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Buy The Stars by conceptofzero (Teen)

Title: Buy The Stars
Fandom: Fallen London (Echo Bazaar)
Pairing: Player/Rubbery Man (Main), Player/Quiet Deviless
Categories:  Romance, Horror, Angst, Action/ Adventure
Length: Long (36 thousand words)
Warnings: Violence, Abusive Relationships, Spoilers

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: Twitter Tumblr

Author’s Summary:
Kindness is not a virtue, not in Fallen London. Hester knows this all too well. Sentimentality will cost you everything in this city and only a fool would risk anything for a Rubbery Man stupid enough to let themselves be cornered. But she's a woman who has always learned things the hard way, and this lesson is no exception to that rule.

Review:
Fallen London is a atmospheric text-based browser game set in a dark (underground) version of Victorian London with several metaphysical elements. Most notable is that people don't stay dead as long as they stay underground (although there are still many permanent fates). I believe the fic is comprehensible without further knowledge of the game.

It took me a little while to get my head around having a thief as a heroic protagonist, despite the game being dark (and historically accurate) enough that immoral behaviour is almost impossible to avoid. However the Adroit Sneakthief is fairly endearing in her way, just generous enough to balance out her bone-deep pragmatism. While she selfishly uses people, she also does her best to help them.

Rubbery Men are one of the mysterious and inhuman aspects of the setting, with their story-lines only ever giving tantalising hints so it is very interesting to read world-building about their nature and motivations. The cultural differences and communication difficulties also make the romance more interesting.

The fic is written much like the game story text; detailed imagery of surroundings, plentiful and fast-moving action. I admit to some dubiousness about the paragraphing, but the grammar and plot is otherwise solid.

Buy The Stars

Common Ground by celynBrum (NC-17)

Title: Common Ground
Fandom: Homestuck
Pairing: Karkat Vantas/Terezi Pyrope, Karkat Vantas & Kankri Vantas, Terezi Pyrope/Dave Strider, Karkat Vantas/Jade Harley
Categories: Fusion, Action/Adventure, Apocalypse, Drama, Romance, Horror
Length: Super Epic (115 815 words)
Warnings:  Alternia in general - Dystopia, Graphic Violence, Discrimination, Swearing

Author Website: Tumblr

Author’s Summary:
In Which A Young Mutant Troll Is Captured By A Mysterious Military Outpost Located On The Homeworld And Is Drafted Into Piloting A Giant Mech Called A Jaeger Along With His Genetically Identical But Immensely Frustrating Hatchclone, In Order To Combat A Threat To The Continued Existence Of All Trollkind. Contains Three Extensive Battle Scenes, Five Artificially Augmented Mental Melds Between Initially Antagonistic Parties, A Cross-Spectrum Relationship (Flush With Pitch Tones), Multiple Interspecies Relationships (Flush And Pale), And A Cull-Worthy Heresy Against The Empire.

Review:
Common Ground is a Pacific Rim-style AU of Homestuck. I feel like the meeting of these two stories of the apocalypse should really sell itself.

celynBrum writes from Karkat’s perspective, mixing vivid imagery with equally vibrant sentiment. The writing has some beautiful language choices and a lot is implied by what isn't said or how things are said.

Alternia is shown in all of it’s messed-up, violent, bio-technological, horrific, callous glory. The characters defending Alternia are a touch more personable and public-spirited than canon, yet several are only permitted to live because of how desperately they are needed. The details and world-building about how such a dystopia functions are both well-thought-out and dramatic.

There is a more optimistic vibe on a personal level, with Karkat being rescued from a horrific existence to one which is much less awful. The relationships are believably written, but the story is as much about Karkat growing up and becoming part of the pilot community.

No knowledge of Pacific Rim is required to read, as the characters and world are fairly close to Homestuck canon and divergences are explained. People unfamiliar with Homestuck should be able to follow the plot, but may be overwhelmed by the number of characters and technical terms.

Common Ground (AO3)

Blue Bayou by The_Lionheart (M)

Title: Blue Bayou
Fandom: Gravity Falls (Many minor crosses, notably "Rick and Morty")
Pairing: OFC & Stanford Pines
Categories: Space Pirates, Road Trip, Angst, Horror, Friendship, Queer-Platonic, Pre-Canon
Length: Long (24 000 words)
Warnings: Violence, Slavery, Non-Con, Canon-Typical Horror

Author Website: AO3

Author’s Summary:
"So good-bye, I'll be leaving,

I see no sense in this crying and grieving, 

We'll both live a lot longer

If you live without me..."
- Linda Ronstadt, "Different Drum"


Review:
This fic is very accessible to people unfamiliar with Gravity Falls canon, however its premise is a spoiler.

