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These are the final recs from Big Bang.

From [livejournal.com profile] hils

Title: Here's Fragging You, Kid
Author: purequicksilver
Summary: The Professional Gamers AU: Jensen "Frakles" Ackles' is the most successful Quake 3 gamer ever and Jared has always been his biggest fan. Now Jared has followed in the footsteps of his idol and become a professional first person shooter gamer himself – but Frakles retired from professional gaming before they could meet. Now Frakles is back and – thanks to Chad, who is working for a popular gaming show on TV - Jared finally gets the opportunity to meet the man who has been his idol since he was nineteen…
My comments: You know, this series of big bang fics has made me realise that I have a bit of thing for reading fics where the boys are geeks. I know nothing about professional gaming but it doesn't matter, this fic just works and it's cute and sweet and funny

My comment: Just go read, it is wonderful!

Title: This Course We Plotted
Author: mickeym
Summary:Jared Padalecki has a life he loves: friends, family, a good job and plans to make it as a writer someday. All that is shaken up when he meets Detective Jensen Ackles one night, while working an overtime shift. Jensen is smart, interesting, fun to hang out with, and Jared's drawn in like a moth to a flame. They go from friends to lovers, to something even Jared didn't know he was looking for: partners. But Jensen's never done relationships, and he's not sure he can now. Will he realize his job is just a job, but Jared is his everything?
My comments: There's just something charming about this one. The build up to the relationship is natural and the background characters are all great

Title: Each Day's A Gift (And Not A Given Right)
Author: soledadseraph
Summary:January 1998; two lives become irreversibly tangled together when rookie cop Jared Padalecki gets caught up in his first big case; seventeen year old misper, Jensen Ackles. Young and naive, he's not prepared for the emotional impact of Jensen's plight and finds himself getting sucked into a world he never knew existed; a world of pain and friendship and broken trust. Eleven years later, youth and innocence long since left behind, the one thing Jared can't forget is Jensen. That inability is the one thing that's going to turn both their lives upside down.
My comments: This is a rare one for me because I don't normally even touch fics that have scenes of non-con but I read this one and it's pretty amazing! Bucketloads of angst so be prepared for that but it's worth the read I think.

Recs can be found here
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Recs from [livejournal.com profile] kitty_poker1 This week.

Fic title: Life in a Cubicle: A Guide to Dating a Co-Worker
Author name: villiageidiot
Artist name: grayscaled
Pairing: Jared/Jensen
Rating: PG-13ish
Word count: 37,700+
Summary: There are ten rules about interoffice dating and Jared Padalecki pretty much fails at all of them. It happens like this: Jared works in a cubicle. Jensen is the oblivious engineer. Jared meets Jensen. Jared falls in love with Jensen. Jensen… needs a little coaxing. Also starring Chad the Maintenance Guy, Danneel in Payroll, Tom as the mildly disgruntled Mail Room Guy and Mike in HR. And Misha the Receptionist? Still ruining lives. Mostly Tom’s. And Jared’s. But mostly Tom’s (who deals with it like any rational person would: mail bombs and spiked coffee).
Reason for reading: Totally adorable, laugh-out-loud funny, and so tightly and well written that it seems to fly by all too quickly. I loved it.

Title: One for the Good Guys
Author: cdeacon
Artist: gottalovev and smiledrawinglie
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~23000
Summary: Jared is an up-and-coming pitcher with a checkered past. If he wants to play in the big leagues again, he'll have to figure out how to work with Jensen, a has-been catcher with a serious attitude problem. (Loosely based on The Taming of the Shrew, with some Bull Durham thrown in.)
Reason for reading: A sheer pleasure, start to finish. Gentle, relaxed, very well written with lashings of dry, mature humour. And for those who know nothing about baseball (like me), don’t worry. Any mentions are very easy to follow.

Title: Mildred: A College AU
Authors: causeways and walkawayslowly
Artist: sillyshy
Word Count: 62,131
Rating: NC-17
Official Summary: It is a truth universally acknowledged that a Jared in possession of his heterosexuality will immediately switch teams upon enrollment in college and first contact with Jensen Ackles.
Original Summary: Jared goes to college and is gay for Jensen Ackles. It's a real shocker, sports fans.
Real Summary: No really, that’s all that happens. For 60,000 words.
Reason for reading: The summaries (and title) will tell you something about the writers and their soh. *g* It’s really a Jared fic with a heavy side order of Jensen but don’t let that put you off. It’s highly entertaining and the OCs are well enough drawn to almost deserve a fic of their very own!

