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FanFic Recs for the Weary Soul

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”
--Oscar Wilde--


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Wishing Well

I don't work Fridays. Even so, I work fairly close to a 40 hour week, so you'd think I'd be glad to have an extra day to myself. And not have to explain to people what a USB port is (but that's another story). For the most part, the day went pretty well too. I hung out and watched TV and was just generally okay until about an hour ago.

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DS9 S2 Episode Ranking

Deep Space Nine - your second season steadily improves, but you still have a long way to go before you become my favourite ST series.

  1. The Circle: s2e2, there is a lot I love about this episode, but Kira's packing scene has to be one of the most well-written and well-acted scenes, to the extent that it stands out as one of the most memorable scenes of the series. Add in the looming Bajorian civil war and you have the recipie for a perfect episode.

  2. Necessary Evil: s2e8, Where do I even begin? The nior detective story wrapping bookends the story perfectly, and the intersplicing of Occupation past and Federation present was even more perfect. Whoever did the cutting of this episode deserves a medal. Between that and the moment when Kira / Odo finally makes sense - and there are several of those - and this episode is easily one of the best.

  3. Cardassians: s2e5, In addition to being the episdoe that made popkin16 understand my love of Garak, we get to see Dukat being Dukat (really, he and Winn are a match made in heaven) and get real feels for Cardassians in general and Rugal in specific.

  4. The Homecoming: s2e1, Kira gets the chance to be a BAMF and rescue a Bajorian war hero, with the added moral quanderies inherant in most DS9 episodes, and one of the few outfits that stands the test of time - plus O'Brian pretending to be Kira's pimp.

  5. The Siege: s2e3, The somewhat lackluster conclusion of The Circle Arc, we get very little resolution for a bad guy that has been built up for several episodes now. The Kira and Dax scenes are hillarious, but that's not enough for me to move past the ending.

  6. Rules of Acqusition: s2e7, A decent Ferangi episode, with Rom at his "I love my brother" best and Quark actually showing non-profit-related emotions in regards to Pel. I still think Pel deserved to be a recurring character at the very least, but this episode is still satisfying - especially with The Dominion namedropping.

  7. Sanctuary: s2e10, The plot was good. The acting was good. Kira and Quark were amazing in their roles - and yet this episode seems to drag until the very end. Could have been better, could have been much worse.

  8. Second Sight: s2e9, I get that they wanted to define Sisko this season, but I don't see how this romance was supposed to do it. The whole thing seems more out of character than anything else, and the only thing that actually made this all work was Seyetik and how everyone banded together in disliking him.

  9. Melora: s2e6, The 90s specific people-with-disabilities-are-people-too requiste episode, which is mostly good save for the inexplicable romance that crops up between Melora and Bashir. The Klingon resturanter makes it all worth it though.

  10. Invasive Procedures: s2e4, This one ranks above "Dax" because a) stuff happens and b) Quark's hiss towards the middle of the episode. Otherwise, the let's-steal-the-symbiont-while-the-station-is-empty is annoying and a little too remincent of "The Catwalk," despite being made almost ten years earlier.

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Great Star Trek Rewatch: Master List

Star Trek. My First Love. My Last Fandom. So many of your episodes scarred my pre-pubescent years. So many of your episodes internalized themselves that I can't watch TNG without subconciously remembering the plot. I don't know what I would have done without you in my life - but that doesn't change the fact that I ruthlessly will tear every episode apart and rank them in order of amazingness.



  1. The Circle: s2e2, there is a lot I love about this episode, but Kira's packing scene has to be one of the most well-written and well-acted scenes, to the extent that it stands out as one of the most memorable scenes of the series. Add in the looming Bajorian civil war and you have the recipie for a perfect episode.

  2. Necessary Evil: s2e8, Where do I even begin? The nior detective story wrapping bookends the story perfectly, and the intersplicing of Occupation past and Federation present was even more perfect. Whoever did the cutting of this episode deserves a medal. Between that and the moment when Kira / Odo finally makes sense - and there are several of those - and this episode is easily one of the best.

  3. In The Hands of the Prophets: s1e20, introducing the love-to-hate future-Kai Winn, and summing up the accomplishments of the season far better than Archer ever managed.

