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I have been very busy for the last week, and haven't gotten as far through the Yuletide archive as I wanted to. But I also wanted to make a recs post before author reveals, so here are the stories I've enjoyed so far!

First, my own gifts: I got 4 – count them, f-o-u-r – stories written for me this year! And all of them for Hadestown. I must have written a very inspiring letter. :D In no particular order:
Tastes so bitter and so sweet. 1.1k, M, Persephone/Eurydice PWP. This is hot and lyric and oh so bittersweet. Just a gorgeously written post-canon tale.
Make It Through the Wintertime. 1.5k, T. A really fantastic portrayal of Persephone as the new queen of Hadestown, still adjusting to her new life, and the creation of the river Lethe. I love the use of additional Greek mythology, adjusted to the Hadestown setting.
Philtering. 1.3k, G. A Demeter-POV look at how Persephone spends her summers, distilling her own alcohol. The food and drink porn in this is great, and I love the use of the Southern dialect.
There's a hell of a good hemisphere next door. 0.2k, G. And a happy fic after all the angst! A hopeful possibility for Persephone and Eurydice to escape Hadestown once and for all.

22 recs beneath the cut )
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I am back from the beach! :D I am full of sun and boardwalk food and there is sand in literally everything I own, including my hair, but I am very happy. We got lucky and had wonderful weather – it didn't rain once, and then a storm broke literally as we were on the train back to New York. Which, honestly, was nice; nothing eases the heartbreak of leaving the beach like being able to see the dark clouds rolling in.

A photo from Racheline, which makes me look far more like a mermaid than I actually am )

And now I will try to catch up on everything.

But first! While I was away, the gift fics for Seeing Color were revealed. It ended being a rather small exchange, with only sixty-something people participating, but it was a lot of fun. And hey, it's only the first year! Maybe we'll see more next year.

Here are my favorites of the fic I've read:
The Day After That. Underground, 1.5k, Teen.
This one was written for me, and so of course it is MY FAVORITE. A Rosalee character-study set after the end of Season One, which somehow manages to include both Rosalee/Noah and Rosalee/Cato and makes them both so beautiful and true. I really loved this lovely little piece, and highly encourage you all to check it out.

And speaking of Underground, it's now available on Hulu! So if I've ever made it sound appealing, it is now much easier to watch.

If We Go, We Go Together. Leverage, 2.1k, Teen. A wonderful OT3 werewolf AU, complete with H/C, cuddling in a hospital bed, and Eliot expressing tender feelings through threats.

The Earth Will Reach The Sky. Sorcerer to the Crown - Zen Cho, 1.6k, G. An absolutely excellent portrayal of the marriage between Prunella and Zacharias after the end of the book, with Zacharias being sweet and lost in his thoughts and Prunella being an unstoppable force, and also there are flower crowns. I adored this fic; the writing style is just gorgeous.

You're My Type. Psych, 4.8k, M. Shawn attempts to seduce Gus, but does a fairly terrible job of it. I'm not very familiar with Psych's canon – I've seen a few episodes but no more than that – but I still enjoyed this funny story of bad Halloween puns, pining, and stolen plants.

Dirty Jobs. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 3.2k, G. An excellent character study of Finn, pre-movie, with lots of world-building and interesting new details and, of course, foreshadowing of the changes to come. Very well-written and engaging, with just a little bit of the chill of a brainwashed soldier working for space Nazis.

I would offer to let people guess which story I wrote, but I'm afraid it's far too obvious. Are there any others you particularly enjoyed, though? I haven't had time to go through the whole collection.
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My goodness, for such a tiny fandom, there's been a lot going on the last few weeks! Let me see if I can link everything, because I don't want anyone to miss out.

Vita Dum Superest by withinadream. 9k, gen, mature.
YES IT IS THE ZOMBIE AU THAT I HAVE BEEN WANTING EVER SINCE I FIRST READ THE BOOKS. :D But it's not just a zombie AU, or rather, it's not simply about violence and being eaten. It's actually a very effective look at the changes to New Orleans society in the wake of such an event:
January wished he could feel some sense of accomplishment. [...] How could he live in a world where the dead walked the streets and young women were forced to kill their own brothers?

The same way you lived in a world where men sold their half-brothers. And in any case, there was no way to leave. Even if he could, he wasn’t sure he would want to. Of course he would have preferred to return to the city as he’d left it, but given the choice between dying a slow death of grief in Paris and risking his life to spend the rest of his days with family and friends in New Orleans, he was beginning to think that this was the better option by far. Those you loved could be taken from you at any time—at least New Orleans was honest about its dangers. And when he thought about his sisters, and his newfound friends, and even his mother, corpse-ridden streets seemed a pleasant alternative compared to a too-empty bedroom across the Atlantic. He could learn to live here, where life and love flourished among the dead.

This is somewhat structured as an AU of A Free Man of Color, the first book in the series, but characters from throughout the series make appearances, each having adapted in one way or another to the reality of zombies. And in addition to all that, it's also a casefic! I'm always tremendously impressed by people who can write actual mystery cases into their fic; it is not at all one of my skills. Anyway, it's a fantastic fic, I've been eagerly awaiting my chance to read it for months, and everyone should check it out.

Eromenos by ophelia_interrupted. 13k, Hannibal/OMC, explicit. Backstory about Hannibal's first relationship as a teenager. This canon is so detailed and full of interesting people that I could never get tired of imagining backstory for all of them. It's especially nice to read it for Hannibal, since we know so little of his early years. Plus it's a second longfic! :D How wonderful to have two such meaty pieces to get into. A very sweet story with an angsty ending.

Who Sins Drunk (gen, 5k, teen) and its sequel A Midsummer Night's Passion (Ben/Rose/Hannibal, 3k, explicit). In an attempt to get sober (this is set roughly around the time of Dead Water), Hannibal asks Ben to cane him. And then there is a lot of hurt/comfort sex. I am not at all surprised that this particular kink has shown up in this particular fandom; I am only surprised that it took this long. And this is a wonderful take on it! I have to recommend it even if you're not particularly into canings.

On a totally different note, but still relevant to Benjamin January, over on tumblr I've been making book aesthetic posts for the series. It's a thing that I'd seen other people doing – basically you take a set of photographs of objects, landscape, people, etc and use them represent a piece of book, or sometimes a poem or play or other piece of non-visual media. Most of the creative work I do is written, but occasionally I find a lot of pleasure in stretching my visual muscles. Though the hardest part of making them, to me, is restraining the urge to write long explanations for why I chose each particular image.

Here are links to the ones I've done so far:
A Free Man of Color
Fever Season
Graveyard Dust
Sold Down the River
Die Upon a Kiss

Anything I've missed?

Fic Recs

Jun. 18th, 2016 05:12 pm
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Some things I've read recently that I enjoyed and want to pass on:

Small Kindnesses by ophelia_interrupted. Benjamin January, Hannibal/OFC, E, 1.6k. YES THERE IS A NEW BENJAMIN JANUARY FIC AND IT IS REALLY GOOD. :D Why has no one else read this? It's fantastic! EVERYONE CHECK THIS OUT AND SQUEE WITH ME BECAUSE I LOVE IT.

Singing the Lord's song in a strange land by Nary. Based on a song, but you can easily read it as original fic. M, 1.4k. An absolutely beautiful story about slavery and mermaids (or something darker!) and motherhood and just, this is so great. You should absolutely give it a chance.

