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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

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The Brain Thief by Hollimichele

'Policemen have their own walk. It's called "proceeding," and it is the gentle, rolling gait of every law enforcement officer in the history of the multiverse. It is a constant, like the deliberate dimness of sergeants or the missing three dollars in the tea kitty.' A meaty casefile for Sam Vimes, Jr. The style slips a bit in places, but there's plenty of world-building detail to hold the interest

[Added 15/07/2012; Drama; 20,000-50,000; Discworld; Characters: Sam Vimes, Jr, Esmerelda Margaret Note Spelling, Sam Vimes, Sybil Vimes, Havelock Vetinari, Igor, Death, original characters]

The Case of the Vanishing Vampire by Adaptation Decay

'Visit shot a sideways look at Reg Shoe which said "Yeah? Well look at the evidence. The children of Om ascend to heaven when they die and you're still here."' A novella-length casefile in which Reg Shoe & Visit-The-Ungodly-With-Explanatory-Pamphlets form an unlikely investigative duo. A little rough around the edges, perhaps, but well worth a try for the solid mystery laced with a broad streak of humour

[Added 25/11/2011; Drama; 6000-20,000; Discworld; Characters: Reg Shoe, Visit-The-Ungodly-With-Explanatory-Pamphlets, Sam Vimes, Havelock Vetinari, Carrot Ironfoundersson, Otto von Chriek, Cheery Littlebottom, original characters]

Harmless by Kanna Ophelia

'"Nevertheless," said Vetinari, "you have to admit that the hole in the wall was distinctly Golem shaped."' A bit rough around the edges, but catches Pratchett's broad humour better than much fanfiction. There's a cute stealth crossover to look out for, too

[Added 21/09/2012; Humour; 2500-6000; Discworld; Characters: Havelock Vetinari, Adora Belle Dearheart, Cheery Littlebottom, Dorfl, Detritus, original characters]

Mister Vimes'd Go Spare! by Lunik

'The bad news that was travelling tonight damn near outstripped the people carrying it. It felt to Lance-Constable Mangas as though everyone knew this news before it was spoken. By the time it came through the door of the Peristeri Street Watch House, it was already olds.' An interesting idea for a possible future for the Disc. One of those stories that just sets straight into canon

[Added 21/09/2012; Drama; 2500-6000; Discworld; Characters: Original characters, Sam Vimes, Anoia, Dorfl]

Modern Love by Penknife

'"Nobody's she in the mines, Sergeant. No one wears heels on their boots or paints their faces or wears breastplates that curve in interesting ways."' Penknife uses a series of vivid OCs to bring to life the complexities of dwarven sexuality, in this clever, funny set of linked vignettes

[Added 20/05/2009; Romance/Erotica; 2500-6000; Discworld; Characters: Original characters, Angua von Uberwald]

The Rules by Gileonnen

'There aren't very many rules, when one is a wizard. Or rather, there are very few rules that one might conceivably break twice.' Clever coming-of-age tale with a wonderful Pratchettesque style

[Added 20/05/2009; Humour; 2500-6000; Discworld; Characters: Original characters, Ponder Stibbons, Mustrum Ridcully]