December 26th, 2002

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  • alyse

Lust Over Pendle by A.J. Hall

Lust Over Pendle
A.J. Hall

Fandom: Harry Potter
Genre: Slash
Pairing: Draco/Neville
Rating: PG

Synopsis: Lust Over Pendle owes a great deal in style to the British detective thrillers of the 1940s, all smooth style and wit. Draco and Neville are adults who, in the wake of the defeat of Voldemort, have to deal with such pesky relationship nuisances as deathwatch beetle in the attic, a glamorous mother (on Draco's side) who is the toast of the tabloids and a scarily competent grandmother who embodies Lancashire grit. Oh, and someone is trying to frame Draco as the next would be Dark Lord and has decided that Neville needs to face the sheer wrongness of his relationship with Draco - even if it takes brainwashing to do it.

Review: I love this fic. I don't think it bears a huge relation to J.K. Rowling's world, at least not in writing style, but the writing is sharp and funny, and the characters very well drawn. It's a wonderfully snarky and intelligent fic, the kind I'd want to take to the local bar if it was a real life person to drink red wine and eat tapas. The only quibble I have is with the Harry Potter bashing that takes place in it, but if you ignore the epilogue it's minimal. In fact Harry appears rarely, Ron doesn't appear at all and the only one of the trio who makes more than a cameo is Hermione - who is as cutting and smart as she is in the book. This is all about Draco and Neville, and their respective weird families, about the legacy of Voldemort, house elves, American business magnates and middle aged eco warriors.

Go read. Now.
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VAT69 by Hellblazer


Fandom: Space: Above and Beyond
Genre: Slash, Het
Pairings: Hawkes/McQueen, Hawkes/Vansen, Hawkes/West
Rating: NC17

Synopsis: Birds do it, bees do it, even artificial human beings do it... Cooper Hawkes, through angst and love and pain and death and sex.

Review: There's a lot technically wrong with Hallblazer's writing, but it's powerful and angst driven and hits a chord, so much so that I'm willing to overlook errors which in anyone else's writing would have me tearing my hair out and screaming. VAT69 was my first introduction to slash, and although it took another 3 years and Star Wars: The Phantom Menace to get me reading slash in bulk and then writing it, I saved this fic to my hard drive and read it over and over again. It's still there. I love her take on Cooper - this is Cooper as he was in the show - wild, untamed and unsophisticated, but never unintelligent. With only 7 years of life experience, he may not quite be a child trapped in an adult's body, as he has all of an adult's drive and emotions, but he still possesses child's innocence in so many ways, in spite of the hardship he's suffered.

Shane Vansen is equally well-drawn, as is Nathan West, first hating Cooper then growing to view him as more than a dumb tank. And throughout it all, lurking in the background, is Ty McQueen, Cooper's role model, the in vitro who made the rank of Colonel in a hostile and bigoted world.

There's tragedy in amongst the sex, moments of humour, connections made and broken, and be warned that there's no happy ending. It's a disturbing and powerful read.

My Little Demons

My Little Demons
By a frightened little girl

Fandom: X-Files
Genre: Humour (minor slash)
Pairing: N/A
Rating: R

Synopsis: When God tells Alex Krycek the boy's got to shape up or ship out... You KNOW something good's going to happen.

Review: At a 130k, it's stretching the length really of what is a one line joke. That being, a happily immoral Krycek being forced to discover his conscience.

It's more the way he does it than the actual premise itself. There are scenes of such surreal humour potency it's enough to crack the odd rib or two.

I'm not really into journey-fic - where canon characters wind up mapping a trail as laid down by the author. As often they stray so far from the beaten track some characterisation is lost along the way.

Luckily enough with this fic - that doesn't happen. For the most part all characters therein remain true to their original form. There's the odd slip into cliched contrivance to make a scene work and the narrative does lose a little of it's edge, as the author gets deeper into characterising Krycek's 'list' as a 3 diomensional creature. Those, however are negatives when the whole spells out something a great deal more positive.

It's a laugh. A REAL laugh. Something which does brighten your day up. Anyone who doesn't physically ACHE after reading this, needs to see a humour therapist! It's that funny. Occasionally, as with any humour fic of this size, the funny scenes are a long time coming in gaps you seem to be marking time with. But when they come - they hit HARD. None of which I'm going to spoil - just don't go into this fic if you've got a thing about blasphemous surrealist humour.

Just read, enjoy. And come away with the feeling you've just read the funny version of Blur's Coffee and TV video with a big helping of can't-do-right-for-doing-wrong Krycek. Love it.