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09 December 2009 @ 12:03 am
FK Recommendation December 2009  
What's Good?  For 2009's last recommendation-of-the-month, I'm pleased and proud to get to spotlight Mary Ch.'s "Black Ice" (2000, PG-13) today.  Pleased, because it's a satisfying, layered, episode-like novella with something for everyone (well, second-season's "everyone," anyway).  Proud, because I've almost re-synchronized my calendar at last! ;-)

For those seeking/avoiding certain strains at this time of year, let me note that "Black Ice" unfolds in the deep midwinter, with the teaser on Christmas Eve, the body over New Year's, and the tag at Epiphany, as I read it.
      He was too late. The daylight had advanced too far. He made a desperate lunge for the door, hoping against hope that he could reach it before the burning forced him to retreat, but in his weakened state the light was too strong and the distance too great. He staggered back to the wall, the skin on his face and hands blistered and smoking.

What's New?  In November, fkfic-l saw one new story by one author: "The Relapse" by pj1228 (5 posts, 89KB).

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greerwatsongreerwatson on December 9th, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
Another excellent recommendation! And one with a real police plot, too. I always like to read stories whose authors recognize the importance the police side of Forever Knight has in maintaining the authentic feel of the show. So many focus solely on the vampire.
Amy R.: Castbrightknightie on December 11th, 2009 04:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Plotty stories are my favorites to read, and I'm continually surprised that they are not more popular and populous; after all, didn't every one of us first fall in love with the (plot-driven) episodes? (Not that reflective pieces are not also fun and insightful.)

I may have said that before. :-)

>"And one with a real police plot, too."

The "Black Ice" police plot reminds me intriguingly of the second-season episode "Hunted," in that both have human villains who belong to the murder mystery case side of the story, but who learn Nick's secret and use it against him to complicate the police work. (In "Black Ice," of course, Schanke rescues Nick rather than being rescued by him, as in "Hunted.") That's an uncommon structure in the series; off-hand, I can't think of another episode echoing that "Hunted" set-up, which is noteworthy as so many episodes do echo.