Date: May 03, 2010 05:25 pm Title: Chapter 1
This is a really unique story and although Toby's passive aggressive tendencies usually bug the bejesus out of me, it really worked here. I was actually getting a little worried for him near the end. Everyone was treating him like crap and I thought Michael's insults would push him over the edge. I'm glad you ended it with a smile. Well done.
Author's Response: Thank you! Glad you liked the ending. Unfortunately everyone always treats Toby like crap; I think if I was treated that way all day every day I might be passive aggressive as well.
Date: May 02, 2010 05:54 am Title: Chapter 1
This was really great. Perfect combination of dark humor (my favorite kind) and poignancy.
Pam really does need to set some of her friends up with Toby. A nice woman who laughs at everything would do him a world of good.
The Meredith part made me laugh like a loon. Roadkill! Good one. You really got everyone's voices down so perfectly.
I have to wonder about the line up though... Yes, I think Toby would win. Pam has that soft spot for Michael, but she'd probably side with the underdog if it came right down to it.
I like the ending a lot. Toby's little revenge is so in-character for him, and while it's not an uplifting ending, it's somehow oddly comforting, if that makes any sense.
Lastly: "Pam wasn’t sure it was rational, but more than anything, she blamed Bob Vance for the transformation."
I would kind of have to agree, irrational or not. (And even though I don't totally hate feisty Phyllis.)
Anyway, great work, fantastic read. :)
Author's Response: Thank you so much. I agree about a nice woman just being what he needs. Pam needs to stop throwing women Michael's way. And Meredith is always fun to write. I don't hate feisty Phyllis either, but sometimes I find it a little much. Glad you enjoyed it!
Date: May 01, 2010 02:15 pm Title: Chapter 1
Steph, I so love your style. It's always unique, and you write Toby so well. Actually, great characterizations all around in this fic. Meredith, in particular, had me laughing out loud. I would adore seeing Michael at his own Chuck E. Cheese b-day party :D Thanks so much for this. Great job, as always.
Author's Response: So glad you enjoyed it Birthday Girl! Meredith is always so much fun to write. Thank you for reviewing.
Date: May 01, 2010 01:51 pm Title: Chapter 1
Ha! Steph, I love everything your stories choose to be. Your fascination with Toby is still a puzzle to me ;) but your voices for everyone are always so spot-on. And how much do I love Toby's passive-aggressive sabotaging of the decorations? A lot. A LOT. /Kevin
Well done, lady.
Author's Response: I can't explain it either. Something about the poor guy just inspires me to write in a way that other characters (such as Jim) do not. I know it makes my stories different and less-read and talked about, but I don't know. I still love writing him. Thank you for reading and I'm glad you enjoyed it.