Title: Snow Day
Author: Jennifer Pelland
Other Information/warnings: Mentions of off-screen sex between a human and an android
Also – I found this rec in a slash recs database, but strictly speaking there is nothing at all to indicate the story is slash, as the gender of the narrator is carefully never stated or hinted at. The story is not labelled as slash/queer, so, it could actually be a het story – it works either way
The owner of a very helpful android is snowed in, and learns a few useful things about the workings of the android mind
As I said above, I read this as slash – but it honestly doesn’t matter if it’s not, because it’s funny, clever and totally off the wall. To say too much would be to spoil it, but all I can say is that it beats everything Isaac Asimov ever wrote about robots, and possibly invents a fourth law of robotics while it’s at it. Short, witty, a perfect appetiser for something longer, if you’re in the mood.
Title: No hidden catch
Other Information/warnings: none
Meeting a childhood hero as an adult can be an interesting experience
Yet another Sensory Overload Ficathon story. A lovely insight into growing up gay, crushing on the unreachable…and then finding out that he might not be so unreachable after all. A short, sweet piece, understated and clever.
Title: Words are very unnecessary
Other Information/warnings: It’s not explicitly stated it’s slash – the gender of the narrator is not mentioned. I’m assuming it’s slash because of the author’s other output.
The age of the narrator is also not specifed, but again, it’s a fair assumption that the person is above the age of consent. No explicit sexual content. Just kissing.
A victim of violence finds a protectorMy review:
Another from the Sensory Overload Ficathon (and even though a lot of the stories are gen, or het, there’s still some fabulous writing to be found here:)
This could be slash, could be het. I’m choosing to see it as slash because the narrator sounds like a boy. But it’s less important than the fact this is a wonderful mood piece – we learn of the narrator’s sad and abusive past, and how he’s found someone who can see past his scars and his inability to speak. Rich, evocative, moving. Just bloody good.
Title: Grabbing hands grab all they can
Genre: Modern, PWP, romance
Other Information/warnings:explicit sex, laugh out loud humour 🙂
Thom’s not gay, but his boyfriend is.My review:
This is a real honey from the Sensory Overload Ficathon:
Thom’s a jujitsu master, hard as nails, and swimming so far up that river in Egypt, he just passed Abu Simnel. Joseph’s his best mate. And queer. And fancies him. Thom is bothered a lot by this, and by one aborted kiss which he fended off with his fists, but which he still can’t stop thinking about. Late one night, a little hand to hand combat…becomes something else. Hey, it’s a slash story! What do you think happened?
This is beautifully written, cuttingly funny and sharply observed, while also being erotic. The characters get you interested, the interactions are believable, and she has a delicious way with description. Go read, go beedback. She says "If you enjoy this, let me know. I’m halfway through a sequel. :)"
I know I’m up for that!
Author: A M Riley
Genre: Vampires, fantasy
Other Information/warnings: very gory
A vampire on the streets meets a young man who is nothing at all like what he seems.My review:
I really don’t like vampire stories, but this one had something from the first few lines which intrigued me, so I continued. I was glad I did, but man, this one goes nowhere near where you think it’s headed – it’s a seriously odd story, but there’s something very beguiling about Stefan the street rat and Davie the…well, don’t want to spoil it.
The negatives are that the story could have done with a beta, and there are some blurgy POV switches which I really hate. The pace is dizzying too, but it’s one of those stories that sticks in your head and makes you think, ‘I wonder what happened after…?’ Not the best or most polished story out there, but well worth a look, if you can get over the squicks.
Title: Art by Heise
Genre: Romantic, non-explicit m/m art
Very pretty boys, being sweet.My review:
I stumbled on this from a links page, and I’m so glad I did. Not many actual m/m pictures here, nothing explicit, but some absolutely gorgeous romantic art here. Try these:
Very high quality images, beautiful boys – I could stare at these all day.
