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Feb. 27th, 2015

Fic Rec #49

Why yes, it is a fic rec, thank you for asking. I actually feel a little awkward posting this so quickly after the class-on-fanfiction clusterfuck, but I'm also not a professor and this is my personal blog. Just... maybe don't leave any comments on the fics if you're not used to it, okay? I'd kind of hate to think I'd accidentally subjected someone to an influx of morons. Not that you guys are morons... yeah, I'm just going to stop while I'm ahead here.

Oneshots/Twoshots

Interruptus
Fandom: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Category: Slash
Rating: Hard R

I can’t usually play video games very well. They all seem to have that damn shaky-cam thing that makes me sick to my stomach, so I really only use my PS3 as a BluRay player, with a few exceptions for games I know I can play. Yeah, I know. But I do like to play games on my phone, because it’s small enough that it doesn’t upset my stomach. Anyway, Capcom released the Phoenix Wright games for iOS so I’ve been playing them in my spare time, and I’ve really enjoyed them. So of course I went to go look for fic (especially for Phoenix/Edgeworth slash)… and I’ve found plenty. In this one, people keep interrupting them at the most awkward times. While this fic isn’t quite to the NC-17 level I’d still consider it pretty NSFW, so keep that in mind.

Steve Rogers at 100: Celebrating Captain America on Film
Fandom: The Avengers
Category: Indeterminate (see notes)
Rating: PG-13

This story is kind of hard to describe. It’s certainly completely different from any fanfiction I’ve ever read. Parts of it are written like someone’s term paper for a film studies class, some parts of it are in blog excerpts, a good portion of it is like a movie script, and only a very small portion of it is actually anything you might recognize as a fanfiction. Basically, Steve turns 100, so there’s going to be a film festival dedicated to presentations of him in movies. He and Bucky end up watching them… which usually doesn’t end very well. The poor guys end up seeing themselves totally bastardized in the popular imagination, and the unorthodox (well, is anything about fanfiction really orthodox to begin with) format works exceptionally well.

Multi-Chapter Fics

Turnabout Pizzeria
Fandom: Crossover between Five Nights at Freddy’s and Phoenix Wright: Apollo Justice
Category: Gen
Rating: PG-13
Completion Status: 38 posts, sequel in project (possibly dropped sequel)
Notes: The on-screen violence is not particularly graphic, but what is hinted at to have happened in the past is extremely disturbing.

If you want a good creepy story, this is for you. Five Nights at Freddy’s is a survival horror video game, where you are a security guard at a Chuck E. Cheese style pizza parlor overnight, where the robotic mascots turn homicidal at night. I’ll be honest- I’ve never played the game, largely because of my inability to play a lot of video games, but I read a lot about it, and know the basic storyline. In this fic, Apollo and Athena get a job as the security guards and work to discover the truth behind the homicidal robots. What turned the robots into the “kill all humans” type is truly horrifying- I don’t want to give away what happened, but if you’re easily upset I’d give this one a pass.

The Boogeyman’s Lullaby
Fandom: Rise of the Guardians
Category: pre-slash
Rating: PG-13
Completion Status: 20 chapters, in progress

While the current rating of the story is at PG-13 and there hasn’t been anything really slashy yet, if this story continues on its trajectory it’s very likely that the rating will change and it will become more slash, rather than just pre-slash. Jack is very close to becoming a hikikomori when he receives a weird email that summons something into his room… a very bad-tempered boogeyman.

Jan. 30th, 2015

Fic Rec #48


It’s short, I know, but be glad you’re getting this rec… my doctors have been yelling at me to spend less time lurking around, and with the back problems I have been having I’ve been reading a lot less fic, because for a while it was too painful to sit up. But I missed a month not too long ago and I really don’t want to make a habit of it, so here you go.

Oh, and before I forget, even though it’s the end of January already, happy new year!

Oneshots/Twoshots

Road to Nowhere
Fandom: Thor
Category: Gen
Rating: PG-13

Loki gets the idea to go and get Frigga from Valhalla, and he talks Thor into going with him. It turns into a very dangerous, argument-fraught intergalactic road trip. While the premise sounds pretty cracky, it’s actually surprisingly serious and moving. Frigga being all irritated with her sons when they show up in Valhalla is the best part of the whole thing.

Priorities
Fandom: Vocaloid
Category: Het
Rating: PG

Vocaloid fic can be very confusing, especially if you’re fairly new to the fandom. The characters generally don’t have an established personality, so it can vary widely from fic to fic, and a lot of authors don’t really explain the situation very well, forgetting that not everyone has their own headcanons. This story is an exception to that- the author very clearly has his or her own ideas, but manages to explain them relatively well, and creates an enjoyable story where Kiyoteru and Iroha get together, despite some misunderstandings in the beginning.

Multi-Chapter Fics

Lady Malfoy
Fandom: Harry Potter
Category: Het, gen
Rating: Low R
Completion Status: 41 chapters, completed
Notes: Graphic violence in some chapters, discussion of an (off-screen) sexual assault, attempted non-con

This story was written quite some time ago, possibly before the final book came out, I can't be sure, so it doesn't really follow canon all that well. Basically, Rodolphus Lestrange is alive and pissed off, and he wants revenge on Hermione (who killed Bellatrix in this version of events), so Hermione is sent to live with Draco Malfoy for protection. Among other things, she discovers a complicated situation involving a homicidal ghost haunting Malfoy Manor, Bellatrix Lestrange's son, and a serious illness that Draco has contracted. Please pay attention to the notes on this- while the story itself never gets too detailed some of the story's major plotlines may be very upsetting for some readers, and in some ways the lack of details make it worse. The ghost's storyline especially is really depressing, and only gets more so when it connects up with the rest of the plot.

Dec. 24th, 2014

Fic Rec #47: The Lawn's Fourth Annual Christmas Fic Rec!

Yes, it's that time of year again. And to be honest, this year's almost didn't happen. It's been a bad few months for me and reading Christmassy stuff just wasn't something I was in the mood for. Usually I start looking for Christmas fics in September or October... this year I didn't do it until Thanksgiving, but I still think it came out okay, even if it’s kind of short and there’s no multi-chapter fics this year.

Happy Holidays!

Oneshots/Twoshots

Have Yourself a Merry NORAD Christmas
Fandom: Hetalia
Category: Gen
Rating: G

Every year, since the 1950s, America and Canada give Santa an escort over their territories in fighter jets. This is loosely (very loosely) based on a true story- in the 1950s, a department store tried to set up a telephone line where kids could call and talk to Santa Claus, but they made a typo and instead printed the phone number for the US Air Defense Command Center (the precursor to NORAD). None of the NORAD people wanted to break children's dreams, so they decided to tell kids where Santa's sleigh was. This still happens today, and it makes for a really cute fic.

In Her Place
Fandom: Harry Potter
Category: Gen
Rating: PG-13

Ok, this is really only a Christmas fic in the most technical sense- it takes place at Christmas and it’s not really the most holiday-ish premise. Basically, over the holidays, Draco Malfoy has the best idea ever- he is going to use Polyjuice potion to figure out what the Gryffindor Quidditch team strategy is and accidentally ends up going undercover as Hermione. He finds out that life as Hermione is pretty difficult… bitchy roommates, creepy perverts with mistletoe, and high heels are the least of his problems. This is a pretty funny story, although oddly enough the site will ask you to confirm that you’re 18+ to access this story even though it’s PG-13, and barely at that.

All I Want For Christmas Is…
Fandom: Free!
Category: Gen
Rating: G

Based on the scene in Episode 10 where Mini-Sousuke and Mini-Gou hold a Christmas party for Mini-Rin with the flu. Just a cute, sweet story about kids wanting to cheer up their sick friend by throwing a party.

Nov. 25th, 2014

Fic Rec #46

Yeah, yeah, I know, it's a month late. But in all honesty, I wasn't in a good place last month and the idea of reading too much fic was just so unappealing to me. Hopefully this makes up for it. I’m also posting it a bit early because I’m going out of town for the Thanksgiving holiday and may not have Internet access until December, so I figured I’d get this out of the way now.

Oneshots/Twoshots

Moloch’s Self-Improvement Project
Fandom: Sleepy Hollow
Category: Gen
Rating: PG

Moloch finds a book about increasing productivity in your workplace and decides to implement a few of its suggestions in purgatory. The results are absolutely hilarious. Who knew the Lord of Darkness could actually be funny? Just a goofy crack fic.

Non-Critical Malfunction
Fandom: Captain America 2
Category: Slash
Rating: NC-17/R18/Adult
Notes: non-con

How to explain this one… well, you know the Winter Soldier is supposed to be a weapon, right? If something goes wrong with him, then it makes sense he would have to report to Hydra equipment facility to get worked on. But… what if something normal for humans happens to him, and he doesn’t understand, so the technician takes advantage of it? I have to say, this story is extremely well-written, to the point where it’s very uncomfortable to read. If you’re looking for something sexy to read, you might want to give this one a miss, but if you want very visceral psychological mindfuck this is great.

