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At present the fandoms include:
The Professionals (very occasionally updated)
Nearly all Bodie/Doyle with an occasional gen story
Also there is The Professionals Information and Resources listing
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Stargate SG-1 (no longer updated)
A mix of slash (mainly Jack/Daniel), Gen team and occasional het pairings such as Daniel/Sha're or Daniel/Vala.
The X-Files (seldom updated)
Mainly Mulder/Krycek with a few Mulder-focused gen or other.
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Heroes (no longer updated)
Nearly all Mohinder/Sylar (Mylar)
Ultraviolet (TV) (no longer updated, I don't think anything further has been written for it, sadly :-()
Anything and everything I could find of this small fandom, both fan fiction and resources. Ultraviolet (the TV show) was an amazing 6 hours of TV. The most intriguing take on modern day Vampires I've seen.
Both John/Sherlock slash and friendship fics with an occasional appearance of some that fit neither description, because I can. :-)
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The Hobbit (2012)
Slash and gen/friendship. These will be very Bilbo, often with Thorin, focused but not exclusively as I like all the characters.
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I've fallen for some glorious AU Merlin stories (Merlin/Arthur) and here are my favourites.
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The Chronicles of Narnia
Anything that grabs my interest. :-)
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Anything that grabs my interests, but likely to be centred on the Doctors from 2005 onwards.
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From time to time I read non fandom, original fiction. These are the ones I've loved. No list at present.
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Lately I have been reading a number of Narnia stories, mostly general ones, but a few relationship ones. I loved the Narnia series as a child, my book The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe was much loved and thumbed through. I read it as a delightful fantasy only realising in late adolescence that while C S Lewis had borrowed from many mythologies that the central tenet of his book was that Aslan was Christ. My feelings were perhaps not quite as negative as Philip Pullman, whose acclaimed fantasy series His Dark Materials was written as critical response to The Chronicles, but I do agree with J K Rowling who says of them "...although I adored them when I was a child. I got so caught up I didn't think CS Lewis was especially preachy. Reading them now I find that his subliminal message isn't very subliminal." Lewis, however, maintained that the Narnia books were not allegorical, preferring to term their Christian aspects a "supposition". Whatever intended, the Narnia stories are a delightful children's fantasy that have a number of very problematic issues when read as an adult, Lewis' treatment of Susan for a start. Some of the fan fiction tries to address some of the problems - having to deal with growing up as adult Narnian kings and queens and then suddenly being returned to childhood in war torn England with all your memories intact... horrifying when you think of it, while others just revel in the joy of being in Narnia. Hopefully you might enjoy some of the ones I rec.
Golden Age of Narnia
- Breaking the Borders by Anastigmat Bad magic goes wild after the White Witch's death. In an effort to reunite Narnia with the rest of the world, its young monarchs encounter strange allies, mysterious foes, and uncover Narnia's forgotten history. Golden Age fic. Sadly unfinished, but the end of the last chapter (there are 24) is a kind of completion in its self. A clever, fascinating story that develops the world of Narnia and show cases the 4 children/monarchs along with some of their subjects beautifully. The notes at the end of each chapter are worth reading and if you're wondering why the author keeps referring to Jack, I certainly did, Jack was CS Lewis' nickname.
- I love not man the less, but nature more by rthstewart Humans rule Narnia, but Human rules don’t really apply in Narnia. In the first year of their rule, the Pevensies find out just how different Narnia really is. Written for the 2011 Narnia Fic Exchange. Wonderful, magical world building and a thoroughly enjoyable dip into the Golden Age of Narnia.
- Passing Seasons by naminwrites “Here was once a land of joy and plenty, once torn apart by the Long Winter and now twice torn apart by those who dare call themselves saviors of Narnia.” Summer brings new challenges for the Pevensies. A lovely story that brings together all of the cultures of the countries surrounding Narnia to great effect.
- The Carpetbaggers by cofax The day after Aslan left, taking the magic with him, just about everyone else left, too. After the coronation festivities, the real work begins. During/post "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe". This is less the Golden Age and very much more a stark, realistic and practical introduction to Narnia and what it means to rule a country that has been governed through fear and treachery for over a 100 years. So no romping with the Dryads here, but highly practical lessons in diplomacy, politics, strategics, developing allies, fighting... The story does not skate over some of the terrible things that took place and can sometimes be bleak and harsh yet is still a wonderful tale with heroes and villains, great OC's as well as those we know already such as Mr Tumnus plus excellent character development for all the Pevensies.
