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Interlude (Rise Up) - Fahye - Hamilton - Miranda [Archive of Our Own]
BURR
Secretary Hamilton, belay that shouting!
You protest too much, there's certainly no doubting
the other figments of your own brain would agree,
and so far there's been seven, plus me--but who's counting?

|| Oh my GOD. This is phenomenal--the scansion! the dick jokes! the historical references!
fandom:hamilton  author:fahye  pairing:hamilton/everyone  pairing:hamilton/burr  type:dreaming  type:stylisticappreciation  type:ohwownorly  type:justforfun  type:hilarifying  length:1-5k 
february 2016 by blottingtheink
all i really want now is more - Chapter 1 - starwells (trickofthemind) - EXO (Band) [Archive of Our Own]
The guy wearing leopard print at Exology isn’t really Jongdae’s type, but then again, Jongdae had never thought he’d be the type to work at a strip club.

|| This was so cute? So so cute? I was told repeatedly it was cute, and I still didn't really believe it, but it was, and it's darling. I really love the ending, too; just the right amount of romcom.
fandom:kpop  fandom:exo  author:starwells  pairing:chen/tao  type:alternateuniverse  type:stripper  type:meetcute  type:criminallyadorable  type:lovely  type:stylisticappreciation  length:1-5k 
october 2015 by blottingtheink
If You Like My Name, You Should Hear My Number - Asuka Kureru (Askerian) - Homestuck [Archive of Our Own]
In Which A Secret Mutantblood Unknowingly Picks Up A Member Of The Nobility In A Bar Of Ill-Repute, After Which They Proceed To Have Sex, Fall Asleep, Then Have Sex Again While The Mutant Desperately Tries To Hide His Blood Color And Not Laugh At The Blueblood's Deplorable Jokes. Contains References To Ashen Pornography, A Somewhat Pitiable Inability To Handle The Gloriousness Of War, And Mentions Of Conciliatory Perversions Unsuitable For Trolls Aged Eight Or Under.

|| This is actually really hilarious, and delightfully happy, within the caveat that anything trollstuck and set on Alternia necessarily has background fuckery. Excellent voices all around.
fandom:homestuck  author:asukakureru  pairing:john/karkat  type:trollstuck  type:alternateuniverse  type:morningafter  type:whatwedotoeachother  type:voice  type:stylisticappreciation  type:takeanideaandrun  type:justforfun  type:characterization  length:10k-15k 
march 2015 by blottingtheink
Gentle Antidote - x_los - Lord Peter Wimsey - Dorothy L. Sayers [Archive of Our Own]
At twenty-one, Harriet Vane gets her Name. It's rather longer than she expected.

|| I LOVED this. I love soulbond in general, but what I admired most about this was the near-flawless narrative style, the absolutely spot-on characterization--this IS how Harriet and Peter would operate in a world of soul Names, and how they would react to each other--and the subtle, but wonderful worldbuilding. Read with a smile on my face the entire time. If you're familiar at all with the Lord Peter novels, read.
fandom:lordpeter  fandom:rare  author:x_los  pairing:harriet/peter  type:soulbond  type:characterization  type:stylisticappreciation  type:ohwownorly  type:makesmesmile  type:worldbuilding  type:somethingperfect  length:10k-15k 
january 2015 by blottingtheink
in the territory of the dragon king - Chapter 1 - curledupkitten (chanyeol) - EXO (Band) [Archive of Our Own]
there are so many ghosts on this island. maybe that's why do kyungsoo has come: so his personal ghosts can get lost among them.

|| I am personally so, so confused by this summary, because this isn't a D.O. fic, it's a Baekhyun fic, and that's KEY to the story. Which is 121k, and doesn't miss a BEAT. Not much happens, but, as c'estwhat said, it never drags or feels like time's being marked: it takes time because it HAS time. The relationship development is so, so satisfying, and there were a couple of places where I worried curledupkitten was going to go in a melodramatic, easy direction, and they never did. Really, really satisfying.
fandom:exo  fandom:kpop  author:curledupkitten  pairing:baekhyun/d.o.  type:alternateuniverse  type:thisishowwedevelop  type:stylisticappreciation  type:longandsatisfying  type:makesmesmile  length:100k+ 
november 2014 by blottingtheink
Hazard Analysis of Hurricane-Prone People - Chapter 1 - signalbeam - 月刊少女野崎くん | Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun [Archive of Our Own]
Kashima's fans have reached critical mass! ... and other subplots.

|| The summary does not do this fic justice at all. It's delightful: funny, ridiculous, matching the manga beat for beat. It's separated out in to very short little sections, much like the manga does one or two pages, but I didn't have trouble with that at all--in fact, I liked it tremendously. It helped carry the puns, ridiculousness, and all the gags, which I think is actually necessary to maintaining the characters. Seo, Kashima and Chiyo are SPOT ON.
fandom:nozaki-kun  author:signalbeam  pairing:sakura/seo/kashima  type:threesome  type:hilarifying  type:hijinks  type:stylisticappreciation  type:laughingmyassoff  type:justforfun  type:characterization  type:voice  length:5-10k 
november 2014 by blottingtheink
In Which Descartes Goes to Stockholm and Is Killed By Early Rising
December 23, 1649

I cough. Pierre said, my friend, your lungs are weak. My lungs were in no way weak until I came to this terrible country, full of rocks and bears and Queens that get up early in the morning, but I do not tell him that.

|| I LOVE THIS
fandom:not!  author:felix.kent  type:historical  type:gen  type:death  type:stylisticappreciation  length:1-5k 
april 2014 by blottingtheink
Wizards in Winter - Anonymous - Calvin & Hobbes, Young Wizards - Diane Duane [Archive of Our Own]
The advertisement is a spiky red impact bubble on the back of his box of Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs. Mail in just five box tops for your very own HOW TO BE A WIZARD KIT* .

|| This, like the very best of C&H fic, strikes that note between fancy and philosophical, wonder and existential angst, and the answer it has Calvin come up with is SO WONDERFUL. (This Calvin might be a little, little bit nicer than the Calvin in the comics, but for all intents and purposes, he is SO CLOSE--philosophical ramblings and Rosalyn tormenting included--I love it.)
fandom:calvinandhobbes  fandomgroup:yuletide  author:anon  type:gen  type:crossover  type:makesmesmile  type:justforfun  type:characterization  type:takeanideaandrun  type:stylisticappreciation  length:1-5k 
december 2013 by blottingtheink
Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman Probably Had Sex Once
This is a gift. You do realize that, don’t you? History has reached out to you specifically and given you a gift. The gift is the knowledge that Oscar Wilde once put his hand on Walt Whitman’s knee and then they drank elderberry wine together; the gift is that the next day a reporter turned up and Whitman expounded at length on his big, splendid boy. Let this sink in a moment. This is like finding out Emily Dickinson once secretly stowed away on a ship bound for England and spent a weekend with Jane Austen at a bed and breakfast, doing it. This is like finding out Ernest Hemingway finally let his guard down one night in Spain and let F. Scott Fitzgerald lean across the table and kiss him. This is like finding out Gwendolyn Brooks lost her virginity to Willa Cather.

The night is long, and the night is full of terrors, but Walt Whitman once drank wine with Oscar Wilde in his third-story den, where they talked of love.

|| Oh. You know, I did not really care, but I love this. All right, Yuletide, pull it together now.
fandom:not!  fandom:history  author:thetoast  pairing:oscar.wilde/walt.whitman  type:hilarifying  type:birdsongsweet  type:makesmesmile  type:article  type:stylisticappreciation  length:not 
september 2013 by blottingtheink
paper or plastic - patho (ghostsoldier) - Welcome to Night Vale [Archive of Our Own]
Steve doesn’t lower the shovel. He may be a lot of things (all of them terrible, if you listen to Cecil “Oooooh, I’m so great because I have a radio show” Baldwin), but what he’s not is stupid. He says, “Plastic bags, huh?”

