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And so, the Big Bang comes to a close for another year. my overall impressions )

To end this year's reviews, I have two really good stories, one J2 that's all about UST in several ways, and one Dean/Sam. It's fitting to end with the pairing that got me into the fandom in the first place, and a story that came the closest to giving me the post season six Sam and Dean I've been wanting to read.

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Warning: this first story reviewed depicts and examines issues of abuse, sexual violence and intimate partner violence. This review discusses that theme in depth.

Flying Weight by [livejournal.com profile] fleshflutter

Flying Weight (48747 words) by faviconflesh

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Three other stories, Gen and J2 )
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Now that I can access LJ to get the links, here's the last four stories I read before taking a well timed week off from reading.

Please note, one of these stories depicts non-consensual acts of various kinds and I discuss that and the author's portrayal of this.

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Er, this edition of the Big Bang reviews is not a very happy one. I really enjoyed the first one on the list, despite a few issues with the story, and I found one other worth my time. Other than that...

not a lot of happy here )
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Tagging Your SPN J2 Big Bang Fic On A03 & Artwork News

Check it out if you're a Big Bang author, artist or reader. If you know any Big Bang authors, point this out. Many folks who've always only used LJ for posting fic might not realize how simple it is to post a work from LJ to the AO3.

Two methods that work well: the importer, which usually formats well, but will need some editing. It will not join up multiple parts for you any way but as chapters. My preferred method is cut and paste from the HTML edit box of LJ into the HTML edit window on the AO3. I like this for fitting together multipart entries into one story on AO3. You do have to do a little editing to take out cut tags or links to other parts, but it's not too onerous.

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I've got heaps of open tabs for stories, a couple of which I've read a bit of and might finish. I make no effort to read in order, and I'm already burnt out on some aspects of canon-focused FPF fic, so I'm likely going to be reviewing mostly RPF after this until I get fed up with it and want to switch back. I'm posting early this week since I likely won't be around much on the weekend.

J2 and more Gen FPF along with Sam/Dean )
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It's a long weekend and Civ V now has hotseat--apropos for the weather too--so I think this is all I'll finish up this week. I would love to see non AU J2 or season 6 Sam and Dean, but so far, not so much.

my cranky is definitely waxing, but I'm still finding some I like )
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I'm going to aim for posting once a week for as long as that lasts.


Only one story did it for me this week, and I can definitely say that I'm finding it harder than usual to stick to things that I might once have persevered through, and one of those things is definitely fic about teenagers. I think I've burnt out on all the high school and college and pre series stories in these fandoms.


Like Luggage of Some Departed Traveller by [livejournal.com profile] britomart_is

Dean/Sam/Jess and all pairings included in that - NC-17 - 54,000 words

In multiple parts at LJ, in site scheme with inexplicable use of blockquote tag, no other reading options available. Scene breaks are done with extra blank lines which disappear when Readability is used. It made reading an interesting and disjointed experience. I had to work at it to get this in readable form, and only the pairing made me persevere. The most unintentionally inaccessible fic so far, but if you're good with site scheme, you likely won't notice.

Author's Summary:
AU from Season One.

Rogue wildlife attacks? Check. Virulent, incurable pandemic? Double check. Relentless string of natural disasters? Check, check, check. Dean's got it hard enough dealing with the collapse of modern society, so imagine his dismay when he goes to Stanford Law to fetch the brother he's been painfully in love with for most of his life and finds that brother happily married. When Sam, Dean, and Jess set off across the country to find their dad, it's all they can do just to stay alive, much less stay true to each other.


I enjoyed this story a great deal. It was interesting as an AU, had an enjoyable Jess character and played out the long time frame of about 8 months in a way that didn't feel incomplete. I liked the Dean and Jess POV sections the best, but the Sam one was good too. He was just hard to relate to since by the time we're in his head, he's busy living in denial and lying and coming to terms with Dean and Jess in a new way and only slowly grasping that he doesn't really have grounds to be jealous.

I liked the way the relationships evolve as well with realistic time scales. I've read a couple of fics with this threesome before, but I found this one to be the most compelling.

The plot has some holes, but the plot is just the backdrop to these three figuring out where they're at.

The het sex is seriously scorching hot. The Dean/Jess scenes were my favourites, and big kudos to the author for writing such good stuff. The threesome scenes, not so much. They read like an author struggling to account for all the limbs--which is something everyone seems to have an issue with. Why is it that there is the expectation that adding a body means the sex scene has to be described like a game of twister? It makes the POV character seem very detached from what they would be paying attention to and allows them to know where everyone's hands are, when they likely really wouldn't.

Small caveats aside, it was a very enjoyable read with some really moving scenes--the Ikea one made me tear up--genuine horror, but not too much gore and some very interesting characterizations.
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Slow start for me this year. I'm finding my bored now reaction on a bit of a hair-trigger. Under the cut are four reviews: one Dean/Sam, and three Jared/Jensen. Read more... )

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