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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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FANDOM: Team Fortress 2
FIC LINK: The Morbid, Macabre, and Myriad Adventures of Miss Edith Amelia Pauling (series)
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] PreludeInZ
RATING/WARNING(S): PG | canon-typical violence
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete (series of unconnected oneshots) | 10,500
MAIN CHARACTERS: Miss Pauling, the Mercs

FIC SUMMARY: These are short pieces that exist to give [Miss Pauling] some backstory, and to expand a bit on her relationship with the mercs in Vignettes from the War and the End of the World, particularly her relationship with Scout.

It is extremely fluffy. I am just really fond of Miss Pauling.

A charming little series about a woman who professionally disposes of people in shallow graves, possibly with the help of quicklime. Or flesh-eating beetles. Or a chainsaw. The narrative voice is really good here.
Two of the stories are tagged Scout/Miss Pauling, but only the second can really be considered non-gen and since all are entirely unrelated, you can skip it with no issues
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[personal profile] sixbeforelunch
FANDOM: Elementary
FIC LINK: Out of Hand
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] Eva
RATING/WARNING(S): G, no standard content warnings apply
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 461 words, complete
MAIN CHARACTERS: Marcus Bell, Joan Watson

FIC SUMMARY: Could have been a knife!

RECCER'S NOTES: This is a brilliant call back to a certain mid-season 1 episode, featuring Joan getting revenge and Marcus along for the ride. It's marked ship, but there's nothing here that can't be read as friendship.
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[personal profile] ozqueen
FANDOM: MCU | The Avengers
FIC LINK: Love is for Children and Other Lies
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] fahye
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 30,095
MAIN CHARACTERS: Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton, Maria Hill

FIC SUMMARY: War is the child's emptiness, the surrender of identity, the transformation into a simple system: purpose goes in, action comes out. (Natalia Alianovna Romanova, and everything that she became.)


Oh how I love an excellent back story ♥ I love the patchwork history given to Natasha here, and the way she comes to each decision that brings her to SHIELD's door. There are some fleeting pairings, but Natasha and her journey is right at the heart of this story, and it's so, so well done.

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[personal profile] lost_spook
FANDOM: Blake’s 7
FIC LINK: On the Far Shore
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] Clocketpatch
RATING/WARNING(S): PG | References to death, the afterlife, spoilers
MAIN CHARACTERS: Oleg Gan, Zen, Slave, Jenna Stannis, Cally, Vila Restal, Roj Blake, Del Tarrant, Dayna Mellanby, Soolin, Servalan

FIC SUMMARY: Nothing is needed but good company

RECCER'S NOTES: This is a hauntingly unusual and beautiful post-series fic (so, if you don't know B7, beware, spoilers ahoy). The evocative descriptions of the setting, the way it slowly unfolds as to what this is, and the author’s characterisations, particularly of Zen and Slave in unfamiliar forms is wonderful. It does have some brief mentions of two marriages, but that’s not the focus of the fic at all, and it really is too good to omit.
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FANDOM: Tangled
FIC LINK: Babysteps
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] amuk
WIP?/WORD COUNT: complete | 2458
MAIN CHARACTERS: Rapunzel, Flynn Rider/Eugene Fitzherbert, King Thomas, Queen Primrose, Mother Gothel

FIC SUMMARY: When moving from an isolated tower to a populated city, some things are lost in translation.


This is a really lovely look at Rapunzel adjusting to life in Corona after she leaves her tower. The examples of her discomfort are subtle but still striking, and the details of her history are creative but fitting to canon.

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[personal profile] ozqueen
FANDOM: The Simpsons
FIC LINK: Good Things Come in Pairs
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] plazmah
WIP?/WORD COUNT: complete | 4862
MAIN CHARACTERS: Terri Mackleberry, Sherri Mackleberry, Bart Simpson, Lisa Simpson

FIC SUMMARY: Sherri and Terri's bond is shaken as they find their way through their teenage years.


Okay so fair warning first: This fic does contain Terri/Bart, but I don't believe it's the main story being told here. Simpsons fic is rare, and Simpsons fic I find in character or believable is even rarer still. This is lovely. It builds on the canon and takes it in an unexpected but believable direction. I particularly love Bart and Lisa in this fic, even though it's a story primarily about Sherri and Terri - about the destruction of their relationship, what it's like to suddenly be without a half, and how to go about putting things right once you figure out who you are alone.

