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Stargate Atlantis: Wide Open Ocean, by setissma
Summary: He went home with two slices of leftover pizza and the strange impression that McKay could almost have been a nice guy, if he hadn't been an asshole. (Marine biology AU.)
Reccer's Notes: This is one of my favorite comfort reads from SGA. John's alone in the world, still a bit young, still figuring out who he is and want he wants. Enter Rodney being loud and pushy and also a marine biologist. A gentle fic, with lots of nice detail about the Shedd Aquarium and working with animals. Contains the death of a parent.
reccer:runpunkrun  creator:setissma  fandom:stargate:atlantis  length:10.000-20.000.words  pairing:john.sheppard/rodney.mckay  theme:au:complete.au  theme:bring.your.fandom.to.work  theme:comfortfic  theme:alternative.professions  theme:pre-ao3.works  theme:hurt/comfort 
8 weeks ago by fancake
Harry Potter: Dangerverse series by whydoyouneedtoknow
Summary:

Living with Danger: What if Harry Potter had not just father figures, but mother figures as well? What if he had siblings? And what about Hermione Granger, or Draco Malfoy? Would they have been different with a different family? What if Sirius Black had a girlfriend named Aletha, his fellow Beater and constant verbal sparring partner? And what if Remus Lupin, one gray March day about five months after his world fell apart, met a woman named Danger who knew things that would change his life forever?

Living without Danger: Harry Potter, Hermione Granger-Lupin, and Draco Black were raised by the surviving Marauders and their wives. They and their friends Ron Weasley and Neville Longbottom are off to Hogwarts—heaven help Hogwarts. Twisted canon, Years One and Two.

Dealing with Danger: Take two Marauders and the women who put up with them. Add eight mischievous children, two evil escapees from Azkaban, one wise Headmaster, and a dash of Dark Lord. Shake well and enjoy. Twisted canon, Years Three and Four.

Facing Danger: Weddings and funerals and babies, oh my! Despite the Second War, life goes on for the Pack and the Pride. Harry is determined to beat Voldemort. The only question is, who else will die along the way? Year Five and summer before Year Six.

Surpassing Danger: Harry Potter is Marauder-trained and Warrior-chosen. When he stands united with his Pack and Pride, evil has no chance, but Lord Voldemort is a past master of dividing and conquering… Years Six and Seven.
Reccer's Notes: This series began in 2004 and concluded in 2014; I found it in 2006, and it proceeded to define several years of my life. The series premise is, more or less, accidental baby acquisition in four different manners: inherited, stolen, born, given. The rest is, given how the different upbringings changed the central characters and their relationship dynamics, and given that the antagonists' goals haven't changed at all, how would canon play out? The answer turns out to be with a lot of adventure, a lot of drama, a lot of humor, a lot of emotional roller coaster ride, and a happy ending.

It is not as much of a canon divergence AU as it seems; part of that is because HP6 and HP7 jossed some things in the series—that said, though, she got to a particular plot point in HP7 which flatly contradicted some worldbuilding in chapters she'd already posted, and that contradiction sparked everything that filled the sixth-year-shaped hole in her outline—and part is because it's a stealth crossover. (Very stealth, if one doesn't put together certain bits in volume 5 with one of the author's AUs of this AU series.) It also requires trigger warnings in a number of places; were it on AO3, I expect it'd be under Choose Not To Warn for a lot of reasons. And while there are certainly valid complaints about the quality of the earlier parts, I prefer to say you can watch the writing quality get a decade's worth of improvement in however long it takes you to read two million words!
reccer:alexseanchai  creator:whydoyouneedtoknow  fandom:harry.potter  length:80.000&more.words  pairing:remus.lupin/ofc  pairing:sirius.black/ofc  pairing:ginny.weasley/harry.potter  pairing:hermione.granger/ron.weasley  pairing:draco.malfoy/luna.lovegood  pairing:neville.longbottom/ofc  theme:(not.really).character.death  theme:action/adventure  theme:au  theme:au:fork.in.the.road  theme:epic.works  theme:families.of.choice  theme:family  theme:kidfic  theme:kidfic:accidental.baby.acquisition  theme:kidfic:as.kids  theme:kidfic:has/with.kids  theme:mythical.creatures  theme:mythical.creatures:werewolves  theme:plotty.fic  theme:pre-ao3.works  theme:psychic.powers  theme:shapeshifting  theme:soulbonding  theme:spells&curses  theme:telepathy  theme:worldbuilding 
8 weeks ago by fancake
The X-Files: The Way Things Are by Sukie Tawdry
Summary: One night and their whole lives were changed forever.
Reccer's Notes: I got this rec from fic talk back in the day. [link: http://www.boards2go.com/boards/board.cgi?action=read&id=1171765566&user=storytime&page=7] One of the posters there called it "her guilty pleasure story." True confession time: it's mine, too. In her author's notes, Sukie Tawdry wrote, "I began to wonder, what would have happened in the first season, if instead of making Gillian Anderson wear an overcoat in July, 1013 had decided to write her pregnancy into the show."

Her premise is midway through the first season, Mulder and Scully have one night of drunken, unprotected sex, which results in Scully getting pregnant. The story that follows isn't romantic or sappy; instead, it is funny and incisive, poignant and scary. Mulder and Scully even stay in character, once you get past the drunken sex bit. The first season is the only time I thought they had a shot at a "normal" relationship, not that this is a normal relationship, exactly. Season one is my favorite, and damn it, she just nails that season one early partnership vibe, even as it's being complicated by an unexpected pregnancy.
reccer:wendelah1  creator:sukie.tawdry  fandom:x-files  pairing:dana.scully/fox.mulder  length:40.000-60.000.words  theme:kidfic:accidental.baby.acquisition  theme:au  theme:au:complete.au:other-misc  theme:comfortfic  theme:female.characters  theme:pre-ao3.works  theme:au:complete.au 
9 weeks ago by fancake
Stargate Atlantis: Inflorescence, by Anna S.
Summary: "Rodney was strafed by begonias," John said seriously. "He took a bad hit."
Reccer's Notes: Funny, sexy, and light-hearted.
reccer:runpunkrun  creator:anna_s.(eliade)  fandom:stargate:atlantis  pairing:john.sheppard/rodney.mckay  length:01.000-5.000.words  theme:sex.pollen  theme:pre-ao3.works 
10 weeks ago by fancake
Stargate Atlantis: The Writer, by suzvoy {vid}
Summary: An aspiring writer lacks inspiration until he starts a part-time job at an old movie theatre...but from obsession comes jealousy.
Reccer's Notes: A clever constructed reality vid that uses clips from Stargate Atantis as well as from other roles Joe Flanigan and David Hewlett have played to tell the story of a writer who gets too caught up in his work.
fandom:stargate:atlantis  pairing:john.sheppard/rodney.mckay  length:0-5.minutes  non-fic.recs:fanvid  creator:suzvoy  reccer:runpunkrun  theme:alternative.professions  theme:au:complete.au  theme:pre-ao3.works 
11 weeks ago by fancake
Supernatural RPF: Food Porn by likeanything
Summary: Jensen’s a neurotic sous chef and his roommate Jared’s a disgruntled chef turned blogger turned author who’s just trying to finish his book. Mostly they call each other names, and then they fall in love. And then they call each other names some more.
Reccer's Notes: About a decade ago, despite not being in either Supernatural or its attendant RPF fandom, I came to read several funny J2 AUs. This is one that has stayed with me. It's hilarious, with great characters, but also, if you are addicted to Food Network and/or a foodie who's into cooking, the descriptions of food and cooking are fantastic. Plus, hot make-outs and awkward sex, two elements I love. Jensen is divorced with a kid, who is also funny, but I thought I'd mention it in case it's an issue for anyone.
creator:likeanything  fandom:supernatural.rpf  theme:alternative.professions  reccer:ranalore  length:40.000-60.000.words  pairing:jared.padalecki/jensen.ackles  fandom:actor.rpf  theme:au  theme:au:complete.au  theme:friends.to.lovers  theme:humor  theme:au:complete.au:food.service  theme:pre-ao3.works 
july 2019 by fancake
Star Trek: T'Kay Tales by LJC
Summary: From The Terran Coyote to The Klingon K'Ortar: Tricksters of the Alpha and Beta Quadrants (Revised Expanded 4th Edition).
Reccer's Notes: In the 80s and 90s, there was a string of REALLY GREAT Star Trek: The Original Series novels published. Because Star Trek was by that time such a cultural juggernaut, there were a LOT of really talented writers just itching for the chance to write Star Trek novels. And a surprising amount of what was in those books later became canon (including Sulu and Uhura's first names). (If you're interested, I can give you a list of all the awesome ones you should totally read.)

