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Poster:terimaru
Date:2005-10-24 07:49
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Criminal Tendencies

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Poster:terimaru
Date:2005-10-24 07:35
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Criminal Tendencies

By:  HawkMoth

Fandom:  Firefly

Genre:  Gen

Characters:  Simon Tam

Rating:  G

Synopsis:  Who, or what, is Simon Tam?

Review:  Good little reflection piece on Serenity's medic.

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Poster:alyse
Date:2004-09-04 11:37
Subject:Distraction by dferveiro
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Distraction
By:
dferveiro

Fandom: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Genre: Gen, case, angst
Characters: Nick Stokes
Rating: PG-13

Synopsis: Set post-Stalker, this is an interesting twist on what could have happened if Warrick had continued to search Nigel Crane's house before hurrying to Nick. What would have happened if Nigel Crane had reached Nick first?

Review: Tightly plotted, consistent characterisation and Nickcentric. What's not to love about this fic? There's Nick bashing galore, but it's never gratuitous and Nick is never reduced to just a victim. Even Nigel comes out as being slightly sympathetic. The case holds together nicely, with some interesting twists, even if some of them can be anticipated if you're reading closely, but overall a very satisfying Nick read.

And to think that I found it on ff.net. Sometimes it is worth venturing into the Pit of Voles, especially where this fandom is concerned, given the lack of anything approaching a central archive until very, very recently ::cough::

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Poster:alyse
Date:2004-07-27 18:23
Subject:Palmistry by Wintertime
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Palmistry
by:
Wintertime

Fandom: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Genre: Angst
Characters: Nick Stokes, Catherine Willows
Pairing: Hints of Nick/Catherine
Rating: PG

Synopsis: "She's saving him. She's always there to save him at the last minute."

Review: Wow. How much do I love this? It's dark and twisted, and the way that Wintertime paints Nick is full of despair but still beautiful. It's an interesting twist, but handled so, so well. You can extrapolate Nick's character in this from the show, if he wasn't quite so resilient as he is (or if the writers had a better grasp of continuity), as he spirals downwards. The language used is beautiful, with lovely little insights that speak of Nick's descent into darkness, and yet it never becomes melodramatic or less than believable.

It's primarily a Nick fic, with a side order of Catherine, so even if you're not a fan of Nick and Catherine together, it's still worth a read. In fact, it's definitely a must read for anyone who likes their stories with more than a side order of bittersweet.

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Poster:alyse
Date:2004-06-04 22:28
Subject:Birdsong by Sophia Prester
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Birdsong
By:
Sophia Prester

Fandom: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Genre: Gen
Characters: Grissom, Sara, Nick
Rating: PG

Synopsis: One day, maybe he'd find the words to explain himself in a way that would make sense not just to him but to Sara as well

Grissom muses on the reasons he recommended Nick rather than Sara for the promotion to Lead CSI. Spoilers for Season 4.

Review: At last a gen fic that recognises Nick's strengths, and at last a fic with Grissom and Sara undertones that doesn't make the recommendation of Nick all about Sara. You have no idea how desperate I have been for a story along these lines.

I love way that the author approaches this thorny issue, capturing Grissom's inability to say what needs to be said and Sara's inability to let go and move on, while Nick does what Nick does best - gets on with doing his job in spite of everything going on and in spite of Grissom's kneejerk irritation. The story has its weaknesses - for example the prose is slightly clunky in places and there's some unnecessary repetition of ideas - but Grissom's unreasonable irritation at Nick simply doing his job, because the irritation has nothing to do with Nick, is in keeping with canon and yet rarely explored in fic, and the last couple of sentences perfectly sum up the whole messy situation. Those alone make the story worth a read.

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Poster:alyse
Date:2004-06-04 21:16
Subject:Living Among the Breakage by Demon Faith
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Living Among the Breakage
By:
Demon Faith

Fandom: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Genre: Slash
Pairing: Nick/Greg
Rating: PG13

Synopsis: Nick, through four major scenes in his life. Contains spoilers for Overload, Who Are You?, Stalker and Play with Fire.

