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The Lady and the Temp (Doctor Who/Vorkosiverse)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 30th August 2008 (2)
Tags: Short Story, Crossover
Characters: Donna Noble, Tenth Doctor, Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan

Summary: A riot of remarkable redheads.

The Doctor and Donna visit Barrayar a lot earlier than they'd intended.

Seeing the Doctor from Cordelia's point of view was delightful; she's wise enough to see his flaws as well as his admirable qualities (even when they're one and the same). The Doctor was himself, and Donna was magnificent.

(Written for the Bujold Fic Fest 2008)

Spirits of the House (Tolkien)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 17th August 2004 (1)
Tags: Short Story

Though this was nominated in The Crossover Awards, I don't actually consider it to be a crossover. It's only a crossover in the sense that it has taken the basic plot from something else, and applied it to this universe. The two most popular plots for this kind of thing seem to be "It's A Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Carol". This story has taken the latter and applied it well and spookily to Denathor. The author describes this as an AU in which Denathor lives, but we don't actually see that, we only see the seeds of it, and I for one would really like to see the working out of it as well. But even so, I loved this story, because she got Denathor so well, and I haven't forgiven Jackson for totally messing up Denathor in the movie. Here, she makes the good point that the Palantir was like an addiction; it wasn't just the negativity which had driven Denathor to despair and madness. And the style is very in keeping with LOTR. Good one.