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A Ladies' Guide to Collecting Mermaid Love Songs | Agatha Christie | Alice in Wonderland | American Gods | AS Byatt | Aubrey–Maturin series | Blood Feud | Cadfael | Calvin & Hobbes | Chalion series | Charles Dickens | Charlie and the Chocolate Factory | Charlotte Brontë | Chaucer | China Miéville | Chinese poetry | Chrestomanci series | Comics | Dalemark Quartet | Dark is Rising | Discworld | Dogsbody | Dracula | Dylan Thomas | Eagle of the Ninth | Eight Days of Luke | EM Forster | Emma | Exeter Book | Frances Hodgson Burnett | Frankenstein | Frontier Wolf | Goblin Market | Gormenghast | Graveyard Book | Hainish Cycle | Handmaid's Tale | Hav | Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy | Howl's Moving Castle | HP Lovecraft | I, Claudius | Isaac Asimov | James Tiptree Jr | Jeeves & Wooster | John le Carré | Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell | Jungle Book | Just So stories | Knight's Fee | Lantern Bearers | Le Petit Prince | Lemony Snicket | Like Water For Chocolate | Little House on the Prairie | Little Women | Lord Peter Wimsey | Maltese Falcon | Mansfield Park | Mary Renault | Moby Dick | Name of the Rose | Narnian Chronicles | Neuromancer | Neverwhere | Nineteen Eighty-Four | North and South | Northanger Abbey | Outcast | Persuasion | Power of Three | Pride & Prejudice | Ray Bradbury | Raymond Chandler | Rebecca | Regency Buck | Regeneration trilogy | Rivers of London series | Scarlet Pimpernel | Sharing Knife series | Silver Branch | Smith of Wootton Major | Stephen King | The Convenient Marriage | The Highwayman | Thursday Next series | Tipping the Velvet | Twelve Kingdoms | Vorkosigan series | Walter de la Mare | War for the Oaks | Watership Down | Wilkie Collins | Winnie the Pooh

A Ladies' Guide to Collecting Mermaid Love Songs

An Argument For The Preservation Of The Self In Cases of Mermaid Transformation by Bakcheia

'I wonder if the sea tastes to mermaids as the air tastes to us? It would be dreadful to have salt in one's mouth all the time, I do not think I could bear it.' A possible future for Miss Holst, from a wistful short story by Aimee Picchi, one of Yuletide 2016's surprise gem fandoms. Thoughtful & very moving

[Added 25/12/2017; Romance/Erotica; 6000-20,000; A Ladies' Guide to Collecting Mermaid Love Songs]

A Ladies' Guide to Recording Dances of Elves by Elektra121

'Imagine their feathery fronds, filtering the sunrays like green combs running through a maiden's hair. The earthy odors of mosses and mushrooms mixing with the fresh scent of young fiddleheads sprouting into the green twilight. Cheekily, they beckon you on, deeper and deeper into the woods, urging you to gather their untamed elegance into your botanist's container – but beware! Many ladies get lost when they blindly follow the impulse to further explore the unknown.' This deliciously detailed pre-story abandons the wistful tone of the original short story by Aimee Picchi in favour of clever tongue-in-cheek humour. Great fun!

[Added 25/12/2017; Romance/Erotica; 1000-2500; A Ladies' Guide to Collecting Mermaid Love Songs]

Agatha Christie

Coffee and Cognac by Gwenhwyvar

'The precise, finicking habits, the egg-shaped head, the mannerisms, even the accent were just window-dressing, they had faded from my memory after a while. But his smile was the real Poirot.' A delicate short piece, with a spot-on Hastings voice

[Added 03/01/2007; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Agatha Christie]

I Saw The Best Minds Of My Generation Destroyed By Sven Hjerson by Evelyn B

'Can there be such creatures as Sven Hjerson, Oliver's massive and amiable Scandinavian detective, who calculates square roots as a form of mental discipline and hums Socialist hymns as he breaks the ice in his morning bath?' Hilarious Edmund Wilson-style demolition descends into Lovecraftian horror in these reviews of Ariadne Oliver's novels

[Added 15/10/2015; Humour; 2500-6000; Agatha Christie]

The Spirit of St Mary Mead by Lost Spook

'"Oh, dear," she would say, watching her latest unwary worshipper with a gaze undimmed by her years. "I hardly think it fair to curse Coelius. After all, you have no proof that he was the one who spread those whispers against you. He dislikes you, it's true, I know, but I have seen such things before – a young man, of the Dumnonii, who detested a fellow craftsman, but he would take no underhand revenge, for instance. Oh, no, I think not Coelius. This Vitellius who told you of the rumours – now there, I think we have it. It is exactly like Cerdig and that envious brother of his all over again. Such malice."' Fabulous idea, which explains a lot about Miss Marple!

[Added 23/12/2017; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Agatha Christie]

Alice in Wonderland

Extract From the Carrollian Catalog of J. Phildrop by Ellen Fremedon

Excellent Carrollian pastiche, plus an unforgettable rewriting of one of my least favourite poems

[Added 13/01/2005; Drama; 2500-6000; Alice in Wonderland]

Ravens and Writing Desks by Meltha

'Darkness has fallen on Wonderland.' One of those stories that goes deeper than the source yet remains true to it. Highly recommended

[Added 13/01/2005; Drama; 1000-2500; Alice in Wonderland]

American Gods

Do Zla Boga by Kangeiko

'So why, astute readers may wonder, do some older gods survive?...If I tell you it is good deeds and miracles, you will know that I am lying.' A dark Gaimanesque tale, with a wonderful narrative voice

[Added 01/02/2011; Drama; 1000-2500; Neil Gaiman – American Gods]

the green, green grass of home by Apricot

'Shadow wondered if she'd come to Los Angeles to be an actress, or a dancer. ... The woman sitting next to him wasn't unattractive, but she had a face that ought to have been captured in marble, rather than in film.' Apricot creates a real feel of canon in miniature here, with a road trip, potent dreams & plenty of new gods to meet

[Added 23/12/2017; Drama; 2500-6000; Neil Gaiman – American Gods]

How Spider Came to America by Taz

'Spider... was thinking of a trick he could play on her. He would spin himself into a handsome man, seduce her and then when her mind was on the pleasure his penis was bringing her, he would steal the bag and the gourds in it.' Lovely rhythmical writing which could fit straight into the novel

[Added 03/01/2007; Drama; 1000-2500; Neil Gaiman – American Gods]

The Journey West by Oyce

'They forget Monkey was born of stone, not womb, they forget Monkey creates new monkeys from handfuls of fur, chewed up and spat out.' Original & beautifully crafted, 'The Journey West' packs a surprising amount into very few words

[Added 11/11/2008; Drama; <1000; Neil Gaiman – American Gods]

The Man in the Gaberdine Suit by Merlin Missy

'He doesn't have a plan. Plans shatter regularly, teacups on a parquet floor. Instead of planning Shadow visualizes an image, not as sharp as snow, but simple like the smell of fresh pie.' Lovely tone with a real feel of the original, working inevitably towards the perfect ending. One of my favourites from Yuletide 2011

[Added 28/05/2012; Drama; 2500-6000; Neil Gaiman – American Gods]

A Way Out by Empy

'Not even fair-metal hair, magically spun and crafted by dwarves could outlast the march of time and their slow fall out of memory and grace.' Empy expands a throwaway line in the novel, and gives us a much darker Loki than is found in most fanfiction

[Added 25/11/2011; Drama; 1000-2500; Neil Gaiman – American Gods]

AS Byatt

Seen and Unseen by Argyle

'In the half-light the folds seemed wrought from cobwebs and parched earth.' Beautiful descriptive writing in this brief vignette (Angels and Insects)

[Added 30/12/2005; Drama; 1000-2500; AS Byatt]

Vivien & Merlin by The Red Shoes

'"But -- it was cold. You -- you are my fire. My hearth. My element. A salamander," he said, with a short sharp laugh, but she did not smile. "You burn without being consumed."' A missing scene between Ash & Christabel that could slot straight into the novel. Erudite & passionate (Possession)

[Added 11/11/2008; Drama; 1000-2500; AS Byatt]

Weaving Lesson by Baranduin

'She is sleeping now and I am scratching away in my journal. I love to watch my Princess sleep, her breathing so delicate and even. The ivory lace around her white throat barely moves.' A quiet piece which gives Blanche a voice (Possession)

[Added 11/11/2008; Drama; 1000-2500; AS Byatt]

Aubrey–Maturin series

On Solitude by Toft

'It was undoubtedly the fish that caused the thing, an ill-looking, mumchance creature served to them at a roadside tavern on the way to Portsmouth.' I don't often recommend accidental telepathic bond fic, but in Toft's capable hands the story deftly skirts clichÉ, always remains true to character & period, and slips effortlessly between comedy & profundity. Simply wonderful!

[Added 04/10/2013; Drama; 6000-20,000; Aubrey–Maturin series]

Blood Feud

Born in the Purple by Bunn

'Anna's mother, the Empress Theophano, had screamed, at the end. Anna remembered it vividly. Sometimes it came back to her in dreams. Mother had screamed and ranted and sworn, like the tavern-keeper's daughter she was, at Patriarch Polyeuktos, at the Patriarchs solemn, ugly nuns, at the new Emperor, John Tzimiskes.' Rich world-building and a wonderful voice for Anna, tough, clever, yet ultimately realistic about the choices for a princess make this short story a real treat

[Added 26/08/2014; Drama; 2500-6000; Rosemary Sutcliff – Blood Feud]

By Blood Undone by Carmarthen

'...Thormod's words had bitten, when Anders still remembered the sharp hot feel of the knife and the press of Thormod's wrist against his, and the way the scatter of blood had looked bright in the snow under the bare birches.' I don't know Blood Feud, but this powerful tale of love rejected, and birth brothers pitted against blood brothers, stands on its own merits

[Added 29/08/2013; Drama; 1000-2500; Rosemary Sutcliff – Blood Feud]

Once Given by Carmarthen

'I did not expect Thormod to blow into the sleeping-lodge, bringing with him the sharp bite of the wind off the frozen Dnieper and a gust of snow that melted at once in the warm woodsmoke dimness.' Beautifully characterised first-time vignette with a wonderful sense of place & time

[Added 04/10/2013; Romance/Erotica; 1000-2500; Rosemary Sutcliff – Blood Feud]

Pilgrim by Jay Tryfanstone

'Constantinople's the stink of piss and dead fish down on the Kontoskalion on a winter evening, when the sleet comes rolling in off the plains and the gold ran out with the tide. Wine watered down to the rot-gut skins and whores too poor for the baths, dung-heap cockerels and mangy dogs and beggars that might have been soldiers, once.' Jay creates a believable OC and gives him a fantastic narrative voice, far from Sutcliff's yet somehow wholly in keeping with her world. There's a beautiful sense of place, too. Simply enthralling!

[Added 09/01/2014; Drama; 2500-6000; Rosemary Sutcliff – Blood Feud]


Not Strain'd by Seldear

'The mercy of man was inexplicable enough in this human coil of loss and love and jealousy and greed, how much more inexplicable the mercy of God upon his creation!' A solid if simple mystery for Cadfael, very much in the spirit of the original. This could easily be a short story by Ellis Peters

[Added 10/11/2008; Drama; 6000-20,000; Cadfael]

Calvin & Hobbes

Hello Operator, Please Give Me Number Nine by Starlingthefool

'She's twenty-one, damn it. The world is big and she's seen only a little of it. She wants to finish her theses and graduate. She wants to travel outside the Midwest. She wants to see the weird stuff Calvin posts on Twitter this week. She wants to become an anthropologist, or a writer, or a lawyer, or a botanist/politician/social worker/cat lady. She wants to live.' Susie encounters Death in a delightful tale that deservedly Won Yuletide

[Added 28/10/2014; Drama; 2500-6000; Calvin & Hobbes]

Spaceman Spiff and the Alien Conspiracy by Froggimus Rex

'This was the worst summer. Calvin knew this to be a fact in much the same way that he knew that the sky was blue, that Susie Derkins was annoying and gross, and that Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs were part of a complete breakfast.' Neat idea & hilarious execution. This short deserved the storm of attention it received

[Added 27/05/2012; Humour; 1000-2500; Calvin & Hobbes]

This Kid I Once Knew by Minnow

'Susan clicks back through a couple of previous strips and laughs out loud at Spaceman Spiff's adventures on foreign planets that turn into bathtubs and swingsets and the bathrooms at elementary school.' Wonderful piece, simultaneously clever & poignant, that works both in frame & as meta for fannish engagement with the source

[Added 25/11/2011; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Calvin & Hobbes]

Chalion series

all the words that ever were or ever will be by Tequila Mockingbird

'He had the makings of a saint, carved into the hollowness of him, and that was no mean thing. She had been precious low on saints, in the last century or so, and although his poetry was very bad, he had written some poetry.' A Daughter's eye view on Curse of Chalion which does a good job of pulling off the god's viewpoint, and uses deft touches of humour to lighten the melodrama. The ending is perfect

[Added 23/12/2017; Drama; 2500-6000; LM Bujold – Chalion series]

A clear glass window, at a sea dawn by Lionpyh

'It is a perpetual irritation to divines of the Bastard that it is not possible to blaspheme against him. He has already thought of all the rude things one might instruct him to do. He would cheerfully do them. He minces one's oaths before one has got to them. He reduces one to the depths of decency.' Luscious prose & deliciously detailed world-building characterise this satisfying Umegat-centric novelette. Lovely!

