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People with long memories may recall that I did some rec lists in 2006 as a way of keeping track of stories I really enjoyed with notes to remind myself what I loved about them, and on occasion notes about the odd thing that niggled me. In 2011, I did an epic update, mended broken links, cleaned up the notes and added a pile of new stories. Then in January 2012 I did another update with some more goodies. This is the sticky post for the updated version of Sparrow's Bat Shit Crazy Rec List Project!. At the moment the story count stands at just over 600 stories.

Official warning - I'm a Xander girl, so these are stories that mainly feature the boy, often with Spike, sometimes with Angel or Angelus, occasionally with Riley, Oz, Larry or Lindsay, very, very occasionally with Wesley and surprisingly often with Giles! Oh and on the odd random moment when he's between guys, he might sleep with the odd girl, and sometimes he doesn't actually have sex at all! I know, can you imagine...

Sparrow's Bat Shit Crazy Rec List Update Project )
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Well, here we have it, the final list in this crazy obsession to update my rec lists. I started working on the updates at the beginning of December and here we are three-quarters of the way through January.

This is my “Xander Gets Around”list, which basically is a collection of any slash story which didn’t seem to fit in anywhere else where the boy spreads his love and his legs with varying degrees of success! At the moment there are 45 stories, but there a few that I’m still working to find live links for, so I may add a few more in the next wee while, so don’t touch that dial.

Here’s my generic explanation/disclaimer about this updated rec list project in case you missed it.
And here’s a link to the other Rec Lists I’ve updated so far this year.

Xander/Larry )


Xander/Lindsey )


Xander/Oz )


Xander/Devon )


Xander/Riley )


Xander/Spike )
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As I said in my first project post, when I first started these rec lists back in the dark ages of 2006, Xander/Giles was a fledgling flirtation, in that I’d read a few stories and was mildly shocked with myself for enjoying them, because the pairing should have felt really really iffy. Well my reservations have gone the way of the dinosaur in the intervening years and now my Xander/Giles love is only secondary to my Xander/Spike worship. There are a few writers who do this pairing really well, so be prepared to see the same names cropping up again and again, and if I don’t mention all their stories, it doesn’t mean I don’t like them, it just means there’s no point in cutting and pasting their entire website or LJ memories, so be prepared to go exploring and find the rest of the goodies. For now, there are 46 examples of the bright and shiny!

Here’s my generic explanation/disclaimer about this updated rec list project in case you missed it.
And here’s a link to the other Rec Lists I’ve updated so far this year.

Xander/Giles )
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Sometimes my horizons venture beyond Slash, and sometimes Xander sleeps with girls - gasp! So these are just a smattering of the het/gen stories which float my boat.

I’m going to repeat the het/gen recs from the other lists for the benefit of anyone who wouldn’t normally go near a rec list that is predominantly slash and therefore might have missed the morsels of het/gen at the end of the posts. Additionally, I have occasionally just copied some of the summaries over from my other lists, because there are only so many ways you can summarise a story without either spoiling it or being totally cryptic. So with repeats, there are 60 stories on this little list.

Here’s my generic explanation/disclaimer about this updated rec list project in case you missed it.
And here’s a link to the other Rec Lists I’ve updated so far this year.


Hen/Gen stories - don't worry, they won't bite! )
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Now we have a quick amble through some stories where Xander has been changed in some way. He’s either got some kind of power, is pregnant, or the father in a male preg, lost his memory causing a lifestyle change, or changed sex completely. So it’s the Xander we know and love, but with some additions or subtractions – hence the title of this group of recs. This is a short list – just 21 stories, so that means it can go and get a legal drink and after what Xander goes through in some of these stories, he’s probably going to need one!

Here’s my generic explanation/disclaimer about this updated rec list project in case you missed it.
And here’s a link to the other Rec Lists I’ve updated so far this year.

Souped up )


Knocked Up )


What’s Up? )


Femme’d Up! )
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I’ve put the Stripper and Whore genres together simply because in most cases they involve the main characters taking on a role that would shock their nearest and dearest if they could see what circumstances had driven them to. Having said that there is the odd happy whore or stripper fic in there as well, but especially the whore section kind of lends itself to angst! This is a relatively short list at only 18 stories, and there’s very little new stuff, partly because I know I’m picky, but partly because it’s not a genre that’s had much action in the last couple of years – I know damn fine I couldn’t write it!

Here’s my generic explanation/disclaimer about this updated rec list project in case you missed it.
And here’s a link to the other Rec Lists I’ve updated so far this year.

Whore fic )


Stripper fic )
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Okay, so this is where the stories veer just a tad off course if you’re a fan of straight “canon” fodder! (well, it sounded funnier in my head…), and hey there’s a second joke in there, because when was the canon I like ever straight! In this category we’ve got alternative timelines, alternative universes, alternative dimensions and alternative lifestyles and with 46 stories on the list, that’s a nice lot of alternatives... I haven't organised by ship, but most are S/X, because that's the way I like it.

Here’s my generic explanation/disclaimer about this updated rec list project in case you missed it.
And here’s a link to the other Rec Lists I’ve updated so far this year.

What’s the Alternative… )
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So who’s up for a little darkness and a lot of heat – looks out into the cheap seats – oh yeah, that’s what I thought…*g* So without further ado here’s my Beastie Boy list because this boy just knows how to fight for his right to party (sorry I’m showing my age now!) I should just say in this list I haven't divided by ship, just by "beastie" category and whether they are complete or not, and although the lists are getting shorter, there’s still 44 stories to enjoy.

As ever, I should emphasise that this is a list of some of my favourites in the genre. Also I think I can safely state that Xander dies in some of these stories because it kind of follows with the whole vampire deal. So it’s not my intention to “spoil” any of the stories if I mention his death, it just kind of comes with the package.

