All In by myredturtle

•March 5, 2018 • 1 Comment

Title: All In
Author: myredturtle
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Relationship(s): Stiles Stilinski/Derek Hale
Rating: R
Genre: Slash, Romance, Paranormal, Zombie Apocalypse, Time Travel, Fix it, Future fic, the Sheriff’s name is John.
Warnings: Major character death (for a while), canon-level violence, angst, mentions of suicide. READ THE TAGS
Word Count: ~39,000


Scott finally pulls a stunt so boneheaded that Stiles can’t think of any way to get him out of it. Hoping to outrun the fallout, he packs up his father and they move to Canada. Unfortunately, nowhere is safe.

Why You Should Read This:

This is a future fic, zombie apocalypse AU. I’m almost never in the mood for zombies, but I’ve already read this twice and will re-read on the regular. I’m not sure exactly where the canon divergence is from, but the story starts in the teen’s college years. Scott is an epic idiot in this, but I kind of think that’s a fair read on his character, but if you consider that bashing then think of this as a final warning.

The world building is outstanding, and I loved the take on Claudia Stilinski’s backstory and why/how she died. The cast is pretty minimal since, you know, everyone is dead! But that gives a laser focus for most of the story on John, Stiles, and Derek and their interactions. I found the character work and relationship dynamics gripping. I couldn’t look away. And then there was ugly crying. But it got better.

I’m being vague to avoid spoiling all the great surprises in the story. Just go read it.

Mechanics of Poetry by omgericzimmermann

•June 28, 2020 • Leave a Comment

Title: Mechanics of Poetry (series)
Author: omgericzimmermann
Fandom: Check, Please!
Pairing(s): Derek “Nursey” Nurse/William “Dex” Poindexter, with background Eric Bittle/Jack Zimmerman, Justin Oluransi/Adam Birkholtz, Shitty Knight/Larissa Duan
Rating: Teen and Up
Warnings: Homophobia in the form of a few of Dex’s family members
Genres: First Time, Angst
Word Count: 67,404

Summary: First story (969 words): Dex and Nursey drive to Maine for the summer.

Second story (66,435 words): In which Nursey doesn’t know how to drive and Dex takes it upon himself to teach him.
In which Derek Nurse is a love struck fool.
In which Will Poindexter’s problems have problems.
And sometimes they play hockey.

Why You Should Read This: To begin, I’m going to admit that Dex/Nursey isn’t the first pairing in this fandom, and probably isn’t even the second most popular. But there is so much that’s been said and done with the two that they really make a compelling couple. In the true “couples dynamics” realm, they do play off each other really, really well.

This series, which started with the 969 word one-shot where Dex finds out Nursey doesn’t have a driver’s license because he never learned to drive. And then the author took that little ficlet and expanded it. It covers from Dex and Nursey’s sophomore year at Samwell and ends years later in probably what is the most heart-felt HEA that I’ve ever read. As I told the author in a comment, “I want to live in this Universe.”

There are sections in the fic that deal lightheartedly with things like coming out publicly as an out NHL player (Jack), and the very quick repercussions. And there are the heartfelt scenes, like Nursey’s interactions with Dex’s grandmother, Dex standing up to his homophobic brother, the comfort that Dex gives Nursey after Nursey’s mother arrives. It’s real, and it’s warm, and I just want to wrap myself up with it like a blanket.

Finally, I know I’ve added quite a few Check, Please! fic recs here over the last couple of months.  If you aren’t in the fandom, I will say if you want to dip your toes in, not only is canon pretty fantastic, but there are some amazing writers here.  We’re talking foundation Stargate Atlantis-level writing.  (Personally, I consider SGA as the fandom with the best foundation of writers, with authors like sheafrotherdon, Keira Marcos, esteefee, astolat, and Speranza, but stacked against each other, Check, Please! authors come a close second.)

for the better by birlcholtz

•June 23, 2020 • Leave a Comment

Title: for the better
Author: birlcholtz
Fandom: Check, Please!
Pairing(s): Eric Bittle/Jack Zimmerman
Rating: Teen and Up
Warnings: None
Genres: First Time, Humor
Word Count: 1,796

Summary: Monday arrives. Jack has never been more ready.

Why You Should Read This: First of all, I’m being selfish here. I keep losing this fic every time I mean to rec it – so finally here’s the rec.

It’s canon that in Check, Please! fandom that Bitty is gay and Jack is bisexual. This fic deals with Jack having a bit of an anxiety attack about finally coming out publically as a bisexual NHL hockey player – and then everything hilariously breaks around him. I don’t mean physically break, but rather… Well, I can’t get into it without spoiling the story. But trust me – the story is awesome.

Jack Zimmermann is a Masochistic Fuckwit by PorcupineGirl

•June 7, 2020 • Leave a Comment

Title: Jack Zimmermann is a Masochistic Fuckwit
Author: PorcupineGirl
Fandom: Check, Please!
Pairing(s): Eric Bittle/Jack Zimmerman
Rating: Teen and Up
Warnings: None
Genres: First Time, Angst, Humor, Romance, Medium (10k-25k)
Word Count: 11,550

Summary: Bitty decides to go home for Thanksgiving his sophomore year – so he can come out to his parents. When Coach Bittle is in denial, the boys in the Haus decide that Bitty needs to bring a boyfriend home for Winter Break. A boyfriend chosen from the very attractive ranks of SMH, of course.

