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I haven't been in a fic-reading mood for a while, so here are some reviews that were sitting around on my hard drive.

Community/Huge

Intro to Public Relations by [personal profile] happydork
3000 words. G. "Troy, Abed," Jeff said. "This is Becca. Larry plays LERP with her. She's a warrior princess."

I don't know why I didn't like this as much as I thought I would (or as much as other people liked it). It was cute, and Troy and Abed felt spot on, but Becca felt kind of flat, idk. And I kind of felt like there was no point to it other than the author liked these characters and wanted to see them together? Which I guess is the point of a lot of crossovers, but I'm not really a crossover person, so maybe it's just Not For Me. I was pleased that Athena (who only had a tiny bit part) was trans, though.

Harry Potter

Eleven Up by [livejournal.com profile] bookelfe Rec
7400 words. In 1990, prominent Muggleborn research wizard Cromwell Albertson embarked on an ambitious project. Inspired by Muggle Michael Apted’s “Seven Up!” documentary series, he chose six students from controversial headmaster Albus Dumbledore’s list of Muggle-borns to be admitted to Hogwarts in 1991 and 1992 and went to their homes to interview them – before and after their life-changing discovery of their wizarding talent. He continued these interviews over the next nine years, a period of time which spanned both the Chamber of Secrets attacks in 1992 and Voldemort’s second rise and subsequent persecution of Muggleborns in 1997. The Pensieve Projection that resulted won a Superbius award for artistic excellence in 2002 and has been required viewing in the Hogwarts Muggle Studies course since 2008.

This is a neat concept and while there are a few jarring Americanisms, I really enjoyed it.

Sucker Punch (The Matriarch Mashup) by [livejournal.com profile] lunabee34 Rec+
3200 words. Hermione/Ron/Draco. Sequel to Five Times Hermione Granger Punched Draco Malfoy, Five Times Draco Malfoy Took It in the Face from One H. Granger, and Fist Meets Face (The Ron Weasley Remix).

This is less of a review and more of a "hey, there's more of this awesome series, go read it!" announcement, as I find it difficult to review fics in series. This one focuses on their respective mothers and how they're taking this unlikely turn of events.

Iron Man

Thermocouple Junction by [personal profile] feverbeats
2500 words. Five times Tony Stark came out.

More like one time Tony came out as trans and four times he told people he'd been assigned female at birth. I don't really like the term "coming out" for disclosing trans status once you've transitioned, because that equates living as your real gender with being in the closet. But terminology aside, I enjoyed this.

Stargate: Atlantis

McKay's Quality Brooms & Sundry Oddments (est. 1842) by [personal profile] busaikko
3000 words. John/Rodney. What happens when reclusive broom-maker Rodney McKay meets professional Quidditch player John Sheppard.

Harry Potter fusion, if it wasn't obvious from the summary. This was cute. I thought I'd like it more than I did, from the summary (and the fact that it's busaikko), but I didn't dislike it or anything. idk, anyway, it's cute.
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Fall Out Boy

There May Not Be Another Way to Your Heart by [personal profile] octette Rec+
2500 words. Teen. Pete is a trans guy, and that's not the point of the story.

What it says on the tin. This is about Pete and Ashlee breaking up, sort of, but mostly just about Pete trying to get through the day, as fucked up as he is. And he's trans. But that's not the point of anything. It is an awesome story and I love it so. (And I don't think you really need to know anything about Fall Out Boy to read it, either.)

Harry Potter

Black Coffee on a Lonely Night by [livejournal.com profile] femmequixotic Rec
21,600 words. NC-17. Draco owns a café in the city. Harry's an MP who comes in every morning, newspapers in one hand, BlackBerry in the other, and orders a triple espresso macchiato.

I don't think I've ever read a non-magical HP AU, not because I'm necessarily opposed (I do love AUs), but they just don't seem that common. I liked the jobs she came up for with everyone, though idk how well the weird Harry Potter names fit in the real world, so that threw me off a little. Anyway, this was fun and I enjoyed it. Also big yay for Draco actually loving his wife and being bisexual. (Boo for badly-written kids, but at least Scorpius isn't on screen much.)

