Perennial by glymr (NC-17)

  • Nov. 25th, 2012 at 5:42 PM
Title: Perennial
Fandom: DC Comics
Pairing: Kon-El/Tim Drake
Categories: AU, Drama, Romance, First time
Length: Epic - just shy of the super-epic mark at 93,043 words
Warnings: Suicidal thoughts in part 9

Author on DW: Author prefers DW
Author Website: N/A

Summary:When he was nine years old, young Timothy Drake's family decided to move to a small town in Kansas.

Review:
This is a fantastic slice of life story that presents an alternate universe based on changing an aspect of a main character’s background, which is always a favorite of mine. Tim moves to Smallville as a child and befriends the Kents, creating a family and a home for himself there. When Kon-El comes to stay with the Kents several years later, Tim finds himself dealing with anger and jealousy.

The author did a great job moving Tim and Kon from adversaries to friends to more. The transitioning relationship feels right and unhurried at each stage. I enjoyed the way Tim was brought into Kon’s world and how everything was revealed.

Overall there was a wonderfully winding tone to this. The journey was fantastic and the final destination felt right.

Master Post at DW

Perennial by glymr (NC-17)

  • Nov. 25th, 2012 at 5:42 PM
Title: Perennial
Fandom: DC Comics
Pairing: Kon-El/Tim Drake
Categories: AU, Drama, Romance, First time
Length: Epic - just shy of the super-epic mark at 93,043 words
Warnings: Suicidal thoughts in part 9

Author on DW: Author prefers DW
Author Website: N/A

Summary:When he was nine years old, young Timothy Drake's family decided to move to a small town in Kansas.

Review:
This is a fantastic slice of life story that presents an alternate universe based on changing an aspect of a main character’s background, which is always a favorite of mine. Tim moves to Smallville as a child and befriends the Kents, creating a family and a home for himself there. When Kon-El comes to stay with the Kents several years later, Tim finds himself dealing with anger and jealousy.

The author did a great job moving Tim and Kon from adversaries to friends to more. The transitioning relationship feels right and unhurried at each stage. I enjoyed the way Tim was brought into Kon’s world and how everything was revealed.

Overall there was a wonderfully winding tone to this. The journey was fantastic and the final destination felt right.

Master Post at DW

Source Code by Closer (PG)

  • Nov. 11th, 2012 at 2:42 PM
Title: Source Code
Fandom: Avengers movie verse
Pairing: None, Gen
Categories: Post-canon, character study, friendship
Length: Medium (9,832 words)
Warnings: None

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: Author profile at AO3

Summary:
Steve finds himself in the unenviable position of having to either prove he's himself or listen to the news media continue to speculate that he's a robot, a clone, or a lunatic.

Review:
This is a fascinating and introspective piece on Steve as he tries to reconcile the Captain America persona with being Steve Rogers in the modern world with its 24 hour news cycles and paparazzi. He receives help along the way from Natasha, Clint, and Tony.

The Steve and Tony voices were fantastic and I enjoyed their interactions throughout the story. I liked the way the AI’s played into the story and the resolution, found it to be a wonderful explanation and plot point. Overall a thoughtful and interesting read.

Source Code

Source Code by Closer (PG)

  • Nov. 11th, 2012 at 2:42 PM
Title: Source Code
Fandom: Avengers movie verse
Pairing: None, Gen
Categories: Post-canon, character study, friendship
Length: Medium (9,832 words)
Warnings: None

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: Author profile at AO3

Summary:
Steve finds himself in the unenviable position of having to either prove he's himself or listen to the news media continue to speculate that he's a robot, a clone, or a lunatic.

Review:
This is a fascinating and introspective piece on Steve as he tries to reconcile the Captain America persona with being Steve Rogers in the modern world with its 24 hour news cycles and paparazzi. He receives help along the way from Natasha, Clint, and Tony.

The Steve and Tony voices were fantastic and I enjoyed their interactions throughout the story. I liked the way the AI’s played into the story and the resolution, found it to be a wonderful explanation and plot point. Overall a thoughtful and interesting read.

