Fan Fiction Review

It’s been a while.  There are a few reasons for that, but let’s stick with Dave is lazy.  That’s a pretty good catch-all I think.  Production of new fan fiction works does seem to be off just now.  I think there were two days last week where not a single story I follow was updated.  That may be a post S2 record!  But some of the new stories coming out are as good as any we’ve ever seen.  So after the jump, I’ll take a look at few stories I’m reading that I’d like to share.

First a bit of business, those who’ve been following these reviews will notice a small change.  Since my favorites list is getting very long (over 150 stories now marked as favorites), I will now provide links to the individual stories as I mention them.  Yeah I know, “welcome to the 21st century Dave.”

While looking at some of the stories I’ve recommended here in the past, I noticed one of the authors on my favorites list hasn’t had a single story reviewed by me here!  That’s an oversight that needs to be fixed.  I’m talking about CostasTT.  He is actually quite a prolific writer, has done a mix of complete AUs and stories that follow cannon more closely, and is always Charah safe.  If you follow a current story of his you can count on regular updates and a completed story.  So what to start with?  I think I’ll focus on his most recent story “Chuck vs The Accidental Spy Team“.  This gives a fast and short retelling of the adventures of teamB. It gives us Chuck and his friends as recent college graduates just starting in life.  They all get sucked into the spy world; so in this AU, Chuck isn’t the only novice spy.  Bryce, Jill and Sarah are all rookies alike.  Casey is still here as the veteran agent tasked with training and protecting the young team.  This story is completely angst free; it is fast paced and fun.  It is also just recently complete.  It could be read in about 5 hours, and would be rated PG for a level of sex and violence similar to the show itself.

A story I just have to mention is “Chuck vs Life, Love, & Lies” by Uplink2.  Uplink2 has been a frequent commenter and a big ‘shipper at this site.  And, he blames me for giving him the fan fiction bug. So now he’s making a try at his own story.  He starts right at that most popular of crisis points, the night after Chuck downloaded the Intersect 2.0.  One obvious adjustment he’s made to cannon, this Chuck and Sarah talk!  No big miscommunication snafu leading to Prague here.  No, this time we’re seeing adults in action.  This story is only two chapters in, but I’m already very excited to see this version of S3 play out.  It looks like wherever Chuck and Sarah are heading, they will do it together.  The first two chapters could be read in less than hour, and I really don’t know how long and how far this story might go.  So far, I would say it would be rated PG; but the author did tag it “T” which may mean some more “PG-13” or “R” rated material ahead, its too early to say.

Next story I’ll mention is one of the more unusual takes on the Chuck myth I’ve seen, and I’m quite sure the author won’t mind me calling it that!  Its “Chuck vs The Sound of Music” by quistie64.  As the author warns in the synopsis, there will be singing!   For starters I have to say, quistie is one of the more exciting writers to join this fandom in quite some time.  I strongly recommend anything by her, and her author’s page can be found here.  Back to “The Sound of Music”, its the story of an eccentric software developer who has seven children.  He is working on a high priority piece of coding software and has been targeted by Fulcrum.  So of course, the government sends a gifted agent, Sarah Walker, to work as his nanny.  This story is just a lot of fun.  Apart from the previously mentioned singing this story also includes nuns in a knife fight, mountain estates, “Nannying for Dummies”, and difficult teenagers.  And most surprisingly, it all holds together pretty well.  It might be hard to remember sometimes if you’re reading a Chuck or Sound of Music fan fic (yes I just checked, there are 439 of them at fanfiction.net; but “Nannying for Dummies” was made up!) This is well written and a good story on its own merits, it gets my highest recommendation.  So far, the three chapters posted would take a little over an hour to read.  The story would be rated PG, mainly because Sarah makes for a foul mouthed nun (really she was just undercover, I know I was worried for minute!).

We also have a long time, and long time missing fan fiction writer with a new tale this time.  Ersk4 was a prolific writer from mid-S2 until right before the start of S3.  He’s on my favorite author’s list and I particularly enjoyed his work at a time when I found the show itself to be unpleasant.  Unfortunately, Ersk4 also found the show unpleasant and his muse left him (no, I don’t mean Anna).  But now his faith has been restored and he’s back!  His latest is “Chuck vs the Jill Ride“.  This is set sometime mid S2. After Chuck is kidnapped, apparently by the CIA, Sarah and Jill find themselves stuck working together to save their favorite nerd.  Ersk is primarily a relationships author, although when he does write action or humor he does well.  But I’m thinking the main point of this story will be Sarah deciding just what Chuck really means to her.  Its still early, we’re only three chapters in; but this looks to be exciting and interesting.  What’s written so far could be read in less than hour, and Ersk’s tales are usually not epic length, I would expect 10 chapters or so.  The rating is a guess on my part, let’s say PG-13 for likely grown-up discussions and action violence.

Ninjavanish just published another chapter in “Chuck vs the Frontier“.  This author remains the best action writer in the fandom and this most recent chapter further proves the point.  He expects to post another chapter later this week.  But in a bit of a surprise move, he started publishing another AU this summer while he was struggling with writer’s block on “Frontier”.  So his new story is “Chuck vs the Sunken Treasure“.  In this one, Chuck is a low level flunkie at Rourke Instruments who is sent to the Philippines to recover an experimental computer that went down in a plane crash.  To do this, he must work with “Walker Marine Salvage” company.  You can guess what that means.  So this story promises sunken treasure, pirates, computers, spies, scuba, and Sarah in a bikini; all written by a guy who knows action-adventure.  The five chapters published can be read in a little over an hour, and the author has indicated a medium length story.  He expects another chapter to publish shortly.

