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03 May 2007 @ 01:06 pm
SPN and J-Squared Recs, Plus ??  
It's Thursday, which means I can barely focus on anything except The Show, later tonight. But, I do have some assorted recs to help your day go faster. :)

Supernatural Slash:
Only Natural (R, Sam/Dean) by abstractprose. I keep coming back to this one, which bypasses all my usual underage objections with its incredible, hot, persuasive style. Still one of my favorites, from way back, and the second-person Sam POV doesn't change that.

One, Two, Three (PG-13, Sam/Dean PreSeries) by impertinence. Underage again, but oh how it works. Set during Sam's Senior year of high school, the boys are alone together each time John leaves on a hunting trip and then jolted apart by his return. This shows so well the disconnection and rejoining Sam and Dean go through again and again over time, the re-establishment of that deeper love that binds them so completely.

Familiar Admonishments (NC-17, John/Dean) by teand. I found this one via crack_impala, and it is incredible. Caveats: If you find John/Dean hot, this is probably not the story for you (I personally don't like parent/child pairings in any fandom). If you're a diehard John fan, this is definitely not the story for you (the John in this story will likely sicken and anger you). IF you have wiggle-room on how you see John, and are looking for a compelling read that shows one mistake of wrongness building on another again and again, then this story has a lot of dramatic punch. It's disturbing and heartbreaking, and unflinchingingly shows all the unhappy ways such a relationship would be if it were real. This is one of the most striking and true portrayals of Dean I've seen in a long time, and the drama and character depiction alone are worth the read. There is also skilled attention to the duality of what Dean thinks the relationship is (where he thinks he's consenting, that he truly wants it) versus what the reader sees (where there was never any real possibility that Dean could refuse it, given how badly he needs to be loved). As an angsty, tortured story, this will blow you away.

J-Squared RPS:
End Of Our Days (PG-13) by kissedbythegods This is a post-apocalyptic story of discovering love, and it's just haunting. Very unusual read.

And to take the edge off the mood from that one...
Jensen's Big Gay Love Is The Most Normal Thing Around (NC-17, some het) by lissa_bear. This features several of the CW regulars in turn, and it's one of the funniest things I've read in a long time. You'll feel for poor besotted, vanilla-Jensen surrounded by sex-obsessed CW types who keep egging him on toward the threesome with Jensen and Sandy that he's trying to avoid. If you fear threesomes as I do, I can assure you that it'll be okay. Meanwhile, you'll be too busy laughing your head off to care.

Remember to leave the authors some love if you enjoy these stories!

For Everyone:
Here's something different: "My Generation" as sung by The Zimmers on YouTube. The Zimmers are a bunch of old folks in Britain that were assembled for a documentary, and someone had the fantastic idea for them to take the Who's famous song and put their own sardonic spin on it: Take it away, Alf...

Are we back to hos over bros?lissa_bear on May 3rd, 2007 11:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for the rec! ♥
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: JSquaredLovehalfshellvenus on May 4th, 2007 01:39 am (UTC)
You're very welcome-- worth every chuckle and giggle along the way!
twasadarktwasadark on May 4th, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting these recs! I just read the one FAMILIAR ADMONISHMENTS. Amazing fic. Really powerful. Definitely one of those you don't read just for 'fun', but it was all the more deeply satisfying for that.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Diner Deanhalfshellvenus on May 4th, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC)
Really powerful. Definitely one of those you don't read just for 'fun', but it was all the more deeply satisfying for that.
It's exactly that.

My discomfort with John/Dean as a concept is so high that I usually can't make it through that kind of story. Here, I was still uncomfortable, but the larger story-- the issues, the character exploration, the slide from the precipice of small wrongs to the morass of a larger wrong-- just kept me pulled in all the way through. I couldn't stop reading, and I didn't regret it. That was very, very good storytelling. Not easy, not pretty, but about as good as it gets.

Thanks for the feedback! :)
aeroport_art: :Daeroport_art on May 5th, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
Yay, I've bookmarked a few of those recs. Thanks for sharing hon!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: SN Lovershalfshellvenus on May 5th, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC)
Hope you find them worthy! And that school's going well in the big finish, because I can tell you're buried from the lack of updates. :0

Hang in there!