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Story: Tributary, Confluence, Distributary, Fork
Author: Nancy Brown
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 4244
Author's Summary: Four hellos and one goodbye.
Characters/Pairings: River Song, Jack Harkness, the Eleventh Doctor
Warnings: None

Recced because: River and Jack are both travellers through time whose lives have been permanently altered through their association with the Doctor. But what if their lives had also been permanently altered through their association with each other? Expertly woven through time and space, this fic shows us their first meetings, the power of friendship, and the importance of being in the right place at the right time.

An excerpt )
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Story: Mother's Day
Author: Nancy Brown
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1224
Author's Summary: It should've been her.
Characters/Pairings: Alice Carter/Jenny ("The Doctor's Daughter")
Warnings: None

Recced because: Alice and Jenny are a small rarepair, but they have a few fans, and every fic I've ever read with them seems plausible because of how abrupt their endings were in their shows (Torchwood: Children of Earth and "The Doctor's Daughter" episode of Doctor Who). They're also one of the few Whoniverse pairings I don't mind looking for babyfic for, in part because F/F babyfic in general is so rare to find. Here, Alice is tormented with thoughts about not being the surrogate mother for a princess as well as thoughts about losing her son. Jenny is there to ease Alice's pain. I love their interactions here--everything between these two makes me smile.
[identity profile] jjpor.livejournal.com
Ahoy there, Who fanfictioneers! As always when I begin a new stint reccing here on [livejournal.com profile] calufrax, I am struck by how little time at all it seems since last time I did this, and how long it in fact was. Tempus fugit and all that. Well, without further ado, allow me to kick off this round of recommendation with something of a rare gem:

Story: Bounce
Author: Nancy Brown
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 5,470
Author's Summary: A mysterious device affects the lives of the Doctor and his friends.
Characters/Pairings: Amy Pond, Canton Everett Delaware III, Jenny Flint, Madame Vastra, Rory Williams, Strax, The Doctor (11th)
Warnings: None, apart from some references to Victorian-era murders

Recced because: Well, full disclosure, this was written in response to one of my prompts in the EleventyFest ficathon, way back in 2013. When I gave the prompt, though, I don't think I was expecting it to elicit anything as seriously good as this bit of prime Eleven-era fic. This is the fic I was going to rec last time around before being distracted, magpie-like, by another story by the same author, but this time I'm making very sure indeed to put this one front and centre.

The story follows the trail of a strange, and possibly deadly, presumably alien device across three time periods, and with three groups of investigators. In the Victorian era, Madame Vastra, her wife Jenny and the inimitable Strax are called in by Scotland Yard to consult in a case of multiple murders. Meanwhile in the late 1960s, G-Man Canton Everett Delaware III looks into a slew of missing persons against the backdrop of the countercultural anti-war movement and the Nixon administration. And finally in futuristic Scotland, the Doctor and the Ponds are drawn to a museum of extraterrestrial curiosities. The skill with which the author weaves these various strands together to tell a single story, using time travel pleasingly to tie the plot together, is only one of the several great things about this piece.

I especially enjoy the way the different eras each have their own distinctive style, from the Sherlockian stylings of Vastra and Jenny's nineteenth century adventures to the hardboiled inner monologue that drives Canton's sections (and I don't think you have to find him as cool a character as I do to really dig those parts). As with those of this author's other works that I have read, it is the characterisation and the voices that I find most compelling about this. Canton's private-eye-esque patter aside, the Doctor-Amy-Rory team TARDIS (one of my favourite of all time) really shine here, and even Strax gets one excellent, and very Strax-like, exchange.

I urge you - don't walk, (metaphorically) run over to the Teaspoon and read this one, and please be sure to tell the author how much you liked it.