Fic title: Mismanaged
Author name: macbyrne
Artist name: vamptastica
Genre: RPS
Pairing: Jared/Jensen, also some Jared/OFC and Jared/OMC
Rating: NC-17
Word count: 58K
Warnings/Spoilers: Mentions of dub-con, graphic non-con, underage sex, forced prostitution, rape, child abuse, angst. Lots of angst. Buckets of angst.
Summary: Jared has a secret that he hides from everyone. The only family he has left, his manager has been manipulating him, forcing him to audition the old-fashioned way: on his knees. When he meets Jensen, he knows his secret is in jeopardy. When Jensen finds out, will he listen or will he break Jared's heart?
Reason for reading: Very powerful, beautifully written, hypnotic reading. If you can handle the promised buckets of angst and the warnings (which should be taken very seriously), I can promise you won’t be sorry you read.
Incidentally, quite a few of you will recognise the name of the artist, another good reason to take a look. :)

Recs can be found here
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Recs this week from [livejournal.com profile] hils and [livejournal.com profile] kitty_poker2. Hope you enjoy!


Recs from [livejournal.com profile] hils

Title: Far Away
Author: delanach
Summary: Dean Winchester is an only child. After his Mom is killed by a demon when he was four, his Dad takes him on the road to protect him. John becomes a hunter and Bobby and Caleb come into their lives. Sam Weston’s Mom died in a car wreck. He was raised by his Aunt Beth, and she knows that Sam is special. The boys first meet when Sammy is five and Dean is nine, and it becomes clear that Sam’s talents include an uncanny knack of saving Dean from harm. Over the years, Dean discovers that family doesn’t end with blood and as the yellow eyed demon continues to take its toll, friendships are tested and love develops along the way. But will any of them survive the final showdown?
My comments: You know I don't touch Wincest and I very nearly didn't read this because even an AU where they aren't brothers is cutting it a little fine for me. I loved this though! It's got all the basic elements of an SPN story but it's far enough away from Wincest that I didn't feel uncomfortable reading it at all

Title: Given and Taken in Ink
Author: marishna
Summary: Author Jared Padalecki has created a sheltered existence for himself, believing that he's happy half-living his safe life. He hides behind his pen name so few people know the real Jared, as he protects himself from others finding out his books aren't 100% fiction. His new neighbour, Jensen Ackles, knows there's something different about Jared and pushes until he has no choice but to let Jensen in. When Jared's carefully constructed life collapses around him will Jensen even care who Jared really is or will Jared's worries become reality?
My comments: I was really puzzled by this because even though it's an AU the characters are really not like they usually are. Then you find out why and it all makes sense and is amazing

Title: The Wildest Swan
Author: seleneheart
Summary: Prince Jensen can’t find his place in the kingdom because no one has any use for a man with one arm and a swan’s wing. The king allows him to search for a cure, but insists that his nephew, Prince Jared, go with him to guide and protect him. Jared is exiled from his own country for some mysterious reason and he carries other secrets, including the identity of his father and a prophecy that is hanging over his head. Their journey to discover a way to restore Jensen’s arm takes them to places they never imagined and dangers that will test the fortitude of both their hearts.
My comments: I love fairy tale fics and this one is brilliant, made even more outstanding by the incredible art that has been done to go with it

Link to recs here

Recs by [livejournal.com profile] kitty_poker1

Title: Morgan’s Free Rangers: A Tale of Courage and Daring in the Tayasha Badlands
Author: calamitycrow
Artist: wede_fic
Pairing: Jared/Jensen, misc. other pairings
Summary: It’s 1854. Jared, an Easterner, goes west and meets a handsome Ranger named Jensen. You know, typical western romance. Honestly.
Rating: NC-17
Words: 30,000 (less if you don't count the stuff about horses. And guns)
Reason for reading: Gorgeous artwork and presentation, and the words and story more than live up. The writing is excellent, the world-building exemplary, and the concept of the banded men fascinating. A great read, and there are easter eggs!