Source Code

Hell House by narukyu (NC-17)

  • Oct. 28th, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Title: Hell House
Fandom: Supernatural
Pairing: Mostly gen but some Sam/Gabriel and one-sided Sam/Andy
Categories: Horror, mystery, pre-series, AU, pre-canon
Length: Epic (about 60,000 words)
Warnings: Violence, gore, religious themes, character deaths (OC’s and minor characters), open ending

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] narukyu_fic
Author Website: Author profile at AO3

Summary:
A devotedly unreligious man sends his youngest son to a private religious school. If that wasn't suspicious enough, Sam can't get a hold of John or Dean, people are disappearing right and left, and, in the night, something whispers in the silence of the old chapel. Soon enough, Sam discovers that something terrible lingers behind the doors to the sacristy--something that sheds a light on the secret holy mission of the Soldiers of Christ as well what happened to his family so many years ago.

Review:
This has long been a favorite Supernatural fic of mine because of the way the author takes canon and spins it around, presenting another way it could have gone. The story is, at heart, a mystery but there’s a wonderfully suspenseful and utterly creepy feel that is woven throughout the entire story that continues up until the final, horrible, conclusion.

The Sam characterization here is strong and compelling. He’s taken from his family at the height of his teenaged rebellion stage, something we never saw in the series, and swings between believable anger that John sent him away and confusion and hurt when Dean misses Christmases and birthdays. The back and forth feelings of hurt and anger mixed with loneliness and sadness as he misses both Dean and John are poignant and spot on for teenaged Sam. One of my favorite parts was in the final confrontation where everything is going to hell and Sam wants, with an almost visceral feeling, for John to be there to make everything better because no matter their complicated relationship, Sam still believed John could help him.

The inclusion of Gabriel, who is both Trickster and archangel is wonderfully done. I particularly loved all of Gabriel and Sam’s interactions and how much the author pulled canon references into them. There is a brief relationship between the two but it’s after Sam is of age, and while an important part of the story, it is not the focus of it.

The ending is open to some extent, yet it feels like a natural conclusion to the story. You’re definitely left with a strong feeling of “What happens next?” but the story itself is complete. The epilogue is a fabulous outsider POV detailing the horrors of what happened at Hell House and the last few paragraphs are like a punch to the gut, but in the very best way.

There are some instances of minor spelling errors and missing words in a few places. They were enough to note and point out, but other than jarring for a moment, the story itself is well paced and plotted, and I don’t feel they ultimately took away from that.

Fic Master Post @ LJ
Link to PDF of fic
First 5 chapters posted at AO3

Hell House by narukyu (NC-17)

  • Oct. 28th, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Title: Hell House
Fandom: Supernatural
Pairing: Mostly gen but some Sam/Gabriel and one-sided Sam/Andy
Categories: Horror, mystery, pre-series, AU, pre-canon
Length: Epic (about 60,000 words)
Warnings: Violence, gore, religious themes, character deaths (OC’s and minor characters), open ending

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] narukyu_fic
Author Website: Author profile at AO3

Summary:
A devotedly unreligious man sends his youngest son to a private religious school. If that wasn't suspicious enough, Sam can't get a hold of John or Dean, people are disappearing right and left, and, in the night, something whispers in the silence of the old chapel. Soon enough, Sam discovers that something terrible lingers behind the doors to the sacristy--something that sheds a light on the secret holy mission of the Soldiers of Christ as well what happened to his family so many years ago.

Review:
This has long been a favorite Supernatural fic of mine because of the way the author takes canon and spins it around, presenting another way it could have gone. The story is, at heart, a mystery but there’s a wonderfully suspenseful and utterly creepy feel that is woven throughout the entire story that continues up until the final, horrible, conclusion.

The Sam characterization here is strong and compelling. He’s taken from his family at the height of his teenaged rebellion stage, something we never saw in the series, and swings between believable anger that John sent him away and confusion and hurt when Dean misses Christmases and birthdays. The back and forth feelings of hurt and anger mixed with loneliness and sadness as he misses both Dean and John are poignant and spot on for teenaged Sam. One of my favorite parts was in the final confrontation where everything is going to hell and Sam wants, with an almost visceral feeling, for John to be there to make everything better because no matter their complicated relationship, Sam still believed John could help him.

The inclusion of Gabriel, who is both Trickster and archangel is wonderfully done. I particularly loved all of Gabriel and Sam’s interactions and how much the author pulled canon references into them. There is a brief relationship between the two but it’s after Sam is of age, and while an important part of the story, it is not the focus of it.

