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05 May 2005 @ 04:23 pm
SGA Rec: Transcendental (M/S)  
How is it possible for a story to be this this rich, this hot, this blazingly smart? It's like a billionaire supermodel with an IQ of 190. If I didn't love it so much I'd cry and never write again. Actually, I'll probably need about six months to recover from the brilliance of this before I can write another word of anything.

Transcendental by astolat
theseashore on May 5th, 2005 11:32 pm (UTC)
Can I give you a bit of advice, Anna? You need to pace yourself with the Astolat. Otherwise your head will explode. Believe me, I know of which I speak. Plus it's all too good to rush. You wanna just rip your clothes off and roll naked in the words and the snark and the hot and the words.
Anna S.eliade on May 6th, 2005 12:11 am (UTC)
It's too late. I read all the stories. *facepalm*
Sarapanisdead on May 6th, 2005 02:09 am (UTC)
I wish someone had given me this advice about, uh, two days ago. I also just mainlined everything I could find by astolat, and now it's all gone. Augh.
theseashore on May 6th, 2005 12:23 pm (UTC)
I know I know, but realistically? I'm thinking there's gonna be more.
Innocent Bystanderfiresprite1105 on May 5th, 2005 11:46 pm (UTC)
I KNOW, omg!

I was just about to ask whether you'd read it after you'd posted you were reading Shalott. It hits all my kinks like they're ducks in a row. Shalott wins the giant panda!

Speaking of SGA recs, have you read Julad's 'The Secret Life of Scientists"? It's McKay/Zelenka, and it is heartstoppingly brilliant.
Anna S.eliade on May 6th, 2005 12:13 am (UTC)
Giant panda, yes. Sighhhhhhh.

I did read it and thought it was fascinating and wonderfully written (of course ;), but I don't know Zelenka's character sadly--I haven't seen enough of the show and if he was there he didn't catch my attention. There are many stories I'll have to try again when I've watched more. :)
Pouncer: Atlantis risingthepouncer on May 5th, 2005 11:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, the story that broke the reading fandom in half. People either thought it was brilliant, or that it totally mischaracterized McKay. There's tons of discussion from back when she posted it.
Anna S.eliade on May 6th, 2005 12:11 am (UTC)
I'm on the half with the massive crush of McKay love. *sigh*
tiny stoned buddha: universe go down the hooooolepandorablu on May 6th, 2005 12:46 am (UTC)
Shalott? Is the whole reason I read SGA fic. I went over to sga_flashfic and gobbled up all her stuff real quick. Her latest is yum-tastic too.
You're out of adventures :(: wwmkd?  by queenshroomclaire on May 6th, 2005 01:26 am (UTC)
Yes, indeed. That was a seriously awesome story. Although, as stated above, a lot of people didn't like it because Transcendental Rodney didn't match the Rodney in their heads.

I really did enjoy it. So long and plotty and interesting. I liked the Rodney in it. Although he may not have been canon Rodney, he was certainly well characterised and it was interesting to see how Shalott developed his character over the course of the story (also, I didn't think he was that far removed from canon, probably because I had this whole other idea of why he was acting the way he was than a lot of the people who didn't like the characterisation).

And now I should stop reading LJ at work and actually work.
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This Space Intentionally Left Blank: Shep-BlackShirtbarkley on May 6th, 2005 04:08 am (UTC)
Every time I see the Genii on screen or in another story, I keep flashing on the time Sheppard was kidnapped by them, and it's just so real! I would swear to you on a stack of Bibles that it happened.

(Count me in on the adoring this story group.)
Clioladyclio16 on May 6th, 2005 04:51 am (UTC)
Transcendental is my favorite SGA fic. I love it so much. I just want to marry the Rodney in this fic. I don't blame John for being so turned on by him. My inner alpha bitch responded to him same damn way. I have read this fic several times and it only gets better each time.

If you haven't read her fic A Beautiful Lifetime event yet read that one too. I love it to pieces. astolat has quickly become my favorite SGA writer. I get so excited when she posts new fics. I just adore her John and Rodney.
Erin: Daniel w/glassestingler on May 6th, 2005 02:53 pm (UTC)
After you've gone back and re-read everything by Astolat (surfacing from third reading of "A Beautiful Lifetime Event"), if you're at all interested in the PegB universe, Raqs' "Turbulence" is a comparable read.

::goes off to to arrange polygamous wedding with all of Astolat's stories::
Amalthiaamothea on May 12th, 2005 03:36 am (UTC)
I try not to compare my writing to astolat's because if I thought about it too much I'd never write anything. :) I'll always come up short, she's such a brilliant writer, her dialogue brings her characters to life, in ways not many people can match.

I'm really happy she decided to write SGA and Rodney/Sheppard. I don't know why people think he wasn't in character, I completely saw him turning into an evil overlord. :)

If I thought praising her would help her write faster I'd quickly turn into an internet stalker, singing her praises.

Honestly, I think I read Oblivious more times than A Beautiful Lifetime Even and Transcendental
Anna S.eliade on May 12th, 2005 03:57 am (UTC)
I've been rereading "Oblivious" too, while not having reread anything else quite yet--I didn't give it its own separate mention, probably because I was gobbling so many stories at once, but that's still a terrible oversight. I *adore* the idea behind the story. I adore the story. It makes me *so* happy. :)
Amalthiaamothea on May 12th, 2005 04:54 am (UTC)
Oblivious made me really happy too. :) I must have re-read it 10 times. It was so funny but sweet and kind of sad too. I loved the scene where he "dumps" John. ROFL it was great actually a lot of the story was great from start to finish.

I also liked her story Proof by Contridiction. The part in the puddlejumper was great.