[identity profile] irishvampire13.livejournal.com
Story: A Lot to Like
Author: DameRuth
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 203
Author's Summary: The Doctor changes Donna's mind about caves.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Donna Noble
Warnings: None.

Recced because: It's short, sweet, and beautiful. You'll wish you were in this setting along with them both.

Rec: Purr

May. 24th, 2013 10:20 pm
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[personal profile] yamx
Story: Purr
Author: DameRuth
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1582
Author's Summary: It's cold outside, but it's warm in the TARDIS – and sometimes a lonely traveler finds a safe place to stay.
Characters/Pairings: A cat, the TARDIS, Nine, Rose, Jack
Warnings: None

Recced because: As I've mentioned several times now, I love outsider views on the Doctor, and also fics that treat the TARDIS as a character in her own right. This is an especially unusual one.

A cat, lost and alone in the cold, finds a friendly blue box who invites her inside and offers her a comfy napping spot. There are also some humans, one of which is really grouchy, but no one takes them too seriously. Oh, look--food!

This story is cute and funny, obviously, but it also presents an interesting view of our heroes, and especially of the TARDIS herself. DameRuth's prose is beautiful, as always. This story never fails to cheer me up.
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[personal profile] lost_spook
Story: Illusions
Author: DameRuth
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1934
Author's Summary: Sometimes we deceive ourselves as much as we deceive others.
Characters/Pairings: Seventh Doctor, Ace
Warnings: None.

Recced because: It’s just gorgeously done, pitch perfect Ace and Seven, something that’s still all too rare in fic. What more can I say? In surprisingly few words, there’s an intense action-packed scene, an intriguing alien enemy, some danger and explosions and plenty of running – and a little moment of truth for the Doctor and Ace to contemplate. Wicked.
[identity profile] lindenharp.livejournal.com
Today, back to the early days of New Who and Team TARDIS.

Story: More Than True
Author:[livejournal.com profile] dameruth
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 8538
Author's Summary: Jack is nominally part of the TARDIS crew now, but how well does he really fit in?
Characters/Pairings: Jack Harkness, Rose Tyler, The Doctor (9th), The TARDIS
Warnings: Swearing

Reced because: Everyone has their comfort stories, they ones they read and re-read when they need to be reminded why they love this show and these characters. This is one of my personal favourites. I can’t think why this one hasn’t been recced before, except that DameRuth has so many brilliant stories to choose from.

One of my favorite ‘pairings’ in DW is Nine/Rose/Jack, whether as lovers or as friends. And my absolute favorite scenario is Jack’s early days on the TARDIS. DameRuth gives us a Jack Harkness recently arrived on the TARDIS who is still very much a loner and outsider, cynical about everyone’s motives. He is attracted to Rose and intrigued by the Doctor, despite the latter’s “ridiculous claim of being a Time Lord”. When Jack runs into some trouble on an alien world, Rose and the Doctor rush to his aid, and make him question everything he thinks he knows about how the universe works.


Excerpt... )

Go, read, and if you enjoy, please let the author know.
[identity profile] sue-denimme.livejournal.com
Story: After Reinette
Author: DameRuth
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1920
Author's Summary: In the aftermath of "The Girl In The Fireplace," Rose learns some uncomfortable things about herself, and makes a major decision.
Characters/Pairings: Ten, Rose
Warnings: None

Recced because: It seems to me that it's a rare thing when a fic takes some commonly-heard fan opinion -- such as "Ten was wrong to leave Rose to go save Reinette" -- and flips it over. What would have happened if he hadn't? And more importantly, would he still have been the Doctor? Here's a missing-scene fic in which Rose takes a long hard look at those questions, and at herself.

Though some might not agree, I've always found Rose to be one of the more believable companions, in that she was very human and very young, with some growing up still to do. I like to imagine that there was a moment like this when some of that growing up might have happened. And that's one of the things I read fanfic for.
[identity profile] ffutures.livejournal.com
Story: Adventures
Author: DameRuth
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 304
Author's Summary: “Adventure” can be a relative term. (Jenny/Vastra)
Characters/Pairings: Other Characters (Madame Vastra / Jenny)
Warnings: None

Recced because: For me the most interesting characters to emerge from the last series are probably Madame Vastra and Jenny; she's a Silurian, she's a human, together they fight - well, all sorts of things. But sometimes it's just nice to stay at home and read a good book... A nice cute slightly timey-wimey story, not quite a crossover.
[identity profile] choco-chick.livejournal.com
Hello! I'm choco-chick and I'll be your friendly neighbourhood (shut up spell-check I'll spell it the Canadian/British way if I want to!) reccer this week :) I used to be a Doctor/Rose shipper (which is kinda strange cause I didn't like her or ship D/R till S3) but  I overdosed on them :P Now I've moved on to anything with the Master, UNIT, or Donna.

I'm going to start the week with something light and cracky. And proof that Moffat ships Doctor/Master.


