Title: Confusion and Consequences
Fandom: Haven
Pairing: Audrey Parker/Duke Crocker/Nathan Wuornos
Categories: casefile, threesome, genderswap (sort of), polyamory, established relationship (het), first time (threesome)
Length: Long, 20,765 words
Warnings: I'm... not sure how to warn. Duke and Nathan end up with some girl parts, but not completely genderswapped, and the fic revolves around the issues of masculinity and sexuality that come out of that. If that's likely to be a problem or potentially triggery in some way, don't go there? There's also a warning for mild mind control, but it doesn't go too far with anything happening consent issues-wise in terms of the main trio. There are maybe a few potentially triggery things happening in the background with the other people affected by the gendermixing Trouble.

Author on Livejournal: n/a?
Author Website: guiltyreasons on AO3

Summary: Nathan thought he had seen everything until a half naked woman walks up to him claiming to be Duke Crocker....

Review: “It’s Haven. Trans hate is the least of our worries...”

Oh, I enjoyed the hell out of this one. Last week I was emailing the link to friends after I read it, so it's still pretty hot off the presses. Yes, there is the odd typo and grammar hiccup, but really, with all the other goodies on offer here, I find myself disinclined to care about those.

I love the stuff that really digs into the questions of sexuality and masculinity and sexual dysfunction and this goes there and then some, as this particular Trouble turns Haven upside-down and Duke and Nathan end up kind of not their usual manly selves. The fic is told from Nathan's point of view, and I love the POV -- getting to watch him angst in his low-key way about all these things, weird sexual situations and hangups and shame, is entirely wonderful. I also love how his senses are used in interesting ways in the smut. :)

The fic is established Audrey/Nathan leading into an Audrey/Duke/Nathan threesome, and while usually I'm more partial to the latter and the Duke/Nathan dynamic, I've seldom loved Audrey and Nathan's relationship more than the way it's presented here. They are so understanding of each other, and such good friends as well as lovers, who talk about all the knotty things and work through the changes that have happened to Nathan's body and how those effect their sexual relationship. And how they make the decision together when it comes to taking Duke on... they are so sweet and down to earth in this.

Anyway, this is just so hot and odd and interesting, with such a good POV, and the issues of gender and questioning sexuality I felt were nicely dealt with.

Confusion and Consequences
Title: of the nature of the wound
Fandom: Check, Please!/Hockey RPF
Pairing: Eric Bittle/Jack Zimmermann, Larissa “Lardo” Duan/Shitty Knight, Patrick Kane/Jonathan Toews, Jamie Benn/Tyler Seguin, Past Kent Parson/Jack Zimmermann
Categories/Genres: Angst, AU, Drama, Epistolary, Established Relationship, First Time, Fluff, Friendship, Humor, Romance
Length: Long (33936 words)
Warnings: Homophobic language by hockey players

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: buchanan

Summary:

His first year in the NHL isn't easy, but Jack has spent his entire life playing through the hurt.

Review:

Note: While Check, Please! doesn't require knowing anything about hockey beyond the fact that it's a team sport played on ice, of the nature of the wound does require a functional knowledge of professional hockey and how its seasons are scheduled. Being a hockey RPF crossover, this fic does incorporate real hockey players, and knowledge of those players provides useful context for their roles in the fic.

A lot of the Check, Please! fic I read tends to be of the lighter variety. Humorous and/or cute, and generally threaded through with the pervasive sense of, 'oh, you adorable boys'. Considering how light-hearted the canon is, it's probably not surprising that the fanfiction I choose to read follows in that direction.

of the nature of the wound is not one of those fics. It's also not an easy fic to get through, namely because it focuses on Jack's anxieties about being a closeted professional hockey player. You could, uncharitably if honestly, call it Jack's downward spiral of anxiety and loneliness.

buchanan's fic exemplifies the proverb “it is always darkest just before the dawn” in that it feels very much like the very beginning of a story that we are not (yet) privy to, not just in terms of Jack and Bitty's burgeoning relationship, but also the NHL as a whole upon the coming out of one of its most recognized hockey duos. Hopefully more of that will unfold in buchanan's expected sequel.

