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due South/Castle

Thanks for Everything by [personal profile] helens78 Rec
6100 words. Explicit. When Fraser has a strange reaction to a Richard Castle book, Ray's determined to figure out why. Castle's in Chicago on a book tour, so Ray can even ask the man himself. But Castle doesn't just want to talk about Fraser... in fact, he doesn't just want to talk, period.

Me? Reccing a crossover? Yes, I am. And for two shows I've never seen, no less! Maybe that's why I was able to roll with it so easily, though there's also the fact that they're both pretty much set in the real world, so having people meet up is not as odd as for many fandoms. Anyway! I like both the characters here, and really enjoyed it.

Jude Law/Ewan McGregor RPF

Backup by [personal profile] cesare Rec
700 words. Explicit. Possibly the late hours, the gentlemen callers and the tight and shiny tops ought to have been a bit of a giveaway, but Ewan honestly didn't twig to it that his flatmate was a rentboy til he walked in on him sucking some geezer off.

This was written for me! :D (Sadly, this is a fandom which is almost entirely written by me or for me. Why do they not get more love!?) Anyway, this is angsty! And has rentboys! And I loled at Jude's "Look at me. Why would I ever take a day job?"

Sherlock

John and Sherlock Make a Baby (From Stuff They Find Around the Flat) by [livejournal.com profile] annlarimer & [livejournal.com profile] crantz Rec
2500 words. PG-13. Jesus Christ, it's a babyfic - GET IN THE CAR.

I'm really not reading Sherlock for the most part, but I couldn't resist the combination of this title and [livejournal.com profile] annlarimer, who is always hilarious. Anyway, this is total crack and there is no actual mpreg involved. Just Mycroft.

Black Hole and Revelation by [livejournal.com profile] unsentimentalf
5600 words. R. John finds out something about his flatmate that he really didn't want to know.

Apparently I also had one more Sherlock fic bookmarked to read! Anyway, the plot here is that John finds out Sherlock is gay and has a rather homophobic overreaction. I like the premise and found it quite plausible thanks to the way the show is always reinforcing how totally not gay John is. The writing left me underwhelmed, though. I didn't like the style (too many pretentious sentence fragments) and found it overall to be rather heavy-handed, so although there are a couple sequels, I don't think I'll be bothering with them. I was really glad that neither this fic nor the sequels have John and Sherlock getting together, though.

Stargate: Atlantis

Watch and See by [personal profile] secondsilk Rec
1200 words. Explicit. John asks, so Ronon acquiesces, but he hadn't been expecting this.

Ooh, I really liked this! I love that John is trans, too, and that they've found each other. I also really like the hints we get at Satedan culture. I'm definitely interested in seeing more of these two.

If We Were a Movie by [personal profile] busaikko Rec
2600 words. Teen. Jennifer and Rodney don't want to take the next step in their relationship without John, which is perhaps not the best conversation to have while babysitting Madison.

Awww! This is cute and funny and awkward (negotiating a relationship with these three should never be other than awkward). ♥
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Battlestar Galactica

A Difference of Two by [personal profile] helens78 Rec
3300 words. Mature. When one of the Leobens challenges Anders to a one-on-one game of Pyramid, Anders takes him up on it. But Pyramid's a contact sport, and bruises aren't the only marks Leoben's leaving.

I'm not really familiar with BSG and only read this because I was betaing it, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. Someday I should watch BSG.

due South

You Don't Hate It (Then You Don't Hate It) by [personal profile] helens78 Rec
6500 words. Explicit. When Fraser and Ray need information about a missing musician, Ray sneaks them into a party where some old friends of Ray's are hanging out. It turns out one of them might have some information, but Lew Ashby isn't the kind of guy to let information slip without getting something of his own, and Ashby doesn't want money. Problem is, Ray doesn't trust Ashby completely, so he asks Fraser to step into the room with them and watch his back. And Ashby says Fraser can watch anything he wants...

This is a crossover with Californication, which I am also unfamiliar with, but you really don't need to know any canon there, except that Ashby is played by the same actor who plays Ray. Anyway, this is a sort of "undercover gay" scenario, which is not usually a cliche I like (both because it often goes hand in hand with Gay For You, but also because like Aliens Made Them Do It, it's them being forced together by circumstances, which is not my preferred way of getting characters together), but while the undercover sexing is what gets Ray and Fraser together, they are both already queer, so perhaps that's why I enjoyed this more. Also I was surprised by how much I liked Fraser here. It's in his POV and he's actually really funny.

Sherlock Holmes

Ablutions by [personal profile] damned_colonial Rec
950 words. PG. Holmes hasn't been home for two days. When Watson finds him, he's a mess, and Watson won't be seen in public with him unless he cleans himself up.

Yet another installment in the asexual!dom!Holmes series, though this one focuses more on Watson's desire to serve Holmes rather than Holmes actually being dommy.

