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31st-Oct-2010 10:38 am Bones Come Marching From the Promised Land by boosette (G)
It seems fitting to end things with an apocalypse, so this will be the last rec for me for the month. I hope everyone has had fun. If you have, and have a load of more BN fic to rec, go sign up rec BN for Small and Miscellaneous fandoms so that we might get another dose before another year passes.

Fandom: BURN NOTICE
Pairing:
Length: 2800
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] boosette
Author Website: http://archiveofourown.org/users/boosette/pseuds/boosette

Why this must be read: There are several great apocalypse stories in the BN fandom. This one stands out for style because it's set when Mike thinks he's about to get what he wants, and then he has to deal with multiple losses in the aftermath.

Bones Come Marching From the Promised Land
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31st-Oct-2010 10:14 am Dollars for Sense by eli (PG-13)
Fandom: BURN NOTICE
Pairing: Michael/Fiona
Length: 4886
Author on LJ: [profile] elishavahAuthor Website: http://archiveofourown.org/users/eli/pseuds/eli

Why this must be read:
This is a cute little case fic, complete with bickering with Fi, favors to Sam, and a client that is in over their heads. The voices are spot on for the most part, and it will satisfy your BN-fix needs.

Excerpt )




Dollars for Sense
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31st-Oct-2010 09:45 am Rolling Cars Are More Helpful Than Rolling Heads by ammcj062 (PG13)
Fandom: Burn Notice
Pairing: Michael/Fiona (background)
Length: 1100
Author on LJ: not that I know of
Author Website: http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2579857/ammcj062
Warning: spoilers for 2010 midseason finale

Why this must be read: Unlike a lot of fandom, I really like the character of Jesse and felt like his addition has kept the team from getting too stale. This is a little "what-if" immediately after the events of the Season 4 midseason finale from Jesse's point of view. He's still angry, he's still on the outside looking in on the team of Fi, Sam, and Mike, and yet, it's the turning point. Is it Nov 11 yet? (premiere of 2nd half of season)



excerpt behind the cut due to spoilery nature )

Rolling Cars Are More Helpful Than Rolling Heads
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29th-Oct-2010 08:04 am VID REC - BURN NOTICE - This is the Place
Vidder: Lithiumdoll
Musical artist: Red Hot Chili Peppers
Pairing: Michael/Fiona
Vidder on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] lithiumchic
Vidder's website: http://www.alter-idem.com/

Why this vid kicks ass: If fic is somewhat in short supply in the BN fandom, vids are in even shorter supply. Fortunately, the quality generally makes up for it.

LD has managed to completely encapsulate a character and an entire fandom with a vid. This vid explores Michael Westen's ties to his career, his family, his lover, and his enemies, and then comes full circle to his relationship to his quest to get rid of his burn notice. In under 4 minutes, LD truly manages to distill his journey over 2 seasons of excellent storytelling.

This is the Place

Remember, to feed your vidder
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17th-Oct-2010 12:45 pm Burn Notice: Update to Fandom Overview with minor S3 and 4 spoilers
Welcome back to Miami, fans. Enjoy the beach and the view. It's been a little over a year since [livejournal.com profile] wizefics produced the fandom overview. The original is an excellent brief to get you oriented to the show, and I doubt I can improve upon it. So instead, I'm going to brief you on the aspects of the show that have played a major role for Season 3 and beyond since the original overview was produced.

Important characters for season 3 and beyond )

That pretty much sums up the state of Michael Weston without getting too spoilery. The fandom is still pretty small, but as early seasons have started to run in syndication on other small networks, hopefully it will grow in the future. The communities haven't changed much, but I'll provide an updated rundown here. If I've missed anything, please comment and I'll add it in.

On LJ
FIC COMMUNITIES
[livejournal.com profile] bn_coverstories
[livejournal.com profile] bn_fanfic
[livejournal.com profile] bn_slash
[livejournal.com profile] winter_deaddrop - weekly prompt community that also runs ficathons on occassion.
[livejournal.com profile] bn_fanficawards - 2010 Burn Notice Fan fiction awards

ICON/GRAPHIC COMMUNITIES
[livejournal.com profile] burnnotice
[livejournal.com profile] caperland - Land comm for Burn Notice, Leverage, and White Collar
[livejournal.com profile] burnnoticefans
[livejournal.com profile] michael_fi - fic, icons, etc.

