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So, thanks to RL stuff, not only am I way behind on fic reading, I'm also late in reccing fics...lol as you can see.


AU

100 Days to Domestic Bliss (and other messes) by [livejournal.com profile] dugindeep 
Written for [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_xmas 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 20,800
Authors summary: Jensen falling for Jared is easy. Living with him is not.
Comment: A very different take on the falling fast into a relationship trope, this perfectly captures the way things may happen despite, or even because of, our best intentions. Perfectly mixing angst with humour, this is really enjoyable.

A Handful of Rain by [livejournal.com profile] riyku 
Written for [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 33,000
Authors summary: Life on the streets had taught Jensen that everything came with a price. Family was a word that meant the people who kicked you out, religion was nothing more than a free meal, and salvation something that he could buy for ten bucks a hit down on the bad side of town. Scoring had become his full-time job, and finding a safe place to sleep was what he did in his time off. It was only a matter of time until this life caught up with him. Now, strung out and with no where else to go, Jensen finds himself following his feet to a place he never thought he would go--to the home of a stranger who can unfailingly see past Jensen's mistakes, and who can see right through to the good that is still left within him. The challenge is getting Jensen to see it as well.
Comment: I was really captivated by this. The writing is lyrical, without being abstract, and also somehow grounded and visceral. Reading it, you can feel the characters coming to life word by word, drawing you in and forcing you to care. It’s
hard and bleak at times, but there’s a thread of hopefulness at it’s heart that casts its faint glow throughout. “The first thing he felt was the cold air that rushed across him, pulling him out of wherever he’d been—that ocean-sized place, Lala Land, the Kingdom of Nod. It was moving too fast, and he wanted it to slow down, take it’s time so that he could figure it out. Suss out why it was there. But it had moved on, another digression, a train of thought that left the station before he could hop on board and grab a seat. One that faced forward. He didn’t want to get motion sickness.”

A Spotlight On These Desolate Dreams by [livejournal.com profile] mournthewicked 
Written for [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang 
Word Count: 50,000
Authors summary: In high school, Jared Padalecki had it all. He was surrounded with rich, famous, beautiful friends and partied with young Hollywood's elite. As if all of that wasn't exciting enough, he used the tricks he learned from his grandfather to become an amateur sleuth with his billionaire best friend, Jensen Ackles, playing the role of trusty sidekick. But when he got in over his head and lost everything he once held dear, he knew that it was time to move on. That was ten years ago. Now he lives the lonely life of a hardboiled private investigator on the streets of Manhattan, and his fabulous past is nothing but a distant memory. That is, until a tragedy forces him to return to California and the world he left behind. Between juggling rabid paparazzi, sarcastic detectives, and a spurned ex-best friend, it's a wonder that he can possibly find the time to solve a murder that has left the city of angels reeling.
Comment: A satisfying crime story that is nicely done, taking its time with the set-up and revealing the flashbacks little by little. It’s framed by evocative descriptions of the cityscape that flesh out the noir atmosphere and make it timeless.

And call me in the morning by [livejournal.com profile] atimi 
Rating: R
Word count: 19,500
Authors summary: On his first day at work in a new hospital, Jensen finds that his biggest concerns revolve around not looking like a psychotic hobo, deciding which coworker(s) he wants to sleep with, and figuring out a way to stop badgers having sex in his house.
Comment: Loosely based on the TV series ‘Green Wing’, this fantastic fic oddity is hilarious. Full of hospital hi-jinks, drunken shenanigans and foolhardy challenges, it’s impossible not to adore every single moment.

And the Greatest of These Is Love by [livejournal.com profile] beckaandzac 
Written for [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 23,600
Authors summary: Jensen loves his church, his youth group, and the Sunday school class he and Jared teach together. He also loves Jared, and not in a way the church would approve. He prays to be changed, to be normal, but when that doesn't work, he embraces his feelings for Jared and tries to find new ways to be faithful.
Comment: Gorgeously written, with resonating descriptions and emotions, this story gives no easy answers and is all the better for it.

Arm Yourself (because no-one else here will save you) by [livejournal.com profile] ysbail 
Written for [livejournal.com profile] spn_reversebang 
Rating: R
Word count: 7836
Authors summary: “He didn’t do fidelity, and trust wasn’t a part of their world. Lies, murder, and betrayal, on the other hand, were intrinsic components.” This is what happens when those ‘intrinsic components’ come out to play.
Comment: A fantastically crafted AU that feels much bigger than its word count would suggest. The constant sexual tension and the uneasiness of the narrative will keep you edge-of-you-seat engaged.

