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Contents: 1010 recs in 235 fandoms; 65 links

Raymond Chandler

Gimlet, No Bitters by Martha

'I paid him when he handed it to me because I wasn't planning to have another, and I wished him merry Christmas because somebody ought to have one.' Long Goodbye fix-its aren't hard to find, but this vignette has a surprisingly successful stab at the style while making explicit text of Chandler's subtext

[Added 09/06/2011; Romance/Erotica; 2500-6000; Raymond Chandler]

Leveling by Pearbean

' "I don't shoot people on Thursdays," I said. "It spoils the weekend." ' Marlowe feels very much in character in this slow seduction. The luscious Chandler pastiche is particularly strong in the dialogue (Farewell, My Lovely)

[Added 09/06/2011; Romance/Erotica; 2500-6000; Raymond Chandler]

The Shadow Line by Lemuel Cork

'I’d seen Tijuana zebras before. Every American who ventures south is offered the opportunity. They’re the result of an enterprising program of cross-breeding between a donkey and a bucket of paint.' This Long Goodbye epilogue is a bit uneven, but it's worth a try for the excellent world-building

[Added 09/06/2011; Drama; 2500-6000; Raymond Chandler]

The Woman in the Picture by Vehemently

'The window frame was black and looked like steel and the smooth machined glass curtly turned away my gaze. The morning sun's reflection was so severe I couldn't see more than a few feet into the foyer. Unfortunately, that was enough for me to find the body.' A wonderful understated casefile, with believable OCs & almost perfect Chandler pastiche. More in the spirit of the original than most Marlowe fanfiction

[Added 09/06/2011; Drama; 2500-6000; Raymond Chandler]