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Travis ([personal profile] torachan) wrote2012-01-03 08:47 pm

Fic reviews: Yuletide 2011 part 3

Whew! I am not used to reading this much fanfic lately! Or, indeed, ever. XD It helps that a lot of these are shorter fics, but still, I am amazed at how much I've been reading lately. I have been taking my ipod to bed with me and reading a bit before going to sleep (and sometimes a bit when I wake up, too), and today I also read three or four fics while walking back from the post office.

"P" is for Prostitution (That's Good Enough for Me) (3317 words) by faviconRaisintorte
Fandom: Community
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Jeff Winger, Dean Craig Pelton
Summary: Jeff, the Dean, a crappy car, an overnight trip, and to no one's surprise (except maybe the Dean's) nothing going quite as planned.

I wanted to like this because it's the dean! And Jeff! And the premise is great! But the writing is just not. -_- And also maybe I only want to read fic about the dean from the dean's POV, because while some of the stuff in here is definitely stuff I could see Jeff thinking and ways he would describe the dean, I just did not need to see that in fic I wanted to enjoy.

Let your hand melt a hole in the frost (4879 words) by favicongloss Rec
Fandom: Happy Endings (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alex Kerkovich/OFC
Characters: Alex Kerkovich, Jane Kerkovich-Williams, Max Blum, Brad Williams, Penny Hartz, Dave Rose
Summary: Alex meets a superhero. No one believes her.

This totally felt like an episode! I loved nudist!Penny and cat lady!Max, and I loved Alex's adventure. :D

Lost and Found (3914 words) by favicongleefilled
Fandom: Nobuta wo Produce
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Kusano Akira/Kotani Nobuta, Kotani Nobuta/Shittaka
Characters: Kusano Akira, Kiritani Shuuji, Kotani Nobuta, Shittaka
Summary: Everyone else has changed except for Akira.

I had to spend ages trying to figure out who Shittaka is. The English wiki entry is unhelpful, but the Japanese wiki entry has him under his real name (which for some reason is not included in the tag on AO3, though I have now left a comment for the wrangler asking them to change that). But eventually I did, and then I was not as confused as to what was going on. :p Anyway, this is a cute, bittersweet post-canon fic, but I was totally thrown out at the end when Akira sees something shiny on the ground and bends to pick up a dime. And it's clearly not meant to really be a piece of money from a country that calls 10 cent pieces dimes, because he doesn't comment on it being foreign money. It's just one of those "author forgot they're not writing about Americans" moments. Bleh.

COCKLESS (1121 words) by faviconBasingstoke Rec+
Fandom: Oglaf
Rating: Explicit
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Sandoval the Xoan Ambassador, Mistress (Oglaf)
Summary: Sandoval's penis is missing. This is the worst of days.

I only recently discovered this webcomic, and then I went back and read everything from the beginning (and wow, that is one unintuitive site design; it took me ages to figure out that some comics had more than one page, and how to read them), and Sandoval is definitely my favorite character. This has the tone and character voices down pat, and is a storyline I could totally see happening in the comic.

Grandson of Kronar (1948 words) by faviconDomingo Ocelot Rec
Fandom: Oglaf
Rating: Mature
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Kronar's Daughter, Kronar, Kronar's Viking Husband
Summary: The Son of Kronar continues her mighty line in a rather unexpected way.

LOL! The Oglaf fics are all really awesome and this is another one I could totally see happening for real.

Five Things Sandoval Won't Tell You (And A Few Others He Will Not Shut Up About) (1068 words) by faviconNary Rec+
Fandom: Oglaf
Rating: Mature
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ivan the Apprentice/Sandoval the Xoan Ambassador, Mistress (Oglaf)/Sandoval the Xoan Ambassador, Sandoval's Assistant/Sandoval the Xoan Ambassador
Characters: Sandoval the Xoan Ambassador, Ivan the Apprentice, Mistress (Oglaf), Sandoval's Assistant
Summary: Sandoval was not appointed Lord High Ambassador of the Xoan Nation to the Court of the Mistress of the Skintillating Tower because of his innate diplomatic gifts, or for personal services to his Supreme Erectness the Tyrant of Xoa, or in order to prevent him from providing even more personal services to the Tyrant's nubile twin daughters...

