Epigone, otherwise known as likethesun (and Leigh!). Epigone writes with such beautiful attention to detail and human emotion that each read seems to draw me into her unique world. She has a particular gift with the idea of combat experience, as well as the reality of war versus our rationalizations for it. She writes brilliantly in any fandom she tries her hand at. So far, she's done MASH, Band of Brothers, Dream Catcher, and some literary fanfiction. Also, I think there's a Platoon fic in there. ^_^ She reminds me of an artist working oils in monochrome-- each word, each stroke of her brush, bring out the stark contrast between what we want to say, and the limitations of our own communication. Check out her livejournal, or her website-- Finishing the Hat. In particular, I recommend 'First Do No Harm', 'Torch Song', 'No End to This Unraveling' and 'Dead Men and Dreamers'.
Amber, otherwise known as minttown1 doesn't write nearly as much as she should. Her fics are like rare treats-- very rich and memorable. She has the ability to find depth (and humor) in some of the strangest circumstances, and her cutting, dry wit is truly admirable. Her journal is friendslocked, but I recommend her OT3 fic (for Resident Evil) and anything she does for Harry Potter. She sees the characters in that particular fandom in ways that are stunningly unusual and true.
Leia Naberrie (leia_naberrie writes absolutely beautiful romantic and gen Star Wars fan fiction. She captures Padme the way she ought to be, with the fullness and beauty and an ancient culture tradition behind her. She's also good at presenting Padme's deep devotion to serving her people, which is one of the things I admire most about the character. Anakin, in her stories, is also particularly cutting, because Leia_N grasps the dangerous, dark side of love. In particular, I recommend a collaborative work of hers, Thwarted Fate-- The Book of Descent-- it's heartbreaking and shadowed, the way good P/A romance should be. For more of her work, you can check out her author page at the Jedi Council, as I don't think she has a personal website up yet. Aside from Padme, she also handles Beru very well. She's definitely not one to pass up.
Biblio is one of the founding members of Alpha Gate, a slash-oriented list for Stargate SG-1 on Yahoo!Groups. Her OTP is Jack/Daniel (like it could be anything else!), and boy does she ever have the goods to back it up! Her page at JD-Divas is chock full of the good stuff. The thing I love about her romances is that they're not sappy, or overdone. They're so true, taking into account the fact that we have a perviously completely heterosexual Air Force Colonel falling in love with his civilian archaeologist. Biblio doesn't brush aside issues of team, regs, or sexual identity. Rather, she embraces them, weaving detailed, emotionally packed stories. Her serious stories like "Pro Tempore", "Ties That Bind" and the "Starting Points" series all show both the deep love between Jack and Daniel, as well as the extent of damage they're capable of inflicting on each other. Less serious, "Sleeping Dogs", "That Was Then", and "Deja Vu" are all witty, full of great lines ("This is what I get for listening to two drunk chicks and a Jaffa") and awesome plots. Biblio is well worth a long, leisurely look.
It's hard to be in the Star Wars fandom without knowing who Fernwithy is. Sometimes her stories are a while in waiting, but damn-- this girl is good. She, too, does an excellent job with Padme, but her real gift is with Anakin. She's able to show how such a seemingly innately good person can allow himself to descend so low. She's a Vader lover, which brings added appeal. Particularly brilliant and disturbing is her co-authored fic, "By the Grace of Lady Vader", and it's sequel, "The Ascension of the Queen". For a good post OT look at P/A, I recommend her "First Encounters" and, another joint fic, "The Penitent". These stories are all pretty long, but so utterly engaging that you just won't know where the time has gone!
Will be posting Saturday and Sunday tomorrow. ^__^ Until then, I think you guys have plenty to read. ^_~
Also-- just saw the new Star Wars trailer. Can you say 'Eiiiiieeeee!'? I think this is gonna be a hellavuh ride, I really do. *wibbles to herself about Vader*
Take care, loves,