Red Sky at Morning by thewalrus_said. A sequel to Shakespeare's 12th Night, written in script format. T, 14.5k. This is just excellent! I love the plot, I Iove the characterizations, and I love the romance. Really worth reading if you have any fondness for the original play at all.

Double Negative (Eliza/Jefferson, 4k) and its sequel, An Unconventional Relationship (Eliza/Jefferson/Hamilton, 10.7k), by holograms. Hamilton: a musical, E. This is not a pairing that would ever have occurred to me, but by God, this fic has converted me. It's so hot and well-characterized and sympathetic and funny and sad and did I mention hot? Because it is. Yes. Highly recommended.
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What did you just finish?
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. Yes, yes, I know: somehow I made it to adulthood having never actually read this before (I did see the Studio Ghibli movie? But they're different enough that I don't think that counts), or any other book by Jones. Feel free to rec one if you think there's any I should particularly read!

I hardly think I need to summarize this, but just in case: Sophie is the eldest of three children and therefore according to the rules of fairy tales, which she knows very well, nothing interesting or successful will ever happen to her. And so it seems at first: Sophie works in her family hat store, while her younger sisters are given interesting apprenticeships, one to a witch and the other to a baker. And then one day Sophie encounters the Witch of the Waste, who – for no reason Sophie can tell – puts a curse on her that turns her into an old woman and prevents her from telling anyone what happened.

Sophie takes this as an excuse to leave home, and ends up at the residence of the Wizard Howl, the titular moving castle. She has been always told that Howl is heartless and eats young women's souls, but that turns out to be an exaggeration. Sophie makes herself at home as a sort of maid/cleaning lady, and makes friends with the castle's other occupants, Calcifer the fire demon and Howl's apprentice Michael. They travel about, having assorted adventures, until Sophie realizes that Howl is also under a spell cast by the Witch of the Waste, which leads to a magical showdown and, of course, a happy ending for everyone.

(Well, not the Witch, I suppose. But everyone else!)

The real charm of the book is less the plot and more the characters and their interactions. I saw it called "fantasy slice of life" somewhere, and it is very much that; there's a great many pages spent on bacon sandwiches and cleaning supplies and tantrums over hair dying gone wrong, and yet it's all very nice to read and endlessly comfortable. I had been about to say that it was more "middle grade" than I usually read, but on thinking that over, it actually contains some fairly complex ideas. I think it's just that the writing style itself has a childlike quality. I did not see the ending romance coming until it was suddenly there, happening, but it's too sweet to dislike, so I'm on board.

Before We Visit the Goddess by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. A novel of three women from three generations of the same family. In 1950s rural Bengal, Sabitri is a poor but intelligent student, who lucks into a scholarship for college in Kolkata. In 1970s Kolkata, Sabitri's daughter Bela falls in love with a student leader of the Communist Party, and elopes with him to America when his life is threatened. In the late 1990s/early 2000s, Bela's daughter Tara drops out of college after her parents' divorce and goes through a string of years taken up with shitty boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and drugs.

The three timelines are interwoven, with events happening to one woman often reverberating down to have consequences in her daughter's life. In addition to the women themselves, secondary characters appear to occasionally take over the point of view: friends, husbands, employers, and so on. The ending, when revelations from all three generations crash together into one moment, felt a little too easy, but emotional nonetheless – like a Hallmark commercial that makes you cry even while you know it's cheesy.

I've read several other books by Divakaruni before, and I'm generally a fan of her writing, but this one seemed slighter than usual. It was pleasant enough while I was reading it, but now that it's done, I can't think of much to say about it. Ah, well. I suppose it's one of those books that has nothing exactly wrong with it, but doesn't do much good of note either.
I read this as an ARC via NetGalley.

Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett. The 14th book of the Discworld series, and we're back to the witches! This time, in the tiny rural kingdom of Lancre, Magrat Garlick is engaged to the king but not quite sure if the life of queen is really for her; Granny Weatherwax is distracted by signs that she's going to die soon (witches know these things, you see); and Nanny Ogg is just generally Nanny. However, the royal wedding plans are interrupted by arrival of elves – not grand Tolkien elves, not tiny flower fairies, but the elves of changelings and Tam Lin and fairy gold: nasty and brutal and utterly untrustworthy.

What particularly stood out to be this time (though it's hardly unique to this book) is the sheer number of themes and ideas Pratchett can weave into a single narrative. Here we have: a parody of Midsummer Night's Dream, thoughts about folklore and elves (of course), beekeeping, parallel universes, crop circles, stone circles, magnetism, the problems and power of romanticism, why humans like cats, the cost of being the very best at something, and probably several more that I missed.

I keep having to fight my first impression of Pratchett as an easy read – and he is very readable! But it's like Picasso reverting to line-drawings. You really have to know what you're doing before you can get back to basics.And on that note, words I had to look up in a book I must have already read a dozen times:
Castors: each of a set of small wheels, free to swivel in any direction, fixed to the legs or base of a heavy piece of furniture so that it can be moved easily. (So that's what those things are called!)
Chicane: an artificial narrowing or turn on a road or auto-racing course.
Ablation: the loss of surface material from a spacecraft or meteorite through evaporation or melting caused by friction with the atmosphere.

I love this book, from I ATE'NT DEAD and Only one queen in a hive! Slash! Stab! and The price for being the best is always…having to be the best and Nanny waving a bag of sweets to interrupt Granny and Diamanda's 'who's the best witch' competition, and the utterly horrifying nature of Pratchett's elves. He's the best at conveying terror through indirectness:
It was still alive. Elves were skilled at leaving things alive, often for weeks.

And just so you know, I am STRONGLY RESISTING quoting the entire final confrontation with the elf Queen. But it's tempting!

What are you currently reading?
Theoretically, I am reading This Divided Island: Stories from the Sri Lankan War by Samanth Subramanian, another NetGalley book.

Practically, I am reading World Ain't Ready, a Les Mis High School AU with fake-dating. It is 185k long. You guys, that is longer than The Fellowship of the Ring. It also holds the record for being the first fic I've bothered to load onto my ereader (I usually keep the fic on my computer and the books offline, but now I've broken the barrier). It seems nice so far! But I'm only on chapter 3.
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A few more stories that I didn't manage to finish before reveals, but which are still very excellent and worth reading:

Split-tongued, Venom-survived (4646 words) by Ias
Fandom: Original Work
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Female Vampire/Female Vampire Hunter
Additional Tags: Blood Drinking, Enemies to Lovers, Tribadism, Banter
Summary: The time comes when Aida makes the journey again, to the house in the woods where hunger lives.
This is quite dark, but really lovely. I adore all the worldbuilding and complex relationships that have gone into this piece; it really feels more like a section from a novel than a short story. But in a good way!

In Dreams (4646 words) by thedevilchicken
Fandom: Labyrinth
Rating: Explicit
Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Jareth/Sarah Williams
Additional Tags: Explicit Sexual Content, Power Dynamics, Post-Canon, Aged-Up Character(s), Age Difference, Bondage, Masturbation, Frottage, Femdom, Riding, Woman on Top, Semi-Public Sex, Identity Issues, Porn With Plot
Summary: Sarah thinks she's moved on with her life. Jareth wants to prove she hasn't.
This is the Labyrinth sequel that I never knew I needed, but I really REALLY DID. Seriously, you guys, this fic is AMAZING. Jareth comes back to Sarah's dreams years later, when she's an adult, and this time she has all the power. (I guess she did the first time too, but now even MORE so.) It's incredibly well-written, exteremly hot, and even if you have never seen Labyrinth, you should totally read this. Fantastic story.
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I participated in the Smut Swap exchange, which opened last week. And there are tons of great fic to read – you should all check it out!