But We'll Always Have Our Vending Machines by [livejournal.com profile] infatuated_ink 
Written for [livejournal.com profile] spn_reversebang 
Rating: NC17
Word Count: 20,800
Authors summary: AU: Jensen is the new math teacher at Stimson High. On his first day, he meets Jared Padalecki, an English teacher with a killer smile and a little too much time on his hands. Jared is pretty much perfect except for one thing: Jensen has no idea if they’re flirting or just friends.
Comment: So damn charming. This is a wonderfully bright and funny love story whose joy just leaps off the screen, making for a really happy reading experience

By All Means Rome by [livejournal.com profile] deirdre_c 
Written for [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC-17
Word count: 28,000
Authors summary: Jared Padalecki is an American living in Rome and writing for a celebrity gossip magazine. One night he rescues a stranger off the street who turns out to be mega-star Jensen Ackles, two-time Oscar winner and notorious recluse. Jared thinks he can trick Jensen into giving him the story of a lifetime. Will he succeed? Or will twenty-four hours spent together in Rome change Jared’s life story forever? An AU based on the classic film, Roman Holiday.
Comment: A feel-good, heart-warming romance story. The author does a great job of showing us how a credible bond is formed between the two boys in just one day, accentuated by the beautiful backdrop descriptions of the city itself.

Echo by [livejournal.com profile] munibunny 
Written for [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 50,000
Authors summary: Summertime in California and Jared's life has just taken a turn for the better. He's got a new job, a new apartment, and a whole new outlook on life. The bad news? He thinks his apartment might be haunted. The good news? He just met this really hot guy. Jensen’s a man with a troubled past, but Jared’s already fallen hard. As he starts to uncover the truth behind what's happening in his home, however, Jared discovers that his and Jensen's lives are more intertwined than he ever imagined, and the path to Jensen's heart might just be helping the man find his way home.
Comment: A wonderfully crafted and beautiful story. The mystery will draw you in immediately and keep you curious.

From the Ruined Tower to the Caves of Unknown Horror by [livejournal.com profile] annella 
Written for [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: R
Word count: 30,500
Authors summary: Jared's been adventuring for most of his life. He loves being out on the road with his friends—killing monsters and bad guys, finding treasure, and helping people out of sticky situations. It's all part of being a good-hearted barbarian. Then his carefree life is shaken up by the introduction of a scrawny half-elf wizard called Jensen, who joins them for a quest upon which they will encounter horror, true friendship, and a secret buried deep underground...
Comment: Such a fun, rollicking adventure story. It flies by and then makes you sad to see it end. Loosely inspired by D&D, although you really don’t need to know anything about that to enjoy this, all the characters are recognisable types (but not stereotypes) that you’ll be rooting for all the way. “The first time Jared meets Jensen, he's quite concerned about Jensen's ability to stay alive. Jared has been doing this adventuring thing for a couple of years now, and he's seen firsthand what sort of dangers are out there. Jensen is tall for a half-elf, but he's also really thin, and his skin has that unhealthy, pasty look of someone who doesn't get out in the fresh air and sunlight enough. Jared figures that wizards must be really useful, despite their apparent weakness, because Jeff had been adamant about finding one to join their party before taking on the ogres infesting one of the nearby villages. In the end, though, Jared figured he should just leave decisions like this to Jeff. Jared's quite content just hitting the monsters until they die.”

If I Loved You Less by [livejournal.com profile] elanorelle 
Written for [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: PG13
Word count: 35,725
Authors summary: Jared Padalecki, handsome, clever and rich, has lived almost twenty-four years in the comfort and affluence of L.A., with very little to trouble or upset him, save some unhappy losses in his childhood. With the exception of looking after his father - almost the only family he has left - Jared has few responsibilities to speak of, and he spends his time drifting from one party to the next, unsure what he really wants to do with his life. Along the way, he frequently plays matchmaker to those friends he thinks are in need of his assistance, much to the disapproval of his lifelong friend, Jensen. But while Jared considers himself something of an expert at dealing with other people's happy endings, he's having a much harder time figuring out his own, even when it might be right in front of him.
Comment: As the author puts it, this fic is a ‘shameless co-opting of Jane Austen's Emma’ that’s so delightful and sweet natured, it’s a real joy to read. Sure, there are moments when you’ll want to slap Jared, but these only add to the fun in eventually seeing it all work out.

