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Every Good Villain - igrockspock
Every good villain is the hero of her own story. On trial for the assassination of Chancellor Gorkon, Lieutenant Valeris tells hers.
'fanfic  ^interesting  ^ooh  -startrek_tos  *valeris  :2k-10k  $gen  @igrockspock 
january 2016 by sophia_sol
Ready For Flight - kvikindi
Poe guesses he’s a little fucked-up now, more than before. He certainly has a lot of nightmares. He tries to take it in stride. It doesn’t really surprise him. What had he expected? (Dead, he thinks. You expected to be dead.)
'fanfic  ^ooh  ^yeah  ^feelings  -starwars  +finn/poe  :2k-10k  @kvikindi  $gen  $dudeslash 
january 2016 by sophia_sol
The Six Swans - Mallory Ortberg
Once there was a little girl who tried very hard not to be born. Her father the king and her mother the king’s wife had six children already – all sons.
'fanfic  ^interesting  ^ooh  -fairytales  :2k-10k  @malloryortberg  -profic  'fiction  $gen 
september 2015 by sophia_sol
Find Strength In What Remains Behind. - Lanna Michaels (lannamichaels)
Dear Mr. Potter, we are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at the Merlin Memorial Academy For Magical And Muggle Squibs.
'fanfic  ^ooh  ^interesting  "au  -harrypotter  *harry  :2k-10k  @lannamichaels  $gen  ^excellent 
june 2015 by sophia_sol
other ways lady laurence could have gone down: - wildehack
Miss Wilhelmina Laurence never leaves Nottinghamshire, and certainly not in the winter of 1805. When the Reliant captures an exhausted Amitie on her way out of a storm, Miss Laurence is grimly preparing for a country ball. Usually a merry occasion even for a confirmed spinster, this particular event is soured by the presence of Bertram Woolvey, who is likely to make Miss Laurence’s particular friend and neighbor an offer and therefore deprive her of her most beloved company. 

When the queer porcelain egg hatches, several weeks later, and the officers are gathered around with the reluctant sacrifice stepping forward nervously, the black dragonet ignores them all. It takes seven men to hold the creature down long enough to harness it, even though it is a newborn. The dragonet does not stay silent for long, protesting at its treatment quite vehemently in both English and French–but it pays no attention to any man in particular, and seems in fact to resent them all. The officers are relieved as well as unsettled. They do not name it, but make for Madeira with all speed. 
'fanfic  ^ooh  "au  "rule63  -temeraire  *laurence  *temeraire  :500-2k  @wildehack  $gen  ^excellent 
june 2015 by sophia_sol
The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn - Usman Malik
“The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn” by Usman T. Malik is a fantasy novella about a disenchanted young Pakistani professor who grew up and lives in the United States, but is haunted by the magical, mystical tales his grandfather told him of a princess and a Jinn who lived in Lahore when the grandfather was a boy.
^good  ^ooh  ^interesting  :20k-30k  @usmanmalik  'fiction  -profic 
april 2015 by sophia_sol
sweet blossom, where is your tree? - verity
Allison reaches into her bag and pulls out a paperback copy of Sacrificial. The spine is cracked, some pages dog-eared. "This is my mom's, by the way. She's a big fan. Probably wouldn't be if she knew what you are, but I think we can keep that between us, don't you?"

Up close, Derek can see the flowers on Allison's arms better—datura, monkshood, oleander. "She's alive?"

"Well, everybody is, aren't they?" Allison says.
'fanfic  ^ooh  "au/canon  -teenwolf  *derek  *allison  :2k-10k  @verity  $gen  ^excellent 
march 2015 by sophia_sol
this human creature - knowyourwayinthedark
How can a being composed of calculations be so guileless? Favourite wonders.

Fantine is a robot. Favourite isn't.
omg I wish I could read a million words of this
'fanfic  ^ooh  "au  -lesmiserables  *fantine  *favourite  :500-2k  @knowyourwayinthedark  $gen  "robots 
february 2015 by sophia_sol
Written on the Hides of Foxes - Alex Dally MacFarlane
I’ll pretend I’m going blind if I have to: start fumbling my work, carving sloppy lines onto the dolls, squinting, tripping over nothing. Everything my mother did in her twenty-fifth year. Everything my aunt and uncle did. Now the three of them sit in the best positions by the fire; how honored they are, for giving their sight to feed us. How well-fed, while we labor carving more dolls for the pot.

