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12 February 2016 @ 11:12 am
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Pairing: Jane Foster/Thor Odinson
Title: Sexiest 'Something' Alive
Author: niobium
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/5423660
Rating/Warning(s): General Audiences
Word Count/WIP?: 7,583 (complete)
Recced on LiveJournal By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: This fic is wonderful from start to finish. As the Avengers stir up a media circus over who should be named People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive in 2015, Jane and Thor maintain a really lovely, believable, mutually supportive relationship. Elon Musk also describes the good Dr. Foster as a "renegade astrophysicist," Bruce cooks, and Natasha thinks very highly of the Rock (as does everyone else, really).
Current Mood: relaxedrelaxed
Current Music: "More Than Life" by Whitley
11 February 2016 @ 10:43 pm
phantompopcorn requested babyfic! Here are 10 multifandom recs because I don't know the meaning of moderation.

Fandom: MCU
Pairing: Peggy Carter/Steve Rogers
Title: Love Set You Going
Author: roboticonography
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/2614526
Rating/Warning(s): T
Word Count/WIP?: 4497/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)

Why This Must Be Read: God, I love this story and its little universe SO MUCH. This is a fix-it AU wherein Peggy was pregnant when Steve went down in the ice. I love the way roboticonography writes Peggy--they get her voice so right--and I kind of love how instead of the cherubic, adorable baby you usually expect with babyfic, baby Steven turns out to be the fussiest, most disgruntled infant that ever lived. It makes for a nice change of pace. :P But there's still plenty of trope-y fluffiness to be had in this story--the reunion between Peggy and Steve, and the revelation that Steve is a father is just...ahhhhhhhh, so many feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeels. ;__; The author also has a bunch of ficlets and fanart set in this universe on their tumblr.

Fandom: MCU
Pairing: Peggy Carter/Steve Rogers
Title: The Gloria Carter-Rogers series
Author: imaginesteverogerss
Link: First story is here. The rest of the ficlets in this universe can be found in the Gloria Carter Rogers tag
Rating/Warning(s): Unrated, but I'd say G
Word Count/WIP?: Each ficlet is no more than a few hundred words and the universe continues to get updated sporadically
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)

Why This Must Be Read: I have a soft spot the size of the moon for the idea of Steve Rogers, besotted father of a baby girl. I mean, Steve Rogers and babies in general is my jam, but Steve Rogers holding a TEENY TINY BABY GIRL IN HIS ARMS IS MY KRYPTONITE. Which is why this universe, and especially that first little story, DESTROYED me emotionally because it is completely and utterly everything I ever want in Steve Rogers babyfic. STEVE ROGERS CRYING OVER HIS BABY. STEVE ROGERS CRYING BECAUSE HIS BABY IS CRYING. STEVE ROGERS TAKING A MILLION PICTURES OF HIS BABY AND SENDING IT TO ALL HIS FRIENDS AT ALL HOURS OF THE DAY. GOODBYE FRIENDS. I AM DONE. BURY ME WITH THIS UNIVERSE.

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Fandom: Agents of Shield
Pairing: Phil Coulson/Melinda May
Title: Under the Star Light
Author: Oparu
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1747406/chapters/3733118
Rating/Warning(s): M, Warnings for graphic depictions of childbirth
Word Count/WIP?: 76,323/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)

Why This Must Be Read: I don't even have the words to do justice to this story. It is phenomenal. It is such a fantastic character study of Melinda--we get to see her really struggle with the idea of pregnancy and motherhood, whether she thinks she's cut out for it, what it would mean for her life. We get such fantastic insight to her relationship with her mother, and how that informs her as a person and the way she approaches her own pregnancy. Her relationships with all her other teammates, especially Skye, are fleshed out beautifully. And of course, her relationship with Phil, the father of her child, is wonderful, and messy, and joyous, and complicated. Highly, HIGHLY recommended.

