I have had this fic in my enormous 'toread' pile for a while now, but then [livejournal.com profile] thelastgoodname put it at the top of her monster rec (3 posts worth of recs!) and I decided to break down and give up some hours to fic. And holy fucking WOW!

The Devil's Gate by [livejournal.com profile] hesychasm is a BTVS/SPN crossover and it's Faith/Jo, NC-17. This is a SPECTACULAR fic that reads more like a novella of a Faith the Vampire Slayer episode. I have to confess that I've never watched Supernatural (sorry, two guys saving the supernatural day is so not my kink) so I can't weigh in on Jo's characterization at all, but she read absolutely true throughout the fic. It's told from Jo's point of view and has everything from an absolutely stunning story involving her dead father and her quest to redeem him to the ultimate/inevitable meetup with Faith and a host of baby slayers to incredible and evocative writing. This is intricately plotted and incorporates all of your favs from the Jossverse -- Angel, Buffy, Andrew and Willow -- and [livejournal.com profile] hesychasm's descriptions of the spells involved is, well, freakin' magic. Also, hot sex. And did I mention Faith? [livejournal.com profile] hesychasm's Faith is the dark, complex Faith from Angel and earlier seasons of BTVS, not the whitewashed Faith from S7. The Faith I love and [livejournal.com profile] hesychasm's use of such a limited POV lets Faith keep her secrets. Go. Read. Leave the love.
[livejournal.com profile] cadence_k just posted the master list of Kennedy slash on [livejournal.com profile] femslash_minis. I haven't had a chance to read all of them yet, because I am not really on the internets. I am, in fact, writing a paper. I am not on the internets! For serious.

But you should go read them and I will enjoy the slashtacticness through you.

Oh! Wait, I did read [livejournal.com profile] thelastgoodname's Kennedy/Dawn, which rocked like a very rocking thing and blew my mind with the many-layered metagoodness, but I was saving the r3c for a moment when I actually had my brain back. Guess I blew that to hell didn't I? :)

Go. Read. Leave the love. Or make the love. Or both.

also, GIP! because I so want to see this movie instead of writing a paper.

eta - hint, hint. the 'current music' selection is linkable and downloadable. 'cause I have nothing better to do.

Jossverse

Feb. 11th, 2006 09:04 pm
And while we're on the subject of re-recs and [livejournal.com profile] liz_estrada I thought I'd bring back one of my favorite fics. Because it was buried under a ton of other recs.

The Way, Way Back by [livejournal.com profile] liz_estrada, Faith/Kate, R is one of my favorite characterizations of Faith. Ever. Dark, fucked-up beauty full of hurt and hope as she tries like hell (and usually fails) to redeem herself. This is also a flat-out fantastic story with plot and villains to rival anything Mutant Enemy ever dreamed up. Seriously, this story is so tightly plotted, you can't see daylight behind it if you hold it up to the light. And the romance sneaks up on you (and Faith) as Faith works with the detective to make things right. There's no storybook happy ending here, but it's the absolutely right ending. For Faith.
Theory of a Girl (gen Faith) and its brilliant Faith/Buffy sequel, Theurgy by Jintian, aka [livejournal.com profile] hesychasm. NC-17 for violence, language, and teh GOGA.

The writing is incredibly tight and just jaw-droppingly gorgeous. It's so rare to find a story (pro or fanfic) in which everything comes together: writing, story, characterization -- and Jintian manages the impossible. A beautifully-written, brilliant story with absolutely perfect characterization.

I rediscovered these recently and reread them last night and they are as brilliant as I remember. If possible, even more so. And as dark. This is the real Faith so there are no happing endings and nothing is ever easy. Jintian just fucking owns the dark slayer and this has to be one of my favorite characterizations ever. And Faith is one difficult character to get right. Especially since she's one of my favorite characters Of.All.Time. and I'm very protective of her. My Faith (which also happens to be Jintian's Faith) is complex, fierce, and just fucking stubborn as hell, yet so many writers write the black and white version of her. Either slutty/evil!Faith or angelicredemption!Faith. This is the full-color version with the darks drawn in especially deep black.

And most surprising, Jintian's Buffy is exactly the S6 Buffy I wanted so desperately to see. Fucked up, self-righteous, and bleeding internally and just...dayum. This is a true tour de force and I can't recommend it enough. Apparently. I could sit here gushing all day, but you should really be reading it.
because I just can't help myself...
these fics are Jennifer Oksana (aka [livejournal.com profile] jennyo)'s work, so you know they're going to be good...for completely different reasons.

