January 2nd, 2004

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  • alyse

Cold Comfort by Luna

Cold Comfort
By:
Luna

Fandom: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Genre: General
Pairing: N/A
Rating: R

Synopsis: Nick, at Christmas time, reflecting on the reality of dealing with death every day.

Review: At last. An intelligent, well-written Nick character piece that's dark and meaty and examines the side of our favourite CSI that we don't get to see often enough, in my humble opinion. There are hints within the show of a darker side to Nick, a world weariness and sharp temper that contrasts with his normal sunny disposition, and yet so much of the fiction out there only includes Nick the nice guy, and often, unfortunately, Nick the nice and dumb guy.

This story, however, shows the effect that working day, in day out in a very stressful job, dealing with the most depressing of subjects and the worst that the human race can do to each other would have on anyone. The language flows beautifully and there are some stark and lovely images that stay with the reader:

Nick hasn't been laid in six months, and he knows why. Yes, you *do*. He can peel his gloves off at the end of a shift, but the dust of the latex stays on his skin. The things he's seen, things he's smelled and touched, stay with him, too. When he looks at a woman, the first flare of attraction is drowned in the flood of too much vision, too much knowledge.

When he looks at a woman, he sees dermis, hair follicles, fingerprints, two hundred and six breakable bones. Blood, saliva, secretions, chambers of the heart, tissues of the cervix. Almost as soon as he wants someone he sees them stripped to a state of raw fragility. Mortality. No mystery at all.


It's unrelenting and unremitting and yet still Nick. Well worth a read.
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  • alyse

Substitute by Jen

Substitute
By:
Jen

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

Synopsis: AU scenario, where Nick is a rentboy. Gil used to ride rollercoasters, but what do you do when that safety net is removed?

Review: Don't let the synopsis fool you - this isn't your normal twu wuv and saccharine sickly rentboy AU. This is all about Gil. Consider it more a character piece than anything else, with the AU Nick as more a cypher than another version of the CSI we recognise. As such, it works really well, flaying Gil's character bare in a way that's satisfying to the reader, if not Gil himself. It's about addiction and risk taking and the need to stop thinking for a while, no matter the cost.

The writing is nice and fluid and carries the story along, and the author pulls no punches. All of Gil's weaknesses are exposed - most of all to himself - leaving both Gil and the reader a little raw and down at the end. Very satisfying.
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Pearl Traders by Gloria Mundi

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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  • alyse

Canada by Emily Brunson

Canada
By:
Emily Brunson

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

Synopsis: Nick runs post Stalker, finding that the memories of Nigel Crane are too much for him to deal with. Gil follows.

Review: One of the better known Nick/Gil stories out there, but good for all that. Long and satisfying relationship story, moving from pre through to slash. It's well written and, for the most part, avoids melodrama, although some of the cliched staples of this type of story are present. Although Nick is a little prone to emotional breakdown it does ring true both in the context of this scenario (recovery post assault and being stalked) and Nick's canon tendancy to be emotional. Gil, on the other hand, is more open than he usually is on the show, but again this is not out of character because there are flashes of this gentleness in other episodes, although not normally towards Nick.

All in all, well worth the read.

There is a more graphic and darker version of the story, Hell, but I prefer this version. Hell is a little too melodramatic for my tastes. And since the site uses frames, you may want to visit the homepage, found here.
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  • alyse

Rollercoaster by Franky

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.