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Penname: hgbubble [Contact]
Real name: Brian Brown Member Since: 05 Feb 2010
Membership status: Member

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Summary: Sheppard/OMC Connor Davids is a shy, quiet scientist who keeps to himself but over time finds he's lonely. John Sheppard is the man everyone wants and everyone wants to be except all he wants is quiet understanding. Can he get that from the new Dr. Davids? Can they both overcome gender to be with each other?

This story is now complete.

Updated: 29 Oct 2010; Published: 04 Mar 2009
Reviewer: hgbubble (Signed)
16 Aug 2010
In "Becoming Connor Davids" Ace has written an epic love story filled with raw emotion, suspense and humour. The characters are fully developed and their dialogue and behaviour is totally consistent with the series characters. It's easy to imagine John, Teyla or Ronan delivering their lines.

The original character that is Connor Davids is fully formed and totally believable. His slow and often painful journey of self discovery draws the reader in. It's impossible not to like this character. Much like the denizons of Atlantis we learn to appreciate his many endearing qualities while also empathising with his reticence. We feel his hesitation, his anxiety and his excitement.

The manner in which his relationship with John evolves is heart warming; although it's hard to imagine any gay couple exercising so much restraint, the long slow seduction and furtive steps towards complete union holds the reader in a mesmerising spell.

As with all good love stories there is drama, and while not departing from the tried and true formula of "boy finds boy, boy loses boy, boy gets boy in the end", the plot is highly original and caught this reviewer totally off guard.

Serious issues are also covered with a delicate hand. Child abuse, bigotry and religious conflict are also explored through the lives of our characters but never becomes sanctimonious. We learn more about the cast characters and also develop a fondness for several other original characters that add colour and texture to the story.

Dedicated SGA fans will appreciate the smooth integration of episodes throughout the timeline. Some have been modified to suit the changed circumstances, but this reviewer found their inclusion a welcome addition to the story as the episodes can be reflected upon and provide a "so that's what happened after the credits rolled" feeling.

Thanks Ace for a great read!

On a personal note; I have been suffering from depression for just over a year and I'm slowly on the mend. This story, which I read late into the night over several days until it was finished, really lifted my spirits. I found myself yearning to rekindle the romance in my own relationship which I have been doing over the last week as I read this story.

In many respects we are all Connor Davids looking to find those last pieces of the puzzle that make us complete.

Kind regards,
B

Author's Response: Hey B, Wow! Thank you so much. I\'m completely humbled by your amazing review. Beyond humbled, actually. It\'s incredible, there just aren\'t enough words. I hope you\'re doing better in your battle with depression, and I\'m so glad my story was able to help in some small way. And I definitely agree. We are all looking to become who we really are and what will make us complete. =) Again, thank you so much. I\'m so glad you enjoyed the story. Thanks for reading. Cheers, Ace
Chapter 1: Arrival

Summary: A mission that starts out smoothly goes terribly wrong with dire consequences for one member of the expedition.

Categories: Slash Pairings > Lorne/Sheppard
Characters: Daniel Jackson, Jack O'Neill, John Sheppard, Major Lorne
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Character Study, Drama, Hurt Comfort
Warnings: Adult themes, Non-consensual
Chapters: 16 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 44334; Completed: Yes
Updated: 06 Jan 2010; Published: 21 Dec 2009
Reviewer: hgbubble (Signed)
03 Mar 2010
Wow, this was a big story which affected me greatly.

The plot was original and interesting. I found the writing economical and well paced, and consequently, it kept me engaged.

A couple of thoughts:
Sheppard gets completely broken and humiliated. He's our hero and I found this hard going. Even though you rehabilitate him at the end, I found myself having nightmares about this story for quite a while. In many respects it speaks to the power of the story; but also perhaps takes us too far from the essential essence of the character.

This is my first review, so I hope you'll take my comments as positive feedback.

Thanks for the story.

Author's Response: Thank you for taking the time to read my story and provide feedback. I very much appreciate all of your comments. This was one of my first attempts at writing, as you can probably tell. I know that the story is not perfect, so I welcome all input and I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts with me. I wrestled with the very problem you described: Sheppard is our hero and we don\'t think of him broken and humiliated. I\'m not sure if this is right or not, but I decided that he would have the strength of character to go through such an ordeal and come out on the other side. I could never write something that left him broken and in despair permanently because, as you say, it would take us too far from the essential essence of the character (well put, by the way!). Since this story was published I\'ve been thinking of revising it to make it better, but I\'ve been unable to decide what course to follow. In the end, though, I am simply delighted that someone read what I had written. Your review is tremendously helpful - thank you!
Chapter 1: Chapter 1 - Capture