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[personal profile] damalur
Title: took a faithful leap
Author: tosca1390
Pairing: Usagi/Mamoru
Length: 12k
Summary: In his relatively empty life, there are few moments and people that have stayed with him. She is one of them.

There are not a lot of current Sailor Moon writers who make me flail (there aren't really a lot of current Sailor Moon writers at all), but [personal profile] tosca1390 is a goldmine. I stayed up late last night reading all of her SM fic and it was not a wasted evening. This particular story is my first pick to rec for the absolutely fantastic characterization and for being an AU which is believable, delightful, and surprising.

The author takes the idea of Usagi as a politician and runs with it, with the senshi as Usagi's advisors and Mamoru as her doctor-turned-love interest and actually the story is written from Mamoru's point of view and it shines, it really gives him a round characterization that most stories lack, and the ordinary moments in their relationship kill me because we don't get to see nearly enough of those moments in the manga. *deep breath* In conclusion, this story is the best and [personal profile] tosca1390 is the best and I am thrilled to have found such a wonderful Usagi/Mamoru writer.

(P.S. There's a sequel!)

Link: http://tosca1390.livejournal.com/277146.html
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[personal profile] damalur
Title: Haunted
Author: Ugly-Girl
Characters: Diana/Bruce
Length: 39k
Summary: When Batman won't save himself, Diana decides to take matters into her own hands.

So somehow in the past week I was bitten hard by the Wonder Woman bug, and now all I want to do is think about Diana and read about Diana and flail about Diana and stare at pictures of Diana. Since Bruce/Diana is basically the best ship in the DCU that doesn't involve Lois Lane, Batman gets dragged along on my Wonder Woman binge.

Fortunately, there are plenty of B/D stories set in the animated universe. This particular story is lengthy enough to satisfy; the plot leans heavily on the supernatural, which throws Bruce out of his comfort zone, but the story is really about the give and take between two hardheaded people who insist on saving one another. There were a couple of moments where Diana's characterization made me scratch my head, but her voice is so delightfully fresh that those moments were hardly worth noticing.

Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1391588/1/Haunted
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[personal profile] damalur
Title: Rollercoaster
Author: Mistress Scribbles
Characters: Data/Yar, ensemble
Length: 210k
Summary: Fate conspired differently. Death passed Tasha by. Given the time to evolve, a relationship she'd dismissed as a one night stand became the most complicated love affair she'd know. Series of stories spanning the show & movies.

So I've been looking for this story for maybe two decades. At least since I met the internet.

It is everything that I wanted it to be.

I laughed, I cried, I had to physically remove myself from the computer at least twice so I'd stop frightening my cat with involuntary dolphin noises. The first story spans "Encounter at Farpoint" through Star Trek: Nemesis; the sequel spins off in a non-canonical direction; EVERYTHING IS DATA AND NOTHING HURTS. Seriously, I don't think I even legally have the time to be this excited about fanfiction.

Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4267838/1/Rollercoaster
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[personal profile] damalur
Title: A Summer Day So Late in Coming
Author: helens78
Pairing: Charles/Erik
Length: 3k
Summary: Fifty years after they fell in love, Erik comes to Charles with a proposal that rocks Charles's world.

Probably the most perfect wedding story you will ever read. It is late and I am undelirious and at the end of this I made embarrassing squealing noises and then immediately re-read the entire thing. Everything about this is beautiful. It's also one of the few stories I've read that feels like it believably bridges the gap between First Class and the first movie trilogy.

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/222434
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[personal profile] damalur
Title: Anthem for Doomed Youth
Author: [profile] fahye_fic
Characters: Raven, Charles/Erik
Length: 13k
Summary: N/A

Exquisitely worded character study of Raven and, through her eyes, of Erik and Charles. I've been elbows-deep in the First Class fandom for the past few weeks, and this story struck me not only for its unflinching honesty but also for the way it elaborates on the relationship between Charles and Raven.

Link: http://fahye-fic.livejournal.com/52214.html
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[personal profile] damalur
Title: Snapshot
Author: [profile] crimsonclad
Pairing: Logan/Veronica
Rating: R for adorable
Length: oneshot
Summary: N/A ("nice, happy, goofy and domestic Logan/Veronica")

I have a serious weakness for curtain fic, especially in canon that seems determined to give me anything but. This is seriously adorable, with banter! and Target! and absolutely no heart-wrenching conflict. The frame hits another of my narrative kinks, the outside/media POV, and even though he isn't quite, I love Logan as a nearly-a-trophy husband.

Also, adorable. Really adorable. Did I mention that this story is adorable?

Link: http://crimsonclad.livejournal.com/73971.html
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[personal profile] damalur
Title: Secondary Exposure
Author: [profile] thesardine
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: longish (I'd estimate about 15-20k, but my wordcount extension is still down)
Summary: Sherlock: "If you were dying, if you were murdered, in the very last seconds, what would you say?" / John: "Please God, let me live." / Sherlock: "Use your imagination." / John: "I don't have to."

