March 9th, 2011

Gerard

Dust on his hands from the sky by Antennapedia (R)

Title: Dust on his hands from the sky
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Angel: the Series
Pairing: Giles/Xander, Giles/OFC, (Spike/Tara, Buffy/Angel)
Categories: angst, attempted suicide, AU, dark, hurt/comfort
Length: Long (~25,000 words)
Warnings: character death, character death aftermath, suicide attempt aftermath, magic addiction, homophobia

Author on LJ: antennapedia
Author Website: Antennapedia

Review:
After Buffy does something Xander can’t forgive her for, he flees to England and Giles.

Antennapedia is one of those authors who can successfully write both fluff and dark fic. This story falls more on the dark side of the spectrum, but there are still some light parts to it. Xander and Giles are able to have an instantly reestablished friendship, and are there for each other in more senses than one. I love the inclusion of the AI gang in this; they are so perfectly themselves while being shown through another’s perspective.

The author doesn’t seem to consider this fic AU, but there are more than enough differences to make it fall into that category for me. Ethan is helpful and trusted by Giles, Xander has been a closeted gay man since the beginning of the series, and the spell that brought Buffy back had far stronger consequences than the canon spell. It’s just different enough to cause a constant niggling at the back of one’s brain of ‘this isn’t quite what happened on the show.’ But if you read it as an AU it’s a bit less distracting.

At Website: Dust on his hands from the sky
On LJ: Dust on his hands from the sky
Gerard

Of All the Gin Joints in All the World by 7iris (R)

Title: Of All the Gin Joints in All the World
Fandom: Bandom (fusion with ‘Casablanca’)
Pairing: Frank/Mikey (hints of Gerard/Ray, some Frank/Bob if you squint)
Categories: angst, AU, dark, drama
Length: Medium (~7000 words)
Warnings: the ending of this one is not terribly happy, just like the movie

Author on LJ: 7iris
Author Website: fic tag

Review:
In a dystopian alternate universe where 9/11 invoked a police state, Frank runs a cheap bar, Bob is a member of homeland security, and Gerard is considered a terrorist because of his revolutionary music, with Mikey and Ray also getting some of the flak.

‘Casablanca’ is arguably the best movie of all time. Its story is breakthrough, cinematography breathtaking, and acting is simply superb. The fact that this story is able to do that movie justice is probably some kind of miracle. The plot of this story is able to follow the basic high points of ‘Casablanca’ while tying in the present cleanly, showing what the world could have been if shifted just a degree more into paranoia. And the writing is both smart and perfect in a minimalist way, nothing over-described, just the bleak picture of a dark reality. This plot would make a killer movie in its own right.

Of All the Gin Joints in All the World