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SGA friends, drop everything.

Canis Lupus just rebooted the SGA fandom.

SGA: Decade by canis_lupus - John/Rodney - NC-17
Ten years ago, an expedition left for Atlantis. They were never heard from again.

She solved it.

Tying up the final episode, TPTB left fanfiction writers a knotty problem: the explorers never wanted to go home.

They lost everything. Atlantis. Pegasus Galaxy. Independence.

The "grand homecoming" forced misfits back into square peg-round hole lives. After they'd changed, grown, and become an even worse fit.

In fanfic, they stole Atlantis and ran home. They started over on Earth. Left Earth. Struggled with "normal." But Earth's a tar baby in SGA: you can't escape.

Until now.

Canis Lupus takes us back to season one ... and cuts the ties. It's fresh. Fascinating to see the cultural changes. Atlantis is a genuinely alien hybrid society. Yet still our people.

Go read. Shoo-shoo! And come write with me my friends, an independent Atlantis.

ETA: Dang, it's hard to get this to crosspost to LJ.
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Reading some good stuff, including some fic by Brumeier, who has not written enough SGA, IMHO.

If we all write encouraging reviews, no doubt we can change that!

Crossroads - McKay/Sheppard, R
Life in the Pleasure Dome had been filled with very little actual pleasure for Rodney McKay, one of the city drones. Until John Sheppard arrived and turned his whole world upside down.

A nice, fast-paced and beautifully built AU. Delicious extra touch: a very convincing Bug!John who's stuck halfway with the Iratus bug, permanently.

One Christmas Night - McKay/Sheppard, NC-17
A chance encounter in an airport and one very special Christmas Eve.

Warm, touching, and once again a deft touch with the AU. Brumier doesn't just rewrite: s/he tweaks, juuuust a little bit. Surprisingly, this makes the fic all the more believable.

Another bit of steamy sweetness, this one a rare-pair by the ever-reliable Busaikko.

Shut The Doors Behind Us Sheppard/Parrish - NC-17
Parrish and Sheppard encounter sex pollen offword, which leads to more than just a stimulating academic discovery.

I haven't been into the gratuitous porn for some time, but, despite the sex pollen, there's nothing gratuitous about this encounter. Because most of the story, and the relationship, comes after, as John and Parrish are both direct and honest. Their honesty makes the accidental encounter and what happens afterward very clean. Despite the gray zone of dub!con, there isn't a gray zone between them. And Parrish is like sugar: he sweetens everything.

So wonderful to have time to bored, to read, to write. It's been a while.
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SGA Santa has begun -- and I almost missed my gift while I was busy, *cough*, writing my entry days after the deadline.

That would've been tragic, because my gift fic is genuinely funny.

Reindeer Games, John/Rodney, PG
As John stared around the unfamiliar room, he reflected on the fact that McKay was not a man who understood the meaning of the word 'enough.'

The author understands the fine art of the prank. She knows that putting a pile of leaves in a car is lame, while stuffing said car to the brim with leaves is Genius.

She knows the value of originality, the importance of effort (on the part of the prankster and prankee), and realizes a good prank war incites both glee and fear in the witnesses as they wonder just how far this is will go.

How far does it go? It's John and Rodney. What do you think?

Click the link! Go, go. Enjoy! I'd be reccing this one even if it weren't mine all mine.
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Fic rec:

Starting Over (In the Same Place) by Pogrebin, PG-13, Gen

Everyone has probably read this but me. It takes place after the finale, once Atlantis is on earth and everyone tries to figure out what to do with it (aside from revealing the Stargate program and turning it into a tourist trap). Atlantis is stripped down to a skeleton crew, John is given a gate team out of Cheyenne mountain, Rodney's moved to R&D, and the Atlantis gate is posing problems for the SGC.

One gets the impression that the military and science community of the Stargate program were rubbing their hands together, eager to get their hands on Atlantis ... and they're caught up short to recall that Atlantis comes with people. And that these people are difficult to reassign. Not only do they not want to stay on earth, they're people who'd been thrown away (Russia, Antarctica...) for good reason. Plus, they'd shown their worth. I like it that the military here wants to use its people where they'll best serve.