Here are my favorites – so far! I haven't finished reading through the collection yet, but I wanted to put up some recs before the authors were revealed.

First off, here is the fic written for me:
Other Romantic Verbs (5051 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Leverage
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alec Hardison/Parker/Eliot Spencer
Additional Tags: Established Relationship, Banter, Porn with Feelings, Dom/sub, Femdom, Begging, Handcuffs, Pegging, Obedience, Lipstick on Men, Trying to Stay Quiet, Roleplay, Praise Kink, Romance, 5+1 Things
Summary: “Love, kisses, snuggles, other romantic verbs.” Five unusual ways Parker, Hardison, and Eliot expressed their love for each other, and one way that was almost normal.
THIS FIC IS SO GOOD. It's incredibly hot, full of all my favorite kinks, and also is really well-written and has lots of nice characterization details. If you have ever seen Leverage, you should totally give this a chance.

[art] something useful (1 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Original Work
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Original Female Character/Original Female Character
Additional Tags: Pirates, Sex With Prisoner, light bondage with heavy chains, Extremely Dubious Consent, Art
Summary: Female Pirate/Female Stowaway - The Captain makes her earn her passage.
Very hot, very NSFW art. Pirate f/f is the best thing!

Not Found in the Official Record (2344 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: The Martian - All Media Types
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Chris Beck/Mark Watney
Summary: Beck is a slob. Watney is grateful.
A very funny, hot (I feel dumb describing all these recs as "hot", but it's smut swap, of course they are!) first-person story. This does a great job of capturing Watney's voice, and is completely plausible.

Genuflection (4442 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Jesus Christ Superstar - All Media Types
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Jesus Christ/Judas Iscariot
Summary: Judas worships on his knees.
Incredibly hot Jesus/Judas modern AU porn. This is very sexy, but also has interesting things to say about religion and belief and the difference between man and god. I really liked how Judas was characterized, and the ending was heartbreaking – but, of course, exactly what had to happen. Note: archive-locked.

A House Of Nettles (6430 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: The Lord of the Rings - All Media Types, The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-Earth - J. R. R. Tolkien
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Tar-Míriel/Éowyn
Additional Tags: Cunnilingus, Vaginal Fingering, Slap Slap Kiss, Power Dynamics, Psychological Horror
Summary: Éowyn is not healed. Inside of her, something hungry lives on.
This one is more sad and scary than hot, but it's incredibly well-written and absolutely worth reading. I found this to be an excellent twist on the canon ending. It's just a fantastic slow-build of creepiness and plausibility.

Running on empty (4078 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Mad Max Series (Movies)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Nux/Max Rockatansky

Additional Tags: Necrophilia, Magical Healing Cock, Dream Sex
Summary: Max likes the kind of company Nux provides; such a light presence on the mind.
Necrophilia is not a kink that I'm particularly into, but I just adored how this fic used it to give the movie a happy ending. I mean, I guess the ending is already kind of happy, but this one is much happier! Really nice writing, and both Max and Nux are excellently characterized.

Prenuptials (4530 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: The Goblin Emperor - Katherine Addison
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Cala Athmaza/Deret Beshelar/Maia Drazhar
Additional Tags: First Time, First Kiss, Intercrural Sex, Threesome - M/M/M, Threesome, Blow Jobs, Hand Jobs
Summary: Rumors are forever swirling in the Untheileneise Court. On this night, Maia's nohecharei intervene to dispel a particularly vicious one.
HOT. Hot! That's all I have to say about this, really. It's a premise that I've read before, but this author does a particularly good job with it, with lovely, detailed descriptions and a good handle on the action.

The Art of Apologies (6797 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Hamilton - Miranda
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Alexander Hamilton/Thomas Jefferson
Additional Tags: Hate Sex, Asshole Spanking, Dirty Talk, Power Play, Size Kink, Spanking, Face Slapping, Riding Crops
Summary: The truth about their meetings, Hamilton thought, wasn't that he was desperate for the votes Jefferson had provided.
It was the fact that Jefferson was so desperate for him that made Hamilton seek this out again and again. After all, why demand such a personal payment for what had been a simple political transaction?
OH MY GOD. If you enjoy hate-sex at all, you have to read this fic. It is so well-written, funny and hot and perfectly in-character and just yes. YES. Don't miss this one.

New Normal (1830 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Phryne Fisher/Dorothy "Dot" Williams/Jack Robinson/Hugh Collins, Phryne Fisher/Jack Robinson, Hugh Collins/Dorothy "Dot" Williams
Additional Tags: Pegging, Praise Kink, Begging
Summary: Jack tries not to think too hard about why he can't sit down at work. Surely it's because he's been knocked down repeatedly by bank robbers.
This story is, once again, hot, but what I really like about it is how perfectly characterized everyone is. Phryne and Dot particularly are perfectly captured, and it made me laugh out loud to read.

Recommended by Galen and Avicenna (7345 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Elizabeth MacMillan/Original Female Character
Additional Tags: Orgasm Delay/Denial, Praise Kink, Overstimulation, Vibrators

This one is pretty much pure PWP, but hey: sometimes that's what you want! :D It's very readable even if you don't know the canon (and in fact half of the pairing is an OC), so if you have any interest in historical f/f porn, this is a great story. I loved how it encorporated some of the awkward details of real-world sex while still being incredibly hot.

With every waking breath (3480 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Les Misérables - All Media Types
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Javert/Jean Valjean
Additional Tags: Somnophilia
Summary: Javert has always been good at resisting temptation. Until he started sharing a bed with Valjean.
A very sweet story. I really loved the build of emotions here, and how the sex reflected the depth of the relationship.

Shake it off (2273 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Star Wars Original Trilogy
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Lando Calrissian/Han Solo
Additional Tags: Deepthroating, Semi-Public Sex, Hand Jobs, Male Homosociality, treat
Summary: Han is very predictable, something Lando's already come to depend on.
This story is hilarious, and had spot-on characterization. I loved the Lando voice, and the sudden sharp break into deeper emotions at the end.

i'll cut your little heart out (1667 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Original Work
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Female Private Eye/Femme Fatale
Summary: She doesn’t want to feel loved, and you don’t want to love her.
The nice thing about the original fic is that you can just focus on the porn! :D This story has a great noir detective voice, very hot sex, and really made me want more of the characters and the world.

Beneath Three Moons (2933 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Original Work
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Rape/Non-Con
Relationships: Male Hero/Male Villain
Additional Tags: Sex With Prisoner, Interracial Relationship, Science Fiction
Summary: Abandoned for dead on a desolate moon by his people, Jevai 316 discovers an unexpected attraction to his captor, a notorious mercenary and assassin.
Another story that I would happily read a whole novel of! The writing here is fantastic, and I really enjoyed the world-building and interaction of the characters. It's more mild dub-con than rape (Jevai is definitely attracted), if you're worried.

