To Live by Jambajunkie (R)

  • Nov. 27th, 2014 at 10:46 AM
Title: To Live
Fandom: Pacific Rim
Pairing: Aleksis Kaidanovsky/Sasha Kaidanovsky
Categories: AU, Family, Domesticity, Hurt/Comfort,
Length: Long (28k)
Warnings: Mentions of Past Sterilization

Author on LJ: [ profile] jambajunkie
Website: Jambajunkie

Summary:What if the Kaidonovskys had survived? Sasha and Aleksis learn how to live again in the aftermath of the war - together. This is the story of their happily ever after. Shameless fix-it fic.

Review: This is a great fix it fic for Pacific Rim, where Sasha is a big mother hen to all the younger pilots while still being her kick-butt self and taking on issues of sterility, dog training, and the occasional assassination attempt.

It's great to see the pilots move on with their lives and start families after the end of the movie. And I have an admittedly large soft spot for domesticity and the Kaidanovskies

To Live

Affliction by tolakasa (PG-13)

  • Nov. 24th, 2014 at 1:54 PM
Title: Affliction
Fandom: Supernatural
Pairing: Gen
Genres: AU, Samcentric, Angst, Hurt/Comfort, Family
Length: Epic (45,280 words)
Warnings: Chronic disability

Author on LJ: [ profile] tolakasa
Author Website: tolakasa @ AO3

Author's Summary:
AU of season 5, veering off from canon after the end of 5.04, after Sam and Dean are hunting together again. In a diner one day, Sam notices that something's missing. Something kind of important.

Reading this fic was gut-wrenching. Written from Sam's POV and often delving into his inner thoughts - and his inner self-loathing - we get a front row seat as he starts to lose his senses one by one. It's a trope I've read before, and this fic is up there with the best. The author takes her time torturing poor Sammy, though she thankfully stays out of whump/woobie territory, and the fic is as restrained as something about a happening so horrible can be.

The relationship between Sam and Dean is so touching here. With Sam unable to even feel his own body, it's a return to Dean as a mother figure, taking care of him when he can't do it himself. Even as this is obviously humiliating for Sam, it's always heart warming when the brothers actually act as close as we know they are. Dean is Sam's anchor in a dark world, and that had me sobbing. A lovely, well-paced fic that's perfect if you're in the mood for a tearjerker and brotherly hurt/comfort.


Readers' Recs -- Friendship or Family

  • Nov. 23rd, 2014 at 5:02 PM
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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


Harold tells John to find a hobby.

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


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
Title: The Shadows Feel like Home
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia/Torchwood
Pairing: Edmund Pevensie/Jack Harkness
Categories: AU, Crossover,Family, Time-Travel,
Length: Epic (52k)
Warnings: Character Death, Dark, Aliens

Author on LJ: [ profile] burntcopper
Author Website: Burntcopper’s Ao3

Summary: In which the Pevensies trip, fall, and somehow end up in Torchwood. It's not Susan's fault she shot an alien that was trying to kill Jack Harkness.
Review: This story takes place in the same universe as the National Service Series I recced three years ago, but it can easily be read independently.

This is a fun and fast-moving fic that explores the idea of a Pevensie family that survived post Narnia and what they would do if they fell into the Torchwood Continuum. Particularly what the younger three Pevensies would do with Jack Harkness.

Usually in Torchwood fics Jack is seen as this kind of imovable force because he’s lived so long, so it is interesting to see him run into a bunch of young adults that have lived multiple lives in multiple worlds and don’t give him any kind of respect he doesn’t earn first.

The plot is pretty much episodic and it moves quickly to the point that sometimes things get forgotten along the way but it is tons of fun if you are looking for a bunch of capable, irreverent, damaged people saving the day.

The Shadows Feel Like Home

War Will Make Soldiers by daftalchemist (G)

  • Oct. 19th, 2014 at 12:19 AM
Title: War Will Make Soldiers
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale
Pairing: Gen
Categories/Genres: Family, Drama, Angst
Length: Short (1307 words)
Warnings: N/A

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: daftalchemist


The Carlsberg house is full of mysteries and unknowable truths, exactly the kinds of things Tamika needs for her army.


