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For my policy on things such as spoilers, warning, and ratings, please [see my policy post].

I offered recs to [livejournal.com profile] pixiequeen10thk because she's just come into SPN fandom and I've been here a while. She asked for long, plotty stories (with the occasional sex scene), happy endings are awesome (but crying on the way is permissible), prefers Dean/Castiel and is squicked by incest.

This rec list actually gave me a bit of trouble as I had less overlap between her preferences and fics I read/liked than I had expected. Part of that is I think of angels as sexless beings and thus haven't read very much Dean/Castiel (and what I do like within that pairing isn't likely to be a favourite of a D/C shipper) but another part is certainly that I seem to collect a high percentage of crack/humour in this fandom compared to fandom standard. Anyway, I hope you enjoy at least some of what I have here!

a dozen-ish fics, 1 podfic, 1 art, 3 crossovers (SGA, Criminal Minds, Blade Runner). )
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My policy on how I do my recs (including for things like warnings and spoilers) can be found at [my post about my recs], for those interested.

I've been sitting on this one for ages because I've been having a hard time writing up my recs for each of these. I've decided that I want this rec list out more than I want my thoughts on these stories to be coherent (I've tried for coherency, honest! I'm not sure if I actually found it.). And you can always just click on the story links if you'd rather not read my verbal flailing about. :)

This is a rec list of SGA fics that deal with being closeted in some fashion. There are more fics that deal with this theme, especially in this fandom, but these five fics taken together say something to me. Not quite sure what it is (this is how I make mix tapes/CDs, by the way. I go searching for some emotion and I put stuff together until I've achieved that emotion.).

Fic spoiler warning: While I generally attempt to not spoil the plot of the fics I rec, I can't avoid it for this list. So there are massive spoilers here. If you would like to read the fics on this list without any spoilers (beyond the fact that I've placed them on this list), here are the links to the stories: [Scenes From a Lesser War] by [livejournal.com profile] amireal, [DADT, Damyata, Dayadhvam] by [livejournal.com profile] trinityofone, [ If You Want To Kiss The Sky] by [livejournal.com profile] siegeofangels, [The Known World] by [livejournal.com profile] vanitashaze, and [Time-Keeping] by [info - personal] thingswithwings.

Recs under the cut )

As always, please let me know if I am missing anything or have any errors.
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My policy on how I do my recs (including for things like warnings and spoilers) can be found at [my policy post], for those interested.

Reposting my recs from [livejournal.com profile] spngenlove.

Week 5 theme: John. [Day 1 of posting.]

Most of these are off-theme. Since I didn't have very many John-centric recs I finished a number of half-finished recs I had lying about from previous weeks.

Three fics, all SPN. )

Week 9 theme: Hunting Community. [Day 1 of posting.]

Most of these are probably off-theme by a strict definition, but my brain kept trying to define 'community' to include them. So I threw up my hands and recced regardless.

5 fics, 1 podfic. One crossover with iCarly. )

As always, if you spot any inaccuracies/dead links/missing info/additional transformative works (e.g., podfics, commentaries), please let me know.
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squee goes here. And also thoughts of hearing recipes verbally )

FYI, the non-tl;dr version is: Yay for [livejournal.com profile] juniperphoenix's [recording] of [Bread Mountain Dreams] and [Harvest Bread Recipe] from [De Re Coquinaria Pegasi]!!! (14 min, 13 MB, 1400 words)

[Originally posted] at [livejournal.com profile] fish_echo on 6 October 2009.
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For my policy on things such as spoilers, warning, and ratings, please [see my policy post].

I'm reccing the original story here, but I'm being lazy, so I'm just c&p'ing the headers from the post I made to my journal. The original post there had some more thoughts about doing a dvd_commentary, but as they aren't relevant to the original story I'm omitting them.

Story: Trying To Find Some, Somewhere [Link to original story] by [livejournal.com profile] elizah_jane
Commentary: [Link to commentary] by [info - personal] fish_echo at [livejournal.com profile] dvd_commentary
Fandom, Etc.: SPN, Slashy Crackfic, Humor, PG-13, 1834 words (story), ~3600 words (story + commentary), Spoilers through S4, Hints of Castiel/Dean, Sam/Lucifer
Summary: Dean doesn't know quite what he expected from the Apocalypse, but this sure as hell wasn’t it.
Author Notes: I'm pretty sure I get to blame [info - personal] fish_echo for this one. /Yep, totally my fault!/ And I quote: Dean, your psyche is all messed up. Why don't you go turn into a kitten for a week, or a unicorn! (in response to this story /Which is a great post-Hell Dean character study. Go read it! Then come back here and read this for the happy crack!/) Sometimes I am RIDICULOUSLY SUSCEPTIBLE to the power of suggestion. JSYK!! Other than that, I will say that I am completely spoiler-free for S5 and thus the part of Lucifer for our purposes will be played by The Welling. That is all. /Personally, I think this is a hysterical casting choice./
Commentator Notes: /Blah, blah, blah, yes the stuff with the odd formatting is me babbling. I hope the formatting is readable to everyone (it works for me, but then again, a sample size of one is hardly significant), if not, let me know./