A Question of Time (2402 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Original Work
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence, Major Character Death
Relationships: Female Sacrifice/Goddess
Additional Tags: Death Fetish, Knifeplay, Blood Kink, Religious Icons, Explicit Sexual Content, Blood and Violence, Horror
Summary: Tai lives and dies to serve her goddess.
I'd describe this as less porn and more simply a horror story, but it's really good. The writing is beautiful and creepy and awful, and it gave me shivers. I loved the resolution.

Misery Acquaints (10660 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: The Hateful Eight (2015)

Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Chris Mannix/Marquis Warren
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Explicit Sexual Content, Racist Language, Period-Typical Racism, Homophobic Language, Internalized Homophobia, Explicit Language, Canon-Typical Violence, Blood, Blow Jobs, Dubiously Consensual Blow Jobs, Intercrural Sex, Gunplay, Anal Sex, Spit As Lube, First Time, Scars, Sharing a Bed, Consent Play, Humiliation, Verbal Humiliation, Enemies to Lovers, Intentionally Bad Spelling & Grammar
Summary: It wasn't the start of a beautiful friendship.
This fic is SO GOOD. SO GOOD. It's probably my favorite of the collection – other than my own gift, of course! :D – which is surprising because I never, never would have seen myself shipping this pairing. But this story makes their coming together so completely believable: the voices and the description and the kinks are all perfectly well-suited to the canon, the writing is amazingly good, it's a nice long slow-build, and just I love it love it love it. It's a fantastically well-done story.
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It's late February! What better time for a batch of Yuletide recs? These are all from fandoms starting with A to H, since that was as far as I'd gotten before deciding that it was really time to go ahead and make a post.

Recs Beneath the cut )
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I have been crazy busy with family and am so behind on emails and have barely managed to read any of the Yuletide archive yet. But I wanted to put up a post for the fics I beta'd, which, while fewer than last year, are just as good. These all have my official seal of beta approval, and you should totally read them!

Homecoming (5188 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Chalion Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Penric kin Jurald, Desdemona (Chalion), Rolsch kin Jurald, Preita (Chalion)
Additional Tags: Post-Book, treat
Summary: Eight years on, Learned Lord Penric kin Jurald returns to kin Jurald's lands. It's not quite the homecoming he was expecting.

Strangers in Life (5600 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: iZombie (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Clive Babineaux, Liv Moore, Ravi Chakrabarti
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat, Case Fic, Post canon, Time Jump, Maddy Larson, Vaugh Du Clark
Summary: It takes two years for Clive Babineaux to meet Olivia Moore. They had been face to face once before, but there hadn’t been any introductions, just shouting. Clive had felt betrayed by the woman in front of him with brunette hair and a normal skin tone. He’d thrown both words and accusations, and by the time it was over no one would have called it an introduction. Secrets are a bitch.

Dangerous Road (2144 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Strange Empire (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Morgan Finn, Pike Brady, Miss Logan (Strange Empire)
Additional Tags: Canon Trans Character
Summary: Morgan remembers a talk with his uncle.

Fox (2518 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: The Goblin Emperor - Katherine Addison
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Rape/Non-Con, Underage
Relationships: Csevet Aisava/Eshevis Tethimar, Csevet Aisava/others
Additional Tags: Gang Rape, Dehumanization, Asphyxiation, Sexual Violence, Crueltide, Yuletide Treat
Summary: Csevet is caught in Eshoravee.

At the Body's Borders (7703 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: The Goblin Emperor - Katherine Addison
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Cala Athmaza/Deret Beshelar
Additional Tags: Pining, Worldbuilding, Watersports, First Time, Desperation, Pre-Canon
Summary: Lieutenant Beshelar acquires a new partner in training.

Diplomacy Happens at Night (4072 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Hamilton - Miranda
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alexander Hamilton/Thomas Jefferson
Additional Tags: Snowed In, Huddling For Warmth, Sharing a Bed, Hate Sex, Breathplay, Yuleporn
Summary: The quarrel would have lasted long into the night, had not at that moment Thomas Jefferson decided that he cherished his rest more than his hatred of the man in his bed, and employed the rather unorthodox method of keeping Alexander Hamilton from arguing by kissing him.

Praise Good For These Two Insomnias (1285 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Hamilton - Miranda
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Alexander Hamilton, Elizabeth "Eliza" Schuyler, Angelica Schuyler
Additional Tags: Incest, Yuleporn

a touch of warmth (1956 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Kushiel's Legacy - Jacqueline Carey
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Desirée de la Courcel/OFC
Additional Tags: Healing Sex, Post-Canon
Summary: Desiree finds healing at Balm House.

ETA: Argh, I knew I would forget one! But just because I forgot to list it doesn't mean I don't love it, and you shouldn't miss out:
Ars Moriendi (4425 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Jupiter Ascending (2015)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Kalique Abrasax, Jupiter Jones, Seraphi Abrasax, Balem Abrasax
Additional Tags: 5+1 Things, Character Study, Backstory, Post-Canon, Family, Misses Clause Challenge
Summary: Five Rejuvenations Kalique Abrasax Took And One She Didn't.


Dec. 25th, 2015 12:05 pm
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YOU GUYS I WON YULETIDE I GOT THE BEST STORIES! TWO OF THEM! You know how sometimes you get a Yuletide gift and you're happy because it's a small fandom and there's not a lot of fic in it? And then other times you get a Yuletide gift and it's not only for one of your fandom, but it perfectly matches your requests and the author clearly poured over your likes and favorite fics and wrote it exactly for you, with each detail personally designed? This Yuletide I got the second one, twice! I can't even pick a favorite because they're both so amazing. READ THEM READ THEM NOW.

Get Me to the Church on Time (2688 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Sorcerer to the Crown - Zen Cho
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Zacharias Wythe, Prunella Gentleman
Additional Tags: Wedding Planning, Fluff

Zacharias should have known nothing would be simple with Prunella, not even planning their wedding.

people headin' out for the sun (1164 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Amal Chakravarthy/TJ Freeman
Additional Tags: Established Relationship, Alternate Universe - Zombies, Fluff

Climate change. Zombies. To move in with your boyfriend or not. Big, important, life-changing shit.

TJ and Amal make the trip back to Berkeley.

In the other half of Yuletide, I'm pretty pleased with how my main assignment came out, and I even managed to bang out one treat at the last minute. I'd tell you to guess, but neither of them are fandoms I talk about much, so I doubt there's any chance of someone recognizing me. Though I suppose if do: bonus points!

Fic recs!

Oct. 1st, 2015 05:31 pm
brigdh: (I need things on a grander scale)
A few stories I've enjoyed lately:

Accomplished Women by Celandine. Mansfield Park, music, and Fanny. This is a lovely drabble that was written to my prompt, and I want you all to appreciate it as much as I do.

What's Not Televised, also by Celandine. Hunger Games, Haymitch/Katniss, G, 400 words. This is a pairing that I'm secretly totally into, and this story captures the appeal so very well.

The Bed We Loved In was a Spinning World by amo-amas-amat. Mansfield Park, Fanny/Mary, E rated, 2.6k. Because everyone needs more Jane Austen femslash in their lives! This is sweet and delightful and a lot of fun.

I’ll Squeeze You a Cup Full of Diamond Juice by Edonohana. Narnia, gen, 4.8k. A beautiful exploration of a part of the Narnia series that I, personally, had completely forgotten. This story really captures the style and wonder of the original books.

oh don't you dare look back, just keep your eyes on me by suzukiblu. MCU, Darcy/Bucky, E rated, 37.4k (so far). This story is made up of so many things that I normally don't like: it's MCU fandom, for one, plus it's A/B/O, mpreg, and a seemingly-abandoned WIP. And yet it's so compellingly readable that I devoured the whole thing in a day or two and now I wish I had more of it. Come and join me!