Being the Cool Uncle by [personal profile] melannen
1400 words. G. Uncle Charlie was great with patching up scrapes and getting back on a broomstick. Romance, he had less experience with.

This is cute. I had to look up the niece in question on the Lexicon (she's George and Angelina's daughter, if you're wondering, too), but it's nice to see fic about other Next Gen kids besides Harry and Ginny's (and sometimes Ron and Hermione's).

Iron Man

Horns of a Deer, Feet of a Tiger by [archiveofourown.org profile] softintelligence Rec
6900 words. G. An origin story where Tony Stark is a Vietnamese-American person. "It's because baguettes and fried eggs remind him of being poor," his mom said, "and Ba only wants to be rich."

I liked this a lot. I felt like I was missing some of the references, having only watched the Iron Man movie and not knowing the comics, but not so much that it distracted from my enjoyment.

Stargate: Atlantis

Something in a Sunday by [personal profile] busaikko Rec+
3600 words. Explicit. John/OMC. After Enemy at the Gate, John has bad luck with a dating agency. Also, Rodney has issues.

I love this so, so much. In so much John/Rodney fic (including my own, I fully admit!) he's really toned down from canon, but this abrasive, obnoxious Rodney is just how I imagine canon!Rodney would be in this situation. I miss Ronon and Teyla here (especially Ronon), and am not sure why they weren't included, but even that can't dull my love for this fic.
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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 [livejournal.com 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 [livejournal.com 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 [livejournal.com 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 [livejournal.com 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 [livejournal.com 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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Trying to add in a handful of Transfic Mini Fest fics whenever I do a review post... XD

Iron Man

D-Seventeen-D-Zero by [personal profile] helens78 Rec+
1600 words. Explicit. Tony's testing out some new armor, but he's late getting home -- which means Pepper has every reason to experiment with some of his armor's more interesting systems.

Tony installs a dildo in the suit. Pepper finds out about it. Hijinks ensue. XD This is hilarious and hot.

Stargate: Atlantis

To Be True by [personal profile] helens78 Rec
2000 words. Explicit. Rodney and John have always made things work, even though John wanted kink and Rodney was only doing it to make John happy. But what if it isn't just to make John happy after all this time? That's a good thing, right?

This is a sequel to [personal profile] telesilla's Too Good (The YKIOK, IJNMK Remix), which is itself a remix of [personal profile] crysothemis's Too Good. I love that while Rodney's views are changing, things aren't just magically okay.

The Things You Can't Touch by [personal profile] reddwarfer Rec+
700 words. G. She hates being bitter, but can't seem to stop.

This was for my Rodney/Jennifer prompt of "missed opportunities/jealousy at a partner's early transition" and it's just the sort of thing I was hoping for. I especially love this bit:
"You could just use your--" Jennifer begins, but Rodney cuts her off by storming out of the infirmary. As much as she hates being called Rodney, she hates Meredith even more. Her sister's called her this for years, despite painfully worded admissions and outright begging. Meredith is the cruelest of jokes. It's a reminder of every painful moment of her childhood. Of people teasing her for her name as she desperately hated what she wasn't.


Midnight Heart by [personal profile] cesare Rec+
800 words. Unrated. Jennifer hangs in there after Rodney encounters an Ancient device that transitions Rodney from him to her. Jennifer supports her as she comes to terms with the sudden change, and reveals that she's always wanted to be Meredith, says to Jennifer, to her family, her friends, her colleagues, "This is me. I don't want to go back."

This was for the same prompt as the one above, only it put a completely different spin on it. I love how jealous Jennifer is of Meredith's magical transformation and I love Meredith's thoughtlessness.

Over, Begun by [personal profile] cesare Rec
800 words. Unrated. The love didn't surprise her; the pain did. Once she'd wanted to spend her life with Rodney. She was glad to know the truth about what happened between them, and she wanted to be a good friend to Meredith, but for now it still felt bittersweet.