They’ll kill me for laziness if I don’t go blind in the next year.
^interesting  ^ooh  "stories  :2k-10k  @alexdallymacfarlane  'fiction  -profic  ^excellent 
october 2014 by sophia_sol
Start of Line - Elizabeth Culmer (edenfalling)
Lucy looks around, wondering what makes the Professor's workshop so dangerous. At first glance, she can't see anything special: just a bunch of computers on a rack and a half-dozen monitors scattered about to no apparent plan, each surrounded by drifts of notepaper and graph paper. But then one monitor switches from its screensaver -- snow falling onto pine trees -- to a black screen with a single line of text.

Lucy steps closer, curious.

<Hello?> the computer says again. The cursor blinks in silent invitation.
'fanfic  ^ooh  "au  "ai  "virtualreality  -narnia  *lucy  :2k-10k  @edenfalling  $gen 
october 2014 by sophia_sol
Never the Same - Polenth Blake
Everyone thinks my brother is nice. He set up a rescue centre for birds, after the terraforming accident poisoned the lake. That's always the image of him, holding a bird covered in sludge. The birds are never the same after they're cleaned, but the gossips never talk about that.

Cleaning birds is a safe way to make people notice you, and my brother likes safe. I jumped off a cliff once. He was all, "You'll die if you jump." I broke most of my bones, but I made it. It's worth trying for the feel of it. Not the bones part, but the rush of something new. It should have been something, falling and surviving. But the gossips only cared about how much it upset my brother.
^interesting  ^ooh  :2k-10k  @polenthblake  'fiction  -profic  ^excellent 
september 2014 by sophia_sol
Fragments from The History of Alishba Gloriana Khatun, as set down by Khewdh-al-Din ibn Shamshoun al-Kamdenni - carmarthen
Being a boring-ass attempt at an alternate Elizabethan history where the Mongol Empire kept expanding, written in the style of a Persian chronicle of some centuries earlier. 
'fanfic  ^ooh  -history  :<500  @carmarthen  $gen 
august 2014 by sophia_sol
Transfigurations - Resonant
Five years after Voldemort's defeat, Harry returns to England to help re-open Hogwarts.
written pre-OotP
and oh man this is the kind of fic I miss about being in hp fandom: all of the delicious nerdy in-depth stuff about how magic works. (translation: omgwhat, I read this fic for the plot not the characters? who am I and what have I done with myself?)
'fanfic  ^ooh  -harrypotter  :40k-100k  @resonant  $dudeslash  +draco/harry  ^excellent 
july 2014 by sophia_sol
take my name and just let me be - verity
Bucky becomes Natasha. Natasha becomes the Winter Soldier.
'fanfic  ^ooh  ^yeah  "bodyswap  "identity  -avengers  *bucky  *natasha  :2k-10k  @verity  "genderqueer  $gen  ^excellent  ! 
july 2014 by sophia_sol
Hollow and Honeycomb - antistar_e (kaikamahine)
Several years before Sam was born, a Supreme Court ruling decided that those who carried and visibly expressed a hereditary winged trait could not be mutilated, amputated, or otherwise altered without their consent, nor could they be discriminated against for housing, employment, etc. based on their possession of wings.

