Mar. 13th, 2016

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Title: 'That is not how the Force works', a drabble
Author: [tumblr.com profile] bonehandledknife
Fandom: Star Wars
Genre: meta-fic
Length: drabble

Author's Summary:
WHY CAN’T YOUR STORMTROOPERS HIT THE BROADSIDE OF A DEATHST–” Hux suddenly skids to a stop. “She’s here.”
“WHO’S HERE?!”
“I don’t know what she has, the scientists can’t figure it out but when she’s around,” Hux staggers, panting, “at this point, no one can aim straight if she’s even on the same planet, let alone the same room and–”
“WHO?!”

Review:
I love fics that make sense of canon in ways you never knew you were missing. This drabble may be short, but it's definitely good for that. Also, Leia is awesome.

'That is not how the Force works', a drabble (on tumblr)
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Title: Choosing
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] dreamfall
Fandom: Hunger Games
Genre: Pre-canon, all/mostly OCs
Pairing: various OCs
Length: Long (44,357 words)

Author's Summary:
In the 25th Hunger Games, to remind the Districts that they had brought the Games on themselves through their choice to rebel, each district was forced to choose its own tributes, rather than have them chosen by a public lottery. These tributes had to face not only the Capitol and, ultimately, the arena from which only one would emerge, but also the fact that their people, their friends and families, had chosen them specifically for the task.

Review:
An original story in the haunting dystopia of the Hunger Games 'verse. The original characters are mostly well-written (there is one whose mental illness is, imo, too magical for the 'verse, but it serves a purpose in the story that I'm not sure could have been done any better so it's justifiable). I really like how the premise is laid out and how devastating the voting is shown to be, how the rebel legacy is handled just 25 years into the games, and how the games themselves play out believably within the canon 'verse.

Choosing (on AO3)
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Title: Not using filter words in a first person point of view
Author: [tumblr.com profile] the-writers-society-deactivated
Genre: nonfiction, resources for writers

Author's Summary:

Hello! Would you mind doing an example of not using filter words in a first person point of view? While I know that you can just switch out the pronouns for I/me/my, I just want to see it in action and when you should (and shouldn't) use the filter words. Thank you!

the-writers-society-deactivated: Hi there! I would love to! I think I’ll start out with an example with filter words and then cut out the filter words to show you the difference.
For those of you who haven’t seen my post on Filter Words.

Review:
Fantastic writing advice if you're struggling to make your first person pov stories seem less passive or reactive!

Not using filter words in a first person point of view (on tumblr)
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Title: To Where the Mockingjay Flies
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Chaed
Fandom: Hunger Games
Genre: AU - canon divergence, Minor characters as heroes
Length: Medium (36,089 words & counting)

Author's Summary:

Mockingjay AU. The one where Coin won't risk it, Katniss crumbles under the weight of a revolution and Peeta has to find his own way out of Snow's clutches. A slow-burn Everlark set in pandemonic Panem, for Johanna supporters and Odesta enthusiasts.
Also, the one where Finnick lives.

For everyone who always wanted to see Annie as the heroine, Peeta as more than a part in a love triangle, and Johanna not as a discardable sidekick, but as a key character in the revolution. And for Katiac, who helped me shape this plotbunny into a full-fledged AU.

Review:
WOW! I am seriously hooked on this WIP. I generally love 'minor characters as heroes' stories and this is still one of the best I've read. The plot is good, the characters are great, and it's such a page turner - I check so often for updates.  (Score might go up as story continues)

To Where The Mockingjay Flies (on AO3)
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Title: Sentiment
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] SaraHerbertWatson
Fandom: Hunger Games, Sherlock BBC
Genre: Fusion
Pairing: John/Sherlock
Length: Very Long (75,279 words & counting)

Author's Summary:
Eight years after Mycroft Holmes wins the Hunger Games and becomes the first victor of District Twelve, childhood friends John Watson and Sherlock Holmes' lives are about to be changed forever, again: John Watson gets Reaped into the 74th Hunger Games. But John doesn't know how Sherlock feels - Sherlock doesn't want John to die without knowing he's loved - so, better late than never. Faced up against Careers Irene Adler, Sebastian Moran, and Jim Moriarty, John has to fight to survive to get back to Sherlock - but can he? Does he even want to?

Review:
I didn't think it was possible to write a fusion where the main characters were so very in-character as this - Sherlock, John, Mycroft, even Lestrade and Mary, and Moriarity is exactly as creepy (I don't think they did Irene or Molly justice, but they're only minor characters in this fic so it may just be an issue of screen time). The plot is very good too. Warnings for an instance of violent homophobia and for the sociopathy of this career pack. I'm also particularly eager to see if the revolution will come into the story soon.

Sentiment (on AO3)
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Title: Good Things Do Happen
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] trinityofone
Fandom: Supernatural
Genre: Fix it, post-apocalypse
Pairing: Cas/Dean, Sam/Jess
Length: Medium (10,947 words)

Author's Summary:
A Winchester Family Christmas, 2010. AKA, Best zombie Christmas ever!

Review:
Fluffy everyone lives fic! I feel like there aren't a lot of simply happy Supernatural fics so this is sort of a rare gem. I enjoyed the balance of fluff, humor, and character moments.

Good Things Do Happen (on AO3)
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Title: Pretend a Little
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] tolieawake
Fandom: Grimm
Genre: AU, Pretending to Date Romance
Pairing: Sean Renard/Nick Burkhart
Length: Medium (37,345 words & counting)

Author's Summary:
“I know this is a lot to take in,” Renard said, spreading his hands and leaning forward over the desk. “But unfortunately, recent circumstances are forcing our hand.”
“Which means we have to date.”
“To give the appearance of dating, yes.”
Nick laughed. “This is insane.”

Review:
It's a fairly standard romance trope, but this author is one of the best in the Grimm fandom and this fic is a good example of their work. A nice fic (WIP atm) to add to the bookmarks for Sean/Nick shippers.

Pretend a Little (on AO3)
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Title: 8 Sensations series
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] merle_p 
Fandom: Sense8
Genre: Friendships & Relationships, Chosen Family 
Length: Medium (WIP)

Author's Summary:
1. It isn’t until Amanita says, out of the blue, over the rim of her chai latte, “Would you mind telling Kala that I really liked the book she recommended?”, that Nomi realizes it’s so much more than that. Her girlfriend is not simply accepting the existence of other people’s voices in her head – she is actually conversing with them.
2.“Jesus,” Will says. He is pacing the room, rubbing a distracted hand across his face. His cheeks are flushed, there is sweat pooling in the back of his neck, and he can’t even blame the Mexican heat for that, since the A/C in the apartment is working just fine. Wolfgang looks up from his phone with a smirk. “They are at it again, aren’t they.” It’s not a question.
3. “I should have blown his fucking brains out,” she tells the wall, but at that point, she thinks she might just be channeling Wolfgang.

Review:
This is a beautiful series about the friendships and relationships in the cluster&their families/friends and how they enrich each character's life. I especially love the first in the series, epistolary. Neetya is such a fantastic character (so are Nomi and pretty much all of the cluster, but Neetya above them all, imo).

8 Sensations series (on AO3)

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