nia_kantorka: (Tony)
First, this post isn't about my favourite Marvel pairing, but other fics I enjoyed very, very much.
Second, chances are slim that there will be ever recs of main pairings containing Steve or Thor from me.
Third, enjoy!

Title: Not Less
Author: favicon sara_holmes
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Pairing(s) James "Bucky" Barnes/Clint Barton, Steve/Tony (Background)
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 3812
Warnings/Tags: Winterhawk Week, winterhawk - Freeform, prompt - disabilities, Clint Barton Feels, Deaf Clint Barton, Bucky Barnes Feels, Hurt/Comfort, Happy Ending, Getting Together

Summary:
“Why can’t I hear?!” Bucky is screaming. “Where the fuck is my arm?”

Clint feels the weight of the metal despite the fact it’s trussed up, held against his chest by something that’s part sling, part restraint. He can sense the cold of the plate embedded in his shoulder and feels like a thief.

Why I loved it: Not Less is a wonderful story. Bucky, Clint, Tony and Steve were hit by some magic and switched their - lets call them - disabilities, even though that doesn't hit the nail on the head. Anyway, now it's Bucky who's deaf and Clint who's got a metal arm and ... better go and read the rest for yourself.

If you're a Harry/Draco fan you've probably all have read at least one fic by Sara Holmes. She writes MCU fics now and - of course - they are as great as her Harry Potter fics. To my astonishment I realised she has as much a faible for Bucky/Clint as she has for Bucky/Steve. As I love the more unusual pairings I just had to give the former a try.

Boy, am I glad I did. It's so wonderful to see Clint and Bucky grow close because they try to help each other. The story is told from Clint's pov and I just love him. He's so grateful to be able to hear again, but also feels guilty as fuck about it. He's also struggling big times with Bucky's arm as it's much too forceful for him. But life goes on, and it is so, so good to see them deal with it. In the end they all are not less than they've been before that magical accident. It's an awesome little story and I reread it whenever it comes to my mind (the blessings of shorter fics :D)!


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Title: Complications
Author: favicon flawedamythyst
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Pairing(s) James "Bucky" Barnes/Clint Barton
Rating: Explicit
Word Count: 84.227
Warnings/Tags: Post-Avengers: Age of Ultron (Movie), Not Captain America: Civil War (Movie) Compliant, Soulmate-Identifying Marks, Main Pairing is Clint/Bucky, Mention of past violence towards children

Summary: Clint's got a plan to retire and go find himself a simple life at his family's old farm. Simple is good, right? Easy to remember. Simple is why he doesn't really mind that his soul-print has never activated, because a soulmate could only add another layer of complexity to his life.

And then the Winter Soldier turns up at his archery range on the Avengers base, and simple slips through Clint's fingers.

Post Age-of-Ultron (minus Clint's wife&kids) Soulmate AU.

Why I loved it: Aw, this fic is just too lovely. Clint has these big plans for retiring from the Avengers, because being one of the only non-enhanced in the group sucks, especially when your joints don't like to get smashed into concrete or fall from heights any longer. But then Bucky shows up at the Avenger compound and Clint's the first to meet him. Somehow that sparkes a connection between them as does the fact that they share a past where mind control was involved. They just get each other. It takes them a while to realise there's even more connecting them.

I won't tell more, for example are there some interesting side pairings (beyond an obvious one), but I really loved this fic's writing style. No wonder as flawedamythyst is one of my favourite multifandom writers (I especially love her Sherlock and MCU fics) with an awesome sense of humour. There can never be enough to laugh about in the world. And yes, I really loved how she wrote Clint in this one. There's already a finished sequel (Publications) available which finished the series. I haven't read it so far, but am really looking forward to do so.


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Title: Planned Impossibilities
Author: favicon Mollz
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Pairing(s): none, Tony-centric
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 31,157
Warnings/Tags: sciencebros, Not Slash, Fury is a dick, Beware inconsistent updating, Loki does NOT just get off the hook for what he's done

Summary:
The universe has rules.

Sometimes, people are mistaken about what those rules are. (Humans can't learn magic.)

Sometimes, you can find a creative work-around. (Thanos destroys everything in his path.)

Sometimes, it turns out that the rules contradict each other. (F = G * (m1*m2)/(r^2) + Flight spells.)

But there are still a few rules that are supposed to be hard and fast. (People don't come back from the dead.)

And those are the rules that Tony Stark takes as a challenge.

Why I loved it: This story isn't like any other I've ever read. It's bizarre, but oh so wonderful. Acutally, it's the 2nd part of a series, but as this one impressed me even more than its prequel I picked this to rec.

Tony disappeared 2 3 years ago - well let's be honest - he died, and suddenly he's back. He can't remember much of the afterlife, but knows about a few things he has to do. So he does, and it all gets only more complicated and Bruce, Loki and the others try to follow his weird doings. Don't worry, it all makes sense in the end, and along the way you will read a story about friendship, dreams, death, and the laws of the universe (magic and physics included). It's hard to really describe Planned Impossibilities, but I'm so glad I found it in someone's bookmarks. Mollz has a faboulus writing style and Tony is hilarious in this one (they all are). It hasn't even a slash pairing and yet I love it to pieces. If you have a penchant for the weirdos, the impossible or the bizarre (a là Jasper Fjorde and Douglas Adams), you should give this fic and the whole series a try. So worth it.