This fic contains spoilers for Welcome to Night Vale up through episode 53.

Steve Carlsberg. Oh, Steve Carlsberg, how we have learned to love to hate you, can practically hear Cecil's snarl in our ears as we read your name. Steve Carlsberg. Did you hear it, then? I did.

Unfortunately, there's not much I can say about this fic without spoiling a vast swath of Welcome to Night Vale, but if you're caught up, you need to read this Steve Carlsberg-centric fic. It's a fascinating look into the Night Vale that exists outside of Cecil's admittedly broad but broadly biased scope. In it, we see Steve Carlsberg, not through Cecil's eyes, but telling his own story. It, and the September Monologue that it was based on, expose the way Cecil's bias has affected us, the listeners, inculcating us into despising someone we knew nothing about long before we had ever met him.

So if you haven't yet listened to episode 53, do that. Then read this fic. If you're not humbled and shamed and moved by the end of it, well.

War Will Make Soldiers
Title: california girls (we're unforgettable)
Fandom: Teen Wolf/Veronica Mars/Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Pairing: gen (references to canon pairings)
Categories: angst, crossover, family, friendship
Length: short
Warnings: afterlife, canon character deaths

Author on LJ: n/a
Author Website: on ao3

Summary: Allison never really believed in an afterlife. But then, she didn't believe in werewolves either until she met one.

Review: I still really haven't accepted Allison's death, but this fic makes it okay. It's a gorgeous little fic about Allison's journey into the afterlife and all the remarkable women she meets there. The tri-crossover works *really* well here, grangerbutstranger captures all the characters beautifully and makes you wish that they had the chance to meet during life (someone ought to write that). It's the best of female friendship and bonding, and the strength forged from fighting for something you believe in.

california girls (we're unforgettable)

Aftermath by Josan (NC-17)

  • Sep. 30th, 2014 at 12:39 AM
Title: Aftermath by Josan (NC-17)
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Severus Snape/Ron Weasley
Categories: post-canon, drama, romance, slash
Length: Epic (50,000 words)
Warnings: Non-con, rape, torture (mostly off-stage), serious medical problems

Author Website: Josan
Author on LJ: [ profile] tales_of_josan (moribund)

It's long after the War, and Severus Snape discovers there is more to life than potions.

This is another one of those stories I first came across years ago, but which has stood up to re-reading. I admit I read it the first time because I saw the pairing and couldn't believe anyone could write a story matching Ron and Snape that would work at all. It does, though.

The main reason it works is that both men have changed after the war. Snape has resigned from teaching and is hiding himself from unwelcome attention in Muggle Liverpool. Ron, refusing to accept charity and suffering from a curse that has left his motor control shot, crosses paths with him. What starts off as something of a challenge rapidly becomes more than that as Ron and Snape find themselves dealing with what might be the resurrection of the Death Eaters.

Fascinatingly, that's only half the story, pretty much literally. At least as much time is spent on dealing with the other Weasleys' reactions to the pair, which are not exactly friendly to start with. The Weasley women in particular take a long time to come to terms with Ron flourishing with Snape as he didn't in their care, and it takes a suitably long time for those emotions to work themselves out.

This isn't a perfect story. While the wordsmithing is just fine and the plot entirely credible, the characters' voices don't quite ring true to me. In some respects the story has been thoroughly jossed through having been written well before the final books were out, though that's hardly its fault. Even so, for me it stand head and shoulders above the crowd for coming up with a remarkable story of triumph over adversity.


