by Kate Andrews
Kate does UST like no-one else. The story is set in-between those
relentless raids in "33", and the ratcheting up of tension
between Kara and Lee (both erotic and otherwise) is breathless and
urgent. Great dialog and gorgeous characterizations, too.
Fast by Meredith Bronwen Mallory
Chief Tyrol contemplates Sharons, past and present. Sparsely lyrical
and introspective, this story will make you ache for the poor Chief,
who needs to be hugged. A lot.
well the gathering of stars by claira
An elegant Roslin-fic, full of subtle character moments that ring
true. I particularly loved the way claira weaved in the references
to Roslin's past life as a teacher.
and Demand by sangga
Because BSG is all about life-and-death situation, one tends to forget
about the small moments and everyday things on Galactica. Sangga doest
a terrific job highlighting the importance of these details, and does
so while keeping everyone beautifully in character. Her Kara voice
is particularly wonderful. (The fic is in three partsclick on
the little right-pointing arrow on top for the following parts.)
Buffy and Angel
Signs That We Missed by Hannah
This amazing story looks forward and back with all the characters,
using the events of "Reprise" as a starting point, and ending
point, a center.
pairing - Spike, Angel and Conor in a post-"Not Fade Away"
fic that brings the apocalyptic overtones in a way that just feels
like 'the end.' here's the ominous feel of forces coming together,
desperation, resolve, resolution, restitution. Fantastic writing.
End by Charlotte
- I love the musings on immortality, and how it's just a little sad,
even when expressed Harmony style. Like this: "itll all
be normal, except
longer." Even immortals have to "grow up".
is the hour of departure by Tesla
Faith/Wesley - I love the recall in this story, the constant return
to Faith's melt down. There's a lot of very pertinent thoughts about
this relationship in such a short space. Very clever.
Good Things That Never Happened to Faith by M Phoenix
Faith is such a tragedy. I love reading "what might have been"
stories about Faith - it seems that with every twist and turn in her
life there's a way it might have gone but didn't and it all seems
so much *sadder* because of it.
Girl in the High Castle by Mosca
What if it were someone else who became a vessel for Illyria? What
would have happened to Fred? The Fred in this AU version of the verse
is complex and fearsome and feels every inch the realization of the
flashes of dark potential we glimpsed under her sweet demeanour.
Gargantuan Garden by Yahtzee
Yahtzee once again demonstrates her considerable talent for one-shots,
and for making the improbable seem plausible. The Baudelaire siblings
stray from their own twisted world into that of Tim Burton, which
hilarious and lovely results. Also a delightful round of meta. Brilliant.
is the Only Constant by Mara
Something about House MD seems to attract improbable crossovers.
This is both the unlikeliest and the best: Bruce Wayne comes under
the care of Gregory House, much to the dismay of the latter. He is
more than familiar with Wayne and his retinue, you see, and their
presence is dredging up a past he'd rather forget.
Made-Up Things by K. M. Petravich
Beautiful Narnia/HP crossover, in which Petunia remembers Lily and
their mother, and the things she
always never wanted to believe
Heals by Voleuse
Dawn - How does a key die? The FF 'verse is the perfect backdrop to
the story of a girl who was never actually a girl and who gets to
be one for the rest of time. There's a history repeats itself theme
it the show that works so poignantly in this story.
by Marcus L. Rowland
This is a smart, inventive short story that meshes the worlds of BtVS
and Doctor Who seamlessly, with lots of delightful little details
that made this particular fan of both shows very happy.
Big Bang and Everything After by cgb
Cgb writes a River Tam/Rodney McKay and makes it *work*, which tells
you all you need to know about this story. Rather odd, as you would
expect from the pairing, and weirdly affecting, too.
So, one fine day, a Barrayan captain spots a ragtag fleet that materialized
over Sergygar out of nowhere... and thus begins a rollicking good
tale of trans-galactic culture clash. I don't know which section is
my favorite, the one with Cordelia and Roslin (genius!), Ivan and
Starbuck, or Miles and Boomer. The characterizations are utterly spot-on
and there is a plot (OMG! Plot!) to boot! I just adored the hell out
of this story from the beginning to the end.