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nia_kantorka: (Collar)
You might need these not to drown in sorrow...
I love bdsm fics. To read all the reasons why people want to submit to or dominate a person. The psychology behind, how our brains might crave an outlet for our body. And how those actions finally calm the mind ... yeah, I think it's one of the most fascinating things ever. Be aware that I love it when things get rough, so read the tags and proceed carefully from there.
If you have any recs yourself, please tell me about them. I'd even jump into new fandoms if the eveloping bdsm realtionship is worth it. Also, fair warning, this post is long. Most of the fics are long and worth some words and a proper excerpt. 'nough said, here we go:

Title: Strangers to Ourselves
Author: favicon Nonymos
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Pairing(s) Clint Barton/Loki
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 121,417
Warnings/Tags: Dominant!Loki, sub!clint, Dom!Loki, Dom/sub, Explicit Sexual Content, Porn With Plot, Smut, BDSM, Anal Sex, Oral Sex, Bondage, Whips, Gags, Blindfolds, Painplay, Hair Pulling, Slapping, Asphyxiation, Masturbation, Orgasm Delay/Denial, Leashes, Begging, Cock Rings, Forced Orgasm, Humiliation, Subspace, BDSM - Freeform, Trying to escape the clichés here, Real-life BDSM is all about trust and respect, that shouldn't be an issue between those two, ha ha, Internalized Homophobia, Internalized BDSM-phobia, Denial, Aftermath of Fuck or Die, Self-Loathing, Trust Issues, trust issues everywhere, Angst, Truckloads of sex, Clint drops the F-bombs everywhere, but he's going through rough times okay, Coulson Lives and he's awesome, Loki's motives are a mystery, Clint is too stubborn for his own good, also Sitwell is a prick

Summary: Loki likes it when people kneel before him, and isn't that the sign of a heavy dominant complex.

Clint enjoys having nothing but his next target in mind, and isn't that the sign of a heavy submissive complex.

Loki and Clint slept together during a sex-pollen-induced frenzy. They both agree that it was an unpleasant, shitty road-bump, they still hate each other a lot and the situation is not going downhill at all, fuck you very much.

Or: What do you do when your greatest enemy becomes the one man you can't live without ?

Why I loved it:
It's hard to describe this fic and its companion piece (see rec to From The Top) and what they did to me. Last week I promised a rec about my favourite fic from 2016. That wasn't the truth, but not a lie either, because these two fics are my favourites so far. Tbh, I can't see that change in the few weeks that are still to go in 2016. They are an entity, but I still try to point out each's specifics.

In Strangers to Ourselves the reader gets Clint's pov. Loki's pov is told in From the Top. To read one after the other was kind of an revelation. There are scenes that are particularly hard to read from Clint's perspective and the reader gets too curious about Loki's view ... and the whole picture just blew my mind.
First, I should start with the story though:
There is that sex pollen event which is actually more a pwp fic and a short prequel to this story. Afterwards neither Clint nor Loki can get the events and the other out of their head. Well, it was easy to let go when one was high. In Clint's case that was living out a submissive streak more than a mile long, and in Loki's to thrive on it. He gave Clint something that comes easy to him and got a whole being just for himself to play with. Yeah, but that was when they were high as kites. Now, they aren't and it's not so easy for Clint to let go. With Loki of all people. The terrible, terrible God who brainwashed him. Of course he fights it. Without much success I might say. Because he got hooked, and now it's Loki and his treatment that Clint craves. The more he tries to suppress it, the greater the urge gets. It doesn't take long for him to break. He begs Loki to become not only his submissive, but his slave. Yupp, for real. He wants to be Loki's. That's when the Avengers come to know about them and shit really hits the fan. ... And all that is just the start.

See, it's difficult to describe this fic and even describe a tenth of what happens in it. It's even more difficult to explain their relationship. Clint is not an easy submissive. He's strong and doesn't just give in. Yet he needs it so badly, and he doesn't want safewords or consent or safety. There's a part where Loki has to leave him, and someone [can't spoil it, all right?] takes over. But it's not the same and he hurts and - even his friends finally see that they are unable to help him - only Loki can. Everybody should remember that and how Clint suffered like a shrivelling plant in the desert without him, because then he gets trained as Loki's slave.
Holy shit. I won't tell you much more. Lets just say Clint is stripped of his defences one after the other and ... that was tough shit at times ... and yet I loved it, every brutal step on the way. Even from Clint's pov you could see that Loki did care about him, even (or especially because) he has a sardistic streak more than the Bifrost long.

Now I cease my rambling about this one, because Loki has his own story. If you love bdsm fics and are willing to accept that it is a story and would never take place in rl (nearly nothing in this story is to be tried at home kids and adults!), you'll get a fantastic fic about two characters that badly need each other. How they discover just that, that the other's a perfect fit for their special needs, is told in Nonymos' fabulous story with such verve, vivid pictures, and an unexpected amount of humour. Both fics made it on my all-time-favourites-list in no time.