The ending is open to some extent, yet it feels like a natural conclusion to the story. You’re definitely left with a strong feeling of “What happens next?” but the story itself is complete. The epilogue is a fabulous outsider POV detailing the horrors of what happened at Hell House and the last few paragraphs are like a punch to the gut, but in the very best way.

There are some instances of minor spelling errors and missing words in a few places. They were enough to note and point out, but other than jarring for a moment, the story itself is well paced and plotted, and I don’t feel they ultimately took away from that.

Fic Master Post @ LJ
Link to PDF of fic
First 5 chapters posted at AO3

Hell House by narukyu (NC-17)

  • Oct. 28th, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Title: Hell House
Fandom: Supernatural
Pairing: Mostly gen but some Sam/Gabriel and one-sided Sam/Andy
Categories: Horror, mystery, pre-series, AU, pre-canon
Length: Epic (about 60,000 words)
Warnings: Violence, gore, religious themes, character deaths (OC’s and minor characters), open ending

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] narukyu_fic
Author Website: Author profile at AO3

Summary:
A devotedly unreligious man sends his youngest son to a private religious school. If that wasn't suspicious enough, Sam can't get a hold of John or Dean, people are disappearing right and left, and, in the night, something whispers in the silence of the old chapel. Soon enough, Sam discovers that something terrible lingers behind the doors to the sacristy--something that sheds a light on the secret holy mission of the Soldiers of Christ as well what happened to his family so many years ago.

Review:
This has long been a favorite Supernatural fic of mine because of the way the author takes canon and spins it around, presenting another way it could have gone. The story is, at heart, a mystery but there’s a wonderfully suspenseful and utterly creepy feel that is woven throughout the entire story that continues up until the final, horrible, conclusion.

The Sam characterization here is strong and compelling. He’s taken from his family at the height of his teenaged rebellion stage, something we never saw in the series, and swings between believable anger that John sent him away and confusion and hurt when Dean misses Christmases and birthdays. The back and forth feelings of hurt and anger mixed with loneliness and sadness as he misses both Dean and John are poignant and spot on for teenaged Sam. One of my favorite parts was in the final confrontation where everything is going to hell and Sam wants, with an almost visceral feeling, for John to be there to make everything better because no matter their complicated relationship, Sam still believed John could help him.

The inclusion of Gabriel, who is both Trickster and archangel is wonderfully done. I particularly loved all of Gabriel and Sam’s interactions and how much the author pulled canon references into them. There is a brief relationship between the two but it’s after Sam is of age, and while an important part of the story, it is not the focus of it.

The ending is open to some extent, yet it feels like a natural conclusion to the story. You’re definitely left with a strong feeling of “What happens next?” but the story itself is complete. The epilogue is a fabulous outsider POV detailing the horrors of what happened at Hell House and the last few paragraphs are like a punch to the gut, but in the very best way.

There are some instances of minor spelling errors and missing words in a few places. They were enough to note and point out, but other than jarring for a moment, the story itself is well paced and plotted, and I don’t feel they ultimately took away from that.

Fic Master Post @ LJ
Link to PDF of fic
First 5 chapters posted at AO3

No Fate by Jenna51980 (PG)

  • Oct. 21st, 2012 at 10:41 AM
Title: No Fate
Fandom: Charmed
Pairing: None, Gen
Categories: AU, Action/Adventure, Drama
Length: Epic (77,461 words)
Warnings: Character Death

Author on LJ: N/A
Author’s profile @ FFN

Summary:
As the fate of his family as well as the world continues to rest on his shoulders, Chris continues his journey to fulfill his destiny as the son of a Charmed One.

Review:
This is a fantastic AU look into Chris, his quest to save his brother, and an exploration of what fate and destiny mean to him. It picks up after what we saw on the show; Chris has been killed by Gideon and is given a choice of what he wants next. Instead of taking what’s offered he comes up with a third option, one that helps save Leo and thus continues Chris’ story beyond what we saw on the show.

