Jedi Harris by Scribbler (PG to 15)

  • Jul. 22nd, 2014 at 1:40 AM
Title: Jedi Harris
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Star Wars, plus Stargate:SG-1/CSI/NCIS/Haven/Castle/Father Ted (yes, really) in later stories.
Pairing: Gen
Categories: Crossover, action, drama, occasional crack, YAHF
Length: Super-Epic (230,000 words, and that's just the first story)
Warnings: None (though the Wish-verse section is appropriately nasty)

Author on TtH: Scribbler
Author on ff.net: The Dark Scribbler

Summary:
“It’s a prop,” said a British voice to one side of him. “There’s a rumour that it was used, I believe, on one of the Star Wars films. I’ve no idea which one, but it might have been the original Star Wars.”

Review:
It's Cliché Week, and for Buffy crossover fans that can mean only one thing: YAHF. Yet Another Halloween Fic. That season 2 episode has launched more fanfics than any other single episode, in part because it's so easy to base a crossover from it. Just have your favourite characters pick up a costume of the show you want to use, and when Ethan Rayne's spell begins you have an instant crossover.

Needless to say, Sturgeon's Law applies in spades. Far too many stories use the idea as a cheap power-up for their favourite character, usually Xander, and let him keep his powers at the end with not the slightest hint as to why no one else gets to keep more than fuzzy memories. At first sight, Jedi Harris looks like it falls into that category; Xander dresses as a Jedi, becomes a slightly confused version of Obi-Wan, and still has Force powers at the end.

Fortunately, that's barely the beginning. Scribbler does have an explanation that the characters toss around; the Force is real, isn't the same thing as magic, and Star Wars gives the right metaphors to approach it despite being fiction in this world. It's a deliberately incomplete explanation, and it doesn't explain how Xander can remember large chunks of Obi-Wan's life that were never in any of the films (and aren't part of the Obi-Wan he dressed as, for that matter), but it does explain why Xander and (eventually) others can learn to manipulate the Force. It even comes with a built in balancing mechanism, not falling to the Dark Side, that stops Xander taking primacy from Buffy.

It's really cleverly done, in my opinion. The characters feel true to themselves throughout, though Jedi do tend to end up calmer and more self-assured, as you might hope. The plot moves on logically, taking into account both canon and where it would logically be changed by events. Many characters move in and out of events in ways you might not have expected, but which fit perfectly well when you think about it. There are even little cameos by other crossover characters, such as Don Camillo (give yourself a pat on the back and feel smug if that made sense to you).

Jedi Harris has turned into a whole sequence of stories of varying lengths, all equally well written, as more and more Jedi are found and trained. I thoroughly commend the lot of them, complete or not.

Jedi Harris (takes things up to Graduation)
The Terran Jedi (incomplete: introduces SG-1)
Train From The West (medium-length story in which the Vegas CSI team investigate an impossible crime scene).
Craggy Island: Vampire-Free Zone (purest crack)
The NCIS Jedi (how a member of the NCIS team becomes a Jedi)
A Jedi, a Mage and the Troubles (a case takes the NCIS team to Haven while Audrey is in the Barn)
The Alley and Jedi Castle (strange things happen in New York too).

Once Bitten, by Fyre (PG-13)

  • Jun. 7th, 2011 at 12:31 PM
Sorry I forgot to post this yesterday! XS

Title: Once Bitten
Fandom: Castle
Pairing: Gen
Categories: Humor, Horror, Supernatural
Length: Long (~9900 words)
Warnings: vampires, ridiculousness

Author: Fyre
Website: Works on AO3

Summary: Richard Castle likes to believe that there are monsters and aliens out there, waiting to cause chaos. Trouble is that this time, he's right.

Review:
Hee, this is a hilarious case fic about the NYPD crew coming up against the fantastic and unexplained death of a girl, with bite marks on her neck. I loved how they try to explain it logically, and Castle is bouncing around about vampires. The ambiguity of whether or not the perp is a real vampire is one of the reasons this fic stuck with me, and the suspense is palpable until the end. I love it when the 'real' world is confronted with the unexplainable, and to see it done well in a fandom that doesn't regularly deal with fantasy and the supernatural is equally awesome. In conclusion, Kate Beckett FTW.

Once Bitten

Once Bitten, by Fyre (PG-13)

  • Jun. 7th, 2011 at 12:31 PM
Sorry I forgot to post this yesterday! XS

Title: Once Bitten
Fandom: Castle
Pairing: Gen
Categories: Humor, Horror, Supernatural
Length: Long (~9900 words)
Warnings: vampires, ridiculousness

Author: Fyre
Website: Works on AO3

Summary: Richard Castle likes to believe that there are monsters and aliens out there, waiting to cause chaos. Trouble is that this time, he's right.

