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Title: it used to be mad love
Author: [ profile] featherxquill
Fandom: Taylor Swift "Bad Blood" music video
Genre: Female Friendship
Length: Short (1,946 words)

Author's Summary:
No one's a superhero since the job went corporate, but they were supposed to be sisters.

Really cool story written for Yuletide to explain what's happening in the video (which is on Youtube if you haven't seen it - you do need it to make sense of the story).

it used to be mad love (on AO3)
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Title: An Unexpected Evening
Fandom: NYPL '67 Reference Cards
Genre: ?
Pairing: Uncertain Female Caller/Fellow Who's Worth Twenty Seven Million Dollars
Length: Short (1,931 words)

Author's Summary:
New Year's Eve 1966 - a mystery man and a fancy party - what more could a girl ask for?

I love the New York Public Library's find of old Reference questions. This fic is the imagined backstory to one of the more intriguing cards:
Phone message left mid-afternoon by a "somewhat uncertain female voice" on New Year's Day 1967: "I have two questions. The first is sort of an etiquette one. I went to a New Year's Eve party and unexpectedly stayed over. I don't really know the hosts. Ought I to send a thank-you note? Second, when you meet a fellow and you know he's worth twenty-seven million dollars because that's what the told me, twenty-seven million, and you know his nationality, how do you find out his name?"

The author reveal won't be for a bit yet, but this fic is lovely so I had to rec it right away.

An Unexpected Evening (on AO3)
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Title: Inktober favorites
Author: [ profile] careydraws
Fandom: multifandom
Genre: fanart - b/w sketches

Author's Summary:
sketches of 31 of the artist's favorite female fantasy lit characters

Gorgeous character art that all female fantasy fans should see - might give you some ides for the next book to read too!

Inktober favorites (on tumblr)
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Title: No Such Data Exists
Author: [ profile] Quipxotic
Fandom: Dark Matter
Genre: Scifi, continuation (follows Season 1)
Length: Medium (12,340 words & counting)

Author's Summary:
What happens after the end of the Season 1 finale? (Beware: LOTS of spoilers!)

I just got into Dark Matter and have been looking or good fics - it's a really small fandom, unfortunately, but I did find this one that I liked. The characterizations are good and it sets out to answer the total loop that the season finale threw us for in the last minutes which is cool. It's WIP and by a rookie writer (but don't cringe yet, it's truly not bad so don't automatically cringe away from that My First Fanfic tag/warning) and they could probably use some encouragement so if you've seen Dark Matter, definitely give this one a try and consider maybe posting a short comment.

No Such Data Exists (on AO3)
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Title: Modern Woman
Author: [ profile] jaegermighty
Fandom: Arrow
Genre: Romance
Pairing: Oliver/Felicity
Length: Short (6,120 words)

Author's Summary:
"You're a what?" Oliver asks incredulously.

Awesome fic! It's a story where a capable, intelligent, adult woman is a virgin and it's not a problem at all. Or, well, Oliver is weird about it, but the fic makes it odd that Oliver is reacting like that, rather than treating it like something is wrong (or right, since some stories do go preachy preachy about virginity and that's equally problematic) with Felicity.

Modern Woman (on AO3)
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Title: One More Time
Author: [ profile] TheWinsomeWasp
Fandom: Queer As Folk
Genre: Time Travel (Redo)
Pairing: primarily Justin/Brian
Length: Very Long (106,080 words and counting)

Author's Summary:
The night of Brian's funeral Justin wakes up in his 17 year old body - what would you do?

I make no secret of my love of redo time travel, but this is fast becoming on of my favorites. I love the reassessment of priorities which is common to redo fics, but I also love the less common themes like the relationship Justin develops with his grandmother, how he pulls his resources (limited at the beginning) to make sure he avoids or at least does better with some of the bad things he knows are coming. And I LOVE the moment that Justin and Brian are reunited - the feels! Also, features artists, making art, and the art business which I love to see in fics.  It's not just all good things though - Justin's relationship with his mother, Michael's mother, and his old friends is lost - which is sad, but more real than if everything went his way.

One More Time (on AO3)

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Title: Tik Tok
Author: [ profile] binz and [ profile] shiplizard
Fandom: Rivers of London, Forever
Genre: Crossover, Friendship, Time Travel
Length: Medium (9,519 words)
rec'd on fancake

Author's Summary:
Well, tonight he either saved Henry from being spied on by UNIT or he got a British visitor drunk and gave him a really fun club crawl to cheer him up. Either way, victory. Good job, team.

Excellent crossover, great geeky Peter&Lucas friendship fic, touching Henry&Lucas character fic --- all around a really good fic. This brings together two tiny fandoms - you only need to know one or the other to love this fic... knowing both makes it twice as good.

