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I feel like I haven't had any Holmes reviews in ages (almost a month!). :-/ I'm reading one right now, but it's really long and I'm not that into it, so it's going slowly. Also I seem to be not really reading much at all lately (fic, books, or manga). Meh. But I have read a handful of SGA things! (Three of which were posted as part of 3W4DW! ...All three of which are teen AUs. Requested by me. Oh, me. Never change! XD) And one fic from [community profile] lgbtfest. Oh, I know what else I've been reading. Potential remix fics. But of course I can't post reviews of those yet, or it would be obvious who I'm remixing.

Stargate: Atlantis

Feet in Your Shoes by [personal profile] busaikko Rec+
3100 words. Technically Teyla's place is a temporary living facility, but it's the best he's ever been in.

Oh, this is so awesome! I love teen AUs and this one is done so well. Ronon as a runaway and John as a wealthy-but-troubled kid works perfectly. And this is just a tiny detail, but I loved that Ronon marked people when they were white (Elizabeth is "this thin white woman who teaches law downtown" and when he first sees John, we get "he doesn't look much like Elizabeth, apart from being white; Ronon figures him for some relative of hers"). This fic is full of awesome little details like that.

Untitled by [personal profile] nomelon
900 words. Teyla was watching her, her eyes wide and clear and beautiful, her expression solemn. Elizabeth was trying desperately not to think about what it would be like to kiss her.

This was really cute. Teyla is a formerly-homeschooled kid and Elizabeth tutors her in history to get her up to speed on their high school curriculum and Teyla teaches Elizabeth soccer. I like that it's not that Teyla's not smart, but just has some gaps in this one subject. I think I'd feel a bit uncomfortable if it were a more straightforward tutor AU with Teyla just needing help in general, but this nicely side-steps that issue. (What would be even awesomer would be a sequel or remix where Teyla teaches Elizabeth about all sorts of history that she's learned about in her self study, stuff history books at Elizabeth's school have totally glossed over or left out altogether.)

One thing that gave me pause in this, though, was Teyla's peculiar speech patterns. I get that this is How We Know It's Teyla, but I always find it really jarring in an Earth AU. Sometimes people have Teyla be someone whose native language is not English, but non-native speakers don't talk that way, either. And I'm not sure if here it's supposed to be because she's a weird homeschooled kid or what, but it still strikes me as odd. :-/

Untitled by [personal profile] green
1500 words. If they thought a few torn posters would stop her, they didn't know Elizabeth Weir.

Another fill for my Teyla/Elizabeth high school AU prompt. Elizabeth is starting a Gay-Straight Alliance! And Teyla helps! And they are adorable together. :D I like the glimpses of the other characters at the meeting, too. Oh, John, you so obviously did not come just for the food.

Too Good by [livejournal.com profile] crysothemis
2500 words. So apparently their whole relationship was based on a lie, and it was the best thing ever.

Okay, well. This fic has 143 comments, many by people on my flist, so this is going to be a totally unpopular opinion, but I did not like this fic at all. It made me really uncomfortable in a way that's hard to explain. I should have loved it, because I love bad sex and misunderstandings and I can really see John and Rodney in particular getting into something through pure misunderstanding, but. But, but, but. I don't know. *flails*

Part of it, I think, is that this is coming from an author who does not normally write kink. Coming from a kinky/kink-friendly author, I think it would feel really different to me. Instead, this ends up feeling like the author is Saying Something About Kink. Or about the characters. Or about fandom. Maybe she's not, but it makes me uncomfortable that her one kinky story is all about how kink is totally wrong for these guys.

Especially since the way kink is written about here is just...off. I can put it down to John and Rodney both not being into kink themselves and thus having a skewed idea of what it means to be kinky, but again, it feels like this is the author's idea of what kink is, that if you like being tied up, it means you have to be tied up every time and can never just enjoy a handjob and some kissing.

I don't know. I think it wouldn't come across that way if the misunderstanding was that one of them really was into kink, but the other wasn't. Or something. Of course then that can't have the happy, fluffy ending where they really are 100% compatible, and thus is obviously not the story she wanted to tell. Or if they were both trying to be vanilla because they thought the other wasn't into kink, and it ends with them both being happily kinky (still get your happy, fluffy ending, but it no longer feels anti-kink). But the way it's told now, I don't know. I don't know. It just makes me really uncomfortable.

The Wizard of Oz

The Gender Ninja of Oz by [personal profile] ptahrrific Rec
4200 words. "You never talk about your life before they let you be Princess again," says Dorothy crossly. "I s'pose being a farm girl isn't very exciting next to being ruler of all of Oz...but I'd like to hear about it some time, all the same."

I haven't read any Oz books since I was in elementary school, but this definitely has that Oz feel to it. There's definitely a lot to play with with the whole Tip/Ozma thing and this is a really great take on it.

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