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Penname: Ismene [Contact]
Real name: Member Since: 08 Jun 2006
Membership status: Member
I'm utterly and completely boring. No, seriously, my personal life is irrelevant. That's why I write fiction.
Reviews by Ismene
Infinity by Wintertime [PG-13]
[Reviews - 52]

Summary: Sometimes technology demands more than just a gene. (Now with sequel.)

Categories: General
Characters: Rodney McKay
Genres: Angst, Drama
Warnings: None
Chapters: 2 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 3570; Completed: Yes
Updated: 13 Feb 2006; Published: 09 Sep 2005
Reviewer: Ismene (Signed)
10 Dec 2007
I, uh. Don't have any idea what to say. I mean. Your writing was *perfect* and the scenario deeply chilling and your character voices were perfect - but. I'm just kind of - in shock? Maybe? I'm gonna go stare at a wall and appreciate it being solid and singular for a minute, 'kay?
Chapter 2: Assembly

Summary: He's surprised he's not already dead. Or maybe he is dead. Maybe Rodney's little pockets of universes and multi-verses, which he talks about with such glee, all hold the ashes of a John Sheppard that didn't even make it this far.

Spoils season one.

Categories: General
Characters: John Sheppard
Genres: Character Study
Warnings: Character death
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 1615; Completed: Yes
Updated: 14 Nov 2005; Published: 14 Nov 2005
Reviewer: Ismene (Signed)
09 Jun 2007
So, the first five made me want to cry, a little, but I kept thinking, "Just an AU, girl, calm down." Until the last line, which is brilliant and physically hurt to read. This was amazing and heartbreaking and I'm going to rec it on my livejournal.
Chapter 1: A Pocketful of Ashes

Summary: The truth is in the telling. (Future-fic)

Categories: General
Characters: Aiden Ford, Carson Beckett, Elizabeth Weir, John Sheppard, Rodney McKay
Genres: Character Study, Drama
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 1678; Completed: Yes
Updated: 15 Jan 2006; Published: 15 Jan 2006
Reviewer: Ismene (Signed)
10 Dec 2007
Um, way to break my heart, lady.

No, seriously, though, this was incredibly effective - the style in which it's written, the way you don't tell us a damn thing about what's happened except the visible things, the insights into them and the things that have to be rewritten to make them marketable.

This was really fabulously well-done.
Chapter 1: 1/1

Summary: One day, he was going to wake up and not know who he was.

Categories: General
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay
Genres: Drama
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 2015; Completed: Yes
Updated: 03 Feb 2006; Published: 03 Feb 2006
Reviewer: Ismene (Signed)
10 Dec 2007
Wow, this is - lovely is the wrong word, but the lyricism of Rodney's (very stoned) thoughts and the way he sees Sheppard and himself is beautiful and, you know, heartbreaking at the same time.
Chapter 1: 1/1

Summary: It made perfect sense that their first kiss had been an accident

Categories: Slash Pairings > McKay/Sheppard
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay
Genres: First Time, Humour, Romance
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 6695; Completed: Yes
Updated: 11 Feb 2006; Published: 11 Feb 2006
Reviewer: Ismene (Signed)
12 Dec 2007
Okay, I kind of thought I had told you this. Maybe I did on LJ? But this is one of my favorite fics ever. I totally have a kink for pining!John, and I adore your Rodney in this, and John's internal monologue, and everyone else's cameos, and I laughed my ass off at Radek/Elizabeth/Ronon. Seriously. I love this more than possibly anything ever. :D
Chapter 1: -

Summary: "It won't be much longer,"¯ he said as he mouthed Sheppard's jaw, no longer sure if it was a warning or a promise. "You'll be gone like the others."

