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Poster:alyse
Date:2004-01-02 23:33
Subject:Canada by Emily Brunson
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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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Poster:alyse
Date:2004-01-02 19:08
Subject:Substitute by Jen
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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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Poster:alyse
Date:2004-01-02 18:44
Subject:Cold Comfort by Luna
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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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Poster:alyse
Date:2003-10-26 11:13
Subject:Last to Know by carolinecrane
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Last to Know
by
: carolinecrane

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

Synopsis: Sara's bad day just gets a little worse.

Review: I liked this one. The Sara voice was spot on, and Hodges, although still slimy, was funny and in character. It made me smile. The Hodges thing is more on Hodges side than Sara, but it's really, really fun watching Sara's deer in headlights reaction when first of all she realises that she's managed to miss what's going on under her very nose and then that Hodges is flirting with her.

It's worth checking out the rest of carolinecrane's CSI fic too. It's all Nick/Greg and I really wish that there were more meatier stories, but the one shots and series that are there, although brief, are sweet, in character and well-written.

Now... if only there were more Nick/Catherine stories out there as well written as these were. I suspect I'm supporting the wrong pairing(s) in this fandom, at least if I want to watch a good game.

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Poster:alyse
Date:2003-08-30 11:50
Subject:CSI Go Deep, aka the Inappropriate CSI Crossover by Arduinna
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CSI Go Deep, aka the Inappropriate CSI Crossover
By:
Arduinna

Fandom: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and ?
Genre: Gen, crossover
Pairing: N/A
Rating: PG

Synopsis: Apparently this was a result of an Inappropriate Crossover challenge. I won't give it away, since that's half the fun, but it's from the POVs of the CSI characters who are called to investigate a dead body or two.

Review: This is too, too funny, mainly because of the nature of the crossover. The best part, and what mades it hilarious, is that the CSI crew's voices are so utterly spot on, and the whole premise is treated exactly as though it were an episode. And once you figure out exactly what they're investigating... Well, I would urge you to go and read and see if you can keep a straight face. I couldn't.

[Edit: I so, so want a Nick and Warrick CSI icon that says 'Man, I can't get over that frying pan thing...']

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Poster:alyse
Date:2003-08-18 00:14
Subject:Shibby, Shibby, Shake by mako
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Shibby, Shibby, Shake
By:
mako

Fandom: Dude, Where's My Car
Genre: Slash, humour
Pairing: Jesse/Chester
Rating: R for sexual situations

Synopsis: Jesse and Chester are sucky boyfriends. Or are they?

Review: Duuuuuude. Sweet and funny little D,WMC fic. What can I say? It has the sweet and silly humour of the film and the voices are so well captured that I can hear them, and picture them, in my head. As munchkinott said, "Now THAT'S what I call 'D,WMC fic'! *beams*" Some choice little snippets:

The entire night was spent together, and between pudding, the shibby and the sex, it was as perfect as any night might have been. Still, Jesse couldn't get over his nagging sense of guilt. "Man," he breathed. "We are sucky boyfriends.

So warm and smooth and ... "Sweet," Jesse moaned against his mouth.

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Poster:alyse
Date:2003-08-12 19:52
Subject:Mental by Fern Clarke
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Mental
By:
Fern Clarke

Fandom: Lake Placid
Genre: Slash
Pairing: Hank/Hector
Rating: R

Synopsis: First time PWP. Spoilers for the movie. Post the movie, Hank has a visitor. First person narrative, from Hank's POV.

Review: Happy happy joy joy. Lake Placid slash. Now I know I'm not the only person to see Hank/Hector ::cough::sodoingit::cough::. This is a fairly standard first time fic, but the writing is nice and polished, the voices have been captured well and what little angst there is isn't overdone at all. Not quite as much humour as there was in the movie, but still enjoyable for all that.

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Poster:alyse
Date:2003-07-24 21:38
Subject:Alchemy by Munchkinott
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Alchemy
By:
Munchkinott

Fandom: Pirates of the Caribbean
Genre: Slash, Het
Pairing: Jack/Elizabeth, Elizabeth/Will, Jack/Will implied
Rating: NC17

Synopsis:

Study me then, you who shall lovers be
At the next world, that is, at the next spring:
For I am every dead thing,
In whom love wrought new alchemy.

