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10 January 2008 @ 07:08 pm
177: Joy to the Worlds  
Thank you for the joy! Both the specific joy - the virtual gifts and compliments and wonderful things from today - and the general joy, because all of you are wonderful all year round.

This is my (other - first one here) attempt to spread joy, and I'm doing it by recommending things that make me happy. (AUs that make me happy, actually. Because apparently that is just what today calls for: joy in as many universes as possible.)

The One That Proves That, No Matter Where They Start, Ray and Fraser Are Destined for a Canadian Shack. (I Am So Going on a Shack Tour in Canada Someday.) Bell, Book and Mountie, by lamardeuse. Due South, Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski.

I read this story when it first came out, and enjoyed it greatly, but I also spent most of it profoundly confused. "Where are the displaced children?" I asked myself. "Shouldn't someone be learning magic via correspondence course?" And, of course, "At what point do the animated suits of armor show up?" None of these things happened. It was very weird. Almost like...like it wasn't based on that movie at all.

Astute people will already have figured out that it was not, in fact, based on that movie at all, and that I had two movies confused. Bedknobs and Broomsticks, as it turns out, is totally not Bell, Book and Candle. I have seen the former. I have not seen the latter, mostly because Best Beloved has a serious, lifelong hate for that movie. (Ask her about it, and she'll just start muttering hostile things about florists, and she is not normally a floristphobe. And so I reassure her, and also anyone else who has a similar problem with the movie, that there are no florists in this story that I noticed.)

So, in case you're like me and very easily confused, I will spare you the two and a half bewildered (but fun) readings it took me to realize why my expectations were seriously awry: at no time in the course of this story does anyone animate suits of armor, and that is as it should be. And, in case you're like me and haven't seen Bell, Book and Candle (Side note: Oh my god, typing that so many times without the serial comma is killing my soul, but this story is worth it, and that's saying something, since I don't often put - well, basically anything ahead of the serial comma. Judge if you must.), rest assured that you don't need to have seen it to enjoy this story, and in fact you might be better off, since you won't be starting out with florist-related issues.

I love the switches and changes to the canon that lamardeuse has made here. This many major adjustments to a canon - like switching up Dief and Stella (people, don't try that at home) - can totally destroy an AU, but here, it works, and works so very well that the story's worth reading just as a perfect example of a transmogrification AU, even if you for some strange reason have no interest in dS on magic. (Although, really, is there anyone who doesn't want to see Ray Kowalski casting spells? I didn't think so.) Plus, you get Ray Vecchio in a jazz band. What more joy could you possibly want?

The One That Made Sexbots Legitimate. And Isn't It Past Time? The Soul and the Company Store, by Leah, one half of leahwoof. Stargate: Atlantis, Rodney McKay/John Sheppard.

This is one of the stories that has been recommended everywhere, and deservedly so. And so, as usual, I had to have my internal recommender's struggle (it's very angsty and tense, you wouldn't even believe it) - on the one hand, everyone will have already read it! But, on the other, what if someone has not read it? What if perhaps you, specifically, are thinking you don't really need to read a nice, long, plotty AU in which John Sheppard is a robot? (No, really, he's an actual robot - this is not one of those Shepbot jokes.)

The conclusion, as always: I will lend my voice to the multitudes. It is my duty. Because, honestly, you so need to read about robo-Sheppard. Which is not really like - actually, you know, I can't say that. I have never seen Robo-Cop and only have the vaguest idea what it might be about. (My guess: he's a robot! And a cop! Am I close? Also, I bet he doesn't spend a lot of time filling out reports or giving speeding tickets.) But, in any case, this is its very own thing, and deeply awesome, and I admit I never really had much desire to see an actual robot Sheppard, but now I totally do.

(And now I really need to interrupt this recs set to complain about a certain salesman. Salesman, when I tell you "no, I'm sorry," I mean NO - the "sorry" is just a little social lube, and you shouldn't take it to mean that I actually care. What it really means is no money for you. You have a range of appropriate responses to this - a time-honored one is calling me a bitch when I can't hear you - but, really. Do not whine, "Whyyyyy nawwwwwwt?" like you're eight and I just told you you couldn't have any more candy. And certainly do not spend a further five minutes whining at me, wasting my time and yours and instilling in me a violent hatred of a) you b) the company that employs you and c) the "service" said company provides. It's doubtful I could, at this point, bring myself to purchase that service if it was the only thing that could save my life. I could, however, totally bring myself to complain to your manager. Just, you know, FYI.)

Sorry. I needed to get that out. We now return to the recs set already in progress.