One such awesome work was Uhura's Song, in which information provided by Uhura sends the Enterprise out on an adventure, which happens to involve a prolonged first contact involving lots of talk about folklore, and specifically trickster-figures, and Spock notes that the trickster figure on Vulcan is called T'Kay. ljc took that and wrote a really interesting ficlet, both exploring what T'Kay folklore might be like, and also what non-Vulcan academics might make of it. You don't have to know anything about the novel to enjoy this fic.
fandom:star.trek:the.original.series  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:ljc  theme:folklore&fairytales  theme:xeno/alien.biology  theme:worldbuilding  theme:outsider.pov  theme:mythical.creatures  theme:mythical.creatures:other  reccer:beatrice_otter  theme:pre-ao3.works 
april 2019 by fancake
Superman: Pinocchio, by timian
Summary: He is four years old. He feels heat on his skin. When he looks up, he sees a yellow sun. This will be his first memory.
Reccer's Notes: This is a really creepy look at Kal-El, and his adaptation to life on Earth with the Kents. If you've ever wondered why Clark is so Human--not just in looks, but in behavior and psychology--you'll never wonder again. This is the first two years of Kal-El's life on Earth--the first two years of Clark's life--packed into 500 words.
fandom:dc.universe  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:clark.kent.(superman)  length:0-1.000.words  creator:timian  theme:kidfic  theme:kidfic:as.kids  theme:xeno/alien.biology  theme:backstory  reccer:beatrice_otter  theme:pre-ao3.works 
april 2019 by fancake
The X-Files: Oil by Eodrakken Quicksilver
Summary: A possession. A nightmare. A love story. A different point of view.
Reccer's Notes: I was stumped by this theme until I remembered "Oil." This fic is disturbing and strange and original. The link is to Ratales (Alex Krycek fanfic archive) but the story is also archived at Gossamer.
fandom:x-files  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:alex.krycek  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:eodrakken_quicksilver  theme:xeno/alien.biology  reccer:wendelah1  theme:pre-ao3.works 
april 2019 by fancake
The X-Files: Fata Morgana by Julie Fortune
Summary: None provided by the author.
Reccer's Notes: The idea that Dana Scully is immortal, first advanced in "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose," and again in "Tithonus," inspired some of the very best fics in this fandom.

From a great distance, she heard Fox Mulder scream.

Dana Scully jerked awake and in the same second knew Mulder hadn't screamed, wasn't dying, his blood wasn't on her hands. Just a dream, another damned dream.

From the first line, Julie Fortune had me hooked. "Fata Morgana" begins as a crime story, then turns quickly into an X-file, but at its core, this is a portrait of Mulder and Scully's partnership: what they mean to one other and how much they each will risk for the other. It also has one of the most erotic non-sex scenes I have ever read, which I don't want to spoil by saying anything more.
fandom:x-files  pairing:dana.scully/fox.mulder  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:julie_fortune  theme:casefic  theme:female.characters  reccer:wendelah1  theme:pre-ao3.works 
april 2019 by fancake
Harry Potter: Desk Duty, by Mosylu
Summary: A librarian's job is never done . . . especially not at Hogwarts . . . and especially when a certain toadlike High Inquisitor is nosing around. This story was written prior to the release of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."
Reccer's Notes: We don't see much of Irma Pince in canon, but oh, she comes to life here! I love the description of her daily duties (Hogwarts' library being similar to, and yet quite distinct from, libraries with which we may be familiar). I love her ... discussion with Umbridge. And I love the end. Librarians FTW!
fandom:harry.potter  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:irma.pince  character:dolores.umbridge  character:fred.weasley  character:george.weasley  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:mosylu  theme:female.characters  theme:older.characters  theme:minor.characters  theme:competence  reccer:beatrice_otter  theme:pre-ao3.works 
april 2019 by fancake
The Incredibles: Fabulous
Summary: It's just Edna, darling. When are you coming to see me?
Reccer's Notes: For some reason, Edna Mode is the most popular Incredibles character for ficcing. I would never write an Edna Mode story because this one already took the gold star for awesome, and what could possibly be added? Sharp, witty, and I can hear the character speak the words.
fandom:incredibles  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:edna.mode  length:0-1.000.words  creator:alianora  theme:small.fandoms  theme:female.characters  theme:fandom.classics  theme:older.characters  reccer:beatrice_otter  theme:superpowers  theme:pre-ao3.works 
april 2019 by fancake
Stargate SG-1: Walked Right Out Of The Machinery, by rydra_wong
Summary: Stargate SG-1 season 6 AU. The one where Ba'al's Jaffa got there thirty seconds faster.