Story:
Makeover of the Daleks
Author:
DameRuth
Rating: Teen
Word Count:
3913
Author's Summary: 
Within find sensitive Daleks, a female Doctor, an un-Masterly Master, and some stuff that I shudder to admit made me laugh.
Characters/Pairings: 
Emma, The Daleks, The Doctor (Other), The Master (Pryce)
Warnings:
None

Recced because:
The perfect excuse to rewatch "The Curse of Fatal Death" again because this is a perfect sequel.  It has everything you'd want. Poor Emma trying to adjust to a female Doctor who wears heels better than her. The Master unknowingly being completely whipped. And the poor Daleks trying so hard to be nice with the odd slip of the tongue along the way ;) AND an Eddie Izzard reference! :D
[identity profile] allonymity.livejournal.com
Story: Second Opinion
Author: DameRuth
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 8732
Author's Summary: Jack is showing signs of stress, and won't take any help from his team; Ianto decides it's time to enlist the help of a certain Doctor.
Characters/Pairings: Ianto/Jack, Ten/Jack, team Torchwood
Warnings:. none

Recced because: This story is my favorite in DameRuth’s wonderful Flowers universe because of fascinating interactions between Ianto and the tenth Doctor. Even if you don’t ordinarily read Torchwood stories, this one is worth a try. Ianto’s point of view reveals how utterly alien the Doctor can be, while at the same time still being entirely the Doctor.
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[identity profile] canaana.livejournal.com
Story: Target of Opportunity
Author: DameRuth
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 3009
Author's Summary: Jack/Master from the Year That Never Was -- "Flowers!verse" style. A sequel of sorts to "Hothouse Flowers" (even though this story takes place before that one by internal chronology), both of which build on events/concepts from "Like Flowers". The Master forgets it's a bad idea to engage an enemy on familiar ground, and Jack proves that he's nobody's victim.
Characters/Pairings: Jack/Master
Warnings: Adult, Explicit Sex

Recced because: This prequel to Hothouse Flowers is often overlooked. It doesn't have the Doctor in it, except in flashback, and a lot of people avoid Jack/Master, the Year That Never Was, or both. But this is one of my favorite little gems in DameRuth's Flowers!verse. Yes, there are dark and creepy elements here, but ultimately, it's a story about Jack's seizing a moment of victory in the midst of a war where he's only meant to be fighting a holding action . . . and how, when you really understand people, you can find weapons in the most unusual places.
[identity profile] sahiya.livejournal.com
Story: The Alien Irritant Anecdote
Author: Dameruth
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2368
Author's Summary: There's an alien in Leonard and Sheldon's living room, and he's really annoying. (Crossover with Big Bang Theory.)
Characters/Pairings: Ten; Leonard and Sheldon from Big Bang Theory
Warnings: None.

Recced because: I realized that nothing I've rec'd this week has been under 10k, which might be a bit overwhelming. Here's a hi-larious breather for your Saturday night (what? it's still Saturday in Hawaii!). Put Sheldon Cooper and the Tenth Doctor in a room together and it's six to five and pick 'em which one is going to the bigger know-it-all. And then there's the Penny Factor. In short: Poor Leonard.
[identity profile] faience.livejournal.com
Story: Unbirthday
Author: DameRuth
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3089
Author's summary: Peri teaches the Doctor about a new holiday.
Characters: Six, Peri
Warnings: none

Recced because: The Sixth Doctor and Peri both seem to rank near the bottom of the fandom's list of favorite characters, and I love that this sweet little story takes what we saw on screen and transforms it. Neither of the characters are unrecognizable, but somehow they feel right. Peri is smart and independent and absolutely knows how to handle the Doctor. The Doctor, for his part, is all brash and bold, but genuinely cares about Peri. It's a great look at how these two can be a brilliant match for one another.

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[identity profile] sciathan-file.livejournal.com
Today's rec is brought to you by the letter "C", for comedy and crossover.

Story: The Uterine Corollary
Author:DameRuth
Rating:
 PG
Word Count:
 304
Author's Summary:
 Jack tries to teach Raj how to talk to women, and they both get a surprise (crossover with Big Bang Theory).
Characters/Pairings: Jack, Raj (From The Big Bang Theory)
Warnings: None.

Recced because: This fic hilariously puts The Big Bang Theory's Raj, who is unable to talk to anything female unless he's intoxicated, and puts him in conversation with Jack. It's short, sweet, and there's a clever and hilarious twist at the end that mentioning anything about would spoil...overall, it's just a fun romp.
[identity profile] humantales.livejournal.com
Story: Joint Venture
Author: Dame Ruth
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 9,870
Author's Summary: While travelling through the alt!verse, Rose and Ten team up with the counterpart of an old friend. (Spoilers for "Journey's End," if those still count.)
Characters/Pairings: Rose/10.5, alt!Captain
Warnings: N/A

Recced because: It's in Pete's World, which means that there's lots of room to play with the characters without breaking canon (such as it is).

And it's my favorite threesome in the Whoniverse. Except it's not, because the third isn't the same man.

This takes a character we know and love, and sends him in a different direction. We don't know what all the differences are, or how they came to be, but finding out is the fun part.

