It actually seems like I just did this, but there has been a number of excellent stories started or finished in the last few weeks; and I’m eager to talk about fan fiction again. There a number of self-imposed guidelines I try to follow when doing this, a couple of which I’ll be ignoring this time out. There will be no “classic” stories this time around, because I have five (!) newer AUs I want to discuss. That also means, no one-shots this time. I do love a lot of those simple shorter stories, but this time around everything is longer.
But one thing you all can count on, these are all the sorts of stories I love. So after the jump let’s look what I’ve been reading recently.
First up, is the only completely finished story this time around. It is “Chuck vs the Wildcat” by dettiot. This is a pure western, no sci-fi or spy-fi elements at all. It starts with Chuck as a young man who has just finished avenging his sister’s murder. Surprisingly, Chuck isn’t that different than we’re used to; and now that his mission of vengeance is over, he is somewhat adrift. So he pairs up with an older gunfighter, John Casey, who is off to help an old friend of his, Sheriff Beckman, keep the peace as a range war is flaring up between the Shaw and Walker ranches in her jurisdiction. This is pretty much classic western formula, with all of our favorite characters inserted in appropriate and often amusing roles. Dettiot does bill the story as a western/romance for reasons both obvious and appropriate for a Chuck story. It is well written and fun from beginning to end. It is medium/long and would require six hours or so to read. I would rate it PG-13 for a prime time TV sort of feeling.
Next up, many of you may recognize the name of Marc Vun Kannon (sometimes AuthorGuy) as a regular commenter here. He has a season three alternate ongoing; the first story is nine2five, with a follow up Casey vs The Janitors: nine2five and a third part in progress Larger Than Life: nine2five. In this S3 AU Orion wasn’t quite so scarce after Chuck downloaded the 2.0. He provided a suppression device that allows the Intersect to be deactivated when Chuck is “off duty”, and he facilitated a much better plan for Chuck and Sarah than running away together from Prague. So now, although Chuck has been relocated to a new cover situation in DC, he can at least go home at night as a free man to his bodyguard/wife. It doesn’t hurt that Ellie has been brought on board as one of the new Intersect scientists. Marc’s style is clever and fun. The stories are all fast paced with good dialogue and action. Each can be read in less than two hours and would be rated PG-13.
Chuck Versus What Happens In Vegas by anthropocene is next. This is another writer familiar to readers here and he is bringing us a post series tale. This story starts with Chuck and Sarah still on the familiar beach like so many other post series stories. But this will be aggressively fun. It is structured like a hypothetical start to season six. Let’s say the kiss was “semi-magical”, and Chuck and Sarah are happily heading off for new adventures together, even if Sarah still doesn’t remember much. I would call the story fun and intriguing. The writer has done a good job of creating some mystery, some menace, and a case that will require both their skills and the help of the team. So far, the story is only five chapters long and could be read in an hour or so; but we currently have more questions than answers, so my guess is we have a pretty long adventure ahead yet. It would be rated PG.
Another post series story has been started by the familiar tandem of billatwork and brickroad16 under the BillandBrick moniker. This is The Long Road Home. It starts at the beach like so many post series tales, and also has Chuck and Sarah in a pretty good but not miraculous place. But this story’s twist has Sarah at a meeting in DC and learning of a serious threat to Chuck’s safety. It’s still too early to guess any details of how it will play out, but it looks like Sarah will be in her familiar role of defending her nerd/partner. And this Sarah is already thinking positive about plans for their future; so although I would expect some angst as is normal from these writers, this is shaping up to be a fun and very Charah friendly story. The two chapters posted so far could be read in less than an hour; and those familiar with Bill will know he’s pretty good about posting regularly, so expect weekly updates. So far this story would be rated PG, but Bill’s work often strays into R territory.
The last new story I want to mention this time is a complete AU, by another writer who visits this site. This is Sarah Versus the Farm by Angus MacNab. The simplest way of introducing this story is by saying it takes the basic Chuck set-up, but has Sarah looking for a rural crop dusting Chuck instead of the familiar Nerd Herder. Angus is a really good writer. I know of no other way to put it. Of course it doesn’t hurt to have the flying and aviation themes told with loving care by someone who knows and lives the life. The authenticity and detail jump off the page. Okay, how could I not like this story? This will include the familiar spy elements, the Intersect, Orion, and Morgan as Corky (hmmm, will anyone get a “Tales of the Gold Monkey” reference?). The writing is intricate with long chapters, that and Angus is busy this time of year actually flying, so updates may come slow. But I give this a very enthusiastic recommendation. The two chapters up so far could take nearly two hours to read and would be rated PG, its too early to know if it will stay there!
Two ongoing favorites of mine have continued with updates. Chuck vs The Sound of Music II has been coming weekly, but Quistie advises that may be slowing down due to a research heavy part of the story. Hopefully, the slowdowns will be nothing too drastic, and this very enjoyable family adventure will continue.
Also, Chuck & Sarah vs the Recruits by NinjaVanish has put up a couple very exciting action loaded chapters these last few weeks. You know any time a helicopter borne electro magnet makes an appearance you’re dealing with serious action adventure. But the writer has put up notice that real life and work demands may cause some delay now as he approaches the conclusion; but there really is only a few chapters to go, so I expect it won’t be too terribly long until we get to that end That real life thing just keeps intruding for all of us…