An Extract )
[identity profile] jjpor.livejournal.com
Story: I could never live with me before you came along
Author: Nancy Brown
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 8664
Author's Summary: Canton Everett Delaware III is on a mission from God, er, River to put the band back together.
Characters/Pairings: Amy Pond, Canton Everett Delaware III, Jenny Flint, Madame Vastra, River Song, Rory Williams, The Doctor (11th), plus Anthony Williams and OCs
Warnings: None

Recced because: I was actually planning to rec another fic by this author, and I came across this more or less at random while looking for the other one on her Teaspoon page yesterday...and loved it. And couldn't believe it had no reviews and decided the best way of remedying that with a vengeance was to get it out here on Calufrax. So win/win for me - I get to rec this magnificent fic and still have one in the hole for my next reccing stint! :D

In all seriousness, though, this is a great fic, written with excellent characterisation and just common sense, decency and humanity. You know, like the best fics are. The fact that it also ticks quite a few of my fannish boxes as regards the tail end of the Eleven era (the Capaldinator is obviously brilliant, but I'm unashamed to say Eleven remains "my" NuWho Doctor) certainly doesn't hurt either. I've made no secret of the fact that I was, and am, seriously dissatisfied with the ending Amy and Rory got in The Angels Take Manhattan, not even because of their fates but mainly because of the slapdash way it was all plotted and the way we were expected to swallow rl attempts to plaster over those plot holes by authorial "word of god", so this sort of semi-fix-it (it doesn't actually fix it, but makes its point by illustrating one of the several blatantly obvious ways that it could be fixed) will always hold a certain appeal for me. The fact that it's wise-guy G-Man Canton Everett Delaware III, still one of my all-time favourite one-shot Who guest characters, who gets to be the main instrument of that sort-of-fix-it is, for me, the shiny cherry on top.

The author gives Canton an OC boyfriend, fittingly also a smart-mouthed hard-boiled cop type, who is also the everyman observer of the Doctor's strange world, as they go about reuniting Canton, the Paternoster Row crew, Amy and Rory and their adopted son Anthony, and eventually River and Eleven himself, and even get a bit of fraught adventure along the way. Throughout, we are reminded deftly and thought-provokingly of the difficulties and dangers facing same-sex relationships over the ages, with Vastra and Jenny's relationship also portrayed with great perceptiveness and sensitivity. I think the main thing I like about this, though, is the obvious love for the diverse cast of characters; even the ones that don't get that many lines (Eleven, actually) are vividly portrayed; as I often say of fanfic I find has particularly true-to-life characterisations, you really can hear the voices as you read it.

So get over there and see what you think, and please leave some words of appreciation for the author...!


A Taste )
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Story: Digita1 Gir1
Author: [livejournal.com profile] nancybrown
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 6,679
Author's Summary: Lisa is human. Mostly.
Characters/Pairings: Ianto Jones, Jack Harkness, Lisa Hallett, Suzie Costello, Ianto/Lisa, Ianto/Jack
Warnings: None
Recced because: When I realized that this has not, as far as  I can tell, been recommended, despite the author's well-deserved Calufrax ubiquity, I couldn’t help a little chortle of glee, because it falls to me to tell you how remarkable a story [livejournal.com profile] nancybrown has written in Digita1 Gir1. As does much of her fiction, this centers around Torchwood, and as much of the best Torchwood fiction does, it extracts the sublime from the ridiculous, and posits a world in which the plots of too much Torchwood, generally an unholy blend of insane and inane, are abandoned in favor of what Torchwood could actually be on rare but glorious occasions; sublime, terrifying, and heartbreaking (with a tiny flame of hope somewhere, almost guttering out, but not quite.) This is an AU which does that for one of the Torchwood episodes that most horrifyingly blends insane and inane: Cyberwoman. It finds Lisa Hallet alive, in love, battling the last ghosts of her cyber-programming, and dealing with an unexpected danger to Ianto and others she may possibly care for. [livejournal.com profile] nancybrown’s technical prowess shines through in the tiniest scenes — Lisa walking through a meadow, Lisa feeling the pull of electronic machinery and what it could mean for her, the descriptions of the antagonist’s laughter. The author’s emotionally mature vision of Lisa’s mind, and her description of Lisa’s distant, but still very human, view into the minds of others, have made this a story  I return to again and again.

