Strange Interlude

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Title: Strange Interlude
Publisher: Ashton Press
Author(s): ELG
Cover Artist(s): Cat's Meow Creative Arts
Date(s): 2003
Medium: print and CD
Genre: slash
Fandom: Stargate SG-1
Language: English
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cover by Cat's Meow Creative Arts

Strange Interlude is a 277-page slash novel by ELG. Cover art by The Cat’s Meow Creative Arts. Interior Art by: Cat's Meow Creative Arts, Amy, and Corinna.

Summary from the publisher: "Daniel discovers that in other universes not only the uniforms are different. Jack is bad tempered and his and Daniel’s friendship is starting to suffer. But when Daniel is kidnapped by an AU Teal’c very different from our own, Jack gets a timely reminder of how important Daniel is to him. An AU Jack, however, complicates the situation considerably."

2004 FanQ Winner Best Stargate Slash Standalone Zine

2004 Screwz Winner Best Stargate Slash Novel

Reactions and Reviews

Well I'm sad to say I finished Strange Interlude a couple days ago - sad of course because I didn't want it to end. But maybe it's better it did because I'm not sure my heart could have taken much more. I felt like I was on that island, but the waves were made of angst and suspense and they just kept coming.

I was just blown away by this story. I love the intricate, beautifully-paced plot and its parallel story lines, out of phase with each other just enough to make me mad at the other O'Neill when he got to welcome back his healthy Daniel while ours was wasting away in a darkened shack...

I love the characterizations and could totally buy the Casanova version of O'Neill and impossibly young Daniel, and I loved our Jack and Daniel too. I loved the other Teal'c and Bra'tac, and the whole marriage negotiation was hilarious and anachronistic but also sweetly protective of Daniel's interests.

I could not see how Jack could save Daniel on the island, and I honestly thought Daniel's only hope was rescue by someone. In that lush paradise, those scenes where Jack did in fact save him were unforgettably moving and poignant, and made me love Jack so much. And the way it was tied into the Eden tree put Jack's discovery into perspective and made it very believable.

I didn't see the volcano thing coming, and it was wonderful to watch that revelation unfold amidst Jack's desperate need to make up for lost time. All of the "intimate" scenes were wonderful, too, by the way, and not to be glossed over appreciation-wise, in the least!

Well, words fail me, but I'll just say it was incredible, among the best I've ever read (most of the other bests also written by Lori, as a matter of fact!). Tank you Lori for writing it and Annie for editing and putting it in such a lovely package.

I can also honestly say this novel was good for my health, since I forced myself to only read it while on the elliptical trainer at the gym. Which meant my work-outs were longer and more frequent than usual, and not accompanied by the usual dread. I hope no one noticed me crying when Sam succumbed to her doubt in front of Narim, but I got some strange looks while reading page 189, with the photo that really cannot be interpreted in a non-sexual way. All the photos were great, by the way, and served to remind me whom I was reading about... [1]


  1. comments by Michelle at Ashton Press, accessed February 4, 2014