Why does Jack volunteer?

Because he’s a masochistic fuckwit, that’s why.

Why You Should Read This: One of the tropes that I dearly love is the “Fake/Pretend Relationship” tropes, and this fic falls right into that. But beyond that one trope, it is a lighthearted, freaking adorable fic. I mean, don’t you get that from the title alone?

Besides the humor right in the title and summary, the author spreads out little nuggets of awesome here and there. You know that Jack is crazy about Bitty, and no, he shouldn’t volunteer to help Bitty out when he needs to bring a fake boyfriend home for the holidays. And how do you prepare for something like that? Why how about some lessons in handholding, cuddling, and even a little kissing?  That’ll be easy, right?

This is a wonderful, lighthearted fic that you’ll enjoy reading. Trust me.

Here Comes the Sun by RabbitRunnah

•June 4, 2020 • Leave a Comment

Title: Here Comes the Sun
Author: RabbitRunnah
Fandom: Check, Please!
Pairing(s): Eric Bittle/Jack Zimmerman
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: None
Genres: First Time, Romance, Drama, Alternate Universe, Medium (10k-25k)
Word Count: 19,599

Summary: For the past month, the man with the baby and the sad blue eyes has been stopping in for a cup of coffee an hour before closing. He always sits in an overstuffed chair in the corner and drinks his coffee while his baby sleeps next to him in the stroller. Sometimes he pulls a book out from the diaper bag he carries with him; other times he just stares straight ahead as if in a daze. He never asks for a refill, always respectfully gathers his things and leaves ten minutes before the shop officially closes. Eric desperately wants to ask him what his story is.

Why You Should Read This: This fic could better be called “The Courtship of Eric and Jack”, because it’s a semi-AU (Eric is a baker, Jack is a professional hockey player) where Jack is a single father that steps into Eric’s bakery one day.

Jack is his normally emotionally-repressed self, and Eric is the one that everyone loves – just like in the comics. But the author has a way of picking up the story, month by month, to not only show how their relationship grows, but how Jack and Eric, and Jack’s little baby girl Nora become a family.

If you’re looking for some schmoop that’ll make you smile, this is the fic for you. And to show you how much I love it, my comment to the author was, “I prefer your slow build of Jack and Eric’s relationship to canon!”

You’re My Amen by Julibean19

•June 3, 2020 • 2 Comments

Title: You’re My Amen
Author: Julibean19
Fandom: Check, Please!
Pairing(s): Eric Bittle/Jack Zimmerman
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Homophobia, Off-Screen Violence
Genres: First Time, Romance, Drama, Angst, Epic (100k-200k)
Word Count: 137,581

Summary: Jack meets the love of his life while serving Thanksgiving dinner at a homeless shelter and struggling to learn the difference between sexuality and dysfunction. Along the way, he repairs some broken relationships and figures out how to let himself have nice things, one of which is a small southern baker with a habit of concealing the truth.

Why You Should Read This: There are a few good reasons to rec this, not the least of which is that this is a well-written fic, and feels like it could actually happen – even the bad parts. First of all, this is really well written and paints a picture that will have you shivering in the winter scenes, and snuggled up and comfy during the happy scenes. Second, not a lot of fics out there handle the discussion of the sexuality spectrum without coming across as a clinical classroom voice/sounding like a lecture. So to see Jack’s demisexuality discussed in a more natural way was refreshing.

Also, just the way this AU was constructed made it a pleasure to read. And while I was able to guess the big twist to the story, there was a further twist that even I didn’t see coming (and I can usually spot these a mile away).

The Secret Language of Plants (series) byEdrina

•May 17, 2020 • 1 Comment

Title: The Secret Language of Plants (series)
Author: Endrina
Fandom: Harry Potter
Relationship(s): Remus Lupin/Severus Snape, Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy
Rating: Hard R (primarily for violence, but also non-graphic sexy times)
Genre: romance, action, adventure
Warnings: secondary character death, canon-level violence, angst, pining,
Word Count: 373,096 (for 4 parts)

Summary and Why You Should Read This:

Severus Snape finds Harry Potter being abused by the Dursleys as a toddler. He takes Harry to Remus to buy time to get Harry away and, before he can admit to what he has done, finds out that Albus plans to give Harry back to them.

Not knowing what else to do, Remus and Severus keep Harry, raise him, love him. And each other, but that’s another part of the story. Harry grows up as a loved child, allowed to do magic in his own way (which is unique!), and send him to Muggle school when they have to.

The author gives you an ‘out’ after the 2nd story and, while you certainly can stop there (it’s a good ending), don’t! The third section features all the characters from Harry Potter in ways you’ve never seen them before.

There’s an overabundance of original characters, but they have important roles in this story. The tension and lack of knowledge between wizards and muggles is a key part of this story, and the muggles show what they can do that wizards cannot.

While Harry and Draco and Hermione and Ron are major players in the story, it’s also a story of the adults doing a lot of the heavy lifting. They do adult things like being responsible for children, provide security for those that cannot protect themselves, and making informed decisions (at the times they have information to work with).

The 4th story is both an epilogue and a ‘what happens after’ story. Each chapter ties up the stories of most of the major characters and is a delight.

