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Story: Strings Attached
Author: [livejournal.com profile] beshter
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 80,918 (and counting)
Author's Summary: Pete Tyler thought he was agreeing to making his entire life better. Sometimes gifts come with strings attached. When his entire life is turned upside down, fate gives him a second chance at pulling it together.
Characters/Pairings: Jackie Tyler (both universes), Pete Tyler (Pete’s world), Mickey Smith, Rose Tyler, the Tenth Doctor
Warnings: None by author (character death mentioned)
Recced because: I’m taking a chance by rec’ing this,  because it’s unfinished. However, there are 22 chapters, which gives you plenty to chew on until the final chapters come — and the author appears to have a schedule, which means this fascinating story should be completed. I certainly hope so, because this tackles one of the fascinating untold stories in the Whoniverse; how did the Pete Tyler of Pete’s World come to be so different from the lovable, but unsuccessful Pete Tyler of our world? [livejournal.com profile] beshter has a knack I love in writers: they build a believable world, they create characters who act believably, and they act only on the information they know. We, as readers, know what’s happening and why, but the writer’s skill is such that we want to watch this Pete (always one of my favorite characters) think his way through his good fortune, through invasion, through losing one Jackie and into loving a new Jackie.

A taste:
This was not the life that Pete Tyler had signed up for )
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Hello one last time (at least for now), since my time recommending has come to a close. To make up for a number of days' absence, I will be recommending two stories today. The second will be in a separate post; I hope you enjoy both of them!

Story: Winter Where You Are
Author: [livejournal.com profile] st_aurafina
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 1,810
Author's Summary: Clyde has helped Luke sort out some confusing issues, but even he can't explain why the universe is named River. (SJA/Firefly crossover)
Characters/Pairings: Clyde Langer, Luke Smith
Warnings: None
Recced because: You can probably tell from my other recommendations that  I have an amazingly large soft spot for crossovers; when they’re done well, they expand the universe in which we read. More than that, they also are proof that we’re reading an author whose sense of wonder is even more strong and flexible than the norm in the already creatively flexible universe that fanfiction is. This story by [livejournal.com profile] st_aurafina is a beautiful example of that. This story is remarkable for the cut glass purity of the conversations between River and Luke, the different ways that Luke interacts with the people he loves, and the brilliant way the author has drawn the similarities between Luke and River. (By the way, if you know the world of Firefly, you won’t be confused by the name “River.” If you don’t, all you need to know is that this River is not a curly-haired archaeologist.)
A taste:
The Bane had gifted their Archetype )
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Story: A Moment’s Peace

Author: [livejournal.com profile] betawho

Rating: All ages

Wordcount: 268

Author’s Summary: There's no point in running all over time and space, if you can't stop and appreciate the moment. — Includes a hammock and River Song.

Characters/Pairings: the Eleventh Doctor/River Song

Recced because: I’ve rec’ed at least one exquisitely uncomfortable story this week. Having done so,  I find I need to return to an author who has provided me with some of the most comfortable and comforting pieces of fiction it’s been my pleasure to consume. [livejournal.com profile] betawho loves one of my favorite couples, Eleven and River, and reading this particular little piece is definitely a tiny, high-quality gem of the sort that leaves one smiling. (If, like me, you’re an Eleven/River fan who occasionally enjoy pieces of fluff that make you go “awwww” without getting too gummed up in sweetness, I’d recommend a large slice of the author’s oeuvre.)

A taste: Nope, this one is too short — just go and enjoy it!

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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 )

rec: Cold

Nov. 24th, 2014 02:15 pm
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I've fallen down on the job again, and missed a couple of days; my apologies once more. I hope this makes up for it!

Story: Cold

Author: [livejournal.com profile] nostalgia_lj
Rating: Teen
Wordcount: 834
Author’s Summary: The Doctor visits River to ask an important question. (Post-Kill The Moon, so spoilers etc.)
Characters/Pairings: the Twelfth Doctor/River Song

Recced because: Sometimes fic, good fic, makes us uneasy, or leaves us wondering “Is that really the way my beloved characters think?” Every so often that’s a good thing, something spiky and uncomfortable here in the land of fanfic, where we often go for the sunshine and fixit, and quite rightly want the characters we love to be happy. [livejournal.com profile] nostalgia_lj is a past master of writing beautifully uncomfortable stories. Her phraseology and sense of timing are superb, as is her sense of the absurd (and her ability to match transcendence with black or cracky humor.) In this story, matching Twelve with River, we see what could arguably be the most alien part of their relationship; the implacable logic that rules at least part of their minds and souls. (For something incandescently beautiful from this author, try “Blue Roses.”)

A taste:

"Do I have to watch this?" )

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My apologies for a missed day; life got crazy. I hope you enjoy this particular story!