Categories: Slash Pairings > McKay/Sheppard
Characters: Carson Beckett, Elizabeth Weir, John Sheppard, Radek Zelenka, Rodney McKay
Genres: AU - Alternate Universe, Angst, Drama, First Time
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 6174; Completed: Yes
Updated: 27 Apr 2006; Published: 27 Apr 2006
Reviewer: Ismene (Signed)
08 Jun 2006
This was great. I loved the way your Rodney got more and more desperate, and that the vanishing of Sheppard was his breaking point. You have a great Rodney voice, and he's really hard to grasp, so kudos for this piece.

Author's Response: Oh, thank you so much!
Chapter 1: -

Summary: An off-world accident leaves Rodney with an injury that is only getting worse. Angst, because I loves it.

Categories: Slash Pairings > McKay/Sheppard
Characters: John Sheppard, Other, Rodney McKay
Genres: Angst, First Time, Friendship
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 2362; Completed: Yes
Updated: 30 Apr 2007; Published: 30 Apr 2007
Reviewer: Ismene (Signed)
30 Apr 2007
I am about three seconds from dying of massive squee! Seriously, this is awesome. How Rodney "had to lose his sight before he could see anything at all," and John and Sam were both note-perfect, here. Great job.
Chapter 1: The Difference in Shades

Summary: It happened in the heat of the moment, but in hindsight it was pretty obvious that the love bite thing was a bad idea on multiple levels.

Categories: Slash Pairings > McKay/Sheppard
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay
Genres: Humour
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 466; Completed: Yes
Updated: 18 Jul 2007; Published: 18 Jul 2007
Reviewer: Ismene (Signed)
11 Oct 2007
Rodney not liking to be bitten = probably the truest bit of Rodney characterization ever written.

Nice. :)
Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Summary: John's a closet romantic. Rodney, not so much.

Categories: Slash Pairings > Lorne/Sheppard, Slash Pairings > McKay/Sheppard
Characters: John Sheppard, Major Lorne, Other, Rodney McKay
Genres: Humour, Series
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: Dramatic Exit

Word count: 800; Completed: Yes
Updated: 26 Jul 2007; Published: 25 Jul 2007
Reviewer: Ismene (Signed)
05 Sep 2007
Okay, this is some seriously hilarious meta/commentary on fanon tropes and Rodney and John and, god, *Lorne*, whose deadpan voice makes me giggle with glee.

Author's Response: I really love how deadpan and collected Lorne tends to be in every situation, especially because it makes the times he does get all gleeful all the more amusing, like the scene in \"The Game\" where he finds McKayville and is practically bouncing on the video. As for the fanon tropes, they\'re so fun to play around with. I love sex-pollen as much as anyone (and McShep for that matter, although I usually think it\'s about a fifty-fifty chance of one of them killing the other), but it\'s just as fun to poke at them with a stick.
Chapter 1: Chapter 1
Lovesick by Punk [R]
[Reviews - 10]

Summary: It may be impairing his judgment. Just a little.

Categories: Slash Pairings > McKay/Sheppard
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay, Ronon Dex
Genres: First Time, Humour
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 664; Completed: Yes
Updated: 08 Aug 2007; Published: 08 Aug 2007
Reviewer: Ismene (Signed)
05 Sep 2007
"I like cock," John says. "Wanna make out later?"

I think this is the most John way of propositioning someone I've ever read. This made me insanely happy, because jesus, John practically moons over Rodney like a puppy on the *show*, and Rodney's just so...

This was mostly funny because it's *true.*
Chapter 1: one

Summary: The first time he met Coach Sheppard, Rodney was ready to write him off as just another pretty-boy jock, no different from the dimwitted assholes in high school who'd done their best to make his life a living hell all those years ago.

Categories: Slash Pairings > McKay/Sheppard
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay
Genres: AU - Alternate Universe
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 824; Completed: Yes
Updated: 31 Aug 2007; Published: 31 Aug 2007
Reviewer: Ismene (Signed)
05 Sep 2007
Rodney *would* have an iPhone, the snob. And, god, you write his obliviousness so well, when John's voice sounded flat and Rodney felt like he was missing something. Oh, Rodney. This was awesome.

