piece of fiction makes up for every other piece unwritten. Loch
Ness's Scent of Blood, After the Gods
Have Gone and Sense Without Soul are lengthy, involving, intelligent
novels which manage to tie up all the missing ends that the series neglected.
Violent, moody, experimental, satisfying, this is a masterwork. The first time
I read it I was still at the PC, in tears, at four o'clock in the morning.|
Grey captures the lighter atmosphere of the films with consumate
skill (I'll read anything she writes, in any fandom.) and creates something which
is both real, beautiful, and very, very slightly camp in the way film Batman should
St Clair takes a different view with the Authority fictions
Night and Pulling
Your Bat Out Of The Fire, which capture Batman's otherness and
distance with style.
Angst and misery in comic-based fiction do it for
me. M J Lee's
Song of Innocence and An
Old Passion cut right down to the bone. And I loved Lachesis'
I recommend you head over to AJ's The
Family Archives right now, by far the biggest and most beautiful het Batclan
archive on the web.
Kelly produced the most stylish piece of writing noir with Fall
to Grace, an epic in itself. Jody Revenson's
and Nightwing (archived on TFA) is a great piece of adult
erotica. And what can you say about Smitty,
and Chicago? Go on, read just one of the Potatoverse
stories, or the Friends
series...better yet, read September, a multi-textured,
multimedia epic. SKH's Best
Girl, First Girl, Only Girl, is a beautiful piece of storytelling,
and Syl's JLA/Titans: Invasion! is a novel that should
be optioned by DC right now. Finally, Benway's In The Blood
(UPDATE - seems to be off the web. Beg, borrow or steal a copy, if you
can) is disturbing, evocative and intelligent, one of the stories that remind
me why I read batgen. One of these days Benway will have a site for his own fiction
- and it will be glorious.
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warning. I loved the style and pace of Monimala's
The Method to his Madness
- John and Abhishek, shooting the Dostana kiss.|
Blood Prince proved a watershed in Snape/Harry fiction. Of more recent stories,
I've really admired Cluegirl's Blood
and Fire, Caligraphy's The
Fourth Year and pir8fancier's Snape,
the Home Fries Nazi. In addition, something about the way Rinsbane
writes really strikes a chord for me - I love her The
Fire Escape with an immoderate passion.
tradition of absolutely gorgeous novels available on the web, but these are stories
that, for various reasons, I'll re-read. I need to acknowlege
Mairead Triste's A
Choriambic Progression (HP/SS) which pulled me, kicking and screaming,
into the fandom, but further investigation provided Shiradine's
beautifully paced and written Artemisia
Absinthium, a joy to read for its phraseology
Chocolate tears my heart out, every time, and the sequel Dark
Chocolate puts it back together (and reminds me, in no bad way,
of Jan Siegel's Witch trilogy). Dolores Crane's Closing
Time - whoa - hits hard, one of those stories you'd give your eye-teeth
to have have written, and her Crucius
is a intelligent, beautiful piece of prose. Also Therese
Ann Wymer's Clipped
Wings, with its original, stark premise.
For quality of writing, I was absolutely bowled over
by Alexandra Dane's Peripheral
Vision. I have read little to compare with this in any
fandom. It's astonishing. Read.
For pure comfort fiction - romance and humour
- I'll read Diane
and Aucta Sinistra.
of Magic. Unmatched.
can't imagine (oh, famous last words!) slashing Georgette Heyer. Leonie and Avon
belong together so completely, and who could split up Miles O'Hara and the enchanting
Mollie for Jack Carstairs, even if Diana does hang around waiting to be rescued?
Sapphire, Sebastian and Dr
Ruthless have produced amazing pieces of fiction. Jat's Wages
of Vice slashes, with complete authenticity and great skill,
Avon and Hugh Davenant: if you read Heyer at all, this is essential reading. Sebastian
and Dr Ruthless cross Heyer and Highlander with Cory Raines, Avon and Dominic
Takes All: I personally don't like the idea of Dominic cheating
on Mary, but that's my own preference, and this too is a great piece of writing.|
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The Seventh Dimension
There is so much good fiction in Highlander that trying to sort
it in any terms is impossible. I can only say, these are my favourite stories
and writers, in a fandom where so much is good.
read anything by Aristide
Triste, angst-ridden, occasionally violent fiction with an edge of
black humour. MacGeorge
is prolific and spectacular, writing fiction which should be canon. Killa's
style (and the two most outstanding WIP's in Highlander): Amand-r's
mixture of horror and adventure, esjay's
evocative, lengthy plot-driven epics: Becca
Abbot, whose Forsaken is one my favourite feel-good fictions. All of
these are splendid writers. Oh, I could go on for ever here: zen&nancy,
(Phoenix Fire and Fool's Gold, plot with style: what a writer this woman is) Taz,
Carenejeans.. All I can say is that
these are the stories that I really love.