Still, everyone's on the fence about what to do, and Rodney's desperate to tip the debate in their favor.

It's thoughtful assessment of SGA filled with tense undercurrents, and I find I believe this resolution fully. I especially appreciate General Landry's musings on the SGA team, and his insight into Sheppard. I find like the cantankerous old grouch more here than on the show.
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Snowflake Challenge: Day 2

Okay, so I may be a little behind.

What to rec, what to rec... the ideas collided, freezing me in place. I'm this way in grocery stores. One glance over the ten million varieties of breakfast cereal and I decide, Eh, not so hungry after all and leave.

Well, why not two rec posts? Let's call it: "something old and something new."

Let's start with the new: SGA Santa. The SGA fandom is alive and kicking, and it isn't Christmas (or New Year's or the week after New Year's) without SGA Santa. I've been planning this post since Xmas.

Stargate Atlantis is the perfect fandom for light holiday reading because, let's face it, we never took canon all that seriously, the main characters John and Rodney both play for laughs, and the combination somehow resulted in a zealous glee that made SGA crack-and-AU central. Plus, John and Rodney are awkward enough in relationships to make a perfect light-hearted romcom set up.

Kaleb Miller and the Green Knight by [personal profile] saffronhouse
It seems that the closed SGA canon has resulted in gentle exploration of minor characters. There's a depth to this fic, as the author points out how we take for granted the heroics of Rodney and John -- as do they. I get this. [personal profile] saffronhouse is right. When my car was broken into, I was not a hero. I pretty much tried to take control of an uncontrollable situation by standing around making lists. The depth of detail in this story (and I believed every precious moment of it, right down to the bronco's t-shirt) makes Kaleb real to me, and left with a deeper respect for what the SGA characters do every day.

So Good To You by [personal profile] busaikko
"There," Vala said, nodding decisively after the priestess pronounced them two halves made whole by the power of Origin. "Now we're allowed to enter the sacred warehouse of very old things?" Snappy writing. Laughtastic details. Character voices spot on. This felt ... like an SGA episode I somehow missed, the one where Vala made the moves on the pretty boy Sheppard, who batted her "I'm not really serious about this" sexual banter back at her as easy as breathing. Why would she make a play for the clean cut farm boy, or the too-serious academic when breezy, deliberately cheesy Colonel Sheppard was at hand? I think they both are deliberately obnoxious, and I dread the day they start sending out Christmas cards.

Basement Cat Has Infiltrated Heaven by [personal profile] kisahawklin
Best. Title. Ever. And who can resist this summary: There was an unkempt, fluffy, obnoxious black cat in Atlantis. I was prepared for the cute. I was not prepared for the soft, cat-like tone of this fic. This story comes in like fog, on little cat feet. I quote Sandburg to prepare you for this story:

THE FOG comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches 5
and then moves on.

And now you're ready to read.
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I'm grumpy, tired, disgruntled, and other gru- adjectives. Have some happy fanfic.

I started by reading one of my own, and then went looking for more:

Silent Night, SGA, John/Rodney, peaceful.

"Christmas?" John said.

What Not To Expect When You're Not Expecting It by [personal profile] thehoyden, X-Men First Class, Charles/Erik, hilarious and light-hearted fun. This is what MPREG is meant to be.

“I wasn’t hiding it from you. Honestly, I didn’t know for certain until yesterday, which I think we can agree was bad timing and not the sort of thing one springs before the heat of battle,” Charles says earnestly.

The Whole World Wants What We're On bywaketosleep, X-Men First Class, Charles/Erik, the rest of that road trip, this time with sex and a Charles (and Erik) who's note-perfect.

"There's only one bed," he called after Erik, who'd dropped his suitcase and vanished into the bathroom.

"They were full except for this room," Erik returned over the noise of the sink. "It's large enough to share." He opened the door. "Or would you prefer to sleep on the floor?"

Charles actually looked between the floor and the bed to be sure of his choice. "Sharing is fine," he conceded.

Any more like these? SGA or X-Men: First Class.
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Last year I read the beginning of a lushly visualized, funny, and effortlessly combined SGA/Star Trek Reboot.

