Tuesday Read Rec: Detectives, Adventurers and Girls Who Don’t Wait Around: The Paradox of Amelia J. Williams
Foreword to the 2012 edition of The Raggedy Man
Summary: Between her debut in 1938 and her death in 1993, Amelia Williams probably wrote over five hundred novels, short stories and articles.
Why You Should Read It: I’m really having a hard time convincing everybody I’m not a Doctor Who fan with all of these recommendations, but this fic is pure brilliance. It’s done in the form of a book foreword, with scenes from (what my friend tells me are) various companions cut in, and it’s a great tie-in to the latest episode. Plus, it’s all about Amy. I like Amy. You should read it and admire the great book covers, sketches, and other things the author did.
Tuesday Read Rec: Once and Future
Rating: Teen and up
Fandom: Captain America/Doctor Who/The Avengers
Summary: Who doesn’t love a happy ending?
Pairing: Rory/Amy, Steve/Peggy
Why You Should Read It: So I’m not a Doctor Who fan. I just speak the language well enough to get along with other nerds. My friend Ayefah calls this fandom osmosis, and it fits. I like to know what happens without having to actually watch the episodes (I stopped watching after Amy’s baby turned into plastic goo or whatever), which means I know what happened in Saturday’s episode. This fic was recommended on an LJ I follow, and I knew enough DW stuff to follow along, which is marvelous because the fic is wonderful. Peggy Carter and Time Lords. You cannot go wrong with Peggy Carter and Time Lords. Plus, Natasha makes an appearance and we all know about my weakness for the Black Widow, and Peggy Carter.
Sunday Read Rec: Four Times Chuck was a Hero by Being Nerdy
Summary: Chuck saves the day four times in unexpected ways.
Why You Should Read It: I just came across this little gem, even though it’s from Yuletide 2008. Four/five times fics are fun because they give snippets of situations, but this is one of the few that I’ve seen goes back to the earliest days: helping Ellie, meeting Morgan, one with Sarah and one with Casey. It’s a nice, quick read that should put a smile on your face and a bounce in your step. Charah if you squint.
Friday Read Rec: IOU
Author: Course Jester
Summary: Inspired by and a sequel to Wepdiggy’s excellent “Morgan vs. the Apology”, this is my second take on a Chuck/Sarah reconciliation. Since Sarah stood aside for Hannah, Chuck thinks that he owes the same courtesy with Shaw. But is that what she wants?
Why You Should Read It: Well, first, it’s by Course Jester. There is nothing else that I need to say that…oh, you probably need more than that, you cynic. Fine. Course Jester is amazing and if you haven’t read through his entire catalogue, you’re missing out. He was a writer in the golden days of Chuck fandom (y’know, before Fates), and he has several beautiful one-shots and multiple-shots where it’s Chuck and Sarah learning their rhythm. This is a great take on how to “fix” the disastrous S3. You should take a minute, go enjoy it despite the fact that the word Shaw appears in the story. And when you’re done, you should read Wep’s story, too.
Wednesday Read Rec: Tea Time and Time Lords: A Primer
Fandom: Doctor Who, Community
Summary: The study group travels through time and space.
Why You Should Read It: This really just says it all. No, really. Here:
“And with that, I’m Troy…”
“…and I’m Abed…”
“…and I’m the Doctor… hello!”
“…and this has been Troy and Abed in the TAAARDIS!”
Monday Read Rec: One Part Princess Leia, Two Parts Temintor
Summary: After Christmas Eve, Sarah is still a girl. Obviously. But Chuck doesn’t feel like she’s just a girl, anymore.
Why You Should Read It: Frea is recommending Chuck smut? Somebody should probably make sure mxpw hasn’t hacked her account. But this fic is a pretty good look at the fandom right after Chuck vs. the Santa Claus. You know, the episode that kinda should’ve changed everything and somehow didn’t? (omen much?) Wepdiggy recommended this to me ages ago, and I really liked it, so I thought I’d pass it on to everybody else.
Saturday Read Rec: Creative (Non)Fiction
Summary: Abed writes what he knows. And some other stuff, which may or may not end well.