[Added 10/01/2014; Drama; 6000-20,000; LM Bujold – Chalion series]

Communion of Saints by Rthstewart

'There were the usual disdainful looks at her rustic table manners but Clara was too hungry to pretend to be ascetic and she wolfed down several hard biscuits softened with goat cheese and honey.' In this triptych, Rthstewart creates rounded & engaging characters from minors & OCs to illustrate the travails & joys of being a saint

[Added 13/08/2015; Drama; 6000-20,000; LM Bujold – Chalion series]

First Choices by Rsadelle

'Annual Pride parades heavily feature celebrants dressed in the Bastard's white and signs with slogans referencing the Bastard's favor. "The Bastard Loves You" is a favorite slogan of Pride t-shirts.' Clever fusion, pastiching a New Yorker article, that explores how Quintarian & Quadrene religions might play out in modern America -- complete with statistics from the Pew Research Center. Funny & moving by turns

[Added 23/12/2017; Drama; 1000-2500; LM Bujold – Chalion series]

Life, stripped of all luxuries by Keerawa

'Moved by some obscure impulse, Cazaril rummaged through his saddle bags and pulled out the volume of classic Brajarn verse he'd carried with him for the past two decades. Its well-thumbed pages held many fond memories. And the potential for scores of fire arrows.' The careful structure of this vignette counterpoints the increasing chaos of life during the siege of Gotorget, and Keerawa's affection for the characters helps to keep the grimness at bay

[Added 06/08/2015; Character Piece; 2500-6000; LM Bujold – Chalion series]

The Saint, the Scholar, and the Whale by Neotoma

'Learned Bavo was pacing in a side courtyard, with his Islander guards like lazy cats around him. They were enormously tall, as if tree trunks had decided to put on clothes and walk like men, and their bushy beards made them even more like moving shrubbery.' This enjoyable & inventive tale, set in Jokona, succeeds in melding not just Penric–Desdemona canon but also The Hallowed Hunt with the Chalion sequence. The thoughtful world-building is supported by strong OCs

[Added 23/12/2017; Drama; 6000-20,000; LM Bujold – Chalion series]

Charles Dickens

Diabolis in Musica by Sistermagpie

'"The music's meant to encourage the congregation to contemplate the things for which they ought to be grateful Mr. Jasper,” he said. "Not put them in mind of hell." / "I don't believe there is music in hell," Mr. Jasper had answered softly.' Slow-building Victorian horror, with a wonderful Lovecraftian feel. I suspect this was not the resolution to the mystery that Dickens envisaged (Edwin Drood)

[Added 29/10/2017; Drama; 2500-6000; Charles Dickens]

Star by A T Rain

'At the time when my story takes place, I had been a widow for two years, my husband, Bentley Drummle, having died after being kicked by one of his hunters (for horses have this advantage over wives: nobody blames them if they kill the man who beats them).' Wonderful novelette-length sequel to Great Expectations, with a good sense of period and a strong voice for Estella

[Added 13/12/2011; Drama; 6000-20,000; Charles Dickens]

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

The Chocolate Factory by Ignipes

'He was standing at the edge of a tremendous cavern, a sweeping valley -- there was no better word for it -- bigger than a dozen Quidditch pitches, sloping down toward a dark, dry riverbed at the bottom. A skeletal forest of charred, spindly trees lined the riverbanks, with not a single leaf among them.' Evocative descriptive writing and a most intriguing premise mark this memorable crossover (HP/Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)

[Added 26/04/2007; Drama; 6000-20,000; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Crossover]

A Life Worth Living by Slow Mercury

'Andrew Young in third grade once used a pack of this very gum to blow a bubble big enough to land on when he jumped out a second storey window and escaped from Crunchem Hall.' Inventive character study which cleverly undermines the moral of the original

[Added 15/02/2011; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory]

Ordinary Chocolate by Minerva McTabby

'Wonka's hat flew off. His hair streamed upward in whirling Medusa-locks. He opened his eyes to see a hundred gleaming pipes grow to web the ceiling, announcing their birth in a grating whine.' Minerva does a wonderful job of realising the exuberant magic of the factory in this story set after the Burton film

[Added 21/01/2011; Drama; 1000-2500; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory]

Charlotte Brontë

Green As It Grows by Significantowl

'"People who look out of windows into the blackness of night are not in search of innocence," he murmured. "They chase the lurid," his mouth slipped lower, "the fantastical," and lower still, "why should we not give it to them?"' This vignette features perfect voices, especially for Rochester, and manages the tricky task of remaining exquisitely in character, even as the content moves well beyond where Jane Eyre treads

[Added 04/10/2013; Romance/Erotica; 1000-2500; Charlotte Brontë]

'I would not be you for a kingdom' by Jane Carnall

'...When I was eighteen I had men at my feet, dying for one glance from my eye. I was so lovely that even other women were fond of me. I was accustomed to indulgence and admiration. I tell you, my dear, that look of amusement from Lucy Snowe piqued me.' An acute portrait of Ginevra Fanshawe, sympathetic without diminishing her faults (Villette)

[Added 28/02/2014; Romance/Erotica; 2500-6000; Charlotte Brontë]

Mission by Solvent90

'There were curious scarlet flowers in the trees, some of which fallen underfoot and lay vivid as red silk in the black mud.' Evocative, sensual writing characterises this brief peek at an alternative ending for Jane Eyre. I love the way the piece echoes the original despite the very different setting

[Added 10/11/2008; Drama; 1000-2500; Charlotte Brontë]


Are We There Yet? (or, Fear and Loathing in Kent) by angevin2

'"If you don't shut up right now we're going to turn this pilgrimage around and go home!"' The Canterbury Tales as a road trip: Angevin gives us the bits that never found their way into the final version. I'm sure I'm missing most of the allusions here, and it's still hilarious

[Added 07/08/2009; Humour; 1000-2500; Chaucer]

China Miéville

Borderlands by Dynamicsymmetry

'Being someone’s lover is in itself a process of unseeing. You learn where to look and where not to. You learn which transgressions will result in your exile.' Dynamicsymmetry stretches The City & the City's concept of breach beyond the novel in this clever & thoughtful vignette

[Added 04/10/2013; Romance/Erotica; 1000-2500; China Miéville]

Chinese poetry

Green by Lnhammer

'Upside is "officially" international and modern but like everything here run by Personnel, the site is built on images from the Middle Kingdom -- auspicious cranes flap around the screen with message scrolls in their beaks, wise turtles offer compatibility advice.' Some things change over the centuries, but the problems faced by lovers stay the same. This story worked for me as original sf, with the various translations of the source, 'Walls of Emerald' by Li Shang-Yin, giving extra layers of meaning. The prose has the feel of poetry

[Added 27/05/2012; Drama; 2500-6000; Chinese poetry]

Chrestomanci series

A Snowflake and a Holly Crown by Rosie Rues

'Cat Chant was easy, all curves and squiggles, and he could knot his seal into it like tangled vines. Chrestomanci-in-waiting, however, felt like barbed wire, and needed to be sealed with lightning and panache.' Marianne has to rescue Cat in a satisfying adventure that would slot easily into canon, despite the fairy tale borrowings. There's plenty of magic, sympathetic villains, & just enough twists to keep things interesting (crossover with 'The Snow Queen')

[Added 28/10/2014; Drama; 6000-20,000; Diana Wynne Jones – Chrestomanci; Crossover]

The Young Chants by Ryfkah

'He kept thinking of all the time he had spent as a child worrying over whether he would recognize his father if he happened to meet him in the park. True, Julia was not really old enough to recognize most anybody yet, let alone go walking in the park; still, it seemed better to start as one meant to go on.' The challenges of combining Chrestomanci-ing with parenthood. 'The Young Chants' has pitch-perfect characterisations for the whole family, and reads just like a missing chunk of canon. Charming

[Added 04/10/2013; Drama; 6000-20,000; Diana Wynne Jones – Chrestomanci]


Escape Artistry by David Hines

'"When a man binds an Amazon...she loses her strength."' The author deftly mixes plot, action & humour in this novella, as Batman & Wonder Woman each attempt to teach the other something. The dash of romance feels surprisingly believable

[Added 13/01/2011; Romance/Erotica; 20,000-50,000; Comics]

The Middle Way by Mithrigil

'His gangly and underfed body, beneath the wreck of his kimono, is covered in ofuda, holy seals that cling to him with paste. She doesn't know whether to remove them or not. Nobu was always so spiritual, so committed to the Way. There must be a purpose for them that she couldn't know.' A retelling of the Hulk's tragedy set in Sengoku era Japan, based on Genesischant's Sengoku Avengers. The fusion works amazingly well, & the Sengoku period is vividly conjured in well-chosen details

[Added 13/08/2015; Drama; 2500-6000; Comics; Crossover]

Dalemark Quartet

love like mountains by Betony

'I know how our story is meant to end, with the lad who met the fair maiden as a child winning her hand at last, despite insurmountable obstacles. I have loved her as deep as mountains' roots go into the ground, as unchanging as their course.' A fascinating take on the Manaliabrid/Adon tale, which does a good job of fleshing out the characters

[Added 26/05/2015; Romance/Erotica; 2500-6000; Diana Wynne Jones – Dalemark]

The Paths of the Undying by rosemaryandrue

'When she stopped to catch her breath, the old lady laid a hand on her arm, eyes bright with merriment, and whispered, "Love him and laugh with him and it won't matter how old he is."' A delicate take on Maewen's wait for Mitt, with a strong feel of the original

[Added 02/01/2009; Drama; 1000-2500; Diana Wynne Jones – Dalemark]

that same singing island voice by Betony

'Libby’s "scarlet locks" gleam in the sun, her "peridot eyes" flash with anger at least once a chapter; Ammet is suitably blond, mysterious, and elusive, and six hundred pages later, the two are finally wed. A wafer-thin plot to fuel such devotion from fans.' A diverse set of origin stories for Libby Beer: powerful & humorous by turns

[Added 28/10/2014; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Diana Wynne Jones – Dalemark]

Dark is Rising

The Ascent by Annakovsky

'He touches Daedalus Ascending again, the elongated, stylized features of Daedalus, his angular wings, his beaky nose. Barney's always pictured Daedalus as looking something like his Great-Uncle Merry, for some reason, and the figure resembles him a little. If Gumerry had ever flown with an Icarus beside him.' A sense of looming menace grips the reader right from the opening of this story, and Annakovsky deftly interweaves the mythic & the prosaic to capture the feel of the original books

[Added 10/11/2008; Drama; 2500-6000; Dark is Rising]

Folk Art of the Ocean by Merriman

'On one side of the door is a case full of scrimshaw. The items range from piano keys to drinking horns and magnifying lenses have been provided so people can inspect the details.' A subtle look at a possible future for Jane, which sidesteps the usual DiR tropes. Atmospheric & memorable

[Added 28/05/2012; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Dark is Rising]

The Land of Lost Content by Rochefort

'These paintings did not allow for any reflection. They pulled a response from the viewer, whether it was given freely it or not.' An unusual post-series adventure, featuring wonderful descriptions of dark magic

[Added 03/01/2007; Drama; 6000-20,000; Dark is Rising]

Only Revolutions by Cherry Ice

"Sometimes," Jane murmurs, Jana, Jano, "when I wake I can't quite remember my own name." A particularly strong take on the lost memories theme, lyrical & atmospheric

[Added 10/11/2008; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Dark is Rising]

Protection by Sheldrake

'At home in Bucks there was an old saying: it's not spring unless you can set foot on twelve daisies at once.' Good use of detail, believable dialogue and a poignant, plausible characterisation of Bran combine to make this short piece stand out

[Added 15/12/2004; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Dark is Rising]

Two Sides by Genarti

'There are two sides to her life, and both are real.' This brief study of light and dark offers an intriguing insight into one of the most neglected characters of the novels

[Added 15/12/2004; Character Piece; <1000; Dark is Rising]

Watch for the Greenwitch by Selden

'In the light from the bonfire the Greenwitch rose up, tall and ragged against the sky, like something from long ago. Not the fine past of the grail, of long spears and iron, thorny, intricate poetry and patterns. Not even the past, thought Jane, of neat sharp flints laid out on red velvet under museum lights, axes and arrowheads. Something older, like rough rock, the rings of yellow lichen spreading out through the years like ripples from a stone thrown into still water.' The luscious description really makes this unusual slow-building horror story, which spins off Greenwitch

[Added 20/01/2012; Drama; 1000-2500; Dark is Rising]


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]

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]

Certainties by Nomad

'It's common knowledge that to summon Death, you need skulls, rams' horns, dribbly candles, an octogram and a great deal of chanting. It's slightly less common knowledge that all you actually need are a few sticks and four cc of mouse blood, or possibly a fresh egg.' Nomad's got Pratchett's style down, and this reads just like a missing fragment of canon, with a pitch-perfect voice for Vetinari

[Added 29/10/2014; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Discworld]

Going It Alone by Nomad

'You couldn't feed a goat in a dress with ribboned sleeves, or walk a mile through the woods in shoes with pointed toes. But a good bit of lace would strain tea, and beads would fill a tin can noise-maker to scare the birds, and there was never any shortage of uses for unravelled wool and scraps of cloth.' Nomad laces the wicked humour with pathos in this portrait of the young Esme Weatherwax, as sharp as the witch herself

[Added 04/10/2013; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Discworld]

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]

The Importance of Being Mostly Human by Gogollescent

'Time stopped. Not in the literal and unromantic sense common to Susan's life, which if mapped chronologically would have looked like one of those graphs that tells you absolutely nothing about anything except the psychology of the grapher, and had none of the organizational advantages of people who really did have to live in the moment. Rather, Susan looked at Sam and felt the world slow.' Gogollescent weaves together threads from various novels to create a satisfying story that could easily have been written by Pratchett. Superb

[Added 04/10/2013; Drama; 6000-20,000; Discworld]

Like Clockwork by Halotolerant

'They move on like mechanical figures in an ornamental clock: set on their tracks, ever repeating, ever smooth and ordered, ever prevented from collision.' Vetinari isn't one of the Discworld characters that I know, but this precise & subtle study makes me want to. Highly recommended

[Added 28/01/2011; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Discworld]

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]

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]

On Being Female by Nomad

'Carrot's personal slant on reality had a way of tilting everything in the immediate vicinity, leaving you wondering if you were the one who'd been standing at a funny angle all along.' A perfect little slice of canon, with a slightly different [cough] slant on the dwarf gender debate

[Added 04/10/2013; Humour; 1000-2500; Discworld]

