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  • daanae

good fic

I've been recommending a lot of Rhiannon Shaw's stories lately, and there's a good reason for that.  She writes great Highlander fic.  She does incredible things with minor characters from a multitude of fandoms, and she writes fantastic crossovers.  In my opinion, everything she's written is worth a look-see, but as she's not only gifted, but prolific as well, I don't have the time or space to list all of her stories here.  Instead, here are a few of my favourites.


Clair de Lune
is a Highlander/BtVS crossover featuring Joe and Oz, and oh, man, the voices in it are just perfect, as is the interaction between the two of them.  (gen)


Fire in the Hole
is a Highlander/X-Files/BtVS crossover, and it's just plain awesome.  I can't even really describe it; it's wonderfully surreal, action-filled, and well-characterized.  (gen; Mulder, Cory Raines, Carl Robinson, Giles, Oz, Robin Wood)


Reflections is the first in a series of beautifully written (and hot) slash pieces featuring Duncan MacLeod and Matthew McCormick.  This isn't a pairing I'd ever have thought of, but Rhiannon writes it beautifully.  Once you read this story, go and read the rest of the Southern Comfort series.  It is most excellent.  (slash)


Hot Pursuit is a Highlander/Due South crossover featuring Matthew McCormick.  In Rhiannon's hands, Matthew is rapidly becoming one of my favourite characters in fandom.  This story is wonderfully absurd, as well as beautifully characterized.  (gen; Matthew McCormick, Benton Fraser)


Cornered Rat is a Highlander/X-Files crossover featuring Connor MacLeod and Alex Krycek.  This one's fan-fucking-tastic, especially the careful maneuvering between two very dangerous men that Rhiannon manages wonderfully.  (gen/pre-slash)

As always, please tell me if any links on this page are broken -- and remember, writers live for feedback!  Send some!

  • daanae

a whole post for one author...again.

Earlier, I rec'd everything that sam_storyteller had ever written.  Today, it's two ladies of quality's turn.

Career Change is, hands down, the best BtVS AU that I have ever read.  Period. 

It diverges from canon at the end of Crush; before Drusilla leaves town, she stops at the Magic Box and turns Giles, then leaves him on Spike's doorstep.  There are a great many fics out there in which one of the Scoobies gets vamped, and this one is head and shoulders above the lot of them.  The characterizations are flawless, the writing is elegant and descriptive, and the alternate unfolding of events not only makes sense, but is (in my opinion) a far better ending for Season Five than we were given. 

The sequel, Career Advancement, can be found on the same page, and is just as good.  (BtVS AU; slash and het UST - Spike/Giles, Spike/Xander UST, Spike/Buffy UST, Spike and Dawn friendship; Giles and Willow friendship)

While you're at her website, read everything she's written.  I particularly recommend Nessuno, which is not only an AU, but a human AU at that - and I liked it nearly as much as I liked Career Change(Nessuno is both slash and het - Spike/Xander (primary pairing), Giles and Xander friendship)
  • daanae

An update devoted to one particular author...

...because he is quite possibly the best fic writer out there.

I've rec'd fic by this author before.  Stealing Harry and its sequels comprise my favourite AU of all time.  I have, however, failed to pay adequate tribute to the wonder that is Sam Starbuck. 

He writes in a whole spate of fandoms.  His characterizations are always spot-on.  I have a particular yen for AUs and crossovers -- and Sam is an expert at both types of story. 

I could rec everything he's written, but it would take me all night.   What I've done is select a few of his stories to give you some idea of what I'm talking about.  The rest of Sam's fic can be found here.

and now on to the fic...

I do not read Real Person fic.  Ever.  I do, however, read everything that Sam Starbuck writes, because he is brilliant.  So I read One Two Three Rest, which is Real Person fic featuring Dre and Eminem.  There's no slash here, just Dre looking at the raw, burning talent that is Eminem and really seeing it.  I won't go into more detail -- there is an excerpt below, and the quality of Sam's writing speaks for itself.

Dre remembers the first time he saw Mathers because you don't fuckin forget, do you? This little dude, not even that big, standing out like an albino at the fuckin Apollo. This little white dude with the squint around his blue eyes.

But you don't forget Mathers because you see this pasty little white kid get up onstage with a black mixer and a black boom boxer and a houseful of niggaz laughing at his white ass and you hear the beat and then you hear this
cracker start to freestyle and it's all fuckin over, man. This isn't some Ice wannabe, this kid is thug and he knows he's thug and the fuck-you look in his eyes is the stuff of fuckin nightmares. Dre's only ever seen that look once before on a white man and that was the time he shot a skinhead who thought he could fuck with Dre.

The kid is pissed off at something, it's not hard to tell that [....] Dre sees him watching everything that goes on, taking it all in, processing it in that head that spits out some badass rhyme. Kid doesn't even fuckin know the meaning of the phrase "internal rhyme" and he spits it as good as Dre himself does. Not that Dre'd admit it, but he thinks maybe the kid knows it.

The Rational Mind is pg-rated Holmes/Watson.  This is another one of those fandoms that I usually wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole, but was in this case totally captivated by Sam's writing.  This fic is a rarity in that it focuses mainly on Watson and lets the insights about Holmes be drawn subtly from his reactions.  The portraits of both characters are beautifully conceived and expertly written, but I particularly enjoy the portrayal of Watson.  Sam deals here with the damage that the war in Afghanistan must have caused such a man, and deals with it wonderfully.  (Holmes/Watson slash)

The Uncle is a Potter-verse AU on the best sort of crack, in which Remus, abandoned at the age of ten, becomes a crime boss and takes Harry from the Dursleys.  This is a must-read, just as everything Sam writes is.  (Remus/Sirius slash, AU - pg13)

Cartographer's Craft
is another Potter-verse AU, this time without the crack.  It's still incredibly addictive, however.  Sam's summary for the fic is below; however, I would like to note here that this is a particularly beautiful story with perfect characterizations.

Summary: In the summer after Harry's sixth year, Harry and Remus uncover a section of the Marauder's Map which has been hidden for the past twenty years, releasing a carbon copy of sixteen-year-old Sirius Black from its depths. As they prepare for the impending war, Sirius must find a place for himself in this new world, Harry must find a way to destroy Voldemort, and Remus must face his own past while trying to build a tenuous future with Tonks. RL/NT, RW/HG, HP/SB.

is a piece of Captain Jack Sparrow's history.  Haven't you ever wondered about the things Jack keeps woven into his hair?  Sam did, and the result was, as always, a beautifully-written story.  Spoilers only for the first movies.  (PotC, implied slash - Jack/Will)


That should give you an idea as to Sam's brilliance.  Go now and read.