If you had known how that would sound to me (you would have taken it back) by [livejournal.com profile] beckaandzac 
Written for [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_xmas 
Rating: PG
Word count: 4230
Authors summary: Jared and Jensen run a website about comic books. When they drive from Dallas to Washington, DC to attend the Small Press Expo, the trip doesn't go quite as Jared expected.
Comment: The palpable tensions of an established relationship are on display here in a way that feels real. The fact that it’s wrapped with schmoop and adorable geekery only adds to this.

In A faraway land, You’ll Find Yourself by [livejournal.com profile] dugindeep 
Written for [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: R
Word count: 28,600
Authors summary: In his day-to-day life, Jensen is never put first or regarded as anyone with purpose. He works for his dad, lives in his brother’s shadow, can’t keep his boyfriend a priority, and has mostly given up on himself. One magical cup of coffee transports him to the land of Cassidonia, a fantasy land that he can’t traverse on his own. The tale says the Fair Child will slay the monster keeping watch at the unruly queen’s castle, and all of Cassidonia says Jensen’s the one to do it. In this world, he has to decide if he’ll move on without much effort to change his life, or live up to his destiny and save Cassidonia and return it to the rightful rule of the princess-in-waiting.
Comment: Magical like only the best kind of fairy-tales can be, this is completely enthralling and flies by in a rush.

Live Free or Twihard by [livejournal.com profile] poor_choices 
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 6000 words.
Authors summary: Jensen is Romeo, Jared is Juliet, Team Edward are the Montagues, Team Jacob are the Capulets, and Aldis Hodge sincerely hopes he is not Mercutio, because he does not want to get shanked.
Comment: Laugh out loud funny, this is insane in the good way. “Some kids, he understood, worried that their parents would discover they watched porn. Jensen's parents were disappointed if he didn't. Site mistress and master of edwardsminions.com, his mother and father were intensely dedicated Twilight fans who considered him a failure if he didn't read and review at least five erotic Edward/Bella fanfics a day, and flame at least ten Jacob/Bella.”

Naked under here by [livejournal.com profile] fleshflutter 
Written for [livejournal.com profile] spn_reversebang 
Rating: NC17
Word Count: 11,000
Authors summary: Jared, a costumed superhero who goes by the name of Black Steel, falls into a relationship with another superhero, Jenesis. Jenesis wants to keep things simple between them, which ends up complicating everything considerably.
Comment: The relationship between the two boys in this is a wonderful paradox of superhero complications and an easy contentment in caring. Combining that with the way it’s so easy to picture the big action scenes thanks to the amazing world-building, and you have a fun and absorbing story.

Never Looked the Same by [livejournal.com profile] osmalic 
Writen for [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_xmas 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 12,900
Authors summary: In which Jensen is a writer. He had a crush on Jared Padalecki when he was Jared's TA. Jared Padalecki is a Hollywood actor. He doesn't remember Jensen. That's okay, Jensen doesn't have a crush on him anymore and he can lie like a pro. He writes fiction, for god's sakes! This is gonna be easy.
Comment: If you can suspend your disbelief for this good, old fashioned misunderstanding and mistaken identity fic, you’ll be rewarded with a cute read that will make you happy.

Real Life: Good For You by [livejournal.com profile] llamainvasion 
Written for [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 28,994
Authors summary: College is not what Jared had imagined. Instead of happy days with Chad and his friends, there's just Jared - alone in Bumfuck, Nowheresville, while Chad's living it up in California! Lonely and playing too much World of Warcraft, Jared decides to be proactive, get himself out of the socially awkward rut he's gotten stuck in, and find himself a roommate. But moving in with easygoing and laidback Jensen, Jared's about to discover that real life doesn't always turn out the way you expect it to!

Comment: A story that perfectly captures the internal freak out/loneliness thing that happens when you move to a new place and don't know anyone. Seeing a shy Jared come out of his shell, thanks to a budding relationship with an easy going Jensen, feels really fresh in terms of character and it’s great to watch the story play itself out.

