Reviews by pookaire
Cold Shot by desertgal Rated: PG-13 [Reviews - 15]
Summary:

A cowhand from the Ponderosa remembers a life lesson he learned through Adam. (Part of the Real Housewives of the Ponderosa series)

*Special Thanks to Ossie Davis and "Dutch" for the inspiration.


Categories: Action/Adventure, Sequel Characters: Adam Cartwright, Candy Canady, Hop Sing, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright, Sheriff Roy Coffee
Series: The Real Housewives of the Ponderosa
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 8454 Read Count: 359
Published: 09/14/2011 Updated: 09/14/2011 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Cold Shot Reviewer: pookaire Signed

Exactly what vanharenk said.  Great work!



Author's Response:

Thank you!

Date: 09/17/2011
To Have Loved and Lost by Bahj Rated: Family Friendly [Reviews - 24]
Summary: While leaving a gift for his father, Adam inadvertantly discovers a piece of Ben's past.
Categories: Drama Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 3701 Read Count: 168
Published: 02/12/2012 Updated: 02/12/2012 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: pookaire Signed

This was a lovely vignette giving of glimpse of the loving, open man Ben would become.  Although he held the memory of his sister close, in his life he took her lessons and kept his heart open to enfold so many.  Well done.



Author's Response: Thank you for reading this story and for leaving such a lovely review :0)
Date: 02/13/2012
Hell Hath No Fury... by adamant Rated: PG-13 [Reviews - 8]
Summary:

Adult Situations: This is a back story of Ben Cartwright and Julia Bulette that explains why Julia so wanted to hurt Ben that she would eventually use his son to do so.

 

Disclaimer: All recognizeable characters, settings, etc., are the property of their respective owners. All original characters and plot are the property of the author. No copyright infringement is intended.


Categories: Prequel, Drama Characters: Ben Cartwright
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 10527 Read Count: 112
Published: 03/28/2012 Updated: 03/28/2012 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Hell Hath No Fury... Reviewer: pookaire Signed

Yikes, he better remember her warning.  She suffered a broken heart and will not forgive. I liked this, tender and melancholy.  We all make choices and don't know what future they'll bring, but those choices make us who we are.  Her hard-heartedness is reflected in Millain.  Well done.



Author's Response:

Thank you, pookaire. Writing this story was like putting together a puzzle and I'm glad that you believe it was well-done.

Date: 03/29/2012
Decisions by Tracy Rated: Family Friendly [Reviews - 24]
Summary:

The need to deliver solace brings Adam closer to acceptance.


Categories: Drama Characters: Adam Cartwright
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1511 Read Count: 395
Published: 03/31/2012 Updated: 03/31/2012 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: pookaire Signed

Boy, there's no timetable for grief, is there?  I find it funny that logical Adam, even as a young man would think he had to go to the grave to speak, that Marie's love isn't all around them all the time.  But I guess youth needs something tangible to hang on to, and Adam would be no different.  Her graveside is a true touchstone for them over the years.  This was lovely and had me in tears.



Author's Response:

pookaire ~ I always picture Adam at that age as being a little sceptical about things he cannot prove - the scientific Adam. But deep inside, he did believe that Marie could hear him and see the family, so he compromised and made his way to her grave to speak to her. Thanks for reading, and sorry about the tears!

Date: 04/01/2012
What Might Have Been by adamant Rated: PG-13 [Reviews - 13]
Summary:

This is a prequel for the Bonanza episode, "The Mill"  and "Marie, My Love." The story attempts to explain the unwanswered  questions about the past realtionship between Ben Cartwright and Joyce and Tom Edwards as well as Marie Marigny coming into the family and Adam's view of those relationships.

 

Disclaimer: All recognizable characters, plots and settings are the property of their respective owners. All original plots and characters are the property of the author. No copyright infringement is intended.


Categories: Drama, Prequel Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright, Sheriff Roy Coffee
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 15282 Read Count: 188
Published: 04/08/2012 Updated: 04/08/2012 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: What Might Have Been Reviewer: pookaire Signed

So interesting to read about Adam's relationship with Jean - no wonder he would feel his father betrayed his friend, the kid must be so confused thinking his father is fickle in his professed love for Joyce and now this, this new woman - I think it's going to be a while before he trusts his father again.  Loved the use of the line about sons can only be half of a man's life - choices made, consequences to live with.  Great story.



Author's Response:

The line about the sons was lifted from the episode--not my original line. But I'm glad that you liked the exploration of Adam growing from a boy to a man. It wasn't until I started thinking about Ben's many loves that it occurred to me that Ben was quite the Casanova in his younger years.

