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SGA: After the Other (series) by Siria
Summary: Radek comes to visit him in July. It's only a flying visit, a couple of days snatched between a quantum physics conference in Bern and a lecture tour in America, but Radek is determined to make it. (The one where they're academics in Ireland)
Reccer's Notes: I don't actually know if Siria is or was an Irish academic, but this AU is so specific and feels so accurate that I strongly suspect it! Siria manages to transpose them both really well into this (for John) slightly unusual setting, and it's a charming, interesting, feel-good read, with a little pining and UST initially, and some nice "slice of life" vignettes in the stories. I very much recommend the series.
reccer:mific  creator:siria  fandom:stargate:atlantis  length:20.000-40.000.words  theme:amnesty  theme:alternative.professions  theme:bring.your.fandom.to.work  pairing:john.sheppard/rodney.mckay  theme:au  theme:au:complete.au  theme:au:complete.au:academia 
7 weeks ago by fancake
Harry Potter: "Draco Malfoy: Toilet Supremo" by who_la_hoop
Summary: It must be a vision brought on by eating cheese sarnies too close to bedtime, Harry thinks. There's no way that Draco Malfoy can really be standing on his doorstep, calling himself a Toilet Supremo, and expecting Harry to buy not only this unlikeliest of scenarios, but also a new loo.

But no: Harry's eyes do not deceive him. Malfoy, Lord of Toilets, is really there. Which begs a very important question: what the hell is he up to, and what evil scheme is he about to unleash? Because there must be an evil scheme . . . mustn't there?
Reccer's Notes: In this memorable entry from the 2014 H/D Career Fair (a fest all about alternative professions!) Harry is a gentleman of leisure, and Draco is a toilet salesman. A silly prompt, yes, but the fic isn't cracky, though it is often funny. There's a lot more to it than just the odd premise; Harry and Draco's growing connection is quirky but sincere, and Hermione and Ron are put to good use here as Harry's cleverly canon-like partners in working out the mystery of Draco's unusual new profession. In the end this is actually a sweet, heartfelt story, with some sad, serious, and hopeful moments interwoven very effectively with the humor. Though it's on the longer side, it's well-paced and never drags. A skillful and satisfying take on a challenging prompt.
reccer:pauraque  creator:who_la_hoop  fandom:harry.potter  length:20.000-40.000.words  theme:amnesty  theme:alternative.professions  pairing:draco.malfoy/harry.potter  character:hermione.granger  character:ron.weasley 
7 weeks ago by fancake
Soccer RPF: What Can I Say, My Dear, To Catch Your Ear by justkisa
Summary: Silva is the cranky Head of Technical Services for the City Public Library, Aguero is the way-too attractive-for-Silva's comfort new Children's Librarian. There's romance in the staff room (or at least awkward flirting and surprisingly emotional moments involving dead goldfish).
Reccer's Notes: justkisa is a librarian and so am I, so I'm very qualified to tell you that every detail of #librarylife in this fic is absolutely spot-on as well as a fantastic translation of the Man City team circa 2012. Silva would so totally be a cataloger! Sergio would be an amazing children's librarian! Patrick Vieira as the extremely dignified president of the Friends group! Perfection. Add to that the delightful slow burn romance as Sergio coaxes Silva out of her shell and you've got a winning formula.
reccer:meretricula  creator:justkisa  fandom:soccer.rpf  length:20.000-40.000.words  pairing:david.silva/sergio.agüero  theme:bring.your.fandom.to.work  theme:genderfuck  theme:alternative.professions  theme:slow.burn 
8 weeks ago by fancake
Stargate Atlantis: Wide Open Ocean, by setissma
Summary: He went home with two slices of leftover pizza and the strange impression that McKay could almost have been a nice guy, if he hadn't been an asshole. (Marine biology AU.)
Reccer's Notes: This is one of my favorite comfort reads from SGA. John's alone in the world, still a bit young, still figuring out who he is and want he wants. Enter Rodney being loud and pushy and also a marine biologist. A gentle fic, with lots of nice detail about the Shedd Aquarium and working with animals. Contains the death of a parent.
reccer:runpunkrun  creator:setissma  fandom:stargate:atlantis  length:10.000-20.000.words  pairing:john.sheppard/rodney.mckay  theme:au:complete.au  theme:bring.your.fandom.to.work  theme:comfortfic  theme:alternative.professions  theme:pre-ao3.works  theme:hurt/comfort 
9 weeks ago by fancake
Stargate Atlantis: The Writer, by suzvoy {vid}
Summary: An aspiring writer lacks inspiration until he starts a part-time job at an old movie theatre...but from obsession comes jealousy.
Reccer's Notes: A clever constructed reality vid that uses clips from Stargate Atantis as well as from other roles Joe Flanigan and David Hewlett have played to tell the story of a writer who gets too caught up in his work.
fandom:stargate:atlantis  pairing:john.sheppard/rodney.mckay  length:0-5.minutes  non-fic.recs:fanvid  creator:suzvoy  reccer:runpunkrun  theme:alternative.professions  theme:au:complete.au  theme:pre-ao3.works 
12 weeks ago by fancake
Game of Thrones: "Scandal" by Gwen77
Summary: This is a quasi-Victorian AU, set in a nineteenth century version of Westeros.

