Monday, February 15, 2010

Slash Guest Author Rec - MsKathy

Thanks so much to TwiSlash Unveiled for asking me to do a Guest Author Rec. These are the current stories that I'm in love with and drop everything to read an update for.

An Abridged Account by alchemilla mollis

An Abridged Account of the Sexual History of Edward Cullen, as told to Bella Swan. Edward recounts a somewhat disastrous history of encounters with women through the 20th century, as Bella become more and more impatient to have an encounter of their own.

Why I love it:

I love reading about Edward's life as a vamp, even when it's a re-imagined telling of his life pre-Bella. It's not canon, but I like to say that this has a lot of canon-eque traits. Edward has all of his chivalry and reverence for women, and he behaves in the manner I would have expected him to, if this was entirely canon. Also, his citrus with Bella? Off the charts hot. Manhunt? Fucking genius.

An Introduction to Swirl and Daisy by m81170

A first kiss, a first dance, a first curse word shared between best friends. This is the tale of a boring young geek and the social pariah who thought the world of him. A tale of growing up. A tale of a Non-Romantic Romance.

Why I love it:

What's not to love about this story? This is the dose of adorable, falling in love fluff I just need in my life. The story is well-written, the characters are full, rich, in-depth and lovable, and the story is just entirely relatable, on several levels. I know it's T-rated, but trust me – this is like sunshine on a snowy day. Wrap yourself up in it and warm your heart.

Exposure by ThePhoenixRiddle

When Bella meets Edward and Rosalie, they have an interesting proposition for her. It was supposed to be one night only. What happens when no one wants it to end? ExBxR, ExB, BxR, AU/AH. Part One of The Photographer's Series.

Why I love it:

Okay, I think Rose gets a beating in this fandom, and I love stories that sort of rail against that. This is a super hot story that opens with a threesome between Bella, Edward, and Rose. E&R are BFFs, but Rose is a lesbian. They try to make it work as a threesome, but lose their way. Right now, we're in the thick of some drama and angst, but I am in this for the long haul. I can't wait to see how the authors weave this story back to something resembling a HEA, if that's even where they want to go with it. I have no idea if this will end up as a triad, or if E/B or B/R end up together, but I can't wait to find out.

I Don't Believe in Vampires by lazykate

During a chance return to Forks, Bella Swan runs into her high school crush only to discover that things were never as they appeared. What has Edward been waiting for all this time? Originally a O/S for Things That Go Bump in the Night, now continued!

Why I love it:

This is such a fun ride. This is a lemony-filled story of vampy Edward and human Bella. I really love what lazykate has done with the twists on canon, and honestly, I can't wait to read more of where she goes. These two are fun and flirty together, and I just adore the whole story.

Somewhere In Between by Kassiah

A tragic accident separated Edward and Bella, forcing them down paths they never envisioned. What happens when they find themselves torn between having what they always wanted and honoring commitments made? AH, Rated M for language & lemons

Why I love it:

Full disclosure: I am Kassiah's beta. I'd love this story even if I wasn't, though. The way Kassiah has woven the storylines together is really brilliant. This is a story that you need to read carefully – there are plot elements and details that are intricate and designed to be intentionally misleading, and I love that. I love how I want to hate James, but not. I love how I feel bad for Bella, but in some ways, I don't. I ache for Edward; he seems to be the most lost and traumatized. I can't wait to see what happens next, since a lot of drama unfolded last chapter.

Southern Comfort by bookbag

Growing up in a Southern life of privilege was never easy for Edward Cullen, his life had always been planned for him. But when he moves back to the old family estate to oversee the restoration, will he find more than he bargained for? AH, OOC, Slash, ExJ

Why I love it:

Okay, I'm not usually a fan of cheating stories, but this is so much more than that. If you're nervous like I was, don't be (yet?). I don't know how bookbag is going to work this all out yet, but so far, there hasn't been any major Bella bashing (my number one pet peeve in slash fics – chick bashing, or making the female protagonists awful caricatures of people in order to excuse the cheating behavior). The story has focused on Edward and his life, the expectations laid at his feet, and how he perceives Jasper. He's getting to know him, getting a sense of his story, and it is unfolding in a fascinating way. Jasper is out and comfortable with himself, but there's obviously more than just that, since he doesn't “do relationships.” So much story and plot here that I am eager to read about and absorb.

Wood by algonquinrt/ohl (original one-shot) (continuation)

Single father Carlisle moves into a new house and finds more than he bargained for in his new neighbor. Rated M for the usual adult content. Entry for Ninapolitan's DILF contest

Why I love it:

I helped organize Team Rich Wood for the last Fandom Gives Back auction because I just needed more of this story. Carlisle and Edward as DILFs who fall in love (okay, or just fuck, for now)? I love the reality of the two guys together and the not-overly-graphic descriptions of everything. I also love how the side characters are worked in – Alice is Edward's daughter with Bella, conceived with full disclosure that Edward was the gay BFF, and Jasper is Carlisle's son. Bella is a funny, quick-witted character who banters with Edward and basically openly mocks him in front of Carlisle (but in a loving way), and the BJ against the playscape in the backyard in the one-shot? UNF. I laughed hysterically at the beginning of the second chapter, the description of poor Edward upon seeing Carlisle for their date. Can't say I blame him. This should be a fun ride and I'm eager to see how ohl keeps us engaged and interested in where these two go. It can be complicated with kids and exes and such, but I appreciate the extra layer of reality and complication that isn't contrived or a misunderstanding, like most complications in fic seem to be.


Kassiah said...

Thanks to MsKathy for these recs. I can't believe SIB is in your list! <3

SorceressCirce said...

OMG! I can't believe Exposure was on your list! Thank you so much, MsKathy! (Can I use more exclamation points? I think I can!) :)