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Some Other Fool Across the Ocean Years Ago by [personal profile] aris_tgd - James Norrington/Jack Sparrow, Anamaria/James Norrington - This is a wonderfully complex series of three stories set in the modern day that has reminded me again exactly why I fell in love with these characters and this world, back when the first movie came out. Some of the characters have been drinking from the fountain of youth, others are reincarnated modern versions of themselves, but all are to some degree possessed of more modern sensibilities, allowing for some deft critique of the colonialist nature of the source canon. I particularly love her James, a modern-day computer programmer with no memory of his past life, who for his entire adult life has been dreaming about a maddening and enticing pirate captain. The modern setting and the modern James, allow for a new perspective on Jack and James' relationship, one that I feel really gets to the heart of what both brings them together and pulls them apart.
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As great a pang of heart by [personal profile] sage - Slings & Arrows, Ellen/Geoffrey - Holy fucking GUH. Scorchingly hot, and deeply, deeply queer het. New Burbage puts on Twelfth Night, Oliver wants to really play up the Cesario/Orsino subtext and Ellen and Geoffrey really get into their roles. Twelfth Night is one of my favorite of Shakespeare's plays, largely because of how deliciously queer it is, and I have a major kink for performances that not only acknowledge, but really forefront that queerness. Sage not only forefronts it, but makes it gloriously, twistyly explicit, in a way that feels entirely in character for Geoffrey and Ellen.
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No Man's Land by [personal profile] ellen_fremedon - Lord Peter Wimsey/Doctor Who crossover, Gen - An absolutely brilliant crossover. Peter and Bunter and Jack Harkness in World War I, with complications. Ellen is the only author I know who can seamlessly combine old school and new school Who canon believably, while staying true to the spirit of both. I was nervous and uncertain when I saw this crossover listed, but it works beautifully.

Lies the Color of Your Crimes by [ profile] ficsoreal - White Collar, Peter/Neal - In which Neal tries (and fails) to lie to Peter. A little angstier than I usually go for, but very well done.

and anyone who's ever had a heart by [ profile] liviapenn - White Collar, Elizabeth/Peter/Neal - Fabulous OT3 stretching from pre-series to well-post current canon. There really is nothing I don't love about this story.

Making Book by [ profile] LJC - White Collar, Gen - OMG JUNE! I have been wanting June fic so much, and this really is everything I could have wished for.

Yin and Yang by [ profile] therienne - White Collar/Leverage crossover, Gen - Incredibly cool concept and execution. Two independent perspectives on the same events. Each story stands somewhat on it's own, but both are required in order to see it all completely. I love that the two narratives are completely independent of each other, leaving the characters all knowing only their half of the story.

the christmas eve job by [ profile] hardlygolden - Leverage, Gen - Christmas-themed fic that works. Great use of the whole team.

Evolution of a Geek by [ profile] gumbie_cat - Leverage, Gen - Twelve year old Hardison discovers geekdom.

Behind the Scenes by [personal profile] pocketmouse - Slings & Arrows, Gen - Season one as seen through the eyes of the tech crew. Exactly the kind of thing fic is great for.

Follies by [personal profile] pocketmouse - Slings & Arrows, Gen - The cast of Hamlet do a charity performance of Hair. Gets musicals in the classics and politics in the musicals. I wouldn't want it any other way.

All That's Best of Dark and Bright by [ profile] mmebahorel - Tom Stoppard - Arcadia, Thomasina/Septimus - Lovely and bittersweet like all fic for this play is. Marvelous dialogue every bit as witty, intricate and layered as the original.

The Smallest Chickadee by [ profile] MissJess - Robert Frost - Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening, Gen - A lovely and unique alternate take on the poem, both in pov and subject.

The Conversations of Women by [ profile] Aycelcus - Strangers in Paradise, Francine/Katchoo, Casey/Tambi - Wonderful, fluffy future-fic. Great attention to detail.

We Are Six by [ profile] nope - Eloise/Calvin & Hobbes crossover, Gen - Eloise and Calvin have adventures. Delightfully written in the style of Eloise.

Open Beta by [ profile] aristgd - Anthropomorfic, Dreamwidth/Fandom, Fandom/Livejournal - The kind of story that reminds me exactly why I love anthropomorfic. A remarkably accurate fictional representation of fandom's love affair with Dreamwidth and with Livejournal.

Delicious by [ profile] newredshoes - Eddie Izzard Stand-Up routines - Vikings and Canadians and Nazis, oh my! Reads like it really could be an Eddie Izzard routine.

Clap, Damn You by [personal profile] naraht) - RPF - Classical Composers, Benjamin Britten/Peter Pears - Every thing I know about these guys I learned from [personal profile] naraht's posts about them. Nevertheless I was able to follow this fic with no problems at all. Witty and clever and very authentic-feeling.

Nothing Rhymes With Ignatieff But Orange by [personal profile] trouble - RPF - Canadian Politics, Gen - OMG LOVE. In which Elizabeth May runs Canadian politics from her Secret Eco-Friendly Underground Lair in New Glasgow. So. Much. Awesome.

Second Guessing by [ profile] carlanime - RPF - Canadian Politics, Gen - Stephen Harper is plagued by self-doubt, and Peter MacKay is plagued by his crush on Stephen Harper. Unrequited love, and kittens. Well, references to kittens. Really, what's not to love!
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An Evening In by [ profile] temaris - Georgette Heyer - Cotillian, Kitty Charing/Freddy Standen - Kitty and Freddy would so not be the hands-on parenting types. Funny and sweet.

One Sour, Two Sweet by [personal profile] jest - Georgette Heyer - The Foundling, Gen - A great slice of perfectly-characterized Gideon and Gilly friendship.

Life, Stripped of All Luxeries by [ profile] keerawa - Lois McMaster Bujold - Chalion Series, Cazaril/Palli - Caz and Palli and the siege of Gotorget. Heartbreaking and perfect.

Last Words by [ profile] philomytha - Lois McMaster Bujold - Vorkosigan Series, Gen - Duv Galeni burns a death offering for his aunt. Wonderful and intricate and true.

