[identity profile] luckweaver.livejournal.com
Story: An Unearthly Guest
Author: apolesen
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 14,774
Author's Summary: When Jenny finds an alien stranger outside the house at Paternoster Row, she and Madame Vastra follow instructions the Doctor has given them months in advance: “Take him in. Take care of him. Don’t get anyone else involved.” But the mysterious guest’s stay only leads to more questions. What has made him lose his memory? Why have they been told to keep the existence of alien life from an alien being? And how come the nameless guest reminds Jenny of the Doctor, when he looks nothing like him?
Characters/Pairings: Jenny Flint, Madame Vastra, The Doctor (11th), The Doctor (8th)
Warnings: n/a

Recced because: Another long rec! I'm actually still in the process of reading this one, but it's so good that I decided to take a break and add it to my reccing queue. The Eighth is my favourite Doctor and frankly, he fits in almost perfectly into Victorian England - after all, he looks like an Edwardian man. That, and 'amnesia' as a trope for this particular Doctor works particularly well. And can you see the potential for him hanging out with the Paternoster Gang? Especially considering the role of Sontarans in the War... Oh, I was delighted when I first stumbled across this fanfiction. The different POVs you get as the story go on stop you from getting bored with such a long piece, and it's well worth the fact that it may take you a few sittings (unless you're like me).
[identity profile] a-phoenixdragon.livejournal.com
Story: Fight Our Own Shadows
Author: apolesen
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 8190
Author's Summary: Something worse than a nightmare haunts Clara’s sleeping mind. [AU of the Clara arc, picking up sometime after 'The Name of the Doctor'. This fic is basically possible to read without previous knowledge of Faction Paradox.]
Characters/Pairings: Clara Oswin Oswald, Faction Paradox, The Doctor (11th)
Warnings: Alternate Universe, General, Horror, Mystery

Recced because: Okay, this one will likely not be coherent. At all. There will be a lot of screaming and flailing because Eleventy-Eighth Doctor Adventures. Go look up the Faction Paradox. TARDIS-Wiki. Do this. Because this fiction?! My gods... I had the pleasure of stumbling across this last night and I was so utterly blown away, it immediately hopped the line for reccing Right Nao. If you know the EDAs you have an advantage (and you know how creepy these bad guys are), if not - like I said, TARDIS-Wiki - because this is a fiction every Whovian Needs to Read. I am that serious.

I have often made mirror comparisons between Eight and Eleven. I have reflected one against the other and - everyone knows the Love I harbor for my two 'Es'. I make no small matter of that fact. But this? This fiction makes sooo much sense. The second I started reading, I wanted this as Canon because 'OMG, the Sense-Making!'. I don't understand how no one put this together before, but I suppose it took the genius of this writer to not only draw the concept out, but lay it all out so perfectly. My only problem? THERE ARE NO REVIEWS AT THEIR ELJAY. And only ONE at Teaspoon. This blows my mind. I don't understand how that happened. So I am bringing this here and imploring you all to read. Because this? This is an epic fiction - the sheer concept so grand I felt my brain tilt. And if you read it, you will understand what I mean. Because - PERFECTION.

Just a small sample... )

Yes. You must read this. EVERYONE MUST READ THIS. Then tell them how genius they are. We might get more excellence like this for it...


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[identity profile] aralias.livejournal.com
Story: The Flower Tender
Author: apolesen
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 5237
Author's Summary: A beautiful madman, who talks of begonias and mermaids. A girl who is not a tenant or a maid or a companion, perhaps not even the pious rescue worker she seems to be. Fitz Kreiner, who leaves his rooms in the semislum of Hoxton to join the eccentric household, entering into a world which challenges the very values of the time.
Characters/Pairings: Eight, Fitz, Sam

Recced because: Another 'guess what [livejournal.com profile] aralias has just finished reading' moment (answer: it's 'Blue Angel'). I am very fond of AUs, and I'm very fond of Victoriana. The era has been used as a setting EDAs have employed as a place the characters could go, rather than a place they live (the Doctor gets sort of mad-housed in 'Camera Obscura', for example), so it's particularly interesting to see it here as a place these characters have always lived. The Doctor is presented entirely from the outside (unlike in 'Blue Angel') as this fascinating, bizarre, and unknowable person, and there are so many hints that this is part of a larger narrative. It seems like a very strange piece, but ultimately it's about Fitz feeling left out of life and then not feeling like that any more, and that simple human kernel of this story is what makes it much more accessible to me than say... 'Blue Angel'. The writing's good, too.
ETA: By going to the author's LJ I've just discovered... there are 5 more chapters still be posted on Teaspoon. Hopefully those will go up soon. This rec was based on the first chapter only (although I anticipate that the other chapters are very good too).


Feeling rather clumsy in his oddly matched clothes, he offered her his arm, which she nevertheless accepted. They walked in silence for a long time. First, he was worried that she would try to ask questions about his mother, but she only looked around the park, as if the world was new to her. He watched her instead; she looked so innocent, and he wondered how she had ended up living with a madman.

‘Is the Doctor your uncle?’ he asked. It was the only explanation he could think of.

‘When people ask, yes,’ she said. ‘Or guardian.’

‘“When people ask”?’ Fitz repeated.

‘He’s really nothing of the kind,’ she admitted with an unconcerned smile. ‘Although he’s the closest I’ve had to a father or an uncle or a guardian for a long time.’

‘How did you meet him? If I may ask...?’

She nodded. ‘He saved me,’ she said. ‘Not in the Christian sense, in the actual sense.’

As part of [livejournal.com profile] pod_aware I have recorded yesterday's rec, Personal Statement, which can be downloaded here. I will post the outstanding podfics (including, hopefully, a podfic of today's rec) in the comments of the appropriate rec (i.e. so the podfic of this fic will be in the comment of this post).

I hope you've enjoyed some of the recs this week - and the podfics!


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