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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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May. 8th, 2006 05:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you for these...have just recently discovered Firefly, and was hoping to get recs before wading through stacks of not-so-shiny stuff.

Can't wait to dive in!
May. 8th, 2006 05:55 pm (UTC)
I hope you like 'em! They are awfully damn dark, the lot of them. I suspect something may be wrong with me that I like to read such unhappy stories.
May. 8th, 2006 05:37 pm (UTC)
I will not read anything until I finish my truthsome_fic. I will not read anything until I finish my truthsome_fic. I will not read anything until I finish my truthsome_fic.

May. 8th, 2006 05:56 pm (UTC)
You know, nothing makes me crave reading fic like writing. The more I'm supposed to be writing, the more I want to skiv off and go read fic. That's why I went into such an almighty frenzy of fic-reading as soon as I had my draft sent off for beta-ing.
May. 8th, 2006 05:38 pm (UTC)
That's perfect timing. My housemate, who is into Firefly much more than I am, is lusting for fic. And I can't rec her anything since I haven't read any FF. I'll send her this list as a roadmap.

I'll probably check out some of these myself, they sound good.
May. 8th, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC)
Hope she likes them! They are pretty damn dark.

You should check them out yourself, because I know you're one of the few souls who share my passion for gen fics with plots.
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May. 8th, 2006 06:05 pm (UTC)
I know! And the ending--oy!

Have you read her Angel stuff? It is seriously dark and sexy and scary and disturbing. And her Cordelia voice is amazing. I think it's all set S3-ish, so you should be primed for it now. I'm telling you, "Ice in Crystal" is practically mild compared to her Angel stuff.
May. 9th, 2006 12:50 pm (UTC)
Ohh I love Firefly, but I am SO not dark. Not the porn/slash/overly romantic type either. I am all about the banter. I loved "Mrs. Reynolds". Oh well. If you actually find good stuff on the lighter side, you can send the link my way.
May. 10th, 2006 05:28 am (UTC)
thanks for the rec! Glad you liked LT.
May. 12th, 2006 12:26 am (UTC)
You're most welcome! I've loved all your stories that I've read, but that was definitely my favorite.
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