Meet You Halfway
Fandom: Free!
Category: Slash
Rating: NC-17/R18/Adult

Uh… I don’t really know how to describe this one, so I’m just going to cut/paste the summary of the fic itself: Rin has a microdick and is slightly self-conscious about it…but Nitori likes it. The two of them are still ridiculous romantics through and through, though. (Nitorin)

Da Capo
Fandom: Free!
Category: Slash
Rating: R
Notes: Infidelity, dubious consent

A very disturbing fic where Haru finds himself stuck in a time loop. Every time he sleeps with Rin, his life resets itself back to him being 17 years old. It’s not like Groundhog Day, where he gets reset every day- it depends on when he has sex with Rin. I don’t want to give away too much, but this story is incredibly unsettling in its implications and really well-written.

Multi-Chapter Fics

Hesitation
Fandom: Star Trek Reboot
Category: Slash
Rating: Hard R/Low NC-17/R18
Completion Status: 41 chapters, completed

This fic is kind of strange. It is loosely based on events that happened in the lead-up to WWII in Britain, only in space and with Vulcans. Parts of it are very reminiscent of the movie the King’s Speech. Kirk meets someone online, who turns out to be the grieving Prince of the Vulcan Empire. They get married, and royal intrigue happens, as well as one of the most disturbing OC villains I’ve ever come across- a very creepy Vulcan prostitute who finagled her way into positions of

Sep. 29th, 2014

Fic Rec #45

Fear not, my friends, we have a more normal length rec this month. It was useful actually having steady Internet access and hours between classes with nothing to do. I also went on kind of a crossover kick for a bit, so there’s a fair few of Harry Potter/Avengers crossovers on here- so if that’s your thing, enjoy! If not, well, you know me, just wait until next month and there will be different stories.

Oneshots/Twoshots

Third Definition
Fandom: Free
Category: Gen
Rating: High PG-13

I wasn't sure if I was going to rec this one, because while it had me screaming with laughter (so much so that my brother came in to make sure I was okay), it also hit my second-hand embarassment squick incredibly hard. But ultimately the hilarity won out over my second-hand embarassment, so here you go. Haru overhears his classmates talking about an interesting movie involving something called watersports. So he asks to borrow it and he and the rest of the team watches it. Everyone learns that sometimes words have more than one definition... Oh, and a word to the wise, if you don't know the other definitions for that word, I'd check out Urban Dictionary before reading the fic or you might get the shock of your life just like everyone in the story did. And no, I'm not your mom, I'm not going to tell you either.

DEAD END
Fandom: Vocaloid
Category: Gen
Rating: PG-13
Notes: Character death

In my experience a lot of Vocaloid fic is complete crap. This one, though, managed to shake me to the core and reminded me of a lot of Tron fic. When you get down to it, really, Vocaloids, like the programs from Tron, are still computer programs, and are vulnerable to things like code corruption, viruses, and, as this story demonstrates, being uninstalled. If you’ve ever wondered what would go through a computer program’s mind when you deleted it, wonder no more, this fic explains it all, in a very viscerally disturbing way. Obviously a sentient computer program would view being uninstalled as murder…

You Are the Heroine to My Protagonist
Fandom: Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
Category: Slash
Rating: Hard R

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun is an anime about a girl who falls in love with a guy in her class and tries to confess her feelings, but he misinterprets her and thinks she’s trying to tell him that she likes the manga he draws. And he draws romantic girl’s comics. At least, that’s technically what it’s about. There’s a whole lot of other characters, too- the lesbian that half the school is in love with, the derpy manga editor, and this guy- Mikoshiba Mikoto, who tries to act so cool but instead is a giant dork. He actually is the inspiration for the main character in Nozaki’s manga, so it only stands to follow that Nozaki actually has some feelings for him, right?

Multi-Chapter Fics

Child of the Storm
Fandom: Crossover between Harry Potter and the Avengers
Category: Gen
Rating: PG-13
Completion Status: 57 chapters, in progress
Notes: Graphic violence, and I do mean graphic in some chapters, honestly it really pushes the limits of the PG-13 rating but since it's not throughout the whole thing I'm going to leave it.

This was another tough one to decide if I was actually going to rec it or not. While it's an incredibly captivating story (and long as hell, it took me almost this whole month to read), the premise of the story is kind of out there (Thor turns out to be Harry's biological father- it's complicated) and the author has kind of an annoying tendency to turn characters into mouthpieces for his pet social issues especially in the later chapters, I ended up enjoying the story enough overall to want to find out what happens next and give my blog's readers the chance to read it themselves. But I also want to warn you that while the story itself is rated PG-13, it does get very graphically violent in some chapters- chapter 21 in particular is enough to make me somewhat sick to my stomach.

My Name Is Yasha Romanov
Fandom: Crossover between Harry Potter and the Avengers
Category: Gen
Rating: PG-13
Completion Status: 8 chapters, in progress

Due to a prior run-in, Sirius Black knew the Black Widow. After the murder of his friends the Potters, he takes their surviving son and gives him to Natasha Romanov to look after. Obviously we all know what happens to Sirius, but what kind of person would Harry Potter be, if he was raised by a dangerous assassin, calling her “mother,” instead of the Dursleys?

Meeting the Prince
Fandom: Free!
Category: Slash
Rating: NC-17/R18/Adult
Completion Status: 4 chapters, possibly completed
Notes: Dubious consent

When Sousuke invades a neighboring country, he takes a liking to the handsome prince. Deciding that since he invaded the country, he had the right to take Prince Rin as his personal property. Chapters are short, but smutty, and you definitely get the sense of what’s going on- Sousuke’s snarky, sort of evil behavior and Rin’s doomed attempts to reassert his power. And lots of sex. Don’t forget that.

Aug. 30th, 2014

Fic Rec #44

Yeah, it’s really short, but I’ve been without Internet access for about half of this month, and classes started up again. It’s also a lot sexier than the last time… :P


Oneshots/Twoshots

Not Cute
Fandom: Free!
Category: Slash
Rating: NC-17/R18/Adult

At the annual Samezuka maid cafe, Momo sticks his foot in his mouth by calling Nitori feminine while complaining about having to wear a maid dress. So he decides to make it up to his sempai by trying to become the best maid he can be. And yes, it's exactly what it sounds like. You don't see too many fics where Nitori tops, and this one happens to be scorching hot as well.

Ghost in the Wires
Fandom: The Avengers
Category: Slash
Rating: NC-17/R18/Adult
Notes: Contains random characters from a bunch of other fandoms, including Star Trek, but knowledge of these guys isn't necessary to read this story, also, probably more importantly, character death

In a world where Tony Stark did not survive being held captive by the terrorists, Pepper Potts donates his old mansion to the Avengers, after they save the world from being taken over by Loki. And then, he meets a strange computer program, a subroutine of JARVIS, named for its deceased creator, Anthony. Little by little, he starts falling in love with program, never mind that Anthony is one, a computer, and b, based on a dead guy. This story is also really freaking long, clocking in at almost 50,000 words. I actually forgot it wasn't a multi-chapter until I went back to get the link for it. It's also important to note that while I put the highest rating possible in for this story, it's not that highly rated until the last sixth or so of the story. Up until then, it's pretty much PG-13.


Multi-chapter Fics

Losing Makoto
Fandom: Free!
Category: Slash
Rating: PG-13
Completion Status: 39 chapters, completed
Notes: Discussion of sexual assault, suicide, and minor character death

I'll admit I was kind of hesitant to read this one in the first place, because the author warned in the summary that it was pretty angsty. I'm not always in the proper place to read something like that, but I gave it a shot anyway, and despite the author's warning, it's not all angst all the time. There are funny parts too, although when they do turn on the angst, they turn on the angst. When Makoto is scouted to become a model, Haru and Rin have to face the facts that they're both attracted to him, and deal with the ghosts of their past coming back to haunt them.

Jul. 29th, 2014

Fic Rec #43


I bet you thought I wasn’t going to do a fic rec, given that I’ve been AWOL pretty much this whole month? Well, you thought wrong! Also, pretty much everything is gen this time. Enjoy!

Oneshots/Twoshots

Analyzing Mothy
Fandom: The Evillious Chronicles
Category: Gen
Rating: PG

In order for this story to make sense, you at least need to be passably familiar with the Evillious Chronicles, a series of Vocaloid songs. I actually really do recommend them, they’re pretty good, but it is the most convoluted, complicated plot of anything outside of Game of Thrones. In case you’re not familiar with the storyline, Meiko is a psychopathic cannibal, Luka is yandere (and murders four people with scissors), Rin and Len are… a whole lot of characters actually, but at first they’re an evil princess and her twin brother, Miku is… also a lot of people, but is a mass murderer, then a clockwork doll, Gumi is the devil, Kaito is a corrupt judge, and Gakupo is a serial rapist. Oh yeah, Kiyoteru is a mob boss and a mad scientist- almost forgot about him… As ridiculous as this makes it sound, the series is actually pretty good, all things considered.

