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03 January 2014 @ 05:23 pm
Five fics I loved at Summer Of Giles 2013  
Five terrific fics from summer_of_giles 2013.

The Last Watcher by shapinglight is Giles/Ethan and a brilliant reminder that sometimes Giles at his most civil is also Giles at his most terrifying. Just lovely.

Talking of Ethan, in 0_ruthless_0’s Of Spiders and Fish, Giles remembers scenes from his past and makes a bet with himself in the present

aadler’s Under the Gun (the Bullets Backed with Bitches' Remix) is also a look at an incarnation of Giles that’s about as far away from the tweedy librarian as you can get. This is a remix and takes the premise of the original story and builds on it beautifully with excellent continuity, a super original touch and a great, ambiguous Giles.

thea_bromine always gives good Giles and she didn’t disappoint this year with This One Now. Post Chosen, Giles acts as comfortator.

Last but by no means least is il_mio_capitano’s Watcher’s End. It’s raining cats and dogs, the buses are all full and Giles is trying to get home. Then he spots a tube station he doesn’t remember seeing before. This is vivid and compelling storytelling with a wonderfully believable Giles and great OC’s. All in all just a great read.

I struggled to pick just five fics from this year’s summer_of_giles, so if you didn’t get the chance to catch up with the offerings this year, I’d urge you to go to the comm and just start reading because there’s a ton of stuff to enjoy.
baudown: pic#111143280baudown on January 4th, 2014 01:56 am (UTC)
I'm on a bit of a Giles/Ethan kick these days, so the first two are definitely going on the to-read list.
sparrow2000sparrow2000 on January 4th, 2014 02:00 am (UTC)
Excellent to hear. I'm pretty sure you will enjoy. :)
Danna: Fool for Lovechasingdemons on January 4th, 2014 02:05 am (UTC)
I loved The Last Watcher. Thanks for the list!
sparrow2000sparrow2000 on January 4th, 2014 02:20 am (UTC)
The Last Watcher is great, isn't it.
red_satin_doll: Chosen One - purplered_satin_doll on January 4th, 2014 02:20 am (UTC)
I've been on a bit of a kick with Capitano's fics lately: "Holding On" (AU tabula rasa), Monster, etc. Such superb characterization and psychology - the exact opposite of predictable "trope-filled" fics. The rest are unknown to me, thanks for the recs!
sparrow2000sparrow2000 on January 4th, 2014 03:11 am (UTC)
I'm so glad I can tempt you with unknown stuff as well as confirming how great capitano is. Happy reading! :)
red_satin_doll: Chosen One - purplered_satin_doll on January 6th, 2014 05:23 pm (UTC)
I'm way behind on the write-up post I've been intending to rec Capitano on my journal; I think most of my flist is "Spuffy" but in terms of fanon, I'm becoming far less monogamous *LOL* (poly-shipping?) Give me quality writing, a good story, incisive characterizations I can believe in (ie fidelity to canon esp in this fandom when characters are already so three-dimensional) and I'm a happy Buffy fangirl.

I do have hold-out areas: porn, torture; and shipping Tara with ANY male character from any fandom verse.
yourlibrarian: DevilYouKnow: indulging_breckyourlibrarian on January 4th, 2014 03:22 am (UTC)
Ha, I can see all of my recs will have been posted before I get to it. Good set!
sparrow2000sparrow2000 on January 4th, 2014 05:16 pm (UTC)
I'm sure you have lots of others up your sleeve! *g*
Butterfly: [Doctor Who] Amy and Rorysnogged on January 4th, 2014 04:34 am (UTC)
Thanks for the recs!
sparrow2000sparrow2000 on January 4th, 2014 05:16 pm (UTC)
Glad to be of service :)
thea_bromine: Theobrominethea_bromine on January 4th, 2014 12:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you for mentioning me!
sparrow2000sparrow2000 on January 4th, 2014 05:17 pm (UTC)
Well any Giles list wouldn't be complete if it didn't have a Thea fic on it! :)
Shapinglight: Buffyversetop5shapinglight on January 4th, 2014 06:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for reccing my story.

Those are all great choices. Was going to rec Watchers' End myself. Loved that one.
sparrow2000sparrow2000 on January 4th, 2014 07:23 pm (UTC)
I loved your incarnation of Giles - who needs a weapon when your conversation is so cutting.

Glad you liked the choices, and yes, Watcher's End is brilliant, isn't it.
Flippancy provided by: drink!il_mio_capitano on January 5th, 2014 09:41 am (UTC)
Thank you for the rec and the kind words from everyone. It was a strong SoG last year with lots of great entries.
sparrow2000sparrow2000 on January 7th, 2014 01:30 am (UTC)
You are most welcome hon. It was a great story that I'm happy to wave pompoms for and as you say it was a really strong year at SoG. Here's to another great year this year!
Aadler: ChainGilesaadler on January 6th, 2014 09:11 pm (UTC)
I deeply appreciate both your recommendation and the pocket analysis accompanying it. Last year was the first time I participated in summer_of_giles, but the response makes it likely that I’ll want to repeat the experience.

Edited at 2014-01-06 09:12 pm (UTC)
sparrow2000sparrow2000 on January 7th, 2014 01:31 am (UTC)
I'm very happy to rec this story. I thought it was terrific and wanted to spread the love.

It was my second year at SoG and both times I've found everyone to be incredibly welcoming and receptive to whatever I had to offer.