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Title: And On the Highway of Regret
Fandom: Star Trek: Alternate Original Series
Pairing: Kirk/Spock
Categories: Amnesia, Hurt/Comfort, Romance, Marriage
Length: Medium [11,631 words]
Warnings: touches on trauma and Pon Farr

Author on LJ: n/a
Author Website: Leloi
‘s AO3


Summary:James T. Kirk woke in a place he didn’t recognize. Of course, that wasn’t anything new. He often woke in places he didn’t recognize, usually after a night of heavy drinking and work. It was the nature of the work to wake in strange places.
But this place was not a residence. It was professional with medical equipment.
Perhaps he had been stabbed by a customer. That occasionally happened and then he would wake up in a hospital.


Review: Lovely look into the mind of the TOS:AU Captain Kirk and a possible getting together for him and Spock that is told through flashbacks and the rediscovery of their connection while he has amnesio/has regressed to his pre-starfleet self. The emotional side is nicely explored and the author nicely contrasts the younger Kirk against the man he has grown into.

I like the many in character moments for everybody.

And On the Highway of Regret
Title: Little Better than the Devil
Fandom: Marvel 616
Pairing: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Categories: AU, Vampires, Horror
Length: Short [1660 words]
Warnings: unhappy, dark

Author/Artist/Creator on LJ: ani_bester
Author/Artist/Creator Website: ani_bester’s AO3

Summary: Tony is a Vampire. This is not happy, sparkly, or cuddly.


Review:
Oh I love it when the true monster is allowed to take over. This is a dark story and the ending is a twist on many of the tropes that are usually played out in fanfic, which makes it more Dracula than most sexy vampire fic. The psychology behind it is nicely played though and the characterisation despite everything make so much sense. It’s well written. Even better it comes with evocative illustrations by the author.
For such a short piece it packs quite the punch.

Little Better than the Devil

Out of the Cave by lilacsigil (Teen)

Title: Out of the Cave
Fandom: Agent Carter
Pairing: gen
Categories: post-canon, villainfic, adventure, friendship
Length: 3,286 words, medium
Warnings: none

Author on Livejournal: lilacsigil
Author Website: lilacsigil on AO3

Summary: When Whitney Frost escapes the asylum, Dottie Underwood is there waiting with a plan.

Review: The moment she discovered the first of the listening devices in the air vent of her asylum cell Whitney started to feel better. She wasn't forgotten, a nobody, a failure. She was merely a force in retreat, and her enemies still feared her.

This is one of a number of recworthy fics to come out of SSR Confidential, Agent Carter fandom's recent fic exchange. It carves its particular place in my heart by redressing the indignity of canon's ending for Whitney Frost, charting her recovery and daring escape from the asylum -- and the ensuing villainous team-up as Whitney and Dottie forge an alliance.

The plans are smart, believably convincing of Whitney's smarts and the fact that just because she lost her powers doesn't mean she's not still capable of being a threat; there's the certain note of hilarity concerning Howard Stark's contribution to the story, and the dialogue and forming relationship between Whitney and Dottie is wonderfully in-character and plausible.

I also enjoyed the motif in the ending that refers back to the title. Just an empowering tale of evil women being awesome.

Out of the Cave

Neverland by alex_unsigned (G)

Title: Neverland
Fandom: Doctor Who
Pairing: Gen, Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond, River Song
Categories: Crossover, AU
Length: Long (18513 words)
Warnings: none

Author/Artist/Creator on LJ: n/a
Author/Artist/Creator Website: alex_unsigned’s AO3

Summary:Neverland is dead, and the Doctor lives, and Amelia Pond isn’t ever going to grow up. But there are cracks in the walls of universe, and not even the Doctor can run forever. (Crossover/AU with Peter Pan. I don’t know either, it’s weird. No relation to the Big Finish Neverland audio.)


Review:
The best description of this fic I can come up with is that it’s a nightmarish Peter Pan crossover with little Amy as the Wendy type character who gets pulled by a Peter Pan style doctor into adventures and trouble. It’s Season 5 with a very special Peter Pan twist and it gets better because it’s all timey-wimey and Doctor Who.

