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Penname: daydreaming readhead [Contact]
Real name: Member Since: 09 Oct 2011
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Reviews by daydreaming readhead
Summary: Fairly benign crossover with the Cthulhu Mythos, specifically the Innsmouth stories. The Innsmouth taint is a long, slow slide into something else, something more, but in the end it really doesn't change anything.

Parent Series: None
Categories: None
Characters: Carson Beckett, Elizabeth Weir, Jennifer Keller, John Sheppard, Other, Radek Zelenka, Rodney McKay, Samantha Carter, Steven Caldwell
Genres: AU - Alternate Universe, Series
Warnings: None
Challenges: None
Open: Closed
Reviewer: daydreaming readhead (Signed)
14 Oct 2011
I love this series. I do not have the words to say how much I love this series. Immediately upon finishing the last story, I called one of my friends and said "Rodney as a sea monster: ADORABLE" (of course, I meant Ronon's version of a monster, not Earth's). I couldn't stop giggling and bouncing on my bed long enough to explain *why* he's so adorable. Maybe I'm crazy enough to fit in in Atlantis. Maybe you made me crazy enough to fit in in Atlantis. If that's what it takes to get there, then I thank you. Thank you for writing this story, for sharing it with us, for being awesome enough that your awesomeness bleeds into your writing.

I had never read anything by Lovecraft before, so I kept Wikipedia open to explain things to me as I stumbled across the Lovecraftian terms. I have to say, I have never before felt so drawn to his work. Of course, I probably still won't read any of his stuff, purely on the basis that it doesn't have Rodney in it.

As compelling as this story is (Rodney's fear of getting shot nearly broke my heart), I think my favourite bits are the bathtime scenes. They are simultaneously hilarious (creepy naked man) and adorable (I can't stop thinking about Rodney, submerged to his eyeballs, humming over chess). And I love that nobody thinks twice about guys wandering around naked, taking baths together. I have to wonder, though, if Ronon, Teyla, Jennifer, or Carson ever joined in on the fun. Jennifer's comment about a naked party suggested that she had participated before, or that if she hadn't, she might not be adverse to the idea. If you were to write a series of shorts about, say, Rodney's bathing experiences with the various members of his Nest, I would love you forever and send you enough chocolate and coffee for Atlantis to secede. (I would also love to read your account of this event and if and how Rodney plays into it. That is, would they secede because of an IOA decision about Rodney, for another reason, or just because they finally broke the SGC's monopoly on coffee and chocolate?) Oh! And I love Radek's reading material, too. That was a terrific detail.

So to sum up my praises: you are a very talented writer who has quite successfully blended two universes into one marvelous series of stories. Your tale is heartrending, amusing, and thought provoking. I look forward to any and all further installments, as I am confident you will be able to meet and surpass the quality of plot, characterization, and dialogue you have already displayed. May the muses be with you.
The Shadow Over Atlantis
Past Perfect by Maddy [NC-17]
[Reviews - 12]

Summary: They met at high school, they fell in love in high school. What happens when they meet again in Antartica?

Categories: Slash Pairings > McKay/Sheppard
Characters: Elizabeth Weir, John Sheppard, Rodney McKay
Genres: Angst, First Time
Warnings: None
Chapters: 3 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 8186; Completed: Yes
Updated: 26 Aug 2005; Published: 26 Jun 2005
Reviewer: daydreaming readhead (Signed)
31 Dec 2011
This was beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with us. I would love to read more from this universe, should the plot bunnies ever lead you back here.
Chapter 3: Making It Right

Summary: A decision forced on Jack by President Kinsey means severe ramifications for Elizabeth, John and Rodney as they finally return home. Deathfic, JD, McShep SGA/SG1 Crossover

Categories: Crossovers > Slash Pairings
Characters: Daniel Jackson, Elizabeth Weir, John Sheppard, Rodney McKay
Genres: AU - Alternate Universe, Angst, Drama, Established Relationship, Romance
Warnings: Character death
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 719; Completed: Yes
Updated: 29 Sep 2005; Published: 29 Sep 2005
Reviewer: daydreaming readhead (Signed)
19 Jan 2012
Oh, this is heartbreaking. I would love to read more in this universe, should you write it. What did the Atlanteans do that they were accused of treason? What brought the government to such a place that the president had a private army, that they shackled Jack, threatened Daniel, and simply declared Elizabeth, John, and Rodney (a Canadian citizen) guilty without a trial, and executed them accordingly? Why weren't Jack and Daniel so chillingly executed as well? (Or were their captors just waiting for Jack to get the three back from Atlantis, and killed them after anyway?)

A short story like this is really powerful in that you can pack in a lot of punch; it's quite dense with emotion. It tells a lot of story in a few words, and a lot of that story is left up to the reader, it is in the questions we ask ourselves after, in the answers we decide upon individually.

