Jenkins, MIT Media Studies Director (& a very clever man) said;
This is all old recs. I have a LJ where I now do recommendations:
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"There is much you would
not know of my family." Legolas surreptitiously glanced sideways at
each twin in turn, then sheepishly met Elrond's intense stare. "My
father does not speak kindly of Rivendell."
The Folly of Starlight by AC; Chapter 1: Images & Words
I have fallen in love with this new fandom pairing. AC's site the folly of starlight hosts her (eventually) novel-length series, which revolves around Legolas, Prince of Mirkwood, and Elrond, Lord of Imladris (Rivendell), prior to, during and after the events in The Lord of the Rings books.
Extensively researched (this lady could write entries for the Tolkein Dictionary) with intricately woven plots, delicate and subtle use of language, and an excellent grasp of psychology, this is a real page turner that refuses to let go.
Occasionally the prose shades into lavender, but there are also phrases of rare beauty which make up for this. The characters engage your interest and sympathy, and there is more than one moral dilemna to sink your teeth into. This is a high quality series you will read again and again. And again. And again.
This is a Slash site.
Brandow shook his head.
"Don't mention it. It'll probably brush out." He ran a hand over the
fine hairs again. Diefenbaker moved quickly from under the table and
out into the corridor to sit next to Ray at his desk.
"Funny Money" by Ashlan
For those of us who can't get
enough of Big Red and the Cute Blonde with Experimental Hair (no,
not Harper!), here's a site well worth visiting - the Due South
Virtual Season. For Ray Vecchio fans, he makes a comeback
also, with his usual snappy wardrobe and dialogue, though the main
relationship (both plot-wise and romantic) is between Benton Fraser
and Ray Kowalski.
Highlights for me were the insight into Turnbill in episode 5, Nancy's "A Very Civil Servant"; the interplay between Dief and Ray and Fraser's introspection in episode 11, Ashlan's "Funny Money"; and the handling of emotions in episodes 10, MR's "Cain & Abel" and 13, Carol Trendall's "Past Regrets & Future Fear". There are also a couple of very enjoyable crossover episodes, if you are a StarGate or Sentinel fan.
This is a Slash site.
For Stargate SG-1 junkies, this is the ultimate link site to all the quality stories that have been put out over the last year. Although voting has ended, hours and hours can be spent browsing the nominations. These are divided into four genres; General, Shipper, Slash and Additional, with a wide variety of categories in each, ranging from humor, drama, action/adventure to comedy and stories about specific pairings or individual team members.
This is a mixed ratings links site.
If you've run out of new stories in your favored fandom, here's a good recommendation for a new and interesting one - File 40. This is an archive (actually the archive) of Man from U.N.C.L.E.fanfiction, both general and slash.
For those too young to remember Man from U.N.C.L.E., it was a 1960's show about two secret agents - Canadian/American Napoleon Solo, and Russian Ilya Kuryakin, who worked for the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement, a sort of global troubleshooting authority. They mainly fought against the evil organisation T.H.R.U.S.H who were constantly attempting to take over the world (or at least a goodly part of it).
Napoleon was debonairly handsome; dark-eyed, dark-haired, suave, charming, exquisitely dressed and almost always got the girl. Ilya was blonde, blue-eyed and beautiful; also reserved, sarcastic, extremely intelligent, dressed like a Beatnik and totally oblivious to most come-ons. Can we say slash just waiting to happen? Despite the different ideologies of their native countries the two had a close and witty friendship and always seem to be rescuing each other from dire situations - though Ilya tended to be the punching bag most of the time (this tends to follow through in most of the fiction).
If you haven't seen any of the series, it doesn't really matter - you'll pick up the background quickly enough. The characters involved are very distinct and appealing, and there are some great plots in the archived stories. Most of the pieces are still set in the 1960's although a few have been moved up to the 1980's or modern-day. File 40 has a wide range of material, ranging from adequately to brilliantly written, but on the whole the standard is high.
This is a mixed ratings site.
Harry Kim is pinned into
his chair as Tom Paris makes yet another hairpin turn, darn near scraping
the very large asteroid to port. Tom is having the time
of his life.
Jim's Delta Blues Summary and Review site, is, OK, not quite a fanfiction site recommendation. Now, I have to admit I'm not a great fan of reading other people's reviews of TV series. Firstly, I have my own take on the episode and generally what other people say doesn't change my like or dislike of it. Secondly, I've seen it - why do I then want to read it?
Delta Blues changed my mind. Jim's episode summaries are highly amusing, irreverent and a damn sight better written than some fanfiction I've read. The entertainment value of Jim's summaries aside, they're also highly accurate. So if you're writing Voyager fanfiction, it's a good place to revise what happened, as well as reassess the characters, motivations and relationships aboard the starship Voyager.
Jim's reviews of the episodes are also engaging, and apart from a few freely-admitted biases, quite fair on the whole. Not only does he cover the acting, plot and dialogue, but also the themes and the deeper psychology underlying the story - what worked and what didn't. Whilst I haven't agreed with all his appraisals, on several occasions he has caused me to rethink not only my opinion of an episode, but also my own preconceptions - definitely the mark of a good writer.
Jim also reviews the latest Star Trek series "Enterprise" in the unsurprisingly titled Delta Blues Enterprise section.
This is a PG site.
Yvonne McCool's flashpointfiction offers a wide mixture of fantasy, modern-reality and sci-fi fan and original fiction, ranging from mild G het to raunchy NC-17 slash. Fans of Blair and Jim from The Sentinel will especially love the fanfic. Her futuristic G-rated Sentinels series Upgrade is an enjoyable series with involved plots, multiple realistic original characters and intelligent history and social comment. She also knows how to be serious whilst still having fun - Scientific Investigation is a great little must-read for any slash writer. And how can you go past a woman who knows how to rate things? i.e.
Yvonne is also highly prolific as well as an excellent writer. Unlike the rest of us, she's very kind to her public and posts release schedules for her work. Not only that - she keeps to them. This will eventually either get her canonized or lynched by the Guild of Slash Writers. ;-)
This is a mixed ratings site.
state of lost time; moments that have slipped away, never to be regained.
So runs the intro to Fugue, repository of Candace's excellent
Xenaverse stories and series, most (but not all) of which center around
Deimos, God of Terror (aka that
blond Strife look-alike).
Cupid [God of War] scowled
at Deimos appraisingly, then flung the bowl at his head without warning.
Deimos parried the object easily with the guard of the sword, fixing
his eyes on Cupid rather than the bowl that was rocking and settling
itself rather loudly upon the cobblestones at his feet.
Some of the stories are intensely funny and I particularly love her Terror series [WIP]. Her characterization of Cupid, God of War in it really inspired me - as you can see in screw the roses - give me the thorns above. Another favorite is Bad Boy, a twisted little modern-day Deimos/Strife Halloween tale that is very hot in an "ooooh man, I so don't believe he did that" kinda way. In fact, overall her writing has a wealth of sly originality and a cool delivery I very much admire. And add to that some very steamy love/sex scenes...
This is an NC-17 slash site.
Feel like settling down to
a well written, carefully researched and intricately plotted story?
Methos laughed softly.
"I know I'm not Daniel, but if you like, I can accidentally drop a
few of your favorite, most breakable possessions on occasion," he
And if you only ever read one
piece of fiction about Sept.11th, her story "Break the Day" should
be the one. Deeply moving, with an underlying message of hope.
This is a PG site.