Date: August 11 2023 1:06 AM Title: July (End)
Wow...just wow. Where to even start? Well, for one, enemies to lovers? Classic, works every time, and it works splendidly here. I love seeing a cruel woman realize a tiny person's worth and switch entirely to seeing them as equals. Powerful storytelling. Second, the characters are just alive here and seeing Evan's ingenuity is a blast. Tons of creativity in his world and I would definitely read a one shot of his days before Eve. Last, that finale! I was listening to the song mentioned in it the whole time. The tension was thick enough to cut a knife through it, the payoff of the uncle being a mobster, the home alone type defense that lets you truly appreciate how much Evan can do on his own. Gosh, just perfect. *Chef's kiss*
Thanks, this one remains my most popular one on giantessworld I think. For that big showdown you can definitely tell I was listening to a lot of Warren Zevon around the time of writing haha, glad the song hit the spot for you. Thanks for the review!
Date: May 02 2023 4:21 AM Title: July (End)
I just finished reading this, so here's a ridiculously long review. To summarize beforehand: I liked it, and it was really good!
I enjoyed the chapter format for this quite a bit. Seeing a snapshot of the most relevant parts of each month really helped to emphasize that the relationship between Eve and Evan took time to develop. I also like that there are a few times in the story in which the characters reference things that happened "off-screen," reminding the reader that there are plenty of days in each month that we don't see and that this plays into the changing dynamic between the two as well.
But its the characters that really set this story apart.
Evan, in particular, is very different from the usual protagonist in a giantess/shrunken man story. While most of these stories revolve around tinies trying to convince bigger people that they're, well, also people (or, in the case of unaware stories, be noticed at all), Evan's problem is that he sees himself as something less than. He's fighting that feeling, but it's starting to overtake him at the start of the story. Despite having someone who still sees him as being the same as he always was in his life, shrinking has taken away some of the things that he felt defined him before catching the virus.
He's fighting that feeling, but he doesn't know how. This lease idea seems like a last-ditch effort to prove to himself that being tiny hasn't made him less than what he once was. He doesn't know exactly what he needs to accomplish that, but he knows this is his best bet to find out.
Eve, on the other hand, just seems like she's looking for a place to belong. For the longest time, she found that place hiding behind bullies and blending in with the group. I think the reason Evan was able to piss her off so much in the first couple of months was because he resisted that. As a tiny, he's supposed to be "in front of the sharks," but he resists that, and every tie he jokes about things like Eve "learning her place" I think she gets frustrated that he's not playing by the rules, so to speak. At the same time, I think she admires that trait as well, which is why she's always, perhaps unwittingly, heavy with praise when talking about him with Amber.
But Eve finds that sense of belonging that she's unknowingly looking for with Evan, primarily because he accepts her even at her worst. She's trying to enslave him, and he's still making jokes with her and staying in her room to keep the zombie ghost mafia rats away. She doesn't have to swim behind the sharks with him, although it takes her a while to realize that.
Laurie's a fun, yet kind of sad character. I've always had a soft spot for unrequited love angles, and it has to be hard watching the person you love sleep with and eventually fall in love with someone you describe as a sociopath (although it probably becomes slightly easier if they turn it around and even befriend you like Eve did. Probably). It also has to hurt watching that same person go through what Evan's going through and not be able to help at all, no matter what you do. It's heartbreaking, really.
Still, she sticks it out and helps him through it all, even though she disagrees with a good portion of what Evan wants to do. That's love.
The subtlety with which Eve softens her view of Evan was also nicely done. I mean, she goes from promising to stick him in a hamster cage in September to actually putting him in a terrarium in October to having picked out a comfortable doll house for him in November. Her talk of punishments and owning his stuff also fades away as the early months roll on.
To me, Eve change in attitude in those first few months shows a strong shift in her priorities. Whereas in August her goal was to nab a tiny slave and enjoy owning his shit, including a nice, huge house, she quickly becomes more focused on Evan himself. She cares about him, in her own way, and she clearly wants to be with him. However, that desire clashes with her general worldview of swimming behind the sharks instead of in front of them.
So Eve tries to rectify this by continuing to try to own him, but in October and especially in November, she seems to be trying to get Evan to want to be owned as well. She talks about her ownership of him being "mutually beneficial" and even appears to give him the option to avoid being foot fucked in the terrarium (at least it seemed that way to me, with her foot being lowered slow enough for him to move out of the way). When she caught him in November, she was STILL trying to talk him into giving up voluntarily, even though he was already in her grip. She was even willing to let him roam the house freely and choose whether to sleep in a dollhouse on her nightstand or with her.
That last pitch actually doesn't sound too terribly different from what ended up happening anyway. It really seems like she thinks the only way she can have him is to, well, have him, legally, I mean, even if that isn't really what she wants.
