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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: 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 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?
Excerpt )
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: 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: The Boy on the Cloud
Author: Azaz the Unabridged
Fandom: Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Rating: T
Warnings: Torture (non-graphic), non-con (not explict)
Story Links: FFnet
Author Links: FFnet
Summary: Post-apocalyptic, Titans-victory AU. Percy and Luke watch the death of the West and the rise of the second Golden Age. Some angst, some torture, some yelling, some Twinkies that lasted through the end of civilization. Written for pjo kinkmeme.
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Reccer's Notes: Ignores Lost Hero.

Despite the aforementioned torture and non-con... I like the worldbuilding/story/characterization enough to put it on here.
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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.
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: 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.
Excerpt )
Reccer's Notes: Ignores movie canon.
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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: 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.
Excerpt )
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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: 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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