And now that I've given you a lot of reasons not to read the fic, I suppose I should mention why I am actually reccing it: buchanan does a fantastic job of weaving the fluffy and fictional Check, Please! microcosm into the much colder real world, where people change and move past who they were and sometimes grow apart, and where they succeed, fail, break, and struggle to mend what is broken. Jack Zimmermann does not feel like a fictional character as buchanan writes him. Nor does Eric Bittle, nor even Chowder, who is something of a caricature even in the comic's canon. It truly is a testament to buchanan's grasp of emotional complexity that I clung, riveted until the end, in spite of the fic's darker tone and truly annoying ten-line section breaks. (No, seriously, keep a finger on the space bar or page down key.)

of the nature of the wound

sense8 by Shani-Artist (Art)

  • Jul. 13th, 2015 at 9:08 PM
Title: sense8
Fandom: Sense8
Pairing: Nomi Marks/Amanita
Categories: Romance, Fluffy, Established Relationship.
Medium: Art
Warnings: No warnings apply.

Author Website: Shani-artist (Deviantart) | theartofdoctorwho (Art Tumblr)

Summary: amanita and nomi from the tv show Sense8 [original summary}.

Review: Sense8 became a new fandom passion for me in the last month, when I saw this sketch it just made my day. It is a colored raw sketch: neither the raw nor the sketch part bother, they just make the art lovely.

It’s a waist up digital piece of Nomi and Amanita, pg and colorful. It portrays them in a very iconic moment in the series, when Amanita defends Nomi from a friend that made rude comments on her transexuality. It’s such a vulnerable moment and sweet moment for them, and the art is so light, that it fits perfectly with the canon.

I love the texture in Amanita’s hair and in Nomi’s dress, love the highlights in Nomi’s hair and how soft Amanita's expression looks. The background isn’t distracting and the whole piece is just simple in the right measure, without losing the details.

sense8
Title: on the sidelines wishing for right now
Fandom: Check Please!
Pairing: Eric Bittle/Jack Zimmermann
Categories/Genres: Established Relationship, Family, Fluff, Humor, Post-canon
Length: Medium (2652 words)
Warnings: N/A

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] exampleusername
Author Website: defcontwo

Summary:

Bitty resists the urge to let out a hysterical laugh because apparently this is just his life now. He tries to call his boyfriend and winds up getting hockey advice from a living legend.

5 times Bitty bonded with Bad Bob + 1 time Jack tries to bond with Coach Bittle.

Review:

Ah, in-laws. There's really nothing quite like watching people get along, or fail to get along, with their SO's parents. There's also something particularly poignant about watching Eric Bittle get along so well with his boyfriend's parents, when his relationship with his own father is, shall we say, strained.

I've always been weak for fanfiction that fleshes out characters that seldom appear in canon. Particularly characters like Bad Bob Zimmermann, whose hockey career manages to be something of a lingering specter in a comic that honestly has nothing to do with the man himself. on the sidelines wishing for right now brings out the person and the father behind the specter while simultaneously giving Bitty a father figure who is welcoming and kind while his own father slowly learns to adapt.

on the sidelines wishing for right now
Title: The penny jar theory

Fandom: due South
Pairing: Fraser/Kowalski
Categories: slash, established relationship, post-canon
Length: medium, ~13,000 words
Warnings: none really

Author on Livejournal: [livejournal.com profile] deputychairman
Author Website: Deputychairman on AO3

Summary: “How - ” Fraser cleared his throat. “How long is the contract?”
“Six months,” Ray told the stew.
“And will you,” he stopped. Ray heard the deep breath he took. Taking it on the chin, attaboy, Ben. “Are you planning to come back here, afterwards?”

