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23 December 2016 @ 05:28 pm
Story 270: "Finding Rokovoko" by prufrock's love  
"Queequeg was a native of Rokovoko, an island far away to the West and South. It is not down in any map; true places never are."
Moby-Dick; or The Whale, by Herman Melville

Fanfiction, both reading it and writing it, has been off my radar entirely these past few months. You can easily guess why. I even forgot the xf_book_club's anniversary date. Sorry about that.

But since I've been in bed with a cold this week and in need of amusement, I decided to see if there was anything new to read. You haven't checked the fic forum at Haven in months, my brain chimed in helpfully. That's true. Okay. I'll do that.

Since I struck gold, I decided to bypass the nomination queue. Lo and behold: prufrock's love has posted a new story! Like so much of her best work, it's an AU, but this is not a historical. This X-Files universe stays fairly close to canon, though with a more realistic take on the cancer arc.

"Finding Rokovoko" is a spooky horror story set in the fourth season, beginning right after "Never Again." The casefile/X-file feels just like an episode of the series, complete with classic Mulder/Scully banter and a myth-arc related plot. Also, perfect title is perfect. You'll see what I mean.

Read Finding Rokovoko.

If you're in the mood for holiday-themed fic, you might check out maybe_amanda's daily posts at Haven.

Please come back and let us know what you think. Remember, the nomination post is always open for suggestions.
 
 
 
kesleikeslei on January 6th, 2017 02:01 am (UTC)
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I love the way prufrock's love writes Mulder. I also enjoyed the weirdness and creepiness of this story, with the road outside of space and time (I've driven middle-of-nowhere roads in the Florida Everglades area and they're pretty much the perfect setting for this sort of isolation scary story), and the asylum with all its various horrors (I'm not sure if the ghosts or the Adams were more disturbing, honestly). And although I sometimes get annoyed by stories with Mulder saving an incapacitated Scully, I liked this one, probably because up until the last bit in the asylum, Scully is still poking holes in Mulder's theories about squallies and figuring out what happened to the children and basically playing her usual role as the voice of science and reason.