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Issue #16

Picks of the Month from eosrose

[art] The Emperor Concerto by nachte | WS | 1 works
Summary: Modern AU inspired by Nodame Cantabile.
eosrose says: Pianist!Merlin and Conductor!Arthur are hard at work and utterly gorgeous!
Themes: au - no magic, era - modern
[art] Untitled Fanart by kurage_no_hone | WS | 1 works
Summary: Frog!Arthur and Frog!Merlin cuddling.
eosrose says: I requested the boys as frogs and was more than impressed by this fill. It's currently my desktop wallpaper. So cute!
Themes: animals
[art] Fonder Than comic by nachte | WS | 5 works
Summary: Merlin tends to fall asleep on the floor (forest ground/Arthur's room/random grassy hill) with his stomach exposed. Arthur is amused and tugs down his shirt for him.
eosrose says: This fandom doesn't have nearly enough comics--nachte makes me feel that lack deeply. If you haven't read this, you need to stop what you're doing and do so at once!
Themes: era - camelot, protective!arthur
[fic] Mentor by ivyelevast | PG-13 | ~29,000 words
Summary: In which Arthur dreams of being a knight and Merlin has a vendetta against Destiny. Loosely based on Disney's The Sword in the Stone.
eosrose says: An adorable AU where in Arthur grows up an orphan nobody and Merlin isn't too impressed by destiny. For those of you who weren't all that fond of The Sword in the Stone or aren't generally fond of fusions, allow me to assure you that the story deviates enough to make things plenty interesting. I was an utter puddle of goo by the time I finished this one.
Themes: arthur knows, au - with magic, era - camelot, excalibur, first kiss, jealous!arthur, shape changing

Picks of the Month from katerina_black

Summary:"...Because now, because of his complacency and his insistent need to please his father, he was losing the greatest friend he had ever had, his closest confidant, his lover."
katerina_black says: The detailing in this piece is exquisite, and the emotions are extremely evocative.
Themes: era - camelot, uther finds out, hurt/comfort, established relationship, imprisonment
[fic] Everything and Nothing by ragdoll987 | PG-13 | ~5,500 words
Summary: They came in the late summer, when the heat was highest and the people most sluggish and the knights the least prepared. Though they numbered fifty, they made no noise, moving with speed and silence only magic could bringÉ
katerina_black says: I love ragdoll987's style, and this was a fantastic bit of friendship fic with an episodic feel to it.
Themes: era - camelot, friendship, old religion/druids, powerful!merlin, pre-relationship
Summary: Arthur, Prince of Wales, finds it hard to accept that he and Merlin have no future. Then he finds out that neither does anyone else.
katerina_black says: I've not seen 2012, but this fic almost made me want to. Disaster films are not my thing, but this fic was poignant, and Merlin and Arthur were spot on.
Themes: au - no magic, era - modern, established relationship, king arthur, protective!arthur, apocalypse, fusion
[fic] Must be Drunk by pushergon | NC-17 | ~7,000 words
Summary: "Love potion" pretty much sums it up.
katerina_black says: I adore the love potion cliche, and this is a hot piece of burning that somehow manages to be sweet as well.
Themes: era - camelot, bottom!merlin, first kiss, first time, magical accident
[fic] A Process of Healing by shinetheway | G | ~1,500 words
Summary: It takes Arthur two months to fully recover from the Questing Beast.
katerina_black says: This is just a wonderfully sweet, short coda to the Series 1 finale. A perfect taste of a larger story.
Themes: era - camelot, arthur knows, first kiss, episode related, hurt/comfort, injury
[fic] The Sinner in Me by shesakicker | R | ~17,000 words
Summary: In which Merlin has amnesia, Arthur has a horrible beard, Nimueh has spies and we all learn not to play with fire. Or snakes.
katerina_black says: My not having seen the movies from this year's reel_merlin seems to be a theme. But what I think I loved most about this was that it wasn't Arthur as Bourne, as I would have expected, but Merlin.
Themes: au - with magic, era - modern, first time, first kiss, powerful!merlin, protective!merlin, amnesia, fusion,
[fic] Should You Choose to Accept It by rurounihime | PG-13 | ~12,000 words
Summary: It started out as a little practice. Of course, at twelve years old, everything seemed that simple.
katerina_black says: This was really, really, really awesome bit of teenage flangst. I don't actually have a lot of words for how much I loved this.
Themes: au - no magic, era - modern, first kiss, unrequited love, jealous!merlin, childhood
[fic] Winning the World Championships by rotrude | NC-17 | ~17,000 words
Summary: March 2010. Arthur is now a retired skater who has taken over Merlin's coaching. He's determined to drive Merlin to victory.
katerina_black says: I absolutely adore this series, and I loved how in this installment, Merlin and Arthur had to struggle to figure out how they fit as coach and skater as well as lovers. Plus there's hot fluff!
Themes: era - modern, au - no magic, established relationship, bottom!merlin, insecure!arthur, protective!arthur, massage, jealous!arthur, injury
Summary: In which Morgana erases memories for a living, Merlin and Arthur meet for (what they believe to be) the first time, and Gwen remembers everything.
katerina_black says: I love Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and this fic did a wonderful job of blending the plot premise, and some of the actual plot, with the characters and relationships of camelot. I felt this was a very realistic picture of how the characters would fit within the modern world.
Themes: au - with magic, era - modern, amnesia, fusion, established relationship, first kiss, first time, experienced!arthur, experienced!merlin