There is no "both of you," he wants to say; it doesn't work like that.
Reccer's Notes: This is an awesome, gripping story. Rydra's writing style does an excellent job of complementing the story she is telling and setting the mood, the characters are well-written, the plot is exciting, and it feels plausible, like it really could have happened this way if one thing in canon had gone differently.
fandom:stargate.sg-1  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:jack.o'neill  length:60.000-80.000.words  creator:rydra_wong  theme:novel-length.fic  theme:fandom.classics  theme:au  theme:au:fork.in.the.road  theme:interspecies.stories  theme:science.fiction  reccer:beatrice_otter  theme:pre-ao3.works 
april 2019 by fancake
Prince of Tennis: An Element to a Set by Marks
Summary: Nationals are over and the third years have left the club. Kaidoh is a singles player-- a doubles player-- confused.
Reccer's Notes: I have read this story three times in the past week and every single time the adorableness of the ending has made me coo like a lunatic. Marks captured that horrible stage of teenagerdom where you desperately want the attention of the person you like but also you'd rather die than expose yourself by asking if they like you back perfectly. Featuring such time-honored tropes as: study dates in the library, holding hands in the popcorn bucket at the movies, and running away in embarrassment after the first kiss! Ah, young love.
fandom:prince.of.tennis  pairing:inui.sadaharu/kaidou.kaoru  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:marks  theme:friends.to.lovers  theme:mutual.pining  theme:pining  theme:first.time  reccer:meretricula  theme:pre-ao3.works 
april 2019 by fancake
Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV) The Man from Yesterday by darklady
Summary:Posted in Spring 2001, this doesn't have an author prepared summary. However, recall that Napoleon and Illya are both men of the 1960s and while the show was provided with technology from the day after tomorrow and a bit post-Cold War, the chill was never that far away. Consider the possibilities of skipping about 40 years of history because of THRUSH applied technology or a weapon that wasn't...
Rec: I remembered this fic (not the title or author, but the contour of the piece) from when I read it to now. Long ago I studied Russia and the Soviet Union and this read well when I'd forgotten less. Just clear some time to read it, and maybe have some snacks and beverage handy.
fandom:man.from.u.n.c.l.e.(tv)  pairing:illya.kuryakin/napoleon.solo  length:80.000&more.words  creator:darklady  reccer:peoriapeoriawhereart  theme:pre-ao3.works 
april 2019 by fancake
Harry Potter: Contemporary Magical Innovations, by H. Granger by kaiz
Summary: The difference between History and What Really Happened.
Reccer's Notes: As with all the entries for this round, a true blast from the past! Over a decade after my first read-through, I have some very strong ethical concerns about the actual magical innovation that forms the backbone of the plot, but other than that it's still a thoroughly enjoyable read, with a slightly crack-y sense of humor that characterizes a lot of the great mid-series HP fics. (I'm not sure when exactly Contemporary Magical Innovations was first posted but the presumed canon backstory seems to diverge around Order of the Phoenix or thereabouts.) The sections of academic prose explaining the historical perspective on what is happening throughout the fic are a lot of fun, and let the story end on just the right note!
fandom:harry.potter  pairing:harry.potter/severus.snape  length:20.000-40.000.words  creator:kaiz  theme:unconventional.format&style  theme:outsider.pov  theme:future.fic  reccer:meretricula  theme:pre-ao3.works 
april 2019 by fancake
Harry Potter: Sacrifices Arc by Lightning on the Wave
Summary: AU, eventual HPDM slash, very Slytherin!Harry. Harry's twin Connor is the Boy Who Lived, and Harry is devoted to protecting him by making himself look ordinary. But certain people won't let Harry stay in the shadows...
Reccer's Notes: The Sacrifices Arc is one of those massive AUs that took over a corner of the Harry Potter fandom for years. The author put Harry in Slytherin, added a twin brother in Gryffindor, and mixed in a great deal of world building about the wizarding world outside of Hogwarts. The result is a surprisingly complex story covering all seven years of this Harry's time at Hogwarts, starting with the fic titled Saving Connor.
fandom:harry.potter  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  pairing:draco.malfoy/harry.potter  character:harry.potter  character:draco.malfoy  character:severus.snape  character:albus.dumbledore  length:80.000&more.words  creator:lightning_on_the_wave  theme:epic.works  reccer:mommy  theme:pre-ao3.works 
april 2019 by fancake
The X-Files: Instructions by tree
Summary: Lately, she’d begun a ritual. In every new town she pocketed some small item: a pebble, a leaf. Each one was a memory.
Reccer's Notes: This story blew me away. "Instructions" is a series of eighteen vignettes, structured around lyrics by Veda Hille, which tell the story of their relationship. The first vignette takes place not long after the season nine finale, "The Truth"; the final section takes place during a key scene from the pilot episode. Her use of language is simply beautiful--lyrical but not at the expense of meaning. It is told from Scully's POV but the fic has has strong, well-conceived characterizations of both Mulder and Scully. The link is to AO3; however, it was first posted to Gossamer and LiveJournal. I highly recommend everything tree has written.
fandom:x-files  pairing:dana.scully/fox.mulder  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:tree  theme:female.characters  theme:unconventional.format&style  theme:friends.to.lovers  reccer:wendelah1  theme:pre-ao3.works 
april 2019 by fancake
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Fannon Fodder by Bellatemple
Summary: Xander has been chosen as a champion in the Masters of the Multi-verse competition. This is not a good thing.
Reccer's Notes: : Pure comedy gold spun from a million pop culture references and more meta than you can shake a stick at.
fandom:buffy.the.vampire.slayer  fandom:alias  fandom:my.little.pony  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:xander.harris  character:willow.rosenberg  character:eric.weiss  character:honeysuckle  length:20.000-40.000.words  creator:bellatemple  theme:crossovers&fusions  reccer:redrikki  theme:pre-ao3.works 
april 2019 by fancake
Avatar the Last Airbender: Push and Pull by Suzukiblu
Summary: Thanks to a strange set of circumstances, Zuko ends up getting raised in the Southern Water Tribe and everything is very different.
Reccer's Notes: This is less a single story and more a collection of prompt responses set in the same alternate universe. The author actually has several different Avatar AUs that were all written this way and I highly recommend all of them. This was just her first. Sadly, none of them have made it to AO3, but their all on her livejournal and she has story master posts for each of them which set them up in order.
fandom:avatar:the.last.airbender  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:sokka  character:zuko  character:aang  character:katara  character:hakkoda  character:kya  character:mei  character:lu.ten  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:suzukiblu  reccer:redrikki  theme:pre-ao3.works 
april 2019 by fancake
Stargate Atlantis: An Aesthetic Solitary Thing, by eliade
Summary: When Rodney starts exhibiting strange symptoms, Dr. Beckett discovers something odd about his genetic makeup. Now Rodney must find a mate — before his alien side chooses for him.
Reccer's Notes: Just in case that summary is making you suspicious, this was written for a Badfic Summary ficathon, but eliade took something that could have been ridiculous and made it beautiful. Contains a hint of dub-con, followed by explicit consent.
fandom:stargate:atlantis  pairing:john.sheppard/rodney.mckay  length:05.000-10.000.words  theme:secret.identities  theme:secret.identity.reveal  theme:interspecies.pairings  theme:interspecies.stories  reccer:runpunkrun  theme:pre-ao3.works  creator:anna_s.(eliade) 
march 2019 by fancake
SGA: Freedom's Just Another Word For Nothing Left To Lose, by Synecdochic
Summary: Because the meaning of life is "do the next thing", and we all carry the seeds of the past into our future. Futurefic, Rodney-centric.
Reccer's Notes: A lovely fic about finding a new way to live after you lose everything you care about. synecdochic really captured Rodney's voice, but with an interesting take on how he might grow and change after all the things he experienced in Atlantis.
fandom:stargate:atlantis  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:rodney.mckay  length:20.000-40.000.words  creator:synecdochic  theme:fandom.classics  theme:future.fic  theme:au  theme:au:fork.in.the.road  reccer:beatrice_otter  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
Voyager: Talking Stick/Circle by Macedon and Peg
Summary: Chakotay and Tuvok develop a tentative friendship, set against the backdrop of a storytelling group which has grown up spontaneously on Voyager. As Kathryn Janeway tries to adjust to the changes if Voyager created by the presence of the story telling circle, she also tries to deal with her own beliefs about the nature of command... and to help Tom Paris through a rough spot in his own life.
Reccer's Notes: A remarkable "braided novel" of 8 stories and novellas. Too sprawling (in the grand sense) in scale and reach to reduce to a mere synopsis; let us just say that this is what Voyager could have been if TPTB had been willing to seriously deal with the implications of two enemy crews depending on one another, far from home, in a dangerous quadrant. With gripping plots and wonderful characterizations, Macedon and Peg tackled issues of faith, community, alienation and belonging, honest conflict between Maquis and Starfleet, and the realities of life far from home and safety, and all with discretion and grace. This series really explores what life and community are like on board Voyager in a way few fics do, making it into a community that feels real and has depth to it.
fandom:star.trek:voyager  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  length:80.000&more.words  creator:macedon  creator:peg  theme:worldbuilding  theme:fandom.classics  theme:au  theme:old.fandoms  reccer:beatrice_otter  theme:au:fork.in.the.road  theme:pre-ao3.works  theme:teams 
march 2019 by fancake
Harry Potter: Aorist Subjunctive, by Minisinoo
Summary: Harry used a Time-turner to change his past. Cedric lived. Other key figures didn't. How can Harry and the Order fight Voldemort now?
Reccer's Notes: Minisinoo was a great writer who has sadly retired from fandom. Many of their fics are up at their fanfiction.net page, but not all; some are only found at their website, the Medicine Wheel. (Thank God for the Wayback Machine!) In Harry Potter fandom, they were known for their excellent Cedric fics, both slash and het. Today I'm reccing their Aorist Subjunctive series, where Harry uses a time turner to go back and save Cedric, which has massive consequences for the timeline. You really should read all their stories, but this one in particular is a favorite of mine.
fandom:harry.potter  pairing:cedric.diggory/harry.potter  length:80.000&more.words  creator:minisinoo  theme:creator.recs  theme:time.travel  theme:time.travel.fix-it  theme:fix-it  theme:au  theme:au:fork.in.the.road  theme:novel-length.fic  theme:epic.works  theme:old.fandoms  theme:minor.characters  theme:first.time  reccer:beatrice_otter  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
Supernatural/American Gods: Dust in the Wind by lyra_wing
Summary: Outwardly, Sam and Dean were the same as ever. But since they killed the demon, they had been changing in small, almost unnoticeable, ways.
Reccer's Notes: Some crossovers are just right, you know? Early Supernatural and bookverse American Gods feel so close together, it just makes sense that someone would take it in this direction. I love the structure of this story, with the hunters who have idolized (deified?) Sam and Dean serving as a frame.
fandom:supernatural  fandom:american.gods  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:dean.winchester  character:sam.winchester  character:shadow.moon  character:mr.nancy  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:lyra__wing  theme:crossovers&fusions  theme:book.fandoms  theme:future.fic  theme:mythical.creatures  theme:mythical.creatures:gods&devil  reccer:meretricula  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
The X-Files: Ceremony by Darwin
Summary: What’s left when words fail?
Reccer's Notes: I first heard of "Ceremony" in 2007 via the Fic Talk message board, which was a readers' community to discuss X-Files fanfic. "Ceremony" was posted for discussion as a "one-hit wonder," which wasn't quite fair since the author had written two other fine stories back in the day. You can find them at Gossamer. About a year ago, having returned to the X-Files fandom during the revival, Darwin created an account at Archive of Our Own. And look: She's written more fanfic, too.