The dog grins with all three of its (his? their?) heads. Three sets of ears flick forward in canine amusement. “Awesome. So you’ve heard of us.”

|| It's perfect. Another awesome example of the way the NV-verse allows for weird exploration, and the way that its shifting possibilities offer so much room for... well. Even Steve Carlsburg.
fandom:nightvale  author:patho  type:gen  type:characterization  type:awesome  type:takeanideaandrun  type:posttext  type:stylisticappreciation  type:somethingperfect  length:1-5k 
august 2013 by blottingtheink
inspired by your laugh to wait for things - gyzym - Welcome to Night Vale [Archive of Our Own]
"I was just," Carlos says, and it comes out fucked up and shattered and pleading -- which is horrifying -- because he doesn't know what he'll do if Night Vale is a dream, he really doesn't. "I missed the show, could you -- or, no, I mean, I can't ask you to -- I just, uh, I wanted to -- Cecil, I --"

And then Cecil makes this little sound, the sound he always makes when Carlos says his name, and puts on his radio voice. He says, "Hang a map of a place you'll never go on your living room wall. Draw new streets. Tear off bodies of water. Wait for news crews to arrive. Welcome to Night Vale," and Carlos thinks he understands something, maybe, about Cecil, the way Cecil knows when and just how to comfort this town.

|| Cecil and Carlos, and how they fit together. Gyzym adds wonderful things to the town, and to the backstory--something about it sits a bit wrong, I can't help imagining Carlos as more *informative* than this--and I miss the humor of the show like a second skin. But beautifully rendered, and the moment, quoted above, made me choke up--what a gift to give.
fandom:nightvale  author:gyzym  pairing:cecil/carlos  type:fivethings  type:softly  type:birdsongsweet  type:stylisticappreciation  type:backstory  length:1-5k 
august 2013 by blottingtheink
(nothing) could be better - novembersmith - Welcome to Night Vale [Archive of Our Own]
He thought he’d been ready. He’d analyzed romantic films and television shows. He took extensive notes on a variety of porn. But for all that, he’d forgotten to take one very important variable into account.

Location.

He keeps trying to apologize.

“I just didn’t expect it!” Carlos says wretchedly. “It’s not—I don’t mind—and I do want to—with your?” Who could resist such a compellingly inarticulate offer, he thinks, and stares miserably at the black-and-white Blob gyrating on the big screen alongside Elvis.

|| A delightfully, DELIGHTFULLY science-y Carlos, and a fun spin on the experienced-virgin trope--Cecil is fantastic, and just as susceptible to getting his feelings hurt. Wonderful: fun, well-characterized, and satisfying.
fandom:nightvale  author:novembersmith  pairing:cecil/carlos  type:tentacles  type:firsttime  type:characterization  type:stylisticappreciation  type:takeanideaandrun  type:voice  type:makesmesmile  length:1-5k 
july 2013 by blottingtheink
Five Authors Who Didn't Write The Avengers - rhymer23 - The Avengers (2012), Marvel Avengers Movies Universe [Archive of Our Own]
One day Rabbit, Piglet and Pooh were sitting outside Pooh's door listening to Rabbit. "What we need," said Rabbit, "is a Conference."

"I think a Conference tastes like strawberries," whispered Pooh to Piglet, "but I am not sure."

"A Conference," said Rabbit sternly, "means that I talk about Something Important and decide that Something Must Be Done About It and then we do it."

"Do what?" said Pooh.

"Unbounce Thor," said Rabbit, "because you must agree that Thor is very full of bounces. Thor is One Of The More Boisterous Animals and he needs to have less boister. What we need," he declared, "is a Plan."

"I had a Plan once," Pooh said sadly, "but Thor sat on it."
fandom:avengers  author:rhymer23  type:gen  type:fivethings  type:hilarifying  type:crackiscrazysauce  type:crossover  type:stylisticappreciation  type:takeanideaandrun  length:1-5k 
july 2013 by blottingtheink
Play It Again - Chapter 1 - metisket - Teen Wolf (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
In which Stiles goes along with one of Derek’s plans and ends up in an alternate universe as a result. He should’ve known better. He did know better, actually, and that means he has no one to blame but himself.

“Laura wants to lure the kid in with food and kindness and make a pet of him, like a feral cat. Derek wants to have him arrested for stalking. They’re at an impasse. (And the rest of the family is staying emphatically out of it in a way that suggests bets have been placed.)”

|| As good as all the saves on Pinboard are making it seem--long, plotty, interesting. The alternate-universe characters are all interesting recasts of the show-universe, and it deals with that Stiles--and really anyone in the show--are probably dealing with extensive mental issues (here PTSD, among others). This Stiles is perhaps a bit too clever? And exceedingly good at manipulating others. But I've seen all of two episodes of the show, what do I know.
fandom:teenwolf  author:metisket  pairing:derek/stiles  type:alternateuniverse  type:takeanideaandrun  type:plotty  type:longandsatisfying  type:preslash  type:multiverse  type:ouchmyheart  type:family  type:stylisticappreciation  length:60-80k 
july 2013 by blottingtheink
Somewhere a Band is Playing - indigostohelit - Welcome to Night Vale [Archive of Our Own]
Cecil has been the host of Night Vale's community radio show for about fifteen years.

Cecil has been the host of Night Vale's community radio show since Night Vale began.

Cecil had a mother, and a family, and a childhood, and grew up in Night Vale, and built a life in Night Vale.

Cecil has never not been the host of the Night Vale community radio show.

One day long ago, Cecil walked into the desert and never came back.

Cecil and Carlos deal with life, sex, pancakes, and possibly being anthropomorphic personifications. Also, Night Vale history as told by Night Vale, and a step-by-step guide to defying Death. Today's weather is by Ray Bradbury.

|| OH. MY. GOD. I had to think long and hard about what to quote from this; it's EXCELLENT. It's not quite the show's voice, but it's a different look at the show, and the idea of Night Vale, than we get in the cast, and it is EXQUISITE and I LOVE IT. YOU SHOULD READ IT.
fandom:nightvale  author:indigostohelit  pairing:cecil/carlos  type:somethingperfect  type:takeanideaandrun  type:birdsongsweet  type:meta  type:makesmesmile  type:ohwownorly  type:stylisticappreciation  type:fairytale  length:1-5k 
july 2013 by blottingtheink
what occasion could be more special? - suitablyskippy - Welcome to Night Vale [Archive of Our Own]
“We’ve just gone up through the third storey,” says Carlos. He rasps one hand down the lovingly close-shorn stubble on his firm, beautiful jaw. “We’ve just gone up through a storey of your building that isn’t even there.”

“The disappearance is really more of an advertising stunt than anything,” agrees Cecil. The elevator pings. “But long live Night Vale, that’s what I say. Long live the capitalist hegemony! Would you like some dinner, while you’re here?”

|| Oh, this is DELIGHTFUL, and absolutely spot-on to the tone of Night Vale. Of course, putting Night Vale in a proper narrative makes it even more horrifying--now I want people to Be Okay, and, ahahahhahaa, but. What sweethearts.

Warnings for non-consensual muting of children.
fandom:nightvale  author:suitablyskippy  pairing:cecil/carlos  type:stylisticappreciation  type:voice  type:takeanideaandrun  type:ouchmyheart  type:ohwownorly  length:1-5k 
july 2013 by blottingtheink
Dear Clint Barton (circa age 7) - pollyrepeat - The Avengers (2012) [Archive of Our Own]
The most annoying parts of being de-aged (and then re-aged) are your friends.

|| Oh, I LOVED this. Deals really well with the kind of squicky implications of de-aging, and that the way one is intimate with a child is not the way one should be intimate with an adult. I wish it was longer, somehow, but overall excellent, and not a trope-inversion I've seen done before. (At least, not this well.)
fandom:avengers  author:pollyrepeat  type:gen  type:kidfic  type:future  type:teamfic  type:friendship  type:workingitout  type:emotionallyconstipated  type:takeanideaandrun  type:trope  type:stylisticappreciation  length:1-5k 
june 2013 by blottingtheink
Self-Made Man #22: Second Person - The Rumpus.net
Today I stuck myself with a needle. I’m jangly with testosterone. Later I’ll go swim it off. I’ll make my body straight as the line on the floor of the pool. In the locker room, men will wander bare-assed past me, unselfconscious and beautiful, all of them. I will wait until they aren’t looking to pull off my shorts, or will change behind the curtained shower stall, even though I’m beautiful, too.