[Originally posted] at [info - personal] fish-echo on 24 September 2009
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For my policy on things such as spoilers, warning, and ratings, please [see my policy post]; however, note that I have not reread these stories when importing this post, so while I think none of these stories have spoilers or other items which readers might like to know about before reading, I do not swear that it is so.

After I [posted] an SGA Happy/Fuzzy rec list last week yonks ago, I realised that I had left a bunch of really good fics off of it, due to simple forgetfulness. I've attempted to fix this somewhat in this (multi-fandom) rec set, but in the process I've realised that I have lots of good happy fics to rec and that I'll need more than two LJ posts to list them all. So I've restricted myself here somewhat arbitrarily to fics (a) that I don't see as also belonging to one of the other rec lists I have in prep and (b) that meet some subconscious criteria (which if I knew what it was I'd tell you *looks on in bafflement at the workings of her own brain*).

I haven't put a 'why this story belongs on this rec set' line on these recs because for these stories the 'My notes' section contains that. Or sometimes simply the author's summary is explanation enough.

As always, let me know if there's missing podfics/commentaries/etc, broken links, inaccuracies, etc., and feel free to drop more fics in the comments.

Here are more fics that make me laugh or that make me feel warm and fuzzy inside:

Harry Potter, 1 story (Draco/Hermione, Harry/Ginny) )

House, 2 stories (both House/Wilson) )

Stargate: Atlantis, 7 stories, (gen, het, slash) )

Angel the Vampire Slayer, 1 story (Spike/Connor) )

Torchwood, 1 story, (gen) )

Captain Jack Harkness, 2 stories, (Jack/cheese) )

[Originally posted] at [livejournal.com profile] fish_echo on 3 April 2009.
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For my policy on things such as spoilers, warning, and ratings, please [see my policy post].

Here's a bit of meta on the topic of RPF and some fic recs.

RPF (real person fanfiction) kind of freaks me out. I know that the stories are fake, made up, pretend. That they're based off of the public persona and then filtered through the author's brain. I know all of this. It doesn't stop it from being really weird for me to read RPF-- the back of my brain is screaming the whole time: this is a real person. I suppose it's related to the part of my brain that had issues with me initially reading fanfic written in universes with actors (I've never had issues with fanfic where the canon is solely textual-- they're the canon author's mental playthings and now they're ours because we've read the books too. Regardless of if we write about them, we were going to be thinking about them anyways, so may as well put the words on the page. *derails this discussion* nb: this is not discussing the *legal* complexities of fanwork)-- because actors actually exist! And one of the things that can squick me out when reading fanfic based on live-action canon is too-true physical description (especially in a sexual context... When CharacterA is lusting after CharacterB's wrists or elbows or whatnot, there's the voice in the back of my brain going 'ummm, real person!')-- it simply feels like an invasion of privacy to me. So generally I've steered clear of RPF. But as I'm sure you know, even if you are avoiding reading something in fandom, you'll run across it eventually and then just sort of randomly read it.

But I have discovered that there's a few ways I can read RPF and not be squicked out by it:

  1. If I have no idea who the real people are, this bothers me less-- because then (as far as my mind knows) this is simply a fictional story with fictional people set in the present-day. (But then I do the canon-osmosis thing and then it sometimes starts being weird again.)
    1. The story has to stand entirely on it's own without knowing the 'canon'.
  2. If the rating is somewhere around PG-13-- keep the sex off-screen and keep the laudatory physical descriptors minimal-to-nil-- because then it feels less voyeuristic.
    1. If there is explicit-ness in the story, I'll likely skim over it or skip it entirely, so it cannot be crucial to plot.
  3. It's a cross-over into something clearly not of the real world-- Buffy/Angel, Farscape, Stargate, etc., etc., etc., because then it's clearer to my brain that the entire thing is fiction and thus I can treat the RP as fictional people. (Oh is there an RPF/Valdemar or Pern crossover anywhere? Because the reactions of the RP could be awesome!)
  4. If it uses a plot device that I love. Because I'm willing to venture into scary RPF-land for the sake of a damn good trope. (Some day I might well list the plot devices I love, but this entry is long enough already.)