"Ceremony" portrays the emotional fall-out from the seventh season episode, "Orison," in a realistic and moving way. (I say "moving" but in point of fact, I was reduced to tears the first time I read it.) However, what is most memorable to me about the fic is its depiction of adult sexuality as both carnal and transcendent.
fandom:x-files  pairing:dana.scully/fox.mulder  length:05.000-10.000.words  creator:darwin_xf  reccer:wendelah1  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
Prince of Tennis: Playing Favorites by aaincognito
Summary: Inui has managed to make Tezuka rather displeased with him, and so is given the job of keeping Momoshiro and Kaidoh from killing each other for a day.
Reccer's Notes: CUTE CUTE CUTE. I read this fic so many times in high school, I had it printed out in my Latin binder (in very small font) just in case the mood should strike me in class. It's an absolutely adorable snapshot of Inui and Kaidou (doubles partners originally through necessity and now maybe something more) teetering on the verge of confessing they like each other while dealing with their annoying teammates.
fandom:prince.of.tennis  pairing:inui.sadaharu/kaidou.kaoru  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:aaincognito  theme:comfortfic  reccer:meretricula  theme:pre-ao3.works  theme:teams 
march 2019 by fancake
Harry Potter: Blood Magic, by gatewaygirl
Summary: Blood magic was supposed to keep Harry safe, but his relatives are expendable. Blood magic was supposed to keep Harry looking like his adoptive father, but it's wearing off. Blood is a bond, but so is the memory of hate -- or love.
Reccer's Notes: This is a Severitus story, and the best I know of. Severitus stories are those in which Snape is actually Harry's father. This one does an excellent job of building a realistic, in-character relationship between the two of them, building from where they were at Harry's sixteenth birthday when Harry and Snape find out their true relationship. Very well done and fun to read.
fandom:harry.potter  pairing:harry.potter/hermione.granger  character:severus.snape  character:ron.weasley  character:draco.malfoy  length:80.000&more.words  creator:gatewaygirl  theme:novel-length.fic  theme:epic.works  theme:au  theme:au:complete.au  theme:au:complete.au:other-misc  theme:family  reccer:beatrice_otter  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
Jeeves/Peter Wimsey: Green Ice, by Adina
Summary: Bertie Wooster has an unfornate reputation for pinching things--necklaces, amber statuettes, umbrellas--a reputation that becomes dashedly awkward when Lord Attenbury's emeralds go missing. Fortunately his old friend Flim is on hand to straighten things out. Crossover between P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster and Dorothy Sayers Lord Peter Wimsey.
Reccer's Notes: Adina deftly melds the two sources, both in tone (Wimsey is usually darker than the light-hearted Wooster) and style of story (girls looking for husbands, imperious aunts, and light-hearted capers of Wooster's world populate the more serious crime of Wimsey's). Adina's story also provides the best reason I've seen for why Bertie Wooster never mentions World War I in any of his stories, despite being of the generation to have fought in the trenches.
fandom:jeeves&wooster  fandom:lord.peter.wimsey  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:reginald.jeeves  character:bertram.wooster  character:peter.wimsey  character:mervyn.bunter  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:adina  theme:casefic  theme:crossovers&fusions  theme:amnesia  reccer:beatrice_otter  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
Batman: Aspire to Touch the Sky, by Betty
Summary: The residents of the Blüdhaven retirement home didn't care that their rescuer came from an age of myth; they were just glad she was able to reach the fourth floor where the firemen could not. But when she flew through the smoke with Mrs. Kelly in her arms, the cameras were waiting. With the dramatic arrival of Diana, who some are calling "Wonder Woman," the island of Themyscira rejoined the modern world. Talks between the Amazon Nation and Washington in the last week have been kept quiet, but a source close to the White House suggests a surprising announcement may be forthcoming--
Reccer's Notes: This is an AU take on how Diana came to Man's World, and why. I love how well everyone is written; even though the relationships are different, they all sound like themselves. Bruce is the professional paranoid that we all know and love (and seeing him through the eyes of a Diana who doesn't know he's Batman brings an unexpected dimension to the story and to both their characters). Diana is strong, determined, and while she doesn't know enough about Man's World to pick up on all the undercurrents, she's a canny operator in her own right who accomplishes her goals with flair and directness. I love the ending!
fandom:dc.universe  pairing:bruce.wayne/diana.prince  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:brown_betty  theme:marriage  theme:marriage.of.convenience  theme:female.characters  theme:secret.identities  theme:superpowers  reccer:beatrice_otter  theme:pre-ao3.works  theme:teams 
march 2019 by fancake
The X-Files: Letters Lost in the Fire by onpaperfirst
Summary: Since none was provided by the author, here's the opening for you to sample:
"This came across my desk."

He was so full of shit sometimes.

From the Philadelphia field office, from Billings, Montana, or Cedar Rapids, Iowa, from a detective in Albany who went to school with Reggie Purdue. "I'm a popular guy," he would say with a self-deprecating shrug, fidget with the knot of his tie. Flash her a smile. He was a go-getter, you had to give him that.

If she were her friend, she would've told herself to run far, far away from him a long, long time ago. That’s the kind of friend she was, back when she had friends.

She wouldn't usually have let him talk her into this. No, wait. For one thing, that makes it sound exciting, and it isn't. And it also isn’t true. He'd somehow managed to talk her right into her mid-thirties without blinking. But it's the weekend, for one, and this also is not currently her job. Or his. She supposes Mulder is her job in a larger, cosmic sense, but that idea doesn’t bear thinking about for too long.

Reccer's Notes: Written in 2008 (during the fandom's mini-renaissance before The X-Files second movie), "Letters Lost in the Fire" was one of onpaperfirst's first posted fics. Although it never got the accolades of her later, shippier fic, I think it's one of her best and most original. As much as I love this fic, it fit none of the previous fancake themes, so I'm happy to get the chance to rec it this round.

The story is set early in the sixth season, before Mulder and Scully get the X-files back. To my ear, her characters sound just like the Mulder and Scully from the show I adored, bought on DVD, and have watched obsessively ever since, but with a fresh interpretation. Yes, Mulder wants to go off and investigate X-Files off the books, but through negotiation, Scully is a full participant, not merely his reluctant side-kick. I like that. A lot. This writer is great at the small details that make a story come alive. Although onpaperfirst has an AO3 account (yay!), this fic has never been cross-posted (why?), hence the link to LJ. Go read everything she's written. She's excellent.
fandom:x-files  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:fox.mulder  character:dana.scully  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:onpaperfirst  reccer:wendelah1  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
The X-Files: Iolokus series by Rivkat and MustangSally
Summary: Painted across the barren and desolate reaches of Texas, the shadows of the Project put additional pressure on Scully and Mulder's already fragile relationship. After a hostage crisis raises more questions about the Project's breeding program, Scully begins her own investigation, leaving Mulder to choose between saving her and saving himself. Finally, the investigation leads to tragedy and Mulder and Scully find that more questions have been asked than answered.

The title reference was to an island mentioned in Medea, to which we turned for fairly obvious reasons.

Take the warning seriously: extreme violence, including the death of children.
Reccer's Notes: I've been reccing fic on and off at fancake since February 2012. This means that many of the classic stories I love most dearly have already been recced, in some cases more than once. So for this challenge, I decided there would be no reruns.

Looking through the recs I posted previously, I was shocked by my omission of "Iolokus" by Rivkat and MustangSally. Since it was first posted in 1998, "Iolokus" has been recced/discussed/dissected everywhere else in fandom. Of course, it has its own page at Fanlore. Of course we discussed it at xf_book_club back in the day. Someone even made a trailer for it and posted it to YouTube.

"Iolokus" (Watch on YouTube)

