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FANDOM: Pirates of the Caribbean
FIC LINK: The Queen's Pride
[archiveofourown.org profile] copperbadge
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 1,400
MAIN CHARACTERS: Elizabeth Swan, Will Turner, Jack Sparrow

FIC SUMMARY: Elizabeth and Will tried domesticity. They got bored.

RECCER'S NOTES: Because I can't be the only one sceptical that Elizabeth Swan would give up piracy that easily. A post-Curse of the Black Pearl AU - quick, funny, and will leave a warm feeling in your belly.
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[personal profile] longlivehumour
FANDOM: Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin)
FIC LINK: Hands Clean
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] bmouse
RATING/WARNING(S): PG | Canon-typical violence | Major spoilers for Ch.43 / Ep.31
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 1,700
MAIN CHARACTERS: Levi, Annie Leonhart

FIC SUMMARY: When they are sent out on a joint mission Levi and Annie find a common ground. Future-fic, speculative AU [following chapter 43].

RECCER'S NOTES: A commander is responsible for his squad’s happiness.
Fittingly enough the dub just hit Episode 31, so this fic is now safe for everyone in the English-speaking fandom. A beautiful, vivid little oneshot about two people who might actually get along, and also all the feels. ALL OF THEM. After reading this I found myself desperately craving more Annie-Levi fic which of course does not exist. Dammit.
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[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Astronomy (Anthropomorfic)
FIC LINK: Your Best and Brightest.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] etothey
RATING/WARNING(S): gen, none
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 1,140 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Eris (Astronomy), Pluto (Astronomy), Planet 9 (Astronomy)

FIC SUMMARY: It's another day at work in the Solar System, and Planet 9 has to deal with its coworkers.

RECCER'S NOTES: This is the best kind of crack, in which the characters are still recocnizable. This made me laugh and giggle.

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[personal profile] ozqueen
FANDOM: The Avengers, Marvel Cinematic Universe
FIC LINK: The Goat's Back
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] arsenicarcher
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 10,155
MAIN CHARACTERS: Steve Rogers, Clint Barton, Natasha Romanov, Pepper Potts, Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Thor

FIC SUMMARY: An AU where Steve's essentially a failed experiment, corporal punishment is the predominant form of discipline and team leaders take the punishments for those under them.


I think this is one of those "everyone has read it" kind of deals, but JUST IN CASE YOU HAVEN'T, here's the link. Delicious Steve Rogers hurt/comfort and team feels all wrapped up in a well-written package. This caters to my id in a big way, but there's so much to enjoy I'm sure I'd love it even if iddiness was taken out of the picture entirely.

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FANDOM: Rockman|Mega Man X
FIC LINK: Child's Play
AUTHOR LINK: [fanfiction.net profile] Ysavvryl
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen, no warnings
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete/357145 words

FIC SUMMARY: Having saved their world many times over, the legendary Maverick Hunters X and Zero are bored. Nothing seems to be a challenge anymore. Then they encounter a reploid child who asks them to defeat two monsters. Things get even stranger from there.

RECCER'S NOTES: Fantasy AU where X and Zero are children. Despite all that, this is an enjoyable read. Leaving an author rec for AU fanfiction.
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FANDOM: Doctor Who
FIC LINK: And Then There Was One
AUTHOR LINK: [ao3.com profile] spacetimeconundrum
MAIN CHARACTERS: Fifth Doctor, Romana II, Master, OFC

FIC SUMMARY: The end and aftermath of the Last Great Time War in the Pete's World Universe. Gallifrey falls, the Doctor is lost, and a killer is lurking among the residents of a town on the edge of the Canadian wilderness. Alt!Five's story.

RECCER'S NOTES: What if the Fifth Doctor was roped into the Time War? It's a fascinating premise. Fobwatched!Five is a plausible and sympathetic extrapolation: he's still the Doctor, even with one foot in the classic era and one in the new. The murder mystery is a little draggy, but I really came to care for "Dr. John Foreman," his wife, his father-in-law, and the life he's carved out for himself. His nightmares of the Time War are compelling and terrifying; it's worth a read just for them. I found myself wishing he'd never remember who he really was.
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[personal profile] ozqueen
FANDOM: Scooby Doo
FIC LINK: The Road This Far Can't Be Retraced
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] silverpenlight
RATING/WARNING(S): R | violence, character death
WIP?/WORD COUNT: complete | 3,500
MAIN CHARACTERS: Velma Dinkley, Scooby Doo, Daphne Blake, Fred Jones, Shaggy Rogers


Velma saved them in the end. She knew she did, she wasn't shy about it. Her research gave them machetes, chainsaws and shotguns, garlic and holy water, silver bullets. She was the first one to take aim and squeeze off four shots, the last one taking the zombie right through the forehead and knocking him down hard before he could take a bite out of Fred's arm. She took the knife, the kitchen knife they'd found in Fred's apartment and the only one they had then, and she cut off the head and shot it one last time, spraying blood and brain across the asphalt of the road where they'd stopped for a bathroom break.