It was a gloomy day. The fog was so thick that she could see nothing but white against the window; a mizzling rain spotted the glass, ran in glum rivulets down the pane. Brienne dipped her pen, again, and looked for a long moment into the vacant whiteness of the fog. Somehow the paleness and the sombre light and the biting chill of the air chimed perfectly with her mood, with her sharp, simple, satisfying anger. The stupid iniquities of the Act, the contemptible lethargy that left it untouched while barbarism throve and the meanest motives had their free rein, the combination of lies and laziness that kept the whole workhouse machine going - all of it ran hot in her blood and the words came swift and clear from her pen. It was a good article, a good morning's work. Renly took it eagerly from her when he came, read it over with an appreciative attention that made her face warm with awkward pleasure.
Reccer's Notes: Put me down as another ranting leftist anti-colonialist progressive SJW who is still just as susceptible to lavish Victorian costume dramas as anybody else. ("So she grimly got herself into satin" - if that isn't just the perfect summation of the hypothetical Victorian Brienne Tarth.) And the author perfectly translates the events of Game of Thrones over to Parliamentarian politics, palace intrigue, women's suffrage, rigid propriety (and all the ways Jaime and Brienne flout that propriety). All the stuffiness and all the secret passions under the stuffiness. Brienne wields a pen instead of a sword here, with the same fearsome level of skill and cutting edge. It's altogether delightful.
fandom:game.of.thrones  reccer:lazaefair  theme:alternative.professions  creator:gwen77  length:20.000-40.000.words  pairing:brienne.of.tarth/jaime.lannister 
12 weeks ago by fancake
Mag7 (2016): "With The Greatest Of Ease" by poemsingreenink
Summary: Emma Cullen owns and operates RC Circus, a tiny punk rock circus show that offers death defying stunts and only charges $25 a ticket. Billy Rocks is unfortunately in charge tonight.
Reccer's Notes: In canon, they are a disparate bunch of skilled gunslinger cowboys come together to defend a town. In this AU, they are a disparate bunch of skilled circus acrobats come together to thrill you and chill you and make a lot of money off of you at the bar. (Plus, for once, they are actually exactly as punk as advertised.)

This is a bit of a fandom deep cut: Poems's characterizations and character relationships for this AU do rest somewhat on two years' worth of fanon; at least for me, I know enjoy this fic so much because I've got that shared background to fill in between the lines.

