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Penname: Martha [Contact]
Real name: Martha Member Since: 04 Dec 2005
Membership status: Member
In the past 13 years or so I've written in The Sentinel fandom, Stargate SG-1, and (obviously) Atlantis. I inevitably fall hardest for the character who has to be taught how to throw a punch. I figure it's something in the water around here.
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Reviews by Martha

Summary: The Atlantis crew fear McKay's genius has slipped into insanity. Are their worst fears realised, or is there something sinister at work?

Categories: General
Characters: Carson Beckett, Elizabeth Weir, John Sheppard, Rodney McKay
Genres: Angst, Drama, Hurt Comfort
Warnings: None
Chapters: 36 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 67091; Completed: Yes
Updated: 19 Jun 2005; Published: 03 Apr 2005
Reviewer: Martha (Signed)
27 Jan 2006
Just wanted to let you know I've spent a wonderful couple of days reading this story. Painful and beautiful -- I was utterly enthralled. Thank you for this.
Chapter 1: Static Shocks
North by cybersyd [G]
[Reviews - 18]

Summary: After an unexpected crashlanding on an alien planet, Sheppard and McKay are forced to rely on each other to survive.

Categories: General
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay
Genres: Action/Adventure, Humour, Hurt Comfort
Warnings: None
Chapters: 2 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 19205; Completed: Yes
Updated: 07 Aug 2005; Published: 05 Aug 2005
Reviewer: Martha (Signed)
25 Jan 2006
Lovely friendship, great action sequences, seamless writing. Thanks so much for a wonderful story!
Chapter 1: Chapter One

Summary: A lonely doctor. An amnesic patient. A budding passion . . . and the forgotten past that could ruin it all.

Categories: Slash Pairings > McKay/Sheppard
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay
Genres: AU - Alternate Universe, Angst, Drama, Romance
Warnings: None
Chapters: 2 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 15642; Completed: Yes
Updated: 13 Dec 2005; Published: 09 Oct 2005
Reviewer: Martha (Signed)
01 Feb 2006
A gorgeous story that makes such effective use of the AU premise. Heartbreaking and so full of hope at the same time.
Chapter 1: 1/2

Summary: McKay is eager to study new technology that offers a chance of preserving memories of the culled, but Atlantis's new trading partners want something in return.

Categories: General
Characters: Carson Beckett, Elizabeth Weir, John Sheppard, Rodney McKay, Ronon Dex, Teyla Emmagan
Genres: Angst, Drama, Hurt Comfort
Warnings: None
Chapters: 20 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 52015; Completed: Yes
Updated: 23 Jun 2006; Published: 30 Dec 2005
Reviewer: Martha (Signed)
22 Jan 2006
Ah, man, so great to find another chapter posted! I'm utterly enthralled. John's rage at the invasion of Rodney's memories, Zelenka faltering for a moment, there, the quality of the memories John experiences. Just gorgeous. One thing I just adore about this story is not only is the premise fantastic, but you're doing such wonderful things with it.

Author's Response: Thank you very much. Glad you liked all the character moments and the memories themselves - - thanks for the feedback!
Chapter 7: Chapter Seven
Reviewer: Martha (Signed)
27 Jan 2006
Oh, man, I love the aftermath of John's experiencing Rodney this way. So intimate, gorgeous and painful--and Dr. Z being right there ratchets up the intensity brilliantly. Wonderful work! (what a great way to begin the weekend --thank you!)

Author's Response: Thanks! The idea of John "echoing" Rodney made this entire chapter terrific fun to write, and it will continue throughout the story. I'm glad you liked it!
Chapter 8: Chapter Eight
Reviewer: Martha (Signed)
01 Feb 2006
Oh, this is agonizingly beautiful. The memory that hit me hardest, I think, is Rodney falling in love with Atlantis, momentarily transcendant with joy.