On DW
Winter_deaddrop - DW sister community to LJ comm
Burn Notice Graphics
Burn Notice fic
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16th-Oct-2010 10:42 am Working Around the Crazy by peroxidepest17 (PG)
Fandom: BURN NOTICE/SUPERNATURAL
Pairing: Michael/Lucifer in various guises
Length: 4000
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] peroxide_fic
Author Website: fanfiction.net

Why this must be read:
This rec is a day late mostly because I couldn't figure out what crossover to recommend. But I kept coming back to this one as it shall surely become a classic in both fandoms. Peroxide nails Michael's voiceovers, and Micheal's voice to a T, but also manages to capture both the paranoia and fear that accompanies Lucifer's siege on Michael. Watching the tale unfold is delicious, and I guarantee you'll go back and reread it after you finish it the first time.



Excerpt: There are, on occasion, instances where you'd have to quit the business because it drives you crazy.

Read more... )



Working Around the Crazy
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16th-Oct-2010 10:01 am In Her Shoes by Missy (PG)
Fandom: BURN NOTICE
Pairing: Michael/Fiona, Madeline/Frank
Length: 1100
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] rise_your_dead
Author Website: AO3

Why this must be read:
This is a cute story of Fiona and Madeline indulging themselves. It's a great look at these two women, and delivers well.

In Her Shoes
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10th-Oct-2010 10:27 am Lock and Keys by Emma DeMarais (PG13)
Fandom: BURN NOTICE
Pairing: Michael/Fi
Length: 6500
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] emmademarais
Author Website: [livejournal.com profile] emmademarais

Why this must be read:
Somehow, I've never managed to find enough long-fic, or casefic in the fandom. However, I stumbled across this story in my searches, and it is a very good casefic, complete with team bickering, an appearance by Barry, and a rescued client.

Enjoy!

Lock and Key on LJ

and

Lock and Key on yuletide
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10th-Oct-2010 10:09 am Into the Black Petals by voleuse (R)
Fandom: BURN NOTICE
Pairing: Michael/Fi
Length: 1000
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] voleuse
Author Website: [livejournal.com profile] moodfic

Why this must be read:
The relationship between Michael and Fi is as essential to the stories and characterization on the show as the actual Burn Notice itself. In this lovely pre-series fic, [livejournal.com profile] voleuse gives us a glimpse at their interactions presumably sometime after Ireland but before Miami. It's utterly in character, and hot.

Go, read, and review.

Into the Black Petals
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7th-Oct-2010 07:56 am An Ugly Habit by Serrico (G)
Fandom: BURN NOTICE
Pairing: Madeline/Frank Westen
Length: 1000K
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] serrico
Author Website: dreamwidth archive

Why this must be read:
Because it's Maddy! \0/ Better it's well written Maddy. Serrico provides an excellent examination of Maddy at different points in her life, and the conclusion of the story, especially for those familiar with later seasons, is a real punch in the gut.

No excerpt this time because full appreciation requires reading all at once, IMO. But trust me, if there's one fic you read this month, let it be this one!

An Ugly Habit
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4th-Oct-2010 08:31 am Forsaken by wizefics (PG-13)
Fandom: bURN NOTICE
Pairing: Fiona/violence definitely counts as a pairing, no?
Length: <1000K
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] wizefics
Author Website: Author's LJ
Why this must be read:

Both on the show and in fandom, Fiona sometimes seems to get a bit shorted in my opinion. There's way to much focus on her as it pertains to her relationship with Michael, and not quite enough looking at Fiona herself. This fic is an excellent examination of Fi in relationship to the religion she was raised in. Her thoughts will come as no suprise, but wizefics delivers them in spot on voice.



Excerpt: Actually, she was pretty sure she was fucked on that one. The only time she'd confessed her true sins to a priest, the Father had nearly fainted he'd been so afraid of her.



Forsaken
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4th-Oct-2010 08:00 am Walking on Water by Laura Smith (PG-13)
Fandom: BURN NOTICE
Pairing: N/A
Length: ~1500
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] romanticalgirl
Author Website: Compendium of Fic

Why this must be read: There are a lot of fics that deal with Michael's youth and his relationship to it. The quality of writing of this one, and the poignancy of its ending, really stand out and stays with you after reading.

Excerpt: Getting out of Miami was easy. It’s always easy to hit the road when the options are what like yours – abusive father, unhappy childhood. Anything’s got to be better. And you’re inured to the bad stuff, so you can handle anything. You’re used to locking yourself and your emotions away, so you make good fodder for the people who want men and women who can be anything, be anyone.

Anybody else has to be better than being you.

Walking on Water
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2nd-Oct-2010 09:54 am In a Name by LIthiumDoll (PG)
Well, it's not the Charger, but I'm [livejournal.com profile] jebbypal and I'm driving the van for Burn Notice in its second appearance as a monthly featured fandom. So buckle up, ignore any explosions (Fi promised they'll be small), and enjoy the reading.