Of course John's a Vulcan. Of course he's still trouble. Elizabeth in Spock's role is inspired. I was pulled into this world with its run-down Mars perimeter, faded recruitment posters, fast-paced, high-powered flying, [personal profile] mad_maudlin's snappy one-liners (a pastel planet is "Like Colorado for the colorblind," ha) -- and first rate Rodney tirades.

I counted it easily the best of the 2010 Atlantis Big Bang. (And I was writing for the 2010 Big Bang.)

It didn't get published.

One year later ... she did it. It's finally here. And worth the wait.

Ladies and gentlemen: The Stars My Destination by [personal profile] mad_maudlin.
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Black Helicopters has been updated! A full novel, plunked down before you. Ready to devour.

Run, run, read now. Do not wait. It might evaporate.
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I consistently like Musesfool's work, but every now and then one of her stories truly stands out.

Suicidal in the Morning. Supernatural. Sam and Dean, PG

Powerful and simple. The story is exactly what the title says: Dean Winchester contemplates various ways to commit suicide and then talks himself out of it. His self-deprecation and practicality keeps this story from being a bleak trip down a toilet bowl of misery. It's quite clear he doesn't intend to go through with it. But he has to work to keep himself going, every day. I understand Dean at the end of this story. More than that, I respect him.

Now for something completely different.

I asked my f-list for believable MPreg with excellent characterization and a compelling story. (Hey, hope springs eternal.)

Guess what? They found it.

Surrogate by Seekergeek, McShep, NC-17 bordering on R.

We all know John is completely crazy. We also know Rodney, though a egocentric jerk, is more willing to sacrifice himself than he'd ever admit. In Surrogate the two of them play a fine game of "bug on a windshield" for each other. Just when you think John sacrificing his life (again) is big--he sacrifices even more.

Surrogate opens with a tense action-adventure plot, then turns into a warm and gentle romance; MPreg for those who hate MPreg.

Seekergeek slays all the MPreg tropes. She wisely avoids a lurid focus on the baby and instead draws a bead on the tenuous relationship between John and Rodney. The baby is no magic "true love" formula, in fact, there is a considerable amount of denial surrounding the situation. Rather than romanticizing the stages and signs of pregnancy (the bile rises as I recall some MPregs I've read), we see the whole process through John's battle plan mentality. Particularly interesting are Seekergeek's insights into the issues that MPreg would create: she doesn't pan the camera past slapstick reactions but explores tough issues that would arise, the double standards, the say the military has over John's life, the personal exposure this would bring to a very private man.

I chewed my nails throughout and read quickly, on the edge of my seat. How could this ever work out for John? Even as all the typical problems of MPreg (the attitudes of his men, his team) fell away quickly. The big problems that I'd never considered loomed large. Because John is crazy to do this. Absolutely crazy. And I'm not surprised he did.
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I know I recc'd this before (did I? Or did I just mention I was reading it?) ... okay, I'm not sure I recc'd this before.

In case I didn't, you must run and read:

Tongues Of Men And Angels by [personal profile] mad_maudlin, PG-13, McShep

A rich, plotty read. John wakes up from an SGC mission with his entire team dead to find he's badly injured and under the care of a Tok'ra: Rodney McKay. Slowly the reasons McKay's history and the reasons he's healing John unspool as the Goa'uld stalk their hiding place. What's remarkable about her story isn't just the compelling plot and expert pacing, but interrelationships between John, Rodney, and Rodney's symbiote. The tension never lets up as this action-adventure story builds to a climax, and Maud takes John to places that at the beginning of the story I would call impossible.

The Mute Sheppard by [profile] auburnnothenna, R, McShep

A complex, compelling story of John back on Earth after Atlantis returns to the galaxy. John falls apart after DADT is suspended and doesn't seem to realize it. Comet-like, he manages to do a lot of damage in the process. The starkly realistic relationships give this story both heart and grit.

Everything Changes (And You Gotta Be Ready) by [personal profile] temaris, PG-13, McShep

A Dr. Who/SGA crossover that works. I truly believe this version of the Doctor and gleefully watched his encounter with John ("Is that a bicycle pump? Seriously?"). It slowed down a bit with the arrival of the Valiant but there's nothing like an encounter between the Doctor and the Wraith ("Have you tried talking to them?") to get the blood moving. While the story is McShep, the real touching relationship belongs to Ronon ... but I won't spoil it. :)
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Eee. I couldn't resist and took a pinch-hit on SGA Santa. It was exactly what I wanted to write. Have now finished the outline of the fic which is... due in three days.

