Reviews For Taking Shelter
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Reviewer: Marzee Doats Signed [Report This]
Date: 07 May 2009 1:02:26 AM Title: Taking Shelter

Oh, Penny!  I just really enjoyed this one, even as it broke my heart.  We know what is coming for April, and now for Kenchy as he will have to bear their secret and pretend that it doesn't matter as much as it really does when he watches her die sometime in (I would guess) in the next few days.

This was just sweet and melancholy all at once.  I like how they both took a risk and made a connection.  The romance was definitely there in the glass of water, the shoulder offered, the first and last kiss.  I'm glad that Kenchy got to see the flash of April's red hair.  I'm glad that someone made her feel valued and cared for, if just for a moment, again.  I'm glad that Kenchy could come to understand that there was still a spark of humanity left in him.

 Nice job.  I am so intrigued by this universe!  (And I know how many of them you have to do, and I can't wait.  :-D )

Author's Response:

Thanks Marzee!

Knowing you're a big April fan, I'm glad you enjoyed this one, despite the heartbreaking end notes.  I think I got to play with the hope/despair contrast in this one, since the circumstances seem sort of bleak, but it's a unique, hopeful moment in the lives of both these characters, though it is brief.

Thanks for the pairing and the review!

Reviewer: SandraDee Signed [Report This]
Date: 12 Apr 2009 12:33:46 AM Title: Taking Shelter

Penny Lane, I really enjoyed your latest foray into the Romance of the Absurd.  I liked how you really got into the mindset of both characters, capturing both strength and vulnerability in each.  It was as though they were whispering in my ear as I read it. 

For some reason, I have to admit that I don't find the idea of April and Kenchy all that strange.  Actually, I figured that this was the direction that the show would be going in--if not for that cop out storyline with April and Tracy dying.  From a storytelling standpoint, I think Kenchy and April make sense.  They have the commonality of being doctors, but Kenchy is reluctant, whereas April is driven.  So there's that built-in tension.  Plus, April is a redhead.  Kenchy prefers redheads over blondes and brunettes.  Okay, my argument is weak, but I guess what I'm trying to get across is that this is a pairing that I can really get behind. 

Author's Response:

Thanks Sandra!

This was one of my first times really getting into April's mind, and Kenchy's, and my first time really trying first person perspective in a story, so it was an interesting experiment. I'll have to admit I would never have thought of pairing these two together, but I do agree with your reasoning. And I'll admit that the red hair was one of my jumping off points, remembering Kenchy's pool side American dream. Then, of course, I did get into the deeper aspects of the dynamic, and some of the things you mentioned. The fact they are both doctors, coming from such different perspectives and motivations, offers an interesting contrast, I think. And they both have such different energies, it was fun to play with that.

Thanks for reading and reviewing!

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