There’s not much more I want to say, because more would be giving away too much, but this is wonderfully written and well thought out and a worthy read, in my opinion.

Neverland

Safer Spaces by Lauren (R)

Title: cabin fever dream
Fandom: Big Bang Theory
Pairing: Rajesh Koothrappali/Penny
Categories: AU, Friendship, Romance, Transgender,
Length: Short (1.5k)
Warnings: Transmysogyny, LGBT slurs

Author on LJ:
Website: Lauren AO3


Summary: For some people there's no such thing as a safe space in the world, only a safer one. It's easier to make a space safer with help.

(Written for the 'genderbend' square for trope_bingo. Not Rule 63. It's more complicated than that.)

Review: This has been on my too rec list for a long time. Honestly I'd thought that I'd already recced it. Chalk it up to my dodgy memory.
This is a lovely, short story where Penny, Raj, and Sheldon find a safe place in each other. The three of them are all a little bit more themselves then they are in canon. There are some tough bits, where the rest of the Big Bang cast aren't great at handling trans people, but the ending is sweet enough to make up for it.
safer spaces

Cabin Fever dream by Lauren (R)

Title: cabin fever dream
Fandom: Big Bang Theory/Newsflesh Trilogy
Pairing: Sheldon Cooper/Penny
Categories: Apocalypse, AU, Domestic, Fusion, Hurt/Comfort, Romance
Length: Medium (11k)
Warnings: Lots of Character Death

Author on LJ:
Website: Lauren AO3


Summary: It's simple enough. In July 2014 Penny is alone at home; the others are in San Diego for Comic-Con.

Then there are zombies, and nothing will be the same.

Review: This will make more sense if you're familiar with the Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant, but if you are familiar with zombie tropes you can probably still read this.
Sheldon and Penny are the only survivors of their friends group, and this is a story of how they helped each other cope with a world that has gone completely to pot.
Very solid characterization, and a almost dreamlike quality to the way time passes makes this a great story if you are looking for a zombie story with fluff and lots of feels.

cabin fever dream

recs by chibifukurou,

Tin Soldiers by Sholio (mature)

Title: Tin Soldiers
Fandom: Agent Carter
Pairing: Daniel Sousa/Jack Thompson
Categories: AU, science fiction, robots, cyborgs, slash, romance, case fic
Length: 37,327 words, long
Warnings: android PTSD. Author warns for discussion of police violence and terrorism.

Author on Livejournal: sholio
Author Website: Sholio on AO3

Summary: Detective Daniel Sousa is used to working with lifelike, human-looking androids. But he wasn't prepared for his new android partner turning out to be not a polite, compliant robot, but an angry, sarcastic, bitter person. (Technically this is a fusion with the show Almost Human, but no knowledge of it is required; this is really more like generic near-future police-state dystopia with robots.)

Review: "So, I have a new partner," Daniel announced, sliding onto a bar stool beside Peggy at their favorite after-hours watering hole.

"And?" she asked, glancing at him sideways.

"And my new robot is an asshole."

Peggy choked on her drink, trying not to laugh. "Poor dear," she said, patting his arm.


A highly creative AU in which Daniel Sousa is a human police detective with a cybernetic limb and his new partner Jack Thompson is a robot jerk. Most fascinating for all the explorations of artificial creations who are too human and feel too much (though there's a romance in there, too). The whole issue of Jack being a robot who is a jerk is endlessly hilarious and also simultaneously sad, at its core, bringing in an interesting AU extrapolation from canon backstory and motivations. Jack's story and situation is very creative and has a very different kind of emotional resonance.

I haven't seen Almost Human (although going by the A/N the author hasn't particularly seen a lot of Almost Human), so I can't reliably judge the crossoverish connection, but the worldbuilding seemed particularly interesting here.

