Rec #38

Mar. 28th, 2013 07:22 pm
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Title:Noah's Arkangel
Author: abluestocking
Tags: Space Opera, Alternate Universe - Space, Alternate Universe - Mythology, Biblical Reinterpretation, Queer Themes, Misses Clause Challenge, Don't Have to Know Canon

Noah's Ark! In space! That was enough to hook me, but the story had so many fabulous surprises in store beyond the set-up. I was expecting something cracky and instead it was profound and thoughtful and wide-ranging. Deeply awesome.

Rec #37

Mar. 27th, 2013 08:14 pm
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Title:A History of Sexuality in Houston, TX, and Saint Paul, MN
Author: beastlier
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Characters: Marco Scandella, Kris Foucault, Michel Foucault
Summary: Marco Scandella discovers queer theory.

I was absolutely delighted by this story. I think fans of hockey or Foucault will enjoy it, but fans of both will have a blast!

Rec #36

Mar. 26th, 2013 06:30 pm
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Title:love on top
Author: hazel
Fandom: Goon
Pairing: Eva / Doug / Xavier

Continuing the Goon theme, here's a trio fic, with brilliant Eva point-of-view. Everyone feels completely in character and it's awesome and happy. Yay!

Rec #35

Mar. 25th, 2013 09:58 pm
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Title:Two Man Advantage
Author: arolinecrane
Fandom: Goon
Pairing: Doug Glatt/Xavier LaFlamme
Summary: Eva's a nice girl, but she's not big on commitment, and it turns out that's exactly what Doug's looking for. He's just been looking in the wrong places all this time. Nobody ever accused him of being smart, after all.

Goon! I watched this movie while I was falling head first into hockey fandom last year. It's awesome! You know what else is awesome? Yuletide, for delivering new Goon fic. This one was pretty satisfying. Woo!

Rec #34

Mar. 23rd, 2013 11:29 am
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Author: Krab
Fandom: Homestuck
Genre: Craft

In a recent-ish Homestuck update, Karkat has an extremely cute new accessory. It looks like he's alchemized his old crabtop computer with a wristwatch and created the fabulous crabwatch! It's unclear whether this recreation also has a holographic speaker crab feature, but it's pretty awesome-looking nonetheless. Fans are so awesome!

Rec #32

Mar. 21st, 2013 08:12 pm
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Title: Unreal Until Experienced

Author: ifeelbetter
Fandom: Slings & Arrows, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
Pairing: Darren Nichols/Geoffrey Tennant
Summary: Geoffrey Tennant made a career out of not allowing magicians to interfere with his productions. Darren Nichols, on the other hand, once turned his audience into grains of sand for a production of Beckett. The disagreement accidentally shapes their lives.

A delightful combination of Geoffrey and Darren from Slings & Arrows with the magical universe from Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, carried forward to the present day. In the way of all good SF, the speculative element (magic, in this case) is used to allow new insights into mundane issues (the nature of art and performance, creativity and motivation). Hooray for fanfic!

Rec #31

Mar. 20th, 2013 07:58 pm
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Title:It's Like That
Author: chaosmanor
Fandom: Dogma
Pairing: Bartleby/Loki
Summary: Loki and Bartleby are just trying to earn enough to keep themselves in the air.

A funny and poignant slice of life for Loki and Bartleby, pre-film. I can totally buy into the idea of them as professors.

Rec #30

Mar. 19th, 2013 06:58 pm
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Title:By Any Other
Author: freneticfloetry
Fandom: Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
Pairing: Lindsey/Slevin Kelevra
Summary: What's in a name?

Lucky Number Slevin was a very fun and unexpected film and if you haven't sen it … well, you should! It's got Lucy Liu and an unreliable narrator and crime and hijinks! It's awesome! What is also awesome is this look at what Lindsey and Slevin's life together might be like after the film. It's packed with crime and hijinks and is told from Lucy Liu's character's perspective. Enjoy!

Rec #29

Mar. 18th, 2013 11:57 pm
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Title:Heart-Shaped Bruise
Author: htbthomas
Fandom: The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
Pairing: Peter Parker/Flash Thompson
Summary: Flash first sees them when Parker is at his locker one morning. Just peeking out of the cuff of one of the sleeves of his sweatshirt. Bruises, mottled and bluish-black, like Parker's been in a fight.

I barely recalled who Flash Thompson was from the movie (Wikipedia was very helpful), but I love love love this fic! It's told from Flash's point of view and starts out just at the beginning of his transformation from bully / jock / teen-boy-with-rage-issues to caring human being. It's fantastic!
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I totally flaked on recs this week, so here's a themed set to try to catch up. This week's theme is Awesome Gen Fics from Yuletide 2012:

Rec #23
Title:Magic Beans
Author: Morbane
Fandom: Sunshine - Robin McKinley
Characters: Rae "Sunshine" Seddon, Yolande
Summary: Yolande persuades Sunshine to employ her magic in her baking. Sunshine has her doubts.

I love the way magic works in the Sunshine universe and I love the central part baking plays in the narrative. This fic combines them in a beautifully satisfying way.