|| Excellent piece on dreams and self and gender and writing.
fandom:not!  author:the.rumpus  author:thomas.page.mcbee  type:just_yes  type:a+forgenderidentity  type:stylisticappreciation  type:meta  length:notspecified 
may 2013 by blottingtheink
Book & Bell - SeriousMistakes (TruckThat) - Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle [Archive of Our Own]
An AU where Kurogane is (mostly) the son of a small-town baker and Fai is... not. Also featuring wizards, raisin muffins, curses, an abandoned house, and a series of terrible mistakes.

|| Oh my GOD, this is INCREDIBLE. The author notes that this owes a lot to the DWJ Howl's Moving Castle, and it does, it does, but it's also brilliant in and of itself, and the Fai and Kurogane here are completely AU and completely themselves. I'm not sure how the author got the whole speaking-without-speaking clearly thing down so well, especially in the TWO DIFFERENT VOICES that Fai and Kurogane have, but they did, and I could read a sequel to this for days and days.
fandom:tsubasa  author:seriousmistakes  pairing:kurogane/fai  type:alternateuniverse  type:crossover  type:longandsatisfying  type:plotty  type:characterization  type:voice  type:stylisticappreciation  type:takeanideaandrun  type:ohwownorly  type:awesome  length:20-25k 
may 2013 by blottingtheink
Locked Room Puzzle - Speranza - due South [Archive of Our Own]
"Aileen," Musky said finally, with the air of someone imparting great wisdom, "if you ever have a case gives you the stinkeye, one of the finest policemen in all the world lives not twenty miles past Miller's Hill."

|| NEW DUE SOUTH FIC. OFC POV, but she is DELIGHTFUL, just like this whole fic. It's Speranza, so. I happily slot this into one of the many happy endings which I have imagined for Ray and Fraser.
fandom:duesouth  author:speranza  pairing:fraser/rayk  type:posttext  type:future  type:jobfic  type:domestic  type:makesmesmile  type:characterization  type:stylisticappreciation  type:outsidepov  type:softly  length:1-5k 
may 2013 by blottingtheink
swift waters, parted - jan - Chihayafuru [Archive of Our Own]
Back in Tokyo, they build their club one member at a time. The quiet practice room grows lively, filled with an energy different from that of the scattered matches in a karuta society's hall. The club at Kaimeisei was larger, its matches held in a proper tatami room rather than the makeshift playing area they've rigged up in Mizusawa, but something about the latter feels familiar, like a reunion. One afternoon, watching the light fall across the lines of cards and over the bent backs of the others, Taichi thinks — sudden, giddy — I wish we could show this to him.

|| I'm not even done and I'm saving this, and this is less that 5k. OT3 of my HEART, oh you poor babies, you're a mess and also love thing so deeply, each of you, god I love everything.
fandom:chihayafuru  author:jan  pairing:chihaya/taichi/arata  type:stylisticappreciation  type:threesome  type:ouchmyheart  length:1-5k 
may 2013 by blottingtheink
babel, babel, look at me now - jumpfall - Iron Man (Movies), The Avengers (2012) [Archive of Our Own]
Iron Man 3 Spoilers.

Fixing Extremis doesn't mean removing it. Tony Stark may in fact be dating a superhero. (There's a line in the budget for it.)

|| The story Pepper Potts deserves. (And, probably, the one she'll never get. Goddammit, comics movies. Catch up, already.)
fandom:ironman  fandom:avengers  author:jumpfall  pairing:tony/pepper  type:becausecharacterlove  type:feminism  type:awesome  type:characterization  type:posttext  type:somethingperfect  type:stylisticappreciation  type:ohwownorly  length:5-10k 
may 2013 by blottingtheink
industry of actual boys - dimbleby - Hockey RPF [Archive of Our Own]
Geno laughs, and it’s a loud, startling sound. “Sidney Crosby say I skate well. He mean, for photographer.”

|| Ohhh, this is cute; I really like the Sid POV here, and it makes the ending super-satisfying. Really well-executed use of internal voice and consistency.
fandom:hockeyrpffml  author:dimbleby  pairing:sidney/geno  type:alternateuniverse  type:criminallyadorable  type:stylisticappreciation  type:characterization  type:endingiswhoa  type:makesmesmile  length:1-5k 
may 2013 by blottingtheink
If the Right One Came Along - hapakitsune - Hockey RPF [Archive of Our Own]
"Once there were two hockey players. One had great hair. One had a lot of brothers. This is their story." Or, Kris Letang gets a hug and Marc Staal meets a nice boy.

|| It feels fundamentally ridiculous to me that I read this story--Marc Staal and Kris Letang? WHAT?--but I trust hk, and it was a wonderful, slow development. By the time they kissed, I was so ready. Lovely.
fandom:hockeyrpffml  author:hapakitsune  pairing:marcstaal/krisletang  type:obliviousness  type:thisishowwedevelop  type:ust  type:stylisticappreciation  type:birdsongsweet  length:10k-15k 
may 2013 by blottingtheink
Be wise as thou art cruel - evil_whimsey - xxxHoLic [Archive of Our Own]
Doumeki and Watanuki and Sonnet 140 (Shakespeare).

|| Augh. This doesn't even follow xxxHolic Rou, or the ending of holic proper, and it still carries a weight with it like the ending of those. Softly, sharply beautiful. The ending is--unclear, in a way I think would hurt even more with clarity--but is still terrible. In the --good way? The good way.
fandom:xxxholic  author:evil_whimsey  pairing:doumeki/watanuki  type:ouchmyheart  type:closetocanonau  type:posttext  type:whatwedotoeachother  type:softly  type:knifeslidesin  type:stylisticappreciation  length:1-5k 
april 2013 by blottingtheink
paperclipbitch: waltz across naïve wood floors. | Elementary | Sherlock & Joan
"You're wearing my underwear again, aren't you," Joan says.

|| Best palemance, go home. (Genmance, basically, based on grounding and calming.) But seriously, this is delightful, I love the edges of Sherlock's mental processes, the way paperclipbitch writes him thinking very close to five things at once.
fandom:elementary  author:paperclipbitch  pairing:sherlock/joan  type:gen  type:characterization  type:livingtogetherfirst  type:workingitout  type:moirallegiance  type:stylisticappreciation  length:1-5k 
april 2013 by blottingtheink
Less Coffee, More Killing (sex and violence dub) - Laylah - Homestuck [Archive of Our Own]
Your superiors think you are the best possible agent for the tough cases, and if they don't quite understand why you have, at your young age, enough skills for any two trolls—well. You tell yourselves that of course most people aren't clever enough to figure you out, and you try to be more smug than furious.

|| Okay, so true story, bodysharing FREAKS ME OUT, god, that's a terrible loss of autonomy that I just--I can't enjoy--but. This is a great story, and I am super into Karkat and Terezi's dynamics, here.
fandom:homestuck  author:laylah  pairing:terezi/karkat(kismesis)  type:nosburb  type:alternateuniverse  type:bodysharing  type:short  type:characterization  type:stylisticappreciation  length:1-5k 
march 2013 by blottingtheink
Doing the Lambeth Walk - blamebrampton - Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling [Archive of Our Own]
‘Digestives. Who names a biscuit after a bodily process? It’s revolting.’

Harry shook his head. For all the world that sounded like …

‘You say that every time, darling, but you do like the chocolate ones.’

Harry carefully put his cream into his basket before he just-as carefully crept over to the next aisle and peeked slowly around the corner. Three fair-haired people were standing there. Which didn’t mean anything. There were loads of people with blond hair in London, and statistically, quite a few of them would sound like …

‘Narcissa, I may like them, but that doesn’t mean I need to approve of them.’

|| Post-war, EWE, Harry's hiding out from the Wizarding World, helping to run and fund a center in Brixton. The Malfoys are also hiding in Brixton. Everyone's more of an adult, and it's all very, very satisfying.
fandom:harrypotter  author:blamebrampton  pairing:harry/draco  type:posttext  type:ewe  type:takeanideaandrun  type:learningeachother  type:growingup  type:birdsongsweet  type:stylisticappreciation  length:25-30k 
march 2013 by blottingtheink
this obsessive idea - kangeiko - Literary RPF [Archive of Our Own]
Who among us has not dreamt, in moments of ambition, of the miracle of a poetic prose, musical without rhythm and rhyme, supple and staccato enough to adapt to the lyrical stirrings of the soul, the undulations of dreams, and sudden leaps of consciousness. This obsessive idea is above all a child of giant cities, of the intersecting of their myriad relations.

