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Damaged Goods by Crysothemis (NC-17)

Warning, warning! Derth of DS fic/recs is imminent! (I just checked my fic files and I've got about six more DS recs before I'm tapped.  There's got to be other really long DS fic out there I'm missing, so please, if you know of any DS fic/authors you haven't seen on this community, let me know where they are.  I'm in need of a fresh Fraser fix.  Thanks!)

Title: Damaged Goods
Fandom: Due South
Pairing: Fraser/Kowalski
Categories: Angst
Length: Long
Warnings: none

Author on LJ: crysothemis
Website: http://crys.mrks.org/index.html

This is one possible explanation for how Fraser and Ray's partnership went so awry in Season Three that they actually exchanged blows. Of course, seeing as this is fanfic, there was sex involved. And misunderstandings. And Fraser being emotionally distant. And Ray being, well, nuts. (Mainlining DS fic for the last week or so is giving me a nearly overwhelming urge to write Ray as exceedingly rational in my latest fic.) There are also plenty of trust issues, and the exploration of same is the reason I'm recommending this fic. Trust is a huge factor in season three, and it becomes even more critical in this fic, where Ray and Fraser are knocking boots every once in a while. Not to mention the Stella Issues. Seeing Fraser come to terms with the fact that maybe he *isn't* as trusting as he likes to think is reason enough to read this fic.

Damaged Goods


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Sep. 27th, 2007 12:22 am (UTC)
Hi Jane! I've been watching this community since someone told me you'd recced a couple of my stories on crack_van and I went over to investigate. Belated thanks for the recs. I appreciate the very kind things you said about my work. I get the impression such thanks are sort of a faux pas on that community, which is why you didn't hear from me there.

Anyway, what I'm really here for is to help! There is LOTS more wonderful, long DS fic to alert you to, though you've certainly listed a bunch of my favorites here, never fear, there is much, much more. You've only got the tip of the iceberg so far. :) And that's just F/K fic, which is mostly what I read and mostly what I'd steer you to. (I myself wrote a long--well, 21,000-word] F/K/V fic, but for the most part I stick to F/K.)

I can see you like AUs (so do I--but only in DS, oddly enough, and in DS I love them) and the long, plotty fics. Do you just want a long list of what's out there, with links? If you are more specific about your likes and dislikes, I can sort them, I suppose. What is your criterion for "long"? Novel-length, novella-length, anything over 20,000 words? And there's newer stuff, not just the "classics" that you've listed here.

Sep. 27th, 2007 02:48 pm (UTC)
Hey JS! Glad you liked the recs -- I enjoyed reading your stories:) And I'm even more glad if it gets *me* recs in return!

At this point, I'm reading *everything*, because I've already read all of my DS fic a dozen times over and I'm desperate for fresh material. Part of the problem is that I'm not good at combing through LJ, so the only way I really have to find fic is to scour the DSA archive (which has now been thoroughly scoured). I've also been looking for good F/V fic, but Vecchio is a character with a bad reputation among fic authors (though I can't for the life of me understand why -- he's a fantastic character on the show), and so I've gotten leery of reading F/V fic without a rec.

I like AUs (though, amusingly, very few of my DS mainstays are AU -- my favorite genre in DS seems to be post-CotW fic) and I like long fic, but I do read shorter fic. My current guidelines for length are a little loose -- about the only one set in stone is that 'epic' means 250 KB or longer. I usually ballpark the other guidelines with: less than 2,000 words is 'short', if it can fit in a single LJ post it's medium (around 7,000 words or less than 100 KB), and if it can't fit in a single LJ post or is over 100 KB it's long. Urm, does that help.

Any information you want to give in your recs will be most appreciated, BTW, but what would be most helpful is a link to the fic, a link to the author's site (if applicable), and the author's LJ (also if applicable).

Thanks in advance for the recs!
Sep. 27th, 2007 09:33 pm (UTC)
Huh, we make good complements, then, because I utterly fail at finding stuff on the archives, yet seem to have success at finding stuff on LJ. It helps that DS-6-degrees is the only segment of fandom I'm really plugged into at the moment. Anyway, I'll leave you one fic rec I thought of immediately, because it is in your "long" category, is post-CoTW, has a very fresh, original style and feel to it, is plotty and intelligent, and all-around wonderful. Joan's writing is complex and accessible at the same time, and I think it's great. Anyway, here is the link to the story on her website:

"After the Nile" by joandarck

and Here is a listing of all Joan's fic on her LJ; the top category are longer DS stories. I especially loved "History," "Seven Maids with Seven Mops," and "You Can't Take That Away from Me," but it's certainly possible I'm forgetting other favorites. I think there's a link to her new website on there, too, but only some of the fic is on the website right now. Oh, and Joan is an excellent writer, and I believe she's also written some F/V, which should be linked from that page. I'm not an F/V aficionada, but I'm sure anything of Joan's will at the very least be meticulously written, intelligent, thoughtful, and surprising.

Here's another really cool, newer, post-CoTW fic: "Across the Great Divide" by Isiscolo Angsty and riveting, with really authentic-feeling Arctic-travel details, but it never bogs down or loses its footing. Also, this is the type of story that some might consider putting warnings on, and I don't want to offer spoilers, but I will just reassure you that you can read this without fear.

You can find the rest of Isis' dueSouth fic Here.

Do you want me to post all links here for you or send you email? I'm thinking email might work better, and that way I'll avoid spamming this thread. More on the way. Plus I'll send you links to the rest of my fic, too, if you want it. Most are in the mid-to-long range. And more are on the way. Many of us are still writing DS all the time, so I don't imagine you will actually run out any time soon.

Sep. 27th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
Dude. I'm grinning like a loon. Especially since I've been reading long SGA of late and am desperate for something that doesn't involve slavery, torture, and/or rape. And to think SGA use to be my *fluff* fandom...

Feel free to e-mail anything and everything you can think of. I'm at janethunder at gmail dot com.

Thanks again!
Sep. 28th, 2007 12:09 am (UTC)
If you want a great, epic DS fic, try Family Portrait. It's a long time favorate of mine that I re-read about once a year, I think. Or also by the same author, Blueprint. Both are in the 400+k range, which I think is fairly epic...or at least pretty damned long. ::G::
Oct. 1st, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
Ooo, good recs! Blueprint is one of my six stories to rec. Family Portrait is my one saved DS fic -- once I read that then I have nothing left in my to-read file from that fandom, so I'm hoarding it like a miser. Someday (soon, probably) I'll break down and read it.

And then I'll have nothing left. *sob*
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