A Tiger by the Tale by hossgal
I would have been disappointed if no-one tackled this particular pairing
because... yeah. I won't say more. Best to let you read this on your
own. Hossgal's writing, as usual, is sparse and powerful.
(Law & Order: SUV/Veronica Mars)
For someone who allegedly hates the show (heh), Annakovsky has an
*amazing* grasp at the voice of Logan, who's exasperating, vulnerable,
a jackass and just completely, massively fucked-up in this story,
as he should rightly be post S1 finale. And I have never watched L&O:SUV
but I love this Alex Cabot anyway, whoever she is. (I understand she
was de-aged for the story, but who cares? She's great.) It's got fabulous,
sparkly dialogue, and the story is funny, raw, and weirdly tender.
A great read.
Miller's Wrong by Camilla Sandman
Written based on a list of requests from yours truly for the LJ Comm
Geekfiction's Fic-a-Thon, Camilla has taken a haphazard group of random
things and turned it into a piece of beauty. With Brass at the forefront
and angst ahoy, a bumpy ride is expected and given.
Advice by helskinibaby
Two things I love - Brass and Sara/Warrick. Put 'em together and what
have you got? A mixed up Sara, a wonderfully written Brass and a little
bit of fatherly advice (no, Brass does not admit he's Sara's father
a la "Star Wars". Although...).
Tea by Kate Bolin
Rose brings the Tenth Doctor around to meet her mum, prompting reminiscences
and some great dialogue.
Obsolescence by Miggy
At the end of "Parting of the Ways", Jack takes extraordinary
measures to save himself. This has a great premise, solidly rooted
in the series itself, a marvellous extrapolation of everything we
know about the Earth of the future, and Jack himself.
White Lies by TaraLJC
Nancy and Jamie, after "The Doctor Dances". Doctor Who
has become a series about ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary
things. This fic follows the lives of two of the most memorable of
those people in a believable and bittersweet fashion.
Last by TaraLJC
Rose mourns both Jack and the Ninth Doctor. Well-observed and, as
with much post-PotW fic, bittersweet.
to Five by uktechgirl
In which various temporal shenanigans leave Rose on the TARDIS of
the Fifth Doctor. One of the reviews described it as "a ripping
good yarn", which is quite, quite accurate. Also quite accessible
to those who, like me, have only a passing familiarity with the Fifth
if Mary Sue's on the Next Planet, I Quit, Doctor by Livii
You are, perhaps, familiar with the cliche in which two characters
are forced into a situation where they must make love or die? So are
the Doctor and Rose. The title is a little clunky, but the story itself
is succinct and witty.
Seconds by Kate Bolin
The lost 18 seconds between the Doctor's first leaving Earth at the
end of "Rose", and his return. The Doctor uses the time
wisely, and so does Kate. References to future episodes only make
it more satisfying.
from a bed of Rose's by Redscharlach
The Doctor loves to watch Rose sleep. Further cliche sporkage, building
to a memorable finale.
After Happily by Raven
A series of bedtime stories, and a look at various incarnations of
the Doctor, and the ripples he sets in motion. A series of moments
that are a joy to glimpse.
Child that Time Made by Calapine
Babyfic. But oh, such extraordinary, clever and bittersweet babyfic.
Rose has the Doctor's child, and "unearthly" doesn't begin
to cover it.
Crash by Cadhla
Jack has a run-in with Leela, and where Leela goes, the Fourth Doctor
is surely nearby. Funny, clever and timeline-twisting. Also: a religion
founded around Danger Mouse, and jelly babies!
Terminus of Prayer by Cadhla
An extraordinary look at the events of "Parting of the Ways",
but much more than simply an episode recap. Poetic and brilliant.
Candle that Burns the Brightest by icebluenothing
An AU, or possibly a whole missing timeline, from "Parting of
the Ways". Rose goes home, years pass, but she never forgets.
Until a solution presents itself. I'm not easily moved to tears by
fic, but this had me sniffling like a child in the middle of a library.
