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rec - the jenny code by miss porcupine
children of dune - leto 1
seperis
This is actually a re-rec, but it never hurt anyone to hear about an amazing story twice, and because she posted another story in that universe.

For your refernece.

The Jenny Code
Poppies in November - Sheppard pov, post The Jenny Code
In Abeyance -Rodney pov of the events of The Jenny Code

miss_porcupine fills a gap that no other SGA writer does, in a strong and clear focus on the military side of Atlantis. She brings them to life in a way that makes it accessible to the non-military of us (which is, face it, way too many of us, with preconceived and often horrifically stereotyped notions of what being in the military is and what soldiers are like), and writes, to me, the best, most well-rounded Lorne in the fandom. This one is--it's relatively straight forward; a hostage situation, a mission, getting everyone back. But the people that make those decisions, how they're made, the interpersonal dynamics and differing, conflicting loyalties, the complexities of a war that's mostly undeclared and with vague edges that don't quite meet--it's amazing. It's simply, utterly amazing in simple, clean pros that unfolds an amazingly complex story beneath it all of life in the Pegasus Galaxy, a war that isn't quite declared, and balancing what's right and what's necessary.

I cannot recommend this highly enough. Heavy plot, heavy action, a lot of wonderfully realized characters. This is among the best of what our fandom has to offer in fiction.

Special rec for In Abeyance - miss_porcupine has said before she's not quite comfortable writing Rodney. It can't be proven by this story. A very non-military man viewing a very military operation, with the near-visible changes that Pegasus has wrought on how he thinks and reacts. It's--it's *good*. He's used to being with Sheppard, going on these missions, and his barely restrained desire to go when he knows that in this operation he can only be a liability, the need for this very civilian man to be part of it--it's wonderful. Tightly restrained Rodney, angry and terrified and watching helplessly because he knows there's nothing he can do here--I just don't have words. It has to read.

And added bonus - pentapus with a drawing of injured John from The Jenny Code.

Yeah, you should be reading this. I can't possibly do it justice in a single rec


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Awww, good reminder to read that one again :)

I think I've developed a taste for gen in SGA thanks in partly to her writing.

Can we forget how I just wrote this comment?
Oy!

Her and ltlj have totally given me a taste for it too. Their fic is just--amazing.

Yep, although from what I've read ltlj is more ... what? I'm looking for a word here. My first impulse is to say accesible, but that description doesn't feel not quite right.

*nod* Yeah, accessible isn't quite the right word either. I think--and this is me, just randomly groping for the right way to describe it--ltlj is less military-inclined? As someone who isn't in the armed forces, her gen is written that way. miss_porcupine makes me stretch myself more, put my head into a differnt, almost alien society. I love it, and the more I read, teh more time I want to spend there.

I can totally buy your John. To me he feels very much like a person in the real world.

You write *amazing* characters. I'm not sure I ever would have appreciated the Atlantis military if I hadn't read you, or really understood all the facets of Atlantis from their pov. So thank you. I owe you for that.

Writing from the military POV allows not only for me to incorporate my RL interests, but also to have a peanut gallery of hundreds. A battalion of Statlers and Waldorfs who meta for me. That I can maybe be a little subversive and show that men in uniform are really just normal folks with little choice in work apparel... good. :)

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Oh wow, if you haven't read this before? *bounces* It's so completely different from most SGA fic that it still just stands out.

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Free up some time and park yerself in front of the computer for a lengthy stay; miss_porcupine's website is well-worth the time it takes to read it. You can reach it from her user info.

Also, pay a visit to Watergate, ltlj website- there be slash but it's marked. And doesn't get that detailed, usually.

Between the two of 'em, you'll be set for weeks. ::glee::

I feel kind of like a stalker that both those codas come from requests from me.

Good stalker, good ;)
*pets hair*

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