I don't even know what to say about this fic. It made me squirm (because it's violent and a bit gross) and also I teared up, and also it's SCOOBY DOO. Velma is forced to become a different person in an apocalyptic world, and it's just brilliant. The character building and the tension and fear is all so wonderful. I love darker spins on childhood classics, and this is one of my all time favourite examples.

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[personal profile] ozqueen
[* sly mod note: banner posts for May & June will be up this weekend, I promise! I'm so sorry for the delay; work has been crazy busy lately. Keep on gensploding, gensploders ♥ *]

FIC LINK: Almost No One Makes It Out
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] atrata
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 28,101
MAIN CHARACTERS: Tony Stark, Pepper Potts, James 'Rhodey' Rhodes

FIC SUMMARY: What would have happened if Tony hadn't been born filthy rich? A military AU.


This rec has been floating around my flist lately, though it's not a new fic. I haven't seen it posted here yet (?) so -- enjoy! This is a fabulous, gritty, well researched story. I'm very picky with my AUs and this is absolutely one of the best I have ever read. I love Tony and Pepper's friendship here (you can maybe read a little more into it, but affectionate friendship is pretty much the limit of it, and it's tagged as gen). The other details of the fic, including how Iron Man ends up fitting into the world, are wonderfully done.

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[personal profile] lost_spook
FANDOM: Once Upon A Time
FIC LINK: And Swallow Up the Rest of Me
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] AstroGirl
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen | Character death, AU
MAIN CHARACTERS: Killian Jones | Captain Hook, Rumplestiltskin | Mr Gold

FIC SUMMARY: Captain Hook achieves his life's goal.

RECCER'S NOTES: So, I was trying to work out which of AstroGirl’s OUaT fics to rec, and then decided not to settle for one but to go for two brief but excellently sharp ficlets, this first one exploring the inevitable consequences of what would have happened to Hook if he’d got what his revenge – something that didn’t seem to have crossed his mind…

FANDOM: Once Upon A Time
FIC LINK: The Better to Hold You With
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] AstroGirl
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen | Canon character death, mentions of blood/violence
MAIN CHARACTERS: Widow Lucas | Granny

FIC SUMMARY: She's only ever wanted to keep her granddaughter safe.

RECCER'S NOTES: And this one powerfully fills in what Granny was thinking during “Red-Handed”. AstroGirl fully captures her character and deepens it in a way only implied by canon, as Granny regrets her mistakes.
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[personal profile] lost_spook
FANDOM: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
FIC LINK: Of Five Adventures That Occurred During The Reign Of The Raven Barista
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] lannamichaels
MAIN CHARACTERS: Gilbert Norrell, The Raven King, William of Lanchester, Catherine of Winchester, Jonathan Strange, John Childermass, Arabella Strange, Emma Pole, Martin Pale, Thomas of Dundale

FIC SUMMARY: Cracky coffee shop AU with magic!

RECCER'S NOTES: This is one of those AUs that you'd imagine couldn’t and shouldn’t be done - until someone pulls it off like this, and it’s completely brilliant. It shouldn't work, but it's clever and funny and wonderful, and it does. I don’t know where to start – Norrell coming early not to buy coffee, Jonathan’s Tumblr tags, the Raven Barista . . . just go read it!
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[personal profile] lost_spook
FANDOM: Doctor Who
FIC LINK: The Care and Feeding of Tiny Humans (and slightly larger Time Lords)
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] netgirl_y2k
MAIN CHARACTERS: Eleventh Doctor, Amelia Pond, Sarah Jane Smith, River Song.

FIC SUMMARY: The one where the Doctor comes back for little Amelia Pond.

