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15th-Dec-2013 08:48 pm “Red Letter Day” by Care (G)
Pairing: Pam Beesley/Ted Mosby
Length: 4636 words
Author on LJ: [ profile] care_says
Author Website: Dreamwidth
Why this must be read: Believe me when I say that it takes a LOT for me to rec a story that goes against my OTP...and even more when the story goes against two! But I love me a good crossover—and I *really* love fics that show Pam coming into her own without having that evolution be in relation to Jim (or Roy). This fic has both, and it's more about Pam and her new friends and life than the shippy stuff anyway. And wow, Pam fits right in with the McLaren’s gang like you wouldn’t believe.

Becky puts her in touch with her cousin, who gives her the phone number of her ex-boyfriend, who refers her to his grandmother's second husband's grandniece, and finally she gets to this woman named Robin. )

Red Letter Day
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12th-Apr-2009 11:20 am 75 Skills Barney Stinson Has Mastered by holy_whatever (R)
Fandom: How I Met Your Mother
Pairing: Barney/Robin
Author on LJ: [ profile] holy_whatever
Author Website: [ profile] weetinyfic

Why this must be read:

The end of Season 3 left the Barney/Robin fen squeeing in delight and asking for more. [ profile] holy_whatever takes off from the finale, using Esquire's 75 Skills Every Man Should Master as the theme for every section. The relationship is built up slowly, the voices are just perfect and the end result is an absolute delight.

14. Chop down a tree.
She'd been on the phone with the Brooklyn Department of City Planning on and off for three days, and the conversation she had every time was the same.

"Yes, it's a beautiful tree, it's just that it blocks my view, it's directly in the path of my door, and every bird on the block lives in it. As a paying resident, don't I get any say in what's placed directly outside my building?"

Pause. "...yes, I know, ha ha, a tree that's growing in Brooklyn."

Pause. "Yes, I love trees too. No, I'm not anti-forestation."

Pause. "No, I just want to know if something can be done about it, you overreacting, overprotective tree-hugging jackass."

They usually hung up after that.

75 Skills Barney Stinson Has Mastered, Part One
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10th-Apr-2009 12:09 pm Totally Pretend by boundbyspells (PG-13)
Fandom: How I Met Your Mother
Pairing: Barney/Lily
Rating: PG-13
Author on LJ: [ profile] boundbyspells
Author Website: Bound By Spells

Why this must be read:

While I completely believe in the one true love of Marshall/Lily, there is a part of me that is secretly drawn to the awesomeness that is Barney/Lily. Ever since the days of early S2, really. I can't help it, because they're cute and charming and Aly Hannigan has magnificent chemistry with NPH. [ profile] boundbyspells evidently felt the same, because she wrote exactly the thing that could have happened.

Sometimes, or maybe it's most of the time now, Lily thinks about what it would be like to be married to Barney. It's hard not to: she's intermittently pretending to be married to Barney, and she's supposed to be married to Marshall right now. It’s a weird thing not to be Mrs. Someone You Expected To Be. It’s even weirder to be Mrs. Not-Stinson.

Plus, she hasn’t had sex in like five months.

Totally Pretend
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4th-Apr-2009 08:40 pm The Distraction Reaction by imsanehonest (PG)
Hi. I'm [ profile] swatkat24, and I'll be your HIMYM driver for the month. Let's begin with something long(ish). *g*

Characters/Pairing: Barney/Robin, Ensemble
Genre: Humour/Romance
Rating: PG
Author on LJ: [ profile] imsanehonest
Website: Author's LJ

Why this must be read:

HIMYM is still a small fandom, with not many fics of length. This one, while not novel length, is a satisfyingly long three-parter featuring our favourite due, Barney and Robin, and the entire HIMYM crew. What's really remarkable about this story is the way she gets each and every voice right. The jokes are funny, the storyline engaging, and the payoff? One word: awesome.

Lily was a ticking time bomb of secrets.

It was inevitable. Secrets were like bright shiny things to her. Bright shiny things that made everybody happy and that had to be shared.

The only thing holding her back from exploding in a big bomb of shiny secretness this time around was the fact that this particular secret might not make everybody quite as happy as was typical.

More likely than not, they’d all just find it freakishly disturbing.