The excerpt will give you a pretty good idea if you can stomach the story or not. I love that scene, even if my heart always breaks for the Bilgesnipe. [Warning for a fictive animal dying, its death serves a purpose]
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Title: From The Top
Author/Artist: favicon Nonymos
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Pairing(s) Clint Barton/Loki
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 203,635
Warnings/Tags: Loki, not exactly Safe Sane and Consensual, more like Unsafe Insane and Sensual, BDSM - Freeform, D/s, Submissive!Clint, Dominant!Loki, sub!clint, Dom!Loki, Explicit Sexual Content, Porn With Plot, Smut, Anal Sex, Oral Sex, Bondage, Whipping, Gags, Blindfolds, Painplay, Hair-pulling, Slapping, Asphyxiation, Masturbation, Orgasm Delay/Denial, Leashes, Begging, Cock Rings, Forced Orgasm, Humiliation, Sex Machines, Sexual Torture, Cages, Vibrators, Subspace, Domspace, Denial, Refusal, Aftermath of Fuck or Die, Self-Loathing, Trust Issues, TONS AND TONS OF SEX, also angst, Loki Angst, So much angst, The God of Chaos has disturbing fantasies, Thank God Barton shares most of them, Thor is trying his best, Jarvis is one upgrade away from turning into a Robot Overlord, What the fuck is Clint thinking, Odin's A+ Parenting, Loki Feels, Clint Feels, BAMF JARVIS, BAMF Phil Coulson, Bloodplay, Knifeplay, Breathplay, Tickling, Sounding, Cock & Ball Torture,Heat Torture, Shaving, Dehumanization, Objectification

Summary: Loki has always yearned for control; but he never did get to control anything.

Barton was made to be ruled; but he was never expected to realize it.

Power is the flame, and Loki Laufeyson is the moth; however, it turns out that even catching fire is not that easy. There are princes and monsters at war inside him – and Clint Barton got caught in the fight.

Or: Can Loki trust himself not to be a monster, when all the prince wants is to take power?

Why I loved it:
This Loki. Wow, he's really crazy, as in personality disorder crazy, and an incredibly lonely soul. It's kind of a blessing that he stumbles into that sex pollen situation and therefore discovers a new side of Clint. Breaking Clint gives him a new purpose, one that makes him care about things. Only about Clint at first, but - yes, there's still the threat of Thanos coming - later on even about the worlds. In the excerpts he already has that apple of Idunn. What he was willing to do to get it was astonishing. He humiliates himself just that Clint can't stay with him through the centuries (well, if he gets rid of Thanos that is...), yeah, he really does care for Clint. Yet, he breaks him over and over and over again. For his own sake and for Clint's.
It was so fascinating to see. There was a scene where Clint suffers for days and in the first fic you really can't believe that Loki left him like this, but here you see what it did to him. How Loki nearly broke down himself, how much it cost him to not intervene and not say, 'ah, it is just a game'. That he actually took Clint's wish, to be his slave to heart ... ah, it was perfect. And there were many, many more scenes like this, where you see why Loki did what he did.

I loved to read about Loki's struggle. There were these two parts of him, one that wanted to destroy everything, especially the things he held dear, and the other where Clint was his most precious possession: a lover, a slave, the perfect companion. And I loved the ending. Can't say much about it, but that their story carried on when Strangers to Ourselves had long ended. I was and am in awe about that ending. It was absolutely perfect and ... oh I just shut up now before I spoil things.

I'm planning to reread both stories this winter, not one after the other, but simultaneously. After the part of Loki's past, frist every chapter from Clint's pov and then again from Loki's pov. I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about it.

This fic broadened my horizon. I know it wouldn't be okay to do anything like this in real life, and yet it opened my mind about how deep the needs a person might have can run. I loved to see them becoming happy with their chosen life-style. I could go on and on about how this story spoke to me. If anybody gives it and its companion piece a try, please tell me how you liked them. I'm sure both will gain strong reactions. :D


And the same part - this time from Loki's pov [sorry, the Bilgesnipe is about to be killed again].
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Title: Smoke and Mirrors
Author: [livejournal.com profile] oakstone730favicon Oakstone730
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing(s) Charlie Weasley/Harry Potter, past Charlie Weasley/Remus Lupin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 25,669
Warnings/Tags: Bondage and Discipline, BDSM Scene, Post - Deathly Hallows, Hurt/Comfort, Grief/Mourning, Sensory Deprivation

Summary: Charlie seeks out transient encounters to relieve the stress of dragon-wrangling after losing his partner Remus. When the mysterious Dom known only as Black offers him an unusual contract, he can't say no.
Time frame: 2008-2009. AU: Remus/Tonks & epilogue Harry/Ginny never happened.

Why I loved it:
This fic had some beautiful dynamics. There is Charlie, a submissive, but a wonderfully strong character. He lost his lover, Remus, ten years ago and never fell for another in all the time. Well, until he meets the mysterious Black in a Parisian BDSM club. The man calls him Red and offers him things he has only dreamed about for years. He fulfils said dreams, but there's one condition: Charlie/Red can't see Black's face. It comes how it must and Charlie learns that Black was Harry all along, just after he was finally ready to let Remus go... Don't worry, they manage to get there in the end. :D

The scenes in the fic were fabulous, and it was a real treat to see oblivious Charlie falling for Black. Of course he was really pissed when he learned the truth. And Harry? Seeing him as Black through Charlie's eyes, oh my god, he was so, so hot. I wish someone would draw them both in action. Though maybe the paper will catch fire...
I also loved that it was a story about loss and how you can get lost in it when you notice nothing beside your own 'bubble of desperation and loneliness'. It was great to see Charlie finally heal and carry on. Harry's demeanour wasn't perfect, but in his defense, he'd tried for years to get Charlie's attention. I could relate to him taking desperate measures.