Reanimated by [livejournal.com profile] tigbit 
Written for [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC17
Word Count: 80,000
Authors summary: In which Jared manages real estate in Heaven and Jensen works as Hell’s attorney in Death Trials. Extreme ambiguity and a distinct lack of beer push Jared to accept a different kind of job in a hotter, more southern locale. The boys meet. Hi-jinks and grocery-stealing in Hell ensue. Featuring saints on book tours, love on trial, after-life bureaucracy, and sin. Surprisingly not as cracktastic as it sounds.
Comment: Totally original. And like the summary states, it may have a crack concept but it has way too much heart and emotion to be a crack fic. There’s some fantastic word-building work here, where you feel like you become familiar with every nook and cranny of the afterlife, but it’s never done at the expense of the characters. They’re just as vividly drawn and interesting and in the end it’s their humanity that will reel you in.

Sherwood by [livejournal.com profile] crackedbuthappy 
Written for [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC17
Word Count: 73,000
Authors summary: Jensen is not spontaneous. He does not break the rules. He is the perfect example of a good son and well behaving royalty. His cousin, however, is not. When she declared she’s running away because of an unexpected engagement, Jensen followed her to keep her safe. On their journey to find her true love and their joint freedom, they’re kidnapped by the renowned Sherwood Gang of Robin Hood fame. After Robin’s death, the torch was passed onto Jared, the son of Little John. Jensen expected to find a brute criminal in the leader of the Gang, instead of he discovered a hopeless romantic who agreed to aid the royal pair in their quest. Though their relationship begins as tumultuous, Jared and Jensen formed a tentative relationship that blossomed in the Sherwood Forest.
Comment: An epic tale of honourable criminals that harkens to the original legend whilst being completely its own thing. The period details add the perfect flourishes to a story where adventure and excitement is combined perfectly with the tension and romance between the boys.

Small Small World by [livejournal.com profile] dragonspell 
Written for [livejournal.com profile] spn_reversebang 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 34,570
Authors summary: Jensen Ackles has got the dream job of a former comic book fanboy: the creator of his very own series Small Small World which stars the man who would be perfect for Jensen if only he were real. Little does Jensen know that his world is about to get a whole lot smaller.
Comment: You just know that any story that manages to pull off flying Del Monte peas that talk, and makes them heart-breakingly endearing rather than silly, is going to be awesome. And this is. It’s clever and creative and works perfectly in tandem with the wonderful art that it is based on. “The comic book world tends to be a much misunderstood one. Oh, sure, you have your fans and you have the people who not only don’t judge but out and out tolerate, but, to much of the world, if you like comics and you’re older than twelve, you’re considered just a little bit geeky if not downright strange. Jensen Ackles didn’t care, though. He already knew that he was a legitimate geek. He’d also take strange because, yeah, it was fitting. Hell, at this point, he was probably even just a little bit crazy.”

some pieces they adjoin by [livejournal.com profile] goingtoqueens 
Word count: 20,500
Authors summary: He can see what Jensen's trying to show him: a charcoal sketch of Jensen that Jared had done one night when he couldn't sleep and his real work was giving him hell. "From memory?" he asks, and bites at his lip.
Jared crouches low, right in Jensen's space, and says, "I've been looking at you for years, Jensen."

Comment: This is one of those delicately and deliberately worded stories where what isn’t said tells you just as much as what is and this soft way of exploring the characters and their world is effective in bringing out the emotions in the reader. A gorgeous story about two guys being in a relationship and then deciding to be in a relationship.

The Best Thing I Ever Ate by [livejournal.com profile] neros_violin 
Written for [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_xmas 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 14,500
Authors summary: Food is love.
Comment: A slow, sweet, aching fic that charts the progression of a relationship. The writing gives us food as metaphor, as comfort and as need and it makes for a delicious backbone to the narrative.

The Life and Times of Lois Lane by [livejournal.com profile] vorpalblades 
Written for [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 20,100
Authors summary: It’s not easy being married to a superhero. In fact, as Jensen’s learning, it’s nearly impossible.
Comment: The domesticity of this is pretty unique and it gives the story such a great starting place to take off from. And it only gets better from there. There’s a time shift narrative that means we really get to see the development of their relationship and also how it contradicts and contrasts with their current married state. It should be cracky. It’s not. But it works. And you come away from it feeling like you could genuinely understand how it feels to be in their shoes.

