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Carrie ChafinThis is an excellent, well-written book, especially since it isn't often that I get this worked up over fiction. It took me 10 minutes to compose myself after I finished it.
Posted October 1, 2006
I just finished this book a few seconds ago... Christine is horribly out of character. She's too beggy and acts like she can't take care of herself. Raoul isn't in character either. Things were repetitive. Once it switched POV's there was some retelling which got old after a while. The plot was moving quite well and then the ending was sloppy and quick. Everything moved much to fast and the ending ended up to be rushed to a few pages. The book left you hanging at the end which made me ask questions. I am unsure if I want to buy the other book. I recommend looking for it in your library or something before actually buying it. Don't be sucked into the awful OC-ness of Christine and Raoul. We don't want anymore mis-lead Raoul haters. There is nothing wrong with him!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 19, 2006
I loved the book! Although it didn't really fit with the POTO book, it was a wonderful story nevertheless. She look the Phantom story and made her own story out of it, one that is both believable and enjoyable. Can't wait until the series is complete!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 15, 2006
This novel is a great sequel to the original novel. The characters were generally true to their original personalities and each one did not lose any of their former traits in the translation between Leroux and Meadows. I did, however notice a few phrases being used multiple times, which got slightly annoying at times. Regardless, her representation of the Phantom love triangle is superb.The addition of Erik and Christine's son Christian adds a new flair to the age old tale. I highly recommend this to any Phantom Phan!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 16, 2005
The first time I saw this online, I wasn't very motivated to get it because I didn't really know what it was about. A few weeks later I decided to purchase it because I would have gotten a great deal on another book. After I read this book I regretted having not purchased it sooner. It has so much depth and it's such moving writing. I was sobbing by the end and it took me fifteen minutes to stop crying. I've read it countless times now and the majic of the book is still there even though I've memorized every line. Christine and Erik were captured so well and the love and passion between them was described so well. It inspired me to write my own phan-phic novel which will be published sometime next year. I am now motivated to read Phantasy and I heard that this is a series. I hope Becky L. Meadows writes many more books in the series for I find that her writing is beautifully and paints an image in your mind. I recommend this to any phantom phan. Especially if you are a Erik phan. The author writes so fluently and powerfully that you almost feel what the charater feels. This book really hooks your attention and makes you feel like you are there.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 1, 2005
Buy this book if you can't afford a punching bag. I reccomend getting it from the library or borrowing it from someone if you feel that you must read it. After ignoring the bad reviews, waiting ten days for this book and paying twenty dollars for it, I find that I really regret even anticipating it. I found many things I did not enjoy. There are a few gramatical errors (Which drive me crazy) and the plot is streched out a little too long. Many phrases are re-used constantly (Which also drives me crazy). The author constanly states things that someone who has read other Phantom realated books that would already seem obvious to them (Such as describing Erik in the same way through the entire book) and for first time Phantom readers, would soon become tired of. The aspect that threw me to really dislike this book was that the author was not aware of any of the characters. It seems through every point of veiw that the author is the author, not the character. I was disgusted by her version of Christine. As I was reading everyone of Christine's parts, I did not see Christine, only the author's urge to have an 'Intimate' relationship with Erik. Also many names and aspects of this book seem to be taken from Susan Kay's Novel Phantom. The only character I fond of interest was Christine's son Christian. Do not buy this book. It is certainly not one of the best Phan Fictions out there. Buy this only if you are prepared to regret it and rip it to sreads after reading.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 10, 2005