Story: What shall  I do with his favorite things ....
Author: [livejournal.com profile] bobsyeruncle
Rating: all ages
Wordcount: 1,120
Author’s Summary: A friend of Steven's returns a borrowed toy. COE missing scene.
Characters/Pairings: Jack Harkness, Alice Carter
Recced because: I have a personal affection for [livejournal.com profile] bobsyeruncle; she and  I share generational similarities, and a love of family, born, found, or made. I think the latter often shows up in her work.  I also love her work because it is  unsparing, whether in its clear-eyed insistence on seeing issues like race in the Whoniverse, or the difficulties of love and connection with people who have wronged us. It is also full of love. In this story, strongly and cleanly written, she observes the grief of a mother and grandfather in the unimaginable wake of Children of Earth and provides a possible outcome for Jack Harkness and Alice Carter.

A taste:

"I'm sorry, just - Why did you say that .." )
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Story: An Unkindness of Ravens
Author: [livejournal.com profile] prochytes
Rating: Teen
Wordcount: 1,293
Author’s Summary: Thought and memory. In the end, they’re all that matters. (Crossover with The Avengers.)
Characters/Pairings: Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper
Recced because: [livejournal.com profile] prochytes’ work has been recced before, because the author is damned good at emotional complexity, believable settings, three-dimensional characters so real that you can, upon occasion, dislike them for many reasons, and an unwillingness to provide happy or sad endings simply because people want one or the other. The latter works well with the author’s focus on Torchwood, I think.  I recommend this,  somewhat shorter and breezier than many others of the author’s works, because it pushes my “does crossovers well” buttons. The plot is sketched with short, efficient sentences and the characters' dialogue is much the same, enhancing the story's kinetic feel. Architecturally and in substance, much of the story is told between the words. All of it is done with elegance and and wit, as witness the amount of thematic consistency, from title to endpoint.
A taste:
"Greatcoat - corner of the third alleyway.." )
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Story: a message to lead myself here
Author: [livejournal.com profile] wave_of_sorrow
Rating: all ages
Wordcount: 2,105
Author’s Summary: In which Eleven accidentally invites Nine (and, by extension, Jack and Rose) to watch him die.
Characters/Pairings: Amy Pond, Jack Harkness, River Song, Rory Williams, Rose Tyler, The Doctor (11th), The Doctor (9th)
Recced because: Many of [livejournal.com profile] wave_of_sorrow’s stories play with timelines in a way that  I love.  I chose this one to rec because I appreciate it on both a technical and emotional level. [livejournal.com profile] wave_of_sorrow pulled off writing this in a format with many extremely short, one-sentence paragraphs. It’s a format that can often drive me batty because some writers use it to scream "Look! Everything I'm writing is Important!" That wasn’t the case here, because the author wrote with emotional heft as well as economy. The story itself threatened to choke me up at times, with what  I consider a spot on illustration of the relative youth of both the Doctor and River in this situation. And of course River and Nine, two damaged souls, connect in fascinating ways. There was more than one spot where the tears threatened to come, despite the story's brevity.

A taste:

"The Doctor knew he was..." )

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Hello, and happy Monday! I'm[livejournal.com profile] kaffyr, and I'll be providing you recommendations for the coming week. All of the stories I've collected this time around are short, and in a couple of cases they are very short. But they're examples of stories that either have made me think, or have provided me with a great deal of enjoyment - and sometimes both. If you read any of these, it would be wonderful if you could let the author know you've read by leaving a comment!

Story: A Message in the West
Author: [livejournal.com profile] scarlett_key
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 4,330
Author's Summary: Martha Jones’ walk across the world brings her to Seattle, where she encounters a pirate radio station perfect for getting the word out about the Doctor. When she finds the pirates, she has to argue her case to another doctor before she can access the airwaves.
Characters/Pairings: Martha Jones, other characters
Warnings: none
Recced because: Crossovers are always a revelation to me, largely because they show me the talent of a writer. In fact, they generally stand and fall on that talent. The broader the stylistic chasm between worlds, the tougher the challenge for an author. [livejournal.com profile] scarlett_key handled this extremely challenging crossover, between Doctor Who and the NBC sitcom “Frasier,” really well, something  I wouldn’t have thought possible, especially given its setting, during the horrific Year That Wasn’t. It’s wonderful (in a somber, Year That Wasn't way) to see my favorite show, and one that I liked a great deal, come together so believably.