This is lyrical powerhouse of a story, providing rich textures for
the relationship between Doctor and Rose leading to the events in
the season finale. Gorgeous, sometimes deliberately oblique writing
adds more layers to the story.
A short story about Wash and where he came from. The detail and the
voice is so compelling, and the world that is created is way too brief.
I could have hung in it for hours. A little slice of life on the terra-formed
planets, fits beautifully into the Firefly 'verse. It just *belongs*.
River Knows by Lizbee
This is a sharp little River ficlet that says so much in so few words,
and manages to be disconcertingly matter-of-fact, heartbreaking and
chilling all at the same time.
Havoc and All That by k.
Sharp, witty, wistful story of Lorelai attempting to read the complete
works of Shakespeare that Luke bought her as a graduation gift and
then forgot to give her. k. captures everyone's voice perfectly.
Power of Myth by Mosca
Rory/ Paris - The girls are ten years older, no wiser but just as
witty. So sweet in the 'finding love where it always was' sense.
Drivers by istealboyswings
Crowley and Aziraphale are lost and Crowley won't buy a map; instead
he settles in for the night in the backseat of the Bentley. I really
like the stillness in this, and the sudden realization. Couple of
minor apostrophe issues, but don't let that stop you from reading.
Is My Motor by tea_and_snark
Lovely, evocative story in which Crowley tries to make a moment last
by reliving it.
Guilt by Iris Bleu
Utterly beautiful and moving story of Crowley and Aziraphale through
Random Things About Draco Malfoy by Furiosity
One of the highlights of a meme-turned-fic-challenge, this covers
Draco's life up to just past the events of HBP. There's a nasty, brilliant
twist in the end, and the kind of personal details that please the
soul in the meantime.
Rowling by redscharlach
This may well be the first poem recced on BSO: a taut, clever parody
of Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven, and of HP fandom itself. Brilliant,
and guaranteed to have you laughing out loud.
by Sam Vimes
This story just killed me: An AU where Tom Riddle became something
other than Voldemort. Taking the name Tom Gaunt and teaching Defence
Against the Dark Arts, he struggles against his innate amorality,
until his students begin to ask: "Sir, what is a Horcrux?"
the Other Way and Sundry
Superlatives by L. Inman
A short, well-observed pair of post-HBP fics in which Harry is forced
to place his trust in Snape once more. Wonderfully well-written gen.
for Sorry by Lilith Morgana
An extraordinary, sparse fic about Eileen Prince, in which the spaces
are as significant as the moments we are permitted to see.
Every Word by Sam Vimes
Slughorn fic! A marvellous portrait of a character and era, as observed
by the young Tom Riddle. Everyone here is simply perfect, and Tom
is a compelling and disturbing narrator.
Moment by Ayla Pascal
The first Snape fic written in the wake of the revelations and events
of HBP. A well-drawn character portrait with a seed of hope.
my senses rise against this coming back to you by Wilde Stranger
Beautiful Lie Low at Lupin's fic that covers the whole 'relearning
each other' thing I love so much.
No. 12 by Edna Krabapple
It's beautiful and harsh and sad and truthful, the story of Remus
and Sirius during OotP.
of Movement by taffetablue
Absolutely gorgeous Remus/Sirius fic.
Dead Women by Snegurochka
Sharp, smart, haunting portrait of five women in the Potterverse,
and what happens to their strength. Morbid and creepifyingly good.
Fall of the Noble and Most Ancient House of Black by xylodemon
Her summary tells it best: "Regulus comes to terms with his brother,
his family, his Lord, and himself." Lovely, haunting, believable.
Apparently by Riz
Angry!Harry, inheritance issues, and the return of Stubby Boardman.
This story is very, very cool.
Me Close by Sioniann
Ron/Hermione during the war, in prison. You don't need to touch someone
to love them.
Not the Years, Honey, It's the Mileage by Thistlerose
This is an awesome post-PoA Remus/Sirius story that hits nearly every
single thing I love about the pairing perfectly. And how can you not
love a title that references Indiana Jones?