Don't get me started on their scenes. Damn they were awesome. Harry had some great kinks for a Dom and they fit this great role reversal perfectly. Don't get me wrong, he didn't come across as weak or not capable to wield whatever instrument he chose to beat Charlie with, and the descriptions of his deep sexy voice gave not only Charlie gooseflesh. I just loved that Charlie - the strong and stout dragon tamer - was the one who craved submission in all ways possible. It's brilliant when a bdsm story plays with expectations and turns them upside down. Really these stories are the best. You probably know Oakstone730 as an author, but yeah, you might haven't read this story as it's not their 'normal' pairing. Give it a try nonetheless. I'm sure you won't regret it.


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Title: Stuck on the Puzzle
Author/Artist: favicon thespectalesofthor
Fandom: Dragon Age - Inquisition (#3)
Pairing(s) Iron Bull/Cullen Rutherford
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 235,586
Warnings/Tags: Kink negotiation, non-sexual kink discussion, Drug Withdrawals, resistance to aftercare, corporal punishment discussion, Cullen Has Issues, which surprises no one at all, references to unhealthy SM dynamics, watchwords, Flogging, Aftercare, Resistance, communication issues, Subspace, Touch-Starved, PTSD, covert self-harm, Masochism, Slow Burn, Scratching, Massage, Dominance/submission, Wrestling, Mild Humiliation, Mild subdrop, handjob, Blow Job, Size Kink, Mild Cock & Ball Torture (because I realised most people wouldn't know what CBT meant), Caning, Blood, Impact Play, Punishment, Rimming, Praise Kink, Rope Bondage, Dubious Consent, Clamps - Freeform, Anal Sex, Fingering, Pining, Angst with a Happy Ending, Assisted Suicide of Minor Character

Summary: Once, back in Kirkwall, Cullen had an arrangement with a member of the city guard that satisfied his needs. But time changed all things, and he despaired of ever finding a similar arrangement again - that was, until he met The Iron Bull. Problem being that Bull seemed to care far more about sorting out the nitty-gritty of such an arrangement than Cullen ever has.

Why I loved it:
I went through the relevant tags on ao3 on my query to find new and long bdsm fics à la Needs Must and found this one. I had literally no clue about Dragon Age, but there are ways - aka great wikis for all and every person on the internet - and after some reading I felt ready to dive into this fic. Man, what a journey. The author took canon and wove things into it, so let me try and explain:

There's Cullen, a former Templar with a ton of baggage. First, he is a former Lyrium addict (all Templars use this drug and as they rarely leave their order, they don't even know what it does to you if you don't take it anymore...). Yet Cullen left them because ... reasons ... and with that he had to learn to live with returning intervals of physical withdrawl. Lyrium never leaves for real, and on top to the physical side of things, whenever the drug is around, it literally sings to Cullen. Second, he has this craving for submission, he likes to be beaten and used and hates himself for it. In this world he has a name, a reputation, he's the Inquisitor's advisor in all things military, he commandeers the forces of Skyhold and ... he just can't give into this shit. Take also into account that the arrangement he once had with that man in Kirkwall was very, very unhealthy. That man let him feel that he secretly despised him for his needs. No wonder he has a problem to see himself as a healthy and worthy human being...
Then there's the Iron Bull, a mercenary, with his own horrible past (in imo the past of Cullen is an even bigger shitload of suffering, but yeah, one could have a lenghty discussion about that). Bull's a one-eyed Qunari, a big, strong and humanoid species with horns. Let's say he looks impressive and is normally paired with Dorian Pavus ... but yeah, not in Stuck on the Puzzle. Anyway, he has not a single problem with his sexual kinks and loves to let out his dominant side. He also is a very caring Dom. He has his problems, but not with Cullen's cravings, more with feelings and such things. Him being kind of a flagship-Dom makes it problematic for Cullen though. Cullen doesn't want aftercare, negotiations, and whatnot it is Bull wants of him. Mostly, because he doesn't feel worthy to get such treatment.

Well, it was truly beautiful and very angsty to follow these two on their journey. At times I thought they would never make it, but it was great, and especially when feelings entered the mix, it got breathtakingly bumpy. But they got there in the end, even though it took them a long time, which was part of the fun for me.

The scenes between them were wonderful, yet I loved it even more that both of them came from such contradictory positions. To see them overcome all the shit that stood between them was the real treat of Stuck on the Puzzle. Another gem was the worldbuilding. Yes, a lot is given by the games, but Thespectaclesofthor took canon and added their own stuff in such brilliant ways. For example Cullen's withdrawl episodes. The varied in intensity and hardship, and at times he and I thought he wouldn't survive it. And just think about a drug that sings to you. Not like a hallucination, but for real. And only people who ever used it can hear its song. How glorious an idea is that?

Yeah, this fic's bdsm scenes were pretty good, but not this fic's true speciality. No, it was the journey these characters took. They showed such great deepth, and their interactions and inner monologues were wonderful to read. It totally made me crave more fics with them. Sadly there are not that many more stories (I should probably try to fall for Dorian too), but this one was worth every minute I spent with it. A beautiful story.