The world that Sam grows up in is one that remembers when it had been different. [Wing!fic AU.]
holy frick, I am one hundred million percent here for this fic, aaaa, SO GOOD
'fanfic  ^feelings  ^ooh  ^yeah  !  -avengers  *sam  :10k-20k  @antistar_e  "family  $gen  "wings  ^excellent 
july 2014 by sophia_sol
undercover in our overcoats - Dayadhvam
Prague, 1968. Neither Agent Carter nor the Black Widow would have called it anything like love.
'fanfic  ^ooh  ^good  -avengers  +natasha/peggy  :2k-10k  @dayadhvam  $femslash 
june 2014 by sophia_sol
Redefining Events: Body Concept and Bodily Relationships for Cyborgs, Werewolves, Super-soldiers, and Other Altered Bodies - Instigator
A moderately in-depth analysis of the psychological effects of events which would be expected to drastically alter a person or characters relationship to their body, including factors relating to acceptance and likely effects of varying levels of body change acceptance. Written from a Cognitive Behavioral Theory viewpoint, but I’ve tried to make it as generally accessible as possible. I’ve used the MCU Avengers Phase 1 as my primary point of reference with occasional references to other fandoms and no Phase 2 spoilers.
'meta  ^interesting  ^ooh  -fandom  -avengers  :10k-20k  @instigator  ^excellent 
may 2014 by sophia_sol
The Litany of Earth - Ruthanna Emrys
The state took Aphra away from Innsmouth. They took her history, her home, her family, her god. They tried to take the sea. Now, years later, when she is just beginning to rebuild a life, an agent of that government intrudes on her life again, with an offer she wishes she could refuse. “The Litany of Earth” is a dark fantasy story inspired by the Lovecraft mythos.
a subversion of Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos
see also Ex Urbe's excellent review of this story:
'fanfic  ^ooh  ^interesting  ^yeah  ^lovely  ^bittersweet  -cthulhu  *oc  :10k-20k  @ruthannaemrys  $gen  -profic 
may 2014 by sophia_sol
tell me the story i already told you, tell me the story you already know - M_Leigh
"You were never in a war. (Your body is occupied territory. [Your body?]) Some kind of ache in his face that leads back to nowhere, inside of you. This is nothing. This is just words. Just sounds."

Bucky, from the fall onward.
'fanfic  ^interesting  ^ooh  "unusualstyle  -avengers  *bucky  :10k-20k  @m_leigh  "secondpersonpov  $gen  ^excellent 
may 2014 by sophia_sol
no heart to recall - KiaraSayre
He's been in Steve Rogers's company for less than twenty-four hours and he's already losing sight of his mission.
EXPLOSION OF FEELS. The one where after the events of Cap 2 Bucky decides his mission is to keep himself safe until he can rejoin HYDRA, and that his best bet for staying safe is to stick with Steve.
'fanfic  ^feelings  ^ooh  -avengers  *steve  *bucky  :10k-20k  @kiarasayre  $gen  ^excellent 
may 2014 by sophia_sol
Almond, Clavicle, Orchid - kvikindi
You say, "I don't know what I am."

"It's okay not to know," Steve tells you. His face is very careful.

But you know. You know that it's not okay.
'fanfic  ^feelings  ^ooh  ^interesting  ^ouchy  -avengers  *bucky  "secondpersonpov  :2k-10k  @kvikindi  !  $gen  ^excellent 
may 2014 by sophia_sol
Star Spangled Baner - camunki
Time-stagnates-here suggested I make a Winter Soldier thing with that gorgeous Star-Spangled Banner in the minor key. Please forgive me.
also on youtube:
'vid  ^ooh  -avengers  @camunki 
may 2014 by sophia_sol
untitled lucheni - carmarthen
The play proceeds as it has every night.

At first, Lucheni had simply told the story, a dry progression of the facts as he knew them, without emotion or argument. He had made his argument already, with a needle file at the dock and later in the memoirs they took from him in prison, in smuggled paper and sooty ink and moonlit nights.
'fanfic  ^ooh  ^interesting  -elisabeth  *lucheni  :<500  @carmarthen  $gen 
april 2014 by sophia_sol
testament - paxlux
His memory runs backwards in crooked bright flashes, hard as the noise flare of an assault rifle.
'fanfic  ^feelings  ^ooh  -avengers  *bucky  :10k-20k  @paxlux  $dudeslash  +bucky/steve  ^excellent 
april 2014 by sophia_sol
Heat - Deastar
Bruce tries to think of a different angle; there are some facts they’re stuck with, but they may be able to change how their captors perceive those facts. After a moment, he suggests, “What if we make them think—not try to hide that you’re in heat, that’s the truth we could build on—but make them think… you’re in an omega’s heat?”
He can see that Natasha immediately likes the idea, but she’s turning it over in her mind, poking at the weak spots, testing the sharp edges.
Imprisoned together in a cave, Bruce and Natasha turn their higher thought processes to escape. But not all instincts are bad instincts.
OH MY GOD. Beautiful parallels between the Hulk and the a/b/o thing, and great stuff about control and trust and so forth. Everything I never knew I wanted in an avengers a/b/o fic
'fanfic  ^ooh  ^yeah  "omegaverse  -avengers  :2k-10k  @captanddeastar  $het  +bruce/natasha  ^excellent 
april 2014 by sophia_sol
zero six four eight three are you listening - shukyou
OKNO OKNO can't tell at first which radio it's coming from. That's understandable; you've got twenty-six, all arranged on various shelves around your apartment. Twenty-five before you picked up the latest one, a little box from the thrift store, runs on two double-A batteries, not as useful in a catastrophe as the ones that you crank to life, but, well, you can't be cranking every minute of the day. And anyway, it's not a catastrophe. Yet.
odd and I don't really understand everything but it's extremely compelling and well-written and it's totally worth reading.
"secondpersonpov  "unusualstyle  "brainweasels  ^interesting  ^ooh  -originalfic  :2k-10k  @shukyou  'fiction  ^excellent 
february 2014 by sophia_sol
Dangerous If Unbound - astolat
The Texas sun beating down was merciless, almost a physical weight on his shoulders. John couldn't move even to change the angle: the collar was tight, the cuffs were tight, and the chains had been pulled to their limits.
fascinating worldbuilding of a dom/sub universe that isn't the standard one fandom generally runs with. also feelings.
'fanfic  ^interesting  ^feelings  ^ooh  "telepathy  "d/s  -personofinterest  +finch/reese  :20k-30k  @astolat  $dudeslash 
february 2014 by sophia_sol
you know your lines - Carmarthen
You're going to die in your best friend's arms. And you play along because it's funny, because it's written down, you've memorized it, it's all you know. - "Planet of Love," Richard Siken