One Sister Have I in Our House by Astro Knight

'The Weatherwaxes had always been highly attuned to magic. It was in the blood. / Lily took to it not so much like a fish to water but more like a match would to a fireworks factory.' A lovely braided story, focusing on Esme's differences from – and similarities to – her sister. The slight twist in the tail is a bonus

[Added 16/01/2014; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Discworld]

The Physician of Miracles and Death by Minutia R

'It's traditional when introducing a new student to a class in the middle of the year to stand him up in front of the first row of desks, right in the center. This allows the other students to size up his weak spots at their leisure, while all the new student can make out is a sea of nameless, scrutinizing eyes, and also the taste of whatever he had for breakfast at the back of his throat.' A wonderful blend of humour & melancholy, like the best of canon, marks this loose retelling of Godfather Death in the Discworld

[Added 14/04/2015; Drama; 2500-6000; Discworld; Crossover]

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]

'Tis Impossible To Be Sure Of Any Thing by Karanguni

'There was almost a sense that he'd cheated somehow; as though seeing Death around the corner during some of his assignments was some kind of unfair advantage that the gods had extended a scholarship boy.' Winds neatly around canon to a perfect ending that could easily have been written by Pratchett

[Added 15/04/2015; Drama; 6000-20,000; Discworld]


The Long Dance by Temaris

'When the first dog died, because dogs burn faster than humans, he brought a pup at midwinter, a scant three months old, full blooded, and said, "There and the return also," and she bowed her head stiffly, burning with the need to ride.' Wonderful mythic envisioning of Katherine's life, with a final line that's just perfect

[Added 10/11/2008; Drama; <1000; Diana Wynne Jones – Dogsbody]


The Last Days of Dr Seward by Hedge Witch

'...I walk distractedly from the Prinsengracht to Dam square shuddering every time I catch sight of my reflection, twisted and elongated by the canals. What seeps through into them from the surrounding mud? All that lies in the earth is fixed, but if it reaches the water, might it not bob up?' Hedge Witch builds a powerful sense of dread in this dark, ambiguous coda to the novel

[Added 04/10/2013; Drama; 2500-6000; Dracula]

Shattered Mirrors by Assimbya

'Jonathan wants to tell her something in response, some sort of comfort or reassurance, but he sees, as though inevitably, that the white clips in her dark hair are made from human teeth, and the image silences him.' Intense imagery as Jonathan loses his mind. The blend of surreal & prosaic is particularly unsettling

[Added 01/02/2011; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Dracula]

Sympathy of Wolves by GreenSpine

'I wondered, admiring, at the great care He had taken to drive the wooden stake through her body without touching her heart or stealing her voice, for that was the touch of His true love, just as the tendernesses of my past were His violence.' An original viewpoint renews the age-old tale

[Added 03/01/2007; Drama; 2500-6000; Dracula]

Dylan Thomas

A Child's Apogee in the Black by Kass

'Sleek and long as coiled cables, mincing and pouncing, they would glide and goosestep over the heating ducts, and the cyberenhanced hunters, Jane and I, imagining ourselves in spacesuits barely-tethered to the ship's pockmarked exterior, would proffer our leftover protein shreds as though to alien lifeforms on an uncharted planet.' Re-envisioning of 'A Child's Christmas in Wales' which clings tight to the original, underlining surprising parallels between the worlds, but leaves room for some wonderful inventive flourishes

[Added 12/08/2015; Drama; 1000-2500; Dylan Thomas]

Eagle of the Ninth

A Broken Spear by Isis

'A year, Liathan thought, should have been sufficient. An entire year to wash away his shame in the turning of the wheel of the seasons, to make him new and whole again.' A thoughtful study of the aftermath of The Eagle of the Ninth from the loser's point of view. The drumbeat motif binds the vignette together

[Added 19/07/2012; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Rosemary Sutcliff – Eagle of the Ninth]

Eight Days of Luke

Will End in Fire by Ghost Lingering

'It was the laughter in the wind and the sound of a boy's pranking and it tasted like the burnt out match at the end of summer.' A bittersweet treasure that fits with the original yet dares to move beyond it. Strongly recommended

[Added 13/01/2005; Drama; 2500-6000; Diana Wynne Jones – Eight Days of Luke]

EM Forster

And Have Their Chance of Joy by Penguin

'The city was empty as only a city can be – filled with people, but not the ones you want.' A lush portrayal of George & Lucy's happy ending, with a final scene that's just perfect (A Room with a View)

[Added 28/01/2011; Romance/Erotica; 1000-2500; EM Forster]

The Home Front by Kindkit

'The war hasn't changed the way rich men get their pennies from poor men's pockets. Just speeded it up, maybe.' Sharp characterisation of an older Scudder. His perspectives on class & patriotism are particularly interesting (Maurice)

[Added 28/01/2011; Drama; 1000-2500; EM Forster]

A Mirror Distorted by Shirasade

'Clive had almost resolved to feel nothing but pity for the man.' A sad but plausible glimpse at one path Clive might take after the end of the novel (Maurice)

[Added 07/08/2009; Drama; <1000; EM Forster]

Stamp'd On These Lifeless Things by Halotolerant

'Alone, Cecil could be Cecil. When she broke their engagement, Lucy had said to him that when he came into contact with other people he destroyed them. What she had not seen was that the reverse was true - around others, Cecil was never how he wanted to be.' A subtle vignette, which offers a wonderful portrait of Cecil in all his complexity (A Room with a View)

[Added 07/08/2009; Drama; 1000-2500; EM Forster]


Poignant Sting by Ione

'Emma found it difficult to smother a sigh as Miss Bates rattled the cups, lost the jam spoon and found it again in the beaufet, then trod upon her own hem, commenting and questioning and marveling the while on these and other tiresome minutiae.' Emma seems the most difficult Austen for a writer to penetrate, and some aspects of Ione's sequel weren't entirely successful for me. It's well worth a try, however, for its unexpected insight into Miss Bates, which has gone straight into my personal canon

[Added 07/08/2009; Drama; 6000-20,000; Jane Austen – Emma]

Exeter Book

saga hwæt ic hatte by Selden

'I saw him once, standing among them, watching me pick rushes. The mist lay heavy that morning and we were both casting shadows through it, longer and greater than ourselves. But his was muddled among the spines and flowers of the blackthorn, so that the mist and the blossom and the black branches hung at his back like a wave about to break.' Luscious, dense, layered writing that repays rereading, circling round to a perfect ending. I don't know the source (mainly the Wife's Lament) but this stands alone. Simply lovely!

[Added 25/12/2017; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Exeter Book]

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Dear Friends and Ruin by Minerva McTabby

'This must be what it's like to find a diamond.' Very believable expansion of a few lines in the source that made me long to revisit the original (A Little Princess)

[Added 30/12/2005; Drama; 2500-6000; Frances Hodgson Burnett]

A Garden in the Punjab by Rosemaryandrue

'Amarjeet pushed aside a curtain of flowers, and stepped into the heart of the garden. In here, she could barely see the walls of the house. It was a secret garden, a Punjabi garden in the midst of the British Raj.' Sympathetic original characters inhabit this vivid story of three women and another secret garden (The Secret Garden)

[Added 01/02/2011; Drama; 6000-20,000; Frances Hodgson Burnett]

Wick by Orichalxos

'The war has passed through the Sowerbys like a scythe through dry grass.' A delicate, moving story on the power of nature to heal. Simply wonderful (The Secret Garden)

[Added 01/02/2011; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Frances Hodgson Burnett]


Letter to Mrs Salville, England by Cefyr

'I hesitate, dear sister, to write what I know I have to; many times now have I laid down my pen, as if the very act of setting down on paper the latest course of events would somehow make them less real.' A thoughtful piece which takes an unusual look at the moral questions of the novel

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

Frontier Wolf

The Disciple by Riventhorn

'A colony of bees, Lucius thought. They would make such a sweetness of honeycomb, golden as the amber necklace his mother used to wear. He must have bees. And a little pond by the orchard to keep stocked with fish.' A delicate meditation on Lucius: his faith, his hopes, and his unlikely friendship with Hilarion

[Added 09/01/2014; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Rosemary Sutcliff – Frontier Wolf]

Not the Emperor's Bodyguard by Bunn

'Julius Gavros did not know whether to laugh or cry, seeing his new command for the first time: a tumble-down fort in the furthest corner of the world, with the gulls crying over it in the grey drizzle, a thin mewing that sounded utterly remote from the world of men.' How did a man like Gavros end up in command of the Frontier Wolves? Bunn's plausible answer conjures a wonderful picture of the abandoned Castellum

[Added 09/01/2014; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Rosemary Sutcliff – Frontier Wolf]

This Last Thing by Isis

'"You – you gave me this wound." / "I did," agreed Cunorix. His smile broadened as he turned on his side, looking at Alexios; the corners of his mouth turned cruel, and his eyes darkened. "And I shall give you many more."' The tragedy of Alexios & Cunorix is central to the novel, and this eerie story continues their relationship after Cunorix's death, to a poignant conclusion. Superb

[Added 24/08/2013; Drama; 6000-20,000; Rosemary Sutcliff – Frontier Wolf]

Goblin Market

The Illusionist by Stultiloquentia

'In daylight, he was both fox and not-fox; eyes too large and paws too dexterous, and a coat that seemed to shift as she watched, now a red summer pelt, now a man's quilted jacket, now a weaving of leaves and bark.' A thoughtful, slow-building prequel to the poem, which puts a clever twist on Jeanie's story and brings the goblins to life

[Added 01/02/2011; Drama; 2500-6000; Goblin Market]

Nectar of the Honeymen by Borusa

'The honeymen do not sell their drug. You cannot buy it in a little pouch; you cannot take it home in a vial. They guard its secret jealously, because they could not stand competition.' An inventive re-envisioning of the poem in a dystopic future, featuring a wonderful Lizzie, grimly practical in her love for her sister

[Added 29/10/2014; Drama; 1000-2500; Goblin Market]

Queer Fruits by Mayhap

'She peeped from beneath the lowered golden fringe of modest maiden lashes and she peered around fingers and handkerchiefs and fans and she darted glances as swift as arrows, as mild as doves, as knowing as serpents.' Lush overblown language & a profusion of striking images mark this subversive prequel to the poem

[Added 01/02/2011; Romance/Erotica; 1000-2500; Goblin Market]


This Chill Intimacy by Mercurie

'She feels weak. The flood has sapped the fire out of her and the walls have caught the coals that remain in a narrow stone cradle.' Delicate portrait of Fuchsia, linked to the four elements

[Added 15/02/2011; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Gormenghast]

Graveyard Book

The Honor Guard by Spiderfire

'There is another sort of darkness, a darkness that is velvet soft and thick, a darkness that encases, wraps, surrounds. In such darkness, there is nothing to see, nothing to hear. It is complete, seeping into the hearts of anyone who dares venture into it.' Spiderfire invents an interesting mythological underpinning to the novel's Honour Guard in this atmospheric short

[Added 12/08/2015; Drama; 2500-6000; Neil Gaiman – Graveyard Book]

We Don't Forget by Chibideath

'"Hullo?" he called. He tried not to feel foolish. He had grown up speaking to people who weren’t there, strictly speaking, but he was a bit out of practice.' Lovely bittersweet coda to the book, with a voice that's very true to the original

[Added 04/10/2013; Romance/Erotica; 2500-6000; Neil Gaiman – Graveyard Book]

Hainish Cycle

The Color of Shadow by Ellen Fremedon

'"Your friend there," Arguyry said after a long interval of breadapple, just loud enough that Oppong could have overheard if she were listening, "when hopes for?" And before Kushud could try on other shades of meaning—await, anticipate, expect—the question neatly rearranged itself in her head: "When is your friend due?"' A richly detailed tale of complex cultural misunderstandings as an ill-assorted pair of first visitors bumble around Gethen. The delicately sketched Annaresti OC flares into life to make this piece

[Added 28/10/2014; Drama; 2500-6000; Ursula Le Guin – Hainish Cycle]

The End and the Way by Luzula

'On Posthe Tuwa of the Year One in the reign of Argaven XII, Harny Sord of Gernahan gave birth to a pervert.' This quietly moving coming-of-age tale explores Gethen via an engaging OC who is a 'female pervert', but it encompasses so much more than just a queer slant on the universe's gender norms. Simply wonderful!

