WIP Fight for the Lost by LuxDragon - Mass Effect 2

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  1. Matian

    Matian Seventh Year DLP Supporter

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    Title: Fight for the Lost
    Author: LuxDragon
    Rating: M (mature)
    Genre: Sci-fi/Romance
    Pairing: Shepard/Miranda
    Status: WIP
    Summary: Entire human colonies are vanishing. The galaxy's best and toughest individuals come together to form an unlikely team, all led by one very specific man. Novelization of Mass Effect 2. Default Male/Earthborn/War Hero/Paragade/Multi-Class. Shepard/Miranda

    LINK (was also mentioned briefly in this thread)




    While not as good as DLP's very own Darje's ME2 story, Emergence, Fight for the Lost easily takes the number 2 spot on my favorite ME fanfiction list. Emergence takes the number 1 spot, of course.

    The writing is kept light and without overly dramatic sentences. It's easy to get into and the grammar and spelling is decent. Those errors that do happen don't detract from the story, at any rate.

    I was impressed with the characterization throughout the story; real weight has been put behind the various crew interactions, not to mention the loyalty missions. Also the romance between Shepard and Miranda is pretty well done and not rushed, nor becoming the main plot for the story. In fact, I found their romance more of a natural thing that was just supposed to happen eventually.


    Two negative things (one minor, one larger):

    A wee bit O' fluff - a few scenes (notably the humorous ones) felt a little cheap and fluffy. I find it difficult to explain what I disliked about it and while it wasn't a hugh problem, I did find it detracting. Perhaps there was just too much telling instead of showing in those scenes...

    More linear than time itself - the author, LuxDragon, often, and I do mean freakin' often, uses the exact same dialogue from the game. Those scenes can be skipped of course, but it's still pretty annoying to read what any true Mass Effect fan already know by heart. It's pretty pointless. The characters' thoughts and actions are of course mentioned, but their presence does in no way make up for the author's tedious use of the game's dialogue. I'm not sure I get what people see in a novelization, but whatever...

    It's an issue that's very apparent in the beginning chapters, but later changes as the author's own ideas are inserted into the plot. To great effect I might add.




    TL;DR


    This story gets a 4 outta 5 from me.
     
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  2. Vesvius

    Vesvius High Inquisitor DLP Supporter

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    Love this story. One of the better Mass Effect fics I've found, and one of the only good Shep/Miranda ones.

    4/5
     
  3. Andro

    Andro Master of Death DLP Supporter

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    Great novelization, it actually is my number 1 in the ME fandom, above Emergence. 5/5.
     
  4. Fiat

    Fiat The Chosen One DLP Supporter

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    It's somewhere in my top twenty Mass Effect fics, right behind Graveyard Shift and Renegade. Still damn good, though.

    4/5
     
  5. MonkeyEpoxy

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    Well, this fic finally updated, and it was pretty fantastic. It was incredibly tense all the way through for me.
     
  6. MonkeyEpoxy

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  7. Legacy

    Legacy Unspeakable DLP Supporter

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    Good god, I started reading that story at the end of high school and its finally done. Quite the trip.
     
  8. Fatality

    Fatality Unspeakable

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    Yeah, you've got to admire his commitment. 700,000 words over three years and then he starts up a sequel not long after he finishes the first. Pretty ambitious and he followed through like so few actually do.

    Of course, it is a novelization of the games but he adds enough original content that I'm still impressed. Looking forward to seeing more of LotSB. I wonder if he'll do ME3.
     
  9. MonkeyEpoxy

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  10. MonkeyEpoxy

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    Necro and double post, oh well.

    In case fans of this haven't been checking LuxDragon's profile and what not, he's done with Lair of the Shadow Broker, here (this one has one of my favorite fights in fanfiction, incidentally. It was awesome reading about Shepard and Tela Vasir's pitched battle across Nos Astra. It's a rare story that has spectres that live up to the title other than the good Commander):

    https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9098391/1/Legacy-of-the-Shadow-Broker

    and he is working his way through Arrival, here:

    https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8815436/1/Zero-Hour

    and will apparently be using this title for ME3:

    https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8164627/1/The-End-of-an-Era

    It's all quality of course.
     
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  11. Ghosthree3

    Ghosthree3 Unspeakable DLP Supporter

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    ME3 fic finally got updated (link in the post above). Seems future updates will be quicker though thankfully.

    As always the quality was top tier.
     
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