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Story: No Return and No Deposit
Author: sheldrake
Rating: All ages
Word count: 3866
Characters: 10th Doctor, Romana, OCs
Summary: "There's a sort of sliding scale of aloneness." Meetings with Time Lords in bars.
Warnings: none

Recced because: Two different bars, and two different encounters between out-of-time people create an atmospheric and introspective story. The fic explores travelling, home, and the ways people are alone. Romana's final monologue is chilling and hopeful and perfect. There is so much depth to this fic - when you finish you want to read it again.

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Story: To the End
Author: sheldrake
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2431
Author's Summary: He always means it at the time.
Characters/Pairings: Jack/Estelle, Jack/Ianto
Warnings: none

Recced because: What I've always loved most about this fic, the thing that makes me remember it and reread it, is its rendering of young Estelle, Estelle as Jack first knew her. She's brought alive with remarkable clarity in few words, and though the author had many years to work backward through, she fits. She's a marvel, but she fits.

There are a lot of other beautiful things to love about it, too, though: an Ianto who is flawed and conflicted and pissed off and developing; gorgeous details from the inside of Jack's head that we know must be there but rarely get to see; and a Jack who loves recklessly and frequently and by the measure of his life, briefly (and always means it at the time).

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Story: A Place Called Home
Author: sheldrake
Rating: All Ages
Word count: 2,413
Author's summary: What's so bloody special about being human, anyway?
Characters/pairings: Martha, Jenny (from "Human Nature")
Warnings: none

Recced because: It makes Martha's experience in 1913 real. Though we only got brief glimpses in the episode itself, Martha's interactions with Jenny suggest that she entered into that world to a great extent, even though her time there was mostly bitter and she knew she wasn't staying. A Place Called Home explains why.

I'm at a loss to explain just what makes this story so effective; the best I can do is to say that it doesn't make the view through Martha's eyes pretty, but it does make it beautiful. It's just very alive. It's also one of my favorite looks inside Martha's head.

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Story: His Own Man
Author: sheldrake
Rating: All Ages
Word count: 5,292
Author's summary: It seems to Jack that people keep taking bits of him away and adding other bits on. Set after 'The Parting of the Ways'.
Characters/pairings: Jack Harkness
Warnings: none

Recced because: One of the things I like best about this fic is the fine detail is gives to Jack's interactions with the larger cosmos and the beings in it. This is a Jack I can actually believe as a traveller from the 51st century, as a citizen of the universe—but also as a guy just bumping from place to place, using common sense and all the experience he's got to work out how to read the natives and where the best bars are.

Then a war starts up.

His Own Man is a magnificent take on Jack's gap year(s), and Sheldrake fills in part of the stretch from Satellite 5 to Cardiff with a world and characters so real and well realized that I think I know what the place smells like. Jack himself is that much more real as a result, coming to some kind of terms with his… changed circumstances and finding his footing far away from home. And damn, but he's fantastic.

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Story: Human Activities
Author: sheldrake
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: A story about bad coffee, a green librarian, and a thing that doesn't shoot acid at people.
Characters: Rose Tyler, Mickey Smith, Jake Simmonds, Jackie Tyler, Pete Tyler, (alt!)Sarah Jane Smith
Warnings: none

Recced because: This is an absolutely lovely story about Rose post-Doomsday, and the new universe she's living in. With a great structure around ecosystems - or habitats - we get a Rose who is studying for an A-level, has made friends with the altverse!Sarah Jane, investigates alien toasters that might be weapons with Mickey and Jake, and generally is living her life, the way the Doctor would want her to. There's some very funny bits, some very thoughtful and touching bits, some melancholy bits (because this Rose is real, with all the human emotions that go with that), and a strong, hopeful ending. I just love Rose in this story, so very much.

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