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October 26th, 2005

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10:47 pm - 3 fic reccs: Numb3rs
All right. I've been enjoying this show as it edges into its second season, and have therefore been trying to find good gen fics. The annoying thing about a fandom that centers around 2 brothers is the kind of stuff the slashers come up with. *puking face* Also (though I admit that Charlie is an incredibly easy mark for angst), a lot of the fic out there seems to be of the "I am a high school student working through my own depression" variety.

So when I found these few good, plotty, character-revealing stories, I thought I should share them.

For those who don't know, Numb3rs is a procedural drama about two brothers. Don Eppes is an FBI agent in Los Angeles; his younger brother Charlie Eppes is a brilliant professor of applied mathematics, whom Don brings in to consult on some of his cases. The plots tend to be well worked out, with Charlie's math supplying obscurely useful lines of inquiry, but the pleasure of this show is in the characters and their relationships. Don is a protective (and perhaps slightly resentful) oldest son; Charlie is brilliant in math but can't spell (or figure out how to ask out his research assistant Amita) to save his life; and their father Alan is a generous, warm man, who is just happy that both his sons still live in the same town, where he can have them over for dinner.

Links and mini-reviews will be found behind the cut-tags.

Go-Cart Charlie, by Red Soprano

This is a crossover with the show Medium, but any fan of Numb3rs will enjoy it. Well written, everyone is in character, and there are moments of pure Eppes family interactions, as well as the fun of other characters interacting with our guys.

Oh yeah, and drama, and not-over-the-top H/C.

If you can guess who this moment is about, you'll adore this fic:

When the Dubois family arrived at the Eppes' house on Saturday, the door was opened by a charmingly distracted man whose attention was drawn immediately to the three younger Dubois. With barely a glance at the two adults, he scratched his head and peered curiously at the young girls, his expression a strange cross between delight and frank befuddlement.

"This is marvelous," he said. "Of course, I realized they came in different sizes... Nonetheless, it never occurred to me to consider more than one..."

Skewed, by sammac

The first really good case-story fic I found in this fandom. Small warning: this takes place about 3 years into the future, and Charlie's life has been dramatically altered during that time by an accident. The ways he's coping are part of the reason I love this story (the author knows her subject matter). He's still a professor and still consults with Don...but in a lot of ways, this is purely Don's story, and his journey as he comes to terms with the changes in his little brother.

Sammac nails the characters as we know them (I love anyone who can give me authentic voices), while giving them a whole new dimension on top of it, and wrapping it all in the excitement of an involved case story.

Annoyance winces across his face and disappears. I’ve seen that expression a lot these last couple of years, and I’m usually responsible for it. I just can’t get used to the change: before, it never mattered if I talked while he worked. He’d just ignore me if he was concentrating, keep staring at the equation scrawled out on his chalkboard; the trouble is, now he stares with his ears, and if I’m filling them with words I might as well be body-blocking his chalkboard. You still don’t understand, do you, Don? New factors, new equation. One new factor changes everything.

Hearing Voices, by dedletrbox

Stylistically, this is a bit different. It's done in smaller pieces, but the author tells you everything you need to know, and does it with grace and with a realism of thought that puts us first inside Don's head, then inside Charlie's. A lot of character work between the brothers makes for a slow start--don't give up. Once the actual drama kicks in, we get moments of pure shock, fear, and angst--and every bit of it is earned. I really enjoyed this fic.

Charlie. Alan. Don focused his thoughts by sheer will. He couldn’t let his mind wander. First things first: jacket pocket, cellphone, police. At least his throbbing head put his bruised thumb back in perspective, he thought grimly. He took a step; something snapped under his shoe. It was the belt clip from Terry’s CD player: fighting dizziness, Don glanced around the kitchen. The CD player had cracked under his weight when he’d fallen near the stove; its voices were finally silent. Don took in the rest of the room, pretending it was an anonymous crime scene. The contents of a drawer scattered over the counter. One kitchen chair knocked over. His empty holster hanging on the back of a second chair. The weapon, his own hammer, in the corner. His handcuffs kicked under the table. No jacket. Wait…empty holster. Oh, God.

That's all for now!
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Date:October 27th, 2005 07:59 am (UTC)
Thank you for the recs! I'll enjoy looking at those. :)
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Date:October 27th, 2005 04:12 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! :-)

And my little ficlet should be done...well...sometime soon. Heh.
Date:October 28th, 2005 06:35 pm (UTC)

You're an evil, evil woman

You know, that's just mean. Giving me these clips from these fics when you know--you KNOW--two things about me: 1) I don't make a habit of reading fic for a show still in first run; and 2) I'm making my way through the HP books (I've got a wonderfully sweet story about how I received the 4th book. Drop me an e-mail). Just what the heck are you thinking, tempting me like that? Evil, I say. Eeeeeeeevil.

Like I don't have enough reading to catch up on. Sheesh.

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Date:October 28th, 2005 09:13 pm (UTC)

Re: You're an evil, evil woman


I live to serve. *evil, evil grin*

Actually, it took me so much effort to find these fics, I figured I'd save any other fans (like mistraltoes) the trouble and link them all at once.

You needn't read them just yet. I'll still have the link when the show goes off the air. *smirk*

Will certainly email you! Yay for HP--I must know how you liked the end of book 3.
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Date:October 29th, 2005 04:49 am (UTC)
The links for the last two don't work. Do you have other links?
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Date:October 29th, 2005 06:40 am (UTC)
Aw crap! *runs to check urls*
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Date:October 29th, 2005 06:45 am (UTC)
Okay! Now they should work. Stupid LJ giving me weird error messages.

kizmet, I didn't realize you were into Numb3rs....
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Date:October 29th, 2005 06:37 pm (UTC)
When I remember, I watch it.

Unfortunately, we started watching season 3 of 24 and in comparison, NUMB3RS falls flat.

Either way, I'm not watching either until NaNo is over. I'm writing an SF thriller and those sap my will because the writing is so tense and that's the mood I have to convey. However, how it's done on a screen and how it's done in words are different and I have to keep reminding myself of that.
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Date:November 2nd, 2005 12:53 am (UTC)
I've never read any Numb3rs fic before, but these are tempting...

I'm enjoying the second season too, but I'm irritated that Don's partner (and semi-love interest) moved to DC. I liked her character. *grumbles*

< /random lj-er > :D
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Date:November 2nd, 2005 06:30 am (UTC)
I know you! I read your LJ when I'm surfing rj_anderson's flist. Yay for another Numb3rs fan!

I miss Terry too, though to be fair I already admired Diane Farr (Megan, the replacement) as an actress, so I was predisposed to like her. And frankly, as long as Charlie, Don, and Alan (hmm, and Larry too, we must have Larry so we can get those lovely scenes about why children are like wormholes, etc) are still on the show and in character, I'm happy.

BTW, both Skewed and Hearing Voices feature Terry in decently large roles. For pure style, I like Go-Cart Charlie best, but it's not as nice and plotty as the other two.

Go. Read. :-)
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Date:November 3rd, 2005 01:12 am (UTC)
Mind if I friend you? I always meet the most interesting people on rj_anderson's flist.

Go. Read. :-)

Aye, Cap'n.
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Date:November 3rd, 2005 01:32 am (UTC)
Friend away, and I shall friend you back!

I always meet the most interesting people on synaesthete7's flist.

Ain't *that* the truth! :-) She's actually the reason I joined LJ.

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