Finished second read of this story, but still can't find the words. It alters my entire being while I take it all in. The language is natural and sharp, clean but with little jolts of surprise reminiscence and pain. I ache for it when I have to put it down. Hutch's voice is as smart and as manly as he is, with that edge of vulnerabilty that we all love about him. Perfection. This has beautiful perspective, story, tone, and emotion. Very fulfilling.
A beautifully poigant story. I'm not into the slash element, but after hearing about this story I had to read it. I admit some parts were very difficult for me to get through, but so worth it! This story is not so much about sexual orientation as it is about human orientation. Earthy and elegant. As much as it appeals to the reader's senses of sight, sound, touch, smell, it ultimately appeals to the mind and heart. (And Hutch is such a complicated fellow.) Recognizing that times have changed somewhat since this story was written, the line about descending into hell was heartbreaking.
One of my favorite all-time stories. When I need a story that isn't a novel, but is good and long enough to sink my teeth into for more than a few hours, this is the story that I normally go looking for.
It has everything. A wonderful plot, wonderful spackle, wonderful love, angst, pain, love, beauty, everything a great story needs to be...a great story!!
Oh gods, this story. Suzan is already well known as a fantastic artist in several fandoms, but this story knocked me off my feet. It's right up at the top of my list of favorite SH stories, and every time I see Suzan at SHarecon, I hold her in such awe. (She says it's a mutual admiration society but I will never hold a candle to her.)
I hesitate to say it's a story for a new fan to jump into - if you're a newer fan and have seen through all seasons, then do jump right in.
It's dark and erotic and shiveringly beautiful in pacing, dialogue, and angst.