RECCER'S NOTES: Obvious rec is obvious maybe, but how can I not? Because great as Amy Pond is, wee!Amelia is more awesome still, and Eleven is always at his very best with children – and this is the fic surely everyone wanted, where Eleven and Amelia get to travel together. It’s gorgeous, funny, and completely adorable.
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[personal profile] lost_spook
FANDOM: Press Gang
FIC LINK: End of the World News
AUTHOR LINK: [fanfiction.net profile] unoriginal-elizabeth
RATING/WARNING(S): K+/Teen | Apocalypse, No spoilers (AU for post-S3, I think)
MAIN CHARACTERS: Lynda Day, Kenny Phillips, Colin Mathews, Frazz Davis, Sarah Jackson

FIC SUMMARY: It's the end of the world, AND it's a Monday - but people still show up for work.

RECCER'S NOTES: Where to start? So, it’s Press Gang fic. Perfectly characterised Press Gang fic. Lynda won’t give up and go home, and neither will anyone else, till they’ve done what they came to do. It’s got all the mix of distinctive characterisation, humour, and unexpected blows to the heart that you get in the very best Press Gang episodes. There’s Lynda being Lynda, even at the end of the world, Colin refusing to give up his love affair with money, and briefly, but brilliantly, glimpses of the Sarah-Lynda dynamic and the way that has always shaped the Junior Gazette. And it’s also, always, about the friendship between Lynda Day, the Junior Gazette’s resident dictator megalomaniac fearless editor and Kenny “so nice that teddy bears sneer at me” Phillips. Right to the end of the world, because where else would they be?

Press Gang's a small fandom (a 1990s UK teen drama that's still without equal), but I think this is well-written and powerful enough that it could be read without canon knowledge, as a group of young people facing the unimaginable in their own unique way.

(There’s a background understanding of the Spike/Lynda relationship running through the fic as per canon, but nothing overt.)
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[personal profile] dirty_diana
FANDOM: Marvel Cinematic Universe / Avengers, fusion with His Dark Materials
FIC LINK: Lacuna
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] morpholomeg
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen / as in notes
WIP?/WORD COUNT: complete / 29 000 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton, Phil Coulson, Nick Fury, Maria Hill, Melinda May


There were many rumours about the Black Widow, some of which might even have been true. The most reliable of these were presented to Clint in maybe the sketchiest mission briefing he'd ever received, full of words like 'allegedly' and 'probably' and 'although it seems unlikely' which seemed out of place in a SHIELD file. There was only one piece of information that truly surprised him.

"We seriously don't know what her dæmon is, sir?" he asked Coulson.

RECCER'S NOTES: This is definitely my favourite His Dark Materials AU, for how perfectly the daemons are integrated in both characterisation and plot. The author takes advantage of Pullman's worldbuilding to create a believable allegory of normality and disability - but underneath all that is a lovely tale of Natasha, Clint, and how they became friends.
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[personal profile] ozqueen
FANDOM: Frozen, Tangled
FIC LINK: Elsa of Corona
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] chrysalisdreams
RATING/WARNING(S): Author chose not to use warnings, G
WIP?/WORD COUNT: work in progress | 90,000+ words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Elsa, Rapunzel, Eugene Fitzherbert/Flynn Rider, King of Corona, Queen of Corona, Mother Gothel


Instead of being sequestered in her room, Elsa is sent by her parents to her Uncle and Aunt, the King and Queen of Corona. King Thomas and Queen Primrose are thunderstruck at the idea of caring for the girl, since their own daughter, Rapunzel, was kidnapped as a baby and is still missing.

Elsa and Anna write letters to each other while Elsa grows up in Corona and Anna grows up in a castle full of people and life. Away from the anxiety exacerbated by her parents, Elsa has more control of her secret ice powers.

Elsa's fate to become the Snow Queen, however, is not so easily escaped.


This fic isn't finished yet, but we're almost there. The first few chapters have some minor spelling/grammar issues but if you're able to get past that the story is FANTASTIC. The characters are all fully fleshed out and the plot is intense and engaging. I love the relationships woven together in this one, and the found family feels hit all my buttons. As we near the end of the fic there are some references to Rapunzel/Eugene, but the story at heart is about Elsa, sent to live with her aunt and uncle in Corona and doing her best to be a good, dependable person and member of the royal family.

The author has chosen not to use warnings. Just very briefly trying to think back, if you want to be sure before going in, I'd say it could be triggering for depression/anxiety, and there is canon-typical violence.

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[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Harry Potter
FIC LINK: Raven's Honour (at AO3: Raven's Honour)
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] kellychambliss | [archiveofourown.org profile] kellychambliss
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 10,800 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Minerva McGonagall, Rolanda Hooch, Pomona Sprout, OFC; assorted HP-Universe cameos

FIC SUMMARY: From the prompt: "In the 1920s, three close friends open a school for girls in the Scottish Highlands. Non-magical AU."