A taste:
The man who does stop )
[identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
My last rec! I hope you've enjoyed reading as much as I've enjoyed sharing my favorites. Don't forget to feed the authors! For the last rec, let's pick one from last September's EleventyFest:

Title: The Stars May Behold My Tears
Author: Nancy Brown
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 3075
Author's Summary: Megan gets to know the regulars at the coffee shop, even the regulars who don't always know her.
Characters/Pairings: Eleven/River, Amy/Rory, OC/OC
Warnings: None

Recc'ed Because: [livejournal.com profile] nancybrown wrote so many awesome stories for EleventyFest. Adventures, humor, slice of life, erotica; she wrote all of it and it was all brilliant. This one is a love story that unfolds from the stories we are more familiar with, turned unfamiliar as they are seen from an outsider POV. We get to know Eleven and the Ponds out of order, as just another few in the progression of regulars at a late-night cafe. And of course the timey-wimey family is a mystery, but they are only one story among many, and not necessarily the most important one for Megan.

Excerpt )
[identity profile] brunhilde-1013.livejournal.com
Story: River Song and the Lost Tomb of Ardûn
Author: Nancy Brown
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 4928
Author's Summary: River's professor for her first archaeology class was a self-declared expert on late twentieth and early twenty-first century Earth history. Naturally, she hated his guts.
Characters/Pairings: Jack Harkness, River Song, The Doctor (other)
Warnings: None.

Recced because: This has everything you want in an adventure: mystery, humour, action, and a brilliant pay-off.  Plus, River Song.  This is the River I always wanted to see onscreen - competent, independent, adventurous, and a working archaeologist; the glimpses we get of her at university are fascinating.  The worldbuilding is completely believable, with little details and throwaway facts fleshing out what's already a compelling setting.

Basically?  I want to have gone to university with River Song, and I want to have had this adventure.  Because it's brilliant.

a brief excerpt.... )

Ghost Girl

Oct. 8th, 2013 02:17 am
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Hi everyone, I'm Clocketpatch and I'll be your designated reccer for the next two weeks. I've tried to keep a companion theme, with a compilation of recs celebrating and exploring the strange, often tumultuous relationship the Doctor has with his companions, and how, while he enriches their lives, at the end of the day its him who needs them the most...

First up is one of the many beautiful fics to come out of the recent Eleventy_fest ficathon:

Story: Ghost Girl
Author: NancyBrown
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 455
Author's Summary: She isn't a ghost. This isn't a ghost story.
Characters/Pairings: Clara, Eleven
Warnings: Character death

Recced because:

Clara is straining to jump out of this fic and be noticed. I could practically hear her shouting out in the last line. Using the ghost quotes from Hide ("We're all ghosts to you" and "This isn't a ghost story; it's a love story") as a framing motif, this fic explores Clara's complex and often uneasy relationship with the Doctor, gives her some adorable back story, and illuminates a few of her more interesting echo lives. There are also some nice references for Classic Who fans. All of this is done in a little under 500 words, and all of those words are well placed and chosen with an artist's care.

Sample: )
[identity profile] annauq.livejournal.com
And we're down to my last rec! I'm sorry for the slow start, Life got in the way, but I hope you liked reading my recs anyway.

Story: Janus
Author: Nancy Brown
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 795
Author's Summary: Sometimes her name was Jenny, sometimes James.
Characters: Jenny Flint, Madame Vastra
Warnings: non-explicit mentions of sexual exploitation of women and children

recced because: One of the greatest character additions to the show recently have got to be Vastra and Jenny (okay, Strax too). While a lot of fic around focusses on the, ehem, physical side of their relationship, this one takes a different approach and fleshes out the character of Jenny a bit more.

The author paints a good picture of Victorian society, and doesn't shy away from the darker details. All of it fits so very well with what little we know of Jenny that I realised while rewatching some episodes recently I had made this story my headcanon for Jenny's life before she met Vastra. It shows her bravery without placing her in her mistress' shadow, and gives us more of the independent woman we got a glimpse of in the Crimson Horror.

There is a lot going on behind the words, and the whole thing flows beautifully. In under a thousand words, the writer manages to create a small autobiography for a brilliant character, giving Jenny a slightly tragic but fitting backstory. The small twist at the end is very nicely done too.