So for three days she had done her best to keep her lips zipped and mind preoccupied with other shiny secrets she could share. Like Marshall’s childhood dream to be a roller-skating waitress (he liked the skirts), Robin’s mustache, Ted’s irrational fear of drinking fountains, or the fact that Stella didn’t like Star Wars. (If Lily was a time bomb, then Marshall was a trigger-happy poacher during baby seal season.)

Anything would be better than letting everyone know that Barney Stintson was in love.

The Distraction Reaction
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30th-Jan-2009 06:30 pm VID REC: How I Met Your Mother - What I Like About You
Vidder: dollsome
Musical artist: The Romantics
Pairing: Barney/Robin
Vidder on LJ: [ profile] dollsome
Vidder's website: She's here on YouTube and here on
Why this vid kicks ass: While HIMYM fan videos are not exactly a dime a dozen, neither are they nearly as hard to find as they used to be. But, even taking that into consideration, this is still the *only* one that really made an impression on me. It's fun, flirty, a perfect song choice for the characters/pairing, and to top it off really well made too. The only thing I *don't* like about it is that there's a one-second rough spot where she cuts the song at the end, but otherwise the video is nearly flawless. It's one of those videos you can watch on repeat without getting sick of it. ;-)

What I Like About You
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30th-Jan-2009 03:11 pm Every Line Speaks the Language of Love by mardia (PG)
Fandom: How I Met Your Mother
Pairing: Ted/the mother, Marshall/Lily
Length: I'd say 5000 words, max, and that's probably a generous estimate
Author on LJ: [ profile] mardia
Author's website: I don't think so
Why this must be read: How I Met Your Mother is a sitcom. It's a sitcom that gives the occasional tug to the old heart-strings (particularly lately) but a sitcom nonetheless, and a very funny one. But what [ profile] mardia somehow, amazingly managed to do with this story is to write not just heart-tugging, but full-on heart-wrenching, heart-breaking, sob-your-heart-out ANGST for one of the funniest shows on TV today, and more incredibly, still keep it absolutely in character. All based on the simple premise: so why is Ted telling his kids this long, convoluted story, and more importantly, why are they listening to it? Aside from breaking your heart into a million pieces, she also gives the kids names, personalities, and makes them live on the page so that you ache for them as much as for the characters we know better.

excerpt )

Every Line Speaks the Language of Love
Extended Goodbyes (the sequel, which is just as awesome and even more heartbreaking)
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23rd-Jan-2009 10:23 am Leave No Man Behind by Clio (PG-13)
Fandom: How I Met Your Mother
Pairing: Barney/Robin
Length: 3000 words
Author on LJ: [ profile] jlh
Author's website: none that I can find, but here's a masterlist of fanfic
Why this must be read: Since the events of "Sandcastles in the Sand," the HIMYM fandom has been flooded with Barney/Robin fanfic, much of it not just good, but brilliant. That said, some of the real gems are still from the days before that momentous occasion, from the days when fans were still speculating cut for slight S3/S4 spoiler ). This one? Is a crown jewel.

Excerpt - but only read if you don't mind getting spoiled a little for the plot of the story *g* )

Leave No Man Behind
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17th-Jan-2009 09:24 pm Slayed in Manhattan by Ijemanja (PG-13)
Fandom: How I Met Your Mother/Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Pairing: a little Giles/Robin UST
Length: 1600 words
Author on LJ: [ profile] ijemanja
Author's Website:'s the list of all her stories on Yuletide, does that count?
Why this must be read: With Alyson Hannigan on How I Met Your Mother, one has to assume that the odd Buffy crossover was inevitable. But what wasn't inevitable was that any of them would be as well done as this one is. Not only is every single character voice--from both universes--spot on, but it flawlessly combines the very funny but very different senses of humor possessed by both shows.

Excerpt )

Slayed in Manhattan
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16th-Jan-2009 08:42 pm How I Met Your Mother - overview
Hello, all! I'm your small-fandom driver for the month (sorry for getting such a late start), here to share with you the wacky but wonderful world of (IMO) TV's funniest sitcom, How I Met Your Mother. Sorry it's so late, but RL intervened. I'm kicking myself I didn't get it up in time for Collisions yesterday, though. Ah well. :-\

About the Show )

The Characters )

The 'Ships )

The Story Thus Far )

The Catchphrases )

The Fandom )
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