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Songs of the Flesh, by Sharon Cross 
28th-Jan-2006 11:54 pm
>> One in a lifetime <<

Title: Songs of the Flesh
Author: Sharon Cross
Public: NC-17
Genre: Future Fic, Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Hurt/Comfort, Alternate Universe, Novel
Sequel to: [<<] Specter

Summary: Duncan has a plan to abolish genetic slavery but it is a dangerous and hazardous plan that will plunge Methos' position into hell and both of them into serious troubles. Against the numerous enemies facing them, allies appear but so does a terrible threat to all life in the galaxy...


Settings ==> Following directly the previous fic, this fresco of another universe is painted with more emotions and engagements in sci-fi themes. The context is most interesting and gives the sensation that the universe that we are concerned about really lives and evolves on its own, that being the political context with the federation of planets and a political system whose rules and leaders we discover little by little, or that being the technological environnement and this boom of genetic manipulation, or the historical context we learn more about... One slight regret I could have is that it wasn't enough explored. To tell you the truth, I am fan of the Dune cycle and I delighted at the detailed and never ending description of the society. The universe of the author here really was worthy of even more attention and it isn't something that is in abundance around, unfortunately. It's only my own wish sensing that some parts could have been related with more details and less action oriented. But there is nothing to reproach to the author, she did an admirable and inspired work here.
[EDIT] The main reproach I did have, even if I forgot to mention at first is the lack of Highlander Mythology and particularly the absence of any other immortals in the story (except one 'dubious' newbie). The explanation that the universe is infinite didn't convince me. However I understand the author's intent to developpe her quite original and divergent universe.

Characters ==> In extension with their characterization in the previous fic, the characters here keep on being deep, colorful, complex, living... not forgetting consistent and coherent. The relationship between Duncan and Methos is marked by angst all along but the narrative manages to convey it without being forceful. New characters appear, mysterious and complex, belligerent or impassive... the mystery and the intrigues stay thick and unravel only little by little. The fic manages a good balance regarding the extremes of its characters and succeeds to captivate without mishandling your credulity.

Plot ==> I could repeat the same thing that qualifies the previous fic: "it begins rather simply but it unfolds rapidly more and more issues which need to be solved in turn". However this sequel begins with a lot more elements, threads and issues at stake than the first and thus the general impression is one of density and complex weaving. Still the author masters her story so that your comprehension doesn't suffer from it.

Style ==> In perfect continuity with the previous fic, there are still the same undeniable skills and imagination. An excellent balance even if I would regret a too action oriented narrative. I'm adept of more eastern ways, Asian to be precise (when more poetic, casual, still and explanatory moments slow the plot and prepare the succession of actions) but it's just my own opinion and it's a really petty comment on my part (always have to comment about something).

Interest ==> The story has just been completed very recently and I guess that the way I read it doesn't serve the fic that well since I haven't managed to stay focused in the story as I was for the previous fic. I have mixed impression on lenghty waiting and rushed passages for instance. I should probably read it again in a few months. Apart from that, I think that the developement and changes in D/M relationship is what will hook you into the story no matter what.

In conclusion ==> In my opinion, "Specter" and "Songs of the Flesh" are one and only story. The coherent continuity between the two stories is reason enough if it wasn't for the personal quest of the main characters themselves. It could be summarized as "Duncan got lost but find himself again" and "Methos finally got home". Really an incontrovertible reading.