(sometimes) the knife cannot be seen by anonymous. Mack the Knife, Mack/Tiger, E rated, 1k. (Also, note the tags before reading! It comes with warnings.) This is a dark and disturbing story but, I'm not gonna lie, also totally hot. I considered not reccing it for that reason, but whatever, let's all own our weird kinks: it's what fandom is for. If breathplay without healthy boundaries sounds like your kind of thing, this is the story for you.

Fic Recs!

Aug. 7th, 2015 02:47 pm
brigdh: (I need things on a grander scale)
Here are some stories I've been enjoying recently, and that you should read as well:

Passage by bigsunglasses. The Goblin Emperor, gen, 14.8k.
Released from his role as Prince by the birth of a son to the Emperor and Empress, Idra is allowed to attend university. But he can't escape his past so easily, or perhaps at all, particularly not when he meets someone who walks under a similar shadow ...
Three years post-canon.

A really wonderful extrapolation of world-building and character. It's thoughtful and kind and full of excellent H/C.

you dared not look. a human voice, / you thought by inkandcayenne. True Detective (Season 1), Rust-focused gen, 28.8k.
At North Shore they called it repetition compulsion: the desire to throw himself into a ravine because at least he recognized the landscape. They warned him that he would do this again, and again, and again if he wasn’t careful. “It’s like you’re always bracing for a fight,” Laurie said once, “and if it doesn’t happen, you create one.” Sophia’s blood on the driveway, Marty’s blood in the parking lot, Psyche with her goddamn lamp, poking at a good thing until it’s scorched and screaming. There’s only one story, the oldest: “You climb a tree too high for you,” his pop said, as he passed Rust a bottle of whiskey and began to splint his arm, “you best be prepared to fall and get hurt.”
I haven't even watched True Detective, I just follow the gifs on tumblr. And occasionally read the fic. That said, this is a gorgeous, moving story, interweaving myth and poetry with the grit and violence of Rust's life, and an eventual sort of peace. I always love inkandcayenne's writing, and this is a great example of it.

Romeo and Ethel the Pirate's Daughter: Draft 2 (With Comments) by ryfkah. Shakespeare in Love, gen, 0.9k.
What has occurred to bring me to this pass?
For on my life, I cannot make it out.

And now for something totally different! A short, hilarious piece that I just loved.

Kill Not the Moth nor Butterfly by within_a_dream. Benjamin January mysteries, gen, 1.2k.
It is fall 1832, and New Orleans has long since fallen to hordes of the undead. Rose Vitrac has built herself a home in a wreck of a city, and after an encounter in a bookstore, this home gains one more resident.
This is my "if you read only one" fic of this post! FINALLY THERE IS A ZOMBIE AU FOR THIS FANDOM. (Although, uh, zombies have not actually appeared yet.) Instead this is a lovely quiet piece about survival and friendship, and I just love the interactions between Rose and Hannibal. Also it has Cora in it! Who doesn't love Cora?
brigdh: (I need things on a grander scale)
I got a wonderful, lovely fic as part of the Night on Fic Mountain exchange, and I want to rec it to all of you:

On the Other Side of the Jungle: The Road to El Dorado, Tulio/Chel/Miguel, G rated, 3k.
Our trio of explorers finds a hidden village! They think their days of wandering in the jungle are over, but their hostess is not all she seems.

Fic Recs!

May. 15th, 2015 05:32 pm
brigdh: (I need things on a grander scale)
A few fics that I've enjoyed recently:

Investigation Report of Sergeant E Rilz by NightsMistress. Guardians of the Galaxy, gen, 4.2k.
I beta'd this, so I am obviously not objective, but this is an absolutely delightful fic that everyone should read. The Guardians cause trouble wherever they go; this might be a minor escapade, but it's still hilarious to read about. A wonderful story.

the revelations in your skin by afterism. Frozen, Elsa/Hans, 105.8k.
Okay, look, if someone had told me I would become obsessed with a novel-length Frozen fanfic, I would not have believed them either. But you guys. This fic. IT'S SO GOOD. It's hot, it's emotional, it's got a plot and a slow-burn relationship and beautiful writing, the characterization is note-perfect, it's absolutely everything I didn't know I wanted. It's got a D/s relationship (with femdom!) which personally I've gotten kind of tired of reading about, because so much fic these days is about D/s, but this is by far the best depiction of that sort of relationship I've read. It's believable, it's not just a cookie-cutter pattern but actually tied to these specific characters and the development of their specific relationship, it's well-done, and of course, it's totally hot. I loved this fic so much and I just want to recommend it to everyone.

Wing and a Prayer by Sholio. MCU, Bucky and Sam, 32.2k. I feel like it's relatively rare to read a good fic all about the development of a friendship, but this story does just that, and a wonderful job of it too. I really enjoyed seeing these guys slowly work into knowing and trusting one another.

Fic Recs!

Apr. 3rd, 2015 10:19 am
brigdh: (I need things on a grander scale)
A things I've enjoyed recently:

The Committee to Prepare the Ground by [livejournal.com profile] loneraven. 8500w, gen, Vorkosigan series, Alys, Simon, Gregor, Ekaterin, Helen Vorthys, & ensemble. They were there all along: a secret history of women in Imperial Security. YOU GUYS THIS IS AMAZING READ IT.

A Harp of Bones by within_a_dream. 3k, gen, Benjamin January mysteries. Hannibal, a travelling minstrel, comes across a corpse and finds himself drawn into a conflict by forces far beyond anything he could have imagined. Fairy tale AU! :D

In, and Out. by abbichicken. 1.8k, Jupiter Ascending, Balem/Seraphi, Balem/Jupiter Jones. Read the warnings! A dark but so well-done story.
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What did you just finish?
Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition by Daniel Okrent. A history about, well, what it sounds like. The more famous elements of Prohibition – the gangsters, the speakeasies, the enforcement agents – get a few mentions, but they're not the main drive of the book (not that I really wanted more topics, since the book's already over 400 pages in hardcover). Instead, it's focused on the politics of the whole matter: both how it was originally passed and then how it was quickly repealed. Which is pretty fascinating; I'm always intrigued by that weird moment in American history where the Republican and Democratic parties basically switched places in regard to progressive social policies. There's a ton of other fascinating little tidbits in here as well (the cruise industry's start as a way to drink alcohol in international waters! hilarious beer ads of the 1800s! Prohibition's connection to issues as diverse as women's suffrage, the first income tax, and the rebirth of the KKK! Joe Kennedy: not actually a bootlegger!).

The huge number of people involved occasionally made the action a little hard for me to follow, especially when the author seemed to expect the reader to already know some of them (apparently the Bronfman family and Eliot Ness are super famous! Sadly, I am ill-informed and did not recognize either). But despite that, the book's more of a page-turner than political history has any right to be.

What are you currently reading?
Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile. A novel from NetGalley, about an art teacher from LA who implausibly ends up as the owner of a sugarcane field in Louisiana, with only a few months and almost no money to bring it to harvest. I've only just started it, but it seems charming so far.