The writing is lyrical and poetic and draws you in. Chapters are long and engaging. They’re long enough that the author puts an occasional “if you’ve read this far in one go, you should take a break” in her end notes. I had to take her up on that more than once!

Excerpt (from the first story):

He [Harry] was vaguely aware that there had been another house with a thin hard woman who was like a pencil. She screamed and hurt Harry’s arms, but she also gave him food. The round pink child that used to kick Harry on the legs he had almost forgotten, his memory hidden by a room full of all the interesting looking creatures Harry had seen in a book.

For some reason, he remembered vividly the room under the stairs where he used to sleep and spend most of the day.

But he didn’t dwell much on that.

Then, there had come the big room that was also a house. In there, Harry had learned about creatures and foods. He had also seen a spider by the window. It had an orange and silver back, which obviously made it so much more interesting than other spiders.

Then came the house that would become home. It had a small garden in front and a big garden in the back where Harry could run and play and look at the plants. It was there that the Baggy Man (the man who gave him an apple, cut in slices, and asked a lot of questions about Auntpetunia and took Harry to the house that was a room, that man), it was there that he taught Harry about blowing dandelions seeds. He told him that the name meant lion’s tooth and that you could eat the leaves, but better in soup and not right away, child, spit that out right now. He talked a lot about all the things the plant could do and Harry listened intently but still forgot many of the words. He remembered that the plant could make you wee, because that is the kind of information that seems relevant to a child.

Variationson Belief by moonstalker24

•February 1, 2020 • 1 Comment

Title: Variations on Belief
Author: moonstalker24
Fandom: Teen Wolf, Sons of Anarchy
Relationship(s): Stiles Stilinski/Peter Hale, Juice Ortiz/Jax Teller
Rating: NC17 (for violence)
Genre: supernatural creatures, werewolves and others things that go bump in the night, motorcycle gangs
Warnings: violence, off-screen rape, non-graphic character death
Word Count: 166,116


Spin, spin, spin; the world spins on. It doesn’t care about decay, or velocity or whether the trees are green or not. It doesn’t care about fire or the sun. The world just, is. This is what makes it cruel. It is what makes survival difficult.

Change is a difficult thing. It is not solid. It is amorphous and ever-changing and hard to grasp onto. It sneaks through the shadows behind us without our knowledge. Most often, change is unpredictable. Only rarely does it happen apurpose. Even then, change doesn’t fit our molds, it creates its own.

Why You Should Read This:

This fic was a WIP that I started reading from almost the beginning, and the author faithfully gave us a chapter a week for over a year!

Knowing the fic was coming to an end (although there are hints for more, but not just right away), I started re-reading from the beginning and it hangs together even better when it’s read through from start to end. It’s poetic in a way I never can write but enjoyed thoroughly.

If nothing else, I’d be in for BAMF!Stiles and Full-wolf!Peter. But it’s more than that.

All I know about Sons of Anarchy, I learned from this fic. I suspect I don’t want to watch the show or read any other fic, because this no other fic will treat the characters this way… I only have the author’s notes to go by, but she’s fixed some of the holes in SOA canon and, well, she did well enough that I’m sold.

It makes me want to move to Charming.


Blackbird by emungere

•October 16, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Title: Blackbird
Author: emungere
Fandom: Hannibal
Relationship(s): Hannibal Lector/Will Graham
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Cannibalism
Genre: BDSM, Case Fic, Angst, Dark, Drama, First Time, Romance
Word Count: 88,892

Summary: Shortly after Will kills Garret Jacob Hobbs, he and Hannibal stumble into a D/s relationship. It’s a relief to have Hannibal telling him what to do, but the closer they become, the closer he gets to realizing who and what Hannibal really is.

Why You Should Read This: It’s gorgeous and extreme both in the telling and the craft. Emungere is a stunningly beautiful writer that will take you down a path in this fic that will you both startled and breathless. Hannibal is a beast, and she doesn’t shy away from that, so there is cannibalism in this fic, which honestly did nothing to detract from the story or the relationship that unfolds between Hannibal and Will.

When Will finds out the depth of Hannibal’s depravity, his rage, grief, and finally, his acceptance is stark and real. If you ever only read one fic in the Hannibal fandom, this is the one to choose.

And like the cycle of the year, we begin again by katherynefromphilly

•August 1, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Title: And like the cycle of the year, we begin again
Author: katherynefromphilly
Fandom: Merlin
Pairing(s): Merlin/Arthur Pendragon
Rating: Mature
Warnings: None
Genres: First Time, Romance, Drama, Angst, Super Epic (200k+)
Word Count: 209,186 (entire series is 318,359 words in 4 parts)

Summary: For many long years Merlin waited.

For the other part of his soul, for the other half of his life. He was born to serve Arthur. So that meant he was also born to wait. Even if it took a thousand years. Even if the wait seemed never to end.

Until one day, suddenly, it did.

When Arthur stumbles from the Lake of Avalon 1,500 years after his death, he finds a world unlike the one he knew. Faced with the loss of everyone he loved, and the threat of impending prophecy, Arthur must learn what it means to be not just a king, but the Once and Future King. Merlin does all he can to guide him, even as he struggles to hide his love for his king, and his fear of losing him again.

