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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

Contents: 1010 recs in 235 fandoms; 65 links

Miscellaneous: Myth & history

Actor fiction | Finnish mythology | Irish mythology | Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio | Welsh mythology

Actor fiction

Alternate by Kaydee Falls

I love fiction that explores the workings of chance. Give this unusual series of drabbles a chance even if you never read real person fiction (Lotrips)

[Added 12/02/2004; Drama; 1000-2500; Actor fiction]

Not Waving But Drowning by Toft Froggy

'Paul flirts shamelessly, almost compulsively, with any woman that crosses his path, but when he’s Avon and Gareth is Blake, all that fickle attention is focused on him, and he feels like the axis on which the world turns.' A perceptive exploration of the interplay between actors & roles (Blake's 7 RPF)

[Added 15/07/2008; Drama; 1000-2500; Actor fiction]

Finnish mythology

All the Old Knives by Selden

'Bind me with red thread, she said to the woods. / Bind my eyes with goat-gut and my mouth with bone splinters. / Bind between my legs with copper, copper teeth and bright red berries.' A fantastic alternative ending for Kyllikki, told in gorgeous harsh colours. Wonderful!

[Added 04/10/2013; Drama; 1000-2500; Finnish mythology]

Love-Rejecting Aino by Assimbya

'This was her home, and she would not leave it, ever, not even if it meant she had to leave hidden in the woods and surviving on mushrooms and berries, she didn’t care, she wouldn’t, couldn’t leave.' Moving take on Aino's tale, with a perfect ending

[Added 25/11/2011; Drama; 1000-2500; Finnish mythology]

Irish mythology

The Three Sorrows of the Deer-Folk of Ireland by Daegaer

'Like a doe without her fawn she returned to the far off home she had made for herself. So much then for Muirne, who had no joy from her association with the clan of her son but rather only pains and sorrow. The deer of Ireland have no quarrel with her, but only pity.' A clever, unusual tale with the feel of The Silmarillion. Wonderful!

[Added 15/04/2015; Drama; 2500-6000; Irish mythology]

Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio

A Roll of the Dice by Lnhammer

'The snow was deep enough, there was no sign which way the road lay, and the brothers disagreed which way to turn -- Liu pointing one way, Wang another. Liu grinned and, following their usual method for settling their disagreements, pulled out his dice cup.' A slow-burning tale that builds to a conclusion both surprising & inevitable. It works well for those, like me, who don't know the canon

[Added 14/04/2015; Drama; 2500-6000; Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio]

Songs for the Jingwei Bird by Salifiable

'When she ran out of paper, she tore off panels of cloth from her clothes, and when modesty cut short that tactic, she plucked leaves from trees she passed. When she ran out of ink, she burned twigs and used the ashes.' Three delightful tales within a tale explore themes such as reality & unreality drawn from Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio, and the whole is neatly framed within the story of the Jingwei Bird. An absolute gem!

[Added 04/10/2013; Drama; 2500-6000; Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio; Crossover]

Welsh mythology

all that's best of dark and bright by Betony

'You are my son, that is true; your hair yellow as your great-uncle's gold and your belt heavy with the very blade I gave you and your hand caught in matrimony with the woman my brother created for you.' Neat reworking of the Mabinogion from Arianrhod's side, with a lovely narrative voice

[Added 30/10/2017; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Welsh mythology]

Three fillings of Prydwen by CenozoicSynapsid

'You're not supposed to think of the rest of the men, the ones who died on the way. They don't have names. They're not who the story is about.' CenozoicSynapsid uses a brilliant female viewpoint to draw parallels between Y Gododdin & The Spoils of Annwn, and by extension other acts of male heroism, in this clever & moving tale-within-a-tale

[Added 09/08/2015; Drama; 1000-2500; Welsh mythology]