Recs

Nov. 25th, 2012 01:37 pm
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I figured it was high time for me to finally get around to posting all of my recs. Anyone at anytime can feel free to leave suggestions in the comments, and I will review them and add them to this post at my discretion (although of course I'm not going to stop anyone from making their own recs post if they want).



I was planning on doing this the hard way, but for real, what was I thinking, here is the link to the [community profile] 21_days of Valdemar fic fest

This is the link to the 21 Days of Valdemar collection on AO3

Shared Burdens
Length: 3,444 words
Characters: Stef, Medren, Jisa
Description: After the events of Magic's Price, Medren is absolutely worried about Stefen and determined to make sure that nothing happens to him. Stefen's reactions, though, don't have any clear explanation...

Striking the Right Note
Length: 8,004 words
Characters: Stef and Medren, Stef/Van
Description: A tale of how Stefen's best friend went from “Stef, stop dating men that are way too old for you!” to “Let me matchmake you with my uncle, he is just your type.”

A Song for a Legend, a Legend for a Song
Length: 1,089 words
Ship: Van/Stef
Description: Sometimes, in the little time they have together as the world falls apart around them, Stefen plays for his love.

Harmonic
Length: 2,046 words
Ship: Stef/Van
Description: Van and Stef making music together.

Do You Know the Way to Ba Sing Se?
Length: 21,018 words
Ship: Van/Lendel
Description: NSFW, LHM/Firefly fusion; I know what a lot of people think of fusions, especially of such disparate canons, but take it from someone with a low second-hand embarrassment threshold, this is fucking amazing. The author did a really great job deciding which parts of which canons had to be changed or ignored to make them fit together.

Lives Past
Length: 5,239 words
Ship: Van/Lendel
Description: Tylendel backstory.

Prompt 37: Sensual Command (Yes really.)
Length: 2,605 words
Ship: Van/Lendel
Description: NSFW, Vanyel trying to tell Tylendel how he feels with sex.

Solace
Length: 1,470 words
Characters: Van, Tantras
Description: Tran spends Sovvan night with Vanyel.

Renogotiations of Fate
Length: 7,689 words
Ship: Van/Lendel
Description: NSFW, Tylendel doesn't die AU.

Magic's Path on AO3 | on DW
Length: 21,574 words
Ship: Van/Lendel
Description: AU in which Magic's Pawn never happened and Van meets Lendel when they're in their early twenties instead.

Part of Us
Length: 1,045 words
Characters: Stefen and Withen
Description: Stefen tells Withen about Vanyel's final days.

Strange Songbird (WIP)
Length: 25,457 words
Ship: Van/Lendel
Description: This starts off really slow, and contains a dubious OMC and dubious add-ons to an already dubious canon, but the parts that are relevant to our interests (starting at chapter five if you feel fine skipping the OMC's intro/background) are actually really damn good. This is a very different (read: dark) interpretation of Van/Lendel, and I am going to add a trigger warning for domestic violence to this, because yeah, darkfic :(

Stony Tor
Length: 7,073 words
Ship: Stef/Van
Description: Van tells Stef the whole story of why he hates the Demonsbane song.

Shadow Dreams
Length: 1,712 words
Ship: Tylendel/Vanyel
Description: Tylendel's mental instability, explored in second-person imperative

The Length of the World
Length: 4,111 words
Ship: Van/Stef
Description: Rape recovery in the kyree caverns.

Vanyel's Moving Castle (WIP)
Length: 14,292 words
Ship: Van/Lendel
Description: Howl's Moving Castle fusion.

Something There
Length: 832 words
Ship: Van/Lendel
Description: They're in the middle of a mock-fight when someone figures out their secret.

Shadow Stalker
Length: 2,123 words
Ship: Van/Lendel...um.
Description: Mindscrew horror fic about the Shadow Stalker incident.

Missing and Gone
Length: 2,005 words
Ship: Van/Lendel
Description: Van, a few years on, delving into his ambiguous feelings about Lendel. It's a songfic, but if you ignore that aspect of it it's pretty damn interesting.

Done Only in the Mud
Length: 1,875 words
Ship: Van/Lendel
Description: A detailed account of Van and Lendel's fight.

