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31 May 2007 @ 05:06 pm
Recs!  
I'm way behind in my reading-- worse than usual-- but here are a couple of must-reads I've found.

Supernatural:
Running Laps Around The Sun by pixel_0 (Wincest, Adult, Season 2 timeframe, unrelated to finale). This is a heartbreaker of a story that'll get right on down inside you and ache as unfolds so perfectly. Sam decides to go back to Stanford after all, and it's the way Dean helps him do it that'll have you reaching for the Kleenex. Told from Sam's POV, and how the reader knows everything Dean's feeling, even while Sam misses it, is so skillfully shown. Angsty, compelling, and the ending is full of beautiful resolution that makes it all worthwhile. You'll end on a happy note.

J-Squared RPS:
For I Have Sinned by miss_begonia (Jensen/Jared, NC-17, Drama). This story struck such a chord with me, with its incredible use of an over-arching theme and how that returns again and again to control the action. In this universe, Jensen has grown up in a religious household where the idea of wanting other men is an abomination. He's spent years pushing that away, pushing any real thoughts of love away, until there's hardly anything left that's still him. When he meets Jared, he gets further and further lost as every part of him wants what he shouldn't, as his happiness lies just there beyond his reach. The incredible ache and loneliness of the Jensen in this story will really take hold of you, and you'll want Jared to find him more than anything. For me, this goes beyond fanfic-- this is writing as an art.

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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: SN Lovershalfshellvenus on June 1st, 2007 01:25 am (UTC)
Your synopsis of For I Have Sinned has me deeply intrigued. I can't wait to read it. Thank you for the rec.

It is so well done-- all the art of truly skillful writing and themes, and yet the emotion is genuine and drives you through the story. It's one of the best fanfic stories I've ever read, period. Awe-inspiring storytelling.

"Running Laps Around The Sun" was just incredible-- I cried through that one, and I don't often do that. I ached so badly for Dean there, and the ending was like a godsend after what the characters and reader go through. ♥
bluesister on June 1st, 2007 01:22 am (UTC)
I'm not sure I'm ready for the first one. As long as there's a resolution. You did promise.

And I'm glad to see you rec'ing FIHS. As a refugee from the fundamentalist stronghold south of you, it certainly registered with me.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: JSquaredLovehalfshellvenus on June 1st, 2007 01:29 am (UTC)
The resolution will make it worth your while. I hesitate to say more, because I don't want to spoil the story, but you'll understand when you read it. Incredible emotion throughout, so very well done.

And I'm glad to see you rec'ing FIHS. As a refugee from the fundamentalist stronghold south of you, it certainly registered with me.
It's funny, but even though I'm an agnostic I have a lot of empathetic understanding of what religion means to people, and stories like this always intrigue me. The incredible pain a person would go through finding not just their heart but their realization as a human being to be in conflict with the form of Faith that has shaped them all their lives-- it doesn't get much more angsty and gripping than that. Just an incredible story.
bluesister on June 1st, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, gripping 'cause it's so real. We're wired to respond to fear and then when it's installed while we're still small and inexperienced... I like too that he'd frozen one aspect of his life but he was broken. Stunted but nothing that couldn't be fixed with True Love. ;)
angels3angels3 on June 1st, 2007 04:15 am (UTC)
Okay I think I hate you
I had already been keeping up with For I Have Sinned just waiting on an update. I agree with you it is a fascinating piece and I can't wait to see where she takes it.

Now for the reason I may hate you I just read Running Laps Round the Sun and now I have the sobbing snuffles, headache and puffy red eyes not to mention sinus pressure. My kids came in to see what family member had died that's how bad it was. It was an absolutely heartrending piece of work and God it was magnificient as it tore me apart.

So I guess I will still thank you for the recs and maybe I won't come hunting with rock salt till next time you rec something that's going to put me on the short list for valium. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: SN Lovershalfshellvenus on June 1st, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Okay I think I hate you
It was an absolutely heartrending piece of work and God it was magnificient as it tore me apart.

That, in a nutshell, is why I recc'd it!

It sends you into a tailspin of emotion as you read it, because it's just that good. And by the ending it was all worth it, though the suffering was mighty.

Now, if it had ended otherwise, I'd have been done reading fic for the entire weekend!
layne: sam angstlayne67 on June 1st, 2007 05:08 am (UTC)
I cant access the 2nd fic. Is it flocked? :((
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: JSquaredLovehalfshellvenus on June 1st, 2007 06:15 am (UTC)
*groooooaaan!*

I was hoping to rec it before she f-locked it, because she locks everything down after a certain point.

If you ask to be added, she'll likely do it. That story alone is worth it, and she's got a lot of incredible stuff.

Sorry!
layne: sam-laynelayne67 on June 1st, 2007 08:41 am (UTC)
That's alright. She has friended me :)

And thanks for the other rec too. I've read it and I LOVE it very much <3
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: JSquaredLovehalfshellvenus on June 1st, 2007 08:27 am (UTC)
:D I pleaded with her to unlock it for awhile, and she did!

Hope you enjoy it, and please offer her much love if you do. :)
aeroport_art: Mmm...aeroport_art on June 1st, 2007 08:04 am (UTC)
I'd missed the first one! Yay recs XD
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: SN Lovershalfshellvenus on June 1st, 2007 08:05 pm (UTC)
Incredible, wasn't it?

So thoroughly, realistically painful, and then... Oh, thank god.

Wish I'd written both of these stories. ;)
plutogirl10 on June 1st, 2007 10:56 am (UTC)
Thank you a million times over for these -- they were just AWESOME of the most awesome kind, both of them.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: SN Lovershalfshellvenus on June 1st, 2007 08:05 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm glad you liked them. Amazing stories that were just satisfying all around (and made me envious, but that's another story entirely). :)
blossom with an attitudemiss_begonia on June 2nd, 2007 01:59 am (UTC)
Thanks again for the rec, sweetie! I really appreciate it. Also, I noticed in your profile that you live in California? I'm just about to move out to the Bay Area - I was wondering what part of CA you live in?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: JSquaredLovehalfshellvenus on June 2nd, 2007 07:52 am (UTC)
Oh, the story demanded it! There's such an incredible and realistic ache to it, and such wonderful expansion of the themes. One of the best stories in any fandom I've read yet!

I'm somewhat close to the Bay Area, but actually in Sacramento. The Bay Area keeps expanding over time, so if you move far out enough you'll even hit Sacramento's weather system. Though for your sake, I hope not. ;)

Excited? :)
blossom with an attitudemiss_begonia on June 2nd, 2007 05:03 pm (UTC)
I am excited, definitely! Overwhelmed, at the moment, as I'm packing up to move in...oh, five days. But once I'm there I know I'll love it. I know Sacramento and SF aren't that close, but if you're in the area you should let me know! We could meet up. =)
Pix: [SPN] Sam bashful smilepixel_0 on June 2nd, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you very much for the rec! (Although I feel like I should be apologizing, as the story seems to have been the cause of emotional distress for quite a few people. You probably wouldn't believe me that this was supposed to be me writing a happy ending for once, would you? *shakes head*) Again, thanks for the rec. This really made my day! :) *hugs*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: SN Lovershalfshellvenus on June 25th, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC)
I'm so tardy getting back to this.

It was an incredible story-- the depth of emotion in it was huge, both for the characters and the reader.

Still wish you'd unlock your weeCest story-- I don't usually do the weeCest, but that was a fantastic story too for entirely different reasons. ♥