Lots of Gravity Falls Season 2 spoilersCollapse )

The horror and ugliness is worse than Gravity Falls canon, because the characters talk about what happens and deal with emotional fall-out on-screen, but also better because the main characters are adults. The ending is more bitter than sweet (and the AU sequels currently incomplete).

Overall, Blue Bayou's a fun fic about awkward criminals having scary adventures and (failing at) negotiating a relationship.

Blue Bayou

Form and Function by SleepsWithCoyotes (M)

Title: Form and Function
Fandom: Good Omens
Pairing: Aziraphale/Crowley
Categories: AU, Humour, Romance
Length: Medium (9500 words)
Warnings: Referenced non/dub-con

Author Website: dreamwidth tumblr

Author’s Summary: "In His image" takes a turn for the weird, and the Dragon of Eden has his work cut out for him.

Review:

This fic has the slightly crack-y premise that Crowley is a (very attractive) dragon. This doesn't cause any major changes to canon; the fic is more a gentle stream of scenarios featuring dragon!Crowley throughout history. Aziraphale and Crowley have a more laid-back version of their canon charm and there are silly misunderstandings and awkward situations. Also, the sentences are soothingly long and descriptive.

Form and Function

Blight by LadyJanelly Nc17

Title:Blight
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Pairing: Jamie Benn/Tyler Seguin
Categories: AU, Action/Adventure, Apocalypse, Romance
Length: Epic (80k)
Warnings: Zombie AU, Suicide, Character Death, Violence, Child Death

Author on LJ: ladyjanelly
Website: LadyJanelly

Summary: Jamie is twenty, a rookie in the NHL. Tyler is a seventeen year old homeless gay kid. It shouldn't work, but they're doing okay until the Blight sweeps the world, dead people walking, killing, feeding.

(This is an AU of an AU--see "Sink These Roots" for the original story)

Review: Blight is an AU of an Au, but the basic premise is explained in the author's summary. It involves hyper-realistic explanations of survival efforts which I absolutely love.

Jamie and Tyler are the main and POV characters, but there is a large section of OCs and other members of the Dallas Stars to help make the story great.

This is definitely worth the read if you've read Sink these Roots Deep (Which is linked above), or are pretty good at figuring your way through new and not heavily explained plots. Heed the warnings, this is a Zombie AU so it is dark, bloody, and death riddled.
Blight

Play it Again by Metisket (R)

Title: Play it Again
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Pairing: Stiles Stilinski/Derek Hale
Categories: AU, Dark, Pre-Slash,
Length: Epic (67k)
Warnings: Violence/ Character Death/ Off-screen Cannibalism

Author on LJ: metisket
Website: Metisket's Ao3

Summary: In which Stiles goes along with one of Derek’s plans and ends up in an alternate universe as a result. He should’ve known better. He did know better, actually, and that means he has no one to blame but himself.

“Laura wants to lure the kid in with food and kindness and make a pet of him, like a feral cat. Derek wants to have him arrested for stalking. They’re at an impasse. (And the rest of the family is staying emphatically out of it in a way that suggests bets have been placed.)”

Review: Despite the warnings, this is a nice schmoopy fic with lots of feels. Stiles finds himself in a world where the Hales are alive and well and sets out to keep it that way. Befriending the Hales and various Beacon Hill's teens along the way.

Stile's original world is super dark, so the beginning of the fic is really something to read with care if character death gets to you. After the first chapter though, everything gets much lighter. Probably not a great read if you aren't familiar with Teen Wolf because various swaths depend on Alt-history of the series.

Play it Again

Big Hero Martain by Anonymous (Pg-13)

Title: Big Hero Martian
Fandom: Big Hero Six/The Martian
Pairing: Gen
Categories: Crossover, Friends, Fluff, Post-Canon, Sci-Fi
Length: Epic (42,000)
Warnings: PTSD/Past Character Death

Author on LJ: N/A
Website: Anonymous

Summary: There would have been no rescue for Marke, if NASA had not noticed he was still alive. Unless of course a certain Big Hero noticed instead

Review: This is a really fun, fast paced crossover between Big Hero 6 and The Martain. While primarily concentrating on Hiro's recovery and relationship with Baymax. Mark's POV and commentary is spot-on as is Aunt Cass'.

Almost all of the side characters from both fandoms make at least cameos, if not playing a part in the plot and all of their characterizations are solid and very well done. A definite joy to read.

If you are not familiar with Big Hero 6 this fic will probably not make a lot of sense to you. But if you have a passing familiarity with the Martain and are very familiar with the Big Hero 6 story you can probably read it comfortably.

