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


Once upon a time, a long time ago, [livejournal.com profile] vibrantharmony bought my rec set services for [livejournal.com profile] help_haiti. I was given the following prompt:
begin quote Could I get a multifandom rec list? I'm into Merlin, Psych, and SGA (and Smallville and Doctor Who, from your minor list), so any combination from those fandoms would be awesome. As for a prompt, I love funny fics, not crackfic necessarily but more just amusing things or unusual situations. end quote

And here, only an age later, is that rec set. I have at least a few recs in all of the listed fandoms and I threw in some crossovers for good measure. This is mostly fic with the occasional podfic. I am very very sorry that this has taken this long to be finished! I hope you find some new friends in this batch! Thank you for your donation!


ETA: [View this entry with the cuts intact (ie: hiding things)]


Doctor Who, which also includes Torchwood and Captain Jack Harkness**: 3 fics, 1 podfic
**I treat him as his own fandom because, well, it seemed to make sense at the time :)

Witty cut text! )



Merlin (BBC): 3 fics

Witty cut text! )



Psych: 4 fics

Witty cut text! )



SGA: 2 fics, 1 podfic, 2 illustrated fics

Witty cut text! )



Smallville: 4 fics (including 1 associated podfic), 1 fic with occasional illustrations

Witty cut text! )



Crossovers solely among the given fandoms: 4 fics

Witty cut text! )



Crossovers which include other fandoms: 4 fics.
The other fandoms: Fandom RPF, Discworld, NCIS

Witty cut text! )
Podfics: [Highly Classified And Very Hush Hush (mp3)] (14.1 MB, 11:44) // [Strictly on a Need to Know Basis (mp3)] (11.5 MB, 9:36), read by [livejournal.com profile] reena_jenkins (added 4 May 2011)



Author Recs

Three authors. I wanted to rec many more things by these authors than I possibly could, so I'll call them out specifically. )

As always, if anyone spots any inaccuracies/dead links/missing info/additional transformative works (e.g., podfics, commentaries), 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].

You may have noticed that this isn't Psych fic. That's because I'm, well, flaky and also still recovering from the pre-holiday-time rush. I'm still hoping to have it finished before I start my next Psych fic (that'd be by mid-Jan), but we'll see. But in celebration of the fact that my brain is currently half-functional I decided to give you a rec list composed of things that I don't normally rec. Whee? This is perhaps a bit more scattered than one of my normal sets, but then again, my recs are normally fairly scattered, so maybe it's just average :)

Not Fanfic Things
Pro-fic things that you might like! )

Canon things
two episodes which satisfy my fannish heart, plus reviews thereof. AND! The ever-important question of 'what episodes satisfy your fannish heart'? )

Meta
This is one new thing and two old things which I have previously recced on my journal but haven't put here (as I haven't decided what my policy is on reccing meta here, especially stuff that properly speaking isn't fannish meta so much as cultural meta, which all of these are).

three links to cultural meta )

Fannish things
podbang (long podfics), an SPN-crossover comment-fic meme, and a Psych fic fest )

Completely unrelatedly, I have a [DreamWidth] invite. Would anyone like it?

ETA (29 Dec 2009): Two things to add:
One more episode rec and one fannish meta )
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Are you in the middle of December stress? Do you need fanworks which remind you that the world is indeed an awesome place? Did you think that the next rec set I posted was going to be Shawn/Gus from Psych? Are you surprised that evidently I had remembered a bunch of Psych stories as S/G when in fact they were gen? Are you going to be at all suprised that this isn't a Psych rec set?

Anyway, onto the recs!

As always, these are in no particular order. 2 WIPs (now both finished): SPN (gen, Hockey AU), Star Trek Reboot (Spock/Kirk, detective AU), 1 vid (Mythbusters, Adam/Jamie), 1 completed fic and art and podfic (SPN, Sam/Castiel). ETA: updated entries in the 'Five for Fighting' story 18 May 2011 )

ETA
18 May 2011: updated and elaborated the 'Five for Fighting' entry
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For my policy on things such as spoilers, warning, and ratings, please see [my policy post].


A rash of new shows have shown up on my flist and Yuletide has begun. So how about some recs for small fandoms? And some for fandoms which aren't small but that I don't read much in. I had intended to put links to canon for the rarer ones, and to sort the recs somewhat (like keeping the fairy tale fandoms together), but this is kind of an insanely long set as is, so I decided to go see what desert was in the kitchen instead. ETA: If you saw the version before I ran spell-check, can you just pretend that you didn't see it?


20 fics, 1 pic-spam, a few podfics. Fandoms are many and varied )
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Reposting my recs from [livejournal.com profile] spngenlove week 14.

Theme: Free For All
[First day of posting] and [the tag].

