February 15th, 2014

bucky

'Gangsters Paradise' by isdonisgood9, Veronica Mars

Special Rec #: 11
Fandom Category: Veronica Mars
Pairing: Veronica Mars/Logan Echolls
Fic Title: Gangster’s Paradise
Author: isdon_isgood9
Link: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7140485/1/Gangsters-Paradise
Rating/Warning(s): PG, show level violence
Genre: AU, mystery
WIP?: nope! It’s all done now.

Why This Must Be Read: 1930’s AU with Veronica as a PI. That’s really all I need to say right? The show is a modern film noir, and this story tears away all the modern conveniences and leaves us with the femme fatals, the smokey back rooms, the music, the ridiculous lingo. Its all here and isdon_isgood9 does a bang up job creating the mood of film noir. Plus the characters are who we love, there’s a great mystery and the romance is beautiful. It’s a nice long plotty piece, so settle in for a few hours and enjoy.
blithers

Life With Derek, 6 recs, Casey McDonald/Derek Venturi

I fell into the Life With Derek fandom ass-backwards: I was intrigued enough by a gifset that randomly came across my dash a while back to look up a ship manifesto for the show, which led to me idly reading some fic, which led to me reading fanfic for the show REALLY REALLY INTENSELY, which led to me actually watching the show. And it's been amazing.

Fandom Category: Life With Derek
Pairing: Casey McDonald/Derek Venturi
Fic Title: a fragment is defined by what it lacks
Author: unoriginal_liz
Link: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5649738/1/a-fragment-is-defined-by-what-it-lacks
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Genre: Romance
WIP?: no

Why This Must Be Read: A key component of the Casey/Derek relationship is just how tangled up and obsessed with each other's romantic lives they are - they can't seem to help themselves, and this fic is a perfect look at that. The Derek voice here is amazing, sharp and funny and dripping blatant denial, and I adore how this story lets the two of them mature a little in themselves and their relationship with each other while at college. It's just a fantastic look of how their (step)sibling tension bleeds over into UST, and then maybe something more.

Fandom Category: Life With Derek
Pairing: Casey McDonald/Derek Venturi
Fic Title: Ain't no thing
Author: VictoriaPyrrhi
Link: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9097818/1/Ain-t-no-thing
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17
Genre: Smut, Romance
WIP?: no

Why This Must Be Read: This is Derek and Casey hooking up in college, and trying to suppress any freaking out about what they're doing. It's really, REALLY hot, unexpectedly sweet, and all wrapped up with this perfect layer of this-is-so-wrong uneasiness/denial.

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bucky

'A Ring in the Black Sea' by basingstroke, E

Special Rec #: 12
Fandom Category: Stargate Atlantis / Torchwood
Pairing: Teyla Emmagan/Jack Harkness
Fic Title: A Ring in the Black Sea
Author: basingstroke
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/8950
Rating/Warning(s): E; Jack/Ianto also plays a major part so if that’s not your thing….
Genre: crossover, romance, babyfic/pregnancy, themes of polyamoury
WIP?: nope

Why This Must Be Read: Jack Harkness is one of those characters that can so easily be transplanted into any other fandom. He's enigmatic, bold, sexier than should be legal, and one of the most complex characters ever created for television. Bashingstroke takes this fabulous man and puts him seamlessly in the SGA universe. Captain Jack vs The Wraith. But she takes the story that much further by positioning him alongside Teyla. We all love Teyla because she's strong, level-headed, a brilliant leader and communicator, willing to do what is necessary to save her people. She's a remarkable woman and the interactions between her and Jack will just have you clapping with glee. What works is how similar they are to each other and how they can recognize that similarity; they are both inherently alien outsiders forced to live within an Earth-system and they bond over their estranged feelings of duty and loneliness.

The characterizations are gorgeous, the world building is epic and you'll just love it.