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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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Distraction by dferveiro

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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Palmistry by Wintertime

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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Birdsong by Sophia Prester

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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Living Among the Breakage by Demon Faith

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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Soul Constitution by ShoSen

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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Bringing Rain by Rod

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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Tumble Dry Low by Jane

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.