- The Palace Guard by rthstewart. I promise to never cause you harm and to protect you from all ill and danger. I give you loyalty with love, respect with fealty, and discretion with honour. I place my body, mind and heart in service to you. I swear this Guard's Oath before Aslan and in His Name, until you release me, until death takes you, or the world ends. -Guard's Oath Sworn To Narnian Monarchs. Another fascinating story by rthstewart. We see Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy very much through their subject's eyes and therefore from their perspective. I very much like the way the author has characterised the four human monarchs.
- A Flight of Fantasy by Anastigmat A stolen Calormene schematic leads to high adventure. In which 'the Most Evil and Scheming Queens', Lady Aramis and a Calormene engineer employ the Guild to build a flying machine, set the Twin Terrors and a camel on the injured (and idiotic) Peter, rescue Edmund, and generally enjoy themselves. Very funny and clever.
- Suitor by Capegio Susan's siblings react to her first suitor. A short and amusing fic, light relief in a fandom that does appear to err on the side of writing the Pevensies in a rather serious and far too saintly a manner.
- Forging a New Age is Never Easy by burntcopper If the Pevensies stayed in Narnia at the end of Prince Caspian... This story is something of a wild romp and a very different take on the Pevensies, when it say in the tags, Pevensies are scary fuckers, believe it! I absolutely loved her take on Edmund and Bacchus.
The Pevensies back in England post the Golden Age of Narnia
- The Dance by PSW. Lucy joins the Dance, and Edmund soaks up joy. This is both a a glimpse of the Golden Age and a dealing with the return to England. A delightful short story that focuses beautifully on Lucy and Edmund.
- The Shadows Feel Like Home by burntcopper In which the Pevensies trip, fall, and somehow end up in Torchwood. It's not Susan's fault she shot an alien that was trying to kill Jack Harkness. This story is the 6th in the National Service Series. I enjoyed them all but this is my favourite. It is well worth reading the much shorter (one chapter) previous stories that build up to this one. It's a crossover, but the focus is very much on the Pevensies and how the very traits that made them such excellent monarchs in Narnia are seen so very differently, and mainly negatively, in modern times. As such National Series series can be seen as a dark albeit often very funny series.
- We need to talk about Susan Pevensie by dirgewithoutmusic or here A lion told her to walk away, and she did. He forbade her magic, he forbade her her own kingdom, so she made her own.Susan Pevensie did not lose faith. She found it. A short, sharp and interesting piece that empowers Susan rather than, as I see it, degrades and devalues her as the books appear to do. Although I accept that a perception of Susan's 'fate' is coloured by your attitude towards the heavy Christian symbolism of the books. I did read Neil Gaiman's short The Problem of Susan and while interesting I found the ending quite disturbing and much prefer this story which is part of a series.
The Wrong Avalon by leashy-bebes Arthur's been stuck in this mysterious place for what feels like years, all invisible to the strange people who surround him. He's given up on anything changing until the arrival of a madman with a blue box. Or: All the Doctor wants is to give his friends a nice honeymoon in the galactically-renowned Hotel Avalon. Except he sort of stumbles across this medieval king who has a date with destiny and then, well, business as usual, really. An highly enjoyable Dr Who/Merlin crossover. The Ponds, the eleventh doctor and a misplaced Arthur go searching for Merlin. "He's been looking for you," the Doctor tells Arthur softly. "Through ages, across worlds... He's written your name in the stars. He's never forgotten, and he's never given up." Lovely characterisation plus fun dialogue and banter.
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- The Crown of the Summer Court by astolat "The king sent me to get you," Merlin said, with a tone that implied strongly that he wasn't rolling his eyes where Arthur could see, but just wait until his back was turned. "He said you're to get changed into formal clothes and meet him in the Great Hall, there's a delegation coming from the Summer Court." A fascinating AU, with Elves. Beautifully written with great Merlin/Arthur interaction and a delightfully dry and witty Morgana.
- You're a Mile Away and You Have Their Shoes by Mad Maudlin Arthur wanted to know what was going on in Merlin's head. He just didn't mean it so literally. A very intriguing role reversal seen through Arthur's confused pov with both Merlin and Arthur remaining very in character plus lovely interactions with all the main characters, including the dragon. Also, as someone notes in the comments on LJ, possibly the only fic that has Arthur finding out about Merlin's magic AND Merlin finding out about Arthur's magic. Highly enjoyable.
