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torchwood rec - get loved, make more, try to stay alive
children of dune - leto 1
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So it's not rare that fic can keep me up reading all night--see July, Due South, and my lack of many conscious memories of that month--but I can say it's pretty freaking rare in a watch-only fandom where my highest expectations amount to watchable and will Jack and Ianto get naked?

(svmadelyn found it and is like I AM READING A LONG MPREG. I am like OH MY GOD HOW BAD. Then there is silence and she says THIS IS GOOD. And I asked for a link, because, well, this is Madelyn. Yeah, exactly. But she was right. She was understating the case dramatically.)

Get Loved, Make More, Try to Stay Alive by dsudis, Torchwood, Jack/Ianto

This is how I will rec this: if you have seen the show or have read a decent summary, or have seen a livejournal entry on Torchwood, or in any way participated in fandom and therefore have been exposed to fannish osmosis, you will be fine, because really, who doesn't know who Jack Harkness is? Tibetan monks, that's who. And he probably slept with them, so you know, even they know.

This is awesome. It is long and plotty and time-travely without being hideously hard to follow (this is beautifully easy to follow) and the author states it's less than nineteen percent mpreg, which is true, as by word count and being five in the morning, new levels of bizarre obsessive compulsive behavior are achieved, I calculated it to 18.19% mpreg (YMMV), and even if you hate mpreg, you cannot hate this, because that would be like hating puppies. Puppies in a field of daisies. Puppies running to you in a frenzy of love in a field of daisies. And these puppies are hypoallergenic, just in case you have allergies. So are the daisies.



There was one really fascinating thing about this that I liked best and why I'm going to re-read; this is one of the few stories where things are retrospectively happening for a reason later, even really insignificant things, but one that really makes me smile for no reason is this, because it's just cute.

Jack starts a story about how he almost destroyed the world in answer to a question Ianto asks, which at the time seemed like a total deflection of the question, so Ianto blows it off. This gets picked up a bit later when Ianto asks the question again and Jack states Ianto hadn't wanted to know, and starts the story again, as it wasn't a deflection, just Jack going against the laws of God and man and actually giving a (nearly) straight answer that sounded like his not-answer.

(You will hit this pretty early and smile.)

So most of the story is like this, which is what happens when one has time travel and Jack Harkness involved.



So short version--if you like to read, this is something you should read. Did I mention the length of time to wallow? Lots of time.

And that is my rec, and I'm honestly shocked this is mostly within the boundaries of the vaguely internet-standards of grammatically correct, which are low standards indeed. Good fic puts me in a very good mood And doubtless a deeply grumpy one when I have to get up early for router diagnostics and small random related children screaming about. That will be fun. And totally, totally worth it.


While going through your due South kick, did you read any of her fics than? She wrote Hawk and Hands, which is what people mean when they refer to "The Hockey!Au".


Second, third, and fourthen (fourthen?) the Hockey AU rec.

It is long and plotty and time-travely without being hideously hard to follow (this is beautifully easy to follow) and the author states it's less than nineteen percent mpreg, which is true, as by word count and being five in the morning, new levels of bizarre obsessive compulsive behavior are achieved, I calculated it to 18.19% mpreg (YMMV), and even if you hate mpreg, you cannot hate this, because that would be like hating puppies. Puppies in a field of daisies. Puppies running to you in a frenzy of love in a field of daisies. And these puppies are hypoallergenic, just in case you have allergies. So are the daisies.

That is possibly the single best rec for a story I've EVER READ. Not only that, but since this is a story that I somehow, inexplicably missed, despite being a huge fan of both Dira and the show, I cannot properly express my gratitude to you. Here, have an icon of Ray Kowalski being sexy. It's the best I can do.

*runs off to read story*

I remembered my allergies abruptly and added the last bit just in case; while fields of daisies are pretty? Not worth three days sneezing. *shakes head*

As a non-Torchwood fan, I did actually start reading the story and I even really liked it until the time-travelling. But I'm given to understand that most fans think that's when it gets good, so. It was good! But very much not my thing.

I just finished reading this myself - I'm a very new Torchwood fan and someone recced it on one of the lists so I looked (despite the fact that most Torchwood mpreg is horribly, horribly bad) and I just fell in love with it. Like, staying up till 3am when I have to get up at 6, just because I couldn't put it down. Fabulous story, very little mpreg, lots of parts that made me have a lump in my throat, and then the ending which I definitely did not see coming. I would also recommend it highly (and I'd also second the Hockey-fic story, too. Marvelous world-building, and it almost made me watch hockey.)

Edited at 2008-10-19 07:28 pm (UTC)

Yes! You do not hear Mpreg and think Epically Fantastic, and I say that as a person who likes mpreg, so I do not feel bad about saying, my expectations were do they have sex without purple prose? And boom! Good fic!

I just started reading it, and am enjoying it so far. It makes me want to go back and watch the relevant TW eps. Thanks for the rec. :)

*bounces* It's so much fun.

I cried about four separate times reading this.

And, since I have a cold, black heart, that is quite the accomplishment.

*snickers* I got bleary-eyed as well.

I read this the other morning before work and was late to work (which I never am) because I could not stop reading. Then I read it again when I got home.

*nods wildly* No sleep! Eyes blurring! But I had to find out IF YANTO WOULD BE OKAY!

I agree with you whole-heartedly. I usually detest mpreg and got sucked into this one by accident, I think. And then I couldn't stop reading. I loved it from beginning to end.

Yes! It was impossible to stop!

ROFL! I think if anyone had started this post thinking there was no chance they'd be reading, they certainly wouldn't finish it that way! lol. Will need to check it out.

I love this story SO MUCH and I have been waiting so impatiently for MONTHS for her to finish it and post it so I could watch it take over lj *G*

*grins* That must have been stressful.

You know her Hawks and Hands, right? DS Fraser/RayK au, almost 200,000 words long, and as good as any novel I've ever read.



It's on my list for my dS AU phase!

Well with a rec like this I guess I know what I'm doing today. *is excited*

All day. *nod* It will take you a bit.

God, I loved Get Loved... so, so much. And also stayed up all night to read it, when I found it.

Are there actually people who haven't read it yet? 0_0 That's just an awful thought. We must all band together to find these poor souls and bring them to the light. *srs nod*

Yes, this. A gathering to help them. Because my God, otherwise, it would be very sad.

Thank you so much for the rec! So there went my day off and the laundry isn't done, but DAMN that was awesome.

(Yeah, she's a favorite from DS--and not just for the Hockey AU and the dead puppies fic. ;-)

THIS IS WORTH LAUNDRY.

(You can run it overnight, yes?)

YES! I am seriously in the mood for them right now. [For some strange reason. I don't know what it could be.] :D

*g* Just looking at it puts me in a better mood.