Was Evening All Afternoon by Penknife
This hurts a lot, in the best way. Eleven interconnected drabbles
set during OotP, and Sirius deserved better, deserved more. So beautifully
written and so sharp and true, it makes me weep.
Pretty Girl by Chloe
Goyle kinda likes being a girl. Wonderful story exploring one of the
most interesting little details we learn in HBP (so yes, spoilers).
Couple minor grammar issues, nothing that should stop you from reading
Times Touched by Spikey Boots
Lovely, wistful, lyrical Sirius/Remus set between GoF and OotP, wherein
Remus and Sirius try to learn to touch each other again.
Things We Did and Didn't Do by Kyra Cullinan
Delicate, insightful story in which Hermione and Ron live after the
war. Spare and powerful.
Patterns by Sioniann
Lovely, tender Neville/Luna that rings so true to their characters.
Too Sweet To Last by Annakovsky
A beautiful post-war Hermione fic in which Hermione tries hard to
be a normal teenager. Quietly devastating.
Tongue by rowen_r
Remus and Tonks, in the throe of battle with Death Eaters, get help
from someone unexpected. Nice and sharp characterizations all around,
and the title is clever indeed. HBP spoilers.
Only Truth That Sticks by victoria p.
Vic writes Snape/McGonagall (!) and I'll be damned if it doesn't make
a perfect sense. Set after HBP, this story is understated and immensely
Ships by Bellsie
Maybe I'm biased, but Bellsie's contribution to the 'House' fandom
is something of a wonder. Her use of words, the way she sneaks in
a thousand different nuances into a character and her direct and overwhelming
understanding of these oh-so-screwed up doctors from New Jersey leave
you wondering why her fic isn't cropping up more. A beautiful realisation
piece, full of imagery and sound - oh, and House and Cameron going
mini-golfing, with a smidge of 'Gone with the Wind" to spice
& Saviors by EnchantedApril
THE H/C long-fic. Detailed and finally finished, EnchantedApril's
managed to take the old "one of us is ill" plot line and
make it work, work, work. Sweet, gentle with a bit of a kick, it's
seventy-odd parts will keep you going until the baseball goes away
and House comes back to FOX.
Tears by AtlasShrugged
Such subtlety in such a complex piece - simple, perfect, slow-moving
yet sharp. Perfect House/Cameron, with a little bit of death thrown
in for a good time.
Nuptials by Pitza
House/Wilson - Why does anyone get married more than twice? I mean,
surely after the first two times you think, maybe it's not them, maybe
it's me... Anyway, I love Wilson breaking down, House being his not
so supportive support group and the whole thing being a fantastic
mess. Love the resignation here. Lots of depth and down and dirty
Order by Alibi_Factory
A curious, well-written character sketch of Eric Foreman.
Art of Self-Preservation
House, Cameron (no pairing) - When Liz grows up she'll be House. No
'wants to be' about it. Great House voice here and a little bit of
profound musing of whether to be or not to be.
the Rooms You Wander Through by Luna
Chase/Foreman - Chase and Foreman do what they do best: break into
homes and argue. A truly gorgeous writer takes on a truly strange
pairing and does it so perfectly, you could see it happening in the
show. No. Really.
Love Leaves No Traces by Regina
Oh, my. I have to admit that while I have seen plenty of subtext,
I haven't thought too much about Joan/Grace because I adore Grace/Luke
and Joan strikes me as so, well, straight, but this story is pretty
much *perfect* in every way. The Grace in this fic is marvellous,
full of rough hurt, anger, longing and confusion, and Regina rightly
never forgets about Adam or Luke.
Law and Order
Prone by Ellen M
Casey/Olivia - Ellen M writes Casey as an awkward, never quite fitting
in, all guts and no glory DA. Utterly irresistable in her failings.
A welcome return to fanfiction from a beautiful writer.
Fictions we Manufacture by Ellen M.
Casey/Olivia - And one more. There's a refrain about a "story"
here, about the way in which relationships are never what you expect,
and nothing will make it right. Casey is desperate and Olivia is enigmatic.