Breaking the Translation Barrier
Fandom: Free!
Category: Slash
Rating: PG

Nitori is a huge fan of an American television drama about the Revolutionary War. One problem- he doesn’t speak English. At all. So he has to watch subtitled versions (sound familiar to anyone at all?). One day though, the episode didn’t have any subtitles, so he has to ask the one person around him who actually is fluent in English- Rin. Rin hates the show, but agrees to translate anyway, because he’s oddly fond of Nitori. But then he starts messing around with the translations, and purposely messes up three very important English words. I’ll let you guess what those words are… :P

Spark
Fandom: The Lego Movie
Category: Slash, gen
Rating: G

If you can handle reading slash with little Lego people, definitely check this one out. Bad Cop and Emmett are in a relationship, and Emmett wants help cleaning his apartment, so he sends a quick text to Bad Cop. Bad Cop misinterprets the text, freaks out, and sends his entire squad of SWAT robots over to “help.” Primarily told from the perspective of one of the robots, it’s very cute and amusing.

The Downsides of Absenteeism
Fandom: Free!
Category: Gen
Rating: High PG-13/Low R

Even in the flashbacks to elementary school, Haru’s parents seem to not really be in the picture at all. This would probably have implications for the important things in life that everyone needs to know. Personally I don’t know that much about the Japanese educational system- do they have health class? But anyway, due to the lack of his parents and his habit of spacing out in class, Haru never got the “birds and the bees” talk, so Makoto has to do it. And demonstrates with a cucumber. While the premise is really quite slashy it’s entirely gen.

To The Very End
Fandom: Harry Potter
Category: Gen
Rating: PG

What happens when Lee Jordan and George Weasley are elderly and have to go into a retirement home? Will they still be the same pranking goofballs they were as teenagers? The answer is, of course, yes, but there’s a sweetly sad side to the story as well.


Multi-Chapter Fics

Blood Magic
Fandom: Harry Potter
Category: Gen
Rating: PG-13
Completion Status: 84 chapter,s completed.

The day Harry turned 16, he received a time-locked letter from his father, revealing that James Potter was not his biological father. Convinced that he was going to die, Snape and Harry's mother performed a ritual that would make it possible for a woman to have the child of a deceased (or close to dying) individual. That child was Harry, and the repercussions that follow make for a very interesting story, although one that does seem to veer off in random directions at times, it largely does circle back to the main plot.

Don't be alarmed by the length of the story- it is fairly long but it only took me about two days to read, and that was with frequent interruptions and me running errands and things.

Jun. 14th, 2014

Fic Rec #42

Argh. Summer classes suck. This rec’s early this month because of the summer classes, it’s extremely unlikely I’m going to have time to really do much of anything with regards to the blog until the end of July, and I have an exam towards the end of this month.

There’s also a bit of femslash on this rec. Are you surprised? And believe it or not, this is also one of the most SFW fic recs I’ve ever done. I actually don’t think there’s a single story over PG-13 rating here, although one does kind of skirt the line there.

Oneshots/Twoshots

Voidsong
Fandom: The Amazing Spider-Man
Category: Pre-slash
Rating: PG-13
Notes: Spoliers for Amazing Spider-Man 2

Discusses the events of the movie from Harry Osborn's point of view- he comes back, sees his dying father, discovers he is dying as well, and faces off with Spider-Man himself, as well as has to fight his growing attraction to his childhood friend Peter Parker. And oh, ow, does it ever hurt.

Fostering Witch-Muggle Understanding
Fandom: Harry Potter
Category: Femslash
Rating: PG-13

This takes place after the Order of the Phoenix takes the Dursleys away from Privet Drive to protect them in the final book. Vernon and Petunia end up staying with Hestia Jones, a witch. Their marriage begins to disintegrate from the stress, and Petunia begins to become attracted to Hestia. Ultimately, that attraction leads to the destruction of the marriage, but really, is getting divorced from Vernon Dursley really that bad? Just a soft, slow fic with a happy ending.

A Crime Fitting The Punishment, or Dumbledore’s Monster
Fandom: Harry Potter
Category: Gen
Rating: PG-13

One night, Albus Dumbledore gets a time-traveling visitor in his office- an insane man, gone completely psychotic and an unrepentant murderer who, in one week, had annihilated his way through a large swath of the wizarding world. The man came to deliver him a message- he was the result of Dumbledore’s scheming.

Heads up, this fic might be gen, but it is really fucking dark.




Multi-Chapter Fics

The Otter of Iwatobi
Fandom: Free!
Category: Gen
Rating: PG-13
Completion Status: 9 chapters, in progress

Apparently, the animators intended to put a character named Kaede in the show instead of Rei at first, but they changed their minds. There were a few sketches and character designs, but other than that, nothing was done with the character. This author takes that and extrapolates the character designs into a whole new character- Kaede Kobayashi, Haru’s weird, hyperactive cousin. Mostly it’s a goofy comedy fic, but there’s a bit of a darker thread lurking there that I’m interested to see what the writer does with it.

The Rise of Darth Vulcan
Fandom: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Category: Gen
Rating: PG-13
Completion Status: 23 chapters, in progress

On Halloween, a human boy dressed as Bizarro World Darth Vader gets ahold of a weird necklace at a junk store to make his costume complete. Unfortunately, the weird necklace turns out to be the Alicorn Amulet, only one that had fallen through the void of time and space, warping it even more. Then he gets sent to Equestria. What’s a budding evil overlord to do, other than try to take over the country he’s found himself in? While this story can get quite dark at times, mostly it’s just hilarious.

May. 29th, 2014

Fic Rec #41

You know, maybe I should stop putting these little introduction things at the beginning of these posts unless I actually have something useful to say…


Oneshots/Twoshots

Agent at the End of the World
Fandom: Agents of SHIELD
Category: Gen
Rating: PG
Notes: Spoilers for the new Captain America movie and Agents of SHIELD

This is the story about how Melinda May ended up working for Director Fury monitoring Coulson, and why she did it. From finding out that Coulson had been stabbed in the heart by Loki, to finding out what had happened to Director Fury in the episode where the team finds out that SHIELD had been infiltrated by HYDRA. The author marked the story as “mature” but I honestly don't think it needs that high of a rating.

Simple and Perfect
Fandom: The Avengers
Category: Slash
Rating: High PG-13

Ever since becoming Captain America, Steve’s metabolism has been very fast, and he’s always hungry. Adjusting to the 21st century is harder than he expected, especially with his growing attraction for Tony Stark. Finally, at a Halloween party, he admits to Tony that he remembers a kind of candy from his childhood that he’d like to have again.

Theft of Assets, Destruction of Property
Fandom: Harry Potter
Category: Slash
Rating: R
Notes: Discussion of false accusation of sexual assault, graphic violence

Like a lot of Harry Potter fic, this was written almost ten years ago now, so it does not follow the canon for the last two books. In their sixth year, Draco Malfoy and Neville Longbottom have an affair. This really pisses off Draco’s father, who planned to marry him off to someone with a lot of money, so he sues Neville for raping his son and destruction of property, In order to settle things, Draco agrees to marry Neville, despite the fact that Neville might not have actually wanted to marry the guy who falsely accused him of sexual assault. The story follows Draco’s married life and his strangely deteriorating health. It does have a happy ending, though.

Apron
Fandom: Free!
Category: Slash
Rating: NC-17/R18/Adult

I spent two days mainlining Free! over a weekend, and ended up loving every minute of it. I’d heard of it, of course- apparently last year when it came out it enraged a bunch of weeaboo neckbeards because it’s kind of fujoshi-bait instead of their usual moeblob anime, but that wasn’t enough to get me interested enough to watch it. I finally did watch it after someone on Reddit recommended it to me, and I ended up loving it. And I also ended up walking away shipping everyone in various permutations. This story features Rin topping the hell out of Haru, while Haru wears an apron. Yep. That’s it. That’s the entire fic, and the best way I can think of to describe it. It’s also insanely hot, so definitely go read it.

Multi-Chapter Fics

Kill Your Darlings
Fandom: Harry Potter
Category: Het
Rating: PG-13
Completion Status: 29 chapters, in progress

Oh, if only this website had a more usable interface… it seems there’s some truly good hidden gems in here, once you get past the scores and scores of lousy self-insert Mary Sue “Harry had a lost sister” fics, but the site is so complex and ugly as to be practically unusable. And it’s rating system is incredibly whack- of the fics I’ve read on there with the “mature” box marked, none of them seem to be rating higher than a high PG-13, possibly low R. I just can’t figure it out. Anyway. Enough about me complaining. This author has written a story of how Andromeda Black met Ted Tonks- Word of God states that he was failing a class and the professor assigned Andromeda to be his tutor. But what if it was more complicated than that? What if Andromeda was already engaged to someone, who wasn’t a good person? What if she starts to see her family as they really were? I was surprised- I don’t usually read this sort of thing, but it hooked me from the first chapter and I have to say, I really like the snarky way this author writes dialog.

Going For The Gold, or The Greed of Tachibana Makoto
Fandom: Free!
Category: Slash
Rating: R to NC-17/R18/Adult
Completion Status: 5 chapters, in progress

Like I said earlier in the rec, I really enjoyed Free! when I watched it, and I’m really looking forward to the second season coming this summer. Which is doubly interesting because usually I couldn’t give less of a fuck about sports. But anyway. This story focuses on a really unlikely pair- Mikoshiba Seijuurou and Tachibana Makoto, and you get to learn a lot about Seijuurou’s family. The two guys are such dorks- that was the most awkward sex scene I’ve ever read, but at least they work towards getting it better in the future… the story is incomplete so I have every confidence that it will end better for them.