Author's Response: Thank you very much. That was my favorite memory to write, too, so I'm glad you liked it. More should be up tonight.
Chapter 9: Chapter Nine
Reviewer: Martha (Signed)
03 Feb 2006
Wow. *Such* affecting imagery. This early line just chilled me: "his hands still felt like the gloves for Rodney’s fingers" and then John's hyper-awareness of his hands throughout the chapter, culminating in that final moment, that constant reminder of Rodney's expressive hand when he's not there. Anyway, way, way impressed. Thank you for this

Author's Response: Thanks so much. I can't picture Rodney ever having his hands still, so that's the part of the "blending" process that I really concentrated on. Very, very flattered - - again, thank you!
Chapter 10: Chapter Ten
Reviewer: Martha (Signed)
08 Feb 2006
Wonderful to see Redell so clearly -- what a fabulous monster! So addicted to experiencing others' lives he *maims* them to get his fix. Utterly cut off from the humanity he so craves. Fantastic. I'm going to be so sorry when this story is over -- here's hoping for a long (tender!) recovery, and not only for Rodney.

Author's Response: Oh yes, we still have far to go. I'm glad Redell worked for you, because I didn't want him to go over-the-top. Thanks!
Chapter 11: Chapter Eleven
Reviewer: Martha (Signed)
17 Feb 2006
This story is *so* satisfying -- every chapter so carefully, satisfyingly turned ... and not so incidentally, Kavanaugh's dialogue is just letter-perfect here. Gorgeous.

Author's Response: Thanks so much. Kavanagh is, for some reason, terrifically fun to write, and I didn't expect that. Glad you thought it was in-character.
Chapter 13: Chapter Thirteen
Reviewer: Martha (Signed)
14 Mar 2006
Oh, hell. Agonizing and gorgeous - poor, private Rodney flayed to the bone in front of John and *perfectly aware.* Wow. More painful than being lost in visions. This was a chapter worth waiting for (well, as they all are, frankly); thanks so, so much for posting!

Author's Response: Thank you. I'm glad you thought it was worth the wait - - it certainly was wonderful to finally have the time to write again. And yes, Rodney's really in even more pain *now* - - it's not fair, is it?
Chapter 14: Chapter Fourteen
Reviewer: Martha (Signed)
24 Apr 2006
Ah! Just brilliant how Teyla's non-Western (heh, non-*Earth*) view of mortality leads to the critical paradigm shift. And if that weren't enough in this chapter, the Trinity flash, too. Poor, poor John. I'm simply having a wonderful time.

Author's Response: Thanks! Teyla's really the only one of them taht could *make* that leap, I think, because of exactly what you said. And I couldn't resist bringing Trinity back into the mix - - must keep spreadinig the angst around, right?
Chapter 16: Chapter Sixteen
Reviewer: Martha (Signed)
24 Jun 2006
Ah, you did it -- the gravity of what happened through Ronon and Teyla, the reality of recovery through John and Rodney. Especialy the relief of Rodney himself, so beautiful. Thank you so much for an amazing journey

Author's Response: Thank you. The juxtaposition of the two sets of characters was fun to write, of course, but doing Rodney at the end was much harder - - it's great to hear that he worked in that final scene. I've been so glad to have your feedback for this story, all the way through.
Chapter 20: Chapter Twenty

Summary: Tag to the episode "Grace Under Pressure." Zelenka and McKay deal with their guilt over the jumper crash.

Categories: General
Characters: Radek Zelenka, Rodney McKay
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 16242; Completed: Yes
Updated: 26 Feb 2006; Published: 26 Feb 2006
Reviewer: Martha (Signed)
27 Feb 2006
Oh wow. Complex and very lovely. Beautiful.
Chapter 1: Amazing Grace

Summary: Sheppard and McKay are condemned to a brutal prison as murderers. As things go from bad to worse, McKay realizes how far he'll go to keep Sheppard alive.