Giving Hostages to Fortune by [ profile] desert_vixen - Lois McMaster Bujold - Vorkosigan Series, Gregor/Laisa - Gregor, Laisa and the people they consider family at the replicator-birth of their son. A quiet, lovely story.

Of Unfed Hope by [ profile] sineala - Lois McMaster Bujold - Vorkosigan Series, Miles/Duv - Miles and Duv while imprisoned on earth by Ser Galen. I rarely read slash in this fandom, but this story worked really well for me. Just the right level of h/c.

The Rules of Barrayaran Sex by [ profile] philomytha - Lois McMaster Bujold - Vorkosigan Series, Aral/Cordelia - A series of scenes from Aral and Cordelia's marriage. About a million types of awesome. Fabulously in character and complementary to canon.

Sworn in Silence by [ profile] FloraStuart - Lois McMaster Bujold - Vorkosigan Series, Gen - A young Aral on the night of of Mad Yuri's massacre. Incredibly well done.

can't steal happiness by [personal profile] wintercreek - Laurie R. King - Mary Russell Series, Gen - Tensions between Holmes and Russell just prior to her leaving for Oxford. Lovely and well-characterized.

Where Is A Place With Which To Flee by [ profile] Tami - Laurie R. King - Mary Russell Series, Gen - A fantastic take on how Alistaire and Maurice became Ali and Mahmoud.

Subverting the Dominant Paradigm by [personal profile] futuransky - Diana Wynne Jones - Chrestomanci Series, Gen - Queering the Chrestomanci-verse in subtle and really interesting ways.

Brush Contact by [ profile] wild_iris - Diana Wynne Jones - Chrestomanci Series, Gen - Witch Week fic featuring Estelle and Nirupam. Wonderful characterization and great fleshing out of the world. Witch Week was always one of my favorite books in the series, and I feel like this story really illuminates what it was I always loved about this book and these characters.

Explosions by [ profile] placebetween - Diana Wynne Jones - Chrestomanci Series, Gen - Clashes between Christopher and Gabriel = everyone else left to clean up the messes. Great premise, fabulously executed.

On Unicorns and Megalomania by [ profile] kaeda - Tanya Huff - Blood and Smoke Series - Lee and Tony and Brianna Bane, fourteen year-old apprentice and complete troublemaker. Sweet and funny.

Running Out by [ profile] kaeda - Tanya Huff - Blood and Smoke Series, Lee/Tony - Lee managing both denial and pining at the same time. Manages to stay just on the right side of the line between angsty and maudlin.

Smoke and Numbers by [ profile] ruffwriter - Tanya Huff - Blood and Smoke Series - Lee/Tony - Henry is protective, Tony is insecure, and Lee gets to be the one to figure it out and save the day. *hearts*

The Outskirter's Quest by [ profile] xylaria - Rosemary Kirstein - The Steerswoman Series, Gen - A wonderful missing scene. Well written and easily fits right into canon. More people should read these books, so that there can be even more fic about them!

(You Are) The Sky in Technicolor by [ profile] fadeoutin - Neal Gaiman - Stardust, Tristran/Yvaine - Tristran and Yvaine post-book. Lovely and atmospheric, very much in the feel of the book.

As Their Wimsey Took Them by [ profile] thassalia - Dorothy Sayers - Lord Peter Wimsey Series, Gen - Peter as a parent, both through his mother's eyes and his own. There needs to be more fic featuring the Dowager Duchess, I do love her so.

Five Stories the Reader Never Began by [ profile] nextian - Calvino - If on a winter's night a traveler, Gen - I confess, I have never read this book, but it didn't hamper my enjoyment of this fic one bit. Weird and wonderful and layered and so, so meta.

If On a Winter's Night a Reader by [ profile] Esteliel - Calvino - If on a winter's night a traveler, Gen - Another gleefully meta take on the book and on fandom.

Like Clockwork by [ profile] halotolerant - Terry Pratchett - Discworld Series - Vetinari/Drumknott pre-slash - Vetinari and Drumknott pre-slashiness. Subtly complicated.
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Five Days, Five Months by [ profile] lyssaphra - Bend it Like Beckham, Jess/Jules - A perfect imagining of the ups and downs and slow shifting of their relationship in the first five months in the US. Full of fabulous details.

Most Likely To by [ profile] kaneko - The Breakfast Club, Brian/Bender - Fantastic future-fic primarily following Brian's life post high school. A great expansion of the world of the movie.

The Flight of the Queen by [personal profile] ranalore - Ever After, Gen - The author describes this as "clockpunk", which is a term I'd never heard before and kind of love. Whimsical and lovely extrapolation from the alternate history of the movie.

Complete Blank by [personal profile] rivkat - Grosse Point Blank, Martin/Debi - Martin and Debi's wedding. Absolutely hysterical coda to the movie, with great dialogue and a perfect Martin-pov.

A Real Grown-Up Name by [ profile] fairy_tale_echo -Dirty Dancing, Frances/Johnny - A fabulous, believable future for these two. Reminded me exactly how much I love this movie.

Pointillism by [ profile] Sophie - Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Ferris/Cameron/Sloane - A series of snapshots back and forth in time. I'm a great believer in the OT3-ness of this movie and this fic captures that perfectly.

all your heart-melodies by [personal profile] thingswithwings - Lilo and Stitch, Gen - Lilo's dreams change as she grows up. This is just a wonderful, layered story. Every time I reread it I pick up new details and nuances.

Could It Be Simple? by [personal profile] sharpest_asp - Indiana Jones, Indy/Marion - Because really, Indy has to have a boring, normal dig at least once in a while.

Rituals (Feathers and Flames) by [personal profile] escritoireazul - Practical Magic, Gen - Lovely, lyrical language. Captures the spirit of the movie wonderfully

It's Always Something With You by [ profile] cimera - Bon Cop, Bad Cop, David/Martin - A series of progressively more ridiculous predicaments and some excellent pre-slashy-ness.

