Penname: HJ Bender [Contact]
Real name: Hal Bender
Member since: 22/06/2010
Membership status: Administrator
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Rated: General - all ages
Summary: SLASH, Crack!fic, threesome, and a tiny, insy James Bond crossover. Yassen Gregorovich was probably the last person Wolf had been expecting to see in his kitchen.
Categories: Humour, Slash
Characters: Yassen Gregorovich, Alex Rider, Wolf
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Completed: Yes • Words: 2734 • Views: 771
[Report This] Published: 19/02/2009 Updated: 19/02/2009
Reviewer: HJ Bender Signed
Date: 03/03/2011 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Daaaaaaaaahahahaha, love it! The dialogue was 5-star, and Bond the Manslut was the icing on the cake. Awesome!

Rated: Restricted - no under 16s
Summary: Yassen is quietly undone by the machinations of the world and a fourteen year old boy.
Categories: *Fests & challenges* > Flash Rider, Slash > Alex/Yassen
Characters: Alex Rider, Yassen Gregorovich
Warnings: Sex
Series: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Completed: Yes • Words: 1016 • Views: 246
[Report This] Published: 21/07/2010 Updated: 21/07/2010
Reviewer: HJ Bender Signed
Date: 21/07/2010 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

This just keeps getting better the more I read it. The pain is almost beautiful.

Rated: General - all ages
Summary: Alex Rider, on an unexpected break from MI6, attempting to relax and receiving some intriguing mail concerning a certain assassin.
Categories: Friendship
Characters: Alex Rider
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Completed: Yes • Words: 2116 • Views: 179
[Report This] Published: 26/11/2010 Updated: 27/11/2010
Reviewer: HJ Bender Signed
Date: 15/12/2010 Title: Chapter 1: Edges of Understanding

This is fantastic! I haven't read anything that's even come close to this sort of perspective on Yassen's death, and the idea that he would will his wealth and possessions to Alex was a delightfully unexpected twist. I think I literally said "Woah!" when I read that part. Totally caught me off guard, and I LOVE IT when stories do that. Excellent work--top notch!

Author's Response: Thank you so much! That is possibly the nicest review I have ever seen, let alone received. I am so glad the idea surprised you. It occurred to me off hand, and then I kept thinking about it, and eventually I had to write it down and share with the world (or at least the part of it that is the 20 or so people in this fandom). Seriously, I love your work, and it made my day that you liked this enough to review.

Rated: Adults only
Summary: NOT WORK SAFE -- Yassen Gregorovich is never quite sure what to make of little Alex, especially when the boy always seems to turn up in the most inopportune places. Yassen has saved him in the past, but this time he might not have that option ...
Categories: Action/Adventure, Angst, Slash > Alex/Yassen
Characters: Alex Rider, Original Female character, Original Male Character, Yassen Gregorovich
Warnings: Abuse, Non-con, Sex, Torture, Violence
Series: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Completed: Yes • Words: 15902 • Views: 699
[Report This] Published: 05/02/2011 Updated: 05/02/2011
Reviewer: HJ Bender Signed
Date: 08/02/2011 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

The darkness of this story chilled my heart, yet the harmony of the words and images was somehow beautiful, even despite the raw, gritty realism they portrayed. I think it's an amazing blend of some very powerful themes--horror, sex, vengeance--and I can't think of any two artists more suited to pull this off than you two. Flawlessly written, magnificently illustrated, and seamlessly interwoven. Excellent job, Anne and Lucifer! You couldn't disappoint an audience if you tried.