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Agents of Shield Fic Recs - Canon Compliant [Apr. 15th, 2017|01:00 pm]
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Storms and Sunrises by hoosierbitch - May and Phil Coulson's friendship through life to death, and what came after.
Sweet, platonic, and encapsulates everything I love about these two characters' connection.

Morphine by book_freak - Skye reveals a few things to May while on morphine.
Absolutely hilarious and heartwarming. Builds on a dynamic that canon has already alluded to.

Fourth Reich Dawning by Magadh - Jessica Jones takes a cheating husband case and stumbles in an Agents of Shield one.
A three-way crossover that really works. Set after season 2 of Daredevil, Season 1 of Jessica Jones and possibly just prior to the start of Season 3 of Agents of Shield. The character interactions are spot-on and the writer has nailed Jessica's dry cynical voice without making her unlikeable.
Crossover, WIP, so far canon compliant.
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Agents of Shield Fic Recs - Alternate Universe/Time Travel [Apr. 15th, 2017|12:44 pm]
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Follow me to get lost by jdphoenix - Coulson and May jump through a time hole and end up twenty six years in the past. The only logical thing to do is raise Skye themselves.
Funny, sweet and heartwarming. Shows how Coulson, May and Skye's lives go so, so much better - but also the possibilities they lose this time round and the weight of the choices they make. Chapter 4 is the funniest and my favourite.
Complete.

House of Folded Paper by NezumiPi - Grant Ward builds himself a new family that borders on a cult. Shield has to hunt him down before the bodycount gets too high.
Set after Season 2, contradicts everything after that. Can be considered an interesting 'what if' scenario where Hive never came to Earth and Grant found a different method of revenge.
Multi-chapter, complete, not Season 3 or 4 compliant.

The Cursed Soldiers by NezumiPi - Mysterious assets calling themselves the Cursed Soldiers take a base from Hydra and offer it to Shield. Meanwhile, Coulson finds new information on Grant Ward's recruitment.
The kind of Ward-redemption fic I like. A Ward that makes better choices, previous crimes are not excused, and ends on a hopeful note. Also gives a rational reason for Coulson shifting his attitude.

I'd walk a thousand miles by Anuna - Lincoln was meant to die in space taking Hive with him, but he wakes up on Earth with an alive Grant Ward who doesn't remember much. A few months later, they're joined by Daisy fleeing a more radical Shield. Together they try to come to terms with the past.
A sweet, slow-moving fic about healing and reconciliation. It's an OT3 story that switches between past and present, an approach that works really well. The writer had me invested in a relationship that has no justification at all in canon. There's no action, but some dark hints about what happened to Daisy and what's going on outside the safe haven the three of them have created.
Multi-chapter, incomplete, not Season 4 compliant.
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Agents of Shield Fic Recs - Season Four [Apr. 15th, 2017|11:48 am]
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Season Four of AOS is amazing. I don't really have any other words for it. Usually the first part of the season crawls a little before picking up steam, but this season the writers seem to have hit their stride, going from strength to strength.

Appropriately, this is also when all the really good fic started coming out of the woodwork.

better than the original by jdphoenix - It's time Grant got some answers.
Told from the perspective of framework!Grant just after episode seventeen, who finally gets some answers on Skye and Jemma's bizarre behaviour. It hits all the right emotional beats, showing how this Grant is not the same evil bastard we've come to know and love - and heartbreakingly demonstrates what could (and maybe should) have been. This is the best possible Grant in the worst possible situation and it hurts in all the best ways.
One-shot, complete, probably sooned to be Jossed.

Duet by NezumiPi - Simmons watches the interaction between Mace and Ward in the Framework. Each thinks they're doing the other a favour.
A very plausible take on the relationship between Mace and Ward. Kind of ambiguous because it's not clear how truthful each of them is being (with both Jemma and themselves) but painful nonetheless because their backstories are real (or as real as anything in the framework). Not slash.
One-shot, complete, unlikely to be Jossed.
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Star Wars - Fan Fic recs - Legends & Canon Crossover [Jan. 7th, 2017|02:35 pm]
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I understand why Disney had to get rid of the old Expanded Universe, I do. It was swimming with complicated backstories and trying to keep it all straight would have been too much of a headache. Starting off afresh lets them cherry-pick the best aspects and ditch the rest.