Why You Should Read This: I’m doing something that I’ve never done before, and that’s rec something before I’ve even finished reading it (though I’m about 80% complete). I did skip to the end to make sure that there is a HEA, so if you were worried (like I was, a little bit) then there’s no need to be.

I’ve just gotten into Merlin in the last couple of weeks. And even though I knew the story of Merlin and Arthur, and that I knew Arthur was going to die at Camlann, the way that the characters developed throughout the series, with Merlin having to say goodbye at the end nearly broke me. But just as the final episode of Merlin ended, that’s exactly where this story picks up. We find Merlin still near Camelot, owner of huge chunks of land, doing his part to keep the story of King Arthur alive. He’s lived 1,500 years waiting for his king, and as an old man, watches as Arthur emerges from the lake, alive again. Spoilers: Merlin is able to de-age himself, so this is the continuation of Merlin set in modern day, with Merlin and Arthur the same age as the day Arthur died.

This is probably also the longest slow-burn that I’ve ever read. But the payoff is just so amazing. And I’ve never read this author before, but they write a hell of a sex scene – something I usually skip over, but just not this time. Woof.

While the TV series was good, this author’s writing is probably better than what we had on the show. And it’s compelling me to get into Arthurian legend even more.

Mail Myself to You by aesc, dogeared, and sheafrotherdon

•April 21, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Title: Mail Myself To You
Author: aesc, dogeared, sheafrotherdon
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Pairing(s): John Sheppard/Rodney McKay
Rating: Mature
Warnings: None
Genres: First Time, Alternate Universe, Humor, Short (1k-10k)
Word Count: 13,623

Summary: Doctor Rodney McKay, Ph.D., Ph.D., compulsively orders books on astrophysics and the like just for the sheer pleasure of writing insulting comments in the margins.

Why You Should Read This: Because as one-shot AU’s go, this is probably one of the cutest, but it’s also one of the most overlooked. And I don’t say cute as in “Awww!”. I say cute as in “Laugh so hard at Rodney that coffee comes out your nose.” See, this fic features the adorableness that is a flustered Rodney McKay, and it is truly a thing to behold. I mean who can resist Rodney realizing he has a crush on John? This is a snippet from the fic that just makes you smile:

He has a crush. He has a big, ridiculous, hairy crush on the delivery guy – John. John the barely-clothed UPS man of doom. John the leg-flashing book handler of lewdness. John the scorching-hot, aviator-sunglasses-wearing strumpet.


(We’re Looking For) Something Dumb to Do by mrsvc

•April 20, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Title: (We’re Looking For) Something Dumb to Do
Author: mrsvc
Fandom: Grimm
Pairing(s): Nick Burkhardt/Monroe
Rating: Teen and Up
Warnings: None
Genres: First Time, Romance, Drama, Angst, Medium (10k-25k)
Word Count: 13,623

Summary: “Monroe, you are going to have to explain this to me. How the hell did we get drunk-married at a wesen peace ceremony?”

Why You Should Read This: First off, I’ve been rewatching Grimm this past couple of weeks, which has rekindled my love for these two idiots. But beyond that, this fic is full of just wonderful little Nick and Monroe things; Wesen ceremonies, drinking, custom-carved rings, and romance. And I love how their friends support them throughout it, even if they both sober up and figure, “Well we should divorce at the next equinox”, though neither of their hearts are in it. This is just a wonderful tale of gaining courage through drink to go for what you really want out of life.

A Price Most Dear by AtoTheBean

•November 15, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Title:  Price Most Dear
Author: AtoTheBean
Fandom:  James Bond, Skyfall
Relationship(s): James Bond/Q
Rating: Mature
Genre: Drama, Romance, AU,  Pining, Supernatural,
Warning: Violence
Word Count: 33424


Bond returns to the Queen’s service to find Britain under threat from international arms dealers trying to stir havoc and an enigmatic Quartermaster with more hobbies than James can count. Mysteries abound both on and off mission as his working relationship with Q deepens into something more, and the price of Duty becomes clear.

Why You Should Read This:

This is all about the quiet mystery that surrounds Q and the author is clever to leave a clue here and there for you to wonder what it all means for Bond. Really enjoyable read that kept me trapped in this amazing world. And of course, love conquers all!

Of a Linear Circle Series By flamethrower

•August 28, 2018 • 6 Comments

Title: Of a Linear Circle Series
Author: flamethrower
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Severus Snape/OMC
Rating: mature
Warnings: standered ones for harry potter.Violence,child abuse.
Word Count: 926,719

Summary:In September of 1971, Severus Snape finds a forgotten portrait of the Slytherin family in a dark corner of the Slytherin Common Room. At the time, he has no idea that talking portrait will affect the rest of his life.

Why You Should Read This: This is A long series that is still being writen and updated. Most Stories start to feel drawn out after awhile but this is a great story that feels like the story is still makeing progress but with alot more to still be told. I know that a Harry Potter story that is about Snape and a OMC will turn some people from this but give it a try you will not regret it.

Human Nature by Keira Marcos

•August 5, 2018 • 2 Comments

Title: Human Nature
Author: Keira Marcos
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Pairing: John/Rodney, Jack/Daniel
Genre: Humor, Drama, First Time’ish (more pre-slash)
Rating: R
Warnings: violence, homophobia, adult situations
Word Count: 17,500

John faces some hard changes after Atlantis is returned to Pegasus.

