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Review of chapter "Losing Touch" from (Current Donor)DeepBlueJoy
Lovely story. All very in character and non saccharine. I love it!

Review By [(Current Donor)DeepBlueJoy] • Date [16 Aug 12] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Losing Touch" from banner
I read this story through twice, and it's heart-wrenching. What a marvelous portrayal of Giles, a complex man with very deep emotions. Most of all, this a quietly understated study in friendship.
Well done. Thank you.
Review By [banner] • Date [16 May 08] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Losing Touch" from banner
I loved this. I was crying and grinning, and I'll hold the memory of Angel's theory of hugging for a long time.
Review By [banner] • Date [3 Nov 05] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Losing Touch" from (Past Donor)houses
How wonderful Tara. A painful and beautiful exploration of grief and the rebuilding of self and inner balance. Giles' pain was finely etched, delicate even, and while it made my throat close up with the reality therein, it was spot on perfect. I quite liked the idea of Angel as his saviour while Angelus was his ultimate tormentor, a nice sense of balance. The issues you raised are all ones I thought should have been dealt with in the show, and while some readers might take this to be a bit hard on Buffy, all of her actions were well within her personality framework from the show. I find I loved the image of Giles and Angel sitting around playing chess like old friends, or old enemies, either one. A positive jewel of a ficlet.
Comments from author:
You write the nicest reviews. And yes, I agree that the issues should have been dealt with in the show. For all intents and purposes, what Giles went through when the Watchers' Council was blown up was on par with that experienced by employees who failed to go to work at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Unfortunately, he never had a chance to deal with it.
Review By [(Past Donor)houses] • Date [28 Jan 04] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Losing Touch" from Gaeriel
This was a great character piece. I always felt there there wasn't enough done with Giles that last season but you've fixed that brilliantly. I really liked how it was Angel who ended up helping Giles. The conversations between the two were realistic and Angel's observations were right on the mark. Thank you for writing such a lovely story.
Review By [Gaeriel] • Date [28 Jan 04] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Losing Touch" from Wildecate
i loved this. fav part - "i read people need 4 hugs a day" i can just imagine the look on giles' face. are you planning to continue? i would quite like to see the scene between buffy and giles. love the way you're writing angel, slightly playful and a little serious.
Comments from author:
No real plans to continue. I wrote the story as a way of getting to know Angel. It didn't quite work out the way I thought it would, but I'm pleased with it nonetheless.
Review By [Wildecate] • Date [28 Jan 04] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Losing Touch" from uninvitedCat
Oh my stars and garters! That was fantastic! You've had me laughing and crying in the middle of my lunch! Excellent characterisations, and the flashes of humour were perfect. Love it!
Review By [uninvitedCat] • Date [28 Jan 04] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Losing Touch" from WhiteWolf
You are raving mad if you think this story is completed. You better have a sequeal or I might boycot your other stories. I'm not sure if I have the mental powers to boycot you. But we will see who has the greater will power.
Review By [WhiteWolf] • Date [28 Jan 04] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Losing Touch" from GirlFriday
Wow. This was an absolute gem. You almost had me in tears here, Giles pain was so well written. His reactions and feelings were something that could be pulled out of canon, but not a lot of people would notice. You're characterizations seemed very spot on and I thought it was beautifully written. Thank you for this wonderful fic.
Comments from author:
Damn. Almost in tears? I'll have to try harder the next time. Thank you, by the way, for your comments about canon. I think the extrapolation of his current state of mind was fairly accurate, but I know there are others who would disagree.
Review By [GirlFriday] • Date [27 Jan 04] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Losing Touch" from (Recent Donor)kvk
I really enjoyed this. I think you hit all four characters right on the nose. At least you wrote from what's on the screen not from what ME tells us we should think about what we've seen. Doing the right thing is all about will and not about how we feel about things. Depression is a logical outgrowth of doing the right thing in spite of how you may feel. I see Giles as having been doing that for years with little emotional support. Thanks for this "found episode."
Comments from author:
I'm not a big fan of cutting the characters very much slack. World save-age aside, they can each act like complete dolts at times.

Glad you enjoyed the snark and angst.
Review By [(Recent Donor)kvk] • Date [27 Jan 04] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Losing Touch" from JasonBarnett
To start with, I am not a slash fan so I don't like Giles/Ethan. But this is a good fic. I like Giles reactions. What I don't like is the way Buffy is treated, in general. I'll agree her laughing was bad. But look who's death Giles was mourning. Ethan stripped Buffy of her powers, and think of how many kids might have died with those costumes, tearing each other apart. He tried to induct her into his and Giles teenage rebellion to protect himself. He set up a spell that almost let babies be sacrificed. And he turned Giles into a demon, a situation that almost caused her to kill him. She has no reason to mourn for Ethan and no reason to think Giles would mourn it. In fact I think you could do a sequel based on that.

"I'm sorry I laughed."

"But not sorry he's dead."

"I don't understand why it's got you so torn up. My senior year you had a gun to his neck."
Comments from author:
The story was written entirely from the point of view of a deeply depressed man who had been through too much with too little chance to grieve for horrendous losses. His perception of reality is suspect, which can be seen in the fact that he ignores the hints throughout that Buffy is nowhere near as disinterested in his welfare as he thinks she is.

The straw that broke Giles' psyche was not Buffy's failure to mourn for Ethan. He's all too aware that there was bad blood between them, and he wouldn't have expected it. Rather, it was her failure to see just how much of a blow the news was to him. And yes, she really can be that blind at times, especially when she's concentrating on other things.
Review By [JasonBarnett] • Date [27 Jan 04] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Losing Touch" from VillageOrchid
Quite the cool post-series meditation!
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [27 Jan 04] • Rating [8 out of 10]
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