Hmm, *ponders* evidently this translates roughly to 'I'm okay with RPF when I can pretend it's original fiction'.

To my surprise, I've come across RPF fics that I can read without hitting the back button. I haven't really been looking for them, so I don't know how exactly I've found these, but all's well that ends well! And if you know of other good RPF fics that you think might meet some of these criteria, then let me know :)

RPF fics I like despite being wigged out by RPF:

SGA RPF/SGA crossover, 1 fic/podfic )

Supernatural RPF, 1 fic )

6 American Idol RPF fics, including 1 podfic and 1 cross-over with Merlin )

[Originally posted] at [livejournal.com profile] fish_echo on 6 March 2009.
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For my policy on things such as spoilers, warning, and ratings, please [see my policy post].

Because I [just did] a sad rec list, I feel the need to give a happy rec list. I'm beginning to think that I should really give in and get a delicious account so I can tag things to my heart's content. However, that sounds like a lot of work and I don't like work! So for the moment I shall continue pretending that delicious doesn't exist.

Like last time, these are all SGA. Unless otherwise stated, these are gen, tame in ratings, and only 1 LJ post long. Oh, and if you have other fics (any fandom) that you think belong in this sort of list, feel free to drop things in the comments! I think I've got links to all the podfics, but if I missed any, please do let me know.

So, in no particular order, I present funny stories/stories that make me happy the vast majority of the time:

eleven stories, cut because it's *really long* otherwise )


I really love the following stories and they can almost always be guaranteed to make me happier, so I clearly had to include them on the happy-making list. But they actually have plots and things! So they're a bit different than the ones above. These are all John/Rodney, some form of AU, and 2 LJ posts long:

Story: Small Primes and Square Roots
Author: [livejournal.com profile] liviapenn
Podfic: Does not exist, even though I wish it did. :(
Summary: "I hope you picked someone really intelligent, otherwise it seems like it would be kind of a waste. Of incubation time, if nothing else."
My Notes: The one where Jeannie chose John to donate sperm, then gets killed in a car accident, so Rodney adopts her daughter. John looks up Jeannie before heading off to Antarctica and ends up pen-pals with Rodney. Really, really sweet. I lost the link to this for a while and was really happy when I found it on someone's rec list.

Story: Mau Loa Means the Time We Have
Author: [livejournal.com profile] gaiaanarchy
Summary: AU in which John never gets to Antarctica. He and Rodney meet anyway.
My Notes: Takes place on Hawaii. The characterisation is very well-done and the story is very sweet, but I am not quite sure I can explain exactly *why* I love this story so much (clearly I am the despair of my Literature teachers), just that it is better than the sum of its parts. :)

Story: Strangers on a Six Train
Author: [livejournal.com profile] eye_queue
Summary: No summary given.
My Notes: So Rodney works as a prof at NYU and takes the train (subway?) to work. On one claustrophobic day John talks him out of a panic-attack. Flirting eventually ensues. And there's even a phone call to Jeannie (who is mostly-somewhat-kinda estranged but not really) and their relationship/relationship-fail is very awesomely done-- it walks the line between caring and dysfunctional-but-trying, and Jeannie gives good advice without being some deus ex machina... There's the line: A minute later, he called her back to apologize and ask how she was, because she was his sister and he loved her, and he was working on changing that bad habit he had of screwing things up with people he cared about which defines this Rodney for me (and also exhibits the author's grasp of language-- so very lovely!). Please to be disregarding the part where I spent most of my review talking about Jeannie-- John is there! I promise!

I shall stop now. This list is getting slightly ridiculously long.

And any of these which currently lack podfics I think would be awesome podfics. *hints to the internet at large*

ETA3 (3 Apr): Part two of this list [has finally been posted]

ETA1 (8 Feb): I may have spent nearly a week assembling this list and I still managed to leave fics off of it. Grrr! And I've thought of enough others at this point that I'll be just making another post in a bit (probably another week). And any fics that get left off of that list will have to wait, because I want to do a different themed rec list next (either 'sentient objects/Atlantis' or 'bait and switch'). I'll put a link here to the happy recs (cont.) post, whenever it does go up.
ETA2 (31 Mar): Wow, I still haven't posted the second edition of this list. Do I rock or do I rock, N/N? It is in the works, though, I promise! In actual news, I have begun updating this list with info (eg, wordcounts).

As per usual, if I've got inaccuracies, broken links, or missing info (especially podfics, DVD commentaries, and sequels/prequels), please do let me know.

