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Glee

Blessed Not Lucky by [personal profile] gloss Rec
900 words. PG. Mercedes/Quinn + Lauren. "A time to mourn/A time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together"

Neat post-apocalyptic fic. I'm really curious about this world.

Son of a Preacher Man

Sweet Caroline by [personal profile] mjules Rec+
2600 words. G. A stomach full of fireflies, a house full of secrets.

Oh wow. *_* I would never have found this if not for going through the trans tag to find stuff for my master list, aince while I'm vaguely familiar with the song, it's not something I'd have otherwise clicked on, but I'm so glad I did because it was amazing.

Stargate: Atlantis

Dreaming I'm Alive by [personal profile] cesare Rec
21,000 words. When John is exposed to the Iratus retrovirus from "Conversion" again, the team bands to help. But there are some things John has to face alone.

This was written for [community profile] sgareversebang and based on this really cool drawing by [personal profile] chkc. This is John/Rodney, but the story itself is mostly gen. I loved the alien species and the details about John's transformation.

Ugly Betty

Ugly Betty Season Five: New York, New York by [livejournal.com profile] yahtzee63 Rec+
Series. Takes off from canon during the show's penultimate episode, "The Past Presents The Future." Betty is about to leave New York for an exciting new life in London ... but fate has other plans. To Daniel's surprise, so does he.

This is the first "virtual season" of a show I've ever read, though I know it's a fairly common thing. Mainly I don't read gen that much, so I'm not as interested in it for other shows, but for Ugly Betty it's perfect. I had already read and loved one post-canon UB fic by this author, so when I happened across this virtual season five, I knew I had to read it. It is everything I could hope for in an Ugly Betty fic and really feels like it could actually be canon. All the wacky soap opera plot twists are here and so well done. One thing I really like about this series is that the whole season is not "will they or won't they?" Instead, once they realise they have feelings for each other, the problem is finding time to actually be together (and even that doesn't last the whole "season"). I love that Alexis is brought back, and also YOGA. My favorite minor character. And Yoga/Claire is strongly hinted at here, hopefully it will be more than hinted at by the end of the series.

Yes, that's the one drawback. This is still a WiP. There are currently twelve fics, over 150,000 words total, but it's not done (I'm guessing the author means it to be a twenty-ish episode season, as the show was). While the fics were originally being posted on an almost weekly basis, the last one was posted June 8th and the author seems to have discovered X-Men: First Class in the meantime, so I hope that doesn't mean they'll drop this. D: *crosses fingers* Anyway, I highly recommend it as-is, even if it never does get finished. But I have used the AO3 subscribe function (first time using it!), so I'll be notified when/if more is posted. (I hope eventually we'll be able to modify subscriptions so we can subscribe to just one fandom from an author, or one series/fic/tag/etc.)
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Castle RPF

Work for It by [personal profile] helens78
1700 words. Teen. Nathan's charming act works on most people, but Tamala wants to see him work for it a little.

Wouldn't have read this if I hadn't betaed, since I only vaguely know Nathan Fillion from Dr Horrible and don't know Tamala Jones at all, but this is cute and works well despite not having any real "canon" knowledge.

Glee/High School Musical

Glad I Caught You by [personal profile] mercredigirl Rec
500 words. G. Kurt and Ryan meet in the queue at the or luak stall. Friends are made, all is well & all manner of thing shall be well.

I stumbled over this while looking on AO3 for new fics for the transfic master list. It turns out it's also written for the Racebending Revenge challenge, and set in Singapore (I think? Googling "or luak" tells me it's a Singaporean dish). Very cute.

Huge

And Hate the Bright Stillness of the Noon by [personal profile] psocoptera Rec
12,500 words. Teen. As Camp Victory faces a heat wave, Amber, George, and Dr. Rand struggle to make it through the last few weeks of camp.

I really enjoyed this a lot. It feels very much like it could be a direct continuation of the series (or rather a couple plotlines of it, as it really only focuses on the characters mentioned in the summary).

LotRiPS

Easy Now by [personal profile] cesare Rec+
12,300 words. NC-17. Elijah/Stuart, Elijah/Dom. Sooner or later, everyone asks how old Elijah is.

Oh wow, I loved this so, so much! I don't think I've read any lotrips since last year's slasha, but this reminded me of everything I love about these guys. I love the whole situation with Stuart, and Lij's interactions with everyone. It's just perfect.

