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Title: The Victors Project
Author: [fanfiction.net profile] Oisin55
Fandom: Hunger Games
Genre: Gen
Length: Epic (311,626 words)

Author's Summary:
Before Katniss and Peeta, seventy-three children won the Hunger Games. Some were brutal. Some were clever. Some were lucky. A few were almost decent. These are their stories. This is the Victors Project.

Review:
Absolutely fantastic! Every chapter is a new one shot of a games and each one is beautiful in the same terrible way as canon. This is a fic you don't need to read in one go - it can be read chapter by chapter over time - but it can also be really enjoyable as a whole, driven by the diversity of narrator voices (some chapters are POV of the victor they focus on, some of viewers, some of Capitol fans or Gamemakers, even some of mentors), the overarching themes of Hunger Games history and the lives pre- and post-war of some canon favorites and the continued human drama/trauma of the canon verse expanded. The characters and plots are amazingly well written from the first to the last and at 77 chapters and more than 300,000 words, this is a complete and classic epic every Hunger Games fan should read.

The Victors Project (on ff.net)
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Title: 3 Slytherin Marauders
Author: [fanfiction.net profile] severusphoenix
Fandom: Harry Potter
Genre: AU, Snape-adopts-Harry, Snape has a family, Good!Tom Riddle (sort of), Families of Choice
Pairing: Snape/Rosmerta, various
Length: Epic (582,712 words)

Author's Summary:
Harry & Dudley flee an abusive Vernon to Severus Snape. Severus finds a new home for himself & the boys with dragons and hunt the Horcruxes from there. The dragons, especially one become their allies. Tom R is VERY different.

Review:
I've read this epic several times and love it. It starts off asking you to stretch your suspension of disbelief a bit far for some but stick with it - it gets really good very fast and goes on for more than half-a-million words that seem like just enough (but you still aren't sure you want it to end). Dragons! Smart plots! Great world-building and fantastic characterizations all around, pro-Slytherin, without any sustained bashing (except for Vernon) though some characters do get bashed into character development but it's always well-played. Outstanding fic!

3 Slytherin Marauders (on ff.net)
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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: Strange Things Did Happen Here
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] tulipwriter
Fandom: Hunger Games
Genre: ghost story, paranormal romance
Pairing: Katniss/Peeta
Length: Short (4,093 words and counting)
Trigger warning: talk of suicide

Author's Summary:
"You're dead, Katniss. You've been dead for over one hundred years."
Years after the Great Rebellion, Peeta Mellark buys a newly renovated home in the neighborhood of Victor's Village, seeking a fresh start in life. He's instantly attracted to the girl next door, Katniss, but there's something not quite right about her... Paranormal Everlark

Review:
Woah! I love the concept and what's there so far is really well written. I can't wait to see where this goes next! I love how this story unfolds, with all these little hints that some things are different but some things are familiar, that some things Peeta 'knows' are probably wrong, that the world is different and the story is bound to be creative - I have high hopes for this fic and strongly recommend it. (may up the score as more is added)

Strange Things Did Happen Here (on AO3)
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Title: Trichromatic
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Scarlet_Gryphon
Fandom: Harry Potter
Genre: Redo fix-it, Independent!Harry, world-building
Pairing: Harry/Draco/Neville, James/Lily/Sirius, Remus/Severus
Length: Very Long (95,760 words and counting)

Author's Summary:
The loss of magic had started, as do many things like it, with good intentions. The past century, it was reasoned, had been overshadowed by two of the worst Dark Lords in history. What better way, then, to make sure it never happened again than to stop it before it started? After all it was a well-known fact that those with an affinity for Dark Magic were born with it, so why not tackle the problem at the source? The Department of Mysteries were set on the problem, and two years after the final death of the Dark Lord Voldemort, they released their solution into the world.  It worked for all of two months before the magical disease began to mutate beyond their wildest nightmares.

Review:
This fic is shaping up to be the newest of the Potterverse independent!Harry and world-building epics. I had a bit of a nostalgia trip finding this fic - it took me back to the kind of fic that was proliferating in the years between Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince, when I joined fandom. Harry Potter fandom may not be hopping like it was then, but this fic is well worth a look, even if you, like me, don't regularly read Potter fandom anymore.

Trichromatic (on AO3)
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Title: Last Sektober
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] femvimes
Fandom: Discworld
Genre: Watch-fic, Times-fic, (very good) OC character fic
Length: Medium (20,322 words and counting)

Author's Summary:
When clerk Sweetpea Hakim makes the impulsive decision to become the city watch's press liaison, she doesn't expect to wind up the avatar to a disgruntled god. Then again, this is Ankh-Morpork, where unfortunately anything is possible.