- It's Genetics. Unfortunately by Lisgreomg Merlin Holmes, the youngest Holmes brother, reaches out to Sherlock for help finding a friend that has gone missing. This is a Merlin/Sherlock crossover in Sherlock canon time. While it is presented as primarily a Merlin fic due to the pairings I found much of its pleasure was its depiction of John, Sherlock, oh and Mycroft. John and Sherlock, like Arthur and Merlin and the knights are reincarnations or as the author puts it ' souls with a capital-D-Destiny'. However, unlike Merlin and Arthur, they have no memory of their previous lives. All in all it's a very good read.
- The Wrong Avalon by leashy-bebes Arthur's been stuck in this mysterious place for what feels like years, all invisible to the strange people who surround him. He's given up on anything changing until the arrival of a madman with a blue box. Or: All the Doctor wants is to give his friends a nice honeymoon in the galactically-renowned Hotel Avalon. Except he sort of stumbles across this medieval king who has a date with destiny and then, well, business as usual, really. An highly enjoyable Dr Who/Merlin crossover. The Ponds, the eleventh doctor and a misplaced Arthur go searching for Merlin. "He's been looking for you," the Doctor tells Arthur softly. "Through ages, across worlds... He's written your name in the stars. He's never forgotten, and he's never given up." Lovely characterisation plus fun dialogue and banter.
- A Modern Manservant by Mamalaz A modern magical comedy very loosely based on Ugly Betty. Publishing king Uther Pendragon has had enough of his playboy son seducing every female assistant he has ever had so he hires Merlin, a man he is sure Arthur will never sleep with. Merlin would be more insulted by this fact if he wasn’t so busy trying to juggle his duties, save Arthur's skin from ruthless fashionistas and keep his magic a secret at the same time. Expect appearances by oil-lathered knights, the occasional mad druid, a perverted Will and a mental caretaker who lives in the basement and keeps harping on about coins and destiny. A highly entertaining, funny and very clever reincarnation fic. Merlin was totally and utterly adorable while the manner in which the characters of the Arthur story were introduced was inspired, I'm still giggling at the druids. Do go and read it. :-)
- A New Low by rosemaryandrue Written for this prompt at kinkme_merlin, which asked for diabetic!Merlin stuck in a lift with Arthur. It grew from there. Very sweet, very fluffy but with the requisite amount of snipe and banter which makes it highly enjoyable.
- Come Alive by kianspo Arthur Pendragon, the youngest Detective Inspector in Camelot, whose job is rumoured to be cursed, stumbles over a series of crimes no one can explain. Merlin Emrys, a constantly broke student working at a shady nightclub to pay the bills, comes in as a sketch artist - one with an unusual gift. The shadow of magic, supposedly eradicated centuries ago, makes things so much more dangerous for everyone. It's hardly a good time to fall in love. Enjoyable story beautifully illustrated by raideen9. Arthur is his arrogant high handed self and Merlin is just, well adorably Merlin causing Arthur to be annoyed, exasperated, protective and jealous in equal measures :-) The story is original and the way the canon characters are worked into the story is clever and often amusing, I loved this Killgarrah! Well worth a read.
- Drug Stores Flowers by Lady Ragnell Merlin starts to receive lovely gifts (and less-lovely flowers) from a secret admirer. Just bright, charming and totally delightful without every becoming soppy or smarmy. Boys being boys with all that entails in regards to actually communicating with each other. :-)! Play On (Drug Stores flowers prequel) is best read after this story and really adds to the general charm.
- For Your Information by reni-days Merlin sighs. "After your...announcement," he explains, "your father decided he needed a bit more information. Which is apparently where I come in. I'm sort of like his gay tutor, it's hard to explain." Very funny! Merlin and Uther were so wonderfully in character that I grinned through almost every part of their interactions. While Merlin was, delightfully, the focus, the other characters were well used and Arthur when he arrived on the scene was perfect. A brilliant read.
- Gibraltar May Tumble by shes_gone Merlin's life in London is a bit of a mess: his career trapped somewhere between student and professional, his love life trapped in a relationship gone sour, and most days he feels physically trapped in the tiny, shared flat he can't afford to move out of—until an unexpected opportunity sends him packing for the coast. There, he meets someone who might be in a even worse fix than he is: Arthur, a Victorian-era sea captain who's trapped, a bit literally, between life and death, and who refuses to leave the house he died in over a hundred years ago. A delightful reincarnation story that starts, as all Merlin and Arthur relationships appear to, with snark and spats plus many accusations of prattish behaviour and becomes a rather beautiful love story.
