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Title: Straight Man
Author:
[personal profile] toft 
Fandom:
Mythbusters RPF
Genre: Friendship, Coming Out
Length:  Medium (Words: 4,555)

Author's Summary:
Jamie tells Adam something about himself. Adam perhaps doesn't react too well.

Review:
So I saw this rec'd on fancake recently.  It's not at all the sort of thing I would have looked for normally, the review was really convincing.  I'm glad I read it.  It is a really good coming out story and a great friendship fic about very realistic (and interesting) characters.  I can't really speak to whether the characterizations suit canon because I don't watch a lot of Mythbusters but to my limited knowledge, it seems okay.  I also like the balance struck between the tension/conflict and the moments of humor.  Check out the fancake rec by [personal profile] marginaliana for more info or head straight for the story link below.

Straight Man (on DW)

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Title:  No Reservations: Narnia
Autho
r: [archiveofourown.org profile] Edonohana 
Fandom:
Narnia, No Reservations, RPF
Genre:
  General, Crossover, Meta
Length: Short (Words: 6,228)
note: rec'd on fancake

Author's Summary:
I’m crammed into a burrow so small that my knees are up around my ears and the boom mike keeps slamming into my head, inhaling the potent scent of toffee-apple brandy and trying to drink a talking mouse under the table.

Review:
Anthony Bourdain meets Reepicheep!  I can't believe I haven't rec'd this one yet.  It sounds so crack-y but it's not.  It's well done as a story and it actually has something kind of profound to say.  This story is about a real travel show going to a perfect place but it's not quite what you might expect.  Because what they find isn't a predictably Narnia-esque discovery about goodness and faith as beauty (which would never work with a No Reservations crossover).  But nor is it, as in many deconstructions of perfection, that it's a place where surface perfection hides an ugly truth. 

They find, as so often happens in No Reservations, that traveling somewhere fantastic is seldom everything you'd imagined, but that doesn't make it any less perfect or less beautiful and that encountering new cultures is a journey of self-discovery but a relativistic one with meaningful uncertainty and bigger questions rather than the obvious answers of a life lived unchallenged.  And when it comes to Narnia specifically, they find that there is a strange power to perfect even if its not what they imagined perfect would be.  And in a weird way, I think that combination really speaks about a kind of faith independent of religion.  It's a faith that CS Lewis probably wouldn't recognize as such, but still.  And it does it without talking about faith at all, but by talking about Narnia.

And I'm not sure that message could have been told quite so well or quite so profoundly (and especially not so efficiently - this is less than 7k words, remember) without using Narnia's allegory and No Reservations' template of (paradoxically) ambiguous discovery as a medium - which I think represents the pinnacle of fanfiction.

Now, I don't actually know if Edonohana set out to write a profound commentary on faith and the clash of imagined ideals and reality.  It's entirely possible they just thought it would make for a funny story - and it is funny and it has beautiful descriptions for people and places and food (that amazingly manage to stand in pretty effectively for the missing visuals of No Reservations) too.  The Anthony Bourdain voice is incredible and just perfectly nails both the snarky irreverence and the relativistic acceptance of canon... which is a little trippy beside the allegorical fantasy world of Narnia.  Maybe I'm reading into this things that aren't actually there.  But that in itself sounds a lot like a line out of No Reservations, so maybe there's something to it after all.

No Reservations: Narnia (on AO3)
podfic available (on AO3) - though frankly the author got Anthony Bourdain's voice so spot on that I really recommend reading it because part of the magic of the crossover is how easy it is to hear him narrate it

Now with cover art:


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Title: Imitating Life
Author: [livejournal.com profile] littlehollyleaf 
Fandom: Supernatural
Pairing: Dean/Castiel, Dean/canon!Misha
Genre: Romance, AU, canon!meta
Length:  Long (Words: ~60k)

Author's Summary:
Set in The French Mistake universe. To safeguard the angelic weapons he stole from Heaven, Balthazar has entrusted the keys to their hiding place to Sam and Dean and sent them into an alternative dimension. Unfortunately, Heavenly hitman Virgil followed them through and managed to swipe the keys during the ensuing confrontation. Now, the brothers need to find Virgil stat or their world is headed for a meltdown when he hands the keys over to Raphael who plans to use the weapons to re-start Armageddon. The problem is - how? Because if tracking down Virgil isn't hard enough they also have to keep up the pretence of being a couple of crappy TV stars, investigate the mysterious arrival of one Richard Speight Jr. and deal with a clingy Castiel-lookalike who can't seem to stop fawning over Dean.

Review:
A French Mistake fic with a twist.  This one sticks closer to the canon meta-verse than the last French Mistake fic I recc'd here.  It's sort of an episode AU with shippiness and a couple of nice fixits.

Imitating Life (on LJ)
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Title: Archangel in Exile
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] TardisIsTheOnlyWayToTravel 
Fandom: Supernatural
Genre: Meta/AU/canon!RPF, Episode 6.15
Length:  Short (Words: 5,294+)

Author's Summary:
Apparently Supernatural was real, which was presumably why Gabriel was bleeding out onto Richard’s floor.

(In which the actors of Supernatural find that reality is stranger and more disturbing than they previously believed, even counting Misha, and an injured archangel discovers that his universe is the subject of a TV show.)

Review:
Based on episode 6.15 (The French Mistake), a canon meta, but with better RPF.  This is really well-written with great characterizations and shaping up nicely so far.

Archangel in Exile (on AO3)

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