This is a wonderful charming story of friendship and growing up. I really love the OFC here, from whose point we see the other characters. They are all so very well thought up and fleshed out.

The tone is just right, and it fits so well the time and place.

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[personal profile] isabelquinn
FANDOM: Gilmore Girls
FIC LINK: Strange Love
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] fourteenlines
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete/4500
MAIN CHARACTERS: Lane Kim, Lorelai Gilmore, Luke Danes

FIC SUMMARY: Every day is like Sunday.

RECCER'S NOTES: I am an absolute sucker for AUs when the canon is realism/drama. I have a lot of love for these characters, and seeing them in extreme AU scenarios still being them is one of my favourite things. This is Gilmore Girls apocafic, and it's fantastic. The Lane POV is dead-on, Lorelai is amazing and competent but not to a point where it's unrealistic (ie exactly right!), and the atmosphere is heartbreaking. Absolutely love it <3
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[personal profile] isabelquinn
FANDOM: The Hunger Games
FIC LINK: Where the Vines Cling Crimson
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] ghostie
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete / 1402 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Rue and Foxface

FIC SUMMARY: As you step through a hole in the fence you can almost hear the roar of the crowds, the wet choke of tendons snapping, the clink of blood dripping onto dark leaves.

There is no blood now, only flowers.

RECCER'S NOTES: This fic is just so haunting. The fairy tale-esque voice matches the premise of the fic perfectly, and it's an amazing example of just how effective second person can be when executed well. It's creepy as hell, which comes from the exact right mix of the horrible things that happen in canon and the supernatural elements added by the author.
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[personal profile] ozqueen
FANDOM: How to Train Your Dragon
FIC LINK: Blinded by the Sun
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] akamine_chan
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 1867
MAIN CHARACTERS: Hiccup, Toothless

FIC SUMMARY: He'd been offered the honor of killing a dragon, and it turned his stomach. He couldn't do it, and the only choice he had left was to leave his home.

At least he still had Toothless.


A feel-good road trip fic about a boy and his dragon. This isn't a very long fic, but it builds the world outside of Berk up beautifully, and the interwoven paragraphs from Hiccup's dragon manual are a great touch.

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[personal profile] espresso_addict
FANDOM: Dark is Rising (Susan Cooper)
FIC LINK: Watch for the Greenwitch
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] Selden
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen | No authorial warnings; horror
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | ~2500 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Jane Drew, Will Stanton

FIC SUMMARY: The offering to the Greenwitch always looks tangled and cold. Jane is cold, too.

RECCER'S NOTES: Dark is Rising is a series of children's novels by Susan Cooper, loosely based in Arthurian mythology. Most of the fanfiction is very ship-focused, but there are some gen gems to be found. This unusual slow-building horror story spins off Greenwitch and focuses on Jane Drew. Selden does a good job of melding the prosaic with the supernatural, in the spirit of the original, and the luscious descriptions bring the Cornish coastal setting to life. Rereading the series as an adult I found the Light characters often felt inhumanly cold, and there's an interesting ambiguity to Will's actions in this story. (Does he precipitate events, or merely foretell them?) There's a slight film moment early on (Mrs Stanton's American) but don't let that put you off. ETA: My mistake; see comments!
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[personal profile] espresso_addict
FANDOM: Harry Potter
FIC LINK: Reclamation
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] copperbadge
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen | Character death, discussion of suicide, homophobia
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | ~5800 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Tom Riddle, Remus Lupin, Sirius Black

FIC SUMMARY: In an alternate universe, one man still struggles with a moral decision made many years before.

RECCER'S NOTES: Apologies for double posting today; I'm unlikely to find time to rec again until the end of next week.

This medium-length AU takes as its premise the idea that Tom Riddle never kills his father. Instead, he ends up as the Defence professor at Hogwarts, where he eventually teaches the Marauders. The consequences of the change to canon are of course far reaching, but always feel carefully worked out & plausible. The extent to which the change affects Tom's character as an adult is central to the story, and the question is skillfully & subtly handled, with Tom on the surface completely changed from Lord Voldemort, yet surprisingly recognisable. As the story is told entirely from his perspective, there's an interesting potential for ambiguity around how reliable he is as a narrator. One of the most interesting AUs I've ever read in the Potterverse.