For Whom the Bell Tolls
Length: 1,458 words
Ship: Van/Lendel
Description: Vanyel, angst and meta about loving and losing.

Daemon Fever (WIP)
Length: 5,238 words
Ship: Van/Stef
Description: Sickfic with an interesting OC Healer. Stef's name is misspelt throughout *pet peeve* but it gets pretty good once it gets going.

Magic's Pride
Length: 11,763 words
Characters: Stef, Medren, ensemble
Description: Stefen post-Magic's Price.

Hope Springs Eternal
Length: 1,857 words
Ship: Van/Stef (UST)
Description: Missing scene: the trip to the hot springs that didn't work.

Just Friends
Length: 2,444 words
Characters: Stef and Medren
Description: Just a little adolescent experimentation.

Everything by Gildaurel on FFN | on AO3 | on DW :)

Everything by typhe. :)

Also, here is my AO3 page



Also there is a prompt post here, feel free to add new ones!

Date: 2012-11-27 10:20 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] tiz
I love everything in which Van doesn't die, honestly.

Thank you for the rec! :D

Date: 2012-11-28 09:07 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] tiz
which is my personal headcanon to a point I modified one of my mobi to cancel everything that happened after chapter 17 and substituted it with Snowblind.

I do it when I am very angry at the author u.u

Date: 2012-11-28 05:47 am (UTC)
thene: Happy Ponyo looking up from the seabed (ponyo)
From: [personal profile] thene
THANK YOU. I've missed a good few of those, especially the Pit ones.

I have a few more...not least everything by you :P Then I have some way old bookmarks from the Pit stashed away, plus a few other things that aren't on your list. These are all SFW (worse luck):

Stony Tor
Length: 7073
Ship: Stef/Van
Description: Van tells Stef the whole story of why he hates the Demonsbane song. (This is VERY cuddly h/c; arguably OOC but I love it too much to care)

Shadowstalker
Length: 2123
Ship: Van/Lendel...um.
Description: Mindscrew horror fic about the Shadow Stalker incident.

Missing and Gone
Length: 2005
Ship: Van/Lendel
Description: Van, a few years on, delving into his ambiguous feelings about Lendel. It's a songfic, but if you ignore that aspect of it it's pretty damn interesting.

Harmonic
Length: 2046
Ship: Stef/Van
Description: Van and Stef making music together.

Magic's Path (on AO3) / (or here on Dreamwidth)
Length: 21574
Ship: Van/Lendel
Description: AU in which Magic's Pawn never happened and Van meets Lendel when they're in their early twenties instead. I like it partly because of how far it has to go out of canon's way to make this pairing healthy and stable /shipwar

Date: 2012-11-28 09:08 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] tiz
*happily off to read*

Date: 2012-11-28 05:56 pm (UTC)
thene: Nono, the moogle mechanic from FFXII (moogle love)
From: [personal profile] thene
erm feel free to remove my shipwarring from your post :P

goddamn, that is a long time to spend on the Pit of Voles, I hope you granted yourself a nice long bath afterwards. Of the ones you linked from there, I'd seen Just Friends and Hope Springs Eternal back in the day, and Something There more recently on Gilda's favourites list (/stalking), but the others were new to me so thank you very much!

Date: 2012-12-02 01:21 am (UTC)
thene: Nono, the moogle mechanic from FFXII (moogle love)
From: [personal profile] thene
omg, thanks for the heads-up!

Date: 2012-11-28 06:40 pm (UTC)
nakki: (LHM - truth)
From: [personal profile] nakki
OOOO!! Thanks for the text! This post is gooooollllldeeeeeennnnn.

Date: 2012-11-28 06:42 pm (UTC)
thene: A fearsome ninja biscuit poised to attack. But some crumbs have fallen, reminding us of our frailty in the face of time (ninja biscuits)
From: [personal profile] thene
LHM fandom; where we are still reccing fics from 11 years ago because there is never enough porn.

Date: 2012-11-28 06:44 pm (UTC)
nakki: (LHM - truth)
From: [personal profile] nakki
NEVER ENOUGH =( Dude, we are gonna be 80 years old and still reccing fic from the early aughts. We are never moving on from this fandom.