Les Cinq partys de Noël du détective Ward by [ profile] the_acrobat - Bon Cop, Bad Cop, Gen - Bilingual fic of awesomeness! Captures the spirit of the movie entirely, right down to the seamless switches between French and English in the dialogue.

Thinking Like a Machine by [ profile] doorrepairgirl - Bon Cop, Bad Cop, David/Martin - Fabulous and believable slashiness. A slow build with great characterization and snappy dialogue.
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The first six of these stories were written for me.

Mr. Yunioshi's Photographs by [ profile] osprey_archer - Breakfast at Tiffany's, Gen - fabulous and a little heartbreaking backstory for Mr. Yunioshi. Makes the character real and complex and compelling in a way the movie never allowed him to be.

Such A Lot by [ profile] BowlerHatGirl - Breakfast at Tiffany's, Gen - An interesting and unusual backstory for the character of Mr. Yunioshi, taking the grossly racist stereotypes of the movie, and offensive casting of a white actor for the role, and turning them into deliberate choices of the character.

One Day by [ profile] isilfic - Roman Holiday, Joe Bradley/Princess Ann - A look at Joe's life in the years after his encounter with Ann in Rome, nicely grounded in the events of the time.

would still rejoice by [ profile] solvent, Joe Bradley/Princess Ann - More wonderful future-fic, this one from Ann's perspective. Great characterization and an ending that left me smiling for hours.

Like Graffiti on the Walls of the Heartland by [ profile] finesharp - Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown, Gen - I can't believe there's now fic for this album. Gloria in the wake of the riots, shaken, but not helpless, or hopeless.

Life is Calling by [ profile] florahart - Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown, Gen - More wonderful Gloria fic. Makeup and graffiti and revolution. Pure awesomeness.

how you deal with everything that's out of your own control by [ profile] eudaimon - Amanda Palmer - Who Killed Amanda Palmer, Gen - A meeting of two strangers on a train. Lovely and horrific and perfect.

A Female Occupation by [ profile] featherlane - Amanda Palmer, Gen - Rape culture turned on it's head. Creepy and strange and wonderful and hopeful. (Warning for graphic description of attempted rape)

Rumors of Rain by [ profile] teaotter - Simon and Garfunkel - The Boxer, OFC/OMC - It never would have occurred to me to write fic for this song, and yet this is wonderful. Wonderfully sketched out original characters and captures the spirit of the song perfectly.

A Perfect Honeymoon by [ profile] delilah_joy - Some Like it Hot, Daphne/Osgood - OMG AWESOME transgendered take on the ending of the movie, in which Jerry decides to remain Daphne and marry Osgood. I love this author forever for taking these two and their relationship, and Daphne's choices, seriously.

The Worse (Or Better) For Wine By [personal profile] farasha - The Philadelphia Story, Dexter/Mike with strong implications of Dexter/Mike/Tracy - One of my favorite movies, and OT3s of all time. A fabulous story that's entirely true to the original with snappy dialogue and great characterizations

Caviar Sandwiches and Beer by [ profile] clio_jlh - The Philadelphia Story, Mike/Elizabeth, Dexter/Tracy - Epistolary WWII fic. Combines one of my favorite movies with one of my favorite narrative tropes. Made. Of. Win.

The Art-Auction Racket by [personal profile] linaerys - The Sting, Johnny Hooker/Henry Gondorff - A fabulous, intricately constructed con absolutely in the spirit of the movie, with great characterization and a believable progression to the slash.

Counts, Curves and Cognac by [ profile] cousinshelley Victor Victoria, Gen - Wonderful Victor and Toddy friendship fic.

Tomorrow Comes With No Guarantee by [ profile] Grevling - Victor Victoria, Gen - Toddy in Paris after Victoria leaves. Wistful and lovely.

Down By The Schoolyard by [ profile] delilah_joy - Paul Simon - Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard, Narrator/Julio - So. Awesome. A great, slashy explanation for the events of the song.
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Several people asked me for White Collar fic recs, so I thought I'd throw together a list of the stuff that jumped out at me in my initial browsing last night. I welcome further recs in the comments from anyone who's got them.

It's probably a surprise to no-one that I'm all over the Elizabeth/Neal/Peter OT3. The fic comms I’ve had pretty good luck with are [ profile] whitecollarfic and [ profile] caffrey_burke, both of which get a pleasing amount of Elizabeth/Neal/Peter fic, and [ profile] 3_way_collar which is newer, but entirely about the OT3 and thus, I suspect, destined to be my favorite.

Corkscrew and sequels by [ profile] china_shop - China Shop has been writing a series of short pre-Elizabeth/Neal/Peter stories, which are probably my favorite fic so far in the fandom. The series is at five stories and counting. I’ve linked to Corkscrew, which is the first. Each new installment is linked from the bottom of the previous story, so you can just click right through to read all of them.

Accessories by [ profile] halcyon_shift - This is a great short Leverage crossover. Gen, unless you count Hardison/tracking anklet as a pairing.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang by [ profile] oh_mcgee - Enjoyable (and hot) Post 1x03 Neal/Peter with strong hints of Elizabeth/Neal/Peter.

Partners by [ profile] shadowdancer909 - Super short, pre-slashy ficlet about the way Neal is drawn to Peter. A common theme, I'm finding.

Untitled Commentfic by [ profile] misspamela - Another super-short one. Neal/Peter pre-slash. Just the right kind of witty banter I love about these two.

Communication by [ profile] travels_in_time - Five years of Neal's birthday cards to Peter. Another common theme in the early fic, and done wonderfully here.

Catch and Release by [ profile] linaerys - Pre-series Peter/OMC fic of awesome.
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And Count Myself a King of Infinite Space by [personal profile] aria - Gen - post-Hard Core Logo Billy Tallent meets pre-Slings & Arrows Geoffrey Tennant. Two men who know better than anyone exactly how hard it is to shake off your past. Aria draws parallels between the two stories that I'd never seen and now can't imagine how I ever missed them. Also, her Geoffrey voice is perfect.
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Trying to Communicate by [ profile] sam_storyteller - Torchwood. Gen, or as gen as the show gets. Spoilers through ep. 2x07. The funniest thing I have read in a LONG, LONG time.

