Current Recs

The Price of War by shuofthewind
[Daredevil/Marvel Cinematic Universe]
"Moving to Manhattan is supposed to be a stopgap until she gets her GED. Instead, she gets a sister (well, cousin, technically, but neither of them quibble), a degree, a firm, a devil, and a whole pack of monsters. God, she really should be getting therapy." Impressive, epic-length AU in which it's Nelson, Murdock and Lewis, and things are a little different, but a lot the same. Matt/Darcy.

Saint Miles dy Vorkosigan by tuval
[Vorkosigan Saga]
"Miles, aged fifty, discovers a portal into Chalion and rides off to save Mark with the Bastard's aid." Aligns Bujold's two world with a deft touch and a good story.

Accommodation by story_monger
"Capheus, after the battle" Well-written conversations about choices and consequences.

The Path That Moonbeams Make by KnifeEdge
[Once Upon a Time]
"Emma likes to sleep with her window open. She never quite realized who she'd be inviting in. All things considered, however, Captain Hook showing up in her bedroom after midnight is hardly the worst of his offenses. Emma knows how to handle Hook." Very cool Emma/Hook. AU, but I hated where the show went, so...

Pour Back The Ocean by imperfectcircle
[Marvel Cinematic Universe]
"After the events of Age of Ultron, Wanda has to find a new place in the world. Contains team training exercises, expected grief and unexpected kindness." Lovely post-movie Wanda, very rich with characterization.

Find Strength In What Remains Behind by Lanna Michaels (lannamichaels)
[Harry Potter]
"Dear Mr. Potter, we are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at the Merlin Memorial Academy For Magical And Muggle Squibs." Spare and absorbing AU.

Paravigilante by turtle_paced
"Being besties with a guy who runs around in a mask at night beating up criminals has its issues. Or so Foggy’s coming to realise."

Mission Reports by Gwynne
[Vorkosigan Saga]
"Illyan (beta-reads Miles's fanfic) edits Lieutenant Vorkosigan's reports." Short, screamingly funny.

Mama Bear by dsudis
[Marvel Cinematic Universe]
"How Natasha becomes Auntie Nat." I adore the characterization of Laura here.

Monster Tamer by VickyVicarious
[Once Upon a Time]
"Princess Emma has always had a way with beasts, but the more she grows, the more out of hand it gets. The castle is running out of places to put them." Adorable AU.

The Substance of Things Hoped For... by susannahmccormick
"She should be happy -- ecstatic, even. So why is she so anxious?" post S3 finale Olicity dealing with trauma

Lit Up by the Moon by BlackEyedGirl
[Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries]
"Phryne came out of the war shining, unexpected as a knife in the dark. He sharpens himself on her bright edges. When she turns brittle, he tries to lend her strength, since he cannot lend her laughter, and only sometimes comfort." Jack introspection.

Which Part of You Will You Let Live Again? by lit_chick08
[Marvel Cinematic Universe]
"Bucky survives the war but Steve does not. Eventually he ends up at the SSR with Peggy." Ignore the tags, this is gen and lovely.

Waypoints by MachaSWicket
[Veronica Mars]
Logan and Veronica always navigate back to each other. AU series using some elements of the movie

Home is where by jamjar
Dani, post series finale.

how does that make you feel by ignipes
[Marvel Cinematic Universe]
"Sam inadvertantly becomes the therapist of all of Steve's damaged friends." [Kiki Says: Spoilery for Winter Soldier, and yes, Sam is made of win.]

Beware the Bandersnatch by snarkydame
[Alice (SyFy)]
"Hatter is abducted by the flotsam left behind the Revolution, and Alice finds her way to him." Very poetic

He hit the heights at breakneck speed by pentapus, pollyrepeat
[Marvel Cinematic Universe]
"In which Natasha gives the thumbs-up to Tony Stark and the Iron Man suit, the Avengers Initiative starts a little differently, and Tony finds himself spending a lot of time with assassins and/or spies." Great dialogue between the three teammates, and Tony is perfect.

Built, Broken, Rebuilt by songandsilence
[Pacific Rim]
"'I want to travel,' she breathes, and the back of his neck tingles. 'I feel restless. I want...' Gently, a little hesitantly, she touches her finger to his mouth. 'I want to see the things you've seen. I want to see new things with you.'" Post-movie travelogue -- scenery porn to die for and very sweet Raleigh/Mako.

Death Before Dusk by Yahtzee
"The bad news: In 111 days, an asteroid will strike the Earth in a cataclysm that promises to destroy human civilization as we know it. The good news: There's been a murder." Yahtzee rocks. Joan/Sherlock, which I'm rarely into, but it works reasonably well here. NC17

Black AmEx by copperbadge
[Marvel Cinematic Universe]
"Bruce isn't sure he wants to use a credit card Tony gave him. Steve isn't sure he even knows how." Good look at Bruce and Steve after the first movie (and at Tony, honestly).


AU -- alternate universe. Stories which diverge from the show's canon in one way or another (a character doesn't die, a character does die, the setting is different, etc).

Babyfic -- A main character is either pregnant, had a baby, or found one on their doorstep. I have a sneaking fondness for many of these, but I'll warn you first.