I love this fic. It is beautiful, chilling, and deeply heart-rending. It could use a quick read from a beta to tidy things up a bit (I noticed a few typos, and why is Rodney, a Canadian civilian, subject to all of the rules of the American military?).

As I said, I love this fic. Thank you for sharing it with us.
Chapter 1: All That Matters

Summary: Caldwell has a secret longing.

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

Word count: 583; Completed: Yes
Updated: 20 Oct 2005; Published: 20 Oct 2005
Reviewer: daydreaming readhead (Signed)
30 Nov 2011
Oh, Caldwell. You really have no idea, do you? Perhaps Rodney is not the only one who needs a smack upside the head before this relationship can go anywhere.

This story is quite adorable. I love how you've written Caldwell's voice, and do hope you continue with this pairing. I think it'd be interesting to read Rodney's thoughts on the whole affair ("Caldwell's been following me around...I think he's hoping I'll screw up again so he can blame it on Sheppard and steal his job and then give my job to Kavanagh and Atlantis will be rubble within a week. I wonder if I can convince Ronon to shoot him...?"). That is, of course, IF Rodney ever notices.
Chapter 1: 'Mad About The Boy
Somebody Else by lillyjk [NC-17]
[Reviews - 59]

Summary: Rodney was looking at somebody else with that mix of adoration and exasperation that had once been reserved for John alone. *** THIS FIC IS COMPLETE AS POSTED - however, I am working on an epilogue that has not been posted, therefore there is a TBC at the end of the last chapter ****

Categories: Slash Pairings > Lorne/McKay, Slash Pairings > McKay/Sheppard
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay
Genres: Angst
Warnings: None
Chapters: 10 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 16278; Completed: Yes
Updated: 30 Aug 2007; Published: 05 Nov 2005
Reviewer: daydreaming readhead (Signed)
21 Oct 2011
Okay, I spent these two chapters thinking, "yeah, Sheppard was and is being a dick of astronomical proportions. Yeah, he broke it off. Yeah, that means that Rodney is allowed to enter a relationship with whomever he likes. But *clearly* he and John belong together, and how dare Lorne get in the way of their sorting things out and getting back together?" And then I read the last sentence, and my heart broke for Lorne. I do hope he gets a happy ending.
Chapter 2: Chapter Two - Fix You

Summary: Inspired by Teaphile's wonderful 'On A Clear Day (You Can See Frustration)' written for the sga_flashfic Harlequin challenge on livejournal. Ronon gets his hands on a Harlequin novel and Rodney in his sights. It doesn't go well.

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

Word count: 12522; Completed: Yes
Updated: 12 Feb 2006; Published: 11 Feb 2006
Reviewer: daydreaming readhead (Signed)
19 Jan 2012
Oh, this is good. I especially like how you challenged the stereotypes of romance novels; the seduction ploys in them would be, at best, ineffective, but more likely simply hilarious. Thank you for sharing this with us.
Chapter 1: 1

Summary: Rodney gave Carson a rather awkward come-hither stare over his shoulder. "Please Doctor Beckett, I have a swelling that needs your attention."

Categories: Threesomes and Moresomes > Strictly slash
Characters: Carson Beckett, John Sheppard, Rodney McKay
Genres: Humour, PWP - Plot, What Plot?
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 1246; Completed: Yes
Updated: 02 Mar 2006; Published: 02 Mar 2006
Reviewer: daydreaming readhead (Signed)
05 Jan 2012
I don't know what you're saying, you don't know how to write OT3. This was so cute, especially that last bit. Like Elizabeth, that's my favourite part. Thank you for sharing this with us.
Chapter 1: None
Unexpectable by coreopsis [NC-17]
[Reviews - 15]

Summary: There's a baby on the Atlantean doorstep.

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

Word count: 24839; Completed: Yes
Updated: 03 Jul 2006; Published: 03 Jul 2006
Reviewer: daydreaming readhead (Signed)
22 Dec 2011
I quite liked this. Thank you for sharing it with us. Should you feel so inclined, I would love to read more about Brandon as he grows up.
Chapter 1: 1/1

Summary: Rodney tells John he loves him.

Categories: Bitextual
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay
Genres: Angst
Warnings: Adult themes, Character death
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 486; Completed: Yes
Updated: 12 Oct 2006; Published: 12 Oct 2006
Reviewer: daydreaming readhead (Signed)
10 Nov 2011
Oh. Oh, this is heartbreaking. Well done.
Chapter 1: 1 of 1
Inviting Ronon by TMar [NC-17]
[Reviews - 8]

Summary: Sheppard tells Ronon Rodney has invited him to stay with him while on Earth. But on Sateda, an invitation means something different.