And I like it.

I've been missing new episodes of SGA. Time to write our own.

And let's get [personal profile] whizzy to post more Black Helicopters fic, right now. Because Whizzy teased me with her Sheppard dogfight scene and it's brilliant. But not posted yet.
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I'm still here, in the Merlin fandom. I'm being very disciplined about finishing my SGA WiPs first.

Quite disciplined. I deserve a prize.

However, none is forthcoming. Instead I shall remind you all I'm still a Merlin fan with a rec or two:

Needlework by [livejournal.com profile] zarathuse, Merlin/Arthur, NC-17

Needlework will make you shiver, in that beaming way that comes with a good story told over a campfire, snuggled in your sleeping bag. Let's face it, most Merlin fics use "magical misadventure" as a mere ploy to get Merlin and Arthur into the sack. (Not that I don't enjoy that, too.) Here, I believe the medieval magic. I was utterly involved in the plot, almost confident that all would be well, eventually. Almost. Merlin was so clearly over his head.... At the end, [livejournal.com profile] zarathuse gives us far more than just the start of a relationship. But I won't spoil that for you. Toasted marshmallow, anyone?

But hey, I'm also devouring SGA fic, rumors of SGA's demise being greatly exaggerated, etc., etc.. After some hibernation, the SGA authors are putting out nice, long rich fics:

Should've Been My Girlfriend by [livejournal.com profile] crysothemis, John/Rodney, NC-17

... Like this meta-rich story. I can see John just this foolish, just this absorbed in one thought -- we've known for some time he can be obsessive -- and nothing goes as planned. In fact, Crys bounces off the gender tropes like billiard ball from one unexpected turn to another. And need I mention that it's hot? It's written by [livejournal.com profile] crysothemis after all, and she wrote Fix, which is my candidate for the hottest fic in the fandom. The best part of "Girlfriend" (other than John's utter foolishness -- I mean, the fool!) is that Crys does what she does best: inner monologues in a note-perfect character voice, and the contrast with the total lack of communication between John and Rodney. Oh, John. Never change.
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I don't usually go for Mensa AUs or Het.

I've now read [livejournal.com profile] mad_maudlin's Heteronormativity, Gender Construction and Nonverbal Signaling in Intercultural Communication: A Comedy.


I think I'm in love with this neurotic, understandably screwed up Sheppard who never developed our John's veneer of cool (or learned to hide the fact he's an uber geek). He's fully aware that he's different and screwed up, and openly admits, "I don't do people. I do math." I think she had me with:

John offered her his hand. "Hi. Dr. John Sheppard. I like football, Ferris wheels and anything with an explosive yield over two hundred kilotons."

Yet underneath his neurosis, Dr. John Sheppard is somehow sweeter than ours, maybe because he never learned to kill. And I believe why Teyla in the Mensa universe is uncommunicative: she was a runner, not Ronon.

With such a meaty core, you'd never think this would be mad fun. But this is [livejournal.com profile] mad_maudlin, so it has spit-take lines like, "For your information, Colonel," he declared, "I am getting a little bit tired of being called a lady by somebody who is currently knitting a cowl-neck poncho out of hot pink Fun Fur!" -- and -- "Well, it might help to start by explaining what the squirrels that power your brain were doing during the whole adventure."

Run, don't walk, to Heteronormativity, Gender Construction and Nonverbal Signaling in Intercultural Communication: A Comedy by [livejournal.com profile] mad_maudlin, John/Teyla (yes, you read that right, and this is exactly the second time I've ever recc'd het), PG-13.
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Per the very helpful and cheering [livejournal.com profile] tty63:

Merlin has been renewed for a second season!


In other news, Out Of Bounds paused briefly for WG's snow day (how can one man be so distracting?) and my, cough, need to write my [livejournal.com profile] sga_santa fic. Which is done and turned in.