  4. Cardassians: s2e5, In addition to being the episdoe that made popkin16 understand my love of Garak, we get to see Dukat being Dukat (really, he and Winn are a match made in heaven) and get real feels for Cardassians in general and Rugal in specific.

  5. The Homecoming: s2e1, Kira gets the chance to be a BAMF and rescue a Bajorian war hero, with the added moral quanderies inherant in most DS9 episodes, and one of the few outfits that stands the test of time - plus O'Brian pretending to be Kira's pimp.

  6. Emissary: s1e1/2, with one of the more fasinating philosophical dicussions to occur in the early seasons between Sisko and the Prophets.

  7. Past Prologue: s1e3, introducing one of my all time favourite characters, Garak, and setting the series' otp sail.

  8. The Foresaken: s1e17, Lwaxana comes to the station, and you've got to adore how utterly herself she is, and how she ends up forming a wonderful friendship (of sorts) with Odo.

  9. Duet: s1e19, Cardassian war crimes versus Bajoran residual anger versus black-and-white good-versus-evil morality. One of those episodes that really makes you think.

  10. Battle Lines: s1e13, Kira alone makes this episode - though again the moral quandary at the heart of it all makes for a wonderfully enjoyable episode.

  11. Progress: s1e15, Kira has to weigh her responsibilies as an officer against her natural tendency to support the underdog. Well done, though could've used some more B-plot.

  12. Dramatis Personae: s1e18, an amazingly well acted "alien tech made them do it" episode, with Odo as the reluctant hero

  13. The Siege: s2e3, The somewhat lackluster conclusion of The Circle Arc, we get very little resolution for a bad guy that has been built up for several episodes now. The Kira and Dax scenes are hillarious, but that's not enough for me to move past the ending.

  14. Rules of Acqusition: s2e7, A decent Ferangi episode, with Rom at his "I love my brother" best and Quark actually showing non-profit-related emotions in regards to Pel. I still think Pel deserved to be a recurring character at the very least, but this episode is still satisfying - especially with The Dominion namedropping.

  15. Sanctuary: s2e10, The plot was good. The acting was good. Kira and Quark were amazing in their roles - and yet this episode seems to drag until the very end. Could have been better, could have been much worse.

  16. Captive Persuit: s1e6, I love the relationship that grows between the alien and O'Brian, but really, the plot feels somewhat contrived.

  17. Vortex: s1e12, True Neutral Odo has to deal with his first crisis of conscience.

  18. Babel: s1e5, a typical "alien virius" episode, made interesting by Bashir's gawkiness and Odo and Quark's wonderfully atypical friendship

  19. A Man Alone: s1e4, Mostly background on Odo and the Occupation, but fairly well handled.

  20. Second Sight: s2e9, I get that they wanted to define Sisko this season, but I don't see how this romance was supposed to do it. The whole thing seems more out of character than anything else, and the only thing that actually made this all work was Seyetik and how everyone banded together in disliking him.

  21. Melora: s2e6, The 90s specific people-with-disabilities-are-people-too requiste episode, which is mostly good save for the inexplicable romance that crops up between Melora and Bashir. The Klingon resturanter makes it all worth it though.

  22. Invasive Procedures: s2e4, This one ranks above "Dax" because a) stuff happens and b) Quark's hiss towards the middle of the episode. Otherwise, the let's-steal-the-symbiont-while-the-station-is-empty is annoying and a little too remincent of "The Catwalk," despite being made almost ten years earlier.

  23. Dax: s1e8, I consider this the "cutoff" line between the good and dross in DS9. Interesting plot, somewhat plodding follow through.

  24. If Wishes Were Horses: s1e16, Rumpelstiltskien, enough said.

  25. The Passenger: s1e9, Bashir's body gets taken over by a serial killer. A cookie cutter ST "mental rape" episode. *shudder*

  26. The Storyteller: s1e14, a slightly better version of "The Nagus" with O'Brian in Quark's position.

  27. The Nagus: s1e11, a Ferangi episode only made interesting by the mention of Ferangi burial traditions and a Nog B-plot.

