June 30th, 2016


A Song of Ice and Fire, 18 recs, Jon/Sansa

More mini-manifesto time?? So I've been wanting to write a manifesto for this pairing for like....2 years. >.> But I also recognize that I am the absolutely LEAST qualified person to do this, seeing as I haven't read a single word of the books, and the most I've seen of the show is cuts from Youtube and gifsets on Tumblr. But as is the story of my life, I read one fic and then lost a couple of weeks of my life reading all the rest of the fic. Jon/Sansa writers brought their A-game, man!

And then!!!! Season 6 of "Game of Thrones" happened!!! And Jon and Sansa were finally reunited!!!! And hugged!! And supported and argued with each other as they plotted and battled to take back Winterfell!!! And had inappropriate chemistry with each other!!! So much so that several reviewers and entertainment websites are wondering: is Jon/Sansa going to be A Thing????

Will the show go there?? Who knows?? But Jon/Sansa fans have been sailing this ship for 8 years or so now and will continue to do so no matter what happens in canon. But it's been glorious (even to yours truly, the most casual of fans) to see all this Jon/Sansa canon interaction and the excitement of the Jon/Sansa fandom. :D

So why ship Jon/Sansa? Why could they potentially be canon? One incredibly prescient fan wrote a (book-only) meta-piece back in 2013 here which makes a very thoughtful and compelling case for the pairing. Other fans have also noted the parallels between Ned/Catelyn and Jon/Sansa. These are all excellent thoughts! But also people ship them because they want nice things for Sansa and Jon and they're pretty together :P

So onto the recs! These are all book-based since I pulled them from my AO3 history and season 6 hadn't happened yet when I was at the height of my obsession, but undoubtedly more fic has been produced recently. I just haven't had the chance to read it yet :P

Fandom: A Song of Ice and Fire
Pairing: Sansa Stark/Jon Snow
Title: A Winter's Tale
Author: just_a_dram
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/360410/chapters/584460
Rating/Warning(s): M
Word Count/WIP?: 95,971/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 229 of ?

Why This Must Be Read: Oh man, this is THE Jon/Sansa fic, the can-this-be-canon?-it-FEELS-like-canon fic. It is 96K of glorious slow burn and poorly suppressed yearning and it's just. SO MUCH. It also makes the best case for Jon as King, and shows how much Jon needs and relies on Sansa's skill for politicking and winning people to their side. IT'S SO GOOD YOU GUYS. YOU NEED IT IN YOUR LIFE.

Title: heavenly creatures
Author: honey_wheeler
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/410315
Rating/Warning(s): E
Word Count/WIP?: 7915/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 230 of ?

Why This Must Be Read: This is the fic that sucked me into this fandom. After all the terrible men she's had to deal with in her life, Sansa is understandably skittish in bed, no matter how gentle or careful Jon tries to be. To make her comfortable, he offers to let her do whatever she wants to him while he's tied to the bed. And since he can't use his hands, he uses his words to tell her how much he wants her and what he would do to her if he were untied. THIS IS SO UNBELIEVABLY HOT. Everything honey_wheeler writes is amazing and you should read them all.

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Mod Post: Special Reccers

WOW. Please join me in giving a huge round of applause for super_tricie341, who posted an astonishing 246 265 recs this month, setting a new reccing record and delighting all of us with a ton of awesome new stuff to read. Amazing job!!

Next up, please welcome lanalucy as our special reccer for July!

As always, if you're interested in being a special reccer, you can find more details here, and then sign up (on LJ) by leaving a comment on this post, or (on Tumblr) by sending a message to our ask box.

MCU, 19 recs, Peggy/Steve, Natasha/Steve, & Wanda/Steve

This is it! This is my last post for the month! As a retrospective, here's a summary of a conversation I had with blithers back in March:

Me: soooo...what's the most a special reccer has recced in a month? Asking for a friend >.>
blithers: Hmmm, let me check!
blithers: Oh wow, I think it's 100!
Me: ....JESUS. well ok, I'm not going to be able to beat that, I don't think

Fast forward to now: AH HAHAHAHA, I worried for nothing! XD Let this be an object lesson to myself--Self, never underestimate your utter inability to moderate yourself and your ambition to win even when there's nothing to win. Thanks to everyone for sticking around while I flooded the comm with recs. And ALL THE GRATITUDE to the mods for staying on top of tagging duty. I ADDED A LOT OF TAGS, I'M SORRY. It's been a blast y'all. HAPPY READING!