Fandom: Agents of Shield
Pairing: Phil Coulson/Melinda May
Title: Two Lines For Yes
Author: sabinelagrande
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3119741/chapters/6760583
Rating/Warning(s): T
Word Count/WIP?: 5244/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)

Why This Must Be Read: Omggg, this story! I love Phil and Melinda's voices in this. I love the relationships and the interactions Melinda has with Skye and Jemma. The conflict is so believable, and while unintentional miscommunication can be an infuriating trope, you can sympathize with Coulson's good intentions (HE JUST WANTS TO BE RESPECTFUL OF MAY'S DECISIONS). I love how well May and Coulson know each other and I also love that despite the conflict and the angst, there are still moments of humor. The second chapter, the epilogue, embraces the humor and the fluff wholeheartedly. Just delightful.

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Fandom: Dragon Age
Pairing: Female!Hawke/Varric Tethras, past Female!Hawke/Fenris and past Bianca/Varric, Isabela/Fenris
Title: Champion's Coffer
Author: FeoplePeel
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/2827940/chapters/6343976
Rating/Warning(s): M
Word Count/WIP?: 82,767/This story is complete but the series continues to be updated
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)

Why This Must Be Read: I do not play the games at all, but I was looking for trope fic, read one fic, started watching Youtube videos of the romance storylines, AND NOW HERE I AM. (I have a problem.) This is another story to which I'm afraid I can't do justice. It's an amazing canon divergence AU, and the birth of Hawke's child (the result of the one night she and Fenris spent together) changes the way the entire plot of Dragon Age II plays out. It's got action! It's got political plotting and maneuvering! It's got amazing friendships! It's got adorable baby antics! It's got glorious slow burn, friends to lovers, co-parenting! EVERYONE LIVES! What more could you ask for??

Fandom: A Song of Ice and Fire
Pairing: Sansa Stark/Jon Snow
Title: those who wish to sing always find a song
Author: honey_wheeler
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/412328
Rating/Warning(s): M, Warnings for SUPER HOT/SUPER EXPLICIT dirty talk and [Click for possible spoilers (for the series)]cousin incest. This story is predicated on the popular fan theory that Jon Snow is actually Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen's child, not Ned Stark's bastard, making Jon and Sansa cousins (which given all the ACTUAL canon sibling incest is fairly tame by ASOIAF standards)
Word Count/WIP?: 2053/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)

Why This Must Be Read: I have a MILLION Jon Snow/Sansa Stark feelings and the fic writers for this ship are to blame FOR EVERY ONE OF THEM. (One day I will write a manifesto for them.) This story is filthy and tender, will get you hot and bothered and break your heart with feels at the same time. Jon and Sansa are both so desperate for love, for family, and it makes sense that they'd want to fill Winterfell with laughter and warmth and an entire pack of children tumbling over each other. I love this beyond words.

Mods, I need tags for Melinda May/Phil Coulson, Skye/Antoine Triplett, Female Hawke/Varric Tethras, and Sansa Stark/Jon Snow
06 February 2016 @ 12:09 pm
Not my personal OTP (see icon) but hey, good writing is good writing, and these fics are great. No one writes Clint like andibeth82, regardless of the pairing!

Fandom: The Avengers
Pairing: Natasha Romanoff/Clint Barton
Title: i know places
Author: andibeth82
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/2554670
Rating/Warning(s): Mature
Word Count/WIP?: 13,518 (complete)
Recced on LiveJournal By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: Post-Loki, Clint goes back to the heartland to figure himself (and Natasha) out in this nuanced story. It takes place firmly in the MCU, but the author injects a good deal of comics references (score one for Barney Barton fans), and the relationship between Clint and Natasha feels real and natural.


Fandom: The Avengers
Pairing: Natasha Romanoff/Clint Barton
Title: dancing the dark turmoil
Author: andibeth82
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/4081546
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
Word Count/WIP?: 9,524 (complete)
Recced on LiveJournal By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: To call this a shippy story may be a bit of a stretch—it's "Age of Ultron"-compliant, so Clint is married to Laura, and nothing physical or even explicitly romantic happens here. Yet it's so thoroughly about the relationship between these two and their depth of feelings for each other (however you characterize them) that it's hard not to be impressed by the author's ability to make an explicitly gen friendship feel like something else entirely.
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: "Dark Doo Wop" by MS MR
06 February 2016 @ 10:31 pm
Longmire is an impressively-plotted show with rich, multi-faceted characters who want to jump each other's bones but can't - aka fanfic writer's heaven.  Strangely, there's only a tiny amount of fanfic, but most of it is Vic/Walt, and some of it is marvellous.

