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Title: tetralogy of fallot
Author: patho
Fandom: Dishonored
Rating: T
Story Links: AO3 | tumblr
Author Links: AO3 | tumblr
Summary: They call her Emily the Wise.

They are too afraid to call her anything else.
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Reccer's Notes: High Chaos Corvo and Emily and eeeeee the characterizatioooooon

I love this fic to bits.
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Title: Our Lives On Holiday
Author: ashkatom
Fandom: Homestuck
Rating: E
Warnings: Violence, Helmsman consent issues (not sex, being used as a battery)
Story Links: AO3
Author Links: AO3 | tumblr
Summary: Wherein a debt is called, FLARP is played, and suddenly Sollux Captor finds himself in the middle of a terribly-planned coup. Contains caste politics, an incredible amount of snark, an inadvisable basement operating theatre, quite a lot of relationship drama, and too many fucking pesterlogs since our hero never leaves his hive.

==> Play the game

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Reccer's Notes: Surprise! This fic is not here because I got a worldbuilding boner over it. It's here for the characterization boner I got over it. (...Okay, maybe it's not that surprising.) Homestuck characters can be tricky to manage- especially Vriska, who is one fucked up troll.

This fic is Sollux-centric, and is told from his point of view, which done well, as it is here, is a feat not to be sneezed at. Aradia's alive, and their relationship is a thing to behold. The relationships in general are done nicely.

To sum up: Good plot and writing, but most of all this fic has lovely characterization.

(Really tempted to tag "irons in the fire" or "plot shenanigans". Not legit tropes; must resist)
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Title: strewn among the blood-bright stars
Author: valmora (or Val Mora.)
Fandom: Homestuck
Rating: M
Author Links: AO3 | FFnet (dead) | dreamwidth | livejournal
Story Links: AO3
Summary: Sollux, setting up an apiary network on a university campus, meets a troll who isn't from Alternia. Romance, and politics, blossom.
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Reccer's Notes: If you like political clusterfuck made even more clusterfuck-y by romance, this is for you.
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Title: corrupt the sky
Author: Eclipse Rose (Antartique on AO3)
Fandom: Katekyo Hitman Reborn!
Rating: M
Warnings: Gore. Creeptastic stuff.
Story Links: FFnet | AO3
Author Links: FFnet | AO3
Summary: Daemon Spade knew he would get bored of small inside works in the Vongola. It had taken two hundred years, but it finally happened. Now, though, inside work through a carefully groomed heir sounds way more interesting than anything he has ever done before. It must mean something that there are two Sawada brothers, right?

Sawada Tsunayoshi was ten when he realized the story wasn't about him. He was just a supporting character, even if he was the one with the cursed pacifier stone thing, the one who saw all the ghosts and the one with the tutor from hell. Well, maybe he is the damsel-in-distress. Or, the antagonist. Yeah, maybe he is the antagonist, that sounds good to him.

Reborn arrived (peaceful, normal) Namimori to train Sawada Hidetada to be the next Vongola boss, with the orders that no word about the Mafia must reach the younger brother. Hidetada, meanwhile, just wants to live a law-abiding life in his definitely not-Mafia-infested town.

Also known as: the fic where everyone is extremely fucked up and Kawahira is everywhere and ruins everyone's lives. Also, Hellhole Island Namimori feeds on the blood and tears of her citizens.
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Reccer's Notes: You see that Arcobaleno!Tsuna tag? Do not expect fluffy/smutty Arcobaleno + Tsuna interactions. Or Sky Arcobaleno = coughing up blood angst. Nope, not here.

A summary of major changes to the canon storyline: a)Tsuna has an older brother, Hidetada, who's the future Vongola Decimo etc. etc. b) There is a lot of kooky shit. Namimori is extremely fucked up. In a way which is explained by in-universe flame mechanics, which. Bonus worldbuilding! c) Tsuna being Arcobaleno, though nothing exciting has happened as a direct result (yet). d) Daemon Spade.

(what do I even tag this as. Weird AU? Creepy AU? Lovecraftian elements? *throws up hands* Let's just go with dark AU.)
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Title: In Defiance of Reason
Author: metisket
Fandom: Fullmetal Alchemist
Rating: G
Warnings: Ed's not quite right in the head, so some of what he says or does might come across as disturbing? Don't think it warrants tagging though, nobody's dying painfully in technicolor graphic detail.
Story Links: AO3 | livejournal
Author Links: AO3 | livejournal | dreamwidth | tumblr
Summary: “Yeah, yeah, I know. You’re doin’ your best. It’s just your best isn’t quite good enough, Colonel. So while you’re doing whatever the hell it is you do, I’ll be here cleaning up after you.”
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Reccer's Notes: Or, That Fic Where Metisket Killed Al And Made Ed Crazy. How fun.

