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Title: The Sweetest Mockery
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] PresidentHades
Fandom: Hunger Games
Genre: AU
Pairing: Maysileee/Haymitch, Ember/Cato, Finch/Marvel, Rain/Crane
Length: Long (85,475 words & counting)

Author's Summary:
Ember Abernathy, daughter of two Victors, volunteers for the 74th Games to ensure her brother survives. Instead of certain death in the arena, she ends up leading 23 tributes to District 13 after her Gamemaker sister sabotages the Games. But the tributes are abandoned as rebellion erupts, so Ember and Cato alone lead the journey into the wild amidst new friendships and romances.

Review:
I absolutely adore this fic, quite possibly even more than canon.  It's an active WIP and I check impatiently several times a week, every week for updates.  I love the backstory - that Haymitch and Maysilee used the star-crossed lovers thing in their quell and came out dual victors and then were ordered by Snow to have children whenever he wanted something cute for the Capitol.  Haymitch, kept mostly sober by Maysilee, and the rest of the Abernathy family have ended up playing a big covert roll in the coming rebellion.  Then two of the Abernathy children end up in the 74th games and it's time to act.  The story is very well-written, tightly plotted, and creative, the OCs are well-done and the effect is a story that's a real page-turner.  I can't wait to see where it goes next.

The Sweetest Mockery (on AO3)
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Title: One More Time
Author: [archiveofourown.org 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?

Review:
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: Cause We Belong To the Hurricane
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] deathmallow
Fandom: Hunger Games
Genre: AU, Chosen Families
Pairing: Haymitch/Johanna
Length: Epic (292,454+ words)

Author's Summary:
The rebellion doesn't belong to one person--it belongs to us all. When disaster strikes in the arena, the rebels are left scrambling to recover, and turn to an unlikely inspiration: Johanna Mason.

Review:
One of the best romances I've ever read - two damaged people finding themselves and each other on their own terms after so long being controlled - and all the better in that it's not even really a romance fic.  It's beautifully written and definitely publishable quality (barring the rare typo) - I think this fic is better than Mockingjay, or as good but in different ways maybe.  And while the romance arc is amazing, all those character development  arcs are even better still - Johanna's and Haymitch's of course, but really all the Victors are trying to find their way.  I like the chosen family element between the Victors. The story centers most around Johanna and Haymitch who are both really interesting characters - I particularly like Johanna's voice and Haymitch is a mess, but an incredibly strong one. I was a little disappointed to get to the end of the second book (of canon) and realize how much had been happening without Katniss (and therefore us) knowing - it really killed my enjoyment of the story in exactly the ways that this fic is built around so finding such a wonderful story that looks at that is great. And then it goes further with 'what if Katniss hadn't survived' and gives us plot alongside the character development as everyone struggles to make the revolution successful.

Cause We Belong To the Hurricane (on AO3)


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Title: GNU Terry Pratchett
Fandom: Discworld
Genre: Code!, Terry Pratchett Tribute

Author's Summary:
In Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, the clacks are a series of semaphore towers loosely based on the concept of the telegraph. Invented by an artificer named Robert Dearheart, the towers could send messages "at the speed of light" using standardized codes. Three of these codes are of particular import:

G: send the message on
N: do not log the message
U: turn the message around at the end of the line and send it back again

When Dearheart's son John died due to an accident while working on a clacks tower, Dearheart inserted John's name into the overhead of the clacks with a "GNU" in front of it to as a way to memorialize his son forever (or for at least as long as the clacks are standing.)

Review:
Fan code! This is really cool and a lovely tribute. Installing this script automatically places the phrase "GNU Terry Pratchett" in the "overhead" of your blog posts (variants available for tons of different sites) like the GNU John Dearheart in the clacks in Going Postal.

GNU Terry Pratchett (on own site)
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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)
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Title: The Rivers of London Rap
Author: Doc Brown and Mikis Michaelides
Fandom: Rivers of London
Genre: song and vid
Length: 4m23s

Author's Summary:
A semi-"official" (has the canon author's approval, but still a fan work) rap written and performed in music video format by professional entertainer (and big Rivers of London fan) Doc Brown about the first 3 books in the Rivers of London series.

Review:
This is a professional quality music video and a great original rap that even people who don't like rap much can enjoy.