Also, [livejournal.com profile] curtana wrote me this amazing little story about Hannibal Sefton, and you all should go read it and love it.
brigdh: (I need things on a grander scale)
So, reveals have happened (and at some point I'll get around to putting up the stories I wrote), but right now I want to rec the stories that I beta'd! They are all wonderful, and the authors were great, and you should totally read these lovely, lovely fics.

without thought of thorns (6169 words) by egelantier
Fandom: Sleepy Hollow (TV)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Abbie Mills (Sleepy Hollow)
Additional Tags: Purgatory, Canon-Typical Violence, Canon-Typical Horror Imagery, Portrayal Of Canon Mental Illness, Implied/Referenced Child Abuse, Misses Clause Challenge
Summary: How did Abbie escape the dollhouse?
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

picked up her shoes from the red-brick stairway (1168 words) by egelantier
Fandom: Miss Congeniality (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sam Fuller/Gracie Hart
Characters: Sam Fuller, Gracie Hart
Additional Tags: Hurt/Comfort, Misses Clause Challenge, Partnership, Pre-Femslash, Yuletide Treat
Summary: Gracie matches her stride for stride and punch for punch and smile for smile, and if somebody tries to pry her away Sam will probably have to make sure they never find the body.

Where There's A Will (2629 words) by Nary
Fandom: Benjamin January Mysteries - Barbara Hambly
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Chloë Viellard/Dominique Viellard
Characters: Chloe Viellard, Dominique Viellard
Additional Tags: Female-Centric, Female Friendship, Female Character of Color, Misses Clause Challenge, Pre-Femslash, Holding Hands, Developing Friendships, Consensual Infidelity, Possibly Asexual Character, Yuletide Treat, Chromatic Yuletide
Summary: Chloë pays an unexpected visit to Dominique's house to bring news about Henri's will, and perhaps for other reasons as well. Set prior to Good Man Friday.

Escargots (9429 words) by Nary
Fandom: Benjamin January Mysteries - Barbara Hambly
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Rose Vitrac January, Olympe Corbier, Gabriel Corbier, Abishag Shaw, Augustus Mayerling, Madeleine Mayerling, Zizi-Marie Corbier, Original Characters
Additional Tags: Case Fic, Mystery, Character(s) of Color, Historical, New Orleans, POV Female Character, Poison, French Food, Chromatic Yuletide, Yuletide
Summary: Rose was not one to offer platitudes for a man she hadn't known, to a man who hadn't cared about him. "What killed him?" she asked instead, for she couldn't think of any reason why Shaw would be telling her about this if it had been a natural death.
"Poison's our best guess." He paused, as if considering how to most gently say what was coming next. "He took his final meal at the Hotel Iberville last night. So as you might imagine, I got a pressin' need to speak with your nephew, Gabriel Corbier."

Possess whatever bliss thou canst devise (4422 words) by originally
Fandom: Penny Dreadful (TV)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Vanessa Ives/Sir Malcolm Murray, Victor Frankenstein/Vanessa Ives, Ethan Chandler/Vanessa Ives, Ethan Chandler/Victor Frankenstein/Sir Malcolm Murray
Characters: Vanessa Ives, Victor Frankenstein, Sir Malcolm Murray, Ethan Chandler
Additional Tags: Episode: s01e07 Possession, Yuleporn
Summary: It was hard, now, to find the edges, to know where Vanessa ended and darkness began.
Scenes during Vanessa's possession and confinement.

Halfway Down the Road to Lethe (3588 words) by voodoochild
Fandom: Peaky Blinders (TV), Penny Dreadful (TV), She - H. Rider Haggard
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sir Malcolm Murray/Evelyn Poole
Characters: Sir Malcolm Murray, Tommy Shelby, Madame Kali | Evelyn Poole, John Shelby, Arthur Shelby
Additional Tags: Crossovers & Fandom Fusions, Alternate Universe - Supernatural Elements, World War I, Canon Backstory, Undead, Non Canonical Immortal, Immortality, Opium, Recreational Drug Use, Evelyn really is an evil sorceress, and Malcolm totally is Allan Quatermain
Summary: It's 1917, and Passchendaele is about to blow up. Immortality and undeath seems to be on the schedule as well.

A Game of Pretend (1319 words) by Josselin
Fandom: Captive Prince - C. S. Pacat
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Damen/Laurent (Captive Prince)
Characters: Damen (Captive Prince), Laurent (Captive Prince)
Summary: Despite all of Laurent’s explanations, Damen could not really picture what it would be like to have Laurent pretending to be his slave until it was happening.

The Jacket (1312 words) by Josselin
Fandom: Captive Prince - C. S. Pacat
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Laurent (Captive Prince), Nicaise (Captive Prince)
Summary: “Why do you never wear any of these?” Nicaise said, emerging from the carved mahogany of Laurent’s wardrobe with an armful of clothing embellished with velvet ties and lace cuffs.

For Hire (1094 words) by Flamebyrd
Fandom: Death by Silver - Amy Griswold & Melissa Scott
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Cordelia Frost (Death by Silver)
Additional Tags: Pre-Canon, Victorian Attitudes, Women Being Awesome
Summary: Miss Cordelia Frost plans her career.

The Good-Morrow (5236 words) by oliviacirce
Fandom: Points - Melissa Scott & Lisa A. Barnett
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Philip Eslingen/Nicolas Rathe
Characters: Philip Eslingen, Nicolas Rathe
Additional Tags: First Time, Missing Scene
Summary: Eslingen was silent for a moment, and then he said, "Make me a better offer, Adjunct Point, and we'll see."

So Goddamn Beautiful (4693 words) by lousy_science
Fandom: Saga (Comics)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Alana/Marko (Saga)
Characters: Alana (Saga), Marko (Saga)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe, Mpreg, Non-Chronological
Summary: Or, Twelve Things That Alana Didn't Expect When Marko Was Expecting
Snapshots from an AU where it's Marko who got pregnant instead of Alana.

Code 1199 (4264 words) by mesonyx
Fandom: Walt Longmire Mysteries - Craig Johnson
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Walt Longmire/Henry Standing Bear
Characters: Walt Longmire, Henry Standing Bear, Victoria "Vic" Moretti
Additional Tags: Huddling For Warmth, Yuletide 2014, Yuletide Treat, Shippy Gen, Pre-Slash
Summary: There was little chance a trained adult could survive the night outside. “I do not intend to let either of us freeze to death," said Henry.

Protect the Lemons! (1027 words) by lah_mrh
Fandom: Lemon Stealing Whores (YouTube)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Man with Lemons/Woman with Lemons
Characters: Man with lemons, Woman with lemons, Lemon-stealing whore, Original Characters
Additional Tags: Humour, Backstory, Canon-typical language, Yuletide Treat
Summary: All Hayley and Tom have ever wanted is a lemon tree of their very own, and no Lemon-Stealing Whores are going to ruin that.

Rain on a Sunny Day (4003 words) by Esteliel
Fandom: Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Peter Grant/Thomas Nightingale
Characters: Peter Grant, Thomas Nightingale
Additional Tags: Yuleporn, Yuletide Treat, First Time, Rain Sex, Blow Jobs, Magic Rain Clouds, Hand Jobs
Summary: When Nightingale summoned the rain cloud to follow his apprentice around the house, he didn't realize how distracting Peter would be in wet clothes.

