[identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
Story: Beautiful Monsters
Author: Cathica
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 9005
Author's Summary: When outnumbered by a homicidal species, it's best to keep it simple.
Characters/Pairings: Jack Harkness, Other Doctors
Warnings: None

Recced because: It's a good story with a future Jack Harkness on his own, battling some truly creepifying aliens, and not-so-nearly blowing up a mysterious stranger in the process. It's not only got a good horror-style plot, but a great character arc with some dramatic irony as Jack's interactions with the mysterious "Nadia" develop to a specific confrontation and revelation. I like the way Cathica develops the relationship between Jack and Nadia, as two people who don't realize how much they need each other but who are loathe to give up their secrets until it's almost too late. It starts off as a dark, bleak tale, but it emerges triumphant from this with a sprawling coda that reminds you how fun happy endings can be.

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[identity profile] elliptic-eye.livejournal.com
Story: Ghostmeat
Author: Cathica
Rating: All Ages
Word count: 2,612
Author's summary: A chronic meddler should always consider the worst-case scenario.
Characters/pairings: The Doctor (Tenth), Rose Tyler, Harriet Jones
Warnings: none

Recced because: The world can always use one more fic that plays with a bifurcation point in canon's timeline, or explores what being a time-sensitive might mean for the Doctor. This one does both.

In this particular worst-case scenario, Cathica traces out all the ramifications a slight shift in the events of The Christmas Invasion might have for the characters and their interactions. The picture ends up looking very, very different from the one we saw onscreen, but every step Ghostmeat takes to get there feels logical, inevitable. Rose and Harriet are particularly compelling here in the new, too-sharp triangle that unfolds between them and the Doctor when Ten does something—a small thing, comparatively—that makes good sense, coming from a man who's always liked to think that there should have been another way.

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kaffyr: The TARDIS says hello (Nine and Rose)
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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.
[identity profile] elliptic-eye.livejournal.com
One to make up for Wednesday, which I most shamefully missed.

Story: Salt
Author: Cathica
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1,284
Author's Summary: Tears always leave an aftertaste.
Characters/Pairings: Rose Tyler
Warnings: none

Recced because: Salt has a beautiful, cutting quality to it. It's a miniature mystery, though one that's entirely about Rose's inner world, and worth reading for the prose alone: It achieves a timbre that's at once matter-of-fact-and opulent, hyperreal and slightly absurd. It has edges where you don't expect them.

Salt captures a room in the TARDIS from what's at once an inside and an outside perspective flawlessly. Does a fine job with the inside of Rose's head, too.

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