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VID REC: The Magnificent Seven - Believe in You

Vidder: ShannonGeorgia
Musical artist: Amanda Marshall
Pairing: none, all seven
Vidder on LJ: unknown
Vidder's website: Shannon Georgia's youtube page
Why this vid kicks ass:

This vid made me fall in love with the Magnificent Seven, it truly encompasses everything the series is about- seven men from all walks of life who had been loners, just trying to get by, but by coming together they each found a part of themselves and people not only to believe in but who would believe in them.

"Believe in You"

This is also just a wonderful song and really deserves a listen.
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Fandom: The Magnificent Seven
Pairing: gen, all seven appear
Length: 5.5k
Author on LJ: unknown
Author Website: Prince Nat's Walk In Closet
Why this must be read:

I think most people will agree that one of the best aspects of both the series and its fanfic is the relationship between the seven. While the premise of "War Shorn" is not an unfamiliar one- what happens when one of the seven is presumed dead- the way it is executed here is incredibly well done as the story moves from the team's reaction to Chris' 'death' to the real fear for what Vin might be doing as a result of it.

an excerpt:

Vin was moving on auto-pilot. The only thought in his head was running on a continuous loop: 'Chris is dead.' He saw again the brilliant flash of orange, red, and yellow as the truck exploded and the world as Vin knew it ended. A sob escaped him before he could choke it back down, and Vin held his breath to keep others from doing so, as well. He hadn't felt this kind of pain in a long time, and he realized that he wanted to kill someone. But first, he had to find out who.

War Shorn
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Fandom: The Magnificent Seven
Pairing: gen, Vin and Ezra
Length: 1k
Author on LJ: unknown
Author Website: Helen Adam's fic at blackraptor

Why this must be read:

Other than Nathan being a stretcher bearer and learning his medical skills, the War Between the States is not mentioned in canon, thus giving some interesting fodder for backstories of the other seven. In this story the ever astute Vin notices Ezra not quite enjoying the July fourth festivities as much as the others and approaches him to talk about it. I really enjoy the way the two men read each other and bond over shared backgrounds in this story.


Union
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Fandom: The Magnificent Seven
Pairing: Vin/Ezra
Length: ~315k
Author on LJ: unknown
Author Website: Katherine's Magnificent Seven Fiction
Why this must be read:

So few stories deal with the consequences of others finding out about a homosexual relationship in the Old West, something that was considered immoral by most and was even illegal. In this case Vin and Erza fall in love and their friends slowly find out about them being a couple, with reactions ranging from being ecstatic to condemning them to hell. Katherine weaves all this together in a compelling and beautiful story that is a joy to read.

Learning to Improvise
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Fandom: The Magnificent Seven/Airwolf
Title: Consequences
Pairing: gen
Length: ~5k
Author on LJ: unknown
Author Website: Anneak's Fic at Blackraptor
Why this must be read:

Technically a sequel to the noncrossover Appearances (although I read this one first) this story delves into the idea of having to face one's mistakes and the need to get all the facts before passing judgment. As a result of which Vin decides not to send his father (Airwolf's Michael Coldsmith-Briggs III) away when the man comes calling.


Consequences
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Fandom: The Magnificent Seven
Pairing:
gen
Length: 3k
Author on LJ: unknown
Author Website: Angel's Rest's stories at ff.net
Why this must be read:

This is a lovely little fic dealing with the friendship between Vin and Ezra but what makes this story shine is how it portrays the different types of knowledge people can have.

And then there's this line, one of the best reactions to Ezra's more formal manner of speaking that I have ever seen:

Vin blinked. He then gave a sigh of exasperation. "Hell, Ezra, why can't you never just say a thing instead of dancing it across the floor and out the door into the street?"

The Learned Heart
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Fandom: THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
Pairing:
Vin/Josiah
Length: 15k
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] farad
Author Website: Farad's fic at write-em-cowboys
Why this must be read:

This story is set in the Escorts AU (where the Seven are, like it says on the tin, 'escorts') and features the very hard to find pairing of Vin/Josiah. I'll be honest, I never thought this was a pairing that could work, but [livejournal.com profile] farad had no problem convincing me otherwise. Torques is also a very interesting story because it was written to take the old fandom cliché of loving one's rapist and make it believable and it succeeds in doing just that.

Torques

Note: please read the warnings, there are possible triggers in this story.
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Fandom: THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
Pairing: none
Length: 1500
Author on LJ: unknown
Author Website: Gina's stories at blackraptor
Why this must be read:

Set in MOG's ATF verse, this is an incredibly humorous look at a day in the lives of the team via Chris' answering machine.

A Day's Messages
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Fandom: THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
Pairing: Vin/OFC, Nathan
Length: 11k
Author on LJ: unknown
Author Website: JIN's stories at Blackraptor
Why this must be read:

What is and what isn't deemed 'acceptable' has changed quite a bit since the days of the Old West yet JIN is able to paint a detailed and understandable picture of the decisions Nathan must make, and his resulting actions, when it appears Vin has fallen in love with a black woman, something Nathan believes will end in bloodshed. And it does....

"It ain't right. You know it."

"What I know is that it ain't none of your damn business, Nathan."

"You're wrong, Vin. It's everyone's business. That's the world we live in. People think - they think they can tell others how t' think, how t' act, how t' love." Nathan paused and took a breath. "That's the way it is. There's some rules you got t' live by, whether you like 'em or not."

With a smirk, Vin shook his head. "I don't live by other folk's rules. Learned a long time ago that the only way t' stay alive was t' live by my own."


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