I loved the pace of this, the storytelling, the characters, and the way the author fleshed it out based on bits from the show. It’s a fascinating AU look into what turns Wyatt evil and the lengths Chris will go to save his family as well as the toll it takes on him. The final confrontation between Chris and Wyatt is tangible, emotional, fraught, and well written. The entire story builds up to it and everything coalesces for the reader and the characters. The author does a great job making you feel the hopelessness, resignation, and heartbreak Chris goes through as he and Wyatt face off.

This fic is part of a lengthy series. The prequel, which I haven’t read, is just over 90K words, and I’m partway through the sequel which punches in at over 100K words. However, No Fate stands complete and riveting on it’s own.

No Fate

No Fate by Jenna51980 (PG)

  • Oct. 21st, 2012 at 10:41 AM
Title: No Fate
Fandom: Charmed
Pairing: None, Gen
Categories: AU, Action/Adventure, Drama
Length: Epic (77,461 words)
Warnings: Character Death

Author on LJ: N/A
Author’s profile @ FFN

Summary:
As the fate of his family as well as the world continues to rest on his shoulders, Chris continues his journey to fulfill his destiny as the son of a Charmed One.

Review:
This is a fantastic AU look into Chris, his quest to save his brother, and an exploration of what fate and destiny mean to him. It picks up after what we saw on the show; Chris has been killed by Gideon and is given a choice of what he wants next. Instead of taking what’s offered he comes up with a third option, one that helps save Leo and thus continues Chris’ story beyond what we saw on the show.

I loved the pace of this, the storytelling, the characters, and the way the author fleshed it out based on bits from the show. It’s a fascinating AU look into what turns Wyatt evil and the lengths Chris will go to save his family as well as the toll it takes on him. The final confrontation between Chris and Wyatt is tangible, emotional, fraught, and well written. The entire story builds up to it and everything coalesces for the reader and the characters. The author does a great job making you feel the hopelessness, resignation, and heartbreak Chris goes through as he and Wyatt face off.

This fic is part of a lengthy series. The prequel, which I haven’t read, is just over 90K words, and I’m partway through the sequel which punches in at over 100K words. However, No Fate stands complete and riveting on it’s own.

No Fate
Title: Falling Apart to Half-Time
Fandom: Generation Kill
Pairing: Brad/Nate
Categories: AU, First time, Romance, Dance
Length: Long (23,574 words)
Warnings: None

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] miss_begonia
Author Website: [livejournal.com profile] missbwrites Author’s writing journal / Author profile @ AO3

Summary:
Nate thinks: Not dancing is not living. He doesn’t say it.

Review:
This is a fantastic AU that takes the characters from GK and puts them into the world of televised dance competitions. I have little to no knowledge of the various dance styles used in this fic but thought the author did a great job filling in the details making it ring true and easy to visualize. I liked the structure of the story and the way the sections are interspersed with snippets from montages or interviews. I particularly liked the ending sequence and thought the interview Brad gave and what he revealed vs. didn’t reveal was so true to character.

I thought the author did a fantastic job translating the characters and their personalities into the dance world thus making a highly enjoyable AU story. Ray was still Ray, Rudy was a joy, Poke was fun and Walt was great. I really can’t say enough positive things about this fic because I highly enjoyed all of it and thought it was very well done.

Falling Apart to Half-Time
Pod fic by fandomfan.
Title: Falling Apart to Half-Time
Fandom: Generation Kill
Pairing: Brad/Nate
Categories: AU, First time, Romance, Dance
Length: Long (23,574 words)
Warnings: None

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] miss_begonia
Author Website: [livejournal.com profile] missbwrites Author’s writing journal / Author profile @ AO3

Summary:
Nate thinks: Not dancing is not living. He doesn’t say it.

Review:
This is a fantastic AU that takes the characters from GK and puts them into the world of televised dance competitions. I have little to no knowledge of the various dance styles used in this fic but thought the author did a great job filling in the details making it ring true and easy to visualize. I liked the structure of the story and the way the sections are interspersed with snippets from montages or interviews. I particularly liked the ending sequence and thought the interview Brad gave and what he revealed vs. didn’t reveal was so true to character.

I thought the author did a fantastic job translating the characters and their personalities into the dance world thus making a highly enjoyable AU story. Ray was still Ray, Rudy was a joy, Poke was fun and Walt was great. I really can’t say enough positive things about this fic because I highly enjoyed all of it and thought it was very well done.

