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Title: Sand in the Wind
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] rain_sleet_snow
Fandom: Tortall
Genre: Minor Characters, Outsider POV, Female POV character
Length: Medium (19,720 words)
rec'd on fancake

Author's Summary:
Kourrem bint Kemail fulfils a dream.

Review:
Absolutely amazing! Kourrem has a great personality for narrating and offers a fantastic and culturally sensitive outsider POV on the events of the last two Alana books that I just adore. Also, the podfic is gorgeous!

Sand in the Wind (on AO3)
Podfic by [archiveofourown.org profile] chestnut_filly aka [personal profile] chestnut_filly 
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Title: Shadows on the Wall
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] AraSigyrn
Fandom: Sherlock BBC
Genre: AU, Psychic powers
Pairing: John/Sherlock
Length: Medium (18,160 words)

Author's Summary:
John came back from Afghanistan psychic.

Review:
A plotty John-centric BBC Sherlock story about psychic powers that cause as many problems as they solve. John's characterization is fantastic. This fic is well-written and understandably popular (has almost 5000 Kudos and almost 2000 bookmarks on AO3). Also [archiveofourown.org profile] lunchee has made a podfic of this.

Shadows on the Wall (on AO3)
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Title: Scylla and Charybdis
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Mithrigil  & [archiveofourown.org profile] puella_nerdii 
Fandom: Hunger Games
Genre: Pre-canon, Minor Characters
Pairing: Annie Cresta/Finnick Odair
Length: Long (61,326 words)
Warnings: several instances of forced prostitution, mention of threats of violence against family and graphic violence against a family pet

Author's Summary:
Finnick decides that, come hell or high water, he is bringing his tribute home from the seventieth Hunger Games. That tribute is Annie Cresta. But Finnick never thought that he would have to choose between bringing her home and keeping her safe, and he wants both. How Annie Cresta crept up on Finnick Odair.

Review:
Rating given by the author was R but it's right on the border with NC-17 briefly at the end, just so you know.  But overall, I found this fic to be really well-written in canon style, with good pacing and excellent character development.  If you liked books/movies 1 and 2 of canon, you'll like this one.  It's Finnick's POV as he mentors Annie (her character is lovely) and interacts with the other mentors - those relationships are really interesting.  The story mostly focuses on events surrounding Annie's game but also shows the early stages of the planning for the revolution.

Scylla and Charybdis (on AO3)
podfic by [personal profile] rhea314 
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Title: Prison Break
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] cywscross
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Genre: Competence, Prison Break fic
Pairing: mild Peter/Stiles
Length: Medium (21,925 words)

Author's Summary:
The last time Peter was locked up and abandoned, he went crazy and killed a bunch of people. Stiles can’t understand why anyone would consider it a good idea to repeat history. So he decides to do something about it.

Review:
This is a great Stiles-being-clever fic. He makes a decision that the pack sending Peter to Eichen House was WRONG and he goes to great lengths to right that wrong by being independent and resourceful and brave and clever. There's something for just about anybody to admire in Stiles' character in this fic. The only con imo is that the light Peter/Stiles ship aspect didn't totally convince me, but that subplot is very small - the main thing is the prison break.

Prison Break (on AO3)
[Podfic] Prison Break - by readbythilia (thilia)
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Title: What I Did On My Summer Vacation
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] grimm
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Genre: AU, Werewolves Are Known/Magic Is Known
Pairing: Stiles/Derek
Length: Long (118,749 words)

Author's Summary:
There's something weird about Beacon Hills that Stiles can't quite put his finger on. The way everyone in town knows his name the day he arrives. The way they insist the melancholic howling that echoes through the forest every night is just a dog. The way his dad denies getting a dog, even though Stiles comes home to find one sprawled across his bed, some big black thing whose eyes gleam red in the right light. The way that massive oak tree out in the woods vibrates under his touch, pulsing with sickly life.
There's something weird going on in this town, and Stiles is determined to get to the bottom of it.