—Dedication of Le Spleen de Paris

|| OH MY GOOD GOD IT'S PERFECT. Baudelaire, Manet, Olympia, cities, the Salon, and, of course, the gargoyle living in Baudelaire's room--best if you're passing familiar with both Manet and Baudelaire, but if you look up any of the Fleurs de mal and Olympia (the painting), you're set, go read this, it's INCREDIBLE, and everyone should read it and love it.
fandom:literaryrpf  author:kangeiko  challenge:yuletide2012  type:voice  type:dreamingfucksyouup  type:beautiful  type:knifeslidesin  type:stylisticappreciation  type:insightful  type:somethingperfect  length:1-5k 
january 2013 by blottingtheink
Hide Of A Life War - Etharei - Teen Wolf (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
“We have received confirmation that there is a hostage situation in progress at a warehouse compound two hours out of Los Angeles, following a multiple-vehicle pileup on Highway 101 this morning...”

The one in which Stiles has lived to (legal) adulthood and, along the way, become a bit of a badass himself.

|| This is honestly amazing. Tightly paced, beautifully characterized, and heart-poundingly awesome. W o w.
fandom:teenwolf  author:etharei  pairing:derek/stiles  type:future  type:thisishowwedevelop  type:characterization  type:awesome  type:bamf  type:workingitout  type:plotty  type:stylisticappreciation  type:ohwownorly  length:25-30k 
october 2012 by blottingtheink
i think you need a shotgun blast - postcardmystery - Elementary (TV), Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel: the Series [Archive of Our Own]
She is not the Slayer and he is not the Slayer’s Watcher, but their roles are almost as old as human civilisation and they fall into them without even truly having to try. She kills twenty or thirty vamps a night, and he stands at her shoulder, twisting cheesewire between his fingers that he’s cursed with a spell five centuries old, a stake in his belt and blood between his teeth.

Joan Watson is a Slayer, and Sherlock Holmes is her Watcher.

|| OH MY GOD. Wretched and twisted as that cheesewire, this is both everything I never knew I wanted, and a gut-punch, with all the displaced internal organs that implies.
fandom:elementary  fandom:btvs  type:crossover  pairing:sherlock/joan  type;gen  type:ouchmyheart  type:takeanideaandrun  type:knifeslidesin  type:endingiswhoa  type:stylisticappreciation  type:ohwownorly  type:whatwedotoeachother  type:apocalypse  length:1-5k 
october 2012 by blottingtheink
[Fanvid] amazing - coffeesuperhero - The Avengers (2012) [Archive of Our Own]
They're amazing.

So, I already have a lot of feelings about this song, and it took me a bit to get over that it's on a fuck ton of my melancholic playlists, and I'm not entirely sure if it's just me, but this does have that, feels slowed down, muted, from the fast-paced joyride of the actual movie. NEVERTHELESS--the Bruce/Natasha/Clint section gave me every feeling--every single one. (I'm a killer/I know I'm wrong/yeah/I'm a problem/that'll never, ever be solved. Yes please, Ye, tell me about Bruce and Natasha, k thanks.)
fandom:avengers  author:coffeesuperhero  type:vid  type:gen  type:becausecharacterlove  type:teamfic  type:stylisticappreciation 
september 2012 by blottingtheink
On Being Asked for a War Poem - shiplizard - Dresden Files - Jim Butcher [Archive of Our Own]
The answer to the question 'how did a nice young man like Nathan Hendricks wind up in a corporate crime syndicate like this?,' and a couple others. References but probably doesn't really spoil Even Hand.

|| Ugh, flawless.
fandom:dresdenfiles  author:shiplizard  character:nathanhendricks  type:gen  type:pre-text  type:backstory  type:characterization  type:characterstudy  type:stylisticappreciation  type:ohwownorly  type:workinprogress  length:1-5k 
august 2012 by blottingtheink
its thoughtless objects - gogollescent - Homestuck [Archive of Our Own]
HSO br5 fill. Terezi and Vriska hangin' out in San Francisco.

On Alternia, no one would dare name a bridge golden unless it was the congealed consequence of a million leaking psiioniics. You find that you prefer the human approach, which, while ranging from the counterintuitive to the downright illogical, does allow for the cinnamon smudge that rides the milky horizon to fill your nostrils with its spicy breadth.

|| I'M. I'M GONNA DIE. OKAY, so. The prose is pristine. Terezi and Vriska's relationship--in these short 500 words--is heartbreaking and DEVELOPED. Terezi's POV, and the comparisons she makes between troll and human culture--oh my god. OH MY GOD. Sad and perfect in every single way. G O D.
fandom:homestuck  author:gogollescent  pairing:terezi/vriska  challenge:hso2012  type:postsburb  type:characterization  type:stylisticappreciation  type:ouchmyheart  type:feeeeeeeelings  type:ohwownorly  type:somethingperfect  length:<1k 
august 2012 by blottingtheink
hso2012_r3s2 | FIC/ART: NEVER OR LATER (BRO<3GRANDPA)
But yeah, you've heard of this guy. Your interest in pop culture is ironic and minimal but not to the point where you haven't heard of the man who steered his boat around the world twice and came back with one million dollars and about a dozen decapitated great white sharks.

You're interested. Vaguely impressed.

"Cool," you deadpan, "And why have your adventures brought you to my doorstep?"

He stands up straighter, "Not adventures, no. Meteors," he pauses, lets it sink in. You look at the girl under his arm, "It's been a while, but I believe you got one?"
fandom:homestuck  author:anon  challenge:hso2012  pairing:bro/grandpa  type:backstory  type:voice  type:characterization  type:ouchmyheart  type:family  type:feeeeeeeelings  type:stylisticappreciation  type:illustrated  length:1-5k 
august 2012 by blottingtheink
Jake: come up with a capital idea. - Laylah - Homestuck [Archive of Our Own]
When you reach the excavation site, the university types are talking to the troll welfare chap—a serious fellow in a khaki uniform, holding a rifle. "Heavens," you say. "Is there a fugitive on the loose?"

UGH; I both love and hate Petstuck, as a concept, but Jake and Aradia are adorable here, and I want good things for Aradia always, so.
fandom:homestuck  author:laylah  type:gen  series:petstuck  type:ouchmyheart  type:silliness  type:characterization  type:stylisticappreciation  type:worldbuilding  type:takeanideaandrun  length:1-5k 
august 2012 by blottingtheink
oh lady, be good. - fic: those who are afraid of wolves
There is a saying: those who are afraid of wolves should not go into the woods. Natasha is not a wolf, but she does not fear them, either.

There is a saying: they hang the thief who stole 5 kopecks, and honor the one who stole 50. She says, “there is red in my ledger,” but what she means is, they honor me, in Russia.

D: Natasha. D: This is great; a really wonderful mood-piece. (Part of me wishes we could have other mood-type pieces for Natasha, but this fits this version of her SO WELL. Ugh.)
fandom:avengers  author:ohladybegood  type:gen  pairing:clint/natasha  type:characterstudy  type:stylisticappreciation  type:ouchmyheart  type:backstory  type:abouttheexecution  type:goddamnwearefuckedup  type:surviving  length:notspecified 
july 2012 by blottingtheink
Reel Lifer (Jane♥Gamzee, Karkat♦Gamzee, by Anonymous)
SO GREAT???? The one where it's a FLAWLESSLY done human!Gamzee, who is as religious and go-with-the-flow and dangerous as canon Gamzee; where the writing is tight with tension and every character is in character; where it's Jane<3Gamzee and I honestly do not give a fuck.

