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Cabin Fever (Stargate)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 1st September 2005 (4)
Tags: Novelette

Sixth-season adventure story; even when they try to get away to relax, Our Heroes can't seem to catch a break. This is a good team story, with a sympathetic Jonas (rather than a Super!Jonas). There's some nice banter:
    Sam turned to Teal'c, sighing when she saw the surrender in his eyes. "I'm not cooking," she said.
    "This is my downtime. I'm not cooking, I'm not cleaning, and if I sleep until noon or stay up all night, I don't want to hear any complaints."

Some bits of the plot seemed rather improbable, but it's a fine read.

The Price of Secrecy

(1) The Price of Secrecy (Stargate)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 31st March 2003 (1)
Tags: Novella

This is the first in an AU trilogy, where "What if... the NID had gotten Sam before the Askrak did?" In other words, it diverges during "In The Line of Duty", though a good portion of this takes place during the events of "Secrets", which also happen somewhat differently.

I like that this takes consequences and continuing events into account, and the way that Jolinar and Sam have... accommodated each other. This is definitely not a Happy Happy Joy Joy story -- lots of angst for poor Sam, she's been through the wringer. It does end hopefully -- with a hint of unease.

I actually found this first at Heliopolis (

(2) Too High A Price (Stargate)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 31st March 2003 (2)
Tags: Novelette

This is the next one in the trilogy, and gives an alternative version of "Bane"; when Teal'c gets taken by Maybourne, Carter can't stand by and do nothing -- and this has very unfortunate consequences.

Again, this AU weaves into the events that would "normally" have happened and takes its own spin on them; I like that.

(3) Paid In Full (Stargate)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 31st March 2003 (3)
Tags: Novelette

The third and final story in the trilogy, where the secrets that Sam and Jolinar have been keeping are blown wide open; and various parties make their moves -- some very unexpected indeed. References to "Fifth Race", "Tok'ra", and "Jolinar's Memories", though of course not everything is the same. Action happens, and loose ends get tied up. And even if it isn't happily ever after for everyone, it's still a hopeful ending. Overall, a good solid AU series.