Stargate: Atlantis

Constructing Wings to Fly by [personal profile] reddwarfer Rec
1400 words. PG. John never expected a disastrous job interview to be one of the best things to happen to him.

Cute high school/college AU where John and Rodney are both trans guys. :D

Want You (To Find Me) by [personal profile] busaikko Rec
1800 words. NC-17. The beer and the game and this conversation are exactly the terrible kind of seduction he would have expected from John.

Oooooh, non-AU fic where Ronon is ftm. I enjoyed this story a lot, but it also made me really want to know more about Satedan culture in this regard. So someone should write that. :D

Culture Thing by [personal profile] sabinetzin Rec
800 words. NC-17. Dating an alien: it's harder- and easier- than it looks.

Another John/Ronon fic. I liked this a lot. I love stories where people aren't perfectly in sync, but they make it work anyway.

Sarah Connor Chronicles

Out on the Wire by [personal profile] lithiumdoll Rec
60,600 words. Teen. Post-Born to Run, it's a long walk home.

This is a really amazing (and really long) fic that essentially functions as a third season. I enjoyed it a lot and found it fairly plausible, but as it neared the end I was feeling more and more dissatisfied. I am still reccing it because I think it's very much worth reading, but I feel like the ending was kind of a let-down.

Spoilery stuff I liked and disliked. )

Hmm. I don't know. I did like it, but I think I went into it hoping it would be The Fic, the one that wrapped everything up for me and felt enough like canon that I could be satisfied, but instead it was just a fic. A well-written one, and an interesting one, but not something that had me going "omg this is my canon now!"

The Simpsons

What Remains by [personal profile] geonncannon Rec+
600 words. She closes her eyes and imagines she was sitting on the stairs again, watching her father sit with Mr. Flanders in the living room. She remembers her father's anger. "What happened to Marge, the thing that killed her! You won't find that in some book!"

Yes, it's a Supernatural fusion and it is so awesome. Very Simpsons. I love the little meta bits.
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Lots of short reviews. Mostly [community profile] kink_bingo and [livejournal.com profile] lgbtfest this time...

Chronicles of Narnia

Putting the Natives at Ease by [livejournal.com profile] burntcopper
2300 words. No parent wants to know this about their children.

Hmm. So, okay. It's been like twenty years since I've read the Narnia books, but didn't the kids die at the end? But this is a story about them as adults... I followed someone's rec because it was said to be a fic about the kids through their parents' eyes, and it is, but it's not what I expected and I kind of want the fic I actually expected, which was something less AU. Anyway! This is still interesting. ETA: Okay, people tell me they were late teens/early twenties when they died, so this is not AU, but it is still not what I wanted, either. XD

due South

Thirty-Two Mississippi, Thirty-Three Mississippi by [personal profile] helens78 Rec+
1100 words. Explicit. Ray's not good at being patient at the best of times, but with a full bladder and the promise of upcoming sex, he's less patient than usual. Fraser may look patient, but that doesn't mean he's looking forward to the payoff any less.

Really hot watersports fic. I loved this.

Moving Towards by [personal profile] helens78 Rec
1000 words. Explicit. When Ray's desperate, he's willing to beg. And when Ray's begging, it makes Fraser desperate.

IMO begging is always good and this has lots of it. :D Also I have to say, betaing all these due South fics has actually made me start liking due South a bit. I still don't really like Fraser, but while I really, really like Ray K, or at least [personal profile] helens78's Ray K, since I can't actually compare it to canon characterisation.

Glee

Texts From Last Night - I'd Gouge Out my Eyes If I Thought It Would Make Your Clothes Less Heinous by [livejournal.com profile] ohladybegood Rec
800 words. PG-13. Kurt and Mercedes text throughout the day. They pretty much hate everyone, except each other.

This is a story told all in text messages between Kurt and Mercedes and it's just adorable. I really love their friendship.

Harry Potter

If You Can Keep Your Head When All About You... by [livejournal.com profile] verus_janus
4700 words. Mature. Severus uses will and magic to bring body and soul together when he is very young, but then he needs to negotiate his fearful secret.

I am very interested in ftm!Snape, so I was hopeful about this, but while it was interesting, it was often so vague I really couldn't tell what was going on. Just not a fan of the writing style at all.

On Paper by [livejournal.com profile] atdelphi Rec
1400 words. G. The curious authority of paper and ink.

N'aww! Alastor Moody as a wee trans boy.

Cast Your Own by [livejournal.com profile] minkhollow
3900 words. Teen. Blaise doesn't fit in anyone's boxes.

Interesting fic following mtf!Blaise through all seven years at Hogwarts. I liked the look at canon events through Blaise's eyes, though at some points it felt a bit summaryish.

