sally_maria: (Merlin Fight and Defend)
I promised one more set of recs before the end of October, and here I am practising my usual last-minuteism. :-) These are all canon-era Merlin stories, with a focus on plot, and on Merlin and Arthur's friendship as much as romance.

First is one of the longest Merlin stories I've ever read:
The Ivy Crown by dayari
" Merlin couldn't have picked a worse time to finally tell Arthur about his magic. In the wake of the battle against the immortal army, a strange visitor disrupts the court, calling himself the Green Knight and proposing a test of the court's integrity. Although Uther turns him away, several of Camelot's northern allies end up mysteriously beheaded over the next few months, and Arthur, Merlin and the knights set out to investigate. They encounter more than they'd bargained for on the way—a reckless young boy, a lady in search of a husband, a centuries-old fairytale that holds more than a grain of truth... and a challenge that ends up being more than just a game."
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The second is another Big Bang story, though not as long:
Crossroads of Disbelief by thoughtreflex
"A case of mistaken identity leads to trouble for Arthur, until it becomes more than a bid for his own freedom, but a struggle of survival that encompasses not only himself, but Merlin, and two kingdoms on the brink of war. "
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An early story in the fandom, written in 2009, but still a very enjoyable one:
The Knights Have a Thousand Eyes by stakeaclaim
"In which Arthur is out of sorts. His manservant leaves a lot to be desired, Morgana is scary, Merlin's 'luck' is becoming too noticeable, his knights need to learn some lessons, and they're beginning to act very strangely. Arthur blames Merlin."
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Finally a story from the Kink meme, but not a kinky one - this is completely gen.
Bottle by anon
The prompt was: "Canon era magic reveal. Merlin accidentally reveals his magic in front of several of Arthur's knights. (Would love to see Leon, Percival, Elyan, Lancelot, Gwaine if you can cram them all in.) Anon is looking for drama as the knights each react a little differently - not all of them completely okay with the magic issue. Up to author whether Arthur is there when the reveal happens or if he's fetched or if Merlin is brought to him. How does Arthur handle this knowing everyone now knows?"
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sally_maria: Split icon - top half Captain America, bottom Iron Man (Captain America-Iron Man)
For MCU fans eagerly awaiting Thor 2 - a brilliant new Avengers vid.

Raise Your Glass by such_heights


Oct. 27th, 2013 10:35 pm
sally_maria: Avengers Film logo (Avengers)
I'm afraid I haven't posted as many recs as I would have liked this month - too much distracted by family history research, which I must post about at some point - but I do intend to do at least one more set before the end of the month.

In the meantime, though, a short story for anyone who's been part of a close-knit internet community.

User Since by rageprufrock
"To: PC (
From: Buck (
Subject: Report!
Date: May 10, 2012

Phil — where the hell are you, man? Let us know if you're all right, or if there's anything we can do to help. HQ's freaking the fuck out."

Agent Phil Coulson was a Captain America fan - fellow fans react in the weeks after the Battle of New York.
sally_maria: (Wild Things)
Not a detailed rec set this time, but a link to an exchange with a lot of interesting stories.

The Exchange at Fic Corner 2013 - "The Exchange at Fic Corner is a gift exchange for fic based on children's and YA books and short stories from picture books to edgy teen novels."

Some favourites of mine were:

The Weight of Glory
by wei
"Three times Reepicheep thought about stories."

Measure Every Grief by the_rck
"When Millie finds a half drowned boy in the garden, Christopher faces a mystery." Chrestomanci meets Homeward Bounders.

By breakwater and river
by ivy
"Before leaving Nestowe, Sabriel promised that she would come back and help them, and she keeps her promises. Fighting the Dead is what the Abhorsen is meant to do, after all."

If you find any others you particularly like, do let me know.


Oct. 13th, 2013 04:18 pm
sally_maria: (Peaceful Explorers)
One of the things I love that fanfic can do that canon usually can't is the ability to bring together characters from different fandoms and/or let them explore each other's world. This is a really mixed bag of stories, united only by the fact that I enjoyed them, and I hope you might do so too.

Displacement (The Longest Three-Week Day)
by michelel72 (Rodney McKay/Donna Noble)
"Another day, another "science conference" gone horribly wrong. For once, Dr. Rodney McKay gets help saving the world … but then Donna Noble remembers."
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Feast of All Fools by AJHall (Torchwood/Lord Peter Wimsey)
"Spring, 1940. In a remote German Army base a captured British intelligence officer resists interrogation and waits for death. But his family has influence even he never suspected they possessed and help is at hand from a wholly unexpected source."
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Time Flies Like a Bullet by Dira Sudis (Sherlock/?)
'"Whenever I start feeling like what I'm doing is pointless," he typed, without looking over at Sherlock, "like I've failed completely, I remember my first tour in Afghanistan."'
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I'm not a sucker so I don't need a bodyguard
by musesfool (Angel/Batman)
"Cordelia's been in the game long enough that she can spot a secret identity from a mile away."
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Unsuited for surveillance
by TheArticulatedTurnip (Yes Minister/The Professionals)
"Hacker isn't sure which is worse: being trailed by CI5, whoever they are, or the lamentable dress standards of the security services"
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On Track by ML Mead (The Professionals/Steam Trains)
"Bodie and Doyle, a day off and a very large train set."
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Oct. 9th, 2013 08:09 pm
sally_maria: (Aragorn)
I was very pleased to read that [ profile] rhymer23 had been inspired to write for Lord of the Rings, as I've always enjoyed her writing, and we have similar ideas about the kind of Middle-earth based stories we can enjoy. :-)

A Captain and a Cause by rhymer23
Outsider viewpoint. Gen.