Title: Come As You Are (You're All I Need)
Author: sinoftheday
Artist: ewlyn
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 20,815
Summary: Jared and Jensen have been best friends practically their whole lives. They've been through good and bad and now they've fallen for each other. Jared thinks everything is perfect, especially since he's off to join Jensen at college. Things fall apart though when Jensen's brother catches them together and Jensen disappears. When he returns a year later Jared is still angry, but discovers he misses his friend. Can Jensen fix things between them and win Jared back?
Reason for reading: Nicely written classic romance, in which we are invited to alternately kick Jensen for hurting Jared and hug him for his crippling insecurities.

Title: Dying To Live
Author: wattle_neurotic
Artist: ewlyn and samndeankissing
Rating: R
Word count: 25,348
Warnings: Sexual situations, implied non-con touching, and temporary character death.
Summary: After an accident in San Antonio during July, 2005, Jared Padalecki finds himself waking up as a new Army recruit in a desert coastal town called Pine Gap in August, 1973. At first he thinks it’s all in his head and that he’s going completely crazy. But he soon figures out that he’s in a coma back in 2005; and he is determined to get home to where he feels that he belongs. But 1973 leaves a strong impression on him, and when it comes down to it; mainly through the people he’s met, the betrayal and love he’s witnessed, he's not sure where he belongs after all.
Reason for reading: Hugely fun, ingenious 'take' on the BBC series Life on Mars. Very well written, of course.

Title: God Loveth His Children
Author: mystic_reader
Artist: maichan808
Rating: Hard R
Word count: 34,399
Warnings/Spoilers: Religious themes, graphic sexual situations, language
Summary: When faith and obligation meet the renewal of old sins, two Mormon missionaries must decide if it’s worth losing everything they’ve ever known for a chance at love.
Reason for reading: A fascinating look at attitudes towards homosexuality within The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by a very talented writer well acquainted with that particular set of beliefs. Clear-headed, fair, no bashing but some criticism.

Link can be found here
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This weeks Big Bang fic recs

From [livejournal.com profile] hils

Title: In Harm's Way
Author: gatorgrrrl
Summary: Jared Padalecki is living a quiet life in San Antonio until one day he is snatched off the street by two men. Enter Tom Delaney, CIA spy. Only that's not his real name. His real name is Jensen Ackles, and he needs Jared's help. Jensen and his team have been tracking a man named Alain Laurent, a terrorist disguised as a legitimate businessman. Only, they haven't been able to get close enough to him to gather any useful intelligence. They know that Laurent and his partner, Rafiq Abdul-Aziz, are planning something big -- and possibly explosive. They just don't know what and they don't know when. But they know that time is running out. That's where Jared comes in. With a little manipulation, Jensen convinces Jared to help. To use himself as bait to lure Laurent into revealing his secrets. But nothing is ever that simple. As Jensen and Jared become more than just professional colleagues, the stakes become even higher. And when their mission takes an unexpected turn, Jensen must decide between love and duty, with devastating consequences.
My comments: The author creates a very believable world with a bunch of original characters that feel three dimensional and real. I got totally sucked into the world she had created

Fic can be found here

From [livejournal.com profile] kitty_poker1

Fic title: A Really Good Detective Never Gets Married
Author name: oschun
Artist name: badesquisse
Genre: AU SPN (slash but not wincest)
Pairing: Sam/Dean
Rating: NC17 (language, sex, violence)
Word count: 22,000
Summary: Dean Winchester is a hard-drinking, cynical cop on the verge of burning out after his father has been killed in the line of duty. Victor Henriksen is his long-suffering partner. A series of religiously motivated murders leads them to Sam Campbell, a man who knows more than he should about the details of the case.
Reason for reading: Dean is a hard-boiled, hard-drinking detective. Sam knows things he shouldn't. They're gorgeous, it's gorgeously written (I'm a damn harsh beta and couldn't find a single thing to change except I wish it'd been much longer). More? Read for yourself. *g*

Title: See: Life
Author: silentpoetry1
Artist: lovelyhera
Rating: NC-17
Word count: 42, 000
Warnings/Spoilers: violence, sexual themes, attempted suicide, explicit drug use.
Summary: At the orders of his psychiatrist, Jensen is forced to leave the city and move in with his aunt in a remote and laid back country town. Out amongst the endless horizons and suffocating world, his Bipolar Disorder, questionable love of psychedelics, broken past, and his strange fear of and infatuation with them seems out of place. He is out of place. But all this may change when he meets a boy named Jared with startling jackal eyes, the type of person he never looked for, but perhaps he always needed. Jensen just needs to get out of his wrecked head first.
Reason for reading: There are some beta issues, but the writing is excellent, sending the reader into the mind of a boy who is seriously disturbed and tries to find equilibrium in the wrong places. Not a fluffy fic, and don't expect a love-conquers-all ending, but well worth the journey to a more optimistic place.