So yeah, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Thank you for having me, and I'll be back with more soon!
[identity profile] ffutures.livejournal.com
Story: Just Because They Protect You Doesn't Mean They Like You
Author: Nancy Brown
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 14122
Characters: Amy Pond, Ianto Jones, Jack Harkness, Owen Harper, Rory Williams, The Doctor (11th)
Author's Summary: Working for Torchwood Cardiff means dealing every day with aliens, time travellers, annoying co-workers, and worst of all, tourists. A day in the life of someone who'd rather be somewhere else.
Warnings: Swearing
Recced because: When I started reading this I was drinking coffee, and ended up with coffee over my keyboard. It's fun and extremely silly, a day in the life of Torchwood 3. Warts and all...

Before the excerpt I should mention the introduction, which adds a few more warnings including "language, character death, necrophilia, dub-con, excessive whining, incredibly offensive humour." I don't find it offensive, but tastes differ



Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

6:13AM

***

The noise broke into the middle of Ianto's dream: a raucous buzzing and tweeting, like the repetitious caw of a thousand angry ... somethings. Birds? The dream morphed into terror -- giant, slouching, with skeletal black wings and razor-like beak -- then scattered to rags as he opened his eyes.

The noise continued.

Everything was dark. Ianto thrashed his limbs, did not encounter another body but did manage to unwind the blanket he'd wrapped around himself twice as he half-rolled, half-fell onto the floor. As he became more alert, he saw that he was nowhere near his bed but in fact had slept naked in the wardrobe.

His mobile kept ringing. He stumbled to where he'd dropped it on the night stand, flipped it open, and said in a sleep-roughened voice, "Yeah?"

"I woke you up."

Ianto rubbed a hand over his face. Events from the previous night made their presence known in his memory, pickled with a bit too much whisky and aged about three hours. "Did you catch the Weevil, then?" When the call came, Jack had kissed him stupid and told him to stay put. As Ianto had just experienced a fantastic orgasm, backed up against the wall of his wardrobe and buffered by shirts and suit coats, he hadn't been in the mood to argue.

"Yeah. Piece of cake. I didn't want to wake you, so I came back here."

"Thanks."

"I need you to get dressed and head in." Jack's tone was apologetic, but Ianto heard the distinct sound of his lover sliding back into boss mode. Jack may have sucked Ianto's brains out through points south last night, but this morning, he was all work.

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Story: The Case of the Purloined Sailor
Author: Nancy Brown
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 755
Author's Summary: On the hunt for a killer, Sherlock Holmes runs afoul of a vigilante: Madame Vastra.
Characters/Pairings: Madame Vastra, Jenny, Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, Inspector Lestrade
Warnings: None

Recced because: Having recently picked up Arthur Conan Doyle's Holmes stories after last having read them in my teens (and let's just say that was a while ago), it was delightful to find a fic that not only felt like an ACD missing scene, but included two of my favorite characters from S6: Madame Vastra and Jenny. Even though Vastra and Holmes' verbal joust doesn't last long, what's there is just perfect – and if you're anything like me, you'll wish there was a lot more.
[identity profile] firefly124.livejournal.com
Story: Noodley Appendage
Author: Nancy Brown
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 2751
Author's Summary: When Captain Jack Harkness gets someone a special surprise for their birthday, it will almost certainly wind up involving sex with tentacled aliens. Because, Jack. (Part of the Rabbit Hole AU.)
Characters/Pairings: Jack/Ianto/Lisa/OC
Warnings: Explicit Sex

Recced because: Really, the only thing better than Jack/Ianto/Lisa is Jack/Ianto/Lisa/tentacled alien. And, as well done PWP tends to do, it manages not to be strictly porn, giving some insights into how the main triad have grown together. While it is part of her Rabbit Hole AU, it reads fine alone, I think, as the dynamics of the established triad are stated or implied pretty thoroughly at the beginning.

Teaser )
[identity profile] sleepismyfriend.livejournal.com
Story: The War of the Roses
Author: Nancy Brown
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 4735
Author's Summary: In which a new flower shop opens across the street from Bloomin' Lovely, Gita's life becomes very strange, and a planetary-wide invasion is thwarted with Tropaeolaceae.
Characters/Pairings: Ace McShane, Gita Chandra, Haresh Chandra, Jack Harkness, Martha Jones, Mickey Smith, Rani Chandra, and Sarah Jane Smith
Warnings: None

Recced because: There can never be enough stories about Gita Chandra, especially if Ace, Mickey, Martha, and Sarah Jane are involved. I love it! It's a fun story about thwarting aliens set in the SJA universe. Hey, if Craig Owens can kill a Cyberman with love, why can't Gita and the gang give it a shot with flowers!

