nonelvis: (DW blue TARDIS)
[personal profile] nonelvis
Story: Ladies Living Sequentially
Author: rutsky
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2,672
Author's Summary: Liz Shaw wanted someone to talk about her old, odd world. Jo Grant was the perfect someone.
Characters/Pairings: Liz Shaw, Jo Grant

Recced because: I was looking for another story to rec this week, preferably one involving Liz Shaw, whom I adore, and I ran across this gem I'd somehow missed. rutsky is a reliably good author, and here she takes on one of my favorite tropes: the one where two companions who never met in canon meet up to dish about the Doctor. Jo and Liz have lived long, full lives by now -- the story takes place after the death of both the Brig and Sarah Jane -- so they bring the wisdom and perspective of age to the conversation, while still sounding exactly like themselves. It's a delightful read, and I'm very glad I found it.

Excerpt: after the cut )
[identity profile] scripsi.livejournal.com
Title: Armagnac at 4 a.m.
Author: rutsky
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1036
Author's Summary: The base sleeps, but Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart can't. He can appreciate friendship, however.
Characters/Pairings: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Liz Shaw, Third Doctor
Warnings: None

Recc'ed Because: This is such a lovely little story about friendship, focusing on the Brigadier.

Excerpt )
[identity profile] jjpor.livejournal.com
Story: Ports of Call
Author: rutsky
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1,192
Author's Summary: They eventually discovered he'd lied about New York
Characters/Pairings: Amy Pond/Rory Williams, River Song
Warnings: None as such, but does contain a good dose of grit and reality in its portrayal of Amy and Rory's post-Doctor relationship.

Recced because: I think it would be fair to say that I was, and definitely remain, a huge fan of the Eleventh Doctor and his era. I even, gods help me, genuinely think that New Who would have been very much the poorer without Steven Moffat's tenure as showrunner and that most (most!) of his judgments and instincts as writer and general head-honcho-type have been bang on the money. I recognise that as a whole the era had good stories and bad stories, as every Who era does, but I refuse to subscribe to arguments that it somehow declined in quality over the course of its run or that "it was time for a change". I'm very much enjoying the Twelve era so far and think Peter Capaldi is nothing less than a demigod in human form, but I could have lived with another season or two of Eleven, no problem at all.

Having said all of that (just so you know where I'm coming from)...

I @#&%ing hate The Angels Take Manhattan. Or at least its ill-conceived ending which, imho, fails on so many levels I'd be listing them all night and clocking up more words than the fic I'm theoretically reccing. Your mileage, as they used to say, and as is the case with all things fan-related, may and probably does vary. I consider it a poor exit for the two companions I consider to be probably the best (certainly when considered as a pair) of the 2005 series.

So, having laid my cards so verbosely on the table, I probably wouldn't classify this fic as a fix-it (which the author admits to being in two minds about) so much as a statement of the facts as they stood at the end of said story. One senses perhaps in reading the piece that the author was as nonplussed by that ending and as aware of its gaping plot-holes as I and, going from comments I read at the time, quite a lot of other people were. That's really beside the point, though. I'm not reccing this fic because its author happens to come down on my side in a fanw*nky argument, but because it highlights two really important things about the Eleven era.

The first of these is that Eleven was a bit of a slippery customer, morally. I'm not really convinced by some of the PR efforts to paint Twelve as a particularly edgy and ruthless Doctor, although he's certainly more up front about it, because it always seemed that Eleven got up to some dodgy stuff, more or less constantly and unapologetically (although he did tend to hide it behind his goof-ball exterior) and I think most of the time we the audience were supposed to notice that and think about it. I say most of the time, because some of the dodgiest stuff he did, though, particularly in his personal relationships, went more or less uncommented upon and indeed tacitly condoned "by the show", for want of a better term. I think even as big a fan of Eleven and his era and Moffat's work as I will admit to being, or indeed somebody really invested in the relationships between the characters, can see some of the morally problematic things that are going on there and wonder why "the show" seems unaware of them. It's an important aspect of the era and one I see confronted in too few fanworks. This one takes it head on; this Doctor's a liar, and not always for good reasons.