Apr. 20th, 2014

Fic Rec #40

This rec's a bit shorter than usual, because the multi-chapter fic included was so long! 80 chapters! With all of my work and whatnot, reading that took up the majority of my allotted fic time this month. Next month we will probably be back to normal.

Oneshots/Twoshots

Numbers
Fandom: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Category: Gen
Rating: PG

Reading a parent's despair is always difficult, but this fic really takes it up a notch. Filthy Rich had no idea what his daughter Diamond Tiara was doing at school, but when Cheerilee calls him in for a conference, he learns quickly that his daughter isn't as innocent as he always thought. The author really does well at capturing Rich's pain when he realizes what's happening, and his realization that he'd failed as a parent.

but hey, you’re all right
Fandom: The Avengers
Category: Slash
Rating: PG-13

Despite it’s ridiculous, crack-tastic premise (Tony orders Steve a Russian mail-order bride as a joke, said mail-order bride turns out to be the Winter Soldier), this story actually manages to have a lot of feels. The Russian guy looks a lot like Steve’s friend Bucky. But Bucky died in WWII, so how is that possible? Eventually, though, “Dmitri’s” past catches up with him, and they realize exactly what had happened.



Multi-Chapter Fics


Innocent
Fandom: Harry Potter
Category: Gen
Rating: PG-13
Completion Status: 80 chapters, completed, sequel in progress

Holy shit. 80 chapters! This fic took me the better part of the month to read, and every moment spent reading it was worth it. My one complaint is that I’m not crazy about the website it’s posted on- I don’t like the user interface, but that’s a minor issue compared to the rest of the story. Sirius Black breaks out of Azkaban years before he did in canon, and takes Harry away from the Dursleys, sparking a massive nation-wide manhunt by the ministry of magic. That’s really just scratching the surface of this incredibly complex tale, but if I tried to explain all the intricacies we’d be here until the apocalypse, so you might as well just read it. One thing you should know- the author marked this story as “mature” on the website, but it’s really not that bad- there is some graphic violence towards the end, but nothing that I feel warrants a higher rating than PG-13.

Initiate
Fandom: Harry Potter
Category: Gen
Rating: PG-13
Completion Status: 11 chapters, in progress
Notes: Sequel to the above fic

Picking up where the last one left off, Sirius is now a free man, and now he has the job he’d had before the events that got him locked up back. Harry and company are starting their first year at Hogwarts. Lupin is now the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, and Draco has to get used to being put into a very different house than he expected to be. I can’t go on too much about the plot because it would spoil the first story, but so far it seems to be shaping up to be a very good sequel to the original.

Mar. 28th, 2014

Fic Rec #39

Once again I have very little to say about this month's rec, other than enjoy!

Oneshots/Twoshots

Without A Shadow of a Doubt
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale
Category: Slash
Rating: R

Apparently in Night Vale, Groundhog Day is the romantic day of the year, rather than Valentine’s Day, and the city’s Feelings Delivery Service just sent out a shipment of new feelings. And, unfortunately, (or fortunately, depending on your point of view) Carlos got a shipment too, and comes to visit Cecil while he’s on the air. Yeah.

The Long Arm
Fandom: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Category: Gen
Rating: High PG-13
Notes: Graphic violence, part of the All-American Girl storyline

In the main All-American Girl story, Fluttershy’s daughter Cinnamon Star tells DJ about what happened to her biological parents, a banker and a postal worker- they had been murdered by humans. This story focuses on the aftermath of that and the investigation that surrounded that murder. The story follows Shining Badge, the sheriff of the town in question as he gets brought on board the international investigation. Please be advised that this story does get quite graphic at times, and that one really should read at least the main All-American Girl story for the background.

Here’s to knowing what you want and getting it
Fandom: Mad Men
Category: Slash
Rating: R

After discovering Don’s past, Pete becomes fascinated by him, and fantasizes all the time about what it would have been like to meet Don before he actually became Don. This fic is incredibly well-crafted, switching well between what’s “actually” happening and what’s happening only in Pete’s imagination

You Can, and You Will
Fandom: The Avengers
Category: Slash
Rating: NC-17/R18/Adult
Notes: Somewhat dubious consent

While on a job, Clint catches sight of the target’s dong, and he thinks it’s huge. He starts annoying Coulson into getting a look at it- Coulson isn’t pleased by this and refuses, which just eggs on Clint. Eventually he’s had enough and calls Clint into his office to reprimand him. Then Clint does something stupid: he makes insinuation about the size of Coulson’s dick and goads him into saying that he’d love to fuck him. Things… kind of go downhill from here. As long as you don’t think too hard about the logistics, this fic is pretty hot.

Technically
Fandom: The Avengers
Category: Slash
Rating: NC-17/R18/Adult
Notes: Sequel to the above fic

The aftermath of what happened in the above linked fic, told from Phil’s perspective. Coulson had always hated his oversized penis, and Clint just constantly poking at that one sore spot did very little to reassure him. After the events of the last fic, he’s wracked with guilt over what he did- things work out in the end though.


Multi-Chapter Fics

The Man With Two Names
Fandom: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Category: Gen
Rating: PG-13
Completion Status: 17 chapters, in progress

A human Baptist preacher accidentally finds his way into Equestria, and makes a horrible first impression by killing and attempting to eat one of Fluttershy’s chickens. Despite the fact that he was close to starving to death, most of the ponies are less than understanding and are convinced that he’s about to start snacking on them at any time. This is one of the darker MLP stories out there, but it’s very good nonetheless. However, if you’re easily disturbed I’d suggest giving this one a pass.

Feb. 27th, 2014

Fic Rec #38

It seems last month was kind of a fluke- this month's fic rec was a lot easier for me to do. So, until further notice, the fic recs will continue to be a once-a-month thing instead of once every other month. Enjoy! And if my brother’s friend is reading this, bugger off. Or at least don’t click on anything you shouldn’t. Actually, that’s probably why this rec is so SFW this time around.

Also, hopefully this will go through. I’m attempting to post it from the university’s sketchy network connection. It actually took about ten minutes to load my blog, and I’m still waiting for Amazon to load. >:(

Oneshots/Twoshots

Attention, People Magazine
Fandom: The Avengers
Category: Slash, het, gen
Rating: PG

This is a silly fic written entirely in email format between Tony Stark and Clint Barton. People Magazine did an article on the Avengers, and got some facts really, really wrong. Like Clint's marital status, for one. Actually, come to think of it, Tony didn't know Clint's status either. Ooops. Super quick and easy to read, you'll get a bit of a chuckle out of this one.

Record-Breaking
Fandom: Monsters University/Monsters Inc.
Category: Gen
Rating: G

The story behind how Dean Hardscrabble of Monsters University managed to get her record-breaking scare- the one that Sully and Mike accidentally break while they were fighting in the lecture hall. It takes place around 1969 or thereabouts, and Dean Hardscrabble is sent to collect screams from a boarding school. There’s a bit of discussion about how kid’s fears have been changing since WWII and how it might affect the future of the job, but it’s not the main point of the story. Overall, it’s a quiet, introspective look at what one would have to do as a Scarer in the company, and the complexities that come along with the job.

Till Morning Comes
Fandom: Scooby-Doo
Category: pre-slash
Rating: G

On an overnight trip, as usual, Fred and Shaggy (and Scooby!) end up rooming together. Fortunately, for once, they’re able to get a decent night’s sleep without some crazy creeper interrupting them, despite Scooby’s insistence that there’s a ghost there. Just a fairly simple, cute, fic written for Cotton Candy Bingo last year.

I’ll Be The Rock Star If You’ll Be The Scientist
Fandom: Crossover between Agents of SHIELD and The Avengers (does that even count as a crossover?)
Category: Slash, femslash
Rating: PG-13

If I’m going to be completely honest- I don’t especially like Skye/Simmons, and wouldn’t normally rec a Skye/Simmons fic. To be honest I don’t even really like femslash most of the time, with a few exceptions, but especially not this particular pairing, since FitzSimmons is clearly meant to be. In any case, I don’t seek it out. HOWEVER. This is an exception. Genetically engineered dinosaurs > everything else, and even though I wasn’t sold on the pairing the rest of the story was hilarious enough that it canceled out the “dafuq?” factor I got from the pairing. Thor wanting to keep it as a pet was priceless on its own, and Director Fury’s reaction was icing on the cake for me. Brilliant.

Multi-Chapter Fics

Harry Potter and the Invincible TechnoMage
Fandom: Crossover between Harry Potter and the entire Marvel Comics universe (seriously)
Category: Gen
Rating: PG-13
Completion Status: 19 chapters, in progress

This is one of those stories where I really kind of fought with myself over whether or not I wanted to include it on this rec, because while I really enjoyed it overall, there were a few things that I did not particularly care for. But eventually I decided that I liked it enough to overlook those things, so even though this story is on one of these lists, take it with a bit of a grain of salt. While overall it’s a fascinating story about what would happen if the Dursleys had been killed in an industrial accident while on vacation in America, and Tony Stark adopted Harry, there are a few things that are somewhat more complicated in there. I don’t particularly care for the portrayal of Dumbledore as a fairly incompetent, corrupt idiot, and this writer’s Harry comes off as, well… way more mature than I think a pre-teen should. But again, don’t let this stop you. I enjoyed it overall despite it having some elements I did not particularly care for.