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nia_kantorka: (Shaken)
When I write one pairing, I have a hard time reading precisely about these characters. That's why, while I was writing my bang story, I read lots of James Bond fanfics. I did so after I saw Skyfall in summer too and now I have quite a collection of really great 00Q fics to share. Well, can't share them all, so here are three stories that stayed with me and are still flittering through my mind every once in a while. Enjoy!

Title: Monsters at Our Back
Author/Artist: favicon thejabberwock (bondsboffin)
Fandom: James Bond (Craig movies)
Pairing(s) James Bond/Q
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 18.932
Warnings/Tags: Trauma, Deceit, Betrayal, Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Guilt, Alternate Universe, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Fucking, Blowjobs, Frottage, Clothed Sex, Rough Sex, Barebacking, Explicit Sexual Content, Semi-Public Sex, Trauma Recovery, Emotional Hurt/Comfort, Canon-Typical Violence, Established Relationship, Discussions of Suicide

Summary: After Q betrays him, Bond pulls him from the water and breathes him back to life. And then he walks away and doesn't look back. Casino Royale/Quantum of Solace AU

Why I loved it: The idea of this story, that Q is Vesper while he is also MI6's Quartermaster was absolutely brilliant. Don't worry - Q doesn't drown in Venice, but James nearly goes mad over Q's betrayal, and things are everything but easy for them after Venice. It's a rough story and yet I loved it, because I could relate quite well to James and to Q too. It's the hardest to forgive someone you love, who abused your trust. Can such a relationship heal? Does it count if someone was blackmailed and lied to you, but still had good intentions? That that person wanted to safe their boyfriend and the person they fell in love with to do so?
Yes, it's a tricky fic which makes you question your moral principles. Thejabberwock's characterisations are great and far from the usual black and white ones. For example James treated Q horrible for a while, who just took it because he felt so guilty. Yep, sometimes I wanted to shake them badly, but they got there. Aren't the things you have to fight hard for the best?



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Title: Mélomanie
Author/Artist: favicon dhampir72
Fandom: James Bond (Craig movies)
Pairing(s) James Bond/Q
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 40.671
Warnings/Tags: Slow Build, Music, Angst

Summary: After Skyfall, Bond moves into a new flat and falls in love with the music upstairs. [With Audio] ~
Mélomanie (French) - an excessive, abnormal love and deep attraction to music and melody

Why I loved it: This fic. Oh my god, this fic. It's so awesome. James has this neighbour in the flat above his own who plays the most beauftiful songs on the piano and the violin. They start to talk via notes and the mysterious stranger even records songs for him on CD. At work he becomes friends with Q and the more he gets to know him, the more he falls for him. But things aren't running smoothly and James - a badass in all situations - is not at all sure of himself when it comes to love and feelings. So he ruins this thing with Q ... but there's still the music from above.
It's easy to see from the beginning what this story is about and yet, it was written so beautifully that it broke my heart and put it back together again in the end. Dhampir72 has an absolute wonderful way with words and I have several of her stories bookmarked. Seriously, they are all so good. But of course this one was special. I love music, and while listening to the recommended songs, that all matched their respective scences, I found some gems of piano music and discovered a lot of things.
For example my favourite song of Mélomanie was and is 'Cloud Atlas Sextet' by Tom Tywker (Do you remember that he directed 'Perfume - Story of a Murderer' the movie which gained BW international success in 2006?). I got curious about it and learned that Cloud Atlas is a novel by David Mitchell and that a movie excists too. Guess what? It's a movie by Lana and Lily Wachowski (the formaly Wachowski brothers, whose 'V for Vendetta' is one of my all-time-favourites) and Tywker. I could go on about what other music I found because of this fic, but actually this should be about the story. I case it didn't come across: It's one of the most wonderful stories I read in 2016. Not the best, that'll be part of another post, but it is definitely in the top ten. I can only rec Mélomanie wholeheartedly!


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Title: Normal
Author/Artist: favicon hyphyp
Fandom: James Bond (Craig movies)
Pairing(s) James Bond/Q
Rating: R
Word Count: 5.154
Warnings/Tags: Fluff, Everyone Loves Q, Bisexual Q

Summary: In which Bond is not the most interesting person Q has ever been with. He's not even in the top five. (Or: Five people who want Q, plus the one Q wants.)

Why I loved it: After two angsty stories a funny one at last. This fic was hilarious. Q's exes. Gosh, I laughed my arse off. How James got more and more jealous the more he met in person. I mean it's hilarious just to think about, isn't it? James Bond - playboy with so many bedmates that there aren't even enough bedposts for all the notches he could make - becomes jealous of the ex-lovers of his boyfriend. LOL It's a shorter story, but it's amazing to distract you if you had a shitty day and just need something to laugh about.

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nia_kantorka: (AP snake)
Today's rectober post is about fics with masks, phantoms and beasts... Of course I've read a lot more of those, but here are the first three stories that came to my mind.

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Title: This Man's Heart
Author/Artist: favicon ellie_hell
Fandom: Sherlock BBC
Pairing(s) Sherlock/John
Rating: R
Word Count: 72,991
Warnings/Tags: Alternate Universe, Friends to Lovers, Pre-Slash, Friendship, Slash, Angst, Fluff

Summary: In the latter part of the 19th century, a peculiar solitary man and an ex-army doctor disfigured at war live in a small village, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes. When they first meet, they have no idea their lives are about to change forever and, over the months, they will form an unusual friendship, discover more about each other and themselves, and maybe fall a little in love along the way.

