[identity profile] rise-your-dead.livejournal.com
Day 17 - A short fic

Fandom Category: Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Pairing: Belle/Beast
Fic Title: Fur
Author: [livejournal.com profile] mahaliem
Link: http://oxoniensis.livejournal.com/394717.html?thread=21907677#t21907677
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17 (Porn Battle fic; includes rough sex and explicit sexual content)
Genre: Drama/Smut/Stream of Conscious
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: "Some nights I dream I'm back in the cupboard". This manages to be erotic, claustrophobic, and pulse-pounding in so short a time, and focuses on Belle's emotions after marriage, after they've all been transformed back, and how it relates to her attitude toward the marriage bed. Written for Porn Battle several years ago, this still sticks with me as being impactful and erotic, all in under 300 words.

Plus More in A Mighty Wind, The African Queen, Adventures of Brisco County Jr., The Little Mermaid, Burn Notice, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Hairspray, Evil Dead Series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Venture Brothers, The Secret Garden, The Addams Family (Movies), Moonlighting and Caroline in the City )
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* Day 01 - A fic for your current favorite ship.

Fandom Category: Doctor Who
Pairing: River Song/The Doctor
Fic Title: Timeless Dreams
Author: musedepandora AKA cinderbella333
Link: http://www.whofic.com/viewstory.php?sid=40274 or http://cinderbella333.livejournal.com/60680.html
Rating/Warning(s): All Ages, None
Genre: Alternate Universe, Romance
WIP?: No
Why This Must Be Read:
Summary: "Every story is his story." A retelling of the Doctor and River Song's romance with magic and iPads.

A dreamy, magical AU that wonderfully shows the epic, mythical nature of Doctor/River. Terrific writing.

Days 2-12 and 14-31 )
[identity profile] caitriona-3.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Crossovers (Stargate: Atlantis, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Stargate SG1, Supernatural, Multiple
Pairing: Various (Buffy Summers/John Sheppard, Dawn Summers/Ronon Dex, Buffy Summers/Angel [plus Willow Rosenberg/Bobby Goren], Buffy Summers/Jon O'Neill [plus Willow Rosenberg/Xander Harris], Buffy Summers/Jack O'Neill [plus Willow Rosenberg/Teal'c, Samantha Carter/Xander Harris, & Faith Lehayne/Daniel Jackson], Buffy Summers/John Winchester, Joyce Summers/OMC)
Fandom #: 3
Special Recs: 9-15

Pairing: Buffy Summers/John Sheppard
Fic Title: Daddy Can Fix Anything
Author: polgara-5
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3905536/1/
Rating/Warning(s): K/G
Genre: Fluff/Family/Humor
WIP?: No

Special Rec #: 9

Why This Must Be Read: This is an adorable bit of fluff. Buffy gets to overhear a sweet moment between father and daughter. It gives you a look into a happy family with everyday troubles...even if mom and dad are heroes on the side.

Keys to Pegasus )

My Daughter...the What? )

Crucible of Champions )

Vegas Baby )

Dawn Winchester? )

Stranger at the Gate )
[identity profile] stars-inthe-sky.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Pairing: background Buffy Summers/Angel, one-sided Buffy Summers/Xander Harris
Fic Title: Spring Break, Sidekick Style
Author: Perri Smith
Link: http://www.neon-hummingbird.com/suns/fanfic/perri/sbsidekick.html
Rating/Warning(s): None
Genre: Casefic, humor
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read:  Okay, it may be cheating to call this a het rec, but I've posted just about everything else in my Buffyverse repertoire to this community already, and I really wanted to contribute to this challenge. In this oldie-but-goodie, Xander and Angel fight very tiny but loud demon-types while the Slayer (and Willow and Giles) are out of town. Perri Smith treats both characters--and their feelings for Buffy--with respect. They may never really like one another, but you can see why they did both make good sidekicks for Buffy, and how they might have connected, however reluctantly--and not just regarding their shared affection for the Chosen One.

Mods, there's not a Buffy/Xander tag, but I don't knoe that there's really the fic for it anyway.
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[personal profile] anr
Fandom: Buffy: The Vampire Slayer
Pairing: Buffy Summers/Spike
Fic Title: Love is Blind
Author: Avalon
Link: http://www.allaboutspike.com/fic.html?id=48
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17
Genre: Romance
Special Rec: 41/100

Why This Must Be Read: Remember those days in season five, when Spike was realising he may feel more about Buffy than just a desire to kill her, and Buffy was still totally blind to any possibility that she might feel the same? Well, this story takes that time period and puts a more literal spin on things. The characterisations and dialogue in Love is Blind ring so honestly true, you'll think you could be watching an actual episode from the show.