The Rivers of London Rap (on youtube)
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Title: Nun of That
Author: [fanfiction.net profile] Lampito
Fandom: Supernatural
Genre: AU (takes place after an AU end to the Apocalypse), Sister!fic, Casefic, Humor
Length: Long (62,561 words)
note: rec'd on fancake

Author's Summary:
Somebody-or something-is terrorising convents. Is it a religious loony, or is it a job for the Winchesters? Worse, Dean is convinced that somebody has put a chastity curse on him. And who is this mysterious woman who can bitchface (TM) Sam into submission, or throw Dean across a desk without breaking a sweat? (Not that he minds, usually, but hello, chastity curse...) COMPLETE

Review:
This fic is AMAZING! It's hilarious and clever and wonderfully well-written. I love the OC, Sister Felicity - she's just fantastic and really compelling and as a cop-turned-nun, she's very, very interesting. Also, while I guess some people would find her particular expressions of faith blasphemous, I actually really like and respect her kind of devotion in the sense that she's a work in progress but stronger in her faith for the struggle (even though, I have to admit, there are times when I caught myself thinking she's such a fantastic character that she's wasted as a nun - awful of me, I know). This really is a must read, especially since Supernatural canon has such a dearth of decent female characters. The first chapter is a bit slow (its more of a prologue, imo), but the story really takes off from the start of Chapter 2, so stick with it. This story seems to be written between Seasons 4 and 5 or possibly during Season 5 so no spoilers or canon knowledge required from canon after that point.

Nun of That (on ff.net)

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Title: Mister Vimes'd Go Spare!
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Lunik
Fandom: Discworld
Genre: Post-canon
Length: Short (Words: 4,836)
Admin Note: rec'd on fancake

Author's Summary:
In the wake of the death of his Grace Sir Samuel Vimes, the various city watches across the disc are brought together in a way seldom observed among coppers.

Review:
So you know how, on the Disc, some things (like the laws of physics, the flow of time and causality, and the existence of gods) are a matter of belief? And you know how there are "Sammies" all over the Disc? Yeah. See Commander Vimes would probably be horrified of the idea but, the thing is, this fic makes so much sense it might just become your new headcanon.  The concept is great, but the execution, the details of it and especially of the kind of God of Watchmen that Sam Vimes would be, are just so perfect in this fic - it's fantastic.

Mister Vimes'd Go Spare! (on AO3)
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Title: Folly To Be Wise
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Philomytha 
Fandom: Rivers of London
Genre: Pre-canon/Memories, Character Study, Case-fic
Length: Short (6,661 Words)
Note: rec'd on TVTropes, rec'd on fanlore, rec'd on fancake

Author's Summary:
Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise.

Review:
There are quite a few things I love about this fic. 1) It plays with my favorite aspect of magic in the Rivers of London 'verse - the vestigia or magical character that builds up in places through history. 2) It made me realize how important his quiet competence is to Nightingale's character -- when he suddenly doesn't have it anymore, that was actually a really scary moment. and 3) The case fits so perfectly into the canon universe - I can't really say much without spoiling, but I can really see the 'villain' fitting in with what's known of the 'verse history and background characters. This fic definitely gets a great score and as many recs from me as I can make.

If you're not familiar with this canon... you really should be - it's fantastic... but otherwise, how much canon knowledge is required to understand this fic?  I'm not sure.  At the least, knowing that Nightingale is literally the only person who can teach Peter magic, who can protect Peter until he gains mastery, and who has the will and the knowledge to solve magical crimes in London is important.  Also, you have to know what "Ettersberg" means in this canon: the town of Ettersberg [aka Buchenwald] was the site of a battle in WWII that Nightingale and most British wizards fought in and almost all of them were killed there.  Besides that battle, various other means of mass death in WWII and the Soviet Empire whittled away at and ultimately finished off a significant majority of Europe's other magic users and scattered the rest.  To Nightingale and his few remaining contemporaries, all of whom are understandably haunted by that loss and Ettersberg in particular, it almost seems like they're living in a post-apocalyptic world.  If there's anything else that didn't make sense, feel free to ask (or read the books!  They're very good.)