Wilby Wonderful

If You Have a Hammer by [personal profile] helens78
1100 words. Teen. It might just be time to start building a life again. Fortunately, Dan knows a very good handyman.

I wouldn't have read this if I hadn't betaed, because it's not a fandom I know, but it's a cute fic and I want to watch the movie now. :D
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Some [community profile] kink_bingo and Transfic Mini Fest stuff, as well as some random things.

Sherlock Holmes
The Imperative Voice by [personal profile] damned_colonial Rec+
1200 words. "Yes," said Watson. The word came more easily than he had thought it would, as if it had been trapped inside him just waiting to be released. "Yes," he said again, then turned quickly to look out the window, because he couldn't bear to see the triumph on Holmes's face.

This is the sequel to the previously untitled fic I recced the other day (now called Hypothesis) and is just as good (I actually think I may like this one even better). There's going to be a whole series of these (for a bingo, I guess)! This one has Holmes calmly discussing Watson's proclivities while Watson gets all hot and bothered. Mmm...

Quod Erat Demonstrandum by [personal profile] damned_colonial Rec+
1300. Watson gets all hot and bothered at the sight of Holmes all bruised and bloody.

Sequel to the above. This series continues to be awesome. I love how Watson is so confused by what Holmes wants of him, but is eager to do his bidding. And I love the bit at the end with Holmes doing up his robe. He totally did that on purpose. XD

Liability by [livejournal.com profile] candle_beck Rec+
6400 words. Watson curls his lip, and shrugs. "I don't begrudge you it. Put me up against a remorseless killer, and I know where your priorities lie."

Ooh, I like this. Holmes sees Watson collapse and goes back to check on him, even though it means letting the criminal possibly escape. And Holmes hates himself for it and takes it out on Watson afterwards and there is ~tension~ and crankiness on both sides and it is just so good. And then Holmes realises what he's doing and why and it gets even better. :D

Stargate: Atlantis

Control Chair by [personal profile] busaikko Rec+
1900 words. John and Rodney talk about a fucking control chair.

I think if I were reading the actual story about John's non-con adventures with the control chair, I would be like, okay, this is good (assuming it was by an author I like/well-written), but wouldn't be wowed, because I just don't really see the appeal of those sorts of scenarios, popular as they are in fandom. But this is much more interesting to me. John tells Rodney his fantasy to get Rodney off...which also sounds like a fairly typical scenario, but I love how this is their way of being intimate. It's not in addition to sex. John just isn't interested in sex, but he'll do this for Rodney. And I always like fics where John's dislike of being touched is acknowledged, but not made into a problem that needs fixing. (One of my biggest pet peeves is John being "fixed". Note to touchy-feely types: not being touchy-feely is not a defect.)

Atavar: The Last Airbender

Sun Blast Your Shadow by [profile] pearl_o Rec
1700 words. Zuko had assumed, somehow, that the hard part would be over.

Zuko learns that ruling a kingdom is not that easy and sometimes you have to make hard decisions. Very hard decisions. Quiet and understated. I enjoyed it.

Iron Man

Untitled by [personal profile] helens78 Rec
1500 words. "You want me to shock you in the dick?"

Written for her last year's kink_bingo electricty square. Tony has a fancy new glove he wants Rhodey to try out. :D

due South

New Toys by [personal profile] helens78
3600 words. Fraser and Ray have played around with police-issue handcuffs and velcro handcuffs, but now they've got something better.

I betaed this, otherwise I wouldn't have read it because due South is not my fandom, but even so it was easy enough to follow. Well-written and enjoyable, and if you like bondage and you like due South, you will probably like it even more!

The Forbidden Dance by [personal profile] busaikko Rec
1400 words. A dancing lesson.

This was written for the Transfic Mini Fest. There is crossdressing and dancing and I really love all the little details here.

Harry Potter

Once Upon a Time by [personal profile] busaikko Rec+
1300 words. Some people find out who they really are at age eleven. For Dudley, it takes a little longer.

Another for the Transfic Fest, written for a prompt of mine. I love this so hard. Dudley! ♥♥♥
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A little more remix, one [livejournal.com profile] lgbtfest from last year, one from the Transfic Mini Fest (man, I really need to write up my reviews for everything I read there), and one just because.

The Middleman

The Prurient Pollen Pollutant Proposition (The Classic Mirrorverse AU) by [personal profile] thedeadparrot Rec
1700 words. When you get right down to it, Wendy knows she's a totally bitchin' bad guy.

This takes what was originally just a Wendy/Middleman PWP and makes it evil!Wendy seducing the Middleman so she can get her hands on the HEYDAR. As I say below, the original didn't work for me at all, but this turned it into something I could totally believe.

It's Always the Classics by [personal profile] medie
1100 words. When you get right down to it, Wendy knows, she'd make a bitchin' bad guy.

