October 22nd, 2010

Find A Way

Star Wars: 'A Thousand Pieces' (Leia Organa/Han Solo)

Fandom Category: Star Wars, Original Trilogy
Pairing: Leia Organa/Han Solo
Fic Title: A Thousand Pieces
Author: motchi
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5239417/1/A_Thousand_Pieces
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
Genre: Angst, drama
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: This is a beautiful fic that follows through with the original trilogy, focusing primarily on the evolution of Leia. Not only is the writing evocative and lyrical and yet still spare, but the characterizations are right on. This fic highlights Leia's strengths, her convictions, but also her flaws, her fears. Luke and Han are also brilliantly portrayed, the roles the two men play in her life, and this is the Han Solo I love, a guy who is a pirate, a mercenary, and occasionally a goofball pain in the ass, but still sharp and smart with his own view of the universe that is so different from everything Leia has known. He's the perfect foil for her evolution. Even the use of alternating second and third person POV is perfectly executed.

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far: john/aeryn: these nights

Famished by Thea (NC-17)

Fandom: Farscape
Pairing: Aeryn Sun/John Crichton
Fic Title: Famished
Author: thassalia
Link: http://shriftweb.org/leviathan/archive/7/famished.html
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17
Genre: Drama
Special Rec: 20/31

Why This Must Be Read: Set in season two, this is a closer look at the time when food was scarce of Moya. Well-written, with excellent characterisations, this John and Aeryn are not quite together and not quite apart, struggling to survive any way they know how. It's a story about them as much as it is about their hunger.
himym: barney/robin: feeling feelings

metal heart by the_spin (adult)

Fandom: How I Met Your Mother
Pairing: Robin Scherbatsky/Barney Stinson
Fic Title: metal heart
Author: the_spin
Link: http://community.livejournal.com/kartography/3846.html
Rating/Warning(s): adult
Genre: Romance
Special Rec: 21/31

Why This Must Be Read: Written before the PTB mishandled the Barney and Robin storyline on air, the_spin's story is a natural, in-character evolution of their relationship that is pitch-perfect in every aspect. This Barney and Robin are perfectly imperfect -- terrible at relationships, brilliant at their own non-relationship. metal heart is the story that should have happened.
spn: dean/jo: could have

27 Bones by Rilla (Adult)

Fandom: Supernatural
Pairing: Jo Harvelle/Dean Winchester
Fic Title: 27 Bones
Author: rillaotvalley
Link: http://rillaotvalley.livejournal.com/27969.html
Rating/Warning(s): Adult
Genre: Angst
Special Rec: 22/31

Why This Must Be Read: Jo remembers, and Jo regrets. This is everything I adore about Dean and Jo -- their strength, their weaknesses, their passion, their grief. Brief, but powerful, this story is well-written and emotive.