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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: 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: 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 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: 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: Metronome
Author: Lily10
Fandom: Code Geass
Rating: T
Summary: Snippets of Nunnally through the years.
Story Links: FFnet
Author Links: FFnet | livejournal
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Reccer's Notes: Nunnally, Lelouch, and a bittersweet childhood of tragedy and happiness.
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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: 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.
Excerpt )
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.
Excerpt )
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: The Crown of Mètis
Author: Megii of Mysteri OusStranger
Fandom: Harry Potter
Rating: T
Story Links: FFnet | dA
Author Links: FFnet | dA
Summary: 1957. A tree in Albania, she said. Straightforward enough, right? Not if someone else got there first. Tom's journey in acquiring the vessel for his fifth Horcrux just got that much trickier. An exploration of White Magic. Canon-compliant.
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Reccer's Notes: Less about Voldemort finding Ravenclaw's Diadem, though there is that, and more about Light and Dark magic, the similarities and differences between the two.
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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: Good Intentions
Author: Lisse
Fandom: Fullmetal Alchemist
Rating G
Story Links: FFnet
Author Links: FFnet
Summary: Her grandfather is dying and there is no such place as Amestris.
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Reccer's Notes: Ignores movie canon.
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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: 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: Hit the Ground Running
Author: Tozette
Fandom: Harry Potter
Rating: T
Story Links: FFnet | AO3
Author Links: FFnet | AO3
Summary:The Horcrux in Harry's head wakes up and begins talking to Harry long before he's ever heard the name Voldemort.
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Title: I Adore the Sight of Your Broken Metaphors
Author: Novocain
Fandom: Avatar: The Last AirBender
Rating: G
Story Links: FFnet
Author Links: FFnet
Summary: And forever is only a lifetime.
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Reccer's Notes: Dysfunctional character + character study = win.
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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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