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November 12th, 2010

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11:00 pm - Five essential fics: The Sentinel
I may be doing a series of these--just thinking about fandoms that I'm not as involved in anymore, and seeing which 5 fics I think of first, the ones that stuck with me. It's basically a chance to remind myself what I've loved in my earlier fandoms, to find out whether the fics are still online, and to share them with you.

These aren't the "5 best fics," by the way. Sometimes the one that makes you think most fondly of your time in a fandom is not the best, just the most special for some reason.

Sirocco, D.L. Witherspoon
When Carolyn runs afoul of bioterrorists, she heads for the one safe place she knows--the arms of her ex-husband. There is action, h/c, and character death, plus Jim/Carolyn... and it's one of my all-time favorite stories.

Out of Harm's Way, by K. Ryn
Written by one of the masters of TS h/c fic, this is a classic that includes poison, a mystical bond between Sentinel and Guide, and some excellent friendship moments.

Imperfections series (9 stories), by Dasha ( dashamte )
If Blair's washing out of the Guide program, who's taking care of Jim? AU.
To see my full squee-ish review of this series, click here. It's one of the best versions of the AU "sentinels and guides are known" trope that has been written, and Dasha's take on canon events and hypersenses are wonderful.

Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut, by Red Soprano
Always guaranteed to make me grin, this fic also helped inspire one of my first TS fics, "L-O-Y-A-L-T-Y."

Mail Bonding, by Shelly
My favorite out of the domestic roommate fics, although I had to hunt a bit to find it, because I couldn't initially remember who the author was!

Honorable Mentions:
Evolution, by D.L. Witherspoon
Hijacked!, by D.L. Witherspoon
It's Hot and I Hate You, by Jael Lyn
Holding It In, by kerravonsen (aka "a portrait of another universe's Blair")

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Date:November 13th, 2010 10:11 am (UTC)
I love all of Red Soprano's TS stories :)
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Date:November 14th, 2010 03:02 am (UTC)
She wrote some great stuff! And one of the first Numb3rs fics I read, a crossover with Medium.
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Date:November 13th, 2010 12:18 pm (UTC)
D.L. Witherspoon. 'Nough said.

K. Ryn. 'Nough said.

I seem to remember really enjoying "The Circularity of Donuts" and it's companion piece.

Sadly, Brook Hensen's stuff is no longer on line.

Besterette wrote some of my favorite shorts.

I also seem to remember liking a lot of Red Soprano's stuff.

And I still think about Martha's stories--Plank, Snake Oil, and Unsleeping. It's funny, because I think of those stories, and I'm like, "Ooh, I wish someone would right a SPN version of these." Then I think, "Wait. SPN is these. Duh."

I've been meaning to get out my S1 DVDs and start watching them, see if I'm still as enamored of the show as I was, see if it stands the test of time, and see if I still relate to the same character I did. Heh.
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Date:November 14th, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
Seriously, DLW probably ended up being my favorite author in that fandom. There were other good ones, including many you mention here (Besterette was my go-to humor gal for a long time; K. Ryn--cases and angst and mysticism, 'nough said). Didn't Merry Lynne write "The Infinite Circularity of Donuts," and wasn't the companion piece the toothbrush one? Yeah, those were good. :)

Re: Martha's stories: I'm not sure I'd ever be able to reread Plank. It kind of freaked me out, the emotional intensity of what happens to Blair. I was just thinking the other day, though, that I need to re-read Snake Oil, and maybe finally try to get through Unsleeping, now that I'm more familiar with horror as a genre. (thank you SPN)

I've, oddly, found myself wanting to write about Jim and Blair again, lately. Hmmm. I need to get my hands on some decent DVD copies of seasons 2-4, since my VHS copies no longer play.
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Date:November 14th, 2010 07:13 pm (UTC)
Plank was good for the intensity. I've re-read the highlights many times.

Snake Oil is a good stand-alone horror, and I think the first place I heard about the balloon-headed Japanese monster.

Unsleeping . . . Well . . . That one well and truly freaked me out. Big time. I've never been able to re-read it in its entirety. I only went back to re-read the rescue parts. And you know I'm not overly adverse to horror. I'd be interested to know what you think of it.
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Date:November 16th, 2010 02:22 am (UTC)
FYI, Brook did get another site after Geocities closed down. It's here:

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Date:November 16th, 2010 03:46 am (UTC)
Oh! And her gen stuff is there! Thank you for the heads-up! Awesome!
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Date:November 16th, 2010 03:56 am (UTC)
You're welcome. Love the icon.
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Date:November 16th, 2010 05:30 am (UTC)
Oh, that's awesome! Thank you!
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Date:November 14th, 2010 09:28 pm (UTC)
Also? "It's Hot and I Hate You." I still love it. :-)

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