That said, I loved the old EU. It was a fixture of my childhood and it was horribly sad to see it go. So I love it when fics pay homage to that.

The Ghosts of Never by Orange_Clown - Sometimes they see someone who isn't there.
This perfectly encompasses my feelings about the new Star Wars. It hurts in just the right way to glimpse what could have been, even more to see the same patterns emerge, and yet the future is still hopeful and shiny-new.
(Implied het, One-Shot, Complete)

Round and Round by Orange_Clown - The story just keeps getting told.
Very meta. Not for anyone who doesn't know both EU and the new canon.

They Haunt Us Still by Sabrina - Anakin Solo wakes up in a galaxy that doesn't recognise him and a place that isn't quite home.
This is an amazing fic that posits the EU and Legends are simply alternate universes; different branches of the same tree. I was very interested in the idea that canon!Leia had Ben too early, before she'd come to terms with her heritage, while EU!Leia waited until several years later, which created a more positive relationship with her children. It's not the original turning point - from the sounds of it there are several - but it creates an interesting dynamic with Anakin Solo. Also, it was just great to see an EU character that died too soon given his chance to shine.
(Mostly gen, Complete with a sequel)

Meet the Replacements by UnknownUnseenUnheard - EU characters meet their Episode VII counterparts. No one is pleased.
Parody. Very funny, but only for people who know both EU and canon.

The Adventures of Ben and Ben by catie_writes_things - Ben Solo gets into trouble with his cousin, Ben Skywalker.
In the words of the author - "In a happy AU where everyone exists and no one is evil". Very sweet; just what I needed after Orange_Clown's work.

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Star Wars - Fan Fic recs - Rey's Parentage [Jan. 7th, 2017|01:46 pm]
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There are some pretty interesting ideas about Rey's origins out there. I initially leaned toward Skywalker, now I'm thinking that's just to pull the rug out from under us. For the moment though, anything goes.

Rey Skywalker:

found families by Flora_Obsidian - Rey was raised by her dead grandparents on Jakku.
Seven part series that goes a little bit AU due to said grandparents, but focuses solidly on the family dynamic. A satisfying read.
(OT3, Incomplete)

Other:

slouches toward jakku to be born by peradi - When Rey returns to Jakku for a new ilum crystal, old secrets come to light (features Rey Palpatine).
Partly a ghost story, partly family drama. I particularly loved the moment between Rey and Leia, discussing what it means to be the descendants of Sith Lords.
(OT3, Complete, one-shot)

Rendeau:Safe by ambiguously - Family tragedy over three generations (features Rey Kenobi).
Ties together Clone Wars, Rebels and Force Awakens.
(Het, Complete)
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Star Wars - Fan Fic recs - Sabewan and Padme/Obi-Wan [Jan. 7th, 2017|01:00 pm]
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I know, I know, there's very little basis for either pairing in canon. But that just means that writers have to get imaginative!

Nowhere to Remain by Carryon14 - Panaka found a plague orphan with a striking resemblance to the queen and recruited her as a decoy. But she is more than she appears.
A beautifully written fic that explores the space of time between Sabe being chosen as a decoy and the liberation of Naboo. The friendship between her and Obi-Wan, while not romantic, is deeply meaningful for them both.
(Implied het, mostly gen, Complete).

Bodyguard by cupiscent - A queen's politics cannot be compromised by her body, but there are ways around every rule.
Combines two pairings I enjoy very much, and shows the complicated relationship between Amidala and her handmaidens.
(Het, Complete, one-shot).

Fate, Inexorable by imadra_blue & Luthe - When Anakin is captured by Separatists, Padme and Obi-Wan set out to rescue him.
Not a romance. More an examination of both Padme and Obi-Wan's relationships to Anakin and the tangled knot of lies that bind all three together. Also a disturbingly plausible explanation for why Luke & Leia don't resemble each other.
(Het, hinted slash, canon compliant)
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Star Wars Fan Fic Recs - Force Awakens & Rogue One [Jan. 3rd, 2017|10:12 pm]
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Force-Sensitive Finn:

To Fight Giants by MaurauderCracker - All stormtroopers have a family and a past. Reconditioning takes those memories away.
Poignant and hopeful. It's probably unintentional, but I like the subtle parrallel between Finn and his grandmother, who were both raised by impersonal institutions as warriors.
(Gen, complete, one-shot)

The blue man by dimtraces - Late one night, FN-2187 sees a blue man walking through the dormitory.
A nine-part series about Anakin's ghost mentoring a young Finn who's the only person that can see him.