Why You Should Read It: Abed writes fanfic. That’s really all you need to know. It’s Abed, unleashed on fanfic, and it is painfully true and just as painfully funny.
Thursday Read Rec: we were emergencies
Summary: It’s not about being unmade; it’s about remaking, one aching step at a time.
Why You Should Read It: I cannot say enough good about this fanfiction. I sped-read it the first time, just wanting to know more and more and when I reached the end, I had to sit and really think about what had happened. The best part was that it only got better on rereads. This is one of the best twists I’ve seen on what Loki did not only to Clint, but to Natasha. It sends shivers up my spine, how good this fic is.
Tuesday Read Rec: en pointe
Fandom: Downton Abbey
Summary: “Edith has been Mary’s understudy for the last eight years, though it’s probably closer to the truth to say that Edith has been Mary’s understudy since the first day Edith put on her pointe shoes.” Modern day ballet AU.
Pairing: Sybil/Branson, Matthew/Mary
Why You Should Read It: We all know how I feel about AUs. They are my Kryptonite (well, witty banter is my Kryptonite. AUs are my…red Kryptonite? That’s a thing, right?). This is another great one from the Downton Abbey fandom. The prose is tight, and it’s a quick read, but definitely worth it. It’s amazing how universal some of the themes in the show are.
Goodness, chapter three is up!!
Summary: When Mary walks home from the train station after Richard’s proposal, she finds herself at Crawley House. It’s just a coincidence, and yet words spoken in a gentle voice come back to her. “Tell him what’s in your heart. Then even if he’s killed, and he may be, you won’t be sorry.”
And what if she’d done just that? Or at least… tried to?
2x02 onward AU.
(This way for chapter one)
Sweet. Everybody, drop what you’re doing, go read this. If you need me, that’s where I’ll be.
Sunday Read Rec: A Reasonable Facsimile
Summary: Because someone has to do it, and Morgan needs a job. Episode tag for the new season 4 premiere. Spoilers. GEN
Why You Should Read It: Okay, okay, I know, it’s Morgan Grimes and we all know I hate Morgan Grimes. BUT, hear me out. This fic is great. This fic is the way S4 SHOULD’VE handled the fake Buy More, in a way that would have been tongue in cheek and amusing and funny and PERFECT for Morgan instead of just letting it become the Bro Show like it did. This would have given Morgan a good storyline without him impinging on Sarah and Chuck’s storyline all the time, gah. I’d completely forgotten this fic existed, but now I can safely say you should read it, as it’s the perfect use of Morgan Grimes showcasing his, uh, talents for retail.
Friday Read Rec: Dear Wired Magazine
Fandom: TRON Legacy
Summary: I Never Thought This Would Happen To Me But… If people who work with computers have funny ideas about dating, imagine what someone who lives inside one would think. SamXQuorra
Why You Should Read It: What I took away from this story—Cosmo is bad for society. This is a great (finished) funny read. I haven’t read much in that fandom, but I was bored and curious one night, so I wandered over and this one had me in stitches. It’s so funny I’ve even forgiven the fact that the dog (a Boston Terrier, natch) disappears halfway through the story.
Wednesday Read Rec: Home is Where the Heart Is
Author: miss Kittyplank
Fandom: Downton Abbey
Summary: October, 1929. Sir Richard and Mary have been married for ten years and have two children, but after the Wall St Crash are forced to return to England, to Downton and to Matthew Crawley. M/M
Why You Should Read It: At first glance, this fic looks like the last thing I would ever touch. I never liked Richard Carlisle in canon and very few fics do him justice. Plus, the idea of cheating, even in fic where I know the characters aren’t real, makes my skin crawl. Add kids to that and this fic is the trifecta of things I avoid, but here’s the thing: in this story, it really, really works. The prose is (occasionally wordy) thoughtful and thought-provoking, and the characters are all given a fair shake. I have a few issues with it, but it’s still a great ongoing read. The author updates every 2-3 weeks, but her chapters are long and her characters are unflinchingly unafraid to be themselves.