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coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Monday, May 1st, 2017 03:25 am
Canon: Nero Wolfe
Pairing: Fritz Brenner/Saul Panzer
Canon Level: They Know Each Other and Have No Ill Will Towards Each Other

As much as I love Archie/Wolfe, I will stand by my belief that Saul and Fritz are perfect for each even if I am standing all by my lonesome. Both Fritz and Saul are on the periphery of Archie's stories, an essential piece but never the focus. I think that suits them well because neither would want the spotlight if offered. They're not flashy like Archie or dramatic like Wolfe; they're both masters at their skill sets, but they prefer to get on with things without calling attention to themselves. They're wonderfully suited for each other because their way of approaching their lives is so very similar, for all that cooking and detecting are two very different skill sets. Fritz is already used to the detective lifestyle and the danger inherent in it, so that wouldn't be as much of a deterrent as it might be for others. They already respect each other, and I just feel like they have to have some sort of relationship that we never get to see because the stories are told by Archie and Archie isn't involved in whatever is between them. But they've been in the same social circle for too long for me to not believe that they understand each other and are friends.

Suggested reading:
New Cuisine by [ profile] Parhelion
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Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 01:22 am
In your own space, rec at least three fanworks that you think would make a good intro into XYZ fandom. Rec a fandom overview, a introductory picspam, stories that define and shape the fandom. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I chose Nero Wolfe for this, a mystery series by Rex Stout. I find the books a joy to read, and I highly recommend the A&E television adaption. (There are other adaptions, but I'm not familiar with them.)

-The Orchid Thief by [ profile] Leviathan0999, a Doctor Who/Nero Wolfe crossover. Crossovers can be a great intro to a new fandom: read it for the characters you already know, get interested in the new characters in the process! This story reminds me a bit of "Blink" where it's definitely a Doctor Who story but the focus is more on the OCs (here, they're the Nero Wolfe characters) than on the Doctor.

-Aesthetics by Jennifer Lon, a story about how Archie came to work for Wolfe. Another great intro to a fandom is the pre-canon story: you can't get confused by references to canon events if none of them have happened yet. There are several good "how Wolfe and Archie met" stories; I chose this one because I like Saul's voice here.

-Hostage by Parhelion, where Wolfe gets taken hostage in his own office. The final way I like to get familiar with new fandoms is the "just like canon but with added slash" type of fic. Fun!

And a Nero Wolfe primer featuring cookies if you'd like a little more information before trying the stories.
coprime: an awesome lady stepping out of a boat (Phoradendron leucarpum)
Tuesday, December 25th, 2007 09:07 pm
This is the first stretch of time I've been able to have to myself today, although it was good seeing family. And of course in my first bit of free time, I read my Yuletide stories. (I got a story plus a treat! I am amazed and awed!) Honestly, it was really hard to not sneak away during the day to read them. But I stayed strong because I wanted to be able to read at my own pace and give them the attention and love they deserve.

Both stories are utterly perfect and wonderful and I cannot imagine anything better. The story written for me is New Cuisine. It's Saul/Fritz from Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe books, and...I am not sure if there are words to describe how much I love this story. Perhaps you can picture a giant heart taking up your entire computer screen and you'll get close, but that's only perhaps. I was captivated by its wonderfulness from the first paragraph, so maybe that can convince people where my words are failing:
Someone once said every man is the hero of his own story. Maybe it's true. But if your friend and fellow P.I. is a hot-shot author who writes up his exploits for the reading public, that public doesn't even know you have your own stories.
Is it not fantastic? (This is a rhetorical question because the only acceptable answer is "Mythical creatures are jealous of it's fantasticness, it's so fantastic.")

And I got a treat too, which I am amazed by because I would have been completely ecstatic with one perfect story but instead I got two! It's Crime and Punishment, Tony/Lucas from seaQuest DSV. I already thought it was great with Tony and Lucas exploring a really cool underground cave (Underwater exploration, yay!), and there was lots of fun, teasing banter between them. But then you get to the kissing, and something that was already wonderful and perfect manages to get even perfecter.

