"The Agency" (Sentinel)
Reviewed by Kathryn A on 30th July 2000 (18)
This was okay, though I wondered if the author had actually seen "Rogue", because she didn't mention the Ebola virus at all, when she logically should have - that seemed like a continuity error to me. Also Blair's panic attack I find hard to buy; though it is canonical that Blair used to have them (unless of course he was lying), but we've never seen him have one on the show -- now it seems like Blair having panic attacks have become a fannish cliche.
This story was nominated in the 2000 Cascade Times Awards in the "best good guy character" category.
Reviewed by Kathryn A on 30th July 2000 (3)
I wonder why it is, that some authors appear to have it in for Naomi? She didn't come across too favourably here - too possessive and controlling. But apart from that, this was pretty good. Some good character points, some good lines.
Blair frowned at him. "What are you, my mother?"
"No, your Blessed Protector. Or did you forget that?"
The frown deepened, replaced by a sardonic smirk. "If I had known that you would hold on to that comment like you have and use it to hover over me, I would never have said that."
(I particularly liked this, as it both uses and debunks the fannish cliche of Jim being Blair's Blessed Protector.)
As a non-slash fan, I loved this bit:
"I trusted you to take care of him! He's my only child, Jim Ellison! He's the one thing in this world that means more to me than my own life! I love him!"
"So do I!" Jim screamed and then looked around at the shocked faces of the officers and forensics people in his partner's office. "Oh, for crying out loud, get your damn minds out of the gutter."
Very forthright, very Jim.
This story was nominated in the 2000 Cascade Times Awards in the "it could have been an episode" category.
"Soul Shadows" (Sentinel)
Reviewed by Kathryn A on 14th June 2000 (2)
Since I don't believe in reincarnation, I couldn't really get into this, especially considering that even traditional reincarnation doesn't usually involve physical resemblance. But apart from that, it was a goodly spooky ghost story. Nicely done the way both of them were haunted, and occasionally not quite themselves.
This story was nominated in the 2000 Cascade Times Awards in the Scary/Horror category.