Coming Home (Professionals novel)

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Zine
Title: Coming Home
Publisher: The Professionals Circuit
Editor:
Author(s): Kathy Keegan
Cover Artist(s):
Illustrator(s):
Date(s): 1990
Medium: circuit zine
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Genre:
Fandom: Professionals
Language: English
External Links: online in the Circuit Archive
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Coming Home is a 49-page slash Professionals novel by Kathy Keegan.

Also see List of Fanworks by Jane of Australia.

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sample page

Reactions and Reviews

Unknown Date

Bodie can lie to himself with the best of them...[1]

1990

This was the PROS story that got me "hooked" into Bodie/Doyle fandom. It's 99 pages long and details the complex issues of power, dominance, and equality in relationships. The story focuses squarely on characterization and plot; there is NO gratuitous violence. Highly recommended. [2]
[I love] ANYTHING by KATHY KEEGAN: another Aussie (are all the really good B/D writers these days in Australia? [3] And, before anyone asks, I'm an American)... COMING HOME is the only story inspired by the godawful CONSEQUENCES that I've ever liked, and that I've actually been able to read all the way through! It's an excellent resolution of that disgusting situation that was set-up in CONSEQUENCES, and Ray comes off with his pride and dignity intact. Five stars for this one. [4]

2000

[by Kathy Keegan (aka Mel Keegan, aka Jane, aka Madelaine Ingram)]: Also one of the best Pros slash stories ever written. Kathy's Bodie is a careless, egotistical bastard in the beginning. And it takes a lot of suffering on his part until he finally realizes that love is too precious to trample on. I don't usually recommend stories in which there is non-OTP sex, but said sex is a necessary plot device in making Bodie realize how wrong he has been. In short, this story is deliciously angsty and a deep, wonderful glimpse into Bodie's repressed psyche.[5]

2004

Oh, i just love this one! it has everything i love in a story: unrequited love, h/c, misunderstandings, hot sex, jealously, angst. . .and it's long! what's not to love? near the end, i think bodie gets a little too talkative about his feelings, but besides that, it's a near perfect story. i especially enjoy how both bodie and doyle are so in love with each other, but each one believes the other does not care as much as he does, and how those beliefs nearly tear the two of them apart. so: go read! [6]
The Americanisms in this story are off-putting (candy for sweets, fanny for a bum etc.) and, as originally pointed out, Bodie and Doyle are too talky about their feelings. Not a bad story - but not "near perfect".[7]

2008

...the story where Bodie is so sexually abusive of a weepy Doyle that he turns to the strong supportive arms of Murphy.[8]
I *really* disliked that story. I don't *recognize* any of them from canon -- I don't believe Bodie would be that way with Doyle and I certainly don't believe Doyle would put up with it.[9]
It's like Tarot's 'Consequences', only with added Murphy. And has too much sex and too much angst. I might have been able to bear it as original fiction (and that's an if, since my reading tastes do not generally veer in that direction), but definitely not as a Pros fic.[10]

Coming Home... doesn't make me quite as nauseous as Consequences does... but it's headed along in that direction.

[11]
Coming Home was the first of Jane's (though I thought then that they were separate people) stories I read. It didn't put me off her works, but it did make me question my take on the lads in canon, because her portrayal of them was so different from how I saw them. Didn't help that hers was the... 3rd? 4th? Pros story I had read.[12]
erm... I didn't like it, flat. Doyle's in an abusive relationship with Bodie, and eventually, unable to stand it, goes to Murphy. Bodie gets annoyed, but soon learns the error of his ways after a lot of pining and sex in various permutations amongst the three men, and becomes a wonderfully considerate and tender lover by the end of it. Honestly, I simply can't imagine either of the lads acting that way. It's like Tarot's 'Consequences' all over again. The Doyle I'd come to know from canon would probably have punched Bodie from Day One should the latter have dared treat him as such... and I'm pretty sure Bodie'd never behave in such a way too. So I guess Doyle'd be the weak-willed and weepy heroine who suddenly gains a backbone of sorts before (s)he cavres once again to the reformed rake. And Bodie'd be the callous lover who learns what it means to love and respect, transforming into the ideal significant one.[13]

References

  1. Issues of Consent
  2. comments by Susan Douglassl in. Short Circuit #2 (July 1990)
  3. They are when they are all the same person!
  4. from a fan in Short Circuit #3 (October 1990)
  5. recommendations by allaire mikháil, 2000
  6. from a 2004 comment at Crack Van
  7. from a 2004 comment at Crack Van
  8. 2008 comments at byslantedlight’s journal, Archived version, see that page for more discussion about Jane of Australia's writing
  9. 2008 comments at byslantedlight’s journal, Archived version, see that page for more discussion about Jane of Australia's writing
  10. 2008 comments at byslantedlight’s journal, Archived version, see that page for more discussion about Jane of Australia's writing
  11. 2008 comments at byslantedlight’s journal, Archived version, see that page for more discussion about Jane of Australia's writing
  12. 2008 comments at byslantedlight’s journal, Archived version, see that page for more discussion about Jane of Australia's writing
  13. 2008 comments at byslantedlight’s journal, Archived version, see that page for more discussion about Jane of Australia's writing