I'm being so good -- the Sectionals freeskate is turning out much longer than I expected -- that I'm not even reading When You Know You Were Born To Fly. You guys should run over there and read it for me, okay?
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Two great SGA stories:

I've lost my MIND. SGA fic: Baby!Rodney by [livejournal.com profile] ladyflowdi, John, Rodney, so PG, so cute.

Watch this turn into a mega-fic. Rodney is de-aged, and wait, although it's adorable, it's not saccharine. [livejournal.com profile] ladyflowdi finds the idea of baby Rodney very, very scary. I particularly love little Rodney's repeated insistance that he's important because "I know numbers!"

Mr Woolsey's Guide to Etiquette in the Pegasus Galaxy by [livejournal.com profile] busaikko, John/Woolsey, R

This is a fascinating slow-build look at an unpredictable pairing. Woolsey's dignified, cautious voice is what makes this story work. And the pairing does work. I can see now how unobtrusive and undemanding Woolsey would be for John, a bit of understated calm and elegance in the turmoil of John's life. Cut for potential spoiler ) I know, I know, you only want to read John/Rodney. Just trust me. Oh, and be sure to download at least the first song on soundtrack (the theme from Master & Commander).
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Everyone heard the news about Stargate Atlantis.

I have gifts for you. Or rather, the [livejournal.com profile] sgabigbang has gifts for you.

SGA Big Bang Recs.

The Price That Life Extracts by [livejournal.com profile] cathalin. John/Rodney, NC-17. 66k words.
Wow. Just wow. Cathalin hands us an ever-so-plausible, you'd never imagine it in a million years, angst-ridden situation, then gives us no easy answers. She balances the angst with... kidfic. But kidfic that doesn't pretend that people can't wait to have their lives unexpectedly taken over by a child. I learned from this story the reasons why, although I love kidfic, there's always a voice in the back of my mind waving the "hey waitaminute" flag. Cathalin shows us how Rodney would really react, with the honesty of [livejournal.com profile] busaikko's A Hundred Happy Things. In this smart, thoughtful, heart-wrenching fic nothing goes easily or well, and yet the way John and Rodney know each other is what gets them through. Contains the hottest sex scene in the Big Bang so far.

See No Evil by [livejournal.com profile] greyias. John, Rodney friendship. Gen. PG-13. 89k words.
Great, balls out action. Is this what SGA Gen is like? Have I been missing some great fics? Greyias is one hell of a writer. Her John and Rodney are burst out laughing funny. In this AU where they work for a military contractor, their friendship does not parallel canon, and builds completely differently. Only these two could turn mutual harrassment into high art and become friends in the process. I believe (and love) John on his motorcycle. Enjoyable banter, digs at corporations (that I could truly appreciate), and a gripping plot whose pacing reminded me of Tom Clancy at his best. There are only a few writers in fandom who write action this well ([livejournal.com profile] ltlj comes to mind) and I'm happy to add Greyias to the list. Not slash (except in my mind) but this kind of tight friendship and mutual sacrifice is why we see the slash in the first place.

A Clear And Different Light by [livejournal.com profile] friendshipper and [livejournal.com profile] naye. John/Rodney. PG-13. 88k words.
I know I recced this already, but in case you missed it: this is a creative, delicately beautiful fantasy story. It is as light as fairy wings, touches canon only occasionally, using it as a jumping off point. John is one of the Fae, who aren't exactly popular back on Earth. Rodney speaks to whales and is researching whale math on Atlantis. Ronon, like all Satedans, has wings. Teyla works the runes and magic of the Athosians. And the Wraith in this incarnation are eerie. This is slash, but at core, A Clear And Different Light is an effective team fic that left mr with the upbeat happy feeling of my favorite fantasy novels.

Life After by [livejournal.com profile] velocitygrass. John/Rodney. NC-17. 48k words.
Life After is destined to be a guilty pleasure of mine. I confess, I felt it had way too much exposition as it brushed quickly over the plot. But it lights up my happy buttons. Which is weird, considering the apocolyptic plot. Yet the plot is largely an excuse to bring John and Rodney together in a way we never get to see in either canon or fanon (I brushed quickly over it to get to the JohnandRodney). That pesky DADT is always in the way. Even when it's gone, there's a level of secrecy that precludes an unabashed romance. But here, oh here, they have it all. There is cuddling. With a side helping of my favorite obliviousness. I'll be at the table, eating it up with a spoon.