[Added 04/02/2012; Drama; 6000-20,000; Ursula Le Guin – Hainish Cycle]

The First Train to Brotherhood by Arrogantemu

'The first train to Brotherhood arrived in the middle of the night, with the moon high and mottled overhead. Brotherhood did not, technically, exist yet, except as the terminus of the line...' Insightful story about the earliest settlers of Anarres, and the way that language shapes thought

[Added 05/07/2016; Drama; 1000-2500; Ursula Le Guin – Hainish Cycle]

Living the revolution by Leaf Litter

'"They'd be stupid then," Laia told him. "They ought to lock it away for preservation. When we're safely dead, and the revolution with us, it will probably be worth a fortune to the collectors, in their fine libraries of revolutionary books, and their fine counter-revolutionary minds."' This thoughtful view of Laia Odo's philosophies & the problems of running a revolutionary movement, was made for me by a gem of an original character ('The Day Before the Revolution')

[Added 04/10/2013; Drama; 2500-6000; Ursula Le Guin – Hainish Cycle]

A Piece of the Continent by Epigone

'Then there are the questions. Or rather, there aren't the questions. But it isn't immediately apparent, because at first they seem to speak like anyone on any other world.' Long sequel to The Left Hand of Darkness, with excellent characterisation, beautifully measured pacing & a superb evocation of an alien culture. An amazing achievement -- I wouldn't blink at seeing this in a Le Guin collection

[Added 25/11/2011; Drama; 6000-20,000; Ursula Le Guin – Hainish Cycle]

Handmaid's Tale

Here is What I'd Like to Tell by Oxymoron

'What sets Jezebel’s apart is the subtlety of its cruelty. (Everything that seems to be a blessing at first sight turns out to be another form of control, violation, appropriation, or insult.)' Oxymoron unpacks a couple of sentences in the novel to give a powerful version of Moira's future. The speculation as to what life as a prostitute might be like in Gilead feels spot on

[Added 28/01/2011; Drama; 1000-2500; Handmaid's Tale]

Sisters of Bilhah by Kel

'...I always, always get the greenest of greenies. I should have known. Can't touch a pen, afraid to sit in a chair, not even a proper haircut yet. I'm lucky she didn't write her prisoner's patronymic for her name.' A disturbing look at what the future might hold outside Gilead through the eyes of a realistic original character. Kel's take on the book is novel enough to feel like original sf, yet firmly linked to Atwood's universe. Wonderful

[Added 01/02/2011; Drama; 6000-20,000; Handmaid's Tale]

Vessel of Hope by Miss M

'I always use my gentlest voice when I teach.' Complex portrait of Aunt Lydia, which adds depth to the character without softening her

[Added 15/02/2011; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Handmaid's Tale]


Imaginary Planes by Cyphomandra

'And then a patchwork of buildings that ran out abruptly, leaving nothing but the railway line and the wrinkled white surface of the salt flats, the unmade bedsheets of some absent giant.' I don't know the original, but this deliciously written vignette stands on its own. The sideturn ending is superb, and surprisingly moving (crossover with historical RPF)

[Added 29/10/2017; Drama; 2500-6000; Hav; Crossover]

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Does the Doctor Know Where His Towel Is? by AstroGirl

'Indeed, the Guide's entry on the Doctor is no less than eleven times longer than its entry on the entire Universe.' An amusing crossover with Doctor Who, which takes on the eternal Towels vs Sonic Screwdrivers Question. No definitive answers arise, but the reader is rewarded with some note-perfect pastiche

[Added 25/08/2013; Humour; <1000; Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; Crossover]

The Galactic Miscellany by Rheanna

'Arthur got out of bed, put on his slippers, pulled open the curtains of his bedroom and checked the front of the house for bulldozers. He did this every morning, without fail.' Very few writers dare to attempt DNA's style, but Rheanna does it so well here that you'd be forgiven for thinking he'd risen from the grave to write 'The Galactic Miscellany'

[Added 29/07/2004; Humour; 2500-6000; Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy]

In This Galaxy, Nothing Can Be Said To Be Certain by Makesmewannadie

'Under no circumstances should the wise hitchhiker ever make itself known to the GRS. They are more tenacious than the Tracking Hrunds of Bixastow, nastier than the Snarling Grattafiends of Trog, and even your towel will not save you if you come to their attention.' Guide entries, snappy dialogue and a healthy dollop of plot, as Arthur gets to save the day for once

[Added 03/01/2007; Drama; 2500-6000; Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy]

Long Gone Soon by Eruthiel

'Alleyways, backstreets and narrow spaces of all kinds feature heavily in a typical 'mean and seedy' environment. Kontropolis, nerve centre of the Mean and Seedy Republic of Kontron, is famous for being composed almost entirely of such areas, and for the badly-lit brothels, reclamation dives and kebab houses that line them.' This unusual one-shot suggests an intriguing possibility for Zaphod's past. Not the best pastiche, perhaps, but the atmospheric world-building makes up for it. Strange & dark

[Added 28/10/2014; Drama; 2500-6000; Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy]

That Tongue Thing by Makesmewannadie

I don't often recommend body swap stories, but hilarious doesn't even begin to cover this one. Adams' style is perfectly emulated, even if (especially if?) the result isn't something he'd have published

[Added 13/01/2005; Humour; 2500-6000; Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; Adult]

Howl's Moving Castle

Howl and Calcifer by JM Torres

'...Even though his heart was three feet away from his chest, cradled with Calcifer in his palm, its valves still opened on his veins, and his blood still flowed through its chambers.' An insightful short that highlights the differences between our world & Ingary. Sweet but not saccharine

[Added 07/12/2011; Character Piece; <1000; Diana Wynne Jones – Howl's Moving Castle]

starfall by Betony

'The star spluttered with rage, but then quieted, just as Lily was about to drop it and run. "I suppose," it said silkily, "that you can't help it. Quite all right. It's not your fault that you're not clever enough."' An interesting origin story for the Witch of the Waste that weaves together many threads from the source, and succeeds, in the end, in making her sympathetic

[Added 11/08/2015; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Diana Wynne Jones – Howl's Moving Castle]

HP Lovecraft

The Blood From the Sea by Lispeth

'Though they never died afloat, the Pabodie dead were always buried at sea, a tradition which had given the name an unholy savor in New England lore.' A wonderful slow-building sense of dread characterises this old-fashioned tale

[Added 29/05/2012; Drama; 2500-6000; HP Lovecraft]

For Mind and Memory is the Soul of Man by Quillori

'I first caught sight of him on the train, all muffled up in hat and scarf and coat with upturned collar. It was a cold day, to be sure, but something about him seemed off: the stiffness of his movements, perhaps, or the immobility of his face, nor was his voice when he spoke briefly with the conductor quite what one would expect...' Creepy & original horror story, inspired by Lovecraft's ideas notebook, which builds slowly but relentlessly to an inevitable end that invites parallels with dementia

[Added 28/10/2014; Drama; 1000-2500; HP Lovecraft]

The Long Summoning by Marcelo

'My father waited until I was seven years old before he sacrificed my mother to Nyarlathotep. Later, he would tell me he had wanted to make sure I was old enough to remember.' Original, disturbing darkfic that eschews Lovecraftian prose for a relatively restrained style that sets the horror in sharp relief. The final line made me shudder: not one for the faint of heart

[Added 25/12/2017; Character Piece; 1000-2500; HP Lovecraft; Adult]

The Strange Confessions Of Ambrose Blake by Sweetcarolanne

'He paid his bills on time, and made regular orders for paints of high quality. If he favoured certain colours over others, or tended to purchase darker shades of paint rather than lighter, this was barely noticed by anyone. It was none of our business, after all. As I said before, Pickman was a very good customer.' Traditional slow-building horror based on Pickman's Model, that starts off light, even humorous, but reveals a nasty sting in the tail

[Added 25/12/2017; Character Piece; 2500-6000; HP Lovecraft]

I, Claudius

Mater Patriae by Yahtzee

'Their goodness made them wonderfully pliable, like the softest, fresh-spun wool. Livia had been spinning for very many years.' Livia is among my very favourite villains, and this is a sharp look inside her head

[Added 22/07/2009; Character Piece; 2500-6000; I, Claudius]

Isaac Asimov

C/Fe by Dorinda

'There are all kinds of programming.' An unusual coming-of-age piece, with a plot to boot! Made me homesick for the original (Caves of Steel series)

[Added 30/12/2005; Drama; 6000-20,000; Isaac Asimov]

The Conscientious Objectors by Grey

Susan Calvin investigates a malfunction at a robotic assembly line. A simple but thought-provoking story, which could easily have been written by Asimov himself

[Added 03/01/2007; Drama; 2500-6000; Isaac Asimov]

Hostage Negotiation by Marcelo

'It's not logical, and, unlike humans, I have yet to see a robot do an illogical thing.' Excellent characterisation in this clever short. Another one that could be a lost story from canon

[Added 03/01/2007; Drama; 1000-2500; Isaac Asimov]

Nice Work If You Can Get It by Astolat

'SU-3, a sleeker model, predictably became Sue.' Powell and Donovan's first field assignment proves anything but straightforward. It's a bit of a cliché-fic, perhaps, but the author brilliantly combines canonical plausibility with absolute hilarity

[Added 03/01/2007; Drama; 6000-20,000; Isaac Asimov]

Perigee by Radondoran

'"For Pete's sake, Mike, it's a maid. It's not exactly programmed with the Gricean maxims. Be specific." Powell walked up and addressed the maid himself. "Annie," he read from her nametag, while mentally noting that she was not, in fact, a member of the AN-series, "we're looking for a robot."' Radondoran absolutely nails Asimov's style in this lighthearted casefic, which features a charming original robot. Great fun!

[Added 04/10/2013; Drama; 6000-20,000; Isaac Asimov]

A Woman's Touch by Sath

'"If you'd asked me what I thought the impact of pseudo-female 'companion robots' would be before going ahead with the MR project, I would've told you it'd end exactly like this."' A short case for Susan Calvin that forms a loose sequel to 'Lenny'. Sath successfully retains a strong feel of canon despite distancing the story a little from Asimov's gender prejudices. Believable & poignant

[Added 28/10/2014; Drama; 1000-2500; Isaac Asimov]

James Tiptree Jr

The Greek Origins of Certain Words by Scioscribe

'"...And I eat vanilla wafers and hand-knit my own sweaters, but it must be conceded that by and large people have found more intriguing flavors and more contemporary gratification." / "So you enjoy me ironically. Like I'm camp. Or like you'd make your own jam if you could do fuck-all in the kitchen."' Clever & inventive sf, with a thoughtful look at the themes of And I Awoke And Found Me Here on the Cold Hill's Side, to which it forms a loose sequel

[Added 23/12/2017; Romance/Erotica; 2500-6000; James Tiptree Jr; Adult]

Jeeves & Wooster

Armistice by Adina

'"If I might suggest, sir, I believe this would be more appropriate." This was a species of red vegetation that appeared in his hand as if by magic. It was rather larger and redder than was the Wooster wont, but I have never known Jeeves to err in matters sartorial.' The J&W world notoriously omits WWI; here Adina comes up with an ingenious solution that doesn't negate Wodehouse's choice. This vignette stands independently but is in the same universe as her better-known Green Ice, also worth a try. (Crossover with Dorothy L Sayers)

[Added 10/01/2014; Drama; 1000-2500; Jeeves & Wooster; Crossover]

The Aunt and the Ankh by Curtana

'It had often made me wish I'd had the foresight to cultivate some obscure and socially unacceptable hobby in my youth, something I could pull out at necessary intervals to extricate myself from unwanted matches. Competitive blancmange eating, say, or, collecting potatoes that resemble famous politicians.' A thoroughly jolly romp with a strong Wodehouse voice and a scattering of hilarious lines

[Added 04/08/2009; Humour; 2500-6000; Jeeves & Wooster]

Deus Ex by innocentsmith

'The Author would like nothing better than to stretch out for a few paragraphs of tangy salt air, cheeky seabirds, and tourists looking dubiously at their white boating shoes and the baskets of shrimp on the pier.' Neat execution of a highly original concept: clever & unusual. Definitely worth a try despite a plethora of typos

[Added 04/08/2009; Drama; 2500-6000; Jeeves & Wooster; Crossover]

Jeeves and the Blessed Indiscretion by Shalott

'The rest proved remarkably straightforward, at least when one discounts the cat, the housemaid, and the fire…' Unusually for this fandom, Bertie is the prime mover in this deftly written piece, and the inevitable denouement is also accompanied by more than the usual dollop of plot

[Added 27/04/2006; Humour; 2500-6000; Jeeves & Wooster]

The Woosteriad by Silverr

'I noticed a very faint tremor go through Jeeves' manufactured frame at the sight of Melon, and he irised down his visual receptors in a way that made me a tad envious: still, one must stand by one's friends, no matter how radioactive they may appear to be.' Bertie has a more-than-usually off-the-wall adventure, courtesy of some figures from Greek mythology. Not the best Wodehouse pastiche, perhaps, but worth a try for the robotic Jeeves alone (Jeeves & Wooster/Greek myth)

[Added 27/05/2012; Humour; 6000-20,000; Jeeves & Wooster; Crossover]

Yes, Sir, Jeeves by Skyblue Reverie

'He was actually grasping and pulling at his hair as if he were trying to tear it out by the roots, which I had always thought was just something that novelists said to get across the idea that their protago-whatsit was in dire straits -- I'd never actually seen it done before.' Flawless pastiche & convincing OCs mark this tale of role reversal leading to self-discovery

[Added 03/01/2007; Humour; 6000-20,000; Jeeves & Wooster; Adult]

John le Carré

First know the truth by Philipa Moss

'Control had invented the job for her, after all, and it was hers to define as she saw fit. Usually this meant that she did as she pleased and relegated dull or mundane tasks to the sharper secretaries.' Insightful portrait of Connie in her prime, at its best in her pitiless assessments of everyone she meets

[Added 04/10/2013; Drama; 6000-20,000; John le Carré]

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

mirk mirk night, nae stern light by Indigostohelit

'...Childermass ... could still not make out whether they were a man or a woman, or their age, or indeed any feature of their face; but he could see, now, that they were wearing a long, long coat the color of moss. (Too like moss; he thought he saw insects crawling within the fabric.)' An atmospheric story set after the novel, with a strong pastiche style, an interesting depiction of Faerie & a suitably creepy OC

[Added 31/10/2017; Drama; 6000-20,000; Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell]

Jungle Book

How the Rock Python Made Three Meals Out of One Monkey by Minutia R

'The law of the porcupines is twofold: It is better to go hungry than to eat a yam with a spot on it, and it is better to keep silence than to tell the plain, unadorned truth.' A deft tale-within-a-tale that could fit perfectly into canon. Sweet & funny

[Added 21/05/2015; Humour; 2500-6000; Rudyard Kipling – Jungle Book]

Jungle Favour Go With Thee by Sullen Siren

'The seasons drift on and on, and Mowgli slips from windows and into jungles less often. When he catches his own scent, it is of smoke and men-villages.' A perceptive look into Mowgli's future, with an ending no less heart wrenching for its inevitability. Lovely use of language. Highly recommended

[Added 01/02/2011; Drama; 2500-6000; Rudyard Kipling – Jungle Book]

Just So stories

Places by Thimblerig

'"Last month," the Woman said, "this field was Unpromising Ground. Today it is the Breaker of my Back."' The First Woman invents agriculture. A delightful short in the spirit of the original

[Added 26/05/2015; Drama; 1000-2500; Rudyard Kipling – Just So stories]

Knight's Fee

A Little Wind Through the Bramble Bushes by Isis

'Around him the fields waxed ripe with bursting grain and the trees grew heavy with fruit, as his boots turned to spreading roots and his body became the trunk of a sturdy tree.' Ancret's perspective on the novel's events. A neatly structured vignette displaying Isis' usual flair for embedding the numinous into Sutcliff's world