Categories: Slash Pairings > McKay/Sheppard
Characters: John Sheppard, Original Character, Rodney McKay
Genres: Angst, Drama, First Time, Hurt Comfort
Warnings: Adult themes, Non-consensual
Chapters: 7 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 25987; Completed: Yes
Updated: 29 Jun 2007; Published: 26 Jun 2006
Reviewer: Martha (Signed)
02 Apr 2007
Delighted to see more of this! Thanks so much for posting. Poor Rodney.

Author's Response: glad that you enjoyed the chapter
Chapter 3: Chapter 3

Summary: John Sheppard has learned a lot of things in his relatively short life, but there's only one thing he really knows, and that is that there are two kinds of people in this world: people who wear pants because they want to, and people who wear pants because they have to.

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

Word count: 15712; Completed: No
Updated: 29 Oct 2006; Published: 27 Oct 2006
Reviewer: Martha (Signed)
29 Oct 2006
I was trying to eat breakfast as I read but kept snorting coffee up my nose and choking on biscuit crumbs and finally had to just give it up. (breakfast - not the story) God, it's great to see you in this fandom - like TS old home week isn't it? OK, actually that's kind of scary, so never mind. Fantastic story, though. I'm not even bitter over the cold coffee and concrete biscuits. Much.
Chapter 1: One Leg at a Time
Graffiti by aesc [PG-13]
[Reviews - 6]

Summary: His flashlight traces a circle, half-seen letters, words, bits he can read here and there. Solid, it's almost solid writing and drawing up to about six and a half feet. He steps on words too, some of them smoothed out by desperate feet.

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

Word count: 3341; Completed: Yes
Updated: 06 Mar 2008; Published: 06 Mar 2008
Reviewer: Martha (Signed)
08 Mar 2008
oh geez. Beautiful beyond words. You are such a helluva writer!
Chapter 1: Graffiti

Summary: Crossover with the Cthulhu Mythos. The storm isn't the only thing keeping Rodney awake at night. Set early season 4.

Categories: Crossovers > General
Characters: Jennifer Keller, Rodney McKay
Genres: AU - Alternate Universe, Character Study
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: The Shadow Over Atlantis

Word count: 795; Completed: Yes
Updated: 05 Jul 2008; Published: 03 Jul 2008
Reviewer: Martha (Signed)
06 Jul 2008
Oh, this is very fun! Atlantis - of course!
Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Summary: A disgruntled minion hands Rodney an opportunity in disguise.

Categories: Slash Pairings > McKay/Sheppard
Characters: Jennifer Keller, John Sheppard, Major Lorne, Radek Zelenka, Rodney McKay, Ronon Dex, Samantha Carter, Teyla Emmagan
Genres: Drama
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 10086; Completed: Yes
Updated: 18 Jul 2008; Published: 18 Jul 2008
Reviewer: Martha (Signed)
18 Jul 2008
Oh, really lovely -- Rodney trying to be nicer is sweet and heartbreaking at the same time.

Author's Response: Yeah, he really has no idea how to do it, does he? Thanks for commenting, I\'m glad you liked it!
Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Summary: It's most of a week before it starts to come back, but Rodney always remembers this:

(sort-of tag to The Shrine, spoilers up to that point)

Categories: Slash Pairings > McKay/Sheppard
Characters: Jennifer Keller, John Sheppard, Other, Rodney McKay, Ronon Dex, Teyla Emmagan
Genres: Angst, Episode Related, Friendship, Hurt Comfort, Team
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 7458; Completed: Yes
Updated: 21 Jan 2009; Published: 21 Jan 2009
Reviewer: Martha (Signed)
22 Jan 2009
This was heartbreakingly lovely. So gentle and such a thoughtful depiction of Rodney during those terrible days. the way you recontextualize Rodney's declarations of love is so nice, inclusive and tender. I really liked this -- thanks so much for writing!
Chapter 1: Primacy

Summary: A man on the run kidnaps a couple on Christmas Eve.

Updated: 20 Feb 2010; Published: 20 Feb 2010
Reviewer: Martha (Signed)
23 Feb 2010
Ooh, really fun! Thank you!
Chapter 1: Chapter 1