May. 30th, 2006



Fandom: Firefly
Series: Glue
Author: Rebecca ([info]blueraccoon)
Genre: Slash, Drama, Angst, First Time, Hurt/Comfort
Pairing: Mal/Simon
Rating: PG - NC17
Warnings: BCSM, Dom/sub, Fisting
Spoilers: None, really

Notes: I usually go looking for Mal/Jayne when I look at Firefly fic, but since this was Rebecca, I thought I'd read at least the first one, and see if I wanted to read more.  I finished the entire series that night, and was sad it was over.  Then I read it again.  And today, I decided to rec it, and re-read it again...just looking for warnings and such I might have forgotten...or something like that, yeah, that's it.... 

As usual with Rebecca, it's not an easy journey, but it works for me.  The main pairing in the series may be Mal and Simon, but pretty much all the characters are represented.  And they all fit.  If it weren't for the sex and stuff, this could be an episode - or several episodes, really.  It's all about how everyone fits into the crew, the way they fit together is like a jigsaw, according to River, and Mal and Simon are missing pieces that the other can fill.  The whole crew is like that, really, they just fit.  And Rebecca makes it work, and makes it enjoyable to read at the same time.

Excerpt:  From Letting Go

I rate this Series:  Pretty Damn Good

Dec. 18th, 2005



Fandom: Firefly 
Title: Like Describing The Alphabet
Author: Mosca ([info]mosca)
Genre: Slash, (Non-Explicit) FemSlash, (Non-Explicit) Het, Friendship, Angst, First Time, Romance, Humor, Established Relationship, Hurt/Comfort
Pairings/Characters: Mal/Jayne, Kaylee/Inara, Zoe/Wash, the crew of Serenity
Rating: NC17
Warnings: None
Spoilers:  Very minor spoilers for parts of the series.

Notes: So I was trying to get into the mood for writing my [info]slashfest Firefly fic, by reading some Mal/Jayne.  I figured it would be an easy way to work my way into the characterizations - that and watching a few episodes.  A form of painless mood adjustment.  (I'd just finished an NCIS fic and an X-Files fic, so I thought I could use a chance to get into the right mindset.)  I almost didn't read this one, because I recognized it when I started it, and thought I'd put it in the wrong favorites folder - Firefly Fics To Be Read vs Firefly Fics I've Already Read.  But I noticed Mosca mentioned that she'd written one version of the first scene for a ficathon, but that this was the fic that really needed to be written instead of that first version, so I kept reading.  Boy, am I glad I did.

It's not a short fic - took me most of the night to read - but it was well worth it.  This is much more than just a Mal/Jayne fic with sex...although there is a lot of nice, hot sex - no doubt about that.  But this is a story of the whole crew, revolving around Mal and Jayne, it's true, but they are all represented, and well done.  Every character is examined in their own way, and Mosca offers insight into each character with the same care she affords the two main characters.  And there is much insight, there.  I kept finding myself saying things like: "Now, why didn't I think of that?" and "Oooh, that's such a fascinating way of looking at this character's behavior."

And the feel of the series is kept intact.  The narrative style is similar to Mal and Jayne's cadences and inflections, but each character (and his/her voice) is well rounded, and they are all represented accurately, and with much care.  It's not an easy story - there are bumps and roadblocks and the story winds it's way along through them, until it finds it's resolution in the end, and despite the fact that things aren't perfect - you're satisfied that it works, and it all makes sense in the end.  There's not really much chance for a happily-ever-after in the Firefly 'verse, but this fic comes mighty close for me. 

Although I've only read this one once, so far, I am so positive that this one's a keeper, that I'm willing to rec it with only one reading under my belt.  If I wasn't so tired, and didn't really, really need to work on my fic today, I'd probably start reading this one again, right now.  I figure it will have to wait until the New Year, since I've still got about 6 holiday fic to write in the next 3 or 4 weeks, but I'll be reading this one again in January.  And I'll be glad of it.

Turning in early, Jayne said. Don't wanna miss the show. )

I rate this fic:  Pretty Damn Good

Nov. 2nd, 2005



Fandom: Firefly 
Title: Unification Day
Author: Eleanor K  [info]emungere
Genre: Slash, PWP, First Time
Pairing: Mal/Jayne
Rating: NC17
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None

Notes: Mal needs to find a way to make it through Unification Day without starting a brawl.  Jayne proves to be just the distraction he's looking for.  I love the image of the black leather gloves Mal buys for Jayne - just a little bit of a kink, but fun.  It's hard to find good Mal/Jayne fic out there, and this is the second time I've rec'd a Eleanor K fic.  Hmm...maybe I need to start a category for Authors I Like To Rec?  It's a thought...

A hand reached past Jayne and picked up a pair of thin black leather gloves. )

I rate this fic: Pretty Damn Good

Oct. 29th, 2005



Title: A Good Idea
Author: Eleanor K  ([info]emungere)
Genre: Slash, First Time, Angst
Pairing: Mal/Jayne
Rating: NC17
Warnings: Slight mention of Torture
Spoilers: Minor spoilers for Episode 9 - Out Of Gas

Notes: This fic is backstory - how Jayne ends up on Serenity, and the beginning of the relationship between Mal and Jayne.  It seems very much in character for both of them, with a great side plot of Wash and Zoe just becoming a couple, and Kaylee being her usual irrepressible self.  The whole thing just fits perfectly - if Mal and Jayne were canon, this could very easily be how it would have happened.  And it makes me smile.  There's just not enough Mal/Jayne fic out there.  :::stamps foot:::  Dammit.

When Wash asks him to pass the rolls )

I rate this fic: I Like This Fic

December 2007




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