Folly To Be Wise (on AO3)

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I happened across a TED Talk by Sarah Kay yesterday and I was an instant fan so I have to share.  She also has a TEDx here and her own website is kaysarahsera.com.  I love the rhythm and lyrical voice.  I love the imagery and the advice.  Her work is imaginative and evocative and also the sort of work that inspires those qualities in others.  I also really like hearing her talk about getting into poetry in the first of the links - firstly because she's a joy to listen to whether she's performing a poem or telling a story or explaining how she teaches reluctant teenagers, but secondly (and perhaps more importantly) because the way that she tells us the story is kind of magical.  I mean, it's not like "the moment it all began" can ever really be called mundane, but the situation she described could have been, if she'd told it another way.  But she didn't - she told it as her own Call to Adventure, for her own real life story.  I think there's a lesson in life and a lesson in story telling in that for all of us.  Even if you're not normally a poetry fan, give her a chance because she's just amazing.
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Title: Pack Up Your Troubles: Guide Thomas At Downton
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Alex51324
Fandom: Downton Abbey
Genre: Sentinel/Guide, Romance
Length: Medium (Words: 36,795)

Sequel to previously rec'd Thomas and the Society of Sentinels

Author's Summary:
In the sequel to "Thomas and the Society of Sentinels," Guide Thomas and his Sentinel, Gerald Pellinger, visit Downton Abbey. Are Thomas's trouble truly behind him, or will be fall into old ways?

Review:
Great sequel to a great fic. Gerald, and therefore Thomas as well, is invited to Downton - their return visit leads Thomas to realize how far he's come and that he's happy with the person he's grown to be. There's more of Thomas being happy in this one, which is a great addition to the first fic (most of which, he spends very upset). I also really like the reaction of Morgan (the personal guide of Gerald's friend and the guide that Thomas had the most trouble with) upon meeting the Downton staff and getting some perspective on Thomas' behavior when he first started Guide training.

Pack Up Your Troubles: Guide Thomas At Downton (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: When Worlds Collide
Author: [fanfiction.net profile] elfinblue 
Fandom: Supernatural, NCIS
Genre: General, Crossover, law enforcement investigates the Winchesters
Length: Very Long (Words: 113,980)
Admin Note: rec'd on fancake, rec'd on TV Tropes

Summary:
When a kidnapped Tony DiNozzo is rescued by legendary - and supposedly dead - serial killers Dean and Sam Winchester, the NCIS team takes over the Winchester investigation. What they find is a file filled with contradictions and impossibilities. This is an attempt to cross these shows but keep both in canon. No pairings.

Review:
An epic, detailed, well-plotted law enforcement crossover that's so incredibly good, and so much better than any of the ones I've rec'd before, that it may well have ruined the whole subgenre for me because nothing could possibly compare.  It's seriously fantastic.  Both fandoms are well represented, it's well-written, and the plot is very well done.  NCIS manages to clear the Winchesters, even though they do so while quite convinced that Sam and Dean are delusional for most of the story, and in turn, Sam and Dean manage to save the NCIS team's lives more than once and foil Crowley's dastardly plans.  I especially love how Ziva's faith allows her to seriously consider what Sam and Dean are saying even when the team is convinced they're just crazy and this leads her to break the case for real by discovering the hidden community of hunters.  Don't worry though, she doesn't bring the law crashing down on them, in part because she believes and in part because the hunters aren't stupid and have lots of practice at evading interference.  Also, there are some very, very funny lines throughout - might want to avoid drinking anything while reading this one due to the frequent unexpected laughing this fic will cause.

When Worlds Collide (on ff.net)

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Title: Harmony
Autho
r: [archiveofourown.org profile] entanglednow 
Fandom: Supernatural
Genre: Romance, Character Study
Pairings:
Dean/Gabriel
Length:
  Very Short (Words: 642)

Author's Summary:
Gabriel is complicated. The Winchesters relationship with Gabriel is complicated.

Review:
In just 642 words, this fic left me speechless.  If you've been following my recs, you already know I'm a huge Gabriel fangirl.  This fic manages to say a staggering amount about Gabriel's character.  Really brilliantly done.

Harmony (on AO3)

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Title:  Magical Thinking
Autho
r: [archiveofourown.org profile] kappamaki33 
Fandom: Glee
Pairings: 
Artie/Britney, Santana/Britney
Genre: Character Study
Length:
Short (Words: 6,077)

Author's Summary:
Two questions someone, someday, should ask that would give them all the insight into the mind of Brittany S. Pierce that they would ever want or need.