So, metisket! Very awesome. May be better known for being the author of the Teen Wolf fic(s) play it again. Has this ability to put angst and humor and character analysis in a blender and have a masterpiece come out. The kind that takes your heart without you noticing and plays it like a xylophone or something except you have already been eaten by the fic and are past caring.

Additional note: this fic is part of a series.

(Though, yeah, metisket's strengths lie more in characterization and gut-bustingly funny writing than plot)
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Title: steel bars and blood slick hands
Author: Corpium
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Rating: M
Warnings: Torture (not explicit)
Story Links: AO3
Author Links: AO3 | ffnet (inactive) | tumblr
Summary: When Deaton whisks Peter's burnt, gasping body away to Eichen House, everyone else pays the price, Stiles most of all.
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Reccer's Notes: Peter and Stiles getting locked together in a madhouse and escaping together, awesome edition.

by awesome I mean angsty
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Title: Hide Of A Life War
Author: Etharei
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Rating: E
Warnings: Graphic Descriptions of Violence, technically there's a mention of past underage relationship...?
Story Links: AO3
Author Links: AO3 | lj | dreamwidth
Summary: “We have received confirmation that there is a hostage situation in progress at a warehouse compound two hours out of Los Angeles, following a multiple-vehicle pileup on Highway 101 this morning...”

The one in which Stiles has lived to (legal) adulthood and, along the way, become a bit of a badass himself.
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Reccer's Notes: The thing with stories with a supernatural/fantasy setting is that you have humans and not-humans, and those not-humans tend to be faster or stronger or magical or have better sense or whatever. Better in some shape or form. They have a leg up, so to speak. And this fic? Showtime for the human.

That's not all, though. It's spiced up by the fact that Stiles's dad is there and he knows that Stiles has been hiding something but not what and Stiles sorry but your dad has had enough and is not falling for your evasions.

And, Sterek relationship crisis. Idiots, those two are.

Admittedly, the way the fic is spliced up into scenes and arranged in not-quite chronological fashion for max impact can be a little confusing.
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Title: Undeserving
Author: half sleeping
Fandom: Katekyo Hitman Reborn!
Rating: T
Story Links: FFnet | AO3 | livejournal
Author Links: FFnet | AO3 | livejournal | tumblr
Summary: Xanxus is the most ungrateful bastard alive.
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Reccer's Notes: In which Xanxus is lovesick and oblivious, Tsuna is secretly scary under that fluffy exterior (or is perhaps scary because of that fluffy exterior), and Squalo is fed up with everything and matchmakes. Hilarity ensues.

(what is this first khr fic I rec and it's X27 but it's so funny so)
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Title: Straw Man
Author: AzarDarkstar (Lady Azar de Tameran on FFnet)
Fandom: Bleach
Rating: T
Story Links: AO3 | FFnet | dw
Author Links: AO3 | FFnet | dw
Summary: In the end, even heroes bleed. Fall. Fail. Die. That was only the beginning of Ichigo's troubles.
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Reccer's Notes: ...I don't wish to spoil anything, so. Only one thing to say: damn.
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Title: backslide
Author: blackkat (black.k.kat on FFnet)
Fandom: Naruto
Rating: T
Story Links: FFnet | AO3
Author Links: FFnet | AO3 | livejournal | tumblr
Summary: Sometimes, even the softest breath on still water can create tsunamis. Several weeks before meeting his genin team, Kakashi is sent to find a bounty hunter responsible for the deaths of five missing-nin, all rumored to be part of a secret organization. But Uzumaki Kurama is far different than anyone expected, and ripples are starting to spread.
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Reccer's Notes: This is one of blackkat's fics, so. Fluff, slash, some plot buried under the fluff, introspection. Very relaxing fic to read. ...Most of the time.
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Title: Medusa
Author: pprfaith
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Rating: G
Story Links: AO3
Author Links: AO3 | livejournal
Summary: In which Stiles is female and writes a lot of lists and the author a) has no idea what she's doing and b) can't seem to stop writing fandom love letters.
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Reccer's Notes: In short, a fic about how messed up everyone is. But that hardly does it justice. (Go read it plus the rest of the series, because pprfaith's work is just so jaw-droppingly amazing. Because characterization and and the list thing and just asdkjfl.)
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Title: These Waking Dream Walk Among Us
Author: TardisIsTheOnlyWayToTravel
Fandom: Sherlock (BBC)
Rating: Gen
Story Link: AO3
Author Link: AO3
Summary: John is the Personification of Britain. Sherlock is Intrepid Adventuring. Greg is the poor bastard who deserves a raise for putting up with them.