Date: 04/09/2012
The Wiving of Adam by adamant Rated: PG-13 [Reviews - 16]
Summary:

Adult situations, violence. Now a widower with a young daughter, Adam attempts to raise her alone but everyone thinks that he needs a wife to help.

Disclaimer: All publicly recognizable characters, settings, etc., are the property of their respective owners. All original characters, plots, etc., are the property of the author. No copyright infringement is intended. 


Categories: Drama, Sequel Characters: All
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 31671 Read Count: 340
Published: 04/27/2012 Updated: 04/27/2012 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: The Wiving of Adam Reviewer: pookaire Signed

Crackin' great story. 



Author's Response:

Thank you so much, pookaire. Appreciate the compliment! 

Date: 04/28/2012
HEROES by southplains Rated: PG-13 [Reviews - 26]
Summary:

Sometimes courage is found in the unlikeliest of sources, and sometimes answers are found in the tiniest things when all seems lost. A bank robbery goes bad, and the Cartwrights struggle to find a way to survive.


Categories: Action/Adventure, Drama Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright, Little Joe Cartwright
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 15978 Read Count: 500
Published: 09/20/2012 Updated: 09/20/2012 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: pookaire Signed

This is a rippin' good thriller.  I've read it before but was just absolutely grabbed by it this time around.  You have a fantastic turn of phrase and each character's voice was dead-on.  "...with hair the color of secrets and shadows."  was a pearl in itself.



Author's Response:

Thanks so much, pookaire. I'm so pleased you decided to give it another look, and that it so captured you this time! I'm especially pleased to hear that you were enamored with that small description of the hair . . . I don't know what it is about Marie, but she always inspires me to try to capture her true essence, especially since I don't think they did such a good job of that on the one episode where we actually saw her. I think we learned much more about her through hints in other episodes. One day I'd like to write something just for her. Thanks again for giving this story another read!

Date: 09/20/2012
Sleigh Bells Ring by Bahj Rated: Family Friendly [Reviews - 8]
Summary: A Cartwright Christmas comedy told in three part harmony
Categories: Comedy, Holiday Characters: All
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 4296 Read Count: 135
Published: 12/09/2012 Updated: 12/09/2012 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: pookaire Signed

Holy Hannah!  What a ride!  Loved the different perspectives.  Wonder what their other common secrets are?



Author's Response: I'm working on wriggling those "other" secrets out of them, pookaire :0) I'm so glad you enjoyed this. Thank you for letting me know :0)
Date: 12/09/2012
Christmas Comes Ready or Not! by BBG Rated: Family Friendly [Reviews - 10]
Summary:

The year after Little Joe shoots himself in the foot on Christmas day, he wants a rifle for Christmas, depending on Santa to bring it...does he still believe in Santa?


Categories: Holiday Characters: All
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 3672 Read Count: 136
Published: 12/24/2012 Updated: 12/24/2012 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: pookaire Signed

Excellent story.  The frustrations and uncertainties of this 10-year-old boy were evident.  Very glad he got his questions answered.  You did very well with each character's voice.

Date: 12/27/2012
Summary:

How can a 10-year-old boy hate Christmas?


Categories: Drama, Holiday Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hop Sing, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright, Little Joe Cartwright
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1691 Read Count: 204
Published: 12/27/2012 Updated: 12/27/2012 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: pookaire Signed

Good story.  Hop Sing is stalwart comfort, with wise words.



Author's Response:

Thanks, pookaire, I'm glad you liked it and left a review for it. I agree with you about Hop Sing.

Date: 12/27/2012
Twenty Questions, January 1875 by gf3 Rated: Family Friendly [Reviews - 6]
Summary:

Adam and Sara host a New Year's Day party with their best friends.  There's plenty in the offing for the coming year.  It follows Glad Tidings in chronological order.


Categories: Holiday Characters: Adam Cartwright
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1764 Read Count: 102
Published: 01/04/2013 Updated: 01/04/2013 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: pookaire Signed

love this family.  parents are so good at figuring out how the little ones can participate!



Author's Response:

Thanks, pookaire.  I'm glad that you enjoyed the story

Date: 01/05/2013
Mr. and Mrs. Darlington by deansgirl Rated: Family Friendly [Reviews - 9]
Summary: Adam Cartwright meets a couple on their way to California. He learns a lesson in love and courage that he will never forget.
Categories: Drama Characters: Adam Cartwright
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1357 Read Count: 109
Published: 01/12/2013 Updated: 01/12/2013 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: pookaire Signed

Just goes to show that the people who cross our paths in life truly do shape us.  Lovely work.