Date: 2012-11-29 03:59 am (UTC)
thene: Nono, the moogle mechanic from FFXII (moogle love)
From: [personal profile] thene
ikr, I am so hopelessly freaking married to my otp ;__;

Date: 2012-11-29 08:37 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] tiz
Can I be married to this otp too? :D

Date: 2012-11-29 10:23 pm (UTC)
thene: A fearsome ninja biscuit poised to attack. But some crumbs have fallen, reminding us of our frailty in the face of time (ninja biscuits)
From: [personal profile] thene
THIS APPEARS TO BE AN OPEN ARRANGEMENT

MORE THE MERRIER

Never enough recs; certainly never enough porn!

Date: 2012-11-29 02:22 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] gildaurel
Am I the only person so obsessed that I have actually already read all of these? Not to say I'm not grateful for your having consolidated them into a nice compact list for me!!

The saddest part about the above fact is that I stumbled onto LHM fandom only about two years ago; I loved the books as a pre-teen, but never knew about fic. I finally picked up the series again as an adult and, for some strange reason, found Vanyel as irresistible a character as ever. WHY does he get in my head so much?? What inevitably followed was hours of net surfing, Fanfic, A03, and LJ (in that order). When I found thene and m_m's fics, I thought I'd died and gone to sexually frustrated reader's heaven (Haven?)!

At any rate, thank you m_m for making this; I went back through and read all my favorites. Thank you to thene as well-- I had only glanced over the songfic before because grrr songfic why, but on a second reading, found it to be as surprisingly good as you said!
thene: Naomi Hunter is very suspicious. (naomi)
From: [personal profile] thene
You guys are braver than me, seriously - I first read the LHM in 2001 and later that same year I got sucked into fic fandom via videogame BBSes, so when I discovered FFN I immediately looked for LHM fandom...and ran into so much secondhand embarrassment and girlbonerkill I don't even :/ There was, at the time, one Van/Stef sex fic out there and it was so eyewateringly awful it took me years to forget some of the worst parts. Fortunately it got deleted in the Great Purge of 2002, as did my first Van/Stef sex fic, which was also awful. I also remember having a ranty blog meltdown about how fucking tired I was of vapid, samey Lendel Doesn't Die fics - this was in 2003, omfg. (when I discovered m_m, E&0 was the last of her archived fics that I read, and with some trepidation until I clued in that it was trolling the entire premise to oblivion.)

So, I ragequit, and periodically tried it again only to run away screaming yet again. I got into feeling like I could NEVER read LHM fic by a writer I didn't already know & trust without having a mental hand over my eyes and a finger on the back button at all times. Then I ducked back in a couple of years ago, and found macabre_monkey. Just looking at this list, it's remarkable both how long it goes back AND how recent it skews. Between us we seem to have read everything out there going back an awful long time and the good stuff almost entirely showed up in or after 2010. How did this fandom get so damn wonderful? I don't know, but I'm so glad it happened. And yeah, I do blame Van's godddamn addicting mental voice, for everything.

Date: 2012-12-26 03:27 am (UTC)
thene: A fearsome ninja biscuit poised to attack. But some crumbs have fallen, reminding us of our frailty in the face of time (ninja biscuits)
From: [personal profile] thene
I DUNNO ABOUT ADDING IT TO THE LIST BUT

THIS

IS PRETTY MUCH ALL THAT HAS EVER NEEDED TO BE SAID

Date: 2012-12-26 08:27 pm (UTC)
thene: Happy Ponyo looking up from the seabed (Default)
From: [personal profile] thene
HAHAA OH GOD I REMEMBER THAT FIC, IT WAS THE MOST ACCURATE THING EVER.

HAVE YOU READ THIS ONE, BTW?

ETA: JUST THINKING ABOUT IT IS DEPRESSINGLY LIKELY THAT THE 'OW' FIC GOT PURGED - FICS WRITTEN SCRIPT-STYLE WERE BANNED AT SOME POINT. :( AND I CAN'T REMEMBER WHO WROTE IT, AT ALL.

