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    Moscow Watcher asked me to start this thread for her. This is the place where you can post fanfic recommendations. We already have a thread where you can recommend your own fics, so this is a thread where you can recommend other people's work. Just make sure that you don't link to other forums since this is not allowed on Buffy Forums.

    Now I'll let Moscow Watcher start this thread off.

    Originally posted by Moscow Watcher
    With mods' permission I create a thread for fanfiction recommendations. It's a place to recommend other writers' fic members of the board find interesting and worthy to read.

    Mods also suggested to describe recommended fics and explain why you like them.

    I read a lot of fanfiction and I'm eager to share my impressions with other fans. I mostly read stuff posted on Live Journal. I hope other people will also participate and tell about their favorite stories.

    Let me start with a recommendation of a fic The Price of Grace by St_Salieri

    http://www.livejournal.com/tools/mem...ace&filter=all

    Post-NFA. Rating R. WIP

    After Buffy and Dawn narrowly escape death in a what seems a terrorist attack, Giles tells them that somebody is after her. Determined to find the criminals, Buffy starts her own investigation... until she meets a trio on the run: Spike, Angel and Faith. They tell her that it's the Council who is behind the attack...

    Plotty, inventive multi-character story. St_Salieri writes good dialogues and knows how to maintain the narrative tension. 11 chapters so far.
    So go ahead and post your own fanfic recommendations, just make sure you adhere to the above-mentioned rules. Thank you.

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    Fun! We can link archives and author sites yes? Just no other forums. If I screw up here please just PM me and I'll fix this-no naughtiness intended.

    I read a lot of Fanfic, mostly Spuffy, here are a few that stand out:

    First of anything by Eurydice is great-her personal site= Love's Last Glimpse Has several great stories. My favorites are probably A Stone's Throw from Yesterday (which was actually recommended to me by The Poet's <3) and Legions of True Hearts. Both are definitely tear jerkers-so be prepared for heavy angst, but she writes beautifully.

    Addie Logan is also great. Check out her stuff at: Blood and Satin
    Been her too few years is a great All-human AU piece (long-probably novel length)
    For less angst and more laughs check out A Pirate's Life for Me-where Buffy and Spike get pulled into an enchanted Pirate Romance novel filled with all the fabulous cliches one would hope for.

    Do I Dare Disturb the Universe by Pepperlandgirl, is a great post BTVS Spuffy story. It has what I feel is one of the best/ most realistic versions of William I've read and some surprises that I didn't see coming. Do I dare Disturb the Universe

    I'll stop for now, though there are many more. Happy Reading.
    "All I ask is that... that you try to see me."

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    • #3
      I would just say don't link to any PWP if you're linking to anything with adult content. People can find their own PWP

      Now, there are a couple with adult content I'd recommend, as well -- one of them is Mercy, by Ozmandayus, which is a Buffy/Xander fic set in Season 5 which would definitely have launched the show in a different direction, but one I wouldn't have had any trouble buying.

      Completely non-'shippy but very enjoyable is Disneyland, by Christina K. (originally posted on the Sunnydale Slayers). It deals with the immediate aftermath of "Chosen", and pleasantly does so in a way that is still basically canon compatible so very enjoyable.

      Sadly, the website that hosts another favorite of mine is down, but the fic was a wonderful Xander/Willow fic, actually, set as an alternate version of "Touched". Good story, though. They are still one of my favorite 'ships.
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      • #4
        Two new entries to Seasonal Spuffy ficathon

        When One Door Closes by married_n_mich

        http://community.livejournal.com/sea...fy/191978.html
        http://community.livejournal.com/sea...fy/192136.html

        Two-part story explores a situation in which Buffy hasn't returned to Sunnydale after Becoming. Five years later Spike, who is chipped by The Initiative, meets her in Authentic Italian Restaurante where she is waitressing...

        Solid character study with snarks and sparks.

        ~~~~~~~~~~

        Riders by Winsome

        http://community.livejournal.com/sea...fy/2007/09/23/

        Goes AU in s5. Joyce is OK, Glory was defeated, Dawn?s still the key and Spike already owns the motorcycle. Buffy and Spike set off on the trail of a killer and wind up in alternate dimension 1870?s Nevada trying to prevent the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse from rising. 30 chapters.