In my opinion, this is one of the best fan-phic stories I have ever read. i was introduced to it by my best friend, as well as the sequel, Phantasy, and I read the first few pages while waiting for her so we could go somewhere, and I had an incredibly hard time putting it down. As soon as I got home, I devoured the two books... I love how well written they both are, and the fact that there is so much emotion poured into those pages. I bought both the books myself without any hesitation, and they both now have a proud spot amongst my other Phantom books. PLEASE KEEP WRITING!! i remember reading somewhere that these two are the first in a series... I CAN'T WAIT FOR MORE TO COME OUT!!! How anyone could not feel the emotion, and the soul-wrenching sorrow in these books, I have no idea. But get these books, adn you will not regret it, especially if you've ever dreamt of actually being with Erik... There is life after death...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 12, 2003
This fan fic-turned-novel would have gotten a 1 star on my part, had it not been for the good writing style of the author. In this fan-written version, Becky L. Meadows writes in different perspectives (like Susan Kay's novel) on the life of Christine de Chagny and her son, Christian. Briefly put, Christine is battling with emotions: knowing that the Phantom that has haunted her for years is actually still alive, keeping her son from their (Erik & Christine's) secrets, and staying with good, rich Raoul to keep up the bright future of her son. Christian's struggle is with Erik, his mother, AND Raoul. He seems to be getting scarred the most, methinks, and Raoul is older, even more easily jealous/impetuous, and pompous. Now, there are two words that you will absolutely get sick of: 'soul' and 'agony'. Meadows uses too much of the same word in most or all of her descriptions in the book, which can be quite tiring/ irritable. She writes a few almost-semi-graphic scenes, which are OK, but the emotions and situations that lead up to them make it a bit hurried or somewhat impossible. One of the things I disliked most was the ending section of the book. I won't ruin it for the readers, but it's quite dissapppointing, though the last page was amusing to me. Another thing I couldn't stand was her characterization of Christine. To the reader (or me, at least) Christine loses all of her perpetual innocence and youthfulness (which is in general very essential to the POTO story in the point that Erik could not make any advances towards Christine because of her youth/innocence). In this book, she becomes selfish, a bad mother & wife, and just so crazed with this love/ passion (as I prefer to call it) for Erik, to 'unite their souls once again' that she forgets her duties in life. She's become almost a sort of Scarlett O'Hara, if you will. I don't have any problem with 'Progeny' being a fan-written novel, but it disturbs me that there are so many fan-written stories/ novels on the fan fiction sites that are by far better than this, that should've been made into books. I will admit, though that Erik's character was actually pretty good. Meadows does a nice job on Erik in general, but there are many things that are too 'conveniently written' for the use of another character. Christian gets into trouble, and he somehow mysteriously gets out of it-- just slips by without a slap on the wrist! The whole plot is a horrid, messy jumble, which will leave the reader unsatisfied, totally on Christian's side only, and emotionally drained, but not in a good way ;) :P. There is something about the author's written angst which really doesn't make you sympathize for the characters at all. Just... depressed, because of all the undirected angst. Again, I have to admit that the first 10 pages or so were exceptional, and I was looking forward to an outstanding piece of work, but then everything totally goes down... down... down.... Please folks, don't waste your money like I did and get stuck with a book which had so much potential. If you must read it, borrow from a phellow phan, or go scour the library, but don't buy it. It's not worth the read. :(Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 13, 2003
While Meadows' novel is well-written, I must protest its claim to 5 stars. It appeared to me that Meadows' took quite of bit of her inspiration from Susan Kay's novel Phantom, particularly the story-telling format and the secret event that happened before Christine left. Another complaint I have is the ending-a sort of unexpected cliche which leaves the reader wondering in horror how the author could have mutilated what might have been a decent story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 6, 2001
I remember reading this story even before it was a book! I'm so happy it got pubilshed! But this is the best story. IF EVER there was a question about what happened after the Phantom of the Opera, then this is the book! I made me laugh, cry and totally fall in love with it. And the ending is just as beautiful as it can be. If there was any part of the characters that were not explained in the musical or in the orginal novel. She fills it in. It's the best book. PTO PHAN Phorever (hehehe)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 30, 2001
This book is wonderful! A great read for 'Phantom of the Opera' fans. Ever wonder what really happened when Christine met Erik that final time in his lair? This book answers that--and takes turns and twists to leave any phan screaming for more!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 27, 2009
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