Holla Back

May. 8th, 2005 01:57 pm
I figure it's about time I give something back to femslash, so here it is, the first of several installments.

Novel length

Terra Firma by Tulipp. BTVS, Willow/Tara -- Tulipp can write people! A Tara resurrection story. Tara returns to Sunnydale and it's up to the Scoobies to figure out how and why. Beautifully done. Julie/Tulipp was the writer who made me go, "holy shit, you can do that with fanfiction?!?" It's that good.

Campus by Anik LeChev. über 7/Janeaway. Set in the cutthroat, high octane world of...academia. Actually, it's so über, it's..definitely a different universe entirely. I've never even watched Voyager, but this came highly recommended and it's worth it. It's a fascinating story by someone who obviously knows their way around universities, not to mention the English language. A cast of well-drawn original characters rounds out a truly amazing piece of fic. Ms. LeChev is also responsible for Game's End(J/7) a really remarkable answer to End Game, the final ep of Voyager. Characterization is just pitch perfect.

Cooking on High by Creme Brulee is Xena uber. Again, not my fandom, but god this is funny and complex and hot. Set in the cutthroat, backstabbing world of...haute cuisine. Xena (French) is a crazy chef with a checkered past and Gabrielle is the hapless waitress who complicates everything.

novella
Monique Bartok is one of my new favorites. Sere Nere (L&O/SVU Alex/Olivia) is a realistic and haunting look at what might have happened if Alex had returned to NYC. Realistic because they don't just fall into each other's arms and make nice. It's awkward and uncomfortable and lovely. Also, Crash and Yearn (CSI Catherine/Sarah) takes one of my least favorite shows and pairings and does something remarkable with it. Mad props to Ms. Bartok.

Fluff

Third Time's the Charm by Jennifer Oksana. BTVS/Angel, Willow/Fred. Ms. O can write sweetness too. And damn her dialogue's good!

The Unbearable Weirdness of Being by klynkey. (Gilmore Girls, Paris/Rory). Spot on characterization and LOL funny/cute because how could it not be?


PWP
Final Exam (links to Lesbo Street Cred, tommo's site) by Tommo. BTVS, W/T. It's enormous, but every chapter is essentially a PWP based loosely around a different S3 ep. The premise: Tara comes to Sunnydale High and meets Willow. A smut classic in the W/T ship. But don't just read it for the smut, Tommo's characterization and writing is truly inspired and her sense of humor will have you howling out loud. Her take on Gingerbread (Cookie Monsters in the Final Exam[verse) is just laugh out loud stuff, but with a bittersweet twist. Willow is burned at the stake because she's gay, not because of witchcraft. The only drawback, they're only available as .doc downloads. Well worth it though.

Pseudoscience by Jennifer Oksana the master of PWP. BTVSxAngel, Willow/Fred. Jennifer O is one wonderfully sick girl and she can write like an angel. It doesn't hurt that I really like the W/F pairing and she just nails the characterization. Also, if you're into het or slash, Ms. O has tons of it on her site.

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