LUNACY'S FAN FICTION REVIEWS
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This file features reviews of Star Trek Voyager fanfic stories written by Lisa Countryman.
**SHE WHO HESITATES by Lisa Countryman
A long-time, fervent fan of the Janeway/Seven pairing in fanfic - I didn't think I was gonna enjoy this story when I realized it involved a B'Elanna/Seven pairing. Those of you who know me from Xena fandom know that when I fixate on one particular couple I tend to be very monogamous - interested in that pairing and only that pairing. Well - this novel by Lisa broke that streak for me in Voyager fandom. Set sometime after the episode FAIR HEAVEN, this story should be particularly SATISFYING to those who've been a bit upset with the TV Janeway since that episode ;-) The novel opens with B'Elanna and Seven both getting into trouble when their emotions get the better of them. The Klingon warrior ends up instigating quite a brawl after discovering that Tom Paris has been playing...without her - while a frustrated Borg is motivated to dispose of one hated hologram. As punishment, Captain Janeway decides to saddle the two women with one another for an extended away mission - never suspecting just how extended that away mission will become...or that she has just made the biggest mistake of her life. On their way to mine some of the dilithium ore Voyager uses, the usually antagonistic B'Elanna and Seven try to maintain a civil working relationship which is soon tested when the Klingon engineer postpones the immediate mission to investigate the possibility of a wormhole in a nearby nebula. It's a fateful decision that will change their lives forever, landing both women on a prison planet where they'll be forced to rely on one another for survival and where they'll begin to see each other in a new light. A spark of interest will grow into a flame of desire as a relationship once tense at best will develop into the most important and most precious thing the Klingon and Borg have ever known turning Hell into a paradise of sorts and blending two souls into one. The B'Elanna and Seven who will eventually be reunited with Voyager will be two very different women from the ones that left - with a new focus, a new life together and a strength they'll need to face the challenges both emotional and physical of returning to those they thought left them behind long ago. Lisa does a BEAUTIFUL job here developing the B'Elanna/Seven relationship and transforming it into something that is just as appealing and interesting and fun and passionate as the best Janeway/Seven treatments I've read. Her characterizations all around are on the money - from the regular Voyager characters to several original ones. The plot itself is very well-conceived, particularly in how it incorporates elements from the TV episodes. If you've never read a B'Elanna/Seven story - TRUST ME - this one will hook you even if you're a Janeway/Seven fan like me. Lisa's latest can easily be counted among the best I've read in either Xena or Voyager fanfic. An impressive writing achievement that delivers in every way. It gets my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION! - 406 pgs., 4/27/00
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