Kind Hearts and Coronets
Fandom: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Category: Gen, het
Rating: PG-13
Completion Status: 14 chapters, completed

I can’t believe I forgot to put this on the January rec! Once again, this story is part of the All-American Girl storyline. Reading the first story in that might be a good idea, as well as Polarity, although Polarity isn’t finished yet. This particular story has a different feel from the rest of the series, mainly because there is no DJ Martinez/Sandalwood yet to throw a monkey wrench into everything. This is the story of how DJ’s biological parents, Rarity and Silversteel, met, as well as the incidents that ended up complicating their relationship. Truth be told, it’s actually amazing DJ exists at all, based on what happens in this story…

A Nick in Time
Fandom: Harry Potter
Category: Gen, pre-slash
Rating: PG
Completion Status: 8 chapters, completed

This was written before the conclusion of the series, so it doesn’t really follow the canon very well- although Ron and Hermione are married. Dumbledore posthumously casts a spell on Harry and Snape, deaging them to seven-year-olds in order to give them a chance to enjoy the life growing up that they never had the chance to when they were kids. This was written quite some time ago (possibly even before the Order of the Phoenix) so most of the stuff about Snape’s past was incorrect, and there are some hints to slightly more mature content in the first and last chapter (before and after any deaging, respectively). If you’re not into slash, or not into the pairing (which I’ll be honest- isn’t really my cup of tea most of the time either), you can skip the last chapter with very little problems for understanding the story.

Jan. 30th, 2014

Fic Rec #37

If some of the explanations seem kind of half-assed, it’s because I kind of procrastinated on typing up this fic rec- I think I started on the 20th. I’m actually considering decreasing the fic recs to being every other month instead of every month, because I had a hell of a difficult time finding fics I liked this month. Of course, maybe that was just a one-off thing. We’ll see how February goes, then I’ll make a decision.

Other than that, enjoy!

Oneshots/Twoshots

And All That I Can Hear Is One
Fandom: Almost Human
Category: Slash
Rating: NC-17/R18/Adult

I started watching this show because it comes on before Sleepy Hollow and I'm lazy and don't like to have to hunt around for the television remote when the time comes, and I started enjoying it as much as the show that comes on after it. Anyway, Rudy, the robot technician, ends up finding a damaged robot and he starts to rebuild him, only to realize, oh shit, he's a sexbot. As time goes by, Rudy becomes more and more attracted to the android, while trying to hide it. After the android saves his life, he starts to admit he has fallen for him. The end result is surprisingly cute, for such a dark show full of explosions.

In Memory Of
Fandom: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Category: Gen
Rating: PG

This story was written back in December of 2012, before Twilight Sparkle became an alicorn in the show and before it was even announced. Alicorns, in canon, are immortal- they don’t age and die. However, this story focuses on an elderly Twilight Sparkle’s decline. It is incredibly hard to read all the way to the end, because you track her going from an elderly, yet vital researcher to a pony unable to do the most basic things like dress herself, eat, or even speak. Hits you right in the feels, and reminds you to enjoy every day while you can, and to spend time with your elderly friends and family while you can, too.

The Empty House
Fandom: Harry Potter
Category: Slash
Rating: High PG-13/Very low R

Instead of being able to defeat Voldemort at the Battle of Hogwarts, the war drags on after that battle. Seriously wounded, Harry finds his way into what he thought was an empty house, hoping to find a place to die in peace. It turns out that the house belonged to the Malfoy family, and after defecting from Voldemort, Draco turns up, fearing that his parents are dead, only to discover a half-dead Harry Potter sleeping in his bed. A fairly long, somewhat slow-moving story, but satisfying nonetheless.

Multi-Chapter Fics

My Little Avengers
Fandom: Crossover between The Avengers (duh) and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Category: Gen
Rating: PG
Completion Status: 18 chapters, completed

When Big Macintosh finds an ancient artifact of great power, he gains a special ability to become the spirit of a powerful alicorn from a lost civilization. Unfortunately, that same artifact awakens the sole survivor of that same civilization, the one who destroyed it. And he will need to come together to help save Equestria itself from that threat, along with a group of other ponies who develop their own powers. Obviously, this is a crossover between The Avengers and My Little Pony. I know I say this often when I rec pony fic, but even if you don’t like ponies it’s worth checking out, just to see how the Avengers can be transplanted into a whole different setting (and be a completely different species!)

Better Teachers
Fandom: The Avengers
Category: Gen, pre-slash
Rating: PG
Completion Status: 5 chapters, completed

It’s not really a secret that I like kid fic a lot. In this one, Amora the enchantress zaps both Loki and Tony with a spell that de-ages them to approximately seven years old (or whatever the Aesir equivalent is). Of course, this doesn’t go over too well, especially now that a homicidal maniac is now a helpless, confused kid. They take him in, and things get a bit interesting. Definitely worth checking out.

Dec. 24th, 2013

Fic Rec #36: The Lawn's Third Annual Christmas Fic Rec

And for the first time ever, the title “Christmas Rec List” isn't entirely accurate, since one of the stories on this list features more than just Christmas as its holiday focus! Granted, considering that the rest of the stories on this list are centered around Christmas it's still not ideal, but it's better than last year. And as always, no offense is intended towards anyone who doesn't celebrate any of these holidays.

No matter what you celebrate, whether it is Christmas or Hannukah or Eid or Yule or nothing... I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

Oneshots/Twoshots

Poor Little Fancy Cat
Fandom: Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Category: Gen
Rating: G

When I was a child I used to love Sabrina the Teenage Witch. I'd watch it whenever I could find it on the television and I had a ton of the novelizations. I'm not entirely sure what happened to them, I'd like to read them again. But enough about that- this story takes place at the first Christmas after Sabrina and Harvey get married, and Salem is feeling grouchy and lonely. When he overhears a phone conversation that Sabrina is planning on getting him a subscription to Cat Fancy magazine, that's the last straw. It will take a Christmas miracle to get him out of the dumps. Just a cute, silly Christmas story for the holiday season.

Yes, Twilight Sparkle, There Is A Santa Hooves
Fandom: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Category: Gen
Rating: G

Hearth’s Warming is the pony version of Christmas, so it totally counts. Princess Celestia has always had difficulty with Hearth’s Warming after she was forced to banish Luna to the moon. The story follows Celestia’s celebration of the holiday from the first Hearth’s Warming after the civil war, to several Hearth’s Warmings after Luna’s return, and discusses Celestia’s hope to get her sister back, through her surrogate daughter, Twilight Sparkle. Also, Santa is a reindeer.

The Frost Fair
Fandom: Tangled
Category: Het
Rating: G

Okay, so technically this isn’t a Christmas fic, but it features a made-up winter holiday, so I decided it counts. And it’s my list, so I can do what I want with it. Anyway. Flynn and Rapunzel go out to the kingdom’s winter fair together. It being Rapunzel’s first winter outside of the tower, she wants to do everything. Just a cute winter fic.

When They Were Young: The Night Before Christmas
Fandom: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Category: Gen
Rating: G

In a world where Celestia, Luna, Discord, Queen Chrysalis, and King Sombra never grew up to become enemies, their families got together at the holidays as part of a diplomatic exchange, giving the foals a chance to spend time with their friends. Little Discord comes up with a plan to stay up all night to meet Santa Claus, and the others agree. But, being foals, will they all fall asleep before they get the chance, or will they actually meet Santa? Just a silly little fic that features Christmas, along with the princesses and some of the main villains of the series goofing off together as kids without a trace of the enmity they will have towards each other later in life.

The Meaning of Christmas
Fandom: Chuck
Category: Slash
Rating: NC-17/R18/Adult

This fic was a bit awkward for me to read. Not because of any problems with the fic itself, but because I used to watch this show with my parents. Which made for some awkward moments while reading this fic, because seriously, I don’t want to associate something like this with them. But I got over it pretty quickly and enjoyed the fic a lot. Not only is it very hot, it also perfectly captures the feeling of working retail during the holiday season with its hilarious anecdotes about crazy shoppers, and holiday company parties with drunk-ass coworkers.

Multi-Chapter Fics

The Wool-White, Bell-Tongued Ball of Holidays
Fandom: Crossover between The Avengers and Being Human
Category: Gen
Rating: PG
Completion Status: 18 chapters, completed
Notes: Again, this one’s part of the Housemates series, which I have previously recced.

Once again I find myself posting another one of these stories on one of these lists. Between this and All-American Girl, I could probably never read anything else ever again and be satisfied, as long as this series, as well as the many storylines making up AAG were finished. And, as mentioned in the introduction to this list, this story contains more than just Christmas! Loki and his friends and the Avengers all celebrate different holidays- Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, Kwanzaa, and Festivus in the one week they spend together. Very heartwarming.

