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Title: Eyes Like A Highrise
Author: [livejournal.com profile] revelininsanity
Fandom: Southland
Genre: Character Study, Genderswap, Friendship/Mentorship
Length: Very Short

Author's Summary:
When Ben(ita) Sherman gets ambushed in the parking lot after work, it's pretty much not John's job to save her, but what the hell. He hasn't really got anywhere better to be.

Review:
I think this may be the first (possibly only) Southland genderswap I've found and I really like it. While it has the right tone/word choice for the show, It's not quite that canon style - but in a good way because honestly, the point of canon was to get you to care about the characters just so the plot could chew them up and spit them out and sometimes I just want something more positive, with Benita and John getting along better. I think the characterizations are great. John's a lot softer towards Benita than Ben but in canon, he was that way to his female friends, Chickie and Tang, so it works. And I love Benita's characterization - she's got Ben's drive and motivations, his toughness. It's a nice, though very short, character fic/genderswap.

Eyes Like A Highrise (on LJ)
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Title: The Victory Is
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Aidara 
Fandom: Southland
Genre: General, Characters, Female Characters feature
Length: Short (1,919 Words)
Admin Note: rec'd on fancake

Author's Summary:
They could say what they wanted, but she’d learned the hard way not to listen.

The women of Southland on the job.

Review:
Good, if short, character piece about Chickie and Lydia, and generally about being a female cop in a tough city to police.

The Victory Is (on AO3)
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Title: In an Instant
Author: Dira Sudis aka [archiveofourown.org profile] dsudis 
Fandom: Southland
Pairings: None
Genre: General
Length:  Short (Words: 1,166)

Author's Summary:
post-"Unknown Trouble." Ben realizes something.

Review:
Written before Cooper came out to the suicidal gay kid.  Sort of a coming out fic, this is Ben realizing Cooper is gay because of all the things he and others around him don't say and that's cool but I also like how it touches on issues of identity and age/generation.

In an Instant (on AO3)


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Title: Ben Sherman and the Lion
Author:  [personal profile] sam_storyteller aka [livejournal.com profile] sam_storyteller aka [archiveofourown.org profile] copperbadge 
Fandom: Southland
Pairings: None
Genre: General
Length:  Very Short (Words: ~900)

Author's Summary:
Ben and Cooper get a home invasion call that turns out to be a little more than Ben bargained for.

Review:
Awesome Southland gen fic.  Short, but a great read anyways.  Well written and the characterizations are good (of Cooper, Sherman, and the mountain lion).

Ben Sherman and the Lion (on DW)
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Title:  Son is on a Midnight Run Like DeNiro
Author:  [livejournal.com profile] hackthis 
Fandom: Southland
Pairings: Ben Sherman/John Cooper, past John/Cesar, past Ben/OFC
Genre: Romance
Length:  Medium (Words: 38,152)

Author's Summary:
None given.

Review:
I love the slow build of the romance in this fic.  It's hard to find that in smaller fandoms but this works really well to introduce fanon's favorite ship into a canon where it's pretty thoroughly jossed.  Add in great spelling and grammar and getting the characters' voices right and this is a great fic.  The only criticism I have is the rookie/training officer issue is treated a little lightly for me, but it's still a great fic.

Son is on a Midnight Run Like DeNiro (on lj)
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Title:  A Little Mental Yoga
Author: Dira Sudis aka [archiveofourown.org profile] dsudis 
Fandom: Southland
Pairing: John Cooper/Ben Sherman
Genre: AU, Romance
Length: Short (Words: 17,426)

Author's Summary:
John was abruptly angry, the special anger that was reserved for the obviously guilty, because Ben had Yeah, I did it written all over him.

Review:
I almost didn't read this fic because of the telepathy tag - I just didn't see how that could work in such a gritty hardcore cop drama - but it had an unusually high number of comments and bookmarks for its tiny fandom so I gave it a shot and now I'm rec'ing it to you because it totally deserves all those comments and bookmarks.

I love the characterizations in this fic - Dira Sudis gets the voices of the main characters spot on.  In this small fandom, you can't really call yourself a fan if you haven't read this fic.

I think you can get by with this fic with limited knowledge of canon.  This fic just injects some psychic powers into a canon that's pretty standard (if a bit darker than usual) for the police procedural genre.  The only thing I think might not be well enough explained in the fic, though its alluded to, is the backstory with the main characters' fathers: Ben's father is a criminal defense attorney and a client broke into their home when Ben was little and attacked Ben and his mother while Ben's dad was elsewhere with his mistress and their daughter.  John's dad is a psychologically abusive psychopath rapist and murderer serving time in prison.  That's all you need to know, I think.

A Little Mental Yoga (on AO3)

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