May 8th, 2006

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Firefly Fic Recs

I've been doing a lot of Firefly fic reading since I wrote my Big Damn Fic, and I thought I'd share a list of some of my favorites. I've read a lot of great fics lately, many of which aren't on this list. These are the just the ones that stuck with me--the ones I kept thinking about afterwards and found myself wanting to go back and read again. They're based on my personal preferences, the sorts of stories that I like to read, which are maybe not the sorts of stories that other people like to read.

What you probably won't find in these fics: slash, porn without plot, romance, non-canon shipping. What you will find in these fics: great writing, great characterizations, great plots, great angst, and/or great humor. And darkness. Lots and lots of darkness.

"Ice in Crystal" by juliefortune
I'm a huge fan of Julie Fortune's Angel fics, so when she posted her first Firefly story I had to read it. It was my very first taste of Firefly fic, and boy what a standard does it set. Great plotting, perfectly realized characterizations, wonderful ensemble interactions, and Dark with a capital D.

"Scavenged" by salieri (troyswann)
It's possible that this is my favorite Firefly fic ever. Salieri's powers of description are incredibly vivid and yet perfectly spare. An unflinchingly dark story punctuated by perfect and heartbreaking interactions between Kaylee and Mal.

"Utopia" by salieri (troyswann)
Reavers. Jayne. Pretty much the scariest damn fic I've ever read. Read this one with all the lights on.

"Lex Talionis" by Tara LJC O'Shea
My favorite kind of fic--a plotty, action-packed ensemble piece interwoven with illuminating flashbacks. Great dialog, perfect characterizations, and lots of fantastic Kaylee-in-jeopardy angst.

"Reliance" by roseveare
This is the first in a series of connected stories, all of which are engaging and supremely satisfying. Perfect, plotty ensemble pieces with wonderful characterizations. Read them all.

"Rise Up No More" by agentotter
In my mind, this will always be Book's true backstory. Dark and heartbreaking.

"Divergence" by ana_grrl
AU snippets of what might have been for each of the characters had things been just a little bit different. I love these kind of "what if" stories--what if one simple choice had been made differently? How would that affect everything and everyone that came after? This is one of the best of its type I've read in the Fireflyverse.
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Get these motherf'ing snakes off my motherf'ing boat!

I must have finally lost my mind, because I am seriously considering signing up for the Motherf'ing Snakes! Fic Challenge. Mostly because of the first line of her post: "It's come to my attention recently that snakes are a positive addition to any fandom." Truer words were never spoken.

But seriously, ya'll, the call of "Snakes on a Firefly-class Spaceship!" may be too strong to resist. I'm thinking, though, that I shouldn't have to succumb to this madness alone.

Come on, people, "Snakes on a TARDIS!" practically writes itself. Or perhaps "Snakes on Air Force One!", "Snakes on a Yellow X-Terra!", "Snakes on a Wolfram & Hart Corporate Jet!", or "Snakes on a Plane Carrying Forensic Anthropologist Temperance Brennan and Special Agent Seeley Booth to a Top Secret Snogging Session in Hawaii!" The possibilities are practically endless and YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO.
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