Carolyn Claire

"Africa" (Sentinel)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 17th April 2001 (6)

This songfic story has a longish history, in which I was somewhat involved -- I sent CC the lyrics as part of the second Sentinel Lyric Wheel challenge. And I know how much trouble she had with it. The story ended up being completely different from what I thought it was going to be -- and even better than the ideas she'd been floating originally. One of my favourite songs, done complete justice. It was lovely, weaving the imagery of the song, and the theme, post-TSbyBS, of renewal after drought. Blair has to make a choice... and has a lot of thinking to do. No wonder the folks at Cascade Times were clamouring for a sequel...

"And God Created TS" (Sentinel)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 23rd October 2001 (4)

The author declares that this snippet has no redeeming value whatsoever. I disagree. It has the redeeming value of poking fun at over the top smarm... (grin)

"Beautiful" (Sentinel)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 25th October 2001 (2)

Some people have gotten the mistaken impression that I hate romance; not so -- I just don't like Mary-Sues (whom the Hero magically falls in love with). So when you have a story with Jim and Carolyn (she being an established series character whom I did like) then I'm not going to run away screaming -- on the contrary! And this was good -- get out the tissues, folks, this is a tear-jerker, even more angsty than "If You Could Read My Mind". The Jim and Carolyn here were very good -- just people, with hopes, fears, loves and confusions. One of the heart-pulling things about this story was that there was no clear answer about what would be best -- I as the reader didn't know what outcome to hope for -- which is very like life; relationships are often complicated.

"Power of Two" (Sentinel)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 17th April 2001 (7)

I liked this! I could feel the ache in Jim's heart, him wanting to make things okay, and not knowing how; choosing against the fear as the only way forward. It was also cool the way the conversation didn't go the way Jim thought it would, but it all worked out in the end anyway. This is set chronologically before "Africa" but one can consider them to be part of the same TSbyBS sequence.