- John Donne (1572-1631) -

Review: Rawr. Hot and sweet and the voices are just right. This is a believable triangle and did I mention hot? And sweet? The words just flow into one another, smooth as honey, and the imagery in some parts is striking.

Why, yes, I am biased but I do love this one. And now we all know why I prodded the author to post somewhere public ::veg::

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Poster:alyse
Date:2003-07-24 18:51
Subject:Black Eyes by Zara Hemla
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Black Eyes
By:
Zara Hemla

Fandom: Pirates of the Caribbean
Genre: Gen
Pairing: N/A - Jackfic
Rating: PG13

Synopsis: A young Jack fic, full of swash and swagger and kohl.

Review: It made me smile. 'Nuff said.

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Poster:alyse
Date:2003-07-24 11:04
Subject:Siren by Ciari
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Siren
By:
Ciari

Fandom: Pirates of the Caribbean
Genre: Slash
Pairing: Jack Sparrow/Will Turner
Rating: R

Synopsis: Will dreams of the sea.

Review: A lovely, lyrical piece speaking of Will's dissatisfaction with his life post PotC and his search for something as elusive as the sea. This is all about Will - Jack is in the piece as an enigma, a cipher almost, although underlying the whole piece is the idea that Will's longing for the sea is a longing for something more tangible; a longing for Jack.

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Poster:alyse
Date:2003-07-24 10:59
Subject:First Warning by Rave
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First Warning
By:
Rave

Fandom: Pirates of the Caribbean
Genre: Pre-slash, humour
Pairing: Jack Sparrow/Will Turner
Rating: PG13

Synopsis: On the long sail between Port Royal and Tortuga, Will discovers that a little boredom and a lot of rum is a dangerous combination.

Review: A dryly humorous fic, set in the early stages of Jack and Will's acquaintance, when they were still spitting sparks at one another. The voices are spot on and Jack is as sly and dangerously sexy as he is in the movie - as Will finds out to his cost. Especially when combined with a yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.

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Poster:alyse
Date:2003-05-20 21:15
Subject:Warmblooded by Anais
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Warmblooded
By:
Anais

Fandom: Jurassic Park III
Genre: Slash, little touch of angst, reflection and oh... sex.
Pairing: Alan Grant/Billy Brennan
Rating: NC17

Synopsis: Alan and Billy sitting by a fire... A smart, sexy little fic with kissing and talking and introspection and sex, all in well balanced proportions.

Review: I've been whining for months about how there's so little good JPIII fic so I'm absolutely over the moon that Anais has started to write it. This has her trademark sharp wit and incredible sexiness but it's also bittersweet and her Alan and Billy are so in love that they virtually ache with it. There's a little angst but not too much, her Billy is adult and thoughtful and confident and her Alan is a joy - full of the pleasure of finding love later in life and in such an unexpected place.

::happy sigh::

There's only one problem. I want more.

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Poster:alyse
Date:2003-05-06 19:25
Subject:All's Fair in Love and War by afrai
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All's Fair in Love and War
By:
afrai

Fandom: A Knight's Tale
Genre: Slash, humour
Pairing: Wat/Chaucer
Rating: PG13

Synopsis: Chaucer's after Wat. That's the only explanation.

Review: Oh, I loved it. Too, too funny in a wonderfully sly way, just the way that Chaucer slides his eyes sideways. The characters are spot on, particularly Roland, so spot on that I could hear Mark Addy in my head. Short but infinitely satisfying.

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Poster:alyse
Date:2003-05-05 14:48
Subject:That Thing by Te
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That Thing
By:
Te

Fandom: Fastlane
Genre: Slash, PWP
Pairings: Van/Deaq
Rating: NC17

Synopsis: Van has a thing for fire. Deaq might just end up getting burnt.

Review: Fun PWP with some sharp, snappy dialogue and sex that's as hot as the fire motif running through it.

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Poster:alyse
Date:2003-04-28 22:32
Subject:Draco Malfoy the Amazing Bouncing... Rat? by Maya
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Mood: amused

Draco Malfoy the Amazing Bouncing... Rat?
By:
Maya

Fandom: Harry Potter
Genre: Humour, romance (non-graphic)
Pairings: Various but mainly Draco/Hermione (and Draco/coffee, my new OTP of the Potterverse)
Rating: PG13

Synopsis: Draco Malfoy is magically transformed into a rat. Adopted by Ron in a misguided attempt to replace Scabbers he has to endure the indignities of adoring Gryffindors and a monikor even worse than his own... Fluffy.