Why You Should Read This:
There are many aspects of this story that I find satisfying, but there is something about John that is so compelling that it stands out amongst all the other awesome. The story kicks off with DADT being repealed and the fallout of that on the Atlantis base. Jack and Daniel’s presence on the city was a great addition.

Despite the difficult circumstances and some awful things that happen and are said, there’s a lot of humor and dignity in the face of #bullshit.

If you haven’t read it, you should. If you’ve read it, go re-read it. John’s grace under pressure makes this a standout.

Note: The author calls the story crack, but I can’t find it. So, if crackfic isn’t your thing, don’t be put off by the author note about crack. (Except maybe the fishing. And the golf. #AtlantisStyle)

Like Real People Do by Xiaq

•July 5, 2018 • 5 Comments

Title: Like Real People Do
Author: Xiaq
Fandom: Check Please!
Pairing: Kent Parson/OMC
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Homophobia, Racism, injured characters, angst
Genre: Romance
Word Count: ~175,000


Parson gestures with his spoon toward Hawke. “So am I allowed to ask about the service dog or is that not PC?”
“My medical history is more of a 3rd date conversation,” Eli says.
“Oh? Why’s that?”
“Because. No one sticks around afterward and I like to live in glorious denial for a short period beforehand.”

Why You Should Read This:

Ignore the Check Please! fandom tag and just go and read this story! It’s tagged “Friends to Lovers” but it’s more than that! If you love that trope, as well as ‘accidentally coming out’ and have even a passing interest in hockey, this fic is for you.

Kent Parson is a minor character in Check Please! canon. Xiaq has given him an in-depth backstory, real life problems, and an original character boyfriend who steals the story.

Kent is a talented, semi-douchey, white, early twenty-ish hockey player earning more money (like millions) than he really knows what to do with, playing (and Captain) for the NHL Vegas Aces. Eli is a figure skating, eighteen-year-old, black/Hispanic, poor college student, who has a guide-dog because of a TBI from a car accident.

The story is full of meet-cute, meet the family, closeted NHL players, a guide dog, hockey, ice skating (hokey and figure), and learning to be an adult.

Xiaq addresses the homophobia in professional sports head-on. Eli agrees to keep his relationship with Kent on the down-low, to help Kent stay in the closet. Which gets busted wide open when Eli is in the hospital (mom is on the way, but will not arrive for several hours) and Kent demands to be with his boyfriend.

One of my absolutely favorite snips:

“Fucking cocksucker,” Booker hisses.



Kent glances at the ref who is still pointedly pretending he can’t hear them.

Uh, yeah?” Kent says, tightening his grip on his stick. “I’d be a pretty shitty boyfriend if I wasn’t.”

Booker’s face goes blank.


“It’s not like it’s a hardship, though, let me tell you. Eli’s dick? Very nice, as far as dicks go. A little bigger than you’d expect for someone his size but not like, too big, you know?”

“The fuck? Don’t—”

“And he’s definitely a grower, not a shower, which threw me off at first, because I”m not a size queen or anything but I have to admit I was a little disappointed the first time—”

“Jesus,” Booker says viciously, “Shut the fuck up.”

Hey man, you brought it up. Anyway. Back to Eli’s dick. I definitely was not disappointed once—”

Booker loses the face-off.

Booker also retreats to stony silence and Kent finds himself grinning for most of the rest of the game, firstly, because they quickly tally two points in the second to tie, but secondly because he keeps hearing little snatches of conversations:

Like Rads patiently explaining the importance of prep for anal sex—since Pevs seems so interested in the topic—

The entire story is well written, thoughtful, and funny.

NOTE: as of 7/5/18 there’s one more chapter to be posted, but Xiaq has been faithful about posting and by the time you get to the end the final chapter may even be posted. But it’s complete enough to read right now.


Not Homophobic by out_there

•June 3, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Title: Not Homophobic
Author: out_there
Fandom: Sports Night
Pairing(s): Dan Rydell/Casey McCall
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: None
Genres: First Time, Romance, Drama, Long (24k-100k)
Word Count: 80,293

Summary: Casey’s not homophobic; he’s just indecisive. Oh, and the Olympics happen, too.

Why You Should Read This: Sports Night is like a comfort fandom for me, and this particular story is one that I found by accident recently. Casey and Dan are as perfectly in tune together in the fic as well as they were on the show. So when Casey finds out that Dan dated guys back in college, it sends him into a wobbly orbit. And then later, when it comes out that Dan had a quickie with one of his exes from college, Casey becomes obsessed.

The author’s wording, phrasing, pacing is so spot on that they might as well be attached to Aaron Sorkin via mental telepathy. It honestly reads like a Sorkin script, so if you’re looking for something smart to read, this is definitely the story you should read.

The Pull of One Magnet to Another by ellie_hell

•June 1, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Title: The Pull of One Magnet to Another
Author: ellie_hell
Fandom: Sherlock (BBC)
Pairing(s): Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Kidnapping, Episodic-type violence, Death of original characters
Genres: First Time, Romance, Hurt/Comfort, Angst, Drama, Long (24k-100k)
Word Count: 46,641

Summary: Mummy has arranged Mycroft’s marriage with an ex-army doctor. However, John meets Sherlock first, and sparks fly.