Review: This was absolutely heartbreaking, but in such a good way. So often Nick and Greg fic seems to focus on Nick's issues being around being with a man instead of rooted in his experiences, but this was a wonderful examination of the alternatives and reduced me to tears.

Nick's characterisation is believably extrapolated from the show, touching on the insecurity that George Eads often brings to the character, and roots that trait in canon revelations. And yet Nick still shines through - still the good guy, still retaining enough compassion for others in spite of what he sees every day and in spite of the horrors he has lived through.

Go. Read.

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Poster:alyse
Date:2004-06-04 21:03
Subject:Soul Constitution by ShoSen
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Soul Constitution
By:
ShoSen

Fandom: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Genre: Slash
Pairing: Nick/Greg
Rating: PG

Synopsis: Short piece about the effect that working on the graveyard shift has on Nick and by extension, Greg.

Time stretched out, measured not in seconds but in bodies uncovered, tiny little skeletons in tiny little graves.

Review: Short and full of despair but no less wonderful for that.

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Poster:alyse
Date:2004-06-04 20:58
Subject:Bringing Rain by Rod
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Bringing Rain
By:
Rod

Fandom: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Genre: Slash
Pairing: Nick/Greg
Rating: R

Synopsis: Nick and Greg tackle a rather icky sealed room mystery. Casefic.

Review: Loved it. A meaty casefic intertwined with some relationship stuff, but the two blend perfectly. Both Nick and Greg are in character and the only problem is that I wanted more, like I'd been left hanging. The story could comfortably have gone on for several more chapters. Maybe I'm just greedy, but there is a dearth of good casefic in this fandom.

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Poster:alyse
Date:2004-06-04 19:12
Subject:Tumble Dry Low by Jane
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Tumble Dry Low
By:
Jane

Fandom: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Genre: Slash
Pairing: Nick/Greg
Rating: PG13

Synopsis: Scent triggers memory. This is not always a good thing.

Review: Very sweet, romantic introspective piece, from Greg's POV. Greg's voice is spot on as he muses on how the scents while doing laundry bring back the smell, and associated memories, of Nick. It doesn't make any great statements, but it made me smile.

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Poster:alyse
Date:2004-06-04 19:06
Subject:Of Un-being and Being by foggynite
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Of Un-being and Being
By:
foggynite

Fandom: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Genre: Slash
Pairing: Nick/Greg
Rating: NC-17

Synopsis: Greg likes the sound of his own voice. Short and sweet little plot, what plot?

Review:: I really enjoyed this one. It's exactly what it says on the box - a playful plot? what plot?. It's very hot and very sweet and the last line was a joy.

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Poster:alyse
Date:2004-06-04 19:01
Subject:This Apocalypse Ain't Kind by Lise
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This Apocalypse Ain't Kind
By:
Lise

Fandom: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Genre: Slash
Pairing: Nick/Greg
Rating: PG13

Synopsis: Outside, the world is burning, and Greg thinks he might be just a little in love.

Review: This story was written for the A Thousand Whispers: The CSI T.S. Eliot Challenge, and is set in a post apocalyptic nightmare. There is angst and drama aplenty, but it's handled very well by the author. The imagery is intense, the characterisation well balanced and the way the author cuts between the past and the present, showing how Nick and Greg get to where they are, is done extremely well. It successfully builds up the sense of claustrophobia, which is no mean feat when the present is set in the desert.

Definitely check this one out.

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Poster:munchkinott
Date:2004-05-29 11:38
Subject:Objects in Motion, by Alyse
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Objects in Motion
By
Alyse

Fandom: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Genre: Het/Slash
Pairing: Cath/Nick/Warrick
Rating: NC-17

Synopsis: "It's Warrick who gets to possess Nick in a way that she never could, but it's Nick she wants to possess."

