Mel's Reading List
or: what Melpomene likes to read

Well, I admit it, I play favorites. That's not to say that I don't read stories by new writers, I do... all the time, but these are the ones that have stuck in my mind, the ones I've gone back and reread time and again, and the ones that I simply was drawn to for inexplicable reasons. I just thought you might like them as well.


Angel: the Series :: Buffy: the Vampire Slayer :: Dark Angel :: Doctor Who :: The Invisible Man :: La Femme Nikita :: The Lost World :: Roswell :: Sliders :: Star Trek: Enterprise :: Star Trek: Voyager :: X Men :: Xena: Warrior Princess

Angel: the Series

techsupport@demon.com by Perri Smith
rated R
summary:The residents of Sunnydale and L.A. join forces to defeat evil... and tackle Cordelia's dry cleaning.
Winner of Winter 2001 Halo Award for Best Buffy/Angel Crossover.
Linked to the story as it is housed at Angel Annex
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To: Cordelia From: Angel...us by Super Angelus
rated NC-17
summary:It's Christmas Eve... Cordelia doesn't know you know who's back.

Buffy: the Vampire Slayer

Fill in the Blanks by Jeanny S.
rated PG
summary:Willowís POV while doing a favor to try to make amends (Takes place between Triangle and Checkpoint)
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A Shade Too Precisely by Nynaeve
rated PG
summary:Anya's trying to learn the mechanisms of being human, but it's been a very long time.

Dark Angel

Building Cages by pari106
rated R
summary:A dark AU future for the DA characters. "We build our own cages, you know... Max built hers the day she broke into Logan Cale's penthouse. I guess she kind of helped him build his, too. Zack built his when he started to love Max. Now I'm building mine."
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Counting by Ellen Million
rated G
summary:Captured by Manticore, Max must prepare for whatever hand they deal her.
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Reaping by papillon
rated R
summary:They were made to be killers. Ten years of freedom hasn't changed that.

Dr Who

Another Way by Scott Nisbet
rated PG-13
summary: Alternate ending to 'The Curse of Fenric'. The Doctor defeats Fenric using another method - but will Ace be able to forgive him anyway?
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Blood Pith Crux by Kalima
rated PG-13
summary: A wave-ringed island, a woman rescues a man.
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She's Leaving Home by Sarah Groenewegen
rated PG
summary: A story featuring Ace from BBC-TVís Doctor Who. Title inspired by the Beatles.
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Triangle by A. C. Chapin
rated R
summary:The Seventh Doctor sends the Fifth Doctor to see Ace after Love and War.
Linked to the story as it is housed at The Fake Book
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Variations on a Theme by NightHowler
rated PG
summary: The Seventh Doctor and Ace investigate a temporal anamolyand find more than they bargained for.
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Work to Do by Gordon
rated PG
summary: a 7th Doctor/Ace story which takes place immediately after Survival

The Invisible Man

Breath of Will by Pipsqueak
rated NR
summary: An older, darker Darien looks back on the choices he's made...
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Panic by C. Abelard
rated PG
summary:Darien's in trouble. Hobbes and Claire try to help, but can they protect him from this threat?
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Snowed In by talamae
rated PG-13
summary:No counteragent, no heat and only a few feet between them, Darien and the Keeper must find a way to survive a car accident, a snowstorm and each other.
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Tuesday by Chomjangi
rated PG-13
summary:A day in the life of the Keeper, five years after she enters the Quicksilver project.

La Femme Nikita

dead can dance by Mala
rated PG13
summary:It is the future. It is Section. Who walks the halls? Who owns them?

The Lost World

Bella Notte by Ijemanja
rated PG
summary:Late at night in the treehouse, one person is still awake.
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A Civilized Cloak by Susan Zell
rated PG-13
summary:An evil warlord intent on having Challenger's "magic" for himself forces the explorers to walk the fine line between savagery and morality.
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The Most Dangerous Game by Liz
rated PG-13
summary:A big game hunter arrives on the plateau with a new prey in mind.
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Perceptions by Catseye
rated PG
summary:The different perceptions people have of Roxton and Marguerite's relationship.

Roswell

Persephone's Footfalls by Elisabeth
rated R
summary:What if Michael and Maria met in a very different Roswell?

Sliders

Creation by Jules Reynolds
rated PG
summary:An android world creates problems for Quinn and Wade.

Star Trek: Enterprise

Passionfruit by Cincoflex
rated NC-17
summary:The crew comes into contact with an alien fruit with interesting consequences.

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Pressure Cooker by Djinn
rated PG
summary:"Broken Bow" coda: Phlox has a meeting.

Star Trek: Voyager

Note: The vast majority of the stories I seem to be drawn to in the fandom of Voyager are f/f slash or general tales involving little to no romantic suggestions. If the thought of reading such material distresses you, please don't read most of those stories listed below. I will try to remember to designate which are slash stories for ease in discernment.
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Cauchemar by Rae
rated R
summary:Seven and B'Elanna are captured. B'Elanna comes back with amnesia. Seven comes back a week later. In between, this story happens. Somewhat dark.
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No Less Human by Lan
rated R
premise: People are uncomfortable around the Borg. What if Janeway is not as comfortable with Sevenís Borgness as she believes? What if the step from mentor to lover is more complex, on a personal level, than she ever imagined? Amidst the dangers of the Delta Quadrant, will Janeway and Seven be able to overcome internal conflicts and external prejudices to save the love between them?
An exquisitely told J/7 story that can be found at The Alcove on Lan's author page.
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Touch by RalSt
rated R
summary:An invasion of privacy brings unexpected benefits for Seven and B'Elanna. B/7 romance.

X Men

Normality by Vicki Lew
rated G
summary:What happens when Rogue decides to bring a dog back to his owner.
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One Touch by Poi Lass
rated PG
summary:Set during Rogue and Iceman's roadtrip to Seattle, Rogue tries to regain her inner strength.

Xena: Warrior Princess

Note: My tastes within the Xena fandom tend to lean to the genre of hurt/comfort. Don't know why, that's just the way it is.
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The Best in Love by Peribear
rated R
summary:Gabrielle is brutally raped, beaten and left for dead and Xena's not sure if she can heal her friend. Contains descriptions of the aftereffects of violence.
An extrordinary story, well told and heart wrenching.
I cannot stress enough how graphic and troubling this story is. It is not a read for the faint of heart or anyone who may be adversely affected by such subject matter.
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Fate is the Hunter by Peribear
rated PG
summary:An old storyteller tells the tale of the last few weeks of the dying Warrior-Princess' time together with her bard.
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Slumbering Bard by baermer
rated PG
summary:Someone's deliberately poisoned Gabrielle.
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Solstice Light by Onora
rated G
summary:It's winter solstice, and Gabrielle keeps a light burning in the window for Xena, who's braved a blizzard in search of a missing child.
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What the Hand Dare Seize the Fire? by Cheaza
rated R
summary:This jarring, emotionally charged tale is an adaptation of the episode Remember Nothing. Gabrielle's golden saviour reaches her hands into the fire and draws the bard out of Hell...
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Whispers in the Dark by Becky Lutzke (deanlu)
rated PG
summary:Gabrielle is taken captive and held in a cell far away from Xena's aid.