This was for a different Rodney/Jennifer prompt on the fest, "it's not a bad break-up, but it's still a break-up". I love this look at Meredith and Jennifer after it's over.

Supernatural

Deep Breaths by [livejournal.com profile] trollprincess Rec
21,800 words. Mature. Azazel offered Mary a choice, and she did what she had to do. She looked him in the eyes when he offered to bring her dead boyfriend back to life, and she told him no. Fifteen years later, she's divorced, a single mom, and living in the sort of quaint small town she used to dream about raising her family in. Enter a strange woman with a mute little girl, a woman who cracks through Mary's barely stable facade of a normal life. Featuring five tequila shots, four threatening angels, three fatherless children (maybe), two kickass women, and a platter of peanut butter brownies.

Wow, wow, wow. This is really amazing. I love the way things unfold and how things I thought were odd at first turn out to be odd for a reason. It's really well written and really well thought out. Spoileryish )

Supernatural RPF

I Wrote This Novel Just for You by [personal profile] secretlytodream
19,000 words. NC-17. Funny, they could be a perfect couple if one of them wasn’t a psycho serial killer and the other his biggest fan.

Wow, this was bad. I'm not bothering with spoiler cuts, because this is not a fic I would recommend to anyone and so I really don't care if I spoil it for you.

I thought, from the summary, that it would be a good kind of creepy, but instead it was a badly-written misogynistic mess. D: The author is clearly not a native speaker of English and I wish she'd had a better beta. The prose is clunky and just off in places. But the story itself is just not that great, either. This is the story of a guy who falls for a serial killer, yet we're never shown why. We're told that he does, and we're shown what happens when he does, but it relies on shippyness to explain why Jensen should fall for Jared. He does because they're meant to be, duh. And while I might be willing to accept that in a non-serial-killer AU, I really need a little something more here. Also the whole thing with Jensen's book was so vague it felt like the author had no idea what was going on. You don't need to know everything about your story, but make the audience believe you do.

But really, what pushed this from eh to ew is the misogyny. I didn't think, when I clicked, that serial killer!Jared would be one of those serial killers. You know, the kind who only kill (thin, pretty, white, blonde, able-bodied, young) women. Right away that puts a whole icky spin on this. And Daneel is a character in this (for those not in the know, this is Jensen's RL girlfriend/wife (I don't know if she was his wife at the time, but I believe they are married now)). Oh, I had a bad feeling. She's not Jensen's girlfriend in the fic, just a friend, but I still had a bad feeling. And sure enough, I was right to. In fact, it was even worse that I thought. I thought Jared would kill her. Instead, he kidnaps her and tells Jensen that Jensen has to choose: him or Daneel. And he can't just say he chooses Jared. No, he has to kill Daneel for him. And yeah, he's torn up about it. And at the end of the story he decides he can't stay with Jared after all. But that doesn't actually do anything to lessen the sliminess I feel for having read that.

I love dark fic. I love creepiness. This was the wrong kind of creepy.

Other RPF (Jude Law/Ewan McGregor)

No Faint-Hearted Damsel by [personal profile] helens78 Rec+
1100 words. Explicit. Head-to-foot, Jude is Ewan's girl. An evening that starts with a corset and ends in pleasant, sweaty fun for both of them.

It's Jude/Ewan! Transfic! With bonus D/s!
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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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Iron Man

Reconciliation by [livejournal.com profile] thelma_lou Rec
7700 words. This is not the end-of-the-line scenario she’d always envisioned. This is not a drunken mistake or desperation or declining years or no one else left to fight.

Ahhh, this is perfect. I love how it really deals with their working relationship and doesn't just gloss over it.

People Who Know My Sins by [personal profile] atrata Rec+
2000 words. Dancing is not in her job description, but neither is mopping up blood at 4 in the morning. She does it anyway.

I always say I am not a fan of H/C, but I...I guess I am? If it's low-key and all OTT emotional and whumpy. (Totally a cromulant word there.) Just most of it that is labelled H/C tends to be way over the line for me into embarrassingly emotional, so. But this! This was so good! And the image of Pepper sitting on Tony's lap and patching him up when he's broken and it's all UST-y just makes me all sparkly-eyed. *_*

Turning Your Orbit Around by [personal profile] atrata Rec+
800 words. Five terribly inappropriate gifts Tony Stark has given.