Back Porch by penny_lane_42 (PG) )

Dancing About Architecture by voleuse (PG) )

Exit, Stage Left by Sandra (R) )

The Last Summer by Annie Sewell-Jennings (NC-17) )
[identity profile] blithers.livejournal.com
Well, today is my last day as your special reccer. I had a great time doing this, and I hope you've enjoyed it as well! Since I get a bonus leap-year day to rec this month (and, to quote 30 Rock, nothing that happens on leap day counts!), I thought I'd do something a little different today and recommend some of my favorite crossover stories.

'The Ivory Horn' by kaydeefalls - His Dark Materials/Chronicles of Narnia )

'Smash It (Zombies and Time Lords Remix)' by golden_orange - Spaced/Doctor Who )

'A How-To Guide to Love and Marriage, for People Who Hate Both' by boombangbing - Big Bang Theory/Wizards of Waverly Place )

'What Happens on Vega$ Stays on Vega$' by yahtzee - Moonlighting/Lost/Firefly/Harry Potter )

'Shirley the Vampire Slayer' by htbthomas - Community/Buffy the Vampire Slayer )

'Go and Catch a Falling Star' by hollimichele - Lord Peter Wimsey/Doctor Who )
[identity profile] evil-little-dog.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel: The Series
Pairing: Angelus/Darla, Spike/Drusilla
Fic Title: Red as Any Blood
Author: D. M. Evans
Link: Here
Rating/Warning(s): Listed as "Mature", but it seems more like Teen/R to me.
Genre: (Twisted) Holiday fic, horror, humor

Why This Must Be Read: D. M. Evans writes the Fanged Four at the Christmas holidays, doing what normal people might do - you know, caroling, visiting houses, eating the people inside. This is more a horromedy than anything, with all the trappings of Victoriana lurking in the background.

Snippet! )

Fandom Category: Fullmetal Alchemist
Pairing: Edward Elric/Winry Rockbell, Maes Hughes/Gracia Hughes, Roy Mustang/Riza Hawkeye
Fic Title: Love is a Battlefield
Author: D. M. Evans
Link: here
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
Genre: Romance

Why This Must Be Read: First, this is a chapter fic, and while the plot is pretty much a trope in FMA fandom, D. M. Evans was one of the first writers of this particular trope. Fuhrer King Bradley is holding the traditional midwinter ball to celebrate the season, and Winry has been asked to help with creating the rotating ballroom floor. Edward, as a major in the military, has been ordered to attend the ball, with a date, and Winry decides to teach him a lesson when he's slow to ask her.

This is a cute story, with a lot of humor, some sexual themes, and a lot of Edward/Winry and Ed+Winry+Al interaction. This is usually my go-to story for reading when I'm feeling blue, no matter what time of the year.

Snippet! )
[identity profile] sandystarr88.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Buffy the Vampire Slayer / Supernatural
Pairing: Buffy Summers/John Winchester
Fic Title: I Lost Two Cities, Lovely Ones
Author: [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com]
Link: http://ishieland.livejournal.com/8546.html
Rating/Warning(s): R / sex
Genre: Crossover, Angst
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 27/30

Why This Must Be Read: With great characterizations, and storytelling, this author just makes this pairing work. John serves as a wonderful narrator and both he and Buffy's voices are spot on. [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com] has done a great job here as always.

Excerpt )
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[personal profile] ruuger
Fandom Category: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Pairing: Buffy Summers/Spike
Fic Title: The Worst Journey in the World
Author: [livejournal.com profile] shapinglight (Glassdarkly)
Link: http://distortingmirrors.notanothersite.com/theworstjourneyintheworld.html (whole story)
http://plot-wout-porn.livejournal.com/6644.html (chaptered)
Rating/Warning(s): R for violence and swearing
Genre: Adventure
WIP?: complete

Why This Must Be Read: [livejournal.com profile] shapinglight is better known for her slash and kink fic, but she has also written many long and plotty Spike/Buffy fics and this is my favourite of them. She writes, IMO, the best Buffy in fandom - strong yet flawed, but most importantly a hero - and is a rare writer who seems to live both Buffy and Spike equally.