For Evan, I feel like his interest in Eve really picked up once she changed her strategy and starting approaching their game less like she was going after an animal and more like she locked in a rivalry of sorts. Yeah, I think her sexual attraction to him was a powerful draw as well, but once she started observing and planning instead of trusting stupid things on the internet. In an odd way, I think it showed him that she thought of him as a person instead of a future possession, even if that realization wasn't a conscious one for either of them.
I also think the deals and truces they agreed to also helped drive that point for Evan. You don't make deals with pets, and you really only call truces with enemies that you respect. Ironically, I think, while Eve felt bad about dressing him up in that tux and using the girly soap to clean him, the fact that he had to honor the terms of their deal probably made him feel more human than he'd felt in a long time.
Somewhere along the way, Evan found what he lost by shrinking in the way that Eve sees him. She's only known him as a tiny, and, as he pointed out, she started out wanting to make him her slave and ended up his girlfriend. That's a level of validation that no one else could give him.
That's why his reaction to Amber's video in March makes so much sense. It's a drastic overreaction for sure, but having that validation taken from him so abruptly puts him in a darker place than when he started. And while Evan is a nice guy, he's also a violent guy (As the month of June confirmed), so it makes sense that he would use the threat of violence to try to convince Eve that he's more than "just a tiny." Of course, it was doomed to fail, and there's nothing Eve could have said that would have made things right in his mind in that situation, but he's not exactly thinking logically, either.
If there's one thing I could offer constructive criticism on, it would be that Amber is seems like a bit of a one-note character, although, to be fair, it's a good note. She's set up in a way that makes the reader desperately want to see her uppance come, but really, other than the fact that she's mean and loves treating tinies like shit, we don't really know much about her. This doesn't really hinder the story, though, as she serves her purpose extremely well (she's great at being easy to hate), but in a story where it almost every other character is complicated and has layers, she stands out for not being that or having those.
On the other hand, adding depth to the character could have possibly made her more sympathetic, which would have defeated the purpose, so that could have been a double-edged sword anyway.
There's so much more I could get into, and I'm a long-winded dude, but those are some of the main things that stuck out for me when reading this. I really appreciated the depth that went into it. Excellent work!
Thanks a lot! I love reading your long winded reviews lol. Anyways yeah I'm glad that a lot of what I was trying to convey with the characters came through. I'm not sure what else there is to add given you've mostly covered the dramatic bases, this one was my first attempt at a full length dramatic story and it remains my most popular one. Evan and Eve are bizarrely just what the other needs like you said, Evan needs some validation that he's still the same guy he always was, Eve desperately needs real friends and loved ones.
Laurie is kind of a tragic character, Evan never really sees her as more than a sister despite everything. A lot of people were rooting for her to sweep in and get Evan in the original run of the story lol.
Amber is kind of one note, she was meant as a commentary of sorts about the usual villainous characters on sites like this. Her dislike of tinies isn't really logical, she just likes any situation that gives her power over others. Like Eve you might say she's got some traumas in her past that made her that way, and it's fleshed out a little in the companion shorts I made.
Overall thanks for reading, I'm glad you liked it!
Date: April 29 2023 8:41 AM Title: August
This is one of the first stories I've read on this platform, but I was taken away by how expertly the story is crafted. It's both a sensual good time exploring different "interests" for a wide spread appeal but also a great piece of literature period! I wish there was more context to where the shrinking virus came from and how Evan in particular came about it, as well as if they ever find a cure or if Evan is stuck at that size forever, but that's minor.
Awesome work! Would recommend to others!
Thanks! This one continues to be my most popular work. I guess as far as your questions the virus I think is pretty much just an open ended thing that I never came up with an origin for, and I don't know if there's anything particularly interesting about how Evan got it. As for a cure I've thought about doing a one shot afterward where a cure is discovered, my other story We Help Each Other Get By did end with the tinies getting cured so it's not totally without precedent. There is a companion set of one shots to this you might check out if you're interested in the world. Thanks for the review!
Date: March 24 2023 5:11 AM Title: August
One of my all time favorites on this website. The constant threat of being turned into a slave made all of their interactions super hot and watching them both fall in love with each other was perfectly sweet.
You pretty much have nailed down my favorite dynamics in the whole fetish and you top it off with tremendous smut content. Thank you so much for sharing.
Author's Response: Yeah this story remains my most popular one, Evan and Eve have a funny dynamic for a lot of the story until they start to trust each other more.
Date: July 01 2022 3:17 AM Title: July (End)
I have been reading daily for most of this story run, just made this account to comment. This is truly one of my favorite Size stories. It is hard to blend these many categories and keep the story wholesome. Thanks for a great read! Keep it up! o7
Glad you liked it! It really did touch a lot of the giantess tropes over it's run lol.
Date: July 01 2022 12:28 AM Title: August
What a ride! This felt very much like a very well scripted TV show which makes sense I guess considering your closing comments. I'd have readily settled for a pace of one chapter a week, hehe!
Thank you so much for this. I feel this is indeed a milestone in your craft, and you can be absolutely proud.