  28. Q-Less: s1e7, Sisko punches Q to show how not!Picard he is, with series appropriate questional clothing choices.

  29. Move Along Home: s1e10, easily the worst DS9 episode ever made for many reasons, but particularly these 26 seconds. *cringe*

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DS9 S1 Episode Ranking

Oh, Deep Space Nine. Your first season was frought with pain - and some good episodes too. While I prefer the seasons where Sisko's hair has migrated south, there is nothing overall wrong with S1. There are some terribly bad episodes, including one that I'm sure will make it all the way to the bottom of the master post, but for the most part there's nothing that makes me cringe, even 20+ years later.

  1. In The Hands of the Prophets: s1e20, introducing the love-to-hate future-Kai Winn, and summing up the accomplishments of the season far better than Archer ever managed.

  2. Emissary: s1e1/2, with one of the more fasinating philosophical dicussions to occur in the early seasons between Sisko and the Prophets.

  3. Past Prologue: s1e3, introducing one of my all time favourite characters, Garak, and setting the series' otp sail.

  4. The Foresaken: s1e17, Lwaxana comes to the station, and you've got to adore how utterly herself she is, and how she ends up forming a wonderful friendship (of sorts) with Odo.

  5. Duet: s1e19, Cardassian war crimes versus Bajoran residual anger versus black-and-white good-versus-evil morality. One of those episodes that really makes you think.

  6. Battle Lines: s1e13, Kira alone makes this episode - though again the moral quandary at the heart of it all makes for a wonderfully enjoyable episode.

  7. Progress: s1e15, Kira has to weigh her responsibilies as an officer against her natural tendency to support the underdog. Well done, though could've used some more B-plot.

  8. Dramatis Personae: s1e18, an amazingly well acted "alien tech made them do it" episode, with Odo as the reluctant hero

  9. Captive Persuit: s1e6, I love the relationship that grows between the alien and O'Brian, but really, the plot feels somewhat contrived.

  10. Vortex: s1e12, True Neutral Odo has to deal with his first crisis of conscience.

  11. Babel: s1e5, a typical "alien virius" episode, made interesting by Bashir's gawkiness and Odo and Quark's wonderfully atypical friendship

  12. A Man Alone: s1e4, Mostly background on Odo and the Occupation, but fairly well handled.

  13. Dax: s1e8, I consider this the "cutoff" line between the good and dross in DS9. Interesting plot, somewhat plodding follow through.

  14. If Wishes Were Horses: s1e16, Rumpelstiltskien, enough said.

  15. The Passenger: s1e9, Bashir's body gets taken over by a serial killer. A cookie cutter ST "mental rape" episode. *shudder*

  16. The Storyteller: s1e14, a slightly better version of "The Nagus" with O'Brian in Quark's position.

  17. The Nagus: s1e11, a Ferangi episode only made interesting by the mention of Ferangi burial traditions and a Nog B-plot.

  18. Q-Less: s1e7, Sisko punches Q to show how not!Picard he is, with series appropriate questional clothing choices.

  19. Move Along Home: s1e10, easily the worst DS9 episode ever made for many reasons, but particularly these 26 seconds. *cringe*

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FAN FIC RECS: Criminal Minds

A selection of assorted fanfics encompassing the entirety of Criminal Minds, arranged by appropriate ship. Suggestions for additions are always welcome.



Derek Morgan / Spencer Reid

He's The One I Want by KTT2123:

  • He's The One I Want: Reid has a secret, and it is eating him up inside. Morgan won't stop until he finds out what Reid's hiding. What happens when Morgan finally finds out his secret? (*)

  • Spencer Meets The Morgans: Derek takes Spencer to meet his family. Spencer is obviously nervous to meet the Morgans again as Derek's boyfriend. To add to that it will be his first family Christmas since his Dad left.

  • Spencer Is Mine: Spencer Reid is finally happy. He has a loving boyfriend, co-workers he sees as family, and a supportive family. His life is perfect. That is until he catches the eye of Barry Kryupt, who will do anything to make Spencer his. Can Spencer, Derek, and the BAU protect Spencer from his stalker? Will they be able to find him before it is too late?

  • Give Me Your Forever: With Barry Kryupt dead, Spencer and Derek try to move on with their lives. Spencer is recovering from being shot but very happy to be alive. Derek plans the perfect way to propose, thanking his lucky stars that Spencer seems to be completely oblivious. Planning an elaborate proposal, dealing with meddling family, and a possible wedding? What could go wrong? (WiP)

Most Beautiful Thing by yaruna: A new case lands with the BAU, and the M.O. hits uncomfortably close to home. What will the team do when it looks like Reid might be the common denominator?