Big Hero Martain

i was not magnificent by WonderTwinC (PG)

Title: i was not magnificent
Fandom: Leverage
Pairing: Gen
Categories: Fanvid, Family, Friends
Length: 5:32 minutes
Warnings: Spoilers for series

Author on LJ: n/a
Website: Youtube

Summary: Recently, I took the time to rewatch this amazing show and I was reminded of how much I love it. I love this band of misfits so much that it honestly aches sometimes when I think about them and the fact that we only got five wonderful seasons. This has always been a song I've wanted to work with but I never knew how or with what until I was listening to it the other morning and it just hit me.

Review: This is a great mashup of the whole Leverage series. From beginning to end it is a love song for the series and the characters. It is bittersweet and happy all in one go.

I particularly loved the use fo the bits of the characters speech and group shots. And the way it shows how everything progressing bit by bit.

If you haven't seen the show this one might not be for you because it bridges all the different stages of the show and might end up spoiling you for parts of the series you haven't seen yet.

i was not magnificent

recs by chibifukurou,
Title: Previous Engagement
Fandom: Ranma 1/2 / Detective Conan/Case Closed
Pairing: Mouri Ran/ Kudo Shinichi, (Canon Romantic Inclinations)
Categories: Crossover, Drama, Established Romance, Detective
Length: Long (25 000 words)
Warnings: Canon Dysfunctional Relationships, Graphic Sexual Content

Author on LJ: mirrorandimage
Author Website: Mirror and Image at ff.net

Author’s Summary:
Ran and Shinichi arrive at the Tendo dojo with a problem that only one Saotome Ranma can fix. Now if only the residents would LISTEN to them...

Review:

Previous Engagement smashes the slow-paced investigative approach of Detective Conan into the mad-cap antics of Ranma 1/2. The result is surprisingly dramatic oneshot; the established couple of Ran and Shinichi, having escaped their canon's romantic stalemate, provide a baseline of normality that highlights Ranma's weirdness, but also its pathos.

The fic requires familiarity with Ranma’s canon to follow (and knowing the premise of Detective Conan) because the fic showcases quite a few of Ranma’s characters and their peculiar issues, either through Shinichi and Ran’s observations or through a scene from their perspective.

The dialogue is mostly fast-paced and full of meaningful non-verbal interaction, which works very well in a Ranma fic. While the story does quickly degrade into violence, often a warning sign in crossovers, the nature of the fight and its aftermath are handled in an intelligent manner and one that feels true to the themes of both canons.

Also, I like how Ran and Shinichi work together. Sharp-eyed Shinichi picks out every detail, endlessly building a picture of how Nerima functions, while Ran smoothes her way through social situations and zealously protects him. It’s a partnership that canon denies us for the sake of will-they-won't-they social tension, but few fics reach the point of portraying.

Previous Engagement on fanfiction.Net

Walk with me by JoeLawson (PG-13)

Title: Walk with me
Fandom: The Losers
Pairing: Jake Jensen/Carlos “Cougar” Alvarez
Categories/Genres: Hurt/Comfort
Length: 8107
Warnings: N/a

Author/Artist on AO3: Joe Lawson

Summary: Figured that Roque would pass out and make Jensen carry his lazy ass halfway across Afghanistan.

Review:The Losers I believe is one fandom that doesn’t get nearly enough attention. With characters that are so diverse and well described yet each with nearly no background story you can see why a lot of fanfic’s I have read are each so unique. This is my most beloved Loser rec as my favourite character, Jensen get’s his time to shine and prove how strong and protective he is of his team.

Despite being hurt/comfort it ends happily and made me laugh out loud at reactions from the team that I was not expecting.

Walk with me

Celebrate the Me Yet To Come by Vera (R)

Title: Celebrate the Me Yet To Come
Fandom: Ghostbusters (2015)
Pairing: Erin Gilbert/Jillian Holtzmann
Categories: Character Study, Origin Story, Friendship, Romance
Length: Medium (6000 words)
Warnings:

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: AO3 Tumblr

Author’s Summary:
She is deeply strange and strangely deep. She looks in the void and the void blinks first. This is how Jillian Holtzman makes herself.

Review:
An exploration of how Jillian Holtzman became a highly skilled, unapologetically non-conformist engineer. It follows Holtzman’s perspective from smart, proud little girl to directionless, isolated certified engineer to the events of the film, with her always being uncompromisingly herself. The narrative flows very naturally, with well-chosen phrasing and pacing, to form a story is both dizzying and touching.

Celebrate the Me Yet To Come
Podfic (by RevolutionaryJo)
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

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