The Bends by kay_cricketed - Finn dreams in his coma.
A surreal trip through past and present toward a realisation.
(Gen, complete, one-shot)

Three by whiteraven - Poe seems to be sharing Finn's dreams. He's not the only one.
A fourteen-part series following up Force Awakens, with a focus on Stormtrooper rebellion. The first few are great, the later ones drag out some, but still good.
(OT3)

Miscellaneous:

tomorrow (there'll be more of us) by dimircharmer - The resistance is starting to get stormtrooper defectors. Finn helps them out.​
An amazing story about freedom and the power of hope.
(OT3, Complete)

Have you heard by peradi - I heard FN-2187 was a stormtrooper.
Finn inspires a revolution. A story told in moments.
(OT3, Complete)

Jacket Droid Lightsaber by imaginary_golux - Your soulmate leaves a mark at your first meeting. Poe runs into two soulmates within days of each other.
The only soulmark fic in Star Wars fandom I've ever enjoyed. (Sorry everyone else!)
(OT3, Complete, one-shot)

Story of Tonight by StanleyQuinn - Poe goes to Leia for some advise regarding his partners.
An unpleasantly sound theory about the effect of Finn and Rey's respective backgrounds on sexuality.
(OT3, Complete, one-shot)

Rogue One:

Composing Hallelujah by MirandaTam - In a world where Shmi Skywalker survived and was a Jedi, her presence alters the events of Rogue One.
A great one-shot based on the writer's wider "Jedi Shmi AU", but you don't need to read that to understand. More intriguing for what it hints at than what it reveals. Also includes a force-sensitive Jyn Erso.
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Star Wars - Fan Fic recs - Alternate Universe [Jan. 1st, 2017|10:12 pm]
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Good AU is just as difficult to find as good time travel apparently.

In The Moment by cupiscent - As small a difference as a sparring session has larger repercussions for the galaxy.
Elegent, plausible, and fantastic character work, just like all cupiscent's work. It hurts in just the right way, knowing how easily things could have gone for the better. Contains a hint of Sabewan, but it's a tiny little bit and doesn't really impact the story.
(Het, gen, one-shot, Complete).

If Blood Be The Price by cadesama - Anakin gave up his padawan training to return to Tatooine and free all the slaves. Years later, Senator Amidala and disgraced Jedi Knight Kenobi are sent to negotiate a peace agreement with Anakin as the leader of the free worlds.
A very enjoyable AU reminiscent of Ouroboros. (Het, Complete)

Go Away Closer by MissPop & poplitealqueen - Obi-Wan is unable to take the opportunity to kill Anakin. He wakes up weeks later with him and Padme as prisoners of Lord Vader. The two of them must walk a careful line with an emotionally unstable Sith apprentice determined to rebuild both relationships - and who won't take no for an answer.
Be warned, while there is no outright rape, there's dubious consent as well as physical and emotional abuse. A darkly compelling story that doesn't gloss over the horror of the situation. (Implied slash & OT3, Incomplete.)

Lost Reflections by esama - An Obi-Wan Kenobi that never became Qui-Gon's apprentice meets a Ben Kenobi who did. The two people will learn a great deal from each other.
Beautifully written and shows that even though not all Jedi become Knights, their work is still worthy. I'd love to read more like this.
(Gen, Incomplete)
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Kili/Tauriel Fic - My not so secret weakness [Aug. 18th, 2016|08:39 pm]
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Apparently I have thing for inter-racial Middle-Earth couples and cultural clash.