But even to readers without that background, I say in all seriousness that I've never met a writer like Poems before. She does the tropes, but in a tilted, always-a-little-surreal, queered way that's just endlessly fascinating to me. And to balance out the surreality, she grounds everything in concrete sensory details that make each scene come to life with almost disconcerting realness. I'd say it's entirely possible to read this like it's a particularly colorful original vignette.
fandom:magnificent.seven  theme:alternative.professions  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:poemsingreenink  reccer:lazaefair  pairing:(gen).no.pairing 
12 weeks ago by fancake
PoTC/Star Wars: "Trace" by cupiscent
Summary: In the aftermath of cataclysmic imperial victory, two escapees meet again on a distant planet. A Star Wars/PotC crossover.
Reccer's Notes: I'm not sure what I can say here that sells this story more than the bare facts of its existence do. Of course you want wild loose cannon Jedi Knight Jack Sparrow, and his former Master James Norrington, meeting up on a distant planet to deal with the aftermath of Order 66. Cupiscent does a masterful job of translating their canon personalities into their Star Wars roles, and grounding the setting in classic Star Wars-esque details like the dubious alcohol in seedy cantinas, and the eternal quest to find/buy/borrow/steal spaceship parts. Will Turner makes a nice little cameo as the local mechanic, which is perfect.
fandom:pirates.of.the.caribbean  fandom:star.wars  theme:alternative.professions  length:01.000-5.000.words  theme:crossovers&fusions  creator:cupiscent  reccer:lazaefair  pairing:jack.sparrow/james.norrington 
12 weeks ago by fancake
Star Trek AOS: Affogato, by reapersun {fancomic}
Summary: Kirk and Spock (and the rest of the gang) work in a coffee shop.
Reccer's Notes: This is the ultimate in alternative professions because Spock's human in this one. Also, a barista. I love reapersun's art, and this flirty, brassy Jim Kirk is so pretty with his big, blue eyes and tight shirts. Reading this on Pillowfort is a bit of a pain because you have to click through to see each page, but it's worth it to see Jim flirting with everyone in sight and nearly making Spock explode with jealousy.

This is part of a larger crossover series with characters from Harry Potter, Hannibal, and Sherlock, so if you like this, or those, check out the rest of the series. It starts with Macchiato [link: https://www.pillowfort.social/posts/405036], which is Hannigram, or you can just find the pairing you're interested in on the artist's comics masterlist [link: https://www.pillowfort.social/posts/372999].
fandom:star.trek.reboot  theme:alternative.professions  non-fic.recs:fanart  non-fic.recs:fancomics/doujinshi  theme:au  theme:au:complete.au  theme:au:complete.au:food.service  reccer:runpunkrun  creator:reapersun  pairing:james.t.kirk/spock 
july 2019 by fancake
My Hero Academia: go, tell it on the mountain by noahfronsenbug
Summary: Hizashi was staring at him. “Did you know about this and not tell me?” Yamada asked, his voice cracking. “Like, did he tell you before we left? Because I’m so jealous it is not even funny. You’re going to get to guide All Might all by yourself for weeks and hear all his stories and you did not fucking tell me?!”

Shōta went back to the kitchen and got his beer. He drank the other half of it, because he did not know what to do. He came back to his bedroom, leaned against the door jamb, and looked Hizashi directly in the eyes. “Hizashi,” he said, completely serious, “I have never been more confused about a damn thing in my entire life, and this is including the fact that somehow you are my best friend.”
Reccer's Notes: An author that really knows Mountaineering, mixed with awesome Trans represetation, and a romance involving someone with chronic illness, and what is not to love.

Don't worry if you aren't familiar with the fandom, this is a complete AU so a fairly easy entry point.
fandom:boko.no.hero.academia.(my.hero.academia)  length:40.000-60.000.words  theme:alternative.professions  theme:au  theme:au:complete.au  creator:noahfronsenbug  reccer:chibifukurou  pairing:aizawa.shouta.(eraserhead)/yagi.toshinori.(all.might) 
july 2019 by fancake
Captive Prince: I do occasionally eat meat, by Codango
Summary: Laurent stared at the glossy ad on his kitchen counter. It had fallen out of the pack that the local newspaper shoved in his mailbox every Tuesday. It was for a new boutique menswear shop. Grand opening this weekend, apparently.

He wiped his hands on his apron — bespoke canvas, from a local craftsman — and flipped a couple pages back in his cooking quarterly. This time, the ad was for a small but expensive brand of men's watch.