Nov. 28th, 2013

Fic Rec #35

To my American readers: happy Thanksgiving! To my Jewish readers: happy Hanukkah! To everyone: enjoy this month’s fic rec!

Oneshots/Twoshots

Treasure Me
Fandom: Fusion between The Hobbit and Sherlock BBC
Category: Slash
Rating: NC-17/R18/Adult
Notes: Somewhat dubious consent

I've not really watched more than a handful of episodes of BBC Sherlock, and only one all the way through- it's not really my thing, I think I prefer the movies with Robert Downey Jr. But, anyway, the guys who play Sherlock and John Watson on the BBC show also play Smaug the dragon and Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit movies respectively. Anyway, Johnbo Baggins breaks into Smauglock's lair on a dare (hey, that rhymes!) and steals some stuff. Of course, he gets caught. Instead of just eating him, Smauglock decides he'll give the hobbit a chance to make it up to him. Since Johnbo stole his stuff, he's going to steal something of Johnbo's. And yes, you've probably figured out where this is going by now...

Big Name Death Eater
Fandom: Harry Potter
Category: Het
Rating: PG-13

This is an incredibly long fic for a oneshot, but it had me laughing the whole way through. I have to admit as well, that the pairing (Snape/Hermione) is growing on me… anyway, in this story, which seems to have been written quite a while ago, as it ignores several very major plot points from books 5 and on, Snape has a plan to defeat Voldemort once and for all. All he needs now is help from Harry, Ron, and some of his friends from school, as well as having Hermione pretend to be his girlfriend. The absolute WTF-ery of this fic is absolutely worth the time it takes to read it.

Boy of the Stars
Fandom: The Avengers
Category: Het
Rating: PG

Shortly after her dad died, a teenaged Jane Foster comes across a strange boy who accidentally crash-landed in her yard. He speaks Norwegian, or so she thinks, until he does something that makes it possible for her to understand him. He introduces himself as Loki, God of Mischief, and proves it by doing some magic tricks for her. They end up talking, and Loki helps reassure her that her father is still out there somewhere. Just a short, somewhat bittersweet fic I quite enjoyed.

Multi-Chapter Fics

Loki Odinson and the Hogwarts Housemates
Fandom: Multi-fandom crossover including The Avengers, Being Human, and Harry Potter
Category: Gen
Rating: PG
Completion Status: 31 chapters, completed
Notes: Part of the Housemates series- other fics have already been recced in the past, please read at least “Monsters” before reading this one.

Man, when you crossover a crossover, things get complicated pretty quickly. The Housemates series is already pretty complex, now Coneycat (the author) has included the Harry Potter universe! However, I think that this fic will be the only one including the Harry Potter universe in this universe she has created (and the word “universe” no longer looks like a real word to me, I typed it so much). Loki's family is a family of pure-blood wizards. A few days before he goes to Hogwarts for the first time, he finds out that he's not actually his parents' child- his real parents were in Azakaban, put there by Odin (who was an Auror during the Second Wizarding War). He meets his friends and gets into all sorts of magical mishaps, finally culminating with a dramatic family scene. I love this fic series, I've read them all multiple times, and this one doesn't disappoint.

My Little Alicorn
Fandom: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Category: Gen
Rating: R
Completion Status: 17 chapters, completed, sequel available
Notes: Extremely (and I do mean extremely) graphic violence in two chapters- that’s where the rating for this fic comes from.

Princess Luna is sick of Celestia screwing around with her, so she finds a long forbidden spell-book and uses one of the spells in there to turn Celestia into a foal. Unfortunately, she didn’t read the fine print: the spell was created by a psychotic unicorn stallion in order to depose Celestia- if the spell was used on an alicorn, it would be permanent instead of a few hours’ worth of foal-hood. The attempt to get the princess back to normal reveals some things that maybe should have been kept buried. Please be aware that while most of this fic is pretty innocuous, there are two chapters that include incredibly graphic violence. It’s not quite to the level of Cupcakes yet, but it’s pretty jarring if you’re not expecting it.

Bringing up Blueblood
Fandom: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Category: Gen
Rating: PG-13
Completion Status: 14 chapters, completed
Notes: Sequel to the above fic

I actually really prefer this fic to the first one, but if you don’t read the first one, this one won’t make too much sense, so I included the first one as well on this rec, even though I like this one much better. The forbidden spell gets used again, this time as a punishment for Prince Blueblood, the douche-y prince nephew of Princesses Celestia and Luna.. As punishment for what he’s done wrong, he gets turned into a foal and sent back to Magic Kindergarten so that he can learn to be a better pony.. This story is absolutely hilarious, and flows better than the original (I think). It is also quite a bit less graphically violent. However, be aware that it has one hell of a twist ending- now I really hope the author does another sequel so I can figure out what happens there!

Oct. 30th, 2013

Fic Rec #34: First Time Recs Edition

Yeah, I know I'm cutting it kind of close this month. I’ve been busy. Take it up with my professors if you want to file a complaint. No, seriously, do take it up with them- I don’t think they’ll listen to me. I also haven’t really been in the mood to read too much fic this month, either- most of this stuff I read last month or earlier and added it to my list of things to potentially rec later.

Anyway. This year, due to a variety of circumstances, I’ve been a bit lazy on the themed fic recs front. I honestly wasn’t expecting to do one this month, but then I realized that most of the fics on this list were from fandoms I hadn’t ever included on one of these lists before. So the stories from fandoms I’d recced before got shunted off into next month’s rec so that this one could be a themed one. This is also among the most SFW fic recs I’ve ever posted- the highest rating on here is a high PG-13/ very low R rating, so you should be able to read them wherever without too much terrible trouble.

Happy Halloween!

Oneshots/Twoshots

And Then We Shot The Ox
Fandom: Oregon Trail computer game
Category: Gen
Rating: PG-13

If you were in elementary school computer class any time between 1994-2002, you probably played a game called Oregon Trail. The premise of the game was that you were a pioneer, trying to go to the Oregon Territory. Very few people ever made it through that game, most people seemed to end up dying of dysentery or starvation. I think I got to the end of the game once. All your little pixel people, after everything they went through to get to Oregon, why would they ever want to go back? This fic explores that, and there's a sort of horrific twist at the end that makes you go “holy shit!” NOW you know why they left Oregon. I'm not going to spoil it though, you should go read it yourself!

Stupid Ideas
Fandom: Gokusen
Category: Het
Rating: High PG-13/Low R

Gokusen is a Japanese television drama that I’ve watched a couple of times now. It’s about a woman who grew up in a Yakuza family, expected to become the next boss after her grandfather (the current boss) passes on. But she never wanted to become Yakuza, so she becomes a high school teacher instead. Unfortunately for her, she ends up getting stuck with the “problem” class. It’s hilarious and awkward all at the same time… much like this fic. Kumiko (the teacher) accidentally barges in on Shin (one of her students) while he was fapping, much to both of their horrors. While this fic is short, it really comes up close to the line of embarrassment squick and maybe pokes a toe at it.

A Practical Application Of The Buttered Cat Paradox
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale
Category: Gen
Rating: G

Welcome to Night Vale is a humor podcast I’ve taken to listening to when I have to commute to the satellite campus to go to class. If you’ve ever listened to A Prairie Home Companion on NPR, especially the Tales from Lake Wobegone section, you’d have an idea of what this was like, if the denizens of Lake Wobegone were Lovecraftian horrors. Also, nothing seems to work in this town normally. I could go into more detail, but it would take a long time. What you need to know for this fic is that there is Cecil, the radio announcer (who may or may not actually be Cthulu), and Carlos, the human scientist who is checking out the town. There are also floating kittens. While a lot of WtNV fic, you really do need to know the canon to make sense of, this one is simple enough to understand- there are floating kittens, and if you’ve ever seen the image macro about attaching toast to cats, then you’ll get this fic.

Ten Clicks
Fandom: Sleepy Hollow
Category: Gen
Rating: G

You know, as I was writing up a quick plot summary for the show (Sleepy Hollow) I was going to mention how odd it was that there was an abundance of fluffy, goofy fic for a show about a dude from the Revolutionary War who gets brought to the year 2013 and has to help fight off the Apocalypse with a female cop. And then I realized that the premise itself is absurd enough, so why shouldn’t there be a lot of goofy fic? Basically, in this one, Ichabod learns about Wikipedia, and a lot about the modern world.

Multi-Chapter Fics

Never Had A Friend Like Me
Fandom: Fairly Odd Parents
Category: Gen
Rating: PG
Completion Status: 22 chapters, in progress

When Norm, the douchebag genie from Fairly OddParents ends up with a lonely kid as his “master,” he ends up becoming quite fond of her. Unfortunately for him, she ends up moving to Dimmsdale and she interacts with Timmy Turner at lot, causing some serious problems for the genie. And while he might be less of a douche to the little girl, he’s still pretty douche-y. Fairly long for a story of its kind, I quite enjoyed this one, and it’s still ongoing.

