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31st-May-2008 09:48 pm - Chelsea fic rec: III
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Title: Lighthousekeeping
Author: applegnat
League/Team/Pairings (if applicable): Chelsea goalies (Petr Cech, Carlo Cudicini, Henrique Hilario)
Genre of the piece: Gen-esque.
Rating: PG
Short Summary: Carlo Cudicini is old and angry. Petr Cech is young and placid. Henrique arrives at Chelsea secure in the knowledge that he is never, ever going to play a league or international game this season because he is competing for a spot in the squad with the Premiership’s best and second-best, and he doesn’t like competition.
Reasons for reading: Delivered in the style of the White Rabbit falling endlessly through an inexplicably unpredictable tunnel which is not in any way Freudian. This has been that kind of week.

Let's not beat about the bush here; this is genius. Pure, gorgeous genius. As beautiful, technically graceful and powerful as - well, as our three goalies, who must surely be the most pulchritudinous and fascinating trio of goalkeepers presented by any Premier League team (we shall make allowances for Arsenal last season). Touching and convincing about the relationships men have with other men, and deeply resonant in its recreation of a very strange period in Chelsea's recent history.

Henrique slides Romeo and Juliet out of Jared Diamond and shoves it into his coat pocket.

30th-May-2008 08:10 pm - Chelsea fic rec: II

Title: Quand
Author: vlieger
League/Team/Pairings (if applicable): JT/Lamps (*ahem* John Terry/Frank Lampard)(to some people, Chelsea . . .)
Genre of the piece: WWI AU. Slash.
Rating: PG
Short Summary: "When I go home," says John one day, watching the thunderous sheet of rain cascade over the entrance like a curtain, "I'm going to buy me a fucking umbrella."

Reasons for reading:Okay people. What we're going to do here is just pretend, for the sake of argument that Chelsea are a purely theoretical construct who have no meaning or significance in the Real World. That's not so hard now, is it? IS IT?

This story; let me start by saying that I don't normally read war-based AU's, that I have a terrible heartdeep fear of emotions being cheapened and trivialised for the sake of furthering romantic drama, but this, this is a bit different. It's beautiful, it's touching, it's generous, and when you think about it the parallels with RL are drawn pretty tight together. And of course, it would hardly be right to run a series of Chelsea recs that didn't touch on these two, now, would it?

And when they meet, as they inevitably will, there is nothing extraordinary that will draw them together.

27th-May-2008 09:41 pm - Crespo/Cambiasso Rec 3
Title: Flowers (in the Window)
Author: pirlazza
League/Team/Pairings: Hernán Crespo/Esteban Cambiasso
Genre of the piece: Fluff, angst, a little comedy
Rating: PG
Short Summary: "There are things that you can’t ignore because they are just stronger than you"

Why we should read this: I have quite possibly saved the best for last. I know sometimes I want to read some new stories, but just don't have the time; but this story is short and sweet, so it will touch you even before you are aware of it.

Again, as with the two fics before this, its greatest appeals (for me, at least) are that some reality is infused into the story; and that it is not hard for readers who are new to the pairing to understand the story.

Some of you may have already read this, but I strongly recommend you to read it again; it is just that good. And if you haven’t read it already, what are you waiting for?

Link to the fic: Flowers (in the Window)
22nd-May-2008 09:26 am - Chelsea fic rec: I

Title: The Spy Journals of Andriy Mykolayovych (or How Sheva Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blues)
Author: alldoubtaboutit
League/Team/Pairings (if applicable): Chelsea, from the viewpoint of one A. Shevchenko.
Genre of the piece: Primarily humour.
Rating: PG
Short Summary: Andriy was looking forward to Shakespeare and Aston Martins, glamourous evenings whiled idly away in the Savoy and taking part in the Season: the Chelsea Flower Show, Ascot, Henley, Wimbledon...
Reasons for reading:OH GOD. Could there be a worse month for reccing Chelsea fic? There's a delicate balance between just not wanting to think about any of them, at all, at any point, and being so completely unable to think about anything else at all that one starts to miss meals/buses/Jose all the time. Both of these states are perfectly capable of co-existing in a single mind in a single afternoon. Add to that the strangely logical quirks of superstition; these pagan rites, these laughably meaningful minutiae (and is it so strange that (until last night) Chelsea success could be ensured by wearing last season's shirt (blue), but ONLY when worn under a shirt from another club, experiments suggesting that to guarantee maximum goal difference that second shirt should largely be white if possible and carry a number higher than 3 . . . ?) and it's hardly a picture that encourages hope.

Essentially then, these recs are brought to you (yes! finally! in the last minute goal scoring style of six months previous!) under the heading 'In Remembrance of Things Past'. And this one captures the tension between endless affection and irritation which seems to be a bit of a hallmark of the life of a Chelsea supporter, it's funny as hell, and sometimes, sometimes it's all too easy to believe that it's word for word the literal truth about The Goings-On At Chelsea As Was. Sharp, ever so slightly brutal and gloriously likely; for all these reasons it's one of my favourite little slices of life at Stamford Bridge and a chance to see Sheva from a completely different angle to the one fandom traditionally takes.

It was Philistine and it was loutish.