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FANDOM: Harry Potter
FIC LINK: Heir to Nothing but Herself
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] dirgewithoutmusic
RATING/WARNING(S): Not rated, I'd say T, with warnings for PTS/psychological trauma
WIP?/WORD COUNT: complete | 3056


It was not Harry’s heroism, Ron’s desperation, her mother’s love, or her brothers’ toilet seat humor that brought her back (though the toilet seat helped). Ginny breathed deep at night. She wept. She remembered how to rage. She snuck out at night and stole each of her brothers’ brooms in turn. She took to the skies and brought herself back to life.


There are mentions of Harry/Ginny here, but this is undoubtedly a Ginny character fic. It's heartbreaking in its exploration of Tom's possession of her in The Chamber of Secrets. It builds amazing detail in just a few words, and holds Ginny up as the hero of her own story.

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[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Torchwood
FIC LINK: The Thing with Feathers That Perches in the Soul
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] blue_fjords
RATING/WARNING(S): PG-13 | mentions of canon pairings
WIP?/WORD COUNT: novelette | ~ 20,000 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Toshiko Sato, Team; mentions of canon pairings

FIC SUMMARY: Torchwood has to deal with threats from an alien species and Myfanwy has gone missing. Plus, it is time for Tosh's five-year review by UNIT, and things do not go well. Takes place a few days before Season 2's 'Fragments'.


This story might be best described as a Tosh-centric team fic. It actually reads like an episode. It's extremely well written, fast paced with wonderful character moments not only for Tosh, but for all the characters. A wonderful entertaining read.

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FANDOM: War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells / Dracula - Bram Stoker / Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
FIC LINK: Chances
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] TheFierceBeast
RATING/WARNING(S): General / No AO3 warnings apply
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete / 2118
MAIN CHARACTERS: Mina Harker, Jonathan Harker, Alice (Alice in Wonderland), Martians (War of the Worlds)

Original prompt: 
The only characters I nominated are the Narrator and the Martians, but feel free to write about any of the others if you like. I'd love to read anything at all! The only thing I'll beg for is this: please don't "fix" the science with modern knowledge. Old sci-fi is so fascinating to me because yes they're some great stories but also because they're so firmly of their time, they're like glorious little time capsules of every stage of recent scientific discovery and imagination. I'd love to see something in keeping with Wells' era of more limited knowledge but limitless possibility.

Also - so much potential for amazing crossovers! How do Mina and Jonathan/Sherlock and Watson/grown up Alice or Jim Hawkins/Oscar Wilde(?!) fare with the Martians? If you want to write a crossover/fusion type thing I would be all over that. I'm familiar with a lot of Victorian literature, and plenty of modern stuff set around the same time, but even if I don't know your other fandom I'd still be interested in a crossover if there's something you want to write - I get sci-fi disaster fic AND a new fandom, double win :D

RECCER'S NOTES: This fic is amazzziiinnnggg <3 of the three books, the only one I haven't read is War of the Worlds, so I can't comment on that element of it, but I can say that the vocal and turns of phrase in Mina's journal entries felt exactly right, and the whole thing was such a joy to read. Alice's cameo was wonderful too, her little Alice-esque comments felt perfectly Alice without detracting from the seriousness of what's happening to them all. Loved it! <3
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[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Doctor Who
FIC LINK: Just For Fun
AUTHOR LINK: Laurus Nobilis
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 1,200 words

FIC SUMMARY: First: The thing about winning the lottery was that you got a lot of free time.
Second: She still had those strange dreams.

RECCER'S NOTES: Lovely and adorable and sweet. Love Donna here. This story made me smile.

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[personal profile] espresso_addict
FANDOM: Vorkosigan Saga (Lois McMaster Bujold)
FIC LINK: Kindred Instruments
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] ollipop
RATING/WARNING(S): General audiences | No authorial warnings; Jackson Whole ethics
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 4500 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Lotus Durona, Lilly Durona, Vasa Luigi Bharaputra

FIC SUMMARY: They know just as much about Lotus as she knows about herself. They know her aptitudes, her weaknesses. They have tweaked the neurochemical bath on her copies, for maximum effect. They are her, improved. She is them, unedited. She hates them.

Lotus Durona: Nature or nurture?

RECCER'S NOTES: A chilling piece that unpacks Lotus's defection to House Bharaputra. Ollipop skillfully fleshes out the villain PoV to gain the reader's sympathies for Lotus, and the story also explores the complex ethics of Jackson's Whole in a much more nuanced fashion than canon. The canonical pairing of Lotus/Baron Bharaputra forms one strand, but it's not a shippy fic; coming of age as one of a set of clones in the ultimate dysfunctional family is at the heart of the story.
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[personal profile] ozqueen
FANDOM: Twilight
FIC LINK: Life on the Natural Path
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] starrika
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 2354
MAIN CHARACTERS: Bella Swan, Rosalie Hale, Alice Cullen

FIC SUMMARY: “Independence is happiness.” – Susan B. Anthony. Bella chooses life and finds herself in the process.


