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This recs post is half things-from-last-year-I-can't-believe-I-haven't-recced-yet (rediscovered when I was putting together my [livejournal.com profile] buffyversetop5 posts), half older finds, and one brand-spanking-new fic that hasn't gotten nearly enough love yet. Also a pretty even split between the Spuffy stuff and the other stuff.

Teh Spuffy

Fin Amour, by [livejournal.com profile] angearia
AU S5; Spike/Buffy
Not the first Buffy-is-pregnant-with-the-Key fic I've read but almost certainly my favorite, this has occasionally humorous, eventually gorgeous Spuffy stuff going on in it, plus a three-hankie angst warning. Really lovely and on my list of Favoritest Babyfics Ever.

Let Nothing You Dismay, by [livejournal.com profile] constance_b
S5; Spike/Buffy
In this old-school fic, Buffy gets nabbed by Initiative-type bad guys, and it's up to Spike and Dawn to save her. Too bad Spike has to get his chip out to do it, and too bad he doesn't have snowball's chance of getting her to trust him. Weird to say, but my favorite bit here is the epilogue, which I think I've read at least twice as many times as I've read the rest of the fic.

I, Robot, by [livejournal.com profile] calove
S5; Spike/Buffy
Another classic that I somehow missed. Giles and the Scoobies order a Spikebot for Buffy for training purposes. Surprisingly, this results in much less porn than one would expect and many more sweet character moments of Buffy and Spike, together and separate. (Also: Spikebot/Buffybot, the match made in Warren's basement. The hijinks they could get up to, if only Spikebot were anatomically correct!)

Apologies: A Dialogue, by [livejournal.com profile] willowgreen
post-series; Spike/Buffy
By magical means unspecified, Spike and Buffy are made to actually talk out all the things they're sorry for. The author apologizes for the meta nature of the fic, but honestly, I love seeing these two get all their issues out in the open. Basically a sweet, lovely fic despite the subject matter.

Obstacles, by [livejournal.com profile] shapinglight
post-series; Spike/Buffy
An oldie-but-goodie that I read long ago and have been cogitating on all this time. In a happy Spuffy future, Buffy's sudden loss of her powers throws huge tension into her life and her relationship with Spike. Despite the Spuffy nature, what's stuck with me most strongly about this fic is how Buffy comes to terms and deals with her, ah, handicap. It's one of the first fics that started me on the path to understanding the hero that is Buffy Summers.

~~~~~

The Other Stuff

Taking Care of Business, by [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni
post-NFA; Faith, Wesley, Illyria
After it all, Faith comes to clean up some loose ends at W&H, specifically Wesley, who appears to be alive when he's supposed to be dead. Some great lines, some lovely character interaction, a beheading or two, a conclusion that fits perfectly even when you wish it didn't.

Courting Sin, by [livejournal.com profile] leni_ba
S2 AU; Buffy/Angelus
I'm really only interested in Buffy/Angel in S2, and then only because of the way it subverts any number of romantic and horror tropes. Buffy/Angel happily ever after does nothing for me. However, I seem to have a weakness for twisted dark manipulative Buffy/Angelus, of which I'd be unaware were it not for this fic. Claustrophobic and brooding, with a narrative style that skates on the edge of traditional, this is a really impressive example of the sort of thing it is. Highly recommended for those who think they might like that sort of thing.

Battlefield of the Gods, by [livejournal.com profile] bobthemole
post-series AU; Glory, Illyria
Two old acquaintances of the multi-dimensional pantheon get together for coffee. Humor and Glory!pwnage ensues, as it should. Delightful.

Wide and Starry Sky, by [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni
Rulesverse; Wes/Illyria
A companion piece to the Rulesverse Spuffy babyfic Winds Blowing Chill, this is about Wes and Illyria working towards something that might possibly be a relationship, and I think it's the fic that started me shipping them in the first place. Plus it's got Illyria leaving a message on an answering machine, which is difficult to beat for sheer fabulousness.

Silence Speaks, by [livejournal.com profile] knifeedgefic
pre-series; Dru
The beginning of what the author says will be an ongoing series of Dru-centered ficlets, these first few are fascinating and chewy, with some very sharply written imagery. I'm always interested in fic about Dru, and these are very satisfying indeed.

Date: 2011-02-04 10:16 am (UTC)
shapinglight: (Buffy with scythe)
From: [personal profile] shapinglight
Thank you so much for the wonderful things you said about my story. I'm honoured if it helped you formulate your thoughts on Buffy.

Date: 2011-02-05 05:56 pm (UTC)
shapinglight: (determined Buffy)
From: [personal profile] shapinglight
Buffy doesn't give up and she finds a way to do what she has to do even without her usual supernatural advantages.

That's what I was going for. Glad it worked for you.

Date: 2011-02-04 12:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] slaymesoftly.livejournal.com
Wonderful recs! There are a couple I have to check out to be sure I've actually read them, but I'm pretty sure these are some of my favs also. (Fin Amour - how can you not love it?)

Date: 2011-02-04 07:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brutti-ma-buoni.livejournal.com
Heh. I definitely write the Other Stuff. (What I'm doing for seasonal Spuffy this year, I've no idea...) Thanks so much for my recs, and also links to older stories, which I haven't already read.

Date: 2011-02-04 08:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ever-neutral.livejournal.com
Yaaaaay. Thanks for these!

Date: 2011-02-04 08:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] angearia.livejournal.com
Thank you so much. I'm glad you thought my story worthwhile.

And thank you for the other stories I get to enjoy!

Date: 2011-02-05 01:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bobthemole.livejournal.com
RECCEE!!!!!!

MWAH!

(Which is Bob-speak for "Thank you for recommending my story" :) )

Date: 2011-02-05 01:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seapealsh.livejournal.com
Found 2 Spuffys that I haven't read yet! Thanks for the recs.

Date: 2011-02-05 05:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladyofthelog.livejournal.com
Ooooh! Thank you for the recs!

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