Review:
A new Must Read in Discworld fandom! The main character, a Klatchian clerk named Sweetpea Hakim who decides she really wants to become the Watch's public information officer, is fantastic!  Like all watch officers, she has to start on the beat, while also figuring out what exactly a Public Information Officer does and doing it.  Do NOT miss this!

Last Sektober (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: 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: Enlightenment
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] DustInTheWind
Fandom: Hunger Games
Genre: AU, Romance
Pairing: Cato/Foxface
Length: Long (64,658 & counting words)

Author's Summary:
It turns out that the way to Cato's heart is through his brain. Who knew?

Review:
Clever book nerd Finch (aka Foxface) gets a little help prepping for her games from the District 2 mentor who owes her father a favor. In the process, she tells Cato stories of the banned histories she's read while working in the government computer systems. It's a little bit Scheherazade and a little bit cute romance where the heroine is a lot like, well, the kind of people who love fanfic. But there's still the Games, and things go bad fast for Finch and Cato (and even faster for Katniss and Peeta who just aren't important in this story). This is an active work in progress and I'm really looking forward to seeing where it goes next.

Enlightenment (on AO3)
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Title: What if Harry Potter had turned out to be a squib? aka "he will have a power the dark lord k
Author: [tumblr.com profile] dirgewithoutmusic 
Fandom: Harry Potter
Genre: AU
Length: Short

Author's Summary:
Anonymous asked: What if Harry Potter, the chosen one, had turned out to be a squib, how do you think history would have turned out differently?

Review:
Okay, this prompt could have been answered in all kinds of ways, including some real downers, but this fic is beautiful and though if may have started as a simple tumblr fic, it is fantastically fleshed out with secondary characters and relationships, with backstory and plot and though it is still short, it's just such a perfect answer to the prompt.

What if Harry Potter had turned out to be a squib? (on tumblr), (on AO3)
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Title: Mulan
Author: [deviantart.com profile] adlovett
Fandom: Mulan
Genre: Digital Painting

Review: Freaking amazing digital painting of Mulan and Mushu in action. By popular demand, the artist made posters available for purchase too!

Mulan (on dA)
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Title: Angry Harry and the Seven
Author: [fanfiction.net profile] Sinyk
Fandom: Harry Potter
Genre: AU, Independent!Harry
Pairing: Harry/Daphne
Length: Epic (490,097 words)

Author's Summary:
Just how will Dumbledore cope with a Harry who is smart, knowledgeable, sticks up for himself and, worst still, is betrothed? A Harry who has a penchant for losing his temper? Ravenclaw/Smart(alek)/Lord/Harry Almostcanon/Dumbledore

Review:
I wouldn't say Harry is so much angry as informed and supported - he gets a whole host of adult magical mentors before Hogwarts and it makes for an interesting independent!Harry with excellent plotting and character development. I like when independent!harry fics manage to keep Dumbledore from turning into too much of a caricature and this one does, so all around a good fic.

Angry Harry and the Seven (on ff.net)
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Title: The End of the World
Author: [fanfiction.net profile] FernWithy
Fandom: Hunger Games
Genre: Pre-canon&Alternate POV of canon
Pairing: Haymitch/OFC, Haymitch/Effie
Length: Seriously Epic
Warnings: graphic violence, psychological horror, and pretty much everything else you can expect of Hunger Games victors

Author's Summary:
Series starts with: Sixteen-year-old Haymitch Abernathy has plenty to worry about - a sick mother, a decrepit house, an empty larder. The last thing he's worried about is the Capitol's choice to double the number of Games tributes in a Quell year...
The series follows him through his Victory Tour, his joining the rebellion, his years as a mentor, the canon years, and the revolution.

Review:
Amazingly well-written - in terms of the games and Haymitch's characterization and the slow growth of the rebellion. A great Hunger Games epic.

The End of the World Series (on AO3)
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Title: Qualia
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] imogenbynight
Fandom: Supernatural
Genre: Scifi AU (Near future Earth, AIs, no aliens, no space), interspecies romance, asexual romance
Pairing: Castiel/Dean
Length: Medium (26,600 words)

Author's Summary:
When Sam & Jess move into a smart home, Dean finds an unlikely match in the AI that keeps it running.

Review:
Cas' canon character has always been a bit alien, a bit out of touch, and that translates really well into Cas-as-AI. This is an amazing story about an AI learning to feel and its also a great total-AU Destiel.  Dean's journey is a big part of the story too, and for Charlie fans - she's a great friend to Dean here.