I've been told that I need to be more, um, critical. I disagree for the most part (this is my fun, people!), but I'll try to not be so fangirlish in my summaries. These are recs though, so if they're here, you know I think they're good enough to recommend. Or, at the very least, hot enough.

Reluctant the Vampire Slayer, PG-13 isn't exactly femslashy although there's some Fred/OtherF (no smut) and suggested Lilah/Faith. No, this is a rare treat: a Jennyo piece that's long and has *gasp* lots of plot. And Lilah! and no Buffy! Post S7 BTVS, all the slayers have been called including a surprise guest, but someone's collecting a few of them for themselves. Whatever will our heroes (and antiheroes) do?

Jennyo can fucking write, people. Her characterization and dialogue is so incredibly right it makes me remember why I loved these shows. Like the best of your favorite BTVS episodes without those pesky network censors. And a great original character/love interest for Fred. Jennyo's prose is spare, her style is exactly the way I like it: clean, incredibly efficient, with all of the wordlove necessary to satisfy a litgeek like myself. She's one of those writers who take fic to an entirely different level. Her fic has it all, impeccable characterization, hotness, style and with a flair for original popculture turns of phrase that will make you laugh your ass off or at least grind your teeth in a jealous rage.

And to make up for the lack of smut, another jennyo fic, pure Dawn/Faith PWP and completely NC-17 with a vengeance. Since U Been Gone GAH! what is it about this pairing that makes for some of the hottest fic?! It's wonderful cracktastic wrongness perhaps?
[livejournal.com profile] fox1013's Things to Know While Living in Sunnydale is today's fabulousness. NC-17 (BTVS, Dawn/Faith/Amanda). Yes, there's a warning for "underaged lesbian threesome sex " everyone should take into consideration if that sort of thing squicks.

Absolutely perfect Dawn characterization in this fic, plus Faith and the hothothotness. Also, brilliant, LOL passages like this:

She's not the Slayer, not the Watcher, not the anything. Just the key. She's beyond pointless. Dawn is, like, the wardrobe that the lion and the witch had to walk through. And now Glory's in Narnia, or whereever the hell she went after Giles killed Ben- Hell probably being the operative word- and she's just a stupid container for clothes.

Clothes that none of the other girls give back.


The other girls being the annoying SITs, of course. Did I mention fox has rebelliousteen!Dawn down?!

3030 words of PWP cracktasticness.

rec

May. 18th, 2005 11:59 pm
[livejournal.com profile] thelastgoodname got me started reading Queen Zulu's fic and I'm completely floored by her writing, especially Less Than Real (BTVS, Dawn/Faith). It's just brilliant. Brilliant!

"When Dawn was real, she invited Faith into her life the very first time they met." and that's just the first sentence, people! Go! Read!

disclosure

May. 16th, 2005 11:51 pm
These are the fanfic things I've written:

Tempus Fugit (S4) which is BTVS, Willow/Tara set sometime in S4 and is mainly to provide an alternate backstory for the monstrous fic (200+ pages) Tempus Fugit (S7). S7 Tempus Fugit is W/T, but with the full cast including the hotness and badness of Faith. It's very plot heavy with lots of action and the tone (hopefully) of S6. It starts at the end of S6 is an AU from that point on.

These fics and an unfinished sequel are also archived on Mystic Muse

No, I'm not a BTVS fundamentalist or an exclusively W/T shipper (just check out the recs), in fact, the first fic I ever wrote was a twisted Faith/Vamp!Willow thing that was never allowed outside my hard drive. When it comes to girlslash, what can I say? If it's good, I'm easy.

Just so you know what you're dealing with...

/end disclosure

daily rec

May. 14th, 2005 02:18 pm
hopefully, I'm back on schedule with daily rec's.

Today it's an oddball that I <3 to pieces. It's dish/spoon by [livejournal.com profile] keladryb on the [livejournal.com profile] anthropomor_fic community. It's short and as hot as a drabble about a dish and spoon lusting after each other can be. *facepalm*

For something more substantial check out Liz Estrada's Keepsake It's an X-Files crossover with Cornwell's novels - Scully/Lucy Farinelli. Because two supersexy genius crimefighters should meet and share snark and other hothotthings. Liz Estrada also wrote one of my fav Faith fics ([livejournal.com profile] thelastgoodname rec's this too so you know it's good), The Way, Way Back - (BTVS, Faith/Kate). It has even inspired its own fanficsequel and made me daydream about possible spinoffs although mine tend to involve crossover with L&O/Serena Southerlyn. Faith is one of those incredibly complex characters so difficult to get just right and Liz Estrada is just masterful with the dark slayer.

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