Author's Response: I think it's a nice milestone too, it was definitely my most ambitious work so far and I think the reception has been pretty good. Thanks for reading!
Date: June 30 2022 12:13 AM Title: August
Those were some very eventful 12 months. Eve learning to see the wrong in her beliefs about tinies to eventually getting a tiny boyfriend and Amber receiving a load of karma.
I must say though, if there were to be a spinoff with Amber I kinda want it to be more than the typical redemption story arc of going around to apologise to all the people she wronged or hurt in the past, attending therapy and potentially finding a partner?
Specifically, I hope that there might be some sort of cure to the shrinkism but with the kicker being it is only effective for females, something something males having a Y chromosome that renders the cure ineffective. This would allow a sort of "happy ending" for Amber and yes I know she was a complete bitch but people can change.
Just wishful thinking but who knows right?
If I do an anthology on this world we will probably see some of Ambers life post shrinking. I think apologies wouldn't be enough she'd need to do some real work on herself. The ending is meant to be hopeful for her
Date: June 29 2022 11:03 PM Title: July (End)
This one is definitely my new favorite from you slightly beating out "we help each other get by". Even if we won't get a sequel I'm glad we have what we got.
All good things have to come to an end, and while we might see them all again in a one shot or something I like to imagine their lives are relatively peaceful after this
Date: June 29 2022 10:55 PM Title: August
Utterly, utterly brilliant stuff!
You are not only one of the best and most atmospheric writers i have read in the gts/sm genre but you are innovating and pushing at the boundaries of what both you and the genre can do in a way that is - to the best of my knowledge - totally unparalleled at the moment.
I really want to enthuse about how brilliant you are but your refusal to rest on your laurels is fantastic and I hope you keep that up!
Thanks it means a lot, this was one of my more ambitious stories and I'm glad to see it so well received
Date: June 29 2022 10:07 PM Title: July (End)
Amber redemption arc spin-off when?
All kidding aside, when I initially read the story's description, I wasn't sure if I should check it out, but I am so glad I did, The character dynamics and relationship growth between our protagonists was really enjoyable and I think the more long form month-a-chapter format really helped to give space to explore that, about halfway through I realized I was moreso reading for said dynamics and the plot than the smut lol (Not to say the smut was bad.)
In other thoughts, I enjoyed this conclusion, it had a nice feeling of sentimental finality if that makes sense.(Also I really enjoyed Amber's karmic justice lol.)
Looking forward to reading whatever you write next, whenever that may be.
Sentimental finality was exactly what I was going for with that ending, a final wave goodbye if that makes sense. Glad you liked it!
Date: June 29 2022 9:00 PM Title: July (End)
Wish we got an extra chapter of Laurie slightly bullying Amber with a stinky sock or something like that lol
Loved this story so much man. Can't wait to read your next one.
Almost did something exactly like that lol but I wanted a slightly more subdued tone for the final chapter. Thanks for reading!
Date: June 29 2022 5:55 PM Title: August
Here's a dumb idea for a spin off, that idea that tiny 'juices' could heal and extend lifespans gets shown to work which plays a role in the lives of several couples, introduces motivation for tiny hunting to continue despite being illegal, and spurs police departments into getting a specific section just to deal with tiny specific issues like that.
Great story; it has good plot, world building, and smut all together in one enjoyable package.
That's not a bad one at all, I like it a lot actually
Date: June 29 2022 5:55 PM Title: July (End)
Alright, here's how Laurie can still win;
Kidding. Great story. It was satisfying watching Eve gain confidence as the year went by and start living according to her own beliefs instead of others. Evan getting his mojo back that's been missing since he shrunk was a similarly feel-good character arc.
The bit of revenge they got against Amber at the end is probably great for her in the long run. It was a real crash course in how awful it feels to be dehumanized like that, which should really let her empathize with other tines in a way she couldn't before. Her apology seemed sincere, so as sappy as it sounds, I'd like to believe she eventually becomes good friends everyone.
Laurie's confession was handled really well. It's refreshing to see both parties behave like functional adults for once in that kind of situation. I still think Evan is a bit crazy for not having developed romantic feelings for her, but hey, the heart wants what it wants. I feel bad for her, but I doubt she'll have problems finding a special someone in the future.
As much as I like harems it didn't feel apropriate for this one, and Laurie probably will easily find someone, almost certainly a tiny lol.
I don't know if Amber would ever really become friends with everyone but I think she'd find some kind of peace and probably be happier someday.
Date: June 29 2022 4:45 PM Title: August
@Greenanon An anthology or one shots could both be great. One shots fleshing out the relationships of Warren/Deandra and Charles/his partner, and an anthology exploring the tiny Black market in various places around the world would both be great to see at some point down the line. For now though, just focus on resting. You certainly deserve it!
Deandra and Warren seem an obvious place to start, probably one on Dr. Nicole and maybe Amber