Fic title: The Children of The Covenant
Author name: nocturniquette1
Artist name: laisy, wigglynoodle
Pairing: Jared/Jensen
Rating: NC-17
Word count: 49,670
Warnings/Spoilers: Mild Torture, Implied Rape/ Past Abuse, Religious Themes, Bloodletting, Knives, Underage Sexual Situations and Scenes, Noncon/nonsexual Bondage, Violence, M/M, Angst
Summary: Fifteen year-old Jensen Ackles has spent all of his young life going from foster home to foster home. He really thinks he has seen it all until he lands in the grip of a religious cult known as the Children of the Covenant. Through the trials of learning to live in the 'community' he also meets his new 'brother', another boy his age, Jared Cooke. Jared has never known life outside of his family or the Covenant, and he is drawn to Jensen irrevocably. Jared wants so badly for Jensen to accept his new life, to stay with him. For the newly initiated Jensen, the Covenant is a living nightmare that he wants to escape - with Jared, if he can. This story contains religious aspects, as scripture is twisted to meet the needs of men.
Reason for reading: Beautifully written tale of two boys, both seriously abused in different ways by those who should love and protect them, finding their own kind of salvation. Please take the warnings very seriously. She's not kidding.

Fic can be found here

And now, one from me!
Title: Terraform (off site)
Author: james
Pairing: Jared/Jensen
Summary: Jensen works for the Terraformation Department, monitoring a planet almost ready for settlement. Jared is a bartender new to the station, who decides to make Jensen his own personal project. Will he succeed, or is Jared hiding a more sinister purpose? And with Jensen's own secrets to hide, will it ultimately matter?

Reason for reading. Futureistic, sci-fi with a wonderful twist in its tale. So well written, and just pulls you into this world.
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Loads of recs this week from [livejournal.com profile] hils and [livejournal.com profile] kitty_poker1, so no comments from me!

J2 Big Bang Rec list )
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A really long list of fic recs this week, you are sure to find something you enjoy. Mostly J2 AU, but one Dean/Castiel. Enjoy! Only comments from me are for the fics I recced.

recs this way )
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A nice long list of recs from last week's Big Bang, so long in fact, I'm putting it behind a cut! So long in fact, I'm not even going to make my own comment. I hope you find something you enjoy!

J2 AU Big Bang Fic Recs )
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On to the second Big Bang Recs, J2 AU. I hope you find something to enjoy!

From [livejournal.com profile] hils

Title: Taking Turns (Holding This World)
Author: felisblanco
Summary: When rich boy Jensen Ackles decided to get out from under his father's thumb and run away from home he didn't expect to be robbed in broad daylight, mistaken for a hooker, beaten up by a tattooed maniac and have his life saved by a really cute street kid. All in one day.
Jared Padalecki on the other hand didn't expect to be thrown in jail for his trouble.
As love stories go, this one didn't exactly have the best beginning.
My comments: I actually missed the part where she said it was a modern version of Disney's Aladdin and you shouldn't let that put you off at all. It's just a really well told story

My Comments: Love it, very well written, and a great read.

Title: A Devil to Help Me Get Things Right
Author: _doodle
Summary: It was in moments like this that Jensen knew that they would be together forever. Nothing would or could break them apart. Jensen was wrong. At 19 he was in love with Jared, full of plans and hopes for their future. He didn’t count on dropping out of college and driving Jared away with cheating and drinking being part of them. At 30 Jensen wakes up with retrograde amnesia, his last memories of being 19 and happy. As he struggles to regain his memory and find out who he is, Jensen has to face the harsh truths of who he became and how he treated Jared. Determined not to make the same mistakes again, Jensen starts to get his life back on track and try to win an engaged and angry Jared back.
My comments: This could have been really twee but it's actually a nice and realistic look at someone suffering from amnesia.

My Comments: Go read!