Review:
Hee, this is a hilarious case fic about the NYPD crew coming up against the fantastic and unexplained death of a girl, with bite marks on her neck. I loved how they try to explain it logically, and Castle is bouncing around about vampires. The ambiguity of whether or not the perp is a real vampire is one of the reasons this fic stuck with me, and the suspense is palpable until the end. I love it when the 'real' world is confronted with the unexplainable, and to see it done well in a fandom that doesn't regularly deal with fantasy and the supernatural is equally awesome. In conclusion, Kate Beckett FTW.

Once Bitten

Once Bitten, by Fyre (PG-13)

  • Jun. 7th, 2011 at 12:31 PM
Sorry I forgot to post this yesterday! XS

Title: Once Bitten
Fandom: Castle
Pairing: Gen
Categories: Humor, Horror, Supernatural
Length: Long (~9900 words)
Warnings: vampires, ridiculousness

Author: Fyre
Website: Works on AO3

Summary: Richard Castle likes to believe that there are monsters and aliens out there, waiting to cause chaos. Trouble is that this time, he's right.

Review:
Hee, this is a hilarious case fic about the NYPD crew coming up against the fantastic and unexplained death of a girl, with bite marks on her neck. I loved how they try to explain it logically, and Castle is bouncing around about vampires. The ambiguity of whether or not the perp is a real vampire is one of the reasons this fic stuck with me, and the suspense is palpable until the end. I love it when the 'real' world is confronted with the unexplainable, and to see it done well in a fandom that doesn't regularly deal with fantasy and the supernatural is equally awesome. In conclusion, Kate Beckett FTW.

Once Bitten

Once Bitten, by Fyre (PG-13)

  • Jun. 7th, 2011 at 12:31 PM
Sorry I forgot to post this yesterday! XS

Title: Once Bitten
Fandom: Castle
Pairing: Gen
Categories: Humor, Horror, Supernatural
Length: Long (~9900 words)
Warnings: vampires, ridiculousness

Author: Fyre
Website: Works on AO3

Summary: Richard Castle likes to believe that there are monsters and aliens out there, waiting to cause chaos. Trouble is that this time, he's right.

Review:
Hee, this is a hilarious case fic about the NYPD crew coming up against the fantastic and unexplained death of a girl, with bite marks on her neck. I loved how they try to explain it logically, and Castle is bouncing around about vampires. The ambiguity of whether or not the perp is a real vampire is one of the reasons this fic stuck with me, and the suspense is palpable until the end. I love it when the 'real' world is confronted with the unexplainable, and to see it done well in a fandom that doesn't regularly deal with fantasy and the supernatural is equally awesome. In conclusion, Kate Beckett FTW.

Once Bitten

Once Bitten, by Fyre (PG-13)

  • Jun. 7th, 2011 at 12:31 PM
Sorry I forgot to post this yesterday! XS

Title: Once Bitten
Fandom: Castle
Pairing: Gen
Categories: Humor, Horror, Supernatural
Length: Long (~9900 words)
Warnings: vampires, ridiculousness

Author: Fyre
Website: Works on AO3

Summary: Richard Castle likes to believe that there are monsters and aliens out there, waiting to cause chaos. Trouble is that this time, he's right.

Review:
Hee, this is a hilarious case fic about the NYPD crew coming up against the fantastic and unexplained death of a girl, with bite marks on her neck. I loved how they try to explain it logically, and Castle is bouncing around about vampires. The ambiguity of whether or not the perp is a real vampire is one of the reasons this fic stuck with me, and the suspense is palpable until the end. I love it when the 'real' world is confronted with the unexplainable, and to see it done well in a fandom that doesn't regularly deal with fantasy and the supernatural is equally awesome. In conclusion, Kate Beckett FTW.

Once Bitten

Once Bitten, by Fyre (PG-13)

  • Jun. 7th, 2011 at 12:31 PM
Sorry I forgot to post this yesterday! XS

Title: Once Bitten
Fandom: Castle
Pairing: Gen
Categories: Humor, Horror, Supernatural
Length: Long (~9900 words)
Warnings: vampires, ridiculousness

Author: Fyre
Website: Works on AO3

Summary: Richard Castle likes to believe that there are monsters and aliens out there, waiting to cause chaos. Trouble is that this time, he's right.

