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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: 942 recs in 217 fandoms; 64 links

Angel

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Ang Nuo by Corinna

One of the best original character-focused stories I've encountered in any fandom: Brother Xiao is unobtrusive, yet interesting in his own right, and he provides an interesting perspective at a turning point in Angel's long journey. Highly recommended

[Added 15/01/2004; Drama; 6000-20,000; Angel; Characters: Angel, OC]

Blood Types by tkp

'When she opens her vein for you, she opens up an atlas.' Unusual Angel character study which focuses on his vampiric nature, with rich poetic writing. Some vignettes are stronger than others, but there are novel insights to be had

[Added 10/02/2011; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Angel; Characters: Angel, Darla, Drusilla, Buffy Summers, Kate Lockley, Wesley Wyndham-Price; Adult]

Captive of the Soul by Yahtzee

Among my favourites of Yahtzee's prolific 'Angel' output, set after 'To Shanshu in LA'

[Added 08/07/2004; Drama; 20,000-50,000; Angel; Characters: Angel, Wesley Wyndham-Price, Cordelia Chase, Kate Lockley, OC]

Crave by Rheanna

'He felt hungry when he woke up. He always did.' Rheanna writes AtS as well as any of the series writers, and this novella is among her best

[Added 15/01/2004; Drama; 20,000-50,000; Angel; Characters: Angel, Cordelia Chase, Wesley Wyndham-Price]

Fault by Ins

'Buffy imagines, in slow and intricate procession, all the ways he can die now.' I've read a number of stories centering around this premise, but I think this was the first, and is the best (BtVS/AtS)

[Added 28/01/2004; Drama; 1000-2500; Angel; Characters: Angel, Buffy Summers]

I Really Don't Like Mondays by Booster

'New temporary mail guy turns up. Pros: Does not wear a mask and push me through windows. Cons: Really, really should wear a mask and attempts to stab me with Dagger of Yenal.' This laugh-out-loud tale of an ordinary day at Wolfram & Hart is chockfull of priceless little details

[Added 13/08/2004; Humour; 2500-6000; Angel; Characters: Angel]

In the Waiting by Rheanna

'I got junk mail, and sometimes I got parking tickets; I didn’t get kidnapped. I felt like a movie extra who has suddenly and unaccountably become part of the main plot.' Lovely example of a story seen through the eyes of an original character

[Added 15/01/2004; Drama; 6000-20,000; Angel; Characters: Angel, Cordelia Chase, Wesley Wyndham-Price, OC]

Itsy-Bitsy Teeny-Weeny Purple-Puppet Angel Penii by Willa

'He's just not feeling...himself, today.' Completely plausible & utterly hilarious

[Added 09/08/2004; Humour; 2500-6000; Angel; Characters: Angel, Spike; Adult]

Poppies are the Colour of Blood by Cas

An interesting window on Angel's history: plausible, beautifully detailed and completely heart-rending

[Added 15/01/2004; Drama; 6000-20,000; Angel; Characters: Angel, OCs]

Termination by Yahtzee

'They say that evil is only the absence of good, but they lie. I feel it now, settling back over me, and it warms me in a way I haven't felt in way too long.' Set during 'Calvary' in season 4, 'Termination' oozes round the episode, featuring pitch-perfect characterisations, a couple of neat plot twists and some white-hot sex

[Added 12/02/2004; Drama; 20,000-50,000; Angel; Characters: Lindsey McDonald, Angelus, Lilah Morgan, Connor; Adult]

Vivere by Rheanna

One of the most interesting takes on Angel's shanshu that I've read. Rheanna's stories never fail to delight, and 'Vivere' is probably my favourite

[Added 15/01/2004; Drama; 6000-20,000; Angel; Characters: Angel, Wesley Wyndham-Price, Cordelia Chase, Lindsey McDonald, Kate Lockley, Charles Gunn]