Sacred Trust. This is such an amazing piece of writing. It's one of those
stories that must have been planned and patterned, a fomat of opposites and oppositions
circling and resolving in elegant and exact prose. I love the way Lanning Cook
sets image against image, ideal against reality, character against character:
creates a completely believeable villain and allows him to point up both evil
and redemption. (not to mention setting up Joe's disability and his acceptence
of it against..well, you'll just have to read it.) There are so many good moments:
Amanda throwing tins at the barge, Joanna and Richie tormenting the watchers with
anonymous telephone calls, Duncan..not..throbbing...Set aside a day and
read it slowly, with chocolate.
Ness. And Then Some. Again, a lengthy
plot driven fiction, alternating flashbacks to Europe in the 1940's and present
day. It's a miracle of writing, lovingly detailed and entirely believeable. This
is what the published Highlander novels should have been like: the existence
of a piece of writing this good can justify fan fiction all by itself.
And another plot driven fiction, on an alternative note.
Dargelos' White Rabbit (seems to be off the web again, blast) takes distinctly
different slant on Methos' history. Dargelos writes so well, edgy, real fiction:
this is a woman who's been there and knows what it smells like. I'll read everything
she writes, from the humour of her Merry/Pippin short to the extended angst of
the Oz series Damaged Goods. White Rabbit takes the image of Methos' 1960's band
The Old Dead Guys and runs with it, with such style. I'm not going to mention
plot. Just read it.
can I not mention Kat Allison
again? Frankly, everything she's ever written on Highlander. Once. I find her
gut-wrenchingly honest, come away thinking, yes, this is how it was, how can it
not be like this? and then I can't bear to re-read...
for the uncomfortable, sexually explicit And Hades Followed
Him and The Deep. Consensual SM warning, almost startlingly pornographic: but
then she produces Seeds, which is a gem of a story with virtually no sex
writes hard hitting, edgy fiction: her Sedimental Journey is my personal favourite
Duncan/Methos love story. The Book of Lost Days is possibly her best known piece
of Highlander fiction, but I've never managed to read it more than once, it's
that kind of good.
Volk, who writes Methos and Duncan with humour, authority, and a singular,
intelligent and informed vision. Every story she writes is a masterpiece (although
I still can't work out the blasted Watcher CD. I'm hoping it's a work in progress,
but the odds are I'm just not clever enough). I could be completely wrong here,
but I see, not my own blatent borrowing, but just the echoes of Francis Crawford
laughing behind Methos' back. If you read Dunnett, you'll love Sylvia Volk: she
has the same involved, emotionally intense, concentrate or you'll miss it style.
When I grow up, I'm going to write like Unovis.
(Link, An Archive of Our Own.)
No Windows still haunts me. Frodo/Gandalf. It's not
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Memory in the Case of Death. Which is perhaps not really Arthur/Merlin,
any more than it's really Camelot, and there are sertainly no forsooths. In canon
setting, I also very much admired snarkydame's
Howl in Dreams of Winter.|
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A McKay/Sheppard AU, where John is the son of a famous violinist and McKay a conductor.
What really made this story was the discussion and writing of a passion for music:
for the musically illiterate here, it was an amazing depiction of the emotion
and structure of classical music. An astonishing piece of writing, fantastic.
just another word for nothing left to lose. This is...well. 23
pages of comments, and deserved. Set well after the series ends. Again, a story
with ideas - in this case, physics, and teaching. These is a gut wrenching piece
of writing that hits the mind as well as the heart, hard.
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Kirk/Spock Fanfiction Archive
Ningengirai. Kirk/Spock. There's one sentence in here I liked so much I have it
on a mug and a T-shirt.
and Full Circle.
Kirk/Spock, so very wonderfully written.
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I love The
Fetters of Fenrir, The
Light of Munin and the Pthonus
Series with a passion that I ... did not expect to find for a TV series
I've never seen. Plot - occasionally harsh plot - with imagination, always original,
this is a writer with a vivid imagination and a sense of pace that does not fail
even under epic circumstances. Sam/Dean - incest warning.
And then a
short (in a fandom filled with long, plot-driven stories) - Onelittlesleep's
On Your Face Yanks My Neck On the Chain. Sam/Dean again. For the
beauty of it, Paxlux's Watch
the Weather Change,
a piece of writing that is both leisurely and plot-drive, the first piece of fiction
I've read for a while where I read and loved the placing of every word. Sam/Dean.
Under every name she's written under I can find, I very much like tru_faith_lost's
work. Her Something
Golden (also available as a zine) is a touchstone work.
