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rec - coming home by xanthe
children of dune - leto 1
seperis
Okay, been up for an hour with--shocking!--tooth pain after *four hours* of sleep, so basically at this point, we can just go with I'm clinically insane and no longer responsible for what I do. My first act will be to declare myself queen of--hmm. Actually, I have no idea. But I would like to belatedly thank all the people on my buddylist for distracting me most of last night, since this has been getting steadily worse for the last couple of days. I love you all. Should I ever be queen of anything, I swear, brownies to everyone. And you know. Hot sex slaves. That sort of thing.

Okay, so comfort fic. Currently, and I honestly am still surprised I'm saying this, the prize for making me ungodly happy is Coming Home by xanthestories, prequel to General and Doctor Sheppard (link leads to part 1).

This isn't a conditional rec, but a--hmm. If you really liked General Sheppard, you'll like this one. You are group one. This is not aimed at you. If you, like me, did *not* get into the first one, okay, this rec is specifically for you. You are group two.

I didn't like the first one--nothing against the author, but I'm fairly specific on my bdsm and *really* specific on my John characterizations. The compare/contrast of universes did not work for me mostly because the AU was *too* different and I couldn't get context for a *lot* of the behavior. Coming Home, just for the fact that the author managed--and I have no idea how she did this--to build the freaking universe these people belong to? AWESOME. I mean--seriously, that is freaking *cool*. It's like candyland. Everyone's hot and wearing leather every day and being growly and possessive and seriously, who cannot love Miko in PVC boots, okay? Christ. The internal logic is sound, there are very intersting variations on characterization--but this is a strong enough AU I feel fairly comfortable with a wider field of characterization than I usually do. It's a wonderful, cuddly BDSM romance, Harlequin taking a trip to the toy store, but more than that, it's a good story. Just with floggers and collars and things.

I love that she's trying this, that she obviously put *thought* into this world and how this society might/could work, and frankly, she gets a ton of credit off the bat for attempting something this ambitious. I love how she keeps good internal logic. I love that she's hitting and bouncing on a lot of my kinks, period. I love that I am, for the first time in a long time, *obsessively* following a wip to see what on earth she'll do next. I am happy. I'm hitting *refresh* obsessively from midnight to one-fifteen--which seems to be her window of posting.


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It's a wonderful, cuddly BDSM romance

So true. I almost cried when John asked Rodney to accept his collar. The romance! The angst! (And the hot sex *cough*)

The compare/contrast of universes did not work for me mostly because the AU was *too* different and I couldn't get context for a *lot* of the behavior.

I couldn't get into the General and Doctor Sheppard AU because the compare and contrast thing kind of made me feel embarrassed for our John and Rodney and I have a huge embarrassment squick. Coming Home on the other hand stands on its own so I can enjoy it as the alternate universe it is. And I really like that AU. Comfort fic indeed. :)

So true. I almost cried when John asked Rodney to accept his collar. The romance! The angst! (And the hot sex *cough*)

OMG ME TOO! And oh my GOD sharing a plate. I was all melting into my bed.

Plus, the *collar*. That was just--guh.

I couldn't get into the General and Doctor Sheppard AU because the compare and contrast thing kind of made me feel embarrassed for our John and Rodney and I have a huge embarrassment squick. Coming Home on the other hand stands on its own so I can enjoy it as the alternate universe it is. And I really like that AU. Comfort fic indeed. :)

Yes. The embarrassment thing for John, and for Rodney *especially*--twitch. Here? I'm just *flowing* with it. All "aww, their first time with cuffs!" which seriously has never been a place I would go aww. God. I'm going to be teary-eyed at the romance of the first flogging, I swear.

OMG ME TOO! And oh my GOD sharing a plate.

It was so meaningful! Rodney giving up control over his food. And, and... he told Bates off! John was all possessive and growly (and he trained Rodney to get over his hangups with penetrative sex). *squee* I'm waiting for the day when Rodney moves in with John and walks around naked all the time so that John can take his sub whenever he wants. I think I should feel bad about my shameless enjoyment of this fic but somehow I don't. Heh. :)

God. I'm going to be teary-eyed at the romance of the first flogging, I swear.

ME TOO! The waiting is killing me.

YES! HE GAVE UP CONTROL OF HIS FOOD! That is freaking *love*, man.

And I can't wait until they get back to Atlantis and everyone sees the collar. I mean, just *really* want to see that. I have a suspicion that Miko of the Three Subs will be crushed.

Seriously. This story is setting all new benchmarks for me in romance.

Embarrassment squick - you just hit exactly why I couldn't deal with the not Alt. Universe parts of the first one. Everytime "our" J&R were on-screen (as it were), I had to read through my fingers, but the parts with Alt! J&R were hot.

I like AU comfort fic, too. And not just this one. I am a sappity sap sap sap.

I had to read through my fingers

My hands were permanently attached to my face. I just couldn't read it.

I like AU comfort fic, too. And not just this one. I am a sappity sap sap sap.

Well, I'm definitely not checking del.icio.us every day for updates with tag:sga+au. What? I don't! No, really. *denial, denial*

Word to the embarrassment squick with 'our' John & Rodney. I do have a question though - are Alt! J&R characterized the same way as in General & Doctor Sheppard? Because I seriously hated them and well, if the characterization doesn't differ I probably really won't like it.

It's "lighter" for lack of a better word. They're sort of finding their way into the relationship, so they're more tentative and less "me top, you bottom; take it and like it," dig?

I am very wavery about whether I like it or not. The middle part is quite romantic, though. *goes right to hell*

ooh yeah. I feel like I've been permanently warped in my idea of what is romantic. Very sad.

I know! Sould I ever date again, it's going to be a disaster.

Rodney got on my nerves a *lot less*, and John really no longer makes me worry if he's accidentally going to kill Rodney during kinky sex. *g* So yes. And honestly, it's a *lot* easier to read and enjoy with a universe of context around them to make their actions more normal.

For me it wasn't so much embarrassment as I didn't like trying to fit "our" John and Rodney into a BDSM role just becaus the alternate versions were. I would have liked the premise better if the two universes did echo one another by the end.


Really? I had to totally AU to deal - I just imagined that they were original characters who happened to be named John and Rodney and found it easier to take.

Ack. I typoed and totally changed the meaning of what I wanted to say: I would have liked it better if the two verese didn't echo each other.

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