The other really important thing about the Eleven era this fic highlights and plays homage to, one of its central planks, is the relationship between Amy and Rory. These are two imperfect people (like all of us) and they have this very complicated, not always easy, bond but it ends up being one that they both draw strength from and one that neither of them can live without. This fic examines that complex relationship warts and all and the way Amy's and Rory's situation in Manhattan after parting from the Doctor might have affected it. It also confronts us with the incredible strength both of these characters have shown in adversity and the toll the sorts of adventures they have been involved in have taken upon them. I would say that that is the main selling point of this fic for me, apart from the fact that it is very well-written; it is unflinching in its consideration of how this situation might really play out. For a supposed "fix-it", it pulls few punches, either in its portrayal of the characters, their relationship and their predicament, or in considering the off-screen Doctor and his actions. And it does so not out of a desire to bash but out of a deep concern and investment in the material and the characters. Good stuff, in other words.

Anyway, thanks for reading my rant. Now go and read the fic and tell the author how much you liked it. ;)

A Taste )
[identity profile] a-phoenixdragon.livejournal.com
Hello, hello [livejournal.com profile] calufrax!! *Waves* My name is [livejournal.com profile] a_phoenixdragon (PhoenixDragon at Teaspoon) and I will be your reccer for the next two weeks.

Some of youse guise know me. This being said, you know I lean towards the darker fictions and my main Doctor meanderings are on Eleven (with smatterings of Eight, respectively). I try to keep my recs broader than that though (so much to love in Who Fandom!), and I will definitely try to share fictions that don't lean so hard into the realms of the bleak that I enjoy (probably more than I should). I'll have a few of those, yes - but I'll try to make sure to cover other areas as well. Like with tonight's rec. *Grins*

Story: New York Minute
Author: rutsky
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1086
Author's Summary: Neal Caffrey knows that New York contains a multitude of wonders. But the temptress with the neat ankles and the man with the suspect fashion sense were unexpected even in Central Park. (Crossover with White Collar)
Characters/Pairings: River Song
Warnings: Crossover, Humor, Vignette

Recced because: Humor. No seriously no pun intended. I love to laugh - and this story had me laughing harder than I have in a long while. Even if you don't really know White Collar at all, this is not a tale to give a miss based on that little factoid alone. Seeing River in such a...regular...setting just shows you how wild, beautiful, mysterious and apart she is. And yet, she is so very, very clever she gives you the notion she fits in nowhere else. The easy banter between her and Neal, the recognition of the 'from one witty con-man to another' type of give and take is worth a read. Seeing her from Neal's view is startling and she is definitely River. And as for the Doctor - well - that's when things get...odd. *Laughs*

I love my dark!fic. I love it with a mad, insatiable passion. But I'm very serious about my comedy again, no pun intended. I like it to be funny. I like it to be engaging, razor-witted and unself-conscious. This fic more than delivers. It's almost like it invented the concept. And who knows? Maybe it did.

Just a little sample... )


Now go and tell the author how clever and awesome they are! I know they'll love to hear from you!

*HUGS*

Mandy
[identity profile] ljgeoff.livejournal.com
Story: A Light in the Darkness
Author: rutsky
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 1861
Author's Summary: Belief is a complicated thing; Sarah Jane and Luke at the turn of the year.
Characters/Pairings: Sarah Jane Smith, Luke Smith
Warnings: none

Recced because: I meant to slip this in on Mother's Day, but I'm a few minutes late. But here's a lovey snippet of Sarah Jane and Luke, mother and son and so very lovely.
[identity profile] a-phoenixdragon.livejournal.com
Story: Stars Go Out, Stars Explode, Stars Burn Bright
Author: rutsky
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 2,356
Author's Summary: There are worlds, and endings, all depending on how the story writes itself. Somewhere, there are canvases of stranger stars than ever he saw on earth. They line the halls of an impossible place. As for him? Who knows where he is, poor man.
Characters/Pairings: Eleventh Doctor, Other Characters
Warnings: Alternate Universe, Character Study, Introspection, Missing Scene

Recced because: I have a great love for Vincent and the Doctor. All in all, it was a stellar episode that left me sad, overly thinky and all around longing for more. A conclusion that I could hold onto, even if it was a sad one. I usually don't read Historical, much less Historical AU - that being said, it is only because I'm so highly picky about what I read along these lines. But if you know this author (and you should), you know they bring stellar work to the table every. time. This fiction is no exception.

