of a stutter? Hoarse throat, guttural?




*Star*Thanks for sharing this wonderful story! I enjoyed reading this!



-Jimminy-

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Review of The Threat  
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Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
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Hi tiffgirl! After reading "The Threat,I offer you these comments:



*Check1*First Impression:Life of the celebrity is often full of threats but that doesn't mean they are easy to deal with. I wasn't sure about the note until the end of the story. In fact, I miss-read it as concrete! (Instead of concert)



*Check1*What I liked:I could feel the nervousness through the crumpling of the note. That really stood out.



*Check1*Suggestions:I didn't feel anything for the manager/lover. Perhaps you could offer something to give him a meaningful life, or at least a reason for what he almost does? (I don't want to give your story away)



*Check1*Punctuation/Grammar/Spelling:

The second to last paragraph had 'she' capitalized and it should not be. and She lifted

*Star*I enjoyed reading this and feel you did an excellent job. Thanks for sharing!



-Jimminy-


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Rated: 18+ | (5.0)
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Hi Georgelasher! After reading "The Werewolf of Sault Ste. Marie,I offer you these comments:

*Check1*First Impression:This is a story about an encounter with a werewolf and a towns missing persons. I had a feeling that werewolves didn't exist and nobody wanted to talk about them or missing persons.


*Check1*What I liked:From the beginning I was drawn into the story. I like how you showed Gwen feeling 'exposed' and later, the werewolf’s breath steaming like a locomotive.

I also like that even though I thought I had the werewolf figured out, I proved me wrong in the end.


*Check1*Suggestions:This work relies heavily upon coincidence. The radio always seems to be playing the right songs. My feelings for the music, I am sure, won't match the scenes they are brought up in. In fact, I stopped reading the story just to try and remember where I heard the songs!


*Star*Fun to read! Keep up the good work!

-Jimminy-

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Review of ANONYMOUS RATERS  
Review by Jimminycritic
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Rated: 18+ | (5.0)
Hi, Sheri! This is a review of
ANONYMOUS RATERS  (18+)
An opinion on anonymous raters
#1209577 by SHERRI GIBSON


You have much to say about anonymous raters and I can really feel emotions quite clearly. I feel for those hurt by anonymous reviewers and wish there was a support group for such a thing. I really liked your point about 'review as you would want to be reviewed'. Great point!

By the way, you are the very first 'random read' using the new button. Thanks for sharing!
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Review of Murder Mystery  
Review by Jimminycritic
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Rated: E | (5.0)
I am re-rating this to the five-stars it deserves after a couple of minor errors were corrected. Thanks again for the wonderfull story!
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Review of Murder Mystery  
Review by Jimminycritic
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Rated: E | (4.5)
You did an excellent job telling this story. I really enjoyed the killing of poor Jimminy and it seemed most of the other characters did too. I found a couple of misspelled words which did slow the story a bit for me and had they been correct I would rate this a five star piece. It really was very good. I promised not to get too technical here but if you want those details, I would be happy to send them on. You did have the magic name which was worth 1K, and the name is Sticktalker. Thanks for playing the game!
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