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Let Sleeping Dogs Lie  by Lindelea 54 Review(s)
PSWReviewed Chapter: 10 on 10/4/2016
Fun story, I'm enjoying! :-) Love the puppy...oh my. Picturing him, and the combination of Pippin and Betgil trying to control him. :-P Of course, now its gotten them into a bit of a mess. I'm glad there are people paying attention to all the racket now -- seems like Aragorn and company are going to be inundated with trouble of their own pretty soon...

Thanks so much for writing!

Author Reply: Thank you so much!

There is an awful lot of fuss and bother (aka trouble) about to descend, any time now. My writing time got derailed this week, so I don't know if I'll be able to add to this one until after the weekend (trying to think good thoughts), but I managed to add a chapter to another story, so that's something.

Your current story looks intriguing. I've added it to my reading list, but as I haven't been able to steal enough time to read Larner's latest "Ranger" chapter, even, I'm not sure when I will be able to explore... I'll leave you a note, though, when I get the chance.

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 10 on 9/24/2016
Oh my goodness! The plot grows thicker, and the suspense ever tighter!

Which will happen first? The rescue of the poor trapped ones, or the fateful plan of the Haradrim? My poor fingernails want to know, Oh Mistress of Cliffies!

Author Reply: LOL! May the message proceed from your fingernails to the Muse's ears...

Think good thoughts. I am hoping to keep updating in this story and Bill's, at least weekly, so long as RL doesn't go mad again and swallow all my time and ability to write. And then as one story comes to a close, start updating in another, etc. and so forth.


LarnerReviewed Chapter: 10 on 9/24/2016
I wouldn't be the least surprised to know that Aragorn had heard them as well. It has been forty-something years since he last saw Denethor, after all, and he needed to know that Faramir was of quite a different sort than his brother, more like his father in intellect but less suspicious by nature. But, then, all have reason to be suspicious as to the intent of the Haradrim. The Jackal does appear to be quite the piece of work.

And the locals have at least found the site of the wails, if not yet the cause. Bless Mittens for his loyalty.

Author Reply: ...and perhaps Mittens is claustrophobic, like the pup who took our Zoe's place. We never did manage to crate train her. She could carry on her wailing and shrieking for hours... We ended up giving up before she did, some weeks after we'd decided crate-training just wasn't happening the way they'd said it would.

Anyhow, Mittens is definitely in distress, on his master's behalf as well as his own, and is going to let everyone know, and is not going to let up until the distress is over and done with.

And you're right, the Jackal is a bad-un. He's the sort that gives me shivers.


shireboundReviewed Chapter: 10 on 9/24/2016
Eeeee, so suspenseful!

Author Reply: Yikes! But it's all coming together quickly now...


AndreaReviewed Chapter: 9 on 8/1/2015
So, Ha’alan and his men think they are going to their deaths?
They know little of the new king of Gondor! And they will be very surprised. But it is very hard to predict what will happen then. Everything seems possible.

At least Merry and Frodo know now that something is wrong with Pippin and Turambor is alarmed as well. I hope they will find him soon.

Author Reply: Ah, yes, they're quite certain they're going to their deaths. They know only what Sauron's mouthpieces have told them. And if Sauron was bad, well, Elessar can only be worse. Right?

I think the puppy has finally caught someone's attention. Whew.


demeter dReviewed Chapter: 9 on 7/30/2015
Yah! Another chapter. You are doing an excellent job of spinning two threads of suspense; maybe four if one counts Frodo and Co., and Aragorn and the court. I suspect they may all converge, very soon, on about the level where our hapless two are trapped! You have done a very good job of the mind-set people get into during war. And to drive their countrymen into a war. It will be interesting to see how the Haradrim come to understand the truth!

Author Reply: Thank you! The timeline is a little tricky, trying to pull it off without sounding contrived, and I'm not so skilled at juggling multiple threads as I used to be. Out of practice.

They say the way to become a writer is to write every day (!), and I'm trying to get back in the habit...

Thanks again for the encouraging words!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 9 on 7/30/2015
Turambor and others have heard Mittens now. Good! Only--the parade starts and their attention has been drawn aside. Now--Merry and Frodo know, and if he hasn't realized it already Aragorn will know soon that Pippin is missing! Find them, Men of Gondor--and Harad!

Author Reply: Right! Thanks for your listening ear the other day. I'm hoping I can manage to keep the timeline straight...

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 9 on 7/30/2015
Oh my goodness, this is so suspenseful! Poor Ha’alan, believing he's going to his death, and the pup still trying to get everyone's attention.

Author Reply: Very much so... and I just hope I can work all the threads into a believable pattern. Whew.


DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 9 on 7/30/2015
Oh my! So close, so close! At least Frodo, Merry and Sam know something is *wrong* now!

I wonder how the Ambassador is going to take NOT being sacrificed? Such peculiar thoughts he has after so many years of being propagandized by the Dark Lord...

Author Reply: Yes, they know something is wrong, but they're a long way from the Second Level -- isn't the guest house on the Sixth Level? I don't have my notes with me at the moment, but that's the impression I had from somewhere.

The Ambassador is a wise and brave Man, but you're right, he's going to need all the help he can get, changing his mind. At the moment he's both resigned to his fate, and relishing the vengeance that will fall even as he dies... or at least, that's how he anticipates the whole scheme playing out. And then his people will be truly free, for the first time in I don't know how long!


Diana Reviewed Chapter: Prologue on 7/15/2015
What kind of dog was Zoe? We have a 120 lb german shepherd so I understand about big dogs! I am really liking this story,

Author Reply: Zoe was a Giant Schnauzer. She had a tall, slim build, and so at 85 lbs was larger than our large German Shepherd or Labradors had been. She was considered quite tall for a Giant female.

Her successor "Pandemonium", oddly enough, is even larger -- nearly 100 lbs and not a bit of fat, taller than Zoe, and still growing. (Some days she can eat four pounds of meat and bone, plus scraps, and still be looking for more. They tell us when she stops growing, she'll settle for about a pound a day.) But Panda's father was enormous, so it's not surprising.

Thanks! I'm glad to hear from you.

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