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HASA Reviews January 2010

Release Date: 14 Jan 10
Category: Site Updates

8 reviewed stories since the December bulletin, and 8 stories are currently in review.


Welcome to the January reviews bulletin.

Reviews are an important part of the site: there are the authors who sit waiting with baited breath and fraying nerves, and there are our intrepid reviewers to think of. So before looking at the stories: Thank you all for your work, authors and reviewers alike!

Stories in review
As I type this, there are 8 stories waiting for reviewers (remember to log in before you follow the link).

Of course, member participation is crucial for reviews. The more people are involved in reviewing, the more opinions are represented. Just as importantly, having more people involved means that stories pass through review more quickly - which is good for everyone.

If you are an active reviewer, why not go and check out a story?

Becoming a reviewer
If you're not an active reviewer, but think you can spare a bit of time... – even if you just review one or two stories in a month, every review is welcome. If you are logged in, you can sign up here if you've been a member of HASA for thirty days or more.

Put one in, take one out
By submitting a story for review, you are asking nine other members to read and evaluate it. So why not do for the other authors who have a story in review what you'd like other reviewers to do for you: check out one of the stories already in review and give it a read. Put more simply: put one in, take one out...

Reviewed story spotlight
These stories have passed through review since the previous bulletin. Congratulations to all authors; well done!

What's For Dinner? by Nieriel Raina
Rating: General
Genre: Humour
Era: Era: 3rd Age - Post-Ring War
Summary: UFS: Gimli always knew that wood-elves were strange, but just how strange, he never fathomed. Can he make it through the feast without insulting the Elvenking and his people? Or will the outlandish customs of the elves be too much for a stout dwarf like Gimli?

Don't Say Goodbye by Nieriel Raina
Rating: General
Genre: Drama
Era: 4th Age
Summary: Undying Friendship Series: "I do not abandon you. Ever will I be in your heart, as you are in mine. But I must meet my fate. You know this. You know it is the right path for me…" Elladan must come to terms with his brother's choice for the future.

When You Believe by Adonnen Estenniel
Rating: General
Genre: General
Era: 3rd Age - Ring War
Summary: On the eve of battle, one soldier has misgivings as to whether or not the fight is worth his life. But through wise words spoken by an old man, he learns the truth about courage. Takes place before the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.

Hearts In Stone by Raksha
Rating: General
Genre: Drama
Era: 4th Age   
Summary: When the love story ends, and the beloved is laid to rest, how does the lover face a lonelier world? Faramir wrestles with grief in this Fourth Age story.

All That Is Gold by Jael
Rating: General
Genre: Drama
Era: 3rd Age - The Stewards
Summary: Early autumn of the year 3018, Third Age. Legolas and Thranduil share a decanter of wine and some long-kept secrets. Drama; Angst. Rated PG-13

The Prince and the Shepherdess by Nieriel Raina
Rating: General
Genre: Romance
Era: 4th Age
Summary: Undying Friendship Series. Elrohir discovers that sailing West alone does not bring healing. He must find purpose in a new life, and finds healing and peace in an unlikely place and the arms of an unlikely maiden. Elrohir/OFC

Questioning by Larner
Rating: General
Genre: Drama
Era: 3rd Age - Ring War
Summary: After Aragorn finally caught Gollum in the Dead Marshes and left him in the care of Thranduil of Mirkwood, Gandalf came to question him.... Written in dialogue format. \

The Names of Flowers by losselen
Rating: General
Genre: Drama
Era: 4th Age
Summary: My try at an old favorite story-- the death of Arwen in Lorien.

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