Except, hey. I might as well use this space to write further complaints, because here is what I need to say about this story: it is AWESOME. There are ROBOTS. And PLOT. Also, SEX. If those elements do not entice you, I have no help to offer you. (But I can refer you to a whining salesman - like a singing telegram except infinitely more annoying! - if that's more your speed.)

The One That Proves That One Universe Really Isn't Big Enough for Lex. Unless It's the Wrong Universe, in Which Case of Course He's Totally Happy. Looking Glass Country, by astolat. Smallville, Lex Luthors/Clark Kents. Yes, the plurals are deliberate.

astolat seems to have asked herself, "What is better than Lex Luthor?" and then answered, "TWO Lex Luthors," which is obviously the entirely correct answer. (I will give half a point to anyone who thought the right answer was, "Naked Lex Luthor," though. And, hey, this story has something for you, too!) In this story, she's masterfully reconciled the various editions of Lex (because, let's face it, even in a canon not precisely known for its slavish dedication to continuity, the many faces of Lex are, at best, a wee bit confusing) by, um, not really reconciling them at all. Here, they're really and truly different people. And, wow, they totally hate each other's lives. But, being Lexes, they can fix that.

And it is awesome and brilliant. And also there is what I consider to be a wholly appropriate treatment of Gorilla Grodd, who I have never liked. (I'm not a fan of the higher primates, for one thing.) And confusion to - well, to Lexes' enemies (let me just note here that I wholly support stories that require me to consider the various plurals of a character's name - I mean, I want to have to figure out if it should be Rononi or Diefenbachia or whatever! This is the sort of problem that makes life worth living! - but I feel that the truly considerate author will weigh in with an opinion on that in the story notes), but also to his co-workers, his minions, and, eventually, his friends.

I also think this is a brilliant extrapolation of Lex's personality (however it manifests): he actually does better at living someone else's life. Well, of course he does. It's more of a challenge, for one thing, and it's pretty much what he was raised to do, for another.

In short, I love this story. It gives me all the Lex a girl could want, exposes the inner workings of two universes, and makes my continuity-loving heart so very happy.

The One That Proves That Whoever Said Hell Was Looking in the Mirror Was Obviously Looking in the Wrong Mirror. Another Fine Universe You've Gotten Us Into, by tafkarfanfic. Stargate: SG-1, Daniel Jackson/Jack O'Neill.

This one brings me joy through sheer fun. I mean, haven't we all wanted to see the slapstick side of quantum mirror use? Okay. Probably most of us didn't even suspect there was a slapstick side of the quantum mirror. I know I didn't. But in retrospect, it makes so much sense. I mean, you have multiples of various people. (You know, when I put this one side-by-side with Looking Glass Country, I start to wonder if perhaps I get too much joy from characters meeting themselves, or traveling to alternate universes, or, as in this case, both. And then I think a) this is fan fiction, so I'm allowed and b) is there really such a thing as too much joy?) You have wacky interdimensional hijinks. In short, you have the opportunity for mix-ups on a scale that the Marx Brothers could only dream of. (Although let me say here and now that I think those guys could do awesome things with a few extra Harpos. Or a few extra Daniels, even. Oh, ow, now I have crossover brain freeze.)

Anyway. My point is that this is a whirlwind tour through many universes, as Daniel tries to find the right one and mostly ends up with shrimp and other assorted badnesses, which is unsurprising, since apparently the quantum mirror's purpose is to prove Leibniz right - sure, SG-1's universe may be a little fucked up, but apparently it's the best one on offer. And it's not like this story disproves that. It just proves that Jack and Daniel are past the point of being thrown by anything. If you'd been on SG-1 all these years, you would be, too.

It's rare that we get humorous fan fiction in SG1, but when we do, it's totally worth the wait. (And totally joyous, too.)
 
 
 
melpemone: DH: Nothing - YAYmelpemone on January 11th, 2008 03:20 am (UTC)
Another serial comma fan! I love you! *smish*

...oh, and thanks for the recs. There's a couple there I haven't read, and that brings me unstoppable joy. :)
tried to eat the safe banana: Pedantthefourthvine on January 11th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
We should form a society! I'd suggest serial_fans, but that's probably already taken.

*smishes you in return, for serial commaites have to stick together*
Admission to the Burning Ruins — 10¢: Robotslaughingacademy on January 11th, 2008 03:33 am (UTC)
This is one of the stories that has been recommended everywhere, and deservedly so.