Link to recs and fic here

By [livejournal.com profile] kitty_poker1

Title: Lost and Found
Author: mediaville
Artist: sarahtoga
Summary: Jensen Ackles is a shy, overweight songwriter whose body issues have prevented him from forming any real personal connections, and at thirty, he’s still unsure of his sexuality, and still a virgin. But when he signs up for an experimental obesity research program, he meets Jared Padalecki, a stunningly sexy fitness guru who slowly but surely changes Jensen’s life.
Reason for reading: Utterly adorable, start to finish, and very well written, to boot. A good reminder that physical perfection doesn't equal lovable. We laugh, cheer for Jensen to get to his goals, and love Jared because he can see beyond the flab. I can relate - everyone can.

My Comments: I have reread this so often I have it off by heart, and still love it. It maybe the reason I've taken up yoga again!

Link to rec and fic here

My Rec

Title Painted Skys
Author [livejournal.com profile] rebekahfair
Summary Jared Padalecki, Pre-Vet student, receives a summer internship to work at the Ackles' Quarter Horse Ranch. Jared isn't quite sure that he and the owners' 23-year-old son, Jensen, are going to hit it off. Yet after Jared sticks up for Jensen in an arbitrary bar fight, Jensen starts showing Jared the ropes of the ranch. As their friendship grows, their attraction to one another does as well, despite Jensen's struggles with his sexuality. Jared and Jensen learn each other and about the hardships of life and love all under the blistering heat of the Texas sun.

My Comments: A lovely look at the developing relationship between to young people over the course of a Summer, working with horses, and each other. Great read, with excellent characters.
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Time for the masterlist of Big Bang fic recs. I hope you find something you enjoy!

From [livejournal.com profile] hils

Title: Apocalypse: Cancelled
Author: jeyhawk
Summary: July 7, 2008 at 2 a.m. in the morning a comet will hit Earth, destroying all human life. Humanity gets 54 hours to prepare and chaos ensues. A chance encounter has straight architect Jared Padalecki saving the life of deeply closeted movie star Jensen Ackles. The unlikely couple cling to each other during what they think will be their last days on earth, but what happens to the relationship they built when the world doesn't end after all?
My comments: I really got sucked into this one. It's tender, sweet with a bit of angst and humour thrown into the mix

My comment I love this one, I must've read it about four times. It is great. If you remember And Her Lips Were Cherry Red, it is the same author, and so good.

Title: Just So You Know (Beautiful Soul)
Author: lostt1
Summary: Jensen has been in love with Jared for years. The problem: Jared is his best friend's little brother. The solution: Jensen moves to California and writes songs for popular pop artists. Every song is about Jared. But what happens when Jensen finds himself living with Jared after six years apart? Will the balance he's found fall apart or will he finally get the one thing he's always wanted?
My comments: This one was just really, really sweet (not sickly though)

My comments. I also enjoyed this one.

Title: Neon Showman
Author: atimi
Summary: The love story of Jared and Jensen as observed by one Chad Michael Murray. While Jared experiences a journey of self-discovery in which he realizes he's gay, lands a role on Supernatural and falls for his new co-star, Chad names his penis, chairs the Eric Brady fanclub and develops an unhealthy fascination with fraternal incest.
My comments: Hands down my favourite of these three. I was absolutely howling with laughter when I read it. Chad is such a stereotype in most J2 fics and this just takes that and injects a bit of life into it.

My comments I haven't read this one yet, but am going to!

Link to the fic can be found here

From [livejournal.com profile] kitty_poker1

Title: Say You’re Mine
Author: belyste
Artist: fallen_for_lost
Summary: It takes his two best friends getting engaged to make Jared realize what’s missing in his own life, but once he figures it out, he's a man on a mission: find true love or die trying. He’s not asking for much – just the perfect soul mate to spend blissful eternity with – so when a chance meeting drops Jensen into his life (and his lap), it seems like fate. But either Jensen missed that memo or fate seems to have other ideas, because nothing works out the way Jared planned. Based (very) loosely on How I Met Your Mother.
Reason for reading: A charming blend of humour, romance and will-they-won’t-they suspense. It's not necessary to have seen HIMYM to enjoy, but it has the 'feel' of a very good romcon.

My comments I haven't read this one yet, but am going to!

Link to the fic can be found here

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