ETA2: I figured I should render that link in a more helpful fashion:

Shadow Dreams
Length: 1712
Ship: Tylendel/Vanyel
Description: Tylendel's mental instability, explored in second-person imperative.
Edited Date: 2012-12-28 01:30 am (UTC)

Date: 2013-07-23 10:31 pm (UTC)
thene: Fang, with her back turned.  Fate is not kind to those who leap. (oerba yun fang)
From: [personal profile] thene
I'm just going to go ahead and collate a few links I spammed around on other threads at various times - fics I found interesting, if nothing else:

Done Only In The Mud and For Whom The Bell Tolls
Length: 1875 and 1458
Ship: Van/Lendel
Description: Two LHM fics by later-pro author Jaida Jones

Another Chance
Length: 25507
Ship: Van/Lendel, Van/Stef, Lendel/Stef
Description: Abandoned OT3 fic that never delivered, but. It's uneven, but the older, very-badly-damaged Lendel is interesting (as is his strained relationship with Vanyel), and the mixed-up ship dynamics are tons of fun.

Daemon Fever
Length: 5238
Ship: Van/Stef
Description: Unfinished sickfic with an interesting OC Healer. Stef's name is misspelt throughout *pet peeve* but it gets pretty good once it gets going.

Date: 2013-07-24 04:49 pm (UTC)
thene: Fang, with her back turned.  Fate is not kind to those who leap. (oerba yun fang)
From: [personal profile] thene
Oh lol, hadn't seen that comment from you. Yeah, it's hella uneven and melodramatic for the sake of it in places, but I was enjoying much of the melodrama because I am a terrible fan :(

Date: 2013-07-24 05:48 pm (UTC)
thene: The Joy is facepalming at you. (facepalm)
From: [personal profile] thene
IKR i only have work 3 days a week right now and i spend the rest of the time writing fic while pretending to study :/

buh, secondhand embarrassing is bad; the other one I get a lot of in this fandom is 'STOP BADTOUCHING MY SHIP'. And then there's the usual problems of people liking things wrong or/and hating things wrong. Successful troll is a victim of her own success? You are amaze, kat, truly.

Date: 2013-07-24 07:35 pm (UTC)
thene: The Joy is facepalming at you. (facepalm)
From: [personal profile] thene
Idk I can't help but remember that there's people out there who think goodfic is equally absurd and oversincere. I KNOW I'M OVERSINCERE ABOUT FIC OKAY. :( The thing I have an odd laugh reaction to sometimes is old classic slash fandoms like Starsky/Hutch...I don't even know.

Date: 2013-07-25 09:42 pm (UTC)
thene: A fearsome ninja biscuit poised to attack. But some crumbs have fallen, reminding us of our frailty in the face of time (ninja biscuits)
From: [personal profile] thene
Yeah, I didn't mean in fic fandom so much as from outside it - I think one reason people outside of fic fandom find it weird is because it's so very sincere.

I just posted another shortfic, woop.

Omg you successful troll! props!

Date: 2015-08-02 01:51 am (UTC)
thene: PROTIP do not fuck with Minette (minette)
From: [personal profile] thene
Two recent ones: this is truly, shockingly good. Post-canon Stef, which is my crack. :P Another decent Stef fic - frustrated because the premise (Teen Stef's escalating interest in older, powerful men) is awesome but the first chapter feels really far off, for reasons I think you'll find obvious.

Date: 2015-08-07 04:11 am (UTC)
thene: Fang, Vanille and the space between them. (awakened)
From: [personal profile] thene
eh don't feel you have to include that second one just because I like the premise a lot :P That first chapter is hella OOC - like, how the fuck would Stef not know what he was doing. :/

Date: 2015-10-28 07:47 pm (UTC)
cephy: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cephy
A much-belated thank you for the rec list! There were quite a few in there I hadn't read before.

(...though I have to say, it's a bit trippy to be working your way through a list like this and suddenly realize oh hey, I wrote that one. O_o God, that was a long time ago. I'd kinda forgotten I ever had a ff.net account....)

Date: 2015-10-30 09:14 pm (UTC)
cephy: (rabbids have plungers)
From: [personal profile] cephy
Hahaha, it was the Shadowstalker mindscrew fic. That may actually have been the first fanfic I ever wrote, before I even properly knew what fanfic was... a dubious honour, to be sure. ;D

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