[Originally posted] at [livejournal.com profile] fish_echo at 5 Feb 2009
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These are all wonderfully done fics. They are also all some level of sad/depressing/heartbreak (more in the lines of 'character death' than 'abuse'). Personally, right now I'm not really in the mood to read these. But kind of like poking a sore tooth to see if it's still sore, I'm contemplating reading them. Umm, yes, I make no sense.

N.B.: Unlike what I said [in my policy post], I am not cautioning for content in this particular rec set.

So, fic recs, in case you'd like something to cry about (all are SGA):

Author: [livejournal.com profile] vain_glorious
Story: Unmanifest Destiny
Notes: Gen, PG-13, 8200 words. This is also an entry on my 'bait and switch' rec list (which I'm still compiling) even though it might not be technically b&s. Definitely click through to the second part to get the full story of what's happening.

Author: [livejournal.com profile] vain_glorious
Story: Where The Ways Divide
Notes: Gen, 1000 words, (as far as rating goes, G aside from the part where it punches you in the heart). on SGA_flashfic for the role reversal challenge. I do kind of wish for more stories in this universe.
Sequels: The author has written more in the verse, which makes me incredibly happy. They are all interlinked, or you can find them at the end of [this fic masterlist]. (And now that there's sequels, I'd move the series to the second half of the list, to 'sad-but-not-too-sad', or possibly off of the 'sad' list altogether.)

Author: [livejournal.com profile] busaikko
Story: Building Bombs. Original post on LJ or on her website.
Podfic (read by the author): mp3 format or m4b (audiobook) format
DVD Commentary by the author: on LJ or on her website
Notes: 11400 words, R for violence and adult subject matter, McKay/Sheppard (sort of). I actually listened to the podfic first, where she does not give the warnings for fear of spoilers but directs you to the text file of the story if you wish to know. It's on this rec list, so it's not happy (well, parts are), but have that as your warning and don't read the spoiler-warning is my recommendation. I made the mistake of listening to it at work shortly after a friend of mine had died and I ended up crying for a bit. I haven't read her DVD commentary yet (I only just found out about it when looking for the story).

Author: [livejournal.com profile] auburnnothenna (auburn)
Story: Legion the Things I Would Give to Oblivion
Podfic (read by [livejournal.com profile] general_jinjur): mp3 format or m4b (audiobook) format
DVD Commentary: by lunarwolfik
Notes: Gen, Rated R, 11600 words. This is another one where I've only listed to the podfic. I listened to it a day or so after "Building Bombs" and this time managed not to cry (but I did decide that perhaps it was a good time to re-listen to all of Maya's stuff before forging blindly onward into new fics...)

Slightly happier than the above but still sad:

Author: [livejournal.com profile] rheanna27
Story: The Hard Prayer. On LJ in three parts or on her website (on one page)
Notes: Apocafic but with a happy ending! She said, "I never intended to write a downbeat ending; the setting of the story is grim enough without it." But happy ending! (And believably so!). This fic gives new meaning to the 'pan' part of 'pandemic'. (So apocafic=>this rec set, hopeful/happy ending=> this portion of the rec set.) PG-13, McKay/Sheppard, 30300 words.
Podfic (read by the author):[mp3] and [m4b], 3:10:44

Author: [livejournal.com profile] explodedpen
Series: Snapshots of survival
Stories: Not Dead Yet and Bedtime Stories
Notes: There's a note of hope to these, which is why they got put in this section, but they're still not warm and fuzzy. I actually read them out of order (because I found the second one first when I was browsing through [livejournal.com profile] sga_flashfic), which I think might work better. The combined word count is 2500, gen, PG or PG-13.

As per usual, if I've got inaccuracies, broken links, or missing info (especially podfics, DVD commentaries, and sequels/prequels), please let me know.

([Originally posted] at [livejournal.com profile] fish_echo on 28 Jan 2009)
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For my policy on things such as spoilers, warning, and ratings, please [see my policy post].

[livejournal.com profile] leviticus_lied [has asked] for suggestions for things to turn into podfics, and I've been meaning to post recs. So I've decided to combine those at the moment, and here's some fic that I like and that I think would be nice as podfics.