Date: 01/13/2013
The Lost Soul by TLR Rated: PG [Reviews - 6]
Summary:

The Cartwright family--Adam in particular--helps a preacher.


Categories: Drama Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright, Little Joe Cartwright
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1696 Read Count: 130
Published: 01/12/2013 Updated: 01/12/2013 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: pookaire Signed

It's too easy to get wrapped up in our obligations and forget our duty to those closest to us.  Good thing they love us anyway.



Author's Response:

Thanks for your review, pookaire, and I do agree with you.

Date: 01/13/2013
Junebug by Bahj Rated: Family Friendly [Reviews - 15]
Summary:

Hoss exhibits, once again, his ability to find friends in the strangest places. A WHB for "The Tall Stranger"


Categories: What Happens Before?, Sequel Characters: Hoss (Eric) Cartwright
Series: A Collection of Short Stories
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1973 Read Count: 79
Published: 01/16/2013 Updated: 01/16/2013 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: pookaire Signed

Perfectly Hoss.  Forgetting his own troubles in caring for others.



Author's Response: I totally agree with you, pookaire. Hoss always put others first, and who can argue that Hoss wasn't happy :0)
Date: 01/21/2013
The Treasure by TLR Rated: PG [Reviews - 8]
Summary:

Young Adam learns a valuable lesson.


Categories: Drama Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hop Sing, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright, Little Joe Cartwright
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1127 Read Count: 188
Published: 01/20/2013 Updated: 01/20/2013 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: pookaire Signed

Priorities, man, priorities. People over stuff.  Touching story.



Author's Response:

I know what you mean. Thanks, pookaire.

Date: 01/20/2013
A Stop Along the Way by Bahj Rated: Family Friendly [Reviews - 11]
Summary: Sometimes, it's the littlest things in the smallest places that make the biggest impact. To young Adam Cartwright, Galesburg, Ill. is just another stop on the long journey West, but this time his life will be changed forever.
Categories: Prequel Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 43256 Read Count: 339
Published: 02/08/2013 Updated: 02/08/2013 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: pookaire Signed

Bahj, your writing never fails to bring me to tears. A heartwarming story from the boy's perspective, at such a formative time.  So much that happened at this time determined his character later on.  Such a well done piece, thank you for sharing it with us.



Author's Response: I'm so glad to know you enjoyed this, pookaire, although I'm sorry to hear about the tears. Thank you for taking the time to read it :0)
Date: 02/09/2013
Summary:

Basically the story of "The Crucible" that explores Joe's and Adam's relationship over the years and how Joe grew through the experience of searching for Adam. 

 

Disclaimer: All publicly recognizable characters and settings are the property of their respective owners. All original characters and plots are the property of the author. No copyright infringement is intended.


Categories: Drama Characters: All
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 13946 Read Count: 225
Published: 04/11/2013 Updated: 04/11/2013 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Signal Rock in Three Days Reviewer: pookaire Signed

You never cease to satisfy.  This was a great piece to chew on - fantastic flashbacks.



Author's Response:

So glad that you liked the story; it's rewarding to know that people like what is written. Thank you for taking the time to comment. Oh, and glad that the flashbacks served their purpose. ;-)

Date: 04/12/2013
A Morality Tale by adamant Rated: PG-13 [Reviews - 16]
Summary:

Adult situations and language. Adam escapes from Andersonville prison during the Civil War but soon becomes a prisoner of his own heart.

Disclaimer: All recognizable characters, settings, etc., are the property of their respective owners. All original characters and plot are the property of the author. No copyright infringement is intended.


Categories: Romance, Drama Characters: All
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 27971 Read Count: 237
Published: 04/27/2013 Updated: 04/27/2013 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: A Morality Tale Reviewer: pookaire Signed

Fantastic, poignant and haunting in it's quiet quality.  A marvelous tale.



Author's Response:

Thank you! I worried at first that there wasn't much action but so glad that the tone and setting worked to enhance the tale.

Date: 04/28/2013
Summary:

Hop Sing writes about Adam's show and tell for school.


Categories: Drama Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hop Sing, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright, Little Joe Cartwright
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1113 Read Count: 133
Published: 06/04/2013 Updated: 06/04/2013 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: pookaire Signed

Very interesting and touching change in perspective from the usual. Unique.