Fandom: MCU
Pairing: Peggy Carter/Steve Rogers
Title: Through Dangers Untold and Hardships Unnumbered series
Author: indiefic
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/series/370472
Rating/Warning(s): Main story is rated E, side story is rated G
Word Count/WIP?: 101,435/Main story is complete, series may be ongoing depending on the author's muse
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 247 of 265

Why This Must Be Read: An AU where Peggy got captured and experimented on during the war. After Steve goes down in the ice, she finds out she's pregnant but gives the baby, a girl named Sharon, up for adoption to protect her from those who would want to study and experiment on Steve Rogers' child. As a result of the experimentation done on her, Peggy doesn't age, and eventually fakes her death when she can no longer hide her youth with makeup. In the modern day, Steve and Peggy eventually reunite, but after all these years, all the things she's had to do, and all she's suffered, Peggy isn't the same person she used to be. Steve and Peggy have to figure out if they can be together again in the present and at the same time, figure out their relationship with their daughter. This story is AMAZING. Indie has been such a gift to the Peggy/Steve community and she's written so many amazing AUs, but this one is hands down my favorite. She writes Peggy and Steve with so much humanity, flaws and all.

Title: The Captain America Adventure Hour series
Author: NyxEtoile & OlivesAwl
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/series/253021
Rating/Warning(s): M, also includes a Female OC/Bucky Barnes pairing
Word Count/WIP?: 73,439/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 248 of 265

Why This Must Be Read: An AU in which everyone survives the war, including Bucky, who was assisted by a female scientist being forced to work for the Red Skull against her will. This covers the end of CA:TFA up through season 1 of Agent Carter, and reimagines these stories with Steve and Bucky. I love these authors and their writing is always A+++. I love the way they've managed to make the plot of Agent Carter work with Steve and Bucky surviving the war, and crafting a believable conflict for Peggy and Steve. This series is everything I ever wanted for them. (Also the female OC is FABULOUS and so is her romance with Bucky. Don't let that scare you off).

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Pairing: Natasha Romanoff/Steve Rogers
Title: What was lost has now been found
Author: InitialA
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/6770353
Rating/Warning(s): G
Word Count/WIP?: 1408/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 260 of 265

Why This Must Be Read: This is a BEAUTIFUL Cap3 coda. While Steve is hiding out in Wakanda, he gets a phone call from Natasha. It's not overtly shippy, but it's filled with all the gentle affection and deep trust that characterizes their relationship and basically, I just want to die a lot because it's everything I love about them.

Title: A Small Wager
Author: spanglecap
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3732772
Rating/Warning(s): M
Word Count/WIP?: 4298/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 261 of 265

Why This Must Be Read: Natasha proposes a bet to see who can go without sex the longest. But just because they're not supposed to be having sex with each other, doesn't mean they can't tease... This was playful and very hot!

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Pairing: Wanda Maximoff/Steve Rogers
Title: At First A Dream
Author: Miko
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/4928578
Rating/Warning(s): E
Word Count/WIP?: 7471/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 264 of 265

Why This Must Be Read: Wanda can't help but pick up on people's thoughts sometimes, and for a while now, she's been picking up on Steve's fantasies about her. In person, he is never anything but polite and respectful, but Wanda decides she's done waiting for him to do something about it. This was so. effing. hot. Nnnnnnnngh, I'll be in my bunk!

Title: I will not say 'do not weep'
Author: Jadzia_Bear
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3899593
Rating/Warning(s): G
Word Count/WIP?: 1295/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 265 of 265

Why This Must Be Read: Steve takes care of Wanda post-AoU. This was bittersweet and lovely.