For Fandom Fic Rec Days because this is a fantastic idea. These ones will be for Voltron, but if people want fic recs for other fandoms I’ve clawed through extensively (Batman, FMA, Young Justice, One Piece) I can do those too.
(Also, sorry to any writers who aren’t tumblr-tagged. I am terrible with names and probably don’t know you’re here. But I’ve still linked to your fic profiles in this case!)
AUTHOR SHOUT-OUTS: a.k.a. “you should read everything they do it’s all quality okay”
@maychorian Okay look, if you are in any way excited that I’m in this fandom, you owe maychorian a big ‘thank you’ since she was unwittingly the reason I decided to stick around after watching S1. Boom Crash The Sound Of My Ship was one of the first fics I found after wandering into the fandom and holds a special place in my heart to this day. I have fond memories of eating up the whole series by staying up late or sneaking chapters at work on my breaks. I once hid in my car during my lunch break to read a chapter right after it released? Recs all around, just read all her stuff.
@bosstoaster You’ve probably read BT’s stuff already because who hasn’t but I don’t care I’m reccing her stuff anyway. BT writes everything. Like, everything. With a Shiro focus primarily, but she’s got a great handle on the other characters and will tackle such an insanely crazy variety of prompts I am continually stunned by whatever is produced next. Known for making you suffer but will make you laugh or feelz too. Special shout out to Spark to Ignite which is probably my favorite. Is this cheating because it was an exchange fic for me? Hell no. This was my One Thing that I desperately wanted to see in the fandom and it was not anywhere. BT did a fantastic job making it come to life and making me suffer but I asked for it so it’s okay and I reread this one all the time.
@butteredonions Where do I even START? So much good fic, guys. Onions fills my cravings for all things AU and she has such an insanely wide variety. If you like AU’s there is something there for everyone and they are always so well thought out and still fit each character so well. Also (in)famous for smol!Shiro, and I’m not actually partial to a lot of deaged!chars fics because people have a bad tendency to write toddlers and young children so innacurately, but this one is gold and so it’s great. But my personal fic shoutout is gonna go to The Throne In The Hall which is just all around amazing. Gorgeous imagery, great setting, solid plot, beautiful characterization, and badass fight scenes, this whole thing is just a delightful treat from start to finish.
@ashinan Has some great works all around and you should read it! I can’t speak for Ash’s ship fics because I’m not really into ships, but people swear by both Ghost of a King and Bombs and Bullets, so I assume they are top quality for ship stuff. Me? I’m gonna rec you all Something Strange which is the most best, shut up, I will fight you on this. Amazing piece that is the modern supernatural cryptids-and-ghosts AU I didn’t know I need until I read this. Amazing characterization and so many little details that I just love picking out of the narrative and basking in. This fic is both hilariously entertaining because of the group shenanigans and frightfully haunting because of the ghosts (pun sort of intended?) Ash has also hinted at maybe doing more for the series and I’m clawing at the walls waiting for it. Read now. Do it.
@mumblefox Rounding out the Think Tank, mumble’s work is worth checking out too! Like ash, a lot of mumble’s stuff is tagged for ships, which I don’t really do, but I absolutely adore Reconnaissance which is all I need to tell me mumble’s got top quality word weaving skills. Mumble does character dynamics wonderfully and I love watching Pidge and Keith work together in this, playing off each other both in the safe Castle environment and the heat of battle. There’s gorgeous imagery all throughout this fic and tons of little details buried in the narrative that just add so much character to the story itself. Also, I am a sucker for building any kind of alien culture or worldbuilding in general, and it’s here in spades.
GriffinRose: I don’t see this fic writer recced a lot? It’s a crying shame, they’re good at what they do. Lots of Keith-centric stuff but not necessarily in a shippy way (which is usually what I see for Keith-centric stuff), but they also tackle some other characters too! My favorite is actually Mama Holt because we see a lot of Matt and Sam hanging around the Castle with the paladins in fics but Pidge’s mom? Not so much. This is a sweet little piece that hits all my found family feels, in which Mama Holt ends up on the Castle of Lions and slowly ends up adopting absolutely everyone in it, and I love every word in it. Yes. Check out Griffin’s stuff, you won’t regret it.
INDIVIDUAL FIC RECS: a.ka. the “holy shit I found this amazing story I love and you should read it” section
You Can’t Take the Sky From Me by isabeau225 Voltron fan? Firefly fan? This fic is the fic for you! Now a series and too damn adorable. Shiro’s not expecting any kids but somehow he just keeps getting more, and somehow he’s okay with that. Again, one of those fics that does child characters well. After I read this I squeed for half an hour and melted onto the floor.