Tin Soldiers
Title: Just a far away memory
Fandom: Doctor Who
Pairing: Jack Harkness/Tenth Doctor, Theta/Jack, Theta/Koshei
Categories: Romance, First Time
Length: Long [27754 words]
Warnings: none

Author/Artist/Creator on LJ: navaan
Author/Artist/Creator Website: navaan’s AO3

Summary:After the "year that never was" and the events of Voyage of the Damned the Doctor is tired and decides to take a rest. Little does he know that there are some memories slumbering in his subconscious that a dream will bring to the surface. Because once, back when he was still at the Academy and still known as Theta Sigma, he'd met a stranger - who isn't a stranger anymore.
Doctor/Jack Harkness with some Theta/Koschei (unrequited romantic feelings and complicated friendship and, well, the Master is the Master)


Review: I don’t often love Academy Era stories, but this one won me over with the framing story of the Doctor having a dream that brings back memories of an incident in his past that have been blocked. Namely of a romance from his first outing away from Gallifrey with other students from the Academy, all studying to become time lords.

I buy the romance for a younger Doctor much more than I would for an older version of him and it’s a nice contrast to the glimpses we see of the more reserved man he is later. And I’m always a sucker for stories that explore a bit of Gallifreyan seuality and there are some nice ideas here.

Just a far away memory

Bread and Circuses by Ysabet (Pg13)

Title: Bread and Circuses
Fandom: Newsflesh Trilogy
Pairing: Georgia Mason/Shaun Mason
Categories: Case-fic, Pre-canon, Slice of Life
Length: Medium (13k)
Warnings: Non-explicit Adopted sibling incest

Author on LJ: http://obroech.tumblr.com/
Website: umadoshi (Ysabet) AO3, umadoshi (Ysabet) Personal site


Summary: Our little gathering of local Irwins broke up just past midnight. I was heading back to the van to call George and let her know I was on my way home when I heard my name.

"Hey, Shaun!" I turned to see the guy who'd made the "twins" comment jogging after me. By the time he caught up I'd managed to remember his name. Part of his name. Dave Something.

Georgia and Shaun Mason don't have their own news site...yet. But sooner or later they're going to, and Dave Novakowski wants to be there when they do.

Set two years before Feed; no series spoilers.

Review: One part case-fic, one part slice of life story. This is a nice background piece to Feed by Mira Grant. It is not necessarily canon-compliant but isn't really an AU either. It is a rare treat to see such a long fic in the Newsflesh fandom.

And it really does a good job fleshing out the Shawn/Georgia relationship pre-series.

Bread and Circuses
Title: Continental Drift
Fandom: Blake's 7
Pairing: gen
Categories: fanvid, character study
Length: 4:23mins [VID]
Warnings: none

Author on Livejournal: n/a?
Author Website: TasheryS on AO3

Summary: (mine) An Avon character study vid created in 1990.

Review: Love comes at the speed of light/ Love comes at the speed of light/ Love comes in a strange disguise/ Love comes
Open the door and let the light pour over/ Open the door don't you keep me out


I suspect we're getting toward the end of the window of opportunity to enjoy the earlier fanvids, given how video quality now zooms so far past previous works and we increasingly take for granted having better quality footage. I wanted to recommend an old Angel the Series vid a few months back, and when I rewatched it, I came to the conclusion that the quality was no longer of viable quality to post it as a rec. It's a shame to think of old fannish masterpieces fading away for new audiences, so we should probably make the most of them while we can.

This vid, which I hadn't seen before, and stumbled over the other week, still looks pretty good considering it was vidded VCR-to-VCR in 1990, and you get to catch up on some fannish history (from the link provided) in the bargain.

Despite the central lyric, the vid is a gen study of Avon's fracturing psyche and his relationships with others, and with the rest of the Liberator crew, in good times and bad. The faster and ever more frenetic cuts and disjointed nature, and the clanging background of the (fantastic) song choice illustrate the downspiral toward the end, and given the speed of the cuts it's incredible to think that this was made on a VCR. There's plenty of analysis (and vidder commentary) on the fanlore page, so I'll leave you there.

The song is Continental Drift by The Rolling Stones.

Continental Drift
Title: Before the Darkness Swallows You
Fandom: Marvel 616
Pairing: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Categories: survival Horror, Romance
Length: Long [30,838 words]
Warnings: Temporary Character Death, Blood and Gore

Author/Artist/Creator on LJ: veldeia
Author/Artist/Creator Website: Veldeia’s AO3

Summary:Steve was gone.
Tony was all alone in the dark, the blackness of the damp, rock-walled corridor only occasionally broken by the fluttering fluorescent lamps in the ceiling.
He wasn’t afraid of the dark. An abandoned mine was by no means the scariest environment he’d ended up in. Still, he’d have been crazy not to be afraid of what lurked in these shadows.



