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Monday rec, Glass Fish by Spyke [Dec. 13th, 2004|05:57 am]


Title: Glass Fish
Author: Spyke Raven
Email: spyke_raven@gatefiction.com
Rating: Mild R
Pairing: Jim/Blair pre-slash
Summary: Of details and glass fish and looking into the heart of things. Jim gets Blair a present.
Direct Link: http://spykeraven.gatefiction.com/glassfish.html
Author's Page: http://spykeraven.gatefiction.com/frameset.html

Reasons for Recommending: When a writer tells a story involving Jim's senses, they usually focus on sex. Spyke has a real talent for showing Jim's sensory experience under everyday circumstances and showing just how wonderful enhanced senses can be. And how awful. Some experiences are a little of both. Out of all her stories, I chose this one because of the vivid way she explores Jim's visual experience, how it really is possible to see too much with his eyes and not enough with his heart.

"Jim, Anton Chrysler had a form of hyper-acute vision that allowed him to see right into the heart of certain structures, mainly the brittle, translucent crystals. He called it 'looking into the soul of glass'."
"I've heard that."

"Right..." Blair took off his glasses and rubbed them against his sleeve before replacing them. "I didn't think of it before, call me an idiot. Your sight's been zooming deep and out again, right? You're seeing molecular, right?"

Jim shrugged. "That's what I was trying to confirm."

"Ah. Ah, shit. Shit, I'm sorry. Okay." Blair paused. "Look, you can't let yourself do that... not for too long, okay? Look at what happened to Chrysler. The man went blind."

"Sandburg, you should know the meaning of circumstantial evidence as well as I do."


"I'll be careful."

"You better." The grin was back on Blair's face, "And this just reinforces my conviction that you're not to be left alone for a minute. No, no, no, I'm not letting you out of my sight, man. Come on, beer and other masculine bonding rituals await."

This is marvelous; Spyke was the first TS writer I found, before I'd even heard of the show. Coming across the senses cold, as it were, made this story a nearly hallucinogenic experience....

- Tesserae

[User Picture]From: elven_wolf
2004-12-13 06:16 pm (UTC)
You're right. It is marvelous. It's what TS should have been if it had been a novel instead of a TV show (and let's not bring the French guy into it).
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[User Picture]From: ozsaur
2004-12-13 07:58 pm (UTC)
A TS novel, now there's a thought (and I don't mean the French guy either).

What I really wanted to show with this rec is the sensuality of Jim's enhanced senses in a non-sexual way. I don't think this could have been portrayed as effectively in the television medium. And Spyke Raven's writing is so good at this.
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[User Picture]From: elven_wolf
2004-12-13 09:15 pm (UTC)
Has anybody actually read the French guy's novels?

But yes, that's exactly it. It's something that you can only do in literature without it turning out too silly or distracting. It's one thing to use the zoom they used on the show, but to show what Spyke did, I don't know if it would work.

But then, I'm a booknerd. I think books are better than movies anyway.
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[User Picture]From: ozsaur
2004-12-14 01:08 am (UTC)
Somewhere around here, there is an analysis of the similarities between the French guy's novels and TS. As far as I can tell, there aren't that many of them. Sure hope the litigation ends soon so we can get TS on DVD.

I doubt if very many people have read his novels recently.
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[User Picture]From: vamysteryfan
2004-12-13 08:42 pm (UTC)

Great rec

Thanks for sharing it. I haven't read Spyke's writing before and I'm looking forward to reading more
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[User Picture]From: ozsaur
2004-12-14 01:05 am (UTC)

Re: Great rec

My work here is done!

One of the reasons I decided to start reccing here was to introduce older writers to fans who might not have seen them before. They're easy to miss if they are no longer writing in TS or might not have their stories in the major archives.

Glad you are enjoying Spyke's work.
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From: (Anonymous)
2004-12-16 10:17 pm (UTC)

Re: Great rec

One of the reasons I decided to start reccing here was to introduce older writers to fans who might not have seen them before. They're easy to miss if they are no longer writing in TS or might not have their stories in the major archives.

An excellent plan! It's working well!


Thank you for introducing me to the writings
of Spyke and Maggie B. It's great to discover

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[User Picture]From: ozsaur
2004-12-16 11:28 pm (UTC)

Re: Great rec

You're welcome! So glad you are enjoying the recs.
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[User Picture]From: dzurlady
2004-12-14 01:14 pm (UTC)
That's... amazing. And really pretty. Thanks for the rec - I would never have read this otherwise!
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[User Picture]From: ozsaur
2004-12-14 02:27 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you enjoyed the rec. Spyke is an amazing writer.
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[User Picture]From: mazal_
2005-02-11 10:43 pm (UTC)


Ditto to everything. I also particularly recommend her Buffy and Angel fanfic.
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