November 28th, 2008

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The Curse of the White Sword by Jocelyn (PG-13)

Fandom Category: Pirates of the Caribbean
Pairing: Elizabeth Swann/William Turner, James Norrington/OC
Fic Title: The Curse of the White Sword
Author: jocelyncs
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1479582/1/
Rating/Warning(s): T/PG-13; descriptions of violent deaths due to a natural disaster in Chapter Eleven.
Genre: Drama/Romance
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: Going AU after Curse of the Black Pearl, The Curse of the White Sword opens with Elizabeth and Will preparing for their marriage, must to the consternation of her father. What happens sends Will and Elizabeth on another pirate adventure that will reunite them with Jack Sparrow and introduce them to a man long-thought dead. A wonderful story of how pirates don't necessarily look like Jack Sparrow the the Black Pearl's crew, an excellent lesson on why pirates never pilfer from a ship they did not sink themselves, and an all-around great adventure story. Jocelyn wrote this before Dead Man's Chest came out, and it remains one of my favorites to this day. An excellent story worth your time.
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Naquadah Tipped Warheads & Banana Smoothies by A.M. Richardson (R)

Fandom Category: Stargate SG:1
Pairing: Samantha Carter/Jack O'Neill
Fic Title: "Naquadah Tipped Warheads & Banana Smoothies" and the sequel "The General, The Colonel, Their Child and His Mother"
Author: A.M. Richardson
Link: Naquadah Tipped Warheads & Banana Smoothies and its sequel, The General, The Colonel, Their Child and His Mother
Warnings: Language, Major Character MIA
Genre: Angst
WIP?: Complete

Why This Must Be Read: Naquadah Tipped Warheads & Banana Smoothies and its sequel, The General, The Colonel, Their Child and His Mother by A.M. Richardson: This series is set in season nine SG-1 when Sam is still at Area-51. Sam discovers she is pregnant a month or so after Jack disappears off-world. She copes with missing Jack and the strangeness of pregnancy after forty with the help of their friends and by keeping a journal of her pregnancy and motherhood to give Jack when, not if, she insists, he is found so that he doesn't miss out on anything. Though Jack doesn't appear in the first story, the emotion in Sam's journal entries makes him feel very much present. Both stories are beautifully written, complicated, messy and sad, very much like real life. Sam finds herself doing things she never thought she'd do and unable to master the seemingly simple. Her grief for Jack and at being cheated out of their finally arrived life together is palpable yet somehow the overall tone is very hopeful. There's a lot of humor (Sam is not good at being pregnant or being a new mother) and Daniel in particular shines. The author could have stopped with the first fic and the end would have worked perfectly but did a sequel by popular demand. The first story is sadfic and proof that babyfic can exist without being saccharine. The sequel gives a happier ending and more closure for those who need it.

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Meridian by azurehorizon (PG)

Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Pairing: Teyla Emmagen/John Sheppard
Title: Meridian
Author: azure_horizon 
Link: FF and author's LJ
Warnings: Major Character Death
Genre: Angst
WIP?: Complete

Why This Should Be Read: azure_horizon writes some of the most angst-filled and moving John/Teyla character-sketches out there and has moved me to tears on quite a few occasions. She breaks me yet again in Meridian. I don't mind though because she makes it hurt so good (to be ungrammatical about it). In Meridian, John's dying slowly and painfully and he muses on his relationships and feelings as his team begs him to ascend instead. The imagery and emotions are beautiful and John and Teyla's longing for what could have been is tangible. This story feels especially relevant to recommend with only four episodes left in the series and John's feelings of failure and self-destructiveness made so tangible in "Remnants." While the sentimental part of me wishes John was the kind of guy who'd ascend so that he could come back again, the rest of me and Teyla recognizes that John is too much a warrior for ascension. He refuses to cheat death of its finality. This author never fails to make me think, this time about what makes and do we need a meaningful death. Having meditated on this brief piece, I have to say I'm with John on this one; in the end we all die alone.
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Guiding Light by madjm (PG-13)

Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Pairing: Teyla Emmagen/John Sheppard
Fic Title: Guiding Light
Author: madjm
Link: Guiding Light
Warnings: Possible Major Character Death/Capture
Genre: Action/Angst
WIP?: Complete

Why This Must Be Read: I really like the mysterious and appropriately spare Guiding Light by madjm. John's dead but a grieving Teyla sees him in her bed every night, asking her why she hasn't come to get him. I do not want to ruin the very original premise for you but this is not a sadfic. The author perfectly evokes the unbreakable (even after death?) spiritual, emotional and mental connection between John and Teyla that leads her to have hope when all is seemingly lost. I also like how she conveys Teyla's faith without being hokey. There's a great sense of team here; Rodney and Ronon support Teyla 200% even when they think she's nuts.
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Too Dear For My Possessing by harriet_spy (PG-13)

Fandom Category: Stargate Atlantis
Pairing: Teyla Emmagen/John Sheppard
Title: Too Dear For My Possessing
Author: harriet_spy 
Link: author website
Rating/Warnings: Mild Violence and Language
Genre: Action/Angst/Romance
WIP?: Complete

Why This Should Be Read: Too Dear For My Possessing put John at odds with an old and renewed suitor of Teyla who does not fail to act where John has hesitated. This prince and Teyla quickly grow serious as a jealous John and the team try to discover more about him and his motives. Will John be able to tell Teyla what they find out and, more importantly, how he feels? And if he does, will she ever forgive him? This is angsty and features some fabulous lines and characterizations
. I like how the author tackles Pegasus galaxy politics and is unafraid to show emotional cowardice in John. She gives him great depth and he is all the more sympathetic for it. The very funny Rodney and Ronon almost steal the story as they scheme with John behind Teyla's back. This story is a stand-out also for how it allows Teyla the leader to shine; she is so brave, intelligent, emotionally complex and compassionate that it seems natural for both of these very different men from two galaxies to love her so desperately.