[Added 15/10/2015; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Rosemary Sutcliff – Knight's Fee]

Lantern Bearers

Bearing Gifts by Ursula Kohl

'"You have a long walk before you," he told her, "and I have a long rowing. Will you come quietly?"' Perhaps my favourite of several takes on how Flavia came to be married to a Saxon in the 2012 Sutcliff Swap. The sharp & spare style fits the subject matter, and the crisp little details are well chosen

[Added 29/08/2013; Romance/Erotica; 1000-2500; Rosemary Sutcliff – Lantern Bearers]

Declining by Northland

'Beside the terrace steps, the scorched skeleton of an old fruit tree still stood; a damson, by the seedlings its disregarded rotting fruit had thrown up.' Five moments missing from the novel. Sparse & evocative

[Added 05/09/2012; Drama; <1000; Rosemary Sutcliff – Lantern Bearers]

A Singing Magic by Bunn

'Flavia had been waiting for the end of the world all her life. ... She had never thought about what she would do after that.' An unusual look at Flavia's story, also from the 2012 Sutcliff Swap, which grabbed me straight from the wonderful opening. Rich & thoughtful, with strong characterisations

[Added 29/08/2013; Drama; 6000-20,000; Rosemary Sutcliff – Lantern Bearers]

Le Petit Prince

Another Chance by Cnoocy

'So recently, when I found myself making a crash landing in the Mediterranean Sea, as a child I thought, "how disappointing to be ending my flight so soon," and as a grown-up thought, "I will not be returning to my squadron at the expected time."' Saint-Exupéry's disappearance in 1944 is the basis for this poignant future story. The ending is perfect

[Added 26/05/2015; Drama; 1000-2500; Le Petit Prince]

Lemony Snicket

The Gargantuan Garden by Yahtzee

'You will notice at once that this story has no warnings. Many readers prefer such warnings before their stories, because they will be mournful if anyone is said to die, or get angry if a character they dislike is treated nicely, or burst into flames if two imaginary people other than those they prefer are shown to be in love. Therefore such warnings are helpful things indeed.' I don't know Lemony Snicket, but Yahtzee's engaging crossover makes me wish I did (Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events/Edward Scissorhands)

[Added 29/07/2004; Humour; 2500-6000; Lemony Snicket; Crossover]

Like Water For Chocolate

La Adelita by Eruthros

'Her song mixed with the bean powder, her tears mixed with the onion, and she stirred a soup that made every man brave.' An original & powerful folk tale, steeped in the magical realism of the source. One of my favourites from Yuletide 2009

[Added 01/02/2011; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Like Water For Chocolate]

Little House on the Prairie

Little House After the End by Fera Festiva

'In the afternoons, once the dishes were done, Laura and Mary could do as they liked, so long as they did not go outside the fence. Mary would stay in the house and mend her padded armour, or sew on the nine-patch quilt she was making. But Laura liked to help Pa with the planting.' The tone of the Little House series is strangely perfect for the zombie apocalypse, and the details of this post-apocalyptic yet charming world are well chosen

[Added 28/02/2014; Humour; 2500-6000; Little House on the Prairie]

Little Settlement on the Moon by Rina

'Pa...had been learning about the new-fangled idea of hydroponic farming. Imagine - all that good food, no worries about weather or grasshoppers!' Rina uses prosaic little details to make the impossible premise surprisingly believable. The upcoming titles list at the end is a hoot

[Added 06/08/2009; Humour; 1000-2500; Little House on the Prairie]

Little Women

Beth Finds the Palace Beautiful by Snacky

'I was very sick. So sick that even Marmee didn’t think I’d get well. And when the time came to board the spaceship with all the others, I was still alive, but just barely, and no one would allow anyone so sick on board the space ship.' Snacky takes a crackfic premise, and makes of it a moving, thoughtful, memorable story, which is surprisingly faithful to the original. One of my favourites from Yuletide 2011

[Added 26/05/2012; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Little Women]

Lord Peter Wimsey

A Brief History of the Patronage of Beatie Wilson by AlexElizabeth

'Beatie found death interesting. Men and women and children across the country, across the world, were dead and burned, gassed and shelled, their towns and possessions and lives reduced to rubble along with their souls. Beatie felt a kind of vague, unfocused sympathy for humanity in the summer of 1945.' A refreshing absence of saccharine marks this thoughtful postscript to Gaudy Night, which details the fate of Annie Wilson's eldest daughter. Peter & Harriet's voices are perfect, and I particularly enjoyed the depiction of their relationship. (Crossover with Agatha Christie's Cat Among the Pigeons)

[Added 23/12/2017; Drama; 6000-20,000; Lord Peter Wimsey; Crossover]

Death in the Tuileries by Dafna Greer

'He was less clear on whether that meant they assumed he would find nothing, or that there was indeed nothing to find.' Crisp and spare account of Wimsey's first case, set during WW1

[Added 03/01/2007; Drama; 2500-6000; Lord Peter Wimsey]

The Frivolous Fable of a Spinster's Suspicions by Nineveh

'"May I enquire, Lord Peter," said Miss Climpson, proffering his refurbished tea-cup, "as to your opinions of White Slavery?"' Sparkling humour & excellent characterisations, including a gem of an OC, mark this gentle mystery for Miss Climpson & the Cattery. Nineveh also skilfully intertwines the rocky beginnings of Peter & Harriet's relationship into the tale

[Added 18/07/2009; Drama; 2500-6000; Lord Peter Wimsey]

The Healing Fountain, or, The English Aristocrat’s Gentleman’s Gentleman’s Gymslip Lover by Nineveh

'It was true that Wimsey’s preferred reading material did not usually feature young schoolgirls chafing under the restrictive guardianship of a cold, man-hunting mother and a socialite aunt, but it held to the promised standard of English and a surprising lightness of touch considering the title.' Wimsey's dry viewpoint provides the perfect counterpoint to the purple prose of Hilary Thorpe's first novel. Enormous fun!

[Added 05/09/2012; Romance/Erotica; 6000-20,000; Lord Peter Wimsey]

In The Beginning by Sonetka

'The back of the book displayed a more welcome sight; his own face, or rather, his own face as it had been eight years ago, when Philip Boyes was the handsome young author of the much-discussed if poorly-selling Abhasa. Dark curls artfully rumpled, the younger, optimistic Philip stared out at the current version, and looked distinctly unimpressed.' A thoughtful novella that attempts to elucidate why Harriet agreed to live with Boyes. Sonetka fleshes the man out, giving him believable motivations without whitewashing him

[Added 18/10/2017; Romance/Erotica; 20,000-50,000; Lord Peter Wimsey]

Kitty by Mrsredboots

'She also learnt – slowly and painfully, and not without some embarrassing mistakes – to notice other things; to know that if Mrs X was not in church, it was probably because her husband had come home drunk again and slapped her around, whereupon a tactful visit next day might be appreciated, but if Mrs Y was absent, it was probably because she herself had been in the pub all night.' An interesting possible backstory for Kitty Climpson, with the perfect vehicle for her coming to Peter's attention

[Added 30/10/2017; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Lord Peter Wimsey]

London, November 1917 by Atropos

'He listened as he sat for them, drank with them, fucked on rumbled beds and lumpy sofas, sucking up the words, and images scattered across their crumb-strewn floors, pinned to plaster walls, pasted onto fading wallpaper.' This unusual war-time story gives Bunter a completely non-fanonical background. Dark & atmospheric

[Added 15/07/2012; Romance/Erotica; 2500-6000; Lord Peter Wimsey]

Scarce Any Man by Atalan

'Harriet privately thought that possession of a tea tray said less about one's bourgeois leanings than about the impracticality of juggling two mugs, a glass tumbler, and a bottle of not-terribly expensive champagne...' Delicate study of Harriet's life before Strong Poison, beautifully characterised & full of telling details

[Added 18/07/2009; Drama; 1000-2500; Lord Peter Wimsey]

Solitary as an Oyster by Flourish

'"Oh, let's sing Silent Night and eat our pudding and forget about men," Eiluned shouted. / "Let's!" Harriet agreed, "except the Baby Jesus is a man, isn't he?"' This delicate conversation piece features perfect character voices & meanders slowly towards a strong ending

[Added 30/10/2017; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Lord Peter Wimsey]

Tell Beauty How She Blasteth by Tree and Leaf

'There were white roses on the bench, and in the dim light of the Old Bailey they looked almost ashen.' This AU to Strong Poison relentlessly explores its grim premise. The persevering reader is rewarded with perfect characterisations throughout

[Added 15/07/2012; Drama; 2500-6000; Lord Peter Wimsey]

The Unlikely Story of a Nobleman's Daughter by Dafna Greer

An unusual case for the great detective. Beautifully written and hilarious from line 1

[Added 13/01/2005; Humour; 2500-6000; Lord Peter Wimsey]

Where All Past Years Are by Atalan

'Charles is not an imaginative man.' This tightly structured vignette offers abundant character insights as it poses an interesting question

[Added 11/11/2008; Character Piece; <1000; Lord Peter Wimsey]

Maltese Falcon

Brown-Eyed Girl by LJC

'Her hair was the shade of dark blonde that gets called brown until you saw her out in the sun, and the streaks of gold made her look like she was born and raised in California. She hadn't been, but she did her best to fit in.' Plausible fleshing out of Effie, the original Girl Friday. Teeters on the brink of romance in the wonderful banter with Spade, without ever quite falling in

[Added 28/05/2012; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Maltese Falcon]

Mansfield Park

As the Starling Said by Minerva McTabby

'Mary soon developed the habit of speaking a sufficiency of words while telling nothing at all. Indeed, there was nothing to tell; she had not seen Henry since it all began, though not for any lack of wishing or striving on her part.' Well-written pastiche, with a particularly strong insight into the incurably optimistic Mary Crawford. For those unwilling to be convinced by Austen slash, there's also a shorter, slash-free version

[Added 06/08/2009; Drama; 6000-20,000; Jane Austen – Mansfield Park]

Everingham by Katharine T

'Thus Mr. Crawford won his way with a little art, which Fanny would have been ashamed to practice. His end was good, and his means had no real bad in them. He mostly spoke with sincerity, and if he exaggerated just a little, who could blame him?' Long satisfying AU in which, rather than meet Maria Rushworth at a dinner party, Crawford returns to Everingham and courts Fanny in earnest. The pastiche isn't quite as accomplished as some Austenfics I've recommended, but solid characterisations make up for any flaws. Perfect comfort reading if you like to be convinced that rakes are capable of reform

[Added 25/08/2013; Romance/Erotica; 20,000-50,000; Jane Austen – Mansfield Park]

Love and Marriage by Solvent90

'Henry Crawford found that such of his wife's rusticities as he least adored – and, as the time passed, grew most to deplore – were the ones most resistant to all that town acquaintance and town entertainments could do.' A thoughtful look at how it might have turned out if the novel had ended differently, with characterisations that feel very true to the original. Highly recommended

[Added 17/07/2009; Drama; 2500-6000; Jane Austen – Mansfield Park]

Marriage Vows by Silvestria

'Julia's first thought on Mr. Yates being announced was annoyance. She had only liked him as someone to whom she could freely complain about the cast of Lovers Vows.' A satisfying gapfiller that fleshes out the cipher that is Julia in canon & explores her choices

[Added 07/08/2014; Character Piece; 6000-20,000; Jane Austen – Mansfield Park]

Regrets and Reminiscences by afrai

I don't think I've ever seen Austen pastiche done better. Mansfield Park fanfiction is thin on the ground, and Afrai rewards the reader with interesting insights into Crawford through Edmund's eyes. I'm rather conflicted over the slash element, though

[Added 13/01/2005; Drama; 6000-20,000; Jane Austen – Mansfield Park]

Symmetry by Ankaret

'"Then why, pray, are you become a bore, my love? Is your digestion plaguing you, or have you become an Evangelical?"' Delicate conversation piece, which reviews the events of the novel through the Crawfords' eyes

[Added 25/11/2011; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Jane Austen – Mansfield Park]

Mary Renault

Cobbler's Tales by Zopyrus

'"When I have 'learned how to be virtuous,' I want to go downstairs and meet your friends," said Mikka. "Especially the ugly man who worries about cows."' Simon the cobbler's new interest in philosophical discussions has repercussions for his family. An enjoyable quiet piece that doesn't take the easy route of embracing anachronistic class/gender roles (The Last of the Wine)

[Added 29/10/2014; Drama; 2500-6000; Mary Renault]

Moby Dick

Event Horizon by Norah

'It's a solemn thing, to go out into the dark. Disc mining's not an occupation for those who like comfort or the familiar. The dark looks back at you in a way you can't explain.' Space AU short, with fascinating world-building bubbling beneath the Queequeg/Ishmael foreground

[Added 24/12/2017; Romance/Erotica; 2500-6000; Moby Dick; Adult]

The Hen Frigate by The Alchemist

'Had she ever been pressed sufficiently hard, the long-suffering Mrs Ahab would have been forced to own that there was an extent to which persons who think it wise to use a six inch long knife to stab a creature with 14 inch thick skin, had, in the vernacular of the common folk, it coming to them.' An enjoyable fix-it AU, which invents a worthy wife for Ahab. The delicious dark humour that pervades the piece is a bonus

[Added 14/04/2015; Drama; 6000-20,000; Moby Dick]

Name of the Rose

L A U D S by Minyan

'...the forge the labyrinth had become devoured first principals and the crucibles of alchemists and the lives of horned whales, the rules of scansion and of physics and the circumference of the earth, the stars the Arabic astronomers recorded at the knee and the breast of the swan, and a hundred faces of the virgin.' An amazing achievement, true to the voice of the original, yet moving beyond it

[Added 03/01/2007; Drama; 2500-6000; Name of the Rose]

Narnian Chronicles

Another Country by Jay Tryfanstone

'She had blue eyes, Susan, a blue so dark it was almost black, and skin as white as the flesh of a snowberry...' An ambiguous, dangerous tale