There are notes at the end for the history buffs - and a great tale for us all. It tells a story of brothers, of promises made, timelines rewritten and three sad (tormented) men brought some measure of peace at a time when there is none to be had. Truly a breathtaking read and one you won't want to miss! But don't just take my word for it:

An Excerpt for the Curious )


Be sure to tell the author how much they have touched you - and hopefully we will continue to see phenomenal fiction from them...
[identity profile] ladymercury-10.livejournal.com
It's been fun reccing this week! I hope you all have a wonderful season and enjoy whatever holidays you might celebrate!

Story: Double Dose
Author: rutsky
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1268
Author's Summary: In which the Doctor is reminded that in-jokes can be annoying to the uninitiated and absolutely necessary to mental health for those who coin them.
Characters/Pairings: Amy Pond, Eleventh Doctor, Rory Williams
Warnings: None
Recced because: I was debating what to do about my last rec for the week and then I stumbled upon this story, which is just lovely, and a perfect fit because of the holidays. It manages to to address an aspect of Amy and Rory's timey-wimey lives in a way that is both humorous and bittersweet, and feels very real. The character details are spot-on, and it really hits the right emotional notes.  I'm not usually the biggest fan of Christmas fic, but I loved this--it's cute without being sappy, and just a really great little story overall. 

excerpt below the cut )
[identity profile] ladymercury-10.livejournal.com
This is my last rec of the week!  It's been fun sharing stories with you all, and I hope you have an awesome rest of the summer (or winter, for the readers down below)!

Story: Carbon, Earth, and Stardust
Author: Rutsky
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2731
Author's Summary: She'd been to the stars and was now of the earth. Luke Smith waits for the world to start again.
Characters/Pairings: Clyde, Luke, Maria, Rani, Sarah Jane, the Eleventh Doctor
Warnings: None
Recced because: This is a lovely story coming in the wake of Elisabeth Sladen's real life death, examining how the parallel loss of Sarah Jane affects the characters who knew her. Rutsky handles it very carefully, respectfully, and gracefully, and it's very bittersweet--in reflecting on her loss, her friends and family also remember and celebrate her life.
[identity profile] lyricwrites.livejournal.com

Story: Redeeming the Tree
Author: rutsky
Rating: teen
Word Count: 8943
Author's Summary: Dry and dying gardens, pain and precision; She was screaming, but would they hear?
Characters/Pairings: Jack Harkness, Rose Tyler, The Doctor (9th), The TARDIS
Warnings: none

Recced because: Sometimes it seems like everyone has a "Parting of the Ways" AU, in which Rose and Jack go on to journey with the ninth Doctor after confronting the Daleks on the Gamestation, and many of these series are absolutely excellent.  "Redeeming the Tree" is from rutsky's Beiji Sonho series, but it stands alone quite well; all you need to know is that it does take place in a "Parting of the Ways" AU, in which Jack took the time energy from the Doctor before it killed him, cancelling out his immortality.  In other words, business as before—almost.

This is a story about communication.  It's about things that start going right in all the wrong ways—or, alternately, it's about what happens when friends of the Doctor can't scream for his help.  It has darkness and vivid, color-saturated description.  It has a potentially devastating mystery to be solved.  It has lovely, poetic descriptions of psychic experiences, and I tend to find psychic stuff fascinating.  But above all, it's about the TARDIS.  And the TARDIS—the most alien being on the show, and also the Doctor's oldest friend—is, in my opinion, always a marvelous subject for a story.


An exerpt, in which the wrong thing is going right )
[identity profile] jjpor.livejournal.com
Apologies for missing yesterday, my fellow Calufraxers - it will be made up later in the week. For today, have this intriguing yet disturbing little piece (also possibly not as disturbing as one of the recs I have lined up for later in the week, although we will come to that in due course):

Story: Broken Koan
Author: rutsky
Rating: All Ages on the Teaspoon; to be honest, were it my story I would have rated it at least "Teen".
Word Count: 616
Author's Summary: Time can't heal that which it violates.
Characters/Pairings: The TARDIS
Warnings: Nothing explicit, but it touches on stuff (specifically, things being done to living beings against their will) that I would think could be quite triggering for some readers.

