20 Oct 2005
The ethical dilemmas of Instinct and Conversion seen from the POV of Carson Beckett's 2IC. (Continuation of the story from The Rabbi's Son.)
Updated: 20 Oct 2005; Published: 19 Sep 2005
I've really enjoyed this story (by which I include the companion story, Rabbi's Son) and it's discussion of medical ethics in the Atlantis universe. You've done a stellar job working within the constraints of canon, and I believe Steve is my favorite SGA 'verse original character. I especially enjoy the resonance back to the Wraith "Steve", which really added an extra dimension here, as Dr Steve kinda spoke for the Wraith as potential and unwilling experimental subjects. The touches of humor in the epilogue were very welcome, after the intensity of the main storyline (even if we "know" how it turns out, the change in perspective and Steve's struggle with his conscience and decision kinda resurrected the original suspense), and nicely chosen. John and Rodney planning "escape scenarios" and John playing prison songs on his guitar, both so believably in character and laugh-out-loud funny. And I'm glad Steve decided to stay and am looking forward to the continuation of Rabbi's Son.
Author's Response: Thank you for your kind feedback. I hadn't actually thought about my use of the name Steve, but it does have that connotation, doesn't it?
Glad you like Steve. He started as a one-shot character in Asclepius, mainly there to give Carson a hard time in his own infirmary. But even then, he had a mind of his own... :-)
Both an AU and a Crossover! This is the story of John and Rodney from my TS Imperfections universe: In St. Louis in the mid 80s, Rodney is a fragile sentinel changing guides almost as often as other people change socks.
Updated: 30 Sep 2006; Published: 14 Aug 2006
ps ... I've been reading the rest of the Imperfections stories at the Cascade Liberary for the past few days and enjoying them very much, and I'm about half-way through the last story posted, where John and Rodney make an appearance. I'm having so much fun! I have a major weakness for well-done crossovers and most all of the crossed-over fandoms are favorites of mine.
I could've sworn I was logged in when I made my earlier comment (er, "review"), but now I see I wasn't. Or I got logged out somehow in mid-session. Sorry, I didn't mean to do an "Anonymous" at you.
Author's Response: Don't worry about, er, anonymousing. I hardly ever bother to log in. And thank you. I'm glad you're enjoying it! Imp 8 is in beta. And there are other Imperfections detours up at my LJ (dashamte).
After John is badly wounded while serving in Somalia, he and Rodney have to learn how to make a serious physical disability a part of their lives.
Updated: 15 Apr 2007; Published: 22 Feb 2007
Rodney's reaction to the first phone call was a beautiful depiction of that kind of shock. The whole "world went away" description is *exactly* what happens at moments like that. I especially liked how the officer on the other end had him write things down, even though he wasn't comprehending at that moment - and your little detail that he spoke slowly and clearly. And I really like his neighbor now, for her practical and compassionate reaction. And yay! for taking care of Cat (you and her).
John's denial is very realistic, that detachment and stubbornness very *him*. It was pretty clear that, when his denial got broken, it was gonna be a *big* reaction. Your description of him, half-splayed out and half-huddled, evoked the classic "broken doll" image without using the cliched phrasing. Brava!
And Rodney and the 2nd phone call - I wondered at first if he'd gone to sleep with his street clothes on. But - clad only in his boxers and ratty t-shirt (and his shoes), running into the hospital, *such* a mental image! And his love for and knowledge of John came across so strongly in the competent way he handled him, however uncertain he was about what to do.
I've been in a few of those situations - shock at a tragedy, denial of a medical diagnosis - and you really captured the experiences. I kept nodding as I read, thinking "yes, that's how I felt".
Finally, as I tried to indicate above, your imagery evokes whatever images/events/actions you're describing clearly without excess verbiage. Lovely.
Author's Response: Wow! Thank you so much for such a wonderful review! As a writer, I love putting little things into my stories and I always hope that people will stop and notice them without me having to point them out. Readers like you leave me feeling reassured that I don't have to spoon-feed everything and that the little things that I put in aren't going unnoticed. That makes me feel absolutely wonderful. I'm thrilled you thought both John and Rodney's reactions were appropriate. I've never been in any such situation and I just wrote what I thought these two wonderful characters would actually do and I'm thrilled to hear that I'm apparently, I'm on the right track. Thanks again for taking the time to write such an absolutely wonderful review! You are the people I love writing for because I always love finding people with whom I can blab on and on about stories with! Thanks again, and I'll be updating on about Wednesday!