And This Is How the World Ends (1081 words) by sassafrasx
Fandom: Guardians of the Galaxy (Movies)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Gamora/Nebula (Marvel)
Characters: Gamora (Marvel), Nebula (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Pre-Canon, Dark, Character Study, Origin Story, Angst, Misses Clause Challenge, First Time, Sexual Content
Summary: On her homeworld — her real homeworld, the one that will stay locked and buried inside her chest — there was a saying that the universe will end painted in the scorching blood of the gods, burnt out of existence by the wrath of the small and the oppressed who will have no more of their rule.
As her tiny body quakes in the ruins of her people, her parents’ twisted bodies behind her and Thanos’ first task ahead, she whispers the words to herself over and over, in a voice so low even the gods cannot hear.

I Have Loved the Stars Too Fondly (36275 words) by Shusu (Sameshima_Shuzumi)
Fandom: Steven Universe (Cartoon)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Rose Quartz & Garnet, Garnet/Pearl (Steven Universe), Amethyst/Garnet (Steven Universe), Amethyst/Pearl (Steven Universe), Amethyst/Garnet/Pearl
Characters: Garnet (Steven Universe), Rose Quartz (Steven Universe), Pearl (Steven Universe), Amethyst (Steven Universe)
Additional Tags: Historical References, Body Modification, Alien Gender/Sexuality, Female-Centric, Explicit Sexual Content, Misses Clause Challenge
Summary: The essential chemistry: Rose is the catalyst.

(I really hope I didn't forget anyone!)
brigdh: (<3)
Here are my recs for fandoms N-Z (plus a two earlier in the alphabet that I forgot to rec last time). Fandoms include: The Brothers Sinister Series - Courtney Milan, Chris Bucholz Advice Columns (Cracked.com), Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen, Only Lovers Left Alive, Parks and Recreation, Penny Dreadful, Psmith - P. G. Wodehouse, Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch, Road to El Dorado, Sleepy Hollow, The Tempest - Shakespeare, Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold, Werewolf Marines - Lia Silver, @WorstMuse

The Christmas Box, The Brothers Sinister Series - Courtney Milan, Amanda Ellisford/Genevieve Johnson, E rated, 3k. A really lovely, sweet (and hot!) post-canon ending for these two. I love the historical details, but the established relationship and how warm and close it feels is just wonderful. Plus, femslash! Always awesome.

So You Woke Up in a Slash Fanfic, Chris Bucholz Advice Columns (Cracked.com), G rated, 1.2k. Oh my god, this was hilarious! It gently mocks coffeeshop AUs in the best way, and the use of images is just perfect.

An Unlikely Heroine, Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen, Catherine Morland, G rated, 3.3k. In which Catherine is confronted with an actual murder. This is really sweet and well-observed, and I love Catherine's balance between strength and weakness.

When the Lips and Skin Remember , Only Lovers Left Alive, Adam/Eve/Ian, T rated, 9.6k. An AU where Ian doesn't die, but becomes a vampire. This is lovely and poetical in much the style of the movie, and has a sweet slow-burn relationship. The world-building and character details are all really well-done.

A Love Once New, Parks and Recreation, April/Andy, G rated, 1.1k. Three times April and Andy met before they dated, and once after. Hilarious and adorable, just like the show. The characters sounds exactly like themselves.

Misadventures in Babysitting, Parks and Recreation, April/Andy, G rated, 1.9k. April and Andy babysit for Ben and Leslie, and it goes exactly as you'd expect. Another hilarious, perfectly in-character story, with bonus cute kids.

A Strange, Subtle Alchemy, Penny Dreadful, Victor Frankenstein, T rated, 1.3k. A/B/O world-building in the Penny Dreadful universe! I love this idea, and it's as creepy and fucked-up as the show itself. A wonderful AU.

Teranga, Penny Dreadful, Sembene, T rated, 6.5k. Sembene backstory. Deep and complicated and fascinating, this is a wonderful fleshing-out of a character we got so little of on the show. An amazing story.

The Grand Tour, Psmith - P. G. Wodehouse, Psmith/Mike, T rated, 3.3k. Psmith and Mike travel across Europe; there is bed-sharing and sleeping in a barn and self-sacrifice and every wonderful trope. A great, charming story.

Psmith and the Greek Spirit, Psmith - P. G. Wodehouse, Psmith/Mike, T rated, 4.6k. An adorable story, full of pining and subtle attraction. Plus an incredibly sweet ending!

The Art School in Bromley, Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch, G rated, 4.8k. Nightingale goes undercover as an art student to solve a case. This story has a fantastic Peter voice, and a lot of great, subtle character moments. Funny and sad and so well done.

Christmas of London, Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch, Peter/Nightingale, M rated, 4.7k. Peter and Nightingale deal with the spirit of Father Christmas, what turns out not to be a love spell, and a night in Buckingham Palace. A sweet and charming story.

a country you remember, Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch, Molly, G rated, 1.4k. Molly backstory. This is lovely and sad, and the voice is so perfectly Molly. Really wonderful.

Shelter, Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch, Peter/Nightingale, E rated, 2.1k. Peter and Nightingale deal with the ending of Broken Homes; this is lovely and tragic and wonderful. A completely believable, tender story.

Confidence Artists, Road to El Dorado, Chel/Miguel/Tulio, E rated, 10.7k. Oh my god, this story is so amazing. The banter is perfect, as is the tension still lingering from the events of the movie, and its eventual resolution. It's got a con, great observations of Spain, excellent Chel POV, hot sex. Seriously, read this story! It is just SO GOOD.

Will Ever Be As One, Road to El Dorado, Chel/Miguel/Tulio, G rated, 2.8k. Tulio gets lost; Miguel and Chel try not to worry. This has great character voices, and is sweet and funny and a fantastic epilogue to the movie.

Can't Pin You Down, Sleepy Hollow, Abbie/Ichabod, T rated, 7.8k. Abbie and Ichabod pose as a married couple to investigate mysterious violence in a couples bowling league. This is funny and insightful and just a great story. It's exactly the sort of thing I want out of the show.

a DAY OF PUBLICK THANKSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, Sleepy Hollow, G rated, 3.9k. Isn't that the best title you've ever read? The rest of the story is just as great: it's like one of the best episodes. Lots of character interactions, great character voices, a monster with a cheesy backstory to be defeated, and a happy ending. Just awesome.

After She Wakes, The Tempest – Shakespeare, Miranda, T rated, 1.2k. Miranda has to adjust to life on the world off of Prospero's island. This was just a fantastic exploration of her character, and I want this to be canon so badly. I love Miranda's confusion and then growing power.

All Public Duties, Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold, Aral/Simon, M rated, 1.9k. Set during Aral's self-destructive phase in Shards of Honor, this is a heart-breaking and sweet story. I really liked Simon's POV on these events.

the star to every wandering bark, Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold, Cordelia/Aral, G rated, 3.9k. Cordelia foils a plot. This is hilarious and perfect, with darker undertones. An excellent story.

Blank Pages, Werewolf Marines - Lia Silver, Echo and Charlie, M rated, 3k. Charlie comforts Echo after a mission. This has fantastic character voices, and I love all the backstory you can feel between the characters, particularly in how they rewrite Little Women. Really touching and well-written.

Diamond in a Coal Mine, Werewolf Marines - Lia Silver, DJ/Echo, E rated, 4.5k. A really amazing story that sounds just like the canon. DJ is hilarious, the action is tense and suitably angsty, and sex that is sweet and hot. Fantastic!