Title: You and I and him
"A wealthy twenty-something punk falls in love with a shy boy barely out of highschool with the dream of becoming a boxing champion—and the kid’s wild, smart-mouthed twin brother."My review:
First up, I have to confess – I disliked this story – nonetheless, it’s still worth reading because it’s well written, surprisingly well-characterised, and intriguing. I disliked it because I disliked the narrator, Jeremy, who’s intended to be unlikeable – he’s a spoiled, self-indulgent, whiny bastard who treats people like shit and manipulates people – and I like my narrators to be nice (my personal kink). But the two brothers, Vaughn and Gabe, make up for him – they’re real, vibrant and fascinating, and one of the two serious criticisms I have of this two is that the narrative ends before the real story gets going (this seems to be a feature of this author’s writing). I wanted to know so much more about these two, their backstory, what happened to them etc, and I felt cheated. Maybe the writer will come back to them. No idea. But like all good stories, it makes you care about what happens next.
The other big criticism is that the women in this story are cariactures, cruel harridans who are unworthy of the men they are trying to claw to their bosoms. I really hate that in slash – making women harpies so the men cling together out of a common need to protect themsleves. Jeremy’s mother just never felt real to me. But it might bother me more than it would bother other readers. I really think it’s worth giving a try, anyway.
Author: Jane Davitt
(scroll to the bottom of the main page for her one original story)
Other Information/warnings: not work safe!
Masturbation fic. With trees and other woodiesMy review:
Nothing much to this short story, but even so, we get a nice window on two young men get down and dirty with each other while felling a tree. Funny, well-written. Ask her to write some more.
Title: Dynasty of Ghosts
Author: PL Nunn
Other Information/warnings: non-con, violence, graphic content
Summary: A young ranger catches the eye of a spoilt prince, and then saves his life, getting himself entangled in the politics of his country and his prince’s affairs in doing so. Things are complicated by the fact he can see ghosts, and the things they tell him, don’t make for an easy existence….
My review: Continue reading Dynasty of Ghosts by PL Nunn – review
Title: Various (first is ‘Saga of the Spare Prince’)
Author: Layna (some co-written with Hiperbunny)
Genre: Original Character slash set in the Star Wars universe
(follow link to Layna’s Lounge, then scroll down to the stories marked as ‘From the KCFC’)
Other Information/warnings: graphic content
NB – this is not strictly original slash, but no characters appear from the SW universe, and other than the reference to Kourt being a Jedi, there is no other interaction with that world. All characters are original creations by this author
Kourt is a Jedi Knight sent to act as a bodyguard to Blaine a ‘spare’ prince whose brother (the ‘heir’) is suffering repeated assassination attempts. And…stuff happens :)My review:
First of all, I’ve been thinking hard whether this review belongs on this site, because of the use of a borrowed universe. The only real way to describe this is ‘original character slash’ but since there is no necessity to know the slightest thing about the SW universe, characters or plot, and the ‘canon’ never makes the least appearance, I read these and treat them as being so close to original writing as makes little difference (but feel free to tell me that I’m wrong – part of the reason I’m posting this is to get people’s opinions as to whether they want to see this kind of thing recced).
But now the stories – put simply, they’re just a delight. Kourt is your classic big strong silent repressed shape-changing alien, and Blaine is a happy little slut with a heart of gold and nary a trace of inhibition. There’s actually a decent plot about politics and assassination attempts, but the stories are about these two men becoming friends and… well, it’s *slash*, what do you think they’re going to become? I fell in love with both of them from the first story – the writing is mostly sharp and funny, the sex is hot, and the dialogue very witty. There’s a bit of unevenness that comes from the multiple authoring, and towards the end, a regrettable amount of sap, but the early stories are huge fun. Very often OC slash in other people’s universes means Mary Sues – this doesn’t, and what they have done is simply create their own world and characters and rules set in a galaxy far far away. And a very nice job they’ve done of it too