“Daerion was dangling upside-down from an apple tree when the King came for the first time to Minas Tirith.” Thorongil touched many lives when he served in Gondor, more than at first he knew.

Daerion may be an OC, but he really feels like a Tolkienian character, a truly convincing inhabitant of Gondor in the years before the War of the Ring. If you like the men of Gondor, this story is well worth your time.
sally_maria: (Cute Cat)
I've mentioned to several people that I meant to do a set of recs where one of our heroes is turned into a cat, and never got round to it. So I thought rectober was the perfect excuse to actually make it happen.

The first story I ever really noticed with this premise was in SGA. The fandom(and the show) had a traditional of alien technology doing unrealistic things, so it wasn't such a great stretch to imagine that John Sheppard could be turned into a small black cat, or that Rodney, with his canonical love of cats, would be the best person to protect his interests.

The Checkmate 'Verse by Bead

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Merlin, with canonical magic and a YA tone, was an excellent fit for animal transformation stories - I still wish for the end of the series where Merlin got turned into a merlin - but cats were certainly a popular option. A common theme was that Merlin had to be in hiding for some reason, and that Arthur may not even realise that the cat he's become attached to was his big-earred manservant. :-)

Lemon Meringue by adelagia
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A Prince's Tale of Cats and Warlocks
by dornfelder
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A Prince's best friend
by Itar94
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Magic is canon the Avengers universe as well, and while I haven't come across that many cat transformations, this is a brilliant one.

Momentary Paws (or, DO NOT WANT) by velithya
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I've been reading and enjoying a lot of Teen Wolf fic over the past few months, and naturally there are animal transformation stories - quite apart from the werewolves, of course. This being a universe where the characters haven't had so long to learn to trust each other, this is the spikiest of the stories in this set, though there's still some excellent bed sharing.

Pussy Galore
by kalpurna
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sally_maria: Peggy Carter looking away over her shoulder (Peggy Carter)
As I've said elsewhere, I thoroughly enjoyed last week's episode and am looking forward to the rest of the series. I'm sure it's a series there will be a be a lot of fanfic for, but just a couple of short pieces I've enjoyed so far.

to the edge of all the light you have by Hope_Tang

'Throughout her childhood and most of her adolescence, Melinda May’s parents, teachers, and role models told her: Ladies do not pick fights.

In college, former SSR agent Margaret Carter told Melinda, “Ladies finish them."'

Melinda May was one of my favourite characters in last week's episode, sharp, competent and with a lovely comfortable relationship with Coulson. I'm looking forward to finding out more about her, but this is a great origin story.

Spark by Siria

"There's someone sitting on the porch."

What happens to Mike Peterson at the end of the pilot episode? I know I wasn't the only one who would have loved to have seen more of him. This is one very interesting take on a possible future for him.
sally_maria: (Arthur - Manservant)
Two stories from this summer's Merlin Big Bang. I'm still reading, so there may be more later.

What Have Kings
by antonomasia09.

"Arthur is the king of Camelot, but his hold on power is tenuous at best due to an injury that won't properly heal. Merlin is a druid slave whose life Arthur saves on a whim. Together, they embark on a quest to reclaim the legendary sword lost by Arthur’s father, and to restore faith in the Pendragon name. Fusion with The Eagle."

A very clever fusion of ideas and themes from Merlin and The Eagle. I love canon-era AUs, and this really works in giving us the characters we know and love in a slightly different setting.

Awake by Cori Lannam.

"King Arthur sleeps in Avalon, waiting to return at the hour of Albion's greatest need. But once a year he awakes and spends a single day with Merlin, who will never, ever leave him."

This made me smile, made me cry, and left me convinced that Merlin and Arthur had performed the task that fate had set for them, and could look forward to a happy life together, for however long it would last.

It's a truly satisfying exploration of the reality of an Arthur sleeping until Albion's Greatest Need - there have been so many, how do you pick one?
sally_maria: (Henry bookworm)

"Rectober is an idea to encourage reccing, reading, enjoying, commenting, sharing and discussion about fic, art and other fanworks during the month of October. Why not take part in Rectober by pledging to make rec posts during October, and encouraging other reccers by commenting on their posts?"

I have a tendency to bookmark stories, thinking I must rec that one day, and then never do - so I decided [ profile] birdsofshore's project was the perfect excuse to push me into doing so. Recs may be from a number of different fandoms, but are likely to include Merlin, Avengers and various small fandoms.


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