I have finished my fourth reread of the entire series and it still works for me, as an enthralling, complex, genre-busting novel, and as a feminist critique of The X-Files itself.
fandom:x-files  pairing:dana.scully/fox.mulder  length:80.000&more.words  creator:rivkat  theme:novel-length.fic  theme:epic.works  theme:female.characters  theme:fandom.classics  theme:established.relationship  theme:established.relationship.with.plot  theme:kidfic  theme:kidfic:has/with.kids  reccer:wendelah1  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
Lord of the Rings: Rider of the Mark by ZeesMuse
Summary: What's a HorseLord to do when his King and his best friend decide he needs more than a horse to keep him company? And nooooo... running off to hide in Mordor is NOT an option!
Reccer's Notes: The facetious summary is from the fic's entry, but the story contains strong characterization of Gamling and the folk in his life. Gamling's honor deserves a place on the list of characters, too, and this long read is worth the time. The author creates her Riderverse with aplomb, a grand sense of fun and romance galore, plus there's action. It's a good example of how a fandom grabs hold of one by the, er, culet, to let inspiration flow.
fandom:lord.of.the.rings  pairing:gamling/oc  length:80.000&more.words  creator:zeesmuse  theme:action/adventure  theme:minor.characters  reccer:pronker  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: In the Living Season, by Jen
Summary: 100-word snapshots of love, longing, loss, and hope.
Reccer's Notes: I love love love this drabble series about Spike and the Scoobies during the Long Sad Summer after S5. Jen's language is careful and spare and exactly right and whoa, heartbreaking, and her characterization is pretty much perfect.
fandom:buffy.the.vampire.slayer  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:spike  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:jen_nsync__landl  reccer:snickfic  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Shadow Though It Be by linman
Summary: A young academic's travels take her across dimensional lines to Sunnydale, where she and the Scooby gang must work against time to return her to her own world before she upsets the balance of the story. Set during S5; references to S6 and S7.
Reccer's Notes: Elisabeth is a deliberate self-insert, and she is DELIGHTFUL. The portal-fantasy and meta-fictional aspects of this story are both great, and I greatly enjoyed all the characters.
fandom:buffy.the.vampire.slayer  pairing:rupert.giles/ofc  length:80.000&more.words  creator:linman  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Radiance by Kalima
Summary: “Angels are terrible things, my Spike. Demons of the light they are, with steel tipped pinions and hair like candyfloss that cuts your tongue to ribbons. They’ll come for us all one day, them with their sharp bones and huge willies.” Can a vampire be dragged, kicking and screaming into the light? We’ll see. Spike’s a complicated guy, isn’t he?
Reccer's Notes: This is the fic previously titled Daemons Luminati. It's angsty and weird and has perfect character voices. One of the classics in the fandom, IMO.
fandom:buffy.the.vampire.slayer  pairing:buffy.summers/spike  length:20.000-40.000.words  creator:kalima  reccer:snickfic  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: In League with Serpents by WeyrWolfen
Summary: When Spike wins something unexpected over a game of cards, he ends up with a most unlikely crypt-mate and a mission to help a newly resurrected Buffy. With an empathic serpent setting up shop in his head, a scheming warlock on his tail, and a bothersome change in his relationship with the Scoobies, Spike finds himself in the position to save the slayer he loves, the world, and maybe himself in the offing.
Reccer's Notes: AKA the S6 AU where Spike acquires a fire lizard. This story is plotty, full of neat worldbuilding, and is a gentler yet still emotionally complicated take on S6. It was written late enough that I think a lot of people were already out of the fandom, but it remains one of my favorite longform Buffy fics. The sequel, Feathers and Forked Tongues, is also delightful.
fandom:buffy.the.vampire.slayer  pairing:buffy.summers/spike  length:60.000-80.000.words  creator:weyrwolfen  reccer:snickfic  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Intervention Spaiku by mere_ubu
Summary: BtVS episode 5.18 Intervention, in haiku
Reccer's Notes: mere_ubu wrote haiku about Spike for a number of episodes and themes, but this complete recap of the episode Intervention is probably my favorite. She manages to convey so much in so few words.
fandom:buffy.the.vampire.slayer  pairing:buffy.summers/spike  length:0-1.000.words  creator:mere_ubu  non-fic.recs:poetry  reccer:snickfic  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Kindred Spirits by nwhepcat
Summary: A wildly inappropriate crush, twenty-year-old Dawn thinks, is the perfect minor distraction from her studies. Safe, easily contained. But she doesn't know who she's dealing with . and neither, it turns out, does he.
Reccer's Notes: So yes, this has Dawn/Ethan, and also intimacy and sexiness and magic. It's also a coming of age fic about Dawn, her origins, and her future than about her relationship with Ethan. Hep takes the ill-fitting pieces of the Buffyverse worldbuilding and builds something much richer and stranger out of them. This fic absolutely blew my socks off.
fandom:buffy.the.vampire.slayer  pairing:dawn.summers/ethan.rayne  length:60.000-80.000.words  creator:nwhepcat  reccer:snickfic  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
Prince of Tennis: Lust by trixiechick
Summary: Tezuka has a secret that could destroy him... and Fuji.
Reccer's Notes: I read a lot of Tenipuri fanfic in high school, most of which was, in retrospect, total garbage (as befits a canon that is as objectively garbage as Prince of Tennis, tbh), but I've always remembered trixiechick's vampire AU fondly, and I was pleasantly surprised when I reread it on a whim a couple years ago to realize it's actually a delightful and well-written mish-mash of vampiric anguish and high school mutual pining. Should you read this fic if you hate vampires and/or high school settings? No, absolutely not. But if you enjoy either of those things, it is delicious trope city. I was really upset to come back and find that the website was down and trixiechick had never uploaded her Prince of Tennis fic to the AO3, but thankfully the Wayback Machine was here for me in my time of need!
fandom:prince.of.tennis  pairing:fuji.syuusuke/tezuka.kunimitsu  length:40.000-60.000.words  creator:trixiechick  theme:mythical.creatures  theme:mythical.creatures:vampires  theme:au  theme:au:complete.au  theme:au:complete.au:vampires  reccer:meretricula  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
Batman Beyond: Come build in the empty house, by Liviapenn
Summary: "The difference between you and me is, I'm not you." Bruce and Terry cope, after the end of "Return of the Joker."
Reccer's Notes: There's so much to love about this fic. There's the way Liviapenn has perfectly captured all the character voices. There's the mini-adventure on patrol that might have come straight out of an episode. But most of all, there is a Bruce finally dealing with some of his issues. Not all at once, not suddenly becoming a different person with them, but facing a little bit of the things he has kept himself from thinking about.
fandom:batman.beyond  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:terry.mcginnis  character:bruce.wayne.(batman)  character:tim.drake  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:liviapenn  theme:secret.identities  theme:old.fandoms  theme:older.characters  reccer:beatrice_otter  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
Batman: Able to Succeed, by Betty
Summary: "Assume success," says Bruce unencouragingly. "Describe how it's achieved."
Reccer's Notes: Betty has been one of my favorite DC fic authors for a long time, and this fic is why. She has the characters down cold. In this fic, Bruce is training Tim to be Robin. But it's not about the physical stuff, it's about the mental stuff. It's about strategy. Because of course, Bruce isn't a top-level hero because of his physical prowess; he (and all his robins) are standard humans, not metas. The reason they succeed so often is not their bodies but their brains, and this is how they get that way. And I love the ending.
fandom:dc.universe  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:tim.drake  character:bruce.wayne.(batman)  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:betty  theme:competence  reccer:beatrice_otter  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
Babylon 5: Deceptions, by eye-of-a-cat
Summary: He was a child the first time he saw a war cruiser. He remembers clinging to his teacher's robes, a fistful of gold cloth keeping him anchored and safe, but he remembers the ship itself better. Blue on white, all arcs and smooth, soaring curves, as though it was sculpted out of crystal, as though it was some rare and graceful bird wheeling round above them. Even then, of course, he knew what it really was, but faced with its beauty the knowledge thinned away like smoke.
Reccer's Notes: This piece is short, but packs a lot of character exploration into itself. I love the way the author captures Lennier, and all the things Lennier can't admit to himself about Delenn.
fandom:babylon.5  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:lennier  character:delenn  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:eye_of_a_cat  theme:old.fandoms  reccer:beatrice_otter  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
Lord of the Rings: The Official Fanfiction University of Middleearth by MissCam
Summary: What's a fanfic author to do when offered free tuition at such a university? We all know.
Reccer's Notes: A prime example of crack!fic that is in turns endearing and involving, too.
fandom:lord.of.the.rings  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  length:60.000-80.000.words  creator:misscam  theme:humor  reccer:pronker  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
Torchwood: Pocket Watch Boy, by mhalachai
Summary: Ianto Jones is a very different sort of boy. (wee!Time Lord!Ianto)
Reccer's Notes: In Doctor Who canon, Time Lords can put their consciousness into a pocket watch and make themselves human without remembering that they are not. In Torchwood canon, Ianto Jones has a pocket watch he is very fond of. You can see where fandom would go with this, I hope. I know of two fics where Ianto is a pocketwatched Time Lord, and both are excellent. This one really leans into what difference it would have made for Ianto, and what that difference would then mean for Torchwood.
fandom:torchwood  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:ianto.jones  character:jack.harkness  length:20.000-40.000.words  theme:au  theme:au:complete.au  theme:au:complete.au:other-misc  theme:science.fiction  theme:superpowers  theme:secret.identities  reccer:beatrice_otter  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
SG-1: Unsuspecting Universe, by Seldear (Tielan)
Summary: Two teammates alive, seven Jaffa dead. And one Captain Samantha Carter with a junked up weapon, and a glitter in her eye that boded badly for the universe.
Reccer's Notes: I first started following Seldear (now tielan) in SG-1 fandom, because she wrote amazing Sam Carter fics. And followed her into Atlantis, where she wrote amazing Teyla fics. (You can always count on tielan for well-written female characters.) Here's one of my favorites, a little gem of Sam Carter goodness that could have come straight out of an episode.
fandom:stargate.sg-1  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:sam.carter  character:jack.o'neill  length:0-1.000.words  creator:tielan  theme:female.characters  theme:competence  theme:action/adventure  reccer:beatrice_otter  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
SG-1: Perchance to Dream, by minxy
Summary: When Teal’c started to dream, he believed he was hallucinating again.
Reccer's Notes: This little gem is an interesting meditation on what it was like for Teal'c to be on tretonin, without a symbiote, and thus become a little more like a human and a little less like a Jaffa. It's also a beautiful example of Teal'c and Sam's friendship.
fandom:stargate.sg-1  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:sam.carter  character:teal'c  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:minxy  theme:characters.of.color  reccer:beatrice_otter  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
due South: "Hawks and Hands" by Dira Sudis
Summary: Eighteen sex scenes strung together with angst and hockey.
Reccer's Notes: This is such a classic of the (pick several) fandom, genre, form that I never totally know what to say when introducing it to new readers, so—I guess I'll start from the basics. This is a due South AU in which Fraser and Kowalski are professional hockey players, and fourteen years later, you can find its fingerprints all over both due South fanworks and hockey RPF. It's also extensively footnoted for the new-to-hockey: I recently had occasion to introduce my partner to it to help her cement a beginner's introduction to hockey as a sport. I am not joking about this even a little bit. It helps that it's worth a read even if you care about hockey not at all: "Hawks and Hands" is also just a very long, very meaty and satisfying read, and one of those stories that you'll find yourself coming back to over and over, for the trip it takes you on down-down-down into some very dark places, and then back up again.
fandom:due.south  pairing:benton.fraser/ray.kowalski  length:80.000&more.words  creator:dira_sudis  theme:au  theme:au:complete.au  theme:au:complete.au:sports  reccer:greywash  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
Smallville: While the Tempest Hurled, by RivkaT
Summary: No pair of kings our mothers bore.
Reccer's Notes: In this AU, a Kryptonian military ship survived the destruction of Krypton and arrived on Earth during the first couple of seasons of the show. They decided to colonize the planet, and Clark was not given a choice about joining them. Lex, meanwhile, headed up the resistance. Really gripping story.
fandom:smallville  pairing:clark.kent/lex.luthor  character:chloe.sullivan  length:20.000-40.000.words  creator:rivkat  theme:apocalypse&dystopia  theme:superpowers  theme:old.fandoms  theme:au  theme:au:fork.in.the.road  reccer:beatrice_otter  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
DS9: Ghost in the Machine, by bagheera-san
Summary: Vic is part of the casino, or maybe the casino is part of him. In any case it defines him. You could remove Vic Fontaine from the casino, but not the casino from Vic Fontaine. But Vic is not frozen in time. History can touch him and change him, because he has become aware of himself.
Reccer's Notes: One of the interesting bits of Star Trek worldbuilding is the question of computer programs, holograms, sentience, and rights. This story explores that in a really interesting way. It's a great character study of Vic, and also interesting meta on identity and what's really important in life.
fandom:star.trek:deep.space.nine  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:vic.fontaine  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:bagheera  theme:minor.characters  reccer:beatrice_otter  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
Stargate Atlantis: Hail Mary, by perryvic and Zaganthi (Caffiends)
Summary: Thera. Thera with her sharp wit and mercurial moods who worried about him, but did not smother him. Who made him laugh when no others could; demanding and undemanding at the same time. Needing him, wanting him and bridging the gap in his life he had thought impossible for anyone to cross. Who was everything worth saving, worth living for...

