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Being Lois Lane (Buffy)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 19th July 2002 (2)
Tags: Short Story

Despite the title, this is definitely not a Lois & Clark story, not even a crossover. (Actually, the mind boggles at a Buffy/Lois & Clark crossover...) The summary says "In the aftermath of "Becoming, Part 2," Joyce tries to deal with what she knows -- and doesn't know -- about her daughter." And that's basically it. This is melancholy and insightful; if you like stories which cast light on supporting characters, this is a good one for Joyce. It helps if you've seen the abovementioned episode recently, since it makes reference to it without explanation.

Phoenix Burning (Buffy)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 17th July 2002 (6)
Tags: Novel

This story is warned as being dramatically AU, set after the end of the fifth season ("The Gift") and it was, indeed, AU, but not in the way I had been expecting. For some reason I'd thought Buffy ended up in an alternate dimension or something like that (which would make a nifty story idea, wouldn't it?) but that isn't what happened. To find out what actually happened, well, you'll have to read the story, won't you? This was way cool. It wasn't just Buffy going off and having more adventures, though it is certainly adventuresome. I knew things were getting interesting when one started wondering what various peoples' motives really were. And the characters had both good and bad, things to like about them and to dislike. And there were points which were so sad, and points where you want to cheer. And twists and surprises, and witty quips. Still, some people probably won't like it because the Scooby Gang aren't there, except in memory and dream. But I still think it was way cool.

The Yankee's Loot (Doctor Who/Gone With The Wind)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 16th February 2008 (11)
Tags: Novelette

Summary: The Tenth Doctor has known many Companions over the years, and thinks he's ready for almost anything. And then, God help him, he picks up Scarlett O'Hara.

One thing I treasure in crossovers is seeing Our Heroes from the point of view of someone else. Here, that other point of view is Scarlett O'Hara, and the author manages to pull it off, without it being ridiculous or a parody. Both Scarlett's strength of character and her selfishness are shown, her assumptions and her ability to be pragmatic. I could see how it was going to end, but that didn't mean I didn't enjoy the end when it came; it seemed ironically fitting to me.


(1) Break (Star Trek: Reboot)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 31st January 2011 (1)
Tags: Novella, Pre-Series, Friendship, Romance, Linguistics
Characters: Spock, Nyota Uhura

Summary: During their final semester at Starfleet Academy, two people who have no intention of ever changing transform each other.

This isn't just a good Spock/Uhura story; it doesn't just have linguistics and a slow-growing friendship which develops into love, it doesn't just have angst and joy. If it was just that, I would like it for that, very much. But this has the lovely bonus of making me see things about both Spock and Uhura that I hadn't seen before, and that makes it extra special.

(2) Of Two Worlds (Star Trek: Reboot)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 31st January 2011 (2)
Tags: Novelette

Summary: Spock has the opportunity to choose between the Prime universe and his own.

I like this because a) Spock is forced to re-evaluate what he values, b) we have an intriguing moral dilemma, and c) all is not as it seems.