[Added 30/12/2005; Drama; 1000-2500; Narnian Chronicles]

Between by Genarti

'She had a vague idea that she would go home to Mother and Father, and everything would be just as it always had been. Even at the train station, when it took her a full minute to recognize her mother, and when she only realized that the anxious, hollow-cheeked, limping man in the brown jacket was Father because he was standing next to Mother, she still thought it would turn out all right.' Problem-of-Susan stories tend to either demonise Aslan or canonise Susan. Genarti falls into neither extreme; this fix could have written by Lewis, if he'd grown out of his fear of women

[Added 28/02/2014; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Narnian Chronicles]

Carpetbaggers by Cofax

'Rhea blinked at him, and her ears relaxed a little, swiveling outwards. She turned that dark gaze on Edmund, Susan, and Lucy, before looking back at Peter. "You appear somewhat short of courtiers, good king."' A long satisfying novel exploring how the Pevensies established their reign after Aslan left, with many & varied adventures along the way for each of the sibs. There is thoughtful worldbuilding, and a large supporting cast of OCs & minors. Cofax treads a delicate balance in adding depth & complexity to canon, including some very dark themes, while remaining very close to its spirit. Deservedly a classic. The Cave in Deerfield, also recommended, forms a brief prequel that explores one of the novel's darker ideas

[Added 20/10/2017; Drama; >50,000; Narnian Chronicles]

Clipsie the Mariner by Transposable Element

'He was very stubborn and wouldn't listen if anybody told him to look on the bright side, so Clipsie didn't tell him that she much preferred boing-boing-boing to toddle-toddle-toddle. It was a lot faster and a lot more fun.' A manifesto for the DufflepudsMonopods, that gives a voice to one of Lewis's many names

[Added 05/07/2016; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Narnian Chronicles]

A Dragon's Desire by Miss M

'It was, of course, the same gold treasure you have heard about elsewhere, and it was, of course, a dragon's treasure. But like Eustace many years later, Octesian had no idea what it was. Telmarines are not interested in dragon lore.' Miss M captures the tone of canon beautifully, breathing life into one of Lewis's names

[Added 22/05/2015; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Narnian Chronicles]

Elegant and Fine by Ursula Vernon

'He was nearly as broad as he was tall, and his head barely came up past her waist. He had gnarled hands from working metal and he was as ugly as she was beautiful.' An unusual take on the problem of Susan, with a brief but vivid portrait of her Narnian lover

[Added 29/08/2013; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Narnian Chronicles]

From the grove of cypress and yellow rose by Redsnake05

'Tumnus was brought forth at midsummer, from under a tangle of yellow roses nestled in the bend of a small, sweet stream. His father was scratched and his arms ran with blood from a multitude of little cuts as he drew Tumnus out of the undergrowth and into the world.' A fascinating origin story for Tumnus, which does a good job of melding high & cosy Narnia

[Added 05/07/2016; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Narnian Chronicles]

Further Up and Further In by Hedda62

'Britta's consciousness had hurtled through tunnels of fire, spread like a net of twanging sensory receptors across the stars, exploded in blue-green ecstasy of cinnamon and fireflies, heard symphonies played by gods.' This surprisingly successful fusion with the Vorkosigan series (no canon knowledge required) assumes Betan survey ships that enter wormholes & never reappear end up in Narnia. The interaction of the incomers with Narnian history is fascinating, and Hedda uses a cast of OCs to provide interesting outsider perspectives

[Added 09/01/2014; Drama; 6000-20,000; Narnian Chronicles; Crossover]

Further Up and Further In by Kyra Cullinan

'It's he always gives us journeys.' The new Narnia, in ripples outwards from Tirian & Jewel. Lovely details and a very canonical feel

[Added 03/01/2007; Drama; 1000-2500; Narnian Chronicles]

Green as Poison by Ncfan

'She has seen no scales on her skin, and neither is her tongue forked.' An origin story for the Lady of the Green Kirtle that weaves together hints from canon to end with an intriguing possibility

[Added 23/05/2015; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Narnian Chronicles]

Heart-fire by Genarti

'Her father eats a berry of the sun, each morning, and grows slowly young again.' Portrait of the Star's Daughter, brief but magical

[Added 05/09/2012; Character Piece; <1000; Narnian Chronicles]

I'll Squeeze You a Cup Full of Diamond Juice by Edonohana

'"I caught a single glimpse of the land at the heart of the world, all heat and color, and it captured my soul. Perhaps it would have killed me if I had tried to descend into the land of flame. But I think it would have been worth it."' An adorable account of how Rilian returns to Bism, with descriptions that make one want to follow him. The ending is perfect

[Added 05/07/2016; Romance/Erotica; 2500-6000; Narnian Chronicles]

The Lady Running by Tea Roses

'Lucy...wasn't entirely innocent; she knew the ways of fauns and the things they desired.' Narnia was always more sensual than Lewis allowed, and Tea Roses' tale captures this aspect, without losing any of the delicacy & humour of the original

[Added 11/11/2008; Romance/Erotica; 1000-2500; Narnian Chronicles]

The Last Defense of Cair Paravel by Cofax

'In those days, the Earl of Lantern Waste was a Human named Shandon, who was descended through many mothers from King Frank himself, although several of her fathers were river-gods rather than Human.' This unusual short puts forward some interesting hypotheses about the peculiar relationship between Narnia & humans, and features an excellent OC

[Added 20/10/2017; Drama; 2500-6000; Narnian Chronicles]

Not Gods, But Demons by Kastaka

'They had come to her in the night, three shadows in her room, winged and clawed and fanged.' The villain's point of view is always interesting, and this vignette, set before The Magician's Nephew, strikes the right balance between humanising Jadis & portraying her utter ruthlessness

[Added 11/11/2008; Drama; 1000-2500; Narnian Chronicles]

Oathkeeper by WingedFlight

'Aravis had heard of Edmund Wandbreaker before — everyone in Calormen had heard the stories. This was the boy who, upon witnessing the death of his brother at the hands of the White Witch, had shattered her wand and escaped into the winter wilds with naught but his life.' A clever, vivid AU in which another witch takes the place of Jadis. Unrelentingly dark, but wholly believable

[Added 05/07/2016; Drama; 2500-6000; Narnian Chronicles]

Out of Season by Elizabeth Culmer

'She didn't remember being that foolish. But then, she had grown up in the palace as milk-sister to Prince Rabadash and granddaughter to Axartha Tarkaan, the Grand Vizier. She had danced with snakes since before she could speak. That made a difference.' Elizabeth creates a vivid, detailed picture of Calormene society based on Mughal India from Lewis's blank canvas, complete with religious complexity & plenty of political infighting. The central OC is well drawn, with a believable worldview very different from Narnian & human characters

[Added 05/08/2015; Drama; 20,000-50,000; Narnian Chronicles]

Scents on the Wind by Miss M

'Horses' noses are very finely tuned, much sharper than the noses of humans, and Hwin normally registered the smells around her quite without thinking, the same way you and I may look at a bland landscape without remembering much about it afterwards.' A heroine's homecoming isn't always easy. Perfectly in tune with canon, in both style & theme. Lovely!

[Added 11/08/2012; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Narnian Chronicles]

To hold back the night by Heliopause

'"The... the laying bare of the land—Sire, you see the terrible deaths of your people, but we two... we've both grown up with tales and pictures of a war close to our country, from before our time, and this looks to us like," she paused, uncertain of how the phrase would sound in Narnia. "like the creation of a no-man's-land."' A clever AU of The Last Battle in which Jill & Eustace's knowledge of both our world & Narnia helps to change everything. I'd love to read more in this universe

[Added 23/05/2015; Drama; 6000-20,000; Narnian Chronicles]

The Traitor, the Witch, and the Lovers by Katie Vieceli

'He knew she liked it when he took control. It gave her hope that he might still embrace the cruel serpentine nature she had awakened in him oh so long ago with an innocent gift of hot chocolate and Turkish Delight.' Everyone and their pet iguana has rec'd this, years ago, but I couldn't resist. A dark & twisted AU for the Narnia series that would have CS Lewis turning in his grave. Not for the faint at heart

[Added 08/07/2004; Drama; 2500-6000; Narnian Chronicles; Adult]

What Is This, A Joke? by Moriwen

'Susan took out a pamphlet from her jacket pocket, folded it open to a page in the middle, and handed it to Spike. Potential side effects of prolonged contact, it read, in print so small he had to strain to read it. Dizziness, vomiting, ennui, lucid dreaming, existential angst, pregnancy, death.' This fusion with the Buffyverse allows for a more ambiguous presentation of Aslan than usually convinces me. Slow to start but worth a try for its original take on Susan, who appears at the halfway point (Narnia/BtVS/AtS)

[Added 07/08/2014; Drama; 2500-6000; Narnian Chronicles; Crossover]


Mercury Scatters by Northland

'Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly, and a razorgirl's gotta cut.' A moving short that returns a hint of humanity to Gibson's creation

[Added 07/08/2009; Character Piece; <1000; Neuromancer]


The Beginning Is the End Is the Beginning by Sophia Prester

'Unlike other dignitaries he had met in London Below, the Ringmistress was not given to layers of velvet and lace. Rather, she could have stepped straight out of Swinging London, right down to the yellow-and-black checkered shift dress and white patent go go boots.' The various strands in this novella-length sequel don't always bind together, but the individual pieces are engaging, and the inventive OC alone is worth the price of admission

[Added 04/10/2013; Drama; 6000-20,000; Neil Gaiman – Neverwhere]

Headstone by Oneiriad

'It rises impossible huge, the sloth, dwarfing the mountain and the statue at its top, the whole city in its shadow -- at least, that's one way of interpreting the twisting lines and wavy patterns of the panel. It might simply be that the artist had a unique take on the concept of perspective.' Hunter's life in glimpses, fabulous & disorienting as all good Neverwhere tales should be. The frame story is particularly enjoyable

[Added 28/01/2011; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Neil Gaiman – Neverwhere]

The Invisible City; or, Dick Mayhew and his Marvellous Cat by Calliope85

'In the spaces below and above and between and through London, rivers became ditches became sewers became streets, and history flowed into fable.' This Gaimanesque sequel is packed with richly researched detail as it slowly builds to a climax that's both surprising & inevitable. Simply wonderful

[Added 10/11/2008; Drama; 6000-20,000; Neil Gaiman – Neverwhere]

The Never-Green Tree by Sophia Prester

'"We here at the Three Crowns only guarantee the veracity and quality of our information. We do not guarantee that our clients will like what they hear."' Sophia Prester neatly meshes two common sequel plots. The result is worth a try for its inventive take on London Below alone

[Added 25/11/2011; Drama; 6000-20,000; Neil Gaiman – Neverwhere]

Utterly Professional by Kumquat Weekend

'Another corner. And another, down into the bowels of the palace that the emperor knew better than any person alive. Yet the voices drew nearer, one flat as mud and one oily as a pig carcass.' An original look at Croup & Vandemar through the ages, always changing but always the same

[Added 10/11/2008; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Neil Gaiman – Neverwhere]

Nineteen Eighty-Four

The Examination by TeaRoses

'The Thought Police didn't take recruits, and they didn't take refusals. Either she went through with this or she lost everything.' This powerful short gives a grimly realistic glimpse of life under Big Brother

[Added 04/02/2012; Drama; <1000; Nineteen Eighty-Four]

North and South

Hors de Combat, Hors de Commerce by Tofty

'The transience of the railway-station setting, the thick steamy air, and the tightening of his supplicating fingers around her wrist combined to make her dizzy, and they made her reckless, as well; and so she offered no objections as he bumped and buffeted her like a balloon, lighter than air, up the stairs and into the passenger car.' A welcome fix for the ending of the television series that does a good job of integrating it into book canon

[Added 28/02/2014; Romance/Erotica; 1000-2500; North and South]

Sick of Shadows by Lettered

'"Then you have a better opinion of me?" Mr Thornton seemed sceptical. "You do not think I have attempted to buy you, and only managed to succeed now because the price of your refusal became too high?"' Lettered takes the forced marriage clichÉ & spins it into pure gold: the thoughtful novel that results is as much preoccupied with the meeting of minds as of bodies. The characters are all well rounded, with Fanny a particular treat. Sadly incomplete

[Added 28/02/2014; Romance/Erotica; >50,000; North and South; WiP]

Northanger Abbey

When The Goods Get Together by Killer Quean

'Isabella, who had never understood the attractions of a Charles Grandison, read the sort of novels that were rather more instructive for her current situation, the sort that taught young ladies to bolt their doors, beware the counsel of monks, and always remember a way out of the castle.' Isabella is let down by Northanger Abbey, but gets to shine in this adventure of her own. The author develops an excellent voice for her, and there's an amusing bonus of a sneak crossover to watch out for, too. Great fun!

[Added 10/08/2012; Drama; 6000-20,000; Jane Austen – Northanger Abbey; Crossover]


Sons From the Sea by Isis

'One afternoon on the beach he found a stone that was a deep and lustrous orange-red, the color of the anemones that had carpeted the hillsides near his father's house. It had been polished by the waves to a smooth round shape that fit just inside his palm, comforting in its weight.' An enjoyable happy-ending AU in which Jason survives, with a strong structure enlivened by colourful details

[Added 17/04/2015; Drama; 2500-6000; Rosemary Sutcliff – Outcast]


Sea Change by Lynndyre

'That night, the sea was utter calm. It spread about them like a dark and clouded glass, reflecting nothing.' Events seen through the lens of magical realism, with a perceptive narrator in Captain Harville. I wish this were longer!