Review: The last two weeks I've read nothing but due South, so with due permission--it's someone else's reccing fandom--I'm sneaking in a rec of my favourite so far of the fics that seem to have appeared since last I read dS.

The question that seems to have the strongest pull on me post-series is What does Kowalski do in Canada? and this fic is centred around the practicalities of him trying to find an answer to exactly that, and the ways Fraser and Ray's relationship has to shift around it. The fic exists in a world where the answers aren't perfect and the characters have to make compromises. It's not an unhappy fic, not really, but oddly bittersweet.

I love to bits the central images of the dubious gift of the Penny Jar -- and the time limit/death-knell of a relationship that it starts off by proclaiming -- and Ray Kowalski heading off to work on the isolation of an oil rig without Fraser's approval.

The penny jar theory

It's a Wonderful Life, Rodney McKay [R]

  • May. 12th, 2015 at 12:01 AM
Title: It's a Wonderful Life, Rodney McKay
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Pairing: Rodney McKay/John Sheppard
Categories: Canon AU, Established Relationship, Romance, Family
Length: Medium (9560 words)
Warnings: None
Author Website: AO3

Summary: Returning home after installing the program he hopes will change his timeline, Rodney McKay gets some surprise guests.

Review: This is a tag for 4.20 The Last Man. What happens to Rodney McKay once he returns to Earth after installing the hologram program to bring John back? Why, he gets a visit from his team, of course. This fic is just an emotional rollar coaster, as Rodney thinks about how empty his future is now that he's solved The Problem, as he calls it. Then there's the reunion with each of his team members and the revelations that come with it. It's sad and beautiful and funny, and well written like all of [livejournal.com profile] sgamadison's fic is. It's a quick read too, since it's not super long. Treat yourself to this fic - you won't regret it!

It's A Wonder Life, Rodney McKay
Title: Five Times Synaesthesia Was a Problem For Tony Stark...
Fandom: Marvel
Pairing: Bruce Banner/Tony Stark
Categories/Genres: 5+1, Alternate Universe, Pre-canon, Angst, First Time, Virgin, Fluff, Established Relationship
Length: Medium (7009 words)
Warnings: Overt and internalized ableism

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] sonora_coneja
Author Website: Sonora

Summary:

Tony struggles to deal with his synaesthesia most of his adult life. Can he ever find somebody who understands what he’s dealing with? Written for this prompt on avengerkink.

Review:

I've always been fascinated by the brain. It's something we take for granted, calling it a 'noggin' and 'grey matter' like it's little more than a chunk of tissue as opposed to a highly refined structure made of a fragile web of connections that make the finest of lace look thick and unwieldy in comparison. Its complexity laughs in the face of our attempts to understand it, and its adaptability and flexibility mock our attempts to imitate it.

By some quirk of genetics or prenatal brain development, Tony is born with synesthesia, a neurological phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. Howard, in his bid for the Shittiest Parent Ever Award, is utterly unsympathetic and makes no effort at all to understand Tony's experience, a mentality that Tony internalizes and carries with him for decades.

Sonora, who has synesthesia, takes very deliberate care in her descriptions of Tony's various experiences of various stimuli, from pain and pleasure to music and emotion. There are also graphic descriptions of how alcohol and cocaine affect his synesthesia. Even if you don't ship Bruce/Tony, it's a stunningly good read for how well Sonora recreates the range of sensory impressions, however exaggerated they may or may not be. If you know anyone with synesthesia, or suspect that you may have it, then this is a definite must-read simply to understand what it is that this small minority of people go through, trying to reconcile their understanding of the world with how they learn they are supposed to percieve it.

Five Times Synaesthesia Was a Problem For Tony Stark...