*whimper* Oh, that was painful. Poor John. It's good that Rodney has pulled himself together in the aftermath of his bathroom breakdown and pep talk from Jeanie. Also good is that they're on a schedule where one freaks out while the other stays calm, then they reverse. Hopefully they'll be able to stay sync'd like that. I think the most painful part was when John had to turn in his dogtags. Actually, I'd never really thought about it very hard, but kinda assumed one got to keep them. I have this mental image of John in a racing 'chair - like at some future point. And I keep wondering about what kind of adaptations could be made to a plane - if they can do it for a car, then... If only John knew a brilliant engineer/astrophysicist, eh? Oh yeah... Of course, we'll see what you actually have planned eventually. I'm really hoping for lots more of this 'verse, really getting to see them go through the whole initial adaptation and move on into creating a life together and finding John a career and so on. And finally, since it's hard to have an actual dialog in these review pages, I looked for you over on LiveJournal to maybe chat more about this story there, but your journal's all neglected (kinda like mine these days). Again looking forward to future installments!
Author's Response: LOL! Yeah, John and Rodney do tend to have their freak-outs on a good alternating schedule, right? You know, I thought about letting John keep his tags, but I thought for safety's sake, they probably do make people turn their tags in. So soldiers who have been discharged for medical reasons such as severe mental disorders don't go around pretending to still be in the service.
Concerning Rodney making John a plane or a car that he could drive or fly, I really thought about it. I even wrote a scene where Rodney and his students make John a powerchair. But then I decided that the point of the story isn't how John went back to his old life with new toys but rather how John made himself a new life without his old toys. Concerning my LJ, I mainly just use it to put up links to stories that I finished which I put up on my website. I'm going to wait until this one is done and fully tweaked before I make it all pretty and put it up there. But having said that, I love chatting about stories and anytime you want to chat or complain or ask something, just email me (firstname.lastname@example.org). I'd love to chat with ya!
Thanks again for taking the time to review and I hope you continue to like the story!
Chapter 5: Losing the Sky
Five months after, Teyla's daughter is born. She tells him she's naming her Johna. Rodney hands the little bundle back to her and leaves the infirmary. He hurries to John's room and spends an hour on the floor, sobbing in the darkness.
Updated: 13 Jan 2008; Published: 13 Jan 2008
OMG - you continue to break me with your stories! I'm all crying and my throat hurts from suppressing the crying so I could keep reading and *flail* And thank you for the reassurances this wasn't a death fic, or I might not've been brave enough to read it.
Author's Response: I\'m so glad you enjoyed it! I knew that people would assume it\'s a death-fic from the summary, so I made sure to state that it wasn\'t. Some people really, really don\'t like death-fics. Thanks so much for the kinds words!
John and Rodney pick out names for the twins.
Updated: 12 Feb 2008; Published: 12 Feb 2008
I've been enjoying (re)reading this entire series today. But I also wanted to point out that when reposting, the text of Family Pictures ended up here in The Naming as well.
Dishonorably discharged and down on his luck, John Sheppard agrees to a proposition that doesn't go as promised.
Categories: Ship Pairings
> Ronon Dex/Teyla Emmagan
, Slash Pairings
Characters: Elizabeth Weir
, John Sheppard
, Rodney McKay
, Ronon Dex
, Teyla Emmagan
Genres: AU - Alternate Universe
, Established Relationship
, First TimeWarnings: Adult themes
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents
Word count: 14597; Completed: Yes
Updated: 16 Mar 2008; Published: 16 Mar 2008
Enjoyed this very much. Stand-out point was Rodney and Ronon being partners - it's almost always John and Ronon, or John and Rodney, who are partners, but pairing Rodney and Ronon was an unusual, fresh and very enjoyable change. Also, the Ronon/Teyla relationship was very sweet and the happy birth of the babies (John and Meredith!) a welcome moment (since I fear what canon will bring us). I also really enjoyed your subtly perfect signal that Teyla was going into labor (the extreme restlessness demonstrated by her obsessive shopping). And I liked John getting the chance to punch Cowen. And Rodney being such a sweet hedgehog (prickly yet sensitive).
Author's Response: Thank you! It feels odd to answer some feedback on this fic, \'cuz the bunny was so detailed, so some things aren\'t mine to take credit for. The bunny had Rodney as the FBI agent, and I like Ronon busting in with his gun, so they had to be partners. I don\'t know if I would have come to that decision without the bunny dictating one half, but they were a really enjoyable duo to write and picture in my head. This whole universe was just a lot of fun to create and I\'m very happy you enjoyed it. :-)