Why You Should Read This: This is an AU of how Sherlock and John meet, with John coming into the story as part of an arranged marriage to Mycroft. It was such an interesting concept that I had to start reading, and couldn’t put it down. In a way, Sherlock’s character here is so raw in parts, that it’s almost out of character – but in a good way. It’s how we want Sherlock to be in the BBC series. Yes, he’s a bit cold, methodical, and above all, without tact. But here, meeting John turns Sherlock’s life upside down. And there are parts of the story that just tug at your soul.

Beyond characters, the writing is so perfect, so delicate in places, and rugged in others. The phrasing of some passages is enough to take your breath away in spots and make you ache for these two to finally get together in others.

Wars We Fought, Things We’re Not by blueink3

•May 7, 2018 • 1 Comment

Title: Wars We Fought, Things We’re Not
Author: blueink3
Fandom: Sherlock
Pairing(s): Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Kidnapping, Infant Death (happens pre-story)
Genres: First Time, Romance, Hurt/Comfort, Angst, Drama, Kid!Fic, Long (24k-100k)
Word Count: 55,206

Summary: “Oh come, John. Could be fun,” Mycroft taunts, accompanied by an eyebrow arch he’s gotten far too good at. “Besides, it’s not as if it’s your first time pretending to be a couple.”

Five months after John’s world has fallen apart, Mycroft sends the consulting detective and his doctor on a case that neither is prepared for.

Why You Should Read This: I started this fic on a whim after I found out that it has some of my favorite tropes – kidfic, fake/pretend relationships, and first time. But this fic is so much more than the tropes it holds. Sherlock is, to turn a phrase, perfectly broken. And John is so, so wonderfully himself that you just want to wrap him up and hold him. Not to mention Mycroft; I have never read a fic with Mycroft as perfect as he’s depicted in this fic.

There’s a case dangled in front of John and Sherlock where they have to go undercover as a couple, with a child. Mycroft is slightly manipulative (only in a good way) but you can barely see it. But the choices laid out at the beginning of the story play right into John and Sherlock’s personalities, and the decisions made affect the rest of their lives.

My first instinct with this fic was to immediately re-read it again. I held off, but that won’t last for long.

Of Faith and Hope and Love by versaphile

•April 10, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Title: Of Faith and Hope and Love
Author:  versaphile
Fandom: Merlin BBC
Pairing: Merlin Emrys/Arthur Pendragon
Rating: Teens
Warnings: Torture
Genre: AU, Kidnapping, Secrets, Magic,
Word Count: 30095


To lose a manservant once may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose him twice looks like carelessness. When Merlin vanishes in the mines of Kemeray, Arthur’s search for him uncovers decades of secrets and betrayals. But the sudden appearance of a baby white dragon bodes well for Albion, for Merlin and Arthur, and for the land that they will build together.

Why You Should Read This:

Oh my goodness! Love Arthur in this! Just to see him grow and deal with the truths that are revealed when Merlin’s prolonged kidnapping at the hands of Morgana might mean his death. Brilliant. And a baby dragon!

Gadarene by unpossible

•April 9, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Title: Gadarene
Author: Unpossible
Fandom: Merlin BBC
Relationship(s): Merlin Emrys/Arthur Pendragon
Rating: Explicit
Genre: AU, Magic, Slavery, Mental Health, Knights
Word Count: 76831
Warnings: Rape, Slavery, Physical Abuse, Mental Health


You’re the Prince?” Merlin says, eyeing him. He hesitates, then adds, defiant, “The Mad Prince of Camelot.”
Arthur doesn’t move. There’s quiet for a long time, then he says it. “I am.”
“You don’t seem mad,” he says.
The smile wells up from somewhere deep, and very sad. “Well, Merlin,” he says, “give me time.”

Why You Should Read This:

Arthur meets Merlin at court in the worst situation – as a slave who has been kidnapped and brutally assaulted by his capturers. The writer does not hide the horrors of being a slave in Camelot but through the budding relationship between Arthur and Merlin, there can be moments of happiness and true feelings. By being together, they can face their fears, struggles and the future with certainty because they are together.

Excultus by mottlemoth

•April 8, 2018 • 1 Comment

Title: Excultus
Author: Mottlemoth
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes
Relationship(s): Greg Lestrade/Mycroft Holmes
Rating: Explicit
Genre: AU,  Sci-Fi, Murder, Police Drama, Supernatural, Futuristic
Word Count: 315433
Warnings: Murder, Violence


23rd-century London is a divided city. Two hundred years of genetic tampering has fractured humanity into subspecies, not all of whom are willing to get along. The capital’s crime-ridden streets are now home to some fairly fantastic variants of human – some of them more dangerous than others.

For DI Greg Lestrade, Cross-Human Relations at Scotland Yard, it’s all just part of the day job.

But when a horrifying discovery forces him to seek the help of Mycroft Holmes, Head of Criminal Psychology, Greg might just be tested past his limits. Mycroft is unpleasant, unforgiving, and famously impossible to please.

But if Greg needs anyone right now, it’s a vampire expert.

With dangerous forces fast on their tail, Greg and Mycroft must work together to avert the vampire threat – before it’s too late.