Sep. 20th, 2013

Fic Rec #33

Argh, fuck university. It's barely a month into the semester and I'm already up to my ass in stupid work. I thought quitting one of my jobs would give me more free time, but that seems to have been a vain hope. Despite this I think I've managed to put together a pretty good rec for this month, albeit maybe a bit on the mature side (seriously, most of these fics have a high rating). Maybe don't read in the middle of class or at work, and pay attention to the content notes. Enjoy!

Oneshots/Twoshots

All Your Poison
Fandom: The Amazing Spider-Man
Category: Slash
Rating: NC-17/R18/Adult
Notes: Potentially dubious consent, major age difference.

Everyone knows that when that spider bit Peter Parker, he got a bit more than just a spider bite, he got superpowers. But what if that spider gave him a bit more than just that? What if that spider was a female spider, and passed on her biological instincts to reproduce? Poor Peter keeps ending up in awkward situations thanks to that damn spider. Despite the content notes I included, though, it manages to avoid being too creepy- yes, Peter is driven by his biological instincts but it's shown that he can overpower it if he wants to. There's also no mpreg if that's a concern for you. It’s also a commentfic, so the format is a bit wonky in places, but it’s not really an impediment to reading.

Let's Give Them A Show
Fandom: The Avengers
Category: Slash, background femslash
Rating: NC-17/R18/Adult

After he got done fucking something up, Loki seemingly disappeared. And then Natasha found him. In gay porn, much to everyone's horror. And to make it even more awkward, the guys fucking Loki seem to be analogs to the Avengers themselves, and even worse, they're all oddly aroused by it. Also, there's a very minor subplot with Natasha and Jan trying to convince Clint to have a threesome with them (it's implied they're in relationship), only to spring a surprise on him at the last second. Very amusing.


For America
Fandom: The Avengers
Category: Slash
Rating: NC-17/R18/Adult

I was somewhat unsure about this, because it starts out like it’s going to go in the direction of one of those preachy issuefics I hate so much. Steve decides he and Tony should get married for the good of the American public, to take a stand against heteronormativity. Usually any sociology textbook-sounding things like that are an instant backbutton for me- I read fic to be entertained, not educated. But I decided to keep going, and I’m glad I did, because it’s very hot. Once you get past the introductory paragraphs it’s basically PWP.

We Won’t Speak Of This
Fandom: Axis Powers Hetalia
Category: Gen
Rating: PG

This is a kink meme fill comment-fic, but for once it seems like the formatting didn’t get whacked out, so it’s easy to read. When a bunch of genetically-engineered super-Hitlers escape from a research facility in Brazil, all of the countries have to come together to help stop it. Israel and Palestine stop fighting long enough to fight off the super-Hitlers, America is pissed about having to pretend to be a Nazi, India is annoyed that they misappropriated some of her culture, and no one ever finds out what happened to the ones that tried to invade Russia. Historical, politically-motivated crack fic.

Wuv, Twoo Wuv
Fandom: Rise of the Guardians
Category: Crack
Rating: PG

Pitch Black gets ahold of one of Cupid’s arrows and attempts to use it to get Jack on his side. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have the effect that he wanted it to and Jack falls head-over-heels in love with someone… decidedly not him. I’m giggling even typing this up, and while I really would love to tell you who Jack ends up with, I don’t want to because it would spoil the (very lulzy) surprise. Just go read!


Multi-Chapter Fics

Why Am I Crying?
Fandom: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Category: Gen
Rating: PG
Completion Status: 5 chapters, in progress
Notes: Major character death

Diamond Tiara is the notorious schoolyard bully that drives the Cutie Mark Crusaders crazy. But then, she dies in a freak accident in the wintertime, and the CMC have to come to terms with what happened. Sweetie Belle becomes frightened of death, Apple Bloom is wracked with guilt for all the times she wanted revenge on Diamond Tiara, and Scootaloo just can’t bring herself to care. I never thought I would actually care about Diamond Tiara (for a little girl, she is incredibly vicious in the show, with the bitchiness of an adult woman), but this fic… this fucking fic actually did make me cry.

From The Darkness We Rise
Fandom: Rise of the Guardians
Category: Slash
Rating: NC-17/R18/Adult
Completion Status: 21 chapters, completed, sequel and tie-ins available
Notes: Graphic violence, major character death, dubious consent

While this is one of my favorite fics that I’ve read so far this year, please do heed the content notes, and if triggers are an issue for you, I highly recommend skipping this one. It is quite graphic in places, and even I had difficulty reading it in places. Twenty years into the future, the Guardians have to fight a new menace, much more damaging and destructive than the Boogeyman ever was, at least on Earth. Speaking of, what the hell happened to him, anyway? When he reappears, there’s something very different about him, and it ties into what’s going on currently in the world with the new threat. It also ends on a cliffhanger, and I needed a good stiff drink to calm my nerves after finishing it. Thankfully the sequel ends better.

Into Shadows We Fall
Fandom: Rise of the Guardians
Category: Slash
Rating: NC-17/R18/Adult
Completion Status: 31 chapters, completed, tie-ins available. Sequel to above fic.
Notes: Graphic violence, non-con

Like I mentioned, this is the sequel to From the Darkness We Rise, which I recced above (which you can probably see, but whatever). And, unlike the prior story (which you definitely need to read before you read this one or you will be completely lost), it actually ends on a hopeful note instead of the “what the fuck!?” ending of the last one. There are also several tie-ins available focusing on the original characters, but I have only read part of it so far, and while I’m enjoying it, I don’t know if I’ll be putting them on one of these lists, since they are largely original fiction and I don’t really put orig-fic on these lists.

Aug. 26th, 2013

The Reccing Process

Okay, so I know that probably no one cares about how I create the fic recs each month, but last night I was getting started on the September rec list, and I actually started thinking about what my process is. This post is mainly for me to sort my thoughts out and potentially come up with a better system, because at the moment it's a bit disjointed, but I thought that some readers might be interested in how I decide what to recommend. Sorry if this is long and boring, but again, this is mainly for myself and anyone who might potentially be interested.

First, I tend to spend a lot of time sitting around in various places. When I was still working in the shop I used to work at, there would sometimes be long waits in between customers coming in, and if I'd finished all of my other work, I literally had nothing to do except sit around until someone came in. So I would often download fics onto my phone while I was at home to read while I was at work- that's where a lot of the long multichapter fics came from. The shorter oneshots I would read at home or while I was waiting in an area with Internet, like while I was waiting for classes to start. Sometimes I would read things directly on the computer.

If a downloaded fic was one that I decided I wanted to rec, I would have to go back when I got to the computer and find it again. Sometimes I would email the link to myself from the phone, but that didn't always work correctly. So I would have to go back and find the fic. If I could not locate it, I would write down the title and attempt to find it later- sometimes I didn't find it until after that month's rec had been posted, so I would just put it onto the next month's. Fic I read while I was at the computer was easier to add to the list, since I was sitting right there.

As for what I choose to rec: unless it's a specific themed rec, I try to get a pretty good mix of fandoms and storylines on the list. I tend to prefer slash and gen fic, but I occasionally like a het or femslash fic enough to put it on the list. I also try to mix up the archive locations as much as possible, to get the maximum amount of exposure for the fics I like. Unfortunately it doesn't always work out that way, where I end up reading mostly on AO3 that month, or there just weren't any off of the main archive sites that I liked enough to want to put on my list. I do attempt to put fics from at least three different sites on each rec, but again, that doesn't always end up panning out.

Next come the content notes: in some ways, I'm kind of uncomfortable with specifying content notes, because of the whole trigger warning debacle. 9 of 10 times, I don't know the writer's thoughts on that matter, and if they are of the “I never warn for anything” persuasion I don't want to upset them, and I understand their thought process, since it really is kind of an ugly debate. But at the same time, I don't want anyone going into a fic blind, and reading something that might upset them. I don't want them to be upset in the first place, since it's meant to be fun, but I also don't want to accidentally unleash an Internet war where the commentor attacks the writer. I don't want to cause too much controversy with the fic rec, because it's literally a list of fics I read and enjoyed. But given the volatile nature of some segments of fandom, that might not always be possible. To find a happy medium, I've decided to use content notes- it is a way for people to find out if there's anything that might be upsetting in the story, but in a way that I hope is less controversial than using “warnings.”

This year I haven't really done any themed fic recs, although I am definitely planning to do a Christmas one. If I have a themed rec planned, I start adding fics that fit the theme to the list three or so months beforehand. A normal rec, I start adding to after the last one was posted, but for a themed one, it's more common that I don't read as many fics that would fit it in one month, so I give myself three. The Christmas rec, I start collecting for around June, because I do usually try to make it a bit longer than the standard monthly list. This year, however, I haven't really found too many Christmas-themed fics I liked, other than one multichapter that finished sometime in May, so that's been waiting in the wings. Also, the Internet connectivity issues I experienced while in Japan put a damper on that somewhat.

So, that's the bare-bones reccing process. It can get a bit more complicated than that, especially if there's a fic that I'm not sure whether or not I want to rec, but that's a post for another day.