Falling Apart to Half-Time
Pod fic by fandomfan.
Title: Falling Apart to Half-Time
Fandom: Generation Kill
Pairing: Brad/Nate
Categories: AU, First time, Romance, Dance
Length: Long (23,574 words)
Warnings: None

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] miss_begonia
Author Website: [livejournal.com profile] missbwrites Author’s writing journal / Author profile @ AO3

Summary:
Nate thinks: Not dancing is not living. He doesn’t say it.

Review:
This is a fantastic AU that takes the characters from GK and puts them into the world of televised dance competitions. I have little to no knowledge of the various dance styles used in this fic but thought the author did a great job filling in the details making it ring true and easy to visualize. I liked the structure of the story and the way the sections are interspersed with snippets from montages or interviews. I particularly liked the ending sequence and thought the interview Brad gave and what he revealed vs. didn’t reveal was so true to character.

I thought the author did a fantastic job translating the characters and their personalities into the dance world thus making a highly enjoyable AU story. Ray was still Ray, Rudy was a joy, Poke was fun and Walt was great. I really can’t say enough positive things about this fic because I highly enjoyed all of it and thought it was very well done.

Falling Apart to Half-Time
Pod fic by fandomfan.

Strange Courtship by lzg (PG-13)

  • Oct. 14th, 2012 at 8:12 AM
Title: Strange Courtship
Fandom: Generation Kill
Pairing: Brad/Nate
Categories: AU, Romance, Fluff, Royalty, Weddings
Length: Medium (5,070 words)
Warnings: None

Author on LJ: Couldn’t find one - if anyone knows what it is, drop me a comment and I’ll edit
Author Website: Author profile @ AO3

Summary:
In which Brad is a desperately self-sacrificing HRH, Nate is not happy about being blind-sided, Ray wants to kill the Swedish press corps, and Walt is present in the background like a good bodyguard.

Review:
For recs this week I’ve got a pair of GK AU’s that I’ve read over the past few months and greatly enjoyed. The first is Strange Courtship which is an AU that has Nate, working for CNAS post-Iraq, meeting Brad at a conference. It’s a case of mistaken identity right away as Nate doesn’t realize that Brad is the Crown Prince of Sweden.

The fic itself is spare, the chapters short, but there is a wealth of storytelling contained within. I enjoyed the outsider points of view, in addition to those of Brad and Nate when telling their story. I thought the Swedish details were fascinating and particularly enjoyed how the author was able to lift Brad and Ray (and Walt though we don’t see him much) into a different country and culture, yet still retain their unique relationship and core characteristics.

Overall this was a wonderfully enjoyable read that was very well done and entertaining.

Strange Courtship

Strange Courtship by lzg (PG-13)

  • Oct. 14th, 2012 at 8:12 AM
Title: Strange Courtship
Fandom: Generation Kill
Pairing: Brad/Nate
Categories: AU, Romance, Fluff, Royalty, Weddings
Length: Medium (5,070 words)
Warnings: None

Author on LJ: Couldn’t find one - if anyone knows what it is, drop me a comment and I’ll edit
Author Website: Author profile @ AO3

Summary:
In which Brad is a desperately self-sacrificing HRH, Nate is not happy about being blind-sided, Ray wants to kill the Swedish press corps, and Walt is present in the background like a good bodyguard.

Review:
For recs this week I’ve got a pair of GK AU’s that I’ve read over the past few months and greatly enjoyed. The first is Strange Courtship which is an AU that has Nate, working for CNAS post-Iraq, meeting Brad at a conference. It’s a case of mistaken identity right away as Nate doesn’t realize that Brad is the Crown Prince of Sweden.

The fic itself is spare, the chapters short, but there is a wealth of storytelling contained within. I enjoyed the outsider points of view, in addition to those of Brad and Nate when telling their story. I thought the Swedish details were fascinating and particularly enjoyed how the author was able to lift Brad and Ray (and Walt though we don’t see him much) into a different country and culture, yet still retain their unique relationship and core characteristics.

Overall this was a wonderfully enjoyable read that was very well done and entertaining.