Review: This is one amazing Horror story. It gets a bit bloody and gory in places and the characters act accordingly, but I felt it didn’t go “too far” and had no trouble reading all the parts, despite being a little squeamish. Despite all this i found the monsters and the cave setting really scary and I wasn’t all that sure how this story would end.

There is a nice twists to everything and the author builds towards it nicely without giving it away too soon, but in a way that readers can follow and figure out along the way and the emotional arcs of the romance are nicely built up.

Before the Darkness Swallows You

Chasing the Horizon by Stiliniski (Nc17)

Title: Chasing the Horizon
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Pairing: Derek Hale/Stiles Stilinski
Categories: AU, Action/Adventure, Fusion, Hurt/Comfort
Length: Long (33k)
Warnings: Detailed descrptions of torture

Author on LJ: http://obroech.tumblr.com/
Website: Stilinksi AO3

Summary: Stiles nearly laughs and for a moment, he sits there trying to think of anything to say. "It's been a good year," he croaks at long last. "I got you back--I got you back and I was so scared I'd lose you, you know? I got out there; I backpacked across half of Europe with my best friends - I got to see the never less than perfectly composed Lydia Martin after a few days without showers or real beds. Scott and Allison got married, dad. I made a speech."

The Sheriff's expression softens and he smiles, reaching up and clapping Stiles' shoulder. "You did. I was there. You had Melissa, Scott and Allison in tears."

Review: This is a remarkably sweet story, given its really dark premise. Stilinski merges Supernatural style demons with Teen Wolf's cast of characters. To create a whole new kind of dark supernatural twist to the TW universe.

If you aren't familiar with Supernatural, don't worry. Pretty much all you need to know is that in order to revive people from the dead, or cure them of the incurable you can go to the crossroads and sell your soul. After that you have one year to live before the hell hounds drag you to hell.

Despite the dark premise and the fact that Derek has been a hell-houmd for a long time, he is still a very sweet and giving soul, determined to kill the demon Kate and avenge his family. Stiles is an well meaning asshole in pretty much every universe, and he will definitely try to snark you to death. The thriller part of the story has some nice twists and turns, but stays pretty straightforward and easy to follow.

If you like revenge/thriller stories or sweet supernatural romances with dark elements this story might be a good one for you to check out.

Chasing the Horizon

recs by chibifukurou,
Title: By These Broken Wings, Shall We Be Carried
Fandom: Haven
Pairing: Audrey/Duke/Nathan
Categories: adventure, AU - canon divergence, fix-it, romance
Length: long, 21,741 words
Warnings: none

Author on Livejournal: n/a
Author Website: Jadzibelle on AO3

Summary: Vince never becomes the controller of the barn. Instead, Nathan is the one to speak with Agent Howard and becomes the controller when he realizes that it will link him to Audrey forever. Instead of killing Duke, Nathan and Audrey realize that the 500 years worth of aether inside of him is more than enough to power the barn and the three of them build a new barn as they have done everything else, together.

Review: “Yeah?” Duke asked, fixing Audrey with a smile that Nathan knew entirely too well- stubborn and bitter and sure of himself. “How exactly do you see this working when Nate starts to go all bad strobe effect if we aren’t holding on to him?”
“...The crystal,” Nathan said, making them both look back at him. “Parker, you first touched it, there was- a reaction. I could feel... something. Might be enough, one of you is touching that. Hell of a lot easier than keeping a hand on
me the whole time, if it is.”
“...A reaction,” Duke said, the words carefully flat, and Nathan scowled at him.
“Yes, a reaction,” he said, trying to convey with look alone that
now was not the time for innuendo.