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

Word count: 5782; Completed: Yes
Updated: 15 Oct 2006; Published: 15 Oct 2006
Reviewer: daydreaming readhead (Signed)
11 Jan 2012
I quite enjoyed this story and also like the idea of humans evolving differently in Pegasus than on Earth. One thing you should be aware of, though, is that "hermaphrodite" is generally not an acceptable term to describe people who are intersex. Also, that "secondary sex characteristics" refers to, for example, breasts and beards, not a second set of genitalia.
Chapter 1: Inviting Ronon

Summary: Rodney writes. Rodney tries to write.

Categories: Slash Pairings > McKay/Ronon Dex
Characters: Rodney McKay, Ronon Dex
Genres: Episode Related
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 688; Completed: Yes
Updated: 29 Oct 2006; Published: 29 Oct 2006
Reviewer: daydreaming readhead (Signed)
11 Jan 2012
I love this. I love his stilted, abandoned half-sentences. I love seeing everything he isn't saying; it's heartbreaking. I think my favourite was "Find joy. Wait. Don't. Remember." I also like the idea that they're refugees; it really reinforces the idea that Atlantis is their home, now, not Earth.

I also like the bit about the coffee crisis; it is amusing and reminds me of other fics that describe the original members of the expedition as being squirrelly about food. Although the personnel at the SGC can understand going to other planets, fighting aliens, finding new-old technology, they cannot understand the isolation, the dependency on a world too far away, the forced independence, the sheer *lack* of...of familiar food, of coffee, of safety.

This was beautiful, emotive, and very well-written. Thank you for sharing it with us.
Chapter 1: Letters from Milky Way
Classified by mklutz [PG-13]
[Reviews - 4]

Summary: Only people with weird, freaky fetishes get sent to the Pegasus galaxy. Including John. (Primarily intended to be Sheppard/McKay but features various other pairings.)

Categories: Bitextual
Characters: Elizabeth Weir, John Sheppard, Major Lorne, Other, Radek Zelenka, Rodney McKay, Teyla Emmagan
Genres: Drabble, First Time, Friendship, Humour
Warnings: Adult themes
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 1626; Completed: Yes
Updated: 28 Dec 2006; Published: 27 Dec 2006
Reviewer: daydreaming readhead (Signed)
25 Dec 2011
I love this so much. Thanks for sharing it with us!
Chapter 1: 01

Summary: Governments will push and push, but there are times when The People push back. [John/Rodney, Radek's POV]

Categories: Slash Pairings > McKay/Sheppard
Characters: John Sheppard, Radek Zelenka, Rodney McKay
Genres: Drama, Episode Related, First Time
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 3988; Completed: Yes
Updated: 01 Jan 2007; Published: 01 Jan 2007
Reviewer: daydreaming readhead (Signed)
24 Nov 2011
This story is magnificent. I am particularly enamored with the chosen point of view. Not many people can pull off second-person, but you navigated a blend of first- and second-person with beautiful ease. I do hope you keep writing; you have a talent worth culturing and the world is better for it. May the muses be with you.
Chapter 1: Before&After

Summary: It's just a machine, like any hundreds of others the Ancients had left lying around, but he can't get it out of his mind.

Categories: Slash Pairings > McKay/Sheppard
Characters: None
Genres: Angst, Pre-relationship
Warnings: Adult themes
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 3306; Completed: Yes
Updated: 27 Jan 2008; Published: 27 Jan 2008
Reviewer: daydreaming readhead (Signed)
09 Oct 2011
I love this story and would love to read more from you. Do you have any intention of writing the aftermath of John's sex change? It would be interesting to see how others react to it; if they treat her differently, awkwardly, pityingly, cruelly. If she has to deal with harassment from the marines. If anybody else ever suspects that it wasn't an accident. If Rodney comes under pressure to "fix" the machine and get John back to "normal" and how he sabotages those efforts. If John continues to hide for awhile for the sake of convincing everyone it was an accident and how he struggles with that. How Teyla and Ronon react: is transgenderism something they're familiar with or is it as foreign to them as so many other ideas brought from Earth?

I really do hope you continue with this story. You are a talented writer and have begun an amazing tale here. Even if you do not take this story anywhere further, I would greatly enjoy reading anything else you write, as would, I'm sure, many of your other readers.
Chapter 1: pt 1 of 1

Summary: John had sent him a message, in his own words. Rodney wondered why. (Companion story to Logopetria by Lavvyan.)