Review: I have literally, just-this-second finished reading this story and might not recover for a good few days. This one's a goodie and no mistaking it. The author, Alyse, has a fantastic handle on word play. Her stories aren't so much visceral scenes of love and lust but stunning dances between the two. This really is writing at it's best, there are novelists who'll be crying on their publishers' shoulders that they could write like this.

It's not the fact the author has her characterisations of Catherine, Warrick and Nick so vividly spot on that you'd believe this was a missing scene from the series (the 1/4 episode left on the cutting room floor), or that this is certainly the finest threesome fan fic I've ever read that makes this story so good. It's the dreamlike quality of the narrative, the words flow through your mind like expensive chocolate sauce. It's quality to the core and sweet to the last drop without making you sick.

Just staggeringly beautiful. It'll leave you reeling.

If you're a fan of CSI - whatever your fic genre preference - you'll love this story. If you're not, read it anyway - it'll make you a fan.

ETA: Link to story edited 20/06/04.

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Poster:alyse
Date:2004-03-20 20:33
Subject:Introduction to Management by Wintertime
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Introduction to Management
By:
Wintertime

Fandom: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Genre: Gen, team
Rating: PG

Synopsis: Grissom's people skills on display.

Review: Some wonderful little slices of CSI life, as Grissom deals with his team one after another in different situations. The interactions run the gamut from sweet to awkward but there's a gentle warmth and camaraderie running through all of them. This Grissom is a little softer than he usually is on the show, but his affection for his team shines through.

It's well worth checking out Wintertime's other stories on fanfiction.net too.

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Poster:alyse
Date:2004-03-12 15:05
Subject:Not Alone by helsinkibaby
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Not Alone
By:
helsinkibaby

Fandom: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Genre: Gen, with some slight shippy undertones
Pairing: Sara, Greg, mostly friendship
Rating: PG

Synopsis: Set post Play With Fire and Inside the Box, Greg and Sara share a moment.

Review: This is a nice character introspection, and I could hear both Sara and Greg talking while I was reading it, showing that the voices are spot on. It's a very quiet, non-flashy and reflective piece but it's a joy because of that. There's no great drama, and the angst underlies the surface rather than smothering the exchanges, and we see sides of Sara and Greg that we don't glimpse often enough on the show - Sara's underlying humanity and insecurity, Greg's serious side. But even examining those aspects, the characterisation doesn't slip.

It can easily be read as gen, with what shippiness implied being no more than Greg's canon interest in Sara but it's lovely to see Sara opening up to someone, something she does too infrequently on the show and usually to someone who isn't paying that much attention.

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Poster:alyse
Date:2004-03-08 21:59
Subject:American Classic by Munchkinott
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American Classic
By:
Munchkinott

Fandom: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Genre: 'Ship
Pairing: Catherine/Nick
Raiting: PG13

Synopsis: Nick, Cath and a Harley. What more could any CSI ask for?

Review: I'm biased. This was a fic written for me, so obviously it hits every single one of my happy spots. Spot on dialogue, snappy comebacks, sassy and snarky Catherine and sweet and slightly sheepish Nick. How can you not love a little slice of fic that references both Jack Kerouac and Easy Rider? Especially when it has some utterly lovely exchanges, like:

Catherine grinned. "I get it, really. Show a man a Harley and if he doesn't think he's Peter Fonda in under a minute there's something wrong."

Read it. Love it.

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Poster:alyse
Date:2004-03-06 10:37
Subject:What Makes A Friend, by helsinkibaby
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What Makes A Friend
By:
helskinikibaby

Fandom: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Genre: General, with some slight shippy undertones. If you squint hard like I do.
Characters: Nick, Catherine
Rating: PG

Synopsis Set post-Overload, Catherine checks on Nick.