Bouts of Attraction by [livejournal.com profile] eff_reality
4000 words. R. Dom and Billy are on rival roller derby teams in the UK.

This was cute. I liked the roller derby theme and Dom's relentless flirting. Also very pleased with how Ali was treated.
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Community

Summer Practicum in Women's Studies by [personal profile] gloss Rec+
1700 words. R. Possibly a summer fling, possibly something more.

Oh Shirley! Oh Britta!

I really couldn't picture this pairing in my head, because Britta is just so Britta (I actually like the character a lot, but yeah), but [personal profile] gloss really made it work. I'm so glad I read this.

"Please. I was macking on shorties while you were still figuring out that Barbie is --" Shirley trailed off, scowled, then grinned. "That Barbie is a tool of kyriarchical indoctrination!"


Heee! That is just so perfect.

Glee

Inscrutable by [personal profile] bossymarmalade Rec
500 words. The really stupid thing is that they hold off for so long, because they don't want it to look like of course the two asian kids would get together.

This is awesome. ♥

Harry Potter

No More Hiding From Yourself by [personal profile] queen_ypolita
2800 words. G. "For Merlin's sake Sirius, I know this year's been tough for you, but no, you'll always have to let Snape's little comments get to you. Why couldn't you put some of that energy into all those girls that can't take their eyes off you or something?" It's time Sirius stopped hiding from his confusion and did some hard thinking.

Oh man, this is exactly the sort of fic I dread from [livejournal.com profile] lgbtfest. I actually thought the prompt ("Sirius Black, never looking back at all the girls ogling him is less to seem indifferent and more because their glances don't register") showed some promise, but it's 2800 words of tell, tell, tell, plus it's set right after The Prank and has this big long lecture from Remus to Sirius on How Wrong He Was, and dude, I totally think Sirius was in the wrong, but I also think monologue lecturing makes a really dull story and seems more like the author speaking than the character (partly this is because I really don't see them as having talked about it at all). Also the 2nd person POV really did not work here.

Sherlock Holmes

A Terribly Poor Understanding of Love by [livejournal.com profile] candle_beck Rec
13,000 words. R. Mary awoke to John saying Holmes's name in his sleep. The shocking thing was how terribly unshocked she was.

Wow. This was great. And the 3rd person omniscient (not something you see often in fandom) works really well here. Also it's super angsty, yay. :D

I have to say, though, that at first when I was reading it, I thought they must be aware of what was going on, that perhaps they had even had some sort of relationship before Mary. But no, it was first-time, totally taken by surprise, never thought of Holmes that way (it was less clear whether Holmes knew he was attracted to Watson or not). So yeah. I really liked it, but I also really, really wished for more self-awareness, more queerness.

Anyone have any recs for first-time stories in this fandom that are first time with each other, but not first time with a man ever?

I feel like there was something else I was going to say, too...oh! There was a line that really gave me pause, when Holmes says to Watson, "it's not white of you" or something like that. I'd never heard the phrase before, but it certainly makes sense for the time period. Still, I cringed, and it also made me think about desi!Watson again (ngl, it does not take much to make me start thinking about desi!Watson) and how that would play out. (Whyyyyyy is writing historical fiction so haaaaaaard for meeeeee???? I have so many ideas!)

Delegation by [personal profile] damned_colonial Rec
2800 words. NC-17. I would have been mortified, but I realised that Lestrade didn't have the faintest idea what had just happened. I suppose he thought Holmes was simply being high-handed and rude, as he so often was, and under the circumstances I was hardly going to correct the misapprehension.

Yes, it's another in the awesome asexual!dom!Holmes/Watson series! This was an excellent use of the "authority figures" square.

Oh, and if you like this series, [personal profile] paperflower86 illustrated one of the previous installments. I like their art a lot. (This fandom has so many great artists.)

The Simpsons

I Recognize That Girl by [personal profile] bossymarmalade Rec
900 words. When Maggie came around, Lisa had been excited. That was when she was six. Now she was sixteen, and Maggie -- contrary to everything Lisa had ever seen or read -- seemed to have no real interest in her older sister, much less any inclination to copy her or be close with her.

Oh, this is so great! [personal profile] bossymarmalade writes such awesome Simpsons fic. The voices are just perfect.

