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I recently finished the entire archive of this perfect, perfect podcast and was delighted to find that, when it comes to those married mediums, there's a whole liquor cabinet full of spookily good fic.

Fandom: The Thrilling Adventure Hour (Beyond Belief)
Pairing: Sadie Doyle/Frank Doyle
Title: It's Delightful Life
Author: fangirl_squee and madelinestarr
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3644733
Rating/Warning(s): Mature
Word Count/WIP?: 24,696
Recced on LiveJournal By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: This is basically the best Beyond Belief fic of ever—Sadie accidentally ends up in an alternate timeline where she never existed, resulting in all sorts of unhappy things, including a distinct lack of Frank. But, in true Sadie Parker Knickerhouse Doyle fashion, she gets to work fixing things and cajoling an unhappily sober ghost into giving her a hand. It's sweet and sad and hilarious and clever by turns, and if you love the show, you will love this fic.

You and me and the bottle makes three!Collapse )
Current Mood: drunkdrunk
Current Music: "Here's to Us" by Paget Brewster and Paul F. Tompkins
16 February 2017 @ 02:18 pm

Fandom: Game of Thrones
Pairing: Brienne of Tarth/Jaime Lannister
Title: Pretty When You Cry
Author: Miss_M
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1004442?view_adult=true
Rating/Warning(s): Mature/This is dark and tragic, so don't read it if you're not in the mindset to be ready for that. There's no rape or non-consensual sex, but it's still unpleasant.
Word Count/WIP?: 1324/No.
Recced on LiveJournal By: only_more_love
Special Rec: 4/20

Why This Must Be Read: Game of Thrones is filled with destruction and pain, so I hope for eventual happiness for Brienne and Jaime, though, knowing GRRM, I don't expect it. While I very much want a happy ending for those two, I do not regret reading Pretty When You Cry. This story is totally in-character for Jaime Lannister, especially the one who would do just about anything for love. The Jaime in this is broken, filled with self-loathing, and also deeply in love with Brienne. He is also all too aware of her devotion to him, but he doesn't believe he deserves it.

Jaime decides it's his job to free Brienne from her feelings for him -- in a devastatingly cruel way. The sex in this story is painful and not at all sensual. Reading this felt like getting punched in the gut -- repeatedly --  but I'm recommending it because it's a brilliant character study and answers one of those "What if?" questions that fanfiction tackles so beautifully. The author knew exactly what she was doing, and it was a pleasure to see a master at work. Brace yourself!

Fandom: Magnificent Seven
Pairing: Mary Travis/Chris Larabee
Title: Lower the curtain down all right
Author: seren_ccd
Link: Here
Rating/Warning(s): PG/None
Word Count/WIP?: 2,981/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: Honor_Reid

Why This Must Be Read: For this month's theme of first times, I wanted to rec this very well written first kiss story.  What is so great about this fic is how intimate and sensual the kiss between Mary and Chris feels.  Also the way the author switches pov's so we get to hear both Mary and Chris' thoughts on their relationship, is so well done. Plus I love how Mary was the one to push the relationship forward taking Chris by surprise.
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: I Found by Amber Run
08 February 2017 @ 05:54 pm
Fandom: The Avengers
Pairing: Pepper Potts/Tony Stark
Title: Teamplayer
Author: JolinarJackson
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/8000425
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
Word Count/WIP?: 4,615 (complete)
Recced on LiveJournal By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: More than anything, this is a character study of Tony in the days after the Battle of New York, as he adjusts to new normals and just maaaaybe being ready to follow Captain America into the jaws of death. But Pepper's role in his life—and the steadiness and understanding she brings—are instrumental to that adjustment, and you just KNOW she could've prevent Civil War if she'd been around.
Current Mood: productive
Current Music: "Night Drive" by Jimmy Eat World
08 February 2017 @ 09:48 am

Fandom: The Killing
Pairing: Sarah Linden/Stephen Holder
Title: Sleep
Author: Lilysmum
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1587236
Rating/Warning(s): Teen and Up
Word Count/WIP?: 1195
Recced on LiveJournal By: only_more_love
Special Rec: 3/20

Why This Must Be Read: This story reads intense, hot, and sweet. Linden and Holder's dialogue here isn't just entertaining; it's believable, too. Their back and forth is precious. These two say so much without actually saying it. The author captured their dynamic and their vulnerability just beautifully. These two characters are each needy, broken survivors in their own way, and when written right, they fit together perfectly. In this story, they are written right. Actually, if you're a fan of Linden/Holder, you should just go read every single story Lilysmum has written about them. ;)

03 February 2017 @ 07:34 pm
In addition to any recs you wish to post at any time, the comm has monthly rec challenges issued by the mods.

Challenge 170:

Category: First Times
Deadline: March 1
Challenge: From a first kiss to the first time having sex, everybody loves a great first time fic. This month, share your favorites with us. Any and all het pairings welcome!

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Fandom: Marvel/Inception
Pairing: Laura Barton/Clint Barton
Title: Hope is a Waking Dream
Author: immoral_crow and johanirae
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/5202569
Rating/Warning(s): Teen, discussion of trauma and nonconsensual mind-meddling
Word Count/WIP?: 22,151
Recced on LiveJournal By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: There are a number of theories about how Clint's too-perfect MCU family might be fake, but this may be one of my favorites. It's a detailed and deeply thought-through consideration of relationships, mental health, dealing with trauma, personal agency and responsibility—and what the PASIV dreamsharing technology from "Inception" might mean to some S.H.I.E.L.D. agents as they deal with magic and monsters and things they were never trained for. (There's also a good deal of Natasha and very small doses of Bobbi and Barney, which are rarely bad things.)
Current Mood: contentcontent
Current Music: "I Found a Reason" by Cat Power
02 February 2017 @ 05:41 pm
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Hermione Granger/Draco Malfoy
Title: Bus Stop
Author: Marmalade Fever
Link: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3268063/1/
Rating/Warning(s): T
Word Count/WIP?: 15,486
Recced on LiveJournal By: only_more_love
Special Rec: 2/20

Why This Must Be Read: Reading this story just left me feeling good. It's sweet, romantic, and utterly charming. The author truly got the pacing just right. Hermione and Draco's relationship evolves in a believeable way, but without a lot of heavy angst and drama. (Not that I mind those, but this story didn't suffer without them.) This story is like a steaming mug of hot chocolate on a cold, snowy day.
Fandom: Skyfall (2012) (James Bond)
Pairing: M (Judi Dench)/James Bond
Title: Find What You Love and Let It Kill You
Author: Metallic_Sweet
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/574382
Rating/Warning(s): General Audiences
Word Count/WIP?: 854/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: only_more_love
Special Rec: 1/20

Why This Must Be Read: This story is painfully beautiful. It's a gorgeous mix of nursery rhymes, poetry, and James Bond's thoughts and feelings. M's name isn't mentioned anywhere in the story, but every word teems with her presence. I like that the writer lets the reader fill in certain gaps; everything isn't painstakingly spelled out for you. But if you're reasonably familiar with Skyfall, you'll get it. This piece stands up to rereads; it never fails to leave me with a hollow ache for Bond -- and all that he's loved and lost.
31 January 2017 @ 06:02 pm
Thank you and a big round of applause for our January special reccer crazymaryt!

Next up, for February, please welcome only_more_love!

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