Fandom: BURN NOTICE
Pairing: Michael/Fiona
Length: 798 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] halcyon_shift
Author Website: on fanfiction.net and A03

Why this must be read: Names and cover are everything in Michael Westen's world, both before and after he was burned. This is an excellent vignette that examines names in Michael's life and delves into an excellent character piece that really holds up even though it was written back in season 1. [livejournal.com profile] halcyon_shift/LD hasn't written much Burn Notice fic, but when she does, it's worth sitting up and taking notice.

Exceprt: The first time you introduce yourself, your name is all you are. How you look, that's the window dressing, but a name is the counter you sell your cover over. Maybe it’s a little shabby, maybe it’s new. It doesn’t really matter as long as it fits the store.

In a Name
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31st-Oct-2009 01:46 pm Old Associates by Emma Demarais (PG13)
This is my last rec this month! I hope you enjoyed the ride. Also, I would love to see someone else do a month of Burn Notice, so I encourage you to sign up!

Title: Old Associates
Fandom: Burn Notice
Pairing: hints of Michael Westen/Fiona Glenanne
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] emmademarais
Author Website: Her LJ


Why this must be read: Michael isn't the only character on the show with a past. They all do, and this one explores Fiona's - with all of it's rough and ugly edges.

Excerpt: Read more... )

Old Associates
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31st-Oct-2009 01:31 pm International Man of Mystery by Kris (PG)
Title: International Man of Mystery
Fandom: Burn Notice
Pairing: hints of Michael Westen/Fiona Glenanne
Author on LJ: Unknown
Author Website: Her Website

Why this must be read: This is a show about a man who became a spy. This is a story about how that happened. A series of vignettes reveals more about Michael than he would under interrogation.

Excerpt: Read more... )

International Man of Mystery
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29th-Oct-2009 08:23 am Burn Notice/Bandom (NC17)
Title: People Say A Lot Of Things They Don't Mean
Fandom: Burn Notice/Fall Out Boy RPS
Pairing: Michael Westen/Pete Wentz, Pete Wentz/Patrick Stump, Michael Westen/Fiona Glenanne
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] scribblinlenore
Author Website: Her LJ
Why this must be read: Folks, I don't ever read Bandom fics. But I read this one and I cannot express how much love I have for it. It is brilliantly funny, wonderfully intense, and if all Bandom fics are like this, I've been missing out.

Plus, there is a fantastic plot, quite a bit of action – in all snses of the word- and an ending that tugs on your heartstrings.

I really can't rec this highly enough!

Excerpt: Read more... )

People Say A Lot Of Things They Don't Mean
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29th-Oct-2009 08:12 am Burn Notice/James Bond (R)
Title: Down Time
Fandom: Burn Notice(/Casino Royale)
Pairing: Michael/Bond, references to Michael/Fiona
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] mayatawi
Author Website: Her LJ
Why this must be read: Although technically this is a crossover, it's mostly a caper fic. It's set pre-series and in the first 10 minutes or so of Casino Royale. And if you didn't know in advance who the other guy was, or had never heard of James Bond, it wouldn't matter. This is brilliant.

Warnings for violence and a bit of dubcon.

Excerpt: Read more... )

Down Time
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28th-Oct-2009 11:29 pm What You're Thinking While the World Is Ending by Penmage (PG13)
Title: What You're Thinking While the World Is Ending
Fandom: Burn Notice
Pairing: Michael/Fiona
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] penmage
Author Website: Her LJ
Why this must be read: The second post apocalyptic AU I'm reccing. This one is fantastic, because when you can't stop the end of the world, you figure out what really matters.

Told in second person, but truly well done. This is one of my favorites.

Author's Summary: Michael Westen. Nuclear Holocaust - he can't stop it.

Excerpt: Read more... )

What You're Thinking While the World Is Ending
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28th-Oct-2009 11:23 pm Life After by lyl_devil (R)
Title: Life After
Fandom: Burn Notice
Pairing: past Michael/Fiona
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] lyl_devil
Author Website: Her LJ
Why this must be read: Who doesn't love a good post-apocalyptic AU? This is one of two that I'm reccing, and it's really fantastic. The gritty detail, the gory determination to keep going, the heart ache – it's all very real, and very Michael.

Excerpt: Read more... )

Life After
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9th-Oct-2009 07:27 pm Self Defense 101 by mandolin13 (PG13)
Title: Self Defense 101
Fandom: Burn Notice
Pairing: Michael/?
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] mandolin13
Author Website: Her LJ
Why this must be read: I love this little fic. It's a fun and funny look at the rules of being a spy and how they might apply in… other situations. Like sex. *lol*

Don't let the second person POV dissuade you. It works perfectly for this fic, which is one of my favorites!


Excerpt:

Lesson 1: If you are being grabbed, don’t pull away…move into your attacker.