What if Mercutio sees the future?

(Based on the 2013 Italian musical version, Romeo e Giulietta - Ama e Cambia il Mondo.)
'fanfic  ^feelings  ^ooh  ^yeah  -romeoegiulietta  *mercutio  "secondpersonpov  :500-2k  @carmarthen  $gen 
february 2014 by sophia_sol
untitled death-death kiss - carmarthen
A Halál/der Tod because what happens when death kisses death oooo (I'm so sorry)
a three-sentence kiss fic that is longer than three sentences
'fanfic  ^ooh  -elisabeth  +death/death  :<500  @carmarthen  $other  ^excellent 
january 2014 by sophia_sol
Hello Operator, Please Give Me Number Nine - Starlingthefool
The lesson here, Susie thinks, is that tricking Death is tricky business. How do you outwit the personification of oblivion? Chess, obviously, won’t be the answer.

Or: Susie plays Calvinball with Death.
SUSIE PLAYS CALVINBALL WITH DEATH. I was so there from the summary, and the fic does not disappoint.
'fanfic  ^ooh  -calvinandhobbes  *susie  *death  :2k-10k  @Starlingthefool  $gen  ^excellent 
december 2013 by sophia_sol
Mayday - Ankhiale
One is a beginning; two, opposition; three, instability; four, death. But five is justice, six is unexpected, and seven makes things complete again. Seven days of Kalasin's life.
'fanfic  ^ooh  ^qft  -tortall  *kalasin  :2k-10k  @ankhiale  $gen  ^excellent 
december 2013 by sophia_sol
One True Way - Sineala
Scenes from a Valdemar that never was. (Or: the one where the Companions are evil.)
'fanfic  ^ooh  -valdemar  :2k-10k  @sineala  $gen 
september 2013 by sophia_sol
Three Sisters, Bound - Blythe
"Our tsar has three sons. Handsome lads, if one appreciates such things. None are married...yet." The old woman snorts. "That's why you're here, though, isn't it?"

"I'm to return the arrow to its archer. I know nothing beyond that. Other than it's," Vasilissa's mouth twists, "fate."

"So you find it cruel?"

The hut closes around her, the air warm and heavy. It's thick with the sent of rosemary and sage from the bundles of herbs hanging from the beams above them. The bones of previous suppers (hares and chickens and maybe even men) rattle in a hauntingly soothing melody. "I'd rather find it kind. But at the moment, I miss my shop." She shakes her head, and some of the syrupy warmth tugging at her mind fades. "It's childish of me, I know."