And although all my recs don't fall into this pattern, it's something of a theme that this is also the first story in a series. (Jed and Friends.)

Rec: Totem

Aug. 6th, 2009 02:52 pm
[identity profile] cosmic-celery.livejournal.com
Story: Totem
Author: DameRuth
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: Peri learns that an ancient Earth concept can be successfully applied to the Doctor.
Characters/Pairings: Six, Peri
Warnings: None
Word Count: 1407

Recced Because: Colin Baker has described his doctor as the "cat who walks by himself", and in this story, DameRuth shows just how appropriate that really is. This is an absolutely wonderful character study of the sixth Doctor, with all his feline qualities. And with the story from Peri's perspective, we're offered a refreshing view of her actually figuring a few things out. Peri does have a brain in her head, and this story shows that nicely.
[identity profile] honorh.livejournal.com
Story: Striking Roots
Author: DameRuth
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 4514
Author's Summary: After the Doctor suffers a terrible shock in the Flowers!verse, it's up to Rose and Jack to comfort him and each other.
Characters/Pairings: Nine/Rose/Jack (in a fashion)
Warnings: Sex, angst

Recced because: This is part of DameRuth's very original and creative Flowers series. The basic premise is that though the Doctor loves Rose deeply, there are way too many biological barriers--physical and chemical--for them to become lovers. Thus, Jack becomes Rose's lover, not just because he loves her himself, but as the Doctor's surrogate. I recommend the whole series for its creativity and sense of melancholy. (Later in the series, Jack, being Jack, finds a way around the biological barriers, but by then, Rose is gone. Thus, Jack and Ten become lovers.)

Anyway, to the story: Our trio come across the horrifying aftermath of a fobwatched Time Lord gone terribly wrong. The Time Lord (unnamed) is long dead, and the fobwatch itself, containing the Time Lord's essence, has become a lethal object of temptation to anyone who finds it. Its discovery sends the Doctor into an emotional tailspin. Jack and Rose can take comfort in each other, but they can't offer the same to him--or can they? The story is told in gorgeous language, the bittersweet dynamic amongst the three of them laid bare as comfort is sought and given.

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A snippet or three )

rec: Link

Aug. 29th, 2008 10:34 am
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[personal profile] kaffyr
Story: Link
Author: DameRuth
Rating: adult
Word Count: 2314
Author's Summary: The story of how a certain Class II somatic/empathic linkage was forged in the first place. AU Rose/Jack/Nine OT3 -- story begins just after "Boom Town," everything having followed canon till this point.
Characters/Pairings: Ninth Doctor/Rose/Jack
Warnings: None
Recced because: It was easy for me to decide to rec DameRuth's "Bliss" series. There's very little not to love in this group of fun, well-written, creatively-imagined , sometimes emotionally gripping and sometimes hilarious AU stories set in a universe that didn't include Parting of the Ways. The difficulty was deciding which story to recommend, because they're all so uniformly good. I settled on "Link," because it marks the chronological beginning of the series and tells the story of how an unexpected turn in the Rose/Nine/Jack relationship became the foundation of the Bliss!verse. ("Link" beat out "The Shared Path" by a very small nose; if you like the first, I urge you to go and read the second.) Added bonus: Nine rockin' the long hair.
[identity profile] morgeil.livejournal.com
Story: An Inordinate Fondness
Author: DameRuth
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3356
Author's Summary: Ten and Donna share some relaxing moments, enlivened by arthropods.
Characters/Pairings: Donna Noble, the Tenth Doctor
Warnings: None

Recced because: Simple friendship fic. Quiet, lovely and perfectly in character. That's all there is to say, really.
[identity profile] tardis-stowaway.livejournal.com
Story:  Hothouse Flowers
Author:  DameRuth
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 6,583
Author’s summary: Most flowers can be made to bloom out of season, with the right tools. (Author self-rating: R for sexual themes.)
Characters/Pairings:  Ten/Jack, Gwen
Warnings:  Alien sex, swearing.

Recommended because:  Recipe for a wonderful Ten/Jack story:  take one slight AU where Time Lords and humans not only have vastly different equipment in their trousers but also incompatible pheromones, making them unable to even arouse each other naturally.  Subtract one Rose, wait a year that never was, and add a few drops of universal aphrodisiac.  Throw in healthy servings of strong characterization, moving hurt/comfort, and fabulous humor.  Turn the heat up to high.  Season with angst and caring. 

DameRuth’s entire Flowers series is well worth a read, but I thought I’d just recommend one favorite to avoid intimidating readers who might lack the time for a lengthy series just now (though I hope you'll be so impressed that you go on to read the whole thing). “Hothouse Flowers”  convinced me to love the Jack/Ten ship.  The relationship between the Doctor and Jack here is like the best chocolate:  rich, dark, and just the right touch of sweet. DameRuth has a talent for the little details that add vibrancy to a story.  The dialog is spot-on whether the characters are being witty or tender. The Doctor feels genuinely, fascinatingly alien.  The biologist in me loves the unique premise of the series, but it’s the quality of writing that keeps me going back to this story over and over.  

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