Deborah Wright

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False Gods (Stargate/Hercules)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 10th December 2007 (6)
Tags: Novella

The SG-1 team steps through the stargate and unexpectedly arrives on a world full of gods and legends. Now how do they get back home?

Good solid crossover, there and back again. Both universes were well-represented. I liked how Hercules picked Daniel for a scholar, and how Sam kept trying to explain away the magic...

Secrets (Sentinel)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 31st March 2003 (19)
Tags: Novella

This AU story is called a series, but it really makes more sense to consider it as one long story, because none of the parts comprising it can really stand on their own. It is made up mostly of post-episode epilogues/missing scenes, plus two separate stories, the last one of which is an alternative ending to TSbyBS (alternative in that the scene with the badge-offering doesn't happen). The central premise of this story is that Blair is very good at talking without revealing anything of himself -- because he has a deep, dark, secret...

The post-episode scenes build up nicely how Blair and Jim's relationship develops, and we get hints of Blair's secret, but we don't actually find out the full story until the last part. This kept me reading, pulling me along; I started it out of curiosity, and couldn't stop until I'd finished. I really liked how the author made Jack Kelso a solid supporting character and a good friend of Blair; usually he's just a useful-source-of-information (and I'm guilty of that myself, so I know how easy that is to do).

Emerald Tablet

(1) The Emerald Tablet (Buffy)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 26th February 2003 (4)
Tags: Novel

This is set in a somewhat AU Buffyverse, around season 4, but certain events didn't happen. This is, I think, more to do with the author wishing to chose her preferred cast of characters (most notably, Oz is still around) and then just play and see what happens. What happens is a good solid story, so long as you actually don't mind the way the author pulls certain people together. I liked it, myself, mainly because it was subtle and gradual (and neither of them realize it either).

The story is divided into three parts, each with its own separate chapters, but I'm not entirely sure why, because the division seems pretty arbitraty -- it's just one long story, really.

What's the story about, you say? All's quiet on the Hellmouth, but Buffy's feeling twitchy, and having nightmares. And trying to have a social life as well. But things don't stay quiet of course. There's your usual destroy-the-world prophecy, which seems straightforward enough -- if it hadn't been for the complications. I think the best characters here are Buffy, Willow and Giles. The best-friend vibe between Buffy and Willow is still there, something I realize I missed in the later Buffy seasons. As for Giles, well, he's got a new job, and a new wardrobe... and new admirers. (grin) Hey, it's cool, okay? This has a nice balance of action, character musing, and banter.

(2) Mirror, Mirror (Buffy)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 26th February 2003 (5)
Tags: Novel

This is a sequel to "The Emerald Tablet", where "Buffy is in Sunnydale, but is it her Sunnydale?". I liked this even better than "The Emerald Tablet", because it was fascinating seeing the alternates, how they were similar yet different. Also I liked how it did tie in with the previous story, as unforseen consequences and unexpected uses of things happened. And I liked the way they kept on trying to fix things up, and just made them more complicated, a mixture of good and bad. The story pulled me along, I couldn't stop reading.