Current Recs

No Magic Would Save Me by Arsenic
[Marvel Cinematic Universe]
"Once upon a time, an angel with the unlikely name of Pepper came to the circus, and took Clint away." Killer young!Clint voice, great Tony and Pepper. Very solid kidfic; regency, somewhat steampunk au

The Longer You Stay by emiv
[Batman/Dark Knight]
"Bruce Wayne was never meant to be part of Selina's clean slate. Then again, neither were a circus boy, a street rat or a rich kid. For a girl who didn't like strings, Selina found herself getting attached." Or, nothing can stop the BatFamily from forming. Very solid Selena POV; my heart melted at several points. KikiRec

Shelter and Solace by Dira Sudis
[Vokosigan Saga]
"We will go to Beta Colony. I have some family there, I think, and--a friend." Sad but hopeful au for Aral, Gregor and Cordelia. KikiRec

Brothers In Arms by copperbadge
[Marvel Cinematic Universe]
"Bucky Barnes gets a tune-up, a new pet, and a home." I want to adopt this fic and keep it forever. Great interaction between Bucky and the Avengers, with bonus!Clint and a really sweet look at Bucky and Steve's friendship

Built On Questions (Mostly Unanswered) by BlackEyedGirl
[Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.]
"SHIELD rebuilds, and Skye has questions." Good addressing of many post-S1 issues, particularly Fitz, and very good interludes with Skye and Ward.

By Choice or By Habit by Sholio
[Marvel Cinematic Universe]
"He is useful. He holds onto that. He is useful and a useful tool will not be thrown away." ALL the feels! And quite a few giggles.

Devil in the Light by xfphile
[Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries]
"Not all devils come out at night. Not all angels have wings. And expectations, like battle plans, rarely survive first contact." Goes au after 207; first bit is fairly angsty, but the characterization is good and the ending is awesome.

To Live by jambajunkie
[Pacific Rim]
"What if the Kaidonovskys had survived? Sasha and Aleksis learn how to live again in the aftermath of the war - together. This is the story of their happily ever after." Technically AU, but awesome.

Wingthieves by Sholio
[Marvel Cinematic Universe]
Or, how they stole the wings from Fort Meade. Gorgeous Sam POV.

Odds Are (We're Gonna Be Alright) by lady_ragnell
[Elementary/Marvel Cinematic Universe]
"Sherlock knows that had Project Insight worked as HYDRA intended, he and Joan would both be dead. The knowledge does not sit well with him." Clever and believable.

Wizards in Winter by vibishan
[Calvin & Hobbes/Young Wizards]
"The advertisement is a spiky red impact bubble on the back of his box of Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs. Mail in just five box tops for your very own HOW TO BE A WIZARD KIT* ." Calvin is perfect. KikiRec

Through Fire and Rain by omorka
[The Real Ghostbusters]
"'I don't know," yelped the frantic voice on the other end of the phone. "It was on fire when I got into it!'" Solid casefic with a minimum of whumping.

we must strive for perfection by jonesandashes, pollyrepeat
[Emperor's New Groove]
"It figured that the week Kronk decided to really concentrate on his baking would also be the week that everyone decided they wanted to see him." The entire plot whizzing around behind Kronk's well-meaning obliviousness is truly hysterical.

Next New Message by fabrega
[Marvel Cinematic Universe]
"This is how Clint Barton walks off his flight at LaGuardia, turns on his cell phone, and things go horribly wrong." Or, where was Clint during "Winter Soldier"? KikiRec

How Rue Became the Mockingjay by aimmyarrowshigh
[Hunger Games]
"She's teamed up with the little girl instead of the boy who loves her. Katniss Everdeen and the girl from Eleven are ruining their best-laid plans. So, 'Caesar,' they say, 'Announce the change.'" Very sad, but a very interesting au.

Caught in the Act by Firebird9
[Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries]
"'Why is it, Miss Fisher, that whenever I accompany you to the theatre, somebody ends up dead on the stage?' Phryne and Jack investigate the murder of a cardsharp stagehand. But solving this case may cost both of them more than they had anticipated." Case file with lots of Phryne/Jack subtext very clearly becoming text.

Midnight Judges by lettered
[Star Trek: AOS]
"In the two weeks following the events of Star Trek Into Darkness, a Starfleet officer tries to put Starfleet back together again." Adroitly handles some of the more glaring FAIL moments of the second movie. KikiRec

Wings of Winter by Aris Merquoni (ArisTGD)
[Frozen/Fairy Tales]
"Once upon a time there was a family with thirteen brothers who were put under a powerful curse. Once upon a time there was a tiny kingdom far to the north, ruled by a young and lovely queen who took in a traveler who did not speak. And once upon a time, inconvenient family history and a certain someone's bad decisions made solving everyone's problems far more difficult than it should have been." Fun crossover between Frozen and one of my favorite fairy tales, The Wild Swans. F/M and F/F pairings, which both totally work.

From here to infinity by everythingispoetry
[Marvel Cinematic Universe]
"In a world where superheroes are still secret, Steve walks past a homeless man every morning on his way to work. Then they save the world together - but it's not enough." Lovely, slightly heart-breaking au.

Switch by fmo
[Pacific Rim]
"One day a switch comes while Raleigh is working on the Wall in Sitka, and after the switch he finds himself in Japan. And his arm doesn't hurt any more." Intriguing AU-ish.

Father's Day by SnubNosedSilhouette
[Doctor Who]
"'Do-' Rory seemed to reconsider, then barreled ahead with his question. 'This is a silly question, but, do you have a dad, River?'" Explorations of neglected relationships: River and Rory, and River and Brian.

A Princess and a Warrior Walk into a Tower by Frea_O
[Disney]
"Things are not all that they seem when Mulan and Jasmine find a strange tower on their travels." Lovely crossover and au. I would have loved to have seen this.

Into the Woods by Nerissa
[Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters]
"How do you go from killing one witch to killing two?" Pre-movie adventure.

Happily Ever After (Every Now and Then by carolinecrane
[Tremors]
"After the graboids, Earl and Val finally make it out of Perfection. The only problem is that Rhonda's still a scientist, and she has to go where the science is." Believable post-movie Val and Rhonda

Closing the Circuit by AlchemyAlice
[Marvel Cinematic Universe]
"SHIELD's down, Captain America's AWOL, and on the whole, things are kind of FUBAR. On the other hand, Tony might have some semblance of a plan." An interesting take on the Avengers, going forward.

The Adventures of the Doctor and Rory the Roman by jesterlady
[Doctor Who]
"Rory's waiting for 2,000 years. How many Doctors do you think he'd meet in that time?" Pretty much all of them, really.

Hideaways by moirariordan
[Arrow]
"'Yes,' Oliver says calmly, like this is no big deal at all, like it's totally normal for somebody to sew medical supplies into custom-made Italian businesswear, like everybody does it and Felicity is the one who's weird for questioning it." Only the last bit is NC-17, the rest is just fun

Pen Pal by galaxysoup
[Person of Interest]
"Reese and Sofia keep in touch." And everyone has an opinion on this.

The Care and Feeding of Tiny Humans (and slightly larger Time Lords) by Netgirl_y2k
[Doctor Who]
"The one where the Doctor comes back for little Amelia Pond." Oh, how I wish it was longer; I always wanted this story.

Definitions

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.