Get Loved, Make More, Try to Stay Alive by [personal profile] dira - Jack/Ianto, R-ish, 68,550 words. "Less than 19% mpreg by volume." - Time-travel, romance, angsty, kid-fic with a dash of mpreg to get the plot rolling. If you're not an mpreg fan, this still may be the story for you. While there is male pregnancy, it is not the point or the ultimate focus of the story. Conversely, if mpreg is one of your kinks, this story may not satisfy it -- Dira's take on the trope is decidedly non-standard -- but I still hope you'll find the story satisfying in other ways. Mpreg is normally one of my stronger squicks, but I love this story and I absolutely adore beyond measure how Dira handles that aspect of it. This is a story about life and death and working for Torchwood. Mortality and Immortality and everything in between, basically everything I could ever want out of a Torchwood story. It's amazing and gorgeous and just thinking about it fills me with huge amounts of glee. Highly, HIGHLY recommended.
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Shore Leave by [personal profile] damned_colonial, [personal profile] commodorified and [ profile] ladybretagne - Horatio Hornblower/Master and Commander/Sharpe/Pirates of the Caribbean crossover orgy-fic of DOOOOM. What do you get when you put five fangirls in a chat room and those five fangirls decide to put 7 Naval officers, 2 Army officers and a pirate in a locked room together? PORN is what you get. 16,000 words thereof. And it's HOT and good and remarkably in character all around. I admit, I'm shamelessly biased with regards to this fic, seeing as how I was intimately involved in it's creation AND got a girlfriend out of the whole thing, but it's been almost four years now and I still think it's one of the hottest things I've ever read, so I kind of doubt that's all bias, you know?
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Bandom Recs originally posted on [ profile] crack_van in April of 2007:

Love: The Package Deal by [ profile] jjtaylor - Don't let the awkward title turn you off, this is one of the best stories to come out of Bandom Big Bang this year. An irrelevant plot point leaves Gerard Way with amnesia, regressed back to a time before he was married and before he'd gotten sober when he was scared and fucked up and hopelessly in love with Frank Iero. Gerard's amnesia forces Frank to reevaluate both his feelings for Gerard and his reaction to Gerard's marriage. This is the best kind of poly relationship story, messy and complex and fraught, not shying at all away from the challenges and complications of successfully navigating multiple relationships. JJ's characterization of Frank throughout the story is fantastic and I especially love how she portrays the often-tense relationship between Frank and Lyn-Z.

This is a Love Song by [personal profile] oliviacirce - Alicia/Mikey/Pete is one of the most popular threesomes in bandom, but it's still rare to find a story that really delves into their relationship as well as this one does. The heart of the story is the complex web of relationships between Mikey, Pete and Alicia. Mikey and Alicia both know how hard it can be to get over Pete Wentz, but the love they share for Pete only strengthens their relationship with each other. They're rock solid perfect for each other and I love the way Olivia Circe writes them. And Pete. Oh, Pete. Pete who's so sure he'll mess any relationship up, so convinced he can't have what he wants. I love Pete in this story, but I hurt for him too.

It's hard to think of anything I don't love about this fic, but I think what I love the most is how rooted this story is in canon. Tour dates and travel and holidays, Alicia's stint filling in on bass with From First to Last and My Chem's tour of Australia, all the little details combine to make for a very strong sense of time and place, a physical grounding for the emotional arc of the story.

Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy by [personal profile] themeletor - This story just fills me with glee every time I read it. It's the Summer of Like and Pete makes it his mission to convince Mikey Way of his own awesomeness and it's just so Pete, sweet and a little off-center and hopelessly endearing. I love how Mel writes Mikey and Pete's relationship here and also the way she sketches out Pete's relationship towards the rest of Mikey's band. But mostly I love how she gets inside Pete's head and his desperate need for Mikey to understand how beautiful he is.

Four Strings, Nine Lives, One Heart: The Jonnie Walker Story, As Told By Master Storyteller William Beckett by [profile] joker_and_thief - Nine snapshots from the life of Always-Been-a-Girl Jon Walker, with editorial commentary by William Beckett. I adore the format of this story. The quasi-storytelling style offers glimpses into key moments in Jon's life, but also a great perspective on how the guys of first The Academy Is... and then Panic at the Disco see and relate to Jon somewhat differently as a girl. Being the token girl in an otherwise all-male friend group can be both freeing and stifling in turn, and Joker and Thief does a great job of capturing that dichotomy here, and the way Jon has to balance the guys' protectiveness towards her with her own independence and desire to take care of herself.

Chimerical Romantics by [personal profile] dira - I couldn't let this month end without reccing something by Dira. Dira was the first Bandom author I read and I love everything she's written in this fandom, but Chimerical Romantics is by far my favorite.

Chimerical Romantics is a historical AU, set in some nebulous, undefined point in the mid 1800s. But, where the physical setting of this story is vague, the emotional and philisophical setting is sharply defined. Gerard Way is a Romantic in the grand 19th Century style. Shortly after inheriting the family estate on the Isle of Jersey, Gerard determines to form a secret society, The Chimerical Romantics. They will produce Great Art! And do Good Deeds in service to their fellow men! Frank Iero, a common sailor found ill and injured in an alley near the docks is one of those Good Deeds. Gerard insists on his being brought back to the Way estate to be nursed back to health, and then on bringing him into the Chimerical Romantics.

