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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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Eh, I am still in three minds on this. Maybe even four. The narrative movement is compelling and sucks you in, but there is something still trying to claw out of me about the characterisation. Rodney's mostly.

Also apart from one or two things in it, btrue bdsm is so not my kink at all. Or at least not in this context and especially not the s part. Actually no, really not.

Even if Carson as a top makes me smile.

*grins* Carson as a top made me giggle insanely.

*giggle* This is possibly the best part of the entire story for me. Carson as top.

*Yes.* (Sorry for butting in here, but I just had to reply to your comment because you've captured *exactly* how I feel about this fic, too. ) The story is really well-written and I'm strangely compelled to read each part every morning, but at the same time, it still rubs me the wrong way, and I often find myself wincing a little as I read it. And it's not about the BDSM stuff at all - that I'm actually enjoying - it's all about the characterization.

To be completely honest, if these characters had different names and the story had been posted as an original fic (or even if it were a fic set in an A/U Atlantis but with original characters), I'd be the first one in line singing this story's (and the author's) praises. A part of me wishes the author had done just that, because then I could enjoy the story without any reservations at all. But this John and this Rodney... it's just a little bit too much disbelief for me to suspend.

Sorry for butting in here too but I at first I felt that way, especially with the General Sheppard fic but I feel that John and Rodney would be different from ours if they were in this kind of environment. They still sound like Rodney and John but they fit this world IMO. I think if the writer tried to make them more like our Rodney and John, it wouldn't work. I hope I'm making sense here and I do understand where your coming from.

I think if the writer tried to make them more like our Rodney and John, it wouldn't work.

I agree, and I think that's precisely where my hesitation is probably coming from. I guess what I'm struggling with is this: how much of the fundamental characteristics of an established character can you take away, before he completely stops being that character? How much of a pairing's dynamic can you change before it stops being recognizable as the relationship (or at least, the *potential* of the relationship) you see on the show? And if these versions of John and Rodney would never work on the show, then why are they being written as John and Rodney at all (as opposed to making them original characters)? I enjoy a good A/U so long as the foundation of the characters remains familiar to me, but IMO, you could take this version of John and Rodney right out of Atlantis, give them different names and a different setting, and you'd have a terrific, compelling story with absolutely no resemblance at all to SGA. Which leaves me wondering why they've been constructed there, I guess.

OTOH, as I said above, I'm still compelled to keep reading the story, so maybe I'm just full of crap. *g*

*grins* No, I totally get what you mean in that. To me, it's similiar, at least in concept, in making an AU where one character is a different sex in canon--kind of having to pick what fundamentals will stay the same and which ones will be different due to that difference.

OTOH, I am seriously working not to think very hard about it and stay in the 'ooh, pretty' space. *g*

Actually now I've thought, to some extent it is because I can't cope with the Harlequin style of it and what that means for the characters. Any declaration of love from John or Rodney, ever, makes me wince and run away screaming. No matter how much it works in terms of life bonds etc. Likewise romance etc. I can cope with the bdsm, the AU world, posessiveness ... but the emotional delcarations and realisations? No. God no. Not after I've seen canon John unable to even possibly, maybe, if he had to, with perambulation, sort of, a little admit a teensy bit of maybe considering people family. Perhaps.

So there. My issue. :0

Okay, I'm butting in on the wince. If I see the words "anus" and "penis" in a fic this much again, I'm going to lose my mind. I feel like I'm eavesdropping on a proctology exam. I am physically wincing every time.

And, god, I'm so sorry to blunder into your thread and say "anus" at you.

So...it's not just me that really, really wishes she'd move away from teh medical terms? Cause--yeah. Anus. I can totally live without ever, you know, *thinking* that word again.

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