Author's Response: Thank you!
Chapter 1: Chapter 1
Ariadne by aesc [R]
[Reviews - 5]

Summary: I have shown you your future, the Queen says, and her voice echoes coldly across her bones. Do you wish to know your present, Teyla Emmagan? Do you wish to know your friends?

Updated: 02 Sep 2007; Published: 02 Sep 2007
Reviewer: Ismene (Signed)
04 Sep 2007
Oh, this Teyla is *beautiful*, and I love the way you draw the team and god, your Rodney makes me want to hug him and feed him chocolate. This was amazing.
Chapter 1: Ariadne

Summary: "You slept with him!"
A brief moment between John and Rodney.

Categories: Slash Pairings > McKay/Sheppard
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay
Genres: Established Relationship
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 939; Completed: Yes
Updated: 03 Sep 2007; Published: 03 Sep 2007
Reviewer: Ismene (Signed)
04 Sep 2007
This made me smile. I just kept alternating between "Oh, John" and "Oh, Rodney," which is a sign of good characterization on your part. Because of course Rodney would jump to all the wrong conclusions about who John's been sleeping with.

This was great.

Author's Response: Thank you. It\'s always great when people comment that something I write is in character.
Chapter 1: Like Candy from a Baby
Ascending Order by Argosy [NC-17] Past Featured Story
[Reviews - 13]

Summary: "Why build something that, you know, kills you if you can't Ascend? Seems like a pretty big design flaw." AU from "Tao of Rodney."

Updated: 05 Oct 2007; Published: 05 Oct 2007
Reviewer: Ismene (Signed)
11 Oct 2007
I'm pretty sure I responded to this when you posted it on LJ, but just in case I didn't - absolutely wonderful John characterization, devastated but still *Sheppard*. All the background characters - particularly Radek and Elizabeth - are perfectly sketched, too, filling in the gaps.

You do a great job thinking through the events of canon, too, and creating an alternate scenario that makes perfect sense. A lot of canon!AU authors don't really justify the changes they make to the timeline of the show, but your situations are very well-handled.

Just a really, really well-done piece of fiction.

Author's Response: Thank you! That\'s really great to hear. *g* I\'m especially glad you found the AU events plausible.
Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Summary: John never thought Rodney was Superman, not really.

Categories: Slash Pairings > McKay/Sheppard
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay
Genres: Angst, Drama
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 1113; Completed: Yes
Updated: 09 Oct 2007; Published: 08 Oct 2007
Reviewer: Ismene (Signed)
11 Oct 2007
I somehow missed this on mcsmooch, possibly because there are so damn many fics going up there every day, but this is *lovely*, just perfectly in character and beautiful, and John here is so in love it makes my chest ache, a little, in the good way. Absolutely gorgeous.

Author's Response: There were sure a lot of fics all right, and most of them were so good! Darn SGA fandom for being so talented; it makes it hard to keep current. I\'m so glad you liked this, and I\'m thrilled your chest ached (umm... you know what I mean).
Chapter 1: Chapter 1 of 1

Summary: "We're the refugees this time, John." Elizabeth sat down, narrowing her eyes at him. "Better get used to it."

Categories: Threesomes and Moresomes > All Varieties
Characters: Elizabeth Weir, John Sheppard, Original Character, Other, Rodney McKay, Ronon Dex, Teyla Emmagan
Genres: Drama, First Time, Team
Warnings: Adult themes, Character death
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 33835; Completed: Yes
Updated: 10 Oct 2007; Published: 10 Oct 2007
Reviewer: Ismene (Signed)
11 Oct 2007
I really, really like the direction you took this in. Because, while we've all wondered what the hell is up with Sheppard's weird-ass fear of touch and bizarre reactions to sex, I think fandom has mostly gone with the (ironically) conventional route - assuming that what he's uncomfortable with is his homosexuality.