This is cute and the dialogue was very Middleman-ish, but it's also Wendy/Middleman, and I just found myself going "but wait, what about Tyler? What about Lacey?" through the whole thing. I am already a pretty hard sell on this pairing, because I just didn't get that vibe from them at all, but I am not opposed to reading it. I just need to know what happened to Tyler and Lacey.

due South

Roll Back Down to the Warm Soft Ground (Dog and Butterfly Remix) by [personal profile] helens78 Rec
1200 words. Things have never been easy between Benton and Meg, and the morning after is no exception. A shared breakfast of muffins might help.

My due South fannish osmosis has not extended to characters other than Fraser and the two Rays, but this works well even without knowing the characters. I especially like Fraser's POV on the muffin scene from the original. (Fandom loves the whole "brocolli test" thing where characters are really in tune with each other, but I love stuff like this where they're just not on the same wavelength.) I also really liked the halting conversation at the end.

Makes the Beautiful World (In the Morning) by [personal profile] wintercreek
700 words. The barista winks at her, and Meg looks away and feels her cheeks heat slightly. It pleases her a bit for him to think she got lucky last night, even if it didn't happen the way he's probably guessing. She did get lucky, though - an intimate experience, fully clothed.

This is cute.

Stargate: Atlantis

Too Good (the YKIOK,IJNMK Remix) by [personal profile] telesilla Rec
3400 words. So apparently their whole relationship was based on a lie.

My thoughts on the original are here, but can be boiled down to "wow, that was really problematic for me". The remix keeps the part where John and Rodney are in a relationship based on mutual misunderstanding, but gets rid of the kink-negativity I felt in the original. I really liked it. And I love the whole discussion they have, and the way John gets angry, but realises he's partly to blame, too. Good stuff!

Iron Man

Walking in These Shoes by [livejournal.com profile] redfiona99
7200 words. Pepper Potts is the woman she'd always wanted to be. It's probably not all Tony's fault that her well-ordered life has just been blown to pieces. But it's definitely mostly his fault.

I liked this, but not as much as I was hoping, considering it's mtf!Pepper and I was really looking forward to that. It was just kind of clunky and overly expositiony (not to mention a random two-sentence blip into Tony's POV) and I kept wishing the writing had been just a little bit better. Also...Gwyneth Paltrow does not have large breasts, so I was very confused as to why Pepper would have had to have implants to look like that.

Uncertainty Principle by [personal profile] lienne Rec+
1000 words. He is a boy in the process of becoming a man, and the process is almost—but never quite—finished.

This one I really loved! I really like the idea of Tony being trans and I love how much his confidence in himself is shaken by his feelings for Rhodey.

Concession by [personal profile] obsession_inc Rec+
26,400 words. An AU diverging from canon after the first movie: Christine Everhart investigates the disappearance of Tony Stark and Pepper Potts.

Wow. WOW. This is amazing. I don't know what I was expecting, but it wasn't this. If you like mystery/horror you might want to check this out, even if you're not really familiar with Iron Man. I really, really loved Christine here, and all the OCs.

Best read without spoilers, but... )
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I got my Sit and Step thing in the mail today! It's pretty neat, though makes a bit of noise as you step. I did about ten minutes when I first got it, but unfortunately with my back like this, right now the most comfortable position is to sit in my chair cross-legged, so I can't use it as much as I'd like. Maybe later on if I'm feeling better.

I was going through my list of unread stuff on delicious and trying to pick out some fandoms where I just had one or two fics each. Turns out most of the random fandom stuff is from Yuletide, though, which I want to keep together.

Flesh Mechanic by [livejournal.com profile] lisew 3/5
12,000 words. 'N Sync. Props for originality, but very unsatisfying. )

Gloria (The Alias That You've Been Living Under) by [livejournal.com profile] china_shop 3/5
4400 words. Due South. Enjoyable, but not quite what I was looking for. )

Chasing Fraser by [livejournal.com profile] damned_colonial 5/5 Recommended
2100 words. Due South. Awesome twist on the usual 'straight guy is surprised to find himself falling for another man' thing. )

Five Truths about Dan Taichi and Five Lies about Akutsu Jin by [livejournal.com profile] storyteller 2/5
600 words. Prince of Tennis. Eh. )

Mic Check One Two by [livejournal.com profile] sparklespiff 2/5 - Didn't finish
4500 words. Prince of Tennis. Oh my God, horrible. )

[Poll #1018290]
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Fire and Rain by [livejournal.com profile] bettyp 2/5 - Did not finish
N Sync. 44,000 words. Everyone's gay and evil PR is trying to keep them closeted.
I can't read stories like this. They hit my tinhat squick. )

Chicago's Most Wanted by [livejournal.com profile] cesperanza 4/5 Recommended
Due South. 42,000 words. Fraser loses his memory and thinks he's a criminal.
Surprisingly enjoyable. )

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