Excerpt:

Ms. McShane sighed. "You know, this is the third flower shop we've lost this way."

Martha said, "I keep saying we should try a different business. Something less dangerous."

Her husband added, "We could have a pet store. Or shoes. Men's shoes."

"I like flowers," said Ms. McShane.

Sarah Jane placed an arm around her shoulders. "Maybe change the store name?"

Mickey said, "Yeah. 'Sherwood Florist' is unlucky."

Martha said, "I wanted to call it Everything But Roses. I was outvoted."
[identity profile] dbskyler.livejournal.com
Story: Rosemary for Remembrance
Author: Nancy Brown
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 322
Author's Summary: The universe is sending her flowers, and it's got awful timing.
Characters/Pairings: Donna Noble
Warnings: None

Recced because: Donna is happily living her life with Shaun, except for one thing: every so often, she receives flowers, and she doesn't know who they're from. This fic was written in only 15 minutes, and yet I don't think it can be improved upon. It's a perfect length, and it ends at exactly the right time, in exactly the right way. Beware of the last line, because it will knock the wind right out of you.

Try it out. )
[identity profile] alt_universe_me.livejournal.com
Hi there! :) I'm [livejournal.com profile] alt_universe_me, and I'll be your reccer this week. I'm a big fan of Classic Who, New Who, and Torchwood, and I'll try to rec a variety of fics.

Story: Strays
Author: Nancybrown
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 1,336
Author's Summary: "You dreamed me awake."
Characters/Pairings: Amy/Ianto, mentions of Rory
Warnings: semi-explicit sex

Recced because: Crossing over from Torchwood to Doctor Who can be a difficult enterprise in a story, but this fic manages to capture the mood so well, so that it just fits the characters perfectly. Everyone in this story is so very human, just reaching out for comfort, giving and taking without blame. Rory is in the background, but not forgotten, and not marginalized, which is great to see when pairing Amy up with someone else. The ending is hopeful, and beautiful, and even though the Doctor isn't actually in the fic, I think he would very much approve.
[identity profile] allonymity.livejournal.com
Story: Intersecting Geodesics
Author: Nancy Brown
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 36704
Author's Summary: Stuck in the wrong time with a Jack who hasn't met him yet, all Ianto really wants is a way home.
Characters/Pairings: Jack/Ianto, Jack/John Hart
Warnings:. Various shades of dub-con, non-descriptive mentions of sex trafficking, character death.

Recced because: This story is an absolute must-read for anyone who loves Ianto Jones, but even those who’ve never watched Torchwood can enjoy this well-written story of a man who finds himself stranded outside his own time, searching for a way to get back home. Nancy Brown does a great job of staying within canon while telling Ianto’s story after Children Of Earth. The portrayal of the Time Agency and its Agents seems chillingly plausible, and Ianto’s resourcefulness and courage are convincingly rendered.
[identity profile] joking.livejournal.com
Hello! I'm known as Poetry over on the Teaspoon, and I'll be showing you the New Who and Torchwood fics that have dazzled, shocked, and delighted me these past few months. I'm particularly fond of Jack as a character, but I'll try to show you a variety of wonderful characters.


Story: Six Hundred Seconds
Author: Nancy Brown
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 4564
Author's Summary: Five proper goodbyes Jack said, and one the Doctor didn't.
Characters/Pairings: Jack, Ten, Tosh, Owen, Ianto, Lisa, Alice, Steven, various others
Warnings: None

Recced because: I had a very hard time choosing a story from Nancy Brown's incredible Rabbit Hole AU series to rec. In the end, I chose the story that started it all. This is a story about a gift the Doctor gives Jack to try to make up for all that he's lost. The gift has an expiration date, though, and you can feel every second draining away. The sequels to this story also come heartily recommended.

reccity-rec-rec

Our current reccer is [personal profile] clocketpatch.

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