This month the theme at the comm is H/C with focus on various characters. Which isn't quite my cuppa. So I think I'm going to be focusing on reccing other fandoms this month. Current in-progress rec list: rare fandoms! After that, either Star Trek Reboot (which everyone and their uncle has already recced), or Psych (with an emphasis on Shawn/Gus), or Sentient!Atlantis (because I've missed SGA fic!), Wincest-I-can-read (okay, it's SPN but it's not gen), or Harry Potter, or something else that strikes my fancy. Feel free to tell me which you'd prefer :)

9 fics (incl. 1 podfic), 3 crossovers with: Star Trek Reboot, Psych, Doctor Who )
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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.

When I first poked around fandom after watching the Star Trek Reboot movie, I was surprised to see fic about Gaila because she's onscreen so very little. But after reading a bit, I've found I quite like who Gaila is in fandom. So here's my Gaila character manifesto in fic rec list format.

Story: You're Gonna Make It After All
Author: [livejournal.com profile] igrockspock
Fandom, etc.: Star Trek Reboot, Gaila, Uhura, Kirk, Spock, R, 1 LJ post long
Author's Summary: Two indecent exposure citations, one best friend, one amazing sex partner, one unexpected mentor, and a Starfleet-funded study of intercultural sexual norms. Sounds like a normal academic year for Gaila.
My Notes: If the author's summary doesn't make you curious, I'm not sure what else I can say. This story is beautifully done. The author has great control over the different character voices and shows how four so different people can come together (not always without miscommunications and disagreements). Spock has a mentoring role to the group, which I just love. (Because you know he spent a lot of time very logically trying to figure out how to interact within a human-dominated situation.) I could quite happily have this as canon.
ETA 15 July 2011; Podfic: [livejournal.com profile] jaebi_lit recorded this as a podfic and I recced it over here: [Rec of podfic of 'You're Gonna Make it After All'] /ETA

Story: Lunch and Other Obscenities [on LJ]//[on AOOO]//[on author's website]
Author: [livejournal.com profile] rheanna27
Fandom, etc.: Star Trek Reboot. In spite of a whole lot of sex, nudity and people eating in public, this is firmly a PG-13. The main dish is Uhura & Gaila friendship, with a tasty side order of Spock/Uhura. 9,786 words
Author's Summary: Nyota liked her roommate just fine until she met her.
My Notes: This is a story about culture shock and taboos and fitting in and such. It's lovely and really well-written.

Story: The Ransom
Author: [livejournal.com profile] ninhursag (writing journal: [livejournal.com profile] vaingirlfic)
Fandom, etc.: Star Trek Reboot, Kirk/Gaila, R, 1 LJ post
Contains: Discussion of child abuse and slavery. Not explicit.
Author's Summary: Pirate!Gaila kidnaps teenage!Kirk for ransom. Hijinks ensue.
My Notes: I love Gaila and Kirk together (either shippy or BFFy), they work so well together, and ninhursag has done a wonderful job of showing us this here. In this story Gaila has very little practical knowledge of Earthling behaviour and is thus constantly being confused in the way that Kirk and how he was raised does and doesn't line up with what she read in a book. The AU is well-done and feels real.
Sequels: Can be found at the [verse tag].

Story: A Sexy Think Tank
Author: [livejournal.com profile] atomicskull
Fandom, etc.: Star Trek Reboot, Kirk/Gaila, R, 1 LJ post long
Author's Summary: In which sex is had, dinosaur band-aids are dispensed, Uhura's bunny slippers are used as projectiles and Bones is plotted against.
My Notes: A silly little fic that does what it says on the tin.
ETA 24 Mar 2011: As the little line through the author's LJ implies, this story is no longer available at the above link. I'm looking for a current link to the story, if anyone knows of one. /ETA

Story: Redemption Song
Author: [livejournal.com profile] igrockspock
Fandom, etc.: Star Trek Reboot, gen, R, 1.5 K words
Contains: rape
Author's Summary: No one is going to rescue Gaila. Except maybe herself.
My Notes: Possible Gaila backstory. Pull quote: Five years later, she is at Starfleet Academy, making good on all her promises. Every night she studies (or goes out drinking), every class she attends (or skips), every cadet she lies under (or on top of), her litany is the same: I choose. I choose.
ETA 15 July 2011; Podfic: [livejournal.com profile] jaebi_lit recorded this as a podfic and I recced it over here: [Rec of podfic of 'Redemption Song'] /ETA

Story: A Brief History of Lt (j.g.) Gaila Aboard the USS Enterprise (NCC 1701)
Author: ljc [livejournal.com profile] taraljc
Fandom, etc.: Star Trek Reboot, PG, Gaila, Gaila/Kirk, Gaila/Scotty, Gaila & Nyota, Gaila & Keenser, 1 LJ post long
Contains: death of redshirts, attempted (but shut down) unwanted sexual advances
Author's Summary: Her first month aboard Enterprise, Gaila is put on Gamma Shift in Engineering.
My Notes: This is a great fic for showing Gaila growing into her role aboard ship. I love Gaila and Keenser bonding over the trials and tribulations of minding their adopted humans (Uhura and Scotty, respectively).