The Fall of the House of Sheppard by [livejournal.com profile] saffronhouse. John/Rodney, non-con, NC-17. 40k words.
No, not perfect. The non-con scene is gratuitous but, then again, would it be Martha if it didn't have non-con? Of course not. The ending has a plot tunnel. But never mind that. This story has the atmosphere of a great Supernatural episode. There's just something truly inspired about Martha's taking John's wealthy background and ditching the glitz. Usually John's portrayed as the black sheep in a white sheep family and the question asked is why would he leave "all that" behind? Here, you wonder how John turned out so normal. Boy, anyone would run. Martha just nails the way a kid who grows up in a bizarre environment handles the strange with aplomb, barely a blink.

The Water Grinds The Stone by [livejournal.com profile] auburnnothenna. John/Rodney, NC-17. 250k words (no, that's not a typo).
The longest story in the Big Bang by a long shot. As I read this story, I kept imagining myself as a publisher, reading this submitted manuscript. My conclusion: this massive 242,740 word piece isn't a novel. No. It's the first draft of a trilogy. There are, approximately, three separate books here, and since they've been condensed (yes, condensed) into just 250k words, you can expect too much exposition. In my mind, I made my notes to the author where the three books might be split up, asked the author questions to draw out more complexity in her bad guys, rearranged the books to start at or near the off-world trip to Akanital -- and re-read those amazing off-world scenes, the details (a candy bar dug out of a pack is smushed and melted), the world-building that accounted for the unexpected changes post-declassification. And I found myself unable to shrug off the lingering spell of the intense, star-crossed, galaxy-spanning love affair between John and Rodney. Then I optioned all three books for that last aspect alone.
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A Clear and Different Light [livejournal.com profile] friendshipper and [livejournal.com profile] naye, John/Rodney, a very gentle PG-13

Strange, beautiful, and so AU it's utterly different and therefore unpredictable. Ronon has wings (like all Satedans), Rodney speaks to whales and is learning whale math, John is one of the Fae. And the Wraith, too, are strange, different, and I think scarier in this incarnation. In a way, it reminds me of the unpredictable beauty of [livejournal.com profile] steammmpunk's artwork:

Read more... )

I fixed the link. How bizarre it went only to the general site.
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This must be what it's like to be a bit of milkweed, delicately dancing on the breeze.

The weather has been pristine. 70 degrees. Clear blue skies. The mountains still snow-capped even this late.

I love my summer classes, focusing on just one subject all summer long.

My job is great. I'm a little tired after class and I need to do better about actual eating, but the relaxed atmosphere of the tutor center is like that of a resort town on the off-season. We tutor. Then we do pretty much whatever we want. And I'm working with two fanfic writers who are both very cool.

[livejournal.com profile] wildernessguru and I are absurdly happy. The cat is fluffy.

All right, whoever ordered up all this happiness, may I tack on a hot fudge sundae? Because that's really all that's missing.

For your enjoyment:

Last Place You Look by [livejournal.com profile] thingswithwings, John/Rodney, NC-17
Summary: Hardcore BDSM, that's easy. Hickeys, though. Hickeys are hard. For [livejournal.com profile] kink_bingo.

Steamy, with a fetish I've never considered. Naturally, [livejournal.com profile] thingswithwings makes it hot, but also... so personal.

The Old Familiar Sting by [livejournal.com profile] perfica, John/Rodney, PG-13
Summary: I know I said I'd write a drabble, but the story got away from me! Hope you don't mind a bit of angst.

What [livejournal.com profile] perfica calls angst, I call gentle and deeply touching. Wonderful Outcast tag.
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Things I learned from the [livejournal.com profile] mcshep_match: be careful of your summary.

Now that the voting is over I can feel free to rec whomever I like, regardless of the team. Some of my favorites from the [livejournal.com profile] mcshep_match so far:

A Place On The Corner by [livejournal.com profile] almostnever
Summary: Some things are worth waiting for.