Recced because: I hope I'm not putting anybody off with the above warnings (as I say, one of the stories I plan to rec later in the week probably warrants them more), but I would hate to subject any of you to undue distress by reccing incautiously. The central theme of this short fic is indeed extremely distressing, perhaps especially in light of one of the stories in the last series of new Who.

I refer to "The Doctor's Wife", which for me was the standout story of Season 6 or whatever number we're assigning to it. I think the beauty of it was that it told us things that were on the face of it entirely new information, but which on reflection we Who fans had known for a very long time. We'd always known, surely, that the TARDIS was more than merely a machine and indeed that her (we knew she was "female" too, as ships are) relationship with the Doctor was more than that between vehicle and pilot. Yet we also knew that her nature was something bigger and stranger than could be easily comprehended by somebody who was not a Time Lord. These are certainly not new themes, I think, as far as fanfic is concerned. This piece, written long before S6 aired, does an excellent job of expanding on some of them and of portraying the TARDIS from her own point of view in a way that is simultaneously poetic, strange, endearing and, as the story moves on, heartwrenching. As I say, many of us Who fans have known for a long time on some level that the TARDIS is a living being, that she feels. Consider, then, the story "The Sound of Drums" and consider what the Master did to the TARDIS in that story... The author puts "horror" as one of the tags for this piece, and I think it's warranted, and not merely as a genre description.

So, as I say, read this with caution, but I hope that if you do read it you will...enjoy may not be the right word, but will appreciate the skill and artistry of the author, and the deep consideration and deep affection for the TARDIS and for Doctor Who that this story shows. If so, please leave a word or two to express your appreciation.

A Taste )
[identity profile] ever-was.livejournal.com
Story: Sea Bound Hearts
Author: rutsky
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 8798
Author's Summary: Singers in this hard but beautiful land often told Helen they knew as many songs as there were stars in the sky. Tonight, with the aid of two impossible strangers, she would help one singer reclaim those stars.
Characters/Pairings: 9th Doctor/Rose Tyler/ TARDIS
Warnings: None

Recced because: A beautiful, lyrical story with a great alien life form, written from the POV of Dr. Helen Creighton, of whom the author writes: "Finally, the woman I grew up calling “Aunt Helen” had a gorgeous smile, a hearty laugh, a natural dignity and a deep kindness. Wherever she is now — perhaps traveling the stars in a way very different than our favorite Doctor and companion — I send her my respect and love". This is one of my favorite fics, and in one of my favorite styles -- seeing the Doctor and his companion from a OC point of view.
[identity profile] pitry.livejournal.com
Story: A Slight Change Of Plan
Author: rutsky
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 673
Author's Summary: He'd been promised a tabula rasa.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor
Warnings: None

Recced because: See, even though this story has now been turned AU by canon, it's still extremely, extremely believable. The Doctor, after the Time War, after destroying Gallifrey - realising the Time Lords lied. But that's what Time Lords do, isn't it? They're quite the manipulative bastards... and rutsky captures this beautifully, together with Nine's voice and the pain of the Time War.

Rec: Moksa

Feb. 28th, 2011 09:46 am
nonelvis: (DW River Song (FotD))
[personal profile] nonelvis
Hi, I'm [livejournal.com profile] nonelvis, one of the mods here at [livejournal.com profile] calufrax, and I'll be reccing fic for you this week. If you'd like to rec stories yourself, we've got open slots starting in mid-April -- just join the comm and sign up to rec!

Story: Moksa
Author: Rutsky
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1,235
Author's Summary: They were jokes, the names we gave the marks. River taught us to keep our secrets. Miss Evangelista gave us back our hearts.
Characters/Pairings: Anita; references to Ten, River, Proper Dave, Other Dave, and Miss Evangelista
Warnings: None

Recced because: In this last month and a half or so before Series 6 begins, there's still time to speculate about who River Song is and what her real motivations might be. Here, Rutsky presents River and her team as a group of clever and enterprising con artists, tight-knit and emotionally dependent on one another, and contemptuous of their marks – until the day they're trapped forever with one of them. River and her team aren't expecting forgiveness, much less redemption, but death changes everything, including a cold-hearted criminal's ability to care about others.