Story: The Proper Treatment of Sexorexia
Author: [livejournal.com profile] igrockspock
Fandom, etc.: Star Trek Reboot, gen (Gaila & Uhura), Teen, 1 LJ post long
Author's Summary: Gaila does not get her new roommate at all. They've been at school 3 whole weeks now, and she hasn't had sex with anyone. Not even once. She wonders if she should do something. Sex is as important as food, after all. If her roommate were anorexic, she should definitely try to help. Sex anorexia (sexorexia?) is probably just as bad and life-threatening. Plus, it seems to put her roommate in a really bad mood. The situation definitely calls for action. But what should she do?
My Notes: Gaila and Uhura and roommates with culture shock and learning how to fit in together. One of the things that I love about this fic is Spock giving advice on humans and social mores. In this fic Nyota and Gaila end up more in that roommate-truce sort of place than BFF, which is certainly one possibility given how different they are.


Are your favourite Gaila fics not on this list? Feel free to drop links in comments! :) (This is such a prolific fandom that I'm sure I've missed many wonderful fics.)

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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As part of [the 2009 Fandom Free For All], [livejournal.com profile] jadesfire2808 recorded 'Mount Badon' by [livejournal.com profile] brown_betty. *GLEEE* I love [livejournal.com profile] jadesfire2808's readings in general, so I was thrilled when she picked this off of my wish list. And happily, the actual reading did not disappoint.

The story opens with a short passage in Latin, which I had forgotten about, so it was quite a pleasant surprise to hear it in her reading. Listening to it reminded me of two things: (1) I do love listening to Latin, and (2) my Latin is shamefully rusty. I love how, when I listen to her reading, I felt the uncertainty and danger of the war more and also found the humour of the second half more funny. I chuckled out loud and flat-out grinned several times. She does very well with showing the distinct personalities of each of the characters. A++ will listen to again :)

Pesky links and stats and things: [mp3] and [audiobook], 23:45

C&P of previously posted rec of the story:
Story: Mount Badon [on AOOO]//[on LJ]//[on DW]
Written by: Betty//[livejournal.com profile] brown_betty//[info - personal] brownbetty
Etc: Merlin (BBC), as gen as the show, rated teen for battle descriptions, 3400 words
Contains: Whacked the canon with the history stick, injuring both in the process. Also, I [the author] suffer from the bizarre conviction that sheep are intrinsically hilarious.
Author Summary: "Yes, I do it to aggravate you," says Arthur.
DVD Commentary: by the author: [on DW]//[on LJ]
My Notes: This story blends mythology/history with the BBC canon to make something that feels different than much of the Merlin (BBC) fanfic (It's set in some future when Arthur is king). I love the original characters. I also like watching their reactions to Arthur and Merlin (who have matured and grown but are still recognisable to the BBC versions).
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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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WHEEE! PODFIC OF MY FIC!!!! IT IS AWESOME!!!

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].

Last post I recced really short podfic so it seems fitting to discuss really long podfic today. There's a sharp drop-off in number of submissions at the [audiofic archive] that are >2hours long, so I'm going to use that as my criterion for 'long'.

I like to listen to podfics mostly in one go, so it is much more difficult for me to find the time to listen to long podfics than really short ones. (Especially now that I've no longer got huge chunks of time full of mindless tasks on my hands. This is good for my brain not petrifying, but not so great from the point of view of having hours at a single go to listen to podfic.) So I've listened to less of the really long fics than I might like, especially recent ones. But I have managed to listen to some long fics, so here's some recs!

Three podfics, one SGA and two HP )

FYI: It looks like I'll be doing five days of podfic recs, so this is mid-meme! :)

[Originally posted] at [info - personal] fish-echo on 26 August 2009
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For my policy on things such as spoilers, warning, and ratings, please [see my policy post].

Short podfics are easy to overlook but often can be great. If you line up several of them, they're an excellent way to pass a short trip without worrying that you'll only be half-way through by the time you arrive. But I think listeners are sometimes wary of downloading the very short podfics, because the effort to length ratio is too large. So! Here's some great short podfics!

5 podfics, all under ten minutes, in SGA, Bones, Doctor Who, Discworld, Torchwood, Harry Potter, and Supernatural (yay for cross-overs!) )


[Originally posted] at [info - personal] fish-echo on 23 August 2009
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For my policy on things such as spoilers, warning, and ratings, please [see my policy post].

Reposting my recs from this week's [livejournal.com profile] spngenlove.

Week 3 theme: Delight in Dean
[Link to first day of recs] and to [the 'delighting in Dean' tag]

4 fics, all SPN, one podfic )


[Originally posted] at [info - personal] fish-echo on 17 August 2009

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