And yet I had never heard of it. So, there you go.
Admission to the Burning Ruins — 10¢: Hot Fuzz - Little hand says its time tolaughingacademy on January 11th, 2008 04:53 am (UTC)
(My guess: he's a robot! And a cop! Am I close? Also, I bet he doesn't spend a lot of time filling out reports or giving speeding tickets.)

Strictly speaking he’s a cyborg — specifically, a policeman (played by Peter “Buckaroo Banzai” Weller) who, after dying in the line of duty, is turned into a prototype law enforcement unit by a weapons manufacturer. Plenty o’ carnage, very little paperwork.

And because I cannot pass up an opportunity to proselytize, have you see Hot Fuzz? There are a couple of scenes that will probably require a squeezable dog to sit through but it is funny as hell. And lots of stuff blows up real good.
(no subject) - thefourthvine on January 11th, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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(no subject) - thefourthvine on January 11th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC) (Expand)
I'm not fluent in your dialect of crazydine on January 11th, 2008 03:35 am (UTC)
*smishes your recs*

you always introduce me to fabulous stuff - I'd only read the Shepbot story previously and am totally in love with it. I'm now anticipating more wonderfulness as I dive into the others you listed - I can see nothing but happy happy joy joy here
tried to eat the safe banana: Dinosaurs and sodomythefourthvine on January 11th, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
It is indeed a set of joy, and I'm glad it could bring you some!

*smishes you, just because*
In vino veritas: !SGA: GC3 Joe/David Wubgirly_curl_3 on January 11th, 2008 03:36 am (UTC)
FYI, your recs always bring joy.

Also, I seem to have somehow escaped reading Robot!Shep, which is Not Right and shall be remedied immediately. So, see?! Just in case, you should always give us your recs. There may be some poor deprived soul who's missing out.
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV dogtagsthefourthvine on January 11th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
I seem to have somehow escaped reading Robot!Shep

This is very sad. *weeps for all fankind* But at least you've been linked to it now!

Just in case, you should always give us your recs. There may be some poor deprived soul who's missing out.

See, I always remind myself of comments like these when I'm pondering whether or not to rec.

I suppose the ultimate test would be to rec Written by the Victors or Freedom's Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose and see if I got any "I hadn't read this!" comments. I suspect I would not, but who can say?
¿es eso un libro de besos?: comma (by Sam)darthfox on January 11th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
Okay, I've only read the first rec and haven't actually followed any of the links yet (and will have to take my contacts out before I do, because I was wrong to think I could hold off taking them out until I go to bed, urgh), but can I just say, OMFG I think I adore you for your serial-comma esteem. People just don't understand, do they? Aiea. (In short: I do judge, but I judge quite favorably.)

(I hardly ever get to use this icon.)
Iphiginia Saberhagen: From makesmewannadie and thefourthvinefanofall on January 11th, 2008 04:41 am (UTC)
The serial comma is the only kind of comma. All other commas are wrong and bad.
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AynAtonal: gay gay gayaynatonal on January 11th, 2008 03:46 am (UTC)
I have not read the sexbot story! But now I will! And there will be great rejoicing!

Yay!
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV flowersthefourthvine on January 11th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
I am increasingly joyful that I recommended that story. I had no idea there were so many poor souls whose lives had not been enlivened by Shepbot!
the girl's got moxie: sweet and innocent - that's me!tricksterquinn on January 11th, 2008 04:35 am (UTC)
I feel you should realize how hard a time I had not laughing fit to wake up the household at Diefenbachia.

Just sayin'.
tried to eat the safe banana: Smilethefourthvine on January 11th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
*beams*

Thank you!
Iphiginia Saberhagenfanofall on January 11th, 2008 04:40 am (UTC)
I've never read Bell, Book and Mountie, but it's been in my bookmarks forEVER. And now I have no excuse not to read it. I ... don't think that makes me sad, but then again, I like having excuses for things. :-D
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV lettersthefourthvine on January 11th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
*eyes you sternly*

You now have NO EXCUSE. You have to read, not just Bell, Book and Mountie, but all four of these. (It will bring you joy. I promise. Also, if you don't, there will be sorrow in the house of TFV, with wailing and gnashing of teeth. But, hey, no pressure.)

*hugs you tight, just because*
suchthefangirlsuchthefangirl on January 11th, 2008 06:19 am (UTC)
I love Bell, Book and Candle. It's Jimmy Stewart, and Kim Novak and Jack Lemmon, and Ernie Kovaks, and Elsa Lanchester, and OMG it is so wonderful. I wanted to name my first child Gillian because of that movie (and play, I love both). I always wanted to be a witch and Gillian was one of my favorites. In fact, I wanted to name my other daughter Angelique after the witch in Dark Shadows, (and if I had a son his name was to be Byron) but then I got married and, surprise surprise, my husband wanted a say in the names, so instead my children have much weirder names.