Mutual Pick of the Month

[fic] The Lure Would Prove Too Much by minor_hue | NC-17 | ~4,200 words
Summary: In which Arthur fucks Merlin for a hazing ritual (and then there is talk about wallpaper).
eosrose says: The summary alone actually frightened me off initially, but when I gave it a shot--wow! The dialog is hilarious, the action hot, and the finish unexpected. If you want to read something smutty, this is definitely a good choice.
katerina_black says: This was smoking hot. Like whoa. I almost didn't read it, because the premise didn't seem up my alley, but it was SO worth it.
Themes: era - modern, au - no magic, bottom!merlin, exhibitionism, established relationship
[fic] Mending Wall by frantic_allonsy | NC-17 | ~5,100 words
Summary: Arthur and Merlin have shared a living space for over six years and can hear each other very clearly through the wall between their rooms.
eosrose says: The story begins on a sad note, with Arthur pretty much crazy in love with Merlin, who happens to be in a committed relationship, but it has a very satisfying finish.
katerina_black says: This one was a bit heartbreaking until it wasn't. Very well done modern AU, with the boys dancing around their feelings because they can.
Themes: au - no magic, era - modern, first time, first kiss, unrequited love, voyeurism, experienced!merlin, experienced!arthur, jealous!arthur

Classic of the Month

[fic] The Student Prince by FayJay | NC-17 | ~150,000 words
Summary: A Modern day Merlin AU set at the University of St Andrews, featuring teetotal kickboxers, secret wizards, magnificent bodyguards of various genders, irate fairies, imprisoned dragons, crumbling gothic architecture, arrogant princes, adorable engineering students, stolen gold, magical doorways, attempted assassination, drunken students, shaving foam fights, embarrassing mornings after, The Hammer Dance, duty, responsibility, friendship and true love...
eosrose says: Some stories just suck you in and refuse to let you go--not even after you've soaked in the very last word. This is one of them. Most Modern AUs (especially reincarnation fics) tend to adhere to the tropes and characterizations of the original series, but this one takes a notably different stance: magic is legal--and that makes a big difference in how things play out. Those individuals we've only seen as villains are given a chance to shine. Romance and destiny have never been so much fun!
katerina_black says: So, I got a message from eosrose that said, essentially, 'read this; it's an insta-classic.' My god, was she ever right. This fic was epic, and had fantastic bits of humor, and the boys were spot on. The slash dragon is completely his old self. This had bits that, of course, reminded me of 'Drastically Re-defining Protocol,' but it was something new and wonderful all on its own. I could probably go on forever, but really, you should just read it. ^_^
Themes: au - with magic, era - modern, first time, first kiss, unrequited love