Rec #24
Author: radondoran
Fandom: Robots - Isaac Asimov
Characters: Gregory Powell, Michael Donovan, Jules (Robot JLS-1)
Summary: The Universe's most boring assignment becomes a lot more interesting.

Yay robots! Fantastic robot-centric plot.

Rec #25
Title:Guest of Honour
Author: Kastaka
Fandom: Hebrew Bible
Characters: Judith, Holofernes
Summary: It would have been an excellent plan, if it had never had to come into contact with reality...

This wasn't one of the Bible stories I grew up with, but after encountering a couple of different old paintings of "Judith with the Head of Holofernes" a few years ago it has become one of my favorites. I love Judith's matter-of-fact BAMFness in this fic. Brilliantly told!

Rec #26
Title:Equus ferus malus
Author: minkhollow
Fandom: Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
Characters: Bad Horse, Bad Horse Chorus
Summary: Some say that he once annihilated an entire town with the power of his terrible death whinny, and that he has a pathological hatred of people in white lab coats. All we know is, he's called Bad Horse.

Fabulous Bad Horse backstory. Of all the ways it could have come about, this one makes a lot of sense.

Rec #27
Title:Following Weblines
Author: Traincat
Fandom: Spider-Man (Ultimateverse)
Characters: Miles Morales, Peter Parker
Summary: Miles Morales falls through a portal into Earth 616 and meets back up with Peter Parker.

Previous to this story, my knowledge of Spider Man was limited to the movies and a handful of very old comics. This made me pretty excited to get to know more about Miles, who seems absolutely adorable!

Rec #28
Title:On, One, Many
Author: Kleenexwoman
Fandom: Prometheus
Characters: David 8
Summary: An exploration of David's inner life, such as it is, and of other Davids he might have been.

I am pretty much guaranteed to love any fic that explores the inner life of robots, and this fic delivers on that premise in spades. Pretty disturbing, and super awesome!

Rec #21

Mar. 8th, 2013 11:23 am
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Title:Alex Ovechkin Primer
Author: Marina
Fandom: Hockey
Genre: Primer

A glorious introduction to and celebration of Alexander Ovechkin, captain of the Washington Capitols and all-around fascinating dude. The primer is fantastically detailed and full of hilarious commentary by Marina. Part 1 is all about Alex, part 2 shows him cuddling with former teammate and BFF Alexander Semin, Part 3 explores his "rivalry" with Sidney Crosby, and part 4 is full of adorableness and Evgeni Malkin. So many fabulous photos and GIFs and videos!

Rec #19

Mar. 6th, 2013 10:25 pm
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Title:Twenty-Year Man
Author: ellen_fremedon
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga
Pairing: Ivan Vorpatril/Byerly Vorrutyer
Summary: Lord Ivan Vorpatril and Byerly Vorrutyer, making Vorbarr Sultana safe for (highly limited experiments in) democracy.

This is an excellent story! The Ivan/Byerly parts are lovely, with a delicious build-up. The democracy parts are complex and fascinating - I get sucked right back into the plot every time I read it. I'm feeling particularly inspired by the mid-life crisis introspection thread these days … after 20 years on the job I can readily believe it's equally tempting and both terrifying to change directions.

Rec #18

Mar. 5th, 2013 08:38 pm
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Title:The Sheriff of Consol
Author: james
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Pairing: Sidney Crosby / Evgeni Malkin
Summary: Sidney Crosby is the sheriff of a small town, keeping the peace and falling in love with his deputy. He stands to lose both when his past catches up with him.

Western AU! I am frequently mocked for my dislike of Westerns as a movie genre, but I absolutely adore anything that's Western-Plus-Something-Else. I love Space Westerns, Ninja Westerns, and (of course) this very fun Hockey-inspired Western AU fic!

Rec #17

Mar. 4th, 2013 08:32 pm
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Title:Before the Fall
Author: ionthesparrow
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Pairing: Jeff Carter / Mike Richards
Summary: Jeff has a plan: Get to camp, skate well. Make the team. Do well. Make the Orange. Survive. Win Cups. Get free.

This is the one I think of as Hockey-meets-Hunger Games. It's a dystopian AU in the most awesome sci-fi tradition! It's dark but full of hope and the parallels with the actual crazy story of these two guys just work so well!

Rec #16

Mar. 2nd, 2013 04:09 pm
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Title:Pairing Pendragon/Merlin
Fandom: Merlin
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Summary: Arthur is a BNF and Merlin is his prized beta

Has anyone with even a passing interest in fanfic not read this yet?!? It's fantastically awesome, and would be quite at home as required reading in some sort of Slash Fandom 101 course. A brilliantly structured romantic comedy as well as a celebration of fandom and friendship and community. Canon knowledge not at all required (but it does make it better, of course).

Rec #15

Mar. 2nd, 2013 04:08 pm
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Author: jibrailis
Fandom: Inception
Pairing: Arthur/Eames
Summary: Saito has made the PASIV more user-friendly and now it's talking to Arthur.

Hello-Kitty-modded PASIV! If that doesn't make you want to read it then there's just no accounting for taste. It's awesome!