June 3rd, 2016

SarkKing

"Harder, better, faster, stronger" series by Philyra

Fandom: Once Upon a Time
Pairings: Emma Swan/Killian Jones (Captain Hook), David Nolan (Prince Charming)/Mary Margaret Blanchard (Snow White), Ruby (Red Riding Hood)/Sheriff Graham (Huntsman), Regina Mills/Robin Hood, Merida/Lord Macintosh; also Ruby (Red Riding Hood)/Mulan and Mulan/Aurora/Prince Phillip
Title: Harder, better, faster, stronger series
Author: Philyra
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/series/203789
Rating/Warning(s): First 2 stories are rated E, latter 2 are rated T
Word Count/WIP?: 63,190/The series is ongoing, but each story is complete
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 6 of ?

Why This Must Be Read: This is an AMAZING hockey AU, wherein Regina Mills was the first woman to break into the NHL, paving the way for the rest of the ladies in OuaT to make it to The Show. I don't watch this show, nor do I care about hockey, but what I do like is LADIES, especially ladies being AWESOME, feminist metacommentary, female friendships, and romance. And this series has all of those things in spades. Philyra's love and depth of knowledge about hockey is so obvious and she manages to write it in a way that makes it accessible to non-hockey fans.


Mods, can I have pairing tags for Ruby (Red Riding Hood)/Sheriff Graham (Huntsman) and Merida/Lord Macintosh?
Kiss

Marvel, 3 recs, Natasha/Bucky and Natasha/Clint

Fandom: Marvel
Pairing: Natasha Romanoff/James "Bucky" Barnes, Natasha Romanoff/Clint Barton
Title: But Right
Author: Terra
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/221001
Rating/Warning(s): Mature
Word Count/WIP?: 2,574 (complete)
Recced on LiveJournal By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: In Marvel's comics universe, Natasha and Clint are long-ago exes and long-acknowledged "work spouses," even though they both move on to more serious and lasting relationships. This fic does a neat job of exploring the push and pull of their relationship when Natasha starts seeing someone new while taking into account their respective, and respectively separate, lives, executed in a way that's both realistic and compelling, no matter which way you ship the Black Widow.

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Fandom: Marvel
Pairing: Natasha Romanoff/James "Bucky" Barnes, Natasha Romanoff/Clint Barton
Title: Thaw
Author: Aerrin
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/503462
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
Word Count/WIP?: 3,969 (complete)
Recced on LiveJournal By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: The fic is a compelling character study of Natasha—how she evolves from her childhood in the Red Room to full-fledged Avenger and how her relationships with with both the Winter Soldier and Hawkeye play into that evolution. As the title suggests, it's chillingly good in places, and though it was published way back in 2012, it more than holds up even in light of more recent canonical revelations.

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Fandom: Marvel
Pairing: Natasha Romanoff/James "Bucky" Barnes, Natasha Romanoff/Clint Barton
Title: Fold and Freeze
Author: ssstrychnine
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/2586209
Rating/Warning(s): Mature
Word Count/WIP?: 11,432
Recced on LiveJournal By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: Another story of Natasha over the years, "Fold and Freeze" considers how the Red Room manipulated its star pupil over the years, personally and physically and romantically and emotionally. The Winter Soldier figures into that story frequently, but the author doesn't shy away from the impact that all of that manipulation would have on each of them and on their relationship with each other, even years after the fact when they're free. Clint joins the story later, of course, and his role in Natasha's life stands in stark, compelling contrast to the rest.
SarkKing

Critical Role, 4 recs, Vex'ahlia/Percy

The latest fandom I've fallen into has been Critical Role, which is a webseries/weekly livestream of a group of voice actors playing Dungeons & Dragons. It is fantastically nerdy, surprisingly entertaining, and someone needs to join me in this fandom RIGHT NOW. And because this is me, I've somehow become obsessed with the one popular het pairing that isn't even really canon. What can I say? The Percy/Vex writers brought their A-game and now I pass their genius onto you.

Fandom: Critical Role
Pairings: Vex'ahlia/Percival Fredrickstein Von Musel Klossowski de Rolo III (but we just call him Percy)
Title: of dreams, those frigid things series
Author: Griftings
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/series/443128
Rating/Warning(s): Starts at M, latest story is rated E. Warning for spoilers about That Terrible Thing that happened in Ep 44 which Percy is responsible for and leads to delicious angst
Word Count/WIP?: 43,805/The series is ongoing, but each story is complete
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 7 of ?

Why This Must Be Read: Griftings has such a way with words and this is a beautifully written set of stories that explores an alternate way the consequences of That Terrible Thing that happened could play out, especially with regard to the way it would affect Percy and Vex's relationship. The character voices are pitch-perfect, the progression of their relationship is so wonderfully built up, and by the time it reaches its fever point in the latest story??? AS;LDKAF;SDADS; EXCUSE ME, I WILL BE IN MY BUNK. (I am going to think about that smut scene FOREVER, I stg.) Definitely check out the other stories this author has written. They're mostly WIPs which is why I haven't included them in this post but they're all FAB.


Title: The Wise Man's Tree
Author: CurrieBelle
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/5188709/chapters/11955662
Rating/Warning(s): T, background slash pairing of Shawn Gilmore/Vax'ildan
Word Count/WIP?: 48,864/Yes
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 8 of ?

Why This Must Be Read: This is a Victorian Gothic AU and I am obsessed. It is such an atmospheric read and the mystery is so engrossing and I am dying to find out what happens next. I'm really enjoying the way the author is bringing in the characters and the interplay between Vex and Percy is fascinating, frustrating, and delightful.

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Mods, can I get fandom and pairing tags please? You can probably just tag Percy as Percival de Rolo III to make things easier. Possibly a Keyleth/Vax'ildan tag? Up to you, it's a fairly minor pairing but it's there.
SarkKing

Marvel (Comics and Cinematic Universe), 10 recs, multiple rare pairings

Fandom: Marvel comics
Pairing: Bernie Rosenthal/Steve Rogers
Title: I Want to See Your Etchings
Author: bactaqueen
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3661428
Rating/Warning(s): M
Word Count/WIP?: 4121/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 11 of ?

Why This Must Be Read: Bernie Rosenthal was one of Steve's long term girlfriends in the comics and she is AWESOME. In this story, Steve's Avenger-ing has cockblocked her for TOO LONG and she decides to take things into her own hands. I love this story so much. It's funny and warm and tender and hot as HELL.


Fandom: MCU
Pairing: Sif/Steve Rogers
Title: Interdimensional Incidents
Author: copperbadge
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/947780
Rating/Warning(s): M
Word Count/WIP?: 10,002/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 12 of ?

Why This Must Be Read: I think we can all agree that Steve's type is badass brunettes, so when he sees Sif in battle, it was only natural for him to become besotted with her glory, though he is too shy to approach her himself. Cue his friends playing matchmaker and hilarious shenanigans involving the Avengers and the Warriors Three. This is so much fun.


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Mods, I need pairing tags for...almost everything. orz I need Bernie Rosenthal/Steve Rogers, Sif/Steve Rogers, Maria Hill/James "Rhodey" Rhodes, Melinda May/Nick Fury, Natasha Romanoff/James "Rhodey" Rhodes, Darcy Lewis/Hogun, Sharon Carter/Sam Wilson, and Helen Cho/Bucky Barnes.