There Are No Return Slips For Muses, @WorstMuse, G rated, 1.3k. Delia's muse has the worst ideas. However, some of them are quite profitable. This was so funny, and a great fit to the twitter account.
brigdh: (I need things on a grander scale)
I'm going through the Archive by fandom alphabetically, and have so far only reached the N's. But here are my recs for the first half of the alphabet!

Fandoms include: 7th and 8th Century CE Mayan RPF, Addams Family, Ancient History RPF, Aubrey-Maturin Series - Patrick O'Brian, Belle, Benjamin January mysteries, Dracula/Spiders Georg, Fairy Tales, Fallen London, The First Law - Joe Abercrombie, Great British Bake Off RPF, I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream - Harlan Ellison, James Asher Vampire Series - Barbara Hambly, The Less than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal, Moby Dick

First, let me again rec my own gifts, because they've made me so happy!
Magnificat in New Orleans, Benjamin January mysteries, Ben/Rose and Hannibal, T rated, 5.9k. On the eve of Benjamin and Rose Vitrac January's first Christmas in their new home, Ben and Hannibal at the end of a Reveilion have a run-in with a less peaceful holiday tradition, and they and Rose take a in young stranger in more need of help than even they realize.
Five Moments in the Life of Augustus Mayerling, Benjamin January mysteries, Augustus Mayerling, G rated, 1.2k. Becoming Augustus Mayerling is a process.
Yet wherefore speak? Benjamin January mysteries, Ben/Rose/Hannibal, E rated, 1.9k. Ben, Rose, and Hannibal have to avoid waking the baby.

Constitution-al, 7th and 8th Century CE Mayan RPF, Lady K'abel, G, 1k. I'm so pleased to see someone wrote fic for this fandom! And I think they've done a great job of capturing some of the culture and politics of the setting in a short story. Worth reading.

Secret Feminine Cabal, Addams Family, Morticia/Gomez, T rated, 1.1k. Morticia's idea of smashing the patriarchy includes beheading Congressmen. The local feminist group does not live up to her standards. This is hilarious and perfectly in tone with the canon.

Another Opportunity, Ancient History RPF, Hannibal Barca/Scipio Africanus, G rated, 2.9k. Hannibal and Scipio try to go to dinner. It takes several lifetimes. A sweet, funny story, and who doesn't love reincarnation fic? Really good.

The Whitehall Affair, Aubrey-Maturin Series - Patrick O'Brian, G rated, 5.2k. Jack attempts to help Stephen in his intelligence work, but in the end Diana and Sophie save the day. This is excellently written, sounds just like the canon, and is a fun, delightful adventure. I loved reading it.

Fair Play, Belle, G rated, 1.4k. Backstory for Belle and Elizabeth as children, this story is incredibly sweet and adorable. I grinned all the way through.

We Shall Never Lack the Means of Life, Dracula/Spiders Georg, Renfield, T rated, 1.8k. A really funny, sweet story introducing two lonely characters with a shared interest: eating spiders.

Restless, Tam Lin, Janet/Tam Lin, T rated, 1k. A lovely, poetic sequel to the ballad, in which Tam Lin tries to adjust to the modern world.

Rory Red Coat, Little Red Riding Hood, T rated, 7.3k. An updated retelling where Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother are bakers and the wolf is a subtle menace. Lots of excellent foodporn and an incredibly sweet ending. A long story, but one that's very worth reading.

Eldest, Sleeping Beauty, G rated, 1.1k. A creepy, poetical story in the best tradition of fairy tales, giving an eerily plausible backstory for the evil fairy.

A Journey to London: being an account of an orphan, an adventuress, a spy and a dead woman. Fallen London, original characters, T rated, 4.9k. A hilarious, Pratchett-esque story (complete with footnotes) of a newcomer to Fallen London. This story perfectly captures the creepy humor of the game, and has a great dry, practical character voice with which to do so.

Against the Odds, The First Law - Joe Abercrombie, Sand dan Glokta, T rated, 2.3k. Backstory for Glokta which is pitch-perfect: sad and a little sweet. I can see exactly see this happening in canon.

The CLASSIFIED British Bake Off, Great British Bake Off RPF, G, 5.7k. Probably everyone is going to rec this, but it deserves it! A crossover with a ton of fandoms, this is hilarious. I particularly loved the appearance of the characters from Leverage.

Genesis, I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream - Harlan Ellison, E rated, 1.9k. OMG, somehow this fic is JUST AS HORRIFYING as the original story! Which is a serious accomplishment. Creepy and dreadful and totally worth reading if you like darkfic.

Sojourn, James Asher Vampire Series - Barbara Hambly, James/Lydia, T rated, 6k. A great sequel to Kindred of Darkness, in which the Ashers attempt to escape the reach of the vampires, only to find themselves possibly followed. A great story, and I really loved the use of Lydia's POV; she's a wonderful character.

I Build It Up, The Less than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal, TJ/Amal, G rated, 4.4k. OH MY GOD THIS FIC. Post-canon, TJ and Amal deal with a long-distance relationship and living apart. It is perfectly in the tone of the canon, and has everything I love about it: the subtle distinctions between TJ and Amal in terms of class and life experiences, their differences in personality and approach to the world, the way they work together nonetheless, they way they're trying to deal with the difficulties of navigating problems, their silly banter (the dialogue is SO GREAT) and the emails and texts that exactly fit. JUST GO READ IT IT'S AMAZING.

Broad Upon the Wintry Ocean, Moby Dick, Ishmael/Queequeg, T rated, 3.1k. A very sweet post-canon fix-it fic. This is just exactly the ending I would have loved to see for Ishmael and Queequeg, and it reads just like the book.

Leviathan, Moby Dick, Ahab, G rated, 7.2k. Incredibly well-written backstory for Ahab, with lots of h/c and a really interesting take on Ahab's motivation. I loved this different perspective on the canon.


Dec. 25th, 2014 03:20 pm
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You guys! I got three Benjamin January stories! :D I tried to be a good Yuletide participant and love all of my requests equally, but let's be real, everyone knew which one I wanted the most. AND I GOT THREE OF THEM. :DDD Read them and love them with me!

Magnificat in New Orleans (5896 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Benjamin January Mysteries - Barbara Hambly
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Benjamin January, Rose Vitrac January, Hannibal Sefton
Additional Tags: Chromatic Yuletide

On the eve of Benjamin and Rose Vitrac January's first Christmas in their new home, Ben and Hannibal at the end of a Reveilion have a run-in with a less peaceful holiday tradition, and they and Rose take a in young stranger in more need of help than even they realize.

Five moments in the life of Augustus Mayerling (1176 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Benjamin January Mysteries - Barbara Hambly
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Augustus Mayerling
Additional Tags: Backstory, Yuletide Treat

Becoming Augustus Mayerling is a process.

Yet wherefore speak? (1925 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Benjamin January Mysteries - Barbara Hambly
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Benjamin January/Rose Vitrac January/Hannibal Sefton
Characters: Benjamin January, Rose Vitrac January, Hannibal Sefton
Additional Tags: Established Relationship, Polyamory, Threesome - F/M/M, Oral Sex, Frottage, Hand Jobs, Kissing, Breasts, Quiet Sex, Yuletide Treat, Yuleporn

Ben, Rose, and Hannibal have to avoid waking the baby.


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