You Have Infinite Choice by R_Gunns (R)

  • Apr. 23rd, 2015 at 11:13 PM
Title: You Have Infinite Choice
Fandom: Marvel MCU
Pairing: Bucky Barnes/Steve Rogers
Categories: AU, Body Swap, Dark, Established Relationship, Romance
Length: Long (23k)
Warnings: Lots of death - Some Gore

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] gru_da
Website: R_Gunns

Summary: They don't have control, aren't Gods or spirits or beings with any power. But they are something.

(A reincarnation AU that follows a dozen lives amongst thousands.)

Review: A series of loosely connected stories that follow various lives of Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes as they reincarnate, die, and repeat the cycle.

Some are dark, some are strange, and some are surprisingly sweet. Each one shows a different facet of both the characters and their relationship. All held together with a single story line rushing towards its end.

Even if you aren't super familiar with the fandom, you should be comfortable reading this fic, since each of the different worlds, and character experiences is included in the various parts of the story.

You Have Infinite Choice

Overheard by winged_mammal (PG-15)

  • Mar. 1st, 2015 at 12:18 AM
Title: Overheard
Fandom: Person of Interest
Pairing: Root/Sameen Shaw
Categories/Genres: Crack, Established Relationship, Romance, Humor, Outsider POV
Length: Medium (3584 words)
Warnings: N/A

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: winged_mammal

Summary:

Root and Shaw have a tendency to forget the commlink is open. John really wishes they wouldn't.

Review:

winged_mammal used Outsider POV! It was super effective!

One of the common themes I've observed in Finch/Reese fic is the earwig connection that stays open at all times. Not unprecedented, given that it's been underscored more than once in the show. But as ever when you've got more than two people using the same network, sometimes you accidentally drop a few eaves that were probably best left alone.

Namely, Root and Shaw's very active sex life and all the flirting between them that alludes to it.

Finch and Reese are such champs about the whole thing, which I'm incredibly bemused by. Never once do they complain about the rampant flirting and naked innuendo, nor do they so much as bring it up to either of the women. Rather, they cut off their own ends of the connection when things get a little too.... heated. It's not just a source of titillation and embarrassment, though. Listening in on Root and Shaw through Reese's perspective, we also get a sense of the depth of their relationship.

Overheard
Title: 99.607% Match Compatibility
Fandom: Person of Interest
Pairing: Root/Sameen Shaw
Categories/Genres: Soulmates, Future Fic, Alternate Universe, Romance, Established Relationship, Drama, Angst
Length: Medium (12944 words)
Warnings: N/A

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] ionizable
Author Website: ionizable

Summary:

She doesn’t wait for Root to reply, doesn’t let Root get in a word edgewise. “Because it told you that you and Hanna are supposed to end up together, but it told me that you and I are supposed to end up together. You were my so-called soulmate, okay? It spit your name out at me.”

The Machine is just casually being a matchmaker on the downlow again, but nothing ever really comes easily, does it?

(Soulmate trope meets what-if-the-Machine-has-a-virtual-baby-and-it's-OKCupid)

Review:

The grand theme of Soulmate fics is that there's something inherently indefinable about love. That two people match at every point, on every level, two halves of a whole that was broken apart by a frightened deity. They're connected, through marks or what have you, that have no scientific explanation beyond 'idk, magic?'.

99.607% Match Compatibility is a soulmate fic that is not about soulmates. ionizable implements a soulmate matching system that is not based in magic, but an “algorithm that calculates relationship compatibility,” according to Finch, compiled by The Machine and put into use by first Shaw, then Root, as their individual curiosities overpower their better judgment. The results are... complex.

I really admire ionizable for the way they tackle the age-old fandom trope of 'young love will last forever' that's so incredibly prevalent in basically any fandom where any of the main characters are under 20. I understand it, of course. Writing out a couple's entire lifetime is incredibly tedious, so there has to be an end point somewhere, with the couple in question presumably living out their 'happily ever after'. But the moment we pull our heads out of fandom, the idea that a teenage couple can live out the rest of their adult lives in romantic bliss becomes anathema. People grow, people change. So too do relationships and what partners value in each other. Young adults marry in the rosy blush of love and divorce days, months, years later for innumerably myriad reasons. That ionizable acknowledges this reality within the fic makes Root's feelings for Shaw so much richer and recognizable than two people commanded by destiny to be together because, idk, magic.

