[identity profile] sparrow2000.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] buffyversetop5
It’s a known fact that I have a mild predilection for young Mr Harris, so I challenged myself that I would do at least one list where Xander is nowhere in sight! *g*

Arrhizal by [livejournal.com profile] sunnyd_lite is a terrific look inside River’s head as she thinks about Simon and the rest of the crew. Beautiful evocative use of imagery makes this one a keeper.

[livejournal.com profile] speakr2customrs’ ficlet Six Thousand Miles tackles the thorny subject of what happens when the ‘one girl in all the world’ isn’t actually in the place where the trouble is. And there’s a link to the epilogue ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ at the bottom of the story – it’s a kick in the gut in the best possible way.

For a bit of Spuffy fluff, look no further than [livejournal.com profile] shapinglight’s Marriage of Convenience which is a wonderful take on Willow’s ‘my will be done’ spell. Deb is a terrific writer and this is one example of why she can get me to read pairings that aren’t usually my thing.

[livejournal.com profile] estepheia is another superb writer and you can’t get a finer example of her craft than Wizard. This gem of a ficlet is a chilling and oh so plausible portrait of Ethan. Reading it again just makes me wish I’d written it.

Finally, We Make Our Own Magic by ruuger is as beautiful a piece of storytelling as you’ll come across. Not everyone can be Chosen - Giles goes to visit one who wasn’t. I love stories that take a sideways look at our familiar fandom and by doing so, illuminate it in fresh and interesting ways. This is one of those stories. (The only thing with this fic is that you have to be a member of A03 to read it, but if you're not a member, it's worth signing up just to read this.)

See, not a Xander in sight. I may have to go lie down now! :)

Date: 2016-10-30 12:44 am (UTC)
yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (Classic Recs-eyesthatslay)
From: [personal profile] yourlibrarian
Haha, a self-challenge is a great list idea ;) I enjoyed that story by ruuger, and yes, well worth reading.

Date: 2016-10-30 01:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baudown.livejournal.com
I'm shocked. SHOCKED!

Date: 2016-10-30 04:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
I don't know any of these stories! Although I do very much like all of these authors. Looking forward to reading them when I have time.

Date: 2016-10-30 12:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
You did it! No Xander at all, and the list still looks great =)

Date: 2016-11-03 03:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
Great recs!

We Make Our Own Magic: Oh, wow! I hadn’t heard of Ruuger before this Top 5. I’ve definitely got some reading to do!

Oooh, Six Thousand Miles. Wow!

And that’s why we adore Estephia. What an ending!

Date: 2016-11-16 04:56 pm (UTC)
shapinglight: (Buffyversetop5)
From: [personal profile] shapinglight
Thank you so much for reccing my story, love. Much appreciated.

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