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Midsummer Night's Dream

Contagious fogs by Naraht

'The Pondeian libraries and their bookstore neighbor had together done so much tunneling under Wide Street that it was no longer entirely safe. Occasionally fissures would open up and swallow bicyclists with a flurry of loose pages (if they were lucky) or an ominous splash (if they were not).' A long languid meander through a wonderfully realised fantasy Oxford, which both parallels & inverts the play. Worth a try for the worldbuilding alone

[Added 04/10/2013; Drama; 6000-20,000; Midsummer Night's Dream]

Love and Languish for His Sake by Alchemine

'For while all faeries are creatures of earth, the King's domain is verdant grass, is cool mist, is the quick living deer in the glade and the bursting fullness of ripe berries; and he, Puck, is for the crackling dead leaf, the rotting carcass, the strange fungus that sprouts up overnight.' An interesting glimpse of the fairy side of the play, with language as beautiful as its subject is not

[Added 29/05/2012; Romance/Erotica; 1000-2500; Midsummer Night's Dream]

Seasons Turn, Fae Turn the Wheel by Fresne

'Oberon's horns grew into a mighty rack upon his head and his flesh fuller with each passing day. Titania also grew round and heavy with the heat of the blooming world and turning flowers into rich fruit.' The fairy couple revise the plots of half of Shakespearean canon in this gleefully irreverent romp, bursting with genderswitching, shapeshifting & universal forests

[Added 09/08/2015; Humour; 2500-6000; Midsummer Night's Dream; Crossover]