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Title: To the Stars
Author: Hieronym
Fandom: Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Rating: T (though it's G on AO3. I've tagged it as T.)
Story Links: FFnet | AO3 | spacebattles
Author Links: FFnet | AO3 | spacebattles
Summary: Kyubey promised that humanity would reach the stars one day. The Incubator tactfully refrained from saying too much about what they would find there.
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Reccer's Notes: Magical girl anime combined with scifi? That might sound like a recipe for disaster, but Hieronym handles it beautifully, and let me just say holy shit this fic is amazing. It even earned a TVtropes page.

The worldbuilding really is amazing, a highly detailed and plausible look into what the world could become in a couple of centuries with the presence of magical girls. And look how fucking long it is- 578,419 words, as of now. I think it's still semi-actively updating.

The main character in addition to several others are OCs- which can be- understandably- a turn off for some. But they're fleshed out wonderfully, and gives us a window into what life as a magical girl is like centuries later. Don't worry, the Mitakihara girls are still around.
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Title: The Colder Water
Author: Quillslinger
Fandom: Naruto
Rating: T
Story Links: FFnet | lj
Author Links: FFnet | lj
Summary: The devil is in the details. Shisui. Itachi. A sorta love story. Novella.
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Reccer's Notes: An interesting cocktail of humor and drama- Shishui as a narrator is hilarious. The minutiae of daily shinobi life is somehow made interesting. Danzo is called "resident ghoul and esteemed leader of the Vampiric Assholes Squad", and if that doesn't say it all I don't know what does.

But it's not all happytimes; this is set directly before the Uchiha Massacre, and as Itachi's Uchiha best-friend-maybe-more, he's intrinsically involved in the Uchiha coup drama. He doesn't actually know everything, though, and the underlying thread of tension throughout the lightheartedness is wonderfully done.

(Knowing what is to come is... very depressing.)

And, ooh, the characterization. Baby Sasuke is adorable, Itachi is not an actual emotionless rock, the Hokage is neatly balanced between Too-Sentimental Grandpa and Machiavellian Shinobi Leader, Shishui is despite his personality still an Uchiha, and Danzo is a manipulative bastard.
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Title: In the Silence
Author: Esse
Fandom: Rise of the Guardians
Rating: T
Warnings: Suicide attempt
Story Links: FFnet
Author Links: FFnet
Summary: Three hundred years is a terribly long time.
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Reccer's Notes: Book verse rather than movie verse- Mother Nature! Moonbeams! Katherine! Time-traveling Pooka! I'm not entirely sure how much is taken from the book and how much is author expansion, but nevertheless, there are some beautiful lines on fear and children and belief, and the imagery is to die for.

This fic covers Jack's first three hundred years- but don't go in expecting drabbles of OC-spirit-ignores-Jack. It's more... Jack learning, though that seems to be a woefully inadequate description.
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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: In the Breaking
Author: nyet khan
Fandom: Naruto
Rating: T
Story Links: FFnet
Author Links: FFnet
Summary: Akatsuki lies broken and Naruto hates the world. Where does he go from here?
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Reccer's Notes: This fic is... unorthodox, in a word. Both the writing style and the plot.

It's not a bad thing. It is a wonderful thing.

I adore the writing style- The metaphors and descriptions and descriptive metaphors are pretty. Very poetic. Just, lookit: axis of calamity. It's not perfect, of course- There are some spelling mistakes/typos, (a beta doesn't come in until later) and the narrative can be a bit disjointed, interspersed with metaphors as it is- especially at first- but it works.

And the plot. A simplified version: Akatsuki extracts Kyuubi, with a result of dead Akatsuki and not-dead Naruto. He ends up going to Kiri and starting an orphanage to honor Haku. And, well. Kiri is not a peaceful place. I would have very much liked to see where this goes, except it seems to be dead.
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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: The Game of Champions
Author: L. Lamora
Fandom: Pokemon
Rating: M
Story Links: FFnet
Author Links: FFnet
Summary: There are many trainers in the world; they exist in degrees, from dabbler to legend. But only one can be the very best - one man, one Champion. I am that one. I am that man. My name? Red.
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Reccer's Notes: Red's journey, as told by Red. This fic is brilliant. The worldbuilding, the characters, the writing, everything.The author meshes the different games plus the anime together to create a world with an astonishing amount of detail, and Blue and Red's rivalry is something to behold. Much thought was put into this.
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Title: Tempest in a Teacup
Author: AkaVertigo
Fandom: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Rating: T
Story Links: FFnet | lj (odds and ends, not the actual story)
Author Links: FFnet
Summary: Fate puts Katara in the Fire Nation to grow up in the company of a Dragon, a prince, and a lot of good tea. AU Zutara...of a sort.
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Reccer's Notes: It should be noted that Katara and Zuko's relationship is more a sibling relationship (regular sibling relationship. Not whatever fucked-up thingy Zuko and Azula have.) then romantic. So the Zutara pairing is not tagged. And they're adorable- they argue over peeling oranges and Zuko tries and fails miserably to order Katara around.

But, well. The Agni Kai happens. The Avatar hunt happens. Lines are drawn and blurred, and things... change.

(Has a sequel, No Map Without Water.)
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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: Softly Say Goodnight
Author: Chevira Lowe
Fandom: Naruto
Rating: M
Warnings: Graphic violence. Disturbing thoughts, disturbing happenings.
Story Links: FFnet
Author Links: FFnet
Summary: Jiraiya, Orochimaru, and Tsunade as a Team. How they began, and why they fell apart.
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Reccer's Notes: Sannin fic! with a focus on Orochimaru, and his fall from grace.
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Title: Hoist High the Black Flag
Author: Contract with a K
Rating: T
Fandom: Young Justice
Story Links: FFnet
Author Links: FFnet
Summary: "Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." AU where 8-year-old Dick Grayson is taken in by Slade Wilson to be his apprentice.
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Reccer's Notes: In which KF tries to save Dick from himself and from Deathstroke, with... mixed results.
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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: Tis Femina
Author: Sythe
Fandom: Naruto
Rating: M
Story Links: FFnet
Author Links: FFnet
Summary: Naruto had gone to his last battle with Madara fully prepared to die with his enemy. He did not think he'd be manipulated by old toad sages and thrown to the far past. He did not expect to wake up in the Senju clan compound either.
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Reccer's Notes: I like how Sythe handles the genderbending: there's a valid plot reason for it, there are psychological effects, there are troubles with the body. And the worldbuilding- this is set during the time of the warring clans, of which there isn't much canon info. Sythe does a great job of filling in the gaps (and adding more).
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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: 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.
Excerpt )
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.
Excerpt )
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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