Kudos for not only going a different direction by making him asexual, but also for *not* "fixing" him by getting him in bed with his team. I love that at the end, they just accept that he doesn't want to have sex but likes to be with them. A good friend of mine was asexual, and she would always get stuff like, "Oh, you'll fall in love with the right boy/girl and it'll be different then," but that's just not true.

Also, good job with all the world-building, as well - nicely detailed without being overwhelming. And your characterizations are all spot-on; Weir was excellent, as were Teyla, Ronon, Rodney, and your OCs.
Chapter 1: 1/1

Summary: "You'd be surprised, but sometimes the suitors father finds aren't all that happy to be here."

Categories: Bitextual, Slash Pairings > McKay/Sheppard
Characters: John Sheppard, Other, Rodney McKay
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, First Time, Hurt Comfort
Warnings: Adult themes, Non-consensual
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 6792; Completed: Yes
Updated: 15 Nov 2007; Published: 15 Nov 2007
Reviewer: Ismene (Signed)
10 Dec 2007
I read this on LJ (or maybe here, but I definitely read it) and I'm also sure I commented, but just in case I didn't, I really enjoyed this. It was a fascinating twist on the usual alien sex ritual cliche, and your John and Rodney are, as always, perfect. (I'm pretty sure I've told you before that "Lost in Waiting" was some of the best Sheppard backstory I've read ever)

I also really liked that the sisters are given enough depth and backstory themselves to make them a little bit more than 2D cutouts of OMGEVIL.

Overall, excellent story.

Author's Response: Thank you. It was one of those stories that ended up in completely different places than I intended, but I\'m glad that you felt the characters were complex enough for the story. I really appreciate that. Thank you!
Chapter 1: 1 of 1
Trouble by Shaddyr [PG-13]
[Reviews - 8]

Summary: Sequel to "Not Your Everyday Care Package"

Rodney hasn't gotten laid in far to long, and it's starting to affect his perceptions.

Categories: Slash Pairings > McKay/Sheppard
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay
Genres: Humour, Pre-slash, Series
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: The Trouble with Kittens

Word count: 2698; Completed: Yes
Updated: 20 Nov 2007; Published: 17 Nov 2007
Reviewer: Ismene (Signed)
10 Dec 2007
Okay, so Rodney's panicked crush is hilarious beyond all reason, and John sucking on his finger does in fact = totally hot. And KITTEN. That's all. :D

Author's Response: Thanks so much for your lovely feedback - I am so glad that you enjoyed!
Chapter 1: Trouble

Summary: For the Urban Legends Slash Challenge. Legend: An adulterous couple gets stuck in their vehicle during a tryst.

Categories: Slash Pairings > McKay/Sheppard
Characters: None
Genres: Established Relationship, Humour
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 1293; Completed: Yes
Updated: 18 Nov 2007; Published: 17 Nov 2007
Reviewer: Ismene (Signed)
20 Nov 2007
Oh, man - I love Atlantis' dorky little crush on John, and McKay's abrupt shift from "You're distracting me from important work" to "Take off your pants," because it's just so *him*. Great job.
Chapter 1: In Flagrante Delicto

Summary: As it says in the title, five people who never replaced Elizabeth Weir in season 4.

Categories: General
Characters: Elizabeth Weir, John Sheppard, Other, Radek Zelenka, Rodney McKay, Steven Caldwell
Genres: AU - Alternate Universe, Drabble
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 1032; Completed: Yes
Updated: 19 Nov 2007; Published: 19 Nov 2007
Reviewer: Ismene (Signed)
20 Nov 2007
I really liked this, and I may or may not have commented when I read it on LJ. :) The POVs are all excellent, and I like that you didn't demonize Caldwell or even Woolsey, just wrote the very real reactions on the part of the city and followed that to its logical conclusion in both scenarios. And #5 just about breaks my heart - I like Carter, but I miss Weir a little. This was a really fun, really well-handled piece of "What if?"
Chapter 1: Chapter 1