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Review of chapter "Chapter Three" from NefariousPlots
Review:
I had a blast reading this story! Also, major points for such an original idea :)
Review By [NefariousPlots] • Date [21 Jan 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Three" from (Recent Donor)deitarionSSokolow
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Amazing job. Gillian Middleton's "Cute As" series was the first time I saw this pairing via gender-swap and she did a good job on that, but this blows it out of the water.

Normally, the big draw to gender-bending for me is seeing how characters come to terms with it when it happens to them (basically a way to poke into what makes them tick) but you've done such a good job at "the reveal" and the events surrounding it that I"m literally at a loss for words. (I had to rewrite this three times just to get what you're now reading)

Things like the design and presentation of John/Joan's backstory are the kind of creativity you see FAR too rarely... probably because it's so much harder (or less obvious) for most people to experiment with presentation rather than what's being presented.
Review By [(Recent Donor)deitarionSSokolow] • Date [20 Jul 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Three" from foolartist
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That was very cool. I loved it! Wish there was more slash than not as the case is but I can live with it. It was a very interesting plot and I loved the twists!
Review By [foolartist] • Date [7 May 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from pagefault
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That was ... interesting.

Would have made a good sci fi episode on an appropriate series. Would certainly have been better than the boring boringness that is Stargate Universe.
Review By [pagefault] • Date [11 Nov 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Three" from citymouse
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that was squee-worthy
Review By [citymouse] • Date [7 Oct 10] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Three" from DesitaniaF
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bizarre but awesome! Only problem I see with being Joan instead of John is increased likelihood of being a rape victim... For a second there with the Kolya thing i was afraid Rodney was gonna have to witness something like that, but I'm glad it was just straight up torture, for the most part. And yes i realize its strange to say something like that
Review By [DesitaniaF] • Date [12 Aug 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Three" from (Past Donor)Charlotte
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This was so wonderfully brilliant! My head is still spinning.
Review By [(Past Donor)Charlotte] • Date [7 Jul 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Three" from DarthLoki
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*beaming*

Lovely. Absolutely lovely.

I felt so sorry for John at the beginning of the chapter - he must have felt so hurt when he changed back after kissing Rodney and Rodney wouldn't have anything to do with him. Because his feelings clearly didn't change that much. And of course, now he has someone who's there no matter whether he's John or Joan.

I thought you dealt with complex emotions very thoughtfully in this story. I just love the way it's been done.

If you ever get an idea for a sequel, I would love it if you wrote it. Even if it was just something like Rodney accompanying John/Joan to visit Rosemary - which would make sense, because in a sense this was all about Rosemary, wasn't it?
Review By [DarthLoki] • Date [20 Feb 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Three" from phlogistics
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Normally, I hate gender-bending fics. But this was so completely brilliant that I have to make an exception to that rule. Your characterization was perfect, the plot compelling, and the romantic bits very well done. 10/10!
Review By [phlogistics] • Date [30 Jul 09] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Three" from Leeef
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A I haven't read a story quite like this one. But then I think that of all your stories. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Review By [Leeef] • Date [12 May 09] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Three" from MinaLynn
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I honestly thought that I had read all of your work, but somehow I had missed this. I 'discovered' it when I was reading your Floating, Magic and Memory story. This was wonderful! I really enjoyed reading it and I'm very glad that you shared it with us.
Review By [MinaLynn] • Date [11 May 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Three" from laoshi
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Not the most optimistic of beginnings but then Rodney does believe that for all intents and purposes he's killed John's family. It was really interesting to see what had changed and what had stayed the same in John and Rodney's dynamic.

I really like the line ...this was John, who always got the girl, which Rodney was not. But Rodney's I've just hit on my straight males best friend who's in the military tops it.

In the Sentence "Another week passed before Atlantis dials Earth for emergency medical supplies." you missed off the c in medical.

Has McKay has weirder conversations than this outside the Pegasus Galaxy?

