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Title: The Mills of the Gods Reviewer: ansinico Signed

Oh, my!  This in-depth look inside the head of Adam Cartwright.  The death/murder of Ed Payson exposing suppressed feelings which bring roaring to light of day pent-up anger, frustration and self-recrimination one would not have expected from the usual logic calculating Cartwright. 

How wonderfully you've painted big brother Hoss - the Cartwright anchor.  A perfect balance to his elder brother's rocky and at times fragile state of mind. 

Both Ben & Roy mostly unable to see rhyme nor reason and at times only adding to the fury beneath that hirsute Cartwright chest.

A powerful read indeed it is! And thoroughly enjoyable! And as Tracy mentioned, a read well worthy of a second run at.

I must confess to the shallowness of my thoughts ... your descriptions of a certain method of Adam's striving for cleanliness sent my pulse and heartbeat into overdrive. This for which I give thanks for at my age anything that pumps up the major, life-sustaining organ is only to be welcomed.   

Author's Response:

Well, ansi, a boy's gotta keep clean!

In the episode, I always felt that Adam recovered far too quickly from Ed's death and, in a manner, it was murder even though technically, it would be self-defense. I'm pleased you like the first person POV and my interpretation of Hoss. And as we all know, as far as Roy is concerned, what's legal and what's "fair and just" are often opposite.

Thanks for reading and reviewing.

Date: 07/16/2020 - 10:33 am [Report This]
Title: The Mills of the Gods Reviewer: Pt29646 Signed

Another good story. I like the way you tied things up, and I've always thought each person is her/his own worst enemy. Billy certainly proved it. 

Author's Response:

You caught the theme of the story, that even though we may be there or have a hand in it, justice always prevails. Both Ed and Billy found it.

Date: 07/15/2020 - 11:35 pm [Report This]
Title: The Mills of the Gods Reviewer: Tracy Signed

"The Mills of the Gods" is a What Happened Next, a continuation of the Bonanza episode titled "Broken Ballad". 

Adam's struggle to cope with the loss of his friend, while at the same time, trying to come to terms with his percieved part in that friend's death, is both believable and and in character. Hoss appears from time to time, always stalwart in his advice, even when that advice is to allow Adam to think aloud.

This story, written for the summer 2020 challenge, is one I will read again, and I highly recommend for Bonanza fans, especially if you're a fan of the television episode.

Author's Response:

Thanks, Tracy, for the review and for the challenge. This was a hard one for me to write but I'm pleased it came out well. Thanks for recommending it.

Date: 07/14/2020 - 03:01 pm [Report This]
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