And he hadn't saved her. At the end he hadn't saved her.

John was pretty sure that was why he was going crazy. Gone crazy maybe.
Reccer's Notes: I love the worldbuilding on this one, and to say more would give too many spoilers.
fandom:stargate:atlantis  pairing:john.sheppard/rodney.mckay  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:perryvic  creator:zaganthi.(caffiends)  theme:worldbuilding  reccer:beatrice_otter  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
Mr. & Mrs. Smith: Baby, Cool Your Jets by charmax
Summary: This is pretty much a summary of the film - action with a bit of mild sex thrown in for good measure. Basically it's a look at John and Jane's dysfunctional but hot relationship.
Reccer's Notes: It's incredible to think about the advances in vidding technology that have happened since the early 2000s and then look back at what charmax was putting out ten, fifteen years ago. The artistry, the musicality, the flow -- newer stuff has higher resolution but the craft is already there, and it's gorgeous. The thesis of this vid is really simple but it's so visually appealing! The best action vids are like dance, and the movement here is choreographed perfectly to the song.
fandom:mr&mrs.smith  pairing:jane.smith/john.smith  non-fic.recs:fanvid  creator:charmax  theme:action/adventure  theme:battle.couple  theme:secret.identities  reccer:meretricula  length:0-5.minutes  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
Star Wars: Good Fertilizer, by Jane Jinn
Summary: What happens to those who are raised in the Jedi Temple, but aren't picked to become padawans?
Reccer's Notes: The prequels established that people entered the Jedi Order as very small children, and the now-de-canonized Jedi Apprentice books said that anyone who wasn't claimed as a padawan by the age of 13 was removed from the Order and sent into the Service Corps, mostly to become farmers. Which caused a lot of brows to raise among fans, because why? Jane Jinn takes that concept and does some lovely worldbuilding with it.
fandom:star.wars  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:original.character(s)  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:jane_jinn  theme:worldbuilding  reccer:beatrice_otter  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
Stargate Atlantis: Uncanny Valley, by Sarah T
Summary: "Real isn't how you are made. It's a thing that happens to you."
Reccer's Notes: Back in the day, Atlantis fans occasionally noted that the character of John Sheppard was, shall we say, loosely defined. Besides the charm and witty banter, he was a very lightly-sketched chameleon that adapted to just about any situation the show came up with. Several really good fics took that premise and ran with it, coming up with various explanations for it. This is one of my favorites.
fandom:stargate:atlantis  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:rodney.mckay  character:john.sheppard  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:saraht  theme:au  theme:au:complete.au  theme:au:complete.au:other-misc  theme:families.of.choice  reccer:beatrice_otter  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
X-Men/Superman: The Phoenix Alternative, by Katt
Summary: In the year 2006, the Phoenix killed hundreds, outed mutants fought over thier rights, Superman returned to Earth, and Lex Luthor created New Krypton. Then Richard White started having hallucinations.
Reccer's Notes: This is a classic crossover type that you don't see as much of these days, which takes advantage of an actor appearing in two different franchises. In this case, James Marsden played Scott Summers in X-Men and Richard White in Superman Returns. Katt took that fact, did some interesting worldbuilding, and wrote a great series.

