November 21st, 2008

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Impossible Things by Paradiso (PG-13)

Fandom Category: CSI: NY
Pairing: Mac/Stella
Fic Title: Impossible Things
Author: Paradiso
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13; Season 4 and prior spoilers.
Genre: Introspection/Romance, Friendship
WIP?: Complete.

Why This Must Be Read: Honestly, the main reason I'm recommending this is because of the strong Stella-voice. Impossible Things is a solid 'what if' view on what might have happened had Stella taken Mac up on using his spare room after the fire. Stella comes across as vibrant and confused and more than a little conflicted about her role in Mac's life and his role in her own.
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Twelve Steps From Smallville by Iolan the Alias

Fandom Category: Smallville/Superman Returns
Pairing: Chloe Sullivan(Lois Lane)/Clark Kent, Chloe Sullivan(Lois Lane)/Richard White, Perry White/Alice White
Fic Title: Twelve Steps From Smallville
Author: Iolan the Alias
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13; Crossover, Adult Themes, long, spoilers for Superman Returns and seasons 1-8 of Smallville.
Genre: Action/Adventure, Introspection, Friendship, and Romance.
WIP?: Complete.

Why This Must Be Read: I honestly can't describe the sheer scope of this story. It's epic. Not to mention the fact that it does it's absolute best to reconcile Clark's behavior and reactions during Smallville and Superman Returns. Having Perry White as the narrator is a stroke of genius, as it gives new life to a legendary character, allowing him to grow and unite two very disparate canons. Perry is wonderfully flawed and wonderfully human; but above everything, he's a reporter. He observes and archives what goes on around him. This is him with front row seats to the world's best and broadest story. And he never comes across as anything other than himself. And in a story with such strong and amazing characters as Clark Kent, Chloe Sullivan(slash Lois Lane), Richard White, and Martha Kent? That's damn impressive. Iolan is always worth a read, but Iolan's outdone his/herself with this story.
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Perverse and Prism by gidget89 (PG-13)

Fandom Category: House, M.D.
Pairing: House/Cuddy
Fic Title: Perverse and Prism
Author: Gidget89
Link: Perverse: and Prism:
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13; Babyficish, spoilers for House, MD season 2-3.
Genre: Romance, fixit/retelling, friendship, introspection.
WIP?: Complete.

Why This Must Be Read: I'm posting these two together as "Prism" is a sequel to "Perverse", and follows it directly. The thing I liked most about these stories is that they're basically a retelling/altering of season two and the beginning of season three, but they delve hard into both Lisa Cuddy and Greg House, without softening either of them. They're still very much themselves, but they are them going in a different direction. However, the reason I'll tout these hinder and yon as awesome, awesome stories is the prose involved. Gidget is a phenomenal wordsmith, and I'm always left clamoring for more. Especially because she's one of those brilliant authors who can handle an ensemble, even while keeping the focus on her leads.
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Quietly by netherfield

Fandom Category: Law and Order: Criminal Intent
Pairing: Alex Eames/Bobby Goren
Fic Title: Quietly
Author: netherfield
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13; violence, mental illness (minor character), spoilers for LO:CI season 4.
Genre: Casefile, introspection, action/adventure, and romance.
WIP?: Complete.

Why This Must Be Read: There are a handful of stories I'd consider the ultimate creme de la creme of Law and Order: Criminal Intent stories. This is the best of them. Not only do we have a decent case - which ends up rather epic in scope - but it's built on an unbelievably strong character sketch of Alex. It's also beautifully realistic in its realism when it comes to the romance between Alex and Bobby. There is no pretty white-wash on these people. They're both damaged in very different ways, but they do love each other; and that absolutely shines on the page. Moreover, reading prose by netherfield is like walking into and through a painting. The words evoke such a visceral image but deliver it gently, and with such grace that by the end of it, you wish it was bound as a book so you could set it carefully on your bookcase to reread on another rainy day.