FrostIron Fic Recs
Ok first section I’m going to do here is Not Slash/Pre-Slash, otherwise known as the sneaky evil cookies I like to use to lure people over to the side of FrostIron.
Like A Prayer - this is a fun one. Basically it’s a fully formed FrostIron story but without the romance.
The Linchpin - A fascinating one-shot in which Loki contemplates Tony and what he’s learned from their battles.
Calculated Insanities - I love it when Tony and Loki snark at each other. I love it when they annoy each other by getting in each other’s brain spaces. Pretty much this has everything I love about frostiron without the actual frostiron. Science-based brotps ftw! Current ETA on this is two more chapters.
All right, next section - completed or non-cliffhangery FrostIron stories you can read without worrying about getting stuck at a bad place without updates. Some of them are quite explicit; all are rated accordingly on their respective host sites. I’ll list them from most cracky/fluffy to most angsty/sharp-edged.
Wooer Wooed – A very fun stand-alone. The only G-rated thing in this section.
Signals in Courtship - I love ones like this that tread close to crack but actually pull off ridiculous things with a certain amount of seriousness. This is just so much fun.
Where The Heart Is - a lovely origin story for the Smartass family scenario which keeps movie canon. I love that about it.
Halo – Don’t usually go for alternate movie events but OMG the WORDS in this thing it is like HEROIN. A bit sharp edged for how cracky it is.
Stolen Relics - I love the theories, the attention to detail, and the stranger’s perspective on Midgardian culture. This is very in character without being too heavy.
Desiderata - another forced dynamic story. An interesting way to change up the pairing.
Journey to the Past - says on the box that it’s an Anastasia AU but it really feels more like Firefly universe with Anastasia plot elements. Works out well I think. And really anything by melonbutterfly is fabulous.
How To Win A Game Of Tag - I don’t know how to describe this better than the title already does.
Say Goodbye to Yesterday - I have a weakness for plot devices like this. A marvelous time loop fic, and my third on this list by melonbutterfly.
Two Sides of the Coin is a fun one, especially if you can’t get enough of Sherlock saying “Bored, John” over on BBC.
The Book of Longing – the first alternate ending fic that pulled me in before revealing itself. Quite romantic. Not marked complete but seems like a good ending.
Born This Way - This series is a bag full of juicy lemons (most of the sections are explicit) but it also has a really good plot. This is now complete.
We Shall Have Peace - this is like one of those last episodes of an anime where everything ends up wayyy out there from the whole rest of the show. Also Steve is the main character. So yeah.
The Liars Alliance - I guess Avengers didn’t happen in this one; the characters meet for the first time after negotiating an arranged marriage. Strange but very cute.
Theorems - a series that goes all over the spectrum, really. They have such lovely brains. A delicious mixture of math and dirtiness. Oh, and heartbreak. Can’t forget that. Second story’s cracky, third is angsty.
Off The Record Has some snarktasticness but then gets really angsty and then has an exciting beautiful shiny new ending!
The Stories Untold – Oh no darkness and torture. At least there’s puppies. And it’s complete now!
Debt - A great one. I love the subtle use of images and phrases that draws parallels between the two characters here.
Tricks of the Trade This is radiant with sheer intelligence. Pretty much my favorite thing and the story is now complete.
xE rre - I can’t even describe this; uh, my Bruce muse loves it.
Unsure and a Hundred - a realistic distancing from the characters’ raw emotions unusual in fan fiction. These characters have masks.
All the Way Down – This is intense and strange, and has Pepper in it too. In a polyamorous way. It isn’t marked complete but each update seems self-contained.
Hand in Mine, series starting with Heart and Hurt - this is all very painful and full of misunderstandings but it is SO EXTREMELY WORTHWHILE.
All right, one more section - WIPs that I deem worth reading despite their cliffhangery nature.
Blue and Red and Has A Plan - I’m biased here so I’ll just quote defenestration-and-more : “It’s well-written with fine prose, characterisations are spot-on, the banter is excellent, and I want to know what happens next so badly it’s ridiculous.” Don’t worry, guys, I’ll poke RoseApprentice for you until she updates.
Shattered Hearts, Twisted Mirrors incomplete but there’s plenty there to read. End of the second story is a good stopping place. Beautiful and my favorite interpretation of what all crap has been going on inside Loki’s head. Only a little torturey.
Dreams - I keep being amazed at all the different plot devices people come up with to get these two together and trusting each other. One more fascinating one.
Conviction - Probably the best at conveying both Loki’s brokenness and godhood.
Longing - Beautiful, funny, painful, angsty. I find this one especially compelling, both emotionally and plot-wise.
Built Like a Moth – Beautifully horrible, kinda snarktastic, really messed up. Actually extremely cliffhangery right now.
Those are my faves for now; I’ll be keeping an eye out for more.
You might notice I don’t include any high school settings, most other complete AU’s or amnesia fics. They’re just not my cup of tea although I’ve heard there are great ones. Other things I won’t read are stories that contain Stony or Thorki. Nothing personal against writers of those.
Things I would be interested in seeing more of are Smartass Family, Peppertoki and stuff with Loki being Jotunn more of the time.