You step in as hands move. Sliding down from where they had originally grasped your forearm to keep you from walking away. Momentarily they settle, almost entwining with your own before moving to land at your waist.

Self Defense 101
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9th-Oct-2009 07:16 pm 8-Tracks and Razor Blades by Ivy03 (PG13)
Title: 8-Tracks and Razor Blades
Fandom: Burn Notice
Pairing: None
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] ivy03
Author Website: Her LJ
Why this must be read: This is a brilliant back story piece with a totally believable set up for the rest of Michael's life.


Excerpt: The trick to surviving an interrogation is focus. They will leave you alone, sometimes for hours, to give you time to work yourself into such a state of anxiety that, when they finally return, you'll be so desperate for reassurance, you'll spill everything. Your fear can be their most powerful weapon. Don't let it. Focus on anything else---times tables, song lyrics, state capitals---anything that you can recite by rote that will prevent your mind from wandering.

8-Tracks and Razor Blades
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7th-Oct-2009 12:22 pm Rush by taurenova (NC17)
Title: Rush
Fandom: Burn Notice
Pairing: Michael/Victor
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] taurenova
Author Website: Her fic LJ [livejournal.com profile] fandomatemylife
Why this must be read: This is a PWP, and that alone should be reason enough to read it. Hot, adrenaline fueled spy sex. Also, Victor has a very interesting take on Michael. It's fun to see Michael through someone else's POV.

Author's Summary: Victor can still smell the fire and smoke, can taste the sweat and feel the rush..

Excerpt: Victor can still smell the fire and smoke, can taste the sweat and feel the rush. Westen drives with a sense of cool calm that makes Victor itch. He can see flecks of powder on Westen's skin where his shotgun fired a little to close to home. He wants to lick those spots and taste the scent of success on Westen's skin..

Rush
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6th-Oct-2009 06:09 pm Nobody Does it Better by anonymous_sibyl (PG13)
Title: Nobody Does it Better
Fandom: Burn Notice
Pairing: Michael/Fiona
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] anonymous_sibyl
Author Website: Her LJ
Why this must be read: The relationship between Fiona and Michael is one of the most complex and interesting, not to mention entertaining, on the show. Fiona is devoted to Michael, often despite himself, but she has her ways of keeping him in line.


Author's Summary: A good spy learns from his mistakes.

Excerpt: When Fiona smiled after that last fight and said “one more for the road, Michael?” I thought she meant sex. I meant sex. We always meant sex. Every fight, every celebration, Fiona and I ended them all with sex. Usually began them that way, too. So I said yes, then headed for the shower to wash off the blood and grime from the last forty-eight hours. Only half of it came from the fight I’d been in before coming back to the hotel we were calling home this week. The rest was all Fiona.

Nobody Does it Better
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5th-Oct-2009 06:23 pm Rumor Has It by Laura Smith (PG13)
Title: Rumor Has It
Fandom: Burn Notice
Pairing: Michael/Lucy
Author on LJ: Laura Smith ([livejournal.com profile] romanticalgirl)
Author Website: Her LJ
Why this must be read: The series begins with Micheal's Burn Notice. There is a definite dearth of mission fic, but when it's done well, it's amazing. As this fic is. Lucy Chen, one of the people in Micheal's life that he still slightly trusts goes way back. This is a tale of their possible first meeting.


Author's Summary: He's not goddamn McGuyver.

Excerpt: Being a spy is never easy. It’s not like school where they start you out with the basics and let you work your way up from addition to quantum physics. Being a spy is kind of like dropped off in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and being told to swim to shore. Michael’s first assignment is a little easier than that - overthrow a minor African government with a toothpick, a container of Silly Putty and an empty glass bottle.

Okay, the empty glass bottle is actually a rocket launcher and the toothpick is insider information, but he’s not kidding about the Silly Putty. It is, after all, not just for lifting comics off the newspaper page.

Rumor Has It
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5th-Oct-2009 12:05 pm Burn Notice: Fandom Overview
Hello fans! I'm going to provide you a very quick overview of the Burn Notice fandom, so we can get straight to the good stuff. But, I figured there simply is no better introduction than the one in Michael's own words. This voice over plays in the beginning of every episode.


My name is Michael Westen. I used to be a spy. )


THE CAST )

On LJ

Alas, it is a small community, but there are several places where you can find the good stuff! (Please let me know if I've missed any, and I will add them.)

FIC:

[livejournal.com profile] bn_coverstories
[livejournal.com profile] bn_fanfic
[livejournal.com profile] bn_slash
[livejournal.com profile] winter_deaddrop

ICONS:

[livejournal.com profile] bn_100x100

GENERAL:

[livejournal.com profile] burnnotice
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