- Loaded March Series by footloose The reason SAS Captain Arthur Pendragon can't keep a communications specialist in Team Excalibur because none of them are good enough. And then Lieutenant Merlin Emrys gets assigned to his squad, and Arthur does everything he can to prove that Merlin isn't good enough, either. Except he is. There are 16 very long parts to this series, It's a military AU and it's bloody fantastic. There are times when it got just too angsty for me (not a fan of angst) and then times after the UST had become RST that I felt that the sex scenes were beginning to swamp the plot. It improved and the plot, which to be fair has always been very strong, re-emerged triumphant. :-) It's very male centric, obviously this is a story of Arthur, Merlin and the Knights of the Roundtable, but when we got the girls, which occurred more and more as the story continued they were magnificent! The author is American and she had done a good job on the language and culture, but I so wished she'd had it Britpicked. For example Brits use the abbreviation 'maths', not 'math' which sounded so damn wrong coming from Merlin's lips (and 'math' is used very often in this story). That grumble aside this is excellent writing and well worth a read, just give yourself loads and loads of time, and pace yourself. :-)
- Shadowlord and Pirate King by Footloose A fast ship, a good crew, a treasure, a Clan to lead -- that's all Arthur Pendragon has ever wanted. He sits on the Council, he supports his father's kingship, and he keeps an eye on the Imperial Conglomerate when they come too close to Pirate space. One day the Conglomerate infiltrates the Clans and poisons the King. Arthur must search for a cure to keep his father alive and the Clans from civil war. An escape route, a sharp knife, a target, the shadows at his command -- that's all Merlin has ever needed. He fulfills his assignments, he uses the Sterling to sustain his once-royal House in their exile, and wages a private war against the Imperial Conglomerate. When he learns of an elaborate plot to assassinate him, Merlin does the opposite of what's expected. He flees onto a Pirate ship. There's a saying among the Pirates: that one's fate is written in the stars. Destiny will always set to rights what has been made wrong. Arthur and Merlin know that they were meant for the other from the moment they meet. They can feel it from across the galaxies separating them. Nothing can stop them from being together or from fulfilling an ancient prophecy. Long, extremely well conceived and plotted, fast, exciting SF AU. Arthur and his 'knights' felt very much in character, Merlin much less so, but I was very drawn to him and rather liked this competent, mysterious portrayal of him plus his bumbling manservant act wouldn't have been appropriate at all. The art work by mushroomtale is delicious and the extras that expand upon the superb story telling is worth a wander through.
- such stars as sworn to shield the sky by Etharei A tale of two worlds A Merlin space AU. Very impressive world building and a great use of the story of Camelot and Merlin and Arthur. Its the little details that make a story so enjoyable and the author has made great play of many of the iconic canon bits and pieces. I am particularly fond of the misunderstanding that occurs because Merlin wears a neck scarf. :-)
- The Student Prince by FayJay. A Modern day Merlin AU set at the University of St Andrews, featuring teetotal kickboxers, secret wizards, magnificent bodyguards of various genders, irate fairies, imprisoned dragons, crumbling gothic architecture, arrogant princes, adorable engineering students, stolen gold, magical doorways, attempted assassination, drunken students, shaving foam fights, embarrassing mornings after, The Hammer Dance, duty, responsibility, friendship and true love... It's well known in the Merlin fandom, it's on Fanlore, it's a podfic and it's delightfully and utterly British through and through. It is well worth a read whether you are aware of the BBC TV show Merlin or not as it is very well written and a total pleasure to read.
The Green Blade by verityburns As a serial killer hits the headlines, the police are out of their depth and the next victim is out of time. With faith in Sherlock Holmes at an all time low, this is a case which will push loyalties to the limit... An intriguing well plotted case fic with most of the regular characters (Lestrade, Donovan, Mrs Hudson...) heavily involved. The John and Sherlock relationship dynamics are thoroughly explored and beautifully depicted. (Gen fic)
A story I really can't believe I've not recc'd before...
London Orbital by merripestin "I'm driving first," Sally said. "Guv can take over after me. If we're all still mad enough to be at this after that, John can drive third shift. Then the freak, if we decide we can risk it." "John doesn't drive," said Sherlock. "Then what's John along for?" Sally protested. Which Greg reckoned had to be just Sally trying to wind Sherlock up. She knew better. All night in a car with Sherlock was bad enough. All night driving round and round the M25 looking for a killer, with Sherlock deprived of John Watson, sounded like a new circle of hell. Very clever, very funny and a wonderful observation of John and Sherlock from Greg Lestrade's pov. Also a welcome positive view of Sally Donovan. (Gen)
I've started a Case Fic heading with this, how can I have read and recc'd Sherlock stories and not have a case fic heading!