Review:
A little bit Werewolves are Known, plus a little Laura Lives, plus Derek is stuck as a wolf, plus Stiles is the only one in town who doesn't know what's going on... Stiles is only visiting his father, the town sheriff, and he gets a summer job at the library working for Laura Hale, and slowly he notices that weird things happen here but no one else seems to think its a big deal so he has to figure it out himself.  As Teen Wolf fics go, this one is fairly light in tone (though there is angsty and a lot of sadness associated with the Hale Fire still).  I like this fic as an example of the everyday magic type of Urban fantasy - Beacon Hills as a whole supernatural town/enclave headed  by the Hale Pack makes for a good premise.

What I Did On My Summer Vacation (on AO3)
podfic by lunchee
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Title: Is This A Raid
Author: entanglednow
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Genre: pack/friendship/family, humor
Length: Short (5,889 words)

Author's Summary:
"Oh my God, Scott put soy in the cart, he put fake meat in the cart, he's trying to kill us all."

Review:
Doesn't the summary make you want to read this fic? It's got that lovely Teen Wolf humor and warm and fuzzy pack feels. It's a real feel good fic.

Is This A Raid? (on AO3)
Podfic by knight_tracer
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Title: Mandala
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Dr_Doomsduck
Fandom: Torchwood, Doctor Who
Genre: Fix-it, AU, Character bashing, Fixing Canon's Broken Logic, Sci Fi
Pairing: Jack Harkness/Ianto Jones, Amy Pond/Rory Williams, Gwen Cooper/Rhys Williams
Length: Long (124,126 words)
rec'd on fancake

Author's Summary:
It began, or rather continued because nothing ever truly ends or begins, with a man who grew old but didn’t age. He was standing in a building that wasn’t ever built and looked out to a world that would never turn.

Review:
How did this fic sit on my ereader for so long and not get read?! This is an amazing fic with epic plot and some seriously clever twisting of notoriously-unlogical Whoniverse canon into shapes that actually make sense. I won't say this fic is without faults and a few teeny tiny plot holes of its own but it's so very good anyways.

So this fic is a Miracle Day AU that doesn't just reject canon reality and substitute fan's ship of choice - but wait, don't run away yet! I hated Miracle Day and this fic actually changed my mind about it a little bit - if this fic were Season 5, it would all be okay again.

Basically, Ianto and Amy and a Time Agent OC - who fits very nicely into the spectrum of dis-functionality of other Time Agents we know from canon - end up trapped in the Time Agency after it was destroyed and have to figure out why they're there, why they can't leave, why they all remember different timelines, and, once that's sorted, how they're going to stop reality from falling apart while also saving the human race from The Miracle. It really is an amazing fic. There's only one problem I have with this fic and that's that the villain's accomplice (who I can't name without spoiling) starts out alright but becomes very one dimensional in the end - this, as you will understand, might actually be considered a plus to some fans, but to me it could have been a little less heavy-handed at least. I actually loved the villain himself though - zero complaints there.

Mandala (on AO3)
Podfic for Mandala (on AO3)

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Title: Sum of Its Parts series
Author: [archiveofourown.org 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.

Review:
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 [archiveofourown.org profile] opalsong 
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Title: A Grand Sneer
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] MoragMacPherson
Fandom: Discworld, Supernatural
Genre: Crossover
Length: Medium (Words: 35,323)

Author's Summary:
While hunting in a library, Dean slips into L-space and runs all the way to the Discworld. Getting home is going to take a little more effort.

Review:
If you happen to like both Supernatural and Discworld, you can't miss this fic! It starts in Season 5 of Supernatural with a very short glimpse into an original case that quickly turns into a problem for Dean as he tries to outrun a monster in a library and... I know you can see it coming... travels through L-Space to the Unseen University's Library. In addition to the obvious plot of how Dean will get back home, there's also a great deal of time and effort put into dealing with Dean's inevitable culture shock - after all, he comes from a universe where non-humans are Always Chaotic Evil and has landed in one where they're just another shape of "humanity". On his journey, Dean encounters the wizards, the Watch, and the witches and eventually, takes a bit of Discworld home with him that gives him and Sam the upperhand against the apocalypse at last.

