Maggie Fitzgerald and the Saltwater Drip by antistar_e (kaikamahine)
[The Amazing Spider-Man]
"Google politely tells her there are no poisonous spiders in Manhattan. Judging by her symptoms -- fever, superstrength, newfound desire to shove herself into small dark spaces, and sudden reputation as a masked vigilante -- Gwen would beg to differ. [Spider!Gwen AU.]" This is epic, stunning and completely brilliant.
In Between the Past and Future Town by petpluto
"Logan and Lilly both die on October 3rd. But for Veronica, it's not like they're gone. And she still works to solve their murders." Spooky, sad, excellent au. Veronica/Eli
The Soldier And The Hurricane by copperbadge
[Marvel Cinematic Universe]
"When the Winter Soldier fails to kill Howard and Maria Stark and is taken prisoner in the summer of 1967, his salvation comes in the unlikely form of a Russian-speaking, father-disobeying, endlessly-tinkering seventeen-year-old: Tony Stark." It's copperbadge. Just go read it.
The Story of Finn by LullabyKnell
[Star Wars: The Force Awakens]
"The only thing Stormtroopers own are stories." Variation on a theme: Stormtroopers inspired by the "traitor". Strong OCs, particularly the narrator.
You Know You Have a Permanent Piece of My Medium-Sized American Heart by tricatular
"'Hey Hermes!' The ambient suspicion level in the Rec ratcheted up significantly. Kapoor was disturbingly cheerful. 'We've sent you some mission updates in the data dump, but Mitch and I wanted to personally let you know--' Mitch visibly rolled his eyes in the background. '--That thanks to some... strong suggestions from the White House, and on Annie and Director Sanders' recommendation, we've started releasing Watney's Mars logs to the public.'" Lots of great little details and wonderful crew interactions, plus priceless Earthside reactions.
This Time by greyathena
"Eve and Flynn are perfectly able to build a mature and healthy relationship because they are both mature, healthy adults. With enough baggage to open a luggage store. Or, the slightly stream-of-consciousness story of a new couple. Eve is cautious. Flynn is wrong a lot. It all comes out okay in the end." A very well-written and highly entertaining relationship; mild R (and surprisingly realistic).
Assets Out of Containment by follow_the_sun
[Marvel Cinematic Universe/Jurassic World ]
"After CA:TWS, Bucky Barnes suspects HYDRA is running a project in a little place called Jurassic World, and decides to go poke it with a stick." Crossover woven in and around Jurassic World; Bucky is sarcastic and funny, and the guest stars are excellent.
Siege Perilous by icarus_chained
"There are things in this world that demand purity. There are others for whom decency and a willingness to try are plenty good enough. OR, Flynn and Eve get cornered by a homicidal unicorn, and Jenkins saves them in a rather old-fashioned way." Great Jenkins-focused piece, with good Eve/Flynn happening as well.
Tomorrow (there'll be more of us) by dimircharmer
[Star Wars: The Force Awakens]
"The resistance is starting to get stormtrooper defectors. Finn helps them out." Astounding adorable and every-so-slightly heartbreaking. Bonus!Leia.
Locust Wind by AlphaFlyer
[Marvel Cinematic Universe/James Bond]
"Following the traumatic events of the Convergence over Greenwich, it's becoming clear that not everything that came out of the rift went back in -- and somebody is seizing the opportunity. Once again, MI-6's and SHIELD's top agents, now with the addition of the Black Widow, find themselves thrown together, facing ... what, exactly?" A worthy sequel to Second Mouse, and a neat interstitial between Thor 2 and Winter Soldier. Clint/Natasha in passing.
I and Love and You (You Plural by yasaman
"It was really only when they were no longer on the run from Whispers and BPO, and as safe as they were going to get, that Amanita realized, shit, I'm sharing my girlfriend with seven other people. Or my girlfriend is also seven other people? Am I in a relationship with eight people?"
Black Water Rising by Sholio
"An apparently abandoned Hydra facility turns into a deathtrap for Peggy and the SSR team. Set after 1x08." Sholio does it again -- suspenseful and claustrophobic.
Like a Mirror, Reflecting Me by ModernMyth
[Marvel Cinematic Universe]
"'It's scary, you know? Caring about people.' Fills in the blanks between Avengers movies, showing how Natasha and Bruce come to care about each other" Strong Natasha POV building a believable relationship.
Back to Back by greyathena
"Love in all kinds of forms. The Librarians and their Guardian have formed relationships that help them to deal with the aftereffects of reweaving fate from new and disparate threads." Long fic incorporating some, ah, loose threads from the first season finale. Flynn/Eeve, and some alt!relationships
this summer burns long and slow by ellatrobbie
"In the heat they heal. And also eat way too much take-out. // post season one." Glorious Happy POV on Scorpion and her relationship with Toby post-season 1 finale.
La Chanson des Vieux Amants by language_escapes
"There are two constants in Joan's life: Sherlock and bees." Completely gorgeous journey through a lifetime of partnership. Also try The Art of Negotiation, for a look at their early days.
bury my heart underneath these trees by morganoconner
[Star Wars: The Force Awakens]
"Before Rey leaves to find Luke Skywalker, BB-8 has something to show her." Puts the pieces together very well, if heartbreakingly.
vinegar and cellophane by oh_simone
"Daniel Sousa doesn't really end his SSR missions with explosions just to make life harder for Interim Chief Jack Thompson, but it sure is a nice bonus." Sousa POV on life after season 1.
road trip playlist by magneticwave
[Star Wars: The Force Awakens]
"Rey is XO of a piece of junk, her captain is a foul-mouthed Wookiee who doesn't respect people who respect authority, and there are pictures of naked people glued to the ceiling of the Falcon. She honestly couldn't be more thrilled." Heavy PG-13 because Chewie's every other word starts with F, but hilarious and a little serious underneath.
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.