The Mysterious Incident of the Princesses in the Night-time by [livejournal.com profile] scintilla10 
Written for [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_xmas 
Word count: 6800
Authors summary: In which Jensen is a penniless soldier who is sent on a quest to lift a terrible curse that afflicts twelve beautiful princesses. It's an unfortunate quirk of fate that Jensen is not interested in princesses. A fairy tale of courtiers, curses, and crossroads.
Comment: Fun and frolics abound in this charming and unconventional modernised re-telling of ‘the Twelve Dancing Princesses’.

The Ramblers
by [livejournal.com profile] mijmeraar 
Written for [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: R
Word count: 36,566
Authors summary: Jensen Ackles - part time photographer and part time shit kicker - is waist deep in his best friends’ break downs and drug dealings; in dyslexic musicians and disabusing ex-boyfriends. If that’s not enough, he meets Jared Padalecki –a young, breakthrough actor with a bestselling movie to his name – who, awkward but earnest, strives for Jensen’s affections. The safe and sheltered life behind his camera isn’t enough, now, and Jensen’s set to become the star of his own show – whether he’s ready or not.
Comment: Stylised and slightly off-kilter, this has its own rhythm going on but its one that marches exactly to the tune of the characters sturm und drang, working only to enhance the story.

The Sinister Nature of Culs-de-Sacs by [livejournal.com profile] goddamnbatman 
Written for [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 38,000
Authors summary: Recently divorced, successful landscaper Jensen Ackles thinks he's moved into the house of his dreams. Trouble is, the yard next door is a nightmare, and rumor has it that its owner is even worse. Jensen's friends and neighbors are convinced he lives next to a ruthless and reclusive killer, but the more Jensen learns about Jared Padalecki, the more convinced he is that the rumors are wrong. But would he bet his life on it?
Comment: Great premise that really builds upon the mystery and creep factor to keep you engaged. “The house next door has certainly seen better days. The wood looks old, cracked and dry in places, its color so faded that Jensen's not sure what shade it started out before melting into a grayish brown. “Maybe no one lives there,” he says. “Maybe that's why it looks so bad.””

The Tragedy of Life by [livejournal.com profile] lizzywinks 
Written for [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 54,000
Authors summary: The only luck Jensen seems to be having lately is bad – he's accidentally come out to his family and been disowned (sort of), had his lyrics stolen by his best friend (now ex) who he last saw sipping champagne on an episode of CMT Cribs, and is one late rent payment from being thrown out on his ass because apparently no one wants to buy insurance from a guy with an eyepatch (don't ask).
But things finally start to look up when he meets his hot new neighbor, Jared, and of course that's when Jensen has to go and get himself killed. Turns out the afterlife? Not all it's cracked up to be. And his death coach is kind of a douche, too.

Comment: Singular and satisfying, this is a fic where the bits that are meant to be funny are actually funny, the bits that are meant to be sad are actually sad and so on and so on. It all pulls together to create something fresh and surprising as well as thoroughly engaging.

Times Like These by [livejournal.com profile] _doodle 
Written for [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: R
Word count: 53,000
Authors summary: Five years ago Jared Padalecki ran away to Hollywood from small town Texas and made it big. With an Oscar nomination and Genevieve Cortese for his fiance the only thing that stands in the way of his happy ending is Jensen Ackles: his husband back in Texas who refuses to give him the divorce he wants. Going home Jared finally has to face everything he left behind, including the shock that his husband has been holding on to their marriage out of hope, not spite. Jensen forces Jared to confront the reason why he left and he has to come to terms with the fact that everything he told himself about his husband and why he left was a lie. That he's still in love with Jensen.
Comment: Very loosely based on the film Sweet Home Alabama, this is a heck of a lot more engrossing. The deliberate pacing gives the reader the time to get to know the characters, allowing for expectations to be played with before a slow reveal of Jensen's mysterious ways and the real reason that Jared left are provided. The supporting players, from family to friends, feel really well drawn and make the images of the small town come alive.

Tomorrow, when the apricots are ripe by [livejournal.com profile] tryfanstone 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 25,000
Authors summary: J2 ponyplay. Kink. Seriously. This is an AU universe, and merrily ticks off slavefic tropes Don't nuzzle me unless you mean it and Damaged goods. There's an OC named Eric who has nothing at all to do with the RL SPN Eric.
Comment: A convincing sort-of-dystopian AU, the writer has crafted a society for kink purposes that manages to belie its porny intentions. It’s visceral and gritty and real. This may not be everyone’s cup of tea so please read the authors warnings.