I have been reading RPS, Jared/Jensen.. For this, a fandom I don't know well;
two people I don't know at all; the pleasure of story lies in the setting. (Things
I Learned from Fandom 101.) And for this reason I very much enjoyed lazy_daze's
set on the professional tennis player tour, and also corbyinoz's
Ashes of the Moon,
set in Africa. For the language, I loved chocolate_muse's
unfinshed beat referenced The
End of the Night.
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is the one fandom I've rec'd for crack_van.
The fandom overview is here:
the recs below.
Death by Harukami
To begin at the beginning, a moment Ellen Kushner has not written.
reader comes to Alec and Richard at the start of the series, as established lovers.
In Cheating Death, set before the series opens, Harukami describes this
first meeting in words that capture Kushners sense of violence and beauty
intertwined, and at the same time position the story within a landscape accessible
to readers both familiar and unfamiliar with the city of Riverside.
Man Were the Sky and Could See the Earth Clearly by Corbeaun
If Man Were the Sky and Could See the Earth Clearly (written for wordsofastory
in Yuletide 2007) precedes the original Swordspoint novel, but takes as a starting
point one of the (many, intriguing) moments left unwritten by author Ellen Kushner.
It is clear from Kushners novel that Alec has been thrown out of the university
for his dangerous ideas, a decision not unconnected with the entangled family
politics of Riverside which inform all the novels, and Corbeauns embroidery
on the prompt is an utterly satisfying addition to canon.
of Debt by Cija
Ellen Kushners writing of Swordspoint encompasses a continuous but
open plot line, along which the novels and short stories of canon form fully realised
episodes. Within that time frame, there is space for any number of adventures
and stories, a challenge that has been taken up by some excellent authors. This
example, cija s Settlement of Debt (written for das_kabinett in Yuletide
2007 and set pre-Swordspoint) draws on the supernatural elements of the series,
showcasing Alecs brittle, insane wit and Richards courage, whilst
alluding to one of the more unpalatable elements of Richards past.
a haunting piece, and not just for the ghost.
Seven Deadly Virtues by Angharad
One of the many pleasures of reading the Swordspoint series are Ellen Kushners
polished and distinct minor characters. Their voices, and the episodic nature
of Kushners canon, are captured to perfection in Angharads lovely
series of vignettes, encompassing humility, fortitude, charity, chastity, temperance,
zeal and generosity. Not virtues which immediately spring to mind when considering
the inhabitants of Kushners baroque creation.
the interval between Ellen Kushners Swordspoint and The Privilege
of the Sword, during which it is clear that the lovers Alec and Richard have
separated, its no surprise that writers have sought to fill in the blanks.
MCs Retreat provides an elegant and unsentimental coda to Swordspoint
that alludes without overt spoilers to the events of Privilege.
by Elysian Stars
for Brigdh (wordsofastory ) in Yuletide 2006, Elysian Stars Unveiled
takes Richards blindness as a starting point. For the swordsman of the
first novel, disability should have spelled disaster, but in Privilege of the
Sword Ellen Kushner narrates both anger and acceptance. Unveiled takes
both into account, in writing which concentrates on texture and feeling
not just the sensations that Richard uses to compensate and balance his loss of
sight, but the corresponding imbalance in his relationship with his lover.
Then the truth sunk its teeth in, and since Richard wasn't one to panic
and go running to doctors, he simply began to memorise what he could: the evening
sky, bruised rose and gold like a late summer apple over the sprawling rooftops,
pigeons with dusty feathers perched on crumbling chimney-stacks, the broken-wine-bottle
colour of the river; the soft fall of Alec's hair and brilliant curve of his mouth
(marble and velvet be damned).
and Knife by Brigdh
Brigdhs Compass and Knife was written as a stocking filler
in Yuletide 2007, and fits neatly after the end of Privilege of the Sword.
Its a piece which draws heavily, Bridgh says in her introduction, on her
memories of Cyprus, and the smell and taste of the island are detailed with sun
drenched clarity, but I like the avoidance of sentimentality in this relationship
which could never be other than difficult. Kushner does not entertain conventional
'"Does it always take blood for you?" Richard
for the_antichris in Yuletide 2007, Ankharets Correspondence is set
after The Privilege of the Sword, and is one of the very few stories in
the fandom to discuss Katherine of Privilege at some length. It is a fully
realised future history a Riverside with juddering motor cars and fur coats,
poised on the edges of modernity - in which Rose and Lizards teenage Charis
and Samantha Campion read their way through the Duchess Katherines epistolary
adventures, a history echoed and counter-pointed by their own. Correspondence
is a joy to read, not just for the addition to canon, but for the authors
ability to conjure relationships and places both recognisable and seen anew.