Reviews for To build a boat
rigger42 chapter 1 . 11/19/2013
I really love this and wished for a continuation even though it is so evocative on its own.
xcharXroseX chapter 1 . 1/1/2012
wish you carried on and showed when Gibbs re-turned i would love to hear what he thinks of abbys work :( but good story xxx
mktoronto chapter 1 . 12/17/2010
One of the best post-Hiatus stories I've read. I love how realistic this is, how you gradually take Abby into obsession. I'm really impressed with the writing. Congratulations!
AngelQueen chapter 1 . 7/22/2010
Oh, this is a lovely fic! I love the idea that Abby takes refuge in wood-working during those long months that Gibbs was gone, that she teaches herself to work on boats. Excellent!

Of course, now I'm really wondering how Gibbs would react when he came back to find that progress had been made on the boat while he was off brooding in Mexico... *bg*

Great fic! Love it! :)
Elfenwesen chapter 1 . 4/3/2008
There are a few grammatical mistakes in this fic (you jumped from past tense to present tense sometimes), but I like it anyway. Don't you feel like writing a sequel in which you describe Gibbs reaction on finding Abby working on his - now almost finished - boat? Well, I for my part feel like reading a sequel with lots of Gibbs and Abbs in it ;)
Rainbow Stevie chapter 1 . 10/3/2006
Good stories need reviews! And the better they are, the longer the review I leave.

I think this may be my favorite post-Hiatus fic of them all. I nabbed it for my printed collection right away - but here's why I love it. Usually before I print a favorite story, I do bits of minor editing - punctuation check, word choices here and there, moving a line if I think it fits better elsewhere. Just a matter of personal preference. This one? There wasn't a single thing I would change.

And now, a chronological list of highlights: I love the image of Abby sitting outside his house, knowing he's not there but using it as a way to be close to him anyway. The comparison of the basement to the lab is clever, as is her observation of the boat as a skeleton, and then the way the story really begins: the slow progression of her...I'm not sure what word to use, something like obsession? but not as creepy as that word implies. It's really compelling. I like the way you put it, "she was frightened and drunk and angry...but would give anything to relive those moments." (I thought the same thing for most of the summer.) And Saturday - trying to stay away, only to end up with a reference book that catapults her deeper into this state.

Your mention of the lab becoming as quiet as the basement - I can definitely see that happening. I like the way in a single paragraph, you take the story thus far and summarize what her coworkers see. Finally, the phrase "He's been gone for the entire summer..." succinctly but very powerfully emphasizes the passage of time. And I absolutely adore your whole last paragraph. It is open-ended enough to go either way, but leaves you with a sense of hope. I only wish I'd found this a few months earlier - it would have been an immense help for my Gibbs-withdrawal. Whew! Finally, we've reached the end of a review that rivals my personal record for length.
Kissman chapter 1 . 7/26/2006
This was really amazing work, I read the reviews and feel sad there arn't more positive onces. I learn long ago however the number of reviews never relfects the quality of a story because this was wonderful. You capture the characters and the audience very well. I know it is a great one-shot, but I'm forced to agree- do write another one. It's too good to not!
OhThoseEyes chapter 1 . 6/28/2006
Oh I really hope you decide this isn't just a one shot! That was awesome! And hot sweaty sex against the boat! GABBY!
jbr12476 chapter 1 . 6/26/2006
*raises hand* Even though you don't own them, can I still get sweaty sex against the boat? No, well, then I'll just have to take this beautiful piece and read it over and over again. Wonderful job, I love the Gibbs/Abby dynamic and this story captured what I think Abby is thinking perfectly. Now I want you to write Gibbs POV once he comes back and sees the boat, cause he's coming back.*crosses fingers*
Court chapter 1 . 6/26/2006
Ahh. . . I know this is supposed to be a one-shot, but maybe a sequel, for when he comes home? The imagery of Abby working on the boat was wonderful and the emotion comes through beautifully with no dialogue. Awesome writing!