Laurent wondered if the beefcake smirking seductively in both ads knew anything about either running a small business or cooking. He narrowed his eyes. The watch looked like it barely fit around the man's wrist. What a... behemoth.
Reccer's Notes: Laurent's a chef and Damen has biceps like rugby balls. They have not one, not two, but three or even four meet-cutes, and it's so much fun. Laurent is dry and superior, and Damen is huge and charming and enthusiastic. Nicaise is a cat.
fandom:captive.prince.trilogy  reccer:runpunkrun  creator:codango  theme:alternative.professions  length:01.000-5.000.words  theme:au  theme:au:complete.au  theme:au:complete.au:modern  pairing:damen/laurent.(captive.prince) 
july 2019 by fancake
Stargate Atlantis: Fireball by Celli
Summary: Ladies and gentlemen, your driver of the Number 21 Air Force Ford Fusion, John Sheppard.
Reccer's Notes: A perennial favourite, set in the world of NASCAR racing, with Sheppard a daredevil driver and Rodney a genius car engineer. A thrilling read with great characterisation and drama.
fandom:stargate:atlantis  reccer:mific  creator:celli  theme:alternative.professions  theme:au  theme:au:complete.au  theme:au:complete.au:sports  length:20.000-40.000.words  pairing:john.sheppard/rodney.mckay 
july 2019 by fancake
Teen Wolf: Love Runs Wild by DevilDoll
Summary: "You've got a hickey on the back of your neck!" A Neckz 'n Throats story.
Reccer's Notes: Derek and Stiles are models for a softcore werewolf porn magazine (Stiles is still human, which is part of his appeal). Stiles shows up after a hookup with a hickey on his neck and can't for the life of him figure out why everyone is freaking out about Derek, or why Derek is looking at him so strangely. Humor, hot sex, and all the fun you can always expect from DevilDoll!
fandom:teen.wolf  reccer:celli  creator:devildoll  length:05.000-10.000.words  theme:alternative.professions  theme:au  theme:au:complete.au  theme:au:complete.au:pornstars  pairing:derek.hale/stiles.stilinski 
july 2019 by fancake
Supernatural RPF: Food Porn by likeanything
Summary: Jensen’s a neurotic sous chef and his roommate Jared’s a disgruntled chef turned blogger turned author who’s just trying to finish his book. Mostly they call each other names, and then they fall in love. And then they call each other names some more.
Reccer's Notes: About a decade ago, despite not being in either Supernatural or its attendant RPF fandom, I came to read several funny J2 AUs. This is one that has stayed with me. It's hilarious, with great characters, but also, if you are addicted to Food Network and/or a foodie who's into cooking, the descriptions of food and cooking are fantastic. Plus, hot make-outs and awkward sex, two elements I love. Jensen is divorced with a kid, who is also funny, but I thought I'd mention it in case it's an issue for anyone.
creator:likeanything  fandom:supernatural.rpf  theme:alternative.professions  reccer:ranalore  length:40.000-60.000.words  pairing:jared.padalecki/jensen.ackles  fandom:actor.rpf  theme:au  theme:au:complete.au  theme:friends.to.lovers  theme:humor  theme:au:complete.au:food.service  theme:pre-ao3.works 
july 2019 by fancake
Man of Steel (2013): "Election Season" by manic_intent
Summary:

Dru had always known that politics would ruin his life - he just hadn't exactly expected it to ruin the best part of his morning routine along with it. His hand stays frozen on the handle of his coffee cup as the morning cable news network starts rerunning clips from last night's Letterman show, and seriously, what the fuck.
Reccer's Notes:

Have another, different Running For President Of The United States AU! This time it's Jor-El running as the Democratic nominee and Dru-Zod running as the Republican nominee...and they're married. Besides being a bit of a wistful glimpse at a more optimistic time in politics, it's also just deliciously tropey and fun.
fandom:man.of.steel  pairing:general.zod/jor-el  length:05.000-10.000.words  creator:manic_intent  theme:alternative.professions  reccer:lazaefair 
july 2019 by fancake
Fast & Furious movies: "Let Toretto Be Toretto" by astolat
Summary:

A different kind of race.
Reccer's Notes: Yep, it's a Fast & Furious fic, and yep, it's written by astolat. AU where Dominic Toretto runs for President of the United States. It's crack, but really well-executed crack. I'm just going to let her writing speak for itself:

It was a joke between him and Letty when Brian first got assigned to the campaign: they’d met the Secret Service team together and it had been all Dom could do not to look over at her as Han said, “Governor, this is Agent Brian O’Conner, he’ll be the head of your personal detail.”