up against the world, it's you and me by [livejournal.com profile] goddamnbatman 
Written for [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_xmas 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 7000
Authors summary: Flying to school is Jared’s favorite part of day.
Comment: Ridiculously endearing. Featuring a protective Jared and the most adorable Jensen ever, this is one of those will warm your heart and make you go ‘awwww’ kind of things. “There are other ways to get there, of course: teleportation, mystical wormhole, or, as Jensen’s fond of pointing out, bus, but Jared prefers this way: his arms outstretched, wind tickling at his fingertips, gusting through his hair, and Jensen all but spider monkeyed to his back, huffing retaliatory puffs of air into Jared’s ear each time Jared’s hair smacks him in the face.”

you're a real fucking page-turner by [livejournal.com profile] standing_fic 
Written for spn_j2_xmas
Rated PG13
Word count: 17,300
Authors summary: jared's days pretty much all run together, one big muddy mess of emotional turmoil and confusion and shitty friends and shittier classes. not to mention that his best friend is equal parts awesome and a complete jerk, his little sister is also kind of a jerk, and he thinks privately that someday his books are going to be the only thing to stand by him in the end. luckily, life has a way of turning things around on him.
Comment: A spot-on capturing of the absurd, overblown, twisty mess of hormonal adolescent glory, which resonates so well because we’ve all been there. This is genuinely evocative.



GETTING TOGETHER

Jigsaw Falling Into Place by [livejournal.com profile] lisztful 
Written for [livejournal.com profile] lgbtfest 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 27,000
Authors summary: Jensen has always been attracted to guys, but it takes Jared getting married to make him start to accept who he is. The only question is, will Jared accept it? Featuring angst, first time gay bar experiences, revelations (although not the biblical sort), marriages gained and lost, and a lot of baked goods.
Comment: A fic that shows how gradual the process of growing into yourself, and coming to terms with your identity, can be. It’s excellently done, messy and raw without ever succumbing to melodrama, and watching Jensen’s journey is truly absorbing. “The architecture flashes by, old buildings in brown or gray, all covered over with graffiti. Each one is a little different from the others, all different colors, names, symbols. Tags, Jensen thinks they’re called. The sky is gray, the stone is gray, even the inside of the train is gray, but the tags are brilliant flashes of blue, orange, yellow stripes. And Jared’s married, a thought that's been all he can think about since it's happened. He wonders which part of the color metaphor that’s supposed to be. Trains always make him queasy.”



ESTABLISHED RELATIONSHIP

Bert and Ernie Make It Look So Easy by [livejournal.com profile] raeschae 
Wtitten for [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_xmas 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 9000
Authors summary: For Jensen, sex with Jared has never been difficult. Living with him, however, is going to take a little work.

Comment: Hot, sweet and funny, this is a fic where a clueless Jensen has to learn about compromise.

Jared Padalecki vs the Internet by [livejournal.com profile] atimi 
Rating: PG13
Word count: 2000
Comment: An uproarious story about Jared’s reaction to seeing a certain picture of himself on the web. Features one of the best descriptions of Jensen ever.



JENSEN/JARED JENSEN/JEFF


48 Simple Rules for Success (Or How Not to Date Jensen Ackles) by [livejournal.com profile] ebcdic 
Written for [livejournal.com profile] spn_reversebang 
Rating: R
Word Count: 9,894
Authors summary: Jared's job had only two rules. One: never, ever interrupt Mr. Morgan when he's in a meeting. Two: never, ever allow The Ex to get near Mr. Morgan. If only Jared was aware that The Ex is Jensen Ackles, the model/actor/singer/clothing designer/artist/whatever else, who is about to become the worst boss Jared's ever had in his entire life.
Comment: Featuring a bitchy Jensen and a long-suffering Jared, this is really amusing. What makes it though, is that there’s a heart hidden under the snappy dialogue and hilarious posturing.

