07 January 2013 @ 01:24 pm
Five Stories That Just Are That Good 2012  
No overarching theme with these. I just thought they were all wonderful.

Ethan Rayne vs America by indri. Ethan's time with the Initiative. PG. Anything new by indri is a treat. This is just superb.



brutti_ma_buoni's letsgetitdone ficathon spawned some wonderful fics. Here are two of them.

The Tinder Box by oni_9. Spike/Drusilla, rating Mature. Drusilla gets glimpses of her family's future and decides she doesn't like what she sees. A wonderful, rich, strange fic, unlike anything else I've read in the fandom. Great sense of place too.

Abridgement by quinara. Dawn, PG. Several years after the dimensions tore, Dawn is figuring out her place in the world. I love post-apocalypse fics anyway, but this is a terrific example of the genre.

For femslash_minis's apocalypse round,

Cloudbusting by beer_good_foamy, Willow/Illyria PG. A different apocalypse and a pairing I'd never really considered. It works very well, though.

And finally, for seasonal_spuffy,

Ver Sacrum by brutti_ma_buoni. Spike/Buffy PG. There's a real person chess game in this fic, and if that doesn't send you scurrying to read it, I don't know what will.
 
 
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sueworld2003: Heartsueworld2003 on January 7th, 2013 01:31 pm (UTC)
Oh I remember some of these. All excellent choices. :D
Shapinglight: Buffyversetop5shapinglight on January 7th, 2013 02:28 pm (UTC)
Yes, I think they're all amazing.
Beer Goodbeer_good_foamy on January 7th, 2013 02:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot for the rec!

And definitely seconding these. "Ethan Rayne vs America" especially, one of the most poetic and beautiful fanfics I've read in a very long time.
Shapinglight: galaxyshapinglight on January 7th, 2013 06:10 pm (UTC)
Definitely. I just re-read it and it's even better the second time.
petzipellepingo: buffyversetop5 spike by eyesthatslaypetzipellepingo on January 7th, 2013 03:04 pm (UTC)
Excellent choices by some of the Buffyverse's best authors.
Shapinglight: galaxyshapinglight on January 7th, 2013 06:10 pm (UTC)
:)
brutti_ma_buonibrutti_ma_buoni on January 7th, 2013 06:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the Get It Done shoutout! I feel like I can't rec anything from that without looking favouritist (?), but there was some great stuff.

And, obvs, thanks for another rec for me. I am starting to blush.
Shapinglight: galaxyshapinglight on January 7th, 2013 06:40 pm (UTC)
Well, better get used to it. You're going to get recced a lot.
Quinara: Meg and Mog Owl eyesquinara on January 7th, 2013 07:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much, Deb! :D
Shapinglight: galaxyshapinglight on January 7th, 2013 08:12 pm (UTC)
My pleasure. I do love that story.
spuffy_luvr: poniesspuffy_luvr on January 7th, 2013 08:54 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I hadn't read abridgement - excellent. Great choices!
Shapinglight: Solar flaresshapinglight on January 9th, 2013 11:30 am (UTC)
They are good, aren't they?
Butterfly: [Doctor Who] Amy and Rorysnogged on January 7th, 2013 11:16 pm (UTC)
I adore Cloudbusting!
Shapinglight: Solar flaresshapinglight on January 9th, 2013 11:31 am (UTC)
Me too. I'd never imagined that pairing before, but it works really well.
yourlibrarian: ScoobyXmasTop5-eyesthatslayyourlibrarian on January 8th, 2013 12:10 am (UTC)
If the first is any indication the rest should be excellent.
Shapinglight: Solar flaresshapinglight on January 9th, 2013 11:31 am (UTC)
They all are. I hope you enjoy them.
baudown: pic#111143280baudown on January 8th, 2013 12:29 am (UTC)
Just read the indri story and I'm so glad I did. I haven't read her before, and it's wonderful to be introduced to a writer with that kind of talent, and a large body of work I can look forward to reading. Thanks very much for the rec.
Shapinglight: Solar flaresshapinglight on January 9th, 2013 11:32 am (UTC)
My pleasure. All her stuff is well worth reading.
oni_9: winnieoni_9 on January 8th, 2013 02:50 am (UTC)
Thank you for the generous recommendation! I'm looking forward to reading the others I hadn't seen yet. :)
Shapinglight: Solar flaresshapinglight on January 9th, 2013 11:32 am (UTC)
My pleasure. I love that story.
Rebcake: btvs_spi_thumbsrebcake on January 16th, 2013 08:21 pm (UTC)
Great list! I've still one to read of these, but the others were terrific! I agree that anything from indri is extra-special, though having a new writer (oni_9) on this list is great, too! Especially one who does such a great Dru. ;-)
Shapinglight: horse head nebulashapinglight on January 17th, 2013 03:29 pm (UTC)
I agree. There are so few new writers in the fandom these days.
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