Review:
Hee, this is a hilarious case fic about the NYPD crew coming up against the fantastic and unexplained death of a girl, with bite marks on her neck. I loved how they try to explain it logically, and Castle is bouncing around about vampires. The ambiguity of whether or not the perp is a real vampire is one of the reasons this fic stuck with me, and the suspense is palpable until the end. I love it when the 'real' world is confronted with the unexplainable, and to see it done well in a fandom that doesn't regularly deal with fantasy and the supernatural is equally awesome. In conclusion, Kate Beckett FTW.

Once Bitten
Title: Dead Bodies Are Never Part of the Plan
Fandom: Castle
Pairing: Javier Esposito/Kevin Ryan
Categories: angst, case file
Length: Medium (~10,000 words)
Warnings: character death

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] serene_quill
Author Website: ?

Review:
Ever wonder where Ryan and Esposito met? Ryan used to be undercover in a drug ring and Esposito used to bring him in for questioning.

This is really a cute story. It’s split about evenly between past and present, which actually works out really well for this one. Every time the backstory starts to get a bit heavy, it’s switched to a present full of Castle’s silly witticisms. All in all, a very enjoyable read in a very enjoyable fandom.

Dead Bodies Are Never Part of the Plan
Title: Dead Bodies Are Never Part of the Plan
Fandom: Castle
Pairing: Javier Esposito/Kevin Ryan
Categories: angst, case file
Length: Medium (~10,000 words)
Warnings: character death

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] serene_quill
Author Website: ?

Review:
Ever wonder where Ryan and Esposito met? Ryan used to be undercover in a drug ring and Esposito used to bring him in for questioning.

This is really a cute story. It’s split about evenly between past and present, which actually works out really well for this one. Every time the backstory starts to get a bit heavy, it’s switched to a present full of Castle’s silly witticisms. All in all, a very enjoyable read in a very enjoyable fandom.

Dead Bodies Are Never Part of the Plan
Title: Dead Bodies Are Never Part of the Plan
Fandom: Castle
Pairing: Javier Esposito/Kevin Ryan
Categories: angst, case file
Length: Medium (~10,000 words)
Warnings: character death

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] serene_quill
Author Website: ?

Review:
Ever wonder where Ryan and Esposito met? Ryan used to be undercover in a drug ring and Esposito used to bring him in for questioning.

This is really a cute story. It’s split about evenly between past and present, which actually works out really well for this one. Every time the backstory starts to get a bit heavy, it’s switched to a present full of Castle’s silly witticisms. All in all, a very enjoyable read in a very enjoyable fandom.

Dead Bodies Are Never Part of the Plan
Title: Dead Bodies Are Never Part of the Plan
Fandom: Castle
Pairing: Javier Esposito/Kevin Ryan
Categories: angst, case file
Length: Medium (~10,000 words)
Warnings: character death

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] serene_quill
Author Website: ?

Review:
Ever wonder where Ryan and Esposito met? Ryan used to be undercover in a drug ring and Esposito used to bring him in for questioning.

This is really a cute story. It’s split about evenly between past and present, which actually works out really well for this one. Every time the backstory starts to get a bit heavy, it’s switched to a present full of Castle’s silly witticisms. All in all, a very enjoyable read in a very enjoyable fandom.

Dead Bodies Are Never Part of the Plan
Title: Dead Bodies Are Never Part of the Plan
Fandom: Castle
Pairing: Javier Esposito/Kevin Ryan
Categories: angst, case file
Length: Medium (~10,000 words)
Warnings: character death

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] serene_quill
Author Website: ?

Review:
Ever wonder where Ryan and Esposito met? Ryan used to be undercover in a drug ring and Esposito used to bring him in for questioning.

This is really a cute story. It’s split about evenly between past and present, which actually works out really well for this one. Every time the backstory starts to get a bit heavy, it’s switched to a present full of Castle’s silly witticisms. All in all, a very enjoyable read in a very enjoyable fandom.

Dead Bodies Are Never Part of the Plan
Title: Dead Bodies Are Never Part of the Plan
Fandom: Castle
Pairing: Javier Esposito/Kevin Ryan
Categories: angst, case file
Length: Medium (~10,000 words)
Warnings: character death

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] serene_quill
Author Website: ?

Review:
Ever wonder where Ryan and Esposito met? Ryan used to be undercover in a drug ring and Esposito used to bring him in for questioning.

This is really a cute story. It’s split about evenly between past and present, which actually works out really well for this one. Every time the backstory starts to get a bit heavy, it’s switched to a present full of Castle’s silly witticisms. All in all, a very enjoyable read in a very enjoyable fandom.