In Becoming Who We Are by [livejournal.com profile] elizah_jane 
Written for [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 82,700
Authors summary: Fresh out of school with a degree from the University of Washington, Jensen meets and falls for Jeff Morgan. He may not know what he wants to do with his life, but for the first time since leaving Texas, he feels like things are coming together. Jeff seems like the perfect guy, right up until it all falls apart, and Jensen is left wondering where he went wrong. A couple failed relationships and a few years later, Jensen's decided that one-night stands are preferable to dates. He's got his friends and his roommate, Sophia, for everything non-sex related, after all. Until Sophia decides to move in with her boyfriend and Jensen's stuck trying to find a new roommate. At Sophia's insistence, Jensen meets Jared Padalecki and the two become fast friends. Only, the more they get to know each other, the more obvious it is that there's something there. But Jensen is unwilling to risk losing Jared's friendship for the possibility of more. Unfortunately, if he doesn't get things figured out, he might lose Jared anyway.
Comment: Long, involved and with a fantastic ending, this is a story that I could have stayed happily in a lot longer. And that’s saying something considering its epic length. The slow ease, and friendship, underpinning Jensen and Jared’s relation was a joy to watch unfold, helped along by a truly likeable supporting cast and a perfect blend of humour and heartbreak.

On The Long and Weary Road (Where the Music Played and I was Lost and you were Found) by [livejournal.com profile] pigeongirl99 
Written for [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang 
Authors summary: Set between circa 1919 - 1924. Takes place in Texas, Arkansas, New Orleans, New York, and Chicago. It's the jazz era, and Jensen is traveling the road from place to place, discovering the music of the era as he travels.
Comment: Working the perfect contradictions between tender and terror, brutal and beautiful and hard and heart, that the author makes something so poetic and also so visceral is testament to the fantastic writing here. It’s a story that you can picture clear as day, whilst still maintaining a dream-like atmosphere. Exquisitely done.



JENSEN/JEFF

Fully Licensed by [livejournal.com profile] atimi 
Written for [livejournal.com profile] salt_burn_porn 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 5100
Authors summary: In which Jeff is James Bond, Jensen is his Bond girl guy, and there are sharks with lasers on their heads.
Comment: Perfectly and wonderfully ridiculous.


I'll add these to the main lists next week.

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Date: 2011-02-09 10:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] antarshakes.livejournal.com
I;ve read most of these, and they're awesoooooome!!!! Thanks for reccing :D

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Date: 2011-02-13 06:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lexzilla.livejournal.com
They are indeed! I love that we have such a talented fandom \o/

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Date: 2011-02-10 12:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] moorspede.livejournal.com
I hadn't read a bunch of these. Thank you.

standing_fic wins at titles :o)

And, how on earth did I miss lisztful's fic?



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Date: 2011-02-13 06:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lexzilla.livejournal.com
LOL that's because you spent time reading Dean/Castiel fics :P

Hee. True! And, omg, lisztfuls fic is sooooo good. I think you're really gonna like it!

gypsys is still, by far, the best lambliff bb but these was cracky fun: http://community.livejournal.com/lambliffbigbang/12400.html and i really enjoyed rivers_bends :DDD

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Date: 2011-02-13 09:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] moorspede.livejournal.com
Not to mention Sam/Dean and Misha/anyone heh. At Least I'm still reading J2, I haven't read a Sam/Dean for ages and it doesn't look like I will soon unless they are AUs or everyone is raving about something.

Yippee! I can't wait. lisztful is up next. I've been reading a Dean/Castiel series (emotional porn rather than sex, which I tend to prefer, and really, really interesting plots and characterisation) which is amazing but so incredibly long. Usually, I get bored with the really long ones which tend to peter out to nothing, but this one. Man.

wenchpixie's looks great! Thanks for the rec :o). My fic queue is humungous!

yay! rivers_bend comes through again :o)

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Date: 2011-02-14 09:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lexzilla.livejournal.com
Is that Richard Ayoade in your icon? He was perfect in Garth Marenghi's Darkplace :)

Oh yay! It's such a good feeling when you can sink your teeth into an epic fic. I'm trying to remember the last story I happily lost a huge chunk of time to...The ones I recced from big bang I guess. That's far too long ago.

And why *whines* are there no 80K epic Adam fics? Someone needs to get on that!

Heeee. you'll never get bored \o/

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Date: 2011-02-15 02:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] moorspede.livejournal.com
Yesss! We, of course, didn't get the show you are referring to. I know him as Moss in the IT Crowd, which makes me squirm uncomfortably for the main part but which I have an affinity for. :o)

Yeah, how dare they. AND it has to be good as well. We don't ask for much hmmpfff.



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Date: 2011-02-15 09:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lexzilla.livejournal.com
The best episode of the IT crowd was the one where they were at some theatre and then Moss ended up in a wheelchair. Still makes me chuckle.