Excerpt: after the cut )
[identity profile] joking.livejournal.com
Title: Ice Like Centuries
Author: rutsky
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3412
Author's Summary: He wanted someplace dark to flee the flames. Instead, he found himself at the mercy of someone from his past, on a planet where the light wasn't light, and where Time wasn't right.
Characters/Pairings: Nine, TARDIS, Original Character
Warnings: Violence

Recced because: It's very difficult to truly represent the way a Time Lord thinks. It's even more difficult to represent the thoughts of a Time Lord who's just blown a hole through time and obliterated two species. Yet rutsky manages to give us a terrifying glimpse into these thoughts. It's confusing and bewildering, but that's exactly how it should feel.
[identity profile] curuchamion.livejournal.com
A very Merry Christmas to everyone here that celebrates it! (And even if you don't, or if you're just browsing and it's the middle of July or something - have a happy day anyway! We could all use one, right?)

Story: Com Estrelas
Author: Rutsky or [livejournal.com profile] kaffyr on LJ
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1572
Author's Summary: “When there's no running and hiding, there's time for wonder.”
Characters/Pairings: Ninth Doctor, Jack Harkness, Rose Tyler
Warnings: None.

Recced because: Rutsky is the first author I've recced this week who's been recced here before - but I just couldn't leave this story out.

"Com Estrelas" is one of those lovely little pieces in which, you could say, nothing very much happens. It's one of the spaces between the adventures, when the Doctor and his companions don't have to run... when they can share the beauty and peace of stargazing on an alien planet.

Rutsky isn't so much a fic writer as a poet, and I mean that in the best possible sense. Every word in this story is perfectly chosen to make us feel as Nine, Jack and Rose do here. Peace in the universe, goodwill towards all, and stars; what better fic to rec on Christmas Day?

Hugs to you all! ♥
[identity profile] solarflar3.livejournal.com
Story: Scarlet Junction
Author: rutsky
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2402
Author's Summary: Once upon a time in the far, far future, a little blue woman worked on a tiny space station and waited for the world to end.
Characters/Pairings: Ninth Doctor
Warnings: None

Recced because: I do love this.  I love how rutsky has given a background, a believable background to a small but significant character.  I think it is a sign of a very good writer for her to have achieved this from the short scene which this character was in. Rutsky's writing flows in such a wonderful way, I'd recommend anything by this author.  But for me, this one stands out as not only very well written but intriguing too.
[identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
This is my last rec for this week! I hope you all enjoyed my choices; I had a lot of fun picking them out and writing about them. So, lastly but not leastly:

Story:Walk Out With Me to the Unknown Region
Author: rutsky
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 84539
Characters: Jack Harkness, Lynda Moss, others
Author's Summary: Given the slightest opportunity, chance, the universe’s bastard child by chaos, tends toward life.

Recced because: We see a lot of one-shot characters come and go in Doctor Who. "Spear carriers in the opera", as the saying goes. And we see a lot of characters go in rather horrible ways. Rarely do we see them get another chance. But that is exactly what rutsky gives us in this story. At the end of Parting of the Ways, Rose the Bad Wolf brings life, but to how many? And what happened after that? Here, rutsky steps in and tells us the story of Lynda with a 'Y', Govinda and Davitch, Meg, Roderick and all the rest of the characters we last saw on the Game station. Rose and the Doctor are defined only in their absence; even Jack is less the main focus of the story and more one of the ensemble. This is Lynda Moss's journey, her second chance at life. It's got action and peril, fantastic narration, mystery, discovery, and just gorgeous character development of people who we only glimpsed in the episodes. In the aftermath of the Hero and Heroine's swift departure, rutsky gives us a story in which the "spear carriers" shine.

Excerpt )

reccity-rec-rec

Our current reccer is [personal profile] clocketpatch.

May 2017

S M T W T F S
  123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031   

Tags