( 24 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 26th, 2010 04:28 am (UTC)
so very excited for the new issue. there were some stories i had forgotten i loved and got to reread and some stories that i had never seen before and now can't even imagine never reading them. thanks lots
Nov. 26th, 2010 05:05 am (UTC)
You're very welcome!
Nov. 26th, 2010 08:49 am (UTC)
I was just wondering when the next update would be. So happy to see this on my f-list! Welcome back!!
Nov. 26th, 2010 09:05 am (UTC)
Hopefully we'll be updating a bit more regularly. XD
Nov. 26th, 2010 12:38 pm (UTC)
I was very pleasantly surprised to see this update on my f-list. Welcome back! ♥
Nov. 26th, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
We're glad to be back!
Nov. 26th, 2010 12:45 pm (UTC)
Good to see you back again. Looking forward to reading the stories I haven't seen. Many thanks :)
Nov. 26th, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! <3
Nov. 26th, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for doing this! Great recs. :)

I'm always looking for new things to read, so this is very helpful.
Nov. 26th, 2010 06:32 pm (UTC)
I'm glad we could point you to some stories you haven't read before. :D
Nov. 26th, 2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
I loved several of these so I'm looking forward to enjoying those I've missed.
Nov. 26th, 2010 06:32 pm (UTC)
Nov. 26th, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
I used to look forward to these and I'm so happy they're back!

Also, thank you for the rec! What a lovely surprise to find it here ♥
Nov. 26th, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
Nov. 26th, 2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
YAY!!! You guys are back! how fabulous. ♥

Is LJ just being a bitch for me, or are there no links to fics here? All I'm seeing is:
by nachte | WS | 1 works
Summary: Modern AU inspired by Nodame Cantabile.

And no fic/art names or links. It's like the biggest tease ever! LOL.

Nov. 26th, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
Try refresh? It's showing fine for me. It's even showing up fine in my email inbox.
Nov. 26th, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
heh. You know what? I had to log out. :/

I default to style=mine and apparently 'my' style blocks your links. IDEK!!! But Oh, so lovely!!! very pretty list (now). LOL.
Nov. 27th, 2010 12:45 am (UTC)
You guise are back! Look at all the lovely, shiny recs! *pets*

"Should You Choose to Accept It" looks really interesting. I actually hadn't seen that one around. <3
Feb. 6th, 2011 12:54 am (UTC)
Thanks for browsing!

I gave katerina_black my recs for the next issue (I've got an insane number of recs, let me tell you--a whole backlog of them) and hopefully she'll have them up as soon as she comes back from wherever she disappeared off to. <3

/late reply is late
Feb. 7th, 2011 01:23 am (UTC)
*anticipates* Thanks for the heads-up.
Nov. 27th, 2010 02:52 am (UTC)
I had seen and read a few of them already ^^ The Student Prince has to me my overall favorite, I totally agree with you, it's a story you don't want to let go off even after the last word.

I've saived all the links I haven't read, thanks for your great job =D
Feb. 6th, 2011 12:55 am (UTC)
The Student Prince is addictive. I've listened to the podfic too many times to count. When it was still a WIP, I was sneaking onto the Internet every chance I got to check for updates, lol.

I gave katerina_black my recs for the next issue (I've got an insane number of recs, let me tell you--a whole backlog of them) and hopefully she'll have them up as soon as she comes back from wherever she disappeared off to. <3
Nov. 27th, 2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
Oh my God you're back! I was beginning to wonder if you had gone away for good, but I was wrong!
Feb. 6th, 2011 12:55 am (UTC)
Alas, we seem to have disappeared for a few months again!

I gave katerina_black my recs for the next issue (I've got an insane number of recs, let me tell you--a whole backlog of them) and hopefully she'll have them up as soon as she comes back from wherever she disappeared off to. <3
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