Why I loved it: This story gives its readers not only a wonderful historical setting of the French part of Canada in the 19th century, but some of the best descriptions of its landscapes during the seasons and its inhabiting animals I've ever read.

Then there are the characters. How Sherlock's and John's relationship develops is a treat. There is a treasure hunt involved that is too lovely to talk much about to not spoil the fun. Let's just say it's sort of a wonderful courtship which in the end doesn't go like planned. And then there's heartbreak. Oh yes, so much heartbreak on both sides. But they'll manage to sort things out, becoming stronger together. And then there are the side characters. How I loved Greg Lestrade in this story. He's the best friend ever. Oh, and don't forget some of the villains from canon who play a very different role here. That was so cute and I loved the part with the waltz.

Oh, and there's another thing I loved very much about this fic. It's always wonderful when an author writes about music or art or writing itself and manage to show their love for the topic. When they bring it to live before my eyes, making me see a picture with their words, experiencing a dance sequence I've never seen for real or - in this case - letting me feel music and winter only with their words.

I highly recommend this story for Sherlock fans, Beauty and the Beast lovers and everybody else too. The writing is too stunning to be ignored!



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Title: A Prayer for the Spinder on LJA Prayer for the Spider on AO3
Author/Artist: [livejournal.com profile] lomonaaerenfavicon Lomonaaeren
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing(s) Harry/Draco
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 6266
Warnings/Tags: Angst, Beauty and the Beast Elements, Curses, Mystery, Suicidal Thoughts

Summary: Harry has a month to undo the hardest curse he's ever worked with, a curse that has turned a man into the equivalent of a spider--except for his eyes.

Why I loved it: The stakes are high in this story. The cursed Darco is so desperate to leave this ugly, plump, and monstrous body of his behind, that he plans to commit suicide if Harry isn't able to break the curse within a month. Draco doesn't want to reveal who he is, so Harry meets him as M. And though the grotesque figure really looks horrible and disgusting Harry sees so much pain and dispear in M's silver eyes that he vows to give everything to break the curse. The atmosphere in this fic is creepy, luxurious, and forsaken - a really wonderful combination. I loved the descriptions of Draco's uglyness and the wonders of his house and garden which were so rich and beautiful. And I loved Harry here. He's a Healer, specalised on curses who alternate peoples appearance and he is smart and determined. Tbh, I love to read fics where he's got a grib on his temper, and his strength and kind heart are the main traits driving his character forward. This is such a story.

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Title: Bel Canto
Author/Artist: favicon bendingsignpost
Fandom: Sherlock BBC
Pairing(s) Sherlock/John
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 127,481
Warnings/Tags: Alternate Universe - Historical, phantomlock, Secret Identity, Identity Porn, Alternate Universe - Classical Music, Music, Singing, Sherlock's Violin, Operas, Aristocracy, Fake/Pretend Relationship, Disguise, Inheritance

Summary: After years of waiting for wealthy patrons to faint, Dr John Watson discovers a far more interesting patient in the opera house basement. (AU through a Phantom of the Opera lens.)

Why I loved it: This story is quite complex with a Sherlock who disguises himself as mysterious Mr Vernet to compose an opera and who wears a mask at all times around John (except in the dark). John gets into a catch-22 situation and falls a bit more for Mr Vernet than Lord Holmes younger brother Sherlock - therefore the part with the feelings is a huge mess. The story has also a vexing case as a villain has set their goal to destroy Lord Holmes opera house and is quite successful in doing so.

Again a story that made my heart ache by turning the music and storyline of an opera into the most wonderful words. I loved John here. As the opera houses' doctor he is so passionate about keeping all his possible patients at good health. He is seriously angered about that someone who tries to bring the opera house down. Therefore he helps Sherlock and Lestrade as good as possible. The funny thing is, John doesn't even like operas. Well, except the one of Vernet which is a special case right from the start. I can't tell much more without spoiling the story.

I loved the historical, very Victorian setting and how it was mixed up with the modern interpretation of the characters. The rest of the cast was woven well into the story and I loved the roles Mrs Hudson and Irene played here. There are some horrid attacks taking place in the story, so be prepared that not everybody will reach the end of the story alive - not the MCs, it made me sad nonetheless. Once started I couldn't put the story down. So, better bring some time when starting this fic as it's a longer one. I loved it. All of it, even its gruesome parts. And the ending, swoon, that was an ending for the win.


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Autumn has arrived, the nights get shorter (at least in the nothern hemisphere), and that's the time to spend with a good book or fic on the sofa, candles flickering in the background and a mug of hot tea to stay all warm and cosy. If you'll need some inspiration what to read, take a look at all the rectober recs which are currently being posted.

This first week of Rectober I like to share a few gorgeous fusion fics. I want to focus mostly on multifandom recs because I think there will be enough H/D and other HP fics recced this month.


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Title: Your Body Before Me 3rd and last part of the Sic Gorgiamus Allos Subjectatos Nunc series
Author/Artist: favicon etothepii
Fandom: Sherlock BBC
Pairing(s): Sherlock/John
Rating: R
Word Count: 3,476 (of 20,213)
Warnings/Tags: The author choose no warnings and no tags, but I'd like to tag dark humour, and warn about various forms of removing body parts and digesting poisons.
Summary: Sherlock experiments on John.