My natural tendency to want to know everything has been subsumed by your presentation of the many unanswerable questions this story has generated. For instance are Rosemary and the children aware of their own non-existence? What happened to their consciousnesses when Joan wasn't around? Will Joan become John again? If Joan and Rodney ever kids, given Rodney's lets close the lid on the baby or forget I'm carrying one behaviour, will Joan ever let him be alone with them?

The way you reintroduced Joan was spot on. The whole making a date in the mess hall scene was fantastic. John teasing Rodney about Joan and Elizabeth and Joan and Teyla was laugh out loud funny. All in all a well written original if more than a little weird piece. But then I think weird is good.
Review By [laoshi] • Date [11 May 09] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Two" from laoshi
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Is it me or does the age gap between Joesph and Sam seem ridiculously long? Still I suppose she was 17. The Kolya kidnap plot-line is an excellent way to provide impetus to McKay and Joan's relationship while highlighting the different ways people respond to John and Joan and deepening the mystery. Again because of my lack of familiarity with SGA I'm not aware of Kolya's back story. He still came off as a very menacing villain. I thought taking time out from going through the what to they want with us will we be rescued can we escape spiel for Rodney to offend Joan by overestimating her wait was a very whedonesque thing to do. McKay worrying about her because she'd gone quiet was a great moment.

When Rodney tells the marines Joan needs a doctor you've made a small typo and put too many s's in the word Sergeant.

When I read the line about tunneling through the walls with an IV clip I swear I heard the opening bars of the tune from the Great Escape. Rodney's mini-rant on American beer was funny.

The explanation of this repeating six monthly cycle was very well thought out. You really hammered home the intense heartache Sheppard must feel every time a switch occurs. Is the being doing it a BTVS Vengeance/Justice Demon?

The kiss seemed to emerge out of the natural progression of Rodney and Joan's conversation. Ronon is write though Rodney is an idiot. Maybe Ronon can smack some sense into him?

Is the voice who says McKay is right an ancient who is correcting the actions of the wish granting being?
Review By [laoshi] • Date [11 May 09] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from laoshi
Review:
The summary is great.

I should probably preface this by saying I don't even like SGA that much and I tend not to read a lot of slash, but I read and thoroughly enjoyed Agent Afloat Atlantis so I was willing to take the chance. (I will be reviewing AAA in the not to distant future).
I'm glad I did and both stories are now on my recommendations list. My high opinion of this story is therefore a real testament to your writing skills.

I haven't caught more than the odd episode of SGA since the first season so I really can't speak as to the accuracy of the characterization. But your portrayal of Sheppard and McKay gives me the impression of effortless. You seem to have an easy familiarity with the characters and the come across as people who could be real. As anyone who knows anything will tell you the appearance of effortlessness is one of the most difficult things to accomplish.

McKay's reactions were fantastic: The initial hey marines she's meant to be a he, everyone thinking it's him that's wrong, and the faceless alien conspiracy has replaced my best friend with a female version whose going to seduce me paranoia were all entertaining. Joan's obvious emotional distress juxtaposes well with the comedy. Joan silently walking away from Rodney was a wonderfully well written and emotional moment. The deepening mystery of Joan's sister is very compelling. Cutting the alternate reality speculation off at the pass was a well timed move. Also I'm impressed you managed to work He-man and She-ra, Star Trek, Mystery Science Theatre 3000 and Top Gun seamlessly into the story. You walked a very fine line in the McKay accidentally grabs Joan's breasts scene. It could easily have gone creepy or just unrealistic but it came off as amusing. Joan's teasing McKay with her flirting over the phallic/homoerotic difference was entertaining. McKay is definitely in over his head. How can one man be that socially inept?

P.S. I really enjoyed the phrase follicular insubordination.
Review By [laoshi] • Date [11 May 09] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Three" from SnakeofMedusa
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Wow, great story! I loved how you portrayed Rodney (wonder how the meeting w/ Rod went?). One of the weirder SGA fics I've read and I love it so much! Any chance of a sequel, by chance?
Review By [SnakeofMedusa] • Date [1 May 09] • Rating [9 out of 10]
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