Ahahahaha! This is perfect. I especially love Pepper and Jarvis's gifts (Jarvis's is really the very best).

Jupiter Crash by [personal profile] atrata Rec
1600 words. There's a bruise across his ribcage, a mottled purple mess, yellow-green around the edges.

HOSHIT this is hot.
She leans back to get a better view of his face, then lays her hand over his ribcage and glances down. One slight adjustment, and she's right: The heel of her hand does cover the worst of the bruise. She presses on it and Tony inhales sharply, his jaw clenching. He leans into it, though, bends his arms like he's doing a push-up against the glass, and Pepper keeps pushing. She doesn't jab or poke or thrust, just a steady unrelenting pressure until -- there. Until the pain on his face morphs into pleasure, until those harsh lines etched into his skin relax and his eyes fall shut and his mouth falls open, and then she leans in and kisses him, and kisses him, and kisses him.

Also there's pegging.

Stargate: Atlantis

Strong Enough To Be My Man by [personal profile] telesilla Rec
12,500 words. John can't really imagine safewording over anything that could happen in a spa, but then again, he has no idea what Rodney's planned for him.

I enjoyed this, but it's a little set-up heavy for me. Not in an exposition sense, but in terms of setting up for the scene. Fully half the fic is spent detailing how John gets ready for his scene with Rodney. It's not uninteresting or out of place, and it's well-written, but I'm more of a "cut to the chase" person. ^_^;; Still, very hot, especially towards the end when they're back in their room. And the whole thing gave me a sort of n'awww of nostalgia, because it all was very reminiscent of The Establishment (unsurprisingly).

Sherlock Holmes

Untitled by [personal profile] damned_colonial Rec+
800 words. "An interesting case. Are you aroused by anyone telling you what to do, or is it only me?"

For the obedience square on [community profile] kink_bingo. This is pretty much perfect.

Harry Potter

Five Times Hermione Granger Punched Draco Malfoy by [livejournal.com profile] thelastgoodname Rec+
800 words. "That felt good."

Oh man, I really love this. Punching Draco gets Hermione hot and she goes off and has sex with Ron. I love how aware yet unaware she is of her kink and how Draco seems to know the game and keeps coming back for more.

Five Times Draco Malfoy Took it in the Face From One H. Granger by [livejournal.com profile] lunabee34 Rec+
800 words. Draco watches as Granger gets a glazed look in her eyes and drags the Most Irritating Weasley off into the storeroom for what Draco can only assume is a session of connubial bliss. In Draco’s rather limited experience, it’s considered polite to ask the third party if he’s interested in joining one’s marital bed, but perhaps indiscriminate and sexualized violence is normal for mudbloods.

This is the same fic as above but from Draco's POV and it is exactly what I wanted when I finished reading the first one.
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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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Here's a handful of remixes + an [livejournal.com profile] lgbtfest that I have been eagerly awaiting. And a couple more Iron Man fics just because.

Stargate: Atlantis

Imaginary Boys by [personal profile] busaikko Rec+
27,500 words. Mitchell and Sheppard get together during The Return, and if it wasn't impossible it'd be perfect.

Once again [personal profile] busaikko blows me away with another long, plotty transfic. The action plot is very cool and I really love both Cam and Shannon here. I love that Cam is not perfect, but he's also not a total asshole. He just has his own issues. The prompt she used was "What is it like to transition in a small closed community where everyone knows you?" and she just really ran with it. It didn't sound like that interesting a prompt to me when I saw it on the list, but wow. She made it interesting.

Mission Control (The Professor Angell Remix) by [personal profile] elementalv
1300 words. Rodney is hanging on by a thread.

First off, people. You do not need to use capslock every time a character yells. For serious. Just by writing "Rodney yelled", we know that he yelled. Now stop trying to be JKR.

