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09 September 2007 @ 03:11 am
Kevin by Justin Glasser [http://www.geocities.com/Paris/Lights/7752/kevin1.html]

"Kevin" was voted Most Carteresque in the 1998 Spooky Awards, and it's easy to see why. This story marks the return of Kevin Cryder, the young stigmatic from the third season's "Revelations." Near the end of the episode, Kevin told Scully that she would see him again, but the series never explored this promise. Fortunately for fandom, Justin Glasser covers for Christ Carter's oversight in a most spectacular fashion, with a well-paced story that feels just like a lost episode.
 
 
20 August 2007 @ 03:05 am
The Use of Maps (The Without Boundaries Remix) by darkstar [http://www.unfitforsociety.net/remix03/useofmaps.htm]

"The Use of Maps" is Mulder before, during, and after Scully's death. It's a senseless, accidental death, the kind that's so real and so tragic, and so often overlooked in fic. What makes the fic stand out, however, isn't its premise, but its execution. Darkstar writes Mulder's shock and grief in a way that serves to underscore the pointlessness of Scully's death. Mulder remembers how, when he heard the news, his first thought was, "But I ordered her wontons and vegetarian eggrolls," and he remembers how their last conversations were about Hollywood and Chinese food. The absurdity of these things, their lack of relation to the bigger picture -- Scully is gone and she's not coming back -- echo the way Scully's death had nothing to do with her life, with the quest for the truth that she and Mulder shared.
 
 
15 May 2007 @ 04:11 am
Walking Wounded by Ignaz Wisdom [http://ignazwisdom.livejournal.com/22263.html] (M*A*S*H)

"Walking Wounded" is a wonderful Margaret piece that may seem very familiar to some readers. In this story, Margaret turns to Hawkeye when she believes she is pregnant. The same plot appeared in a sixth season episode, but the beauty of fanfiction is that it can explore possibilities that canon could or did not. "Walking Wounded" isn't an alternate ending, however -- it's an entirely new story, and Ignaz Wisdom does a beautiful job telling it.
 
 
07 January 2007 @ 03:32 am
Cut and Restored by Malograntum Vitiorum [http://very-improbable.livejournal.com/21309.html] (M*A*S*H)

The most remarkable thing about "Cut and Restored" is Malograntum Vitiorum's spot-on Hawkeye voice. The author nails Hawkeye's verbose rants and quirky humor in a way I've never seen outside the television series itself, and I've been reading M*A*S*H fic for about ten years. The story is told through the eyes of a young writer, a point of view which always carries the danger of having the original character overpower the rest of the story. Malograntum Vitiorum manages to avoid that potential pitfall, and the point of view becomes the perfect filter for enhancing Hawkeye's voice.
 
 
15 August 2006 @ 03:56 am
How to Fake an Orgasm by Punk and Sab [http://home.early.com/~salmone/howtofake.txt] (The X-Files)

If Punk and Sab's "How to Fake an Orgasm" were a book, it would have a neon cover and be sitting on a Barnes & Noble display table with stacks of chick lit. It's a sweet, fun read, with enough plot to keep it from up and drifting away without drawing the focus away from Mulder's relationships with Sue and Scully. What I enjoyed most about this story was how easily recognizable Mulder and Scully's relationship remained despite Mulder's romantic involvement with Sue, who is believable and likable as Mulder's love interest. Scully's slight jealousy isn't angst-filled and over-the-top; it's perfectly-written twinges and pangs that lead to the banter and flirting Mulder and Scully are known for.
 
 
 
17 March 2006 @ 02:22 am
Ripening by Djinn [http://www.djinnslair.com/Ripening.htm] (Star Trek: Voyager)

The best thing about "Ripening" is Djinn's characterization of Chakotay. In this post-Endgame fic,Chakotay is not pining for Janeway, waiting to jump into her arms at her say-so. He is guarded and suspicious, much more the Maquis rebel from the very first episodes than the Starfleet yes-man he became for much of the series. It's a characterization that there isn't nearly enough of in Janeway/Chakotay fanfiction.
 
 
20 February 2006 @ 10:32 pm

Silence by rvanv [http://community.livejournal.com/wranglers/297649.html] (Brokeback Mountain)


If Ennis' vision about Jack's death wasn't sad enough, this fic should take care of that for you. In his final moments, Jack remembers Lureen and Bobby and, most of all, Ennis. "Silence" is beautifully, heartbreakingly real and in character, no matter which theory you believe about Jack's death.

 
 
06 February 2006 @ 08:52 pm
The Very Secret Diary of Ennis Del Mar by Lostiawen [http://community.livejournal.com/brokebackslash/61332.html] (Brokeback Mountain)

I have a definite weakness for parodies, and "The Very Secret Diary of Ennis Del Mar" hits the spot. It's laugh-out-loud funny, and the short, choppy sentences of the diary entries really capture Ennis' way of speaking. Given the extremely silly circumstances, the characterization is spot-on.
 
 
03 January 2006 @ 03:20 am
Roaming Charges by morganya [http://www.livejournal.com/community/queereyeslash/72963.html] (Queer Eye RPF)

"Roaming Charges" is a story that must be read at least twice--the first time, to be wowed by it, and the second time, to understand why the fic works. Morganya jumps back and forth between Thom with clients and Thom with Carson, but she manages to keep the leaps graceful by unifying the story through the theme of "one-sided intimacy." The theme is sometimes quite obvious and other times quite subtle, hence the need for a second reading. The story never gets old, though, because morganya has included so many details that the reader can always discover something new.
 
 
29 December 2005 @ 01:58 am
Time by hello_woodrow [http://www.livejournal.com/community/queereyeslash/258078.html] (Queer Eye Real Person Fiction)

"Time" centers around Carson and, to a lesser degree, Thom, but it's hello_woodrow's characterization of Kyan that steals the show. His peacefulness creates an interesting counterpoint to Carson's almost frantic thought of "I need to remember this." The story itself needs to be remembered because it creates the sense of the type of perfect, average moment that is so often taken for granted.