        And if you're in the mood to read something funny check

        Buffy and Spike?s Most Excellent Adventure at the Con by Winsome

        http://winsomeone.livejournal.com/2194.html#cutid1

        Very AU-ish in somewhat fluffy season 6 (but, obviously, Serenity has already premiered). G-rated.
        Author's notes: The Scoobies hunt for a gang of demons planning to rob a science fiction convention. This is strictly a tongue-planted-firmly-in cheek look at a science fiction convention. And before anyone gets upset, please understand this is done with love, written by someone who probably attends way too many of them. Yeah, I?m one of ?em, too.
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        Last edited by Moscow Watcher; 18-03-11, 10:36 AM.

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        • #5
          Who's the Doctor? by missmurchison

          http://missmurchison.livejournal.com/389657.html

          BtVS/Dr.Who/Torchwood crossover. During AYW.

          What if Spike has kept the eggs for certain time-travelling Doctor and his friends? The most hilarious version of AYW events - and after "that" panel in issue 6 of s8 BtVS (with Doctor and Rose) the premise sounds pretty plausible.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Moscow Watcher View Post
            Who's the Doctor? by missmurchison

            http://missmurchison.livejournal.com/389657.html

            BtVS/Dr.Who/Torchwood crossover. During AYW.

            What if Spike has kept the eggs for certain time-travelling Doctor and his friends? The most hilarious version of AYW events - and after "that" panel in issue 6 of s8 BtVS (with Doctor and Rose) the premise sounds pretty plausible.
            That sounds amazing! I can't access livejournal at work but, fun fun premise. And it's true, that panel really does open up a whole world of canon!crossover fic


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            • #7
              What You Wish For by fer1213

              http://fer1213.livejournal.com/178945.html
              http://fer1213.livejournal.com/179232.html
              http://fer1213.livejournal.com/179490.html

              Post-Dead Things. Buffy meets Halfrek in Bronze and says fatal words "I wish it were okay--accepted, normal, whatever--for someone like me to be with someone like Spike". She quickly amends that she's talking theoretically. And Hallie grants her wish - VERBATIM. The next day Buffy wakes up in the world where it's OK for slayers to be with vampires. Spike arrives at Buffy's birthday with Faith and they look very happy together!
              What would Buffy do?
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              Last edited by Moscow Watcher; 18-03-11, 10:38 AM.

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              • #8
                *~*Currently on Seasonal Spuffy*~*

                I didn?t know it?d feel like this by Elisi

                http://community.livejournal.com/sea...fy/194349.html

                PG-13 Spike shanshued post-NFA, and he and Buffy have been married for almost 5 years now. Finally they are ready to become parents...

                Muted by Annapurna2

                http://community.livejournal.com/sea...93.html#cutid1

                Post-NFA. R. Shanshued Spike dies in The Battle - but returns as a soulless vampire. Could Buffy deal with him?

                Beginnings by annapurna_2

                http://community.livejournal.com/sea...63.html#cutid1

                The essence of Spuffy concentrated in seven short stories.

                Made for Each Other by annapurna_2

                http://community.livejournal.com/sea...88.html#cutid1

                Post-TGIQ. A reunion seen through the eyes of Buffy, Spike and Angel.

                Swerve by Shadowlass

                http://community.livejournal.com/sea...fy/194751.html

                Post-Something Blue. After the spell is broken, Buffy and Spike decide to end their engagement... so that they had time to know each other better. Funny, fluffy one-shot with great dialogues.
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                Last edited by Moscow Watcher; 18-03-11, 10:39 AM.

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                • #9
                  The Daughter by MsClawdia

                  http://community.livejournal.com/sea...66.html#cutid1

                  Future!Fic. PG
                  Author's summary: Buffy's daughter watches her mother reconnect with an old friend and accidentally discovers a few of her mother's long-held secrets. Warnings: As you might guess from the summary, there is reference to Buffy/Other in the distant past.
                  ~~~~~~
                  I can't start to explain what I loved about this fic without revealing some plot details that absolutely shouldn't be spoiled. Because the jigsaw-puzzle is constructed so masterfully that the final revelation leaves the reader stunned. So I will only say that it's a must for everybody who loves Buffyverse characters. And, when you reread it for the second time, knowing who is who the story becomes even richer and more rewarding.
                  A masterpiece.
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                  Last edited by Moscow Watcher; 18-03-11, 10:40 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Moscow Watcher View Post
                    The Daughter by MsClawdia

                    http://community.livejournal.com/sea...66.html#cutid1

                    Future!Fic. PG
                    Author's summary: Buffy's daughter watches her mother reconnect with an old friend and accidentally discovers a few of her mother's long-held secrets. Warnings: As you might guess from the summary, there is reference to Buffy/Other in the distant past.
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                    I can't start to explain what I loved about this fic without revealing some plot details that absolutely shouldn't be spoiled. Because the jigsaw-puzzle is constructed so masterfully that the final revelation leaves the reader stunned. So I will only say that it's a must for everybody who loves Buffyverse characters. And, when you reread it for the second time, knowing who is who the story becomes even richer and more rewarding.
                    A masterpiece.
                    Wow-thanks for the recommendation. This was interesting and surprising. It definitely leaves you wanting more though-like a sequel.