Quite a few other stories have posted updates since I last discussed them.  For those who may have missed it; “Common Spy Problem” by KateMcK, “The Revenge of the Bartowski” by Nervert, and “Chuck vs Family Matters” by Lucky47 all recently put up outstanding chapters.  I think total output has slowed down some this summer, but much of the quality we’re seeing is wonderful.  Hopefully,  I’ll get my next review post without so much delay as this one; with a little less than 2 months until S5 of Chuck, I’m thinking we should do this two more times before then!

~ Dave

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About atcDave

I'm 53 years old and live in Ypsilanti, Michigan. I'm happily married to Jodie. I've been an air traffic controller for 30 years; grew up in the Chicago area, and am still a fanatic for pizza and the Chicago Bears. My main interest is military history, and my related hobbies include scale model building and strategy games.
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24 Responses to Fan Fiction Review

  1. Nervert says:

    Ooo. I’ve missed two of these. Cool! Now I’ve got stuff to read. Thanks again, Dave. Oh, and thanks again for the mention of “Revenge” (and Kate’s story too).

    • atcDave says:

      I really hope you like whichever ones they were! And I think we’re all ready for your next update, hint, hint….

  2. ArmySFC says:

    Thanks for the choices. another good list to check out.

  3. Amron says:

    “Chuck vs the Sound of Music” is just insane! I laughed so hard at the first chapter, when the song popped…

    • atcDave says:

      Yeah I just laughed out loud when Casey burst into song!

    • joe says:

      The sheer inventiveness of the Fan-Fic writers never ceases to amaze me!
      Knife-wielding nuns? Who’s a thunk it? 😉

      • atcDave says:

        You know Joe, I really enjoy all the stories I recommend. But “Sound of Music” is special. interesting, funny, and unique. And you haven’t missed much yet, its only 3 chapters long so far! Really, check it out.

  4. AgentInWaiting says:

    I’m pretty sure quistie64 wouldn’t mind me saying this so… just wait until Chapter 4!

  5. Shepperd of Lost Sheep says:

    Family Matters and Frontier are outstanding, but be warned, don’t start reading at 10:00 pm.

    I would also extremely, highly, excruciatingly, recommend Curtain Call (a Frea / mxpw experiment). Read the 1st Chapter last night (at 10:00 pm) at FF.net and then had to immediately “mainline” the rest over at Castle Inanity.

  6. BDaddyDL says:

    so many good stories, and you’re right. It seemed like the board dried up. Than yesterday happened, Frea and Mxpw posted Curtain Call. Oh my, i am really enjoying that. Than today Blond Shemale set up a huge chapter coming next chapter.
    after that, jaytoyz update his story, which is just a lot of fun.
    next Kate McKay released one of the finest one shots in a while. Seriously, its fantastic.
    than Costas released his new story, which should be a Harshest.
    Tonight, Michael66 updated three day tour. This story is exploring some ideas not explored in the fandom.
    Finally our own ArmySFC released chapter 2 of the way things could have been. Its an AU and the backstory is interesting. Got no idea where he’s going with it.

  7. uplink2 says:

    Wow Dave! I guess my check cleared then! 😉 I can’t believe you put me in this group. I have no business being among that talented bunch. But thanks I appreciate it.

    Some really great stuff lately. The update of Sound of Music today was absolutely fantastic. Loved it and the lyrics to the song are perfect.

    4 I’d like to add are Aerox’s Intersect Project
    http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7254804/1/Chuck_and_Sarah_versus_the_Intersect_Project

    LittleCandyman’s She-male
    http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7151254/1/Taming_The_Giant_Blonde_Shemale

    the ever hysterical JayToyz’s Bryce Larkin DB at large.
    http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7259437/1/Bryce_Larkin_Douche_Bag_At_Large

    and Michael66’s ThreeDayTour
    http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7125250/1/Chuck_vs_The_Three_Day_Tour

    I look forward to their updates with great anticipation. Some absolutely fantastic stuff.

    BTW how much is your next installment gonna cost me? I need to start saving now. This one was expensive!

    • atcDave says:

      I think the filter didn’t like all those links, this went strait to moderation! Some good suggestions there Uplink, I recommended “Three Day Tour” a few weeks back.

      You’re right about today’s “Sound of Music”, Sarah’s version of “Favorite Things” was as twisted as expected! (“Polish on pistols and gear for a mission…”) Very fun stuff.

      • BDaddyDL says:

        I would read that story even if id did not have the lyrics. The writing is good, and I shes taking her time with the story.

      • uplink2 says:

        BTW Chapter 3 should be going up later tonight. Lots of really great stuff updated today I need to balance it out with my crap lol.

      • Nervert says:

        Heh! I know your pain, uplink. I get a chapter all ready to go, post it first thing in the morning and then look around lunch time to see how it’s doing … and hardly anyone is reading it. Go over to the Chuck que and what do you know, all the big writers decided to post the same morning and mine is buried nine deep.

      • atcDave says:

        Wait, did I miss one? The last chapter of “Revenge” that I saw was Sarah playing dead; awesome chapter by the way. I don’t see another in the queue.

        I sure did have a busy day today though. I spent most of a day off at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo; when I get home there’s like six entries to read, and that’s assuming I don’t start one of the newer ones I haven’t looked at yet!

        Maybe the dry spell is coming to an end? That would be great news.

      • Nervert says:

        Just talking about past chapters, Dave. Sorry to get your hopes up.

      • uplink2 says:

        Hey Nervert, hate to clue you in but you ARE one of the big Chuck writers. At least in my book you are. 😉

  8. Aerox says:

    Oh yes, a reference! And I didn’t have to bribe you or anything else that might be seen as underhanded. It still counts as a win in my book

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