A Grand Sneer (on AO3)
podfic by [archiveofourown.org profile] tinypinkmouse  (on AO3)
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Title: The Presbury Letters
Author: Katie Forsythe
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes ACD
Genre: Romance, Historical - WWI
Pairing: Sherlock/Dr. Watson
Length: Long
Admin Note:  rec'd on fancake

Author's Summary:
[[none given]]

Review:
I found this fic when [personal profile] alessnox rec'd it on fancake summarized it very well: "This story is set after the last Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.. The premise is that Sherlock Holmes and John Watson had been in a committed relationship for over a decade, but of course no one mentions it out loud because of the buggery laws which would mean their imprisonment and hard labor. This makes it difficult when they are separated by World War One. Sherlock works in the intelligence office in London with his brother Mycroft, and John Watson is an Army doctor working in the trenches in France. The story is in the form of letters sent back and forth between the two during their separation."

I love this fic. It's really great as lgbt historical fiction. I don't think any knowledge of ACD canon is really necessary beyond knowing the basic facts about who Sherlock, Mycroft, Watson, and Lestrade are.

The Presbury Letters (on the author's site)
podfic by [archiveofourown.org profile] mific (on AO3)

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Title: A rimirar le stelle (To behold the stars once more)
Author: [personal profile] whit_merule , [archiveofourown.org profile] whit_merule , [personal profile] whit_merule
Fandom: Supernatural
Pairings: Castiel/Dean/Gabriel
Genre: Purgatory fic, Romance, Paramormal
Length: Medium (Words: 44,145)

Author's Summary:
A Purgatory fairytale. Castiel and Dean find Gabriel in Purgatory. Though he has neither shape nor memories, he joins his path to theirs, as they all try to make their way out of the woods.

Review:
Creative, evocative, and engaging.  I love the concept and the plot.  The romance is great too - very slow at first but you'll be well entertained with plot so it doesn't drag.  This fic is illustrated with stock photos that add to the descriptive effects of the fic.  Complete.

A rimirar le stelle (To behold the stars once more) [on AO3], Part 1(on LJ), Part 2 (on LJ)
podfics by kalakirya
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Title: The Magic School Bus Stops a Spell
Author: [archiveofourown.org 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.

Review:
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:  they tell me their secrets (will you tell me yours too)
Author:  [livejournal.com profile] etothepii 
Fandom:  Sherlock
Genre:  Magical Realism AU
Pairings: John/Sherlock
Length:  Short (Words: 2,320)

Author's Summary:
In Afghanistan, the supplies tell him when they're running low, and the cars always, always tell him when strangers have touched them, and John gets known as having a knack (paranoia, his men call it, but he's never missed a single car bomb) for keeping his men safe.

Review:
Cool concept in a well-written one shot.

they tell me their secrets (will you tell me yours too) [on LJ] (on AO3)

podfic by [livejournal.com profile] littlewolfstar , [livejournal.com profile] lunchy_munchy , and [livejournal.com profile] yue_ix 
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Title: Play It Again
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] metisket 
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Genre: Parallel Universe/Inter-dimensional travel, AU, AU - No Hale Fire
Length: Long (Words: 63,206)

Author's 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:
Great story for one of my favorite concepts in this fandom.  I absolutely love all the Stiles humor throughout (lots of really funny one liners).  The characterizations are also really, really fantastic - especially Stiles, Derek, and Peter.

Play It Again (on AO3)
podfic (on AO3)

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Title:  No Reservations: Narnia
Autho
r: [archiveofourown.org profile] Edonohana 
Fandom:
Narnia, No Reservations, RPF
Genre:
  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.

Review:
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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Title:  An Avalanche of Detour Signs
Autho
r: [archiveofourown.org profile] gyzym 
Fandom:
Sherlock BBC
Pairing:
Lestrade/Molly
Genre:
Alternate POV, Romance
Length:
Medium (Words: 56,053)

Author's Summary:
In which Molly Hooper gets a job, gets a degree, breaks a heart, has her heart broken, falls in love, keeps a secret, saves a life, runs a morgue, falls apart, pulls it together, and finds exactly what she didn't know she was looking for--not necessarily in that order.

Review:
This fic is from Molly's POV and she's so, so well written.  It's technically an alternate POV fic, but Molly's sort of at the margins most of the time so it doesn't rehash canon cases.  It's about Molly's life and the slow development of Molly/Lestrade romance.  I also really love Mycroft and Anthea in this.