Aug. 22nd, 2013

Fic Rec #32

I'm sorry, guys, I really wanted to make this month's fic rec something special, to make up for the lack of interesting posts for the past three or so months, but my energy levels have taken a serious nose-dive. I think my internal clock is still on Tokyo time, since I wake up at 2:00 AM ready to party, almost without fail. It's driving me batshit. And when I get into this kind of mood, either I end up reading a lot of incredibly fucked-up fic, or a lot of fluffy gen. This month’s rec seems to be a bit more on the fluffy gen side, but be aware that there are a few darker stories on this list, so please pay attention to any notes that come with it.

On the plus side, however, all those sleepless wee hours do make a good time to read fic without people barging in on me, or my phone ringing, or other things happening that break my concentration. Enjoy!

Also, there’s no pony this time. If you like MLP, I’m sorry, but if you don’t, well, then you’ll especially enjoy this month’s rec, I guess.

Oneshots/Twoshots

The Chamber Strike
Fandom: Harry Potter
Category: Gen
Rating: PG-13

In his fifth year, fed up with dealing with Umbridge, Harry goes on strike and moves into the Chamber of Secrets, taking Filch with him and absolutely refusing to come out until Umbridge is removed. This sets off a chain reaction culminating in Voldemort and Dumbledore declaring a truce, Luna Lovegood starting a cult, and Dudley Dursley becoming obsessed with Dungeons and Dragons Online. No, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but it doesn’t have to. I was laughing the entire time throughout this story.

A Taste of Life
Fandom: Ratatouille
Category: Gen
Rating: G

I honestly wasn’t expecting there to be fic for a Pixar movie about a rat that cooks, but when this was recced to me on an anon meme, I decided to give it a shot. I’m glad I did. Poor Remy the rat doesn’t understand humans very well, and keeps screwing up when it comes to interacting with Linguine and Colette in their relationship. After all, rats don’t really get married. And when Colette gets pregnant, poor Remy has to go against everything he stands for and cook ridiculous food for Colette (like a halwa-roast beef sandwich. Ew). It’s very cute, and even though it’s kind of in an unexpected fandom, any Pixar fan should take a look at it. It almost reads like it could be the novelization format of a Pixar short involving the Ratatouille characters.

Good Inside
Fandom: The Avengers
Category: Slash
Rating: NC-17/R18/Adult
Notes: Dubious consent, pseudo-incest

After the other two stories I’ve recced so far on this list, this one is a bit like being yanked out of the hot tub and unceremoniously dumped in the ocean. It’s entirely different in tone and content, and it is a bit of a shock to your system if you go in not quite expecting what you’re going to get. Basically, after the events of the Avengers, Thor takes Loki back to Asgard for his punishment. Mjolnir gets involved. Although I do have to say the last line of the made me literally lol, it was that unexpected. Poor Heimdall- it must suck being able to see literally everything that ever happens.

Corruptela Vox
Fandom: Harry Potter
Category: Slash
Rating: NC-17/R18/Adult

Despite the fact that there’s not really any actual sex in this fic, it’s still pretty damn dirty. Normally something like this I would mark as a high-rated R, but because of exactly how graphic it is it gets the highest rating possible. Draco Malfoy gets turned on by the sound of Parseltongue, and considering that Voldemort likely wasn’t hitting on Draco in the snake language, that leaves one other living person to talk to. The fic was written almost a decade ago now, so there are some things that are blatantly contradictory to the canon, but if you can ignore it it’s definitely worth reading.

Princess Power
Fandom: The Avengers
Category: Gen
Rating: G

This was originally written for the Avengers kink meme on Livejournal. All of the Avengers have their own fan bases- Steve seems to attract elderly conservatives, Clint gets teenaged fangirls, Natasha has legions of young male fans, and Bruce is an inspiration to lonely people of all ages. Thor never thought he would end up with a fan base like the others did, and he certainly never expected his to be little girls. After all, he’s literally a prince who lives in a castle and takes a rainbow to get to earth. Also, his nephew is literally a pony, albeit one with eight legs. He’s every little girl’s dream. And Thor loves his fans right back too. This fic is absolutely adorable, and my face throughout was basically :D.




Multi-Chapter Fics

Magical Relations
Fandom: Harry Potter
Category: Gen
Rating: PG-13
Completion Status: 61 chapters, in progress

This is quite the ambitious project for a writer- following all of Harry's seven years at Hogwarts with two minor detail changes: one, Dudley Dursley is a Muggle-born wizard, much to his mother's consternation, and two, that Harry was sorted into Slytherin. Right now the story is in the middle of Year Five, with Harry and friends dealing with Umbridge hanging around and making their lives difficult. It also delves into the back-story of several very minor characters- I had actually thought that Anthony Goldstein, who plays a fairly large role in this story, was an OC until I read back through OotP because I got bored in Japan. Apparently he was part of the DA, although he said like one line in the entire series. Apparently the author of this story quite likes him, as well as Filch. It is quite long, and nowhere near finished yet, though, so do be aware of that when you are reading.

Permanency
Fandom: The Avengers
Category: Slash
Rating: PG-13
Completion Status: 16 chapters, completed. Sequel to Motion Practice
Notes: Several sequels and tie-ins available

Last month I recced a fic called Motion Practice, which was recommened to me as “that fic with all the lawyers.” And yes, that was a fic with many, many lawyers in it. This is that fic's sequel, although you could probably read this one without reading that one first. And yes, there are still lots of lawyers. I did not rec this one last month, because at the time of posting, I had not finished this fic yet. I was close, I only had two or three chapters left to read, but I wasn't comfortable reccing something that I hadn't read all the available chapters for yet. I probably could have, since I'd read the prior story, but I decided to just hold out for another month. It turned out to not be necessary. Unlike the first story, however, there's no murder trial here, it's a custody battle. There can be some confusing legal jargon, but the writer clarifies it all.

Jul. 30th, 2013

Fic Rec #31

Unfortunately, due to a combination of severe jet lag, sketchy Internet connectivity while in Japan, this rec may or may not be up to my usual standards, especially since it is incredibly awkward to try to read fic in the middle of the 学生会館。Maybe the people around me don’t read English that well, but do I really want to take the risk of having to explain my personal hobby in case someone gets curious? No, I don’t, not really. However, the multi-chapter fics this month are pretty long, so hopefully that counts for something.

Oneshots/Twoshots

Undisclosed Desires
Fandom: Rise of the Guardians
Category: Slash
Rating: NC-17/R18/Adult
Notes: Potentially dubious consent

I feel a bit awkward reccing this fic, considering what kind of movie it's based off of, but then again, the Internet ate what was left of my soul a few years ago, so I can't be feeling that bad about it. Anyway, I watched this movie while on the plane to Japan, since I'd seen all the other movies offered by United, and I ended up enjoying it quite a bit more than I thought I would. While trying to get over my jet lag in Tokyo, on a whim I decided to see if there were any fics for it, and was actually quite surprised to see the number available. So I read this at 3:30 AM in a hotel room in Ikebukuro, and grinned like a maniac the whole way through. Jack Frost pisses off Cupid, who decides to get back at him by poking him with one of his arrows. Unfortunately for Jack, the arrow makes him obsessed with Pitch Black. Yeah. If you can get over the awkward factor of realizing you're reading slash based on a movie that includes, among other things, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, definitely check it out.

Penultimate Acts
Fandom: Harry Potter
Category: Gen
Rating: PG-13

During the year between the night when he killed Dumbledore and the night where he was killed by Voldemort himself, Snape wasn’t just hiding out in his office the entire time. He was trying to carry out his final orders from Dumbledore as best as he could, protect Lily Evan’s son, without actually showing Voldemort that he was truly working against him. Very few fics I’ve ever read focus on this period of time at Hogwarts, usually focusing on the Horcrux hunt, and it portrays Snape’s growing desperation and despair as he fights against what he knows is inevitable, doing what he can to protect the students without drawing too much attention to himself- from anyone.


Multi-Chapter Fics

Be Human
Fandom: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Category: Gen
Rating: PG-13
Completion Status: 43 chapters, in progress
Notes: Companion piece to All-American Girl. Please read that before reading this.

Several months ago, I recced a My Little Pony fic that was, to put it quite bluntly, far above the level of any fanfiction, or for that matter, any published fiction, that I have read in a long time. That story was called All-American Girl and it chronicles the life of a pony named Daisy Jo Martinez, Rarity’s biological daughter, and the first pony to live among humans. This story is a collection of side stories from the main story. If the original was a masterpiece of worldbuilding in and of itself, this story collection ratchets it up to eleven- seriously, even if you don’t like ponies, you are missing out if you don’t read this story series. I don’t know how much more I can impress this on you.

Motion Practice
Fandom: The Avengers
Category: Slash
Rating: PG-13
Completion Status: 17 chapters, completed. Multiple sequels and tie-ins available.

This fic was recced to me on an anon meme as “that fic with the lawyers.” And, that’s a pretty good way to sum it up. It’s a fic where everyone is a lawyer, working for the state prosecutor’s office. Clint Barton is hired to prosecute traffic offenses, and ends up getting a lot more than he bargained for when he ends up prosecuting the murder of someone who he knew. I could probably explain more about this, but my brain is so fried right now that I can’t think of anything else you’d need to know.

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