Tik Tok (on AO3)
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Title: Northern Lights
Author: [ profile] silver_sun
Fandom: Rivers of London, Shetland (no knowledge of Shetland, a British police procedural TV show, is required to read this fic)
Genre: Casefic, Crossover
Pairing: hints at future Peter/Nightingale
Length: Medium (48,026 words)

Author's Summary:
The theft of three Pictish stone carvings from a museum in London lead Peter and Nightingale to Shetland. The reason for the theft is clear: The stones are ancient storage devices for magical energy. Who took them and why is a lot less so. That Shetland has its own mythology and magics which are far closer to that of Scandinavia than London doesn't help matters.
Between the lack of information, the cold and wet January weather and Nightingale's cold, Peter can't help but wish they were back in London.

Crossover with Shetland. No knowledge of Shetland, which is a police drama set in Shetland, is needed. The story is from Peter's POV, and any information about the three detectives, DCI Jimmy Perez, DS Alison 'Tosh' McIntosh and DC Sandy Wilson, who make up the core cast of Shetland will be found out where needed as Peter does.

Set post Broken Homes for Rivers of London and after series one of Shetland.

I really enjoyed this fic. The case was interesting and perfectly suited to the canon universe. The way the investigation progressed was believable and well-paced. While I like Thomas/Peter shipping well enough, I still prefer genfic so that may be why I found that aspect of the story to be out-of-character - otherwise, the characterizations were pretty good. I do think this fic badly needed to be proofread (badly enough that I stopped reading it on my ereader after the first chapter and opened it up in my laptop in calibre's editor and fixed my epub as I read -- if you're a serious grammar nazi, message me and I can send you a copy because I really don't want people to avoid reading this fic because it wasn't beta read). It also suffered from the same flaw as Midnight Riot where it tells what was just said in description rather than just giving the dialogue. This makes for a lot of long paragraphs and, at times, a slow pace to what could have been a page turner.

Northern Lights (on AO3)
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Title: Sum of Its Parts series
Author: [ profile] KouriArashi
Fandom: Teen Wolf, (and 1 Veronica Mars crossover, but just the very basic knowledge of Veronica Mars is enough to still enjoy that story)
Genre: AU (Human!Pack-Alpha!Stiles)
Pairing: Scott/Allison, Stiles/Derek (Ace relationship), Stiles/Erica (friends with benefits),
Length: Seriously Epic!!! (790,639 words & counting)
Warnings: Gay-bashing, Extreme Violence, Psychological Trauma, Abuse (canon Isaac) and Bullying (teens vs teens, and adult vs. teen)

Author's Summary:
Stiles deals with the aftermath of being abducted by Peter Hale and left for dead. It's harder than he would have thought to accept his place in the pack when he's convinced that he's the 'weak one' and can't protect himself. Fortunately, Scott and Sheriff Stilinski are there to help, and to nag Derek until he helps, too.

Okay, so I know I rec'd this series more than a year ago, but a lot more has been added to it since then, including a fantastic Veronica Mars crossover so I think it bears rec'ing again. I've only just finished that crossover and hopped on to rec it.  KouriArashi has made my list of reliably amazing authors so I trust the rest of her work to be well worth reading already. Do be aware what you're getting yourself into though... this series is a (somewhat sprawling) epic and its very hard to put down. Do not start reading when you should be sleeping, working, or otherwise engaged... or when you anticipate needing to do any of those things within the hour.

But about the story itself, and the crossover specifically... I love the characterizations. Stiles can be a little overbearing sometimes, and Derek more submissive in proportion, which can be a bad thing to some (and usually me as well) but I think that's part of what sold me on Stiles as a Human!Pack-Alpha. The Veronica Mars characters are --- from what I can remember, at least --- well characterized too.  It assumes basic knowledge of season 1 and then rewrites season 2 with some but not all of the canon plot points (no knowledge of season 2 needed).  Another thing I like in this fic is the immense care and respect taken with mental health issues. In fiction, you often find that characters are put through horrible things and then expected to just get on with hero-ing when most people would be curled up in a corner sobbing. This fic takes just as much care with the healing as it does with the adventures and gets some really exciting plots and a lot of great character development out of it too.

Sum of Its Parts series (on AO3)
Now with gorgeous podfics (on AO3 and audiofic archive) by [ profile] opalsong 
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Title: Hear That Call
Author: [ profile] isbmlamloi
Fandom: A League of Their Own
Genre: AU
Pairing: Jimmy Dugan/Dottie Hinson, implied Mae Mordabito/Doris Murphy
Length: Short (4.595 words)

Author's Summary:
Dottie goes home to bury Bob, then returns to see Kit pitch the World Series. Jimmy deals with the second year of the AAGPBL.

