April 3rd, 2009

eliphas, napping

Last month's fic recs

Note 1: I'm way behind on my reading. Everything I rec here has probably been rec'd all over the internet and back already. But I can live with not being avantgarde.
Note 2: If you want ratings, or warnings for spoilers or anything else, you'll find them on the fic.

Top of the heap

Title: Small Wonders (Also on Teaspoon)
Fandom: Torchwood
Author: aeshna_uk
Length: ca. 3,400 words
What it's about? Jack and Tosh drive out in the small hours to collect an alien. They talk, get rained on and get the alien.
Good things: This is happy!fic for me. Tosh/Jack friendship, good dialogue, good characterisation, mere hints at the Year That Never Was, Tosh loving her job, and a marvellous alien.
Not so good things: None.


Title: Valiant
Fandom: Doctor Who
Author: MeiLin
Length: ca 39,000 words
What it's about? "The story of the Year that Wasn't, from the viewpoints of almost everyone involved" (plus an OC or two).
Good things: It's long, it's gen, it's action/adventure. What I liked best about it is that "everyone involved" actually works towards ending the Master's reign, each in their own way, and every person's contribution is relevant. Also, stuff gets blown up, and there is running.
Not so good things: This started out as a series of short stories, and it shows. The pacing is occasionally weak, dramatic tension uneven, and the OC does not develop as well as I would have liked her to -- she starts out kind of interesting, but annoying, and stays that way, when more throughout development and painting in less broad strokes would have created a very good character. On a minor note, the Master is drawn as seriously un-fun evil, which is not my favorite portrayal, but it is convincing and consistent.

Title: Executioner's Promise
Fandom: Harry Potter
Author: becky_writing (Becky H.)
Length: ca. 1000 words
What it's about?
Good things: I like morbid, and I like the character chemistry. Also, very well written, sparse and cool.
Not so good things: It's short, and while it fits its form well, I suffer from a lack of longer stories recently.

Title: A Gory Fate
Fandom: Buffy/Gor
Author: Marcus Rowland
Length: ca. 1,200
What it's about? It starts with an UFO parked in front of the bar where Xander is working... (more would be spoiling.)
Good things: Hilarious. Dry, dead pan, and if you ever rolled your eyes about the Gor books, wish fulfillment.
Not so good things: If you do not know the Gor book and don't have an idea about Buffy Season 7 finale, this won't make any sense.

Title: The Atheist in your Foxhole
Fandom: Doctor Who
Author: Etherati
Length: ca 1,400 words
What it's about? The Eighth Doctor goes to war.
Good things: Interesting and well-played out conflict between Time Lord society's values, the Doctor's personal morals, and the needs of the Time war. Told in details and dialogue, which gives it a strong presence.
Not so good things: Short? Not much happening? Still, another story that fits its length, and I shouldn't hold a general complaint against it.

Title: Just Another Bloody Day at Torchwood
Fandom: Torchwood
Author: mgunby
Length: ca. 9,600 words
What it's about? Aliens are landing, and Torchwood has to deal with the situation.
Good things: There is an absolute dearth of Torchwood stories in which Torchwood does what it is supposed to do: Deal with aliens. This is a long story that is about nothing but dealing with aliens. In a peaceful way.
Not so good things: I'm not fully happy with the characterisation, but in this outwardly-focused story it's a minor issue.

From the backlog:

Title: Moonrise
Fandom: Torchwood
Author: jadesfire
Length: ca 25,000 words
What it's about? It's 1969, and Torchwood has noticed that artefacts are being stolen from abandoned Torchwood House in Scotland.
Why read it? First, historical Torchwood. Second, it's suspenseful with a nice, gloomy atmosphere. Slightly understated emotionally (when compared to most fanfic). Jack dying is not treated in a cavalier manner, which makes a nice change. Good and realistic OCs.
Not so good things: Not really. A little slow-moving?