Date: 10 Jun 2009 12:13 Title: Chapter 1
Hi again, Anna!
Congratulations on another win!
I was comparing the experience here, with that of Vulcan's destruction in the new movie, plus the much-diminished race which stories are developing of, e.g. with Ster Julie at alt.startrek.creative.
The part that made me think most was the lost telepathy, trust, and sentience-wide networking.
It leads me to wonder whether a largely destroyed star civilisation must now inexorably decline to primitive, barbaric beginnings, due to extreme, unassuaged grief.
Or when they will regain the community of truth which they lost so long ago.
Good life to the Vulcans.
Author's Response: Hi Alan! Thanks for the review! To be honest, I do not know which way the Vulcans from the 2009-verse will take. Judging by those of them which we saw in the movie, they are a very different people than those in TOS. I don't think they share a common past. Then of course, I can't imagine the Romulans from DS9 or TNG sitting primly on their planet waiting for their sun to explode, but that's just me. ;-) Thank you for reading and yes, good life to the Vulcans. :)
Date: 26 Mar 2009 19:57 Title: Chapter 1
That was very touching. All children need adults in their lives, separate from their parents, to look up to and admire. And as is so often the case in RL, these adults are able to help that child gain a perspective on life which is totally different from that of their parents. As Garen did in this story. It really served to show how the experiences of the child led to the man we have all come to know and love. Thank you for sharing that.
Author's Response: Thank you for commenting. It was an interesting aspect to explore.
Date: 21 Mar 2009 19:20 Title: Chapter 1
I wish I could click in "a warm starry night", but this site doesn´t have this rating option...so, five little stars will have to do the trick.
Thanks for the time and work it took to you to write such deligtful tale.
"Spock as a child" kind of stories tend to focus in light, or just silly snippets of his life, or in his never ending suffering as a half Vulcan. In this story, you give a new view of his life, using a very special character to explain how the child became the man.
Creative but respectful of canon.
Author's Response: Thank you, Vero, I'm very happy that you liked it. :-)
Date: 21 Mar 2009 09:13 Title: Chapter 1
I LOVE these sorts of "exile" characters, who live in a different reality than those around them but are eminently more sane than the surrounding culture. Garen is a mystery in a wonderful way and I find myself wishing we'd seen a lot more of his version of ancient Vulcan. Do you envision early Vulcan as similar to Betazed or Cairn by any chance?
(And one weird personal question about Garen. Would he find it difficult to speak aloud if for some reason he were absolutely required to do so? Was speech something Vulcans only developed as a result of that "walling-off" you describe? I know he had a voice because you describe him laughing, but I still wondered.)
About Spock--I really liked the exploration into his character and into the way his family functioned. It's very clear Sarek was the head of that household. What I wonder is how Amanda tolerated it, that until it became necessary to distract Spock, she wasn't even allowed to teach him about HER world and traditions. What was the purpose, then, of Sarek marrying her if he did not accept her heritage? (Fodder for future stories, perhaps? I'd love to know.)
I really enjoyed this...I'd love to see more!
Author's Response: I would imagine early Vulcan was a lot like Betazed, yes. Something prompted them to consciously direct their evolution towards less contact, and there we go. I like Garen, too, obviously, because he's a natural antagonist without an ill intent. About his speech, he's capable of it of course, but I imagine if he tried it, he'd have to go very, very slow and learn a lot of things. Like any ability which you have but never used. As for Sarek/Amanda and why all things were so strictly Vulcan, I can only quote canon. Spock has chosen the Vulcan way and must follow it. Amanda herself said she believed it to be a better way than that of humans. So one might assume she walked into that marriage with open eyes. And Vulcan society is highly structured and traditionalized, so if she wished to be accepted, which she obviously did, she had to make a lot of concessions, one would imagine. Thank you very much for an interesting and constructive review!
Date: 21 Mar 2009 07:54 Title: Chapter 1
As Spock would say: Fascinating.
A truly engrossing tale that explored a part of Spock's childhood. it bespoke of Spock's determination, troubles and abilities as he grappled with his challenges and defying his Father. It was very insightful about Spock and his relationship with his father. It also inclinated to the future and his famous friendshiop with Kirk and the reasons that lay behind its success. Spock knew who he could trust and depend upon.
Author's Response: Thank you, this is most kind. Indeed I tried to explain some things... to an extent, at least. I'm glad if it read okay. Thank you.:)