[Added 29/10/2017; Drama; <1000; Jane Austen – Persuasion]

Power of Three

The Lay of Homecoming by Rosie Rues

'"The Moor is changing again," he said, "as the Moon changes, and I am not sure you and I are moving with it, old friend. Not as fast as our children, at least."' Adorable coda to the novel, in which the children begin to grow up. Delicate characterisations all round, and very much in the spirit of the original

[Added 27/05/2012; Romance/Erotica; 2500-6000; Diana Wynne Jones – Power of Three]

The Wooing of Adara by Thimblerig

'She was wondering aloud whether she'd catch any rabbits the next time she went on the Hunt (because they made the best gloves) when Adara, her brows still furrowed, asked Selni why she wasn't a Hunter.' This enjoyable backstory-cum-romance captures Adara's character, and Thimblerig supplies flashes of sly humour plus plenty of precise details to expand on DWJ's world

[Added 28/10/2014; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Diana Wynne Jones – Power of Three]

Pride & Prejudice

The Pine-Apple of Discord by A T Rain

'There are certain married couples who are in the habit of speaking without words, whose mutual sympathy is so deep that every glance carries a world of meaning. Mr. and Mrs. Collins were not, ordinarily, one of those couples.' An unusually sympathetic look at the Collins' marriage, with spot-on characterisations of both Charlotte & her husband

[Added 06/08/2015; Humour; 1000-2500; Jane Austen – Pride & Prejudice]

Profanation of Our Joys by Malini

'I can say what I will of him without fear of contradiction, as a nobody in a sea of nobodies, and I am absurdly injured to be beneath contempt. Have I ever sought anything other than his contempt? His friendship got me nowhere.' Pride & Prejudice slash is hard to pull off, but Malini weaves Darcy/Wickham into canon so thoroughly that it underlies all Wickham's actions

[Added 25/08/2013; Romance/Erotica; 2500-6000; Jane Austen – Pride & Prejudice]

Ray Bradbury

When She Woke at Dawn by kalirush

'Alone, mute, and impotent, the house dreams. Memories crawl like termites along the wreckage of its cybernetic brain.' A cleverly structured vignette with a poignant future for the not-quite-dead house of 'There Will Come Soft Rains'

[Added 30/10/2017; Drama; 1000-2500; Ray Bradbury]

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]


Danny by Tiffany Rawlins

'Once even Mrs. Danvers must have been young...' An excellent handle on Rebecca's slippery narrator

[Added 30/12/2005; Drama; 1000-2500; Rebecca]

Regency Buck

Gruesome that someone so handsome should care by Aja

'But Brummell looked, as always, as if radiant spring winds had crept into his room and slowly nursed him awake to the dewy glow of the sun only moments before. Still, upon entering the immaculate drawing room, Worth saw that his friend was tireder than he had first thought.' Aja injects a note of reality into the Heyer bubble in this moving tale of the Beau teetering on the brink

[Added 31/10/2017; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Georgette Heyer – Regency Buck]

Regeneration trilogy

Cum Mortuis in Lingua Mortua by Gileonnen

'The taper smacked of pretence, either the high-church ceremonial sort or the pentagram tomfoolery of a Bennett or a Crowley. / These things had a form to them, though, and a military man knew that forms had to be followed.' Precisely observed details anchor this quiet tale of the supernatural and add to its power. Bittersweet & beautifully written

[Added 04/10/2013; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Regeneration trilogy]

Rivers of London series

Birdcage by Philomytha

'Any police service takes the disappearance of an officer extremely seriously, and I'd studied all the proper procedures. The trouble was, they all started with notifying the missing officer's line manager. And I had no idea who Nightingale's line manager was, or if he even had any superior officers apart from the Home Secretary and the Commissioner. And it wasn't as if I had either of them on my speed-dial.' Peter takes centre stage in this satisfying, close-to-canon adventure novella, set during the London Olympics. Philomytha, like Aaronovitch, excels at creating odd corners of the capital, and unlike him, spares a thought for the ethical issues arising from Moon over Soho

[Added 18/10/2017; Drama; 20,000-50,000; Rivers of London series]

Folly To Be Wise by Philomytha

'London is constantly being destroyed and recreated, old buildings improved, extended, knocked down, blown up and redeveloped into something new.' Atmospheric ghost story that builds on the fallout from Ettersberg and feels just like a missing case from canon. Philomytha gives us some interesting insights into Nightingale's youth & the history of magical practice in this universe, too. I'm still avoiding spoilers in this fandom but I also enjoyed her earlier casefic, Pest Control

[Added 28/10/2014; Drama; 6000-20,000; Rivers of London series]

J'attendrai by Quasar

'His suit jacket was of good quality but altered rather than bespoke, and the style was unfamiliar - not Continental, perhaps American? He hadn't bothered with a tie or hat or waistcoat. As he dodged out from behind the anxious mother I realised he was a Negro or mixed race, which seemed to strengthen the American hypothesis.' An intricately plotted time-travel novel, which never confuses as it slowly unfurls, despite the frequent time jumps. The device neatly bypasses the mentor/student taboo, and offers a series of intriguing glimpses into Nightingale's long life

[Added 18/10/2017; Drama; >50,000; Rivers of London series]

Scarlet Pimpernel

All the Worlds by RecessiveJean

'The wondrous thing boasted carvings of an extraordinary nature all around its basin, figures of mighty lions and sly, wicked gods and many manners of like wonder, all of which travelled the circumference of the great pool in postures of play and war.' I don't know Scarlet Pimpernel well, but this dark tale of dissolution into madness works perfectly as a crossover, warning of the dangers of setting foot in other worlds (Scarlet Pimpernel/The Magician's Nephew)

[Added 04/10/2013; Drama; 1000-2500; Scarlet Pimpernel; Crossover]

Sharing Knife series

Terminus by Castiron

'To eyes, though, the Accretion was strangely beautiful, almost as beautiful as Aruvem had been when she hoisted a shimmersail and rode laughing across the lake.' I've always found the barely there history the most intriguing aspect of the Wide Green World. Castiron weaves together the little that Bujold provides to give us a key scene in the First Malice War, deepened by hints of all the Lakewalker civilisation has lost. The ending is perfectly judged

[Added 13/08/2015; Drama; 1000-2500; LM Bujold – Sharing Knife series]

Silver Branch

A Siren Call by Riventhorn

'The Aquila family has a proud heritage of British and Roman blood, as many of our families do. Certainly I should like to see the fortunes of our land raised and suitable honor accorded to us—honor that cannot come when one is treated as the backwater of the empire, a dull and barbarous place that must accept the dregs of the senate chambers and barracks.' Three excellent Honoria stories were written in the 2014 Sutcliff Swap. 'A Siren Call' is perhaps my favourite for its proud, brusque Honoria, its friendships between women, and its window into a part of Romano-British history that Sutcliff never gave us

[Added 17/04/2015; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Rosemary Sutcliff – Silver Branch]

Smith of Wootton Major

Queen of Berries by Edonohana

'...others sold bows of ice and arrows of fire, or rainbow-furred mice and winged salamanders in silver cages, or shafts of sunlight that could be wrapped up and carried away.' Descriptive writing good enough to eat, with a wonderful evocation of fairy. Simply magical!

[Added 04/10/2013; Drama; 1000-2500; JRR Tolkien – Smith of Wootton Major]

Stephen King

Bird and Bear and Hare and Fish by Scioscribe

'Roland said, "There was a woman who had a wall in her home painted to look like a city. When she looked closely—and she spent many hours looking closely—she could even see the eyelets in the clasps of the purses carried by its citizens, could even see the freckles on a boy and the ribbon in a girl's hair. She fell into the study of it. And, as such things often do, her study turned into her occupation turned into her obsession. Not that that is something I would understand," he said with a smile so beautiful in its ruefulness that all three of his companions separately felt that they should memorize it.' I don't know Dark Tower, but the fantastic story-within-a-story draws the reader into this ensemble adventure. Deservedly widely recommended

[Added 27/12/2017; Drama; 6000-20,000; Stephen King]

My Soul to Keep by Maidenjedi

'Everyone is a little bit corrupt, he’s found, a little bit naughty inside. And secrets lie behind doors of all kinds, mahogany or framed screen doors, whitewashed doors and barely-hanging-on-the-hinges doors.' Randall Flagg makes a suitably disturbing narrator in this brief prequel to The Stand

[Added 04/10/2013; Drama; 1000-2500; Stephen King]

West by Edonohana & Kore

'Fran figured that even if the dark man won and the earth crumbled, a couple bags of Fritos would float around in space, unchanged and indestructible, as crunchy and salty as the day they were made.' An inspired feminist re-envisioning of the final act of The Stand, clever & moving

[Added 28/10/2014; Drama; 6000-20,000; Stephen King]

Works of Mercy by Scioscribe

'So that was how Jenny Engstrom left Vegas just ahead of Randall Flagg's tantrum. She rode a motorcycle and slept during the day because it seemed to her that nighttime was his time, when the gaps between the stars each looked like his face, and she couldn't sleep with him looking at her a million times over.' Thoughtful female-centric AU of The Stand in which one change leads to insidious escalation and a different outcome. I love Jenny's characterisation, and how it explains her choices in the original

[Added 24/12/2017; Drama; 2500-6000; Stephen King]

The Convenient Marriage

Inconvenience by Astolat

'The Earl's face did not change even now. He answered gently, “No, dear Robert; you only seem to have imagined me a fool.” Lethbridge paused, and drew back a little. There was still scarcely a handsbreath between them, but Rule drew out a snuffbox and took a pinch, delicately, without scattering so much as a grain upon either man's sleeve.' Well-characterised, psychologically insightful Drelincourt/Lethbridge, with a delightful Horry. If Heyer had written slash, it might have come out like this

[Added 05/07/2016; Romance/Erotica; 2500-6000; Georgette Heyer – The Convenient Marriage]

The Highwayman

though hell should bar the way by Betony

'She did this to me, mind. Bess the landlord's daughter, and that blasted love-knot in her black hair.' A subtle & atmospheric short, with a clever twist on the original poem

[Added 30/10/2017; Drama; 1000-2500; The Highwayman]

Thursday Next series

To Begin With by Aubry

'Usually, when protests kick off in Dickens's social commentaries it's in Hard Times, or the back-story of the first volume of David Copperfield. Carol was a different fettle of kitsch.' This enjoyable casefic set in A Christmas Carol has a ball with the best bits from both canons. There are amusing sidelines on the nature of fiction & Dickens lit crit on the way to the requisite treacly ending

[Added 28/10/2014; Drama; 2500-6000; Thursday Next series; Crossover]

Tipping the Velvet

The Beggar's Wish by Doyle

A very believable continuation of the novel, with a lovely tone & excellent detailing

[Added 30/12/2005; Romance/Erotica; 2500-6000; Tipping the Velvet]

Twelve Kingdoms

The Hinge of the Hour, the Spark of Eternity by Psiten

'See, I told you you wouldn't believe it. He did exactly that, on purpose, I give you my word. Would it make a difference if I told you he was a kaikyaku? You know how desperate they always are to get home.' A lovely strong OC narrator's voice draws the reader into this tale of bureaucracy & the birth of an unlikely cross-generational friendship. Absolutely charming!

[Added 13/08/2015; Drama; 6000-20,000; Twelve Kingdoms; Crossover]

Vorkosigan series

Aletheia by Elvaron

'Glass, Illyan thought, and his chip helpfully pulled up a list of fifty-six ways in which a glass building could be compromised using tools that you could obtain from your nearest D.I.Y. store.' Simon encounters another person with a memory chip. A beautifully characterised story with a well-drawn OC that feels like a missing prequel to Memory

[Added 09/01/2014; Drama; 6000-20,000; LM Bujold – Vorkosigan series]

Captain Vorpatril's Plotbunnies (I) by Bracketyjack

'It was serendipity that her garden abutted an area of sulphides and oxides whose dull but determined colours she found pleasing, and chance that a cowbane spore could blow so far west and take root just where its lustrous ochre should so complement the oxide. But it was also beautiful, a conjunction only South Continent could produce...' Bracketyjack creates a strong voice for the unnamed mosaic maker in this tale of how Miles 'practically kidnapped' her. The strongest of four missing scenes from Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

[Added 04/08/2016; Drama; 2500-6000; LM Bujold – Vorkosigan series]

The Councils of Despair by Parhelion

'Real leaders don't stop being leaders just because they've resigned, just because they're now drunks.' Despite the extracanonical pairing, this piece feels like a missing chapter from Shards of Honor, with believable characterisations and a strong portrayal of the darker, seamier side of Barrayar

[Added 06/08/2008; Character Piece; 6000-20,000; LM Bujold – Vorkosigan series]

Cynthia's Choice by Sglottalk

'Cynthia had to admit that the idea of foisting 'women's work' on a bunch of misogynists had a certain appeal.' A sadly rare piece of backstory for Ethan of Athos, which examines Cynthia Baruch's decision to facilitate the Athosian's rejection of women by constructing their ovarian cultures

[Added 15/10/2017; Character Piece; 1000-2500; LM Bujold – Vorkosigan series]

Do You Remember The Last Time? by Gair

'Forty years of pure data, processed by a man with forty years' experience. Gone. Eaten by a little bug. And he was what was left on the edge of its plate, a man who couldn't beat Alys Vorpatril in six rounds of Star-tarot One-up.' Stylish writing with a spot-on voice for Illyan, but Gair's insights into the differences between eidetic & somatic memory are what really make this piece

[Added 21/05/2009; Character Piece; 1000-2500; LM Bujold – Vorkosigan series]

Finding Absolution by Lia

'He looked in the mirror at the orange and mahagony zig zag across his face and frowned. It was time for the pearl, which tomorrow would be red.' Interesting Cetagandan worldbuilding in this unusual Benin vignette

[Added 08/02/2011; Character Piece; 1000-2500; LM Bujold – Vorkosigan series]

Frequently Suggested Sexual Practices: An Aid to Communication by Dira Sudis

'Each night Aral changed out of his uniform in the knowledge the gesture was futile. He could as soon set aside his own skin for the night.' A wonderful blend of melancholy & humour marks this surprisingly delicate study of Aral & Cordelia, and Barrayar, masquerading as kink

[Added 15/07/2012; Romance/Erotica; 6000-20,000; LM Bujold – Vorkosigan series; Adult]