But still. I love the movie. Ok, now that I've got that out of my system I am off to read the story.

Thank you for the recs, they have definitely brought joy into my life.
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV umbrellathefourthvine on January 11th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
I love Bell, Book and Candle.

Good to know! Also, now I'm very curious about what you'll think of the story; I'm wondering if it will work as well for someone who really loves the movie. If you get a chance, I'd love to hear back about your reaction.

then I got married and, surprise surprise, my husband wanted a say in the names, so instead my children have much weirder names.

...I collect and love names (no, really - the oldest file on my computer is one featuring lists of names; I started it when I was 9, and have been transferring it from program to program and computer to computer ever since), and I am now dying to know what names your kids got.
(no subject) - suchthefangirl on January 11th, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC) (Expand)
captain heteroknowledgeablenotpoetry on January 11th, 2008 06:39 am (UTC)
but this story is worth it, and that's saying something, since I don't often put - well, basically anything ahead of the serial comma.

Except two nouns. BA DUM CHING.
tried to eat the safe banana: One time I called this girl Mom.thefourthvine on January 11th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
*groans*

I expect a written apology for that one, young lady.
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Vass: *hugs*vassilissa on January 11th, 2008 06:45 am (UTC)
I tend to agree with you about the serial comma.

The Times once published a description of a Peter Ustinov documentary: "highlights of his global tour include encounters with Nelson Mandela, an 800-year-old demigod and a dildo collector." "Planet Ustinov", Nov 22, 1998

And in fact I have not read 'The Soul and the Company Store'. *goes to rectify this*
tried to eat the safe banana: Pedantthefourthvine on January 11th, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
The Times once published a description of a Peter Ustinov documentary: "highlights of his global tour include encounters with Nelson Mandela, an 800-year-old demigod and a dildo collector."

Well. That's put an image in my head that's going to linger. *shudders*

WHY do people not understand the importance of the serial comma? It's a tiny little curl that can prevent tragedies (much like the one you cited)! I weep for humanity.
09 f9 11 02 9d 74 e3 5b d8 41 56 c5 63 56 88 c0laura47 on January 11th, 2008 07:17 am (UTC)
since I don't often put - well, basically anything ahead of the serial comma. Judge if you must.

I judge and find you utterly correct! The serial comma is The Way And The Light.

(I Am So Going on a Shack Tour in Canada Someday.) really cracked me up.

*goes to read about Canadian shacks*
tried to eat the safe banana: Pedantthefourthvine on January 11th, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC)
I judge and find you utterly correct! The serial comma is The Way And The Light.

Sister! *embraces you vigorously*

*goes to read about Canadian shacks*

Excellent. Everyone needs a Canadian shack - I mean, didn't Speranza's Shack Project prove that? I tell you, I am disappointed in the Canadian tourism industry for failing to provide shack tour packages. I will just have to create my own, I guess.
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tried to eat the safe banana: Pedantthefourthvine on January 11th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
It has made me happier than I can say that so many people have come out in these comments as serialists. I am filled with love for all fankind, I tell you. (Especially those who really get the importance of serial commas.)

Yay!
worryingly jolly batmanlabellementeuse on January 11th, 2008 11:34 am (UTC)
I start to wonder if perhaps I get too much joy from characters meeting themselves, or traveling to alternate universes, or, as in this case, both. And then I think a) this is fan fiction, so I'm allowed and b) is there really such a thing as too much joy?

And c), in Stargate fandom, it's possible that even the joy you get from it is not as great as the joy the show's writers and other creatives get from it. Duplicate Episodes: One In Every Season*, Sometimes Two.

*nearly.
tried to eat the safe banana: SG1thefourthvine on January 11th, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)
Duplicate Episodes: One In Every Season*, Sometimes Two.

Really? For the first time, I'm kind of regretting that I haven't seen any SG1 or much SGA. Canonical duplicates are love!
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Gwynevere1gwynevere1 on January 11th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
The One That Proves That, No Matter Where They Start, Ray and Fraser Are Destined for a Canadian Shack.

Why must you keep saying things I need to have on a t-shirt?
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV bluethefourthvine on January 11th, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
I'm a shill for the t-shirt industry. (Um, that's a secret. Don't tell anyone!)

And thank you! *beams*