BTW, if you are interested in reading more from Katt, not all their fic is at AO3. Much of the older stuff is still available only on their website.
fandom:x-men.movies  fandom:superman.returns  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:richard.white  character:scott.summers  length:20.000-40.000.words  creator:xenokattz  theme:crossovers&fusions  theme:telepathy  theme:superpowers  theme:old.fandoms  theme:kidfic  theme:kidfic:has/with.kids  theme:family  reccer:beatrice_otter  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
Stargate Atlantis: A Beautiful Lifetime Event, by astolat
Summary: Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans.
Reccer's Notes: This was one of the first stories I read in this fandom, and it's a great introduction because it showcases the pure crack that Stargate Atlantis runs on. John and Rodney accidentally make a baby in an Ancient incubator. Fact: A good two-thirds of SGA fic can be summarized by filling in the blanks: (Character(s)) accidentally (verb phrase) when exposed to an Ancient (thing). So this story prepares you for that by shoving the baby machine premise right in your face and not giving you time to run away. The writing sucks you in, and the John/Rodney relationship keeps you there; it's a long, slow romance, the kind where they love each other first, and figure out the sex later. Atlantis feels like a real community, with people and kids and lizards that spit. It's just a great story, and one I frequently return to when I need some comfort.
fandom:stargate:atlantis  pairing:john.sheppard/rodney.mckay  length:20.000-40.000.words  theme:fandom.classics  theme:comfortfic  theme:kidfic  theme:kidfic:has/with.kids  reccer:runpunkrun  theme:pre-ao3.works  creator:astolat.(shalott) 
march 2019 by fancake
SG-1: Five AUs in which Teal'c was raised on earth, by Paian
Summary: what it says on the tin
Reccer's Notes: I'd love to read more about any of these AUs, especially the last one. Each is interesting to contemplate, and we get just a taste of what might have been. Some are much worse than canon; some are better.
fandom:stargate.sg-1  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:teal'c  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:paian  theme:characters.of.color  theme:(five).things  theme:au  theme:au:fork.in.the.road  reccer:beatrice_otter  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
DS9/Buffy: Omphalos, by Marcus Rowland
Summary: A Key comes out of the Wormhole. Then things get weird...
Reccer's Notes: Marcus Rowland is really good at writing crossovers, and the method and worldbuilding he uses in this story to bridge the two universes is really interesting and unique. And I love this take on Dawn and what it means to be the Key.
fandom:star.trek:deep.space.nine  fandom:buffy.the.vampire.slayer  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:dawn.summers  character:benjamin.sisko  character:ezri.dax  character:julian.bashir  length:20.000-40.000.words  creator:maracusrowland  theme:crossovers&fusions  theme:old.fandoms  theme:parallel.universes&dimension.travel  theme:worldbuilding  reccer:beatrice_otter  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
Lord of the Rings: Legolas Shall Be For The Elves by Teanna
Summary: Powerful Elf Lord Glorfindel saves Frodo at the Ford, so why didn't he go with the Fellowship? Hobbits, Legolas and Elrond's best piepan had something to do with it...
Reccer's Notes: This pieces is just fun. It's not long, but it fills in an unexplored corner of the story, and it's a delight to read.
fandom:lord.of.the.rings  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:legolas  character:elrond  character:meriadoc.brandybuck  character:peregrin.took  character:glorfindel  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:teanna  theme:humor  theme:book.fandoms  reccer:beatrice_otter  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
BtVS, Star Trek TNG: Legend by ShayneT
Summary: Trapped by an alien collector, Lieutenant Commander Data discovers an early 21st century android excavated from the ruins of Sunnydale and a capsule containing the frozen body of one of the Eugenic wars most notorious figures...Buffy Summers.
Reccer's Notes: So technically this one was posted in 2011 and so is under 10 years old, but I'm counting it since it's sadly not on the creator's AO3 account. This fic is, without a doubt, the best crossover I've read. It beautifully blends the Buffyverse with the world of TNG and oh, the characters! Everyone is on point. No off-brand Buffys for this fic! Plus we get to see far-future Spike and seeing our vamps many years in the future is one of my favorite tropes in Buffyverse fanfic. Also, this really reads like a novel. The central conflict is solid, it's got great action, and a satisfying resoltion that plays fairly with the rules of both universes and the crossover that's been established. Plus, while it is gen, there are some nice little hints at Spike/Buffy, if I remember correctly. Not to mention the Buffybot/Data relationship it creates, which is just really sweet.