In the romance that follows, Dira displays an adroit knowledge of the complex class issues that divide Frank and Gerard and an understanding of the period mindset with regards to same-sex desire that is rare to find in fiction of any sort, but especially in fanfic. The greatest challenge facing Frank and Gerard is not their differing social status, it's the completely different ways of seeing and thinking about the world that result from their very different backgrounds. I especially love the way Dira has adapted the characters to fit their historical circumstances while still keeping them very much themselves. Frank, in particular, is both nothing like the Frank we know in background and yet everything like him in attitude and personality, and I absolutely adore this version of him. Basically, I adore every single thing about this story and think everyone should read it and tell Dira how awesome and fabulous she is for having written it!
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Untitled Anthropomorfic by [ profile] alyse - Anthropomorfic - Fandom/Meta - [ profile] alyse is brilliant and a little bit terrifying. NC-17 rated D/s porn in which, to quote her cut tag "Meta bends Fandom over a table and fucks it hard". This? This is why I LOVE fandom. Right here. It's meta-porn and, quite literally, Meta porn. Hilarious and disturbingly hot. So, so wrong, and yet strangely, perfectly right.
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You're Pretty Good Looking (For a Girl) by [ profile] trinityofone - John/Rodney - Genderfucked: Rodney, Cadman - Both bodyswap and genderswap, with some interesting twists. Rodney and Cadman swap bodies and the effect just might be permanent. Trin does a nice job of dealing with the repercussions for both Rodney and Laura and their relationships with each other and with others on Atlantis, but it is her take on John and Rodney's relationship that is the most interesting and complex. I love this version of John, the way so much of his sense of self is tied up in his feelings about his sexuality. I especially love the recognition of the inherent queerness of Rodney and Laura's situation and how that impacts all aspects of their lives..

Nearer to the Miracle by [ profile] flambeau - John/Rodney - Genderfucked: Rodney - A very, VERY hot little genderswap PWP. Girl!Rodney and John and slow, sleepy sex on a hot Atlantis night. I love this for the hotness, but also because there isn't the usual angst about the nature of their relationship and yet the genderswap and the idea of genderswap is still very much central to the story.

Walk a Mile by [ profile] havocthecat - John/Elizabeth - Genderfucked: John - I don't, as a rule, read John/Elizabeth. It's just one of those pairings that it's really really hard for me to buy. But this? This I love. First of all, it's HOT. Really really hot. I mean, Girl!John is always hot to me, but Girl!John femslash is like a whole nother level of pretty. And by a) turning John into a girl and b) making Elizabeth the one who's totally in charge of their encounter, [ profile] havocthecat manages to neatly sideswipe most of my hangups with this pairing.

At the Violet Hour by [ profile] linaerys - John/Rodney - Genderfucked: John - What if John turned into a girl and nobody noticed? So much genderswap deals with men being transformed into almost stereotypically feminine body types, large breasts, curving hips and such and I'm good with that; I have just such a body type myself, so I can hardly complain. All the same, I find this fic refreshing for the more androgynous form John's transformation takes. By turning John into a woman but having him now pass as a man, [ profile] linaerys has written a story that is as much about gender and perception as it is about the traditional genderswapped sexual experimentation.

Stunning None the Less by [personal profile] telesilla - John/Rodney - Genderfucked: John - Quite possibly one of the hottest things I have ever read. 600 words that hit SO many of my buttons. It's Girl!John seducing a reluctant Rodney, with banter and snark and John totally fighting dirty. Really, really hot.

Odd One Out by [ profile] medie - John/Rodney, Girl!John/Ronon - Genderfucked: John. Sort of. - This story broke my heart a little bit. It's sweet and sad and painful in it's inevitability. What if Girl!John were a clone, with all his memories, but no longer his life, an outside observer to everything she remembers once having. A short fic that packs a big emotional punch. Beautiful and painful in equal measure.

With Shifting Change, All Hues and Hand Painted by [ profile] ladycat777 - John/Rodney - Genderfucked: Rodney - Oh, the joys of mysterious ancient technology, the gift that just keeps on giving to SGA fandom. The mysterious plot device in this case transforms Rodney into a woman and Teyla into a toddler, making for an interesting perspective on the already-existing family dynamic among the team. Meanwhile, John and Rodney struggle to integrate Rodney's new gender into their established relationship. With Shifting Change is a delightful romp of a story, sweet and funny with a sincere emotional underpinning that makes all the relationships very believable. All Hues, on the other hand, is pure, unrefined hotness. A fabulous, smutty, missing scene from With Shifting Change featuring Rodney and a strap-on. The last story in the universe, Hand Painted picks up the morning after All Hues; it's sexy and sweet, with a wonderful, comfortable tenderness to the interaction.

Tab A Slot B by [ profile] the_drifter - John/Rodney - Genderfucked: Anyone and Everyone - A grand old screwball comedy of a genderswap fic. A mysterious bit of ancient technology first switches the genders of all the men of Atlantis and then of all the women, leaving chaos in it's wake. It's played for humor, but with a serious point underneath. [ profile] the_drifter addresses the ways in which genderswap is a form of forced transgendering, placing the Atlanteans in bodies that no longer match their internal senses of self. It's an interesting, different perspective on the genre and a great, fun fic.

Sheppard's Choice by [ profile] cupidsbow - Gen - Genderfucked: John - A sharp, achy little ficlet that could be the first scene of something bigger, but stands just fine on it's own as well. Painful and beautiful in equal measure, this is a brilliant twist on the genderswap trope and an absolutely fascinating take on John's character.

Only Grumpier and With Darker Hair by [ profile] scribblinlenore - John/Rodney - Genderfucked: Rodney - "In our culture," John told her with an aggressive absence of inflection, "changing someone's gender without asking permission is considered impolite.". Oh, John, you should know by now that things work differently in the Pegasus galaxy. Rodney approaches his enforced womanhood the same way he approaches any problem: with rather a lot of bitching and all the subtlety of a rock, but without letting it slow him down in the least. When Rodney turns to John for help in getting the "full female experience" things, of course, get complicated. It all plays out very much like a romantic comedy, if they made genderswitch romantic comedies, that is. Sexy and funny, with just the right level of angst to make it all the sweeter.

Stand-In by [ profile] lamardeuse - John/Rodney - Genderfucked: Rodney - Back on earth during the Return Part One, John meets a beautiful woman named Daphne in a bar and the immediately hit it off. She's geeky and funny and interesting to talk to and the sexual tension between them is almost immediate. She is, essentially, everything he likes about Rodney in an attractive female package. As his relationship with Daphne intensifies his long-distance relationship with Rodney becomes more and more strained. A fascinating, sexy twist on the classic genderfuck romance.