Review: ROTFLMAO. Can't say more than that, really. Draco is an evil bastard, but funny as hell in a droll, sarcastic and narcissistic way, Hermione is smart and funny, Ron and Harry are confused but loveable and there are enough sly slash references to more than keep me both happy and amused.

Poor Seamus. I wonder if he'll ever come out of therapy.

Thanks to musesfool for the heads up on this one.

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Poster:alyse
Date:2003-04-23 23:32
Subject:A Different Hell by Sushi
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A Different Hell
By:
Sushi

Fandom: Good Omens
Genre: Pre-slash, angst
Pairing: Crowley/Aziraphale
Rating: PG13

Synopsis: After the world was saved, there remained those who still might question it being the same one.

Review: Lovely. Bitter, with an underlying anger and despair mingled in with just a smidgen of hope, this is definitely one of the better 'consequences' fics that I've had the pleasure of reading. Crowley is just the right mixture of afraid and defiant, Aziraphale is out of his depth and the ending holds some promise for the future. I would have liked to have seen a more concrete resolution, but, hey, you can't have everything and this is still an intriguing little fic.

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Poster:alyse
Date:2003-04-20 11:30
Subject:Three Claw Monte by Mala
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Three Claw Monte
By:
Mala

Fandom: Jurassic Park III
Genre: Slash
Pairing: Alan Grant/Billy Brennan
Rating: R for language

Synopsis: Angst ficlet, set post the movie. Alan is considering retiring, giving up everything and putting everything behind him.

All he wants to do is forget he ever heard the word "dinosaur." Ever felt the fetid breath of one fan across his cheek. But he can't do that...

Because he can't ignore Billy.


Review: Oh yum. Angstful and realistic and bittersweet, with a killer of a last line. This is all Alan - Billy is there as a cipher, a focus for Alan's discontent but that works in the context of this little gem. Full of despair and yet satisfying for all of that.

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Poster:alyse
Date:2003-03-23 18:19
Subject:Living Arrangements by afrai
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Living Arrangements
By:
afrai

Fandom: Good Omens
Genre: Slash
Pairing: Crowley/Aziraphale
Rating: PG13

Synopsis: As punishment for his part in the events of Good Omens, Aziraphale is condemned to live out his life as a human. The author herself has referred to this as sort of the red-headed stepcousin of mercuriosity's Clocks, which I've previously recommended.

Review: I always love afrai's Good Omens fic and this is no exception. It's complex and rewarding, capturing all those little details that satisfy the plot hound in me, and the characterisation is wonderfully spot on. Be warned that it's angsty and it reaches its logical conclusion. I won't say more for spoiling it, but I will say go and read it.

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Poster:alyse
Date:2003-02-21 20:02
Subject:Go Thy Way, Daniel by Marguerite
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Go Thy Way, Daniel
By:
Marguerite

Fandom: Sports Night
Genre: General, Casey/Dan friendship
Pairing: N/A
Rating: PG13

Synopsis: Dan's spiral down into depression, viewed through the eyes of his best friend. Casey POV.

Review: Although I know nothing about this fandom, this is one of those stories where the writing is so moving and the characters so well drawn that that barely seems to matter. I can't, of course, say whether the characters are in character, but what I can say is that this story treated the subject of mental illness with compassion, insight and sensitivity, demonstrating that it's not just the person with the mental illness in question who suffers - it's also everyone who cares about them and feels helpless in the face of such an illness.

Moving as hell, it reduced me to tears before I'd finished it.

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Poster:alyse
Date:2003-02-20 13:21
Subject:Water Wings by Ripper
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Water Wings
By:
Ripper

Fandom: Good Omens
Genre: Slash
Pairing: Crowley/Aziraphale
Rating: PG13

Synopsis: How are a demon and an angel supposed to survive a flood intended to wipe out all life on earth, particularly given that it's a Holy act involving lots of water?

Review: A lovely, romantic little gem, set around the time of the Biblical Flood. Some lovely touches of humour scattered about the piece and while nothing much happens, it's still a lovely little slice of realisation for Crowley and Aziraphale.

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