All I Want Is To Get A Little Bit Closer by blueoleandar93: The five times Morgan could have had sex with Reid and the one time he did.

Trying To Love You by its_just_us_here: An alternative interpretation of the end of season 9, basically. Derek tells Savannah he loves her but! He's actually in love with the BAU's resident genius, duh. When Spencer gets shot, sensual massages and ~feelings~ happen and in future chapters I'm sure that porn will happen as well. (WiP)

Flesh and Bone by Blue Sweater: Having suppressed his gender after being disillusioned by his experiences with alphas, Spencer has lived his life as an asexual, managing to train himself to not react to any urges he might have had. That is, until his Dilaudid addiction causes an adverse affect - something that Reid never thought he would experience. Morgan checks up on Reid to make sure he's alright and finds him in a bit of a sticky situation...

A Bit of a Shock by wolfpawn: After finishing a case with the team in Miami, Reid meets Derek Morgan, and a night of fun and games ensues. But there are life altering consequences and Spencer doesn't even know how to contact Derek!

I didn't know I was... by fly_kitty7000: When Spencer starts gaining weight for no apparent reason, he is left confused and concerned until one day, everything comes to a head and he realizes what's been happening. (*)
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FAN FIC RECS: Shadowhunters

A selection of assorted fanfics encompassing the entirety of Shadowhunters, The Mortal Instruments Series, The Infernal Devices Series, The Dark Artifices, The Bane Chronicles, and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, arranged by appropriate ship. Suggestions for additions are always welcome.




Alec Lightwood / Magnus Bane

I am Fire. I am... Drunk by Lecrit:

  • Vodka Cannot Kill a Dragon: “It’s my bachelor party and you’re my best man,” Jace had said. “You owe me to get drunk.”The thing is, Alec doesn’t really drink. He never does. He doesn’t like the way it makes his head foggy and his long limbs out of control. Even with Magnus, who quite surely can hold his liquor, he never goes past one or two cocktails. So, after Jace has managed to shove drinks in his hand time and time again, Alec is not drunk. He’s hammered. (*)

  • What's Life Without a Few Dragons: “It’s your bachelor party and I’m your best man,” Jace had said. “You owe me to get drunk.”Alec is pretty sure he’s heard those words before, or something close enough.He also knows that two things came out of it. One, he got engaged to Magnus, which is a good thing. Two, he experienced the most embarrassing week, maybe month, of his life after that, which was a very, very bad thing. For a while after Jace and Clary’s wedding, he had had to deal with knowing smirks and snickers behind his back every time he walked through the Institute. He is not going to make the same mistake again. Except he already has because before he can register what happened, he’s hammered again. (*)

  • after you, it's all cheap tequila: “You two are made for each other, you’ll figure out a way to make it work,” Jace says with an assurance that is oddly comforting. “In the meantime, I don’t have a magical solution to solve the problem but I definitely have one to solve it temporarily.” “Let me guess,” Alec deadpans. “Getting drunk?” “Yup.”

Quid Pro Quo by RedOrchid:

  • Quid Pro Quo: A What if…? taking off from the “I’ll do you pro bono” scene in 1x11. Alec accepts Magnus’ initial offer; things grow complicated from there. (*)

  • Bittersweet: She knows that Alec and Magnus will love the child they’re about to have. Knows they will be the kind of parents who will walk through fire for their child’s happiness. She only hopes she’ll be able to feel the same, eventually.

The Boundless Saga by sarcasticfluentry and Teumessian:

  • pro bono: After the Clave drops the charges against Isabelle and declares her free, Magnus decides he doesn't want Alec's bow and quiver after all. He gets something even better. (*)

  • night highs: The Book of the White turns out to be encrypted, so they're unable to immediately wake Jocelyn up. Magnus returns home to his loft feeling defeated and wonders where he stands with Alec. (*)

  • Thunder's Getting Louder: For once in his life, Alec decides to take something for himself. He forgets that everything comes with a cost. (*)

  • Paradise in Between: In the months following the loss of the Mortal Cup, anxieties run deep. It's no time for a vacation, and yet... Magnus has had a lot of years to practice the art of persuasion.

