Wednesday fic recs (Madoka Magica, She-Ra, Temeraire, Good Omens)

  • Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika | Nagisa, ensemble | T | booboo the fool
    Well, something’s wrong with Homura, Madoka and Sayaka are being rather ambiguously gay, Mami’s adopted a clown, and Kyoko is hungry as usual. In short, it’s just another day for your resident magical girl Nagisa Momoe.
    genfic,fic:one-shot,series:puella magi madoka magica,amazing

  • Good Omens | Aziraphale/Crowley, demon | T | damn.nation, now available on itunes
    When lowly tempt-pusher Amphora (formerly of Stairwell 7B North, before she Fell,) gets the notice that end times are nigh, she gleefully quits her job and cancels her Netflix subscription and takes her place among the legions of hell.

    This, it turns out, was a bad plan.
    series:good omens,trope:outsider.pov,pairing:crowley_aziraphale,fic:one-shot

  • Good Omens | Eric Legion, Aziraphale, Crowley, Anathema | T | Disposable
    Eric Legion, Hell’s punching bag, leads a horrible life. And with the failure of Armageddon, it looks like it’s never going to get any better. Unless, of course, he can get any help from the one demon ever to beat the system.

    He has absolutely no idea what to make of the angel.
    series:good omens,pairing:crowley_aziraphale,trope:outsider.pov,fic:chaptered,genfic

Wednesday fic recs (Good Omens, Murderbot, Leverage, Red Dwarf)

  • Good Omens | Crowley, Aziraphale | T | Whatever Road We Choose
    Technically, any being that had ever been an angel could have heard his call for help. He hadn’t had the time to secure the request. It was just…. He had been attacked by demons. Why would another demon intervene? They might have an Arrangement, but at the end of the day, they were on opposite sides. You didn’t rescue the Enemy. You especially didn’t rescue the Enemy from your own people.
    pairing:crowley_aziraphale,series:good omens,fic:chaptered,genfic,trope:hurt-comfort

  • Good Omens | Aziraphale/Crowley, new Antichrist | T | Point Four
    Because Crowley has a vexing habit of being right in matters such as these, the Glorious End does come exactly as he said it would—with Heaven and Hell joining forces to sack the Mortal Realm. And while most would probably have expected it to be inked into the Great Plan with grace and blood and tears, it’s actually typed, with clear bullet points and headings, in the font Papyrus.
    series:good omens,pairing:crowley_aziraphale,series:religion,fic:one-shot,trope:apocalypse

  • Good Omens | Crowley/Azirapahle | M | Love in All the Hollow Places
    Look, demons have issues, all right? It’s been a long six thousand years, and some needs don’t go away. They just get twisted up and turned around and tangled up tighter than someone’s first knitting project. Luckily, Crowley has Aziraphale to do some untangling.
    series:good omens,fic:one-shot,pairing:crowley_aziraphale,kink:bdsm,trope:hurt-comfort

  • Good Omens | Aziraphale/Crowley | T | Some strangeness in the proportion
    ‘I assume your punishment involved the destruction of the demon, but I am not aware of the details,’ says the Angel. ‘The description was redacted from your file and labelled “Highly Classified” with a red stamp.’
    series:good omens,pairing:crowley_aziraphale,trope:amnesia,fic:one-shot,trope:hurt-comfort

  • Good Omens | Crowley/Aziraphale | M | Duress
    “This court places the angel Aziraphale under the dominion of the demon Crawly until such a time as Crawly withdraws his claim, upon which the principality will be executed,” the demon said, with a wave of his hand and an air like Aziraphale’s fate didn’t matter so long as it was no longer weighing down his docket. “Next case.”
    pairing:crowley_aziraphale,series:good omens,fic:one-shot,kink:bdsm

  • Red Dwarf | Lister, Rimmer | G | Good Enough
    After their return from the mechanoid vessel, Rimmer sneaks off to the Observation Dome to brood and Lister decides to follow. Code to Siliconia.
    pairing:rimmer_lister,series:red dwarf,trope:hurt-comfort,genfic,fic:one-shot