Or on LJ without the annoying ads: Aftermath Part One, Part Two, Part Three and Part Four.

peach-soft flesh by Supernatasha (Pg-13)

  • Sep. 18th, 2014 at 10:36 AM
Title: peach-soft flesh
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Pairing: Allison Argent/Scott McCall
Categories: AU, Family
Length: Short (1.7k)

Author on LJ: [ profile] supernatasha
Website: Supernatasha

Summary: The woman beside you stares, waiting to see what you'll do, if you'll tell your beautiful child who points earnestly and eagerly at the pink sneakers that he can't have them, to find something in blue, wouldn't he rather have the ones that light up, these aren't in his size, why doesn't he see if there's something else in the next aisle

and you say, "okay," and you buy him the shoes.

Review: I love that this is through the eyes of Ms. McCall. She is such a supportive mother and it really shows through in this fic.

A great little pick-me-up about love and supporting each other.

peach-soft flesh

Three Drabbles

  • Sep. 16th, 2014 at 1:13 AM
Drabbles are hard. That's one reason why I'm a drabble purist; if it isn't exactly 100 words, you're taking the easy way out and I won't be impressed if you claim it's a drabble. You have just enough room to show an idea, set up a punchline or whatever, and making that sound plausible while still keeping to the strict word count is quite a challenge.

In an effort to have less words of review than actual content, I hereby offer you three drabbles from three different authors that I picked off Twisting the Hellmouth. All are PG, gen, and need no warnings. And they're all 100 words long, of course.

Title: The White What?
Author: P.H. Wise
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Dune
Categories: Crack, crossover, eugenics, real family

Xander has a powerful magical heritage that he is only beginning to discover...

"Real families" are a common trope in BtVS crossover fanfic. It offers an easy way into a crossover to declare that someone (usually Xander or Willow) was adopted/kidnapped/hidden, and have them discover or be discovered by their real (crossover) parents. This drabble is the reductio ad absurdam of that idea, and a caution to overly enthusiastic breeding programmes everywhere. The repetition at the end is a little weak, but I'll let it off that for a good idea well expressed.

The White What?

Title: What's in a Name?
Author: Speaker to Customers
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Star Wars
Categories: Crack, crossover, real family

An incredibly stupid variation on the 'Character X's Real Father' theme.

If "The White What?" was a reductio ad absurdam, this little gem is just plain absurd. If you're faster than me you might well see the punchline coming, but enjoy the concise, clear writing anyway.

What's in a Name?

Title: Hiding in Plain Sight II
Author: Marcus L. Rowland
Fandom: Highlander/Top Gear
Categories: Crack, crossover, driving, faked death

If Richie Ryan isn't dead, where is he?

Marcus is one of the most prolific drabble writers I know. I picked this story not because of the surprise idea — if you know anything at all about Highlander and Top Gear you'll have already guessed it — but because it's a great demonstration of how to structure a drabble to read naturally.

Hiding in Plain Sight II

Sep. 9th, 2014

  • 9:43 PM
Title: Little Wooden Boy and the Belly of Love
Fandom: Merlin
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur
Categories: AU, found families
Length: Long (14,925 words)
Warnings: Mild drugs and alcohol use, pegging, mention of mental illness, transgender issues (one of the characters is pre-op ftm)

Author on LJ:  [ profile] new_kate
Author on AO3:  new_kate
Podficcer on LJ: [ profile] sophinisba
Podficcer on AO3: sophinisba

Summary: Modern AU. Arthur moves to a a different city to start a new life and become a new man. On a whim he decides to share a flat with an attractive stranger, and quickly gets drawn into Merlin's odd little world.

Review: I've already recced the podfic for Amplirecathon 2013 and Podfic Love, but I love this story so much that I couldn't resist giving it a shout out here as well. Every now and then, a podfic opens you up to a story you might not have clicked on otherwise, and this was definitely the case for "Little Wooden Boy and the Belly of Love." I'm often wary of fanfiction that deals with trans issues because I've come across too many stories that fetishize the trans character in a way that makes me feel really uncomfortable. But this story has a wonderfully realistic and three-dimensional portrayal of Arthur as an FTM. Arthur is more than his gender here, which is a refreshing change from so many stories with trans characters. I also love his relationship with Merlin and Merlin's group of friends. I'm a sucker for found families, and this story is all about finding your place with people who love you. I really encourage you to give the story a try, even if you're unfamiliar with the Merlin fandom. It really doesn't take a lot of background knowledge for you to fall in love with these characters.

