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Espresso Recommendations

Innovative and stylish fanfiction, showcasing the very best across multiple sf, fantasy & literature fandoms. Good writing in all its forms can be found here, including gen, het, slash, OCs, AUs, crossovers, future fics, humour & pastiche

Contents: 1010 recs in 235 fandoms; 65 links

Spirited Away

The Age of Not-Believing by Mithrigil

'Talking with the spirits doesn't mean the same thing it did when Chihiro was a little girl. It's more of a general sense, which she might have had to begin with--that eye for statues and houses and the peculiar turns of the wind.' An unusual older-Chihiro story that doesn't restrict itself to the usual suspects. Mithrigil melds the film's brand of magic and modern technology perfectly

[Added 04/10/2013; Drama; 2500-6000; Spirited Away]

Along the Way by Ariana

'In the end, you discovered that you had lost three days along the way, exchanged for a shiny purple hairband and the knowledge that moving to a new place was perhaps not the worst thing in the world.' A moving conclusion to Chihiro's story, with a lovely smooth style & a spot-on ending

[Added 13/01/2012; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Spirited Away]

Becoming by Springgreen

'But long before that, the river once was not, once was a swirl of gas slowly coalescing, then a molten core of lava, then earth and rock and veins of metal. Then came the rains and the run off from snow-capped mountains, and time, so much time, carved a course. That was the river.' This lyrical telling of the river-god's legend is stronger, perhaps, in the beginning than the end, but well worth a try

[Added 13/01/2012; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Spirited Away]

By the World Forgot by Erin C

'The halls that led to the boiler room were a forest of pipes and dials and steel, and this was where the magic happened, because this was why everything worked.' A charming piece of backstory which melds perfectly into canon. Simply delightful!

[Added 27/05/2012; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Spirited Away]

The Emissary by Beth Winter

'"The deaths at that time were unfortunate," the inspector said. "This time, it is my task to find out what happened and find a way for the mountain to accept this power line."' An intriguing take on the role of spirits in 21st century Japan, with the perfect choice of career for Chihiro. The young OC narrator is well drawn, and she bridges nicely back to the film

[Added 04/10/2013; Drama; 2500-6000; Spirited Away]

Tales of the Bathhouse by Littlerhymes

'Like most of her kind, the weasel was very bold and very clever, and in a more prosperous year she would have been far too clever to even think of trying to steal from a sorceress. However in times of hunger, daring was in much greater demand than wit.' A charming set of tales within a tale which fleshes out the bathhouse universe & its inhabitants completely believably

[Added 13/01/2012; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Spirited Away]

White Wedding by canis_m

'He would give his own scales to her, not the ones shed and fallen to the riverbed like old leaves, but bright ones prised fresh from his belly, his throat, his bared neck.' Lushly written, with an alien Haku as fascinating & dangerous as a river, this ambiguous AU balances on the knife-edge between horror & romance

[Added 03/01/2019; Romance/Erotica; 1000-2500; Spirited Away]