Oct. 6th, 2012

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it fills my head up and gets louder by addandsubtract
Teen Wolf
Jackson/Stiles
Slightly towards the sweeter end of the spectrum. Still full of Jackson angst. Lots of wonderful werewolf training and some actual training action from Derek as well.

the doghouse screw by ahab2692
Teen Wolf
Jackson/Stiles
Lovely writing here, lots of great imagery. Poor Jackson's so full of self-hate.

useless, but not for long by queenitsy
Teen Wolf
Jackson/Stiles
This gets Jackson, it hust gets him, all his awful neuroses, his stress, his angst. It's wonderful and tense. The ending is maybe slightly too sweet, all loose ends hurriedly tied, but the build is lovely.

came home, like a stone (fell heavy into your arms) by queerly_it_is
Teen Wolf
Isaac/Scott
The first section, where Isaac is describing Scott is absolutely perfect. It nails what is so great about Scott. Yes he's occasionally boring and yes he's a complete and utter potato. But he's just so NICE. He's adorable. He really is.

sparkly pens 'verse by mm_coconut
Teen Wolf
Derek/Stiles
Mixed media awesomeness. Sterek doodles hearts and Sterek notes all over his notebook, then accidentally leaves it in Derek's car. This is the most quotable thing I have read in FOREVER.

quietly into the night by loony_lucifer
Alex Rider
Alex/Yassen [underage], [ust], [D/s]
One of those sparking hot gorgeous UST fics. Found thanks to kink_finders in my request for eromenos/pederasty fics, so be aware of the underage aspect. Hot more because of, rather than despite that: power imbalance, Alex is a hostage, kept off-balance and with no real chance of escape, plus Yassen is so unreadable and (hot) scary. UNF. Straight up id-fic, no lie.

habits and companionship by Sarren
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Peter/George, [ust]
The Peter POV is spot on, chock full of 'falling for the straight person' pain and not a little internalised homophobia. It captures the tone of the movie pretty well: all long atmospheric silences and lots left unspoken. There's bucket loads of UST - each touch is imbued with meaning, it's really brilliant. You know the kind of writing I mean, where every sentence drips tension and just a look between characters gets you hot under the collar. Oh yeah.

handle with care by Alchemy Alice
Tinker Tailor
George/Peter
This is really yummy. The propmt is about hair stroking, but there's a delicious D/s understone as well.

magnets, mirrors and misdirection by Lunik
Sherlock/Thor [crossover]
John/Loki
This is WIP and I try not to rec them, but I have a reason here. It's by Lunik so of cpourse the characterisation is perfect, the banter is sharp and everything is wonderful, but the reason I'm reccing is because part one is a perfect example of starting in medias res, and giving backstory without falling in the trap of clunky expo.

five avengers who were hunger games champions (and one who wasn’t) by pearldrop
Avengers/Hunger Games [crossover-fusion]
A real gut punch, this fic. OH BUCKY. OH STEVE. The Clint/ending section is clever

red by waldorph
Avengers
Natasha (Natasha/Hill)
So. Natasha. She's awesome. This is how. Also this is the Maria/Natasha I was wishing for. But mostly it's Natasha and her awesome and her story and her utter win.

we were emergencies by gyzym
Avengers
Clint/Natasha
This is fucking awesome, it's Clint POV and focuses as much on him as it does her, but it's about them as much as anything. Read the warnings.

when I say jump by lc2l
The Avengers
Clint/Natasha (off-screen), Clint/Loki, [mind-control], [D/s], [powerless!kink], [emotional kick]
Clint POV of the movie, with focus on the earlier, mind-fucked part. This is utterly wonderful. Clint's thought processes are perfect and read just right, and he really notices the awful drained drawn-out look Loki has the entire way through. The ending is tragic, but not as gut-wrenching awful as some of this pairing can be.

debt by storynerd
Avengers
Tony/Loki [au]
Towards the fluffier end of the spectrum, started pre-movie, so AU. Loki saves Tony's life and Tony wants to know why.

halo by paxlux
Avengers
Tony/Loki
Tony realises he wants Loki and that puts him at a disadvantage. Great prose, very dream-y and stream-of-consciousness-y without getting confusing. Written from the trailer I think? Somewhat AU either way.

