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csktech posted a comment on Tuesday 11th November 2008 7:41am for Wade in the water

Thank you for your inclusion of faith in this story. I've always thought that Harry would have a easier time of it, IF he had faith. There are times when it seems as if your faith is the only thing that can carry you though the hard times in life and this story shows how much comfort that can be had in believeing in something greater than ourselves.

pfeil posted a comment on Monday 20th August 2007 4:10pm for Wade in the water

Gah, rather too much religion in that one for my tastes.

Kokopelli replied:

So?   Wash out your mouth and find a story you like.


zac posted a comment on Monday 6th August 2007 3:11pm for Wade in the water

That bit with Gideon and Fabian always brings tears to my eyes.

TxA_GunFighter posted a comment on Sunday 31st December 2006 6:37pm for Wade in the water

Good one.


DaZZa posted a comment on Friday 17th November 2006 1:58pm for Wade in the water

I believe the "nothing propinks like propinquity" quote is the title of a chapter in "Diamonds are Forever" - and seeing as it's one of Dudley's cast off books, I find it's more likely to be James Bond than it is anyone else.

Do I get a cookie? :-) :-)

Kokopelli replied:

Yes, you do.   Today's cookie is almond.

TxA_GunFighter posted a comment on Thursday 25th May 2006 11:06am for Wade in the water

Very good chapter.


Wooster posted a comment on Friday 12th May 2006 3:36pm for Wade in the water

Again: heehee...
Loved the poetry bit especially. I love both Brownings. Elizabeth Barrett's poetry is always so delicate and sweet...and Robert's is simply...I hate to say amusing since they are usually kind of morbid...but they have such a dark humor to them...

Oh...sorry. Didn't mean to review dead poets instead of you. Great chappie, as always!

Kinsfire posted a comment on Friday 12th May 2006 1:09pm for Wade in the water

I don't know if I reviewed before and mentioned this, but one of the things that you mention here means that the wizarding world has an absolute CERTAINTY about the existence of Christ and his divinity. If the Patils can trace their family back to one of the Wise Men, then there would be no doubt at all in anyone's mind about whether or not Yeshua ben Yosef existed or not.

Which makes the Death Eaters Satan worshipers, for all intents and purposes.

MarinePotterfan posted a comment on Thursday 11th May 2006 9:09pm for Wade in the water

This is a great story, I hope that you will update it soon and keep going. I would love to see how it ends. Keep up the great writing.


Crys posted a comment on Wednesday 10th May 2006 11:28am for Wade in the water

Nice cameo of the Prewett brothers. Nit: per Lexicon, it's Prewett, not Prewitt.

Nice chapter. Some good back-story there with the Weasley and Granger religious history.

"You do have him nicely trained, Ginny."
*smirk* Great one-liner.

Tarkas posted a comment on Wednesday 10th May 2006 12:34am for Wade in the water

Always good to find a new episode in the TLoS world. There is a bit of a problem with this one to my mind, though, and it stems from the way you have Ginny talk about her decision to be baptised: at the risk of sounding ridiculous, she talks about Jesus too much!

Let me explain that, or try to, anyway. Unless they're suddenly very different to those I know, churchgoers in Britain (England or Scotland) do not go around saying that they "love Jesus" and the like except in very rare circumstances. To a British ear (or mine, which will do as a reasonable substitute), that kind of talk screams out that a person has fallen into the clutches of an evangelical American sect or cult, and they're regarded as rather weird. So having Ginny come out with that makes me wonder just who or what she's become involved with, and will Harry have to rescue her (and possibly Daphne, and the Patils) from a bunch of mad witch-burners?

Other than that, this is an excellent addition to the TLoS mythos, with some fascinating material like the fate of the Prewitt brothers, and some good development of Ginny's character; hopefully, now that she's realised what she means to Harry (as shown by her comment to June), she'll be a little less insecure about her attractiveness to him, and about people like Daphne.

And of course, any chapter with Jasmine and Ginny in it has got to be good. < g >

Kokopelli replied:

In Ginny's defense - the chapel at Hooper is what Abp Carey called "a happy-clappy" church - firmly in the Evangelical wing of the CofE, which is why they are using the liturgy from An English Prayerbook rather than the ASB or the old BCP.   The climate at St. Simon's in London is a bit more cool - being more on the spike end of the CofE.

Please remember, we are talking about a 15 year old girl here.   ;-)


saugart posted a comment on Tuesday 9th May 2006 11:54am for Wade in the water

Thank you for updating the story. I enjoyed it. I liked the realism of Ginny trying to decide what her motivations were for becoming baptized.

The Resident posted a comment on Monday 8th May 2006 6:02pm for Wade in the water

Thank you for this little peek into the lives of our favourite characters. I still contend that there is a lot of back story missing, including tatoos, that I would dearly love to read to help me better comprend what is happening in this story. Again, any help in this direction would be greatly appreciated.

Kokopelli replied:

Oh, you poor soul.   This story, Stories from Sixth Year, is a SEQUEL to a 200k word story called The Letters of Summer.   If you haven't read TLOS, you'll be totally at a loss.   Give it a shake, it's a good yarn - or so I've been told.

Sssith posted a comment on Monday 8th May 2006 5:59am for Wade in the water

Good to see the next installment. Looking forward to more of your work.

