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[Clicky clicky to see this post with the cuts hiding things!]

My policy on how I do my recs (including for things like warnings and spoilers) can be found at [my policy post about my recs], for those interested.

I won the services of two podficcers, [livejournal.com profile] lunchy_munchy and [personal profile] via_ostiense, during the first round of the [livejournal.com profile] help_japan auction. And once the podfics started arriving in my inbox, I though, 'Oh, hey, wouldn't it be cool if I wrote up recs for these as they came in and as I listened to them?' The answer to that is, 'Obviously, yes!' But that raises the question: 'Did I do that?', to which the answer is obviously 'hahhahahaa, you must be new here if you think there was a snowball's chance of me following through on that.' But I'm going to count it as a partial victory, because there are still stories to be podficced, so I'm at least a little bit on top of things. Ish. Sorta? Eh, close enough!

As I starting thinking on this rec set, I noticed that there were other fanworks which just kept creeping in round the edges. And in fine Fishly fashion, I decided to roll with that. So what we have here is each podfic recorded for me paired with another fanwork(s) in some manner which I swear makes sense to me! :D I've used horizontal rules to separate each set visually because I like imposing order.

'Dear Kunsel' and 3 other sets )

'Flatmate Wanted' and 3 other sets )

'The Care and Feeding of Tiny Humans (and slightly larger Time Lords)' and 1 other set )

'World Domination Is Harder Than It Looks' and 1 other set )

'Redemption Song' and 'You're Gonna Make it After All' as well as 3 other sets )

As usual, if I've got inaccuracies, broken links, or missing info (especially podfics, DVD commentaries, and sequels/prequels), please let me know.
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For my policy on things such as spoilers, warning, and ratings, please see [my policy post].

If you'd like to see this rec set with all cuts intact (nicely hiding everything), clicky clicky: [This rec set with cuts intact].

I am immensely, totally, completely, terribly, horribly, and utterly sorry that this has taken so long in coming. I can only offer my apologies and hope that the existence of a rec set does something to make up for it.

And actually, it isn't even a full rec set *facepalm* It's the first half of one though! That has to count for something, as does the fact that it's so bleeding long that it's in two LJ posts, right? (To be honest, I'm not sure if that's a positive or a negative at this point...) The rest of the rec set will be up at some indeterminate time in the future and will be linked here when it exists.

So at long last, I present you with:

Part I*.a** of II: Harry Potter fic recs since HBP(ish)

*because otherwise it would have taken even longer and been even longer
**OMFG, what the fuck, I had to split this up into two posts to fit in LJ's character limits, I'm pretty sure this means I fail at something. Probably knowing when to shut up? *facepalm of ridiculousness*

The prompt for this rec set went something like:
(begin prompt)
Harry Potter fandom; about Harry Potter's generation; very strong preference for fanfic rather than other forms of fanwork; really good writing; written since the publication of HBP, or only just a bit before [for WIPs, the completion date was used ~Fish].
threesomes; UST and the resolution thereof; teamwork and friendships; both low-key and angst (in their separate ways); medium and long stories preferred but the elegance of a character glimpse or a sharp what-if also appreciated; gen is fine; all gender permutations of romance and sex are fine.
spoilers for the story being recced; 7th year fics.
Do not includes:
incest, chan, bestiality.
(end prompt)

The British dates of publication of the HP books )

*drumroll* And now onto the recs proper! *drumroll*

Harry Potter. Fic. And more! oooooh! )

This rec set is continued on in the next post: [constellations of fanworks (or 'An orgy of storytelling'. Which is different than 'storytelling of orgies', FYI.)]

As always, if anyone spots any inaccuracies/dead links/missing info/additional transformative works, please let me know.
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For my policy on things such as spoilers, warning, and ratings, please see [my policy post].

If you'd like to see this rec set with all cuts intact (nicely hiding everything), clicky clicky: [This post with cuts intact].

I've had to split this rec set into two LJ posts due to size, but it's also kind of convenient from a thematic point of view. [The first part of this rec set] is in my regular format for recs, but I've done something a bit different with this part. (And I know the requester mostly cares about fic, but I really couldn't write these up any other way, sorry).

There were two constellations of fanworks which I wanted to include on this list which were troublesome to my normal format for the happy-making reason of having too many associated fan works to be able to apply my usual header template unaltered. What I have here are two fics (both fanfic of the Harry Potter series) which each spawned a number of works in a variety of media.

I really really love cases like this-- where we see fen springboarding off of another fan's work. I think the dynamic in these cases is subtly different than that between canon and fanwork-- possibly because of the complete loop which feedback goes producing different sorts of things or possibly it just has to do with the differences in perceived playing field between the two cases and then with that being something that shows up in the work which they create, or possibly it has more to do with how I perceive it, but regardless, it's awesome). Irregardless of the exact reason why, I do love it, and hopefully you do/will too.

The way I've formatted this is to divide this post up into three sections, the first being this blathery section and the second two being the fanwork constellations associated with each fic. In those two sections, I first rec the initiating fic and then the entire constellation. As always, but especially with these works, please do mention any related works which I've unintentionally overlooked!

'Let's Pretend the War Is Over', two arts, one podfic, and a Fish who natters on. )

'Lamp in the Cooling Room', plus three art and one fic. And lots of Fishy rambles )

As always, if anyone spots any inaccuracies/dead links/missing info/additional transformative works, please let me know.
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Here's my entry in the 2010 Podfic Critical Feedback Exchange! Feel free to skip my long blather and just listen or read the fic :)

Podfic: [Method Acting (mp3)] and [Method Acting audiobook (m4b)]
Read and written by: [livejournal.com profile] malnpudl
Etc: NCIS, Tony DiNozzo/Leroy Jethro Gibbs, NC-17, 22:37, mp3: 7.7 MB, m4b: 10.7 MB, ~3900 words
Contains: [skip] Dubious consent and forced voyeurism of the the bad guys make them have sex to prove their cover sort.
Author Summary: Porny "fuck or die" undercover-in-a-gay-nightclub cliché!fic, with only the vaguest semblance of plot.
My Notes (story): The story does what it says on the tin. I actually would really love follow-up story(ies), both for the case and the relationship, which IMO says that there must have been some plot along with the porn here :)

[ link to Fish Echo's critique of 'Method Acting' on Dreamwidth]

[ link to Fish Echo's critique of 'Method Acting' on LiveJournal]

And if you have feedback on how I do my feedback, I am interested in that too! Or maybe you also have thoughts on this podfic which you'd like to share? :)

Posted to [personal profile] fish_echo and [livejournal.com profile] fish_echo.
Linked at [livejournal.com profile] fish_recs, [community profile] podficmeta, [community profile] amplificathon and [livejournal.com profile] amplificathon. Sorry if you get this multiple times!
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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].

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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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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