14th-May-2008 05:12 pm - Fic Rec 2 - Ghost of Christmas Past
Title: Ghost of Christmas Past
Author: janierotten
League/Team/Pairings: According to the author: "Hernan Crespo/ Esteban Cambiasso, Julio Cruz (implied Julio Cruz/ Santiago Solari and Julio Cruz/ Antonio Luis Jimenez, if you squint)"
Genre of the piece: "Bittersweet flangst"
Rating: "PG-13 for light sexual references"
Short Summary: Following Julio's advice, Esteban reveals his deepest secret(s) to Hernán on Christmas Eve.

Why we should read this: This story simply warms the heart. Even if you are not familiar with the characters, you will get to know them and their relationships - past and present. For example, Julio remembers a "lonely night in Milan" that "end[ed] in the arms of a slim brunet with a lopsided smile" (see the implied pairings). So he knows how it must feel for Esteban, and knows how to guide him in the right direction.
We find out Esteban's past when he opens up to Hernán, revealing things that he hadn't even told his wife or son.

janierotten's excellent writing deserves to be read and praised. Should you decide to read it, please express your appreciation by leaving her a comment.

Link to the fic: Ghost of Christmas Past
9th-May-2008 04:24 pm - Fic Rec - Home Is Where the Heart Is
Title: Home is Where the Heart Is
Author: pirlazza
League/Team/Pairings (if applicable): Esteban Cambiasso/ Hernán Crespo
Genre of the piece: Slight Angst
Rating: G
Short Summary: Esteban goes back to Argentina for the holidays, and ponders at the true meaning of "casa": Is it in Milano or Argentina?

Why we should read this: pirlazza provides a concise but complete history of Hernán and Esteban’s relationship in this story. The piece starts in Argentina, and moves back and forth with Esteban’s thoughts, but the transition is so smooth and seamless that the reader is always aware of the setting.

What I like about it is that it does not take place in a vacuum, where everything stands still, but rather there are bits and pieces of reality, such as quotes from interviews, and tidbits of personal information, making the story even more vivid.

I will lead you to the story with one of Esteban’s Cambiasso’s thoughts:

He asks himself if Argentina will still be Argentina without Hernàn, and if home will still be home without Hernàn.

Link to the fic: Home is where the Heart Is.
Leave a comment and let her know that you've enjoyed her piece :)
9th-May-2008 08:01 pm - Blue, songs are like tattoos . . .

Subtitled: A brief and probably superfluous spotter’s guide to the aesthetics of pragmatism as refracted through the muddy lens that is Chelsea FC, the club that I shall be pimping to youse fic-wise all this livelong month; LOOK AWAY NOW, HATERS OF CAR-CRASH TEEVEE.

6th-May-2008 02:52 pm - Crespo/ Cambiasso
Their (first?) biggest moment was after Argentina lost to Germany on penalty kicks. Two or three others also missed, but Cambiasso was the last one, and that's why this moment stands out:

Let me introduce them to youCollapse )

H.L Menken once said:

Love is like war; Easy to begin, but very hard to stop.
30th-Apr-2008 06:42 pm - Gabriel Heinze fic rec 3
Revision being what it is, this is a double recommendation, I hope this is allowed. I offered to pimp Gaby Heinze because I know that although there was not a lot of fics out there about him, those that there are include some very good ones and these two are the best, in my opinion.

Title: Untitled
Author: fangirl_lizzie
League/Team/Pairings Ruud van Nistelrooy/Gabriel Heinze
Genre of the piece: slash
Rating: NC17
Short Summary: Gaby and Ruud in Spain

Apart from an outstanding display of clairvoyance in transferring Gaby to Real Madrid in the summer of 2007, this story deserves to be read because of the skill of the writing, particularly in the drawing of the characters. From Ruud sitting in the sun by his pool, to the description of their physical akwardness with each other it's impossible not to believe in them. They have an existence beyond the confines of the story both together and separately, Ruud removing his wedding ring tells the reader more than a whole page of character exposition.


Title: Blue Sky mining
Author: keepy_uppy
League/Team/Pairings Roberto Ayala/Gabriel Heinze
Genre of the piece: slash
Rating: NC17
Short Summary: home but not home

My last rec is one of my favourite fics. Again, the writing of both the characters is wonderful and the interest in the story lies in the closeness that develops between the two of them in their isolation. It also gives a good picture of the deeply odd world in which professional footballers live.

Blue Sky Mining
25th-Apr-2008 09:37 pm - Nesta Rec the Third
Title: They Don't
Author: greeniebach
League/Team/Pairings: Alessandro Nesta/Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Genre of the piece: Denial
Rating: PG-13
Short Summary: Love each other? As if!

Why we should read this: My original comment to this went something like this:

I adore Sandro. I can't STAND Ibra. All laws of common sense dictate that I should loathe this pairing. And, if you asked me, I would have said that I did. But then I read something like this, and I wonder. I wonder where my common sense is going. I wonder what is happening to me. I wonder how I can possibly be thinking that this is actually really rather hot.

And, really, that is why I think you should read it. If it made me – a hardened Beaky-sceptic – adjust my perception of this pairing, what will it do to you? It's the perfect balance of denial and affection, and as such is exactly how A/Z should be.


Link to the fic: Right here
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