Gamzee's blue chica has some scores she needs to settle.
fandom:homestuck  author:anon  challenge:hso2012  pairing:jane/gamzee  pairing:karkat/gamzee(moirail)  type:alternateuniverse  type:voice  type:takeanideaandrun  type:ghosts  type:hijinks  type:somethingperfect  type:ohwownorly  type:stylisticappreciation  length:1-5k 
july 2012 by blottingtheink
By Any Other Name - ChibiRHM - Hockey RPF [Archive of Our Own]
The one about Sid calling Geno "Zhenya," only, really it's about how in love with him Geno is, and about BEING in love. Check this:


"So much love in you," she sighs, standing on her tiptoes and kissing his forehead. It makes Geno remember when he was seven, and how he'd plucked flowers from every garden on his way home from school so his mother would have something pretty for her birthday. She'd said the same thing and kissed him the same way, arranging all the wilted blooms in a vase like they were the finest roses from the best florist in town. He still feels just as small and clumsy as he did then, just as unsure of how to deal with that feeling of caring about someone so much that any gesture he makes barely relieves the suffocating need to do anything to make them happy. He still wonders if he is special, like his mother says, or if this is how everyone is, if everyone walks around only looking calm on the surface while inside they're screaming with feelings that they don't know how to voice in any language.


YEAH. Hot damn.
fandom:hockeyrpffml  author:chibirhm  pairing:sidney/geno  type:stylisticappreciation  type:beautiful  type:birdsongsweet  type:feeeeeeeelings  type:makesmesmile  type:short  length:1-5k 
july 2012 by blottingtheink
elioenai - Anonymous - The Avengers (2012), His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman [Archive of Our Own]
Tony falls through the space between worlds. As a result, he can see daemons. It kind of freaks him out. (It's stranger and more beautiful than he could have ever imagined.)

Well, Tony thinks, blinking back dust and dried blood. This is different.

There's a cat sitting on his chest. An honest-to-god, shaggy-furred cat, blinking down at him and hissing at the sky.

Captain America looms somewhere just overhead, and there's a wolf at his side. Her—and it is a she, Tony knows it right away—fur is dark, but her eyes are gentle, almost worried.

The cat sitting on his chest purrs. Tony blinks. He's not entirely sure how he's supposed to react to that.

True. Ugh, this is lovely, and unsettling, which is everything I want from all daemon fic ever.
fandom:avengers  author:anon  type:gen  type:daemons  type:lovely  type:birdsongsweet  type:stylisticappreciation  type:myheart  length:5-10k 
july 2012 by blottingtheink
I Don't Want No Fly Guy (I Just Want A Shy Guy) - Saucery - Teen Wolf (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Stiles + Drunken Psychoanalysis = Win.

Yes. Good. V. good. In terms of actual characters that I care about, and want the best for?

This would be great.

Also, hot DAMN, Saucery could be, like, a lesson in dialogue.
fandom:teenwolf  author:saucery  pairing:danny/stiles  type:short  type:banter  type:justforfun  type:birdsongsweet  type:kissing  type:stylisticappreciation  length:<1k 
july 2012 by blottingtheink
dress up and coloring... a lot of coloring - Katarin - Hockey RPF [Archive of Our Own]
Hal gets traded and PK's okay with that, he really is. He's still friends with Hal's kids, though, and Carey isn't jealous at all.

In the same verse as "It's Complicated," and the same effortless narration and complex characterization. Carey is such a douche, I love it.
fandom:hockeyrpffml  author:katarin  pairing:pksubban/careyprice  type:posttext  type:dayinthelife  type:jealousy  type:kidfic  type:criminallyadorable  type:characterization  type:stylisticappreciation  length:5-10k 
july 2012 by blottingtheink
Moral Of The Story - astolat - The Avengers (2012), Thor (2011) [Archive of Our Own]
What you never wanted to know about Asgardian deities and somehow accidentally asked.

0.0 LOL. Great, great characterization--my favorite thing about this is how it combines feelings, hilarity, voice and hot hot hotness with that Loki is really, really a jerk, and Thor is super an idiot sometimes. As a piece of writing, it's super excellent.
fandom:avengers  author:astolat  pairing:thor/loki  type:voice  type:characterization  type:stylisticappreciation  type:hilarifying  type:hottt  type:whatwedotoeachother  type:threesome  length:5-10k 
june 2012 by blottingtheink
they're all blood, you see - there are many names in history (and all of them are ours) . Avengers . Tony/Natasha . One-Shot .
Natalia Alianovna Romanova is born in the depth of winter, with eyes as stormy as a pre-blizzard sky.

Baba Yaga whispers magic in one ear and Rasputin murmurs in the other. Ivan’s war cry echoes in her first scream, and Princess Anastasia’s defiance rattles from her tiny fists. King Frost kisses her brow and her mother weeps.

Long live Russia.

--The author calls these "weird fucking metaphors," and...I suppose they are. They're also really fucking delightful. Damn, I love the choosing of characters in this, and the way in which it informs relationships. Mmm.
fandom:avengers  author:pprfaith  pairing:tony/natasha  type:gen  type:takeanideaandrun  type:stylisticappreciation  type:beautiful  type:abouttheexecution  type:poetry  length:1-5k 
june 2012 by blottingtheink
gyzym: inception fic: all i want of the world, coming down
Dreaming, driving, dying; this is a story about how things don't change.

Or, really, how it does. Oh, god. There's something about the issues in Inception, and the measured-ness that their voices require that makes gyzym's writing, here, some of her best, I think. Anyway. This is poetic and restrained; I fucking love what she does with dialogue--frankness that is anything but.
fandom:inception  author:gyzym  pairing:arthur/eames  type:posttext  type:stylisticappreciation  type:future  type:workingitout  type:characterization  length:1-5k 
march 2012 by blottingtheink
We, the Web Kids - Pastebin.com
To us, the Web is a sort of shared external memory. We do not have to remember unnecessary details: dates, sums, formulas, clauses, street names, detailed definitions. It is enough for us to have an abstract, the essence that is needed to process the information and relate it to others. Should we need the details, we can look them up within seconds. Similarly, we do not have to be experts in everything, because we know where to find people who specialise in what we ourselves do not know, and whom we can trust. People who will share their expertise with us not for profit, but because of our shared belief that information exists in motion, that it wants to be free, that we all benefit from the exchange of information. Every day: studying, working, solving everyday issues, pursuing interests. We know how to compete and we like to do it, but our competition, our desire to be different, is built on knowledge, on the ability to interpret and process information, and not on monopolising it.

This is awesome, and actually very, very, intriguing, although it postulates a shared access to internet that is not close to universal. Nevertheless, it verbalizes some elements of the ways I think about information, politics, and culture that I had not, really, known how to say or connected. There was definitely a thrill of recognition--more than one.
fandom:not!  author:PiotrCzerski  type:political  type:mediastudies  type:interesting  type:insightful  type:stylisticappreciation  resourcetype:culturalstudies  length:notspecified 
february 2012 by blottingtheink
An Avalanche Of Detour Signs - gyzym - Sherlock (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
In which Molly Hooper gets a job, gets a degree, breaks a heart, has her heart broken, falls in love, keeps a secret, saves a life, runs a morgue, falls apart, pulls it together, and finds exactly what she didn't know she was looking for--not necessarily in that order.
fandom:bbcsherlock  author:gyzym  pairing:molly/lestrade  type:backstory  type:epic  type:characterization  type:characterstudy  type:workingitout  type:whatwedotoeachother  type:a+formentalhealth  type:stylisticappreciation  length:50-60k 
february 2012 by blottingtheink
If You Liked The Book, You'll Hate The Movie - Chapter 1 - paperclipbitch - X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]
Modern-Day High School AU. It’s not until Hank realises half the class are glancing towards the back of the classroom with something like nerves and something like schadenfreude that he finds out Alex Summers is back.

Basically everyone’s got mental health problems in this and I think at least 20k of it was produced under antidepressant-induced mania last summer. Experimenting with writing styles so five different POVs. I’ve deliberately fucked with ages and friendships and familial relationships for both the movies and the comics. Other than that... this is stupidly long, and a bit ridiculous, and I’m really sorry (all I wanted was to write a cracky fic where Emma and Hank were BFFs. Whyyyyy etc).

