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. Admittedly some of these serieses have gotten new stories since I first listed them here, but those authors I trust well enough. 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, although there’s now a few too many to keep track of that way, especially in the middle ground.
Starred stories are new in the latest update, much of which came from the FrostIron Bang.
Wooer Wooed – A very fun stand-alone. The only G-rated thing in this section.
*Friends Don’t Let Friends - a truly must-read ficlet in which Hulk figures prominently.
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.
*Tech Support - This is the kind of lighthearted crack-played-straight that I absolutely live for. Read this if you at all relate.
Where The Heart Is - a lovely origin story for the Smartass family scenario which keeps movie canon. I love that about it.
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.
*Power Ballad series (froz3npizza) - I read this a while back but I come back to it often enough that it’s gotta be on here. Stoner Tony reminds me of Heinlein’s Man from Mars and the whole thing just kind of has this utopian vibe that makes me feel better about life.
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 Lightning Strike - This has the honor of being the first ABO fic to enter my rec list. They can be problematic but I really like the way this one handles it - the situation starts out reeeeally bad and then just gets healthier and happier the whole story. I enjoyed immensely.
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.
*Sleep Until the Sun Goes Down - Wow. I really like this for its real sense of the passage of time and the changing of attitudes. Loki is an idiot, but what else is new?
*(The Shortest Distance) Between Two Points - I love the texture of this world and the way it plays between personal and galactic concerns.
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!
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. I moved it way down the list in the latest update because I am now prioritizing trauma level over crack in my listing.
*Blinding - This is some brain-twisting shit right here. It’s exhausting and a little disturbing and very, very beautiful, once you begin to understand it. Kinda like Loki.
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.
*Are You There, God Of Mischief? It’s Me, Tony - oh wow this was hard to decide about because it’s so funny and snarky in the beginning and then everything goes horribly wrong. It’s truly marvelous in many ways. I recommend this BUT there is dubcon that disturbs some people, and the ending is not entirely happy. So, read at your own risk and then cry like a baby.
*Grass and Gold - This is beautiful but the ending is painfully ambiguous. To people who are unbearably sad when they finish this story, I kind of want to recommend reading this, and then my story Better Teachers, just so you get some of the same kind of pain and then a nice ending.
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. I’m rearranging it this time, with the two that have actually been updating at the top, and the ones I have given up on but can’t bear to take down afterwards.
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.
Built Like a Moth – Beautifully horrible, kinda snarktastic, really messed up. I actually haven’t read the more recent updates but they’ve been happening.
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.
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.