Other than that, this was a pretty cool fic. I like creepy fic and there is not enough of it in fandom. This is made even better by being a creepy remix of what was originally a run-of-the-mill fluffy mpreg fic.

On the less cool side, I find the total erasure of Ronon and Teyla, who featured fairly prominently in the original, to be really unsettling. It's not like it's pared down to just John and Rodney, either. There are mentions of Kavanaugh and Elizabeth and Carson and Katie Brown and Cadman. Just no Ronon and Teyla. Which gives me a creepy feeling I don't think the author meant to.

Don't Call Him Alien Spawn! by [livejournal.com profile] chaletian
1600 words. So, they hadn’t meant to make a baby.

This is kind of cute, but it felt like it was trying too hard to be wacky and just fell flat (the overuse of capslock didn't help).

Of All the Gin Joints in All the World (Rubato Encore Remix) by [personal profile] melayneseahawk
1100 words. The last thing John expects to see is Rodney--the one night stand he couldn't forget.

This is cute. The original was one of my favorite SGA fics by [personal profile] helens78 and I really liked the ambiguous ending of it. As much as I sometimes like the whole "finding each other again" trope, sometimes I just like a one-night stand to be a one-night stand and not lead to soulmates forever, and this takes the ambiguity of the original and puts it firmly in the soulmates forever category.

Sherlock Holmes

The Effects of Proximity: The Sleight of Hand Remix by [personal profile] blue_soaring Rec
1400 words. His permission to take such liberties has been granted a hundred thousand times over, what Watson believes his body is saying should not contradict it.

Very interesting take on an asexual Holmes who enjoys sex with Watson for the closeness, but doesn't actually like sex or want to have an orgasm. I really liked the prose.

I didn't read the original on this one and I don't plan to as I noticed it was by an author who had a horribly misogynistic Holmes/Watson/Mary love-triangle one and I just don't want to go near their Holmesfic again.

Games of Chance (Remix) by [livejournal.com profile] lace_fic
2200 words. "You seem remarkably adept at removing gentlemen's clothing."

I didn't realise at first that I had read the original already because I didn't recognise the author name on the archive, but it's [personal profile] blue_soaring, whose Holmes fics I like very much, especially Games of Chance! Unfortunately while the remix was enjoyable, it was enjoyable pretty much entirely because of the original. It was the exact same story (dialogue and all; and it was some great dialogue, to be sure) but from Holmes' POV. And the POV change added no new information to the original at all. Despite Watson's drunken POV in the original, it was clear that Holmes wanted him and Watson just wasn't getting it. So here we get...Holmes wanting Watson and Watson being too drunk to get it. :-/ I like my remixes a little more adventurous, or if they are to stick this close to the original, at least to have some surprising revelation.

Iron Man

One Night Stand by [livejournal.com profile] svilleficrecs
1000 words. No Jarvis then. No famous Pepper Potts. Just Virginia, hard-partying UCLA freshman and, at the time, blonde.

Nice bit of backstory. I could totally believe this.

Irreparable by [livejournal.com profile] svilleficrecs Rec
32,000 words. He can do this. He can fix this. He can make this work.

I didn't like this one quite as much as the foot fetish one, but I did like it a lot. I thought I caught hints of D/s in the foot fetish one and I see I wasn't wrong. XD (This fic and that one are unrelated, but are by the same author.) Though I am definitely jonesing for a less hesitant dom!Pepper. Tony is the pushiest sub ever (obvs) and needs a firmer hand. (I will also accept Rhodey domming Tony, if that's how you roll. *cough*[personal profile] helens78*cough* Just someone needs to do it. XD)

Spoilery )

Still! There was a lot I enjoyed about this. Even though some things that I disliked were very heteronormative, I loved how non-heteronormative the sex was in many ways. (I think this may be the first time I've read a scene with a woman fisting a man?)

Oh, also it has lots of awesome, awesome Tony & Rhodey BFFness.
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Now to go read some remix stuff! (All I've read so far is the one of mine, because I was finishing up that Leverage fic.)