The Ones Where They are a Unicorn and a Rainbow (and a Dolphin and a Warm Spring Breeze):
Part One-- But Where Would They Live and Part Two-- The Dreams That You Dare to Dream (Or, But What Would the Children Look Like?) by [livejournal.com profile] thingswithwings
Fandom etc: Crack. I highly doubt any knowledge of the canon is even necessary, but for the sake of completeness, the fandom is SGA. John/Rodney, side Teyla/Ronon. PG
Author's Rating/Warning: Part one: this is fic in which RODNEY IS A UNICORN AND JOHN IS A RAINBOW. no ratings or warning will sufficiently prepare you for this. the MPAA doesn't have a category for this. it is pure, unadulterated crack, and I have nothing to say in my own defense. Part two: I just don't know where to start. it's now unicorn/rainbow kidfic.
My Review: Pure awesome crack. Completely ridiculous. I have a very large soft spot for crack and the absurd. I'm positive that no knowledge of the fandom or canon is necessary for these stories. However, these are well-told crack!fics. It is the little moments that make the story worth re-reading when the crack-craving hits. The interpersonal interactions are done very well. I'm kinda shocked that I'm writing that about, well, a rainbow and the rest of the motley crew, but yeah, it works. Plus, rainbow/unicorn kidfic! Don't worry, Unicorn Rodney spends most of the second story being as confused by how that works as you are. There's an amazing amount of canon-compliant characterization for a rainbow and unicorn fic--hey, a grumpy unicorn Rodney, that's gotta be worth the price of admission alone.
EDIT 5 April 2009: [livejournal.com profile] general_jinjur recorded these for me as a bribe for me to donate to [Archive of Our Own] and she did an absolutely wonderful job. She manages to make thoughts inside the characters' heads sound different from their spoken dialogue. She does an excellent job of doing the tone of voice when reading. Aaaand she made lovely covers for the audiobooks from art done for the fic. *squishes the podfics tightly to her chest*
Audiofic (m4b): Both stories (30:17), Part 1 (11:34), Part 2 (18:42), read by [livejournal.com profile] general_jinjur
Podfic (mp3):Part 1, Part 2

Minerva McGonagall and the Insurance Salesman, Part 1 by [livejournal.com profile] googlebrat
Fandom etc: Harry Potter, G, Gen, Humour, 1300 words.
Author's Summary: The hapless insurance salesman squirmed. "If you will recall, Professor McGonagall, last time we spoke I told you we wished to cancel your policy. The amount of issues the school has . . . it's simply too high-risk for us..."
My Review: A humourous piece--- It's really not fair to sic Professor McGonagall on an unsuspecting Muggle insurance salesman, but since he thought when his daughter turned out to be a witch that the Wizarding World would be a good place for insurance, I don't feel too bad for him. No wait, I do, because he has no idea what he's getting in for. In theory, there is a Part Two, but my search-fu is weak and can't find it.

Every Librarian Has Her Day by Martha ([livejournal.com profile] marthas_library/[livejournal.com profile] mad_martha)
Fandom: Harry Potter. Gen, PG, 965 words.
Author's Summary: What did Madam Pince do during the Battle of Hogwarts?
My Summary*: The Hogwarts Librarian contributes to the battle... Battle Tomes! Actually, it's more of her musing on duty and knowledge before releasing The Battle Tomes. Dum Dum Dum!
Review: This is a wonderful short story that somehow manages to sound really crappy when summarized but is really awesome when you read it. Which I guess means that the all the rest of the words that the author used really were necessary :P Madam Pince's thoughts while preparing to protect her library and the school show her great strength of character. The writing of this piece is very tight, but doesn't seem over-written. Whenever I re-read it I realize that a good portion of what I remember-- atmosphere, fact-lets, etc-- was merely suggested and not explicitly stated. As I said before, excellent writing here. I really wish the muse would poke Martha in the brain with the companion piece that is Madam Pomfrey's (the school nurse).
*really, I just wanted an excuse to write "the battle tomes" repeatedly
Podfic version!: [livejournal.com profile] winkingstar recorded this for me! [mp3] and [m4b]
My notes on the podfic version: This is lovely! Her calm voice is perfect for such a contemplative story and the emotions still ring strong. The final line of the story contains a large punch and she delivers it perfectly. (Plus, I love getting to the end of any podfic by winkingstar because she always sounds happy at the final 'the end', and the 'finis' here is lovely.) There may have been actual flailing of hands when I got to the end, but if there was, I'm not telling you about it, so you can't prove anything. EEEEEEE happy :)[originally posted here]

Also, one art link, because consistency is a sign of a small mind (quote mangled, I know):
art: http://pics.livejournal.com/iltaru/pic/000420y9/ by [livejournal.com profile] iltaru
summary: is sooo awesome and cute!
Fic: Drop Dead Gorgeous by Maya

As per usual, if I've got inaccuracies, broken links, or missing info (especially podfics, DVD commentaries, and sequels/prequels), please do let me know.

[Originally posted] at [livejournal.com profile] fish_echo on 11 June 2008

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