Human Vacillation and Grace by [ profile] trinityonfone - John/Rodney - Genderswapped: Various - I've recced Human Vacillation before, but it's just to good to pass up, so since I'm using the excuse that I haven't recced Grace before to include it here.

My original rec of Human Vacillation, which I still stand by wholeheartedly, says: The most brilliantly original fanfic premise I have read in a long, long time. This is one of those stories where the less you know going in the better. It's genderswap fic. But it's like no genderswap fic you've ever read before. There are layers of story here, and it's so brilliantly woven together that when it all clicks into place it's a true revelation, a moment of "aha, so that's why..." that leaves me breathless every time I read it. I've read this story a lot of times, and every time I notice something different about it, some new hint of backstory and added complexity and depth. Trin has a simple, spare prose style and an ear for truly evocative turns of phrase and never has she used it to better effect then here.

I'm always hoping [ profile] trinityofone will write more in this universe, so I was extremely excited when she posted Grace. The only sad thing is that it's so short. It's only about 900 words, but they're an absolutely fascinating 900 words, building on and complementing the world created in Human Vacillation and offering some intriguing hints of what the future holds.

Untitled Snippet 1 and Untitled Snippet 2 by [ profile] eliade - Gen - Genderfucked: Rodney - Just a pair of context-less snippets of girl!Rodney fic. But they're hilarious little snippets and so I couldn't resist including them, especially the first, in which Rodney terrorizes the science staff with his breasts.

girl!Rodney Drabble by [ profile] kalpurna - Gen-ish - Genderfucked: Rodney - I really don't usually rec drabbles. But then again, most drabbles aren't nearly this hot. Rodney discovers the best thing about his new gender. Scorching hot and, like the best drabbles, a complete story unto itself.

But Some Things Never Stop Being Funny by [personal profile] astolat - John/Rodney/Ronon - Genderfucked: John - Another re-rec, in part because I've wanted to write a longer rec of this story for a while and in part because it's just so damn good, I couldn't bring myself to not include it. What I said before: In less that 1700 words, Shalott manages to hit no less than 3 of my major bulletproof kinks. It's a genderfuck threesome, with Girl!John very much in the middle and it's my current gold standard for scorching hot smut.

And I still stand by every word of that, but there's more to this story than just the smut. It's about John coming to terms with his new body and his new relationship with Rodney. No, not just coming to terms with it, reveling in it, embracing it in all it's flaws and all it's limitless potential.

always should be someone you really love by [personal profile] thingswithwings - John/Rodney - Genderfucked: John and Rodney - This story is my new fannish happy place. I'm afraid I'm actually still too much in the first blush of love with it to really give it the rec it deserves. It's a genderfuck twist on that old slash classic: We're Not Gay, We Just Love Each Other. John and Rodney aren't gay. Except now they're both women. Women who are still attracted to women. So now, in a way, they are kind of gay, attractive and attracted to each other. WNGWJLEO is often a problematic trope for me, but I absolutely adore this take on it. Also, on a shallower note, John and Rodney make really, really hot lesbians.

Maybe Oracle by [ profile] spike21 - Gen - Genderfucked: Teyla - One of the reasons I love genderfuck so much is the way it can be used to highlight not just the physical differences between genders, but the differences in how society on the whole treats and responds to men and women. Teyla misses a lot of things about being a woman, but it's what she doesn't miss, the new status her new gender suddenly accords her, that is the heart of this story.
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Some miscellaneous stories most of which have been hanging around in my 'to rec' folder for a while.

The spaceman's idylls tell a foetid tale by [personal profile] jadelennox - Farscape - Poetry - Oh god I love good fan-poetry. It's can be really hard to pull off, but when an author gets it right, it can be fantastic. Like this. A letter from John Chricton to his father. In verse. Cleverly done and just lovely.

Some Living After We Die by Dorinda - Life on Mars - Gene/Sam - Life on Mars is such a wonderfully slashy show, it's remarkable how little slash it's generated. Personally, I see the slashiness, but have real trouble seeing the characters actually following through with it. Which is why I love this story so much. Dorinda gets Sam and Gene's voices, and their fiercely combative relationship, note-perfect, keeping them completely in character, and then taking them that extra step over the line.

Pocket Full of Mumbles by [ profile] mondschein1 - Hard Core Logo - gen - A fabulous, nicely paced, post-movie fic. [ profile] mondschein1 focuses on Billy and his new life in Jenifur, but also on John, and on Billy and John's complicated relationship as survivors of Hard Core Logo. I fell in love with the format from the very first; it's a clever blend of interview transcripts and straightforward narrative, each bit of transcript serving to illuminate and lead into the flow of the story.

Once a King by [ profile] rynne and Always Spring and Never Summer (Once a King, Always, Immortal Remix by [ profile] tartanshell - The Chronicles of Narnia - gen - A lovely example of one of the many possibilities inherent in remixing. In Once A King, [ profile] rynne confronts what to me is the biggest unanswered question of the series, how do you go back to being children when you can remember being a King? Where [ profile] rynne shows us the struggle to adjust immediately after the return through Edmund's eyes, [ profile] tartanshell ranges further afield, expanding both the points of view and the time frame. Susan's section in particular shows an astute understanding of the most complicated of the Pevensie children

I'm a Musician (Not a Mathematician) by [ profile] watersword - Singin' in the Rain - Don/Cosmo, Don/Cosmo/Kathy - I love this movie, particularly because of the dynamic between the three leads. Don and Cosmo's is a wonderfully balanced relationship, light and loose and comfortable. It's inevitable that Don's marriage would throw that balance off, or maybe it isn't. Maybe the trick is to find a new balance, integrating the new love into the old. [ profile] watersword keeps the light tone and the witty banter of the movie while bringing the sexual chemistry between the three leads to the forefront in a truly delightful story.