Iron Man

The Kids Aren't All Right by [livejournal.com profile] samdonne Rec+
11,500 words. "It's been 'a hell of a year' since industrialist Tony Stark owned up to his alter ego in a move that stunned observers and longtime aides alike. With the US facing unprecedented homegrown suicide attacks, Iron Man's contribution to national security is more than ever under scrutiny. As she follows Stark during a year of crisis, exclusively for Vanity Fair, Christine Everhart explores the many contradictions of the man behind the mask, uncovers tales of personal loyalty, patriotism gone awry and corporate betrayal, and asks whether Iron Man is the embodiment of an outdated American fantasy—a self-made, unilateral, technological solution to hopelessly complex problems—and whether he can survive the violent encounter with reality."

Okay, this is just really, really cool. It really does read just like a magazine article.

A Small and 100% Innocent Token of Gratitude by [livejournal.com profile] svilleficrecs Rec+
7500 words. He acts like what he's doing is the most natural thing in the world.

Jesus fuck, this is one of the hottest things I have ever read. It also made me all OTP squee-y. (Warning to [personal profile] helens78: Don't click! Foot fetish!)

Follow Your Shame by [livejournal.com profile] atrata Rec+
1000 words. No matter how many times they dance, she'll never sleep with Tony Stark.

Oh man, this is super fucked up and I love it so. *flails* Tony you expect to be fucked up, but I always like my OTPs mutually fucked up and this Pepper is totally as fucked up as Tony.

Ugly Betty

MODE: Final Issue! by [livejournal.com profile] yahtzee63 Rec+
32,200 words. What happens to Daniel and Betty and everyone else after the final episode.

Wow, this really felt like canon. I don't think there was anything in here that I couldn't see happening on the show. I love it's not just about Daniel and Betty, though they are and have always been my OTP for this show. The sections switch between characters and the author really has everyone's voice down so well. I could hear them in my head. And there were some misunderstandings and some soap opera moments that really made it feel like Ugly Betty; even though those weren't my favorite parts of the show, having stuff like that in the fic really added to the feeling that I was watching a fifth season. And the ending! I was getting to the end and feeling like, nooooo, I hope this doesn't shortchange Marc when everyone else gets their happy ending. But then he did! And even though I am not particularly a Justin/Marc shipper, I really loved this and it worked so well. I loved Justin's "There's someone in the world who's going to love you for the rest of your life." and how Marc never got that he wasn't just talking about in general, but about himself. I wasn't at all unhappy with where the show ended, because it wrapped up things nicely and you could see how things were going to go...and this just took all that to the logical conclusion. I often read a really good fic and say "this is my canon now", but it's usually not something I really think would be on the show or whatever, because TPTB don't roll like that. But this is all glee-making and is exactly what I could see happening on the actual show. I love it so!

Leverage

Survival by Eliot by [livejournal.com profile] sullensiren Rec
13,000 words. When a virus ends the world in a plague of zombies, Eliot Spencer travels around with Parker and Hardison, helping pick up the pieces. Hardison builds a website.

This is a really neat idea. There's a website that's meant to be Hardison's website, and it's got all Eliot's zombie-survival tips and stuff, and then after each section on the website, there's a link you can click to read a bit of the fic. Both the fic and the website are really well done (and don't forget to click on the various links at the top of the site; not all of them work, but the ones that do are great, especially the fake DW community).

Harry Potter

Useless Talent (Sundial in the Shade Remix) by [personal profile] ineffabilitea Rec
1800 words. Sirius wants Remus; Remus wants Sirius. Remus loves Sirius; Sirius loves Remus. So why aren't they together like James thinks they are? The answer hinges on confidence, and its lack.

This is a remix of Useless Talent, an old Sirius/Remus fic of mine, and expands a mutual pining double-drabble and gives it a happy ending. I like that it kept the same structure as the original, which had one drabble in Remus's POV and one in Sirius's. Cute and well-written and works well as a remix.
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Iron Man

Successful Secrets of the Sexual Kind by [personal profile] atrata Rec+
2800 words. Five times they don't have sex, and think about it anyway.