I passed this over the first time, but then [livejournal.com profile] lavvyan recced it, so I backed up and took another look. Sweet, gentle, and Junk Cheap-esque take on John with his perverse rebelliousness and slacker facade. The holidays first seem to be a randomly selected theme but one is a critical pivot point. Have I read anything else by [livejournal.com profile] almostnever?

Blink by [livejournal.com profile] lavvyan
Summary: I am going to tell you a story. About Dr. McKay and how he bought an eye from me, and how that one small act led to the strangest night in my entire life.

Blink is pure science fiction with an interesting OC point of view. I didn't like this character, but I enjoyed her, if that makes sense. I recommend the author change McKay and Sheppard's names and publish it as pro-fic.

Mission: Improbable by [livejournal.com profile] sageness
Summary: "Your mission, should you choose to accept it…"

I love the attention to detail of the military missions. The plot moves and moves, weaving John and Rodney's open secret of a relationship into the background. So rare to find an author who writes great action scenes, too. I could see [livejournal.com profile] sageness struggling at times to shoehorn this action/adventure fic into the "Home Team" theme, and I didn't need the last part back home, but this was a satisfying adventure.

With Bones Like That by [livejournal.com profile] torakowalski
Summary: “I’m Dr Rodney McKay,” she said slowly. “We were at Berkeley together. You majored in mechanical engineering because you’re an idiot who wanted to go to war rather than use your brain for something worthwhile. I’m Rodney McKay with breasts, okay? It’s not that hard to grasp." AU. Title from The Fratellis’ Chelsea Dagger.

I absolutely loved John in this. He handles the weirdness that is Rodney-with-an-unexplained-sex-change with aplomb, skipping his own reaction to deal with the here and now. And Rodney is just so... defensive, blustering, blunt, insensitive and sweet. So Rodney. Yes, "Rodney" has become an adjective.

Then there's-the-one-I-haven't-read-because-it's-50,000-words-but-it-looks-great-and-Auburn-says-so-too by [livejournal.com profile] chandri.

SGA Recs.

May. 27th, 2008 04:41 pm
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Haven't done this in a while:

A Hundred Happy Things by [livejournal.com profile] busaikko, John/Rodney, NC-17
Summary: Harlequin AU (no Stargate). Kaleb's long gone, Jeannie's got a career, Madison has problems, Rodney's got Inner Power! and Sheppard.. . is pretty much the same.

A beautifully complex clear-eyed treatment of the subject matter.. annnd I'm not going to give away the big spoiler (although I highlighted it for myself and it was a selling point). John, Rodney, Jeannie, even Madison are totally imperfect, and you accept them as they are. We love them for all their flaws. In a very subtle blend, [livejournal.com profile] busaikko has treated the same theme from four different angles, so by the time you get to John, you can see why Rodney's acceptance level is very, very high. Rodney's accepted a lot in his life and he brings the reader with him. Oh, and Maddie isn't even remotely the perfect angel-child. Not even close. Best of all, [livejournal.com profile] busaikko dialogue and Rodney's inner monologue has snap and is unpredictable.

Blush by [livejournal.com profile] helenish, John/Rodney, NC-17
Summary: It's not a bug, it's a feature.

Helen gives us another look at a sexually shy John, and here again we have a subtle story. Shyness isn't played for cuteness or sweetness. It is not easy for the people he's with.

Sophomore Slump by [livejournal.com profile] sardonicsmiley, John/Rodney, PG-13
Summary: It’s AU, and a crossover, and I’m pretty sure done before, as well. Set in the Sky High world Curse you, Disney. John’s at a new school all of a week before he’s made friends with all the outcasts.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] sardonicsmiley's version of Rodney as Iron Man, now I'm hooked on all her work (blame [livejournal.com profile] dossier). I have never heard of this Disney movie, and the whole thing should be absurd (I have a feeling the movie is) but... I found myself drawn into this high school world, the way I could stop watching Ferris Bueller's Day Off: weird, yet so familier. Her characterization of John and Rodney (as well as Teyla) are compelling, and just like her Iron Man fic, I found myself buying it. [livejournal.com profile] sardonicsmiley is one of those author's in fandom who has a knack for action. Don't think for one second this isn't a WIP. But the second novella is already in the works and is being regularly updated.


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