Short but nice AU if Dottie's husband hadn't come home from the war. I love A League of Their Own and wish there were more fics for it - especially ones that still stay pretty true to the film and the actual history of the league. This fic does that pretty well, though obviously it is a little darker and less comedic given the nature of the AU. I had actually started reading this hoping there would be a bit more of the tagged Mae/Doris ship, but unfortunately there's only a few little hints of it - wear your shipping goggles :)

Hear That Call (on AO3)
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Title: Not a Slow News Day
Author: [ profile] Amilyn
Fandom: Early Edition
Genre: Case-fic
Length: Short (Words: 6,645)

Author's Summary:
It's a long day of keeping Chicagoans alive and safe. Cat and the paper keep Gary running from the moment he gets up.

This fic could be an episode itself - there's quite a few cases happening on this day for Gary and his friends (I always wondered how a person could do this every day, nevermind the whole job/money-to-live-on issue). Requires some knowledge of the show but it's okay if it's been awhile - you won't need details, just basic name recognition of the characters.

Not a Slow News Day (on AO3)
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Title: On his Brother-in-Law's Secret Service
Author: [ profile] EASchechter
Fandom: Sherlock (BBC), Torchwood, Man From U.N.C.L.E., Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Cabin Pressure, Doctor Who, Avengers, X-Men
Genre: massive multi-crossover, scifi
Length: Epic (302,329 Words)

Author's Summary:
1. When Sherlock disappears, John Watson has to use everything he's learned to find him before it is too late.
2. John's first day on his new job goes nothing at all as expected. But when a Holmes is involved, what else is new?
etc. (The summaries aren't very helpful but, to be fair, this series is very hard to explain - it's sort of scifi in the style of Torchwood, sort of superheros in the style of the Avengers, with lots more thrown in as each canon is woven into this massive fusion 'verse. Like I said, hard to explain, but definitely worth a try, at the least.)

The summaries aren't very helpful but, to be fair, this series is very hard to explain - it's sort of scifi in the style of Torchwood, sort of superheros in the style of the Avengers, with lots more thrown in as each canon is woven into this massive fusion 'verse. Like I said, hard to explain, but definitely worth a try, at the least. Besides the crazy amount of work involved in making so many storyverses work together, I also have to give credit for the characterizations in this fic. Even if you're not sure you want to commit to the whole 300k words, even if you only know half those fandoms, at least give this fic a chance.

On his Brother-in-Law's Secret Service (on AO3)

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Title: Going Pro
Author: [ profile] Crystalkei
Fandom: Bend it Like Beckham
Genre: post-series, female characters
Pairing: past Jess/Joe
Length: Medium (36,489 Words)

Author's Summary:
Jess has graduated from university and Joe's got an offer for her to play. But who wants to play professional football for your ex-boyfriend?

A story about the Girl Power generation in a post-Girl Power world. By the time Jess graduates, the bright future she saw in women's pro soccer is over.  For all her abilities and ambitions, with few options, she's stuck going back to the world she tried to escape - of family and obligation and the incredibly awkward position of playing for the team her ex-boyfriend coaches. This story is about her trying to find her place in this world.

Going Pro (on
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Title: Nostalgia for the Light
Author: [ profile] alizarin_nyc
Fandom: Ripper Street
Genre: General, Case-fic
Length: Medium (6,602 Words)

Author's Summary:
Inspector Reid, Sergeant Drake and Captain Jackson investigate a case that leaves them more than a bit worse for wear. At least they have each other.

If you're not familiar with this show, it's a fairly-new BBC Victorian detective show set in Whitechapel, London. It's still a very small fandom but this story is among the better casefics out there.

Nostalgia for the Light (on AO3)
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Title: WorldCat Chat
Author: [ profile] Traykor
Fandom: Anthropomorphic
Genre: General
Length: Short (1,011 Words)

Author's Summary:
The government shutdown has the Library of Congress depressed, so she turns to her fellow libraries for some sympathy.

You might need to work at a library to follow this one, but it made me smile. Note: make sure to check the character list to decode the chat log participants.

WorldCat Chat (on AO3)
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Title: No Unworthy Aim
Author: [ profile] Sinope 
Fandom: Peter Pan (J.M. Barrie)
Genre: General, Post-canon, Historical - WWI
Pairing: light Hook/Wendy (post-canon)
Length: Short (4,851 Words)

Author's Summary:
Hook should, perhaps, have died in England and awoken in Hell. Instead, he died in Neverland and awoke in the trenches of 1916 France.
While trying to aid the boys of England, Wendy Darling found herself confronted with a man who had lost his right hand, his past, and his ability to dream.