Smile by [ profile] coreopsis - Withnail and I - gen - [ profile] coreopsis earns my undying love for writing Withnail and I fic. Undying Love. This is just such a wonderful fabulously happy-making story, I cannot stop smiling every time I read it. The perfect coda to the movie.
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I recced PoTC for [ profile] crack_van back in October, and I'm finally getting around to reposting those recs here. All are post-DMC. All gen except where pairing is listed.

The Mystery of Salt and Sea by [ profile] typicrobots - Another take on Norrington during Dead Man's Chest. Woven through the narrative of DMC, this series of interconnected scenes illuminates both Norrington's emotional state during the movie and his motivations for his actions. It's a deft piece of writing, tight prose and sharp, precise scenes that integrate perfectly into the flow of the movie, both feeding off of and complementing the source material in the way the best fanfic does.

Old Bones by [ profile] viva_gloria - A fabulous piece of future fic with a creepy, dark twist. Some many years down the road, Elizabeth runs into Captain Jack Sparrow walking down the street in Tortuga. On the surface it's a chance meeting between old friends, but there's an edge to their interaction, a tension borne of a shared past, and past betrayals. I hesitate to say too much about this story, it really is the kind of story best gone into cold. Suffice to say it's as clever and twisty and ultimately unpredictable as Jack and Elizabeth themselves.

Time it Was by [ profile] the_dala - A kind of companion piece to my last rec: another possible future, another unexpected meeting between old acquaintances. This time it's Will and Tia Dalma who meet up. In a quiet corner of a pub, Will narrates the story of what happens to the love triangle after the Hollywood happy ending, it's not happily ever after, but it's hardly grand tragedy either, just life lived to it's fullest measure, for good and for ill. Dala is one of my favorite writers of Will, and her characterization here particulary rings true for me.

Five Ways of Running for Home by [ profile] penknife - Jack/Elizabeth, Will/Elizabeth, Jack/Will, Elizabeth/Norrington, Will/Norrington - The whole fandom may be waiting to see what happens in At World's End but the real opportunity for fic writers is what happens after it's all over. Penknife offers up five possibilities in five pairings for what might happen after the journey to the world's end. Penknife has a great feel for all the characters and for the complex web of subtext and desire that connects them. Each of these ficlets ultimately explores one particular pairing, but the format and the Penknife's writing style emphasize the fluidity of relationships in this fandom, how easy it might be for almost any pairing to come to pass.

Commencement by [personal profile] linaelyn - Set between the first two movies, this is a truly novel take on the relationship between Jack and Anamaria. Theirs is an interesting relationship, adversarial but with an undercurrent of affection. And of course there's Jack's debt to Anamaria, the ship she won't let him forget he owes her. Linaelyn has a particular gift for writing the pirate minor characters, bringing the denizens of the Pearl to life in vibrant detail. Although this story is all about Jack and Anamaria, Linaelyn's fleshes out their world with a vivid depiction of life aboard the Pearl and a slowly revealed backstory that is surprising and yet strangely perfect.

Five Ways to Keep From Drowning by [ profile] homme_sauvage - Sparrow/Norrington - Twenty-four hours in Tortuga with a fallen Commodore. I really like this take on Norrington. He's broken, jagged and razor-edged, but it's not irreparable; he's bitter and caustic but never maudlin. It's a tough line to walk, but [ profile] homme_sauvage pulls it off fabulously, with this short, but densely packed story.
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The Life Before This by [personal profile] lovelokest - Callum Keith Rennie/David Hewlett - There are lots of reasons to write RPF, but sometimes, yes, combined hotness really is all the excuse you need. Although if you want a better one, DH and CKR were, in the same movie once. All Canadian actors eventually work with all other Canadian actors. It's a rule or something. Anyway, so there was this movie called The Life Before This and Callum Keith Rennie and David Hewlett were both in it, and yeah, this is fandom, does there really need to be a reason for CKR/DH PORN??? Aren't the two of them good enough reason all on there own? Yeah, exactly. *g*
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A mini-recs set I made a few days ago especially for [personal profile] lovelokest

43 Degrees Celsius by [ profile] brooklinegirl - RPF - Callum Keith Rennie/Hugh Dillon/Molly Parker - This is the insanely hot threesome fic I was telling you about at dinner Saturday night. OMG SO HOT. And God, I have such a kink for happy, non-monogamous relationships and this is just so that exactly. And honestly? I'd love it desperately just for that The brain-meltingly hot sex? Just a really nice bonus.

Maple Candy by [ profile] kalpurna - Due South - Fraser/RayK - Hot, hot, hot tattoo porn written for [profile] stop_drop_porn. Fraser tattoo porn. And it works. Really, really, really hot.

Ships by [ profile] misspamela - Due South - RayK/...someone - This fic is just made of awesome. Hot, angsty, semi-anonymous sex of the very best kind. And the pairing is just the most fabulous thing ever. I NEED more people to write this pairing. Seriously, for the good of fandom.
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Two fabulous, long, plotty gen stories that were posted just this week.

Sailor's Delight by [ profile] general_jinjur - Stargate: Atlantis/Buffy the Vampire Slayer - In the 80's cult movie Night of the Comet, two Valley Girls are the only apparent survivors of a mysterious comet that comes in the night and wipes out all life on earth. [ profile] general_jinjur combines two fictional universes for a brilliant retelling that replaces the ditzy teenagers of the original with two considerably more kick-ass heroines, Dawn Summers and Jeannie McKay. It's a post-apocalyptic road trip with Dawn, Jeannie, two kids and a cat. Really, what's not to love?? The opening scenes with Dawn in Cleveland in particular are effectively creepy, without being overly laden with darkness and despair. Dawn and Jeannie are fabulous characters and [ profile] general_jinjur really does a great job with both of them, balancing the shock and horror of their situation with the practical resourcefulness they both display in canon.

