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Title: Haunted
Author: Ugly-Girl
Characters: Diana/Bruce
Length: 39k
Summary: When Batman won't save himself, Diana decides to take matters into her own hands.

So somehow in the past week I was bitten hard by the Wonder Woman bug, and now all I want to do is think about Diana and read about Diana and flail about Diana and stare at pictures of Diana. Since Bruce/Diana is basically the best ship in the DCU that doesn't involve Lois Lane, Batman gets dragged along on my Wonder Woman binge.

Fortunately, there are plenty of B/D stories set in the animated universe. This particular story is lengthy enough to satisfy; the plot leans heavily on the supernatural, which throws Bruce out of his comfort zone, but the story is really about the give and take between two hardheaded people who insist on saving one another. There were a couple of moments where Diana's characterization made me scratch my head, but her voice is so delightfully fresh that those moments were hardly worth noticing.

Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1391588/1/Haunted
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Title: The Long Way Home
Author: AmeliaFaulks
Characters/Pairings: Clark/Lois (movieverse)
Length: 15,806 words
Summary: Glasses! They have a lot to answer for.

It is midnight and I am rewatching Superman, and a Superman rewatch always entails reading Superman fic. I have no explanation for why Superman of the comic book never seized me the way Superman of the screen does, but between Christopher Reeve and Brandon Routh (about whom I have at times had doubts, but man, it is hard to not accept him as Superman; his portrayal just kind of worms its way into your heart and lives there), I am one happy Superfan.

This particular story is one of my favorites; there's just the right blend of humor and TENSION! and identity porn to keep things interesting until the happy ending rolls around. Martha Kent is at her finest - I love when writers have her call Clark out - and this reveal? Oh, this reveal. If you're a fan of Jason (heck, even if you aren't), I think it will leave you as senseless as it always does me.

Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3690973/1/The_Long_Way_Home
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Title: All the While (series)
Author: El Duderino
Characters: Clark/Lois, ensemble
Length: Long (I don't have an exact count, but well past 50,000 words)
Summary: Post-series epic that covers Clark's travels around the world through the aftermath of his battle with Doomsday.

I made the most embarrassing noises while reading this story. Usually I manage to restrain myself and only screech and coo at the show itself, but the writing is just that freaking awesome. This is everything I want out of SV fic: incredible characterization, solid writing, inclusion of plenty of other superheroes, everything from subtle nods to major plot points drawn from the larger Superman mythos, and enough Clark/Lois interaction to fuel a small sun.

The series (and it is a series; the author sets it up so each story can be read individually, but it's much more rewarding to read them all together) takes place in a hypothetical post-show world, and follows the growth of Clark's relationship with Lois and of his career in tights together, right on through (a now AU) battle with Doomsday and beyond. I think I am going to have to go and re-read it again now that I am done; I actually woke up in the middle of my night because I couldn't get back to sleep without finishing the last part.

(I feel like I am getting the hang of reading forum-hosted fic again. Forums seem like the place to post longer SV stories, am I right?)

Odyssey: http://www.kryptonsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=75462
At Last: http://www.kryptonsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=70596
The Light That Shows the Way: http://www.kryptonsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=73609
Capacity for Good (Part 1): The Second Emissary: http://www.kryptonsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=75419
Capacity for Good (Part 2): The End of Days: http://www.kryptonsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=76164
Capacity for Good (Part 3): The Last Son: http://www.kryptonsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=76963
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Title: Sunspots
Author: Hadrien Asbury
Characters: Clark/Lois (movieverse)
Length: 119,870 words; permanent hiatus
Summary: What hopes to be an in depth look at the romance and complications in the lives of Lois, Clark, and Superman from multiple perspectives leading up to, through and possibly beyond the greatest Solar Maximum in recorded astronomical history.

I recommend this story only with reservation; the writing itself could do with a beta reader or three and some of the characterization strikes me as sketchy (YMMV), but the way Clark and Lois's relationship is treated far outweighs the occasional problem with tense.

I do mean Clark and Lois's relationship, too. In the context of the story Lois still has no idea that Clark is Superman; although the plot is certainly building in that direction, this is one of those permanently unfinished epics. The author does a nothing short of brilliant job creating and populating the top floor of the Daily Planet, and the exploration of Clark Kent's impact on Lois's life, of their relationship and how those around them might interpret it, are what pushes this story from full of potential to where is the coffee, can't sleep until finished.

Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3629836/1/Sunspots
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Title: Getting Eaten Alive
Author: Tandrelmairon
Characters: Clark/Lois (movieverse)
Length: 56,461 words
Summary: The LoisClark relationship the way my sources say it developed, keeping only the legend basics as canon.

This is story of ideas. It's also a beautiful story, and a story populated with exquisite and rounded people, but above all it is a story that rolls through your mind like molasses - slow and sweetly building, both incredibly concrete and so filled with larger concepts as to be almost ethereal. It's one of those stories that I could read once a month for a year and emerge with something new and different every time, and it is still packed full of the sort of character moments that keep me coming back to fiction. The dynamics between Perry, Jimmy, Clark, and Lois - always and especially Clark and Lois - are all the more compelling for Tandrelmairon's fresh retelling.

I'm always a sucker for stories that delve into Clark's alien physiology, too, especially stories that don't paint Clark as too alien. On top of that, this has just about everything else I love in the best Superman stories, right up to a Lois who is the best damn reporter in the game. Forty billion gold stars.

Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3038315/1/Getting_Eaten_Alive
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Title: Fifteen Days
Author: AmeliaFaulks
Characters: Lois/Clark
Length: 8365 words
Summary: "Leueen? What's happening in the world?"

It is not even an exaggeration to say that I love everything this woman writes. There's something about the way she crafts the Lois & Clark relationship that is just so much fuller than what the films show us, and her stories are always so grounded in journalistic realism that it really seems like you're following around two reporters, one of whom just happens to moonlight as a superhero.

Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5483822/1/
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Title: Blind Sight
Author: Valerie Jones
Pairing: Remy/Rogue (616 comics)
Length: 320k+ (WIP)
Summary: When Operation: Zero Tolerance turns into a full-fledged mutant hunt, Remy must use all of his resources to keep the X-Men safe while they search for a way to bring Bastion down.

I've started to write the review for this story three times now, and every time I've both completely failed to do the story justice and descended into incoherent and wildly enthusiastic raving by the third or fourth sentence. If I had to pick my single favorite fanfic from any fandom, I'd name "Blind Sight" without a moment of hesitation, so at least I have justification for the difficulty.

(It's worth noting that this is the sequel to Thick as Thieves [written by Valerie and Lori McDonald], which is itself a sequel to Lori's Looking at a Woman. I'd recommend reading both before you start this behemoth; they're rec-worthy stories in their own right and crucial to understanding the background for "Blind Sight.")

So! Actual review time: THIS STORY IS FREAKING AWESOME. (Made it to the third paragraph - new record!) There is not a single thing I do not love about it. Gambit is just - he's GAMBIT, to the very best and fullest extent suggested by the comics. There's one right-between-the-eyes revelation scene after another; I love the sleight of hand Remy uses to misdirect the X-Men, the way he tries to break the world of the Thieves' Guilds to Rogue slowly and how she gets sucked in despite his best efforts anyway. Scott, normally a character much maligned - or at least overlooked - in Remy/Rogue fic, shines, and most of the core X-cast have their moments in the spotlight.

Probably my favorite aspect is the friendship between Remy and Bobby, carried over from "Thick as Thieves." The dynamic may seem like an odd one, but the two play off each other perfectly - but neither does the friendship between Remy and Ororo slip by unnoticed. The Remy/Rogue relationship is everything you could ask for from a story and more. Rogue, like her partner, is fully realized as a character. There are even some fantastic scenes with Mystique, and I'm nothing if not a sucker for the Rogue-Mystique relationship.

Unlike most stories that drag on for fifty or more chapters, my attention did not and has not wandered once. The plotting is - dare I say it - masterful, and there's a great deal of depth to the world of the New York Guild. Epic, romantic, funny, intriguing, action-packed - no, seriously, just go read the thing before I descend back into gibbering. (Especially chapter nineteen. That's gotta be my favorite.)

Link: http://www.gambitguild.com/library/valerie_jones/blind_sight.html

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