"It’s like perfect engineering, that smile, Tony can read genius in the lazy curve, whether the smile is manufactured or not, and he recognizes it: it feels like any time Tony’s seen the lines come together to form the whole, that instant moment of sheer thought and power, everything is so very easy, blood rushing to light up all the points of his body, I am a motherfucking god, and now, now he’s staring at a motherfucking god who tossed him out a window, and maybe he has glass embedded in his brain.
Tony thinks, Shit, I’m vulnerable."
"

awkward by penknife and better awkward than pretty (the jealous little sister remix) by igrockspock
Hary Potter
Andromeda and Narcissa Black
I love it when remixes dovetail so perfectly. igrockspock's picked out some lovely little pieces from the original and given us a complimentary picture of Narcissa to put against Andromeda. All we need now is one for Bella as well.

Harry Potter and the enemy within and Harry Potter and the chained souls by theowyn
Warning: character death, description of funeral and grieving.
Snape, Harry/Ginny (mostly pre-ship in part 1) Hermione/Ron

Part 1: Good characterisation for the most part. Snape starts off as being a little too evil, but he soon balances out. Well written prose. I like Harry's indecision and general boyish fail. A fair number of 'oh Harry' moments where you want to grab both him and Snape and make them talk. Does a really good job delving Harry's loneliness, ignorance and despair, post-OotP and the reveal of the prophecy.

Part 2: I liked this part slightly less. Not all of it -- the still growing friendship aspect was very good. The whole Snape/Harry idiot dance was realistic, since neither of them are paticularly good at talking about their feelings. My issue was with the plot: Harry's continuing rashness and lack of paranoia, his constant insistence on disregarding rules and danger. Plus all the adults' continual holding of secrets, even after hints have escaped and Harry has a thread to pull on. You'd expect them to know what he's like by now, instead they tell him, 'don't investigate' then act shocked and angry when he... wait for it, investigates. That said, these are issues I have with the books as well, so really my problem is that the fic is just too IC!

resonance trilogy by greengecko
I had issues with Candide the first time I read this, after reading again, I'm not really sure why, there's nothing wrong with her character. I think I was still a bit too invested in the exclusivity of any Snape/Harry relationship, whether sexual or familial. Either way, this is long and plotty, (really long) Part three is a WIP though. I like the worldbuilding and the magic, I like Harry's powers and the way they tie into the plot. The plots themselves are intriguing and mysterious enough to keep you guessing, and the cast of characters are well fleshed out, whether canon, minor or original.

chivalry by branwyn
Harry, Snape, Luna
Starts off with a slightly nicer Snape than usual, which means the turn from hate to ambivalence is over pretty quick and it's more about the development from like to love. Also boasts a wonderful Luna. Deals quite heavily with the repercussions of Harry's abuse at the hands of the Dursleys. PTSD and self-worth issues and so on. The epilogue... well, it's an eilogue, but it's not nearly as bad as canon.

a history of magic by PrinceEdwin
Harry/Severus [time travel]
This is a good one. The plot is pretty straight forward. Read it for the emotion, all that UST and drama in Harry and Severus' relationship. Nice use of an out-of-chronological-order structure.

fall into charybidis by Nimori
Harry/Severus [incest]
Severitus Slash (Snape is Harry's father, slash) fucked up and hot. Harry is cursed, he needs blood-kin to heal him. Snape is willing to make a deal. Gay chicken ensues.


VIDS


sail by catnap332
The Fall
Gorgeous vid, lots of motion and colour, perfect editing on the beats, solid emotional hit towards the end.

I don't know by humansrsuperior
Sherlock
OH MY GOD. This is utterly wonderful. The song choice is PERFECT. the use of speaky face is INSPIRED and as a summary of season two it works SO WELL. Seriously, this is the BEST THING EVER. The lyrics are PERFECT, It's all so on the beat and slick and funny yet creepy and OHMYGOD, Anyone who has ever seen even the tiniest bit of Sherlock has to watch this RIGHT FUCKING NOW.

the adventure
Harry Potter
Neville Longbottom
THE NEVILLE VID I HAVE BEEN WANTING SINCE FOREVER.

in the bullpen yb genusshrike
Avengers
Natasha
NATASHA. ILU. Everything about her is awesome. The song choice is perfect. And that scene with Clint and Loki makes me want ALL THE FUCKED UP THREESOMES. (but mostly NATASHA. YEAH. SHE'S OUR GIRL.)

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