June 16th, 2008

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RR -- Teeny, Tiny Fandoms

It's Teeny, Tiny Fandom Week here at Epic Recs.  And by Teeny, Tiny Fandom Week, we don't mean ER's usual definition of small fandom (which still includes The X-Files) or even the world's definition of small fandom (which includes Jeeves and Wooster), we mean *really* tiny fandoms.  Ones where you can count the number of epic stories on one hand (or, in some cases, on one finger).  Whee!

Before we get to the reccing, there's something I've been meaning to do for a while.  First, I should explain that I have recently discovered that fanfiction.net is not completely awful.  Yes, its interface sucks, and it's a memory hog, and its advertising is completely obnoxious, and the entire manga/anime section is an exercise in dashing raised expectations, but there *is* some good fic there, if you're just willing to look.

Fortunately for everyone, Raimond has managed to take care of most of the above problems with her fantastic program, Fanfiction Downloader.  Just cut and paste the URL for the first chapter of the story you want to read and the program downloads all chapters of the fic and saves them as a plain HTML file with nothing but the story text.  Simply brilliant.  (Note, there are other sites supported aside from ff.net, but sadly their interfaces are so freaking bad I can't even figure out which stories I want to read on those archives, *sob*).

Why am I bringing this up now?  I'll be reccing some fic from ff.net over the next few months and as some are very long, I'm not going to link to each chapter.  Instead, I'll post the main URL to the story and note that it's located on ff.net.  After that, it's up to you as to how you want to read it.  

Now, on to the reccing!

Things to keep in mind:
-Recced stories can be any length, any fandom, and any pairing, as long as they fit the theme
-You don't need to write a review (unless you want to).  All that you need to include are title, author, and link to the story (all parts if there are more than one).

That said, have at it!

Today's Topic:
Teeny, Tiny Fandoms
Previous Topics:
Genres:
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Marriage of Convenience
-Harleqin AUs
-Homeless!fic
-Humor
-Fluff
-Crack!fic
-Holiday!fic
-Silly!fic
-Attempted Suicide
-Horror
-Amnesia
-Hurt/Comfort

Fandoms:
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Long Due South AUs
-Crime Procedurals (anyone posting Bones (Boothe/Bones) or Monk (Stottlemeyer/Disher) fic gets a rec in any fandom of their choice, even if I have to acquaint myself with the fandom first)
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Due South fic (F/V would be a bonus, as I haven't read any before)
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The Sentinel
-Highlander
-Smallville
-Monster Harry Potter Epics
-Vids
-Original Fiction
-Small Fandoms

Pairings
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Epic McShep

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May You Rescue Wretched Beings by Tripetta (PG-13)

This may very well be the smallest fandom I'll ever rec.  So far I've only found two stories (and if you want to know why I'm not reccing the other one, go here) and as it's been a while since the movie came out, I'm not anticipating any others.  Still, I live in hope (and if you know of a fic I've missed, please point me in the right direction:)

Title: May You Rescue Wretched Beings
Fandom: The Replacement Killers
Pairing: John/Meg
Categories: action, drama
Length: long
Warnings: n/a

Author on LJ: n/a
Website: n/a

Review:
Replacement Killers fic! My life is complete!

Ahem. A year after the end of the movie, Meg suddenly shows up in China with the news that another contract has been put out on John. Together with John's sister they flee through the city of Bejing, getting in numerous gunfights along the way. (And then they get the the US and things get *really* tough.)

I'll admit it up front, the writing in this story is not perfect, though it is perfectly competent. There are more descriptions than are strictly necessary and the first couple of chapters are a little choppy. The writing does improve as the fic goes on, however, and by the time the action starts, the writing and the story itself are flying.

What impresses me most about MYRWB was the way it reads just like a sequel to the movie, full of intense action, nifty disguises, quiet revelations in hotel rooms, and (of course) plenty of sexual tension between John and Meg. Speaking of Meg -- Tripetta simply *nailed* Meg's voice, from her street-smarts, to her confidence, to that hint of insecurity that lurks just beneath her tough-girl surface. It's rare for me to hear a character's voice in my head, but even though it's been years since I watched the movie, Tripetta's dialogue was good enough that it felt like Meg was speaking right in my ear.

Finally, the level of research that went into this fic is *amazing*, from the weapons everyone uses, to the details of Bejing itself, to the legalities of the tricks John uses to get everyone to the US. Couple that with the fantastic premise and the brilliant characterizations and you have a wonderful story worth reading again and again.

May You Rescue Wretched Beings (ff.net)