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I don't think I'll be reading much if any fic before Yuletide (a week away!) so I figured I might as well get the reviews I had off my hard drive and into a post.

American Idol

Apples Are Not the Only Fruit by [ profile] bexless Rec
23,000 words. NC-17. Local woman wins pie contest! Adam Lambert assists. An AU.

This is cute. It's a pretty straightforward romance, complete with Big Misunderstanding That Keeps Them Apart, but it wasn't one of those things where it felt completely contrived. Anyway, it's very well written and I enjoyed it.

And a Little Leather by [ profile] cathalin Rec
9500 words. NC-17. Kris has a thing about Adam's fingerless leather gloves.

I'm not sure why I had this bookmarked, because it doesn't look at first glance like something I would really like, but I did. I really like the respectful way Kris's marriage is handled and I like that it's not just a long PWP (as I was afraid it might be at first) but is about negotiating the boundaries of their friendship.

I Would Be by [ profile] cathalin Rec
20,000 words. NC-17. AU. Adam and Kris meet a few years down the road, when down-on-his-luck Kris and his young daughter Katherine show up to rent a room from Adam, who never made it to an Idol audition.

Okay, this was a slow-starter for me. I was actually kind of rolling my eyes at both Adam and Kris at first and thinking of just clicking out, but I'm so glad I stuck with it, because I really enjoyed it a lot. Katherine is eh, kind of a plot device more than a character and more cutesy than realistic, but compared to how badly kids are written in a lot of fics, this isn't that bad, and she's not onscreen that much.

Harry Potter

Blurring the Lines by anon Rec
2500 words. NC-17. The Christmas Harry was fifteen was memorable for many things. It was the first time he was really aware of being possessed (or possibly not) by Lord Voldemort. It was the first time he drank firewhiskey. It was the first time... well, those two were firsts enough for anyone...

Oh, this was great. I actually wrote a similar fic myself years ago, but that was Remus's POV on the fucked-up-ness between Sirius and Harry and this one is Sirius and Harry's POV (and no Remus at all), but it's just the sort of thing I want from this pairing (I really have a hard time seeing Sirius/Harry as anything but massively fucked up; mmmmmaybe in an AU where Sirius lives and they're both adults and Sirius is himself less fucked up than he was, but anything set in the canon 'verse, no).

The Death of Narcissa Black by [ profile] massicot Rec+
1000 words, 168 images. R. Narcissa never intended to marry, but circumstances change and needs must.

Wow. WOW. This took my breath away. I love Narcissa-centric stuff, really, really love, and this is just so perfect (even though I actually ship Narcissa/Lucius and this is not exactly shippy for them despite that being who she ends up with). The art is not what I normally like, just aesthetically speaking, but it's very effective here and I love the storybook format used to tell the story. And oh, despite what I said about shipping Narcissa/Lucius, I could so see this being canon. And I love, love, love the idea of Narcissa as a career woman who wants to be Minister of Magic. *flails* Just. If you have any interest in HP at all, I really, really recommend this. It's so good!

Iron Man

Okay to Say You've Got a Weak Spot by [ profile] sotto_voice
800 words. PG-13. If Pepper Potts were a superhero, her superpower would be appearing silently out of nowhere while wearing sky-high heels.

Tony & Pepper banter FTW.
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You'll Sell More Records if You (Dumb It Down) by [ profile] belladonnalin
Ashlee Simpson & Amanda Palmer. 1200 words. Ashlee and Amanda Palmer meet at a party.

This is just a short little gen piece, but I enjoyed it. I like stuff that humanises Ashlee and doesn't make her evil or stupid or whatever.

One thing that really bugged me, though, was the typical "Oh, LA is so horrible, it's all blahblahblahstereotypes". I know that it's totally in-character for schmoozy industry types to believe their schmoozy industry circles are all there is to LA (this is, in fact, what people like this assert IRL), but it still pisses me off and so reading a conversation that was basically them talking about how much "LA" sucks was annoying.

(And now I've had this on my hard drive forever and in that time I've gone from not knowing who Amanda Palmer is to thinking she's an ass! Good times, good times.)

I'm Trapped in This Body and Can't Get Out by [personal profile] azurejay Rec+
Fall Out Boy. 2700 words. "What if I am a lesbian?"

Awesome, awesome mtf!Pete. I love Pete here, love Ashlee. I love them together and hope that they can work things out. I especially love the ending. This felt a little different than most transfic I've read, maybe because of the belated realisation. I also liked how long it spent on Pete just thinking things through.

There is a longer version here, which was posted as a WiP amnesty thing. Definitely worth reading the long version, even if it's unfinished.

Lord Knows It Would Be The First Time by [personal profile] azurejay Rec
Fall Out Boy. 8600 words. The thing is that he doesn't do it a lot, and only when he's not with someone, or when he isn't wandering around in a daze thinking he's with someone (see: Attempts To Date Ashlee Simpson 1, 2 and 4. Attempt 5 is going much better, even better than 3). He doesn't do it with girls Patrick actually expresses interest in, he doesn't do it in Ohio (he has a lot of family in Ohio, and--yeah. He never, ever fucks people in Ohio, no matter how hot they are and/or how much they want to fuck Patrick), and he doesn't do it when they're not on tour. Except that one time, but they were playing four awards shows in one week, so it was almost like being on tour anyway.

N'aww, this was cute. Lots of great dialogue and I really liked Pete's narrative voice.

I feel like if it hadn't had Pete/Patrick in the header I actually wouldn't have known if this was meant to be gen or shippy. XD Pete is just so weird and Patrick so exasperated but accepting of his weirdness that I could totally read it in a just friends way. Yeah, Pete is obsessive and stalkery and sleeping with girls who want to sleep with Patrick, but you know. It's Pete.

A Miracle Off Ice, or, How John G. Weir Got His Groove Back by [ profile] randomeliza
Johnny Weir/Adam Lambert. 3100 words. So even if Paris is a queen bitch diva who totally left him hanging at an absolutely terrible time and barely apologized for it, he's still Johnny's best friend, which means when he calls Johnny and begs him to chaperone – like he's some sort of middle-aged crocs-wearing skating mom, God – a night out in Chelsea, he can't really say no.

I wanted to love this, but while it was fun, it was just so...cliched? It's Adam Lambert and Johnny Weir, so I wanted something a little more unique, I guess. This is well-written, but I feel like I've read it a million times before. Two guys meet at a club and have sex. The sex was pretty rote, too. Adam sucks Johnny off, then Johnny sucks Adam off, but neither of them come, because the grand finale is of course anal sex. Yawn. Which isn't to say that it wasn't an enjoyable story, just...nothing noteworthy.


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