And [ profile] sophinisba's loving performance brings it to life in an absolutely delightful way. I get the sense that she really cares about these characters. Listening to this story feels intimate, like she's taking us right into Arthur's heart. As a reader, she manages to convey a wide range of emotion in the dialogue without ever being overwrought. This podfic, like the story itself, has a sense of healing to it, of creating a whole from many fractured parts. It's one of those comfort stories that I've listened to dozens of times. Also, [ profile] yue_ix cover art is absolutely gorgeous. I always love seeing it in my iPod.

Little Wooden Boy and the Belly of Love
[Podfic] Little Wooden Boy and the Belly of Love

Arc Tremors by Mountain Rose (R)

  • Aug. 14th, 2014 at 11:05 AM
Title: Arc Tremors
Fandom: Avengers MCU
Pairing: Gen
Categories: Action/Adventure; Family, Hurt/Comfort
Length: Super!Epic (125k)
Warnings: Detailed Descriptions of Medical Procedures; Near Death Experiences

Author on LJ:
Author Website: Mountain Rose Ao3

Summary:Tony's light had flickered out in the aftermath of the fight with the Chitauri, but his team was there and, hey, he'd just been to space, give a guy some slack. The next morning they accepted, but when he collapses weeks later, they're not going to let him brush it off again, and neither is JARVIS.

Review: This is a lovely, long, and detailed fic with tons of details and warm fuzzies. Along with plenty of hurt comfort and angst.

Mountain Rose does a great job with Dummy and You, as well as all of the Avengers. Tony is so very broken while still stubborn as ever. Everybody is just learning what it means to have family. Pepper keeps everybody sane. And nobody is about to let Tony sacrifice himself for them.

Arc Tremors

'For Henry' by Adm_Hawthorne (T)

  • Aug. 8th, 2014 at 10:40 PM
Title: For Henry
Fandom: Once Upon a Time
Pairing: Emma Swan/Regina Mills
Categories: drama, family, romance
Length: Super Epic (130K)
Warnings: addiction, discussions of past noncon/abuse

Author on LJ: n/a
Author's Website: on ao3

Summary: Tired of fighting with Regina over Henry, Emma decides to make peace and help her come to terms with her past. And along the way they find out there may be more between them than just anger.

Review: Oh this story. It's beautiful and heartbreaking and everything you want to read for these two. It's a two-part series, but the two parts bleed seemlessy into one another that it's really one read.

Hawthorne writes these two women so wonderfully in character, and watching them slowly and painfully stumble through their anger is a simply glorious reading experience. It's a story of friendship and family, and how both can ancor you to the world and help you heal.

What I especially love about this story is how it focuses on both Regina and Emma as individuals and the trauma they've both experienced, and how they both have to work on themselves before they can move forward. It's a complex and nuanced exploration of the characters that is sometimes uncomfortable to read - because life is uncomfortable. Their slow burn romance is beautiful, passionate and feels very honest. The story moves between character study movements and action-packed plot that is very much what OUAT.

For Henry

Sam's Girls by Grundy (PG-13)

  • Aug. 4th, 2014 at 11:32 PM
Title: Sam's Girls
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer/CSI
Pairing: Gen
Categories: Case fic, supernatural, crossover, family, drama
Length: Epic (45,600 words)
Warnings: None

Author Website: Grundy on Twisting the Hellmouth

When a Slayer comes to Vegas to deal with a vampire problem, Catherine discovers she isn't Sam Braun's only daughter.

Set shortly after the end of Buffy and during season 4 of CSI, this is a properly meaty story. Briefly, Buffy goes to Vegas ostensibly to deal with a vampire problem, but also to get away from all the chaos of Slayer Central. Blending the background sketched out in Angel with that of CSI, it shouldn't be a surprise that the major casino owners are well aware of the supernatural side of life, and that the "night life" is generally well-behaved (or else).