This story also has a special place in my heart because it was at the top of the first ever rec-list that I dug up when I was asking: "Fanfic, that's a thing right? I wonder if any of it's any good..." I had no idea what I was getting into.
fandom:buffy.the.vampire.slayer  fandom:star.trek:the.next.generation  character:buffy.summers  character:data  character:buffybot  character:spike.(buffy)  pairing:buffybot/data  pairing:buffy.summers/spike  length:80.000&more.words  creator:shaynet  theme:crossovers&fusions  reccer:thewiggins  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
Smallville: Wine, a Constant Proof, by LastScorpion
Summary: Lex didn't drink anymore.
Reccer's Notes: Smallville fandom had a lot of fics about Lex and Clark somehow reconciling after whatever rift would turn the two friends into enemies. This involved both predicting what would ultimately cause the rift, and then solving it. This is an interesting take on it.
fandom:smallville  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:lex.luthor  character:clark.kent.(superman)  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:lastscorpion  theme:old.fandoms  theme:au  theme:au:fork.in.the.road  theme:amnesia  reccer:beatrice_otter  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
X-men: Nameless, by C. Elisa
Summary: A student’s-eye view of Xavier, post-X2.
Reccer's Notes: Besides an interesting outsiders perspective on Charles, this gem offers a fascinatingly unique mutation, thoughtfully explored in a short period of time.
fandom:x-men.movies  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:charles.xavier.(professor.x)  length:01.000-5.000.words  character:original.character(s)  creator:c_elisa  theme:superpowers  theme:outsider.pov  reccer:beatrice_otter  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
Stargate Atlantis/SG1: Free 'Verse, by Dasha mte
Summary: Rodney was finalizing the physical sciences packing list for the Daedalus (for the eighth time, because his weight limit would only accommodate a third of the items he needed and no matter how he adjusted the list, what had to be left behind was heart-breaking) when Dr. Jackson came in waving a computer print-out and looking caught between bemused and sheepish.
Reccer's Notes: This is one of my favorite short fics, and I'm happy to finally have a category to rec it in. It's fun, it's got great characterization, a little bit of interesting worldbuilding, and it feels like it could have been an episode of the show.
fandom:stargate.sg-1  fandom:stargate:atlantis  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:rodney.mckay  character:sam.carter  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:dasha_mte  reccer:beatrice_otter  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
Toy Story: Under the Table and Dreaming by snooter/hollycomb
Summary: Andy met Sid when he was four years old, and while some things change, a lot of things stay the same. (In 3 parts on LJ: Under the Table and Dreaming, To the Dogs or Whoever, & The Second Most Important Person in the World).
Reccer's Notes: I didn't think I wanted this fic, but it's kind of epic and amazing. Definitely give it a chance if you're curious :)
fandom:toy.story  pairing:andy.davis/sid.philips  length:80.000&more.words  creator:hollycomb.(snooter)  reccer:imogeneherdman  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
Buffy: the Ballad of Charles Whitman (The Apocalypse Redux)
Summary: Can you live in a post-apocalyptic world of one? Not in the dazed sole survivor sense, crawling around the rubble like Burgess Meredith in that Twilight Zone ep. Like this: wandering around in yet another bright, sunny California day, discovering one by one the pieces of yourself that have been stripped away forever.
Reccer's Notes: nwhepcat is one of my favorite Buffy authors, and this is one of my favorite of their fics. It feels like a plotline that could have been part of the show, and I love the way the author writes the characters with all their canonical flaws and bad points, but without ever crossing the line into bashing. It makes it feel very real and true to the show. If you don't like exploring the ambiguity or questionable decisions of the show, this isn't for you; but on the other hand even while leaning head-on into a few of the show's dark places, nobody is evil or a villain.
fandom:buffy.the.vampire.slayer  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:xander.harris  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:nwhepcat  theme:old.fandoms  theme:superpowers  reccer:beatrice_otter  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
House/X-Men: Mind Over Matter, by npkedit
Summary: The mutant telepathic attack on the world's population in X-Men: United has some unusual repercussions at Princeton-Plainsboro.
Reccer's Notes: I'm a sucker for a well-written crossover in which it makes sense for the two canons to be part of the same universe, and this story certainly delivers.
fandom:house.md  fandom:x-men.movies  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:greg.house  character:robert.chase  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:npkedit  theme:crossovers&fusions  theme:superpowers  reccer:beatrice_otter  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
Stargate Atlantis: Treed, by panisdead
Summary: After the initial impact, there was a lot of thrashing and screaming from McKay, who claimed to have broken all his ribs and punctured a lung and was afraid of heights and generally went on until Ronon thought he might have to knock him out to keep them from falling any farther.
Reccer's Notes: This is a lighthearted bit of fun that really gets the characters and sounds like it could have been a missing scene from the show.
fandom:stargate:atlantis  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:rodney.mckay  character:ronon.dex  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:panisdead  theme:humor  theme:characters.of.color  reccer:beatrice_otter  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
The X-Files: Devil in a New Dress by eliade
Summary: "I know that 'Small Potatoes' seems to imply that Mulder and Scully have never really sat around drinking and shooting the bull. But to that I say: bull. Of course they have. Scully just forgot. I suspect her alien abduction caused selective retrograde amnesia. It happened sometime in the first several months of their deepening acquaintance. More or less like this...."
Reccer's Notes: Anna S wrote one of my favorite XF fics: In a Dark Time, a sexy, twisted, bleak re-imagining of "Sleepless" that is my M/K head canon. "Devil in a New Dress" is nothing like that, although the characters are essentially the same people. This is set early in the first season and it is a hoot.
fandom:x-files  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:fox.mulder  character:dana.scully  length:10.000-20.000.words  theme:humor  theme:bisexual/pansexual.characters  reccer:wendelah1  theme:pre-ao3.works  creator:anna_s.(eliade) 
march 2019 by fancake
The X-Files: Where to Look by Buckingham
Summary: A fashionable look at the evolution of a relationship. Spoilers: Season 7. Set post "all things" but prior to "Requiem."
Reccer's Notes: Buckingham is better known for her angsty seasons seven, eight, and nine fics; at the xf-book-club, I believe we discussed The Laws of Coming and Going. While the angst-and-romance stories are excellent, I also enjoy her lighter approach to MSR (Mulder/Scully romance).
fandom:x-files  pairing:dana.scully/fox.mulder  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:buckingham  theme:established.relationship  theme:established.relationship.with.plot  reccer:wendelah1  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
The X-Files: Hardball, by Missy Pennington
Summary: Uh."Withheld at author's request." Here's amyhit's summary from xf_book_club: "There’s formal wear, there’s dancing, there’s UST, there’s miscommunication, there’s jealousy, there may or may not be intoxication (I can’t remember, but there probably is), the lone gunmen get involved, heck, even Phoebe Green makes an appearance! C’mon, try it. You might like it."
Reccer's Notes: Back in 2012 when amyhit posted "Hardball" to xf_book_club, I wrote a 500 word essay, in comments, complete with illustrations, defending Special Agent Dana Scully's right to wear a sexy dress without being slut-shamed, and purchase a pair of $500 red Manolo Blahniks without being labeled an out-of-character spendthrift. The shopping trip is the best part of this cute MSR fic.
fandom:x-files  pairing:dana.scully/fox.mulder  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:missy_pennington  theme:courtship  theme:female.characters  reccer:wendelah1  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
Buffy: Indelible, by nwhepcat
Summary: When Oz and Xander return from Africa, Oz discovers that a lot more has changed than he ever dreamed of. Xander and Dawn find themselves undergoing some changes as well.
Reccer's Notes: If you're a Buffy fan and you've never read nwhepcat's stories, you should. They're really good at writing post-canon stories that project out different ideas of who the characters might grow into. This story is an interesting twist on Xander and Dawn's relationship.
fandom:buffy.the.vampire.slayer  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:oz.osbourne  character:xander.harris  character:dawn.summers  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:nwhepcat  reccer:beatrice_otter  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
X-men/Spiderman: Office Hours and The Wisdom To Know The Difference, by Tartanshell
Summary: Peter Parker learns a lot from Professor McCoy.
Reccer's Notes: Tartanshell was one of my favorite authors back in the day, and this is a great fic. It's mostly movieverse canon--by which I mean the original X-Men and Spiderman movies from the early 2000s--and Peter Parker is one of Hank's college students. These stories is about helping, and about knowing your limits, and dealing with consequences, and accepting who you are.
fandom:x-men.movies  fandom:spider-man.movies.(2002)  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:peter.parker  character:hank.mccoy  length:20.000-40.000.words  creator:tartanshell  theme:secret.identities  theme:research  theme:superpowers  reccer:beatrice_otter  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
Stargate SG-1: Everybody's crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man by niamaea
Summary: In the interest of recording our hero's intrepid journey from disaster to delicious, and because time warps are always fun, I present to you, Jacksonian Fashion: a visual history of the good, the bad, and the plaid.
Reccer's Notes: This meta is a screencap of every single non-uniform outfit Daniel Jackson wore in the entire ten years of the show, complete with hysterically funny commentary. (Example: "Aah, yes, look! It is the Gigantic Blue Coat of Subterfuge! See how Sam frets over the impending threat, dear readers, but Daniel sits secure, knowing that he has smuggled within the folds of his outerwear personal body armor, several weapons, a sandwich, and a Goa'uld shock grenade. These men clearly have no idea who or what they are dealing with.")
fandom:stargate.sg-1  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:daniel.jackson  non-fic.recs:meta  creator:niamaea  theme:humor  reccer:beatrice_otter  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
Stargate Atlantis: The Ratio of Burning, by stillane
Summary: They hand over a fully functioning, loudmouthed genius with a penchant for sarcasm and slight irrationality. They get back a fully functioning, polite savant with a penchant for silence and serenity.
Reccer's Notes: This is an extremely emotional story where almost all of the emotion is subtextural. Everyone keeps living their lives because they have to, even when they're broken. It's gorgeous, and heartbreaking, and subtle, and wow.
fandom:stargate:atlantis  pairing:john.sheppard/rodney.mckay  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:stillane  theme:(not.really).character.death  theme:established.relationship  theme:established.relationship.with.plot  theme:robots.androids&ai  theme:science.fiction  reccer:arduinna  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
Highlander: Aidan-verse by Gryphonrhi
Summary:
Faith, loyalty, friendship, honor... and hatred, jealousy, envy, and desire. War and love, torture and healing -- this isn't even the Game, or not just. This is a line war.
(Summary from Sirocco, one of the later stories in the series, but it does the best job of getting at the sweep and scope of this series.
Reccer's Notes:
These were the stories that drew me out of lurkerdom in the late 1990s. Rhi was one of the first people I met in fandom. I have a vivid memory of being Abroad in 2000, paying by the hour for internet in a seedy cafe, just so I could read the latest chapters of the latest Aidan-story. This series comfort fic, and competency porn, and 'threesomes are often-but-not-always the answer,' and Watcher gossip, and Methos Methosing, and the most amazing array of well-developed and interesting OC's. I love it so much - it is totally time for my biennal re-read.
fandom:highlander  pairing:aidan.logan/methos  pairing:aidan.logan/duncan.macleod  pairing:aidan.logan/duncan.macleod/methos  character:joe.dawson  character:richie.ryan  character:original.character(s)  length:80.000&more.words  creator:gryphonrhi  theme:action/adventure  theme:bisexual/pansexual.characters  theme:competence  theme:families.of.choice  theme:m/m/f.threesomes  theme:novel-length.fic  theme:polyamory  reccer:lomedet  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
BtVS: When They Take You In, by Kivrin
Summary: Home is the place that, when you have to go there, they have to take you in. After the Eyghon debacle, Rupert and his parents pick up the pieces.
Reccer's Notes: Wonderful exploration of an event canon mentions but doesn't go into detail about. Giles and his parents are all so real and well-written.
fandom:buffy.the.vampire.slayer  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:rupert.giles  length:05.000-10.000.words  creator:kivrin  theme:family  theme:backstory  theme:old.fandoms  theme:hurt/comfort  reccer:beatrice_otter  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
Smallville: the Identical series, by Lanning
Summary: Lex loses everything, and finds something better.
Reccer's Notes: This was the great beloved behemoth of the Smallville fandom, and I'm surprised it hasn't been recced yet. Lionel Luther clones Lex and sets the clone up in his place; Lex goes to the Kents for shelter. Cue angst, hurt comfort, plotting, and Clexiness.
fandom:smallville  pairing:clark.kent/lex.luthor  length:80.000&more.words  creator:lanning  theme:novel-length.fic  theme:epic.works  theme:au  theme:au:fork.in.the.road  theme:old.fandoms  theme:fandom.classics  theme:hurt/comfort  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
Stargate SG-1: Eurydice Ascending, by ChristinaK
Summary:One thing changed when Daniel confronted Amonet; and then things kept changing... (A fix-it fic for the end of Stargate SG-1 Season 3.)
Reccer's Notes: I've always wished Sha're had been treated better by the show and by fandom. She was a terrible example of being fridged; in the TV show, she only showed up in a handful of episodes and her entire existence was as something for Daniel to angst over. This is one of a handful of fics that really showed what might have been if she'd been allowed to be a character in her own right and given a chance. I've loved it since I first read it.
fandom:stargate.sg-1  pairing:daniel.jackson/sha're  character:sam.carter  length:40.000-60.000.words  creator:christinak  theme:female.characters  theme:fix-it  theme:characters.of.color  theme:au  theme:au:fork.in.the.road  reccer:beatrice_otter  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
Stargate Atlantis: Panthalassa, by sapote
Summary: In free Lantea, eight years after the war ends, all the children look like John Sheppard.
Reccer's Notes: This is my favorite "what if Atlantis were to become independent after they defeat the Wraith" fic. It asks the question "what would have happened if Sheppard died, and Atlantis needed people with the ATA gene?" and comes up with a very interesting answer, and then explores the consequences of it. Great worldbuilding, and I like the way Rodney is written.
fandom:stargate:atlantis  pairing:john.sheppard/rodney.mckay  pairing:laura.cadman/rodney.mckay  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:sapote  theme:future.fic  theme:kidfic  theme:kidfic:has/with.kids  theme:families.of.choice  theme:family  reccer:beatrice_otter  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
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