Review: Overload is one of my favourite CSI episodes, largely because it's one of the few episodes where Nick seems to have anything to do, but also because of the angst and the Catherine and Nick interaction. This fic trades on that, building up a believable scenario post-episode, with Catherine finally getting Nick to open up a little about his revelation in Overload. The characterisation is good, the piece is well written (a few grammar quirks like missing commas aside), and it made me cry. Enough said.

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Poster:alyse
Date:2004-02-18 13:10
Subject:A Twisted Tale by Sigrina
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Mood:gleeful

A Twisted Tale
By:
Sigrina

Fandom: Cosgrove Hall Cartoons
Genre: Slash, BDSM
Pairing: I don't want to spoil it for you...
Rating: NC17

Synopsis: Bwahahahahahahaha! Go on, ruin my childhood!

Cosgrove Hall, for those of you who don't know, was/is a company in the UK that made the very British cartoons of my youth - Dangermouse, Count Duckula and Chorlton and the Wheelies among others - and... well. Let's just say that this secret pairing doesn't really surprise me at all.

Review: Let's just say that I read this fic a couple of years ago and had forgotten how much I loved it until it was linked from an entry on Fandom Wank about Sesame Street threesome slash, which should give you an idea about the contents. Twisted is right, but it is so, so true ::snerk:: The only thing that would make it more perfect would be to discover Trapdoor slash. C'mon. You know that Berk and Bonie were so doing it. Gives a whole new meaning to the word 'skullfu-'

Ahem. Don't mind me.

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Poster:alyse
Date:2004-01-04 16:37
Subject:Comfort Me With Apples by the_dala
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Comfort Me With Apples
By:
the_dala

Fandom: Pirates of the Caribbean
Genre: Slash, romance
Pairing: Jack/Will
Rating: R

Synopsis: 'Comfort me with apples, for I am sick of love.' Or so Jack thinks and he isn't looking for anyone to prove him wrong.

Review: Lovely, sweet Jack and Will story. There isn't much more to say than that. The writing is of a high quality, which I've come to expect of the_dala and it leaves you smiling happily after reading it.

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Poster:munchkinott
Date:2004-01-02 21:54
Subject:Pearl Traders by Gloria Mundi
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Pearl Traders
By
Gloria Mundi

Fandom: Sharpe
Genre: Slash
Pairing: Sharpe/OMC
Rating: NC-17

Synopsis: Pearls for sale. London 1807.

Review: Capturing the oppressive tone and atmosphere of the London of Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe novels, seamlessly blended with spot-on Sharpe TV characterisation, Pearl Traders is one of those rare fan fic beasties. Loyal to both canon masters and jaw-droppingly sexy at the same time.

And I do mean 'jaw-droppingly sexy'.

Actually I mean incendiary. The sex scenes are simply mind blowing.

Flickering candlelight and velvet all have their place in a narrative so richly detailed you'll swear you can hear floorboards creak as you're reading.

The absolute best thing about Pearl Traders though is it leaves you wanting more, only to follow in with a sequel.

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Poster:alyse
Date:2004-01-02 23:58
Subject:Rollercoaster by Franky
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Rollercoaster
By:
Franky

Fandom: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Genre: Slash
Pairing: Nick/Gil
Rating: NC17

Synopsis: When an old buddy turns up and threatens to reveal all, Nick has to make a choice. But choices have consequences.

Review: A very satisfying series, full of angst and miscommunication and sex. Nick is Nick - needy and desperate for Gil's approval - and Gil is Gil - alternately repulsed and attracted by Nick's neediness, wrestling with the idea of letting someone close and sending out mixed messages. Things progress nicely, with Nick finally getting pissed at Gil continually running hot and cold and Gil, of course, only realises what he could have when it slips through his fingers.

The set up is a tad cliched, but it pays off in the end when this all becomes about Nick and Gil negotiating boundaries and learning to give and to take. Although there is an ending of sorts, I'm sneakily hoping for more.

Go. Read it. All four parts of it. You won't be disappointed, if only for the rare sight of in character pissy Nicky.

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