The police are much less well aware of what's going on. Some people, like Warrick Brown, have had encounters with vampires and generally keep their mouths shut about it. Most haven't, and the CSIs in particular dismiss the supernatural as nonsense or camouflage.

So pity Catherine Willows when Sam Braun turns out to have a very personal reason for wanting to talk to Buffy.

This is one of those rare things, a crossover between the super-powered/supernatural and the normal (if very smart) that doesn't feel horribly one-sided. The resolution of the plot does depend as much on Catherine's investigative abilities as Buffy's slaying technique. There's no clumsy full disclosure to the CSIs after decades of keeping magic a secret, nothing really to break the worldview of either show. It's a skilful bit of plotting, and the writing is well up to carrying it through.

I often find that when I come back to stories I read and loved a while ago that they don't stand up to a second reading. I start to notice things like characters' voices going awry, or plot-holes that memory had papered over, things like that. Sam's Girls is still as good as when I first read it, and that's very much to Grundy's credit.

There are a bunch of sequels, all rather short. I'm going to stick with the main story as my rec, but they are all linked together conveniently if you want to spend a few pleasant minutes reading them.

Sam's Girls
Title: Fundamental Principles
Fandom: Man of Steel (DC Comics)
Pairing: Jor-El/Dru-Zod
Genres: AU, Arranged marriage, Romance, Family, Drama
Length: Epic (50,322 words)
Warnings: Major character death

Author on LJ: [ profile] manic_intent
Author Website: manic_intent @ AO3

Author's Summary:
Jor-El first learns of Dru-Zod's existence on the eighth cycle of his existence, and quite by chance. He had been on his way to the eastern cryst terrace of the El estates, to watch sundown with his twin, and had cut past the sunward planarform on a whim. His parents were leaning by the balustrade at the furthest swing of the curved planarform, and their voices barely carried over the evening wind.

"... he is hardly yet of age, Seyg," his mother looks agitated, and out of concern, Jor-El hesitates at the archway, just out of sight.

Thanks to [ profile] chibifukurou for letting me rec in their claimed fandom this week.

To be honest, I didn't enjoy Man of Steel enough to really look for fic about it, and no pairing (and definitely not this one) jumped out at me. The only reason I bothered to take a look at this fic was the fact that it's long and written by the goddess that is manic_intent. There's also my love of the arranged-marriage-turning-into-love trope. And I am so glad that I did take a chance on this fic.

I've only ever seen Superman in movies and Smallville; the comic canon is a bit of a mystery to me. Rest assured that this is a lovely fic, but I'm not sure how true to the Superman canon characterisations it is. We didn't see much character building for Zod in the movie, but I feel that the blanks manic_intent has filled in fit with what we did see of him. Zod is pragmatic and tough and acts as though he doesn't have time for the budding scientist Jor-El, who nevertheless worms his way into Zod's heart with his charm, intelligence, and pure stubbornness.

The romance is gradual enough to be believable, with Zod annoyed at his weakness when it comes to Jor-El, and yet so clearly in love with him that his attempts at appearing aloof are more cute than anything. Jor-El is charming and funny whilst also being adorably idealistic, and I loved his characterisation. They end up being much more enthusiastic about their marriage than their parents ever were, and have to fight against political machinations, Zod's own family, and the systemic problems present on Krypton as they try to stay together. Both the political plot and the romance are well written and compelling. The side characters are well written also, with Jor-El's brothers and his friend Faora-Ul standouts.

Fundamental Principles
Title: exactly how this grace thing works
Fandom: Batman
Pairing: Gen
Categories/Genres: Bodyswap, Kid-fic; Family; Domestic
Length: Long(23k)
Warnings: De-aging; Body-Modification; Past Character Death

Author/Artist on LJ: [ profile] irnan
Author/Artist Website: irnan's Ao3

Summary: Dick gets de-aged. You'd think this would be a routine thing.