  • making new clichés: Alec doesn't like to think about getting older. This anxiety gets even worse on his birthday, so Magnus whisks him away to Paris to cheer him up.

  • carve it in: Valentine moves on Idris and open war falls on the downworld. Magnus knows that his time with Alec is limited, but he’s not prepared for it to be over yet.

  • feel it break: When the crown is cast off, the sound of its fall will ring across the earth. Alec can only be pushed so far.


Internet Famous by kuro1neko2kun: Alec and Magnus are both Youtubers. They meet for the first time at Vidcon, doing a video together. The viewers (and Izzy) think they'd be a cute couple, and they awkwardly fulfill everyone's dreams. Sort of. (*) (WiP)

Anything You Say by milominderbinder: Detective Alec Lightwood likes his job. He likes the order of it, likes helping people, likes that he gets to work with Jace and that Izzy is always right downstairs in the morgue too. He's wanted to be a cop ever since he was a kid, just like his parents before him, and now he's living that dream. His life should be perfect. There's just one problem. Their precinct has just gotten a new forensic expert -- Magnus Bane. And honestly, he's so cute that Alec's kind of losing his mind. (*) (WiP)

In the Sin Bin by otppurefuckingmagic: As the goalie for the New York City Blazing Angels, Alec Lightwood thinks he's finally found the team he can go all the way to the championship cup with. Then his agent and financial advisor are arrested for stealing their clients' money, and Alec is forced to take on a side job doing endorsement deals, plus find a way to trust his new agent--Magnus Bane. Alec hates Magnus the first time he sets eyes on him. Magnus hates Alec more. But they're going to have to find some way to work together if Alec is going to make it to the championship.

Takdir by t0nt0n: Alec finds out on his 16th birthday that he's been engaged to Magnus Bane, the High Warlock of Brooklyn, since he was two years old to secure the peace of the Shadow World. (WiP)

Strange Love by arandomfan91: Alec is in love with Magnus. Magnus needs Alec to be his fake boyfriend. What could possibly go wrong? (WiP)

Take me back to the basics by Berch: Soulmates are a lost romance that have been shrouded over with fear of abandonment or fear of love, but sometimes lost romances can be brought back. Sometimes all it takes is a color. Maybe the color gold. Alexander Lightwood thought he was normal. He has a normal family, a normal school, a normal life. But when his parents decide to move him and his two siblings from Chicago to New York, Alec's would is turned upside down. Between meeting his somewhat famous soulmate and his parents' demanding an mysterious job, Alec realizes that his life is far more complicated than he thought. (WiP)

make this feel real by magnusbanes: In order to strengthen the Accords, Alec has to marry a Downworlder. It just so happens to be Magnus. It's all for duty; at least, that's what they like to tell each other. (WiP)

Undercover Lover by Centa0592: Alec has been sent under cover, from the Clave, to spy on Magnus and find out what he took from them. Alec, like the good soldier he is, does as told. Yet, the longer he stays under cover the more he realizes he's in love with the Warlock and will do anything to protect the man. But will secrets keep them forever apart? What happens when Alec suspects that the Clave has lied to him? (WiP)

Take me to Church by Maleciseverything: Alec is the acting head of the Institute trying to deal with the new pressures this title brings. A string of Mundane murders and strange demonic markings leads him to seek help from the nearest High Warlock, Magnus Bane. Upon meeting him, Alec realizes that his secret is at risk of being revealed. He tries to keep his growing attraction for Magnus hidden as best as he can. With the support of his sister, Isabelle, who is trying to find love herself; they both try to discover if they can let their worries go and accept love with open arms. (*) (WiP)

Shadowhunters: The Immortal by Beautiful_Warlock93: “You have to watch the ones you care about die.” If only Alec knew when to shut his mouth. Magnus may be immortal but that isn’t mean he isn’t able to get hurt. After the events of 1x13, with Jace missing, tensions are high between everyone. Where will they go from here?

pillow talk by lacheses: Alec Lightwood falls in love, one nap at a time.

Blue by mechanical-scarecrow: Alec is the only Sub in the Institute and he knows that he will never have a Dom. He will never have a collar. Everyone expects him to fail. Then he met Magnus Bane. And he started to believe in himself again. (*) (WiP)