A taste:
"Don't mind them." )
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Story: Valiant
Author: MeiLin
Rating: adult
Word Count: 38,526
Author's Summary: The Story of the Year that Wasn't, from the viewpoints of almost everyone involved.
Characters/Pairings: Clive Jones, Francine Jones, Gwen Cooper, Ianto Jones, Jack Harkness, Jack Harkness, Leo Jones, Lucy Saxon, Martha Jones, Owen Harper, The Doctor (10th), The Master (Simm), Tish Jones, Toshiko Sato
Warnings: It's the Year that Wasn't, and it's not fluffy. It is long - but rewarding.
Recced because: Firstly, because MeiLin has written what might be the definitive exploration of the Year That Wasn't here. Secondly, because she is a master at taking minor characters in a greater drama and seeing them as they could be, then writing them into reality. Even more important, she makes those minor characters integral to the Whoniverse she explores and the stories they inhabit. Once you meet Shae Han, you'll see what I mean.
And with that, my week of recs is over. I had a blast doing it, (although I apologize for posting rather more slowly than I should have occasionally,) and I hope you enjoyed at least some of the stories I presented. Thanks!

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Story: Ghosts of Me
Author: genagirl
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 1150
Author's Summary: Owen is gone - but he remains.
Characters/Pairings: Toshiko Sato/Owen Harper
Warnings: Spoilers for Torchwood S2 finale "Exit Wounds"
Recced because: genagirl's command of the language is enviable in this illustration of Owen's exploration of his surroundings, his comrades, and his pending journey immediately post Exit Wounds. It's complex without being turgid, and the result is a surprisingly moving story. (Because I missed a day, I'm doing two today. Both are Torchwood, both deal with the same subject, but with very different attitudes and in very different styles. I hope you find that it's fun to compare, contrast, and enjoy!)
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Story: Afterlife Romance on a Train
Author: Bubbles San
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 794
Author's Summary: Once upon a time there were two people. They were very much in love. However, due to an unfortunate string of coincidences, they never knew it at the same time.
Characters/Pairings: Toshiko Sato/Owen Harper
Warnings: Spoilers for Torchwood S2 finale "Exit Wounds"
Recced because: I'm taking a side trip in the Whoniverse to Torchwood, with this story. It stars two of my favorite Torchwood operatives: quietly strong Toshiko Sato, computer whiz and researcher extaordinaire, and the man she's lately cared for, Owen Harper, the brilliant doctor who only lately - very lately - has realized his feelings for her. Bubbles San takes a lightly stylized tone in this short, and sweet, story. Far from hampering her respectful grasp of both characters, or their interaction with each other, this deliberate fairy-tale illuminates both.

rec: Link

Aug. 29th, 2008 10:34 am
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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.
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Story: ... Who Burned Like Starfire
Author: Nemo the Everbeing
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 2314
Author's Summary: On her birthday, Ace receives two gifts: one intentional and one not.
Characters/Pairings: Ace McShane/7th Doctor/TARDIS
Warnings: None
Recced because: this story - the first Who fic this writer ever wrote - helped introduce me to the Seventh Doctor, and to the delightful, redoubtable, Ace McShane. What's more, she did so by weaving a stunningly beautiful scene of the universe as seen from the door of a blue police box, and showing a keen understanding of the true nature of the Doctor, and of one very brave and perceptive human girl.
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Story: Passes the Storm
Author: Camilla Sandman
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 890
Author's Summary: At the end, there's her.
Characters/Pairings: Doctor/Rose/TARDIS
Warnings: Character Death
Recced because: Each word and phrase of this short, carefully written story works. For me, that means I cry every time I read it. Sometimes it's in grief, sometimes it's in relief, sometimes it's in joy. But I always cry. That's the kind of power the story has.
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Story: Decanted Memories
Author: amberite
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 6576
Author's Summary: The past is best served as a flaming cocktail. Takes place between "The Doctor Dances" and "Boomtown." And when you think you’re swimming to the surface You’re swimming - straight down -- Laurie Anderson, “Freefall”
Characters/Pairings: Nine/Rose/Jack
Warnings: BDSM
Recced because: This story about Jack's memory, the reality and unreality of the TARDIS, and the power of friendship, is remarkable, and beautifully told. Jack's and Rose's conversations are pure pleasure to read, because they tell the reader so much about the characters - and about the way people learn about each other. The writing is dense, full of wisdom, mesmerizing images, and a solid story that still manages to shimmer with beauty.
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Hi! I've loved Teaspoon since the first time I stumbled on it, and I'm honored to be able to share some of the stories that helped cement that love. I hope to recommend some long stories, some short pieces - adventures, introspections, some happy stuff and, perhaps, some stories that aren't happy - but are memorable. And here goes ....
Story: Elementia
Author: Cathica
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 1,708
Author's Summary: Earth, air, water, fire.
Characters/Pairings: Nine/Rose
Warnings: none

Recced because: Cathica is a professional writer who brings her technical prowess, her emotional sophistication, her brutal honesty, and her uniquely creative - sometimes frighteningly creative - sensibility to the fandom she loves. That passion impressed me so much that I want more people to love her work as much as I do. Elementia is an elegant necklace of drabbles connected by the lovely conceit of the four elements. Within that parameter, each is beautiful and emotionally resonant.

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