Fandom: Longmire
Pairing: Victoria Moretti/Walt Longmire
Title: If you lived here, you’d be home by now
Author: vickrock

Link: At FFN
Rating/Warning(s): T
Word Count/WIP?: 15,261/No

Recced on LiveJournal By: jaq_of_spades
Special Rec: 6/29
Why This Must Be Read:  The entire story feels like stream of consciousness straight from Vic Moretti’s mind. Short, sharp sentences, a bleak worldview, one-liners so funny they’ll make laugh out loud, dialogue so true to the show you’ll think you’re watching rather than reading about Vic running from her fics for Walt. 

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02 February 2016 @ 04:25 pm
Fandom: The 100
Pairing: Clarke Griffin/Bellamy Blake, Raven Reyes/Kyle Wick, Octavia Blake/Lincoln
Title: Etre
Author: AJRedfern
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/5143526/chapters/11838746
Rating/Warning(s): M/Hard R. Canon-typical violence, swearing, sex.
Genre: Post-season 2 AU, angst, friendship, introspection, romance, past trauma.
Word Count/WIP?: 58,388/Complete!
Recced on LiveJournal By: aj

Why This Must Be Read: This is a post-season 2 story that really digs into what I'm pretty sure the show isn't going to touch. Namely, what might happen after the WARPAINDEATHRARRATINGS! bs that's likely gonna go up on screen is over. This story is about aftermath and about trauma and healing, and while, at it's core, it's a Clarke/Bellamy story, the author does a phenomenal job of telling separate stories in and around them, but also treating each point of view chapter/character with respect due them and their own stories. There's an emotional weight to this story that is lovely and made me savor each chapter as it was released.

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Current Mood: sleepysleepy
02 February 2016 @ 11:14 am
Fandom: Agent Carter/(slightly)His Dark Materials
Pairing: Peggy Carter/Daniel Sousa
Title: the first language and the last
Author: shuofthewind
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3819853/chapters/8516182
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Word Count/WIP?: 5,822/complete
Recced on LiveJournal By: zantedesha

Why This Must Be Read: After I posted the other rec, I went hunting for more Carter/Sousa, and this fic is, I think, my favourite so far. It's Peggy with her daemon, the wolfhound Bader, being Peggy and therefore awesome, but also fighting to find her place in the world after WW2.

Normally I find the idea of adding daemons into whatever universe you're writing about a bit of a lazy shortcut, since daemons sort of give voice to inner feelings and thoughts. But it works brilliantly here, because the author's definitely not a lazy writer, and instead use daemons to make subtle remarks on prejudices as well as the more usual ouvertures on romance. This fic is the second in a series called Of Blood and Dust, but it can be read as a stand-alone (although I would recommend reading the sequel vouloir c'est pouvoir as well).

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01 February 2016 @ 10:19 am
In addition to any recs you wish to post at any time, the comm has monthly rec challenges issued by the mods.

Challenge 155:

Category: Community Requests
Deadline: March 1
Challenge: This month we’re helping our fellow het-reccers members find fic for the pairings they love! Take a look at the list of rec requests underneath the cut and if anything strikes a chord, share any fic recs you might have as new posts to the community. This challenge relies on YOU, so if you requested anything, please pay the favor forward and try to help somebody out as well, if you can!

As always, to post a rec on Tumblr, follow the simple directions on our submit page.

To post a rec on LiveJournal, you don’t need to ask for posting rights—just become a community member, copy/paste the text below, and post it as a new entry!

Click under the cut to check out the requests for this month!