Beneath Stone and Sky by ChasingPerfection - Smaug didn't happen, and what with various politics, Prince Kili of Erebor is reluctantly engaged to Tauriel, the adopted daughter of the King of Mirkwood. Neither is pleased, but perhaps together they can build a future worth having.
A lot of cliches but makes you remember why cliches work in the first place. Very well-written, as always from ChasingPerfection's work. Heavily AU, but for-want-of-a-nail AU that addresses the same issues the movies did (gold sickness, the coming war, tension between the races). Incomplete.

The Heir Apparent by ChasingPerfection - Where Kili survives the final battle and is crowned King of Erebor.
There's no easy fix here. The author lays out how it would raise further barriers between Kili and Tauriel. Not to mention the politics of people seeking to take advantage of a young, untried king. Incomplete.

In the Merry Month by voxmyriad - Kili and Tauriel turn up on Bilbo's doorstep, having eloped... except for the marriage part. But who can throw a better wedding than hobbits?
Short and sweet and definitely in need of a sequel.

Flowers Among the Fallen by sister_wolf - Tauriel turns up on Bilbo's doorstep in the family way.
Follows the movie canon at first, but diverges later. A nice long read, if incomplete.
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Twilight Fic Recs [Jun. 27th, 2016|10:14 pm]
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I know, I know. I hate Twilight with a burning passion. So it amazes me that I enjoy the fanfic as much as I do. Just about everything is post-canon, so I've divided up differently than I normally do: basically kittens and sunshine versus screaming horror.

Post-finale - optimistic:

Friday's Child by Lisse - A series of moments of Renesme growing up.
The absolute best possible future for Renesme, where she loves her vampire family, but has much more healthy ideas and attitudes. She's an incredibly human character and I love her to bits. Complete.

Season of the She-Wolf by Vivenne67 - When the hybrid Nahuel returns to Forks with terrible news, Leah's life undergoes yet another upheaval.
A Leah-centric fic, this fic uses the best aspects of the Twilight novels and discards the worst. It focuses on actual interesting characters like Jacob and Leah while gently nudging blank slates like Bella into the background (without being cruel about it, no less). And while imprinting is used as a vehicle for romance, the writer doesn't shy away from demonstrating how horrifically wrong it can go. Features some great world-building and a uproarously entertaining commentary from Leah's jaded perspective.

She hates me by HM Grayson - Nessie growing up, seven to seventeen.
Shows Nessie figuring out that intellectual intelligence doesn't equal emotional intelligence. Basically growing up and making a mess of things, but fixing them anyway.

Post-finale - pessimistic:

Moves in mysterious ways by Lisse - A beautiful, mysterious girl starts at the local high school and a boy is severely creeped out.
Set an undisclosed length of time after the end of Breaking Dawn. This investigates the idea there are always outliers in the gene pool, so theoretically there should be people that are immune to vampire charm. The anti-Twilight in a lot of ways, as it deconstructs Bella's behaviour and implies less-than-happy-endings for the characters after the finale. Complete.

Eighteen by Estora - Renesme ruminates on the implications of age and imprinting.
This is no longer available on the net, but if you can find a copy, it's like a kick to the stomach. Possibly the darkest Twilight fic I've ever read, and conversely the most empowering. Be warned, it has very disturbing themes, particulary its tackling of child grooming. Complete.

Be Careful What You Wish For by The Necroposter - If Breaking Dawn wasn't a Mary-Sue fantasy but had actual charater development and actions with consequences.
When I mentioned screaming horror, this is what I was talking about. Bella doesn't get away with anyhing - not turning, not giving birth to Renesme, and definitely not pissing off the Volturi. Oddly enough, one of her most sympathetic portrayals. Incomplete.

Post-finale - clever:

The Wise Man and the Fool by Dasmervin - If you thought Aro had given up just because he retreated, you're sorely mistaken.
Demonstrates the sheer intellectual badassery of Aro and why he managed to rule unchallenged for so long. Complete.

Alternate Universe:

Luminosity by Alicorn - If Bella had been a tad more analytical and logical about the whole vampire thing...
Could be considered a re-telling or a for-want-of-a-nail, depending on how you look at it. Very long and very dark in places.

Famous Last Words by Miz Turwaithiel - When Bella's transformation goes wrong, Jacob and Edward go looking for her together.
One of the rare quality Jacob/Edward slash fics I've been able to find. Complete. 
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