99.607% Match Compatibility

Memories by stark-black [NC-17]

  • Jan. 26th, 2015 at 2:26 PM
Title: Memories
Fandom: One Piece
Pairing: Zoro/Sanji, Kid/Law, implied Chaka/Pell
Genres: AU, Angst, Hurt/Comfort, Romance, Established Relationship, Amnesia
Length: Super Epic (223,146 words for the entire series)
Warnings: Violence

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] stark_black
Author Website: AO3

Author's Summary:
Sanji has been in a coma for eleven months, but he's lost his memory of the past two years. Now, he doesn't remember Zoro, or the life the two of them had built together.

Review:
I'm generally not fond of amnesia fic, to be honest. I usually end up skipping to the end, where the person gets their memories back, and they have to deal with the fallout of what happened while they couldn't remember. But this fic, oh, this fic. When Sanji wakes up, he doesn't remember Zoro, doesn't remember falling in love with a man. It's so interesting to read as Sanji is discharged and tries to settle into a life he doesn't remember. I love his and Zoro's relationship, and Zoro's patience with him, even though it hurts that Sanji can't remember. I love how Sanji falls in love with Zoro all over again. I also enjoy how the entire fic isn't about Zoro and Sanji. Usopp and Kaya are having issues, and Chopper is going through a difficult time as well. I don't want to spoil anything :) They include so many characters from the manga, too, nearly everyone gets a role.

You can tell this was essentially copied and pasted from livejournal, since the author occasionally included the last couple paragraphs from the previous chapter in the next chapter, as a reminder of how things were left. Still, it's easily skipped over. The writing is simple but engaging, the plot is interesting, and the characters are so fun.

Memories
Title: Estimated Time Remaining
Fandom: Person of Interest
Pairing: Root/Sameen Shaw
Categories/Genres: Episode Tag, Fix-It, Established Relationship, Drama, Action/Adventure
Length: Medium (2885 words)
Warnings: Offstage (Villain) Character Death

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: paigemccullers

Summary:

“Shaw?”
“Asset safe.”
That’s all she ever gets.
But for now, it’s enough.

Review:

Although I hesitate to rec this, it's mostly because I can't seem to think of anything to say in its favor without wholly and utterly spoiling not only the show's 4th season up through its most recent episode, being the midseason finale, but also the best parts of the fic itself. How do I express my love of Root's enduring feelings for Shaw, even as a year passes without so much as a glimpse of her? Or Shaw's spot-on snark after entering the narrative? How can I impress upon you the importance of Finch putting aside his own fiercely guarded principles? What will make you understand the awesomeness of Root and Reese kicking ass and taking names? Is there a way for me to portray the team's single-minded devotion to their goals even as time passes and success seems ever more like a fading dream?

Oh, I know! You can read the fic and find out all about it.

Estimated Time Remaining

And You Are Not Me by kesdax (PG)

  • Jan. 17th, 2015 at 10:12 PM
Title: And You Are Not Me
Fandom: Person of Interest
Pairing: Root/Sameen Shaw, Samantha Groves/Hannah Frey
Categories/Genres: Flashbacks, Established Relationship, Romance, Action/Adventure, Drama
Length: Medium (10821 words)
Warnings: Canonical Character Death

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] kesdax
Author Website: kesdax

Summary:

She feels her humanity like a knife in her chest. It stings and bleeds and hurts and sometimes she can’t remember how to breathe.

Review:

It's always struck me as rather incongruous that the most private character on Person of Interest is the character whose past we see the most of. For every other character, we only catch the occasional glimpse, those turning points in their lives that led them to that one place at that specific time for that important purpose.

