Both are pretty generous toward my story (so my egocentric universe hasn’t been knocked off its axis), but LT made the interesting observation that, for her, Morlock wasn’t particularly important to the success of the story (“it is not so much the series character of Morlock that makes this stuff worth reading, but the author’s prose and his skill in creating characters”). This runs contrary to most of the reactions I’ve gathered on and off line (e.g. Matt Wuertz’s persuasive call for “more cowbell”), and it may be an outlier, so to speak. LT has a bias about series in general, which she’s pretty frank about, and that may affect her reading here.
But this is the most striking example I’ve seen yet, in reactions to my own stuff, that precisely what does work for some readers is what puts off others. Probably no one could write something that hits 100% of the potential audience.
That is until they read my next multistage standalone story, Morlock Meets Anti-Morlock: the Morlockening, Only Not Really!