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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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The Giles and Spike Collection by Lori

An inventive novel-length AU series, spinning off after BtVS Entropy, set mainly in London. Starts with Giles & Spike, and spirals out from them to add other Buffyverse characters. It's rather 'shippier' than my usual reading, but the ships are more-than-usually plausible, the characterisations are invariably interesting, and Lori adds action to the mix in similar proportions to the later BtVS episodes. Highlights include that rare creature, a well-written Dawn, in 'Every Day I Write the Book', and a more-than-usually interesting Big Bad in 'Waiting on a Friend' (BtVS/AtS)

[Added 12/02/2004; Drama; >50,000; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Characters: Rupert Giles, Spike, Dawn Summers, Buffy Summers, Anya, Willow Rosenberg, Wesley Wyndham-Price, Quentin Travers, OCs]

Something Old by Mikelesq

A well-thought-through AU where 'Something Blue' ended differently. The writing's a touch on the bland side, perhaps, but the idea's clever and novel

[Added 15/01/2004; Drama; 6000-20,000; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Characters: Willow Rosenberg, Anya, Buffy Summers, Xander Harris, Rupert Giles, Spike, Dawn Summers, OC]

With an Alien People Clutching their Gods by Mikelesq

A highly unusual take on the summer when Buffy's dead, 'With an Alien People Clutching their Gods' features excellent characterisations, snappy dialogue, plus a strong, plausible plot that you could almost imagine as an episode. The TS Eliot quotations are a bonus

[Added 28/01/2004; Drama; 20,000-50,000; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Characters: Dawn Summers, Spike, Willow Rosenberg, Xander Harris, Anya, Tara Maclay, Minor]