Atypically, Root's backstory does not appear in brief plot-relevant flashbacks, but as an episode all its own, the number begrudgingly given in the face of Reese's obstinate refusal to continue on his mission while Root absconds with Finch. From there, we learn about Hannah Frey and the origin of the young hacker who later became the Machine's analog interface.

And You Are Not Me is a remarkable character piece that delves more thoroughly into Root's past. kesdax takes the bits and pieces of information from that episode and fleshes them out, introducing a young Root, her sick mother, and the girl who was her first friend and first shy love. Woven into the narrative of her past are moments from the present: conversations with Shaw about God and religion, a mission from the Machine that reveals the limits of Root's obedience to its commands, the contemplative aftermath.

And You Are Not Me
Title: Do I Dare Disturb The Universe
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Pairing: John Sheppard/Rodney McKay
Genres: Romance, Angst, Time Travel, Established Relationship, Canon
Length: Epic (57,484 words)
Warnings: Temporary character death

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: vaguely_concerned @ AO3

Author's Summary:
When Faith Lumsbred disobeys the decree of Queen Harmony and goes into the forbidden part of the woods, she expects to discover something cool, or at least something suitably unsettling. Finding instead an ageing astrophysicist and his cat she decides to get to the bottom of the things. How did McKay end up here? Why has the queen gone to such lengths to keep him hidden? And what exactly has he been doing out here all by himself?


Review:
Do not let the presence of an OC keep you from reading this fic. She's a likable character who feels very real, and I love the relationship between her and Rodney. As Faith discovers bits and pieces of Rodney's past, the story of what drove Rodney to Harmony's planet unfolds, and it's tragic but interesting. In typical Rodney fashion, he's determined to fix things, but it's taken him many years. Harmony is a grown, mature woman in this fic, but with hints of the mischieviousness of her youth - I could picture her growing up to be just like this. I love Rodney's persistence, the way he never forgets or deviates from his goal. I ache for him and all that he's lost, but I enjoy the way Faith bursts into his life. The plot is interesting and well-written, the characters feel real and themselves, and despite the angst the fic has it's funny moments that lighten the mood. It's really just an enjoyable read!

Do I Dare Disturb The Universe?

Symbolic Constant by LithiumDoll (PG-15)

  • Jan. 10th, 2015 at 10:53 PM
Title: Symbolic Constant
Fandom: Person of Interest
Pairing: Root/Sameen Shaw, very faint Harold Finch/John Reese if you're inclined
Categories/Genres: Post-Canon, Apocalyptic, Dystopia, Alternate Universe, Future, Sci-Fi, Action/Adventure, Angst, Romance, Established Relationship, Dark, Drama, Time Travel (from the characters' perspectives)
Length: Long (18078 words)
Warnings: Previous (Temporary?) Repeated Major Character Deaths (because clones)

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: LithiumDoll

Summary:

Here's the thing about constants: their value never changes.

Review:

In celebration of Person of Interest taking that ultimate step of making their subtexty lesbians officially and irrefutably canon, I'm gonna do my damned best to rec Root/Shaw every Saturday through the end of January.

To be honest, I've never been very fond of the apocalypse and dystopia genres. But my distaste stems from childhood trauma, and probably nobody wants to hear about that, so let me just say, Symbolic Constant is the apocalypse/dystopia fic for people who can push through the painful parts of a fic to reach the happy ending. And by painful, I mean repeated major character death. But it's okay, because they come back, thanks to clones and science and all the best cheat codes that are part and parcel of any decent sci-fi fic. And by happy ending, I mean the next generation of clones wakes up in the post-post-apocalyptic future without having to deal with any of the crap that came before.

So, y'know, don't let the warning scare you off. Please.

If nothing else, read for the lesbians. Shaw and Root's relationship is, as ever, complex at the best of times, a spicy simmer that gives the narrative delicious flavor. An older iteration of Root adds another layer of complexity that the author takes advantage of to portray a version of their relationship where their sizzling sexual tension for once isn't the backbone of their interactions.