Strange Courtship

Strange Courtship by lzg (PG-13)

  • Oct. 14th, 2012 at 8:12 AM
Title: Strange Courtship
Fandom: Generation Kill
Pairing: Brad/Nate
Categories: AU, Romance, Fluff, Royalty, Weddings
Length: Medium (5,070 words)
Warnings: None

Author on LJ: Couldn’t find one - if anyone knows what it is, drop me a comment and I’ll edit
Author Website: Author profile @ AO3

Summary:
In which Brad is a desperately self-sacrificing HRH, Nate is not happy about being blind-sided, Ray wants to kill the Swedish press corps, and Walt is present in the background like a good bodyguard.

Review:
For recs this week I’ve got a pair of GK AU’s that I’ve read over the past few months and greatly enjoyed. The first is Strange Courtship which is an AU that has Nate, working for CNAS post-Iraq, meeting Brad at a conference. It’s a case of mistaken identity right away as Nate doesn’t realize that Brad is the Crown Prince of Sweden.

The fic itself is spare, the chapters short, but there is a wealth of storytelling contained within. I enjoyed the outsider points of view, in addition to those of Brad and Nate when telling their story. I thought the Swedish details were fascinating and particularly enjoyed how the author was able to lift Brad and Ray (and Walt though we don’t see him much) into a different country and culture, yet still retain their unique relationship and core characteristics.

Overall this was a wonderfully enjoyable read that was very well done and entertaining.

Strange Courtship
Title: Carried in Swarm of Bees
Fandom: Once Upon a Time
Pairing: Gen with past Regina/Emma
Categories: Angst, AU, Future fic, post-canon, what if
Length: Medium (6,109 words)
Warnings: Major character deaths

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] icicleair
Author Website: [livejournal.com profile] loaded_fantasy Author’s writing journal @ LJ / Author’s profile @ AO3

Summary:
After living for years in New York to escape the tragedy that haunts his hometown, Henry returns to Storybrooke to confront his demons and reconcile with his past.

Review:
Every now and again I get in a mood where I want to read fic that guts me and makes my heart hurt, and this story fits the bill perfectly. What I like most about Once Upon a Time are the complicated relationships, none more so than Henry and Regina and how their relationship compares to his relationship with Emma, his other maternal figure. This story diverges from canon and sets up the premise that everything was in Henry’s imagination, that the fairy tale roles he cast people in were how he dealt with his life as a child and now, this is how he reconciles with that past.

I enjoyed the quiet way in which this story is told, it’s muted and different from the vibrancy of the fairy tale world. It makes it a little more sad, sure, but also more realistic. The imagined future for Henry at the end fits in perfectly with this story and characterization. The memories of interactions with Emma are easy to picture as the dialogue and mannerisms are in character. The author also does a terrific job with Regina and her very presence.

Carried In a Swarm of Bees
Title: Carried in Swarm of Bees
Fandom: Once Upon a Time
Pairing: Gen with past Regina/Emma
Categories: Angst, AU, Future fic, post-canon, what if
Length: Medium (6,109 words)
Warnings: Major character deaths

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] icicleair
Author Website: [livejournal.com profile] loaded_fantasy Author’s writing journal @ LJ / Author’s profile @ AO3

Summary:
After living for years in New York to escape the tragedy that haunts his hometown, Henry returns to Storybrooke to confront his demons and reconcile with his past.

Review:
Every now and again I get in a mood where I want to read fic that guts me and makes my heart hurt, and this story fits the bill perfectly. What I like most about Once Upon a Time are the complicated relationships, none more so than Henry and Regina and how their relationship compares to his relationship with Emma, his other maternal figure. This story diverges from canon and sets up the premise that everything was in Henry’s imagination, that the fairy tale roles he cast people in were how he dealt with his life as a child and now, this is how he reconciles with that past.

I enjoyed the quiet way in which this story is told, it’s muted and different from the vibrancy of the fairy tale world. It makes it a little more sad, sure, but also more realistic. The imagined future for Henry at the end fits in perfectly with this story and characterization. The memories of interactions with Emma are easy to picture as the dialogue and mannerisms are in character. The author also does a terrific job with Regina and her very presence.