Why I loved it: This is a fusion with The Addams Family and it's so wonderfully done. Geez, I'm still so glad that I found this series. John and Harry are related to the Addams family by their mother's side and they've inherited a lot of their special abilities. If you know the story, you can guess some of the things John (and Harry) can do. In the second part John's nature is revealed to Sherlock because of a case (of course) and in the third part Sherlock wants to know all about it. So, Sherlock's invited by John to do a autopsy on him. Yepp, an autopsy on the living John. And it's strange, and a bit medical, and gross, and heartwarming and if you take that literally, you're not wrong either - I loved it to pieces.

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Title: I Seem to Be a Verb
Author/Artist: favicon Aja
Fandom: Inception
Pairing(s) Arthur/Eames
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 93,873
Warnings/Tags: Notting Hill AU, Celebrity AU, London, Bookstores, Celebrities, RPF, architecture, Buckminster Fuller, Schmoop, Hipsters, Arthur's life is so hard, But not as hard as Ariadne's, Science, Bookstore AU, Social Anxiety, Anxiety, Anxiety Attacks, Falling In Love, Relationship Issues, Things are ok then really happy then really sad then slowly better then really happy again I promise
Summary: Notting Hill AU, written for the i_k prompt, "I'm just a girl standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her." Arthur owns a quirky hipster science bookstore. Eames is a world-famous mega-celebrity.

Clearly this calls for a meet-cute.

Why I loved it: This is not only a fic about Arthur and Eames, as one would assume reading an Inception fic. No, it's also a fic about words, books, authors, book titles, and Arhtur's wonder of a bookshop, The Robie House. And that bookshop, Jesus, I wish it was real. I'd love to go and take a look. If I could choose, I'd have taken a look at its version before Arthur even met Eames, but I'm sure the version Ariadne and Mal designed and reconstructed would be a fabulous place too.
Arthur and Eames are fabulous and funny in this story, and dorks because they talk a lot but not enough about things that matter.

Yeah, this fic has a lot of wonderful scenes: ridiculous ones about the bookshop owner and the celebrity being together or seperated in public, and some more wonderful and hurtful ones when they are on their own. Arthur does a lot of mistakes, Eames too, so there's heartbreak and getting over it and - don't worry - a lovely happy ending as well. It's one of my favourite Inception fics and if you take a look at its amount of kudos and bookmarks I'm not the only one in love with this long and brilliant story.

If you love books and loved Inception, you'll have a hell of a good time with this story.


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xox


Title: Kings Among Runaways series
Author/Artist: favicon dfotw
Fandom: Avengers/Hellboy (Marvel/Dark Horse)
Pairing(s) Loki/Nuada
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 20,564
Warnings/Tags: Avengers Hellboy crossover
Summary:
The Avengers/Hellboy villain crossover you never knew you wanted.
Or,
Loki meets Nuada at a young age; the consequences of this encounter reverberate along both their lives until they meet again... and we get to see what these fallen princes can do together.

Why I loved it: It all started with [livejournal.com profile] alby_mangroves pic For I Shall Watch Over You which I saw and fell in love with from the start. Of course I had to read the story behind this picture. And boy, did I fall in love again.
I have a soft spot for the outcast, the ones not fitting in, and the ones who make a lot of wrong decisions because that's what the deeply hurt ones do. These two princes are so lost and misunderstood and alone until they meet. They don't are easy on another, proud princes that they are with all their hidden agendas. But they'll get there, being lovers and partners in crime and that's fabulous. Three parts out of four are told from Loki's pov, one from Nuada's. Both are done so well with their voices a bit strange and unhuman and very different from another. If you're up for a rare pairing and two MC's with intruiging voices, take a look at it. This series is a little gem.

Oh, you can totally read it without knowing much about Hellboy and if you know who's who in the Avenger's movies that's enought to enjoy this series. At least I did, and I'm one of this crazy chicks who often get their canon knowledge from reading fics...

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Rectober has been just wonderful. I found some new fandoms, a new pairing I adore and in general some great and lovely fics (art and vids as well). So, thank you, [livejournal.com profile] birdsofshore, for this October treat. Thank you [livejournal.com profile] capitu and [livejournal.com profile] raitala again for these awesome banners (I’m going to miss them in my f-list). :D

I wish everyone a happy Halloween– if you are celebrating or not, have a good day and weekend!

Ok, here are some of the fics I managed to read (based on rec posts or recs I got in comments or messages) and loved. I read some more but one can’t love all the things.

