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28 November 2005 @ 06:08 pm
four sga recs: minutes, holding, toasters, retrograde  
Four and a Half Minutes by the_moonmoth (Rodney/Teyla) My het!OTP in Stargate: Atlantis. I just can't help it. I mean, I don't really see canon for the pairing. In fact, I was recently rewatching some of the early S1 eps when Teyla was introduced and I swear she gives Rodney some outright dirty looks at times, when he comes out with something she thinks is offensive or asinine.

(In fact, almost every character gives Rodney a dirty look or three at some point. If I knew him as a real person I'd probably give him dirty looks too. But because he's not real and he's such a snappish teddy bear, I just think: woobie! So sad.)

But anyway. It doesn't matter. This story makes me see it. It's adorable, endearing, and sweet. And I kick it at your head like a hacky-sack ball so that you can't avoid it. *BIFF*

Care in the Holding by laceymcbain (John/Rodney) I've been meaning to rec this for a few weeks now. This just hit me right in the chest when I read it. When stories are good, they usually have a few basic qualities in common--the dialogue rings true, the characterization is recognizable, the writing is strong. So if I highlight one or two qualities in reccing, it doesn't mean others aren't also there; the same goes for any other stories I might mention, now or ever. I don't even know why I feel the need to say this; it's just a thought I had. Carry on.

Three things stood out for me reading this:

1. This is the Rodney I want Rodney to be. His determination to learn to shoot, his resolve during the bet with Bates, his reaction to Gaul's and Abrams's deaths--this is a deeper shadow side to him that I want to believe is there in canon, unshown to us; another part of his life, with night scenes that pick up when the daylight scenes end.

2. The atmosphere. I felt *there* so intensely, in the armory, and the visuals of the story feel shot in dim light, with shadows. The shadow theme, continued from above. It maintains this feel; it has a definite tone. Quiet and intense.

3. The details. The descriptions of weaponry and shooting technique, and the military masculine posturing--especially when it takes on an ugly note. It all blows me away. I'm almost sulky with envy struck dumb with admiration.

Sometimes You Get Toasters by giddygeek (John/Rodney) This is one of many stories that I read early on when I'd seen less of the show, and am revisiting. I'm even more blown away now. The dialogue in this is uncanny. Every line that a character delivers, I can hear the corresponding actor speaking on my mental TV. I keep re-reading bits to try and figure out how she does that, but haven't yet.

Retrograde by ltlj (Gen) I followed this as a WIP and it's kick-ass. Incredible plot--I can see this as a seasonal arc, four or five episodes long. I can *see it* see it, as if the story was taken from a pile of actual scripts sitting on a table in the SGA writers' room, in sight of David Hewlett passing by in the hall. It's good, good, kissably good storytelling.

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Read them all. I'm holding this kitten hostage until you do.
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Not so much Fallen as Sauntering Vaguely Downwards: sga_that look (ihatefastcars)elfgirl on November 29th, 2005 03:02 am (UTC)
Care in the Holding is an excellent, excellent story.

Anna S.: atlantis-blue-skyeliade on November 29th, 2005 05:34 am (UTC)
God, yes. I just want to curl up unseen in a corner of the armory and watch the two of them shoot guns, you know?
Lacey McBain: SGA Brain Lick Lamardeuselaceymcbain on December 2nd, 2005 05:08 am (UTC)
men with guns
Oh, God, yes! Me too! That's kind of what I did to write the story, so to speak. There's something weirdly sexy about men with guns.
sparkledark: joshneck by <lj user=" title="sparkledark: joshneck by " />sparkledark on November 29th, 2005 03:18 am (UTC)
okay, between your recs and your own irresistable writing and your pretty pretty icons and half my friends list going crazy for john and rodney, i'm finding myself falling headfirst into this fandom and i have not even seen the show yet. help!
Anna S.: jack-davenporteliade on November 29th, 2005 05:33 am (UTC)
Yes! *pumps fist* With every convert, I get a free toaster. Which is strangely apt. *g*
LadyStarlight: me santaed ann1962ladystarlightsj on November 29th, 2005 03:25 am (UTC)
NO! Not the kitten! Okay, I'll force myself to go read excellent fic for a show I don't even watch.

But it's on your head!
Anna S.: alien reseliade on November 29th, 2005 05:34 am (UTC)
My god, how fandom makes us toil and suffer. Keep a stiff upper lip, darling! ;)
ltlj on November 29th, 2005 04:55 am (UTC)
Hey, thanks for the rec! Um, I mean, oh god no, not the kitten!
Anna S.: puppy-eyeseliade on November 29th, 2005 05:32 am (UTC)
I'm going to start using the kitten for so many things.

Give me your dancing boys, or the kitten gets it!

And they will hurl dancing boys at me! ...which will probably hurt. Hmm. Must rethink plan.
Anna S.: rateliade on November 29th, 2005 05:48 am (UTC)
By the way, did I actually give you *feedback* for the story at the end? Because I mentioned the story to someone at that time it came out, and meant to leave you a comment, and now I can't remember if I did. I have a really terrible memory. But if I didn't...hello! This was amazing. :) I love stories that pit a band of rebels against conquering forces, and you don't stories like that too often, now that I think about it. I look forward to reading any more SGA stories you might write.

Also, I know that people sometimes take this as a backhanded compliment, but I'll take a chance and say that I almost never read gen. So I'm kind of like a mouse that sniffs uncertainly around a bit of cheese and then pounces with wild enthusiasm and then SNAP, I'm caught, struggling madly, and ending this analogy with a small apologetic cough.

But hey, I have an icon for it.
ltlj on November 29th, 2005 10:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks very much for the rec! The idea just sort of came out of nowhere, so I'm a little surprised by it myself; I don't usually write AUs, either, so that was kind of weird. And I'm bifictional, but for some reason I'm only feeling the call of the gen right now. :)
Anna S.: jack-davenporteliade on November 29th, 2005 05:49 am (UTC)
and you don't stories like that too often

That should have been: you don't see stories like that too often. And given the number of typos I just made and corrected in this comment, I think this proves it's time for bed. :)

anashi on November 29th, 2005 06:10 am (UTC)
God I love Toasters, best line ever ---> John nodded. "Plus, you're Canadian. Your blood is probably part flannel anyway."
yonmei on November 29th, 2005 09:41 am (UTC)
Eek. I'm already LATE, you horrible, horrible person!

*pets kitten*
misstrixi: Geekmisstrixi on November 29th, 2005 10:25 am (UTC)
I've complied with your demands, let the kitten go! And thank you for the recs, I'm all giddy with good fic now :)
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Moony McMoonsome: Joe Flannigan Turquoise Smile (gilkurtisthe_moonmoth on November 30th, 2005 06:49 am (UTC)
Hey! Thank you for the rec :) Also? You give good bad sex *g* just so you know.