There's not really a way to spoiler this one, after that summary -- which is the prompt it was written from, this being my second rec from the collection of the After Forever (aka. post-finale therapy) fic exchange. But that's really the point. The function of this tale is to wrap up the elements which were present in the final episodes of Haven with an OT3 ending in the manner canon chose not to. It's a fix-all, a dose of much-needed happiness. But it comes with a great sci-fi wrapping exploring in more detail a few of the ideas canon barely touched on, in 20k+ of romance and adventure.

It always made far more sense to me that Nathan should be the one to choose to become the controller of the new Barn and take Howard's place, guaranteeing that if Audrey had to leave again he would at least be with her for the rest of their long lives, and much of the story focuses on the mechanisms of that. The frustration of Haven was that it never fully played out and explored so many of its sci-fi concepts, and it's fascinating to see that given more attention here as Nathan tries to learn to be the mind of a dimension travelling building.

I have some minor gripes with the ending, that it wouldn't be that easy to go back after the changes that take place here, that it isn't what I'd pick for the future of these particular characters with a wider universe at their fingertips, but it seems that I'm in the minority there, with my love of Bittersweet! with an extra dash of Bitter! and aversion to clear-cut happy-ever-afters, so ah, well...

By These Broken Wings, Shall We Be Carried

The Longer You Stay by emiv (T)

Title: The Longer You Stay
Fandom: Dark Knight Rises (2012 film trilogy)
Pairing: Bruce Wayne/ Selina Kyle
Categories: Fluff, Romance, Family, Drama
Length: Epic
Warnings: Parental Abandonment, Milder Than Canon-Typical Bad Stuff (Violence, Betrayal, Crime, Child Abuse, Neglect, Sexism, Classism, etc.)

Author on LJ: emiv
Author Website: Tumblr

Author’s Summary:
Bruce Wayne was never meant to be part of Selina’s clean slate. Then again, neither were a circus boy, a street rat or a rich kid.
For a girl who didn’t like strings, Selina found herself getting attached.

Review:
Apparently, emiv looked at Dark Knight Rises and decided that what it needed was some fluff and found family. So this fic consists of Bruce and Selina wandering the world, adopting this world’s versions of the Batman comic’s first three Robins and going sideways around their many, many issues. There are dangers and difficulties Selina has to address, but all that’s at stake is the main characters’ happiness and well-being.

Bruce and Selina are both pragmatic, the kind of weird that comes from being very solitary and achingly lonely. Abandoning their roles as criminal and vigilante allows them to have a close relationship without addressing the discrepancies in their morals, background and lifestyles. The narrative does a solid, but subtle job of conveying the way Selina thinks while Bruce’s personality is in the way she sees him speak and act.

The kids come from similar circumstances as in the comics, adjusted for location and lack of legal guardians, which makes for fun comparisons. They are all distinct, adorable and pose unique challenges to raise. They all need parents and this fic makes a strong argument that Bruce and Selina are the right choice.

The Longer You Stay is steadfastly hopeful and positive. I like that.

The Longer You Stay
Companion Stories (includes Bruce and Selina getting together and Bruce’s POV of story events)

The Naming of Hobbits by Margo_Kim (G)

Title: The Naming of Hobbits
Fandom: The Hobbit
Pairing: Gen, Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield
Categories/Genres: Humor, Friendship, Fix-It, Pre-slash
Length: Medium (9756 words)
Warnings: N/A

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: Margo_Kim

Summary:

There's a certain point where you can no longer ask someone what their name is. Thorin isn't sure exactly when that point is, but he knows that it's probably some time before the person in question saves your life. On the far side of the Misty Mountains, Thorin realizes that he never quite caught the first part of Mr. Baggins' name, and he finds that it's astonishingly harder to learn than he would have thought. Fili, Kili, and Dwalin are no help whatsoever.

Review:

Improbably, Thorin has no idea what Bilbo's first name is. Thus begins a rather silly, but still charmingly warm quest to figure it out.

In regards to characterization, Margo_Kim's Thorin is kinder than what I'm used to. He's a little wiser to his own faults and foolishness, and is written with a softness that I'd always imagined Thorin to have, based on the way Richard Armitage's eyes go all warm and sweet in Thorin's rare moments of fondness. It's a departure from what I've encountered before, but by no means a bad one.

The Naming of Hobbits

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