Here’s my generic explanation/disclaimer about this updated rec list project in case you missed it.
And here’s a link to the other Rec Lists I’ve updated so far this year.

Vamp Xander stories )


Hyena Xander stories )


Wolfie stories… )


Sparrow’s little contribution to making the boy go grrr... )
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I love drabbles, ficlets, snapshots and one shots, but sometimes all you really want to do is settle down and get stuck into a long satisfying story that will keep you occupied for hours and keep your mind off some of the less comfortable parts of RL. There aren’t that many new stories on this list from the last time I posted it, but there are a few, and I’ve fixed a lot of links. At 27 stories, this list is a lot shorter than normal, but the length of the stories should more than make up for the brevity of the post.

Here’s my generic explanation/disclaimer about this updated rec list project in case you missed it.
And here’s a link to the other Rec Lists I’ve updated so far this year.

Long,Satisfying Reads: Spike/Xander )


Long, Satisfying Reads: Het/Gen – because occasionally I do read something other than slash )
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The next category is "Afterwards…." Otherwise known as the "Post" post, and before anyone says anything I admit this is a bit of cheating category. It started out as a Post Chosen list, but then I also had a Post Apocalypse list and then I also had a Post "some other big event or trauma" list. So I decided to roll them together under the one heading and at the moment there are 57 stories in this category.

Here’s my generic explanation/disclaimer about this updated rec list project in case you missed it.
And here’s a link to the other Rec Lists I’ve updated so far this year.

Afterwards: Xander/Spike )


Afterwards: Xander/Other )


Afterwards: Het/Gen )


Sparrow’s vague attempts to shape the future )
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Here we go again, more recs, more rambling and more great reads.

Although my tastes most often run to dark and angsty, there are times when nothing bit a nice bit of Hurt/Comfort (h/c) will do and I’m using h/c in its absolutely broadest interpretation – someone going through trauma; emotional, physical, mental -or anything else ending in “al” - and another character providing succour and sanctuary by some means or other. Don’t be surprised if I mention stories which look as if they have pretty tenuous links to the genre, it’s just how they stack up in my fevered little brain – here’s 42 for the little buggers ( often literally…)

Here’s my generic explanation/disclaimer about this updated rec list project in case you missed it.
And here’s a link to the other Rec Lists I’ve updated so far this year.

H/C: Xander/Spike )

H/C: Xander/Angel(us) )
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Well here we go again, so on with the motley…and today’s motley is Crossovers and there are currently 45 of the lovelies to enjoy.

One of the things I like about crossover stories is that if they are done well you don’t actually have to be familiar with the other fandom, and god knows I really don’t have the hours in the day to get involved in this many other fandoms. Anyway here’s a short list of the crossovers which really do it for me and believe it or not, there are a few non-slash stories in there – gasp, keels over in shock! I’ve also not arranged by ship this time, because with crossovers I don’t really think that’s the point of the story – apart from where it is…*g*

Here’s my generic explanation/disclaimer about this updated rec list project in case you missed it.

And here’s a link to the other Rec Lists I’ve updated so far this year.


Crossover stories )
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As promised, here is the next installment of my rec list update and the next section covers everyone’s favourite genre – Kink.

There are 51 stories of this list at the moment running the whole gamut of D/s, bondage, control etc - basically anything that's not strictly Vanilla is fair game and in most cases Xander is the sub because that’s just the way I see him and it also seems to fit with his canon character where he was always the beta – apart from when possessed. I also find that a lot of the Dom Xander fic I’ve come across is about revenge not about relationships and that really doesn’t turn my crank, as it were.

The other thing you won’t find here is major full on, in your face daddy kink or RPS; they’re just not my thing, but no disrespect to anyone who is into them. Just thought I’d mention it as there are probably some glaring omissions on this list due to my squicks, but of course I reserve the right to bend my own rules if I really, really like a story – capricious moi!

Here’s my generic explanation/disclaimer about this updated rec list project in case you missed it.

Here’s a link to the other Rec Lists I’ve updated so far this year.

Kink: Xander/Spike (with the odd sprinkling of Giles) )

Kink: Xander/Angel(us) )

Kink: Not Spike and Xander! )
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So there a few updates to this list as of January 2012. The additions are headed **New**, just so you know, but they aren’t necessarily at the top of the list as I’ve tried to keep the categories the same as before, so you have ‘Complete’ ‘WiP’ and ‘Incomplete’. Because these rec lists started in 2006, you may have a strange sense of déjà vu with some of the write-ups, it’s probably because you have seen them before. I’ve mixed up the older recs with the newer ones in a vain attempt to keep it an interesting read! At the moment there are 96 stories on this list, and this time around I'm going to attempt to keep it more of a living document and add new goodies as I find them, instead of storing them up.

Anyway enough rambling - as before, this first list is called…’Every Shade of Grey’ because with this lot there are so many gradations of colour on the scale between black and white. If you like angst, shivers or generally just enjoy reading from behind the sofa while peering through your fingers then this is probably the list for you. It’s funny that most of the stories of this type that I go back and re-read have Xander on the receiving end of the darkness and angst to some degree or another, but the boy does hurt so beautifully!

Here’s my generic explanation/disclaimer about this updated rec list project in case you missed it.
And here’s a link to the other Rec Lists I’ve updated so far this year.


Every Shade of Grey:Xander/Spike )

Stories that lie somewhere in the middle… )

Every Shade of Grey: Xander/Angel(us) )

Every Shade of Grey: Neither Spike nor Angel! )

Sparrow's little contribution to the darkness )

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