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3/14/05 10:32 pm - alyse - 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (give or take) by Merry (R)

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (give or take)
By:
merryish

Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Genre: Humour, mission, first time
Pairing: Sheppard/McKay
Rating: R

Summary: There's a vast ocean surrounding the lost city of Atlantis...and we can go there.

Review: Hoo boy. Funny fic. Very funny fic. The banter was spot on, the premise of the story very nicely thought out indeed, and both John and Rodney were positively gleeful at the prospect of getting to play.

And I was positively gleeful on reading this story.

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3/14/05 10:22 pm - alyse - Environmental Controls by Kalimyre (PG13)

Environmental Controls
By:
Kalimyre

Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Genre: Pre-slash, hurt comfort, angst
Pairing: Sheppard/McKay
Rating: PG-13

Summary: McKay is cold.

Review: If there's one thing that the SG:A fandom does well - as opposed to terribly unconvincing non-con, which it does exceedingly badly - it's stories that stand proudly on the fluffy side of the street. There's a hell of a lot of entertaining, frothy, wonderfully snarky slash out there and a lot of it is a joy to read.

This series starts off as a tag to Hot Zone, when Rodney, who can't sleep, ends up in John's quarters claiming that the environmental controls in his room aren't working. And thus, pre-slash is born.

On the surface, it seems a fairly traditional pre-slash moving to slash story, set around a single premise - Rodney's claiming that his quarters are too cold and John playing along - with the recommended amount of angst and misunderstanding along the way, but it's still very satisfying. Kalimyre handles it all with a light touch, making it alternatively fun and frothy and just angsty enough, and it's a highly enjoyable read. The series just gets better as it goes along, and I'm rather sad that there won't be any more.

10/28/04 08:20 am - alyse - Clichés Work Best by elfkin

Clichés Work Best
By:
elfkin

Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Genre: Pre-slash, hurt comfort, angst
Pairing: Sheppard/McKay
Rating: PG-13

Summary: Ricocheting bullets, regrets, snarky inner Rodney POV and clichés

Review: A nice, enjoyable, slightly slashy but not excessively so piece of hurt comfort. It's got a very strong McKay narrative voice, which manages to capture McKay's inner McKayness and still makes him very sympathetic, and it also manages to capture a very strong John speaking voice, which makes it a joy. There's hurt, comfort, realisations, peril and rescue and it all makes me very happy.

The only downside is that it really could have used a beta to catch the typos - but maybe that's just the fact that typos (except my own :)) seem to leap out at me in flashing neon.

Enjoy.

10/13/04 10:59 pm - alyse - Credentials by The Grrrl

Credentials
By:
thegrrrl2002

Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Genre: Slash
Pairing: Sheppard/McKay
Rating: NC-17

Synopsis: Aliens got them drunk and made them dun sex. Hee!

Review: Snarky, funny, sexy and very, very drunk. Sums up this fic and McKay and Sheppard both. I love Sheppard's slow realisation of what happened, and McKay's utter confusion and misreading of the situation. And the exchanges between the two of them are a joy.

10/3/04 09:05 pm - alyse - Holding Out for a Hero by Nel

Holding Out for a Hero
By:
nel_ani

Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Genre: Songvid, slash
Pairing: Sheppard/McKay
Rating: n/a

Synopsis: Songvid.

Review: This might be the first Atlantis songvid, and I hope it sparks some more. The pacing is good, the images well selected and the song - Holding Out for a Hero by Frou Frou, is just perfect for McKay.

I'm going to be watching this one a lot.

9/29/04 03:34 pm - alyse - Mornings After by Little Red

Mornings After
By:
Little Red

Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Genre: Het
Pairing: John Sheppard/Elizabeth Weir
Rating: PG-13

Synopsis: He doesn't usually sleep well the night after a mission.

Review: Yes, I am still mired in the depths of ff.net, looking for Sheppard/McKay fanfiction, but in the meantime I bring you this - Sheppard/Weir. It's very well written, showing a more serious side of both John and Elizabeth, and was written after the first episode and therefore captures what could have been rather than what I think is. It's a nice look into what it's like to be the leader or the soldier, though, and there's a gentle subtlety to it that I liked. Hence the rec.

9/29/04 01:41 pm - alyse - Midnight Showing by A.j.

Midnight Showing
By:
A.j.

Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Genre: Gen
Characters: John Sheppard, Elizabeth Weir friendship fic
Rating: PG

Synopsis: He knew it was coming. He just didn't think it'd be over bad horror. Elizabeth and John discuss the events of Suspicion.

Review: Good, solid characterisation, even if Elizabeth does come off as being more self-aware in the story than she does on the show. It's an interesting premise, and does get to the heart of who John is and why he trusted Teyla the way he did. Some nice bonding moments, and some nice trading of snark. It casts the relationship between the characters as closer than I see it on the show, and with a sibling vibe that I just don't see, but it's sufficiently well written for me to overlook it.

And you know it's got to be worth reading if I'm reccing an Atlantis story with no McKay in it.

9/28/04 05:54 pm - alyse - Magnetic North by kageygirl

Magnetic North
By:
kageygirl

Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Genre: Pre-slash
Pairing: Sheppard/McKay
Rating: G

Synopsis: Utility is in the eye of the beholder.

Review: Just a short and warm little Rodney introspective, set after Childhood's End. This is McKay at his most insecure, and his most endearing, and for once Sheppard goes for subtlety and not snark. Lovely little character details, and I love the closing few lines because they are so Rodney.

9/27/04 05:41 pm - alyse - Fifteen Minutes by Kylie Lee

Fifteen Minutes
By:
Kylie Lee

Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Genre: Pre-slash
Pairing: Sheppard/McKay
Rating: PG-13

Summary: All McKay wants is fifteen minutes. All Sheppard wants is McKay, but McKay's playing hard to get.

Review: I seem to be using the words 'sweet' and 'snarky' a lot when review Sheppard/McKay fics, but it sums up their relationship for me and therefore most of what I rec as well. This one is no exception. Again the voices are close to those of the characters on the show, and the banter is there in spades, as is John's charm and wilful obliviousness to McKay's frustration. It's nice, however, to see a story where John's not the one who holds all of the cards, and that shows that McKay is perfectly capable of playing a hand or two of his own.

9/27/04 05:33 pm - alyse - The Balcony Sessions by Leah

The Balcony Sessions
By:
Leah

Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Genre: Pre-Slash
Pairing: Sheppard/McKay
Rating: PG-13

Synopsis: Some confessions and a whole lot of misunderstandings.

Review: Another fic I first found on Area 52, which has grown into a series. I don't know whether it's because it's a new fandom, and there aren't many people writing the pairing at the moment, but most of the fic on Area 52 is at least readable. I fully expect that to change, unfortunately.

I liked these stories. Not a lot happens, but the characterisations are well drawn, and the first part at least is written with a very strong John voice. The slash element isn't overstated, but very subtle, and it's the better for it. Mostly it could be seen as friendship, and I do think that John and Rodney are approaching being friends, partly because I suspect that John would get on with most people, and partly because he seems to get Rodney in a way that so few people do, seeing him as slightly more than just a pain in the ass. As someone who sees McKay as a lot more than a pain in the ass, this interaction makes me happy.

This series is sweet and well-written and worth checking out, and I hope there is more of it to come.
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