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'Tis the Season



Another Christmas rec, a little gem, really.

And the lovely roven75 was so kind to write a review for this.



'Tis the Season by Courtney Gray


Review by roven75
Alert: possible spoilers

Less is more – this certainly rings true with Courtney Gray’s ‘Tis the Season. There is no need for lengthy paragraphs with descriptions or explanations in this story. Doyle and Bodie are shown to us in bits of conversation, through the eyes of other agents – predominantly Anson’s - who turn out to be more perceptive than they realize themselves. The author employs this narrative device very effectively indeed.

Courtney fast forwards us through several years, always homing in on Christmas. The other agents’ routine sets the stage. Enter Bodie and Doyle, and the atmosphere is immediately electric, the spotlight on them. They seem to revolve around each other in their own private universe. Gravitational forces at work, and the pull is getting stronger each year.

The last of the four parts the story is structured in is especially brilliant. The status quo is announced with Bodie’s car parked outside Doyle’s flat. Anson and the reader are presented with established boundaries and behavior patterns. Don’t eat the chocolates with the red wrappers. Conversations are held with glances alone, with gestures. There’s a level of understanding between the two of them that reaches deep. Even when the words are directed at Anson, they talk to each other more often than not.
The nice thing is, neither Anson nor the reader feel excluded. Like in a game of skill, all silver balls settle in their respective holes - with the Christmas tree shining its light above it all.

In ‘Tis the Season, Courtney Gray says so much without telling, and leaves enough clues and room for the reader to fill the gaps. It takes a very skilled author to do this right. Furthermore, it’s enjoyable to read about some of the other agents that we only know from their short appearances in the original show.
cloudless_9193 called this story a little gem and I can only agree with her.

Comments

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byslantedlight
Nov. 22nd, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
I hope you're going to sign up for The Christmas Reading Room! And roven75! *g*
cloudless_9193
Nov. 22nd, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
Somehow I missed this. Anyway, i'll be glad to sign up. Thanks!
roven75
Nov. 23rd, 2010 08:37 am (UTC)
Looks like December will be very busy! But I like collaborations. I'll hop on the Cloud and float along :)
byslantedlight
Nov. 23rd, 2010 09:37 am (UTC)
Excellent - just comment over there to let me know what date/s you'd like... *g*
cloudless_9193
Nov. 23rd, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
I'll hop on the Cloud and float along You have a way with words ... :-)
roven75
Nov. 23rd, 2010 08:45 pm (UTC)
Haha sorry, edited, that vid was a bit... too big... geez, gives you nightmares *g*

Here's where that picture came from:
Heidi
Childhood traum(a) ;) And I still want a swing like that.
cloudless_9193
Nov. 23rd, 2010 10:04 pm (UTC)
It was okay, on my iPad it looked so, at least. Thanks! ;-)
firlefanzine
Nov. 22nd, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
It makes me curious!
Thank you both!
cloudless_9193
Nov. 22nd, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC)
Hope you'll like it. :-)
firlefanzine
Nov. 22nd, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
I think, I've never read Courtney Gray before.
Although Torch Song sounds somehow familiar...
cloudless_9193
Nov. 22nd, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC)
I liked torch song. I think you'd like it too.
roven75
Nov. 23rd, 2010 08:34 am (UTC)
Yes tell us what you think about it :)
firlefanzine
Nov. 23rd, 2010 12:09 pm (UTC)
Happy sigh! That was very nice, especially the last part is so sweet. Quite unusual with Anson's view, but he's a guy I always liked.
I think he was allowed to show more personality in the show than Murphy.

A very good rec, thank you both!
roven75
Nov. 23rd, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, and I just love how Anson quit smoking and spends Christmas with his mom. It's so sweet *g*
potztausend
Nov. 22nd, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
I like it very much!
cloudless_9193
Nov. 22nd, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
It's kind of a feel good fic, isnt't it?
potztausend
Nov. 22nd, 2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
;-)
shooting2kill
Nov. 22nd, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you both for the suggestion and the interesting review! I love this description of *them* and how they relate to each other in their own secret world:

They seem to revolve around each other in their own private universe. Gravitational forces at work, and the pull is getting stronger each year.

I love this writer's work - Night Moves is another favourite of mine with one of my favourite exchanges of love:

"Could you live without me?" he asked Doyle, no flippancy in the question.

The answer came immediately, hushed and sincere. "I could exist."


Thanks again.

Edited at 2010-11-22 10:42 pm (UTC)
cloudless_9193
Nov. 23rd, 2010 05:45 am (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed roven75's review. I like Night Moves, too, btw. :-)
roven75
Nov. 23rd, 2010 09:14 am (UTC)
Happy you liked the review P. I, too, admire several stories by Courtney. Night Moves, yes, and I've always liked The Blue Figurine.
noblesentiments
Nov. 23rd, 2010 12:55 pm (UTC)
Sorry, I forgot this immortal line from Night Moves which comes just before the other two lines:

To feel that someone has become an essential part of you was an exquisite kind of addiction. Bodie was hooked.

I'm not sure I've actually read The Blue Figurine...
roven75
Nov. 23rd, 2010 08:30 pm (UTC)
I know you're Noblesentiments ;) I like The Blue Figurine because it's a very different kind of story. If you haven't read it and give it a try, let me know what you think about it pls :)
shooting2kill
Nov. 23rd, 2010 12:57 pm (UTC)
Sorry, Noblesentiments is also me, forgot to log out!
constant_muse
Nov. 22nd, 2010 10:50 pm (UTC)
oh thank you, I like a good, thoughtful review. You've sold it to me!
cloudless_9193
Nov. 23rd, 2010 05:47 am (UTC)
Thanks! She would have sold it to me too, if I hadn't read it beforehand. :-)
roven75
Nov. 23rd, 2010 09:15 am (UTC)
Hmm, maybe I should get into the sales business ;)
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