An Avalanche of Detour Signs (on AO3)
podfic version (on AO3)
 

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Title: (Sacred) In the Ordinary
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] idyll
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Pairings: Stiles/Derek, past Lydia/Stiles, Chris Argent/Sheriff Stilinski, Allison Argent/Scott McCall
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enre: Family, Romance, General
Length: Medium (Words: 78,759)

Author's Summary:
The Pack, after college, graduate school and the starting of careers, comes back to Beacon Hills. Nothing's gotten less complicated after all this time. Based on a kink meme prompt that grew legs and got serious.  This is a whole lot of pack!fic with a very slow build Derek/Stiles.

Review:
This is a future fic, when the characters are all adults returned from college and starting their careers (and maybe, possibly, taking over the world!) and I really like this one in part because it only focuses on the characters that I actually like from the show, and also because I seriously love the whole touchy-feeling pack thing going on here.  The characters are well done, taking into account that they're older than canon and the slow development of the main Stiles/Derek relationship is lovely.  I also like that Stiles is totally BAMF, both in his physical capabilities when backed up by the wolves and in his ability to get his way with his words.  I also like how Stiles cares for everyone - this is a sweet, well-written Families of Choice fic.

(Sacred) In the Ordinary (on AO3)
Also has an outstanding podfic version by [archiveofourown.org profile] knight_tracer 

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Title: The Brain Thief
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] hollimichele 
Fandom: Discworld
Genre: Case!fic/Mystery, Supernatural, Next-gen
Length: Medium (Words: 31,591)
Admin Note: rec'd on fancake

Author's Summary:
Young Sam grows up, meets a girl, cracks a case, and tells a lie. Not necessarily in that order.

Review:
Let's face it: no one can quite match the style of Terry Pratchett.  Fortunately, this fic is close enough you can get your Discworld fix in between new novels.  Young Sam, son of Commander Sir Samuel Vimes, Duke of Ankh etc, etc. is a new corporal in the Watch, proceeding through the streets of Morpork on his usual beat when he spots a running man and gives chase.  Things are looking up for Sam.  Soon, he meets a lovely girl and catches his first big case.  But Ankh-Morpork is in a difficult time, facing the looming uncertainty of Life After Vetinari (the patrician is old and his health is failing).  As a next-gen fic, most of the cast is original characterizations and I think the case is compelling. I did find the ending a tad predictable, but its so well-written that I whole-heartedly recommend this fic to all Discworld fans anyways.

The Brain Thief (on AO3)

Podfic for The Brain Thief (on AO3)

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Title: National Service
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] burntcopper 
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia
Genre: Post-series, War, Dark
Length: Medium (Words: ~8k = first 5 fics which are their own story arc and stand alone, then there's another 52k fic in the series about a concurrent but independent story arc featuring Susan as Torchwood agent which is rec'd in a separate post here)
Warnings: Violence
Admin Note: rec'd on fancake, rec'd on TV Tropes

Author's Summary:
1. Soldiering is soldiering, even when you're using a gun rather than a sword. And they're underestimating you because of your age.
2. Some lads stand out when they're called up.
3. You'd think one Pevensie in the military was enough.
4. Some people really don't understand the concept of playfighting.
5. No parent wants to know this about their children.

Review:
This is a seriously dark series and that's part of the reason I love it.  Narnia canon broke me a little because of the way Aslan (aka Jesus) treated Susan at the end, so most of the Narnia fics I like tend to be quite dark.  This one is one of the darkest and it couldn't be more different from canon, yet it works.  It's a fic that reminds you in detail that the best rulers are unpleasant people.  All four Pevensies came back from Narnia as medieval warrior-monarchs - because in Narnia, that was how they did wonderful, good things - but to the rest of the mundane world who doesn't understand how it happened or what purpose it could serve, they appear to be nearly sociopathic.  The characterization is chilling, at times, but I can't help but admire how capable the Pevensies are and how they work so closely together to navigate the mundane world that doesn't understand them.

National Service (on AO3)
podfics available (on AO3) by [archiveofourown.org profile] croissantkatie 

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