Accepting Amelioration by XILVerify Daemon fics are my other weakness…when handled well. The problem I see with a lot of daemon fics is that writers will include the daemons but they are there more as a prop then as another character. This fic does a GORGEOUS job of avoiding that pitfall and a BEAUTIFUL job of writing the daemon concept in space with these characters and I fell in love with it. Also has some very interesting interpretations of daemons that differ a bit from the novel, but in ways I really enjoy…like breaking some of the standards for what animals mean what personalities, or making touching another’s daemon less of a sexual interaction and more of a close trust or strong platonic bond kind of thing. Beautiful work. Check it out.
One for All, All for One by KaijuDork Absolutely gorgeous Shiro-centric (but also team based) fic. Hurt comfort in spades as Shiro tries to help the paladins and they try to help him at the same time. Some beautiful and haunting imagery in this one. Still a WIP, but I’m hoping the writer can finish one day. I believe in you :)
Of a Sort by hameru For the sickfic fan. Shiro is really, really sick, and the others do their best to help him out. Also a WIP but the first two chapters are just…quality sickfic and will fill all your hurt/comfort needs by themselves. (Still will be excited when/if more posts though)
Empty Spaces by Oreramar Kind of a modern AU without the space stuff. Shiro loses his arm in an accident and things start to go downhill from there, until he unexpectedly finds the perfect new career…in daycare. Again, one of those rare fics that handles kids well (although they’re kind of there peripherally in this one), and the modern AU aspect is handled really skillfully too. Makes you feel all happy inside when you’re done reading it. The kind of fic I would love to see more extension on, although I’m content with this too.
Shadows of our Dreams by KUG Because sometimes you just need a cuddle pile. This one fills the niche for both cute and fluffy as well as angsty and hurt comfort. If you need all kinds of feels all in one place this is your one-stop shop.
Lean on Me by GlassSoldiers Wouldn’t be a good fic rec without a good 5 times! This is one of my faves. Shiro looking out for all his team, and his team looking out for him. I’m a big fan of this theme, obviously, so this one really hits the spot. Everyone gets a chance to shine, which is great :)
how to win friends, influence people, and form voltron by brosura A WIP but a very worth it WIP, holy crap, read this. An AU in which Keith doesn’t get booted from the Garrison, and ends up slowly integrating with the rest of the Original Trio. Primarily Hunk’s PoV too which is awesome. Double awesome, it literally just updated as I was writing this list, which means there’s a new chapter, which means I need to find time to read it. AAAAAH.
These are amongst my favorites. Good job to everyone on the list, and thanks for making my nights and work breaks exciting, for making me stay up late to finish just ONE MORE CHAPTER, for giving me something to read while eating, for giving me something to motivate me to get my own work done, and for giving me things to look forward to after terrible days. Love you all and this fandom has been amazing to me so far. :)
Vera’s dead ex-lover — the eldest son of a well-respected noble family, a kind and gentle-spirited man with a strong sense of justice and big ambitions, but not always the courage to do what was needed to reach those goals. He was quite a bit older than Vera, and even engaged, but the two fell in love despite all of this, and even planned to escape Nohr together, overseas, somewhere where no one would know them… but alas, that was not to be.
His name was originally to be Reinhart… but since nowadays I can’t think of anything but of a certain hot german knight grandpa when that name is brought up, I think I’ll rename him for the fatesona-verse… IF I even name him in the first place. Maybe he’ll just be another unnamed pretty face.
Amal Clooney, née Alamuddin, is a human rights lawyer who has defended big names like Julian Assange and former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, as well as Al Jazeera English journalist Mohamed Fahmy. She’s been an appointee to numerous U.N. panels, including one that investigated America’s use of drones as counter-terrorism tools. She clerked for Justice Sonia Sotomayor in the U.S. Court of Appeals. She’s also co-authored four legal books. It’s quite a resumé.
But to the Associated Press, she’s just Mrs. George Clooney. The venerable news source sent out a tweet on Saturday in the very early morning, promoting a link to a story on the latest development in her case with Fahmy, in which they refer to her as “actor’s wife.”
So we’ve taken in a new cat recently, and unfortunately she’s almost feral from neglect but I wanted to show her to everyone because she’s such a beautiful and sweet kitty. Her name is Sasha and the pictures here don’t really do her justice. She’s mostly a siamese mixed with calico and tortoiseshell, and she has big blue eyes. She’s very skittish but when she decides she trusts you she will literally throw herself at you for pets and has one of the loudest purrs I’ve heard.