Review: This is an interesting take on the de-aged character genre. Dick is de-aged to before he met anybody in the bat-family and has to deal with the fall-out of all the decisions the bat-family has made through the years. This allows him to be more honest about the different ways that Bruce let him down, without getting into the nitty-gritty of why Dick wouldn't have said anything in the first place.

The fact that older!Dick had a life and a family that includes many different people isn't glossed over, but by making so that baby!Dick doesn't have the memories that go along with the family ties, it allows both Dick's to find a place for themselves that isn't controlled by other people's expectations of them, or even their own feelings of 'having' to take Bruce's place. This is basically a story about getting a second chance to find your true path.

exactly how this grace thing works
Title: Why Couldn't It be Zombies?
Fandom: The Losers
Pairing: Jacob Jensen/Carlos "Cougar" Alvarez
Categories/Genres: AU, Action/Adventure, Family,
Length: Long (20k)
Warnings: Apocalyse; Character Death

Author/Artist on LJ: [ profile] taibhrigh
Author/Artist Website: Taibhrigh's Ao3

Summary: Specialist Jake Jensen is assigned a last minute mission that seemed like it was going to be a walk in the park. What he wasn't expecting was the apocalypse that started after, but who really ever expects that?

Review:Why couldn't it be zombies is a nice change of pace from the usual Apocalypse fic.

It starts out dark, when the world ends, but in the end it turns into a ode to neighbors and what they can do when they pull together. Taibhrigh rights a great Carlos and Jensen romance, and it is nice to see how supportive they are of each other. Where the story really takes off and shines though is once Jensen and Carlos start helping to create a post-apocalyptic township.

The story covers a lot of time and it has the feel of an origin story and oaral history that I loved.

Why Couldn't It Be Zombies?
Title: Daughter of Samland, Son of Denmark
Fandom: Hunger Games
Pairing: Katniss/Peeta
Genres: AU, Drama, Romance, Family, Slavery, Hurt/Comfort
Length: Super!Epic (152,459 words)
Warnings: Gore, torture/corporal punishment

Author on LJ: [ profile] manniness
Author Website: Manniness @ AO3

Author's Summary:
We’ve prepared as best we could, but as I turn the corner on the muddy path through the village hugging the walls of my father’s fortress, I know we aren’t ready. We would never be ready.

The Northmen have come.

Katniss, heir to the throne of the kingdom of Samland, is captured by Vikings and sold as a slave to Viking!Peeta. The rest of the fic is a very slow building romance between the two, with the second half having a bit of political intrigue thrown in. I look upon Viking fics with feelings of glee and trepidation. Even though the Vikings were most probably first rate dickheads, they seem to be a popular subject with just about everyone, me included. But I know that Viking fics bring the angst.

Saying that, let me contradict myself and present you with this - an angst free Viking fic. Yes, even though this fic contains Vikings, slavery, and war, there is somehow no angst. There's no real evidence of the immoral shenanigans you would expect Vikings to be getting up to, and Peeta is his usual unbelievably perfect and respectful self despite what you would think was a harsh upbringing.

The romance is the strength of this fic. It's a very slow build, but the UST is scorching hot despite its chasteness. Scenes where Katniss and Peeta do little more than look at each other whilst fully clothed are described so well that they made me, a seasoned reader of very explicit porn, flustered. The lack of angst paired with this style of romance really reminded me of a romance novel, in fact. A hot, well written one though, I assure you.

Where the fic falls down is the actual plot; the political intrigue isn't really that intriguing. The main villain isn't even present for the most of the fic, and he's not fleshed out at all. I found the fic a real struggle to read after the first half, with the previous momentum just seeming to fade away. It's a shame that this fic isn't great all the way through, but the romance and the well thought out worldbuilding (the authors ANs are interesting reads) are compelling reasons to read this fic - or at least read its first half.