I Believe in Wishful Thinking by [ profile] pentapus - A late entry for the [profile] reel_sga challenge, and oh was this ever worth the wait. [ profile] pentapus has turned the obscure Theodora Goes Wild into a hilarious pre-Rising AU. Stymied by the inability to open the gate to Atlantis, Rodney McKay goes in search of a mysterious mathmetician, whose anonymously published paper just might hold the key to solving his problem. His search takes him to a small town in Massachusetts, and the quirky inhabitants, particularly the enigmatic ex-pilot John Sheppard. It's a screwball comedy in the finest tradition of the genre, witty, fast paced and character-driven with a charming cast and a delightfully twisty plot.
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So, this is probably the longest single rec I've ever written. And it's deliberately vague. This really is a story best gone into with few preconceived notions. It will surprise and amaze you, I promise that.

And Be One Traveler by [ profile] amireal and [ profile] trinityofone

I said last night that I have been "desperately, impatiently waiting" to see this fic posted since before it was even completely written, and I wasn't exaggerating. I have been desperately waiting because I have desperately wanted to talk about this story, to break it down and take it apart and peel back the layers of meaning and emotion and meta that Ami and Trin have so meticulously assembled. Some stories fall apart under too much observation, the act of analysis stripping away the magic of the storytelling; this is not one of those stories. This is the kind of story that begs to be talked about, begs to be written about and analyzed and yes, debated and argued about, because I know this story is not going to be to everyone's tastes.

This is a story that defies definition, every category ill-fitting and constrictive. David Hewlett is one of the two characters from whose pov the story is told, thus it is, in the strictest sense, RPF. But when you take a real-person character and place them completely within a fictional setting such as Atlantis, the term RPF becomes strangely limiting. It's RPF, but it's not only RPF or even primarily RPF, and I think Trin and Ami were right to avoid the term in their header information because it is in some ways a misleading over-simplification.

So, David Hewlett wakes up one morning on Atlantis. And it is nothing and everything like he always thought it would be. Meanwhile, John Sheppard and the rest of the Atlantis cast attempt to grapple with the knowledge that somewhere in another world, the story of their lives airs weekly on the SciFi channel.

It's all very meta. And not just in a *wink wink, nod nod* kind of, superficial way. It's complex and layered and gets right to the heart of some of the key discussions at the center of fandom. It's about dichotomies: fiction vs. reality, actor vs. character, being a SF fan vs. what it might be like to really live in the worlds we read about or watch on TV every week. And it's about blurring those lines, a reminder of how slippery such definitions really can be.

Except that doesn't do the story justice either, it makes it sound all dry and analytical and thinky, and it's not that at all. Mostly, it is just a truly fantastic, richly complicated story. Nearly 70,000 words of John and Rodney and David and all of Atlantis and what happens when they meet and how it changes them all in the end. All the characterizations are brilliant, and the interaction between David and the Lanteans is deftly written, emphasizing the complexity of relationships both within Atlantis and within the SGA cast.

This is fearless writing, pushing boundaries and mixing genres and it works. And it really, really works. It'll take your breath away and make you laugh out loud and break your heart a little bit too. And I love it more than a little. More than a lot even. And I really can't recommend it highly enough.
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And yet more fabulous SGA het for you all, this time two of my favorite snarky McKay pairings, McKay/Carter and McKay/Cadman. One of these stories was previously recced on [ profile] rec50, meaning that all my recs from there have now been crossposted here.


lapsus linguae - a slip of the tongue by [ profile] agentotter - [ profile] agentotter writes the best McKay/Carter out there, preserving the prickly nature of their interaction while emphasizing the subtle changes in their professional and personal interaction now that Rodney's in Atlantis. Where once there was merely snark, there is now a flirtatious edge, that leads perfectly into a sweetly awkward first kiss.

de profundis - up from the depths by [ profile] agentotter - This is just gorgeous, quiet, perfect prose unfolding slowly to reveal layers of meaning. This is a Rodney/Sam story, but it's mostly about Rodney, about reconciling the idea of Sam Carter in his head with the reality of Sam Carter standing beside him.

Solitary Pursuit by [ profile] lysora - Sam visits Atlantis and surprises both Rodney and herself. A fascinating study of isolation and loneliness, and the need for human contact, for connection. Sam is struck by the vast emptiness of the city, by the resident's isolation from earth and from the rest of the Pegasus galaxy. But it is Sam who is truly isolated, finding a connection in the close-knit community of Atlantis, that has been eluding her on earth. I love the way Sam and Rodney's relationship is drawn here, not as a grand love, but as a real need for touch, for connection. There is tension between them -- his unrepentent, unsubtle flirting, her casual habit of cutting him down and brushing him off -- but there's no malice in it, just familiarity and a spark of something more.

Five Ways Sam and Rodney Have Sex Because of John by Teaphile - Exactly what it says, five short snippets that are alternately sweet, hilarious and sweetly hilarious.


Claim Her Own Skin by [ profile] reccea - Post-Duet, Laura Cadman feels like a stranger in her own skin and she thinks sex with Rodney is just what she needs in order to get her bearings back. There's a lot of fic dealing with Rodney's feelings in the aftermath of the episode, but [ profile] reccea is one of the only authors I've seen address what Cadman must be feeling. She really gets inside Cadman's head, revealing a kind of frustrated vulnerability that really makes this pairing work.

All Roads Lead by [ profile] trinityofone - Five ways Laura Cadman slept with Rodney McKay. From classic cliches to subtle and nuanced romance, [ profile] trinityofone highlights the many and complex facets of the way McKay and Cadman relate to each other.

Passing Through Gethsemane by [ profile] moonlettuce - This is an interestingly creepy little ficlet written for [ profile] mmom. It's Cadman trying out McKay's body, but where another author might have written pure, fluffy porn, [ profile] moonlettuce recognizes and explores the more disturbing implications of the situation. Really well done, with a really interesting take on Cadman.

Mission Objectives by Teaphile - A fabulously hot little ficlet in which no sex actually appears, just the sudden, overwhelming heat of arousal and the promise of more to come.

Glints in the Night and Commas and Ampersands by [ profile] lallybroch - GUH. So, McKay/Cadman is totally my new favorite place for snarky, smutty het and OMG does this pair of stories fit that bill. As if the snarky, combative sex isn't hot enough, the second story is told from a fabulous voyeuristic John pov that offers tantalizing hints of a promised final installment.


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