"And you're no child."
^yeah  ^interesting  ^ooh  -fairytales  *vasilissa  *maryamorevna  :10k-20k  @blythe  "family  ^excellent  'fanfic 
september 2013 by sophia_sol
Maggie Fitzgerald and the Saltwater Drip [The Amazing Spider-Man] - antistar_e
Google politely tells her there are no poisonous spiders in Manhattan. Judging by her symptoms -- fever, superstrength, newfound desire to shove herself into small dark spaces, and sudden reputation as a masked vigilante -- Gwen would beg to differ. [AU.]
recognizes and integrates into the story stuff about racism and sexism and so forth! also Gwen is awesome
also on ao3 at
'fanfic  ^ooh  "au  -marvel  *gwen  :40k-100k  @antistar_e  $het  +gwen//peter  ^excellent 
august 2013 by sophia_sol
Rosemary for Remembrance - gehayi
Hamlet in space, starring sensible and heroic Ophelia, genderswapped Claudius, clones Rosencrantz and Guilderstern and alien Fortinbras. (Alas, there are no sharks in space riding motorcycles, nor is there a time machine.)
'fanfic  ^interesting  !  ^ooh  "au  "space  -hamlet  *ophelia  :10k-20k  @gehayi  $gen  ^excellent 
july 2013 by sophia_sol
Pretty as a Doll - anonehouse
What if Snow White was a cool character who knew what she wanted and how to get it?
'fanfic  ^interesting  ^ooh  -fairytales  *snowwhite  :500-2k  @anonehouse  $gen  ^excellent 
july 2013 by sophia_sol
...I am definitely not writing fic about - notbecauseofvictories
Cecil is the child of and prophet for this impossible town (and he might have been for thousands of years, though he can’t remember and neither can anyone else, but sometimes he dreams about sitting beside a smoky fire wrapped in furs and telling stories that were old even then—other times he looks at the cave paintings and remembers putting them there—who were his parents again? such nice, bland people, but where did they live, what did they do, when did they leave—)

(shhhh, Night Vale tells him. shhhhh)
'fanfic  ^ooh  -welcometonightvale  +carlos/cecil  :<500  @notbecauseofvictories  $dudeslash 
july 2013 by sophia_sol
Five Minutes To Midnight - theilian
Lonely and unable to sleep, Elisabeth's daughter finds she's not the only one wandering the corridors...
(not Szabo!Death)
'fanfic  ^ooh  -elisabeth  *death  *oc  :500-2k  @theilian  $gen 
june 2013 by sophia_sol
In Shadow, Moving Fast - opabine
"When he finally registered the presence of a tail, Montparnasse knew with a sickening finality that it was too late."