Carried In a Swarm of Bees

Precipice by lareinenoir (PG)

  • Oct. 7th, 2012 at 10:36 AM
Title: Precipice
Fandom: Last of the Mohicans (1992 movie)
Pairing: Mainly Gen with mentions of Cora/Nathaniel and Alice/Uncas
Categories: Angst, character introspection, different POV
Length: Short (1,995 words)
Warnings: Violence, major character death (suicide), period specific names used to refer to Native Americans

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: Author Profile @ AO3

Summary:
She can feel the wind whistling behind her. The gorge yawns below, lush forest and rocks and waterfall. Cora would call it beautiful. Alice sees only death.

Review:
Another angsty fic I enjoyed reading recently. I’ve long been a fan of the 1992 movie, Last of the Mohicans, and have always been fascinated by the character of Alice. She’s never a focus of the movie, but I’ve always felt she was probably the most changed of the two sisters by everything they witnessed and experienced. Cora always seemed stronger and the less sheltered of the two.

This piece gives us a beautiful and heartbreaking portrayal of Alice’s point of view, snippets from their childhood together, through to events pre movie and her observations and reactions to the events of the movie. The characterization is exactly in line with how I always pictured Alice. She is quiet, thoughtful, hesitant and content to go along with others, but in the end, just like in the movie, she finally makes her own choice, the ultimate choice over her own life and future. I enjoyed the writing style and the quiet, powerful way in which Alice makes her final decision.

Precipice

Precipice by lareinenoir (PG)

  • Oct. 7th, 2012 at 10:36 AM
Title: Precipice
Fandom: Last of the Mohicans (1992 movie)
Pairing: Mainly Gen with mentions of Cora/Nathaniel and Alice/Uncas
Categories: Angst, character introspection, different POV
Length: Short (1,995 words)
Warnings: Violence, major character death (suicide), period specific names used to refer to Native Americans

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: Author Profile @ AO3

Summary:
She can feel the wind whistling behind her. The gorge yawns below, lush forest and rocks and waterfall. Cora would call it beautiful. Alice sees only death.

Review:
Another angsty fic I enjoyed reading recently. I’ve long been a fan of the 1992 movie, Last of the Mohicans, and have always been fascinated by the character of Alice. She’s never a focus of the movie, but I’ve always felt she was probably the most changed of the two sisters by everything they witnessed and experienced. Cora always seemed stronger and the less sheltered of the two.

This piece gives us a beautiful and heartbreaking portrayal of Alice’s point of view, snippets from their childhood together, through to events pre movie and her observations and reactions to the events of the movie. The characterization is exactly in line with how I always pictured Alice. She is quiet, thoughtful, hesitant and content to go along with others, but in the end, just like in the movie, she finally makes her own choice, the ultimate choice over her own life and future. I enjoyed the writing style and the quiet, powerful way in which Alice makes her final decision.

Precipice

Rictus by Sequitur (PG-13)

  • Sep. 30th, 2012 at 10:02 AM
Here's my rec to close out mystery/case file week here at Epic Recs!

Title: Rictus
Fandom: NCIS
Pairing: Gen
Categories: Mystery, case file, angst, pre-canon, backstory
Length: Epic (63,144 words)
Warnings: Violence, case deals with a killer targeting children, descriptions of crime scenes with children victims

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: Author’s profile @FFN

Special thanks to [livejournal.com profile] epona34 for letting me rec in her normal sandbox this week! :D

Summary:
How Tony Dinozzo started working for NCIS.

Review:
If you’re in the NCIS fandom you’ve no doubt read this story from the mid 2000’s. It is a terrific tale that takes a small piece of dialogue between Kate and Tony and expands on it in a completely plausible way explaining how Gibbs and Tony met and the circumstances that brought Tony to NCIS. Obviously this has since been Jossed, but I think it still stands the test of time.

The overall story is well written and the mystery keeps you wondering as it does Gibbs and Tony. I enjoyed the procedural part of this almost as much as the storyline itself because police work and investigations do take time, are frequently frustrating, and sometimes it’s knowing that all the pieces are there and just not being sure how they fit together.

The author has a great ear for dialogue, especially when it comes to Ducky, and the characterizations of Gibbs and Tony are layered and believable. The OC’s are incredibly strong and distinct and add much to the story.

If it’s been awhile since you’ve read this, I recommend giving it a re-read, it truly is just as good, even years later. And if you’ve never read this story? I’m a little envious of you and recommend you give it a shot because this is one of those stories that highlights the best of what fanfic is all about.

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