August 22nd, 2008

TWH thaddeus

Rec: Trying to Communicate, by sam_storyteller

Title: Trying to Communicate
Author: sam_storyteller, aka copperbadge
Rating: standard
Length: 1500+ words, oneshot
Pairing(s)/Character(s): Hints of Jack/Ianto, Team
Warnings: none
Spoilers: Through 2.07, Dead Man Walking
Summary: There's an alien in the Hub, and it's trying to communicate. This borders perilously on crackfic.

Why you should read it: If you haven't already, you should definitely read the story that breaks fandom boundaries and pulls in folks from everywhere to read it. It's funny. It's pop culture. It's Torchwood, so it just might happen. Just in case you've been living in a cave and haven't seen this one yet, I won't spoil it for you. If you need reasons, read it because the dialog is witty, charming and touching; the plot is solid and plausible; the characters are spot on. Be warned, drinking beverages while reading this may be hazardous to your keyboard.

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Rec: Pavlov's Bell, by smirnoffmule

Title: Pavlov's Bell
Author: smirnoffmule, aka equus_vodka
Rating: explicit (sex)
Length: 7000+ words, oneshot
Pairing(s)/Character(s): Jack/Ianto
Warnings: none
Spoilers: Through Cyberwoman
Summary: “It wasn’t as though his other charges were undemanding. Google wasn’t turning up much in the way of help on caring for your first pterodactyl, and Myfanwy wasn’t eating very well. At least, she wasn’t eating food very well. She ate technology, carrying out dawn raids on the computers and spreading wires about like entrails. She liked paperwork too, and shredded it with relish as fast as Ianto could file. And then there was Jack, who was blessedly uncurious about Ianto’s personal life, but none the less demanding in his own way.”

Why you should read it: This is an excellent addition to the pre-Cyberwoman stories in which Jack and Ianto have sex. However, it delves much more into Ianto's state of mind during that time than many of the others. Caring for a sick relative, which is basically what Ianto is doing, is a very demanding, heart-breaking, stressful task. The author does an excellent job of showing us Ianto's state of mind with descriptive language and cleverly juxtaposed sentences that alter your perception of the situation in an instant.

The characters are well drawn. Jack is portrayed as a caring, though not sloppily emo, individual who may be fooled, but is not utterly clueless. Ianto clearly cares for Lisa, but he's just as clearly drawn to Jack. And Myfanwy? She just wants to fly... and eat.


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  • xtricks

Vid: Call My Name, by Thrace_Adams

Title: Call My Name
Author: thrace_adams
Song/Artist: Charlotte Church
Rating: standard (probably not for young kids)
Pairing(s)/Character(s): Jack/Ianto
Summary "I like a lot of things, baby, you know me."
Spoilers: none

Why you should watch this vid: Oh, I like angst just like everyone else but sometimes ... sometimes, you just want a bouncy, porny, happy vid that reflects the best of Jack's omnisexual preferences. I've always felt that Jack is a man who really, really just likes sex in all its joyous, enthusiastic, sweaty forms and this vid feels like what I imagine Jack thinks about sex. Pleasure, delight, fun, joy, porny, obscene and delightfully kinked. I think the vidder has done a lovely job with music and visual cues, cuts and scene changes. There's no overarching story - this vid is like one of those parties where everyone has fun and no one goes home alone or guilty at the end. It's mostly Jack/Ianto but not exclusively (this is *Jack* after all).

Strangely enough, the woman who sings this song otherwise does almost exclusively religious music.

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  • demotu

Rec: There Are Millions of Suns Left, by basingstoke

Title: There Are Millions of Suns Left
Author: basingstoke 
Rating: explicit (sex)
Length: 11,000 words, oneshot
Pairing(s)/Character(s): Tosh/Ianto, Tosh/Ianto/Jack
Warnings: None.
Spoilers: series one
Summary: Toshiko took over Torchwood Three when it became clear Jack hadn't just gone out for chips.

Why you should read it: basingstoke  is one of my favourite authors in this fandom, particularly because of her startling originality, both in content and in style. Her writing always reads in this indescribably way - it's almost otherworldly. Thus, it's perfect for Torchwood. I love this particular fic for a myriad of reasons - written before series two, it envisions Tosh taking over Torchwood, and her characterization is the best I've ever read. The relationship between Tosh and Ianto is entirely believably and ever so sweet, and Jack is completely himself, in and out of Torchwood. The plot woven in adds to the story and the characters, and the sex is understated by breathtaking.

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  • demotu

Rec: No Word For Yes, by sam-storyteller

Title: No Word For Yes
Author: sam_storyteller
Rating: standard
Length: 2300 words, oneshot
Pairing(s)/Character(s): Jack/Ianto
Warnings: none
Spoilers: series two
Summary: Someday he will have a Jack-to-English dictionary. Though it will contain more than just the words, he supposes. And be unsuitable for children.

Why you should read it: To quote my own comments, the crux of Sam's talent is that he takes 'this massive, impossible-to-articulate set of feelings and themes and lives and condenses it into something that is beautiful but not less.' In No Word For Yes, Sam captures Jack's different-ness, and the sweeter, lighter parts of his relationship with Ianto. Clearly a literate writer, Sam sprinkles this fic with references to different pieces of our culture, and weave them together to illuminate Jack's own, alien one.

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