Categories: Slash Pairings > McKay/Sheppard
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay
Genres: Angst, Drama, First Time, Pre-slash
Warnings: None
Chapters: 2 [Table of Contents]
Series: Logopetria

Word count: 3075; Completed: Yes
Updated: 21 Oct 2009; Published: 13 Feb 2008
Reviewer: daydreaming readhead (Signed)
23 Nov 2011
Oh, I quite like this. I'd been wondering what "love" would look like, especially after Rodney sent John's name to him. This entire story is beautifully written, but I think you handled that detail especially well.
Chapter 1: One of One

Summary: After the war with Voldemort, the champions of the light scattered to the four winds. Eighteen years after the Dark Lord was killed, secrets of Lieutenant Colonel John Sheppard's past are revealed when the Daedalus brings reinforcements to Atlantis. Harry Potter x Stargate: Atlantis crossover, McShep.

Updated: 29 Jan 2012; Published: 25 Aug 2008
Reviewer: daydreaming readhead (Signed)
16 Jan 2012
I really like the idea for this story and look forward to seeing where it goes from here.
Two things that are bothering me, though: Why are you referring to non-magical stuff as "mundane" instead of "muggle?" And London International airport is in Canada; it's likely that John and Rodney flew into either Heathrow or Gatwick.

Author's Response: Thank you for pointing out the London International mixup. You know, I\'ve had this up on one site or another since 2008 and you\'re the first to mention it? I\'ve fixed it in that chapter and the final ones as well. Also, thanks for reminding me that I actually did post this story on Wraithbait. When I finished it in 2009 I totally forgot to add the final two chapters to the story here. That\'s now been taken care of.\r\nThanks for reading!
Chapter 3: Chapter Three

Summary: He's already late, yet he sits, kneading the steering wheel. John Sheppard, big hero. He's faced countless enemies, but none as formidable as his own fears and insecurities.

Categories: Ship Pairings > McKay/Other, Slash Pairings > McKay/Sheppard
Characters: Jennifer Keller, John Sheppard, Rodney McKay
Genres: Angst
Warnings: Character death
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 3520; Completed: Yes
Updated: 28 Aug 2008; Published: 28 Aug 2008
Reviewer: daydreaming readhead (Signed)
21 Oct 2011
This was beautiful and heartbreaking. Well done.
Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Summary: John's really been at this for quite some time.

Categories: Slash Pairings > McKay/Sheppard
Characters: Carson Beckett, John Sheppard, Rodney McKay, Ronon Dex, Teyla Emmagan
Genres: Action/Adventure, First Time, Romance
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 2228; Completed: Yes
Updated: 18 May 2009; Published: 08 May 2009
Reviewer: daydreaming readhead (Signed)
21 Nov 2011
I love the dragon. Nice touch. :)
Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Summary: "I know," John agreed, without sympathy. Rodney could hate it all he liked; he couldn't afford to know the truth. I lied. It doesn't matter who walks through that gate with you. No one else owes you what I do. No one else is going to protect you the way I would.

Updated: 11 Jul 2009; Published: 10 Jul 2009
Reviewer: daydreaming readhead (Signed)
03 Dec 2011
I have become quite fond of the Black Helicopters universe, and do hope you continue to play with it. Rodney does, after all, have some blacked-out text to weasel out of John. So for the sake of Rodney's education, I think you really ought to write about our boys in Area 51. Not to mention, of course, that we haven't heard from Zelenka in awhile, and I'm sure Rodney has some gloating to do about his latest posting. ;)
Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Summary: There was an entire pantheon of things Rodney was willing to concede could exist, even though he'd never personally witnessed evidence thereof. Time travel, for starters. Space aliens. The perfect man. But he absolutely, positively could not accept that he'd been dreaming of a guy he'd never seen before in his life, who turned out to be real.

Categories: Slash Pairings > McKay/Sheppard
Characters: John Sheppard, Other, Rodney McKay
Genres: AU - Alternate Universe
Warnings: Character death
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: Black Helicopters

Word count: 25347; Completed: Yes
Updated: 02 Nov 2009; Published: 02 Nov 2009
Reviewer: daydreaming readhead (Signed)
03 Dec 2011
Oy. I just...oy. John reminds me of A Rose for Emily, killing her love so he'd never be able to leave. And like in A Rose for Emily, I did not see the creepy coming. I mean, yeah, I figured out John was a ghost when they got to the wreck, but I didn't realize he was a benevolently *evil* ghost (I say "benevolently evil" because while I'm sure he thought he had good intentions, his execution (oh, god, no pun intended) left much to be desired). Well done.

I think it would be interesting to get Rodney's afterlife reaction, if he even becomes a ghost (he seems stubborn--and freaked out--enough to fully pass on just to spite John), and the reactions of Steve and the rest of town to Rodney's death. That said, I also think that you've left the story in just the right place. It would be a shame to sully such a chilling ending with a sequel; it'd be like making a Sixth Sense Two. Granted, I'm sure that if you felt it necessary to address the "what happens next?" and "what do the others think?" issues, you would find a way to gracefully write such an addendum. You have, after all, shown yourself to be quite a talented author.
Chapter 1: Chapter 1