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(ETA: The post that was here yesterday and consisted of a first set of recs plus, basically, several paragraphs of me gushing about - well, silly things? I just went and deleted the bit that was me being a drama queen. (Which I probably should have flocked in the first place, but I forgot.) Thanks to those who read and commented, and apologies to those who actually have serious things to worry about this Christmas period and who witnessed me in that state. I was tired, and not very rational, and probably a bit desperate for company; I'm sorry. Have now had a good night's sleep, which helps significantly in the 'putting things into perspective' department.)

Have some more recs from the Yuletide front:

Like Water Flowing Underground - Back to the Future
Characters: Marty McFly, Emmett Brown, George McFly
Summary: Marty struggles to fit in with his new reality, but is any other world a better fit?

Waiting - Back to the Future
Characters: Doc Brown, Lorraine McFly, George McFly
Summary: Sometimes it felt like Doc had spent thirty years waiting. Waiting for the time when he could build his greatest invention, and waiting for the day when his best friend would be born.

Academe: Four Conversations the Jones Boys Had about Education and One They Didn’t - Indiana Jones Series
Rating: General Audiences
Characters: Henry Jones Sr, Henry "Indiana" Jones, Mutt Williams, Short Round
Summary: I think the title pretty much says it all.

One Ordinary Week, with Party Hats - Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Rating: General Audiences
Relationships: Julian Bashir/Elim Garak, Jadzia Dax/Worf
Characters: Kira Nerys, Odo, Jadzia Dax, Benjamin Sisko, Jake Sisko, Worf (Star Trek:TNG/DS9), Miles O'Brien, Elim Garak
Summary: Life goes on as usual for the inhabitants of DS9. With the exception of Julian Bashir, who has a Plan.

All is Cracked and Confusion - Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Rating: General Audiences
Characters: Kira Nerys, Benjamin Sisko, Julian Bashir, Elim Garak, Odo (Star Trek), Quark (Star Trek), Miles O'Brien, Jadzia Dax
Summary: The Obsidian Order attempt to change history using the Orb of Time. It doesn't go quite according to plan.

Blackadder's Fifth Column - Blackadder
Rating: General Audiences
Characters: Edmund Blackadder, Baldrick (Blackadder), Bob (Blackadder), Flasheart (Blackadder)
Summary: The Occupy London site was small, but growing. Ed Blackadder had a salaried personal assistant; a job as a financial consultant for several major banks in the EC postcodes; and an eviction notice from his Clerkenwell flat (bloody squatters).

The Lost Boy - Peter Pan - J. M. Barrie
Rating: General Audiences
Characters: Peter Pan, James Hook, George Darling, The Crocodile (Peter Pan), Original Characters
Summary: Being an account of the early life of Jas Hook (né Darling) esq.: his arrival in Neverland, and how he brought Christmas thereto; the beginning of his contention with Peter Pan; and divers other happenings, culminating in the tragic loss of his right hand.
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The Yuletide 2011 collection has opened! I wasn't an official participant this year, but my recipients liked their respective Yuletide treats, which made me happy. I do intend to sign up again next year, if I can - I missed the squeeing over assignments and the obsessively checking the 'gifts' tag at AO3 and the joy of opening one's present - but I had a good time!

Off to eat leftover Christmas turkey now, and little pears filled with dried cranberries. :)

And a number of quick Yuletide recs, in random order:

From the Dirt - Carnivale
Rating: General Audiences
Characters: Clayton Jones, Ben Hawkins, Sofie Bojakshiya
Summary: 'The lights glittered in their eyes, reflecting the new and strange visions their minds hadn’t dared to imagine.' A glimpse of the world as seen from the base of the Ferris Wheel.

By Narrow Domestic Walls - Twin Peaks
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Characters: Dale Cooper, Albert Rosenfield, Gordon Cole
Summary: Albert doesn’t believe in ‘meant to be’. They don’t naturally mesh: Cooper wanted to do over the guest room with reed matting and make a meditation room; Albert wanted to make an office. So they built an office with a Zen garden. Albert appreciates sleek, modern furniture; Cooper likes Eastern antiques. So now their apartment is decked out in sleekly modern furniture imported from Tibet. Albert prefers quiet when he sleeps; Cooper drifts off listening to Tuvan throat singing. Albert has gotten used to earplugs. At each turn, one or both of them have seen their way through to a solution. The result is not so much a ‘normal life’ as it is a life that’s right for them, and insane for everyone else.

Better With Tentacles - Galaxy Quest (1999)
Rating: General Audiences
Relationships: Fred Kwan/Laliari
Characters: Guy Fleegman, Jason Nesmith, Alexander Dane, Gwen DeMarco, Fred Kwan, Laliari (Galaxy Quest)
Summary: Guy has found religion, Gwen has found shippers and Fred will, eventually, find his pants.

Persuasion in the City - Discworld - Terry Pratchett
Rating: General Audiences
Characters: Samuel Vimes, Angua von Uberwald, Jane Gordon
Summary: It is a truth universally acknowledged that a text in possession of more than a passing reference to a certain literary work that shall not be named, must begin with the phrase 'It is a truth universally acknowledged'.

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Firstly, a rec: the marvelous [ profile] nemo_everbeing, whom I've been lucky enough to have as my Yuletide Santa for two years in a row, has written another Twin Peaks story to complete the two Yuletide pieces she wrote. From What I've Tasted of Desire is a gorgeous coda to what came before, effectively turning this into a three-part series about the evolution of the relationship between Dale Cooper and Albert Rosenfield. This makes for over 30,000 words of fantastic Twin Peaks prose, which can be found on AO3 as the Some Say the World Will End in Fire series. Without it, chances are I might never have gotten into writing Twin Peaks fic myself, and I really can't praise it highly enough. 