                    So I've gotten pulled in by a few in-progress stories lately-all Spuffy and all excellent thought in very different ways:

                    http://www.nocturnal-light.net/fanfi...d To Time Past by Unbridled Brunette
                    Summary: The victim of a spell gone awry, Buffy suddenly finds herself trapped in Victorian London, where she meets a man surprisingly familiar to her.
                    This is a novel length piece that is probably about 2/3 of the way done. It is really well-written. Buffy sounds like Buffy-Spike sounds like Spike. I've cried a half-dozen times already. She is really getting into the mythology a bit now-what does it mean to be a vampire? Is William still a part of Spike? etc. Rated NC-17

                    http://www.nocturnal-light.net/fanfi...The Last Storm by Dreamsofspike and Twilight Child

                    Summary: The battle in the alley at the end of NFA is only the beginning of the struggle for Spike, the only survivor, but by no means victorious. As he struggles to survive his new life, and eventually escape it, who can he trust to help him escape, and return to the Slayer he still loves?

                    This is a really dark story-really dark, but beautiful thus far. Warning-there are some pretty graphic torture scenes that may not be everyone's cuppa, but if you can handle it the emotional payoff is huge. This story really hits hard. (NC-17)

                    http://www.nocturnal-light.net/fanfi... Rocks Beneath By jnharrow is an AU all human highschool fic-quite a bit lighter than the other two but not fluff. She had created very well-developed alterna-Buffy and Alterna-Spike/William. I'm hooked. Rated: NC-17 (hasn't warranted this rating yet though.

                    I will warn again though that these are all still in-progress. If that is a problem for you-wait until they're down. But if you're a Spuffy fan you should check them out.
                    "All I ask is that... that you try to see me."

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Dorian's Kitten View Post
                      http://www.nocturnal-light.net/fanfi...The Last Storm by Dreamsofspike and Twilight Child

                      Summary: The battle in the alley at the end of NFA is only the beginning of the struggle for Spike, the only survivor, but by no means victorious. As he struggles to survive his new life, and eventually escape it, who can he trust to help him escape, and return to the Slayer he still loves?

                      This is a really dark story-really dark, but beautiful thus far. Warning-there are some pretty graphic torture scenes that may not be everyone's cuppa, but if you can handle it the emotional payoff is huge. This story really hits hard. (NC-17)
                      Just a comment on this one, dorian's kitten - I've dipped into this only, not read it through completely because I agree it hits hard, the erotic charge of torture porn is undeniable. But in case anyone who basically doesn't like the idea of Spike humiliated and tortured in a sexually explicit way, reads this for the emotional payoff of Spuffy - the balance isn't there.

                      It has tapped into a common Spike/Spuffy fanfiction trend which is to resolve the difficult areas of the character and the relationship by making Spike capable of forcing far nastier sex than was ever written for him on screen on an emotionally comatose Buffy, or watching Spike suffer - again and again, until Buffy turns up to smile tearily into his tortured face and technically forgive him. Resolving Spike's past and the damaging aspects of Spuffy by inflicting sexual torture on the character loses the point of jossverse fanfic for me. It's blinding Mr Rochester so the Jane Eyre can marry him, sexed up and updated, but the same cop out - once the main male character has been put through enough (sexually enjoyable if you like that sort of stuff – I don't) suffering he can come off the naughty step and receive the love of the pure heroine. Buffy's mentally and emotionally stronger than we give her credit for, I feel. And let's stop undressing the Spiky dolly to attach electrodes to his genitals, bleedin' enough already.
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                      • #12
                        As I mentioned this story isn't for everyone. However, I think it stands out a bit from the fray. I would also like to make it clear that in this particular story the point is not that making Spike suffer would somehow make him good. It is accepted from the get go that he is good and worthy of love. Also, I would not categorize this as torture-porn, as that is a relatively small part of the story.There are currently 24 chapters posted and only two that I can recall actually contain torture. It's is more focused on the aftermath. The emotional part of this story, the questions about self-identity and strength, is quite strong. I personally skimmed the torture stuff (not my thing) but I have found the suspense and inner turmoil quite fulfilling. The end (which we haven't yet seen) will clearly be dealing with much more important questions than whether or not Buffy forgives Spike. That doesn't seem to be a question at all. The big question here is whether any amount of love/support etc. can possibly help someone regain their identity after so much loss of self.

