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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.
zinnia03: Christmaszinnia03 on December 28th, 2016 08:06 pm (UTC)
I just tried to post something and LJ timed out on me. Curses! Of course, the original post was much better than this one :-).

I'm not generally a fan of horror in the Friday the 13th/Halloween vein, so when I saw that tag I was a bit worried. I shouldn't have been - I found this story to be well-crafted and not just the jump out and slash type scary. It reminded me in some ways of Peter Straub's Ghost Story, which is one of my favorites -- that sense of oppressive, impeding doom which pervades the story.

I loved the dialogue between Mulder and Scully, it sounded just like a really good MOTW episode to me. P's Mulder always seems slightly in awe of Scully, even when he's ticked off or frustrated with her.

I devoured this story quickly when it first came out but now I need to go back and give it a slower read.

BTW, if you have a Kindle and are having trouble downloading it: I had to copy and paste into Word and then email it to my Kindle account. I couldn't download the story to my desktop properly but the copy/paste method worked fine.