Why You Should Read This:

The world building alone is so detailed and thoroughly thought out that it ensnares you from the beginning. The 23rd century is recognisable in certain ways but I have a soft spot for Lestrade and Mycroft Holmes – they are from different backgrounds, in fact, different perspectives on nearly everything but they have shared sense of duty and justice. Mottlemoth has taken the time to flesh out both characters, unveiling when needed another facet of their personality. I also enjoyed the murder story that has many twisted turns as well as suspense. It is a long read but so worth it. Find a time to sit and enjoy.

I Said “I Love You,” What Does it Matter if I Lie to You? by Lelantus

•March 30, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Title: I said “I Love You”, what does it matter if I lie to you?
Author: Lelantus
Fandom: Marvel,
Relationship(s): Steven Rogers/ Tony Stark
Rating: Mature
Genre: AU, Canon divergence, Enemies to Friends to Lovers, Kidnapping, Secret Identities
Word Count: 95225
Warnings: Bad Parenting, Violence, Sexual Content


18 year old Tony Stark is your typical teenager. Well, except for how he’s the playboy billionaire heir to Stark Industries and working on two PhDs. Oh, and 6 months ago he was kidnapped by – well, no one really knows who. Since his rescue (excuse you, Tony liberated himself), he’s also been keeping a pretty big secret. Here’s a hint: it’s shiny, red and gold, and flies. Tony’s had a productive couple of months, but the fact that his grandfather keeps trying to hire bodyguards for his “safety” is really putting a cramp in his ability to keep his secret superhero identity, well, a secret.

Steve Rogers wakes up in 2015 and finds out that he’s missed 70 years (Oh god, does this mean he’s 94?), a revelation that he handles with much less grace than usual. Mostly, Steve just wants to be Captain America again, but on his own terms and without a lot of fanfare. To fill the time while Steve tries to figure out the best way to resurrect a dead superhero, his good friend Isaac Stark offers him a job: bodyguard to Isaac’s grandson, Tony Stark – who seems to get into a surprising amount of trouble for a teenager. “There’s no better introduction to the 21st century than through Tony,” says Isaac. Somehow, Steve is not reassured.


Why You Should Read This:

Firstly, Tony is in his teens and wiping the floor with university while still being a smartass to everyone and Steven is rescued by Tony’s grand-daddy before Shield knows he is alive – quite a fresh angle from the usual ‘first meeting of Tony and Steve’ . The story’s heart is about two young men who are outcasts and clash horribly with one another in the beginning, slowly realising that there is common ground to build a friendship on. With all the pushing away and hidden secrets, Tony and Steve still find themselves orbiting one another for support. It’s a delightful story that kept me on my toes – enjoyable read. It’s a win in my book.

Beyond The Sea by lemonoclefox

•January 10, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Title: Beyond the Sea
Author: lemonoclefox
Fandom: Shadowhunters, BioShock
Pairing(s): Magnus Bane/Alec Lightwood
Rating: Mature
Warnings: N/A
Genres: AU, Fusion, Action/Adventure
Word Count: 59302


Rapture ― a splendid city at the bottom of the ocean, isolated and free of the Clave’s restraints, where innovation is put above petty rules.

In 1960, Rapture has long since fallen. Its former glory has been reduced to a haunting hellscape where twisted creatures reign, and child-accompanied demons roam the halls. For Alec, it poses a unique challenge ― especially when Jace goes missing, once they arrive in the city on a Clave-mandated mission. In the midst of it all is Magnus, on a mission of his own. Teaming up with Alec comes naturally, and with the help of a sympathetic stranger, they start making their way through the city and the horrors it has to offer. But — while their friends on the surface work hard on mounting a rescue — something much more troubling soon becomes clear: getting into Rapture is nowhere near as hard as getting back out.


Why You Should Read This:

Lemonoclefox is easily one of my favourite Malec authors, so when they started writing Beyond the Sea I was immediately hooked. It’s a brilliant fusion with a game called BioShock, but you don’t need to have any knowledge of it to enjoy this.

Featuring Battle Couple Malec, mystery and suspense, I fully recommend everyone who to read it.


Anthracite by LupusScintilla

•December 18, 2017 • 1 Comment

Title: Anthracite
Author: LupusScintilla aka inkandblade
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Relationship(s): Stiles Stilinski/Derek Hale, Other minor pairings of all configurations
Rating: NC-17
Genre: Slash, Romance, Paranormal
Warnings: Canon-level violence, betrayal, angst, character bashing
Word Count: ~107,000


It’s been a quiet few years, and the McCall Pack has grown and settled. But, when the Hale Pack return to Beacon Hills they find Scott isn’t as welcoming as they had hoped.

Soon they, Stiles, and Lydia, find out that not everything about the McCall Pack is as it has always seemed.

Why You Should Read This:

This is a future fic, everyone’s-grown-up AU. Diverges from canon around Season 6’ish and has the best explanation for the “True Alpha” (aka, Werewolf Jesus) that I’ve read. Not Scott friendly, and that’s great in my book. I warned that it contains character bashing because the author tagged it as such but I felt that it was a reasonable extrapolation of how Scott might have turned out based on what I know of canon.