Or, Montparnasse screws something up beyond repair.
'fanfic  ^ooh  "death  -lesmiserables  *montparnasse  *prouvaire  *lesamis  :2k-10k  @opabine  $gen 
april 2013 by sophia_sol
The Heroism of Madame Magloire - sarah1281
When Madame Magloire is tasked with bringing a deerskin to the fearsome man the bishop invited to stay the night, she finds herself forced to see past the convenient convict label and form an opinion on the man himself.
'fanfic  ^ooh  -lesmiserables  *magloire  *valjean  :500-2k  @sarah1281  $gen 
april 2013 by sophia_sol
Contingency - sholio
4x16 tag, with major spoilers. There's more in that box than anyone suspected. Please heed content warning!
'fanfic  ^ooh  "death  -whitecollar  *neal  *jones  *diana  :2k-10k  @sholio  $gen  ^excellent 
april 2013 by sophia_sol
drinking ale from the curved horns - waldorph
Ragnar and Athelstan meet again, a decade since Athelstan was stolen from him.
'fanfic  ^ooh  -vikings  *ragnar  *athelstan  :500-2k  @waldorph  "death  $gen  ^excellent 
april 2013 by sophia_sol
John Childermass's Last Employer - prodigy
To the city of York, in the year of our Lord 1780, there came a young man who had fallen upon hard times.
or, how Childermass came to work for Norrell. An interesting story, and somewhat unsettling and stick-in-your-head in the way that any good fic about the magic of JS&MN ought to. It's -- oh, I'm describing it wrong. But this fic is extremely effective at feeling utterly like a part of the world of JS&MN.
'fanfic  ^ooh  ^interesting  ^yeah  -jonathanstrange&mrnorrell  *childermass  *norrell  :10k-20k  @prodigy  $gen  ^excellent  ! 
january 2013 by sophia_sol
Some Time Before - neveralarch
The thing about being young is that it happens to most everyone.
'fanfic  ^ooh  ^feelings  ^yeah  -discworld  +sam/sybil  :2k-10k  @neveralarch  $het  +adora/moist  ^excellent 
january 2013 by sophia_sol
The Light Always Burning - singlecrow
We, the People: a thirty-year retrospective and an examination of the role of the Nation in world history, for Earth Atlantic, 7 December 2035, excerpt.
this is one of those stories where I'm not quite sure I understand everything, but it's wonderful anyways
'fanfic  ^feelings  ^ooh  ^yeah  "epistolary  -nation  *mau  *daphne  *oc  :2k-10k  @singlecrow  $gen  ^excellent 
december 2012 by sophia_sol
Springtime Will Kill You - luna
Orpheus doesn't think much about his life before he was a private detective. But when he's hired to search for a missing girl, he'll have to take on Hollywood royalty, hired killers, and maybe, finally, himself.
'fanfic  ^ooh  "au  "noir  -mythology  *orpheus  *persephone  *demeter  *hades  *zeus  *nestor  *eurydice  :10k-20k  @luna  $gen  ^excellent 
december 2012 by sophia_sol
Whatever Remains, However Improbable - yonwords
Victor and Sierra are imprinted as Holmes and Watson, but the engagement does not go as planned.
'fanfic  ^ooh  -dollhouse  -sherlockholmes  *sierra  *victor  :2k-10k  @yonwords  $gen  ^excellent 
december 2012 by sophia_sol
Changeling - lydiabennet
Fred wants a dog more than anything, and he'll do anything to get one. Anything at all.
'fanfic  ^interesting  ^ooh  -harrypotter  *fred  *george  :2k-10k  @lydiabennet  $gen 
december 2012 by sophia_sol
Concrete Jungle - salomonderiel
Intro to a new 'verse idea I had, surrounding Q's background. Because I don't want him to have a name. I don't want him to have a perfect posh upbringing.
I want him to be an orphan. I want him to be a council estate kid. The small quiet one in glasses they're all afraid of...
Who is now one of the most powerful people in the world.
'fanfic  ^ooh  "backstory  "secondpersonpov  -jamesbond  *q  :500-2k  @salomonderiel  $gen  ^excellent 
november 2012 by sophia_sol
Until My Dying Day - rheanna
Bond and M make a stop during the drive from London to Scotland, and Bond sees a side of M he hadn't known about.
'fanfic  ^qft  ^ooh  ^feelings  ^bittersweet  "family  -jamesbond  *m  *bond  :2k-10k  @rheanna  $gen  ^excellent 
november 2012 by sophia_sol
A Before Q - schweinsty
It took six years for Q to get the name, but only two weeks for him to get what came with it.
'fanfic  ^ooh  "backstory  -jamesbond  *q  :2k-10k  @schweinsty  $gen  ^excellent 
november 2012 by sophia_sol
the kindly ones - irnan
John Webster said it was better to be fortunate than wise - well, says Tony. I say: is it too much to ask for both?
author's note:
I realise this is a controversial subject matter, so (based on previous experience) I feel I ought to make it clear from the start that any opinions expressed in this fic regarding feminism and femininity and gender issues and any issues in general were picked and chosen by the author to specifically match the characterisation of the, well, characters.

Sometimes these views are sort of offensive and not very nice. In large part this is because Tony Stark is a privileged dickhead even when he doesn't have a dick.
'fanfic  ^ooh  -avengers  *tonystark  :500-2k  @irnan  $gen  "rule63 
november 2012 by sophia_sol
The Pull of the Tide - miss_aphelion
Stiles appears alone at the doors of the emergency room the morning after the full moon, covered in blood with a deep slash torn across his left side. He's suffering from hypovolemic shock and barely conscious and he won't tell anyone what happened—not his hospital appointed psychiatrist, not his father. Not even his pack.