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18th-Nov-2009 04:30 am (UTC) - Specter and Songs of the Flesh
Would you send me a copy of both Specter and Songs of the Flesh? I contacted Sharon Cross and she said she was not sure where her copies were and she does not plan to update her journal page for awhile. I read these stories ever year or so because I enjoy them so much. Thank you. My email is deborah.carroll@oregonstate.edu.
18th-Nov-2009 07:38 pm (UTC) - Re: Specter and Songs of the Flesh
23rd-Nov-2009 07:34 am (UTC) - Can't find stories

I can't find either of Sharon Cross stories, the website seems to be down and when I tried Wayback Machine it only went to 2002. I was really excited by your review too and decided I would read them over Christmas break. Oh well. So if you or anyone could send me copies of Specter and Songs of the Flesh it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. My email is Tonied13@hotmail.com. Thanks again.
23rd-Nov-2009 11:20 am (UTC) - Re: Can't find stories
18th-Dec-2009 04:12 pm (UTC) - Specter and Songs of the Flesh, by Sharon Cross
Hello, I would like to ask you to send me those stories ( my email is anthia82@o2.pl). I can not find them and they are one of my favourites. Thank you very much.
18th-Dec-2009 10:05 pm (UTC) - Re: Specter and Songs of the Flesh, by Sharon Cross
9th-Jan-2010 11:13 am (UTC)
Oh, I haven´t read those stories in a long time, would you send them to me please?
hawkeye2002de at yahoo.de

Thank you!
9th-Jan-2010 08:33 pm (UTC)
10th-Feb-2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
Could you send me a copy of both Specter and Songs of the Flesh? thanks
10th-Feb-2010 02:27 pm (UTC)
23rd-Feb-2010 02:46 pm (UTC)
Hey there,
Woould love to read Songs of the Flesh and Specter. Would you please send them to me. Greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Edited at 2010-02-23 02:46 pm (UTC)
23rd-Feb-2010 04:02 pm (UTC)
16th-Mar-2010 04:55 am (UTC)
Can you please send me both? Email: ladyshinigami644@yahoo.com I miss it sooo much!

16th-Mar-2010 12:31 pm (UTC)
26th-Mar-2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
Hi. I'd really love to reread this. I actually still have "Specter" saved from long ago, but not "Songs of the Flesh". Could you please send me a copy?

My email is uberfrosch@yahoo.com. Thank you so much!
26th-Mar-2010 06:33 pm (UTC)
29th-Mar-2010 11:20 am (UTC) - Please...
I had 'Specter' and 'Songs of the Flesh' saved on my computer for years- then it went belly up!

Could you please send them to me at: yinkawills@yahoo.com

Thank you so much!
29th-Mar-2010 05:39 pm (UTC) - Re: Please...
15th-Apr-2010 06:06 pm (UTC)
Hi, these stories sound very intriguing. May I ask for a copy too? ^^
Email: endeniem @ libero.it
15th-Apr-2010 07:56 pm (UTC)
12th-Jul-2010 04:59 am (UTC) - fanfic
Hello, I would like to ask you to send me those stories please(my mail is cormaya_16@hotmail.com)
4th-Sep-2010 08:03 am (UTC) - Re: fanfic
Sent awhile ago already.
24th-Jul-2010 12:37 pm (UTC)
Are you still sending out copies of these stories? I'd love copies if you still are. Email address is jonni.conrad at gmail.com
26th-Jul-2010 08:57 am (UTC)
3rd-Sep-2010 11:57 pm (UTC)
I've just discovered "Specter" (Sharon Cross reposted it) and really loved it. But then I learn there's a sequel, and can't find it anywhere !!! So I'm going to do like the people above, and ask you to please, please, please send me "Songs of the flesh" if you still can. My email is dufay.france@wanadoo.fr. Many thanks !!
4th-Sep-2010 08:01 am (UTC)
9th-Sep-2010 09:58 pm (UTC)
Rediscovered Specter after many years :). Though i don't ever remember reading the sequel. would really appreciated it if you would email me a copy of Songs of the Flesh if you can.
Thanks! twomanybooks@btinternet.com
11th-Sep-2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
12th-Sep-2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
i just saw the first story up on hlfiction, and was wondering if you send me the sequel?
THank you!
13th-Sep-2010 07:54 am (UTC)
I would like to read it too ;-)
darlana@land.ru Will wait with impatience )
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