- A nice little parody on the Harem concept (and I speak here as a fan of those stories). I was so glad that it wasn't intended to be serious. Some Harem-makers go too far (and some of them post here). Your work exposes the silliness by going to the absolute limit of absurdity.
I liked your portrayal of Petunia too. It was inevitable that she would have the kind of faux religion that so many people have: Sure that they are righteous without actually doing anything.
Author's responseThank you!
Sorry I'm so late replying.
Your work exposes the silliness by going to the absolute limit of absurdity.
Ayup, that was exactly what I was aiming for.
- I agree with BenRG about Petunia. That seems a perfect representation of her "middle-class" aspiration.
This story's an absolute riot, and I see that we share some of the same tastes in other... literature. Please write a sequel someday!
Author's responseThank you!
we share some of the same tastes in other... literature.
As in Steve Stirling? If so, I've got a couple of chapters posted here about the Draka version of Sailor Moon, just in case you're interested.
Please write a sequel someday!
Well, I'll see what I can do. The full ensemble cast for this one would be so unwieldy that I can't think how to continue it, really. I've read a few Harem fics where Harry got a couple of dozen wives--they're what I was making fun of, but I'd not much want to fall into the same trap of having to say to myself all the time: "Okay, Gwen and Winnie got their Harry time there... did Kasumi? And who else hasn't got enough? Okay, Kasumi/Harry/Luna/Eowyn/Adele Mundy/Tovera for the next chapter. I'll squeeze their bedroom fun in after Adele and Tovera shoot Lucius Mundy... and don't forget, Tovera has a conscience now so she's going to feel horrible and need lots of cuddling. And drat! those poor Romulan girls haven't been given their conjugal due in ten chapters. All right, in the chapter after next, Harry and the staff-grade wives beam up to the Warbird..."
- Heh, definitely quite an unusual approach to the harem/army story and one that found me chuckling more than once. I do like the tastes in "other" material shown here (I quite like the Draka stories and the one collection where Steve Stirling let others play in that universe is quite a delight to read, esp. the homage to RAH's "Sixth Column").
I felt the portrayal of Petunia was accurate, she comes across as one who prays when it'd be appropriate and noticed if she didn't and preys the rest of the time (IMHO, that certainly describes her gossip et al.).
I do hope you find the inspiration for either more chapters or a sequel or three.
- A pleasure to read to the end. (I admit to clicking out of the other two shorts). But this was fun picking up on stuff I've enjoyed from all over. Read an essay long ago on how familiarity is important in human enjoyment. Both netertaining and successful in demonstrating your point. Thanks.
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