I wasn’t expecting to do one of these posts so soon after the last! But there has been an increase in activity lately, and I just wanted to share some of the latest stories I’ve seen.
So after the jump, the latest bunch of my recommendations.
This my still be the Netflix effect? I don’t know, but there are more new stories and more new writers right now than I’ve seen in a while. Its my perception that there may be more new younger and foreign writers too. Now this is sometimes a tricky part of the vetting and recommending part of it for me. I would hate to label a new writer in a way that may diminish their enthusiasm; or worse, insult their best efforts. This is among the reasons I resist getting too critical in a public review. But as I’ve said before, not every story I enjoy and recommend could ever qualify as great, some are just fun. This all about having fun with our favorite characters and setting. So please, no pointing out if you find one of my recommendations severely deficient in some way. I am well aware some of them have more limitations than others, but if I recommend it, it means I had fun reading it. It may be I like a character portrayal, or found some element of the story unique or interesting. I always try to be clear in the review what drew me to the story. My taste and opinions are an open book around here, and its okay when people disagree or insult me (I’m happy to fight back!), but no insulting fellow fans and writers on this site! Not I don’t ever expect that to be a big problem, I’m pretty confident many of you will enjoy what I recommend, and I’m often pleased with what a classy and eager group of fans we have here. But when dealing with amateur writers I always think its important to either be encouraging or be quiet. After all, I want more! And so many writers get better as the work. If you must criticize something (other than me) please do it via PM or e-mail.
Let me start with something fun from long time commenter here Jason75 (AKA Old Resorter). Many of you may remember Jason’s Chuck/Thin Man fusion from a while back called “Chuck vs The Long Island Debutante“. Well Jason is back with a sequel called “The Charles vs Murder on the LA Express“. Jason has a style that just exudes enthusiasm for the characters and setting. The set up is simple enough, Chuck and Sarah are taking the train to the west coast for their honeymoon. Of course they find themselves amidst dangerous conspiracies and worse, Morgan. He has a great time with a very funny Morgan. You know, funny annoying, but funny. Jason borrows characters from other ‘verses than just Chuck or Thin Man too, and creates a fun, eclectic, wild ride. Its still early, only three chapters in and could be read in about an hour. But expect it go quite a bit longer.
Another returning writer with a returning AU is Frea OScanlin with “That Which is Greater: Winter Break“. This setting has been characterized by several short stories. It starts the Chuck story at about the Pilot with one significant alteration; Chuck is a single dad to the precocious Violet Bartowski. As always, I suggest those who are unfamiliar with this setting to visit Frea’s author’s page first to get links for the whole series. This latest tale starts with the whole gang heading off to Tahoe for a week vacation. It is set shortly after the epic first holiday season for this AU, which means Chuck and Sarah are a very new real couple still not sure what the government and Casey will let them get away with. Add to that the always fun dynamic of Sarah and a five year old and this story should be a ton of fun. The three chapters currently up would take around an hour to read. My best guess is its between a third and a quarter of the way done.
Next I’m going with a one-shot by a new writer. Barbadiangirl has written “The Life She Only Dreams Of“. This was recommended to me by reader reppin246 in my last fan fiction post. It is set several years post series with Sarah several months pregnant. There is no huge adventure or deep angst. It is a sweet, heart warming look at Chuck and Sarah’s life, the life they were planning on having at the end of the series. It’s kind of long as one-shots go and would likely take an hour to read. But its a great time, and fun to see the end we were hoping for play out.
Another new writer, Ronnie1958, is launching a hypothetical Season Six. Obviously we’ve seen this idea, and seen it well done, before. But hey, more of a good thing is better! The style is a pretty good fit for the show, good mix of action, adventure, humor and romance. Currently we have three stories up, “Chuck vs Love Boat“, “Chuck vs The Rock“, and “Chuck vs Amtrak“. The first two are complete. Each could be read in less than three hours. So far, Ronnie is writing fast! With maybe five updates a week he’s working about as fast as I can read. And the stories have been a lot of fun.
Last but not least is another reader recommendation. On my last fan fiction post, long time reader Garnet shared his constant hope of finding some big oldie but goodie. It is a little discouraging for many of us to realize we’ve read about all there is, or all that interests us anyway. Well fellow reader Cory promptly came through! Its a little different, its a Chuck/Veronica Mars crossover. Now honestly, I’ve never seen Veronica Mars. So there was little chance of me ever even looking at this one on my own. But I owe Cory a debt of gratitude! “Sarah vs The FBI” by TwotoTenth qualifies exactly for what Garnet (and I) were hoping for. This is an oldie, written post Season Two, it is complete and it is fun. No Veronica Mars knowledge is required! I’m sure it would help, but I didn’t feel anything lacking for my ignorance of the subject. It starts with a young FBI agent, Veronica Mars, being called in to investigate the murder of General Diane Beckman. The leading suspect is a rogue CIA agent, Sarah Walker, who’s been missing for over a year. And I don’t think I’ll reveal any more. The discovery is so much fun! This is really is a lost gem as far I’m concerned. Really a very good story. It could be read in less than three hours.
And that does it for now. Think of this as a bonus post. I wasn’t planning on doing it, but I’d found enough “new” material in the last couple weeks I thought it was a good time. My next planned fan fiction post will be a Season Five Alternatives post in a couple weeks.