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This Apocalypse Ain't Kind by Lise

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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Objects in Motion, by Alyse

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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Introduction to Management by Wintertime

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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Not Alone by helsinkibaby

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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  • alyse

American Classic by Munchkinott

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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  • alyse

What Makes A Friend, by helsinkibaby

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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  • alyse

A Twisted Tale by Sigrina

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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Comfort Me With Apples by the_dala

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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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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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.