The list of suspects is disconcertedly short. There were only seven others in the woods with Stiles that night: Derek, Scott, Boyd, Erica, Isaac, Jackson and Allison. And none of them remember the night in quite the same way.
alternates chapters with the psychiatrist talking with Stiles and the sheriff interrogating Stiles' friends.
'fanfic  ^intense  ^ooh  "secrets  -teenwolf  *sheriffstilinski  +derek/stiles  :20k-30k  @miss_aphelion  $dudeslash  ^excellent 
october 2012 by sophia_sol
Five Times a Woman Became a Man: Five Versions of Mulan - storiesfortravellers
Five Alternate Universe versions of Mulan: canon AU, historical AUs, modern AU, sci-fi AU, with each highlighting a different aspect of the Mulan story.
'fanfic  ^feelings  ^intense  ^ooh  "historical  "space  "au  "fivethings  -mulan  -mythology  *mulan  :2k-10k  @storiesfortravellers  $gen  ^excellent 
october 2012 by sophia_sol
No Excuse List
The best place on the web to learn anything, free.
Select a link below to get started.
*Hover over links to see my comments.
'resource  'research  ^ooh  ^excellent 
august 2012 by sophia_sol
Medieval bras discovered at Austrian castle
600-year-old garments surprise fashion experts, who thought bras were a modern invention
'article  ^interesting  ^ooh  "clothes  -history  ^excellent 
july 2012 by sophia_sol
Now, I read The Prince in school, and remembered ideas including the stock “It is better to be feared than loved,” and “The ends justify the means,” but I also remember having no idea then why Machiavelli was a big name.  I’m pretty sure my teacher didn’t really know either.  In fact, most introductions to the works of Machiavelli that I’ve read didn’t even manage to make it clear.  After ten years as a specialist in the Renaissance, I think I can finally explain why.

(the fundamental mistake most introductions to Machaivelli make is that they start by talking about Machiavelli. Context is everything.)
THIS IS SO INTERESTING. First of an amaaaaaaaazing series of five posts about Machiavelli (links to the next at the bottom of each)
'article  'research  -history  *machiavelli  ^interesting  ^ooh  ^yeah  ^excellent  ! 
july 2012 by sophia_sol
lotesse's Grand Unified Theory of Rochester
I know Rochester's actions in this part of the novel are often read as calculated, manipulative, or seductive. Certainly he's trying to manipulate - his motives are not entirely pure. But as far as what he does - guys, I think he's flailing. He's got no fucking idea. He's feeling things for this girl that his education and life have not prepared him for - he wants her, but not like that. He wants to be friends with her, and have her love him, but not with falseness or servility. And there is no script available to him for that sort of thing. PPL HOW U LOVE THEM? Jane is not a conventional love object; he can't go about wooing her by the conventional means he's applied in every other romantic/sexual relationship he's ever been in. So instead he ... dresses up like a gypsy and gets engaged to another girl that he doesn't even really like. It's farcical, a cross-gendered Emma, but the stakes are frighteningly high and the players are just frightened.
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june 2012 by sophia_sol
YKINMKBYKIPSOTQ - flyingthesky
This quilt is called "Your Kink is Not My Kink, But Your Kink is Probably Still on This Quilt." That's YKINMKBYKIPSOTQ. I usually just call it "fuck you."
'fanart  ^ooh  "fibrearts  -fandom  @flyingthesky 
june 2012 by sophia_sol
If You Can't See Where It Keeps Its Brain - jedusaur
He found a comfortable patch of moss to sit on and held up the hat. "All right," he muttered to it. "Let's find out what you're up to."

And he put it on.

"I'm up to exactly what you put me up to," echoed a cheerful voice in his head. "Creating a sensible framework for a new society of magical people to replace the currently prevalent chaos."
'fanfic  ^ooh  ^interesting  -harrypotter  *gryffindor  *ravenclaw  *hufflepuff  *slytherin  *sortinghat  @jedusaur  :2k-10k  $gen  ^excellent 
june 2012 by sophia_sol
A Dream You Dream Together is Reality, by lady_ragnell
Phillipa Cobb grows up knowing that she’s not the only daughter her parents have with her name, and that only her mother knew which one was real. It’s not a nice thing to know.
'fanfic  ^ooh  ^interesting  -inception  *phillipa  *mal  *arthur  @lady_ragnell  :2k-10k  $gen  ^excellent 
may 2012 by sophia_sol
yeah we're locked up in ideas we like to label everything, by weatheredlaw
"Look I know this is like, prize-winning science fair shit, and I'm sure you're in fucking freak heaven or whatever, but I need you to focus on me for like, two seconds, and reach into the hole in my chest, and fix what's broken."