So, all the Oglaf fics are great, yes, but this one is GREATER. This is perfect in that "I will now appropriate every word of it as my headcanon" sort of way.

Fun (for Fun and Profit) (2800 words) by faviconrandomeliza Rec
Fandom: Oglaf
Rating: Explicit
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Lesbian Mercenary/Snow Queen (Oglaf), Lesbian Mercenary/OFC
Characters: Lesbian Mercenary, Snow Queen (Oglaf), OFC
Summary: It turns out that monks have a narrow and unimaginative definition of fun.

Also awesome. I love the lesbian mercenary.

On the Care and Keeping of Rowboats (Or Not) (1136 words) by faviconmomijizukamori Rec+
Fandom: Oglaf
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Sandoval the Xoan Ambassador, Ivan the Apprentice
Summary: Why did using Ivan as a rowboat seem like a good idea, anyway?

More Sandoval! And Ivan! This one is based on a specific strip and expands it in a very believable way.

A Very Oglaf Christmas (4746 words) by faviconkitsunealyc Rec
Fandom: Oglaf
Rating: Explicit
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Lesbian Mercenary/Snow Queen (Oglaf)
Characters: Snow Queen (Oglaf), Lesbian Mercenary, Sandoval the Xoan Ambassador, Ivan the Apprentice, Accursed Slut, Mistress (Oglaf), Red-Haired Thief, Vampire Assassin
Summary: The Snow Queen heads out in a sleigh full of gifts to spread a little holiday cheer, Oglaf-style... and perhaps to find some for herself.

I didn't like this one quite as much as some of the others, but it's still very enjoyable. I loved the bit where she finds herself in Narnia. XD

The Queen of Carrot Flowers (2205 words) by faviconbayloriffic Rec+
Fandom: Parks and Recreation
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Andy Dwyer/April Ludgate
Characters: Andy Dwyer, April Ludgate, Ron Swanson
Summary: April's baby shower is kind of lame and cheesy, but everyone brings presents and there's cake, and April doesn't have to do any work, so. It's not the worst thing she could be doing on a Friday afternoon, she guesses.

Wow, so I guess I can love Parks & Rec fics even if they don't have first-person camera bits? Because I loved this.

Afternoon Delights (1033 words) by faviconLexie Rec
Fandom: Scott Pilgrim
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Scott Pilgrim - Character, Wallace Wells
Summary: Ramona has deputized Wallace to make sure that Scott doesn't accidentally kill himself and/or the cat while she's away visiting family. Wallace takes his duties very seriously.

Cute! It's just Wallace and Scott being Wallace and Scott, but I love that.

Connectivity (1032 words) by faviconJaela
Fandom: Scott Pilgrim
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Wallace Wells/Mobile
Characters: Wallace Wells, Mobile, Stacey Pilgrim, Other Scott, Scott Pilgrim - Character, Ramona Flowers
Summary: A story of boy meets psychic boy.

Also cute, but the lack of paragraph breaks made it difficult to read.

Changes (1601 words) by faviconampersandy
Fandom: V6
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Miyake Ken/Morita Go
Characters: Morita Go, Miyake Ken, Inohara Yoshihiko, Okada Junichi, Sakamoto Masayuki, Nagano Hiroshi, Ueto Aya
Summary: Go learns to roll with the punches. Ken makes mix tapes.

I was really excited about this person's request and had actually bookmarked it as a possible treat. And then they showed up on the pinch hit list at the very, very last minute, and didn't get a pinch hitter right away, and I really wished I had time to write something for them, but I just didn't, especially since as much as I love(d) V6, I would really have to do a lot of research to be able to write anything, so it was even less something I could do at the last minute. So I definitely wanted to check out what they received, and it's adorable. Glad I decided not to try writing, because I feel like I don't get a lot of the references, but I'm so glad someone else was able to fill the request and do such a great job at it.
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[personal profile] ten 2012-01-04 01:14 pm (UTC)(link)
OMG Oglaf fanfic. *busy for the day*
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[personal profile] pulchritude 2012-01-04 05:38 pm (UTC)(link)
how do you read as you walk?? I just can't do it! XD
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[personal profile] sumofparts 2012-01-04 11:51 pm (UTC)(link)
Really enjoyed the Happy Endings fic; thanks for reccing it!