This mentions canon ships and non canon ships, but it's primarily a fic about Bella rejecting her role as one half of a couple and instead trying to build a life for herself. She goes to college, makes friends, makes mistakes - I just love finding fics like this.

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[personal profile] ozqueen
FANDOM: Community
FIC LINK: Course History
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] iamtheenemy
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 4081
MAIN CHARACTERS: Annie Edison, Troy Barnes, Abed Adir

FIC SUMMARY: “Damn it!” Troy shouted. He pushed out of his chair and slammed the mouse down on the desk, attracting the attention of the rest of the class. “I don’t even know what ‘dysentery’ is!”
Some of the classes that Annie, Abed and Troy have taken together at Greendale over the years.


Amazing fic that really captures the feeling and tone of the show, and the friendship between Annie, Abed and Troy is fantastic. The classes crack me up too, as do some of the original characters teaching them.

Miss Fisher: Staying Afloat in the Tunnel of Love, by st_aurafina )

(Also I know for a fact some of you are hoarding recs for your own gensploder of the month sprees, but don't forget anyone can rec at any time. I'm sorry it's just me choking the the comm at the moment hehe - I'll try to rec something a bit different each time!)

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[personal profile] ozqueen
FANDOM: Harry Potter
FIC LINK: Healer
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] fahye_fic
RATING/WARNING(S): R (language, disturbing imagery, non-explicit sex)
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 4,506
MAIN CHARACTERS: Padma Patil, George Weasley

FIC SUMMARY: Padma feels crowded with the words that are already scrawled on every inch of her, the power that she alone possesses, and she wonders if this new graffiti of education is overwriting that which already exists.


Yes, there's a relationship in this fic, but it isn't the main focus by any means. Padma learns muggle medicine and it is amazing - the way she recovers after the war, the way she focuses herself and figures out what to turn to. George is lovely in this fic too, and I love the parallels between he and Padma.

This is a fantastic character-based fic, with brilliant world building, and one of the best examples of Did The Research I have ever read.

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FANDOM: A League of Their Own
FIC LINK: If You Hit it Right, That is Heaven
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] Maidenjedi
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 3,733
MAIN CHARACTERS: Dottie Hinson, Jimmy Dugan

FIC SUMMARY: Rogers Hornsby once said, the first rule of baseball is to get a good ball to hit. Jimmy, Dottie, and the sweet spot.


For full disclosure, I'll mention that this fic is tagged as Dottie/Jimmy, but I find it easy to read as gen, and when I thought about whether to rec it as a gen fic or a het fic, gen won out. This is about Dottie, Jimmy, and the game, rather than Dottie and Jimmy as a pairing. Every aspect of their characterisation feels so right, and the prose in this is gorgeous.

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FANDOM: The Hunger Games
FIC LINK: Jolly Sailors Bold
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] aimmyarrowshigh
MAIN CHARACTERS: Finnick Odair, Annie Cresta, Mags

FIC SUMMARY: When Finnick came home from his Games, he had riches -- bloody gold for bloody deeds -- and a trident. So he bought a boat, and he looked out over that horizon.


I'm aware I've already rec'd this author here, but really. I can't even with this fic; it's gorgeous. It's Finnick and Annie being kids and playing pirates. I'm just going to post an excerpt because I can't actually summon up enough wordy flail for it.

He cobbled himself a tricorner hat and braided intricate millinery frippery for the sides, and he diligently practiced flipping it up his arm and onto his head in one rolling move. When he deemed himself ready, he sailed around the coast of the Victor’s Village to the mainland and moored his boat at the far dock; shimmied down the mooring line and ran up the sand towards the citrus grove and the pink row houses and knocked insistently at a door.


“Anemone Cresta!” he cried, gesturing wildly, “Wouldst thou – thee – wouldst you be – I am endeavoring in the endeavor… of…” He slumped. “I need help making black sails for my ship.”

Annie Cresta smiled up at wild-haired Finnick Odair, his snapping green eyes ringed in ashes like black kohl and a lopsided tricorner hat on his head. “Why black sails?”

“Because I’m a pirate now,” Finnick said plainly, as though it should be obvious. “If you ever have seen a ship on the horizon what has black sails, it can be naught but a pirate’s ship.”