I don't even know how to express all my feelings for this. paperclipbitch moves the story effortlessly between points of view, everyone is broken and surviving and not romanticized, every time I thought "oh, whoops, I guess the kids are being back-burned?" I was proven wrong, and basically I read it in one sitting while I should have been doing other things, despite my lack-of-need for X-Men right now.

(That's something I wish English had a word for, lack-of-need.)
fandom:x-men(firstclass)  author:paperclipbitch  pairing:erik/charles  pairing:hank/alex  pairing:raven/sean  pairing:armando/angel  type:highschoolau  type:alternateuniverse  type:characterization  type:stylisticappreciation  type:longandsatisfying  type:feeeeeeeelings  type:surviving  type:workingitout  type:a+formentalhealth  warningtype:mentalhealthissues  warningtype:depression  warningtype:rape(discussed)  warningtype:alcohol  length:50-60k 
february 2012 by blottingtheink
stitching up the circuitboards - dellaluce - Homestuck [Archive of Our Own]
She sits, and she waits for her story to start.

This is FLAWLESS. I wanted to use a pull-quote from this, but, honestly, I couldn't possibly choose, the whole 7000 words is a pull quote--mothergodgoddamn. This explores what we know about Jade's childhood: alone, extraordinarily gifted at making things work, awake on Prospit--again alone, and convinced she knows what's happening--and says: Well. And if you were all those things, how do you become Jade Harley, wunderkid of fierce and and get-shit-done and boiling frustration? UGH AND IT IS PERFECT.
fandom:homestuck  author:dellaluce  pairing:dave/jade  type:characterization  type:characterstudy  type:becausecharacterlove  type:personalcanon  type:somethingperfect  type:stylisticappreciation  type:backstory  type:canonexpansion  type:gen  length:5-10k 
january 2012 by blottingtheink
Johbisai - Katarik - Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi | Spirited Away [Archive of Our Own]
Chihiro, making meals for the soul.

Yup, yup, weak to Chihiro for life. Girl is a hero. Not to imply that there is anything in this lovely snippet that is weak. To wit:

"I would have helped you, but you didn't need it."

Chihiro blinks, then smiles a little. "I didn't," she admits.

Perfection.
fandom:spiritedaway  author:katarik  character:chihiro  type:gen  type:characterization  type:midtext  type:posttext  type:stylisticappreciation  type:becausecharacterlove  length:1-5k 
january 2012 by blottingtheink
gyzym: good omens fic: build me a city, call it jerusalem [aziraphale/crowley, r]
They are collectors of things now, of flash cars and old scrolls, of decent wine they'll improve upon, of cell phones and old memories, of land deeds, just because. They are collectors of things, because they have learned better than to be collectors of people, know now that it will only speed it, the way they aggregate, the way they steal, are stolen, a thousand shades of piety in the weave of Aziraphale's tweeds, a watercolor in petty sins in the folds of Crowley's leathers.

--

On the eighth day, God wept. They don't really tell you that part.

--

Oh man--I wanted to quote every other line of this as I was reading it. It has a wonderful lyricism and an insight that continuously caught me off-guard. I love this Aziraphale and Crowley deeply. Warning: this fic uses and re-writes many Judeo-Christian stories and themes, and is a. MUCH easier to understand if you are familiar, and b. maybe give a miss if that is upsetting.
fandom:goodomens  author:gyzym  pairing:aziraphale/crowley  type:stylisticappreciation  type:justthisedgeofpainful  type:beautiful  type:bibleretelling  type:insightful  length:1-5k 
january 2012 by blottingtheink
fairy_tale_echo - this is your life
I could write a better book than that Mezrich asshole half-asleep and in Latin. He thinks he's some latter day Hunter S. Thompson? Thompson would eat that fucker for breakfast and never look back. He writes shitty fiction and passes it off as neo-non-fiction. Sorry, but that's not how it works. See, fiction is fiction and truth is truth and no matter how nice a face you put on it, never the twain shall meet. Either tell the truth or tell some fiction but don't believe the lie that this is some world where they can all mix.

He told you fiction. I'm going to tell you the truth.

The truth starts here: there was nothing accidental about what happened.
fandom:thesocialnetwork  author:fairy_tale_echo  pairing:mark/eduardo  type:abouttheexecution  type:posttext  type:beautiful  type:stylisticappreciation  type:happilyeverafter  type:fixit  length:16-20k 
december 2011 by blottingtheink
Übermorgen hol ich mir der Königin ihr Kind - waldorph - Once Upon a Time (2011) [Archive of Our Own]
Spawned from a conversation I had with dodificus about why Rumpelstiltskin is so obsessed with taking people's babies. Obviously he just wants to be a daddy. Title taken from the original German, roughly translates to "tomorrow I'll have the Queen's child".

YES.

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. Like fairytales? Like ladies? Like grey characters and mythos and families and the edge of horror?

READ. THIS.

(Oh, I just realized this is waldorph, and now I am the opposite of surprised, yes, lovely.)
fandom:fairytale  author:waldorph  type:gen  type:alternateuniverse  type:awesome  type:bamf  type:fairytale  type:family  type:characterization  type:voice  type:stylisticappreciation  length:1-5k 
december 2011 by blottingtheink
The Wheels On The Bus Go Round And Round - odditycollector - Homestuck [Archive of Our Own]
you're pacing the engine hold of your ship

which is your personal ship

which is the fastest ship

and you're screaming that

there are fifteen billion aliens on just that one planet

just that one

and I'm going to stop the mandatory culling and I'm going to give them back some control over their government

eventually

OH. MY. GOD. ohmigod. Feferi<3<Sollux--and how that could ever happen. The choice of voice and form in this is EXQUISITE.
fandom:homestuck  author:odditycollector  pairing:feferi/sollux(kismesis)  type:ohwownorly  type:takeanideaandrun  type:ouchmyheart  type:short  type:shiverrrrrrrr  type:voice  type:stylisticappreciation  length:<1k  type:forc'estwhat 
december 2011 by blottingtheink
homesmut: Homestuck Kink Meme V
I NEED TO HAVE GODTIER JOHN FIC

WITH THE LINE


"JOHN'S DICK WAS THE CENTRE OF THE STORM"




SLASH PLZ, BUT ANYTHING BUT JOHN/DAVE AND CUTESY RABURABU JOHN/KARKAT (BLACKROM IS OKAY)

Okay, a TERRIBLE prompt, let's not lie, but it turns into AMAZING RP'd fic and banter, this whole thread is like a present.
fandom:homestuck  author:anon  type:commentfic  type:characterization  type:hilarifying  type:laughingmyassoff  type:stylisticappreciation  type:voice  length:not 
november 2011 by blottingtheink
siria | 1338 / Fic - Avengers (Movieverse)
The priest gives his mom Extreme Unction, hears the last confession she makes in a rasping voice; afterwards, the olive oil still glistening on her forehead, she makes Steve promise that he’ll write to her brothers and sisters and aunts back in Ireland, all the family he’s never seen but whom she still misses with a fierce ache, to let them know she’s gone. Of course, Steve tells her, sitting next to her on the bed and holding her thin hand as tightly as he dares; she whispers thank you, and that’s the thing that makes it all get away from him, that’s the thing that makes tears stand hot in his eyes—that his mother would think she has to thank him for less kindness than Steve would show to a dog in the street.


adksjalkjflaksjf;lajsd;lakjdlkaj!!!!!!!!!!!!

The most perfect Steve voice I've ever read. I teared, I giggled, I choked. Amazing.
fandom:avengers  author:siria  pairing:tony/steve  type:characterization  type:voice  type:stylisticappreciation  type:backstory  type:characterstudy  type:somethingperfect  type:flailhands  length:5-10k 
november 2011 by blottingtheink
The New Deal - Chapter 1 - Closer - Suits (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
It's December, 1998. Bill Clinton's in the White House (maybe not for long; impeachment hearings are set for the new year) and Barenaked Ladies are on the radio a lot.