Author's Response:

Thank you, pookaire. I like writing from different perspectives. 

Date: 06/04/2013
The Garden's Secrets by Bahj Rated: Family Friendly [Reviews - 17]
Summary: Some secrets are better left kept, as every garden knows . . .
Categories: Prequel Characters: All
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 4047 Read Count: 198
Published: 06/05/2013 Updated: 06/05/2013 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: pookaire Signed

That last line was beautiful.  Nice work.



Author's Response: Thank you for pointing out that last line, pookaire. Would you believe it was the one I was most unsure of, lol?
Date: 06/05/2013
Summary:

Adam, Hoss, and Joe attend a carnival.


Categories: Drama Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright, Little Joe Cartwright
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1453 Read Count: 159
Published: 06/11/2013 Updated: 06/11/2013 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: pookaire Signed

You have a talent, my dear.  I've really enjoyed your writing this year.  Congrats on reaching your goal and when your muse tugs on your sleeve again we'll be happy to read more.



Author's Response:

Thanks for your positive thoughts and words, pookaire.

Date: 06/11/2013
The Paladin by adamant Rated: PG-13 [Reviews - 10]
Summary:

Adam and Hoss take a young Joe on his first lengthy trip to purchase livestock but things do not go smoothly. A coming of age story for Joe as well as Adam and Hoss being the protective older brothers that they are.

 

Disclaimer: All recognizable characters and settings are the property of their respective owners. All original characters and plot are the property of the author. No copyright infringement is intended.


Categories: Action/Adventure Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hop Sing, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright, Little Joe Cartwright
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 12461 Read Count: 266
Published: 06/25/2013 Updated: 06/25/2013 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: The Paladin Reviewer: pookaire Signed

What a great yarn.  The voices ring so true.  No matter what life throws and what lessons we should learn I guess there's no changing our true natures, but family doesn't mind.



Author's Response:

Thank you, pookaire, for the review. Glad that you enjoyed reading it. I do believe that everyone's essential nature stays the same, esp. the C's.  :-D.

Date: 06/25/2013
LUCKY by southplains Rated: PG-13 [Reviews - 18]
Summary:

As Joe's life hangs in the balance, his dreams are haunted by old family secrets and questions he has never dared ask. He finds that the mysteries of Marie's background are deeply threaded throughout not only his own life, but that of the other Cartwright men as well; her past is intertwined inexorably among their destinies.


Categories: Action/Adventure, Drama Characters: All
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 6813 Read Count: 288
Published: 08/18/2013 Updated: 08/18/2013 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: pookaire Signed

Oh, how can you say that is finished? I want to more! More! I'm mesmerized by Joe's study of his brothers' looks and tones of voice.  I definitely would like to see a sequel that explores those secrets and the men's reactions to them.



Author's Response:

Lol! Well, this part is finished. I love hearing your thoughts on this, pookaire. Marie's secrets and the men's reactions to them . . . you've got my devious little mind working! So glad you enjoyed this!

Date: 08/20/2013
Not a Political Man by faust Rated: Family Friendly [Reviews - 9]
Summary:

Yet another discussion with Adam prompts Joe into doing something rash and potentially life-threatening--and into thinking more about politics than he ever wanted to.


Categories: Drama Characters: Adam Cartwright, Little Joe Cartwright
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2505 Read Count: 118
Published: 08/26/2013 Updated: 08/26/2013 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Not a Political Man Reviewer: pookaire Signed

I feel for Joe. He's like a lot of us who know the difference between right and wrong and have figured out what we think about matters but when faced with verbal swashbuckling we stumble in voicing our thoughts clearly.

Adam just intimidates him and his own temper overcomes him.

I'm so glad he's sure in the knowledge that home and hearth are always there and politics don't mean much in the face of family.

 

 



Author's Response:

Pookaire, thanks so much for this detailled review! I particularly love this: "politics don't mean much in the face of family," -- it could easily be the morale of the story. I'm so glad the tale worked for you!

 

Date: 08/26/2013
Summary:

PONDEROSA NIGHTMARES 2013

Thank you Bahj for the kick-start with the words...

ADAM - TEACHER - WHIP


Categories: Holiday, Mystery, Drama Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright, Little Joe Cartwright, Sheriff Roy Coffee
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2465 Read Count: 543
Published: 10/27/2013 Updated: 10/27/2013 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: pookaire Signed

Truly scary! I do wish there had been more Halloween episodes.  This would have made a great one.



Author's Response:

Thanks pookaire, what a compliment, thank you.

Date: 10/27/2013