Memories of Fire
Reviewed by Kathryn A on 12th August 2001 (1)
I actually made two attempts to read this; one really has to be in a mood for angst, and trust the author that things aren't as bad as they seem. Whether or not such a thing would really happen, well, I didn't let that bother me, because it was well done. An interesting exploration of a possible way that Blair might react to the situation. (How's that for non-spoiler, eh?) The way things are gradually built up, Blair looking over the empty loft, bit by bit, the reader guessing things before Blair does, and then wondering if everything is as it seems... that was good. But only if you're looking for a lot of angst.
Reviewed by Kathryn A on 12th August 2001 (2)
This is the same events as in "Memories and Memorabilia", told from Jim's point of view. Reading them one after the other was slightly disconcerting, because there were a few discrepancies, but one could blame that on Blair's confusion anyway. The beginning is a bit awkward, but once we get to the fire scene, it's very good. I particularly like the vivid passage describing all the different kinds of flames, and Jim's last run out. I liked the mystical stuff in this too. Some parts of the hospital scenes feel a bit rushed, particularly the bit with Jim and Megan. And I was wondering who this Curly person was -- maybe the hospital characters were introduced in another story I haven't read? And why are they calling him Dr. Sandburg? But definitely don't read the first story without reading this one too. And don't read them out of order.