(Mycroft is, of course, the British Government.)
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Title: let there be (more) light
Author: Ayezur
Fandom: Rurouni Kenshin,
Rating: G
Story Links: AO3
Author Links: FFnet | AO3 | tumblr
Summary:Rangers who have lost half of themselves do not return to the drift. It is madness to try. But it was madness that made the Jaegers in the first place, madness to think that the world might be overrun by monsters out of drive-in movies, and therefore Kenshin does not think that a little more madness will do much harm. Pentecost agrees.
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Title: Regnant
Author: stclairvoyant
Fandom: Homestuck
Rating: T
Story Links: AO3
Author Links: AO3
Summary:Bargaining with the Beasts beyond the reaches of furthest space for the opportunity of a new life, this time without the albatross of Sburb hanging over their heads, does indeed grant Rose Lalonde and her friends freedom from the game—at the price of their humanity. The new universe forged by the Noble Circle is a vivid, indistinguishable replica of the Alternia thought destroyed by all involved. With an oppressive caste system and the grim reality of new lives as trolls, and all that implies, Rose and her fifteen comrades resolve to instigate revolution and overthrow the oppressive regime of Her Imperious Condescension. But they number only sixteen, having barely scraped the surface of adulthood, and they are not the gods they once thought they were, and the Empress is an ancient thing—almost more institution than living, breathing being—with the power of an uncountable horde of trolls under her grasp.

Rose figures that makes them about even.
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Title: Arcana
Author: rosa_acicularis
Fandom: Sherlock(BBC)
Rating: M
Story Links: AO3 | FFnet (partial) | LJ
Author Links: AO3 | FFnet | A Teaspoon and an Open Mind (Dr. Who fic only) | LJ
Summary: Sometimes, her grandmother has said, in the simplest, strongest of magics that’s all that’s required – a sacrifice and an intent. Her blood, and his words: I want to forget.

In which Joanna Watson is a witch, Sherlock Holmes is himself, and every spell has its price.
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Reccer's Notes: The magic aspect is fit so well into the story.
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Title: The War Outside Our Door Keeps Raging
Author: Aubreylia
Fandom: Homestuck
Rating: T
Story Links: AO3
Author Links AO3
Summary:The news barks at him every time he turns the television on. The media is scrambling, inexplicable deaths and human-shaped bite-marks. There's shaky footage. A man in Florida tearing off another man's face, not dying until one brave cop nails him between the eyes.

Dave stops turning the television on, after politicians stop dismissing the claims and start avoiding cameras, faces gray and pinched.
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Reccer's Notes: I really like the general mood of this fic- it captures the general hopelessness of a zombie apocalypse perfectly. And the characterization of two if-not-broken-then-pretty-close kids. Woah.
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Title: Vaster Than Empires
Author: Ayezur
Fandom: Rurouni Kenshin
Rating: T
Story Links: AO3 | FFnet | tumblr
Author Links: AO3 | FFnet | tumblr
Summary: AU. Early summer, 1601. The Western Army is defeated; the country stands, uneasy, under the hand of the Tokugawa. Kaoru Kamiya, whose family was on the losing side, has been sold into marriage for the sake of peace. Her new husband is a legend, a demon bound in human form, marked by his blood-lust and his bright red hair. However, legends have a way of being not exactly... true.
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Reccer's Notes: If you're looking for Kaoru being badass- with or without her bokken- you are very much in the right place.



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Title: The Least of All Possible Mistakes
Author: rageprufrock
Fandom: Sherlock(BBC)
Rating: M
Story Links: AO3
Author Links: AO3 | LJ | tumblr | dreamwidth
Summary: If a people ever deserving, it's Holmeses.
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Reccer's Notes: This is quite different from the usual fic that I read, but it's one of my favorite fics in the sherlock fandom and one that I keep coming back to. The fic is centered around a female Lestrade, which is quite unusual, but what makes me love this fic its amazing level of complexity and detail.
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Title: Cities in Dust (shit let's be hardboiled)
Author: Cephied_Variable
Fandom: Homestuck
Rating: T
Story Links: AO3 | Homesmut
Author Links: AO3 | Livejournal
Summary: Newternia's streets are merciless, especially if you happen to be a hard-boiled human detective on your first case with a crazy Legislacerator.
Oh, your city lies in dust my friend. Your city lies in dust.
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Reccer's Notes: This is one of the more well-known fics, but it is just so damn good that it needs to be rec'd everywhere and anywhere possible. The characterization is stunning, especially the Dave-voice it is told in.

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