Stargate: Atlantis

The Wave from Coast to Ocean by [personal profile] telesilla Rec
1000 words. NC-17. John's cold and Rodney's wearing warm, soft clothes. What happens is inevitable really.

Oh, how funny. This is for the same [community profile] kink_bingo square as the Community fic up above, rubbing/grinding. I didn't even notice that at first. This is from [personal profile] telesilla's Ventura Highway series (which, wow, I did not realise had that many fics in it), which I always enjoy. This reads well as a stand-alone, too, though.
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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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I was holding off on the Yuletide reviews, thinking I'd read more Yuletide, but uh, that doesn't seem to be happening? So since I don't have another Holmes post ready yet, I figured I might as well go ahead and post these (plus one non-Yuletide one I read today).

Bloom by mellish Rec
Paradise Kiss. 1700 words. He holds up a mirror for Isabella to see.

This collection of snapshots of George and Isabella over the years really gets to the heart of their relationship. I love the quiet calm of the fic, and the bittersweetness that underlies everything.

Parisian Scratcher by Viatoris
Paradise Kiss. 4700 words. George goes to Paris with Isabella on a board. They live in Paris in small, cramped apartment and so shmoopy homey story begins. Calm, moody nights and repressed days, Paris Paris.

After reading this, I feel like I really dodged a bullet. This is the same fandom and same pairing I requested, so I could have easily been assigned this person. It's one thing to get a very badly written fic, full of typos and grammatical errors, as this is, and just suck it up and say thank you. It is entirely another thing to get a fic that is blatantly offensive and a slap in the face and have to say thank you for that. I couldn't do it. I wouldn't do it.

I don't think the author is a native English speaker (perhaps French? It's set in France), and they can be forgiven for that (though not being a native speaker doesn't get you off the hook for not bothering to get a beta or at least use spellcheck), but that doesn't excuse the transphobia in a fic about a transgender person. I was braced for it when I saw the fic (about a trans woman and a man) was labelled M/M. Some of the offensiveness could be put down to the character's POV (it's told from the cis character's POV), but I don't feel that fits with his canon actions, and there's just all sorts of stuff thrown in by the author that made me want to cry as I was reading, especially a lot of fetishising Isabella's "male body". Ugh. So gross.

Where Science Meets Faith by [personal profile] helens78 Rec
Contact. 4200 words. Ellie Arroway and Kent Clark have been working together for a long time. If the person you spend the night with is also a friend and coworker, when does it stop being a one-night stand and start turning into something more? (Hint: if it's happening repeatedly, it's probably not a one-night stand.)

I have never seen this movie, but it's all pretty self-explanatory. I liked this a lot. Sex leading to feelings rather than the other way around is definitely one of my favorite tropes.

If on a Yuletide Morn, a Reader by [personal profile] norah Rec
If on a Winter's Night a Traveller. 10,500 words. You are about to begin reading your Yuletide story.

I have never read this book (but it really made me want to!) nor am I familiar with any of the other fandoms contained within the story, but that didn't matter a bit. I'm sure knowing them would make it even more fun, but it was really great just as it is. I loved the metaness of it. And everyone's always so down on second person, but this is exactly the sort of story it works for. I'm really glad I betaed this, otherwise I probably never would have clicked on it and would have missed an awesome story.

[personal profile] norah wrote a neat post here about all the research and stuff that went into writing this fic, which you should definitely read, too.

Not the Girlfriend Experience by [personal profile] zvi Rec
Glee. 300 words. You're not gonna see it just by looking.

I really wish there were more of this, because I want to see what happens with Tina and Mercedes. This is such a tantalising conversation and it feels like there's a lot more going on under the surface. But even just as it is, it's great. It feels so realistic, just a random conversation by the lockers.

Boys in the Hood Are Always Hard by [personal profile] riseupwithfists Rec
Mystery Solving Teens. 1400 words. "If we asked," you're saying between puffs, "I bet Chief would totally get us a dog. For, like, sniffing out clues and shit."

This is not Yuletide, but I'm putting it with the Yuletide batch because someone should totally request Mystery Solving Teens for Yuletide next year! Anyway, if you are not a fan of Hark! A Vagrant, why not? It is one of the awesomest webcomics ever. Mystery Solving Teens is not my favorite Hark! A Vagrant comic, but it's pretty good, and this fic really captures it perfectly.

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