From the Old to the New by Avanti 90

'A thousand things set you apart: the pallor of your skin, the inflection of your voice, the principle ingrained in your mind that all men and women are born free and equal; these things and many more will forever distinguish you, and so you can never and will never be one of them.' An intelligent AU that casts Galen(i) as Gandhi and goes on to unpick many of Bujold's – and her readers' – assumptions about the Barrayaran Empire. The documentfic approach works perfectly, and a surprising array of characters, from Fletchir Giaja to Enrique Borgos, get to play their parts

[Added 21/05/2015; Drama; 6000-20,000; LM Bujold – Vorkosigan series]

Guerrilla by Glishara

'Galeni started to speak, then caught himself. He took a long moment, examining Ivan. "No," he said at last, his voice even. "I want an Emperor. I will accept a figurehead, if that's all you will offer."' This slow-building novel follows the resistance movement in an AU to Diplomatic Immunity where Miles fails & Cetaganda invades Barrayar. It's a wonderful premise, and Glishara successfully juggles a large cast including believable OCs

[Added 14/02/2011; Drama; >50,000; LM Bujold – Vorkosigan series]

The Honour of House Vorkosigan by Philomytha

'After Yuri and the Cetagandans, Vorbarr Sultana politics had been supremely dull for Piotr.' Wonderful dissection of politics & family loyalties in this piece of Shards backstory. One of those works that goes straight into my personal canon

[Added 07/02/2011; Drama; 1000-2500; LM Bujold – Vorkosigan series]

Kindred Instruments by Ollipop

'They know just as much about Lotus as she knows about herself. They know her aptitudes, her weaknesses. They have tweaked the neurochemical bath on her copies, for maximum effect. They are her, improved. She is them, unedited. She hates them.' A chilling piece that unpacks Lotus's defection to House Bharaputra, and broadens to explore the ethics of Jackson's Whole in a more nuanced fashion than canon

[Added 09/01/2014; Character Piece; 2500-6000; LM Bujold – Vorkosigan series]

King of the Mutants by Elfwreck

'He rode out of the blighted lands of Vorkosigan Vashnoi, surrounded by warrior guardians. He was tiny and bent and crippled, with a large head that wobbled on his misshapen body, and he wore the robes of a king so that everyone knew that to challenge him was death.' A creepy vignette based on 'Mountains of Mourning' that rehearses Ma Mattulich's side of the story

[Added 15/10/2017; Character Piece; <1000; LM Bujold – Vorkosigan series]

Lilies of the Field by Raven

'"What sort of scale of problem did you have in mind? The problem of why three of the Residence wait staff have taken their annual holiday at the same time, causing, I am informed, no end of trouble for the kitchens? Or the problem of why the Komarran soletta array has possibly, we're not sure, been sabotaged?"' A quiet piece in which Cordelia does women's work, with a little help from Alys. Reads like a missing fragment from the lighter parts of canon, with believable OCs. Delightful

[Added 04/08/2016; Drama; 6000-20,000; LM Bujold – Vorkosigan series]

Loyalty by A T Rain

'Rish is four when the loyalty treatments begin. Her sisters say it won't hurt, and it doesn't.' Suitably Jacksonian coming-of-age story for Rish

[Added 15/10/2015; Character Piece; 1000-2500; LM Bujold – Vorkosigan series]

The Offer by Beatrice Otter

'If Ezar had spared her life a decade ago, he would not kill her now for anything short of outright treason. She could say what she liked. That was the greatest freedom she could never have imagined, twelve years ago when she made her vows in the circle of groats.' A fascinating AU premise – it's Aral's sister who survives the massacre not Aral – thoughtfully carried through. I'd love to read more of this scenario

[Added 15/10/2015; Drama; 2500-6000; LM Bujold – Vorkosigan series]

On a Cold Planet by A T Rain

'Byerly Vorrutyer was heartily sick of lichen. / It grew on the south sides of buildings on Jackson’s Whole. It crept in at the window frames, coated the door hinges, covered the roofs and choked the gutters. It became slick and slimy at the slightest touch, smearing clothing, ruining paint jobs.' A satisfying novella that unpacks the meagre information the CVA epilogue provides on House Cordonah's re-establishment, with strong world building about Jackson Whole and its denizens' values

[Added 04/08/2016; Drama; 20,000-50,000; LM Bujold – Vorkosigan series]

Passing by Ollipop

'Thornton Isobel is not looking for a good time. It is not a conduit of galactic peace. It does not represent the harmony or enlightenment of our modern age. It is merely a kid with acne in its stubble and a raging case of PMS.' Bel's a fascinating character who gets all too little fannish attention. This perceptive origin story really gets into its head, and presents a plausible reason for its devotion to Miles

[Added 21/05/2015; Character Piece; 1000-2500; LM Bujold – Vorkosigan series]

Playing Yenaro in Vorbarr Sultana by Minutia R

'RenÉ was a pleasure to watch as well as to hear, length of arm and finger, movements of the wrist that seemed almost accidental, as if he were being moved by the current of the music instead of producing it.' An unusual & powerful vignette, which gives insight into both Cetagandan & Barrayaran cultures

[Added 09/01/2014; Drama; 1000-2500; LM Bujold – Vorkosigan series]

Riva; Yuell. 'Energy generation via five-space oscillation: Evidence and implications'. New Journal of Five-Space Physics. by Hollimichele

'She watched a small boy of no more than three run in wobbling elliptical loops around his patient older sister, who had tied a length of ribbon to his overall strap as a preventative measure, and considered orbital mechanics.' Dr Riva on Sergyar. A delicate sequel to Komarr, focusing on one of my favourite minor characters, with bonus speculation on Sergyar's future

[Added 30/10/2017; Character Piece; 2500-6000; LM Bujold – Vorkosigan series]

Service by Minutia R

'When they played Escobar War, Yegor wanted to be Prince Serg. But Georgos had the dark good looks, familiar from all the vids.' Well-structured OCs story that wraps neatly around canon to reflect how far the Barrayaran empire has come

[Added 15/10/2015; Drama; 1000-2500; LM Bujold – Vorkosigan series]

Tour Guide by Philomytha

'Her accent was the highest of high Vor, a level sharper and crisper even than Ivan's. The immediate resonance for Duv was with the cruel Vor ladies from the subversive holodramas his father had given him to watch as a boy, the wicked witches of his childhood...' Duv gets a history lesson from Aral in this thoughtful one off. Like many of Philomytha's stories, it feels like a missing corner from canon

[Added 15/10/2017; Drama; 2500-6000; LM Bujold – Vorkosigan series]

Twenty-Year Man by Ellen Fremedon

'He ran his gloved fingers under Ivan's collar, very slowly and lightly--Ivan shivered--and came up with a tiny slip of clear plastic, all that was left of a pharmaceutical patch. "Punch," By said. He slipped it into a sealed pouch and secreted it in a pocket. "Or to you and me--fast-penta."' This future novella starts out with a bit of a clichÉ, but matures into a complex & twisty plot resembling the political machinations thread of A Civil Campaign. Ivan takes centre stage, but there's a large cast including a well-drawn OC

[Added 20/01/2012; Drama; 20,000-50,000; LM Bujold – Vorkosigan series]

Vorkosigan's Day by Philomytha

'"My father...had all the pictures from the Massacre, flat, holo and vid footage, up on display in his study. So that he would never forget, so that we all would never forget. I saw them every day since I was four."' An intense gapfiller, both intelligent & moving, displaying Philomytha's excellent understanding of what makes the Vorkosiganverse characters tick

[Added 07/02/2011; Drama; 2500-6000; LM Bujold – Vorkosigan series]

Walter de la Mare

The Moonlit Door by Zdenka

'He could see an open grassy slope below him, unmarked by any sign of habitation; but as he went on he could feel a gathering in the air around him, as if many unseen folk stood watching and listening, waiting for what he might do.' Zdenka uses & subverts several fairy story tropes in this haunting prequel to 'The Listeners'. Simply lovely!

[Added 11/08/2015; Drama; 6000-20,000; Walter de la Mare]

War for the Oaks

In Kind by Resolute

'And then, Diary, I lied. In front of this woman, this lady, and this sharp, handsome man, I didn't want to be Mathilde Ruby Ingeson, recently of Hibbing, Minnesota. I wanted to be new. I wanted to be something fresh and neat and worthy of the city. Worthy of the lady's attention and the man's smile.' Resolute builds a wonderful sense of gathering darkness in this prequel, which brings the 1920s to life in all its vigour and cruelty

[Added 04/10/2013; Drama; 2500-6000; War for the Oaks]

Watership Down

Bright Moon, Who Goes Farther Still by Hossgal

'Little Moon had lost children to foxes and owls and the traps of men; to White Blindness, to weasels, and to suffocation in over-crowded warrens, to the claws of hawks and to her own bitter heart. And when Little Moon discovered that El-ahrairah had been addressed by Lord Frith, and turned away, her anger was deep.' Hossgal's ambitious story gives us the does' perspective not only on the events of Watership Down, but also on rabbit mythology. The novella's two strands weave together perfectly as the tale builds to its moving climax. A real treasure

[Added 10/11/2008; Drama; 6000-20,000; Watership Down]

Captain Holly's Last Command by Edonohana

'Darnel smelled like primroses and oak-roots and moist black earth. In this land of tall spindly weeds and crumbling brown dirt, he still smelled like Sandleford. He was at once as familiar and alien to Holly as the words of a native tongue long since abandoned by its speaker for the language of some foreign shore.' A slow-moving piece, perfectly in tune with the original, with a well-realised OC. To say more would spoil it

[Added 06/08/2015; Drama; 2500-6000; Watership Down]

El-ahrairah and the Litter of Kittens by Luzula

'Then Hyzenthlay, on a sly impulse, said: 'I was just about to tell the story of El-ahrairah and the litter of kittens.' / Thethuthinnang made a strangled little noise beside her. / 'I don't think I've heard that one,' Foxglove said.' Luzula's feminist slant is a welcome addition to Adams' world, and this tale-within-a-tale remains remarkably canonical in tone, despite the mpreg

[Added 09/08/2015; Drama; 1000-2500; Watership Down]

Far Far Away by Redgear

'He has never seen a fox, but he knows it is one; he had once dreamed he was a man with a loud metal stick, and he had pointed it at a quicksilver flash of red in a bush, and it had smelled very strongly of smoke and rot and very faintly of blood and fox.' A dark, unusual vignette, in which a beautifully characterised Silverweed has a strange meeting. I love the edge of ambiguity to the ending

[Added 29/10/2017; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Watership Down]

Mixed Blessings by Astrokath

'The warrens of rabbits, the cities of man: they both rise and fall, and the soil always swallows them back into the ground again, as a doe spares her unborn kits from the trials and suffering of an unkind world.' A dark futurefic that plays with the notion that El-Ahrairah & the Black Rabbit are different aspects of the same deity. Unusual & memorable

[Added 11/08/2015; Drama; 1000-2500; Watership Down]

Run Fast and Dig Deep by Qwerty

'You'd never had need to dig new tunnels before coming here, but when the earth yielded beneath your claws, you understood immediately which way to dig, how to clear away the loosened earth, the tricks for shoring up the sides so the run would not fall in.' Adapting to freedom isn't always easy. A gorgeous, poignant story melding visions and tales, future and past

[Added 03/01/2007; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Watership Down]

The Story of El-ahrairah and the Stranger in the Field by Tanaqui

'El-ahrairah waved a paw unconcernedly. "What is that to me? If the Queen of the bees is not as clever as I am in arranging things to suit her people, why should that be my concern?"' A clever El-ahrairah tale that was somehow omitted from Adams' canon. To say more would spoil it

[Added 21/05/2015; Drama; 2500-6000; Watership Down]

The Story of Hrayatha and the Rabbit Who Left No Tracks by Luzula

'The Honeycomb was full of the small sounds of rabbits shifting, breathing, chewing pellets, and into that comforting atmosphere of rabbitry, Hrayatha spoke.' Poignant story of the rabbits we know & love passing into myth. Hrayatha is a believable original character who suggests that the warren's next generation will have adventures to tell their kittens about too

[Added 25/11/2011; Drama; 1000-2500; Watership Down]

The Story of Marli-hrair and the Black Rabbit of Inle by Edonohana

'We call her Marli-hrair [mother of a thousand] because she gave birth to so many large and healthy litters. What her real name was, nobody knows, nor does anyone now remember the name of her warren.' A beautiful & moving tale within a tale, which captures the feel of the original perfectly

[Added 04/08/2011; Drama; 1000-2500; Watership Down]

The Story Of The Doe Who Hid Her Kittens by Edonohana

'The listening rabbits scuffled in annoyance. Kittens learned not to interrupt stories by the time they were weaned. And this was Efrafa, where only the powerful and the foolhardy spoke so loud.' A tale within a tale told by Hyzenthlay. The frame story gives a moving glimpse of life in Efrafa, and the ending is particularly powerful

[Added 29/10/2017; Drama; 1000-2500; Watership Down]

Strong Yet Weak by KaptainSarcasm

'"The Black Rabbit will challenge you, and you must win. Just know that you will keep running, my son, and you will become the thing of legends."' Excellent mingling of myth with present as a new adventure begins for Blackavar

[Added 30/12/2005; Drama; 2500-6000; Watership Down]

Wilkie Collins

Lydia Gwilt in the American Melodrama Novel, or The Bride And Some Other People In The Tomb by Blueinkedfrost

'One of these American millionaires who seem to spring up like mushrooms after rain... They make their fortunes in hog bellies, piecing together railroad sidings for all of Maine, crowning themselves the king of ladies' hairpins, or some such concept. Ageing, dyspeptic, inattentive, and caring only for his next million and a safe digestive biscuit.' Lydia Gwilt travels to the New World to find herself in a terrible sensation novel. Lovely voice & a hectic romp through the genre tropes (Armadale)

[Added 25/10/2017; Drama; 6000-20,000; Wilkie Collins]

Winnie the Pooh

In Which a New Child Comes to the Forest by Loligo

Loligo cleverly uses the setting to voice insights into growing up and the responsibilities of parenthood, as well as the nature of storytelling

[Added 30/12/2005; Drama; 1000-2500; Winnie the Pooh]