Looking at this list I know why I haven’t read as much Career Fair fics as I wanted to. But I did read a lot of things. Be warned this post is going to be long. You'll find H/D recs at its end.
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Title: Merlin Works in Mysterious Ways
Author/Artist: [livejournal.com profile] lordhellebore
Pairing(s) Harry/Draco
Rating: R
Word Count: ~ 83,500
Warnings: Alcohol Abuse/Alcoholism, Minor Character Death, Implied Torture, Disability, Forced Bonding, Forced Marriage
Summary: When Harry is forced to form a Blood Bond with Draco Malfoy under threat of death, he thinks his future will consist of a cold home and sexual frustration. But when a group of left-over Death Eaters decides to stir trouble, their lives change completely – and it takes them both some years to figure out whether it’s for better or for worse.
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Sometimes people leave a fandom behind, but that doesn’t mean they are writing not as good as they always have. And maybe you are curious and interested enough to take a look at [livejournal.com profile] silentauror’s new playground and its wonderful pairing Sherlock Holmes/John Watson.
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Thank heaven I had written already most of it. I'm off to bed again. Thank you for all the good wishes. *hugs*

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Title:The Love of a Good Wizard
Author/Artist: SweetSorcery (she is inactive on LJ and IJ)
Pairing(s) Harry Potter/Tom Riddle, Minerva McGonagall/Pansy Parkinson
Rating: NR-17
Word Count: 75,027
Warnings: AU - 1940s, Time Travel, Hurt/Comfort, Enemy Lovers, Dom/sub, Dancing, UST, Teenager sex
Summary: History of Magic has something to teach after all, and two resourceful students decide that the key to having any future at all lies in the past, and in Tom Riddle's heart. Assuming he has one.
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Title:To the Victor, the Spoil
Author/Artist: [livejournal.com profile] annakovsky
Charater(s) Katniss Everdeen/ Haymitch Abernathy, Finnick Odair, Cinna
Rating: NR-17
Word Count: 13,360
Warnings: Cross-Gen, Prostitution, AU – Canon Divergence, Aftermath, Rape/Non-con
Summary: No berries, no mockingjay, no rebellion. Katniss killed Peeta in the arena, and now she has to live with herself like every other victor.

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Dear f-list,
Today I want to celebrate with you. Last year on the 13th of October I finished the wonderful Turn by [livejournal.com profile] saras_girl for the first time. It wasn’t the first fanfiction I’ve ever read, but it was the first in years, and the first H/D, and the one that let me fall for the boys- hard and irrevocably.
Since then I’ve read Turn fourth times and am currently listening to chapter 12 of the podfic by [livejournal.com profile] mab.

During the last twelve months I’ve read more than 400 H/D fics, a lot of other HP fics (slash and het and everything in between :D) and also some fics from other fandoms. If someone feast on statistics, I counted only the ones with 50 pages or more downloaded on my e-reader, but no re-reads, ficlets or things I read online. Well, if you call me obsessed, you might be right. ;p

So, this is basically an anniversary for me, and as everybody here on LJ was warm and welcoming, and I totally LOVE YOU GUYS, I want to give something back and pay it forward (like [livejournal.com profile] digthewriter, [livejournal.com profile] chibitoaster are currently doing based on [livejournal.com profile] mab's idea):

I am participating in the Pay it Forward initiative: people who comment on this post with "I'm in" will receive a surprise from me at some point in this calendar year in the next 12 months. Anything from a book, a ticket, something home grown or made, a postcard, absolutely any surprise. There will be no warning; when the mood takes me, and I find something that I believe would suit you and make you happy it will be sent. Copy and paste this to your own journal only if you wish to do so.
I'll screen comments, so if you want to leave your address you may. You might get a postcard or something else in the mail! You can also specify that you'd only like to receive digital gifts by either email or lj post.


As I’m sure, you all read Turn already, I’m reccing Nat’s new story today:
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Some of this year's [livejournal.com profile] hp_silencio fics, I really loved to read. They all had a great way of story telling combined with some rare povs. Enjoy!
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Title:On a Snowy Evening (the Paint the Forest With Colour Remix)
Author/Artist: [livejournal.com profile] alby_mangroves
Pairing(s) Merlin Emrys/Arthur Pendragon
Rating: NR-17
Word Count: 11.141
Warnings: Sex Magic, Rimming, Anal Sex, Magic Tentacles, Mildly Dubious Consent
Tags: Soul Bond, Winter Solstice, AU – Modern Setting
Summary: Making the most of a rare opportunity for a solitary trek in the woods, Arthur, Crown Prince of Camelot, encounters something, and someone, he never thought to see again. Destiny ensues.
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This rec post isn’t about the light and fluffy fics. It’s about the mighty ones. The ones which are able to shatter your heart, to let tears roll down your face, to make you uncomfortable, to let you sigh deeply, and the ones you can only read in fractions or when you are in a special mood.
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(Tsk, no proper rectober post without a lovely banner)

Today I wanted to rec some non-Harry/Draco pairings and had some things in my mind. But then a little innocent post grabbed my attention and I started to have a look at the first results and was blown away by so much creativity.

Yesterday [livejournal.com profile] inell invited everyone for a quick challenge she wanted to do. One just had to leave a comment with a pairing and a short prompt and she would wrote a 5-10 minutes ficlet for it. Sounded great and after some thinking I went and left a prompt. Tbh, you really should have a look at all the results. She really did a great job and all that while being partly knocked out by a cold. Inell, thank you, for all the treats and get better soon!

Go and have a look at her LJ.
You can read hot and witty stuff in some amazing pairings like:

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Title:The Student Prince
Author/Artist: FayJay
Pairing(s) Merlin Emrys/Arthur Pendragon, various others
Rating: R
Word Count: 145.222
Tags: modern AU, AU, Slash
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Title:Sparks from the Fox’s Tail
Author/Artist: [livejournal.com profile] khalulu
Pairing(s) Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 17.247
Warnings: none
Tags: Finland (Country), Magic, Finnish Magic, Bees, Finnish Mythology and Folklore

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