I don't know how I managed it because I don't deserve one story that's exactly what I wanted, much less two, but that's what I got. To both authors, thank you so very, very much.
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Friday, October 19th, 2007 12:54 am
I got my [ profile] yuletide assignment, which I figured meant now's a good time to post this! So. [ETA: Apparently, I'll be getting a new assignment. But I still figure now's a good time for the Yuletide letter.]

Dear [ profile] yuletide writer,

You volunteered to write me a story in a fandom that is dear to my heart, thank you! I adore the characters I requested so I'll love any story that lets them be in the spotlight and gives them a chance to shine. Beyond that, my prompts are just to give you ideas or a starting place if you need one. I am extremely easy to please, so I will be utterly thrilled with whatever it is you write for me simply because it is for me and in one of my beloved fandoms.

General preferences tend towards happy, fun stories more than sad, angsty ones. I am a total sucker for domesticity and romance, although I define romance very broadly. A traditional, candlelit dinner can be romantic, but so can a cutthroat game of poker. It all depends on what's appropriate for the characters involved. On the other hand, I also like seeing the characters in action, doing whatever it is they do. They may be catching criminals or having undersea adventures or making movies or something else! Again, I'm easy. (Actually, I'm kind of slutty when it comes to reading. There isn't a genre that I refuse to read, so go with what you think you can write best. Really!)

[ETA: I want to clarify what I meant by happy stories because I just realized that it might sound like all I want is a fluffy bunny story full of sunshine and rainbows. And I like that, but I also like stories that are just about life and its foibles. So long as, at the end, everyone's okay or mostly okay or on the road to being okay, then I count that as happy. Sad is when everyone's dead at the end.]

I will admit to a preference for slash, but gen is completely okay with me as well. (Except in the case of Jules and Robin. If you are one of the few who offered to write Suzanne Brockmann fic, daring writer, I would be very surprised by gen because, well, the relationship is canon. But I don't think you would have offered to write them if that was a problem.) If you decide to go the slash route, sex can happen or not depending on if you think the story needs it.

If you want more more, fandom-specific info )

Despite all my blather, what I said in the first paragraph still stands. I will love whatever you write because it is a story in one of my beloved fandoms. Everything else is just icing on the cake, and you can take it or leave it as you please.
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Wednesday, June 1st, 2005 11:47 pm
I'm in New Orleans with [ profile] glenraven and having fun. :) I'm vastly amused by the fact that I've managed to convert Christal to Nero Wolfe. I'd brought the first season down over spring break, and I'd thought she'd mostly ignored the episodes. But! She asked me to bring down second season as well as a couple books for her to try. And we watched three episodes last night, and she also agrees Nero and Archie are married. It's not even subtle; they're totally married.

I've also been making good progress on the Star Trek: Gateways series. They're surprisingly good, though I'm tired of the books ending with someone walking through a gateway and "To be continued...." It doesn't help that I fell in love with Shucorion and now 'ship Keller/Shucorion from the second book but have to wait for the seventh book for that bit to be resloved. (And for it to be tied into the grand story arc, for that matter....) And, according to Google, there is no fic set in that universe. Very sad.
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Sunday, March 20th, 2005 07:45 am
I finally bit the bullet and bought the second season of Nero Wolfe from A&E. It should get here sometime this week, and I'm excited! I've wanted season two ever since I got season one for Christmas. Yay! I'd probably be even more bouncy if it weren't for the fact that it's almost 8 in the morning and I have not yet gone to sleep. Because, man, that was one awesome show.

Everything is perfect as far as details-- music, clothes, scenery, etc. And Timothy Hutton is such a perfect Archie that I don't think anyone else could possibly ever measure up to him. Possibly the only thing one could complain about is that Wolfe is more emotional than he is in the books, but that is so far from a complaint. And you know how people always say that when you adapt books, the movie/tv show is never as good? That is because they have not seen this! I mean, stuff is taken word for word from the book but manages to be fresh and wonderful.

In conclusion: The books rock, the show rocks, and I would put on my season one except I need to sleep before I pass out on the keyboard.