Exactly :P

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Date: 2011-02-15 09:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] moorspede.livejournal.com
omg! Soooo painful to watch :o)

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Date: 2011-02-18 08:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lexzilla.livejournal.com
Knowing our luck, it will be blocked in your region! But you can watch Garth Marenghi here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6R6a6X3bEeM&feature=list_related&playnext=1&list=SL&oref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Du7cc8pVX4pY%26oref%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.google.co.uk%252Furl%253Fsa%253Dt%2526source%253Dvideo%2526cd%253D1%2526ved%253D0CD8QtwIwAA%2526url%253Dhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.youtube.com%25252Fwatch%25253Fv%25253Du7cc8pVX4pY%2526rct%253Dj%2526q%253Dwatch%252520garth%252520marenghi%252520darkplace%2526ei%253DO9BeTeGNGI-0hAfNoMzvDQ%2526usg%253DAFQjCNHzy0t8BHGi8_ecCSISKDQNPOnocw%26has_verified%3D1&has_verified=1).

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Date: 2011-02-18 10:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] moorspede.livejournal.com
Yep, blocked! It can't all be that way, I'll have a look around, thanks anyway. :o)

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Date: 2011-02-10 03:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dugindeep.livejournal.com
Oh dude, thank you so much! ♥

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Date: 2011-02-13 06:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lexzilla.livejournal.com
Aww you're welcome. They were awesome, so I had to :D
Edited Date: 2011-02-13 06:38 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2011-02-10 03:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] twasadark.livejournal.com
I'm over here from the newsletter and it feels like I've hit the mother lode! LOVE AUs and there's a lot you've recced that I haven't read yet. Thank you!!

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Date: 2011-02-13 06:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lexzilla.livejournal.com
Thank you! I hope you find fics you like :) If you like AUs and our tastes are the same, I keep all the ones I've recced before in an offsite link, there might be a couple more you haven't read there: http://sites.google.com/site/j2authemedficrecs/

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Date: 2011-02-14 04:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] twasadark.livejournal.com
Oh, awesome!! I do have that site bookmarked - thank you! Didn't know that you were the one that updated it, but thank you! I've found some great reads through it. :-)

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Date: 2011-02-15 09:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lexzilla.livejournal.com
Oh! Cool! And it makes me happy that it's been useful. TY <3

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Date: 2011-02-10 04:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mementis.livejournal.com
Ooh! Ooh! There are at least three or four here that I've never come across before. This is so awesome, thank you!!! ♥

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Date: 2011-02-13 06:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lexzilla.livejournal.com
Awesome. I thought for sure this would be a little redundant [beyond yay writers] because I was so far behind \o/

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Date: 2011-02-10 07:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] utpote-exordium.livejournal.com
THANK YOU! I have so much reading to do LOL

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Date: 2011-02-13 06:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lexzilla.livejournal.com
Thank you! Hee. I know the feeling :D

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Date: 2011-02-10 01:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] standing-fic.livejournal.com
omg 1) thank you!, and 2) BEST THING I EVER ATE, FTW. i loved that story like fire. awesome rec.

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Date: 2011-02-13 06:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lexzilla.livejournal.com
Produce fic that good and you force my reccing hand :P

Agreed! I love how talented this fandom is <3333

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Date: 2011-02-10 07:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tryfanstone.livejournal.com
*blinks* - thank you! And for two things - there are stories here I haven't read, and your recs sound so very enticing...

And glad you liked Tomorrow. :)

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Date: 2011-02-13 06:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lexzilla.livejournal.com
You're welcome! And I really did! I was so geniunely impressed with how you turned a porn trope into this whole huge AU that was so perfectly contained within itself. LOL I could ramble at you for a while about that :)

(no subject)

Date: 2011-02-11 04:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] matchboximpala.livejournal.com
Thanks for this. You rec'd a few I haven't seen yet!

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Date: 2011-02-13 06:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lexzilla.livejournal.com
Cool! Hope you like them bb <3

(no subject)

Date: 2011-02-13 12:40 pm (UTC)
ext_117441: (Jared Padalecki & Jensen Ackles)
From: [identity profile] ungratefulwench.livejournal.com
Woohoo! *bookmarks*

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Date: 2011-02-13 06:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lexzilla.livejournal.com
Hahaha. That's what you get for encouraging me :P

(no subject)

Date: 2011-02-15 01:33 pm (UTC)
ext_117441: (Supernatural Castiel Red On You)
From: [identity profile] ungratefulwench.livejournal.com
*awards self a gold star* Fuck yeah!

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