As for myself, it's been some time since I wrote any gen in the Twin Peaks 'verse, and what rolled out this time is basically a mirror piece to Five Times Albert Rosenfield Lied - the fic where apart from exploring some of Albert's backstory I also went for a very sad resolution to Cooper's possession storyarc. This new story has a far more hopeful ending, but it is also a story about death, specifically how Albert, being a pathologist and therefore used to experiencing death on an everyday basis, deals with it on those few occasions where it's personal to him. Most of all, it's a story about motivations, choices, and the events that influence them.

Hope you'll enjoy - as always, any feedback is welcomed!

Title: In the Wake
Summary: Death is nothing if not also an incentive to live. Six deaths that shaped Albert Rosenfield's life, and one that he prevented.
Rating: Gen, PG-13
Characters: Albert Rosenfield, Dale Cooper, Harry Truman, Diane, and various others.
Word Count: ~8000
Thanks to: [ profile] nemo_everbeing, for the beta and discussions that made this story so much more than it would have been otherwise.

Fic: In the Wake )

amatara: (TP Cooper and Albert)
Just got back from family Christmas visits (multiple), so I've barely had enough time to read my own gift, never mind start browsing the rest of the archive - but OMG, people, just like last year I have been so lucky with my gift story! I got OVER 15,000 WORDS of Twin Peaks goodness, which is... *sits in open-mouthed admiration*

If It had to Perish Twice is a massive, intricate, deliciously plotty post-canon Cooper/Albert fic, written from Albert's POV - and what a fantastic Albert it is, in all of his snarky glory! The slash is beautifully done, weaved gently into the main plot rather than dominating it, and not shying away from tough questions, like - well, don't most of us think of Cooper as straight, anyway? Albert-the-sarcastic-bastard, making scathing comments to himself about the stupidity of falling for a straight guy, just broke my heart into so many little pieces.

The author pays wonderful homage to the show, with lots of subtle references to, among other things, the Black Lodge/White Lodge mythology and the aftermath of Coop's possession. We don't learn how Cooper got rid of BOB, exactly, but we learn that he did, and that the years since then have hardly been a picnic. The plot is as great as the characterizations, with a masterfully executed twist that... well, I mustn't tell, of course! Suffice it to say that, once you start reading, you really have to continue to the end!

Quoting all of my favorite lines would be pretty much impossible, so I'll just pick out one of the many wonderful bits of dialogue, to hopefully whet your appetite:

The country highway had a forty-five speed limit, which Cooper met and held. He had always been a stickler for adherence to stupid laws like that. Albert said, “At this rate, we won’t get to Prophetstown until the evening rush hour. If there is an evening rush hour. The last instance of gridlock around here was probably caused by a three-buggy pileup on the way to the county fair.”

“I find gridlock to be a very harmonious experience.”

Albert said what he always said when Cooper indulged his own particular brand of insanity: “Okay” with just enough incomprehension and sarcasm under that one word that he might get an explanation.

Cooper obliged. “All those cars are unified in a desire to go in a single direction.” His smile was brighter than the sun through the leaves. “A mutual will straining for motion.”

Albert rolled his eyes. “And the little old lady at the front of the line whose will is straining much more slowly.”

“Life is more enjoyable with an optimistic mindset.”

“And it’s less frustrating without one.”

Cooper returned his gaze to the landscape without comment or reaction, but the feeling that he was disappointed disconcerted Albert more than he liked to let on. Albert prided himself on never caring about the opinions of others, but Cooper . . . Cooper was different in ways Albert had little desire to confront.

In short: Go! Read! Enjoy! You won't regret it.
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So Twin Peaks is not a huge fandom, at least not where fanfic is concerned. This is, admittedly, a little sad. And my favorite corner of it, being everything that involves both Dale Cooper and Albert Rosenfield, is even smaller. (Though, really, not quite as small as you’d think. I haven’t done the math, but I strongly suspect that if you count both the gen and the slash, Coop/Albert might well be the fandom’s pairing that’s inspired the most fanfic so far – more than, say, Cooper/Audrey or Cooper/Truman, both of which could be considered more ‘likely’ pairings.)

In any case, fic about these guys isn’t that easy to find, which is why I think it’s high time to compile a little rec list – both for my own convenience, and for that of anyone else interested. Because, you know, the beautiful thing about Twin Peaks fic being so rare, is that nearly everything that gets written is good, even great… which is worth a lot to me, as well! So here are my favorite Cooper/Albert stories, both gen and slash, as well as a number of Twin Peaks fics centered around other characters. The former list is pretty well-researched, the latter’s just a random collection of fics that stuck in my mind, not meant in any way to be complete. I sorted them chronologically, and marked my absolute personal favorites with an asterisk, but really, imho these are all good.

My main resources are The Bookhouse Boys slash archive, the Twin Peaks tags on the Archive Of Our Own (AO3) and (which contain a slightly different selection), as well as the assorted Yuletide (a yearly rare-fandom fic exchange) archive. If there’s another, please, tell me. :) And naturally, if I left out any fics that you think deserve a mention here, or that I might have missed altogether, I’d be a very happy camper if you’d point them out to me!

Cooper/Albert recs:

Long rec list here... )

Other characters and pairings:

A somewhat shorter, but pretty varied, list... )

Enjoy the prettiness! And as I mentioned, any recs to fics that I'd missed before will be received with much squee!


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