Bernd Jacobitz posted a comment on Monday 8th May 2006 3:43am for Wade in the water

Good, solid work on this one. Not exceptional but very good indeet. Very interesting insight into Chistianity in GB, somthing I surely was not familiar with.
Keep it up please

cmzanna posted a comment on Monday 8th May 2006 1:09am for Wade in the water

Yet another marvelous installment! I enjoyed Ginny's reasoning behind why she was going through with this and also the appearance of Gideon and Fabian.

just as a side note, thanks for the lovely trip down memory lane with your mention of the Archbishop of Cantebury. I was fortunate enough to be visiting Cantebury cathedral by chance in 2002 and was present during the installment of the current Bishop - the music and the ceremony was truly glorious.

Graup posted a comment on Monday 8th May 2006 12:22am for Wade in the water

Nice chapter.

I liked the dynamic of the believers and unbelievers, and the martyr story of the Prewitts.

Thanks for sharing this chapter.

amulder posted a comment on Monday 8th May 2006 12:05am for Wade in the water

Hi, John, I had the time for a lengthier review today...

The gown showing the tattoo... but she resisted the tempation to make it move and stir the gossip pot even more?

Thackeray is a delightful name. it sounds odd enough to fit into the JKR universe, and yet still reasonably familiar. I'm so tired of the unoriginal names out there.

The conversation with Daphne... tough, it verges a bit on the 'talking heads' problem. there is a lot of information being tossed out, but I
think you did the best that could be done. But the bit at the end about giving Daphne an excuse to turn down a Boy for a date? Poor girl. No
lady should need an "excuse" to say no. She'll learn.

Turning invisible... Sigh. That would have been such fun to be able to do that when I was in college. A huge temptation as well, so it is
actually a good thing that Harry is in a secure relationship. Still, the two of them could have so much fun with walking the corridors, unseen, virtually untraceable...

Lizard Lips... Wheee! That is a great name for Tommy. Very original, and yet somehow a bit like an old shoe; warm and comfortable. At least, as far as insults go. I'm sure I've heard hat insult before, probably some old 70's tv show. Still, in the JKR-universe, it is new.

Having Ginny see a vision of Gideon and Fabian seems a trifle unorthodox for you, John. Angels, sure, but people? Where, other than at the transfiguration, did humanity see something like that?

"our children are going to do this!" -- Well, I can understand Ginny's excitment, but I rather would expect them to baptise their children in infancy. I'm pretty sure that is the standard practise of Anglicans?

Ron's French accent. Oh, that was hilarious!
Hermione's later revelation was also touching. In part I wonder if you're laying the foundation for your ... Argh, I forget the name of it ... the 20-years in the future story. That would certainly give Hermione a lot of baggage before joining any church herself.

I just realized -- I noticed a "gray friar" mixed win with the "greyfriars".

thanks for the story.


Kokopelli replied:

Oh, but the tattoo did move - magical tattoos, like magical pictures, can move.   Her tattoo was fairly well behaved that night.

Names - I hate coming up with names.   If ever I have an assistant, that's a job that the assistant will be stuck with.

As to the talking heads aspect of the Ginny/Daphne conversation in the library - it's a groove/rut that I fall into easily, but after looking at it a zillion times there wasn't anything that I wanted to cut, so I left it as is - as to the date thing - Daphne is conflicted - she's allowed to date at this point in the process, but she doesn't want to, because she's trying to discern her vocation and doesn't want to screw that process up.

Harry and Ginny _do_ have fun prowling the corridors as an invisible couple.

Lizard lips is something that Ginny came up with - so give her the credit.

As to the apparition of Gideon and Fabian - Protestants aren't much for this, but you have to remember that I used to be a good Anglican ;-)     Seriously, though, in Hebrews it says that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses - and remember that the root word of martyr is the same as that of witness.   When Stephen was being stoned, he saw heaven open up - if he could do that whilst still alive, couldn't two determined Martyrs slip out for a few   minutes to see their niece get baptized?   The original title of this chapter was supposed to be "Cloud of Witnesses"   but I thought that would give too much away.

As to Ginny's outburst, she was thinking that this was a great thing and she wanted her children to experience same.   True, most Anglicans have their tots baptized, but I don't think Ginny would let a thing like that stand in her way.

As to the Hermione backstory - its part of what I've always envisioned for her as a character, the daughter of two academics, raised with birkinstocks and granola.   To be the daughter of a nominally Jewish father and lapsed catholic mother in Anglican England is to be an outsider - and I've always seen Hermione as the outsider.   Yes, there is a connection here with Ever After - there's a very interesting chapter called Credo in which Hermione talks to Father Martin about the canonical requirements for a church wedding.  

As to the spelling - I realized the conflict, but I'm going to go back and change the old stuff to go with Greyfriar - have to give my beta _something_ to do.

Thanks for your kind words,


Brian Campbell posted a comment on Sunday 7th May 2006 6:16pm for Wade in the water

Wonderful new chapter! I especially like the merger of Christian and HP themes. Just enough detail to convey the sacredness of the old rituals, and not so much that the story is overwhelmed.
Much of your writing reminds me of Stephen Lawhead's Pendragon Series, and this chapter very much brings to mind parts of "Taliesin" and "Merlin," the first two in the series. I am amazed at how hostile some folks are to any union of Christianity and fantasy fiction. Anne Rice covers some of that in her afterward to "Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt." I have long lamented the lack of well-written Christian fiction, so I look forward to each of your updates.
Keep up the good work.

Kokopelli replied:

I have written elsewhere at length that there's already a lot of religion in JKR's writing, it's just very, very subdued.

Manatheron posted a comment on Sunday 7th May 2006 5:03pm for Wade in the water

Hah! Gotta love Ron... Lunch with the queen indeed... (Now you should have it happen just to spite Hermoine)

Excellent job, keep up the good work!

Kokopelli replied:

Actually, they're not having lunch with the Queen - at least, not yet.