Harvey knows the former, because he's following the legal twists like all the other students. He's sketchy on the latter because at the moment he's in the middle of 2L at Harvard Law and despite giving every impression of never working, working is basically all he does. Learning how to make what he does seem effortless is, he thinks, one more part of the training that started with Jessica plucking him out of juvie and will end --

Well, in a Senior Partner position at Pearson Hardman, but he doesn't know that yet. Right now his dreams are a little simpler: beating Scotty in Moot Court, getting his JD in at least the top five of his class, passing the Bar, and going to work at Pearson Hardman.

LOOK AT THAT FUCKING OPENING LOOK AT IT

LOOK AT IT

OH MY GOD I JUST STARTED THIS AND THAT IS AS FAR AS I GOT AND

TAGGED SO FUCKING HARD

(this is the Harvey finds Mike on his doorstep fic everyone's been tagging; it's long, chaptered, and, I'm assuming, beautiful, but here's another look that is not the summary, because that summary had me running away like whoa.)

ETA: Just finished, and I actualfax waved my arms around in the air like I was being accosted by the wasps of awesomeness. This was amazing.
fandom:suits  author:closer  type:gen  type:family  type:alternateuniverse  type:backstory  type:stylisticappreciation  type:awesome  type:flailhands  warningtype:abuse(past)  warningtype:ptsd(implied)  length:30-40k 
november 2011 by blottingtheink
Living Lore - silverpard - Sherlock (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
London dreams of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson.

|| ;aldjsfvpoaiurleqwndlkvjchoiewqrpjlsdajfhal

!!!!!

AMAZEBALLS

Fuck. Fuck. Fuck fuck fuck--I have almost no words. This is...ugh! It's vaguely Gaiman-ish, in that the city is creepy and alive, but it's also a distinctly different conception of the city's mythology, alongside an amazing working in of mythos and different voices. FOR EDIFICES.

fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuckkkkkkkkkkk read it
fandom:bbcsherlock  author:silverpard  type:gen  type:awesome  type:ohwownorly  type:stylisticappreciation  type:takeanideaandrun  type:bugscrawlingalloverme  type:creepy  type:violence  type:somethingperfect  length:1-5k 
november 2011 by blottingtheink
Apple Bottom Jeans (And Other Love Songs) - gyzym - The Avengers (2012) [Archive of Our Own]
Or, how Steve Rogers--kind of--learns to dance.

This made my insides squishy. I LOVE this--in part, I think, for getting to see Cap through gyzym's voice, and the beginnings of the workthrough as to why he, also, is in love with Tony--and also just because it is fucking delightful and so much fun.
fandom:avengers  author:gyzym  pairing:tony/steve  type:domestic  type:firsttime  type:wooing  type:sillysillyboys  type:criminallyadorable  type:chinhands  type:makesmesmile  type:stylisticappreciation  length:1-5k 
october 2011 by blottingtheink
Mister Vimes'd Go Spare! - Lunik - Discworld - Terry Pratchett [Archive of Our Own]
"In remembrance of the Commander,” Sergeant Oakes continued, “we’d best do it properly. All right, men, I want the city quiet tonight, and if you can’t make it quiet, at least make it short. Not one civilian gets hurt, you hear? Not even the little buggers who’s rioting! Remember, Sam Vimes’ll be watching us!”

By his side, young Corporal Triti piped up. “You think he’ll be protecting us, Sarge?”

Oakes hefted his helmet in his hands. “Not to protect us, Triti, not Mister Vimes. He’ll be watching to make sure we do it right!”

OH MY GOD DELIGHTFUL!!!! Once one gets over the distinct pain of Vimes dying (my heart, my feels), this is so much damn fun, and the author traipses through Pratchett's rhythms and thinking patterns like it was meant to be.
fandom:discworld  author:lunik  type:gen  type:becausecharacterlove  warningtype:characterdeath  type:posttext  type:future  type:justforfun  type:makesmesmile  type:stylisticappreciation  length:1-5k 
october 2011 by blottingtheink
norsekink: Prompt Post No. 1
Loki really hated being the littlest giant. He hated it even more since the Jotun had discovered that Loki could be really useful if properly motivated, because to his brethren, "proper motivation" usually amounted to death threats or more or less friendly violence. Now every day they came up with new demands - Loki, fetch us this magical ring, Loki, trick some dwarves into building us stuff, Loki, there's this Asgardian trying to steal my daughter, make him go away, Loki, we need you to turn into a maiden to distract some dragons so we can steal their treasure...

But whenever he came up with something actually worthwhile, like a scheme to overthrow Asgard, or a brilliant magical spell that could turn Jotunheim into a place that was actually habitable and nice and not painfully dull, all he got was ridicule or a good thrashing.

The fairy-tale nature of the writing settles into itself as it goes along (or I got used to it? perhaps both, although I do think the rhythm at the end is just stronger), and it's a fun read. It manages to keep the fairy-tale dichotomies simple and yet folded into the characters. Nice.
fandom:thor  author:anon  pairing:thor/loki  type:gen  type:commentfic  type:fairytale  type:stylisticappreciation  type:interesting  type:takeanideaandrun 
october 2011 by blottingtheink
postcardmystery: you've been acting awful tough lately
“You remember that time I wasn’t dead?” says Bucky, and Steve, not remotely ashamed about the fact that he’s crying, says, “Yeah. Yeah, I do.”

“Feels awful familiar right about now, don’t it?” says Bucky, and Steve grabs him and holds on tight, says, “You have no idea.”

“I need a fuckin’ drink,” says Bucky, his voice breaking, and Steve says, “Whatever you like. Just never do that again, or I’ll kill you myself.”

“Promises, promises,” says Bucky, and Steve grips him tighter.

SO ABOUT THAT THING WHERE POSTCARD LIKES HEARTS, ESP. RIPPING THEM OUT
fandom:captainamerica  fandom:avengers  author:postcardmystery  pairing:steve/bucky  type:ouchmyheart  type:knifeslidesin  type:angst  type:beautiful  type:backfromthedead  type:backstory  type:wewerealwaysinlove  type:stylisticappreciation  length:5-10k 
october 2011 by blottingtheink
The Sound Of Clay And The Colour of Coffee - ArwenLune - Firefly [Archive of Our Own]
Two insomniacs on a ship:

Bare feet soundless on the metal grates, she drifts about the ship, like debris in the deep blackness of space. Can't sleep - won't sleep, not while the pressure behind her eyes makes her dream of sharpness and heat.

Hands come up, stop in front of her face, fingers curled with powerless frustration. She flexes and lowers them again.

LOOK AT THAT. LOOK. I--oh my god--it is So. Damn. River, the way that the hands are NOT HERS, but then she struggles (SUBTLY) for control, and brings them back to herself. The rest of the fic delivers on the promise of that characterization, as well as fitting her cadence, conversation patterns, and physicality. Just. Stunning. Mal is awesome too--distinctly his own vocal patterns. UGH BEAUTIFUL
fandom:firefly  author:arwenlune  type:gen  character:river.tam  character:mal.reynolds  type:characterization  type:characterstudy  type:short  type:stylisticappreciation  type:voice  type:beautiful  type:becausecharacterlove 
october 2011 by blottingtheink
postcardmystery: these are the badlands, chapter one
Scott starts booting up his computer, says, "Everyone is scared of you, Logan, I think there was actually an inter-office memo about it with your name blacked out, that I wasn't sent on purpose. I'm sure poor Bobby-whatever has heard the Logan legend already, you don't have to worry about anyone not being suitably terrified."

Logan grins, again, all teeth, says, "Except for you."

"Duh," says Scott, but he smiles, so fast you'd have to be Logan to catch it, then, looking through the glass, "shit, Lensherr looks like he's about to lose it."

That's different how-" starts Logan, and then Erik throws the door open and it's just another morning in the New York City Police Department Organized Crime Control Bureau.

Oh. My. God. This may just be the most perfect AU I've ever read.

10/6, Part 8.
fandom:x-men(firstclass)  author:postcardmystery  pairing:scott/logan  pairing:erik/charles  type:alternateuniverse  type:contemporaryau  type:copau  type:jobfic  type:abouttheexecution  type:stylisticappreciation  type:characterization  type:ensemble  type:teamfic  type:goddamnwearefuckedup  type:violence  type:ohwownorly  type:somethingperfect  type:workinprogress 
september 2011 by blottingtheink
wordstrings - The Paradox Suite
John Watson is a man who is comfortable with paradoxes. 