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01 February 2016 @ 10:39 pm
Hello and welcome to February!  I am jaq_of_spades (Or JaqofSpades if you want to visit me at Tumblr or A03) and I'm going to bring you 29 recs for the 29 days of this leap-year February.

I'm going to start with several rare pairs from the now-cancalled NBC show, Revolution. These are the pairing even the most devout Revolution fan doesn't know fic existed for!

Fandom: Revolution
Pairing: Mia Clayton/Bass Monroe

Title: Crown the King
Author: Corycides

Link: At A03
Rating/Warning(s): E
Word Count/WIP?: 2090/No

Recced on LiveJournal By:
Special Rec: 1/29
Why This Must Be Read: Corycides is still the reigning queen of Revolution fic and here she shows us why.  Mia Clayton and Bass Monroe never share screen time, merely a prickly relationship with Miles Matheson and a survival instinct second to none.  Mia is drifting, looking for a purpose, and if nothing else, Bass Monroe is always a man with a plan. Superbly written, characterised and conceived in grudging compliance with the post-series canon given to us in the Revolution web comic.

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31 January 2016 @ 11:04 am
Give a huge round of applause for seren_ccd, who kicked ass and recced an amazing 30 different fandoms this month as our special reccer. Fantastic job!

Next up, please welcome jaq_of_spades as our special reccer for February!

Also, if you haven't shared any requests yet for our community reccing challenge next month, you have the rest of the day to do so by either commenting on this post (LJ) or sending an ask (Tumblr).
Yuletide is one of the few (though not the only) corners of the Internet where you can find some serious love for this awesome and intelligent rock musical about the Cold War, a board game, and a love triangle, but oh, what a treasure trove it is.

Fandom: Chess
Pairing: Florence Vassy/Freddie Trumper, Florence Vassey/Anatoly Sergievsky
Title: Together and Apart
Author: allfireburns
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/44850
Rating/Warning(s): G
Word Count/WIP?: 262 (complete)
Recced on LiveJournal By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: There's something long-term and abiding in Florence and Freddie's relationship. It's pretty clear by "Nobody's Side" why she would want to leave him, but you don't end up having "taken shit for seven years" without a reason. In almost no space, this fic gets right to that contradiction, as well as the fundamental differences in the way the two champions treat her. There's not necessarily a better or worse, just a quiet respect for what Florence and Freddie had.


Fandom: Chess
Pairing: Florence Vassy/Freddie Trumper, Florence Vassey/Anatoly Sergievsky
Title: In the Blue Light of the Flame
Author: allfireburns
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/44849
Rating/Warning(s): G
Word Count/WIP?: 734 words (complete)
Recced on LiveJournal By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: As with my first rec, this fic deals with the ongoing magnetism between Freddie and Florence even as she pulls away. An old favorite of mine, this one considers how Florence deals with the aftermath of Anatoly's departure and what comes next for her. It's a short entry but a headcanon-worthy one, and the author absolutely nails the characters.


Fandom: Chess
Pairing: Florence Vassy/Freddie Trumper, Florence Vassey/Anatoly Sergievsky
Title: I Adjust
Author: Mardy
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/34903
Rating/Warning(s): G
Word Count/WIP?: 1,505 words (complete)
Recced on LiveJournal By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: "I Adjust" is a sharp-eyed character study of Florence, her flaws and successes, and the way she adapts to restarting her life over and over. Come for the rendering of her relationships with Anatoly and Freddie—each layered and distinct—and stay for the brutally honest look into Florence Vassy. Mardy has a clear understanding of these characters, and it shows.


Fandom: Chess
Pairing: Florence Vassy/Freddie Trumper
Title: Chekov (King to G3)
Author: chicafrom3
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/5520938
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
Word Count/WIP?: 1,826 (complete)
Recced on LiveJournal By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: A grown-up Freddie is a sight to behold, especially in this story, where the tables are turned and it's Florence's turn (for once) to shine and win at the game she loves. You'll smile, even as you'll understand a bit more about what drew these two together—and why they've never stayed apart for long.
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Current Music: "Nobody's Side" from Chess