Daughter of Samland, Son of Denmark

backslide by blackkat (R)

  • Jun. 25th, 2014 at 1:17 PM
Title: backslide
Fandom: Naruto
Pairing: Kakashi/Future!Naruto (main pairing), Future!Sasuke/Future!Naruto, Present!Sasuke/Present!Naruto (minor)
Categories: Time travel, Angst, Humor, Family feels, Hurt/Comfort, Fluff, Action/Adventure
Length: Super Epic (128,352)
Warnings: Violence

Author on LJ: [ profile] black_k_kat
Author Website: | AO3

Author's Summary:
Naruto’s friends are gone, his lover is dying, Konoha is destroyed, and Madara’s second return has pushed the entire world to the brink. Hunted and harried, Naruto is sent back in time to upend Madara’s plan before it even starts, and sets about changing everything. Butterfly effect nothing: the world is at stake, and Naruto is hardly about to let it fall to ruin once more. Not while he’s still breathing.

Here. Have something that's completely amazing and long and plotty and did I mention amazing yet? Include a trope I absolutely love (time travel!), the fact that it's over 100k words, and that it's actually complete (do any of you have any idea how hard it is to find a complete time traveling fic. Do you. I didn't think so.) and you have the recipe for something truly special.

This fic. This fic just punches you in the gut with the angst and then the fluff and so many make shift happy families that make you (well, me) squeeze your pillow in joy because there's nobody else near enough for you to half-strangle in your glee. It starts off depressing what with Naruto sending himself back into time and yet leaving Sasuke behind because there's no other choice if they want to make things better, and ugh, your heart starts hurting from the beginning. Naruto sends himself back to the time just before the genin teams are assembled, and makes himself at home in Konoha under a new name (Kurama; he's called this for the rest of the fic) as he pretends to be an Uzumaki survivor.

It's a fix-it fic. It fixes just about everything and it does it unashamedly and with so much fluff. There is angst to balance out the fluff, but it's such a... bonding fic. Not just romance wise (which comes slowly), but friendships! Families that aren't blood related! If you want a sure-fire way to rocket a fic into my heart it would be make-shift families that love each other.

This doesn't happen quickly. You have Kurama (future!Naruto, remember) slowly getting the ball rolling. He collects Naruto and somehow collects Sasuke and Sakura and they learn how to be a true team as Kakashi and Kurama teach them. The friendships that form, the way that they're so much stronger together than apart, is just really heart warming.

The romance is sloooow. But is awesome. Kurama was in love with Sasuke (future!), but there's absolutely no way he'll get that relationship back, and the fact that both he and future!Sasuke acknowledge that actually made me flat out not want Kurama in a relationship for a while. But somehow the author manages to make the fic and relationships progress enough that it felt natural that Kurama and Kakashi grow closer and fall in love with one another.

It does feel self-indulgent, but in the best of ways and without going too crazy. It's fun. It's sometimes silly, sometimes sad, and just rather fluffy. If fluff isn't your cup of tea then I'd steer clear because this really ramps up the warm fuzzies after a while. It's a fic that turns the team into a family and manages to make everything better, and sometimes that's all that you want to read. This more than delivers.


Entanglements by Astolat (Nc-17)

  • Jun. 19th, 2014 at 10:51 AM
Title: Entanglements
Fandom: Thor (Marvel MCU)
Pairing: Loki/Thor, Steve/Tony/Bruce/Pepper, Natasha/Clint
Categories: AU, Crack, Family, Humor, Post-Canon
Length: Medium (18k)
Warnings:Non-Con(Sex Pollen), Incest

Author on LJ: [ profile] astolat
Website: Astolat

Summary:Huh, was Tony's first thought when the spell broke and all of a sudden his brain came back online.

Review: I'm a sucker for sarcastic narrators, and Tony Stark's narrative on Loki and Thor falling in love, saving the world, and going on the home shopping network, is just hilariously sarcastic.

And just plain hilarious. There are lots of different parts to the story, which will keep you guessing through out, and you'll definitely be laughing every few sentences



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