Dead Bodies Are Never Part of the Plan

A Few of My Favorite Things by helens78 (G)

  • Sep. 12th, 2010 at 11:21 PM
Title: A Few of My Favorite Things by helens78
Fandom: Castle
Pairing: gen
Categories: fluff, yuletide, holiday
Length: Short (~2,500 words)
Warnings: n/a

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] helens78 
Website: http://helensfic.net/

Review:
Castle is *determined* to get Beckett the perfect present. If he could just figure out what that is.

Awwwww. Really, there's not much more to be said. This is a light, entertaining, perfectly in-character, and snappily-written bit of holiday fluff. A lovely bit of holiday cheer.

A Few of My Favorite Things

A Few of My Favorite Things by helens78 (G)

  • Sep. 12th, 2010 at 11:21 PM
Title: A Few of My Favorite Things by helens78
Fandom: Castle
Pairing: gen
Categories: fluff, yuletide, holiday
Length: Short (~2,500 words)
Warnings: n/a

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] helens78 
Website: http://helensfic.net/

Review:
Castle is *determined* to get Beckett the perfect present. If he could just figure out what that is.

Awwwww. Really, there's not much more to be said. This is a light, entertaining, perfectly in-character, and snappily-written bit of holiday fluff. A lovely bit of holiday cheer.

A Few of My Favorite Things

A Few of My Favorite Things by helens78 (G)

  • Sep. 12th, 2010 at 11:21 PM
Title: A Few of My Favorite Things by helens78
Fandom: Castle
Pairing: gen
Categories: fluff, yuletide, holiday
Length: Short (~2,500 words)
Warnings: n/a

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] helens78 
Website: http://helensfic.net/

Review:
Castle is *determined* to get Beckett the perfect present. If he could just figure out what that is.

Awwwww. Really, there's not much more to be said. This is a light, entertaining, perfectly in-character, and snappily-written bit of holiday fluff. A lovely bit of holiday cheer.

A Few of My Favorite Things

A Few of My Favorite Things by helens78 (G)

  • Sep. 12th, 2010 at 11:21 PM
Title: A Few of My Favorite Things by helens78
Fandom: Castle
Pairing: gen
Categories: fluff, yuletide, holiday
Length: Short (~2,500 words)
Warnings: n/a

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] helens78 
Website: http://helensfic.net/

Review:
Castle is *determined* to get Beckett the perfect present. If he could just figure out what that is.

Awwwww. Really, there's not much more to be said. This is a light, entertaining, perfectly in-character, and snappily-written bit of holiday fluff. A lovely bit of holiday cheer.

A Few of My Favorite Things

A Few of My Favorite Things by helens78 (G)

  • Sep. 12th, 2010 at 11:21 PM
Title: A Few of My Favorite Things by helens78
Fandom: Castle
Pairing: gen
Categories: fluff, yuletide, holiday
Length: Short (~2,500 words)
Warnings: n/a

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] helens78 
Website: http://helensfic.net/

Review:
Castle is *determined* to get Beckett the perfect present. If he could just figure out what that is.

Awwwww. Really, there's not much more to be said. This is a light, entertaining, perfectly in-character, and snappily-written bit of holiday fluff. A lovely bit of holiday cheer.

A Few of My Favorite Things

A Few of My Favorite Things by helens78 (G)

  • Sep. 12th, 2010 at 11:21 PM
Title: A Few of My Favorite Things by helens78
Fandom: Castle
Pairing: gen
Categories: fluff, yuletide, holiday
Length: Short (~2,500 words)
Warnings: n/a

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] helens78 
Website: http://helensfic.net/

Review:
Castle is *determined* to get Beckett the perfect present. If he could just figure out what that is.

Awwwww. Really, there's not much more to be said. This is a light, entertaining, perfectly in-character, and snappily-written bit of holiday fluff. A lovely bit of holiday cheer.

A Few of My Favorite Things

Kitchen Confidential by elzed (NC-17)

  • May. 19th, 2010 at 8:23 PM
#9

Title: Kitchen Confidential by elzed
Fandom: Castle
Pairing: Castle/Beckett
Categories: yuletide, PWP
Length: Medium (barely - 3,700 words)
Warnings: n/a

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] elzed 
Website: n/a

Review:
Castle and Beckett finally resolve that UST.

One of the biggest issues I have with het is how often female characters end up submissive in bed, even if they are strong, independent characters outside of the bedroom. Not so Kate Beckett -- inside of bed and out she is strong, knows her own mind, and isn't about to settle for anything less than being equal. The result is a scorching hot sex scene. Yum.

While the rest of the story is a bit bare, Kitchen Confidential is a great choice for anyone looking for a steamy bit of het smut.

Kitchen Confidential

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