Review:
I love this fic.  Maybe its a little geeky of me, but it just seems like this fic perfectly demonstrates a rare kind of empathy towards difference.  Here, on the surface, it's about ableism but its also about worldviews.  And in demonstrating this rather than explaining or defining it with big words like relativism and perspecitivsm, it's much more accessible - how it works, why its important, etc - it's humanized.  And its great as a character study of Britney and a Glee fanfic too (that's just not what made me feel like it should be rec'd right away).
 
Magical Thinking (on AO3)
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Title:  The World on His Wrist
Autho
r: [livejournal.com profile] bendingsignpost aka [archiveofourown.org profile] bendingsignpost 
Fandom:
Sherlock BBC
Genre:
  AU, SciFi
Length: Long (Words:~65.4k)
Admin Note: rec'd on TVTropes, rec'd on fancake

Author's Summary:
First, he is shot in Afghanistan. Second, he wakes to a phone call in Chelmsford, Essex. Third is pain, fourth is normalcy, fifth is agony and sixth is confusion. By the eighth, he's lost track. (John-centric AU)

Review:
This is a brilliant, amazing, wonderful fic.  It's very confusing at first but gets better after the prologue.  The concept reminds me a lot of the short-lived TV show Awake, though this fic came first.  Basically, every time John wakes up, its to 1 randomly selected life in progress (out of four that he's living concurrently).  One's in Afghanistan, one's with Sherlock, and two others are more mundane.  John uses different watches on different wrists to tell immediately upon waking which of the lives he's in.  This fic juggles all sorts of complicated issues like John having to struggle to keep the lives as close to in sync as possible since he's not always awake for the same amount of time in each one before he falls asleep, even for a catnap, and wakes up in another.  Plus, John's proactive, making the plot happen with his choices, gathering information across his lives, and using it to get things he cares about done.  I love the plot, with John coming around to view his predicament as an almost superpower to put him on level with Sherlock's observation skills.  It's such a complex fic and so, so well written.

The World on His Wrist (on LJ) (on AO3) and sequel Elsewhere Come Morning (also on LJ) (on AO3)

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Title:  Thomas and the Society of Sentinels
Author:
[archiveofourown.org profile] Alex51324 aka [livejournal.com profile] alex51324 
Fandom: Downton Abbey
Genre: Romance, Sentinel/Guide fandom fusion
Pairings: Thomas Barrow/Original Male Character
Length:  Very Long (Words: 133,807)
Admin Note: rec'd on fancake, and again on fancake

Author's Summary:
After being arrested for gross indecency with another male person, Thomas Barrow learns that he has a natural gift which will plunge him into a startlingly different society which exists in parallel with the one in which he has lived his life until now. He’s not entirely sure whether or not that’s a good thing….

Downton Abbey/Sentinel fusion. (If you are not familiar with the Sentinel, fear not: the note at the beginning of chapter 1 will fill you in on everything you need to know.)

Diverges from canon toward the end of series 3 (3x07 UK or 3x06 US)

Review:
The Sentinel/Guides idea is explained pretty well in this fic so I'd say it doesn't require any prior knowledge.

It's been a long time since I've enjoyed a fic so very much as this one.  I stayed up far, far too late two nights in a row because I couldn't put it down.  I cried sometimes out of empathy for poor Thomas who spends the first third of the fic deeply, deeply unhappy but I really liked Thomas' character development arc here.  I think it's very true to the canon character.  He worked hard for his happy ending in this story. 

There are a lot of OCs in this story but they're all fantastic.  The world-building is amazing too.  I particularly like that the language of the Sentinel/Guide fandom are Victorian-ized ("zone out" becomes "enthralled") and the choices to downplay the soulbond concept and ignore the spirit animal aspect were really good and work well with Downton Abbey world and tone.

One thing I should mention - Lord Grantham is bashed in this fic for a couple of scenes.  I don't think it's a detriment to the fic, or necessarily so unreasonable as presented, but if you're a big fan of the character then you might find it unfortunate.

Thomas and the Society of Sentinels (on AO3) and sequel Pack Up Your Troubles: Guide Thomas At Downton

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