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Highlander: Joe Dawson fic recs

Warning: fannishness follows

Recently dodger_winslow reminded me how much I love the character of Joe Dawson (played by Jim Byrnes) from The Highlander. It struck me that I should collect in one place the links to some "must read" Joe-centric fan fiction. If you're interested, here's my list to date. Suggestions or recommendations are most welcome!

Joe as Main Character:

Everything at Backstage at Joe's Bar by mackiedockie

"Sanction" by dodger_winslow

"Yeah, That One Last Thing" by amand_r

"The Price of Interference" by keerawa

"A Weakness for Beautiful Things" by elistaire

"Joe Versus The Insurance Investigator" by Stephanie Lutz

"The Parting Glass", "The Kindest Mortals", and "Last Set Before Closing" by Kat Allison

"Heroes and Other Endangered Species" by MacGeorge

"Brothers in Arms: The Wall of Love"

"The Bartender" by CindyR

"The Truce" by Mary Galasso (currently down)

Sacred Trust by Lanning Cook (currently down)

Joe Het:

"It's Probably Me" by JiM: 1, 2, and 3

"Flood of Passion", "The Barman, the Thieves and the Lover", and "Friends, Enemies and Lovers" (trilogy) by Jette

"Nameless Fantasies" by Jette

The Emory Series by listen-r, (currently down) including
"Discoveries and Developments"
"A Solitary Figure"
"Acceptance and Rejection"
"After Hours"
"Home for the Holidays"
"Past Problems, New Resolutions"

Joe Slash:

"After Such Knowledge" 1 and 2 by tracy_rowan

"Home" and "Take Me As I Am" by Beth M.

"After Archangel" by JiM

"Generous Souls" by Margaret Turner

"Pilgrim" by Amberleewriter

"The Wolf" by Glacis

by Tritorella
"Try A Little Tenderness"
"What Remains"
"Journey's End"
"The Watcher"
"Move Towards Life"

by Dasha
"Unconventional Virtue I: In Each Moment Grace"
"Unconventional Virtue II: In Each Heart, Hope"
"The Birds and the Bees. And also as it turns out, flowers"
"In the Early Spring, The Paris Sunrise Comes Just after Seven"
also, by the same author, the stories at Shine Where You Stand by dashamate


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May. 12th, 2006 12:05 am (UTC)
Just wanted to say I've been reading "Sacred Trust" since you recced it last week, and I am absolutely loving it. Will post something more detailed in my LJ when I'm done with it. One of the good things about it (and I really do mean *only* one, as there are so many good things about it!) is that she has Joe's voice down really well. I've read a few fics whose writers just did not get Joe's voice, or had him using Britishisms when he spoke, that really threw me out of the story. I can hear Joe talking when I read this story.

Thanks for posting these--looking forward to checking more of them out.
May. 12th, 2006 08:56 pm (UTC)
I can hear Joe talking when I read this story.

I know exactly what you mean! I'm so glad you're enjoying it, too. I appreciate how spot-on the dialogue is, especially in terms of timing. Just when other writers might get maudlin or saccharine, LC brings in the gruff joke or wisecrack that keeps it in character, and leaves just enough unsaid. LC definitely has the "show, don't tell" strategy down perfectly! Like you said, I can hear them talking, and I can also see the action. There is a remarkable moment in Ch. 11 (which I won't describe just in case you're not there yet! *g*) that I can see just as clearly as if it had been on the TV screen. I love that!

There are a couple of these I found to be Kleenax-worthy. If you want an alert on those, let me know. And I'd love it if you'd let me know if you run across others I haven't listed. Thanks so much!
May. 12th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
LC definitely has the "show, don't tell" strategy down perfectly! Like you said, I can hear them talking, and I can also see the action.

Yes, you're exactly right. She's got the "show don't tell" thing down, and I can see the action.

It's a bit more violent and bloody than I usually like, but the writing is so, so good. How do writers like this come up with so much plot and so much dialogue? It boggles my mind.

Uh-oh, I haven't gotten to any Kleenex moments yet. Eleven chapters! Wow, it's long. I think I'm up to chapter 5 or 6.
May. 14th, 2006 04:10 pm (UTC)
It boggles my mind.

Mine, too!

I think that one ends up with 14 chapters or so. Very long. But I'm glad - I didn't really want it to end!

Most of the "Kleenax moments" are in some of the other stories. "Yeah, That One Last Thing" was the worst, I think, for that - a "hurts so good" kind of story.
May. 12th, 2006 02:01 pm (UTC)
Yay, Joe! Thank you, thank you!
May. 12th, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC)
You bet! I hope you enjoy. :)
Nov. 21st, 2006 03:34 pm (UTC)
Great list of Joe stories!! Thanks for this :-)
Nov. 21st, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :) If you happen to know of any I've missed, I'd be grateful if you'd let me know.
Nov. 21st, 2006 06:02 pm (UTC)
Have you read Cindy R? She writes mostly about Connor and Duncan. But she has a story called The Bartender, which is about Connor, but obviously about Joe too.

The Bartender by Cindy R
Nov. 25th, 2006 11:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, brilliant! Thanks a million. I'll definitely enjoy this (and add it to the list).
May. 30th, 2010 05:30 am (UTC)
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