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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)
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Subject: And On the Highway of Regret by Leloi (Explicit)

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
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Little Better than the Devil by ani_bester (Mature)

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
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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
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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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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.
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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.

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recs by chibifukurou,
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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
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Just a far away memory by navaan (Mature)

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
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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