This is cute and hot and pretty much the best thing ever. This is totally my canon now. They totally fantasise about each other like this.

Almost No One Makes It Out by [personal profile] atrata Rec+
28,000 words. What would have happened if Tony hadn't been born filthy rich? A military AU.

Okay, everyone and their mother has already recced this fic, and for good reason. It is just that awesome. It's an AU of the first movie, and Tony is not the wealthy playboy of canon, but just an ordinary guy. He's still Tony, though; there's just a lot fewer people willing to take his shit. I really loved how well thought out this was, how everything is different, but the same. And most of all, I loved the scene with Tony's trial, which had me literally laughing out loud.

Foundation by [personal profile] musesfool
600 words. "I like your freckles."

Adorable Tony/Pepper UST.

Supernatural

If On a Winter's Night a Fangirl by [livejournal.com profile] trinityofone Rec+
12,300 words. "Chuck," Becky said, slowly and carefully and very, very seriously. "I think someone is trying to communicate with us through the fanfic."

Wow. I...wow. *flails* This is seriously like one of the best things I've ever read. It's hilarious and meta (not just meta in the whole Becky and Chuck way but about fandom and the internet in general) and so, so good. XD I love Becky here. Even if you cringed at her on the show, she is awesome here. The first half of the story was funny, but it's not til the big reveal that things really get going. I want to quote so many things, so many spoilery things! This is best read unspoiled, though. Seriously! (Or should I say srsly? LOL)

Spoilers!! )

Original Fic

Define Me with a Knife by [personal profile] eisen Rec+
7100 words. Teenage girls are petty creatures. And I'm definitely including myself in that statement.

This is very awesome. It reads just like a shounen manga, to the degree that I was actually envisioning page layouts as I was reading it. It's a harsh post-apocalyptic world filled with odd creatures and a dwindling band of teenagers, including the narrator, who died and was brought back by a creature called Gev in exchange for her eye. It's really well-written and sucks you right in.
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Sherlock Holmes

The Adventure of the Manor House by Lyra Rec+
29,200 words. Holmes and Watson are called upon to solve the mystery of a missing husband.

This is Holmes/Watson, but I think would have been better gen. It's definitely something to read for the mystery, rather than the romance, IMO. It's a first-time story and that part of it not only feels somewhat pasted on, but interferes with the pacing of the mystery and makes it a little draggy for the first two-thirds or so.

But! The mystery is really, really good. Someone recced it to me without saying why, and so I read it without being spoiled, but Spoilers )

Anyway, this was a really great find.

Mistakes of Our Youth by [livejournal.com profile] candle_beck Rec+
37,700 words. Watson reminds himself violently, it is over. He reminds himself, it has to be over.

Oh man, this is so good. This is so, so, so good. Just pure angsty goodness. This makes really great backstory for the film. Also there is Gladstone as a puppy! N'awww!

Stargate: Atlantis

Perennials by [personal profile] busaikko Rec
2400 words. Domestic snapshots from annual visits to Earth.

I never would have thought of John/Parrish as a pairing. I mean, I never think of anyone/Parrish as a pairing, but I know he was popular with Lorne for a while. But this was cute. I love domestic fic done well and this is very domestic and very well done. And it's good to see John with someone other than a team member occasionally.

This is apparently part of a series, though it works as a stand-alone as well.

Iron Man

Job Satisfaction (Or Why Pepper Potts Loves Her Life, Mostly) by [personal profile] medie
1500 words. Yes, the hours are insane, her social life is attracting buzzards, and, so far, fifty three house plants have died from neglect (fifty-four if she counts that cactus) and she's missed three weddings and a bar mitzvah in the last year alone, but she loves her job.

This is cute. Pepper & Tony banter ftw.

Tony and Pepper Go to Target by [livejournal.com profile] aj
1700 words. They end up in Target because it's 6:45 in the morning and she's been driving or physically exerting herself for almost two straight hours and it's the only Starbucks within throwing distance.

Just what the title says. This was cute, but I wasn't wowed.

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