  • Red Dwarf | George McIntyre | G | Last Man Standing
    The hardest moment in George McIntyre’s life had not, in fact, been his death. Nor was it the moment he was left standing in the Drive Room as the entire crew was killed by a radioactive explosion. No, the worst moment was a single word, uttered at his Welcome Back reception: “Speech!”
    trope:outsider.pov,fic:one-shot,genfic,series:red dwarf

  • Red Dwarf | Rimmer, brothers | M | No Reason to Scream
    When Arnold tells on his brothers to their father, John and the others decide to remind him of his place. Or, what if Rimmer’s brothers were truly terrible people who want their little brother to suffer?
    series:red dwarf,trope:hurt-comfort,trope:non-con,fic:one-shot,pairing:rimmer_brothers

  • Red Dwarf | Lister/Rimmer, Holly | G | The Silicon Place
    The Good Place AU

    “Human heaven? Goodness me! Humans don’t go to heaven! No, someone made that up to prevent you all from going nuts!”
    series:red dwarf,series:the good place,pairing:rimmer_lister,fic:one-shot,crossover

Music recs: Steve Perry, Superchick (who seriously need to be used for some Catradora fanvids), Tenth Avenue North

Steve Perry: Lead singer of Journey as a breakout soloist, whose work still has the vibe of soft ’70s prog rock well into the ’90s. (Not a bad thing. I like soft ’70s prog rock.) (Steve Perry playlist.)

Superchick: Girl-power rock, fingers perfectly on the pulse of the emotional turmoil of being a teenage girl. Unfortunately a Christian band, so some tracks are cringey and others have disquieting purity-culture stuff, but when they’re on, they’re on. Motivational in the face of everything from restrictive gender roles to toxic boyfriends to eating disorders to the general awfulness of high-school drama. (Superchick playlist.)

This first song is genuinely one of my absolute favorites — I don’t mean from this group, I mean, from music.

…and when I said someone needs to use them in a Catradora fanvid, these last two are the top tracks I was thinking of. She-Ra vidders, please, get on this.

Tenth Avenue North: Acoustic rock meets power pop. More overtly Christian, so, uh, maybe don’t watch the videos. The nonspecific lyrics still make amazing hurt/comfort anthems — and/or odes to your favorite god-tier character. (Tenth Avenue North playlist.)

This first one, for instance? 100% a Madokami theme song.

Music recs: Roxette, Sarah Brightman, Savage Garden

Been a while since I’ve done a roundup of musical recommendations. But, listen, music makes us braver, so it seemed like a fair time to jump back in.

Roxette: Swedish ’80s power pop/rock. Heartfelt female vocals, from sugary pop to resounding ’80s power ballads. (Roxette playlist.)

Sarah Brightman: Classical soprano. I feel like most of her recordings are from multilingual opera or musicals (she was married to Andrew Lloyd Webber for a while), but I’m mostly here for her crossover into operatic pop. Her live shows are about the spectacle — lush costumes, weird sets, elaborate light effects — as much as the songs. (Sarah Brightman playlist.)

Savage Garden: Australian ’90s soft rock. They went from “bonkers heights of mainstream popularity” to “nobody even brings them up anymore,” which, I get it, they’re not exactly groundbreaking or innovative, just warm and sweet in a comfortingly consistent way. But they did use their platform to release a pro-queer-polyamory song, and let me remind you this was in the ’90s, so give them a little credit. (Savage Garden playlist.)

Some pick-me-ups on this, the day of my cat’s adoptionversary

Marshmallow Fluff on April 6, 2019:

Hiding fluff, 2019

And on April 6, 2020:

Relaxed fluff, 2020

From “hiding in panic under the furniture” to “stretching his paws and having a nap on my leg.” At least one (1) thing has gotten better in the world since last year.

Fancomic of Spider-Man’s social-distancing, grocery-delivering adventures in quarantined NYC.

From the creator of “Cabin Pressure” comes “Cabin Fever”, a series of short videos by Arthur Shappey documenting his time in self-isolation. Now at 8 episodes, still going strong.

And if you want some completely-unrelated low-key fluff, have a playlist of my favorite adorable animal videos. (Knew I bookmarked those for a reason…)