I only JUST got the link between Elder Arthur Maxson and the Prydwen, which was named after King Arthur’s legendary ship.
And why this particular screenshot was such a big deal in terms of storyline and character reveal. The ship flying over Paul Revere’s statue.
This is King Arthur’s story in steel: no Merlin, no Genevieve, no Morgana, no Round Table. No-one to be the voice of reason for a young man’s rage, to provide foresight against swiftly-made decisions. No influence of love or compassion to remind him that a king can be kind, that justice does not always have to result in bloodshed. No-one to take away his symbols of strength so he is forced to rely on other people, to learn that power can destroy as well as build up. No trusted circle of friends to remind him that being ‘one of the people’ is essential to winning their love (or to staying in power, whichever view you want to take of it).
Instead, we have a king who rules in force and steel and utter absolutes. It’s his word. His power. His authority. He is king.
It’s no longer the fearful cry of ‘The British are coming! The British are coming!’ Instead, the Commonwealth’s voice is encapsulated in Nick’s soft whisper.
While the Brotherhood of Steel might not be quote on quote ‘the bad guys’, it’s always good to note the way that they’re being presented, and how that fits in with the overarching narrative. Something something monarchy, Minutemen, the Civil War, etc.
War never changes, and history repeats itself.
… I feel like I need to do a master post of all the literary references in Fallout 4 but I also feel like I could be here forever. The depth of the writing is insane, and my hat is off to Bethesda for this marvel.
Bleach characters, you just learned that the big bads of Bleach have been the Steves this whole time! Your reactions?
As requested by anon. :) And also anon. ;)
For those of you just joining us, Steve is the name of every menos grande. Why, you ask? Because Tosen named every single one Steve. But why, you ask again? I don’t know. It seemed funny at the time (and super still does), and somehow the name managed to stick! So “Steve” means “menos grande.” And they have just been revealed as the big bad of Bleach! Your reactions, everyone?
Tosen: I taught the Steves all of the principles of justice.
Komamura: The same justice that caused you to join Aizen and try to destroy the universe?
Tosen: I take your point.
Tosen: But I still blame this on Ichimaru Gin’s “secret” visits to the Steves.
Gin: Hey, they were evil before I got to ‘em!
Gin: Why do you think I liked to hang out?
Zommari: "Evil"? No. The Steves simply understand that the supposed “order” of the universe with soul reapers on top and hollows on the bottom is wrong.
Zommari: Especially since they are basically on the bottom of the hollows. And they live in a crappy forest where they serve as the slaves of other hollows.
Zommari: So really their point of view is not hard to understand.
Rukia: I remember when Ichigo and Ishida fought Steve! When Ichigo was just starting out. Because Urahara made him.
Rukia: Urahara, did you know you were setting up a baby soul reaper with the big bad of Bleach??
Rukia: You can be an enormous dick, can’t you?
Grimmjow: Uh….guys? The menos grande are the FIRST evolution of hollows. They’re super super weak!
Grimmjow: Are you really tellin’ me that the “big bad” of Bleach is the sort of guy that can be taken out with an elbow to the face???
Ulquiorra: You have forgotten, Grimmjow, there there are basically a million of those guys.
Grimmjow: ….you just used the word “basically” and it’s creeping me out.
Ulquiorra: I am simply saying that they have the advantage of numbers.
Ishida: Hmmmm….advantage of numbers, huh?
Ishida: If only Kurosaki had the ability to do scatter shot….like *I* do!
Byakuya: I have scatter shot.
Ishida: Come on, man. I’m trying to be cool here.
Hitsugaya: Oh, come on! The Steves are barely sentient!
Hitsugaya: How can they be the masterminds of everything??
Chad: Perhaps they are highly smart but just don’t like to talk.
Chad: Some people are like that.
Ichigo: Well, I mean, if the Steves are the ones trying to destroy the universe, then of course I’ll fight them.
Ichigo: Preferably without Ishida trying to wear my sword as a hat, this time.
Ishida: AT LEAST I DIDN’T TRY TO ATTACK ITS FEET
Ashido: The hollows….in my forest….that I have dedicated my life to destroying for hundreds of years…..are the big bads of Bleach……?
1. The mining boom ended. The only ones making substantial money from mining now are (foreign) billionaires. Not us.
2. The renewables boom arrived. Though that’s a dumb name. Renewables
tech has made huge leaps in the last five years to the delight of those
in the field. Renewables are finally market-friendly and ready to go
3. Climate talks have shifted, from “lets just cut
emissions” at the end of the pipeline to “lets keep it in the ground” at
the beginning. The world’s best scientists say Australia has to keep
90% of coal in the ground.