And holy shit is that a metaphor. That is one goddamned beautiful metaphor and Bruce is going to go upstairs and write that down and remember that Tony fucking Stark said it for the rest of his life.
'fanfic  ^ooh  -avengers  *bruce  *tonystark  @weatheredlaw  :500-2k  $gen 
may 2012 by sophia_sol
How Come We Play War And Not Peace?, by valtyr
Tony's six years old, and Cap is his best friend. He's also a dog. A blue one.
'fanfic  ^ooh  "au  -avengers  -calvinandhobbes  *tony  *steve  @valtyr  :2k-10k  $gen  ^excellent 
may 2012 by sophia_sol
the difference between living and dying, by the_stark_words
the difference between living and dying, clint/natahsa, 'you and i remember budapest very differently'
'fanfic  ^ooh  ^yeah  -avengers  *clint  *natasha  @the_stark_words  :500-2k  $gen 
may 2012 by sophia_sol
Living on Land Mines, by gyzym
It is the most important lesson you will ever learn, and the one no one particularly wishes to teach you, so I will say it again: magic is intent.
sequel to Living with Wildfires and stands alone less well; there should be a third part coming soonish
'fanfic  ^yeah  ^ooh  ^feelings  "au  -harrypotter  *ensemble  @gyzym  ~livingwithwildfires  :10k-20k  $gen  ^excellent 
may 2012 by sophia_sol
Living on Wildfires, by gyzym
Ariana doesn't die, Dumbledore sticks with Grindelwald.
And the consequences thereof in the wizarding world
'fanfic  ^ooh  "au  -harrypotter  +dumbledore/grindelwald  *ensemble  @gyzym  ~livingonwildfires  :2k-10k  $dudeslash 
may 2012 by sophia_sol
Fog, Sheets and Thunder, by theopteryx
post-apocalyptic postal service
bittersweet's not quite what I mean, but I can't find the right word, or even words, to properly describe the tone
'fanfic  ^ooh  ^lovely  ^feelings  ^bittersweet  "au  "writer  "postalservice  -bandom  +frank/gerard  *mikey  @theopteryx  :2k-10k  $dudeslash  "apocalypse 
february 2012 by sophia_sol
The Four Generations of Chang E, by zen cho
In the final days of Earth as we knew it, Chang E won the moon lottery.

For Earthlings who were neither rich nor well-connected, the lottery was the only way to get on the Lunar Habitation Programme. (This was the Earthlings' name for it. The moon people said: "those fucking immigrants".)

Chang E sold everything she had: the car, the family heirloom enamel hairpin collection, her external brain. Humans were so much less intelligent than Moonites anyway. The extra brain would have made little difference.
^ooh  ^qft  "space  @zencho  'fiction  -profic  :2k-10k 
january 2012 by sophia_sol
Never, by ursulav
It was all very well to go away in the night with an elfin boy with laughing eyes who taught you how to fly, and promised that you’d never have to grown up, but it turned out that grown-ups had a great deal to do with meals arriving regularly and on time. To get food, you had to beg it off the Indians or steal it from the pirates, and as a result, nearly everyone was hungry all the time, except perhaps Pan.
'fanfic  ^ooh  ^creepy  -peterpan  @ursulav  :500-2k  $gen 
october 2011 by sophia_sol
Take this bet, by airgiodslv
He’s spent years thinking about this, long before there was a convenient nest of vampires around. He’s considered his options and spent night after sleepless night wrestling with himself. This is what he wants. A painless, intimate death. Not another pathetic obituary. Not alone.
prequel to 16 Candles
'fanfic  ^ooh  ^qft  "au  "vampires  -bandom  -alittleless16candles  *pete  *william  @airgiodslv  :2k-10k  $gen  ^excellent 
october 2011 by sophia_sol
The Notorious Sorcerer's Penultimate Work, by cupiscent
A young gentleman of the city approaches the most famous (or infamous) of the modern alchemists with an unusual request that could change both of their lives forever.
'fanfic  ^ooh  "au  "historical  "magic  -bandom  @cupiscent  +gabe/william  :20k-30k  $dudeslash  ^excellent 
october 2011 by sophia_sol
to spy my shadow in the sun, by formerlydf
When William inhales, he thinks, Gabe, seconds before Gabe says from behind him, "I still can't believe you cut your hair."
author note:
implications of D/s
'fanfic  ^ooh  -bandom  @formerlydf  +gabe/william  :2k-10k  $dudeslash  ^excellent 
september 2011 by sophia_sol
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