Mmmmmmmmmmm. Lovely character study, and uses repetition like a good poem.
fandom:bbcsherlock  author:wordstrings  pairing:sherlock/john  type:stylisticappreciation  type:characterization  type:wewerealwaysinlove 
september 2011 by blottingtheink
Imprimatur - Chapter 1 - Closer - Suits (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Mike was raised to believe Imprint was a life-changing event for those few lucky enough to experience it. Harvey was raised to believe it was a form of mental illness. When it actually happened, neither of them noticed.

This gets major, major, major points for making me believe the world--Harvey and Mike both have ~opinions~ about Imprinting, and there are laws that deal with it. The build up is horribly frustrating in all the right ways, and the payoff is all kinds of adorable and wonderful. All done in a light, vivacious writing style. Closer: rapidly becoming one of my favorite writers.
fandom:suits  author:closer  pairing:mike/harvey  type:soulbond  type:criminallyadorable  type:sillysillyboys  type:obliviousness  type:ust  type:chinhands  type:stylisticappreciation 
september 2011 by blottingtheink
libraryofsol: Fic: And All The Towers Come Down
It's not a decision. There's never a moment when Thor considers the options, when he thinks of doing anything else. For all his faults, for all his devious cruelty, Loki is still his brother. A year, ten years, a thousand years of conflict could not change that.

Thor cannot leave him there. His conscience, his blood, his heart, will not allow it.

A:LKJF:LIUDFOFH:LKASJ:DLKJSA::LK
fandom:thor  author:libraryofsol  pairing:thor/loki  type:incest  type:short  type:ouchmyheart  type:awesome  type:stylisticappreciation  type:voice  type:ohwownorly  from delicious
september 2011 by blottingtheink
First Impressions - sirona - X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a spouse -- or the nearest set of curtains to hide behind, if you were to believe Mr Charles Xavier. Little does he know that he himself will soon put test to that very truth.<br />
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Fusion with P&P--very, very much so. This is basically the book/movie/series reinterpreted through different names. However, there are some gorgeous moments--someone, pru, I think, mentioned that this includes the HOTTEST helping someone into a carriage moment ever, and that is QUITE. TRUE.
fandom:x-men(firstclass)  fandom:austen  author:sirona  pairing:erik/charles  pairing:raven/hank  type:fusion  type:alternateuniverse  type:historical  type:takeanideaandrun  type:stylisticappreciation  from delicious
july 2011 by blottingtheink
Cross - lightgetsin - Dresden Files - Jim Butcher [Archive of Our Own]
“Because,” Dresden said, “you’re going to bring me back.” He hesitated, looking somewhat sour. “You’re the only one who can, apparently.”

OH MY GOD I WANT A SEQUEL OH GOD YES
fandom:dresdenfiles  author:lightgetsin  pairing:dresden/marcone  type:longandsatisfying  type:oopsi'minlovewithyou  type:backfromthedead  type:characterization  type:stylisticappreciation  type:endingiswhoa  from delicious
july 2011 by blottingtheink
the fic of imogenedisease - fic: we are praying i am the one to save you
He’s making it sound worse than it was. He’s making it sound horrible. It wasn’t. That’s the problem.

|| I can't say what I want to say about this without giving away the controlling thought, which unfolds like, like, a flower, or, I don't know, a bat's wing--it is amazing, and it is totally unique. Read.
fandom:x-men(firstclass)  author:imogenedisease  pairing:erik/charles  type:beautiful  type:ouchmyheart  type:knifeslidesin  type:whatwedotoeachother  type:stylisticappreciation  type:somethingperfect  from delicious
july 2011 by blottingtheink
silvia kundera - Sudden Jeopardy {The Social Network - Eduardo/Sean}
Eduardo and Sean. SHOULD NOT WORK, DOES NOT COMPUTE--but I clicked because, hey, silvia kundera, maybe it'll work? <br />
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Friends, it does. Short and sweet, just enough to unravel this crazy plot bunny, but she gives it a fantastic, sexy foundation. Totally worth it.
fandom:thesocialnetwork  author:silviakundera  pairing:eduardo/sean  type:takeanideaandrun  type:posttext  type:interesting  type:short  type:stylisticappreciation  type:sexy  from delicious
june 2011 by blottingtheink
break through the cracks and bring me home - acetamide - X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]
"Azazel takes them away in a whoosh of hot air and smoke, and he deposits them by the side of the road in the middle of a desert, the dry land stretching scorched on all sides for as far as the eye can see.

This is when Erik starts to run.

|| It's about running, and knowing what is and what isn't, it's about burnt skin, and the glowing pink that's underneath.
fandom:x-men(firstclass)  author:acetamide  pairing:erik/charles  type:justthisedgeofpainful  type:posttext  type:characterization  type:whatwedotoeachother  type:slowburn  type:beautiful  type:endingiswhoa  type:stylisticappreciation  type:soaring  from delicious
june 2011 by blottingtheink
cymbalism: fic up: the beginning of knowledge
You know how it's abundantly clear Erik and Charles have slept together within, oh, 36 hours of knowing each other in the movie? This is my take on that deleted scene. Charles is drawn in so entirely it's as though magnetic force affects him, too. It's more than expected—intoxicating, alarming. Mutation in all its forms has fascinated Charles for years, but he never dared even imagine a thing like Erik.<br />
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Excellent. Tight, tension-filled, and flawless characterization. Ever since reading seperis's meta, I'm finding pieces that have Charles using his telepathy like breathing feel like a personal metric for characterization, and this does it WELL. This just might be personal canon.
fandom:x-men(firstclass)  author:cymbalism  pairing:erik/charles  type:midtext  type:short  type:hottt  type:fallforyouhotfast  type:characterization  type:stylisticappreciation  type:scratchesanitch  type:personalcanon  from delicious
june 2011 by blottingtheink
1stclass_kink: Prompt Post: ROUND TWO
Alex isn't really surprised when Agent Lehnsherr finds him in the old squat.

UM YES. Close-to-canon AU: a couple decades later, a mutant registry involved, and Erik is an agent with a kick-ass task team, but they're all still mutants, and it's awesome. Plotty and characterization for the win.

10/6, up to part FIFTY-FIVE, which I haven't read since 9. However, the AuthorAnon says that the total, final version will be up at AO3 within the next weeks (probably), so I'm super tempted to leave it and then read it in one crazy sitting.
fandom:x-men(firstclass)  author:anon  pairing:erik/charles  pairing:hank/alex  type:closetocanonau  type:contemporaryau  type:plotty  type:characterization  type:takeanideaandrun  type:awesome  type:workinprogress  type:stylisticappreciation  type:flailhands  from delicious
june 2011 by blottingtheink
1stclass_kink: Prompt Post: ROUND ONE
"Are you always this nerve-wracking, or are you putting on a special performance for my benefit?" Charles asks, sipping at his (excellent) tea.

"I'm usually at least this nerve-wracking," Erik says, sounding thoroughly unapologetic. "But sometimes in different ways. At the moment, I'm doing 'quietly nerve-wracking.' I've been known to throw some impressive temper tantrums, though, and I do take special pride in my ability to start bar fights. As we've already discussed."

I, Charles thinks to himself, am about to make an incredibly bad decision.

Oh, I love so many things about this--parallels with the movieverse, Erik and Charles's mutual admiration society, MOIRA--and am excited for the continuation.

(TBH, I'm still waiting for the epic romance of hurt and exquisite characterization and development I know fandom has in it, but I realize we're in the early stages. Goddamn, I'm not sure I've ever gotten in this early before.)

10/6, Up to Part 15 on the kinkmeme, and 2/3 on the author's new blog (and_backagain). Again, the author promises it hasn't been abandoned (as of late September, so not that long ago). LKJOGJDL:JDS
fandom:x-men(firstclass)  author:anon  pairing:erik/charles  type:band!au  type:ust  type:hijinks  type:workinprogress  author:amazingly_me  type:characterization  type:stylisticappreciation  type:awesome  from delicious
june 2011 by blottingtheink
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