LithiumDoll's portrayal of Finch and Reese are such perfect recreations of canon that it brings a tear to my fannish eye. The understated devotion that pervades their every interaction is just as prevalent here, allowing the reader the same freedom to interpret their relationship as the show's writers have taken such pains to cultivate. My favorite scene of the fic, even though it's really, really damn sad, involves a heartbreaking display of their bond to each other, particularly Reese's to Finch.

Basically, I freaking love this fic. I'm gonna go lay down and cry tears of joy now.

Symbolic Constant
Title: bring you to my hell
Fandom: Kuroshitsuji | Black Butler
Pairing: Sebastian/Ciel
Categories: Supernatural/horror/creature fic, established relationship, PWP, dark
Length: medium (4,725 words)
Warnings: Underage (13-year-old boy/ancient demon), danger kink, master/servant dynamics

Author on LJ:  [livejournal.com profile] dustofwarfare
Author Website:  dustofwarfare

Summary: Other devils might enjoy offering fruit to tempt the innocent into damnation, but Sebastian -- he much prefers sharing it with one already damned.

Review: As Ciel eats his orange after the Book of Circus arc, Sebastian reflects on his own hunger, on temptation, damnation, and forbidden fruit. But as the summary implies, Sebastian's role is not to tempt in this story. Ciel is already damned, and once again, he has an order that surprises Sebastian.

This is a hard story to rec without spoiling its central premise, which is one of the main reasons I've hesitated to post about it here. But [livejournal.com profile] dustofwarfare is one of my favorite Kuroshitsuji writers, and this is a great read to start off 2015's year of recs. Her Sebastian is always a delight to read, and always a refreshing change from the many mundane AUs floating around. As in furnace room lullaby, which I previously recced here, Sebastian is more demon than butler in this fic, and Ciel wouldn't have it any other way. As the warnings imply, this story is not for everyone. This is a Sebastian who, as in canon, literally hungers for his master, and a Ciel who gets off on testing the limits on that hunger and of his demon's patience. Ciel is canon-aged in this story, so there is shota/underage. However, it does not particularly focus on his youth as a kink. Instead, [livejournal.com profile] dustofwarfare highlights the qualities that make Ciel so formidable in canon. He may be damned, but he knows it, and he's quite prepared to step into that good night with Sebastian when the time comes. In the meantime, Ciel, as always, knows exactly what he wants -- and he expects Sebastian to deliver it.

bring you to my hell
Title: Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)
Musical Artist: Kelly Clarkson
Fandom: Die Hard 4: Live Free or Die Hard
Pairing: Matt Farrell/John McClane, Thomas Gabriel/John McClane
Categories: Action/Adventure, Angst, Alternate Universe, Crack, Drama, Established Relationship, Fluff, Humor, Romance
Warnings: N/A

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] talitha78
Author Website: talitha78

Summary:

A John McClane/Matt Farrell slash vid set to a Kelly Clarkson song. I don't know what else to tell you.

Review:

So I've been sitting on this vid for, oh, a good two years now, perpetually thinking I'd already recced it. IMAGINE MY SURPRISE when I discover that I had not. No, imagine it. Imagine my wide-eyed cry of shock and the brief but unexpectedly intense spiral into contemplation of the fickle nature of memory. Are you imagining it? Yes? Good.

This is one of my favorite fanvids ever, not just because of the incredible skill with which talitha78 creates a genuinely plausible and definitely enjoyable story out of a mediocre movie and a Kelly Clarkson song, and not even because the clips are extremely well placed to narrate that story within the context of the lyrics. No, this is my favorite vid because John McClane is Kelly Clarkson. He is.

Go watch it. You'll see.

Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)
Title: The Reese-Finch Home for Wayward Boys
Fandom: Person of Interest
Pairing: Harold Finch/John Reese
Categories/Genres: Alternate Universe, Family, Parenthood, Humor, Established Relationship, Domestic
Length: Short (1869 words)
Warnings: N/A

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: the_wordbutler

Summary:

Harold tells John to find a hobby.

John does, just not the kind of hobby Harold'd hoped for.

Review:

John is an ex-special forces, ex-CIA clandestine agent. Harold is a reclusive billionaire programmer who singlehandedly created a nationwide surveillance system and genuine artificial intelligence. Neither subscribes to the socially dictated idea of privacy and the boundaries that go with it. So of course any sort of family they end up creating would be... unconventional.

The Reese-Finch Home for Wayward Boys is an AU fic, but with the feel of canon, as though it might take place in a hypothetical post-canon, or even simultaneous with future canon, if you can suspend your disbelief far enough. Even though their attention isn't focused on saving New York City one victim or perpetrator at a time, there's still a palpable sense of their devotion to the cause of helping these stray kids however they can. Carter and Fusco are inevitably dragged into it, and of course have their own two cents to share. Even Zoe Morgan and Will Ingram, oft ignored in fanfiction, lend their own talents to the odd, (likely illegal), group home. As a result, there's very much a 'it takes a village' vibe to the fic, a group of unlikely co-conspirators working together to help make New York a little better, one runaway at a time.

The Reese-Finch Home for Wayward Boys

On Love, In Truth by Lelek (PG-13)

  • Sep. 17th, 2014 at 1:01 AM
Title: On Love, In Truth
Fandom: Swordspoint
Pairing: Richard/Alec
Categories: Romance
Length: Short (1,035)
Warnings: None

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] lelek
Author Website: AO3

Author's Summary:
Languishing in the harsh, brilliant light of an endless summer afternoon, Alec watches Richard practice against the wall of their sweltering room and wants.

Review:
This is just flat out lovely. This takes Alec and Richard and gives you a snapshot of a moment in their lives that is just about perfect. I love Swordspoint. It's beautiful and tragic and ugh, that book, and this little fic does that gem of a book credit. It sounds so perfectly in line with the words of the book it's like reading from one of the pages--it's that good. It's short and sweet and just rich in details and feelings.

As I said, it's nothing more than a moment in Alec and Richard's lives. Not even a particularly important one, but just them being at home. For all of that it's pretty much perfect. Definitely worth the read.

On Love, In Truth

Morning View by Pygmalion Princess (PG-15)

  • Sep. 6th, 2014 at 8:39 PM
Title: Morning View
Fandom: Final Fantasy 8
Pairing: Seifer/Zell
Categories/Genres: Post-Canon, Future, PTSD, Established Relationship, Hurt/Comfort, Romance, Fluff, Angst
Length: Medium (2951 words)
Warnings: Descriptions of gore and violence

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] bastardized
Author Website: Pygmalion Princess

Summary:

Post-Sorceress, Seifer and Zell have gotten together. Psychological scarring, hyperventilation, conscience -- or lack thereof, chocolate theoretically for breakfast, and of love.

Review:

One thing that tends to get lost in the whole grand story of Final Fantasy 8 is the fact that it's literally about child mercenaries. As in children, sometimes orphans, who are selected and then trained to be soldiers, to kill monsters and government-run armed forces both. They're used as pawns in the political games of nations, contracted out as assassins. And all while they're still teenagers.

So now, looking back at my memories of the game, I find myself incredulous that there are no canon consequences of grooming children to be tools of war. Morning View dips into one of the consequence that canon so thoroughly ignores, exploring the relationship of two young men who have seen too much violence at too-young an age.

In spite of the slightly rough writing, the characterization manages to shine. Zell is a space cadet and Seifer a jerk, but there is genuine care and affection in the way they act toward each other. Though the fic exists within the scope of a single early morning scene, there are also tantalizing glimpses of the larger world and Seifer's place in it, being a rehabilitated villain, that I'd dearly love to see more of.

Morning View

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