Aside from satisfying my love of all things anti-Scott, this story is wonderfully crafted with some great magical world building. It’s a really well drawn and well reasoned vision of the future, and the dynamic between Derek and Stiles was incredible. Also, there’s an original secondary character that I loved.

The romance is a bit of a slow burn depending on how you look at that sort of thing.

lay down your sweet and weary head by Elenothar

•November 2, 2017 • 1 Comment

Title: lay down your sweet and weary head
Author: Elenothar
Fandom: The Hobbit
Relationship(s): Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Fix It, Time Travel, Angst, Pre-Slash
Word Count: 125,319

Summary: Thorin dies. Thorin wakes up. He is understandably confused by this, especially since he appears to be in the Erebor he knew as a young dwarf, about to be attacked by a dragon.

A time-travel fic with Thorin as the one living his life twice.

Why You Should Read This: It’s beautiful. In fact, I fell in love with the character of Thorin during the course of this story and it changed a great many things about how I think about the fandom and influenced my own characterization of him in ways I probably haven’t even realized yet. If you only read one Hobbit fanfic your whole life–this is the one you should read.

Dudeliet and his Bromeo by HugeAlienPie

•October 14, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Title: Dudliet and his Bromeo  
Author: HugeAlienPie
Fandoms: Teen Wolf and Check Please!
Pairing: Derek/Stile, eventual Bitty/Jack
Rating:  R-ish (mostly for college shenanigans)
Warnings: light angst, pining,
Genre: Humor, food porn, werewolves, magic
Word Count:  30,713

Summary: Stiles and Bitty think the Samwell hockey-lacrosse rivalry is absurd. They won’t let it keep them from being friends—no matter what Shitty, Jack, or any number of Chads have to say about it.

Why You Should Read This:

I blame this all on HugeAlienPie… she wrote this amazing story and now I’m hooked on Check Please! So here I am luring you into yet another fandom!

The crossover between TW and CP is seamless…the story is told largely from the TW perspective, and you don’t need to know anything about CP for the fic to be enjoyable. And I suspect CP fans can come to appreciate the TW parts of the story.

The link is to the series page, but HugeAlienPie has written only part one of three planned stories… and she’s good about following up, so you’ll want to subscribe so you don’t miss those stories when they come out. And the story that is there is complete within itself… no WIP cliff hanger here! Although, like all the best stories, it leaves you wanting more.

This is lacrosse-playing Stiles meeting hockey-playing Bitty at freshman orientation. While Stiles is out and proud (and Derek has come along, with an apartment in town), Stiles recognizes Bitty’s closet and lets Bitty decide what to do at Bitty’s own pace. Along the way, Derek and Jack become bros – shared suffering in their background helps that along.

There’s werewolves, pie, magic, Epikegsters, and soul mates to go with the lacrosse and hockey rivalries… oh, and college. They really are there to go to college.

I can’t do the story justice in just a few words. It’s fun, entertaining and well written….  Check it out!


(PS – can I get a Check Please! category?)

Between the Lines by msalexiscriss

•September 29, 2017 • Leave a Comment

TitleBetween the Lines
Author: msalexiscriss
Fandom: Shadowhunters
Pairing(s): Magnus Bane/Alec Lightwood
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Violence
Genres: Action/Adventure, AU, First Time
Word Count: 240278


AU. Special Agent Alec Lightwood’s been chasing the renowned thief and conman extraordinaire Magnus Bane for five years now. When a criminal from the past, Valentine Morgenstern, threatens their city and both their reputations, the duo will have to do the unimaginable and team up to restore the peace in the big old city.

Between secrets, betrayals, heartbreaking truths, and sick games, Alec and Magnus will have to learn to play between the lines of good and evil in order to carry out their mission and make it out alive. Will they succeed?


Why You Should Read This:

An truly epic slow burn fic, that’s along the lines of White Collar (no plot relation however). It’s well worth the read.

Swung by Serafim — by flamethrower

•September 25, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Title: Swung by Serafim
Author: flamethrower
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Harry Potter/Severus Snape; too many others to list
Rating:  R – for violence
Warnings: major character death (not Harry or Severus); canon-level violence
Genre: AU
Word Count:  352,366 (!)


In 1993, Gilderoy Lockhart points a stolen wand at Harry Potter and Ron Weasley with the intent to Obliviate them.

The wand doesn’t backfire. Gilderoy’s “discovery” of the Chamber of Secrets is a short-term success.

Other consequences are not short-term at all.

Why You Should Read This:

This story is epic.

Told from Severus’ POV, it starts with the (not so) simple thought that the Obliviate in the Chamber of Secrets takes *all* of Harry’s memories.

The Harry that returns to Hogwarts the next September is a new person. Living with Sirius Black, Harry is intelligent, well-mannered and interested in learning everything! He confounds all of Severus’ expectations, and Severus soon finds an awkward friendship with Harry.

The story covers a period of over 10 years, from Harry’s fourth year, through an early graduation, to the defeat of Voldemort (at about half way through the story), through Harry’s early adulthood.

It’s full of love and life (and sadness, at the Battle of Hogwarts), to unexpected friendships, new loves and – at the very end – Harry and Severus finally getting together. Sort of!

The R rating is for canon-level violence, only. No sex between anyone! But it’s well written and has some thought provoking ideas I’ve not seen elsewhere.



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