|Weekly Lost recs - the many faces of Boone Carlyle
||[Mar. 10th, 2009|02:55 pm]
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Hi! *waves* For my set I'll be reccing you some delightful Boone fic, gen, het and slash. I realize there's quite some old stuff here but this is mostly what is in my favorites since my lurking phase. Sorry for the uber-long recs, I have no gift for brevity.
1. Five Things That Never Happened to Boone Carlyle by 1001cranes
Boone/Jack, Boone/Shannon, Boone/Charlie, Boone/Sawyer. Other pairings mentioned; R (warning: features drug use, the infamous amputated leg of doom, dead!Boone and a lot of other unpleasant situations);
Because Boone’s automatically the groupie in this situation. In every situation. It’s his lot in life. The groupie. The face. The bitch. The background. It’s the way it works out for him. He’s always someone else’s groupie. Even on heroin, he’s just a groupie. He’s Charlie’s.
Now. If a fic I wish I had written exists, that's it. Because this is the most perfect Boone POV that will be ever written. The five things that never happened to Boone Carlyle are all possible outcomes of his accident and while they're all different from each other, they're all absolutely IC and plausible and realistic and they all take advantage of a potential which was never explored on the show. This isn't a light fic under any mean; especially the Boone/Charlie section is very cringe-worthy and not an easy read, but every singe word is worth it IMHO. And the excerpt I quoted is just an example of how deeply the writer understood Boone; you can just see how perfectly she handles the character with every sentence.
2. It's Not The Way It's Meant To Be by gravi_girl123
Jack/Boone, Boone/Shannon, R
Look at me. Boone sometimes says wordlessly. Using his hands and lips and skin to coax some sort of acknowledgment from Jack. This is the best way Boone knows how to be useful to him.
Opposite to rec number one, this is just a joy to read if you enjoy the pairing. It's a light fic, sure, because it mostly leaves you smiling, but the characterization is spot on and insightful; the Boone/Shannon bits are just sincere and make total justice to the pairing without being icky or resentful, while the Jack/Boone is done just perfectly because it's done keeping Boone perfectly IC and Jack perfectly IC and pushing all the right buttons.
3. Falling by eponine119 (take this rec for the fb I never left for it? ;) )
gen, I think PG or PG13
He can still see her coming up the stairs with the tray in her hands. He wasn't screaming then, just watching her in silence. Maybe he knew what was going to happen. Maybe he was thinking to himself, fall, fall, fall, or maybe he wasn't thinking anything at all. He knows it wasn't his fault. The child psychologist his mother took him to for years told him so, just like he said it wasn't Boone's fault that his father left, just like he said all boys were curious about their sisters sometimes and it was all perfectly natural.
This is the only gen fic I've ever read which directly references Theresa, but well, the quality totally makes up for the lack of quantity about the subject. This is a gem; it might not exactly be long but it manages to cover a lot, draw a perfectly plausible picture of Boone's childhood and of the accident and it's brilliantly linked with canon up to Deus Ex Machina. It's just brilliant and heartbreaking and all round great.
4. Here For Now, by geekwriter143
"In 'A Fist Full of Dollars,'" Boone said. "The man with no name. He's not just black or white. His code of ethics is based on money, not on what other people think is moral. But you root for him anyway. You want him to win even though he's not good in the traditional sense."
This fic was written post White Rabbit, so I figure you should take into account the fact that it was pre Confidence Man, but also seeing Sawyer's character development up to this point I think it's some really nice work. It shows a nicer side of Sawyer, Boone's voice is pretty much great especially considering the context, the western metaphors kind of sold it to me (see the excerpt ;) ) and well, the sex is hot. Very, very hot. And the Boone/Shannon part is handled really, really well. I think it's the only time I read Sawyer/Boone which did not take the inhalers story into account (well, obviously since it was written before it happened) and it makes their dynamic here pretty interesting.
5. The Long Goodbye; or, The New Jacob of Craphole Island by cynthia_arrow
The one thing that might've been annoying for Charlie was that he was stuck on the island, at least for the time being. Shannon sometimes called it the shifty time, Ana called it purgatory, Eko refused to talk about it at all, but it was Boone's name for it he liked best of all: the long goodbye. But, then again, he liked everything about Boone best of all, eventually. That was the surprising thing about death: liking things, having the freedom and space to genuinely enjoy things, like the clear water and the bright sun and the white sand. He was amazed to find how different the world looked when the threat of dying in it was taken away.
I think one of my biggest failures in my fandom life is never having gotten around to leave fb to this fic when I stumbled upon it some three months ago. I always meant to and I never did, for which I hope to make up here. ;) I think it's one of the best afterlife fics I've ever read. Boone and Charlie are absolutely spot on, their interaction is perfect, their dialogue is too and while it's lighthearted and a really lovely read, it gets serious and really meaningful most times. All the dead are wonderfully characterized and I just love how lively and realistically those two get together in the end. The whole take on the afterlife is great and the way Jacob and the mythology were incorporated is seamless. Not to mention a very intriguing twist re Boone's role and an ending which is just priceless.