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Repossession by Lazuli (NC-17)

Title: Repossession
Fandom: Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Pairing: Spike/Xander
Categories: Romance, Angst, Drama, Dark, Hurt/Comfort
Length: Super Epic
Warnings: Extremely dark content such as reference to torture, non-con, blood play, violence, a bit of character bashing, and more.

Author on LJ: n/a (?)
Website: Excess


Review:
Several years after leaving Sunnydale behind, a successful but lonely Alex “Xander” Harris finds an unconscious, skeletal, and badly injured Spike in an alleyway, one who doesn’t seem to remember who he is or the people he’s known.

‘Repossession’ is, by all accounts, one of the larger Spike and Xander fics on the ‘net. It boasts over 100 parts, a yule inspired post-fic, and a content guide for the wary reader who wants to know what might happen in each and every chapter. It is also one of the most widely recced S/X fics out there and, incidentally, is one of the toughest recs I’ve ever considered posting because I continue to waffle on it even as I do post. Lazuli has done an excellent job of capturing her readers right from the start, employing an intriguing and hurt/comfort filled premise to keep the readers on the edge of their seats, wondering about the who’s, the why’s, and the where’s of the situation. Even the characterization, which can be given leeway since the story is set years in the future for Xander and after some truly horrific events for Spike, is likable and not too ridiculously far a field of what I remember from canon.

I honestly adored this story when I first started reading it – something that quite a few people have said before – and many fans name it among their absolute favorites of all time. For me, while I loved the first sixty or so chapters, I found myself getting a little tired of the repetitive cycle of traumas and recoveries that befall the characters and even though I applauded the author’s ingenuity on certain key elements in the plot, the story as a whole might have been better served being somewhat shorter and less drawn out. Many of the ‘issues’ I have from the story spur from it’s length and the inevitable fluffing of the characters to make them seem more than they are in context.

All things told, however, every reader has to decide for themselves and, while I do still waffle on the story as a whole, I still think it deserves to be recced as I enjoyed it immensely. On that note, please be warned before going in that the author doesn’t seem to warn for content so please take my warnings above into consideration.

Repossession

Comments

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scarletfbl
Sep. 8th, 2009 05:11 am (UTC)
Back to My Old Self
I'm reading this fic and I LOVE it.

I haven't been able to continuously read a story for more than 5 minutes in months. This story has me reading for hours, again.

Thank you so much for that.
slyprentice
Sep. 9th, 2009 02:39 am (UTC)
Re: Back to My Old Self
No problem! I'm glad you're enjoying it and it's getting you back into the groove of reading fic. I know I couldn't drag myself away the first time I read it. :)
hpstrangelove
Sep. 8th, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the rec - I've only just started watching the Buffy show (via DVDs) this year, so am enjoying story rec's very much.
slyprentice
Sep. 9th, 2009 02:41 am (UTC)
Not a problem! I've been a fan since the show started and fell into fandom quickly after. I'll try to post more diverse recs in the future for you. :)
twinkleandsting
Sep. 12th, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I read this once and totally fell in love with it but I could never remember where I found it. Its a wonderful fic. Granted, it made me want to beat my head against the wall due to the never-ending angst but I absolutely loved the overall concept. Thanks for reccing it.
slyprentice
Sep. 14th, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
No problem! I'm glad I could help :)
scarletfbl
Sep. 13th, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC)
On Part 67
Gah, how can you stand the sweet torture of this story? Something BIG is brewing, I know, and I'm thiiiiis close to breaking down and asking you what'll happen, but I think I may be addicted to the torture.

Some kind of angsty supah-freak!

Love love LOVE this story. It's kept me sane while my computer decided to go all 51/50 on me. I tell you, I have a HUGE review planned for the author.
slyprentice
Sep. 14th, 2009 02:52 am (UTC)
Re: On Part 67
I'm so happy you're enjoying it! :D

I'm usually an angst and hurt/comfort monster, the more the better, but this story seriously tested my resolve. How much more can these boys stand?! But stay strong! It'll be worth it in the end! ;)
akasakasan
May. 7th, 2010 10:32 am (UTC)
I know you posted this ages ago but I just found this community and I seem to be one of the few people who agrees with you. I ADORED Repossession throughout the first book. The whole thing with Spike was just tragic and sad and utterly fantastic and then it just... got boring. I don't have a problem with the length of the story (I've read War and Peace *shuggers*) it just started to drag on and get too repetitive and excessive. The thing with Xander being all Superman-like *cue dramatc music* or something along those lines was just way too much for me and I think I gave up on it with about 10 chapters to go till the end. It dragged on for so long that I really didn't care about the end anymore.
iadorespike
Nov. 27th, 2012 04:17 am (UTC)
Repossession - link
Hi, the link is wonky. I looked around and found a working link...not pretty - sorry.

http://www.excessant.com/excess/repossession.htm

Thanks,

Anna
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