“Well, now you really have to win,” Letty said that night, laughing deep and throaty after Dom fucked her twice even though they’d been through three cities that day. “Shit, Toretto. Do you think somebody knows?”

“If they know and this is their idea of what to do about it, I’m not complaining,” Dom said. He didn’t tell Letty she didn’t have anything to worry about, because she knew that just fine. “Jesus, he’s pretty.”
fandom:fast.and.furious.movies  pairing:brian.o'conner/dominic.toretto  pairing:dominic.toretto/letty.ortiz  pairing:brian.o'conner/dominic.toretto/letty.ortiz  length:05.000-10.000.words  theme:alternative.professions  reccer:lazaefair  creator:astolat.(shalott) 
july 2019 by fancake
Hannibal: Every Day a Dying Day by lovetincture
Summary: Will Graham is a professional mourner. He attends strangers' funerals and grieves their loss, for a fee.

Hannibal is a serial killer. He visits the funerals of people he's killed.

They notice each other immediately. Like recognizes like, and neither of them truly belong at the funerals they attend. Hannibal is fascinated by Will's terrible empathy, and Will knows immediately that Hannibal is a serial killer. None of that stops them from wanting to get closer.
Reccer's Notes: The alternative professions here is very imaginative and yet totally fitting with Will's brand of fucked-up empathy, and Hannibal's fascinated POV is as much a delight as his frustration at finding himself so drawn toward an other human being.
fandom:hannibal.(tv)  pairing:hannibal.lecter/will.graham  length:05.000-10.000.words  creator:lovetincture  theme:alternative.professions  theme:courtship  theme:au  theme:au:fork.in.the.road  reccer:jainas 
july 2019 by fancake
Fantastic Beasts: Here Be Writers
Summary: Credence Barebone, author, and Percival Graves, secret agent, should never have crossed paths. But at Kowalski's Bakery and Coffeeshop, they do just that.
What results is something of a fairy tale.
Reccer's Notes: I love this fic so much! There's a couple fun little twists with both Percival and Credence's professions (which I won't spoil here), and the meet-cute works and works well! Also I've worked with Nork in the past and she's an absolute sweetie!
fandom:fantastic.beasts.and.where.to.find.them  pairing:credence.barebone/percival.graves  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:bluebeholder  theme:alternative.professions  reccer:binary_sunset 
july 2019 by fancake
Guardian: Twill Seeker by Tethysian
Summary: The young master has a thing for the butler. The butler is at the end of his rope.
Reccer's Notes: : D
fandom:guardian  pairing:shen.wei/zhao.yunlan  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:tethysian  theme:alternative.professions  reccer:imogeneherdman 
july 2019 by fancake
Yuri!!! on Ice: Blackbird
Summary: The year is 1942, and Europe is at war. Captain Victor Nikiforov, an intelligence operative for the NKVD, has been trapped in Berlin by the German invasion of the USSR. Posing as a Nazi industrialist, his days are spent charming information out of Axis diplomats to try and keep the Red Army fighting another day.

Yuuri Katsuki, a foreign-educated bureaucrat in the Japanese Embassy, has secrets of his own concealed beneath his unremarkable demeanour. When he uncovers Victor’s real identity, it will alter the course of both of their lives forever.
Reccer's Notes: This was an instant classic in YOI. It's gorgeously written, thoroughly researched, and alternately devastating and delightful. I'm particularly fond of the glimpses we see of mid-twentieth century queer culture and grassroots politics. And, while the author has clearly given thought to the question of how those alternative professions would influence and shape the characters we know, it's a joy to meet each of them in this different context.
fandom:yuri!!!on.ice  pairing:katsuki.yuuri/victor.nikiforov  length:80.000&more.words  creator:sixpences  theme:alternative.professions  reccer:el_staplador 
july 2019 by fancake

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