In this story, set five years after "Not fade Away" (no comics canon), Buffy and Spike set out on a dangerous journey across the frozen country to save the world together with the help of Wesley, and the result is 25 000+ words of good plotting and excellent characterization.
[identity profile] kerrykhat.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Supernatural
Pairing: Buffy Summers/Dean Winchester
Fic Title: Mr. and Mrs. Winchester
Author: akat
Link: http://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-20504/akat+Mr+Mrs+Winchester.htm
Rating/Warning(s): FR15; non-explicit sex; violence; language
Genre: Romance and action/adventure with a dash of angst
WIP?: yes

Why This Must Be Read: Akat takes what could be a tired plot device (the adaptation fic) and creates a wonderful, engaging verse based on the movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith, only with Dean Winchester and Buffy Summers as the married couple with too many secrets between them. Drawing upon canon, akat keeps everybody in character while exploring the issues of a marriage based on secrets, betrayal, and that pesky thing called destiny. Akat puts her own unique twist on the events of the movie, including the famous tango scene. Even for people not into crossovers, I can't recommend this fic enough.
[identity profile] profshallowness.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Pairing: Anya Jenkins/Rupert Giles (various other secondary pairings)
Fic Title: Investigations and Acquisitions (series/verse)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] ljs
Link: The original Investigations and Acquisitions series is here. Fill-ins and sequels can be found here (I’ve attempted to list the stories chronologically at my journal here. (ETA: all the links should now be working.)
Rating/Warning(s): Each story is labelled. Varies from about what you’d see on the show (teen?) to adult.
Genre: Romance, drama, mystery, supernatural, family, adventure, spies, ghost stories, AU, crossover, established relationship...
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: Because any Anya/Giles written by Lori is a treat. The Investigations and Acquisitions 'verse is a richly imagined spin-off ‘verse, where some of season 7 of Buffy happens slightly differently so that Giles and Anya find each other and leave California for England and a new life. Their relationship is the central strand, and this is a great established relationship series, looking at how they deal with their pasts together and all manner of dangerous cases, not to mention the family they end up creating. There's a crossover strand with Spooks, and it will help if you've seen episodes 1.4 and 1.5 and have some idea of what happened to main characters in the next few seasons. Having said that, one fic has a crossover with Doctor Who, which I don't watch, but enjoyed anyway. The writing is uniformly excellent and gorgeous. The author has a great grasp of who the characters are – Anya and Giles, of course, but also various familiar faces and original characters. Particularly with the original series (I&A), you’ll want to know what happens next and every instalment adds a rich new layer.
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[personal profile] anr
Fandoms: Buffy: The Vampire Slayer/Angel: The Series
Character: Cordelia Chase
Pairings Included in Manifesto: Angel/Cordelia

Cordelia Chase )

12 Angel/Cordelia recs )
[identity profile] stars-inthe-sky.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Pairing: Anya Jenkins / Xander Harris
Fic Title: Sacrificial Stone
Author[livejournal.com profile] romanticalgirl 
Rating/Warning(s): PG
Genre: Romance, character study
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: A short little snip of a missing moment from in between Seasons 4 and 5.  The author does a beautiful job of capturing the dynamic that makes these two crazy kids work together, while keeping the always-hard-to-pin-down Anya tidily in character.  Add in a few pop culture references and the wistful wonderings that are so very Xander, and you've got a must-read fic.
[identity profile] sandystarr88.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Pairing: Drusilla/Spike
Fic Title: O, Little Breath of Oblivion
Author: [livejournal.com profile] deadsoul820
Link: http://deadsoul820.livejournal.com/41230.html
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17 / sex, minor character death, violence, blood
Genre: Romance, Historical, Horror
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: Because it's Spike and Drusilla, and they're passionate, crazy, evil; and so very much in love. The images of this piece are so vivid, with the clothes, the people, the music; the entire atmosphere just invokes the 1920s. It's the perfect mix of romance and horror, and with this couple I wouldn't expect anything less.