It's tragic, but so human it's beautiful.
Different Shade of Blonde by Anotherjuxtaposition
Casey - Another story about Casey the outsider. I have a real fondness
for stories about people who don't quite fit in, but keep plugging
away anyway. You gotta love their balls. "Casey never misses
unless she means to." Oh yeah.
of the Rings
of Stone by hossgal
Sharp, brittle, sad and knowing. Gimli waits while Legolas, Aragorn
and Eowyn try to sort themselves out.
Wonderful Lucius/Alfred story, charting the course of the relationship
over the years quietly and subtly with wry humor and a deft hand.
Beautiful, hot and evocative Bruce/Ducard fic.
Fathers and Daughters by David Hines
This is comics Batverse, which I know nearly nothing about aside from
what everyone knows, but my love for Commissioner Gordon is pure in
the wake of Batman Begins, and this is a beautifully written, quiet
story about Jim and Barbara Gordon, and the new Batgirl, about fathers
and daughters, the kind of thing explored all too infrequently in
fanfic. Wistful and spare and lovely.
Education by Resonant
Excellent post-movie Bender/Brian story. Hot, funny and believable.
Mars Himself by Devil Doll
Alexander/Hephaistion first time fic that just nails them. It's sweet,
it's hot, it's just a touch angsty, because Alexander can't do anything
without a little drama, and it's oh so GOOD.
Much More Than You've Been by Fryadvocate
Christian/Sean, Christian/Julia - An enigmatic fic that AUs after
the end of season two. It's a story with a light touch and is just
vague enough to have you wondering what the hell is going but not
so vague you don't figure it out eventually. A beautiful, beautiful
Sean portrait too. Read it twice.
Rosa by Professor Pangaea
Not so much a fic as a work of art. A narrative told over a series
of telegrams between Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes in the three years
following his 'death' at Reichenbach. Innovative and brilliant, with
close attention to detail. A great deal is said in very few words
between two characters who were never forthcoming about their feelings
to begin with. Contains large images which may be troublesome to those
on slow dial-up connections.
Though I Know You're Leaving by Aldalindil
Slightly alternative ending to RotJ, wherein Luke and Vader have a
little more time to bond. Beautifully, simply written, it made me
bawl like a baby.
Inheritance by Lady Lisse
Wonderful bit of character work exploring Princess Leia.
We Have Instead by Epigone
Beecher/Keller - Another story format I've fond of is the story that
is a conundrum, something to be solved. This story starts in confusion
and slowly comes together, and ends on a lonely, plaintive voice calling
out to no one in the night. I like the theme of communication and
never quite getting heard. A powerful story.
Alvarez/Rivera - A very powerful fic that toys with the notion of
seeing black and experiencing the sensations that can only be found
in darkness. There are so many powerful relationships in Oz, these
deep, deep ties, and this story is one of them, effectively highlighted.
Jack/Daniel - it's the short, sharp, to the point dialogue that really
makes this story. The repartee is witty and pertinent and endearing,
and the characters are wonderfully direct without being obvious.
Uhm... *fans self* OK, we have a Daniel/Vala, food porn, and without
mentioning any naughty parts, this story manages to be hotter than
most smut out there. Whew.
by Martha Wilson
Plotty team action! Quantum mirror! Dystopian AU! It's like Martha
fashioned this fic out of all my plot kinks and added good dialog
characterization to the mix... and seriously, this is a fabulous story.
There should be more like it in the fandom.
(Sheppard/McKay)- So John never goes Air Force but ends up a tortured
and very straight cop in Colarado Springs? How the hells does this
get our boys together? Recced all over the place, but so damn beautiful
you really shouldn't miss out.
Taste of Home by Maverick
McKay/Sheppard (on a very platonic level) - A very cute exchange of
snark with a little longing underneath. The Rodney in here in just
the way I like him - almost earnest, but tragically flawed in the
You Scattered Bodies Go by Sage
"Yes, but there is always some damage. And we remain." A
fantastic aftermath fic about the whole team. Unexpected character
interaction (I mean, Teyla and Zelenka - who'd see it?) makes it all
the more poignant, like reaching out to whoever is there.