And now for something completely different: "Secondary Exposure" tells the story of teenaged John's kidnapping and John and Sherlock's eventual encounter with the kidnapper. This is a rare delight in a fandom largely devoted to retelling the same sorts of stories; the author both manages to balance the unfolding case with a developing relationship and to refine and expose the characters in surprising ways. One of my favorites!

Link: http://thesardine.livejournal.com/13012.html
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[personal profile] damalur
Title: The Theory of Narrative Causality
Author: [livejournal.com profile] falling_voices
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: ??? (mediumish)
Summary: Sherlock is a well-known fanartist whose online antics always land him on fandom_wank. John's a beloved BNF fanfiction author. They meet at a convention; geeky love ensues.

odyle: THIS FIC
damalur: I WANT TO HAVE SEX WITH A STORY IS THAT WEIRD
odyle: NO
odyle: THAT IS TOTALLY RIGHT
odyle: DONE
odyle: ADFLKJSAFJASD
odyle: I NEED A CIGARETTE
odyle: AND I DON'T EVEN SMOKE.
damalur: NNNNNNNNNNG
damalur: NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGG
odyle: NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGG

Link: http://falling-voices.livejournal.com/18360.html
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[personal profile] damalur
Title: Dust in the Wind
Author: [profile] lyra_wing
Characters: Dean, Sam
Length: ??? (oneshot)
Summary: Future fic. Erm. Hard to explain. This is a crossover with American Gods, but you don't need to read that to understand what's going on.

An absolutely brilliant expansion of Neil Gaiman's American Gods, as lyrical and exact as if he'd written it himself. This is actually the ending to SPN I think fandom yearns for - Sam and Dean riding off into the sunset, chasing after always one more hunt.

Link: http://lyra-wing.livejournal.com/100679.html
damalur: (futurama • whatever crap is on next)
[personal profile] damalur
Title: Liquid Courage
Author: littleblackdog
Characters: Varric/F!Hawke
Length: 12,689 words
Summary: Now he was being pawed at by a very drunk, very handsy, very heavy mage. Not that he'd ever call Hawke heavy to her face, or anywhere she might hear him, or out loud ever. It was... an unconventional sort of courtship.

This story should come with a warning, and that warning should be that it is guaranteed to make you regret that Varric wasn't included as a LI in-game. It was, iirc, originally written for the Dragon Age Kink Meme (a treasure amongst kink memes), and it manages to be sexy and also adorable, as in kitten levels of adorable. I always love it when a story plays up Varric's skill and passion for storytelling, and the fourth part does satisfy - it's one of those stories that just keeps climbing until the end note is the highest. (Did that make sense? I don't think that made sense, but the story is lovely).

Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6938175/1/Liquid_Courage
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[personal profile] damalur
Title: Familiarity
Author: [personal profile] rainjoyswriting
Characters: Kurt/Blaine, Santana
Length: ??? (mid-length oneshot)
Summary: "Seriously, don't mind me, you two keep going. But do you think you could lose the shirts?"

I discovered [profile] rainjoyous through her fantastic FMA fic (millions upon millions of words of the best Roy/Ed, do you know how happy I was), and she quickly became one of the few authors I bother to track. Sometime later she started writing Kurt/Blaine and EEEEEEEE I don't even have feelings~ about Kurt/Blaine but her Kurt/Blaine is so perfect that I am in love.

Really, thought, it's Santana who steals the show, which is how it should be. She's just. Her perspective and BEING FRIENDS WITH KURT, okay, how is this not the best.

Oh oh oh and while Santana's POV is used to great effect in illustrating the adorableness of Kurt/Blaine, this is her story. Santana is no mere plot device.

Link: http://rainjoyswriting.livejournal.com/118043.html
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[personal profile] damalur
Title: Play to Win / A Game for Two Players
Author: [personal profile] lightgetsin
Characters: Roy/Ed, ensemble
Length: ~26,000 words
Summary: Ed loses his virginity, and then his inhibitions. Roy loses his mind. ["The Bastard is not in love with me, and I can prove it. With science!"]

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood has brought me more joy than I've found in anime in years (most don't even hold my attention past the first two episodes anymore, which means I rewatch Gundam Wing ceaselessly), and I was delighted to discover that not only is there a top-notch fandom but also that a great deal of the fic is housed on LiveJournal.

[personal profile] lightgetsin writes a fantastic Roy and an even better Ed; the sequel, from Ed's point of view, snaps and sparkles along effortlessly. It's the way the author captures how Ed thinks that raises this above the level of mere comedic romance.

Play to Win: http://lightgetsin.livejournal.com/290444.html
A Game for Two Players: http://lightgetsin.livejournal.com/305473.html
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[personal profile] damalur
Title: Ensorcelled
Author: [personal profile] andromeda3116
Characters: Zuko/Katara (with Katara/Aang)
Length: 13k
Summary: There's a drumming noise inside my head and it starts when you're around. / Katara finds destiny lacking, and seeks out something for herself.

Despite the impressive volume of stories in the AtLA fandom, I have difficulty finding stories that both resonant with me and that address the problems I had with the canon. Self, fear no more.

Things that are awesome about this story: the inspiration (Florence + The Machine's "Drumming Song"), Katara railing against the role assigned to her, the beautifully drawn tension, and secret passages. Things that are not awesome: there are none, because nothing hurts and everything is Zutara don't even judge me theirloveissobeautiful.

Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6753645/1/Ensorcelled
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[personal profile] damalur
Title: Happily Ever After With Goats
Author: estuesday
Characters: Hawke/Varric, ensemble
Length: 6,068 words
Summary: The tale Varric told the Seekers wasn't the end of their story. From Orlais to Antiva, the high seas to an isolated farm, Hawke has a long way left to go. One can only hope the goats survive her passage. Hawke/Varric, past Hawke/Anders and Hawke/Fenris.

This is an excellent continuation of the game that includes a nod to the canonical romances while still managing to work Varric into the picture, for which I say: sweet Jesus thank you.

Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6831236/1/Happily_Ever_After_With_Goats
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[personal profile] damalur
Title: What We Become
Author: Crisium
Characters: Amell/Cullen
Length: 145k
Summary: Cullen/Amell, post-game.

This is actually a story in a much longer series (What We Become, 293,000 words and counting), and my reaction is probably best summarized by reprinting a remark I made to computer somewhere around chapter six: "Alistair, you need to leave now so I can stop pining and enjoy this lovely other romance that does not involve you."

Excellent worldbuilding without any tedious information dumps, and even the supporting cast is rounded and dynamic; most importantly, the Warden reads like a game character rather than the author's self-insert. The Templar/Mage romance is written so that it hits all the right tropes (pining, forbidden relationships) without ever descending into melodrama. Also: Alistair.

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/35260/chapters/46527
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[personal profile] damalur
Title: we have no rodeo clowns in yell county
Author: [personal profile] saraht
Characters: Mattie/LaBoeuf
Length: 1500 words
Summary: "As I grew into a young lady, I was not much troubled with suitors."

Tossing this rec up in passing because decent True Grit fic is something of a rarity, or so I've been told! Quiet and lovely, and brilliantly captures Mattie's voice.

Link: http://saraht.dreamwidth.org/754499.html
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[personal profile] damalur
Title: Scenes from a Lesser War
Author: Amireal
Characters: John Sheppard/Rodney McKay
Length: 20k
Summary: This. This was something that needed taking care of. In a non-traditional sense.

As I tear through the SGA fandom, I promised myself I wouldn't flood this community with recs (because anything worth recommending in SGA has probably been recommended twice already)...but, yeah, that didn't last.

"Scenes from a Lesser War" is one of those stories that I just - didn't want to end. The story deals with the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell and its aftermath on Atlantis, which was not a trope I even knew I had a kink for until I was halfway through the fic. It combines the secret relationship, the we-can't-but-we-are, and the delicious, delicious reveal and oh, I could keep reading about this portrayal of the characters as they struggle with this issue eternally, but the ending is satisfying and so deserved.

Link: http://www.unrealwords.com/thestuff/sga/scenes.html
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[personal profile] damalur
Title: Ice in Crystal
Author: [profile] juliefortune
Characters: Ensemble, with Mal/Inara and Wash/Zoe
Length: 14k
Warnings: Non-con, violence
Summary: N/A

This story riffs on an unwritten episode plot hinted at by Tim Minear: What if Inara had been captured and raped by Reavers? While the story doesn't have what I'd call graphic portrayed violence, it is nonetheless as deeply unsettling as you'd expect. The character studies are brilliant, though - the dynamic between Zoe and Inara in particular.

Link: http://juliefortune.livejournal.com/43425.html
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[personal profile] damalur
Title: That's Amore
Author: [personal profile] fujiidom
Characters: Sheldon/Penny
Length: 7k
Summary: Sheldon and Penny backpack through Europe, contemplate life, dissect Friends meta, and fall in love.

I keep trying to stop being so involved in the BBT fandom, but ugh, fabulous authors keep writing fabulous stories, the nerve! This Saturnalia pinch-hit by Fujiidom is a bit different than the standard get-together in that it's set several years in the future, when the characters have matured and settled a bit. The accompanying fanmix is gorgeous, featuring the author's usual deft hand at both graphics and music selection, and if that's not enough, the story kicks off with the perfect Neil Gaiman quote. Written to feed the addict, I swear.

Link: http://fujiidom.livejournal.com/178472.html
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[personal profile] damalur
Title: Dig Your Own Hole
Author: vinylroad
Characters: Katherine/Damon
Length: 4400 words
Summary: In so many ways, Damon is nothing like his brother. There's a hole deep inside of him that Katherine can feel in her blood, an emptiness she feels echoed in herself, something waiting to be filled. Wanting to be filled. His smiles are sharp, hiding nothing from her, all his emotions at play on his face, his happiness and sorrow so present it's as if she can touch it when he lets her fingers fall to his face. He kisses her hand as politely as his brother, but there's something dark there too, a craving that feels familiar and safe.

Really excellent Katherine perspective on her life and her relationship with Damon. Neither of these characters are cut out for happy endings, but this piece reads as reflective rather than dark. Katherine's thoughts on the differences and similarities between the Salvatore brothers are particularly apt; this is Katherine's story, though, rather than having a focus on shipping.

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/collections/yuletide2010/works/141299

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