Qualia (on AO3)
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Title: J'attendrai (I will wait)
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Quasar
Fandom: Rivers of London
Genre: Time Travel, Time Travel Romance
Pairing: Peter Grant/Thomas Nightingale
Length: Long (60,148 words)

Author's Summary:
Probationary Constable Peter Grant met me for the first time when I walked up to him by the portico of the Actors' Church on a freezing winter night and said, "Hello. What are you up to?" However, I first met Detective Sergeant Peter Grant when he jogged up to my doorstep on a mild autumn afternoon and said, "There you are, sir. It is you, isn't it?"

Review:
A story about one of the worst possible complications of a Time Travel romance.  Can tragedy be averted without destroying time? This isn't a fix it, but there are some fairly large problems that you spend the best part of the story begging the author to work a miracles and have it all turn out in the end.  This story is really well written and tightly plotted, with great suspense of some creative surprises. I like the level of character development and backstory for some of canon's minor characters. I also love several things I can't tell you about without spoiling, but suffice to say it's a very well written Time Travel story.

J'attendrai (on AO3)
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Title: Lady Captain America
Author: [deviantart.com profile] MischievousMartian
Fandom: Avengers
Genre: Fanart, Digital Art, genderswap, Female Superheros

Review:
Absolutely amazing Lady Cap - she has muscles! She got dirty, her hair got mussed, and you just know from her expression that she's in command and she's good at it!

Lady Captain America (on dA)
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Title: May You Never Meet Her
Author: [fanfiction.net profile] ketren / [archiveofourown.org profile] ketren
Fandom: Hunger Games
Genre: AU
Length: Medium/Long (50k words & counting)

Author's Summary:
AU. Gen. When she's too late to step in for her sister at the District 12 reaping, Katniss will stop at nothing to enter the Hunger Games and fight beside Prim, even if it means asking Haymitch for help and sneaking into the reaping of District 3. She'll have to let out a few secrets, make a few allies, and defend her sister to the death – if Prim will even allow the sacrifice.

Review:
Just getting started but already so, so good. Author takes a little creative license to make the premise work, but go with it - it's worth it. I'm already especially loving how this revolves around a Sisters!plot instead of a romance. I also like Haymitch's view and I am really enjoying the bigger roles for Beetee and Wiress.  Also, Prim may be the brains, but Katniss is serious BAMF (just wait til you get to Chapter 8!)

May You Never Meet Her (on ff.net), May You Never Meet Her (on AO3)
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Title: Uncalculated Risks
Author: [fanfiction.net profile] jennycaakes
Fandom: Hunger Games
Genre: AU
Pairing: Gale/Madge
Length: Very Long (158,059 words)

Author's Summary:
In a twist of fate, Gale Hawthorne and Madge Undersee are chosen from the Reaping bowl of the 74th Annual Hunger Games instead. How will they fight? How will they love? There's more than just a rebellion flaming up around them. How will they get out? All Gale wants to do is wake up from this nightmare, but will it be any better when he can see clearly?

Review:
Great read.  I really liked how Gale and Madge had their unique views of what was happening to them and that those views were fundamentally different from Katniss'.  In this AU, some things change, and some stay the same. I wasn't totally happy with the balance of that - I did enjoy the story - I just wish it had been a tiny bit less canon as far as the games go - not that it went exactly the same at all, but, well anyways your mileage may vary. I found the relationship development very believable and the characters were well-written too. There's some parts after the games that I want to praise - especially Katniss' character, but I can't without spoiling some good stuff. It's making it really hard to explain what I liked about this one. I might just have to leave it that I really recommend it.

Uncalculated Risks (on ff.net)
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Title: A Spark in the Darkness (and sequel Feeding the Flame)
Author: [fanfiction.net profile] random-chick-heart (aka randomchick29 on LJ)
Fandom:
Hunger Games
Genre: AU, Romance
Pairing: Gale/Katniss
Length: Epic (~250k+ words)

Author's Summary:
Our lips meet somewhere in the middle in a passionate kiss, and our message is as clear as that of the crowd when they raised their hands in the traditional salute: We will not be broken. AU version of the 74th Hunger Games. GalexKatniss. Lemons inside.

Review:
An outstanding Gale and Katniss in the games fic with the twist that in this, they've been a couple for awhile and that makes a big difference to their strategy. This fic is a real page-turner and while slow to update and was really difficult to download to my ereader (thanks to LJ), it's well worth the effort.   Lots of lovely feels in this fic too :)

A Spark in the Darkness (on ff.net) and Feed the Flames (on LJ)
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Title: Sleep Super Soldiers
Author: [tumblr.com profile] doomcheese
Fandom: Marvel
Genre: Art, Line Art, Traditional - pencil

Author's Summary:
Sleepy super soldiers.. fighting the bad guys is hard work

Review:
Adorable Steve and Bucky napping against each other in superhero uniforms and bandaids, having just been patched up after a battle.

Sleepy Super Soldiers (on tumblr)

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