                        Certainly there are a lot of fics out there that fit the category you describe, and I agree with you that Buffy is stronger than they generally give her credit for and that Spike doesn't need any more punishment. I just don't think this story really fits that category and would hope that you haven't scared off everyone with your thoughts on that trend. This does not contain Spike performing devious violent acts upon a comatose Buffy. It does contain scenes of Spike being tortured, but I would be surprised if anyone found them titillating as I think they are not written with that intent. It has more of a horror feel than an S&M feel.

                        Anyway, clearly we disagree on this and that is fine, but I needed to defend it as I have read it through completely and feel strongly that there is more to this than you've seen. (Perhaps the chapters you dipped into were the darkest points?)
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Dorian's Kitten View Post
                          Certainly there are a lot of fics out there that fit the category you describe, and I agree with you that Buffy is stronger than they generally give her credit for and that Spike doesn't need any more punishment. I just don't think this story really fits that category and would hope that you haven't scared off everyone with your thoughts on that trend.
                          Unlikely with the scaring off, mentioning torture porn has probably been the biggest boost this fic has got, they'll be hitting on the writers' site in droves

                          This does not contain Spike performing devious violent acts upon a comatose Buffy.
                          No, that was in previously recommended fic that the poster withdrew.

                          It does contain scenes of Spike being tortured, but I would be surprised if anyone found them titillating as I think they are not written with that intent. It has more of a horror feel than an S&M feel.
                          Effective horror, like eroticism, depends on letting the reader's imagination do most of the work. The torture scenes are unnecessarily specific.

                          Anyway, clearly we disagree on this and that is fine, but I needed to defend it as I have read it through completely and feel strongly that there is more to this than you've seen. (Perhaps the chapters you dipped into were the darkest points?)
                          You're right, I didn't have the time to invest in this fic. I think you're being generous, as an excellent fanfic writer yourself, dorian's kitten, towards the overall quality of the writing though. I read enough to realize that overall the writing, while good, didn't have enough originality or depth to act as a balance to the visceral jolts. I'm oversensitive probably, particularly to the use of plot orgasms that depend on sex and violence instead of character and ... plot, but without the balance of strong writing, I think too many readers are going to go to that story for a porny fix. Can we drop the word "dark" please? When I typeset the first part of Desmond Tutu's book on the Truth & Reconciliation Commission, despite the need to focus on the job in hand, I read about torture, the real thing. S&M OK, if it gets people's peckers up, but writing a very attractive, male, fantasy figure into a torture scene isn't dark, it's nasty. Joss is very, very down on portraying the sexual humiliation of women in the media - just because in this case it's a man, wouldn't cut any ice with him.
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                          • #14
                            Thanks for the recs, Dorian's Kitten!

                            Nocturnal Light is a new archive to me. I added it to my favorites and will be checking it often.

                            I adore Forward to Time Past and looking forward to every new chapter. But I read it on LJ.

                            Re Last Storm. I'm not a fan of torture fics (although I admit that there is something about Spike that makes him a perfect torture victim. There is even an LJ comm dedicated to that activity.

                            I have to confess that the only fic with torture elements that I liked is Love is Blind. But it's a powerful, gripping story that perfectly balances pathos and humor, and the torture element is just a means to make it work.

                            But if you think The Last Storm is worth reading I'll definitely check it.
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                            • #15
                              New Seasonal Spuffy entry.

                              A New Bird by jnharrow

                              http://community.livejournal.com/sea...fy/2007/10/06/

                              AU from Lie To Me; Ford hits Buffy harder and she regaines consciousness in Spike and Dru's lair. Spike decides to use her as a bait for Angel and, to guarantee successful trap, invites a wizard to make a spell that will make Buffy unable to harm them. But we all know how all evil!Spike's plans end up. The book of spells was damaged in some spots and the wizard improvized with the missing words ...

                              Plotty, fast-paced story, full of unexpected twists and deftly balancing angst and fun.
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                              Last edited by Moscow Watcher; 18-03-11, 10:44 AM.

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