Compiled by the Espresso Addict

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: 912 recs in 209 fandoms; 64 links

Smallville

Chloe Sullivan

Undone by Hope

I like stories that jump out of their mould to bite me. A fluent stylish read, coupled with a well-constructed plot and great characterisation, especially perhaps of Lex

[Added 13/01/2004; Drama; 6000-20,000; Smallville; Characters: Clark Kent, Lex Luthor, Chloe Sullivan, Original character]


Clark Kent

Undone by Hope

I like stories that jump out of their mould to bite me. A fluent stylish read, coupled with a well-constructed plot and great characterisation, especially perhaps of Lex

[Added 13/01/2004; Drama; 6000-20,000; Smallville; Characters: Clark Kent, Lex Luthor, Chloe Sullivan, Original character]


Jonathan Kent

A Good Year for the Corn by Beth

Simple idea, but it's the details that make this story for me. The author contrasts style and content very effectively

[Added 13/01/2004; Drama; 1000-2500; Smallville; Characters: Jonathan Kent, Original characters]


Lana Lang

Memento Mori by Jayne Leitch

'L is for Lana; two parents she lacked.' Not many stories make me feel for Lana and this one did; she's excellently characterised, simultaneously interesting and believable

[Added 13/01/2004; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Smallville; Characters: Lana Lang, Nell Potter]


Lex Luthor

Cotton by Vera

A very believable view into Martha's head. Nice concrete detailing and some lovely phrases

[Added 13/01/2004; Character Piece; <1000; Smallville; Characters: Martha Kent, Lex Luthor]

Precipice by Hope

A moment in Whitney's life that unfolds to tell you more about his character than seemed possible. This writing just hums with energy

[Added 13/01/2004; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Smallville; Characters: Whitney Fordman, Lex Luthor]

Quid Quo Pro by Smitty

This well-crafted short story deals with Lillian's death without over-sentimentality, and includes a childhood Lex I can believe in

[Added 13/01/2004; Drama; 2500-6000; Smallville; Characters: Lex Luthor, Bruce Wayne; Crossover]

Undone by Hope

I like stories that jump out of their mould to bite me. A fluent stylish read, coupled with a well-constructed plot and great characterisation, especially perhaps of Lex

[Added 13/01/2004; Drama; 6000-20,000; Smallville; Characters: Clark Kent, Lex Luthor, Chloe Sullivan, Original character]


Lionel Luthor

Hell Money by FayJay

'Hell Money' is the story that first made me realise that crossovers can be made to work. It crosses Smallville with Angel S2, and knowledge of both is required, but for those who love both series, it packs a resounding punch into fewer than a thousand words. Strongly recommended. If you enjoyed 'Hell Money', then give No Fury a try -- another very clever Smallville crossover

[Added 13/01/2004; Humour; <1000; Smallville; Characters: Lionel Luthor, Holland Manners (AtS); Crossover]


Martha Kent

Cotton by Vera

A very believable view into Martha's head. Nice concrete detailing and some lovely phrases

[Added 13/01/2004; Character Piece; <1000; Smallville; Characters: Martha Kent, Lex Luthor]


Whitney Fordman

Precipice by Hope

A moment in Whitney's life that unfolds to tell you more about his character than seemed possible. This writing just hums with energy

[Added 13/01/2004; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Smallville; Characters: Whitney Fordman, Lex Luthor]


Miscellaneous

A Good Year for the Corn by Beth

Simple idea, but it's the details that make this story for me. The author contrasts style and content very effectively

[Added 13/01/2004; Drama; 1000-2500; Smallville; Characters: Jonathan Kent, Original characters]

Hell Money by FayJay

'Hell Money' is the story that first made me realise that crossovers can be made to work. It crosses Smallville with Angel S2, and knowledge of both is required, but for those who love both series, it packs a resounding punch into fewer than a thousand words. Strongly recommended. If you enjoyed 'Hell Money', then give No Fury a try -- another very clever Smallville crossover

[Added 13/01/2004; Humour; <1000; Smallville; Characters: Lionel Luthor, Holland Manners (AtS); Crossover]

Memento Mori by Jayne Leitch

'L is for Lana; two parents she lacked.' Not many stories make me feel for Lana and this one did; she's excellently characterised, simultaneously interesting and believable

[Added 13/01/2004; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Smallville; Characters: Lana Lang, Nell Potter]

Quid Quo Pro by Smitty

This well-crafted short story deals with Lillian's death without over-sentimentality, and includes a childhood Lex I can believe in

[Added 13/01/2004; Drama; 2500-6000; Smallville; Characters: Lex Luthor, Bruce Wayne; Crossover]

Shrine by DarkEmerald

Every word counts in this subtle vignette. You get excellent characterisation, fabulous images, and flashes of humour to leaven the angst

[Added 13/01/2004; Character Piece; <1000; Smallville; Characters: Amy Palmer]

Undone by Hope

I like stories that jump out of their mould to bite me. A fluent stylish read, coupled with a well-constructed plot and great characterisation, especially perhaps of Lex

[Added 13/01/2004; Drama; 6000-20,000; Smallville; Characters: Clark Kent, Lex Luthor, Chloe Sullivan, Original character]