He cherished her imperfections, of body, as well as mind. They were the things that made her unique and real and touchable and his.
[identity profile] kyra-gm.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Pairing: Buffy Summers/Spike
Fic Title: Love And Blackmail
Author: http://penny-lane-42.livejournal.com/
Link: http://penny-lane-42.livejournal.com/71666.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Genre: Humor, Romance
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 17 of 31

Why This Must Be Read: 
What a beautiful beautiful story. The author is amazing, anything she writes, she nails it. But this story in particular is so cute and funny and a little angsty and terrific. It's post "Not Fade Away" and Dawn plays matchmaker with a little help. Sweet and wonderful!
[identity profile] stars-inthe-sky.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Pairing: Jenny Calendar / Rupert Giles
Fic Title: Distractions
Author: [livejournal.com profile] dollsome 
Link: http://dollsome.livejournal.com/655323.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG, if even
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: Re-watch the early interactions between Giles and Jenny Calendar (up to "Dark Age") and you'll see what I mean when I say this should be your canon.  [livejournal.com profile] dollsome nails vintage Giles, from his vague resentment at dealing with high school students who are not the Slayer to his general distrust of / disdain for all things electronic.  Jenny's voice, too, is just as it should be--overly friendly but not over-sharing, honest and blunt.  Moments like these become all the more precious when you remember that this was really the first ship wherein we witnessed one of Joss Whedon's better-known proclivities.

Special Rec: 14/35
[identity profile] stars-inthe-sky.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Pairing: Anya Jenkins / Xander Harris
Fic Title: Seven Habits of Highly Effective Sex Poodles
Authors: Doyle
Link: http://www.yuletidetreasure.org/archive/0/sevenhabits.html
Rating/Warning(s): More implied than explicit, but there are some pretty kinky things implied.
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: Like Anya in all of her uncensored, sex-addict glory?  Like Xander gettin' some and still being a little hapless?  Like fics that feel like scenes deleted from canon?  Read this.  (Set after S4.)

Special Rec: 5/35
[identity profile] stars-inthe-sky.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Buffy the Vampire Slayer / Angel: The Series
Pairing: Cordelia Chase / Xander Harris
Fic Title: Echo
Authors: Vatrixsta
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/25701
Rating/Warning(s):Unrated by author, but PGish
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: Another entry into the canon-Xander-pairings file. Cordelia/Xander was a delightfully unlikely pairing and (unlike most from either series) exist pretty much outside of the supernatural world. Instead, the pairing plays strongly on the high school themes in which "Buffy" was rooted, and it does so with wit, a heap of chemistry, and a strong dose of emotions that anyone who's survived high school can relate to.

Vatrixsta's fics are always worthwhile in my experience, but in this one, she really shows where and how Cordelia and Xander shine together--the clever little barbs, the emotional confusion and raging hormones, and the underlying sense that they could've really been something if Angel hadn't needed a sidekick in L.A. I always wished that the older and wise Cordy and Xander we knew in the last seasons of "Angel" and "Buffy" had had the chance to meet again--and here, we get a taste of that.

Special Rec: 4/35
[identity profile] stars-inthe-sky.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Pairing: Anya Jenkins / Xander Harris
Fic Title: No Simple Highway
Authors: Thistlerose
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/113722
Rating/Warning(s): Teen and Up
Genre: One-shot, angst
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: Poor Xander. Fandom doesn't really give a lot of love to the Anya/Xander ship, even though they were together for almost three seasons.  They were even engaged at one point, and yet I'm pretty sure I see "Spander" fics way more often than this canon pair.  Thus, it's nice to see a fic like this, which gives due respect to their relationship and keeps both totally in character (as well as those around them).  It's also wonderfully consistent to see Xander's own treatment of that relationship--losing her isn't the total pit of devastation that Buffy's loss of Angel at the end of S2 or Willow's of Tara at the end of S6, but he did love her, and he does have some grieving to do.

Special Rec: 3/35
[identity profile] seren-ccd.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Buffy: the Vampire Slayer
Pairing: Tara Maclay/Spike
Fic Title: Ogden Nash Blues
Author: Anne Hedonia, author’s own site
Link: http://anne-hedonia.com/wordpress/buffy/ogden-nash-blues/
Rating/Warning(s): R, language, sexual situations
Genre: Humour, romance
WIP?: No - one-shot
Special rec: 21/31
Author’s Summary: Spike has a gambling problem. It’s not what you think.

Why This Must Be Read: This is a Tara and Spike romance. With kittens. Need I say more? It’s funny, clever and really very believable. I adored Tara and always enjoy fics that draw on her inner strength and intelligence. Spike is just wonderful.


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