BDM -- Firefly fandom shorthand for the Big Damn Movie (ie, Serenity). Not the other thing you were thinking; get your mind out of the gutter!

Canon -- facts, settings and relationships verified by what has actually aired on the series in question. Jack O'Neill was a POW, Chris Larabee's wife and son were murdered, Max, Michael and Isabel are aliens, Josh Lyman and Sam Seaborn met long before the campaign -- that's all canon. Anything that fans have inferred without direct evidence or have completely made up is non-canon (and often AU).

Crackfic -- a story with a premise so out there, that it's obvious the author must have been smoking some serious monkeycrack. Crackfics tend to be crossovers or AUs; they will be either brilliant or appallingly bad.

Crossover -- a story based on the characters or universes of two separate fandoms; i.e., The X-Files/Due South, The West Wing/Stargate SG-1, Angel/The Dead Zone, Hercules/Buffy (I'm not making any of these up; in fact, I wrote one of them).

Episode Continuation -- just what it sounds like. A story that fills in a missing scene or continues on from the end of an aired episode. Also known as a tag.

Fanon -- any 'facts' about a character or series that are not supported by the series canon, but have been floating around for so long, or have been used in so much fic, that the majority of the fandom accepts them as truth. Examples: Daniel Jackson's coffee addiction; Duncan MacLeod living in Seacouver.

Gen -- used here to designate a story in which romantic relationships play a minimal to nonexistant role in the plot. Everything I rec may usually be assumed to meet this definition of gen unless otherwise stated.

H/C -- hurt/comfort. Beat your characters up emotionally or physically, then let them make each other all better. See Whumping.

Het -- used here to indicate a story's focus on a romantic relationship between two people of opposite genders (ie, non-slash). Anything with a ship that I rec may be presumed to be het unless otherwise stated.

Id-fic -- possibly not the greatest fic ever written, but systematically pushes every single one of the emotional buttons of the reader. I try to be self-aware enough to warn for these.

Jossed -- a story (or writer) has been jossed when it has been made AU by events in canon after it was written. Named for Joss Whedon, who made a habit of declaring earthquake in Buffy canon so often that writing fanfic within that canon was an exercise in willpower and frustration.

Kidfic -- 1) One or more main characters are reduced to physical childhood (mental/emotional is frequent, but optional). 2) One or more main characters find themselves with custody of one or more small children, ala "Three Men and a Baby". 3) The story centers around the children of one or more main characters (parentage often depends on whom the author ships). Any of these can be fun/WAFFy/cool if done correctly (your odds drop sharply with 3, but I've seen it pulled off). They can also be appallingly bad; approach with extreme caution.

KikiRec -- don't just take my word for it; my sometime partner-in-crime recommended these fics, too.

Mary Sue -- the most hated woman in fanfic. Essentially an original character who is the personification of the author -- only more perfect, beautiful and lovable than the author could ever hope to be. (The male version is thankfully more rare, and known as Gary/Marty Stu.) It can be done well, but 98% of the time, it's not. Also known as a self-insertion character. Note: Original character does not necessarily equal Mary Sue; it depends on the author and the story.

Original Character -- a non-canon character created by, and belonging to, the author.

Pre-slash -- In many slash-heavy fandoms, this categorization is often sooper sekrit code for 'gen'. Anything with this heading may be worth a shot if you're a non-slasher.

POV -- point of view; the character(s) through whose eyes we see the story.

Schmoopy -- containing emotions bordering on the treacly; perhaps a tad overly sweet for the educated palate. But WAFFy as all hell, nonetheless.

'Shipper -- a person or fic dedicated to a particular romantic relationship; i.e., Sam/Jack, Josh/Donna, John/Aeryn.

Slash -- used here to indicate a story's emphasis on a non-canon romantic relationship between two characters of the same gender. Usually labeled m/m or f/f.

Smarm/Swarm -- emphasis on friendship between two or more guys (hugging, h/c, moral support, etc.) without implications of slash.

Smut -- used very affectionately to refer to stories containing NC-17/explicit sex.

UC -- unconventional couple; a romantic pairing not explicitly supported by show canon, or not usually accepted by the majority of the fandom; i.e., Tara/Spike, Carson/Teyla, Chloe/Lex.

WAFF -- warm and fuzzy feeling. That glow of happiness/idiotic grin carried around after reading a particularly sweet/touching scene.

Whumping -- gratuitous physical or mental abuse of a character for the sole (or nearly sole) purpose of setting up H/C (i.e., so everyone else can angst interminably about it). Go read Sarah B's hilarious poem Gunga Dunne to get the real meaning of Whumping.

Willow Sue -- a particularly virulent form of the Mary Sue, in which a canon character is warped beyond all recognition to fulfill the needs/desires of the author, who is severely overidentifying. Named for the most prevalent iteration, but present in most fandoms. (Male form usually known as the Xander or Harry Stu, or a similar variation.)

WIP -- work in progress.

YMMV -- your mileage may vary, which is pretty much the motto of this page. Opinions presented by the reccer don't necessarily reflect yours, and I'm okay with that.