Great historical fantasy (WWI) and post-canon fic.  Wendy's characterization is great.  The romance is very light.

No Unworthy Aim (on AO3)
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Title: The Balance of Affection
Author: [ profile] RecessiveJean
Fandom: Enchanted Forest Chronicles
Pairings: Cimorene/Mendanbar
Genre: Romance, Humor
Length: Short (6,060 words)

Author's Summary:
The King and Queen of the Enchanted Forest haven't shared a bed in more than a decade. Not that it's any of your business, really.

Funny and thoughtful small fandom fic, humor is type that would appeal to most Discworld fans too but probably requires knowledge of Enchanted Forest canon.

The Balance of Affection (on AO3)
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Title: The Magic School Bus Stops a Spell
Author: [ profile] corbae
Fandom: Teen Wolf, Magic School Bus
Genre: Crack, Crossover
Length: Short (Words: 1,838)

Author's Summary:
It all began when Ms. Frizzle got the letter from her niece.

Unrepentant crack!fic, but kind of awesome for it.

The Magic School Bus Stops a Spell (on AO3)
podfic by Rhea, audiobook by Fire-Juggler (on AO3)
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Title: Wrong Number
Author: [ profile] Lynse
Fandom: Doctor Who, The Magic School Bus
Genre: Crossover, Crack
Length: Short (Words: 2,875)

Author's Summary:
The TARDIS phone rings, but it’s not for the Doctor. The caller is actually after something just as unlikely—The Magic School Bus. But now, of course, the Doctor’s curiosity is aroused, and he just has to investigate.

I can't believe I never made the connection before, but this crossover was a great idea - the verses are pretty much perfect for each other.  I especially enjoyed when the Doctor tells the producer that the episode on aliens was too implausible and the producer replied that they hadn't done an episode on aliens (... not yet he hasn't ;)  Silly, impossible Doctor).  I hope this fic will update in the future because I'd love to see a Magic School Bus episode try to teach about Doctor Who aliens!

Wrong Number (on AO3)
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Title:  No Reservations: Narnia
r: [ profile] Edonohana 
Narnia, No Reservations, RPF
  General, Crossover, Meta
Length: Short (Words: 6,228)
note: rec'd on fancake

Author's Summary:
I’m crammed into a burrow so small that my knees are up around my ears and the boom mike keeps slamming into my head, inhaling the potent scent of toffee-apple brandy and trying to drink a talking mouse under the table.

Anthony Bourdain meets Reepicheep!  I can't believe I haven't rec'd this one yet.  It sounds so crack-y but it's not.  It's well done as a story and it actually has something kind of profound to say.  This story is about a real travel show going to a perfect place but it's not quite what you might expect.  Because what they find isn't a predictably Narnia-esque discovery about goodness and faith as beauty (which would never work with a No Reservations crossover).  But nor is it, as in many deconstructions of perfection, that it's a place where surface perfection hides an ugly truth. 

They find, as so often happens in No Reservations, that traveling somewhere fantastic is seldom everything you'd imagined, but that doesn't make it any less perfect or less beautiful and that encountering new cultures is a journey of self-discovery but a relativistic one with meaningful uncertainty and bigger questions rather than the obvious answers of a life lived unchallenged.  And when it comes to Narnia specifically, they find that there is a strange power to perfect even if its not what they imagined perfect would be.  And in a weird way, I think that combination really speaks about a kind of faith independent of religion.  It's a faith that CS Lewis probably wouldn't recognize as such, but still.  And it does it without talking about faith at all, but by talking about Narnia.

And I'm not sure that message could have been told quite so well or quite so profoundly (and especially not so efficiently - this is less than 7k words, remember) without using Narnia's allegory and No Reservations' template of (paradoxically) ambiguous discovery as a medium - which I think represents the pinnacle of fanfiction.

Now, I don't actually know if Edonohana set out to write a profound commentary on faith and the clash of imagined ideals and reality.  It's entirely possible they just thought it would make for a funny story - and it is funny and it has beautiful descriptions for people and places and food (that amazingly manage to stand in pretty effectively for the missing visuals of No Reservations) too.  The Anthony Bourdain voice is incredible and just perfectly nails both the snarky irreverence and the relativistic acceptance of canon... which is a little trippy beside the allegorical fantasy world of Narnia.  Maybe I'm reading into this things that aren't actually there.  But that in itself sounds a lot like a line out of No Reservations, so maybe there's something to it after all.

No Reservations: Narnia (on AO3)
podfic available (on AO3) - though frankly the author got Anthony Bourdain's voice so spot on that I really recommend reading it because part of the magic of the crossover is how easy it is to hear him narrate it

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