Down from Mt Olympus by Trinityofone
McKay/Sheppard - There's a disturbingly ominous tone here, it hints
of a dark John Sheppard, so very complicated. I like the way the story
is something of a mystery until it comes together at the end. Some
great dialogue, and great characterisation.
Jewel by Basingstroke
Mckay/Sheppard - Primarily written for the math geek, but who can
go past cute and sexy dialogue, cookies and a god-smacked Rodney,
I ask you?
Refunds or Exchanges by Shallott
McKay/Sheppard - John's a mail order bride? Is someone selling crack
to fanfic writers? Am I smoking it? It has to be the craziest premise
for an AU, but when that gets left behind this is a story about the
subtleties of a relationship, the way you two people come together
and make something out of themselves and the way sex means so much
Having Her Baby by Rageprofrock
McKay/Sheppard - I'm still laughing. But I feel guilty because it's
not nice to laugh at poor, deluded Rodney, as John finds out. Good
(not)mpreg fun, sweet, cute. Pure pleasure.
Assured Destruction by Shrift
McKay and Sheppard - Rodney and John navigate a minefield and tell
jokes. Too damn cute and just so like them.
Still by Auburn
Oh, my God. McKay and Sheppard are such a pair of 15-year-old boys.
It's a slacker day in Atlantis, during which our two intrepidwell,
make that one intrepid and one hypochondriacheroes scope out
the hidden *cough* pleasures of the Ancient City. And that's before
the flying blue platypuses and the karaoke. Prepare to giggle your
way through the entire fic. Gen? Well, gen-ish.
by Day by Perri Smith
Written in response to the Common People Challenge, we meet several
geeky scientists in this story, not-so-quietly working in the background;
there is grousing, joking and mourning for the dead, and each original
character is briefly yet memorably drawn as a three-dimensional person.
Star Trek (all series)
Trek: The Next Generation)
Because It Feels Good (Doesn't Make it Right) by Kaite
Picard/Crusher - After all these years I still love this pairing,
and it seems to be a never ending saga of two people who are never
on the same page. Even sex doesn't get them there. I like the way
this story continues the relationship, makes it into something that
may never be resolved. A great take on an old pairing.
Me No Questions by Julie Levin Russo
Janeway/Seven - brutal relationship story. Janeway and Seven have
a relationship that isn't quite working out and the result is disastrous.
I love a story that doesn't hold back, pulls no punches. It always
hurts so good.
are using our own skins for wallpaper by Annakovsky
There have been many stories exploring the Veronica/Logan dynamic
in the aftermath of S1, but few has hit it on quite the perfect note
this short story has. Veronica is practical, Logan is bitter, and
that last line is an absolute killer.
Lamb Has Fifty Business Cards by trajictale
Houston, we have a Lamb-fic! And I have to admit this is... dare I
say, kind of adorable. Oh, don't worry. He's still a dick. But this
funny, funny story lets us get under his skin and manage to find some
layers, which is no small feat indeed.
Out by always_winter
Good Duncan POV stories are rare, and this is a *great* Duncan POV
story. It's a carefully constructed fic that rewards multiple re-reading;
plus, wow, talk about packing an emotional wallop.
the Blue by Anjou
This is a thoughtful exploration of the repercussions of the season
finale from Logan's POV, showing Logan be proactive instead of broken,
which is rather novel as post-finale fic go. Plotty and satisfying,
with good Logan voice.
of Blood Oranges by Signe
I love this ficlet, which packs incredible amount of vivid imagery
and scents into its tiny package, along with lovely bits of characterizations.
It's like a small sensory feast.
little less conversation (a little more action, please) by Nichole
There should be more Logan/Weevil fic in this fandom, because, damn.
Have you seen the show? Especially if they are going to be like this
storyhot, believable, with note-perfect characterization and
to Survive a High-Rise Hotel Fire by Very Improbable
- and the title pretty much covers it... but awesome exchanges between
these two characters.